San Jose Mercury News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

Slither (2006)

"Gunn isn't out to send up zombie movies, just add some outrageous humor to enliven the genre of the walking dead. And in that way, at least, Slither slithers."

Posted Mar 30, 2006

Bruce Newman

2 7%

Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

"Stone's performance is so deliriously over the top that it turns almost every line she speaks into high camp."

Posted Mar 30, 2006

Bruce Newman

3 86%

Inside Man (2006)

"The geometric precision with which this clever puzzle is laid out produces a picture whose sum exceeds its sometimes wayward parts."

Posted Mar 23, 2006

Bruce Newman

4 86%

Thank You For Smoking (2006)

"Thank You For Smoking, the low-tar adaptation of Christopher Buckley's satirical novel, never feels as if it's been fully absorbed by the screen."

Posted Mar 23, 2006

Bruce Newman

5 48%

Summer Storm (Sommersturm) (2006)

"For a small coming-of-age film, this picture is remarkably well photographed and acted. But the single-mindedness with which it seems determined to have almost everyone rowing in the same sexual direction finally becomes a bit oppressive."

Posted Mar 23, 2006

Bruce Newman

6 61%

Find Me Guilty (2006)

"As Jackie, [Diesel's] the real surprise in what otherwise is a less than electrifying courtroom drama."

Posted Mar 16, 2006

Bruce Newman

7 26%

The Zodiac (2006)

"Treats the unfolding murder spree like a routine police procedural."

Posted Mar 16, 2006

Bruce Newman

8 35%

Ask the Dust (2006)

"It isn't until the very end that somebody finally does ask the dust a question, and there's so much talking in this movie that it's a miracle the dust doesn't reply."

Posted Mar 16, 2006

Bruce Newman

9 73%

V for Vendetta (2006)

"The film is an intriguing thriller that asks questions likely to have a powerful effect on conscripts in the current war on terror."

Posted Mar 16, 2006

Bruce Newman

10 24%

Failure to Launch (2006)

"Tripp is such a stud that he has to beat women off with a stick. Or, rather, with his parents -- This isn't just idiotic, it's indefensible. It's also the picture's premise."

Posted Mar 9, 2006

Bruce Newman

11 92%

Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006)

"While the future of Chappelle's Show remains in doubt, we have his insanely funny concert film, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, to sustain us."

Posted Mar 2, 2006

Bruce Newman

12 40%

Running Scared (2006)

"If Running Scared sometimes looks like a storyboard sprung violently to life, Kramer's assured direction turns that into its greatest strength in the clinches, of which there are plenty."

Posted Feb 23, 2006

Bruce Newman

13 90%

Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

"I couldn't help but wish that as long as Young was making a new film with a top-tier director at the helm, he would have provided more insight into his life, as Martin Scorsese's recent TV documentary did for Bob Dylan."

Posted Feb 18, 2006

Brad Kava

14 72%

Eight Below (2006)

"Following the success of last year's March of the Penguins, and now Eight Below -- an equally triumphal processional of dogs across the bottom of the world -- Cinema Antarctica is suddenly sizzling hot!"

Posted Feb 16, 2006

Bruce Newman

15 23%

Freedomland (2006)

"The film is filled with good performances, though most of them are frittered away by director Joe Roth, who can never find a focus for the story."

Posted Feb 16, 2006

Bruce Newman

16 78%

Why We Fight (2006)

"There is plenty here that should worry members of both political parties."

Posted Feb 11, 2006

Bruce Newman

17 19%

Firewall (2006)

"Instead of dramatic tension, Firewall makes do with a lot of frantic typing at computer keyboards. It's like watching Microsoft's Service Pack 2 download for nearly two hours."

Posted Feb 9, 2006

Bruce Newman

18 85%

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006)

"It is a brave look at the distortions created when an international border bisects what natural law intended to be a cultural melting pot."

Posted Feb 2, 2006

Bruce Newman

19 37%

A Good Woman (2006)

"The film has been relocated from 19th century London to Italy's Amalfi coast in the 1930s, the resort backdrop and the randiness of the female characters giving the enterprise a sort of 'Girls Gone Wilde' feel."

Posted Feb 2, 2006

Bruce Newman

20 70%

Roving Mars (2006)

"That's about what it plays like: a gigantic commerical for more space travel, from a contractor who stands to benefit financially if we go, and a government agency whose budget is threatened."

Posted Jan 27, 2006

Bruce Newman

21 73%

Nanny McPhee (2006)

"Thompson never allows Nanny McPhee to become cute or cuddly, but manages to make the children -- and us -- love her, warts and all."

Posted Jan 26, 2006

Bruce Newman

22 62%

The New World (2005)

"The movie's gorgeous pictorialism draws us toward the shore, but Malick often leaves us marooned in the shoals, waiting for a story to arrive."

Posted Jan 19, 2006

Bruce Newman

23 77%

Match Point (2005)

"England clearly agrees with Allen, and in Match Point he has hit a top-spin winner."

Posted Jan 5, 2006

Bruce Newman

24 67%

Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006)

"Wickedly funny."

Posted Dec 31, 2005

Bruce Newman

25 51%

The Producers (2005)

"... to have seen either the original movie, or Lane and Broderick on Broadway (I saw both) is to be reminded what a lamentable knockoff this is."

Posted Dec 23, 2005

Bruce Newman

26 44%

Casanova (2005)

"It requires imagination of a certain kind to transform the tale of the legendary lover Casanova into a bland romantic comedy."

Posted Dec 22, 2005

Bruce Newman

27 20%

Rumor Has It (2005)

"Rumor Has It doesn't seem to realize who its most interesting character is and spend some time with her. Coo, coo, ca choo, Mrs. Robinson. Here's to you."

Posted Dec 22, 2005

Bruce Newman

28 78%

Munich (2005)

"Munich rarely rises above its own predictability to become more than a noble failure."

Posted Dec 22, 2005

Bruce Newman

29 29%

Fun With Dick and Jane (2005)

"Other than its 85-minute running time, the movie is in all other ways imperfect, which is just about what you want from one of Jim Carrey's slapdash slapstick comedies. Perfection would ruin it."

Posted Dec 21, 2005

Bruce Newman

30 87%

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

"If the cowboy movies of John Wayne and John Ford were about the opening of the American West, Brokeback Mountain is the somber slam of its closing."

Posted Dec 17, 2005

Bruce Newman

31 84%

King Kong (2005)

"Peter Jackson has run the original 1933 King Kong through his epic imaginarium and given us the year's most thrilling entertainment. Also its most heartbreaking love story."

Posted Dec 13, 2005

Bruce Newman

32 35%

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

"What's wrong with Memoirs of a Geisha' isn't the casting; it's the film's languorous pace."

Posted Dec 8, 2005

Bruce Newman

33 72%

Syriana (2005)

"You keep straining to understand the bits and pieces of information that you can make out, but it still adds up to a lot less than the sum of its parts."

Posted Dec 8, 2005

Bruce Newman

34 76%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

"This Lion is king."

Posted Dec 8, 2005

Bruce Newman

35 46%

Rent (2005)

"The scourge of rock-opera, a musical mutation that manages to combine the least savory elements of both with the advantages of neither."

Posted Nov 23, 2005

Bruce Newman

36 82%

Walk the Line (2005)

"Walk the Line has plenty of chemicals, but very little chemistry between its stars."

Posted Nov 17, 2005

Bruce Newman

37 88%

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

"The visual magic of the story, as well as some enormously welcome glimmerings of humor, gives it the solid feel of a well-tended franchise."

Posted Nov 17, 2005

Bruce Newman

38 85%

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

"As with so much of this Pride & Prejudice, you wish it would never end."

Posted Nov 10, 2005

Bruce Newman

39 20%

Derailed (2005)

"As a thriller, Derailed proceeds with the same unearned swagger as a bad magic act, revealing its astonishments to the evident surprise of the filmmakers alone."

Posted Nov 10, 2005

Bruce Newman

40 36%

Chicken Little (2005)

"Chicken Little is much too glib to make us feel what its characters are experiencing; the filmmakers would much rather explode their animated sets and vaporize their talking creatures."

Posted Nov 4, 2005

Christopher Kelly

41 61%

Jarhead (2005)

"Only a first-rate cast -- headed by Jake Gyllenhaal, and made memorable by the performances of Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard -- saves Jarhead from looking like a dead duck, covered in oil."

Posted Nov 3, 2005

Bruce Newman

42 93%

Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)

"Rarely moving a facial muscle except to exhale smoke and brimstone, Strathairn wonderfully recaptures Murrow's deadpan delivery style."

Posted Oct 29, 2005

Bruce Newman

43 68%

North Country (2005)

"Theron has once again deglamorized herself for a meaty dramatic role, and she gives a persuasive performance that surely will not be overlooked during the coming award season."

Posted Oct 20, 2005

Bruce Newman

44 75%

In Her Shoes (2005)

"As it was winding down, I remember thinking I wasn't ready for this movie to end. These were people I liked, and I wasn't ready to give them up."

Posted Oct 6, 2005

Bruce Newman

45 62%

The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

"The film doggedly pursues its obsession with class, repeatedly teeing the point up and then following it like a duck hook into the rough."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Bruce Newman

46 87%

A History of Violence (2005)

"In A History of Violence, director David Cronenberg's delirious wow of a movie about violence and sex and the American dream, cinema regains all its original power to shock and surprise."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Bruce Newman

47 60%

Oliver Twist (2005)

"Seeing Polanski's version of this most Dickensian of all Charles Dickens' tales, I felt full and wanted no more versions (please, sir!), having now seen the definitive one."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Bruce Newman

48 45%

The Thing About My Folks (2005)

"If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to be trapped in a '36 Ford convertible for 47 years with a Yiddish theater version of Dr. Phil and the runaway bride, this is the movie for you."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Bruce Newman

49 57%

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

"Evelyn's behavior just seems surreal, and it doesn't help that the movie never settles on a consistent tone, looking back from an ironic distance at first, then moving in for a painfully close look at the Ryans' tribulations."

Posted Sep 29, 2005

Bruce Newman

50 38%

Flightplan (2005)

"Here is a picture whose pleasures rise quickly to 37,000 feet - -and remains there until the captain has turned off the fasten seat belt sign."

Posted Sep 22, 2005

Bruce Newman

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