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Kalamazoo Gazette

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 35%

Hostage (2005)

"...a nerve-shredding yarn ... While the ending can't completely sabotage the movie, it certainly doesn't enhance it."

Posted Mar 11, 2005

James Sanford

2 64%

Robots (2005)

"a satisfying follow-up to 'Ice Age,' the 2002 smash that put Wedge's Blue Sky Studios on the map."

Posted Mar 11, 2005

James Sanford

3 67%

Notre Musique (2004)

"plays out as a series of dry pronouncements from intellectuals. But Godard has not lost his taste for experimentation."

Posted Mar 4, 2005

James Sanford

4 30%

Be Cool (2005)

"an uneven tale... nearly everyone attempts to upstage everyone else. (Director) Gray, the ostensible ringmaster, is trampled by his own circus clowns."

Posted Mar 4, 2005

James Sanford

5 20%

The Pacifier (2005)

"resolutely sunny and smiley-faced... Next to this, 'The Brady Bunch' looks like 'Long Day's Journey into Night.'"

Posted Mar 4, 2005

James Sanford

6 9%

Man of the House (2005)

"a mediocre little time-killer...a schizoid script that is two-thirds culture-clash comedy and one-third uninspired action flick."

Posted Feb 28, 2005

James Sanford

7 16%

Cursed (2005)

"has a far higher pedigree than your usual shocker, and it's certainly a few notches above most movies that are kept away from critics before opening day."

Posted Feb 26, 2005

James Sanford

8 54%

Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

"Without becoming particularly preachy or heavy-handed, 'Winn-Dixie' insists that acceptance and tolerance are integral parts of Christianity."

Posted Feb 18, 2005

James Sanford

9 46%

Constantine (2005)

"Every time Weisz and Reeves share the screen, 'Constantine' goes weirdly out of whack, since she's doing some actual acting while he seems to be playing 'let's pretend.'"

Posted Feb 18, 2005

James Sanford

10 84%

The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta) (2004)

"The understated drama frequently takes a backseat to magnificent scenery, lusciously photographed by cinematographer Eric Gautier."

Posted Feb 11, 2005

James Sanford

11 69%

Hitch (2005)

"A likable love story that keeps you engaged even when it's tearing a few dog-eared pages out of the romantic comedy playbook."

Posted Feb 11, 2005

James Sanford

12 10%

The Wedding Date (2005)

"Messing seems to be searching in vain for some shred of credibility, while the amiable Mulroney moves about in his tuxedo as if he'd been strapped into a straitjacket..."

Posted Feb 7, 2005

James Sanford

13 95%

End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones (2004)

"an extensive, bittersweet scrapbook... (that) pays tribute to both the band's punky, never-say-die spirit and to the hard-driving, often exhilarating music they created."

Posted Feb 5, 2005

James Sanford

14 90%

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

"There's not a single false note or insincere moment in either Cheadle's or Okonedo's splendid, Oscar-nominated performances..."

Posted Feb 5, 2005

James Sanford

15 13%

Boogeyman (2005)

"boogey oogey awful"

Posted Feb 5, 2005

James Sanford

16 84%

Aliens of the Deep (2005)

"Most of us will never have the good fortune to see these sights in their natural habitats, but the marvelous 3-D imagery reveals them gloriously."

Posted Jan 31, 2005

James Sanford

17 60%

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

"makes optimum use of a well-selected cast, all of whom put considerable energy, quirkiness and even humor into should have been two-dimensional roles."

Posted Jan 20, 2005

James Sanford

18 35%

Racing Stripes (2005)

"the latest entry in a long string of family-oriented films that undercut their sentimental side with plenty of gross-out gags and dried-out pop culture references."

Posted Jan 14, 2005

James Sanford

19 83%

In Good Company (2004)

"often witty and true to life, but too frequently opts for easy resolutions and sunny wish-fulfillment instead of investigating what makes these people tick."

Posted Jan 14, 2005

James Sanford

20 88%

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

"an enthralling picture that nearly overflows with the same kinds of breathtakingly beautiful action sequences that have now become Zhang's calling card."

Posted Jan 14, 2005

James Sanford

21 10%

Elektra (2005)

"a silly spinoff that is far less concerned with telling a worthwhile story than it is with telling the world that Garner has a magnificent bod."

Posted Jan 14, 2005

James Sanford

22 65%

Coach Carter (2005)

"The movie would have been even stronger if it had thrown out some of its extraneous characters and complications ... and narrowed its focus. Still, its message comes through."

Posted Jan 14, 2005

James Sanford

23 4%

Darkness (2004)

"Pitifully silly when it isn't stunningly dull... a grab bag of effects lifted from far-superior films, including 'The Shining,' 'Poltergeist,' 'What Lies Beneath'..."

Posted Dec 28, 2004

James Sanford

24 91%

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

"it's when 'Baby' sheds the gloves that the drama truly takes off. And take off it does, in an utterly unexpected direction that's certain to startle..."

Posted Dec 27, 2004

James Sanford

25 33%

The Phantom of the Opera (2005)

"portions of the movie have the feel of a photographed stage production. ...The crucial atmosphere of menace isn't there; suddenly, we're watching 'The Batman of the Opera.'"

Posted Dec 27, 2004

James Sanford

26 90%

Kinsey (2004)

"As both a screenwriter and a director, Condon does a first-rate job of making potentially difficult subject matter accessible without rendering it bland."

Posted Dec 27, 2004

James Sanford

27 87%

The Aviator (2004)

"a pretty good collection of Howard Hughes' greatest hits... even when the storytelling falls short, the movie remains a banquet for the eyes..."

Posted Dec 27, 2004

James Sanford

28 56%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"...has an uneven tone and an erratic rhythm that might have been grating were it not for the anchoring performances of Murray and Wilson... and the consistent looniness..."

Posted Dec 27, 2004

James Sanford

29 23%

Fat Albert (2004)

"'We're gonna have a good time!' Fat Albert promises in the musical number that kicks off 'Fat Albert.' Unfortunately, the next 90 minutes prove he's just a big fat liar."

Posted Dec 27, 2004

James Sanford

30 50%

The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

"Strident, borderline campy drama, complete with a raging Pat Benatar theme song"

Posted Dec 18, 2004

James Sanford

31 52%

The Dead Pool (1988)

"Not Dirty Harry's best, but entertaining enough"

Posted Dec 18, 2004

James Sanford

32 79%

Brassed Off (1997)

"Touching story is a good early showcase for McGregor"

Posted Dec 18, 2004

James Sanford

33 8%

It Takes Two (1995)

"To quote one of the characters, 'We mustn't! We mustn't!'"

Posted Dec 18, 2004

James Sanford

34 53%

Spanglish (2004)

"a richly entertaining film that examines, as its title suggests, what happens when people from two very different worlds are brought together in an imperfect union."

Posted Dec 18, 2004

James Sanford

35 18%

High Spirits (1988)

"Flat and sitcom-y; Hannah's costume looks like a plastic trash bag"

Posted Dec 18, 2004

James Sanford

36 15%

Boys (1996)

"Obviously reshot and recut to the point of complete incoherence"

Posted Dec 18, 2004

James Sanford

37 72%

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

"does a more than respectable job of launching this potential franchise in style ... (and) the joke-filled end credits are well worth sticking around to see."

Posted Dec 18, 2004

James Sanford

38 30%

Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

"the kind of ersatz entertainment that will make you wish you were stuck in a mile-long line at the mall or listening to a long set of carols sung by tone-deaf kids."

Posted Dec 17, 2004

James Sanford

39 9%

Bad Girls (1994)

"Great-looking leads in a silly showcase"

Posted Dec 10, 2004

James Sanford

40 18%

Queen of Outer Space (Queen of the Universe) (1958)

"A laugh riot, if you're in the right mood"

Posted Dec 3, 2004

James Sanford

41 68%

Closer (2004)

"Nichols...tears into this material with both hands, pushing his cast to their emotional limits as the misery-go-round turns again and again."

Posted Dec 3, 2004

James Sanford

42 93%

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

"Splendid... full of deliciously devious characters"

Posted Dec 3, 2004

James Sanford

43 94%

The Story of the Weeping Camel (2004)

" a quiet, generally absorbing tale that immerses its viewers in a community of camel herders and goat farmers that still puts great stock in ancient legends and rituals."

Posted Dec 3, 2004

James Sanford

44 0%

The Slugger's Wife (1985)

"Neil Simon on auto-pilot; the results are dreadful"

Posted Nov 24, 2004

James Sanford

45 16%

Alexander (2004)

"It's a perplexing muddle: Every moment of spectacular battlefield action is offset by unintentionally hilarious scenes from Alexander's private life."

Posted Nov 24, 2004

James Sanford

46 83%

Finding Neverland (2004)

"Although the tender 'Finding Neverland' isn't likely to launch a large-scale Barrie revival, it's certain to please viewers looking for an old-fashioned tearjerker."

Posted Nov 23, 2004

James Sanford

47 96%

Sideways (2004)

"Payne shares with the great Billy Wilder the knack for heightening scene after scene with the addition of a few little details that most directors might overlook..."

Posted Nov 23, 2004

James Sanford

48 29%

The House of the Spirits (1994)

"Sterling cast, but a thoroughly mundane movie"

Posted Nov 22, 2004

James Sanford

49 100%

Mad Love (1935)

"Fascinating, ultra-creepy tale"

Posted Nov 22, 2004

James Sanford

50 44%

National Treasure (2004)

"The 'North by Northwest' of a new generation it is not, but 'Treasure' provides two hours of easy escapism..."

Posted Nov 19, 2004

James Sanford

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