Arizona Daily Star

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 21%

Planet 51 (2009)

"Doesn't belong anywhere near the best animated picture race, but you can do a lot worse when looking for a family flick to pass the time."

Posted Nov 21, 2009

Phil Villarreal

2 42%

Jennifer's Body (2009)

"This movie thrives on its intended level of Scream-style horror comedy, blazes through its running time and had me laughing throughout."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Phil Villarreal

3 88%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"By far the best World War II film I've ever seen."

Posted Aug 22, 2009

Phil Villarreal

4 92%

Ponyo (2009)

"His twisted version of Finding Nemo meets Splash, the movie won't go down as one of his best, but it's still better than 90 percent of animation out there."

Posted Aug 15, 2009

Phil Villarreal

5 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"It's a movie that makes me wish I were still a film critic so I could beg tens of thousands of readers to see it rather just the few who will read this post."

Posted Aug 2, 2009

Phil Villarreal

6 37%

Angels & Demons (2009)

"Heavier on demons than angels."

Posted May 14, 2009

Phil Villarreal

7 98%

Up (2009)

"A Pixar pinnacle. That may seem like outlandish praise, given the animation studio's sterling tax record. But when was the last time you walked out of a Pixar movie simply giddy, as if you were high on computer-animated pixels?"

Posted May 13, 2009

Phil Villarreal

8 73%

Rudo y Cursi (2009)

"The actors' chemistry lifts what might have been an average sports melodrama to something near special."

Posted May 10, 2009

Phil Villarreal

9 36%

Gigantic (2009)

"Happy would be sad if you didn't want to see her story. And you wouldn't like a Manic Pixie Dream Girl when she's angry."

Posted May 9, 2009

Phil Villarreal

10 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"For the first time in 15 years, Star Trek actually matters."

Posted May 6, 2009

Phil Villarreal

11 32%

Fanboys (2008)

"What if the movie sucks?"

Posted Apr 29, 2009

Phil Villarreal

12 38%

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

"Whoever pirated X-Men Origins: Wolverine got a punishment that fit the crime."

Posted Apr 29, 2009

Phil Villarreal

13 13%

The Informers (2009)

"An aimless mess. But at least the mess is sexy and exciting."

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Phil Villarreal

14 89%

Sin Nombre (2009)

"Imagine City of God without the zippy camerawork or Slumdog Millionaire without the millionaire and you get the feel of Sin Nombre."

Posted Apr 23, 2009

Phil Villarreal

15 56%

The Soloist (2009)

"A duet, with two master performers collaborating in absorbing harmony."

Posted Apr 22, 2009

Phil Villarreal

16 78%

12 (2007)

"Mikhalkov is probably a little too successful at re-creating the feeling of being trapped at a seemingly never-ending meeting."

Posted Apr 15, 2009

Phil Villarreal

17 55%

17 Again (2009)

"Turns out there's more to Zac Efron than the grinning, vacant marionette from the High School Musical series."

Posted Apr 15, 2009

Phil Villarreal

18 88%

The Black Balloon (2008)

"The outlines are broad and obvious, and Thomas such a bore, that The Black Balloon loses air."

Posted Apr 8, 2009

Phil Villarreal

19 51%

Observe and Report (2009)

"If you would have told me that Kevin James and Seth Rogen would basically make the same movie and both would have come out the same, I wouldn't have believed you."

Posted Apr 8, 2009

Phil Villarreal

20 71%

The Great Buck Howard (2009)

"Malkovich expertly starts the relationship between his character and the audience on several wrong feet before winning us over."

Posted Apr 1, 2009

Phil Villarreal

21 89%

Adventureland (2009)

"The thunder that follows the Superbad lightning."

Posted Apr 1, 2009

Phil Villarreal

22 82%

Two Lovers (2008)

"If this is it for Joaquin Phoenix's film career, at least he's going out the right way."

Posted Mar 25, 2009

Phil Villarreal

23 72%

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

"I liked it more than anything Pixar has made the last five years."

Posted Mar 25, 2009

Phil Villarreal

24 84%

I Love You, Man (2009)

"I sort of like you, man.."

Posted Mar 18, 2009

Phil Villarreal

25 ——

Beisbol: The Latin Game (2007)

"A spirited, enchanting baseball doc."

Posted Mar 16, 2009

Phil Villarreal

26 5%

Miss March (2009)

"They've got enough solid material for a half-hour sitcom, including two great, oh-so-politically incorrect lines worthy of integrating into the annals of pop culture, but that does not a feature film make."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Phil Villarreal

27 96%

The Class (2008)

"The hard-hitting film makes most other school-based films resemble child's play, as careers and futures of both the teacher and student hang in the balance, in the uncaring hands of an indifferent system."

Posted Mar 12, 2009

Phil Villarreal

28 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"Here's one movie that will make you want to go home and hug your dog."

Posted Mar 5, 2009

Phil Villarreal

29 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"Tends to play like the SportsCenter version of the big game. It's got all the highlights but little of the tension and atmosphere that give those moments impact."

Posted Mar 4, 2009

Phil Villarreal

30 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

"It's a fight with your bladder and attention span worth waging."

Posted Feb 25, 2009

Phil Villarreal

31 68%

Were the World Mine (2008)

"All teen comedies would be this divine were the world Gustafson's."

Posted Feb 13, 2009

Phil Villarreal

32 12%

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

"I laughed once, at an unexpected gag, involving a ricocheting bullet, that was a nice play on an old gunfighting cliche. The rest of the film was a slow-bleeding gut shot."

Posted Feb 6, 2009

Phil Villarreal

33 96%

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"It's pretty much 90 minutes of pain. But also there's no budging from your seat."

Posted Feb 4, 2009

Phil Villarreal

34 90%

Coraline (2009)

"The 3-D in Coraline is so low-key that I forgot it was there for much of the film. But maybe that's less a knock on the visuals than it is a compliment to the movie's ability to pull me into its zany world."

Posted Feb 4, 2009

Phil Villarreal

35 81%

Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest) (2006)

"The film is full of out-there artistic decisions that don't quite pay off, it makes you feel like you're taking medicine without a spoonful of sugar."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

Phil Villarreal

36 71%

The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

"Goes full speed on ultra-gory rails before slamming to an abrupt stop."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

Phil Villarreal

37 29%

New In Town (2009)

"It's a given dis one is more fer da ladies than da fellas, and some of da dialogue is pretnear hard da swallow."

Posted Jan 28, 2009

Phil Villarreal

38 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"It was almost worth the malaise of watching Mickey Rourke squander years of potential just so he could make his grand comeback."

Posted Jan 22, 2009

Phil Villarreal

39 52%

Yonkers Joe (2009)

"The typecast actor breaks out of his comfort zone."

Posted Jan 21, 2009

Phil Villarreal

40 33%

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

"Producer Adam Sandler must have though so little of the film that he didn't even see it fit for a Rob Schneider cameo."

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Phil Villarreal

41 83%

JCVD (Van Dammage) (2008)

"You could hit up the DVD value bin and stage yourself a Lionheart and Kickboxer marathon to see the man the way he'd want to be remembered. Or at least the way I'd like to remember him."

Posted Jan 15, 2009

Phil Villarreal

42 57%

Defiance (2009)

"Zwick thrives on these sorts of historical action flicks, and he pumps the adrenal glands throughout."

Posted Jan 15, 2009

Phil Villarreal

43 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"This cracked social mirror the director holds up to society is no pretty sight. Although it's impossible to turn away."

Posted Jan 14, 2009

Phil Villarreal

44 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"Just like Walt's Gran Torino, Eastwood's engine is still purring as well as it did in '72."

Posted Jan 8, 2009

Phil Villarreal

45 10%

Bride Wars (2009)

"As romantic as the dollar dance and as funny as the quips from a hokey wedding DJ."

Posted Jan 7, 2009

Phil Villarreal

46 61%

The Reader (2008)

"Profound but too dyslexic for its own good."

Posted Jan 2, 2009

Phil Villarreal

47 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"Bryan Singer has managed a new, unexpected feat %u2014 he's learned to make boring movies."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

Phil Villarreal

48 88%

I've Loved You So Long (2008)

"Makes the most out of dead air and empty spaces."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

Phil Villarreal

49 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Truly shines as a bare-bones filmmaking exercise."

Posted Dec 24, 2008

Phil Villarreal

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