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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 76%

The Prestige (2006)

"It's a battle that's played out every day at recess in kids' imaginations: Who would win in a fight between Batman and Wolverine?"

Posted Oct 19, 2006

Phil Villarreal

2 55%

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"Off with its head."

Posted Oct 19, 2006

Phil Villarreal

3 73%

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

"Marks Eastwood's continuing march to prove he's a modern John Ford."

Posted Oct 19, 2006

Phil Villarreal

4 85%

Jerry Maguire (1996)

""Jerry Maguire" doesn't stop until it shows you the quan."

Posted Oct 15, 2006

Phil Villarreal

5 56%

Keeping Mum (2006)

"Smith is too good for this."

Posted Oct 12, 2006

Phil Villarreal

6 87%

Jesus Camp (2006)

"Lord knows the film wouldn't have been as entertaining if they'd played it straight."

Posted Oct 12, 2006

Phil Villarreal

7 21%

Man of the Year (2006)

"The Eleanor stuff makes the comedy move more methodically than Tucson's Downtown renewal efforts."

Posted Oct 12, 2006

Phil Villarreal

8 96%

Double Indemnity (1944)

"Thanks to DVD, Phyllis will always be there waiting for you. Same chair, same perfume, same anklet, ready to make you wonder what she wonders."

Posted Oct 8, 2006

Phil Villarreal

9 20%

Employee of the Month (2006)

"You'll find 10-gallon drums of peanut butter and toilet paper by the case in the store. The only things that don't come in high volume are the laughs."

Posted Oct 6, 2006

Phil Villarreal

10 95%

49 Up (2006)

"In a way, each film is better than the last, because the new one includes much of the most impressive material from the past films."

Posted Oct 5, 2006

Phil Villarreal

11 27%

America: Freedom To Fascism (2006)

"The catch is the IRS doesn't care and will seize all your property and possibly throw you in jail if you refuse to pay.Talk about a buzzkill."

Posted Oct 5, 2006

Phil Villarreal

12 92%

The Departed (2006)

"The Departed is Scorsese grabbing New Hollywood by its ear to teach it a lesson the old-fashioned way."

Posted Oct 5, 2006

Phil Villarreal

13 80%

Waking Life (2001)

"The question comes up often in life: What's your favorite movie? Since October 2001, the answer has been easy and one I shoot back reflexively almost before someone's finished the question: "Waking Life.""

Posted Oct 2, 2006

Phil Villarreal

14 86%

Quinceañera (Echo Park, L.A.) (2006)

"Though it doesn't ride quite as smoothly as that Hummer limo Magdalena fantasizes over, the film succeeds as a heartfelt slice-of-life examining a culture too often ignored in film."

Posted Sep 28, 2006

Phil Villarreal

15 37%

The Guardian (2006)

""The Guardian" is one of the worst movies to come out this year because it's such a crass, unwieldy mess of military-flick clichés. It's a rock-headed copy of a copy of a copy, halfheartedly written, acted and edited."

Posted Sep 28, 2006

Phil Villarreal

16 60%

The Boynton Beach Club (2006)

""Boynton Beach Club" can warm a heart of any age."

Posted Sep 28, 2006

Phil Villarreal

17 48%

Open Season (2006)

"If you're old enough to read this, odds are the first thing you want to know about "Open Season" is: "How much is this going to annoy me?""

Posted Sep 28, 2006

Phil Villarreal

18 71%

The Science of Sleep (2006)

"Gondry's film certainly looks at life in a different way, and it refreshingly allows you to do the same, so long as you keep your eyes open."

Posted Sep 28, 2006

Phil Villarreal

19 84%

This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006)

"A gleefully slanted burn on the MPAA that's as deliciously entertaining as "Super Size Me" or "Bowling for Columbine.""

Posted Sep 28, 2006

Phil Villarreal

20 63%

Jackass: Number Two (2006)

"There's no denying the ingenuity it takes to design this stuff. Who else besides Knoxville would think to wrestle a boa inside a kids' ball pit?"

Posted Sep 25, 2006

Phil Villarreal

21 97%

All the King's Men (1949)

"Stark is a work of art; a walking id whose momentum surges like the adrenaline that busts through his veins as he delivers his fist-pumping speeches."

Posted Sep 24, 2006

Phil Villarreal

22 84%

13 Tzameti (2005)

"For a movie without color, there's very little here that's black and white."

Posted Sep 21, 2006

Phil Villarreal

23 11%

All The King's Men (2006)

"Stark will start a speech in front of a few people, then throngs scamper in after he finishes his first sentence. By the end of his speeches he gets the crowd to chant catch-phrases. Willie Stark totally could have hosted "TRL.""

Posted Sep 21, 2006

Phil Villarreal

24 33%

Flyboys (2006)

"War is hell, but sitting through a clunky war film isn't much fun, either."

Posted Sep 21, 2006

Phil Villarreal

25 84%

The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

"Stewart, who was nominated for five best actor Oscars -- his one win was for "The Philadelphia Story" (1940) -- turns in perhaps his most impressive feat."

Posted Sep 17, 2006

Phil Villarreal

26 28%

The Wizard (1989)

"I love "The Wizard. It's so bad."

Posted Sep 15, 2006

Phil Villarreal

27 68%

Brothers of the Head (2006)

"What becomes painfully apparent as the drudgery rolls on is that the only freak show here is the movie itself."

Posted Sep 14, 2006

Phil Villarreal

28 42%

Gridiron Gang (2006)

""Gridiron Gang" is all formula, but it's tough to blame the film for sticking with a game plan that works."

Posted Sep 14, 2006

Phil Villarreal

29 46%

The Last Kiss (2006)

"Braff, who is strong and relatable, just as he was in "Garden State," continues to evolve as a leading man."

Posted Sep 14, 2006

Phil Villarreal

30 3%

The Covenant (2006)

"Moviegoers need to band together for a covenant -- stop buying tickets to Renny Harlin movies."

Posted Sep 8, 2006

Phil Villarreal

31 33%

The Protector (1985)

"Tony Jaa's surname is actually shortened from "JAAAAAA!" which is the sound opponents make when he snaps their tendons, cracks their skulls and pops out their eyeballs in a whirlwind of Muay Thai mayhem."

Posted Sep 7, 2006

Phil Villarreal

32 ——

Robbing Peter ()

"The film, made over several years for very little budget, plays like a student project with mediocre actors guided by a storyteller doing his best to learn on the fly."

Posted Sep 7, 2006

Phil Villarreal

33 ——

Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads (2006)

"Save me from this prison Lord, help me get away 'Cause only you can save me now From this misery"

Posted Sep 7, 2006

Phil Villarreal

34 76%

The Puffy Chair (2005)

"Remember the Duplass brothers, writer Mark and director Jay. They seem to be imbued with the talents of the top moviemaking brother acts: the zaniness of the Coens, the insight of the Wachowskis and the comedic spark of the Farrellys."

Posted Sep 7, 2006

Phil Villarreal

35 2%

Crossover (2006)

"The only thing that makes the game streetball, as is explained by overexpository dialogue, is that strict rules aren't really enforced, and the players are allowed to travel. I know what you're thinking -- how is this different from the NBA?"

Posted Sep 1, 2006

Phil Villarreal

36 72%

Rocky II (1979)

""Rocky II" represents far more than just a good-looking fight. It's all about trusting in yourself and overcoming fear in striving for greatness."

Posted Sep 1, 2006

Phil Villarreal

37 27%

Trust the Man (2006)

"Freundlich has some merciless fun at his gender's expense, holding up two best-pal schlubs, Tom (David Duchovny) and Tobey (Billy Crudup), for ridicule."

Posted Aug 31, 2006

Phil Villarreal

38 21%

The Quiet (2006)

"Babbit overplays her hand, heavily hinting at every mystery, and by the midpoint the film is just a long dive into the inevitable."

Posted Aug 31, 2006

Phil Villarreal

39 74%

The Illusionist (2006)

"A slickly paced collision-course drama."

Posted Aug 31, 2006

Phil Villarreal

40 88%

American Beauty (1999)

"Above all, "American Beauty" is about finding peace and a sense of wonder in the least likely of places, such as your inner torment or, failing that, perhaps a floating plastic bag."

Posted Aug 25, 2006

Phil Villarreal

41 71%

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)

"You'd half expect the movie to throw caution to the wind and become "Grandmas Gone Wild," but the film is too prim to offer any surprises."

Posted Aug 24, 2006

Phil Villarreal

42 59%

How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)

"No worms were harmed in the making of "How to Eat Fried Worms," but one classic book was."

Posted Aug 24, 2006

Phil Villarreal

43 41%

Beerfest (2006)

"You'd have to be drunk to appreciate Beerfest. Really drunk. So sloshed that you don't know which way is up or down. So wasted that the dull and overlong seems witty and sharp."

Posted Aug 24, 2006

Phil Villarreal

44 71%

Invincible (2006)

"Invincible is part The Rookie, part Rocky and all heart."

Posted Aug 24, 2006

Phil Villarreal

45 99%

Apocalypse Now (1979)

"His film is timeless because although the setting may change, the wars and the plight of soldiers will remain the same."

Posted Aug 18, 2006

Phil Villarreal

46 68%

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

"Ellis and company miss out on so many opportunities for awesomeness, it's almost depressing. "

Posted Aug 18, 2006

Phil Villarreal

47 91%

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

"Little Miss Sunshine proves that family is a heck of a lot like the film's VW bus: It may be clunky, it may not always run right, but everyone will be OK so long as we all get together and push."

Posted Aug 17, 2006

Phil Villarreal

48 36%

Accepted (2006)

"Bartleby thinks he's onto something new but doesn't realize somebody already thought of the concept - it's called junior college."

Posted Aug 17, 2006

Phil Villarreal

49 46%

Edmond (2005)

"A sex- and violence-filled romp that sprays David Mamet's staccato dialogue like rubber bullets over the audience."

Posted Aug 17, 2006

Phil Villarreal

50 96%

Umberto D. (1952)

"De Sica takes a premise that drips with sentimentality and wipes all the sappiness away, leaving only raw action and subtle underlying emotion."

Posted Aug 11, 2006

Phil Villarreal

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