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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

Once (2007)

"The bohemian Irish musical is so phenomenal you'll need to see it a second time, if only to confirm to yourself that the movie is really as good as you remembered."

Posted Aug 30, 2007

Phil Villarreal

2 85%

2 Days in Paris (2007)

"Goldberg plays the hapless- victim role to perfection. Forget two days %u2014 you could watch him stew for a week."

Posted Aug 30, 2007

Phil Villarreal

3 91%

The Caine Mutiny (1954)

"Bogart shines brightest, finding strength in weakness."

Posted Aug 26, 2007

Phil Villarreal

4 13%

September Dawn (2007)

"A stirring love story that dabbles uncomfortably close to hate."

Posted Aug 24, 2007

Phil Villarreal

5 57%

Interview (2007)

"A battle of who couldn't care less in which two parties' disinterest collides into a spark-filled festival of mutual loathing, attempted manipulation and resentment."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Phil Villarreal

6 59%

Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

"Ever bobbing and weaving, "Resurrecting the Champ" packs a wallop."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Phil Villarreal

7 37%

The Ten (2007)

"Wain is a big fan of offbeat, exaggerated humor that either hits so big you think he's a genius or misses so badly you wonder whether he's sane."

Posted Aug 23, 2007

Phil Villarreal

8 50%

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

"If you've seen 10 minutes of Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean routine, you've seen it all. Any larger dose can lead to irritation, dry mouth and depression."

Posted Aug 22, 2007

Phil Villarreal

9 57%

Road Trip (2000)

"Road Trip is a one-way trip to immature comic bliss."

Posted Aug 19, 2007

Phil Villarreal

10 79%

Summercamp! (2007)

"I guess as a film concept it's more engaging than MVD Visit! or Grocery Shopping! but not by much."

Posted Aug 15, 2007

Phil Villarreal

11 72%

Golden Door (2007)

"So enjoyable and visually stimulating is the experience, it's tough to knock Crialese's Door."

Posted Aug 15, 2007

Phil Villarreal

12 60%

Arctic Tale (2007)

"During the end credits, kids pop up onscreen to warn you that every time you turn on your lights, a baby polar bear falls to his death through a crevasse of ice cracked by global warming. Or something to that effect."

Posted Aug 15, 2007

Phil Villarreal

13 88%

Superbad (2007)

"What they came up with is one of the most authentic and hilarious high school films in memory."

Posted Aug 15, 2007

Phil Villarreal

14 75%

Les Enfants terribles (The Strange Ones) (1950)

"French cinema legends Jean-Pierre Melville and Jean Cocteau collaborated to cast a hypnotic spell."

Posted Aug 13, 2007

Phil Villarreal

15 57%

Becoming Jane (2007)

"Anne Hathaway concludes the thorough evolution from Disney princess to serious actress. With commanding wit and a deft British accent, she's more than convincing as a wickedly intelligent woman restricted by proper society."

Posted Aug 9, 2007

Phil Villarreal

16 18%

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

"Director Brett Ratner gives and he takes away. After destroying one trilogy last year with X-Men: The Last Stand, revives another with Rush Hour 3."

Posted Aug 8, 2007

Phil Villarreal

17 94%

Reds (1981)

"Vittorio Storaro, who won an Oscar for his cinematography, keeps the long film moving at a healthy pace, mixing static shots with subtle camera movement, never showing off or detracting from the story."

Posted Aug 5, 2007

Phil Villarreal

18 25%

El Cantante (2007)

"Ichaso takes the inspiration-explanation technique a step further, setting up scenes that echo Lavoe's album covers, which flash across the screen. Corny, yes, but sort of cool."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Phil Villarreal

19 39%

Hot Rod (2007)

"Here's a comedy with a Napoleon complex."

Posted Aug 2, 2007

Phil Villarreal

20 94%

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"You don't want to mess with Jason Bourne. Guy's as lethal as Chinese wheat gluten."

Posted Aug 1, 2007

Phil Villarreal

21 81%

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

"Now that this film is here, I'm going to need to see another "Die Hard" flick every three years or so until Willis dies. Hopefully by then they'll have perfected the art of replicating Willis as a Virtual Actotron 3001."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Phil Villarreal

22 14%

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)

"I laughed enough to assure myself I wasn't wasting my time, but not enough to convince me Sandler isn't on cruise control."

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Phil Villarreal

23 78%

Crazy Love (2007)

"The film lassoes you in with "ya gotta hear this" prurience."

Posted Jul 25, 2007

Phil Villarreal

24 90%

Rescue Dawn (2007)

"Herzog's familiarity with the material is an invaluable resource. His insight and vision lead to an experience that can't be matched by soundstages or computer graphics."

Posted Jul 25, 2007

Phil Villarreal

25 41%

No Reservations (2007)

"A remake not only of Mostly Martha, but of every romantic comedy featuring an uptight woman who learns to cut loose and enjoy life with a freewheeling new beau."

Posted Jul 25, 2007

Phil Villarreal

26 90%

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

"Homer addresses the audience at the beginning and calls us all suckers. Funny 'cause it's true."

Posted Jul 25, 2007

Phil Villarreal

27 96%

Spartacus (1960)

"More than a standard good vs. evil drama, the movie is about a hero's inner struggle to persevere in carrying out an ideal that's almost certain to lead to his demise."

Posted Jul 22, 2007

Phil Villarreal

28 70%

Day Night Day Night (2006)

"In striving to nail down every excruciating detail of how an attack might take place, Loktev squanders forward momentum."

Posted Jul 18, 2007

Phil Villarreal

29 91%

Hairspray (2007)

"It's all about the music, baby. And the rollicking tunes and flashy dance numbers carry the day. This new "Hairspray" is as good as it could possibly be."

Posted Jul 18, 2007

Phil Villarreal

30 92%

Carrie (1976)

"The bulk of "Carrie" is not a gore-fest, but a prescient tone poem about the mental torture of social outcasts in high school halls in the pre-Columbine era."

Posted Jul 15, 2007

Phil Villarreal

31 79%

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

"It feels like Charlie Brown getting ready to kick the football that Lucy's holding. He's sure she's going to pull it away once again, but Charlie gives it another try anyway, because it's there, and who knows, maybe this time will be different."

Posted Jul 10, 2007

Phil Villarreal

32 92%

The Deer Hunter (1978)

"Like an honorable soldier, Cazale gave everything he had for a cause in which he believed."

Posted Jul 8, 2007

Phil Villarreal

33 58%

Zoo (2007)

"Director Robinson Devor makes an only mildly disgusting film about a wholly revolting subject."

Posted Jul 5, 2007

Phil Villarreal

34 57%

Transformers (2007)

"Although the film can't quite eclipse the glorious Saturday morning cartoon silliness of the 1986 animated "Transformers" movie, it more than stands its ground."

Posted Jul 2, 2007

Phil Villarreal

35 100%

The Third Man (1949)

"As you watch the film, you feel as though the screen is tilted higher, glowering over you as you wince in its devastating presence, which is probably how Martins felt scurrying through the Vienna darkness."

Posted Jul 1, 2007

Phil Villarreal

36 92%

Sicko (2007)

"Moore seems to trust his audience this time out, allowing the interview subjects to tell their stories without repeating his cheesy move from the past of stepping into the frame himself, shaking his head in awe."

Posted Jun 28, 2007

Phil Villarreal

37 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"The wild, devoted praise afforded Bird's solid yet tepid films puzzles me. It's as though society is playing a joke that everyone but me and a few others are in on. I smell a Ratatouille."

Posted Jun 27, 2007

Phil Villarreal

38 37%

Last Man Standing (1996)

"Wry, cold and confident, Willis squints and blasts his way through the film, a blazing pistol in each hand."

Posted Jun 24, 2007

Phil Villarreal

39 78%

1408 (2007)

"It pins you into a claustrophobic chamber of terror for a surprisingly stomach-turning thrill ride."

Posted Jun 20, 2007

Phil Villarreal

40 79%

A Mighty Heart (2007)

"It plays as a pandering vanity project for Angelina Jolie."

Posted Jun 20, 2007

Phil Villarreal

41 23%

Evan Almighty (2007)

"The idea to show characters dancing to a song with lyrics that go "Everybody Dance Now!" is indicative of the movie's creativity level."

Posted Jun 20, 2007

Phil Villarreal

42 96%

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

"If ever a film was haunted, it's "Rebel Without a Cause," which burns as a bright memorial for stars James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo."

Posted Jun 17, 2007

Phil Villarreal

43 37%

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

"Fantastic? Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. Thrilling, engaging and totally adequate are more fitting adjectives to the latest superhero special effects bonanza."

Posted Jun 15, 2007

Phil Villarreal

44 82%

Days of Glory (Indigenes) (2007)

"The horror of "Days of Glory" is that its hate and tolerance are not relics from the past, but are as real today as the flickering shadows on the screen."

Posted Jun 13, 2007

Phil Villarreal

45 50%

Nancy Drew (2007)

"The tone is most similar to the "Scooby-Doo" films, which isn't a compliment."

Posted Jun 13, 2007

Phil Villarreal

46 69%

L'Iceberg (2005)

" If mime is your idea of entertainment, you might have a good time, but others will feel as though they're trapped in an invisible box."

Posted Jun 7, 2007

Phil Villarreal

47 85%

Air Guitar Nation (2006)

"As "Seinfeld" proved, shows about nothing can be a lot of fun."

Posted Jun 7, 2007

Phil Villarreal

48 78%

Surf's Up (2007)

"Cleverly told from the perspective of a reality-show film crew on hand to tell the story behind the Penguin World Surfing Championships, the film cuts a curl of brisk family fun."

Posted Jun 6, 2007

Phil Villarreal

49 97%

Big (1988)

"Hanks so convincingly played a grown-up with a 12-year-old mind that he transformed instantly in the public eye from a run-of-the-mill comedy star to a respected actor with limitless potential."

Posted Jun 3, 2007

Phil Villarreal

50 70%

The Valet (La Doublure) (2007)

"Stereotypes were made to be broken, but don't expect the lithe screwball comedy "The Valet" to change your ideas of Gallic humor."

Posted May 30, 2007

Phil Villarreal

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