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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Meet Me In St. Louis
½

The classic Judy Garland film that gave us songs like "The Trolley Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". The story was created when the studio wanted to have the Broadway hit play "Life with Father". Unwilling to have audiences split between the live stage and the screen they couldn't get the rights to the play. So the studio created a similar story for Meet Me in St. Louis.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Not as fabulous as the first Narnia film. But I really enjoyed it and the huge fight scenes.

How to Train Your Dragon

I'm in love with this film. But it may be that the main dragon, Toothless, is actually my cat Bella.

Fake Identity

I've seen this movie before, only with Cary Grant in North by Northwest.

The Invention of Lying

Cute but you could guess what they were going to preach about

Avatar
Avatar (2009)

I enjoyed it for the excitement and how pretty it was. But it stopped there. Because I've seen this movie before, many times over.

Fern Gully, Last Samurai, Pocohontas, Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves, Star Wars and so on and so on...

District 9
District 9 (2009)

Just a hunch, I think this was about apartheid.

9
9 (2009)
½

Dull and unexciting. Beautiful animation though.

Echelon Conspiracy
½

A bad version of War Games.

The Princess and the Frog
½

A beautiful return to traditional animation for Disney.

Bride and Prejudice

It's Pride and Prejudice in India, with a Bollywood influence. GET IT? Couldn't finish it, had to send it back.

G-Force
G-Force (2009)

We had nothing better to watch. It was cute. He was a mole, get it? They sure as heck made sure you knew that was a freaking joke.

Sherlock Holmes

This film was a lot of fun and I always enjoy Robert Downey Jr. But Sherlock Holmes against magic? Come on!

Duplicity
Duplicity (2009)
½

Let's just hop back 5 years, now 4 months, now 2. Get's on your nerves.
I never actually learned the character names. It was always Julia Roberts and Clive Owen on screen. Hmmm...

Duck Soup
Duck Soup (1933)

My favorite of the Marx brothers films.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona
½

Trying to understand your own heart, talents, and wants in a beautiful setting.

Louis C.K.: Shameless
½

Crude and honest about his wife and children.

Yes Man
Yes Man (2008)
½

Jim Carrey is amusing as always and Zooey Deschanel is adorable and quirky.

Middlemarch
Middlemarch (1994)
½

Normally I love BBC period films but this one was even slow for me.

While You Were Sleeping
½

How can you not fall in love with that family?

Funny Girl
Funny Girl (1968)

Very funny and classic musical glam.

I Love You, Man

You'll get your laughs from this cute "bromance".

Sunshine Cleaning

Living in small town USA, you've become nothing after being popular in high school, and your mom commited suicide as a kid? Man, you just can't catch a break. Nothing seems to be fully completed at the end.

An Ideal Husband

I love these silly kind of films. Blackmail and lies leading to crazy misunderstandings.

Can you believe how tiny Cate Blanchett's waist is in a corset?

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

One of the best performances of a drunk girl out there.

Miss Austen Regrets

Beautifully acted and very moving.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
½

"I thought you couldn't apparate on school grounds."
I almost expected Dumbledore to turn to Harry, pop an eyebrow, and say "I'm Dumbledore bitch!"

Loved the comedy in this film. An excellent blend to break tension and move things forward.

Romancing the Stone
½

I don't think Italian high heels would actually turn into realistic flats if you hacked the heels off. But I'll go along with ya.

Role Models
Role Models (2008)
½

This was actually very funny and adorable at the same time. LARP it up!

Public Enemies

The actors were absolutely fabulous! I was drawn in every moment. Christian Bale seemed a tad too stiff. The music was great and of course Johnny Depp was amazing.

Persuasion
Persuasion (2008)
½

A beautiful adaptation and a delicious couple. Sally Hawkins as Anne is fabulous and you are with her emotionally the entire time. I love the fast paced frantic run she does in Bath as she races after Frederick when she gets his letter.

Mansfield Park

I love Billie Piper. So I adored her as Fanny.
It moved very very quickly. It would be best to already know the story or have seen other versions so you always knew what was going on. Very funny to watch Maria eye up Henry Crawford.
Everyone seemed to have magic breasts that seem a bit impossible for correct period undergarments. But it was neat how the older women still wore fashions that would have been popular when they were younger.

Mansfield Park
½

Very very very slow moving. Fanny seemed very homely and I could barely hear her. But it does walk through, or maybe creep, though the book. You get a lot of the story that other adaptations sometimes skip or breeze by.

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

Enjoyable and cute. More of the same. Always enjoy Hank Azaria.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Oh fat jokes and physical comedy.

The Proposal
The Proposal (2009)

An amusing film, especially if you like Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Nothing spectacular but Betty White is too much fun.

Gran Torino
Gran Torino (2009)
½

How can you not love Clint in this film? So endearing but of course justs rips your heart out.

Up
Up (2009)
½

Had to work hard at not breaking into tears a few times there!

Star Trek
Star Trek (2009)
½

I am greatly amused!

X-Men Origins - Wolverine
½

Really enjoyable and exciting at times but also very predictable in dialogue and plot. Some very poor CGI claws but still plenty to like for the X-Men fan.

State of Play

Ben Affleck, why are you so awful?

Last King: The Power And Passion Of Charles Ii, The
½

Absolutely love it! I need a wig like Shirley Henderson sports the first time you see her.

Barbarella
Barbarella (1968)
½

Boobs, crash ship, costume change, killer dolls, sex, costume change, crash, costume change, angel, sex, costume change... You get the idea.

One of those films you just have to see at some point.

Che: Part Two (Guerrilla)
½

Part Two has a completely different feel. Almost as if it was a whole new style of filming and direction. Part One is about triumph, Part Two is about failure. You painfully sit through the entire piece having grasped the idea 30 minutes in. The entire piece is summed up by one scene of Che urging a stubborn horse to move forward, the creature beating him in the end. It is easy to become impatient.

Che: Part One (The Argentine)
½

Part One is beautiful and moving, though a little self indulgent knowing it has as much film time as it does. You find yourself cheering on the revolution actually based on the idea of bettering the country for the common people.

Persepolis
Persepolis (2007)

Beautifully animated, clever, funny, and moving. Sometimes the white subtitles were hard to read over the mainly black and white animation.

Hamlet 2
Hamlet 2 (2008)

It's funny, especially for theatre types. But nothing amazing.

Noise
Noise (2007)
½

Who hasn't wanted to smash a car up because of the car's alarm that wouldn't turn off?

Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs
½

The fact David Cross does the voice is part of why I liked this one so much.

Futurama: Bender's Game

Fun to pick out all the geeky references but not the best of the Futurama movies.

Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder

Well connected in the story line but it felt as if there wasn't that excitment as in the others.

Bolt
Bolt (2008)

I love pet themed films. Make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
And I would totally watch Bolt the tv show.

Paprika
Paprika (2006)
½

Beautiful animation but a tired idea. Are we still in the dream? I don't know!

Twilight
Twilight (2008)

I only watched this as part of a drinking game. The acting made me develop a nervous tick. Ugh...

Pom Poko (Heisei tanuki gassen pompoko) (The Raccoon War)

Another beautifully animated film from Studio Ghibli with a great ecological theme. Enjoy the amusing shifts in style of animation of the tanuki as the mood changes.

And of course, full of racoon balls.

Watchmen
Watchmen (2009)
½

It's amazing how you can remember each shot from the graphic novel. I liked the changes made. They work well for the film. My favorite part has to be the open sequence to Bob Dylan though.

The International

Guggenheim + glass + guns = good times for all

Coraline
Coraline (2009)
½

Beautiful and fun in 3D! Keep telling yourself that this isn't CGI and it blows your mind. Enjoy the They Might Be Giants song inthere.

The Other Boleyn Girl
½

I actually found the costumes disracting. They were so proud of the matching themes and HUGE prints that the costumes began not to fit the film. I was also spoiled by the Showtime Series "The Tudors". The pace of the film felt rushed and perhaps unexplained for uninformed viewers. I only really enjoyed Scarlett Johansson.

Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans

Wow, that was bad. Nothing exciting or interesting for the plot since we already knew what would happen. The acting was poor and the fight scenes were just to show you how much blood they could use. Ugh

Taken
Taken (2009)
½

GREAT action scenes but lacking in the plot and ending. They really could have made some interesting plot choices and tied it up much better. But you hate the ex-wife and root for him taking down all the bad guys.

Last Chance Harvey

Tugs at your heartstrings.

Slumdog Millionaire

You even get a musical dance number in the credits.

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane (1941)

It's so easy to get burned out on this film. If you ever take a film class, you will study this film for ages. I now find this film so dull and very tedious.

City of Angels
½

A well know story plot but moving and perfect for a Meg Ryan film.

Bicentennial Man

Please robin Williams, just stop with these films.

To Kill A Mockingbird

One of those films that sticks in your mind.

Unbreakable
Unbreakable (2000)
½

Easy guess but absolute Shyamalan twist plo.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Pretending to invent the glue used on post-its! Great dance scene.

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

"I see you have braces, I have braces too"

What Dreams May Come

Interesting scenery but it felt slow and uninteresting.

Defiance
Defiance (2009)

Powerful and refereshing new WWII tale.

The Jane Austen Book Club

I think the only reason I watched the whole thing was because of my own love of Jane Austen. Similar character plot lines to The Women but each woman is a different Jane Austen character in her habits and troubles.

The White Countess

Ralph Fiennes is fabulous as always.

Miss Potter
Miss Potter (2007)

Enjoyable to learn the history of Beatrix Potter. Nothing spectacular or that makes it stand out as a period film though. The minimal makeup and Victorian clothing didn't seem to suit Renee well.

Burn After Reading

Huh... well there was enough shocking violence.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The costuming and makeup were impressive. The idea is great but it can be slow at times.
Did I only count 6 of the 7 ways the one guy was hit by lightening?

The Silver Chair

The acting and effects are awful. But you can't stop watching!!!! The giants and the aspect of the small humans is often broken or changed. But the movie is very true to the book.

The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (TV SHOW)
½

People in giant beaver suits! I loved this film as a child. The Aslan was so neat. Of course, you will laugh at the horrible effects.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Go in knowing what you will get. Same hilarious Kevin Smith but with a great new team up with Seth Rogen.

Quantum of Solace

I action sequences were supurb and had you on the edge of your seat. Much better than the later Brosnan scripts. Fast moving and enjoyable. Dench is also wonderful. The oil girl was also a neat image call back to the gold girl in Goldfinger.

Kung Fu Panda
½

Adorable and great fun. The furious 5 didn't seem to have enough build and screentime for how important they seemed. But a great idea with positive themes.

Appaloosa
Appaloosa (2008)

Viggo and Ed are amazing. Totally the idea the manly cowboy we all love. The comedy is slow and easy, but hilarious.
I don't understand the casting of Zallweger. But I'm glad I'm not the only viewer who just wished she would get slapped or shot. She just brought down the otherwise great cast.

The Duchess
The Duchess (2008)

A beautiful period film. Ralph Fiennes is impressive. He brought thought and reason to all his character's actions, cruel as they may be. It would have been so easy to just play a completely evil character.

Run Fatboy Run
½

Amusing and adorable. You get your belly laughs for sure though the film is predictable.

Made of Honor
½

You get your predictable laughs but the film is weak. They didn't try very hard, just knew Patrick Dempsey would pull an audience.

Righteous Kill
½

Al Pachino and De Niro? Yeah, that's a lot of testosterone. The plot is basic and predictable but you see it for the actors.

The Women
The Women (2008)
½

An enjoyable girly film. Parts are predictable but you'll enjoy the laughs and characters if you go in knowing you're getting.

The Golden Compass

Polar bears punching each other!

Wargames: The Dead Code

It's only entertaining finding the connections to the original film. But just awful.

Flawless
Flawless (2008)

Caine is great, Moore is poor. Where they find the diamonds is predictable, but reasoning is more entertaining.

Smokin' Aces
Smokin' Aces (2007)
½

That's a lot of blood.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)

Monsters with eyes in places you don't expect eyes! The writing was weak, but the cgi was beautiful. You'll enjoy it for what it is.

Hellboy
Hellboy (2004)
½

The makeup is spectacular as is Ron Perlman. But in general, pretty bad storyline with little character development

The Dark Knight

Why so serious?
You will be blown away by Heath Ledger's performance. No question.

Wanted
Wanted (2008)
½

Excellent action flick and visually stunning. Lacking in character development and transitions are weak. Still very enjoyable, funny scenes, and ridiculously exciting.

Strange Wilderness

This film is awful! So disappointing. But you will laugh. Especially at the voice over scenes of wild animals.
They are all wearing the same clothes in the scene one year later at the tv station that they were in the first station scene.

Charlie Bartlett

Really enjoyable until the end when things get slow and really cheesy at the end.

WALL-E
WALL-E (2008)

I was instantly in love with Wall-E, a mini Johnny 5 like robot. The emotion the robots are able to express is endearing. Solid social messages that the children will also be able to register.

Fool's Gold
Fool's Gold (2008)
½

I was able to sit through the whole thing. I'm impressed with myself.

Semi-Pro
Semi-Pro (2008)
½

You'll get your belly laughs here and there but nothing amazing.

Ocean's Thirteen
½

You're getting exactly what you expect and want from this film. What's great is that it gets RIGHT into the action.

Get Smart
Get Smart (2008)

I loved the tv show and I love Steve Carell. A great summer movie.

Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Old school musical fun. A show within a show.

For Your Consideration
½

A few good laughs but not as great as A Mighty Wind or Dog Show.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner (1982)
½

We need to get crackin' on those flying cars.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

I couldn't get past the beginning of the film. Slow pace, bad acting, and poor singing/songs. I had to turn it off.

[Rec]
[Rec] (2007)
½

Creepy! Made me jump in my seat even when I could predict what would come next.

Battle Royale 3D
½

Want shock and blood? The concept and hype are pretty neat but the excitement dies after the first 45 minutes. The death scenes are poor and the ending dull.

Oldboy
Oldboy (2005)

This movie was amazing leaving a similar feeling of Fight Club mixed with Count of Monte Cristo. At least watch this for the one shot fight scene where the primary weapon is a hammer. Be ready for lots of blood, violence, and uncomfortable topics.

La Vie en Rose (La Mome)

Edith's life was harsh and yet had beautiful moments. Cotillard was amazing but the film never completely pulled me in.

Annie Get Your Gun

Good old fashioned racism. Hilarious when you think about how un-p.c. this version of the musical is. Boo to the ending but Betty Hutton was spectacular.

Waiting for Guffman

Catherine O'Hara's bangs had me laughing through the whole thing.

The Return of the Living Dead

Those are some smart 80s zombies! BRAINS!!!!! Plenty of laughs.

Nuga geunyeo-wa jasseulkka? (Sexy Teacher) (Who Slept With Her)
½

Strange and funny, typical coming of age story for high school guys, Korean style. You'll get your laughs. My favorite is the 40 yr old playing the 17 yr old.

Nae yeojachingureul sogae habnida (Windstruck)
½

The beginning was enjoyable. But it's no My Sassy Girl. I thought it ended at 5 different points. The third act really pulled this whole film down.

There's No Business Like Show Business

A show about putting on a show. It was fun and colorful but not spectacular. Monroe does a great job and and looks great in her costumes. Only two songs you will remember.

I Am Legend
I Am Legend (2007)

Wow suspense and a great job by Will Smith. Poor Sam.

The Happiness of the Katakuris

BIZARRE musical with murder and claymation

Cloverfield
Cloverfield (2008)

Ugh... I told him he was going to get everyone killed. But does the movie listen to me?

So when an alien monster thing bites you, you explode. I mean, Alien said it happens that way. So all movies must follow suit right?

Also, when you tape over a tape and you stop recording, you don't skip time on the original video. You would just keep recording where you stopped.

Baby Mama
Baby Mama (2008)

Predictable but enjoyable.

Amadeus
Amadeus (1984)

Beautifully done but the dvd leaves much to be desired.

Lady Jane
Lady Jane (1986)
½

Beautifully done. And let's not forget Cary Elwes spectacular 80's hair!

Iron Man
Iron Man (2008)

Now this is a super hero movie!

88 Minutes
88 Minutes (2008)

Al Pacino's hair is amazing. It would have been better if it was the whole class.

Dan in Real Life

Let's all wince at the uncomfortable tension and comedy together. And psssst! Dan's family! Could you do your laundry during the day so he doesn't have to sleep next to the dryer that is apparently drying a load of bricks?

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
½

It tries way to hard and wants too much of an uninterested audience. I assume the book was more entertaining. How did I even manage to get through this?
ps - That chick was too old for you. DUH

Rendition
Rendition (2007)

Makes you uncofortable like it's supposed to.

Gone Baby Gone
½

You think the ovie is over 45 minutes in, but stick with it. If you think hard enough, you'll figure it out rather quickly. I could do without Casey Affleck.

The Brave One

So slow. All I cared about about was her dog and how long it would take for her to get a gun. I stopped watching, took a nap, and had someone tell if she got her dog back in the end.

Leatherheads
Leatherheads (2008)
½

Want to enjoy George Clooney's charisma is the whole point of this film. It's enjoyable and full of silliness most will enjoy. It even has the required man hiding in a woman's train compartment filled with quick witted dialogue. All you need is Carry Grant!

Wilde
Wilde (1998)

Beautiful performances by everyone. Play spot the stars. Can you find Orlando Bloom?

The Darjeeling Limited
½

It was emotional baggage! GET IT!

Death at a Funeral

It's okay, I just gave him a couple of Valium!

Vantage Point

A total thriller. Just gets a little too repetative and you'll be antsy in your seat. Hello rewind idea like in Run Lola Run?

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

The costuming is stunning and Cate Blanchett takes your breath away.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Hilarious and fun to try to link each character to a part of Homer's "The Odyssey".

Possession
Possession (2002)

Beautifully done. Jennifer Ehle is spectacular with Jeremy Northam. The other half of the film is rather lacking, but works.

Breathless (À bout de souffle) (By a Tether)

I was able to review this film in my basic french for my French exam. The teacher thought I was awesome.

Good Luck Chuck

Only part worth seeing is Dane Cook dressed a penguin.

Run Lola Run (Lola rennt)

I didn't need the odd animated portions as she began her race each time. Interesting to follow and even leaves you tired as Lola runs. The music is perfect!

Mr. Woodcock
Mr. Woodcock (2007)

You'll laugh when Billy Bob hits a little boy with a basketball or makes them do pull-ups in their underwear. That's about it.

The Comebacks

You'll get some nice guilt laughs. Watch this just for when they all sing Journey.

King of California

I loved it. Michael Douglas was hilarious and the film was heartwarming.

27 Dresses
27 Dresses (2008)

It's cute. That's about it.

The Age of Innocence
½

The beginning is SO SLOW. Once you make it past that you'll finally start enjoying yourself a bit.

Juno
Juno (2007)

Ellen Page is spectacular. Hell, the whole cast is.

Shoot 'Em Up
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

Ultra fast and super violent. Wait, there's a baby too?

Muppet Treasure Island

Tim Curry is great but it doesn't compare to the other muppet films.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

I would watch this movie non-stop when I was younger. Touching and funny with music you will remember.

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Absolutely spectacular muppet film.

Muppets From Space

Enjoyable kid film but no punch and feeling that came with the original films that actually had Jim Henson. The newer muppets are enjoyable, especially Pepe.

Star Trek Generations

One of my favorite Star Trek films. I mean you Patrick Stewart and William Shatner!

Star Trek - First Contact
½

I love this Star Trek film. The borg, and time travel. Showing us the beginnings of the Warp Era and proving again how flippin' bad Picard is.

Star Trek - Nemesis
½

The cgi should have been much better. A little watered down but still enjoyable.

Amazing Grace

Beautiful and touching. Spectacular cast with strong performances all around.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2)

"They're killing people!!!!!"

Wow, sometimes you see a movie just for the action and the horrible acting. This is that kind of movie. You should get plenty of laughs at how bad and how wet this is. And of course I cheer for Alien. Come on!

Jingle All the Way

The search for the must have Christmas toy.

Three Amigos!
½

A total classic with lines you will quote for the rest of your life.

Waterworld
Waterworld (1995)
½

Really, is this the best we can do with this idea?

Joe Dirt
Joe Dirt (2001)

You can laugh at a one liner or two.

Charlotte's Web

I don't think there is a child who doesn't like this film.

Dragonheart
Dragonheart (1996)
½

I remember getting a bit sniffly.

True Lies
True Lies (1994)
½

This movie is hilarious! Watch it for Jamie Lee Curtis.

Déjà Vu
Déjà Vu (2006)

I really enjoy time bending plots and this has plenty of excitement.

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid

Enjoyable to think they made huge props. But that's about it.

BASEketball
BASEketball (1998)
½

No one should pay to see this.

Orange County

The adult actors in this film are what you should watch it for. Lithfow, O'Hara and Ramis are hilarious.

Scary Movie 3
½

Why do I only enjoy Charlie Sheen in this one?

The Night Listener

It was alright, just like the book... alright.

Shrek the Third
½

I enjoyed the laughs it gave but why do I end up not giving a care about it when I loved the others?

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
½

I couldn't stand to sit through the whole film. I volunteered to get more snacks and then wandered a bit. Peter's "emo" portion was laughable and the rest was weak. It didn't have to be nearly as long as it was.

Secret Window
½

Johnny Depp is amazing as always. But the film is SO predictable. I kept hoping there was something more to it. It couldn't possibly be THAT simple!?

Eastern Promises
½

Wow! Your basic mob film but the Turkish bath scene will leave you stunned and on the edge of your seat. Bravo Viggo!

1408
1408 (2007)
½

You have to be impressed with John Cusack's ability to maintain and carry your through the film. So much of the film is just him on camera.

The Shining
The Shining (1980)
½

My only issue is how slowly it develops. I'm not sure if it's just my modern need for immediate gratification.

Waitress
Waitress (2007)
½

A bittersweet and lovely comedy. A little predictable but the dialogue and heartfelt connections are wonderful.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Really enjoyable and very fast paced. Be ready to sit down and jump right into the plot. Reminds you of many of today's popular video games. Plenty of laughs as well.

Charlie Wilson's War

Really spectacular acting, especially by Hanks and Hoffman. An excellent film to remind you of your history leading up to 9-11. You'll be cheering for each helicopter being shot down and as Charlie raises the funding from nothing to a billion.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Just spectacular. The intimate feel of the film makes the quieter singing style fit perfectly. Expect lots of blood, a much faster pace than the stage show, slight editing down on the number of songs, and hilarious dark humor.

Fred Claus
Fred Claus (2007)
½

Adorable family film with awesome Vince Vaughn comedy timing. Paul Giamatti is a perfect Santa too. Plenty of laughs for all ages in the family and a heart-warming ending. (Hilarious Superman moment with Kevin Spacey as well.)

American Gangster
½

Powerful, solid film with supurb acting.

Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Hilarious, strange, and yet cautionary about nuclear war. So many famous scenes you will never forget.

Bonnie and Clyde
½

Exciting and yet remarkably sad as your cheer for Bonnie and Clyde who are remarkably complex themselves and struggle with their own romantic relationship.

Shane
Shane (1953)

Simply one of the best films of all time. About taking a stand, honor, and doing the right thing, set in the old west.

Emma
Emma (1996)

I'm surprised to say I prefer the Gwyneth Paltrow version! The characters didn't seem to connect to each other or the viewer as well as you could hope. Mr. Knightley didn't impress me as much as I would have expected. I did enjoy the detail this adaptation had in relation to the actual book. The chicken thieves and the beautiful framing of all our happy couples rightly paired, dancing at the very end were a nice touch. Bizarre to see Kate Beckinsale as Emma when you see her as a vampire in other films. I didn't feel she really fit! More like an unlikable snob who I didn't feel really provided excellent banter and exchange with Knightley.

Next
Next (2007)
½

A lot more interesting than critics would have you believe. The action is really great with plenty of laughs to keep your tension managable. A very quick run time which leaves you wanting more and maybe upset by the ending. Neat concept though.

Big Nothing
Big Nothing (2007)
½

Be ready for dark humor and to hit the ground running when the plot takes off! I rented it for Simon Pegg. If you enjoy his work, you'll like this film too.

Michael Clayton
½

A fantastic performance by Tom Wilkinson and Clooney! I'm sure Wilkinson will be up for an Oscar. Detailed and thrilling without the need for car chases and gun scenes. The tension will get you inching forward in your chair as you think about the immorality of big buisness and law firms that support them because that's what they were hired to do. Just fantastic!

Sweeney Todd in Concert

Excellent concert version of Sweeney Todd.

Queen Margot (La Reine Margot)
½

You'll be better off if you know a little about the history of the French Royal Family during the time of the St. Bartholomew day massacre. You can tell that the story is taken from Dumas because of all the intrigue and murder due to poison! Beware, this is a French film so there is plenty of BLOOD, sex and full frontal male nudity.

The Kingdom
The Kingdom (2007)
½

The action is amazing and the moments of comedy give you a chance to breathe and relate. Great acting and message that "those people over there" are just that, people like us with families and beliefs trying to fight terrorists as well.

Sommersby
Sommersby (1993)

Stunning acting by Foster and Gere were spectacular in this emotionally draining drama. Gere returns after missing for 6 years during the Civil War. The question of the film is Gere really Sommersby, the husband or Foster, as he claims? But while the question hangs in the air he brings the town together, black and white, and pulls the town out of the economic downward spiral that would destroy what was left after the war. Spectacular love story. Keep tissues nearby!

Perfect Stranger

An excuse for constant close-ups on Halle Berry's admittedly smoking body. The whole film felt more like a chore with a "surprise" at the end to try to prove that it was more than a tribute to Berry's amazing looks.

The Affair of the Necklace
½

It was a mistake to cast Hilary Swank as the lead. She gave no excitement to the lead leaving the rest of the amazing cast with no energy to feed off of. Beautiful costumes but for how exciting the plot line should be, you don't feel it. Christopher Walken was the BEST part.

The Blue Lagoon

I remember seeing this on cable tv and feeling very confused as to what in the hell I was watching. Two, maybe cousins, are stranded on an island and grow up together, hit puberty and eventually have a baby not knowing how it happened. The idea of how nature would take over if social stigmas and ideas are not presented to youth.

A Far Off Place
½

I not only know I should fear poachers from this film, but that I could find water in the desert if I'm lucky enough to have my bushman friend along.

Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I (2006)

I cannot get over how spectacular Helen Mirren is. A must see for anyone interested in this time period or genre of film. She is so strong and yet has emotionally fragile moments as Elizabeth that are intriguing.

A Very Long Engagement
½

If you loved Amelie you will love this film. Presented in much the same style, with color again playing an important part, yellow tones placing us just after WWI and grey darkness showing us the trenches and despair. Touching and beautiful.

Superbad
Superbad (2007)
½

I haven't laughed this hard in a while. Spectacular quick dialogue and delivery.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth (1998)

Cate Blanchett is spectacular, as is the costuming. Beautifully done with an interesting look at how Elizabeth became known as the Virgin Queen.

Serenity
Serenity (2005)

Basically don't make River mad! Interesting back story and great fighting, but could have given more.

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Beautiful cinematography, costuming, and amazing action. Let's hope this revives the love of the Western and encourages more well done Westerns. Just Awesome!

The Nanny Diaries
½

A modern Mary Poppins without the magic and singing but plenty of comedy.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz (2007)
½

I couldn't stop laughing! Just awesome with great funny moments calling back to Shaun of the Dead.

The Ninth Gate
½

I didn't feel the pace was too slow as others seem to think. I thought it fit perfectly and left you in suspense or curious in the right places. Beautiful acting by Depp and great haunting music!

Persuasion
Persuasion (1995)

Beautiful adaptation of a Jane Austin favorite. No unnecessary flash or frills but a BBC consistence some come to love.

Stardust
Stardust (2007)

I couldn't believe how much I loved this film!

The Simpsons Movie
½

Like watching an episode for a whole movie length. Same laughs and great stuff. Nothing other than that though.

Becoming Jane
½

Beautiful cinematography and costuming. It was fun to watch how different moments of her life would creep into the stories we all love. But if you know about Jane Austen's life you know what the ending has to be. Rather dull and not as engaging as her stories but it definitely picks up in the last 1/3.

The Number 23
½

I was glad it turned out more complicated than it looked it would at the beginning.

MirrorMask
MirrorMask (2005)

I was frustrated the whole first half of the film. Is this an excuse just to play with CGI? The sound was to quiet making it a chore to hear what the actors were saying. The ending made up for the first half and I still have the music number of "Close to You" stuck in my head. Beautiful and strange visuals, my favorite being the sphinxes.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
½

Stunning styling and storytelling. The music is absolutely spectacular and you think over your ideas of love and sexuality.

The Bourne Ultimatum
½

Unbelievably exciting and a tight fast moving plot. Spectacular fight and car chase scenes!!!

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

So strange. Huge, bizarre, unneeded orgy scene at the end. It's almost sad not being able to take in any of the smells the whole film revolves around. Alan Rickman and Dustin Hoffman are brilliant but as it ended I was mostly annoyed and put off. Lots of stuff that will make you squirm and ask if it's really needed.

License to Wed

Demon robot babies!!!!! Predictable but still has plenty of laughs.

Lawrence of Arabia

This epic is just as amazing as you hear it to be. Peter O'Toole is amazing and the stunning locations and magnitude add excitement to the storyline.

Y Tu Mamá También
½

A coming of age story about two teenagers Tenoch and Julio. Filled with sex and humor.

Sicko
Sicko (2007)

The comedy helps you get over your feeling of dispair.

Evan Almighty
½

All around enjoyable family film.

An American in Paris
½

Stunning and fun film. Gene Kelly is amazing as always as is his choreography. Follows the traditional Gene Kelly musical with humor and a huge dream dance scene with enormous group dance numbers.

Frida
Frida (2002)

Beautiful imagery and colors swirl around Salma Hayek's amazing portrayal of a passionate artist who is free with ideas of love and suffers from constant physical pain.

Volver
Volver (2006)

I loved this film. The vibrant colors, beautiful singing, and interesting relationships between all the women in the story.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

The bear might have been my favorite part.

Knocked Up
Knocked Up (2007)
½

Same humor as 40 Year Old Virgin. Lots of laughs and expect to see crude things.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High
½

A classic! To quote Sean Penn, "Awesome, totally awesome!"

But I'm A Cheerleader

It's crazy that some people think a camp like this could work. Hilarious and a great message.

Notes on a Scandal

Amazing film and spectacular acting. You are in its grip the whole time. The tension throughout the film as Dench stalks Blanchett in the pursuit of a perfect female friendship with lesbian lust is amazing. The story of a teacher falling for a student is nothing new, but you follow Dench's story telling through her writing of her diary with baited breath.

Blank Check
Blank Check (1994)

Every child dreams of this.

Weird Science
½

Nothing like making the perfect woman for yourself.

Monster-in-Law

Couldn't even finish it. YIKES!

Son in Law
Son in Law (1993)

My cousins and I watched this film non-stop one summer. One of my favorite Pauly Shore films.

The Air Up There

Who did not love this movie at one time or another?

Agnes of God
Agnes of God (1985)
½

This is one of thos films you will always remember somewhere in the back or your memory.

Dancer in the Dark

You either love it and sob or hate it and want to leave.

Pan's Labyrinth
½

Beautiful and moving! But the violence often had me flinching and looking away.

300
300 (2007)

I loved the look and the laughs from the awesome kills. Someone in our audience cheered out loud at one point. But why do they have Scottish accents?

Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls (2006)

Jennifer Hudson is amazing. The music is catchy and the makeup/costumes are fun to watch as they evolve over time periods.

Jesus Christ Superstar

Tanks? The stage production is spectacular as is the music. But the tanks at the beginning of this film undid it for me.

Mommie Dearest

"NO WIRE HANGERS!"
This film still makes my jaw drop and gives me shivers.

Liar Liar
Liar Liar (1997)
½

Watch it again and you'll laugh just as much as the first time.

The Super Mario Bros.

Somehow at one time I actually wanted to see this film.

All Dogs Go To Heaven

This movie will make you smile, cry and tap your toes to the music. It's remarkably dark at times for a children's movie.

Balto
Balto (1995)
½

Based on a true story and the animation is adorable.

Moonstruck
Moonstruck (1987)

"SNAP OUT OF IT!"
Cher looks and is amazing and you'll be surprised by the young Nicolas Cage.

Mermaids
Mermaids (1990)
½

Funny and emotional. Cher is amazing as always and Winona's narrating is amusing as she tries to relate everything to her fantasies with Catholicism (though her family is actually Jewish). But she isn't as perfect as she wishes especially since she met a local boy and her mom starts dating.

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

Cheesy but enjoyable. You'll love guessing what else you'll see in the library.

Coneheads
Coneheads (1993)

I love this SNL spin off. Great quotes gallore that you still hear.

Tommy Boy
Tommy Boy (1995)

You should be able to quote this film! Hilarious performances from Farley and Spade.

The Ladies Man
½

Tim Meadows's accent will stay in your head for days.

Corky Romano
Corky Romano (2001)

I only watched this on Comedy Central. It has a moment or two.

A Night at the Roxbury

This film was painful to watch.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
½

You'll be repeating lines from the movie for years. The secondary characters and Sacha Baron Cohen almost top Ferrell.

Stranger Than Fiction

Ferrell gives a surprising performance. A great movie and Emma Thompson is spectacular as always. The plot seems to go soft on you but you wouldn't want it to turn out any other way.

Blades of Glory
½

Great for laughs and all the cameos.

Good Night, And Good Luck

Spectacular. If you don't know about Edward R. Murrow, you should. Clooney did a spectacular job giving us a film with a message that is still important today.

The Good Shepherd
½

Matt Damon does a spectacular job. A very long film but it's exciting and keeps you thrilled.

Eragon
Eragon (2006)
½

Enjoyable but it moves too quickly. You are left wondering about what you're missing and your head is spinning. Still has beautiful scenes and cgi.

Blood Diamond
½

The acting is just spectacular. The gore and violence are appropriate but not over the line.