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Brett Buckalew

Brett Buckalew
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The Break-Up (2006)

"He likes Social Distortion, she likes Alanis Morrissette. And quite frankly, either "Ball and Chain" or "Isn't it Ironic" are both better takes on the modern relationship."
Posted Jun 1, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

"It's as a piece of entertainment that the movie scores its most surprising victory, taking the audience on a dizzying emotional and intellectual journey."
Posted May 26, 2006

Down in the Valley (2006)

"For all Jacobson's allusions to John Ford archetypes, Badlands and Taxi Driver, he has essentially made a spiritual cousin to The Purple Rose of Cairo."
Posted May 22, 2006

Keeping Up With The Steins (2006)

"If one were to compile a list of pop culture references that were barely funny three years ago, there would be a near-exact match with the gags tossed off here."
Posted May 12, 2006

Poseidon (2006)

"As quick, character-defining sketches go, Richard Dreyfuss' recently dumped gay architect hits the very bottom of the disaster flick barrel."
Posted May 12, 2006

The Proposition (2005)

"If there remains any doubt that the MPAA's Ratings Board grants screen violence more leeway than sex, The Proposition effectively quashes such uncertainty."
Posted May 5, 2006

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

"While M:I:III is the least successful series entry from a film-style standpoint, it is the most consistently suspenseful and action-packed, which counts for something."
Posted May 4, 2006

RV (2006)

"In a time when the majority of bad movies out there bore you with their plainness, this one deserves a shred of credit for failing on its own grotesque terms."
Posted Apr 28, 2006

The Sentinel (2006)

"A paint-by-numbers thriller so derivative that you can't help but think about how much you'd rather be watching the numerous movies it apes."
Posted Apr 24, 2006

American Dreamz (2006)

"Beyond the About a Cad subplot featuring Hugh Grant, this one is about as entertaining as your typical post-Weekend Update skit on SNL."
Posted Apr 21, 2006

On a Clear Day (2006)

"Finding similarity in a child overcoming a handicap and a former laborer trying to get his groove back is a notion far more insane than choosing to swim the English Channel."
Posted Apr 10, 2006

Friends With Money (2006)

"Writer-director Nicole Holofcener has brains to spare, even if she can't always figure out how to put them to good use."
Posted Apr 10, 2006

Take the Lead (2006)

"In refusing to sugarcoat the harsh realities of an impoverished region, the filmmakers make the ultimate message of hope that much more genuine and stirring."
Posted Apr 6, 2006

Slither (2006)

"I didn't have a date by my side, but I know a Bruised Forearm Movie when I see one, and I'm happy to report that Slither is the genuine article."
Posted Mar 31, 2006

Inside Man (2006)

"If the idea of Denzel Washington playing such a weirdo isn't in itself enough to convince you to see this film, then frankly I don't want to know you."
Posted Mar 23, 2006

Find Me Guilty (2006)

"The joy of this star turn isn't in the cosmetic adjustments Diesel has made to play Jackie. It's in the boundless energy and humor he brings to the courtroom shenanigans"
Posted Mar 16, 2006

16 Blocks (2006)

"The results on a movie set can be great when Richard Donner yells 'Action!' But on this one, it feels more like, 'Lights, camera, ostentation!'"
Posted Mar 1, 2006

Night Watch (2006)

"In the film's most entertaining bit of sleight-of-hand, an errant screw travels from the hull of a flying airplane into the coffee cup of a woman down on the ground."
Posted Feb 17, 2006

The Pink Panther (2006)

"Here's all you need to know: Clouseau now surfs the Internet under the e-mail handle "Doctor Knockers," and has to take Viagra before getting comfy in the sack."
Posted Feb 9, 2006

Firewall (2006)

"We are treated to Ford's magnetic and understated inner buzz of panic, and his panache with purposefully silly, growled-out catchphrases like, "I'm gonna find my dog!""
Posted Feb 8, 2006

Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (2005)

"As someone who can always be counted on to play a dark, squirmingly funny strain of arrogance and self-delusion, Steve Coogan is like a British Larry David."
Posted Jan 27, 2006

Annapolis (2006)

"As a naval take on the boot-camp movie, it's so bland and homogenized that it makes last year's decidedly so-so Jarhead look audacious in comparison."
Posted Jan 27, 2006

Tristan & Isolde (2006)

"Franco lays on mannered tics, like a slurred vocal delivery reminiscent of Benicio del Toro's mush-mouthed hood from The Usual Suspects."
Posted Jan 12, 2006

The Producers (2005)

"Ferrell hasn't been this enjoyably nuts since Old School, proving that his real talent is as an ensemble player rather than a marquee star."
Posted Jan 3, 2006

The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

"If you're looking for a solidly built, well-paced entertainment that puts a grin on your face, World's Fastest more than adequately fits the bill."
Posted Dec 9, 2005

Transamerica (2006)

"Boosted by plenty of choice dialogue, including a queer analysis of The Return of the King that sidesteps post-Tarantino cuteness."
Posted Dec 2, 2005

Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

"Murphy has played two deliciously perverse villains this year, and it's a measure of how amazing he is as Kitten that I never once thought of those earlier antagonists."
Posted Nov 18, 2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

"Once Potter ditches scenes that feel taken from Beverly Hills 90210 meets Scooby-Doo, I will approach the series with more than just guarded optimism."
Posted Nov 17, 2005

Pulse (2006)

"What really separates it from the pack is its thematically rich exploration of how communications technology can unwittingly bring about a sort of cultural death."
Posted Nov 16, 2005

Jarhead (2005)

"We don't know, but we've been told... Mendes' new film is far from gold."
Posted Nov 3, 2005

Prime (2005)

"Greenberg comes off as dull, which is ironic considering he excelled on Unscripted as a struggling actor who lands a big role opposite Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman."
Posted Oct 27, 2005

The Weather Man (2005)

"Inhabited by a courageously schlumpy Nicolas Cage, this strange and audacious character study becomes even more of a gleefully misanthropic blast."
Posted Oct 26, 2005

Shopgirl (2005)

"Danes, who has seemed too artificially precocious in most of her work before this, delivers her most intelligent, genuinely grown-up performance to date."
Posted Oct 21, 2005

Where the Truth Lies (2005)

"Nailing comedian Lanny Morris' sleazy come-ons and barely veiled air of pained regret, Bacon has rarely been better."
Posted Oct 14, 2005

Elizabethtown (2005)

"The blandest, most emotionally inexpressive performance yet from the least distinguished member of The Lord of the Rings' ensemble cast."
Posted Oct 12, 2005

Two for the Money (2005)

"At least when Pacino does one for the money, he doesn't look nearly as miserable as De Niro does in similar cinematic circumstances."
Posted Oct 7, 2005

Serenity (2005)

"As joyless, lurching, and filled with dull exposition as the TV show was giddy, fleet-footed, and packed with lively conversation."
Posted Sep 30, 2005

Oliver Twist (2005)

"Any parents thinking of bringing their young kids to this very-hard-PG-13 downer have hereby been warned."
Posted Sep 22, 2005

Just Like Heaven (2005)

"Somehow, the film thrives on the opposites-attract tension of throwing together the angular blonde goddess with the unconventionally attractive king of indie downers."
Posted Sep 16, 2005

Transporter 2 (2005)

"The scene involving a bomb planted on the bottom of Martin's Audi A8 is bound to provoke an astonished gasp of disbelief from even the most action-movie-averse viewer."
Posted Sep 2, 2005

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

"Heath Ledger gets better with every role, and the chance to inhabit a socially maladjusted introvert like Jacob has resulted in his most winning portrayal to date."
Posted Aug 25, 2005

Pretty Persuasion (2005)

"It's both the joy and folly of Pretty Persuasion that it attempts to skewer Beverly Hills, underage schoolgirls, post-9/11 America, TV news media sensationalism and more."
Posted Aug 18, 2005

The Skeleton Key (2005)

"Director Ian Softley seems shamelessly more interested in getting Kate Hudson into gratuitous shower scenes than into the nuances of her character."
Posted Aug 12, 2005

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)

"With a hideously fake tan and an eerie smile, Simpson recites her lines with a chipper hollowness that makes it seem like she has just barely memorized them."
Posted Aug 5, 2005

Wedding Crashers (2005)

"The scene at a crowded dinner table is bound to become the most widely referenced sex gag since Cameron Diaz discovered a new kind of hair gel in There's Something About Mary."
Posted Jul 15, 2005

Lords of Dogtown (2005)

"I couldn't help but think of the episode of The Simpsons where the Itchy & Scratchy canine sidekick so self-consciously 'in-your-face' comes off as tame instead."
Posted Jun 3, 2005

Mindhunters (2005)

"How much fun you have depends on whether or not you can warm up to the idea of Agatha Christie done in the wildly overbaked style of Deep Blue Sea."
Posted May 15, 2005

Madison (2005)

"Unembarrassed with its rah-rah populism, the movie is definitely anti-cynicism, and often quite enjoyable in its sincerity."
Posted Apr 22, 2005

Winter Solstice (2005)

"Director Sternfeld's sense of drama is so underdeveloped that he pretends swirling characters in inert tornadoes of grief is enough for a coherent plot."
Posted Apr 18, 2005

Palindromes (2004)

"Solondz isn't just smart, but singularly brilliant at pinpointing the way inner neuroses and insecurities are as much a constant in life as exterior joys and tragedies"
Posted Apr 15, 2005
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