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Brian Webster

Brian Webster
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
71/100 38% Southland Tales (2007) This is not just another hodgepodge of a movie that's all noise and excess; writer/ director Richard Kelly has a point here; he has plenty to say.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 30, 2008
74/100 86% Ghost Town (2008) While it's true that romantic comedy is to fine film what a burger and fries is to gourmet dining, David Koepp has shown here that his directorial skills are considerable.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 30, 2008
75/100 61% The Duchess (2008) Deserves credit for playing things straight %u2013 complete with its moral quagmire and inherent sadness. The performances of Knightley, Fiennes and Atwell really make it work.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 29, 2008
64/100 27% Eagle Eye (2008) Lowest-common-denominator filmmaking at its most discouraging, with makers who believe moviegoers too stupid to think, so instead opt for constant adrenal gland stimulation.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 21, 2008
67/100 70% American Teen (2008) Doesn't take full advantage of the opportunity offered by a year-long glimpse into young lives. One is left to wonder what Errol Morris would have done with the challenge.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 20, 2008
72/100 68% Pineapple Express (2008) More an inconsistent collection of gags and skits than a cohesive feature, but the highs are funny and the lows hard to get worked up about, so we still walk away smiling.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 19, 2008
85/100 71% Last Chance Harvey (2009) Dustin Hoffman is subtly brilliant, Emma Thompson is tremendous, and writer/ director Joel Hopkins deserves our thanks for creating such a gentle, wonderful film.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 15, 2008
38/100 43% The House Bunny (2008) Not funny, not sexy, not even obnoxious enough to get anyone worked up, The House Bunny truly establishes a new low water mark for 2008 cinema.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 14, 2008
63/100 13% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) How anyone ever thought there was more than one movie in the Mummy concept, I don't know.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 12, 2008
75/100 79% Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Taking on Seuss has proven a challenge for Hollywood, but a nice balance has been struck here between authenticity and new ideas. This one's a winner.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 12, 2008
74/100 64% Coach Carter (2005) By making the choices the filmmakers did here, we get a movie that may not be profound, but it's both highly entertaining for its sports and fascinating for its social issues.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 11, 2008
79/100 79% Standard Operating Procedure (2008) Fascinating and horrifying, especially if you take a step back and view it thinking about what it tells us about the society in which these abuses took place.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 5, 2008
81/100 72% Stranger Than Fiction (2006) Some of Will Ferrell's biggest fans might find it overly tame and subtle, but it's interesting, enjoyable and a revelation to see he can keep his pants on and still entertain.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 3, 2008
65/100 54% Step Brothers (2008) Only occasionally funny and about three times as long as the material justifies, it's boring and just a little bit embarrassing to sit through.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 2, 2008
69/100 67% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) It's unfair to characterize it as Lord of the Rings-Light, but it's difficult to avoid that conclusion after watching this earnest but seriously under-inspired effort.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 1, 2008
75/100 82% Tropic Thunder (2008) Even with its excess and undeniably heavy hand, this is a whole lot of fun as a satire of Hollywood, a take off on war/ action flicks and as a straight-ahead action movie.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 17, 2008
68/100 30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) Impressive to look at, but in the end, it just doesn't ring true.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 13, 2008
82/100 96% WALL-E (2008) Not about high profile characters or big action, it delights by entertaining and inspiring more subtly. Who expected that from any movie these days, let alone an animated one?‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 13, 2008
76/100 87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) A witty, visually interesting and sweet comedy that works in pretty much all departments.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 10, 2008
66/100 No Score Yet Shrek the Halls (2007) Rather than enhancing the franchise, Shrek the Halls is a dispiriting holiday cash cow.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 9, 2008
79/100 50% Get Smart (2008) Without Anne Hathaway, Get Smart might have been a one-note comedy; with her, it's super spirited and super fun.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 9, 2008
73/100 65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) Often funny, sometimes perceptive, and always offbeat, Kevin Smith has made a film that's not for everyone but worthwhile for those tired of the same old romantic comedies.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Oct 31, 2008
78/100 90% Sleeping Beauty (1959) A great-looking, colourful old-style classic.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Oct 18, 2008
73/100 89% Tinker Bell (2008) Sweet and fun, mostly free from overbearing celebrity voices and, while the computer animation is unremarkable, it looks good enough to make the overall impression solid.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Oct 17, 2008
64/100 16% Untraceable (2008) Neither terrible nor memorable, Untraceable is the sort of movie that lives up to its name %u2013 within an hour of seeing it, memories of it will vanish without a trace.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted May 23, 2008
88/100 91% There Will Be Blood (2007) Featuring one of the most complex and interesting lead characters you will ever find in the movies, Paul Thomas Anderson's film marks a big step forward for the director.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 24, 2008
86/100 85% A Passage to India (1984) Regardless of what one thinks of David Lean and his old fashioned style, the results here - save perhaps for the casting of Alec Guinness as a Hindu professor - are exquisite.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 24, 2008
72/100 45% First Knight (1995) While director Jerry Zucker seems to have been intent on dragging the film to the mushy middle, it's still more entertaining than most comparable Middle Ages-set movies.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 23, 2008
71/100 74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) Awfully uneven, sometimes not funny at all, but John C. Reilly is so goofily sincere and Jake Kasdan and Judd Apatow include enough comedic gems to make it worthwhile.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 23, 2008
75/100 74% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) The story nicely interweaves the legend of the Loch Ness monster with a tale of childhood angst, wartime drama and adventure.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 17, 2008
81/100 86% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Burton took on a risky proposition when he chose to bring Sweeney Todd to the screen. While the result doesn't knock my socks off, it's plenty good enough to report that the risk paid off.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 16, 2008
88/100 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) Retains the Coen brothers' trademark quirkiness, and it certainly goes all out. But it's also subtle in ways we haven't seen before.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 15, 2008
77/100 66% The Kite Runner (2007) A skilfully made and subtly powerful film, with a disarmingly human protagonist whose efforts seem all the more real, given his weaknesses and the movie's authentic feel.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 9, 2008
76/100 93% Enchanted (2007) It may not win over diehard Disney haters, and it doesn't qualify as great filmmaking, but I bet kids will be enjoying this one for decades to come.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 8, 2008
70/100 51% Bee Movie (2007) Without a particularly strong storyline and loaded with only modestly enjoyable gags, it putts along like a familiar old jalopy, reasonably likeable if eminently forgettable.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 1, 2008
89/100 94% Juno (2007) Sweet, perceptive, sharp and near-perfect, Juno is a memorable film that will still be great viewing decades after its release.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 31, 2008
69/100 65% Dan in Real Life (2007) Writer/ director Peter Hedges likes to touch on deeper emotional truths, but he doesn't have the courage to really probe his characters' struggles in a meaningful way.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 26, 2008
75/100 67% The Aristocats (1970) A nice-enough Disney feature that some consider an under-appreciated classic and others view as a movie that's distinguished only by the inclusion of a handful of cool jazz tunes.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 20, 2008
85/100 82% Into the Wild (2007) Sean Penn deserves huge credit for the gentle hand he has used in telling this incredible story.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 19, 2008
61/100 51% Funny Games (2008) Michael Haneke has made a film that's neither smart nor powerful, but instead just miserable and disrespectful of its audience, and nothing more.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 7, 2008
76/100 65% Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) Less than profound, but consistently honest, Things We Lost in the Fire is neither triumphant nor great, but it is meaningful.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 25, 2008
74/100 53% Penelope (2006) If you're looking for something a little bit offbeat, Penelope won't send you diving out any windows to escape its quirky humour and gentle moralizing.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 20, 2008
66/100 66% The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) If you're prepared to sit through a lot of mediocrity in search of a few worthwhile moments and a couple of actors who rise above the material, then you might be satisfied.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 20, 2008
76/100 No Score Yet Quote not available.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 19, 2008
72/100 62% Arctic Tale (2007) Well intentioned, spectacularly filmed, and packing a vital message, Arctic Tale is worthwhile, even if its old style presentation leaves us less than thrilled.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 19, 2007
76/100 No Score Yet As with many icons, the substance amounts to much less than its familiarity, but this is still worthwhile entertainment of an escapist, light and nostalgic sort.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 5, 2007
76/100 72% Fido (2007) Cute and witty, if a bit too dependent on its delightfully goofy storyline gimmick.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 8, 2007
78/100 No Score Yet Given Sarah Silverman's style - smart, taboo-challenging, rude and non-conformist - it's no surprise that her television sit-com is something of an acquired taste.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Oct 29, 2007
55/100 54% Reekers: L'Odeur de la mort (2005) Is it dramatically worse than other run-of-the-mill horror/mysteries? Nope. But that's hardly a ringing endorsement.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007
73/100 67% Meet the Robinsons (2007) Pleasant but insubstantial, and with characters whose eccentricities feel just a tad forced and artificial, this is a mild diversion of a film.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Oct 26, 2007