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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 38%

Firehouse Dog (2007)

"Firehouse Dog is a wholesome throwback to a time before computer animators made animals talk and penguins hogged the glory." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2007
3.5/4 92%

Journey From the Fall (2007)

"Its sad story is ultimately humane and compelling, thanks to some special faces placed in the saga." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 1, 2007
1/4 51%

Flannel Pajamas (2006)

"Flannel Pajamas is so gorged with gab it feels like a filibuster." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 1, 2007
2.5/4 87%

The Namesake (2006)

"There's more love and heart in The Namesake than in many Hollywood dramas. I just wish the filmmakers had spread it around. Cross-cultural understanding should be a two-way street." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2.5/4 50%

G.I. Jesús (2007)

"For such a gritty indie film, it's galling that [Arquette] and his family are so handsomely photogenic in a generic Hollywood way. Where's the rebellious truth in that?" ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2/4 50%

Color Me Kubrick (2007)

"One problem is that Malkovich gets free rein to be Malkovich, the often showy actor, rather than Conway, a humble London travel agent. It's a grandstanding performance that's more about hamminess than substance." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2.5/4 30%

My Brother (2006)

"My Brother is a brave little film, with the emphasis on little. Shot on a shoestring, it lacks the polish of many indie efforts but compensates with bold casting and a big heart." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 16, 2007
3/4 8%

Premonition (2007)

"Somber but soulful, Premonition has a strong dramatic performance by Sandra Bullock and a gimmicky plot that doesn't grate until the end." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 16, 2007
3.5/4 93%

The Host (2007)

"Monster movies tend to be as misunderstood as their creatures, but dating back to 1931's Frankenstein, some haven't been about scaring us so much as enlightening us. The Host does this while disgorging a lizardlike carnivore." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 9, 2007
2.5/4 66%

Black Snake Moan (2007)

"It's a steamy, searing saga of rigorous redemption confronting creepy Southern seediness. But it's not nearly the wake-up call it could have been." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 2, 2007
2/4 89%

Zodiac (2007)

"The most perverse thing about Zodiac isn't that its Hollywood's umpteenth serial-killer flick, when such crimes are rare in reality. It's that Zodiac, though based on actual crimes, is one of the dullest of these films to date." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 2, 2007
2/4 14%

Wild Hogs (2007)

"Wild Hogs isn't wild so much as a mild evocation of better fish-out-of-water flicks." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 2, 2007
3.5/4 91%

The Italian (2007)

"Milking sympathy for parentless children is no stretch in The Italian. More impressive is its affecting look at their reeling mother country." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Feb 23, 2007
2.5/4 70%

Amazing Grace (2007)

"Director Michael Apted tells the story with dry devotion to parliamentary procedurals and a worshipful approach to Wilberforce. But [actor] Gruffudd lacks the intensity and charisma to pull it off." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Feb 23, 2007
1.5/4 8%

The Number 23 (2007)

"How do we loathe thee, The Number 23? Let us count the ways." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Feb 23, 2007
3/4 91%

God Grew Tired Of Us (2007)

"Their journey isn't over -- many in Africa still desperately need help -- but the hope and opportunities America offers are a grand place to start." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Feb 16, 2007
2/4 19%

Factory Girl (2007)

"When Sedgwick's whirl of liberation turns into addiction, clichés stall the plot." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Feb 16, 2007
3/4 15%

Hannibal Rising (2007)

"Harris, who adapted the screenplay, and director Peter Webber are faithful to his book. Strong production values, a lush score and scenic locations work seal the deal." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Feb 9, 2007
3/4 66%

Miss Potter (2007)

"Known in the United States for her whimsical books, Potter was an ecological champion in the United Kingdom. The film touches on this, but mostly it's a tender tale about yearning hearts and courageous idealism." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Jan 5, 2007
2.5/4 69%

Freedom Writers (2007)

"This film fails to earn what Erin Gruwell earned in real life: credibility." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Jan 5, 2007
2/4 65%

The History Boys (2006)

"The film becomes a sermonette on tolerance. But with its one-sidedness, it fails to practice what it preaches." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Dec 22, 2006
2/4 66%

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

"A dramatic crisis erupts in bloodbaths that are filled with flash but little meaning. As armies clash, the cast also yields to histronic extremes." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Dec 22, 2006
1.5/4 79%

Le Petit Lieutenant (2006)

"Just as the French may overrate our cinema (Jerry Lewis, anyone?), we may overrate theirs. Take Le Petit Lieutenant -- please." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Dec 15, 2006
3/4 88%

The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Die Hohle des gelben Hundes) (2005)

"This is no heart-tugging family drama; rather it's a contemplative, compassionate portrait of a hardy people. Offered as a borderline documentary, it proceeds in long, uncluttered takes." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Dec 15, 2006
2.5/4 78%

Charlotte's Web (2006)

"Charlotte's Web adapts a classic, which is not to say it is one." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Dec 15, 2006
2/4 38%

Unknown (2006)

"It's a good gimmick, but still a gimmick, and we're left with more confusion than tension." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Dec 8, 2006
3/4 63%

10 Items or Less (2006)

"The film is brief, thin and anecdotal. Yet at its heart is a loving look at an artist at work, and that artist is Morgan Freeman." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Dec 1, 2006
2.5/4 16%

Turistas (Paradise Lost) (2006)

"Consider it a modern spin on Deliverance, with no squealing like a pig -- just squeals of frightful excitement." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Dec 1, 2006
2/4 46%

Bobby (2006)

"With so much brandishing of name actors in small roles, Bobby feels like a '70s disaster flick, with the disaster in the final minutes. While waiting, viewers must content themselves with playing spot-the-star." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Nov 23, 2006
2.5/4 50%

Fast Food Nation (2006)

"Linklater and Schlosser have plenty to say. They just fail to say it cohesively." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Nov 17, 2006
3.5/4 69%

Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

"Forget Scarface and Miami Vice. Cocaine Cowboys is the real deal -- a down-and-dirty look at the high living and illegal drugs that dominated south Florida in the 1980s." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Nov 10, 2006
1.5/4 48%

Harsh Times (2006)

"It's an ugly, brutal picture, and it's not about 'times' but rather timeless macho posturing run amok." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Nov 10, 2006
3/4 26%

A Good Year (2006)

"A Good Year builds so much fairy-tale contrivance with such boisterous high spirits that it's exhausting to keep feeling good about feeling good." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Nov 10, 2006
2/4 72%

American Hardcore (2006)

"Instead of an insightful look at disaffected youths finding an outlet for angry energy in rock rages, American Hardcore is a slanted history lesson coming solely from its subjects." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Nov 3, 2006
3.5/4 97%

The Queen (2006)

"We see not only the inner corridors of power, but also sense the inner workings of the royal mind. Stephen Frears' deft direction also gives the film insight and even humor." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 27, 2006
3/4 31%

Running With Scissors (2006)

"It's one of the most clear-headed -- and twistedly entertaining -- views of drug dependency and insanity I've ever seen." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 27, 2006
2/4 76%

The Prestige (2006)

"It's more confusing than absorbing." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 20, 2006
1.5/4 67%

Shortbus (2006)

"Despite the buzz about its hard-core hanky-panky, writer-director John Cameron Mitchell paints a bland, bleak portrait of navel-gazing New Yorkers driven by carnal pleasures -- or lack of them." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 13, 2006
3/4 87%

Jesus Camp (2006)

"Perhaps indoctrination is in the eye of the beholder. But one thing is certain: All Christians aren't the same. I'm one, and I found this film to be saddening, not heartening." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 13, 2006
2/4 34%

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006)

"Even fantasies need a nod or a wink to assure viewers, 'Yes, it's ludicrous -- but isn't it fun?'" ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 13, 2006
2/4 77%

The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

"The film's first half has zero to do with its title, and its second half digs up familiar turf." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 29, 2006
2.5/4 37%

The Guardian (2006)

"Valor does emerge in The Guardian, but often is eclipsed by an effects-driven star vehicle." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 29, 2006
2/4 80%

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2006)

"Though lovely and scenic, it drones for thousands of miles." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 22, 2006
2/4 57%

Confetti (2006)

"As is typical of many weddings, the planning drags, and so does the movie." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 22, 2006
2.5/4 73%

Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) (2006)

"Too often it seems to be just another action fantasy that teaches pacifism while indulging in brutality." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 22, 2006
2.5/4 32%

The Black Dahlia (2006)

"Dahlia seethes with atmosphere, and Hollywood's underbelly is always worth an ogle." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 15, 2006
2.5/4 100%

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006)

"Iraq for Sale isn't balanced or objective. It carries the torch for the families of civilians who died while driving unprotected trucks on unsafe routes." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 8, 2006
1.5/4 21%

The Quiet (2006)

"The film's focus shouldn't be Dot (Camilla Belle), a deaf, mute and orphaned teen. It should be her new family of suburbanites sliding into hell." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 1, 2006
2.5/4 60%

Boynton Beach Club (2006)

"More a series of anecdotes than an insightful dramedy and relies too much on absurd coincidences and needless sitcom-style lying." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 25, 2006
1.5/4 22%

The Oh in Ohio (2006)

"I felt some of its heroine's pain. She's spent her life waiting for an orgasm. I spent the movie waiting for a plot." ‐Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 18, 2006
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