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Christine James

Christine James
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
35% The Waterboy (1998) Though unabashedly goofy, this comedy also boasts some subtly ingenious moments of mirth. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2008
2.5/5 65% Sabrina (1995) Ugly-duckling-into-swan stories are fun, but the lead characters here lack the charisma to make this romantic comedy sufficiently believable or engaging. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/5 76% The Devil Wears Prada (2006) Impressively free of black-and-white characterizations. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2006
2/5 35% The Lake House (2006) Who knows -- perhaps it's not a glitch in the fourth dimension that Kate and Alex must traverse, but rather just some bad editing. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2006
1.5/5 12% An American Haunting (2006) An American Haunting utterly stultifies the thrilling Bell Witch legend on which the film is based; the most disturbing ghost here is the wraith of opportunity lost. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2006
3/5 57% Kinky Boots (2006) The story's beats and developments are a little too familiar, though quirky wit and a genuine warmth make getting from one to the next a pleasure. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2006
3/5 84% Akeelah and the Bee (2006) Writer-director Doug Atchison dishes out tough love with words like ratiocinate, synecdoche, and one that 'begins with an x' and only gets worse from there, but he pulls his punches when it comes to the more emotionally resonant issues faced by Akeelah. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2006
4.5/5 73% V for Vendetta (2006) It all unfolds to an apex of the triumph of the best of humanity that could even change the real world. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 23, 2006
2/5 6% Big Momma's House 2 (2006) Martin Lawrence continues to run around in a fatsuit impersonating a sassy obese grandma in order to take down criminals and slaver over beautiful women. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2006
2/5 32% Tamara (2006) By now, we all know what you did last summer and have had our ticket punched at our final destination. And nerdy girls have been turning hot and wreaking revenge on their nemeses at least since ZZ Top's heyday. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2006
2/5 9% When a Stranger Calls (2006) Just in case there was anyone out there who didn't already know the payoff revelation, the commercial considerately spells it out, thus saving those viewers who like suspense for their $7.50 their ticket money. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2006
3/5 73% Nanny McPhee (2006) A fugly Mary Poppins meets Nanny 911 in this family comedy whose overly familiar elements still go down easily as if with a spoonful of sugar. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2006
3.5/5 55% Last Holiday (2006) Admirably avoiding the burlesque fish-out-of-water/makeover movie one might fear, Last Holiday is as joyful and winsome as Georgia turns out to be. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2006
3.5/5 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Mike Newell does an exceptional job translating the fourth book to the screen, showing a remarkable flair for cutting-edge visuals. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2005
3.5/5 56% Just Like Heaven (2005) Clever writing, appealing leads and the one-two comic punch of the hilarious and lovable Heder and Logue make this date-movie Heaven. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2005
2/5 38% Margaret Cho: Assassin (2005) While Cho may have charted much of this territory, by now it's comic terrain that's overtraveled and dangerously eroded. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2005
1.5/5 38% The Brothers Grimm (2005) Black comedy, romance, adventure, fantasy and horror all get short shrift, even as they're pitched toward the extreme. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2005
3/5 83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) There's not much new behind the gates of the Wonka Factory for viewers who have the trippy Gene Wilder take seared into their memories. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2005
3.5/5 74% War of the Worlds (2005) Almost every moment of War of the Worlds is heart-racing, jaw-dropping, knuckle-biting, date-grabbing adrenaline. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 5, 2005
2.5/5 25% Bewitched (2005) [An] occasionally amusing but entirely forgettable film. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2005
2/5 41% Kicking & Screaming (2005) [Ferrell's] humor is cut off at the knees by sloppy editing, a tedious pace and an underwhelming payoff.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 13, 2005
2.5/5 23% The Amityville Horror (2005) There are the inevitable bathtub attacks, taps dripping blood, demons who appear behind you when you're looking in the mirror and an invisible friend who gets mad if you say it doesn't exist. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2005
2.5/5 46% Constantine (2005) A more visceral approach might have upgraded Constantine from what in its present form feels more like a trip to heck and back. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2005
2.5/5 13% Boogeyman (2005) Some fascinatingly original twists that play with time and space keep the tension ratcheting up till the ending. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2005
1/5 13% Hide and Seek (2005) 'Come out, come out, wherever you are' probably sounds much more menacing in the halls of CAA, where De Niro is no doubt stalking the agent who sold him on this film. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2005
1.5/5 8% White Noise (2005) White Noise generates a number of boo! moments -- the hiss-suffixed, vegetable-throwing kind. But mostly, like its namesake, it just puts you to sleep. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2005
2.5/5 No Score Yet It all has the trajectory of every Disney animated film of the '90s featuring a feisty femme. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2004
1/5 38% Birth (2004) Birth is entirely misconceived. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2004
2.5/5 31% The Forgotten (2004) Plays less like The Twilight Zone than a Bizarro World Lifetime Channel Movie of the Week. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2004
2.5/5 57% Ju-on 2 (Ju-on: The Grudge 2) (2003) Horror fans will hold a grudge against writer/director Takashi Shimizu for conjuring some of the most frightening wraiths in cinematic history, only to dull their terror with repetition and a convoluted plot. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2004
3.5/5 89% Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004) Keeping the docu from feeling like a whine-fest is Hetfield, whose sharp-humored, powerful presence is always magnetic. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2004
3.5/5 93% Spider-Man 2 (2004) The exhilaratingly fun, obliquely clever and feverishly crowd-pleasing achievement of director Sam Raimi spins a web that everyone wants to be caught up in. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 4, 2004
2/5 31% Around the World in 80 Days (2004) If director Frank Coraci wanted to rehash Rush Hour 2 and Shanghai Knights, was there any need to drag Jules Verne into it? ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2004
1.5/5 61% The Terminal (2004) Tedious, insincere malarkey that wants badly to play on emotions it's not capable of generating itself. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2004
2.5/5 26% The Stepford Wives (2004) There are laughs along the way, but the central Stepford Wife concept is the main running joke, and it's too overly familiar to even be considered satire at this point. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2004
3/5 95% Before Sunset (2004) Linklater does an admirable job of keeping things flowing by having his protagonists walk through picture-postcard streets and hop on a boat taxi for some lovely moving travelogue shots to hold interest. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2004
2/5 8% Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer (2004) It will leave true believers deeply disillusioned and everybody else apathetic.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2004
3/5 91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Cuaron tries to touch on a couple dozen of the subplots that so delightfully and leisurely unfold in the book, but here come off like a fast-forwarded highlight reel. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 4, 2004
3.5/5 88% Shrek 2 (2004) There's a lot more to Shrek 2 than this 'I'm-okay- you're-okay' idealism, namely non-stop jokes that are clever, surreal and good-natured. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 21, 2004
1.5/5 8% Envy (2004) Antics with half-dug pools, earth-movers, cranes and a road trip to the woods with a horse carcass strapped to the car roof ensue. Forever. Or so it seems. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 2, 2004
2.5/5 84% Mean Girls (2004) Waters' pacing is off and the revenge never builds a satisfying momentum. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 30, 2004
2.5/5 64% 13 Going on 30 (2004) It's the ultimate extreme makeover ... but the result is another good-looking clone without much individuality or character. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2004
2.5/5 29% The Punisher (2004) For fans of vigilante justice, The Punisher is a guilty pleasure. A very guilty pleasure. We're talking moral, intellectual and judicial culpability here, folks. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2004
3/5 50% Ella Enchanted (2004) Ella Enchanted may be a little too enchanted with itself, but it conjures enough magical moments to keep its target audience entranced. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2004
5/5 88% Career Girls (1997) Writer/director Mike Leigh has once again assembled an amazing cast to render a spectrum of human emotions beyond the range of most filmmakers' reach. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 9, 2004
2.5/5 12% Against the Ropes (2004) Never incites enough of a rooting interest to capitalize on its inherent feel-good triumph-of-the-underdog arc. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2004
2.5/5 13% Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) Would that this film were as pulled together as Lola's fabulous outfits. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2004
2.5/5 89% Kitchen Stories (2004) A quirky, thoughtful and bittersweet comedy/drama. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2004
3/5 84% The Seagull's Laughter (Mávahlátur) (2001) The film rollicks as a witty ensemble character study, but the ending, though cutely bildungsromanic, cannot help but disappoint a little as far as the unfulfilled promise of grand gains and Icelandic mythological magic. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2004
3/5 27% Paycheck (2003) Director John Woo, progenitor of film violence as stylized artistry, rests on his laurels here. He keeps the action sufficiently engaging, but never mind-blowing. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2004