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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 58% Becoming Jane (2007) The film's notion of Austen's great works being nothing loftier than the result of failed puppy love suggests the filmmakers perversely believe that gross oversimplification is a virtue. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 9, 2007
3/5 82% Talk to Me (2007) In Talk to Me, director Kasi Lemmons has expertly crafted an uplifting civil rights-era biopic free of false hope and cloying nostalgia. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jul 26, 2007
3/5 91% Rescue Dawn (2007) So here we are, mired in a stupid, loathsome war, and what does Werner Herzog do? He creates an absolutely riveting sort-of love letter to America that takes place during that last stupid, loathsome U.S. war, Vietnam. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jul 26, 2007
2.5/5 85% The Hoax (2007) This lie-streaked retelling of a fraud aims not for the meta, but for history-repeating object lesson, explicitly drawing parallels between Irving and Nixon's cons and our current hoax-based regime. But it all rings hollow. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Apr 5, 2007
4/5 93% The Host (2007) Alternately scary, funny and inspiring, Bong Joon-ho's first-class monster mash is also a scalding rebuke to U.S. interventionism, profiteering and general developing-world opportunism, and a lovely story of familial bonding. In a word, amazing. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Mar 24, 2007
2/5 70% Amazing Grace (2007) It's a good story, but director Michael Apted can't help but fall into the usual cinematic habits of the hagiographic species. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Feb 22, 2007
75% Sherrybaby (2006) Watching Maggie Gyllenhaal's bare body and battered soul in Laurie Collyer's quietly extraordinary Sherrybaby, you almost get a sense that the actress knows the load that was her star-making turn in Secretary ... ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jan 18, 2007
2/5 32% The Good German (2007) The Good German is a self-serving act of fetishistic virtual embalming, with all the liveliness that description implies. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Dec 21, 2006
4/5 88% Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing (2006) While Shut Up works great as music doc, progressive pep rally and neo-Capra triumph tale, it's even better as a bighearted tale of the love between three extraordinary women. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Dec 7, 2006
1.5/5 46% Bobby (2006) Terrible, uninformative and embarrassingly amateurish in word and lensing. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 23, 2006
2/5 71% The Science of Sleep (2006) A cloying confection of candied whimsy and exclusive self-referentiality. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Sep 28, 2006
2/5 76% Factotum (2006) ... when taking Bukowski at his sodden solipsistic word, there isn't much there there. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 12, 2006
1/5 68% World Trade Center (2006) In the end, all Stone really seems to be up to is using Sept. 11 to again mourn the loss of mythical white American innocence for what one assumes will be a predominantly white Boomer audience. And no doubt turning a pretty penny doing it. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 10, 2006
2/4 85% The Descent (2006) Aside from its high concept -- instead of Snakes on a Plane, it's Chicks in a Cave (with monsters!) -- place-setting is almost all Marshall does. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Aug 3, 2006
79% Why We Fight (2006) If the inducement of despair and disgust is an indicator of artistic achievement, Why We Fight is incredibly successful. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jul 20, 2006
4/5 69% A Scanner Darkly (2006) Writer/director Richard Linklater's superbly entertaining/disturbing adaptation of Dick's A Scanner Darkly accomplishes the near-impossible ...‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jul 14, 2006
4/5 93% An Inconvenient Truth (2006) In a way, Truth is almost critic-proof.‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 19, 2006
86% The Proposition (2005) As directed by music video vet John Hillcoat, Cave's vision of 1880s Australia as outlaw inferno becomes an unforgettable exposed raw nerve of a film. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jun 8, 2006
2/5 80% Brick (2006) You can't fault Johnson for a lack of honest genre love, but his forced formalism ... achieves little other than to keep us at a drama-neutering distance.‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2006
1/5 27% The Omen (2006) [John Moore's] work here is -- how to put it politely? -- godawful, an alternating mess of broods and gnashing of teeth.‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2006
86% L'Enfant (2006) If it's possible for cinema to be so invisible as to allow us to actually see inside characters -- to be, in short, literary -- this is it. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted May 18, 2006
56% 16 Blocks (2006) A limp, lazy exercise in nostalgia for the buddy genre that director Richard Donner helped define in the '80s. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Mar 2, 2006
16% Underworld: Evolution (2006) True to its title, Underworld: Evolution represents a modest learning curve for director Len Wiseman, who advances from the inept awfulness of his first vampire-versus-werewolf idiocy to the determined mediocrity of this incomprehensible follow-up. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jan 26, 2006
57% Breakfast on Pluto (2005) In short, the director has finally found material - - Patrick McCabe's novel, which Jordan adapted - - that unifies his obsessions with politics, the Troubles and the dangerous fragility of machismo. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 6, 2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Newell not only does Harry Potter right but eclipses the scope, scares and drama of his J.K. Rowling source novel. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Dec 6, 2005
43% Bee Season (2005) We're knee-deep in tastefully presented balderdash. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Dec 6, 2005
61% Jarhead (2005) We can't argue with the film's tagline: 'Welcome to the suck.' ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Nov 3, 2005
19% Doom (2005) What the movie lacks in story, it makes up for in cost-cutting: It's mostly shot in dark, endlessly redressed hallways, and its advertised beast is never fully shown. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 27, 2005
27% Stay (2005) If dreariness were high art, Stay would be a permanent fixture in the Louvre. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 27, 2005
68% North Country (2005) As hokey and unrealistically optimistic as Josey's victories may play out, we buy them, because the director has made us want to. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Oct 20, 2005
82% Serenity (2005) In the context of an action cinema driven by false hope, misogyny and sadism, Serenity is an inspiring respite: A major battle is won by someone simply admitting to the truth. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Sep 29, 2005
87% A History of Violence (2005) Remote and feeling overly fussed over, it's a schematic of identity conflict and family drama with airs of American psycho/socio-study and theme-muddling genre add-ons. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Sep 29, 2005
36% Asylum (2005) So obsessed with rendering Patrick McGrath's exquisitely twisted Gothic novel as a refined affair that it forgets less ambitious pursuits, like sussing out a way to keep us awake. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 15, 2005
52% Transporter 2 (2005) An embarrassment of giggles. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 8, 2005
8% Undiscovered (2005) By the time Peter Weller appears to do his William Burroughs routine, you can only assume an angry God has added up all your sins and this movie is your punishment. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 1, 2005
79% The Aristocrats (2005) The movie drags after a spell, but it's unforgettably reanimated when Gilbert Gottfried's rendition of the joke teaches us why all this potty-mouthed discourse is important. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Sep 1, 2005
53% The Devil's Rejects (2005) This follow-up unwisely pretends to seriousness. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jul 21, 2005
82% Hustle & Flow (2005) While Brewer's narrative is somewhat slack, and he isn't going to win any awards for camera movement or composition, his film, like his poverty-stunned strivers, grows progressively lovable -- despite (and perhaps because of) its flaws. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Jul 21, 2005
3/5 59% Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) Less a movie than a filmed pitch -- 'They're married, they're both spies, but neither knows it!' -- Mr. and Mrs. Smith manages to offer even less than its threadbare premise. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jun 10, 2005
40% High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2005) About nothing more than a desire to shock in the meanest fashion available, mistaking pointless cruelty for edginess while banking on your audience's assumed distrust of female sexuality. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jun 9, 2005
4/5 97% Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) Smart postmortem of the infamous Ponzi scheme that called itself Enron. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted May 19, 2005
4/5 72% Walk on Water (2005) It's exhilarating just to witness a wide worldview unspool with such dedicated humanity. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Apr 28, 2005
1.5/5 53% Melinda and Melinda (2005) Allen once based his career on making mincemeat of the very people Melinda and Melinda dotes upon. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Mar 31, 2005
1/5 74% The Upside of Anger (2005) The Upside of Anger strands yet another terrific Joan Allen performance in thematically self-contradicting twaddle. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Mar 17, 2005
3/5 90% Hotel Rwanda (2004) George seems skittish about going too deeply or bloodily into the damning details of this particular heart of darkness. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 13, 2005
2.5/5 87% The Aviator (2004) Scorsese seems to want to make his version of 'pure' cinema while staying within the boundaries of marketable narrative film. Instead, The Aviator suggests he might want to think of choosing one or the other. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Dec 23, 2004
3/5 25% Blade: Trinity (2004) After penning two Blade opuses, David S. Goyer helms his own vampire-killer epic and cheerfully goes ADDA berserk. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Dec 21, 2004
4/5 64% Stage Beauty (2004) The film stay[s] with you. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Nov 4, 2004
4.5/5 48% Saw (2004) Stunning, terrifying. ‐ Baltimore City Paper
Posted Oct 28, 2004
3/5 46% Shall We Dance (2004) Runs the constant risk of dissolving into extreme silliness, but its continuous small-change pleasures and general sweetness grow in aggregate. ‐ Orlando Weekly
Posted Oct 15, 2004