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M.E. Russell

M.E. Russell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
D+ 29% Trade (2007) There's really no nice way to put this: Trade wants to be the Traffic of sex slavery, and it fails at that task in ways that are alternately dreary, pretentious and vaguely sleazy.‐ Oregonian
Posted Sep 28, 2007
C+ 37% Sydney White (2007) Sydney is forgettable teenybopper flotsam -- but it's better than the usual teenybopper flotsam.‐ Oregonian
Posted Sep 21, 2007
B 81% Chalk (2007) The movie has 'heart' in a way that doesn't feel cloying or dishonest. And the cast -- especially Janelle Schremmer -- just nails it.‐ Oregonian
Posted Sep 14, 2007
C 19% The Invasion (2007) Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig are adequate leads, but no great actor will be more squandered this year than Jeffrey Wright, who does nothing but speak in vast paragraph blocks of exposition while looking haggard and bored.‐ Oregonian
Posted Aug 17, 2007
C 18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) Rush Hour 3 is an exercise in critic-proofing: If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you'll like.‐ Oregonian
Posted Aug 10, 2007
C- 25% El Cantante (2007) If you didn't know Hector Lavoe was a pioneering singer in New York's '70s and '80s salsa scene, it would be hard to glean it from El Cantante, a tepid biopic that relentlessly scratches the surface.‐ Oregonian
Posted Aug 3, 2007
A- 93% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) A minor miracle in a summer full of weak, perfunctory or downright lousy 'threequels'. It's a relentless finale to the Bourne movie trilogy that raises the stakes, pumps up the action and develops old characters while introducing new villains.‐ Oregonian
Posted Aug 3, 2007
C- 42% No Reservations (2007) The romance is boring. Everything is blandly good-looking. The emotional beats are so programmed, you can predict the entrance of every single note of the Philip Glass dirge of a score. And the title means nothing beyond its double-entendre.‐ Oregonian
Posted Jul 27, 2007
B- No Score Yet American Scary (2006) ...as an ADD overview of a deliriously trashy TV subgenre, this is a great start.‐ Oregonian
Posted Jul 6, 2007
C+ 23% Evan Almighty (2007) The movie's fine, but it's more safe than interesting.‐ Oregonian
Posted Jun 22, 2007
B- 37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Rise of the Silver Surfer is roughly 300 percent less cringe-inducing than its predecessor.‐ Oregonian
Posted Jun 15, 2007
D 17% Georgia Rule (2007) Georgia Rule is a comedy-drama about three generations of women learning to love one another in a small town. It's also an icky soap opera about these women coming to terms with a revelation of sex abuse.‐ Oregonian
Posted May 11, 2007
C 29% Lucky You (2007) If anyone could take a movie about a bunch of jerks who play poker and make it interesting, it should be Curtis Hanson. Or rather, it should have been.‐ Oregonian
Posted May 4, 2007
B 70% Year of the Dog (2007) Surrounded by a strong cast, including Laura Dern as Peggy's insufferably protective sister-in-law, Shannon holds her own.‐ Oregonian
Posted Apr 27, 2007
D 15% The Condemned (2007) There are some nicely over-the-top moments in this Battle Royale/Running Man puree -- most involving people plummeting and blowing up. But the misogyny and choppy action edits spoil the fun.‐ Oregonian
Posted Apr 27, 2007
C- 48% Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007) It gives me no pleasure to report that Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters is fairly excruciating to sit through -- because I'm writing this as a fan of the TV series that spawned the movie.‐ Oregonian
Posted Apr 13, 2007
C- 11% Perfect Stranger (2007) The weak mystery story massages you into indifference, then tries to clock you with one fungo bat of a loopy twist that leaves you questioning not reality, but why you just spent 109 minutes trying to give a darn.‐ Oregonian
Posted Apr 13, 2007
B 69% Blades of Glory (2007) Blades doesn't hit the non sequitur heights of Anchorman or Talladega Nights, but the cast is great and several gags hit hard.‐ Oregonian
Posted Mar 30, 2007
C 18% I Think I Love My Wife (2007) While the movie gets at a couple of truths about marriage, it's just not that funny. The pacing sags and the story-driven gags (including, ugh, a condom-buying scene where the clerk loudly discusses the purchase) don't sizzle.‐ Oregonian
Posted Mar 16, 2007
93% The Host (2007) The Host is wildly entertaining; people who love the genre will get their geek buttons pushed hard by this flick. But what makes the movie an instant classic is that it's also, in its dark heart, a furious lampoon.‐ Oregonian
Posted Mar 9, 2007
C+ 54% Seraphim Falls (2007) Seraphim isn't totally satisfying, even if you're prepared for an arty Western.‐ Oregonian
Posted Mar 2, 2007
C 8% The Number 23 (2007) What kills 23 are any number of bad choices that render the movie tone-deaf, sometimes hilariously so.‐ Oregonian
Posted Feb 23, 2007
B- 34% Reno 911!: Miami (2007) If you're a fan of the show, you'll probably be a fan of the movie -- which mostly retains the Super Troopers-meets-Cops-by-way-of-Christopher-Guest-only-not-quite-as-funny vibe.‐ Oregonian
Posted Feb 23, 2007
C- 9% Norbit (2007) In Norbit, Murphy is back playing multiple roles. But this time the magic isn't there.‐ Oregonian
Posted Feb 9, 2007
C- 21% Catch and Release (2007) Catch and Release is an unfunny, undramatic comedy-drama that asks us to care about lying idiots making implausible choices.‐ Oregonian
Posted Jan 26, 2007
D+ 5% Three (2007) A tame variation on the usual serial-killer art direction and a hilarious number of A-Team-style explosions in which no one is killed. It's offensively dull.‐ Oregonian
Posted Jan 5, 2007
B 49% We Are Marshall (2006) Often as not, the movie works. Here and there, it works kind of beautifully.‐ Oregonian
Posted Dec 22, 2006
B- 31% Unaccompanied Minors (2006) Younger kids probably will dig Minors like we dug The Goonies.‐ Oregonian
Posted Dec 8, 2006
B 47% The Holiday (2006) For all its charm, there's nothing in The Holiday you haven't seen in a dozen romantic comedies.‐ Oregonian
Posted Dec 8, 2006
D- 16% Turistas (Paradise Lost) (2006) This is Fox's first release under its new youth label, 'Fox Atomic' -- and it makes me fear not for the children, but for what Fox executives think the children want to see.‐ Oregonian
Posted Dec 1, 2006
C- 38% The Nativity Story (2006) It's entirely too straightforward and awestruck with itself.‐ Oregonian
Posted Dec 1, 2006
B+ 75% Happy Feet (2006) [Writer/director] Miller's global harmonizing never feels preachy -- he's too busy cramming Happy Feet with enough entertainment for three movies.‐ Oregonian
Posted Nov 17, 2006
B 54% Flicka (2006) The filmmakers behind the sweet-hearted, mostly well-made family film Flicka know their target audience. In fact, they cater to it at the expense of the original book.‐ Oregonian
Posted Oct 20, 2006
B 76% The Prestige (2006) It's a gorgeous, strange little piece, but I did find myself wishing it poked fewer aces out its sleeve after urging us to pay such close attention.‐ Oregonian
Posted Oct 20, 2006
C- 21% Man of the Year (2006) The writing is lazy, the movie focuses on all the wrong things and the tone lurches unpleasantly between gum-soft comedy and lukewarm thriller.‐ Oregonian
Posted Oct 13, 2006
B 37% The Guardian (2006) Costner's strong performance lends the formula a little more weight than you might expect.‐ Oregonian
Posted Sep 29, 2006
B 25% School for Scoundrels (2006) Heder's low-key, surprising charm and Thorton's gleeful wickedness at least glide the film in for a landing. You'll enjoy yourself.‐ Oregonian
Posted Sep 29, 2006
B+ 73% Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) (2006) The movie turns into an inspirational, uncomplicated biopic in which, yes, a series of awesomely violent fight scenes indicate that our worst enemy can be found between our ears.‐ Oregonian
Posted Sep 22, 2006
C+ 42% Gridiron Gang (2006) Gridiron Gang feels less like a movie and more like a Tony Robbins motivational seminar.‐ Oregonian
Posted Sep 15, 2006
B 54% The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) (2005) The Protector is ridiculously fun to watch.‐ Oregonian
Posted Sep 8, 2006
69% Snakes on a Plane (2006) Diving into the merits of a movie where people are dodging snakes whipping through a depressurized cabin is a bit like trying to pick apart the subtext of Space Mountain.‐ Oregonian
Posted Aug 21, 2006
B 68% World Trade Center (2006) Director Oliver Stone's surprisingly conventional 9/11 film acts as an inspirational counterpoint to United 93. There were many stories of courage that day, but Trade Center tells one of the few with an uplifting ending.‐ Oregonian
Posted Aug 9, 2006
C+ 40% My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) It's never quite laugh-out-loud funny. It doesn't wring enough out of its killer premise. It mildly squanders good actors.‐ Oregonian
Posted Jul 21, 2006
C 21% You, Me and Dupree (2006) Owen Wilson seems (for a while) to be doing an Owen Wilson impression in You, Me and Dupree -- an odd, mild comedy about (are you ready?) a houseguest who won't leave.‐ Oregonian
Posted Jul 14, 2006
B- 37% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) As idiot car-crash movies go, Tokyo Drift is pretty fun, and certainly a more-than-decent entry in this franchise.‐ Oregonian
Posted Jun 16, 2006
C 25% Peaceful Warrior (2006) You might be better off reading the book and imagining [Nick] Nolte as Socrates.‐ Oregonian
Posted Jun 2, 2006
C- 33% Poseidon (2006) You have a the movie that feels like a video game: Faceless characters walk into a room, solve a crisis, then move to the next room. Rinse with seawater and repeat.‐ Oregonian
Posted May 12, 2006
68% Hard Candy (2006) ... while the film's blunter, more thrillerish and sadistic second half is less unnerving than its bloodless first, it still works as a smarter than usual cat-and-mouse death match.‐ Oregonian
Posted Apr 28, 2006
C+ 23% RV (2006) Yet another aggressively inoffensive family road-trip movie, only with Robin Williams in the Clark Griswold role, and it's pleasant and formulaic and nice looking without bothering to be terribly funny.‐ Oregonian
Posted Apr 28, 2006
31% Stick It (2006) ... smarter and funnier than it has any right to be.‐ Oregonian
Posted Apr 28, 2006