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Paul Arendt

Paul Arendt
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 9% Captivity (2007) Joffe and his screenwriter Larry Cohen deserve a little credit for pointing up the psychological horrors where they can, but Captivity is still a grubby, exploitative film with an extremely guessable twist and universally dull performances.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2007
3/5 70% 28 Weeks Later... (2007) As a pacy Saturday night shocker, it can't really be faulted.‐
Read More | Posted May 8, 2007
2/5 34% Reno 911!: Miami (2007) Fails to raise even a titter.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2007
5/5 93% This Is England (2007) An honest, emotional, funny and deeply moving portrait of growing up. Don't miss it.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2007
3/5 71% Fracture (2007) The film is reminiscent of the kind of wealth-porn peddled by Adrian Lyne, and if you get bored with the plot, you can always pass the time picking out home furnishings.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2007
3/5 64% Reign Over Me (2007) Worth anyone's time.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2007
3/5 55% Alpha Dog (2007) Cassavetes uses a wide arsenal of flashy techniques...but his stylistic fourishes and some committed performances cannot disguise a certain emptiness where there should be tragedy.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2007
2/5 14% Wild Hogs (2007) Soulless, boring, formulaic and utterly convinced that its audience won't care.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2007
3/5 51% Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) Parents who sat stony-faced through the original Bean are in for a surprise: from an adult perspective, Mr Bean's Holiday is not all that bad.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2007
3/5 76% Catch a Fire (2006) Featuring excllent performances from Luke and Robbins, Catch A Fire is a mature, thought provoking film.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2007
4/5 60% 300 (2007) Taken on it's own terms - as Greek myth meets Looney Tunes - it's kind of a masterpiece.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2007
2/5 8% Premonition (2007) As Wednesday morphs into Tuesday, flips over to Friday and moseys back to Monday, the audience suffers moderate confusion and mild annoyance at Bullock's failure to address her condition in any meaningful way.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2007
2/5 32% The Good German (2007) A film that feels more like a cinematographer's showreel than an involving drama: flashy, but heartless.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2007
2/5 26% Ghost Rider (2007) By the time our hero has finally relaxed into his leathers, there's little time left to wrap up the main story, which is some forgettable stuff about the devil's progeny (a googly-eyed Wes Bentley) trying to take over the world.‐
Posted Feb 27, 2007
2/5 54% The Good Shepherd (2006) Intelligent, yes, politically astute, stuffed to the gills with A-list acting talent (overstuffed in fact, there are cameos a go-go), but too frozen with a sense of its own seriousness to grip.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2007
4/5 91% Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) Eastwood directs his performers with great skill, and brings a weary, astringent eye to the carnage that unfolds on Iwo Jima's blackened sands.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2007
1/5 0% Truth About Love (2005) It is a poor movie indeed that makes you reconsider the talent of Richard Curtis.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2007
2/5 76% Rocky Balboa (2006) The film meanders along this path for a long, slow while, a primitive soap opera dressed up as street poetry.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2007
4/5 62% Blood Diamond (2006) If you can ignore Zwick's colonial bombast, Blood Diamond is quite a ride: a gripping tale of greed and exploitation set against a background that seems constantly on the verge of explosive violence.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2007
3/5 67% The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) Deserves kudos for avoiding saccharine sentiment, but its relentless emphasis on money as the cure for all ills is depressing. They might as well have called it The Pursuit of Richyness.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2007
3/5 20% Employee of the Month (2006) The latest in a long line of lowbrow slacker comedies of the Clerks persuasion, Employee Of The Month is funnier and smarter than most of its contemporaries.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2007
3/5 73% Flags of Our Fathers (2006) It's an intelligent and sincere movie, if a little stodgy.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
3/5 55% Déjà Vu (2006) It's Denzel himself, ambling through the nonsense with just the right degree of twinkling insouciance, who keeps you watching. Good fun.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
4/5 65% Apocalypto (2006) While the ancient dialects and weighty quotations suggest an arthouse epic, Apocalypto is basically a really good period popcorn flick.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2006
3/5 54% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) The Pick of Destiny ain't going to win any awards, and the girls don't get much of a look-in, but it will strike a few power chords with a certain generation that is too old to disco and too young to die.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2006
3/5 75% Happy Feet (2006) A bewildering combination of anthropomophic perversity and environmental polemic, all scored to cheesy pop hits.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2006
2/5 34% Breaking and Entering (2007) It's a smart film, but like much of Minghella's output, it is too polite to grip.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2006
5/5 96% The Asphalt Jungle (1950) This tale of a jewel theft gone wrong is notable for its gritty procedural detail and an emphasis on the inner lives of the small time crooks, expertly played by Sterling Hayden and Sam Jaffe.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2006
3/5 72% Flushed Away (2006) Somewhere in the transition between plasticene and pixels, Aardman's uniquely gentle charm has disappeared. What remains is a frantic, deadening affair that's easy to admire but hard to love.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2006
4/5 95% Casino Royale (2006) Casino Royale is a 1,000 watt jolt to the heart of a flagging franchise, bringing Bond kicking -- and frequently screaming -- back to life.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2006
3/5 91% Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) Reviewer is disappointed!‐
Posted Oct 28, 2006
2/5 26% A Good Year (2006) Ridley Scott's sun-dappled tale of wine-making in the wilds of Provence slips down easily enough but leaves a nasty residue on the palate.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2006
2/5 37% The Guardian (2006) A pleasant enough distraction, although like so much of Costner's work it is far too long.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2006
3/5 68% World Trade Center (2006) Despite being true, it feels fictional: a distillation of human values rather than an objective chronicle. That's not necessarily a bad thing; to tell the truth, it's rather comforting.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2006
93% An Inconvenient Truth (2006) t's an enduring irony of movies that one guy talking can be more compelling than a million dollars in locations, extras and effects.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2006
4/5 72% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Much like its star, Talladega Nights is erratic, infuriating and very, very funny.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2006
1/5 41% Beerfest (2006) While we'd probably be exaggerating to claim that Beerfest is the least funny film ever made, it's undoubtedly top ten material.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2006
1/5 32% Click (2006) When the DVD comes out I'm going to buy it and fast-forward through the whole thing. You know, for vengeance.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2006
1/5 12% Little Man (2006) There are some films that are hardly worth the trouble of watching: once you've got the central concept, you can pretty much run the movie in your head.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2006
3/5 67% Right at Your Door (2007) It's an impressive, if relentlessly depressing, piece of work.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2006
3/5 69% Snakes on a Plane (2006) Faced with such an enthusiastic fanbase, all that director David Ellis had to do was deliver on the promise of his brilliant title, and he has done exactly that.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2006
3/5 69% A Scanner Darkly (2006) It's never less than incredibly beautiful to watch.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2006
3/5 49% Renaissance (2006) The film jumps cheerfully into every hard-boiled movie cliché like a child splashing into puddles.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2006
4/5 47% Miami Vice (2006) Michael Mann has come a long way since his days supervising Miami Vice on TV, and it's fascinating to watch a filmmaker of such extraordinary ability working a slice of pure cheesecake like this.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2006
2/5 74% Cars (2006) It had to end sometime. After a run of standard-setting CGI movies, Pixar has finally delivered a dud.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2006
2/5 54% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) A complicated plot involving a mysterious key and Will's seafood-wearing dad fights for space between relentless action sequences in a film so overloaded that it threatens to capsize.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2006
3/5 73% Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) (2006) It does, however, have two things going for it: outstanding punch-ups and Jet Li.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
1/5 9% Ultraviolet (2006) The only redeeming feature is a production design so outrageously mad that you will genuinely have no idea what you're watching for more than half the time.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2006
3/5 27% The Omen (2006) John Moore's remake -- while arguably better than its source -- can't help but feel a bit stale. Still, it treats the hokum with enough seriousness to create a few chills between the giggles.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2006
2/5 69% Curious George (2006) The whole thing might be a bit more bearable were it not for the tooth-rotting sweetness of Jack Johnson's songs, which are all about learning by doing, and how important it is to have friends, and other such guff.‐
Read More | Posted May 30, 2006