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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 89% The Savages (2007) Although the story may sound as dismal as Buffalo's weather, it's surprisingly funny. Not gag funny, but observation funny -- the absurdities of real life, seen and presented.‐ Arizona Republic
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4/5 94% My Kid Could Paint That (2007) Documentarian Amir Bar-Lev began making a film about whether Modern art is a scam and whether a 4-year-old painter from Binghampton, N.Y., might not be as good as Picasso. But Bar-Lev ended making a film instead about whether the 4-year-old is a scam.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 1, 2007
3/5 44% Bella (Beauty) (2006) It ends like a TV show, and everyone has learned a neat little lesson. Phooey.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 25, 2007
3/5 78% Canvas (2007) Canvas is worth seeing for the acting, but the disease-of-the-week conventions and hackneyed visuals pretty well knock the wind out of its sails.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 18, 2007
3.5/5 95% In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) It certainly is fascinating.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 27, 2007
1.5/5 53% David & Layla (2007) David and Layla is proof, if proof be needed, that good intentions just aren't enough.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 20, 2007
2/5 33% Sea of Dreams (2006) Pretty scenery. Pretty people. Pretty story. Pretty bad.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 20, 2007
5/5 98% The Devil Came on Horseback (2007) The Devil Came on Horseback is a documentary about the genocide in that part of Africa, and the film's strength is that it shows us the horror, rather than tells us about it. It's painful to watch.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 14, 2007
4/5 86% When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007) If you have any ear for non-Western music, Gypsy Caravan is a must.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 6, 2007
4.5/5 86% 2 Days in Paris (2007) The last time I laughed so hard at a movie, it was Nigel Tufnel telling us his amplifier went to 11.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 6, 2007
3/5 30% Goya's Ghosts (2007) It's a richly seen and felt movie, but not one with a feel-good message.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 9, 2007
3.5/5 76% Stardust (2007) It feels a bit tired, a bit formulaic, a bit like too much studio input and script doctoring.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 9, 2007
4.5/5 98% Ten Canoes (2007) Gulpilil is the canny, subtle and funny narrator of 10 Canoes, a film of unutterable beauty, hypnotic fascination and universal humanity.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 2, 2007
2.5/5 76% Sunshine (2007) Other movies may explore the depths of outer space. This movie explores the shallows.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 26, 2007
4/5 82% Talk to Me (2007) Don Cheadle has elevated yet another film: Talk to Me is better than it intends to be. But thank Ejiofor as well.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 26, 2007
2/5 79% 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2007) The film never rises above the spiritual or intellectual level of a TV news anchor. It is a dispiriting film to watch, if you have any real interest in the subject.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 19, 2007
3/5 80% I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life And Legacy Of Simon Wiesenthal (2007) Persuasive and engaging, if one-sided. It could be argued there is only one side to argue.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 19, 2007
2.5/5 83% Paprika (2006) You could sit through the film two or three times to nail down the details of the story, but the film isn't interesting enough to warrant a second look.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jul 13, 2007
4/5 83% Steel City (2007) Steel City is gritty, blue-collar and surprisingly dry-eyed. If it hadn't been a movie, it could have been a song off Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 28, 2007
3/5 73% Golden Door (Nuovomondo) (2007) The film never really coheres, and although some scenes are amazing, the total is slow, ponderous and sometimes silly.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 28, 2007
2.5/5 27% Evening (2007) A collection of Lifetime-channel clichés arranged with the metallic precision of a machine.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 28, 2007
4/5 74% La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007) Don't bother voting. Just give the Oscar to Marion Cotillard now. As the chanteuse Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, her acting is the most astonishing I've seen in years.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 21, 2007
2.5/5 13% September Dawn (2007) The real problem is that September Dawn isn't a very good movie. It moves too much like a public-school history pageant and gives us mono-dimensional characters who speak dialogue that fairly reeks of printer's ink.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 21, 2007
3.5/5 87% Paris Je T'aime (2007) The best segments are as good as film gets; the losers can make you wince. On the whole, the good outweigh the bad and make the film feel like a minivacation in the City of Light.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 7, 2007
4.5/5 85% The Other Conquest (2007) [Director] Carrasco uses shadows and mirrors to create effects he has no actual budget for. The lack of money shows on-screen but is cleverly hidden by the director's genius for making us care about his story so much that we forgive all else.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 2, 2007
5/5 94% Away From Her (2007) In Away From Her, four of the best actors in the world turn material worthy of their talents into the best movie of the year so far. The result is moving the way the best-written literature can be, telling us something about ourselves.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 10, 2007
3.5/5 56% Civic Duty (2006) It does build up considerable suspense and tension; Renfroe has learned well from Hitchcock.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted May 5, 2007
3.5/5 96% Cats of Mirikitani (2006) By paying him attention and making this portrait, [director Hattendorf] makes us see Jimmy Mirikitani as a three-dimensional person and not a stereotype of homelessness. You leave the film glad to have met him.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3.5/5 70% Ten 'til Noon (2005) Perhaps Ten 'til Noon is not exactly Citizen Kane, and perhaps all of the puzzle pieces never add up to anything but an engaging hour in the theater, but watching all the bits come together keeps you awake for the length of the film.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Apr 21, 2007
4/5 75% Avenue Montaigne (2006) When it all wraps up as neatly as the treacliest Hollywood film, we don't feel cheated, but rather enjoy the satisfaction of a story resolved, and we're happy for each of the people we have spent our hour with.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 31, 2007
3.5/5 No Score Yet Chasing October (2007) Whether you find the film funny, inspiring or exasperating will depend on how deeply you buy the setup. In these days of Postmodern times, nothing it seems is quite what it seems.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 16, 2007
4/5 19% I Think I Love My Wife (2007) I Think I Love My Wife is a surprisingly grown-up film. With only a minimum of gross-out humor - which may disappoint his fans - it gives us an adult take on relationships and a take the younger film audience may not be willing to hear.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Mar 15, 2007
4/5 91% Iraq in Fragments (2006) James Longley's devastating documentary Iraq in Fragments has neither narration nor obvious political ax to grind, but it manages to tell us something about Iraq that we aren't getting or can't get from standard news coverage.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 22, 2007
2/5 80% The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided (2006) The film has leaden dialogue and action without drama: It isn't much more intellectually developed than a grade-school historical pageant.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Feb 1, 2007
3.5/5 55% Seraphim Falls (2007) ... Seraphim Falls keeps you in suspense with what will happen next: a good, old-fashioned storytelling virtue.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 26, 2007
3/5 58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) The climax of the film -- quite literally -- is so silly and preposterous that we're likely to leave the theater either laughing at it or grumbling about how such a good idea for a movie could have been so diluted: not perfume, but cheap cologne.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jan 4, 2007
2.5/5 74% The Painted Veil (2006) All this comes from a novel by Somerset Maugham, although the movie leaves out most of the complexities of the book to focus on the single-minded venom of the marriage.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 28, 2006
2/5 50% Ever Again (2006) The information in the film is frightening, to say the least, but as a documentary, the film has serious flaws.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Dec 7, 2006
1/5 84% Old Joy (2006) It plays for a scant 73 minutes, but if feels as long as a Wagner opera.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 30, 2006
4/5 32% Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) As a biopic, it is as meretricious as most, but as a myth about love and loss, about otherness and identity, about compassion and revulsion, about fetishism and sex, about art and life, it will likely stay with you for days.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 21, 2006
3/5 28% Copying Beethoven, (Klang der Stille) (2006) It's a pointless movie, except for Harris.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Nov 10, 2006
4/5 76% A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) Like an O'Neill play, its virtues are not in well-constructed ideas but in the emotional catharses it wrings out of its audience.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 26, 2006
3.5/5 80% Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2006) It sounds like a slight plot, and it is, but it is rich in detail that makes up for the simplicity of the story.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Oct 19, 2006
2.5/5 84% This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) The same story in print would move more fleetly and makes its points more adroitly.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 14, 2006
4/5 90% Half Nelson (2006) It's interested in how real people, not movie characters, might act in the situation. It is about all the gray areas, all the complexities, all the layers of meaning.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Sep 7, 2006
2.5/5 18% Shadowboxer (2005) It tells a story that would fit perfectly in a standard Hollywood action thriller, but it tells it in the grammar and syntax of an art film. The two sensibilities make no sense together.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 3, 2006
3/5 56% Naked in Ashes (2005) Paula Fouce's documentary about several of these yogis gives us a kind of cinéma vérité peek into their lives as they perform their rituals and prepare for the great meeting, or Kumbh Mela, of yogis in Ujjain, held in 2003.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Aug 3, 2006
3.5/5 81% Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006) A refreshingly small-scale film, almost a home movie made by the director of such films as Tootsie, Out of Africa and The Way We Were.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 29, 2006
3/5 87% The Beauty Academy of Kabul (2006) This movie shows us a small bit of daily life as lived by real people. For that alone, we should be grateful.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 22, 2006
3.5/5 74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) Well-photographed and acted, Joyeux Noël suffers most from the inevitable comparison with its betters, such films as Paths of Glory or All Quiet on the Western Front.‐ Arizona Republic
Posted Jun 22, 2006