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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 92% Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? (2010) On the one hand, the film is a cautionary too-much-too-soon story that was a cliché even before what Casey Kasem refers to as the Rock Era; on the other hand, it also has enough touching, amusing and/or appalling episodes to make it compulsively watchable‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2010
2.5/5 95% No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) (2010) On one level, Nobody Knows About Persian Cats is just another story about a bunch of indie-rock wannabes, but writer/director Bahman Ghobadi's vaguely vérité look at the underground music scene in contemporary Iran has a certain built-in drama factor.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2010
3/5 89% The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) Film buffs and cineastes will find the doc's inside-show biz stories a real treat.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted May 29, 2009
3/5 80% Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (2009) Even casual filmgoers should be intrigued, while film buffs and cineastes will find the doc's inside-show biz stories a real treat.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted May 22, 2009
3.5/5 86% Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006) Director Stephen Kijak's profile of reclusive pop icon Scott Walker is one of the most remarkable music documentaries in ages.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2009
2.5/5 66% Cadillac Records (2008) The problem with the film, mostly, is that it's overstuffed with historical incidents that don't really cohere into a convincing story beyond the usual rise-fall-rebirth stuff.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2008
2.5/5 50% Whaledreamers (2008) Scattershot, often beautiful to look at and just as often earnest to the point of self-parody.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2008
2/5 29% Forever Strong (2008) Gives the word "forgettable" a bad name.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2008
2.5/5 67% Das Fräulein (Fraulein) (2008) Easier to admire than actually enjoy.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2008
2.5/5 70% Greetings From the Shore (2008) Reasonably affecting despite uneven performances and a certain overfondness for familiar stock characters.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2008
2.5/5 96% The Pool (2008) Chris Smith's low-key coming-of-age film/slice of contemporary Indian life takes forever to get where it's going, which turns out to be pretty much nowhere.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2008
2.5/5 40% The Rocker (2008) The real problem, of course, is that Fish isn't all that interesting a protagonist.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2008
3/5 66% Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008) Insufferable, endearing, pretentiously arty, bracingly direct, humorless, hilarious, oddly distant and strangely touching, but always compulsively watchable -- in other words, a fabulous contradictory mess, much like Smith herself.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2008
2.5/5 45% What We Do Is Secret (2007) A low-budget but stylish recreation of the brief life and times of a pioneering LA punk band, What We Do Is Secret is fast and funny enough to make you overlook the fact that you've seen variants of this story before.‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2008
93% Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice) (1955) Low-budget but visually stunning.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2008
2/4 16% Dudley Do-Right (1999) Why in the wide, wide, world of sports would anybody make a big-budget feature film from a decades-old, animated cartoon parody of Nelson Eddy/Jeanette MacDonald movies?‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted May 20, 2008
3/4 52% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Parents can relax: Ron Howard's version of Dr. Seuss' tale of the Christmas-napping Grinch is a smartly stylized hoot.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2008
3/4 77% Restaurant (2000) Brody, who has the lean-and-hungry charisma of a skinny young De Niro, turns his potentially cliched, tortured artist character into somebody from whom you'd actually want to buy a drink.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2007
4/5 60% Only the Strong Survive (2003) Most of the music is as fine and fierce as you could want.‐ TV Guide
Posted May 9, 2003
2.5/5 31% Malibu's Most Wanted (2003) A surprisingly likeable farce.‐ TV Guide
Posted Apr 18, 2003
1.5/5 43% Anger Management (2003) This Adam Sandler/ Jack Nicholson vehicle spends a long 105 minutes spinning a witless sitcom variation on The Game.‐ TV Guide
Posted Apr 11, 2003
2/5 8% Gods and Generals (2003) After about an hour ... the film undergoes a precipitous decline marked by absurdity and Victorian sentiment.‐ TV Guide
Posted Feb 20, 2003
1.5/5 8% Kangaroo Jack (2003) It's hard not to wonder whether most of the principal actors shouldn't start thinking seriously about switching agents.‐ TV Guide
Posted Jan 16, 2003
3/5 79% Antwone Fisher (2002) The performances are uniformly excellent, first-time director Washington keeps things moving with admirable efficiency.‐ TV Guide
Posted Dec 20, 2002
1.5/5 39% Maid in Manhattan (2002) If this deeply lame Cinderella story, apparently the result of an unholy tryst between Pretty Woman and Working Girl, had an original idea in its head, that idea would swiftly die of loneliness.‐ TV Guide
Posted Dec 13, 2002
2/5 16% I Spy (2002) Nothing about this movie is terribly fresh.‐ TV Guide
Posted Nov 1, 2002
2.5/5 55% The Santa Clause 2 (2002) A reasonably entertaining sequel to 1994's surprise family hit that may strain adult credibility.‐ TV Guide
Posted Oct 31, 2002
1.5/5 48% Jackass - The Movie (2002) Really dumb but occasionally really funny.‐ TV Guide
Posted Oct 28, 2002
1.5/5 66% Jonah - A VeggieTales Movie (2002) Even generally sympathetic adults may eventually find their minds wandering, if only because of the characters' continual, annoying hopping; being vegetables, they have no legs, you see.‐ TV Guide
Posted Oct 13, 2002
1/5 54% The Transporter (2002) Almost everything about the film is unsettling, from the preposterous hairpiece worn by Lai's villainous father to the endless action sequences.‐ TV Guide
Posted Oct 11, 2002
3.5/5 63% Moonlight Mile (2002) Silberling's script is a feast of cornucopian proportions for the talented cast, and the acting is, without exception, world class.‐ TV Guide
Posted Sep 27, 2002
3/5 50% Crazy as Hell (2002) A psychological thriller that doesn't really hold up if you think about it too much, but is nonetheless highly entertaining in a low-budget, David Lynch-ian way.‐ TV Guide
Posted Sep 26, 2002
2.5/5 41% The Four Feathers (2002) The film's center will not hold.‐ TV Guide
Posted Sep 19, 2002
2.5/5 61% Blue Crush (2002) Isn't terribly original, but it does have the refreshing virtue of showing people smacked around by tsunami-sized waves that, for a change, are mostly not computer generated.‐ TV Guide
Posted Aug 16, 2002
1/5 30% The Country Bears (2002) An unintentionally surreal kid's picture ... in which actors in bad bear suits enact a sort of inter-species parody of a VH1 Behind the Music episode.‐ TV Guide
Posted Jul 25, 2002
1.5/5 57% Like Mike (2002) A harmless, if ultimately inane, fantasy-comedy vehicle for youngsta-rapper Lil' Bow Wow.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2002
2.5/5 10% Juwanna Mann (2002) On its own staggeringly unoriginal terms, this gender-bending comedy is generally quite funny.‐ TV Guide
Posted Jun 20, 2002
2/5 77% Undercover Brother (2002) An amiable if inconsistent send-up of and tribute to blaxploitation flicks of the early 1970s.‐ TV Guide
Posted May 30, 2002
1/5 69% Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) Think The Lion King redone for horses, with fewer deliberate laughs, more inadvertent ones and stunningly trite songs by Bryan Adams, the world's most generic rock star.‐ TV Guide
Posted May 23, 2002
1/5 28% Life or Something Like It (2002) An uneasy mix of four-hankie tearjerker and surreal romantic comedy.‐ TV Guide
Posted Apr 25, 2002
1/5 26% The Sweetest Thing (2002) It's hard to overstate just how awful this movie is, despite the efforts of the appealing cast.‐ TV Guide
Posted Apr 12, 2002
2.5/5 19% National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002) While not for every taste, this often very funny collegiate gross-out comedy goes a long way toward restoring the luster of the National Lampoon film franchise, too long reduced to direct-to-video irrelevancy.‐ TV Guide
Posted Apr 5, 2002
2.5/5 34% Very Annie Mary (2001) The cast is uniformly excellent ... but the film itself is merely mildly charming.‐ TV Guide
Posted Mar 21, 2002
2.5/5 38% 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) A smart and witty romantic farce that mixes sweet and sexy with surprising aplomb.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2002
2.5/5 35% Super Troopers (2002) A surprisingly funny and much-smarter -than-it- needs-to-be, Animal House-style ensemble comedy.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2002
1.5/5 27% A Walk to Remember (2002) Needless to say, the dramatics that follow are utter hooey.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2002
70% Waydowntown (2002) Quirky, original, and often very funny.‐ TV Guide
Posted Jan 24, 2002
88% Italian for Beginners (2001) If this is the Danish idea of a good time, prospective tourists might want to consider a different destination -- some jolly country embroiled in a bloody civil war, perhaps.‐ TV Guide
Posted Jan 17, 2002
21% Joe Somebody (2001) Let's face it: 'To thine own self be true' is not exactly late breaking news.‐ TV Guide
Posted Dec 20, 2001
2/5 26% How High (2001) A hip-hop Cheech and Chong picture crossed with Animal House that's about as cheerfully vulgar as you might expect.‐ TV Guide
Posted Dec 20, 2001