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Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jeffrey Westhoff
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
4/4
Ratatouille (2007)
While others in the computer-animation field are obsessed with making backgrounds appear real, Pixar knows it is more vital to make the characters real.
Posted Jul 2, 2007
2
2.5/4
The story plays on a juvenile level, and surprisingly enough it works on that level.
Posted Jun 25, 2007
3
2/4
A Mighty Heart is scrupulously journalistic, a would-be documentary that tells in rigorous detail but explains almost nothing. Who, what, when and where are covered, but not why.
Posted Jun 25, 2007
4
2.5/4
Maintains the tongue-in-cheek quality of the first film without falling into camp.
Posted Jun 16, 2007
5
2/4
Nancy Drew (2007)
Who do they think their audience is? Nancy's many fans rightfully will be insulted by the spoofing, and everyone else will be confused by the uneven tone and start-and-stop plot.
Posted Jun 16, 2007
6
3/4
The cast and crew are having a lark, and the mood is infectious rather than insular, as it was in the second film.
Posted Jun 16, 2007
7
3/4
Surf's Up (2007)
Bridges' vocal performance is delightful, sort of the Big Lebowski meets Goofy (which isn't much of a stretch, come to think of it).
Posted Jun 16, 2007
8
2/4
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Just when it seemed the serial-killer film had been done to death, Mr. Brooks brings something fresh to the genre.
Posted Jun 16, 2007
9
3.5/4
Knocked Up (2007)
Apatow loves his actors and the characters they play, and the improvisational spirit on his set keeps the comedy fresh and real.
Posted Jun 16, 2007
10
3/4
Director Gore Verbinski continues to deliver the big-budget goods.
Posted May 23, 2007
11
2/4
Flat and pointless, Shrek the Third is a sequel made for the worst reason, merely to keep a mega franchise in the public eye and to position it for TV and Broadway spinoffs.
Posted May 16, 2007
12
1/4
Most post-apocalyptic thrillers make you wonder if humanity will survive before the film ends. This one makes you wonder how much of your own humanity will be lost before then.
Posted May 11, 2007
13
2/4
Waitress (2007)
A celebration of cheating on your spouse.
Posted May 11, 2007
14
2/4
Lucky You (2007)
The Bellagio's fountains give a more expressive performance than Bana.
Posted May 7, 2007
15
3/4
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Raimi still tells an entertaining, coherent and poignant story despite the bloated production.
Posted May 2, 2007
16
2.5/4
Wiper may make the point that people would pay to watch such a snuff film, but he too vigorously rubs his audience's nose in it.
Posted May 2, 2007
17
3.5/4
Hot Fuzz (2007)
The characters are more fully rounded than the heroes of the Bruckheimer films being aped.
Posted May 2, 2007
18
3/4
Fracture (2007)
A solid, old-fashioned game of mental cat and mouse between two fine actors.
Posted May 2, 2007
19
3/4
Disturbia (2007)
Disturbia slowly builds from suspense to shocks at the cost of very few brain cells.
Posted May 2, 2007
20
1/4
I didn't feel like I was watching somebody else's idea of a joke; I felt like I was watching somebody else's idea of a nightmare.
Posted May 2, 2007
21
2.5/4
Grindhouse (2007)
The numbness of sitting through nearly two hours of dreck isn't all that kills the momentum going in to Death Proof.
Posted May 2, 2007
22
1.5/4
The Reaping (2007)
The most positive thing about The Reaping is that it isn't as big a waste of time as last year's Omen remake; it's 14 minutes shorter.
Posted May 2, 2007
23
2.5/4
The Hoax (2007)
Like the film itself, Gere gives a performance that is meticulous and impressive but not magnetic.
Posted May 2, 2007
24
3/4
The Lookout (2007)
Frank relies on spare atmosphere and robust performances to keep The Lookout intriguing.
Posted May 2, 2007
25
3/4
The film has a freewheeling, quick-hit absurdism closer to Airplane! than Aladdin.
Posted May 2, 2007
26
3/4
The flimsy story benefits from strong performance by the adults and an adorable one by Wryn. A cute kid can cover for a multitude of structural flaws.
Posted Mar 31, 2007
27
1/4
Shooter (2007)
Usually conspiracy thrillers don't work. And few fail on as many levels as Shooter.
Posted Mar 31, 2007
28
2.5/4
TMNT (2007)
The Turtles themselves are still a treat and they overcome many of the story's deficiencies.
Posted Mar 31, 2007
29
3/4
The Namesake (2006)
When The Namesake focuses on the family and Gogol's struggle to understand what his father means to him, the film is a rich experience. But side trips into Gogol's romantic life are thin.
Posted Mar 16, 2007
30
2/4
Premonition (2007)
Premonition falls apart because the script turns stupefyingly boneheaded during the most crucial scene.
Posted Mar 16, 2007
31
2.5/4
Perhaps Rock tries to stretch himself further than his talents currently allow, but next time he could pull off something masterful.
Posted Mar 16, 2007
32
2/4
Gray Matters (2007)
The plot sputters from one unconvincing scene to the next until Kramer just gives up on telling a story and Gray Matters somehow morphs into The Complete Idiot's Guide to Coming Out of the Closet.
Posted Mar 8, 2007
33
1.5/4
300 (2007)
Months before its release 300 already was revered by those who consider it a magnificent achievement for a live-action film to look exactly like a video game. Forgive me, but I don't see that as a reason to celebrate.
Posted Mar 8, 2007
34
1.5/4
Wild Hogs (2007)
An especially lame comedy based on nothing but a situation. The humor is farce or slapstick, so character development doesn't matter. Establish the types, put them in one crazy mix-up after another and you're done.
Posted Mar 3, 2007
35
2/4
That's the hypocrisy that tears this fascinating film apart: The female sexual urge must be broken, but the male sexual urge can be celebrated in song.
Posted Mar 3, 2007
36
3/4
Zodiac (2007)
As ungainly as Zodiac is, it never loses your interest.
Posted Mar 3, 2007
37
3/4
Without straining to preach the things studio executives mistake for values, Astronaut Farmer becomes the rare family film that should appeal to parents and children equally without patronizing either group.
Posted Feb 22, 2007
38
1.5/4
The project should have been 86ed.
Posted Feb 22, 2007
39
3/4
As much as anything, Bridge is about how powerfully friendship can transform children.
Posted Feb 22, 2007
40
3.5/4
The film's greatest asset is Grant, who could sound witty and erudite reading the ingredients off a bottle of painkillers.
Posted Feb 13, 2007
41
1/4
Norbit (2007)
Murphy has made plenty of bad films, but nothing as flat-footedly awful as Norbit.
Posted Feb 8, 2007
42
2/4
Writer-director Anthony Minghella tries to base his story on the messy, unpredictable nature of human emotional response. What he gets is mostly a mess.
Posted Feb 8, 2007
43
2/4
Screamers (2006)
Cannot decide if it wants to be a documentary about the band System of a Down or what the band is about.
Posted Feb 8, 2007
44
2/4
Catch and Release is a little one that gets away.
Posted Feb 8, 2007
45
1/4
Smokin' Aces (2007)
Repellant for reasons that would take a week to list, but the biggest one is that it tries to revive a film movement that not only should stay buried, but should not have lived in the first place.
Posted Feb 8, 2007
46
3/4
The plot here may be simple, but it is strong. So are the performances.
Posted Feb 8, 2007
47
3/4
Venus (2006)
Venus is the type of comic drama that the British do best. It is poignant without dwelling on its poignancy.
Posted Jan 21, 2007
48
3.5/4
Letters From Iwo Jima should remind us that even a "good war" is an ugly thing.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
49
1.5/4
I know this is supposed to be a children's fantasy and that the color of the Miminoys' skin should be less remarkable than their microscopic stature, but the message seems to be that an African tribe can't be cute unless it is also white.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
50
3/4
Alpha Dog (2007)
Alpha Dog is a tragedy born of stupidity and weaned on depravity.
Posted Jan 12, 2007