Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Dalai Lama Renaissance (2007)
My Winnipeg (2007)
"It's actually Maddin's most accessible film, and underneath the surreal images and foreboding narration is a relatively familiar message: You can go home again. And if you do, feel free to take some creative liberties here and there. "
"The question is whether it really makes sense to turn Lamorisse's fanciful original film into a downer family drama; it's sort of like doing a modern-day version of "Narnia" where the kids never find the wardrobe. "
Man on Wire (2008)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Savage Grace (2007)
Ripple Effect (2008)
Body of War (2008)
""Stuck" does what any good B movie should, working its way under your skin with a mix of gory jolts and outrageous humor, while cutting uncomfortably close to the bone in its look at how people really behave under pressure. "
Meduzot (Jellyfish) (2008)
The Fall (2006)
Then She Found Me (2007)
Paranoid Park (2007)
"I don't know what's more surprising: that director Gus Van Sant has made yet another movie about the lives of disaffected Portland teenagers, or that he's pulled it off one more time with "Paranoid Park." "
The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)
Planet B-Boy (2007)
The Counterfeiters (2007)
"Much of "Counterfeiters" is actually pretty thrilling, as Sorowitsch, a classic taciturn anti-hero in the Humphrey Bogart or William Holden mold, struggles with whether to go along with the Nazi plan or figure out some way of undoing it from within. "
In Bruges (2008)
The Walker (2007)
Youth Without Youth (2007)
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
The Savages (2007)
"The fact that "Savages" looks at an ordinary and often inevitable part of life shouldn't obscure the fact that this is a beautifully written and wonderfully played film, capturing the nuances of family dynamics as assuredly as any film I've seen in quite "
"Temple gets at the heart of Strummer's character, at the unbridled joy that existed within his righteous anger, the satisfaction of knowing he was on the right side of history and hadn't had to sell any part of himself to get there. "
27 Dresses (2008)
"Watching "27 Dresses" is like going to a wedding that's kind of lame -- the chicken marsala is stringy, the DJ only knows show tunes, and the best man's toast almost triggers an annulment -- but you end up having a decent time anyway. "
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Starting Out in the Evening (2007)
My Kid Could Paint That (2007)
"Documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev's "My Kid Could Paint That" is an impressive feat in that it revels in its own ambiguity while still giving us a very entertaining, ripped-from-the-headlines mystery story. "
The Kite Runner (2007)
"These are two unique and unforgettable family films -- one an essential part of world cinema, the other an underseen gem -- that a new generation deserves the chance to get acquainted with"
Ira and Abby (2006)
The Golden Compass (2007)
"Every character in The Golden Compass has a 'daemon', a talking animal sidekick who follows them everywhere. It's a neat idea -- I wished I had one sitting in the theater with me to explain what the heck was going on. "
What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)
Last Winter ()
I'm Not There (2007)
"It's frustrating, brilliant, beautiful, maddening, hilarious and tragic, and may ruin me for conventional rock 'n' roll biopics that provide easy motivations and facile answers."
No Country for Old Men (2007)
"Not satisfied with just being one of the best thrillers I've ever seen, "No Country of Old Men" goes beyond that in its third act to becoming a haunting and unforgettable American classic."