Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Off the Black (2006)
""Off the Black" is writer/director James Ponsoldt's first movie...When I found out how young Ponsoldt is, only twenty-six, I was shocked that someone so young could have such insight into, and such empathy for, the existential disquietude of middle age."
Music and Lyrics (2007)
Fong juk (Exiled) (2006)
"...Exiled is compromised by the feeling one gets that Johnnie To has been watching too many westerns. Like in a Sergio Leone movie, all the characters try to strike iconic poses, clad with shades, munching on cigars, tilted gun in hand."
"As the mother of a preteen daughter who has dragged me to a number of teen movies, I was captivated by this strange mutant of a movie. There is skill here, and some poignant scenes that stayed with me, including a first kiss scene that's one of the bette"
China Blue (2005)
"Globalization is here to stay, and it presents us with yet another set of problems that we must address. China Blue does not offer solutions, but it might help get us to stop ignoring the problems. It is the little elephant that roared."
Catch a Fire (2006)
Blood and Chocolate (2007)
"...I don't have a problem with you guys making my gender the propagator of evil...But if you're going to go around blaming a woman for everything, the least you could do is give her character some depth, instead of making her into some cardboard cut-out.."
"If the filmmakers are telling us that Diane's artistic creativity was unleashed by the love of a good freak, then it's a shame. To turn a story so full of good intentions at the beginning into another movie about a woman who is liberated from the chains"
The History Boys (2006)
"[History Boys] is most potently about the love of teaching, and how the best teachers can help give meaning to existence; and if not meaning in the grand sense, at least an appreciation of what it means to be human."
Paris Je T'aime (2007)
Black Book (2007)
"But Verhoeven's films are not meant to offer profound moral insights. And "Black Book" does not aspire to historical accuracy. Instead, "Black Book" is pure entertainment, of the hollow variety. Verhoeven gives you your money's worth of titillation..."
Flying Scotsman (1990)
"To cut to the chase, The Flying Scotsman is the skillfully-portrayed, honest story of an interesting, complex and troubled cyclist. For bike racing enthusiasts there is much meat here, but the film may ultimately fail to fully engage and inspire a more g"
What She Knew (2006)
"Brougher brings a particularly female sensibility to her work. I think most male writer-directors would structure this story around choices and actions. Will Stephanie accept a plea bargain? Will Lydie push her patient into facing the truth? Will"
"By the end of his films- this idiosyncratic style, complex plotting, and core values about intimacy produce a combination of exhaustion, well-being, and a bit of unease. At the conclusion of "Jindabyne," while Lawrence's torturous journey has given more"
Red Road (2007)
Little Children (2006)
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Death of a President (2006)
"There is little of the fall of the Twin Towers trauma, but much of All the President's Men here. That this film's buzz has launched such vitriol and condemnation is not surprising. Range's film exposes wider audiences to some basic truths of our times."
"There is some hope, in Iñárritu's world, each of the characters may have a family and love, but this is shown to be, at best, a diversion against the real world, which is a much more intolerable, incomprehensive place."
Harsh Times (2006)
How to Draw a Bunny (2004)
"Simply put, Ray Johnson was neither good nor original. All that he did in his 'art' was done before and better by others. That the same can be said of his documentarian's film may be a small synchronicity, but that's all it is. What it is not is art."
Casino Royale (2006)
"Casino Royale is a great action movie, but it rises above the genre because of Daniel Craig's wonderfully fresh portrait of Bond and a great script. This is an exciting and engrossing, stand-on-line, see-on-a-big-screen, buy-the-popcorn-movie."
Sommer vorm Balkon (2007)
"In Summer in Berlin, director Andreas Dresen presents the portrait of a friendship between two women, Nike (Nadja Uhl) and Katrin Engel (Inka Friedrich). In the German tradition of the Kammerspielfilm, this is a closely and lovingly observed study in psyc"
Le Petit Lieutenant (2006)
"To cut to the chase...this is a very French, understated, intelligent, slow, police procedural that ultimately engrosses and then surprises the viewer. If you don't see it in a theater, it would be a great rental."
The Good Shepherd (2006)
"The heteros become homos, the unsatisfied virgins become red meat, over and over. If you liked Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, you will like this bit of silliness. And, if you understand this film, then, truly, you are a pervert too. Go, be with your peopl"
Exterminating Angels (2007)
"If the movie was meant to render sympathy to Brisseau, it only reinforces how monstrously repugnant he is. The audacity to suggest his complete innocence makes the whole thing seem like black comedy, only the core sentiment is not funny."
Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) (1959)
"Despite that, Black Orpheus, while not being a cinematic full meal nevertheless is a sweet piece of candy, and thus has to be judged more on its entertainment value than its artistic value; mindful that, unlike the Orphic films of Cocteau, it, at least su"
Absolute Wilson (2006)
Man Push Cart (2006)
A Woman Under the Influence (1975)
"John Cassavetes was one of those rare artists of whom it could be said that his flaws were his strengths, and his strengths were his flaws...Consequently, the film has to rank somewhere between the two in the Cassavetes canon, and I'd opt for putting it c"
"To cut to the chase, there should be an NC-17 rating to describe the over-the- top violence in Apocalypto. But the strong of stomach will find an edge-of-your-seat, heart-pounding, technically amazing movie."
Fisherman and His Wife (2005)
"Meanwhile, Dörrie sends up, more with humor than rebuke, the present decade's global-wide obsession with its win-at-all-cost competitive spirit, the blurring of boundaries between profit-making and service providing, the West's infatuation with Japanese d"
Three Kings (1999)
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
"Every stone, every piece of fabric, every pushed-up bosom is fetishized to ludicrous extremes. Zhang apparently wants to dazzle the eyes with the visuals, but Curse is one of the gaudiest looking movies ever made."
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
The Lives of Others (2006)