Kung Fu Panda (2008)
"Willingly raucous and revved up for your escapist consideration do welcome this plump yet profoundly prancing panda into your thrill-seeking heart."
"Pared-down with flat-footed characterizations, tacked on scenic shots of worldly venues and a choppy script that isn't disciplined enough to tap into our escapist imaginations, Jumper is a toothless travelogue that treks up the wrong charted route."
The Eye (2008)
"The cornea-deprived caper The Eye definitely sports a blurry vision in the meager horror B-movie sweepstakes...never sees clearly in its search for doomsday enlightenment."
"Carney's Once is definitely not enough...thoroughly inspirational, lyrical, charming and cheeky...a winning spark that ignites the lovelorn imagination."
Talk to Me (2007)
"Hysterically potent, thought-provoking and deliciously nostalgic. Overall, the proposed chatter is warranted in the movingly impish Talk to Me."
Martian Child (2007)
"Unfortunately for Martian Child this has more maple sap pouring out of it than a neglected Vermont tree looking for a good tapping."
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
"Sprawling, intriguing and handsomely shot, Yuma builds its gruff tension while being reminiscent of the frothy frontier flicks from yesteryear."
"...blood-spilling banality...the sensationalism behind Zombie's directorial demeanor is merely a follow-the-dots frightfest with an exaggerated twitching disorder."
"...[a] refreshingly jubilant spin on filmmaker Waters' classic tongue-in-cheek tune-maker Hairspray...spirited pizzazz and a peppy ode to retro-artistic sentimentality"
"The slick ambience behind Fracture could be penetrating yet misleading. Hopkins's "Lecter-lite" persona adds some pathos to this old-fashioned yet stylistic whodunit."
Perfect Stranger (2007)
"Relentlessly cheesy, exhaustive and about as stimulating as a cold medicine tablet...In short, take this lofty advice and try not to talk to this particular Stranger."
"Enthralling and exhilarating in its explosive camp-driven excess, Grindhouse is a combustible concoction that shamelessly stimulates the senses."
The Reaping (2007)
"Let's face it, folks...The Reaping is one eerie cinematic Easter ham that will be tough to swallow."
The Lookout (2007)
"The Lookout has its share of dramatic trickery and often strays into the gimmick boundaries. Nevertheless, Frank's nifty narrative is keenly smart, perceptive and edgy."
Adam's Apples (2007)
"Deliciously profane, dark and somber, Denmark's Adam's Apples is fiendishly ripe for the picking."
The Last Mimzy (2007)
"The Last Mimzy falls short of its expectations to grasp the aura of an escapist kiddie flick that distinctively startles and probes."
Reign Over Me (2007)
"Resourcefully edgy and profound in its moody heartstrings, Reign hovers over us like a bad hangover that can never be shaken."
Beyond the Gates (2005)
"With other African-oriented dramas making the noted rounds it's definitely warranted for "Beyond the Gates" to tell it like it is...in all shades of dimming black and white."
The Host (2007)
"Wickedly sardonic and fiercely fiendish in its perky presentation...a smart and simmering creature feature that crackles with percolating weirdness and wonderment."
"Artistically triumphant in its arresting visual spectacle. Undoubtedly, the hyperactive male psyche for violent-induced petulance is proudly on display in the extravagant 300"
"[An] absorbingly sadistic psychological whodunnit. Fixating in its gripping hold, Zodiac is convincingly haunting in its head-scratching mode."
Amazing Grace (2007)
"...ponderous and relentlessly padded in its moral morass... Grace manages to work effectively as a crusading costume drama drenched in consciousness and conviction."
"Temple is able to convey a perceptive and substantive mood pertaining to the staying power of this weirdly nuanced outdoor finger-snapping function."
The Astronaut Farmer (2006)
"It's too bad that it takes a mess of rocket fuel to spark The Astronaut Farmer beyond its sugary surrealism...the sky's limit is applied to this heart-filled hokum."
The Number 23 (2007)
"Schumacher's numerical nightmare is an anemic psychological thriller basking in contrivance...woefully muddled and lacking...the math doesn't quite add up."
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
"Csupo ushers in an exciting and emotional action-adventure product that enchants and motivates the active imagination...Terabithia radiates with engaging enthusiasm."
"...suspenseful and calculating. As a stimulating thriller padded with cynical mind games, Breach flourishes with its vivid dosage of prestige and paranoia."
Hannibal Rising (2007)
"...a plodding prequel that's more detached than a separated body limb placed neatly on Lecter's dinner plate...a boorish slice of slaughterhouse cinema."
The Lives of Others (2006)
"A gripping tale of nightmarish voyeurism and the psychological abyss that elevates von Donnersmarck's European nail-biter. [A] sleek and intrusive communist caper."
Puccini for Beginners (2007)
"Reflectively transparent, inconsequential and slightly contrived in the same-sex love entanglement sweepstakes. Sadly, Maggenti's tepid romantic comedy gets lost in the perfunctory shuffle."
Children of Men (2006)
"Immensely thought-provoking and chillingly insightful...a resilient sci-fi fantasy that dares to contemplate the fate of mankind's chaotic impulsiveness."
The Last Kiss (2006)
"Don't Trip...He Ain't Through With Me Yet! is the most decisive "Amen!" that the crafty and dapper Steve Harvey can get short of being baptized in the Nile River."
Madea's Family Reunion (2006)
"Reunion plays like some dizzy-minded daytime drama that's complete with transparent pesky personalities wrapped up in a numb sermonizing of faith and fruitless frolic."
On the Outs (2005)
"Granted that On the Outs doesn't explore any new realms of destitute city life but it still contains unspeakable moments of desolation and disillusionment."
"Manderlay certainly has its fair share of sanctimony and the familiarity of old school psychological racial conflict but it effectively works on the hungry psyche."
Color of Night (1994)
"A tawdry yet tepid sexual psychological thriller that feels very atmospheric in its proposed mystiqueness."
Who's Harry Crumb? (1989)
"An outlandishly fluffy whodunnit farce that generates its inspired nuttiness from the likable John Candy."
"...an enticingly dark and absorbing spectacle that should satisfy the casual Star Wars fanatic who fancies an action-packed package full of emotional promise and prose."
"Unforgivable Blackness will stand as an absorbing microscope in reference to resilient black manhood in all its vulnerability and vitality."
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
"Demme's The Manchurian Candidate is a political popcorn pleaser that's rousing in its sheer rawness."
The Cookout (2004)
"...a taxing and intolerable vehicle that has all the charm of a gold-toothed rapper's root canal. The Cookout is certainly not any food for thought."
Coach Carter (2005)
"...familiar in its feel-good delivery...a solid student-athlete melodrama that creeps up on you more convincingly than a three-point shot at the buzzer"
"Unassumingly intoxicating in its frivolity and frankness, Kinsey arouses in more ways than one."
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
"...the consensus for heartbreak and rage is always at a premium high. This certainly can be said for filmmaker Terry George and his blistering genocide saga Hotel Rwanda"
Weekend at Bernie's II (1993)
"Why would anyone want to be caught dead with Bernie and his banal buddies a second time around? Relentlessly labored and pointless"
Pumping Iron (2003)
"An entertaining and intimate look body building and its devoted personalities. Pumping Iron has muscle and might in all the right witty places"
Almost Heroes (1998)
"A forgettable farce with no flavor...utterly flaccid and foolish. It wastes the comedic capabilities of Farley and Perry who deserve much better"