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Rating Title/Year Author
C Bottle Shock (2008) Rick Warner Unfortunately, Miller can't decide whether he's doing a relationship movie or one about the intrigue of world-class winemaking. Mingling the two left me with a somewhat sour aftertaste. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2008
B+ Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) Mike Pearson A popcorn movie that delivers precisely what it promises. The dialogue is tepid and the outcome is preordained, but it moves at the brisk pace of a carnival ride, leaving you breathless and ready for another spin. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2008
B Sex and the City (2008) Lisa Bornstein If Sex and the City is a hit, it will be partly because it's an enjoyable and somewhat true depiction of female friendship. But grown women will also go to see it because, finally, someone made a movie for them. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2008
C+ Semi-Pro (2008) Michael Mehle A film with funny moments but just as many wasted opportunities. EDIT
Posted Feb 29, 2008
The Bucket List (2007) Acting's good, but Bucket is half-empty. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2008
B Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Lisa Bornstein The film benefits from Burton's consistency of vision. Swooping camera work and a sense of really discomfiting fantasy do the groundwork. When characters break into song, it fits in the world Burton has built. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
B- Resurrecting the Champ (2007) Robert Denerstein Jackson's performance helps Resurrecting the Champ make its weight, if only by a couple of pounds. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2007
B+ Transformers (2007) Mike Pearson Transformers is the comic-book movie on steroids, a fusion of sound and fury and sci-fi plotting that leaves plenty of room for a franchise. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2007
C+ Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Robert Denerstein Unconscionably long at 2 hours and 48 minutes, saddled with a plot that badly needed streamlining and running a bit low on humor, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End may not sink, but it certainly sometimes founders. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
C Bug (2006) Robert Denerstein By the end, the actors look as if they've been beaten to a near pulp, and the audience may share some of that feeling. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
B Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006) Robert Denerstein Grbavica increases in power as it progresses. It's a movie about the ways in which people yearn for healing and about the many obstacles that work to prevent it. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2007
C+ Fay Grim (2006) Robert Denerstein In the end Fay Grim probably shares one unfortunate quality with the Hollywood movies so reviled in IndieWorld: It may be an unnecessary sequel. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2007
B Shrek the Third (2007) Robert Denerstein An amusing -- if not consistently brilliant -- edition of a series that has yet to show signs that it needs to call it quits. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2007
B+ Away From Her (2006) Robert Denerstein Away From Her deals with a subject that easily could have turned maudlin. But the performances in Away From Her are pitch-perfect throughout, and Polley never begs for an emotional response she doesn't try to earn. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
B Waitress (2007) Robert Denerstein Look, Waitress is no groundbreaker, and it's not likely to change anyone's life. But it provides a showcase for Russell, who knows how to make the most of it. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
C- 28 Weeks Later (2007) Robert Denerstein An hour and a half of high-voltage bombardment, 28 Weeks Later doesn't really match the novelty of its predecessor. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
C- The Ex (1996) Robert Denerstein Blink and you might miss Mia Farrow, who turns up as Peet's slightly addled mother. She probably should have stayed home. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
B After the Wedding (2006) Robert Denerstein Bier's not timid about tossing any number of volatile ingredients into an already-simmering pot. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
C+ The Valet (2006) Robert Denerstein Think mediocrity, so much so that if you took away the French subtitles and had the characters speaking English, you'd have an American comedy most critics would shrug off as derivative and a trifle empty. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
C- Lucky You (2007) Robert Denerstein We get lots of high-stakes poker and too much pulseless drama in Lucky You, the latest movie to wander through the casinos of Las Vegas. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
B Spider-Man 3 (2007) Robert Denerstein If there's a moral to be gleaned from Spider-Man 3 -- aside from the fact that heavily promoted franchise movies tend to rake in megabucks -- it's this: Movies don't necessarily need to hit grand slams to score. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
B+ The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) Robert Denerstein [Loach] has made an often handsome, always sobering movie that does what the best movies do: leave us a whole lot less sure about what we ought to think. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2007
B Year of the Dog (2007) Robert Denerstein Year of the Dog has a sweetly off-kilter quality about it, and it also lays claim to an additional virtue: It probably won't remind you of every other dog movie you've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2007
C+ Diggers (2006) Robert Denerstein Clam diggers don't venture into the deepest waters, and neither, for the most part, does the movie. [It] serves up any number of slight moves, the kind associated with films that keep their gazes narrow and content themselves with small revelations. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2007
B Black Book (2006) Robert Denerstein It's as interesting as anything Verhoeven's attempted in some time. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2007
A- Killer of Sheep (1977) Robert Denerstein Purposefully uneventful and made in a minor key, Killer of Sheep moved me to tears. Contemporary audiences may not recognize it as a great movie. There's not an ounce of slick in it; it's neither manipulative nor hurried. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2007
C+ Fracture (2007) Robert Denerstein Fracture is aptly named. It's one of those movies in which cracks appear the minute you begin to look too closely. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2007
C+ In the Land of Women (2007) Robert Denerstein Kasdan, who also wrote the screenplay, allows a fairly large variety of problems to accrue. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2007
B Hot Fuzz (2007) Robert Denerstein Rarely have we seen a British comedy in which the protagonists are armed to the teeth with both wit and automatic weapons. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2007
D+ Pathfinder (2007) Robert Denerstein Blood flows freely here, but the movie never creates a keen sense of involvement or mystery. Even a major cliffhanging (literally) set piece winds up blurred by the addition of a blinding snowstorm. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2007
C- Perfect Stranger (2007) Robert Denerstein Perfect Stranger soon begins to look like another setback for Berry. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2007
C+ Disturbia (2007) Robert Denerstein Reasonably smart and sometimes funny -- right up until the end, when it sells out its intelligence in favor of a standard-issue dose of overwrought violence. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2007
B Grindhouse (2007) Robert Denerstein At three hours, the movie can become a bit of an ordeal. I'd say pack a lunch, but if Rodriguez and Tarantino have done their job right, you'll be too grossed out to eat it. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2007
B Orchestra Seats (2006) Robert Denerstein It's one of those 'what's-not-to-like' movies, a fantasy about life and Paris that passes painlessly, a trifle elevated by its Parisian settings and our desire to lose ourselves in them. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2007
B- Blades of Glory (2007) Robert Denerstein Blades of Glory doesn't pack quite the wallop of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, but it offers enough rewards to keep Ferrell fans happy. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2007
C Meet the Robinsons (2007) Robert Denerstein It probably won't leave you feeling cheated, but its futuristic bric-a-brac and brainy young hero may not make your spirits soar, either. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2007
B+ The Lookout (2007) Robert Denerstein Scott's script feels as economical and focused as an entry in Chris' diary, and it provides the framework for a thriller that, for the most part, has been hard-boiled to near perfection. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2007
A- Days of Glory (2006) Robert Denerstein A shattering tale of bravery and unrewarded loyalty. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2007
B Color Me Kubrick (2005) Robert Denerstein Colour Me Kubrick earns a place on the shelf where all the oddballs reside, defying us to come up with reasons to justify their idiosyncratic existences -- and perhaps not caring whether we do. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2007
Pride (2007) Robert Denerstein This kind of story always manages to generate a bit of juice, and both Howard and Bernie Mac do their best to add character to the proceedings. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2007
Shooter (2007) Robert Denerstein Shooter winds up being the movie that would have left us scratching our heads about Wahlberg's choices had he actually won the best supporting actor award for his terrific work in The Departed. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2007
Reign Over Me (2007) Robert Denerstein The movie often feels as if it's drifting, yet it has a sad, lingering presence. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2007
Hurricane on the Bayou (2006) Erika Gonzalez Despite its split personality, Hurricane offers more good than bad, including a lively soundtrack featuring Benoit, the Neville Brothers and Fats Domino. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2007
B- Starter for 10 (2006) Robert Denerstein A modest, almost negligible British comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2007
B The Namesake (2006) Robert Denerstein The Namesake ambitiously reveals the gains and perils of assimilation, and it heightens awareness about how difficult it can be to strike the right balance between family demands and personal development. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2007
C- I Think I Love My Wife (2007) Robert Denerstein The off-color humor and R-rated language seems an attempt to reach out to his fan base, but in all, this attempt at "realistic" comedy never seems funny or emotionally insightful enough to matter. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2007
D+ Premonition (2007) Robert Denerstein She's confused. We're confused. So is the movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2007
C Miss Potter (2006) Robert Denerstein One of those films that commits few egregious errors, but scales few real heights. There is nothing either terribly wrong or keenly right about it. It's tidy, I suppose. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2007
B Old Joy (2006) Robert Denerstein You may find yourself asking whether anything's going to happen. But for those who can tolerate a slow-brewing movie, [director] Reichardt's work provides sufficient rewards. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2007
B+ Mafioso (1962) Robert Denerstein I will say this: If you love mob movies, Mafioso is a must. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2007