Maxim

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Rating Title/Year Author
Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016) Ellen Killoran Folk Hero & Funny Guy is distinctive without being overly quirky; and it's easy to see that writer-director Jeff Grace was careful to avoid trafficking in stereotypes even as he drew characters that are somewhat familiar. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
The Martian (2015) Beejoli Shah The Martian isn't just a movie about science, made for desperately wanting sci-fi fans. To call it so would be a disservice. Instead, this is a movie for everyone: kids, adults, film snobs, Michael Bay fans, and, yes, even nerds. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2017
Wolves (2016) Ellen Killoran Wolves is an engaging, slightly disorienting and not particularly memorable story about what it takes to win when the ball is not in your court. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2017
Green Room (2015) Brett Arnold The film works so bloody well because the viewer feels as if anything can happen. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
The Invitation (2015) Brett Arnold For a film so full of genre tropes and familiar scenarios, The Invitation somehow manages to keep you guessing. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Money Monster (2016) Brett Arnold It has so many elements working for it, but all of that is rendered useless by its painfully generic and predictable script that sucks the tension out of damn near every sequence. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Brett Arnold Popstar has to be one of the most relentlessly funny studio comedies in years. If the first five jokes in any given scene don't work for you, not to worry -- one of the next 15 is sure to double you over. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) Brett Arnold Neighbors 2 is at its best when it's letting its characters interact and be themselves, and it stumbles when it tries too hard to "say something." EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Jared Keller The movie's rough edges and awkward moments don't matter, really. Despite the reliance on nostalgia and familiarity, The Force Awakens still manages to shock, delight, and surprise. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Hail, Caesar! (2016) Eliza Rosenberry [A] playful, scattered, and self-conscious romp through the Hollywood's mid-century studio system. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Dreamland (2016) Ellen Killoran If someone in the Coppola family tree wants to make a movie, a movie will be made, but that doesn't mean we have to like it. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2016
5/5 Inglourious Basterds (2009) Inglourious Basterds is a brilliantly-scripted, exciting, colourful, tense, stupendously well-acted, sometimes shocking, violent, humorous and bloody what-o good FUN war movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2009
3/5 The Brothers Bloom (2008) Eric Alt Manages to be mostly winning thanks to its understated sense of humor and, well, its charm. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2009
3.5/5 Valkyrie (2008) Eric Alt Despite the bad buzz you may have heard, Singer has crafted a pretty decent potboiler despite, you know, history being all loaded with spoilers. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2008
4/5 Awake (2007) Joe Barlow The film is tight and suspenseful with a couple of truly surprising twists. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2008
4/5 The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) Pete Hammond The most wondrous film of it's kind since E.T. The Extra Terrestrial touched down. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
3/5 The Bucket List (2007) Pete Hammond Despite the AARP factor, audiences of all types will probably love this film for what it says about our own mortality and how we handle it. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
4.5/5 There Will Be Blood (2007) Pete Hammond A masterpiece from Paul Thomas Anderson. You won't be able to shake it off. Daniel Day Lewis delivers a chilling portrait of greed. He can be charming, cunning, terrifying and pathetic -- sometimes all at once. This is a landmark performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
3.5/5 Steep (2007) Pete Hammond With more white powder than even Al Pacino's nose housed in 'Scarface', Steep pushes human endurance and achievement to the limit with indescribable eye-popping crazy feats of Big Mountain glory. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2.5/5 P.S. I Love You (2007) Pete Hammond If you're looking for a great date movie so you can get laid over the holidays, this is the one. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
3.5/5 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Pete Hammond Unparalleled visual splendor, a bloody red-velvet fever dream of a musical for people who think they HATE musicals. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
3/5 National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) Pete Hammond Even though it's wildly unbelievable and rather hokey at times, this is total entertainment from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
4/5 Charlie Wilson's War (2007) Pete Hammond You'll want to stand up and cheer for Charlie Wilson, a smart and absolutely irresistable true tale about a guy who dared to make a difference. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
4/5 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) Pete Hammond After 'Superbad' and 'Knocked Up', Judd Apatow has now pulled off the movie equivalent of the Triple Crown. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
4/5 The Great Debaters (2007) Pete Hammond An absolute triumph for Denzel Washington. Here is a movie that can make a difference. What more can you ask from a film? EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2.5/5 Atonement (2007) Pete Hammond This chick-lit flick is an 'English Patient' style epic. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2007
3/5 Look (2007) Pete Hammond It brings up lots of questions to ponder and mostly succeeds as a fascinating, if frightening statement on the way we are. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2007
4/5 The Kite Runner (2007) Pete Hammond A humane and enriching motion picture experience that soars and takes flight as a first class piece of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2007
2/5 Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) Pete Hammond Kids at the preview screening ate it up but everyone else will probably be shouting 'ALVIN!!! SHUT THE F*** UP!'" EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2007
4/5 I Am Legend (2007) Pete Hammond Mind-blowing excitement, an expert thriller that really thrills and makes you think. A special shout-out for the dog, Sam. Now that's acting! EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2007
3/5 Grace Is Gone (2007) Pete Hammond Incredibly John Cusack has never been nominated for an Academy Award but this movie may change that. He's simply terrific in a fine and moving film. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
4/5 Juno (2007) Pete Hammond A pure charmer and a heartfelt original, you will find this a totally unexpected, enormously satisfying and oddly rewarding trip to the movies. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3.5/5 The Golden Compass (2007) Pete Hammond Like Lord Of The Rings and Chronicles Of Narnia it's a visual feast that transports you to an alternate world of jaw-dropping awe, unforgettable images and pure adventure. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3/5 Revolver (2005) Pete Hammond A psychological thriller that focuses more on the 'psycho' than the 'logical' for its own good. But who says everything has to make sense when you're just trying to blow a few brains out? EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
4/5 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) Pete Hammond Tough to watch? Sure. Worth it? Absolutely. Perhaps the most inspiring film in many years. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2007
3.5/5 The Savages (2007) Pete Hammond The film successfully navigates the tricky waters of family dysfunction. A savagely funny/tragic/hopeful portrait of the way we are circa 2007. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2007
2/5 Awake (2007) Pete Hammond The filmmakers of Awake have crafted a domestic thriller that just may end up putting you ASLEEP. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2007
3.5/5 Beowulf (2007) Pete Hammond This motion-capture animated version is genuinely exciting to see although the process still gives us the creeps. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
1.5/5 Redacted (2007) Pete Hammond It's a shame that with the vast canvas of this seemingly never-ending conflict that this crap is the image De Palma wants to convey. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3/5 Margot at the Wedding (2007) Pete Hammond A wry, devastatingly witty look at a family you won't soon forget, no matter how hard you try. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2.5/5 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) Pete Hammond It's so 'G' you almost want to gag, but its heart is in the right place. Take a kid or take a pass. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3/5 Enchanted (2007) Pete Hammond Its success is largely due to the casting of Amy Adams who is simply sensational. She weaves some serious movie magic into this thing. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2/5 August Rush (2007) Pete Hammond It can be admired for trying something a little different from the usual family film, but in the end, it just doesn't work. At all. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3.5/5 I'm Not There (2007) Pete Hammond Cate Blanchett has delivered the most audacious, astounding and entertaining performance of the year by ANYONE, male or female. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
4/5 The Mist (2007) Pete Hammond Film adaptations of King's work tend to be hit and miss, but with last summer's '1408' and now this scary-as-hell flick, he's on a roll. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3/5 Hitman (2007) Pete Hammond It delivers top-notch action, dazzling gunplay and lots of fireworks. What more could we ask for? EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3/5 Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007) Pete Hammond A remarkably well-detailed doc that proves 'Rock The Casbah' is not just that song from the cell phone commercials. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3/5 Martian Child (2007) Pete Hammond John Cusack is perfect but it's Bobby Coleman who delivers one of the most uniquely original kid performances ever. You actually believe he might be from Mars. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2007
4.5/5 No Country for Old Men (2007) Pete Hammond A great American film. A dark and sometimes bleakly comic vision of our violent culture. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2007
1.5/5 Fred Claus (2007) Pete Hammond A ho-ho-hum yuletide comedy trying to shoehorn Vaughn's fast talking wise-guy brand into a warm and fuzzy Christmas confection that seems like it has been focus-grouped to smithereens. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2007