Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
28 Weeks Later... (2007)
Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror (2007)
"Low-budget, tasteless and ridiculous but also fun, in an Old School grindhouse way, as gangsta graffiti artists, not-keeping-it-real rappers and evil rednecks receive their supposedly just desserts (would you believe a 40-ounce through the skull?)."
Lucky You (2007)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Avenue Montaigne (2006)
Year of the Dog (2007)
"Peggy's journey of alienation from her friends and co-workers reminds me of Julianne Moore's in Todd Haynes' masterpiece, 'Safe'; 'Dog' is a less mysterious film, but it similarly demands active rather than passive viewership."
Days of Glory (2007)
In the Land of Women (2007)
"The peculiarly male self-centeredness seen here is repulsive and astonishing. Meg Ryan's breast cancer, the grandmother's dementia, the teenage girl's angst: All these traumas primarily exist to help a young man find himself."
"Sometimes when you figure out a twist ending in advance, you feel smart. But sometimes instead of feeling good about yourself, you feel scornful of the onscreen victim of the story's trap door: How'd he fall for something so obvious?"
Hot Fuzz (2007)
"The sensibility is Jerry Bruckheimer at Ealing Studios, and it doesn't work; the British whimsy and deadpan observational humor is overwhelmed by the tiresome bloat, blood and noise lifted from the spoofed source material."
Perfect Stranger (2007)
The Hoax (2007)
"'Death Proof''s defiance of expectation is as much a part of the grindhouse legacy as bare breasts and bloody knives. When the movie ends, we realize Tarantino has lived up to the best tradition of his exploitation influences: He's pulled a fast one."
The Reaping (2007)
The Italian (2007)
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Dead Silence (2007)
"A nutty but effective ghost story that eschews the 'Saw' team's usual ultraviolence for 'classic horror' influences, including images inspired by Mario Bava and a twist lifted from a short story by Robert 'Psycho' Bloch."
The Host (2007)
"When the toothy petals of its slimy flower mouth unfold to engulf an unlucky victim, the giant river monster in 'The Host' looks like something imagined by H.P. Lovecraft and painted by Georgia O'Keeffe."
Blades of Glory (2007)
God Grew Tired Of Us (2007)
The Last Mimzy (2007)
"A sometimes spooky coulda-been classic with a genuine science-fiction premise; it's easy to imagine Professor Quatermass investigating the plot's alien toys instead of the Homeland Security operative played by Michael Clarke Duncan."
Breaking and Entering (2007)
"When Vera Farmiga shows up as a ridiculous Romanian prostitute, we want to give her money just so she'll remain onscreen and continue to flash her chest and her phony accent and offer at least the promise of titillation."
The Lives of Others (2006)
"Will remind some of 'The Conversation,' but a closer if less obvious link is 'Fahrenheit 451': Wiesler is essentially Bradbury's conflicted 'fireman,' Montag, transported from a dystopian science-fiction future to a dystopian historical past."
"Coming soon to a football camp, police academy, military base, neocon assembly and jihadist cell near you: '300,' a motivational celebration of the 'no retreat, no surrender' ancient Spartans that disdains cut-and-run senators..."
Miss Potter (2007)
Black Snake Moan (2007)
"The corpus delicti that motivates Fincher's fact-based body count epic is as large and sprawling as Goliath and as undead as a vampire: It's America's obsession with serial killers, and the fear of chaos that this fascination represents."
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Ghost Rider (2007)
"The self-conscious 'quirkiness' is painful: Nicolas Cage plays Johnny Blaze as a homespun dunce who 'drinks' jelly beans from a martini glass, listens exclusively to The Carpenters, and busts a gut laughing at chimpanzee slapstick on TV."
The Number 23 (2007)
Amazing Grace (2007)
"The rhetoric in the film is clearly intended to be relevant to the situation in the United States today... 'Our fear of an unknown enemy must not be allowed to erode our long-cherished liberties,' says a Wilberforce ally."
Factory Girl (2007)
American Hardcore (2006)
Hannibal Rising (2007)
"O'Toole manages to appear mischievous without succumbing to cuteness and formidable without seeming pretentious. He drinks frequently onscreen, as if to inoculate himself against the story's potential for sentiment."
The Hitcher (2007)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
"Compositions are dense with beautiful and brutal images; and when the camera wobbles and the cuts become frequent, the freneticism is justified by the increased fracturing of Amin's sanity and Garrigan's security."
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
"Whatever profound differences distinguish the current conflict from World War II, a similarity is that the enemy (on every side) is defined by the proponents of war as the 'other.' Part of Eastwood's achievement is to erase this otherness."
The Good German (2007)
"Almodovar treats even the most eccentric of the film's females with compassion, empathy, affection and appreciation. He seems almost to envy them, like a kid who longs to be one of Robin Hood's Merry Men."
Notes on a Scandal (2006)