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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
The Orphanage is a thinking person's ghost story. It builds slowly and pays off stunningly.
Posted Jan 12, 2008
2
The Bucket List dies long before the characters do.
Posted Jan 12, 2008
3
Diva (1981)
Beineix choreographs the actors and the camera into a stunning and stylish cinematic dance... This is not a musical in the strict sense of the word but it certainly feels like one in the way it moves.
Posted Jan 10, 2008
4
One terrifying scene involves the sewing up of Bauby's paralyzed eye. He can still out of it but can't blink to lubricate it. The scene's as scary as anything in a horror film.
Posted Dec 28, 2007
5
Now the studio has smartly served up an R-rated sequel so the blood could flow, and it does. Unfortunately, it doesn't flow with much imagination.
Posted Dec 28, 2007
6
Russell scores big by casting young Alex Etel as Angus. Etel made us believe in saints in the film Millions. Now he makes us believes that a computer generated water horse is a living and breathing creature.
Posted Dec 28, 2007
7
Seeing Tolson expose his young students to the poets of the Harlem Renaissance and instilling in them a sense of pride and rebellion is inspiring... Tolson is a fascinating character who could command an entire movie himself.
Posted Dec 28, 2007
8
Tone is crucial here, and Kasdan and Apatow manage a good balance, delivering silly and often crude comedy combined with sincere performances and a sense of smart craft.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
9
Sweeney Todd left me torn. There were so many elements that I loved but then there were those constant, annoying songs.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
10
Starting Out in the Evening boasts exquisite performances by Langella and Taylor, and that may provide reward enough for most filmgoers.
Posted Dec 15, 2007
11
I Am Legend (2007)
This new version of I am Legend completely perverts the meaning of the title, losing the clever, dark irony and turning it instead into something heroic rather than something tragic.
Posted Dec 15, 2007
12
Juno (2007)
Juno's relationship with her parents is one of the best things in the movie. For once, we get parents who genuinely love their child and respect her decisions.
Posted Dec 14, 2007
13
Christie (with whom Polley acted in Hal Hartley's No Such Thing) is still a radiant presence at 66 and she rivets us to the screen.
Posted Dec 11, 2007
14
Atonement (2007)
Although this film doesn't hinge on any great mystery or twist, it is a film that reveals itself slowly and in subtle satisfying ways.
Posted Dec 8, 2007
15
It packs enough fun and fantasy to keep the kid in you entertained and engaged. And we can always hope that the sequel will try to tackle some of the fascinating and more complex ideas from the book.
Posted Dec 8, 2007
16
Any film that features an entrance by Christopher Walken strutting down a driveway to Elvis Presley's Trouble merits attention.
Posted Dec 5, 2007
17
10/10
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner has only gotten better with time. Do yourself a favor and pass over anything new in theaters and go for this old classic, it still has the power to dazzle and amaze.
Posted Dec 4, 2007
18
Although Ford is not yet at the peak of his artistic powers in The Iron Horse, the film is still immensely entertaining and fascinating as a glimpse of the early Ford.
Posted Nov 29, 2007
19
What I think the film does succeed in doing is offering not so much a portrait of Dylan but rather a portrait of celebrity using Dylan as the perfect example of someone not particularly comfortable with his fame...
Posted Nov 28, 2007
20
Hitman (2007)
Hitman is by no means great filmmaking but as video game adaptations go, it proves mindlessly entertaining and at least it's not irritatingly stupid.
Posted Nov 28, 2007
21
Lindo is one of those actors who has established himself as a fine performer but who's never really had a breakout starring role. This Christmas still isn't that star vehicle but it does let Lindo stretch his talent a little.
Posted Nov 28, 2007
22
Jimmy Carter Man From Plains offers a measured, thoughtful and ultimately admiring portrait of our former president.
Posted Nov 18, 2007
23
The actors form an appealing ensemble, bringing a warmth and appeal that make the film more compelling than its familiar themes might normally merit.
Posted Nov 17, 2007
24
In the end, the story feels a little thin and we never feel like we've gotten close to Hermila, but then she's someone who doesn't seem willing to reveal all to anyone so maybe Ainouz' tone is a good fit for the film.
Posted Nov 17, 2007
25
5/10
Carnahan and Redford show that politicians bank on public apathy, and the film ends up as a call to action for people to simply become more engaged.
Posted Nov 17, 2007
26
The end result is a documentary that feels very insider and exclusive... it's probably best suited to those who are already fans.
Posted Nov 17, 2007
27
5/10
P2 (2007)
P2 is nothing fancy or flashy. It could use more innovation, and either tension or dark creepiness, but all in all, it's not a bad directing debut for Khalfoun.
Posted Nov 17, 2007
28
In a way Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is like watching a car crash %u2014 you want to look away, but something compels you to try and take in all the gory details.
Posted Nov 17, 2007
29
As with Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski gives us a protagonist whose dopey innocence seems to be his only protection from the real world.
Posted Nov 17, 2007
30
A film about joy and wonder shouldn't have to work so hard to try and achieve those traits; it kind of defeats the purpose.
Posted Nov 17, 2007
31
10/10
32
Meadows obviously knows the working class neighborhoods that he depicts. There's a grit and honesty to his film as he chronicles the mundane details of these kids' lives.
Posted Nov 15, 2007
33
5/10
Beowulf (2007)
Beowulf aspires to epic realm of 300 and the fantasy of Lord of the Rings but falls short of both. But it's an intriguing novelty act with a few stirring scenes.
Posted Nov 15, 2007
34
9/10
Tekkon Kinkreet: Black and White is an enthralling anime and easily the best-animated film you will see this year.
Posted Nov 8, 2007
35
6/10
Wristcutters opens with what proves to be its best scene, one that could stand alone as a brilliant short subject.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
36
Control (2007)
Control is a brilliant feature debut by Corbijn, and a compelling portrait of the life and art of the late Ian Curtis.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
37
With American Gangster Scott delivers a solid, riveting, no-frills portrait of a cop and the mobster he's trying to catch.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
38
Finishing the Game serves up a kick-ass comedy about a dead martial arts star, starving actors and the Hollywood system.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
39
4/10
Sleuth (2007)
Branagh's Sleuth delivers a preening surface that's glossy and coldly attractive but we don't care a whit about the characters or what happens to them.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
40
As a director, Ben Affleck reveals a competent craftsmanship but not much flair or inspiration.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
41
The only time the film finds the right tone is in the scenes with Patricia Clarkson. She displays the delicate balance necessary to pull this kind of thing off.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
42
Across the Universe serves up a handful of brilliant music videos badly strung together by a lame narrative that borrows heavily from Hair.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
43
Last Winter (1984)
...by the final reel, Fessenden's tale is reduced to a laughable monster flick.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
44
Anderson continues to examine damaged lives with whimsy, humor and bittersweet compassion. No matter how serious the themes get, Anderson and company keep the tone deceptively light.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
45
7/10
Golden Age starts well, and with sharp wit and crisp dialogue. But as the story moves toward the tentative romance with Raleigh, the film drifts into melodrama...
Posted Oct 20, 2007
46
The main problem of many is that writer-director Andrew Dominik doesn't know if he wants to deflate the outlaw myth or embellish it.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
47
6/10
The strength of the film is Tom Wilkinson's performance as a bipolar lawyer who stops taking his medication and has an epiphany of sorts.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
48
I have to admit I was more than intrigued by a film featuring an epileptic taxidermist with a photographic memory who fancies that he can commit the perfect crime.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
49
But the family's suffering in Reservation Road is nothing compared to what the audience is put through in this painfully contrived drama.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
50
Rendition (2007)
It's easy to get outraged over an innocent man being tortured, but shouldn't we be outraged by the very idea of torture?
Posted Oct 20, 2007