The Golden Compass (2007)
"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."
Romance & Cigarettes (2007)
"Any film that features an entrance by Christopher Walken strutting down a driveway to Elvis Presley's Trouble merits attention."
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."
The Iron Horse (1924)
"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."
I'm Not There (2007)
"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..."
"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."
This Christmas (2007)
"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."
Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007)
"Jimmy Carter Man From Plains offers a measured, thoughtful and ultimately admiring portrait of our former president."
"The actors form an appealing ensemble, bringing a warmth and appeal that make the film more compelling than its familiar themes might normally merit."
O Céu de Suely (2007)
"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."
Lions for Lambs (2007)
"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."
"The end result is a documentary that feels very insider and exclusive... it's probably best suited to those who are already fans."
"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."
"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."
The Big Lebowski (1998)
"As with Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski gives us a protagonist whose dopey innocence seems to be his only protection from the real world."
"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."
No Country for Old Men (2007)
This Is England (2007)
"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."
"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."
"Tekkon Kinkreet: Black and White is an enthralling anime and easily the best-animated film you will see this year."
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007)
"Wristcutters opens with what proves to be its best scene, one that could stand alone as a brilliant short subject."
"Control is a brilliant feature debut by Corbijn, and a compelling portrait of the life and art of the late Ian Curtis."
American Gangster (2007)
"With American Gangster Scott delivers a solid, riveting, no-frills portrait of a cop and the mobster he's trying to catch."
Finishing the Game (2007)
"Finishing the Game serves up a kick-ass comedy about a dead martial arts star, starving actors and the Hollywood system."
"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."
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
"As a director, Ben Affleck reveals a competent craftsmanship but not much flair or inspiration."
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
"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."
Across the Universe (2007)
"Across the Universe serves up a handful of brilliant music videos badly strung together by a lame narrative that borrows heavily from Hair."
Last Winter ()
"...by the final reel, Fessenden's tale is reduced to a laughable monster flick."
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
"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."
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
"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..."
"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."
Michael Clayton (2007)
"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."
El Aura (The Aura) (2006)
"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."
Reservation Road (2007)
"But the family's suffering in Reservation Road is nothing compared to what the audience is put through in this painfully contrived drama."
"It's easy to get outraged over an innocent man being tortured, but shouldn't we be outraged by the very idea of torture?"
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
"Things We Lost in the Fire is the best of the recent crop of films about coping with loss. It also boasts a quietly riveting performance by Benicio Del Toro."
30 Days of Night (2007)
"Final analysis: vampires cool; humans suck. Go read the comic."
Zibahkhana (Hell's Ground) (2007)
Richard III (1995)
"As played by McKellen, Richard is a consummate actor who knows what role to assume, what props to use, and what words and actions to employ to turn a "scene" to his best advantage."
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007)
"Kohn does a good job of bringing grim issues to light in a surprisingly entertaining manner. But maybe with a few more years of experience, he could make those issues resonate more fully."
The Kingdom (2007)
"Taut and focused, The Kingdom delivers solid action and a smattering of sarcastic political commentary."
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
"The film lacks the thing that Austen does so well in her books: the ability to examine a small social clique with a sharply observant eye, a clear ironic wit and an insider's full knowledge of how this social unit works."
"In fact, in the scene where Lady Asaji leaves a room and disappears into the darkness to get sake to make the guards drunk, the ominous rustling of her silk gown is as chilling as Lady Macbeth's lines."
Lust, Caution (2007)
"Lust, Caution teases but never satisfies. Although it takes Lee back to Asia, it doesn't return him to the style of filmmaking where he produced his best work."
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
"The place where the film runs into problems is in trying to decide, like Harold, as to whether or not it is a comedy or a tragedy. As we know, comedy sells much better and that's the direction the film leans."
Deep Water (2006)
"But more startling are the original tape recordings and 16mm films made by the solitary competitors as they spent more than ten months alone trying to sail around the globe."
Eastern Promises (2007)
"Eastern Promises reveals yet again what a master craftsman and artist Cronenberg is. His film is elegant in its ability to disturb. It serves up a twisted morality tale that flashes a fleeting and unexpected tenderness."
The Brave One (2007)
"The performers, however, almost make us forget the problems with the script. Foster and Howard are a riveting pair."
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
"Davis rigs his action scenes like intricate and deliciously clever Rube Goldberg devices that are a delight to see play out."