Throne of Blood (1957)
"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."
2 Days in Paris (2007)
"For this contemporary romantic outing, Delpy serves as writer, director, composer, editor and star. The most surprising thing may be that the film ultimately doesn't come across like a vanity project."
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
"Lurie's film actually works better as a study of a reporter coping with ambition and ethics as opposed to a story about Kernan and Champ or Kernan and his son."
"The King of Kong is a cleverly made documentary that realizes you can start with something small and seemingly insignificant and make a highly effective and entertaining work."
The 11th Hour (2007)
"After all the doom and gloom, they do offer rays of hope in the intelligent designs of architects and designers who suggest that remedies may lie in creating eco-friendly structures. The fascinating innovation served up here should have been what the bulk"
Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón (2007)
"Ladr%uFFFDn is slight and silly, and plays happily within its limitations."
Death Sentence (2007)
"As Hume's life spirals out of control, so too does the film. Director James Wan... fails at the finer emotional details and at making the action play out believably."
"The original and the remake need to stand alone and apart, and Zombie's film has merits of its own that should be appreciated."
The Nanny Diaries (2007)
"The Nanny Diaries delivers some highly entertaining moments but I expected so much more from Berman and Pulcini at the helm of this adaptation."
War (Rogue Assassin) (2007)
"By making Corey Yuen the director instead of just the action choreographer, War could have been a far superior film that would have at least satisfied action junkies."
The Invasion (2007)
"This is a by the numbers production, made with about as much emotion and passion as one of the alien made clones."
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
"Watching Atkinson pantomime an opera aria or engage in simple sight gags serves as a reminder of how few people are keeping this kind of visual comedy alive."
Colma: The Musical (2006)
"Colma works because the filmmakers believe it can and aren't listening to anyone who tells them otherwise.Take a visit to Colma, you won't regret it."
The Ten (2007)
"The Ten commits the mortal sin of comedy, it's simply not funny. It thinks that just being crude or extreme is enough to merit the label of comedy."
Rocket Science (2007)
"Rocket Science is smart, funny, and genuine. It avoids a pat Hollywood ending for something richer and more satisfying."
Family Law (2006)
"Family Law has a sweet sense of how families try to interact and connect... There's nothing big about this film but it's filled with small joys and insights."
El Metodo (2007)
"Based on a stage play by Jordi Galcerán, The Method delivers a darkly comic take on corporate competitiveness."
"Superbad is the perfect crude teen comedy to end the summer on. It's funny, a little bittersweet and it signals something coming to an end."
Goya's Ghosts (2007)
"Goya's Ghosts has ambitious goals that it never fully attains. It proves intermittently fascinating but ultimately disappointing."
"Stardust works better as a book than as a film. The film version is entertaining and fun but not quite magical."
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
"The most innovative scenes involve stunts, for which I'm sure Chan (who is always involved in action sequences and who is himself a director and fight choreographer) provided most of the inspiration."
Manufactured Landscapes (2007)
"Baichwal just tries to create a cinematic equivalent of Burtynsky's still images rather than a documentary on the artistic process of Burtynsky himself. So the end result is a film that would be better as a coffee table book."
Rescue Dawn (2007)
"Rescue Dawn is not Herzog's best film but it's a solid example of his particular approach to film and the way he can tackle a genre and not be held captive by it."
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
"It is a spy film for adults and it avoids over the top pyrotechnics and jokey one-liners, and instead delivers a mature, intelligent thriller."
The Bourne Identity (2002)
"You may be surprised by the fact that this formula spy thriller has been delivered with a matter-of-fact efficiency that proves highly entertaining."
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
"Greengrass is a talented filmmaker with a documentary background and a knack for getting at the immediacy of events. With The Bourne Ultimatum, he hits the ground running and just never stops."
Lady Chatterley (2007)
"[Filmmaker Ferran] has created the oddity of a rather bland film about awakening sexuality."
"I would pay to see any film that allows Christopher Walken to dance and in a tux no less."
"Fido's humor comes from the clash of genres: bright cheery Americana butting up against the death and destruction of zombie horror."
Black Sheep (2006)
"The human characters in Black Sheep are nothing more than tired stereotypes... But the sheep are fabulous!"
"Snape even gets some extended scenes... and is no longer a peripheral eccentric presence but rather he's now showing shades of coloring beyond his dour black."
Eagle vs Shark (2007)
"Eagle vs. Shark is something of an anti-romantic comedy because its leads are so ill-suited to the conventions of the genre."
"This is a Transformers movie, so why do the humans take up so much of the time, story and heroics? It should be robots with maybe a few humans on the periphery, not the other way around."
"Sicko is not Moore's best made documentary but he deserves praise for forcing an issue to the forefront of national debate."
Killer of Sheep (2007)
"It's truly rare to find something this original, honest and insightful."
"The scene in which Ego samples Remy's ratatouille is the single best moment in the film and it rivals the moment when the Grinch's heart grows..."
La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)
"La Vie en Rose provides a tantalizing introduction to the tiny dynamo that was Edith Piaf but it's far from being a definitive or enlightening portrait of the famous singer."
"Showbusiness: The Road to Broadway is essentially a valentine to a profession that filmmaker Dori Berinstein loves and admires."
"It's offers a refreshing spin on the horror formula, and joins The Shining, Vacancy and Barton Fink as a film that makes the usually accommodating hotel business seem disturbingly bad for your mental health."
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
"I'd call it a guilty pleasure only I don't feel any guilt about having enjoyed it so much. It's a big dumb lug of a film but it has no pretenses about being anything else."
"Paprika offers a breathtakingly surreal journey. It's a film that may serve up mass destruction and ponder some nightmarish scenarios, but underneath it has a warm humanity and humor that's utterly endearing."
"But for the second film, Story and company have smartly turned to one of Marvel's most intriguing characters, the Silver Surfer (body by Doug Jones, voice courtesy of Laurence Fishburne)."
Surf's Up (2007)
"The mockumentary format of Surf's Up proves entertaining and gives the film a savvier spin than if the story had been told in a straightforward manner."
Day Watch (2007)
"The filmmakers destroy Moscow with the same glee that Godzilla has in stomping Tokyo. Even though Day Watch is probably a good 20 minutes too long, it's easy to forgive its excesses because Bekmambetov just seems to be having so much fun."