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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
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.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
6
Final analysis: vampires cool; humans suck. Go read the comic.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
7
8
10/10
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.
Posted Oct 6, 2007
9
6/10
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.
Posted Oct 6, 2007
10
The Kingdom (2007)
Taut and focused, The Kingdom delivers solid action and a smattering of sarcastic political commentary.
Posted Oct 6, 2007
11
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.
Posted Oct 6, 2007
12
10/10
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.
Posted Oct 6, 2007
13
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.
Posted Oct 6, 2007
14
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.
Posted Sep 22, 2007
15
9/10
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.
Posted Sep 14, 2007
16
9/10
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.
Posted Sep 14, 2007
17
6/10
The performers, however, almost make us forget the problems with the script. Foster and Howard are a riveting pair.
Posted Sep 7, 2007
18
9/10
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.
Posted Sep 7, 2007
19
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.
Posted Sep 2, 2007
20
6/10
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.
Posted Sep 2, 2007
21
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.
Posted Sep 2, 2007
22
6/10
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
Posted Sep 2, 2007
23
6/10
Ladr%uFFFDn is slight and silly, and plays happily within its limitations.
Posted Sep 2, 2007
24
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.
Posted Sep 2, 2007
25
Halloween (2007)
The original and the remake need to stand alone and apart, and Zombie's film has merits of its own that should be appreciated.
Posted Sep 2, 2007
26
6/10
The Nanny Diaries delivers some highly entertaining moments but I expected so much more from Berman and Pulcini at the helm of this adaptation.
Posted Aug 25, 2007
27
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.
Posted Aug 25, 2007
28
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.
Posted Aug 25, 2007
29
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.
Posted Aug 25, 2007
30
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.
Posted Aug 23, 2007
31
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.
Posted Aug 18, 2007
32
Rocket Science is smart, funny, and genuine. It avoids a pat Hollywood ending for something richer and more satisfying.
Posted Aug 18, 2007
33
6/10
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.
Posted Aug 18, 2007
34
6/10
Based on a stage play by Jordi Galcerán, The Method delivers a darkly comic take on corporate competitiveness.
Posted Aug 18, 2007
35
Superbad (2007)
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.
Posted Aug 18, 2007
36
Goya's Ghosts has ambitious goals that it never fully attains. It proves intermittently fascinating but ultimately disappointing.
Posted Aug 11, 2007
37
Stardust (2007)
Stardust works better as a book than as a film. The film version is entertaining and fun but not quite magical.
Posted Aug 11, 2007
38
6/10
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.
Posted Aug 11, 2007
39
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.
Posted Aug 3, 2007
40
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.
Posted Aug 3, 2007
41
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.
Posted Aug 3, 2007
42
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.
Posted Aug 3, 2007
43
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.
Posted Aug 3, 2007
44
[Filmmaker Ferran] has created the oddity of a rather bland film about awakening sexuality.
Posted Jul 20, 2007
45
Hairspray (2007)
I would pay to see any film that allows Christopher Walken to dance and in a tux no less.
Posted Jul 20, 2007
46
Fido (2007)
Fido's humor comes from the clash of genres: bright cheery Americana butting up against the death and destruction of zombie horror.
Posted Jul 14, 2007
47
6/10
Black Sheep (2006)
The human characters in Black Sheep are nothing more than tired stereotypes... But the sheep are fabulous!
Posted Jul 14, 2007
48
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.
Posted Jul 14, 2007
49
6/10
Eagle vs. Shark is something of an anti-romantic comedy because its leads are so ill-suited to the conventions of the genre.
Posted Jul 5, 2007
50
5/10
Transformers (2007)
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.
Posted Jul 3, 2007