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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
6/10
Showbusiness: The Road to Broadway is essentially a valentine to a profession that filmmaker Dori Berinstein loves and admires.
Posted Jun 27, 2007
2
7/10
1408 (2007)
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.
Posted Jun 27, 2007
3
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.
Posted Jun 27, 2007
4
Paprika (2006)
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.
Posted Jun 15, 2007
5
5/10
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).
Posted Jun 15, 2007
6
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.
Posted Jun 11, 2007
7
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.
Posted Jun 11, 2007
8
Roth is not you're run of the mill schlock horror director. He's smart, and his films are clever works of nastiness.
Posted Jun 11, 2007
9
If Ocean's 13 could treat theaters like clubs then they'd place bouncers at the doors so that only the cool people would be let in. That would definitely cut into profits but it would be in keeping with how the film would like to brand itself...
Posted Jun 11, 2007
10
It's a mindless, occasionally entertaining entry into the genre but it brings nothing fresh or innovative to the table. It's too bad because the first film was so good and Fresnadillo looked like a promising choice to take over.
Posted Jun 5, 2007
11
Waitress (2007)
Shelly pens dialogue that has both sass and a down home country matter of factness. She conveys the camaraderie amongst the women with warmth and humor.
Posted Jun 5, 2007
12
Once (2007)
It somehow manages to pay homage to the old Hollywood musicals as it reinvents them. It's a film that's rooted in the real world yet also manages to transcend it.
Posted Jun 5, 2007
13
6/10
Paris Je T'aime is a charmer. It's like a sampler plate of sweet confections, delightful but not very substantial, and with enough variety to please just about everyone.
Posted Jun 5, 2007
14
Knocked Up (2007)
One of the best scenes in the film belongs to Harold Ramis as Ben's dad. When Ben goes to his father with concerns about his own impending fatherhood, the two share a lovely heart to heart.
Posted Jun 5, 2007
15
Personally, I'd rather go on the Disneyland ride than to have to suffer through the two sequels ever again. Although the ride has now been changed to include multiple Jack Sparrows, so there's simply no escaping the film.
Posted Jun 5, 2007
16
Fay Grim (2007)
Fay Grim arrives like a breath of fresh air in a stale summer of big budget sequels. It's smart, breezy, serious and silly. It also allows Parker Posey to shine.
Posted May 18, 2007
17
Next (2007)
Next might have sounded good as a concept but it bombs in execution. Maybe it should have stuck more closely to Dick's novel and incorporated more of its complexities rather than just skimming one idea off the surface.
Posted May 11, 2007
18
Red Road (2007)
Red Road is a knockout first feature from Andrea Arnold... Her intimate thriller raises moral questions as it ponders guilt, revenge and redemption.
Posted May 11, 2007
19
Offside (2006)
Panahi's films represent an evolution, and Offside is best understood in the context of his body of work.
Posted May 11, 2007
20
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
The topper is Bruce Campbell's appearance as a French waiter. Campbell, who worked with Raimi in the early Evil Dead days, is hilarious as a snotty waiter whose help Peter enlists for a "perfect" romantic evening.
Posted May 11, 2007
21
Year of the Dog is lucky to have a pack of dogs running through the film. They provide the only warmth and energy to be found.
Posted Apr 27, 2007
22
23
Yet not even the Pang brothers' sense of panache can redeem what is a lame script by Mark Wheaton.
Posted Apr 21, 2007
24
A ponderous, uninspired portrait of a serial-killer-in-the-making with Webber missing every opportunity to build suspense and deliver chills.
Posted Apr 21, 2007
25
Tears of the Black Tiger is like a fever dream dripping with overripe romantic melodrama. Imagine Douglas Sirk directing a spaghetti western.
Posted Apr 21, 2007
26
Hot Fuzz (2007)
A high octane, sweetly appealing, absolutely hilarious cop actioner. I never thought all those elements could be rolled together so brilliantly...
Posted Apr 21, 2007
27
Park forces us to consider a world where good intentions go awry, decent people do bad things, and fate deals cruel cards. But even at its darkest moments, Sympathy finds surprising and heartbreaking shreds of humanity.
Posted Apr 19, 2007
28
If you have a taste for revenge or just a taste for wickedly well-done filmmaking, help yourself to a serving of Lady Vengeance.
Posted Apr 19, 2007
29
Oldboy (2005)
As played by Choi Min-shik, Dae-su attains tragic stature. He's like a shaggy King Lear undone by his own foolishness.
Posted Apr 19, 2007
30
Grindhouse (2007)
It makes going to the movies an event.
Posted Apr 6, 2007
31
5/10
The Departed (2006)
The Departed doesn't improve in any way on Infernal Affairs, which served up a return to stylish Hong Kong action.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
32
The resulting film reveals an artist who has seriously reflected on his work and carefully considered what to add, what to alter and sometimes what to remove.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
33
Donnie Darko (2001)
Kelly captures, better than any film in recent memory other than Election, what it feels like to be in high school.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
34
The Lookout (2007)
The Lookout delivers a fine contemporary noir tale with a lead character that's more richly drawn than most. Plus it boasts yet another wonderfully nuanced performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
35
The filmmakers reveal a keen eye for oddities in the American landscape be it a pair of conjoined twins trying to look normal, a huge ark sitting in the middle of a Montana town or a rocket nestled in a barn.
Posted Mar 23, 2007
36
300 (2007)
There's so much testosterone pumping through the new film 300 that the screen seems to sweat the male hormone.
Posted Mar 23, 2007
37
Blood Diamond presents itself as an action thriller but the genre trappings can't hide the fact that Zwick wants to teach audiences another history lesson and lecture them on political correctness.
Posted Dec 10, 2006
38
Fuck (F*ck) (2005)
What's great about the documentary is the mix of people Anderson interviews for opinions and insights.
Posted Dec 10, 2006
39
You have the feeling that if the camera panned just a little to the left or right you'd see a a catering truck and trailers for the actors.
Posted Dec 3, 2006
40
What makes The Cave of the Yellow Dog such a joy is the way director Byambasuren Davaa lets her film effortlessly unfold.
Posted Dec 3, 2006
41
The Descent (2006)
Let's just call it a chick flick for people who like a high body count.
Posted Dec 3, 2006
42
La Moustache (2005)
As with the recent French films Lemming and The Bridesmaid, La Moustache generates a high level of tension with the most mundane things.
Posted Nov 17, 2006
43
6/10
Little Children refers not only to the kids that the parents worry about but also to the adults who often behave immaturely.
Posted Nov 17, 2006
44
45
Tideland (2006)
Tideland is flawed but it's still a must-see for anyone who considers themselves a fan of Gilliam.
Posted Nov 12, 2006
46
Babel (2006)
Iñárritu is an exceptionally gifted director who makes each individual scene in Babel work beautifully. However, he runs into trouble as he attempts to pull all the plot strands together.
Posted Nov 12, 2006
47
8/10
Fresh, funny and just plain silly.
Posted Oct 28, 2006
48
9/10
Slapstick comedy and serious social commentary blend together in this great anime series.
Posted Oct 28, 2006
49
10/10
A gorilla, a guy that looks like Freddie Mercury and a classmate in need of an oil change. A surreal high school comedy fueled by inspired anarchy and sublime stupidity.
Posted Oct 28, 2006
50
10/10
The opening episode is one of the best pieces of anime you'll ever see.
Posted Oct 28, 2006