Paris Je T'aime (2007)
"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."
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."
"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."
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."
"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."
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."
"Panahi's films represent an evolution, and Offside is best understood in the context of his body of work."
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."
Year of the Dog (2007)
"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."
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
The Messengers (2007)
"Yet not even the Pang brothers' sense of panache can redeem what is a lame script by Mark Wheaton."
Hannibal Rising (2007)
"A ponderous, uninspired portrait of a serial-killer-in-the-making with Webber missing every opportunity to build suspense and deliver chills."
"Tears of the Black Tiger is like a fever dream dripping with overripe romantic melodrama. Imagine Douglas Sirk directing a spaghetti western."
Hot Fuzz (2007)
"A high octane, sweetly appealing, absolutely hilarious cop actioner. I never thought all those elements could be rolled together so brilliantly..."
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
"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."
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)
"If you have a taste for revenge or just a taste for wickedly well-done filmmaking, help yourself to a serving of Lady Vengeance."
"As played by Choi Min-shik, Dae-su attains tragic stature. He's like a shaggy King Lear undone by his own foolishness."
"It makes going to the movies an event."
The Departed (2006)
"The Departed doesn't improve in any way on Infernal Affairs, which served up a return to stylish Hong Kong action."
"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."
Donnie Darko (2001)
"Kelly captures, better than any film in recent memory other than Election, what it feels like to be in high school."
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."
The Astronaut Farmer (2006)
"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."
"There's so much testosterone pumping through the new film 300 that the screen seems to sweat the male hormone."
Blood Diamond (2006)
"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."
Fuck (F*ck) (2005)
"What's great about the documentary is the mix of people Anderson interviews for opinions and insights."
The Nativity Story (2006)
"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."
"What makes The Cave of the Yellow Dog such a joy is the way director Byambasuren Davaa lets her film effortlessly unfold."
The Descent (2006)
"Let's just call it a chick flick for people who like a high body count."
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."
Little Children (2006)
"Little Children refers not only to the kids that the parents worry about but also to the adults who often behave immaturely."
Casino Royale (2006)
"Tideland is flawed but it's still a must-see for anyone who considers themselves a fan of Gilliam."
"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."
"Fresh, funny and just plain silly."
"Slapstick comedy and serious social commentary blend together in this great anime series."
"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."
Samurai Champloo - Vol. 1 (2005)
"The opening episode is one of the best pieces of anime you'll ever see."
House of Sand (2006)
"House of Sand boasts the hypnotic power of its landscape and a pair of powerful and passionate performances by Montenegro and Torres."
The Covenant (2006)
"[Claude Chabrol] may be in the ranks of senior citizens (he's 76 this year) but he's lost none of his youthful audacity and innovation."
"A meticulously crafted film in which nothing is ever forced or overstated. There's a grace and subtlety that pervades the film and quietly impresses."
"Hou Hsiao Hsien is quite simply one of the world's premier filmmakers yet his films are lucky to play a few festival dates here in the U.S."
Running With Scissors (2006)
"As brought to the screen by writer-director Ryan Murphy, Running with Scissors works best in the opening scenes when Augusten is still very young."
"I would like to commend Mitchell for making a warm, funny and very human film about people who don't just want sex but want to enjoy sex with someone they love. What a concept!"
Marie Antoinette (2006)
"What Coppola delivers is a fresh take on history that makes it come to life in an unexpected way."
The Prestige (2006)
"What The Prestige and filmmaker Nolan seem to have forgotten about magic is the very important element of misdirection. Without misdirection, an audience is bound to discover the trick and not be impressed. "
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
"Shaun of the Dead aims for the head and the funny bone, and scores a major hit with both."