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Rating Title/Year Author
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Angela Baldassarre "Assassination" is an epic in every way, from its wide sweeping atmospheric Alberta locations, to its meticulous and magisterial attention to period detail. Mind you, for a Western there isn't that much violence and blood, but the sense of foreboding is e EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2007
In the Shadow of the Moon (2006) Angela Baldassarre I sat riveted watching David Sington's "In the Shadow of the Moon," a documentary where 10 astronauts recall a time and era that made America, and the world, proud. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2007
The Nanny Diaries (2007) Angela Baldassarre Aside from the many implausibilities, and Scarlett Johansson's forced and sitcomish performance, this satire about spoiled millionaire mommies is ordinary and unexceptional. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2007
El cantante (2006) Angela Baldassarre How can you make a movie about a salsa singer that is completely lacking in rhythm or emotion? EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2007
Superbad (2007) Angela Baldassarre I can't get over the misogynist undertones of yet another teenage sex comedy despite the presence of some very funny scenes. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2007
The Invasion (2007) Angela Baldassarre After three successful cinematic renditions of Jack Finney's 1955 sci-fi novel "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (the 1978 version with Donald Sutherland being my favourite), they've finally managed to mangle it up. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2007
Klimt (2006) Angela Baldassarre An almost unbearable collection of monologues with no regard for substantive or involving dialogue, the film sheds little or no light on the genius behind some extraordinary artwork. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2007
Rush Hour 3 (2007) Angela Baldassarre The East-West fusion action has been exhausted, the broad comedy is tired and the dynamic between Jackie Chan and Christ Tucker has all but disappeared. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2007
Stardust (2007) Angela Baldassarre A wonderfully inventive fairy tale that is original and defiant, as well as hilarious and adventurous. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2007
Arctic Tale (2007) Angela Baldassarre When anthropomorphizing animals in an animated movie, it's effective and enjoyable. But when it's used in a documentary, the process is tantamount to cheating. Such is the case of "Arctic Tale". EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2007
2/5 Bratz (2007) Angela Baldassarre Sean McNamara's cheesy Bratz: The Movie is ludicrous and almost perverse. Even more upsetting is the fact that no effort was made whatsoever in hiding ideas appropriated by teen films. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2007
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Angela Baldassarre In a year where three has hardly been a charm in terms of movie franchises, "The Bourne Ultimatum" sticks out as the most exciting, intelligent and enjoyable thriller of the season. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2007
Talk to Me (2007) Angela Baldassarre The biggest problem with Kasi Lemmons' biopic "Talk to Me" is whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2007
No Reservations (2007) Angela Baldassarre "No Reservations" is absolutely ordinary in its predictability and blandness. Don't expect any memorable performances or mouth-watering scenarios. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2007
The Simpsons Movie (2007) Angela Baldassarre David Silverman's film is pretty much just a long episode of "The Simpsons" television show. And just like the series it's irreverent, hilarious, cutting-edge and irrepressible. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2007
The Boss of It All (2006) Angela Baldassarre Humorous and slight, this lightweight Danish picture has its funny moments but ultimately the absurdity of the proceedings can't keep up with the conceit. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2007
Romanzo criminale (2005) Angela Baldassarre In his eighth directorial effort, Romanzo Criminale, Placido takes aim at terrorism in his country during the 1970s . Though the proceedings are fascinating and powerful, it's unable to maintain momentum throughout its over two hours running time. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2007
You Kill Me (2007) Angela Baldassarre Like his deliciously original Last Seduction, director John Dahl returns to the wild side in You Kill Me, an odd and somewhat puzzling crime drama that throws the viewer for a loop thanks to its deadpan humour and absurdist narrative. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2007
Interview (2007) Angela Baldassarre Though I'm not familiar with Van Gogh's 2003 version, Buscemi's is implausible and even irritating, despite some nice atmospherics and a decent performance by the director. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2007
Hairspray (2007) Angela Baldassarre expect about a movie version of the latter. After all, how many variations of the same story can you have? But Adam Shankman's "Hairspray" works, and delightfully so. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2007
Introducing the Dwights (2007) Angela Baldassarre Slightly slapsticky with broad Aussie humour, Cherie Nowlan's Introducing the Dwights is an ordinary dramedy that features a fine performance by British star Blenda Blethyn, but falls short in charm and originality. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Angela Baldassarre Like previous Potter installments, the danger is ever present and palpable, but now Harry is in dire need of his friends and it is intellectually refreshing to see a group of troubled youth rally together against the forces of evil. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2007
Transformers (2007) Angela Baldassarre There is so much action packed in every frame of this bombastic blockbuster, that the ludicrous plot and silly script went nearly unnoticed. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2007
Ratatouille (2007) Angela Baldassarre What a delicious concoction of French sophistication coupled with a dollop of slapstick humour and a sprinkling of visual marvel. Pixar's "Ratatouille" is the perfect recipe for an adult/child offering. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2007
Sicko (2007) Angela Baldassarre Even though documentarian Michael Moore is pretty much preaching to the Canadian converted, Sicko is a biting and funny indictment of the U.S. healthcare system. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2007
Live Free or Die Hard (2007) Angela Baldassarre Thematically "Live Free or Die Hard" is as heavy on high-octave action (a McTiernan specialty) as it is on technological mumbo-jumbo, which Wiseman is comfortably at home with. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2007
Evan Almighty (2007) Angela Baldassarre "Evan Almighty" reaffirms my theory that Steve Carell is unable to carry a film on his own. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2007
1408 (2007) Angela Baldassarre If not for a hokey ending and some cheesy plot devices, "1408" would have been the scariest, and best, ghost movie of the season. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2007
A Mighty Heart (2007) Angela Baldassarre "A Mighty Heart" is as worthy a tribute to Danny and Mariane Pearl's life a dramatic feature can be. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2007
Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005) Angela Baldassarre A genuine and skillful account of one of Britain's most morally ambiguous working-class characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2007
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Angela Baldassarre Tim Story seems on the verge of "getting" it by introducing two of the comic-book series' most involving characters, , but fails in creating a satisfying back story, or any story at all for that matter. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2007
Surf's Up (2007) Angela Baldassarre Surf's Up is so ingenious and fresh, and features such truly awesome CGI, that another summer with penguins is genuinely welcomed. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2007
La vie en rose (2007) Angela Baldassarre France's waiflike songbird Edith Piaf gets an involving cinematic treatment by director Oliver Dahan that resembles her messy and traumatic life. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2007
Ocean's Thirteen (2007) Angela Baldassarre Though "Ocean's Thirteen" sticks to Las Vegas, rather than the lush palazzos of European cities, the atmosphere is still a privileged one where our heroes carry out another ultra-hip caper. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2007
Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006) Angela Baldassarre A very respectable ensemble cast of British actors goes completely wasted in Ed Blum's "Scenes of a Sexual Nature" thanks to an inane script and banal dialogue. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2007
Rise: Blood Hunter (2007) Angela Baldassarre I wasn't expecting much from director/writer Sebastian Gutierrez, considering his last writing effort was the dismal "Snakes on a Plane." But in "Rise: Blood Hunter" he offers absolutely nothing new in terms of vampire stories if not a lush noirish atmosp EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
Mr. Brooks (2007) Angela Baldassarre Despite a promising intro and some darkly cool atmospherics, the picture pushes plausibility to the limit with a story that is ultimately laughable, using every studio gimmick and characters that are poorly explored. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2007
2:37 (2006) Angela Baldassarre opting almost frame-by-frame Gus Van Sant's technique on "Elephant", Australian director Murali K. Tharulli is shamefully exploitive in the manner in which he conveys teenage angst in "2:37". EDIT
Posted May 29, 2007
Fay Grim (2006) Angela Baldassarre "We don't buy for a minute the motivations behind any of the large number of characters, and Posey is nowhere near able to carry the movie." EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Angela Baldassarre Ho, ho, ho and my bum is very sore! I kept humming that to myself following nearly three hours of visual abuse. Overwhelmed by its bloated script, confusing plot and never-ending battle sequences, I admittedly was nevertheless awed by the special effects EDIT
Posted May 25, 2007
Black Book (2006) Angela Baldassarre Initially Black Book reminded me of the wonderfully engrossing war movies that have been coming out of Germany and Holland lately. Then I was reminded that it's Paul Verhoeven behind the camera, which explains the pulp melodrama and superhuman exploits of EDIT
Posted May 22, 2007
Shrek the Third (2007) Angela Baldassarre In "Shrek the Third," our green ogre is not only full of aches and pains, but is insufferable and whiny, which reflects the script's regurgitation of classic stories and repetitive themes. That said, the grumpy fool is surrounded by charming and endearing EDIT
Posted May 18, 2007
Close to Home (2005) Angela Baldassarre One of the most unusual coming-of-age stories I've ever seen, "Close to Home" offers the same teen-angst themes as some American movies but against a backdrop of war and politics. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2007
Jindabyne (2006) Angela Baldassarre Throughout Jindabyne, I felt completely creeped out. From the disturbing opening to images of children killing animals, adults abusing each other, and a corpse, the viewing experience was unpleasant. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
The Ex (1996) Angela Baldassarre After watching "The Ex" I wondered whether actors are bothering to read scripts anymore before accepting a job. In the case of Jesse Peretz's film, the story is as mean-spirited as it is ridiculous. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
28 Weeks Later (2007) Angela Baldassarre When it was released, Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" developed a cult following thanks to its irreverent approach to the tired zombie genre. Its sequel, "28 Weeks Later," cashes in on the same approach with a more intelligent script and story. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
Civic Duty (2006) Angela Baldassarre A claustrophobic setting and the paranoid concerns of a modern world make Jeff Renfroe's "Civic Duty" an effective psychological thriller. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2007
The Flying Scotsman (2006) Angela Baldassarre A true-life inspirational tale of about a young man who defies all odds, "The Flying Scotsman" is disappointingly devoid of emotion with a script that never manages to fully convey the personal demons floating about. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2007
Spider-Man 3 (2007) Angela Baldassarre Sam Raimi tries really hard to tie up loose ends in "Spider-Man 3," overloading our poor threesome with danger from all sides in attempting to keep the franchise fresh. And though repetition seems to be inevitable, I found the new villainy to be effective EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
In the Land of Women (2007) Angela Baldassarre There's no denying that "In the Land of Women" has its moments of endearment, but Jon Kasdan's weepy coming-of-age dramedy lacks emotional authenticity. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2007