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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
Not Easily Broken isn't perfect. It's a tad preachy at times. Yet it also lifts spirits with the power of emotional healing and forgiveness. Amen to that.
Posted Jan 12, 2009
2
1/4
The Unborn (2009)
The Unborn is so lame that even a scene where Nazi 'doctors' experiment on twin children by poking a needle in their eyeballs is more laughable than horrendous.
Posted Jan 12, 2009
3
3.5/4
Gran Torino (2009)
Except for the overstated growl, which admittedly is nitpicky, Eastwood may have directed himself right back into Oscar contention.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
4
As much as I admired Benjamin Button's gimmicks, the excellent makeup and a sometimes-mesmerizing emotional journey, I just couldn't shoo away the obvious Forrest Gump similarities. Roth leans on them too strongly as a screenplay crutch.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
5
2.5/4
Australia (2008)
Like the kangaroo that goes from a newcomer's sightseeing delight to dinner meat with the sudden crack of a rifle shot, Australia hops all over the place.
Posted Nov 26, 2008
6
Role Models (2008)
Well, here's something we don't usually see at the movies. Role Models is a raucously bawdy lowbrow comedy with a brain.
Posted Nov 21, 2008
7
3.5/4
Rarely do we get to truly celebrate a movie's second time around. We should this one, though. The filmmakers really move it, move it to the next level of joyous entertainment.
Posted Nov 21, 2008
8
2/4
Maybe something gets lost in the translation, as often happens, but Wong may be giving us the first Eastern.
Posted Nov 21, 2008
9
2.5/4
There is a Bond girl, of course. You can take the catchphrases and the gadgets out, it appears, but leave the sultry ladies alone.
Posted Nov 21, 2008
10
2.5/4
Twilight (2008)
How can a teen romantic fantasy not be at least some fun when the leading man's lipstick is several shades redder than that of the ingénue?
Posted Nov 21, 2008
11
3/4
Bolt (2008)
Make a little room Lady, Tramp and all you Dalmatians, Disney's got a new animated dog to bark about.
Posted Nov 21, 2008
12
3/4
RocknRolla (2008)
Welcome back, Mr. Ritchie. I missed your work when you were, you know, Swept Away into an uncomfortable filmmaking zone.
Posted Nov 3, 2008
13
2/4
The Haunting of Molly Hartley, sort of an updated Rosemary's Baby for teens, sucks most of the suspense out of its own suspense-thriller before the story even gets going.
Posted Nov 3, 2008
14
3/4
Changeling (2008)
Most filmmakers begin their careers hungry and looking for every possible nuance to improve their film. In his 78th year and with 35 of them under his belt as a filmmaker, Eastwood still has plenty of creative steam. ... This is no victory-lap production
Posted Nov 3, 2008
15
2.5/4
If movies were fireworks, Smith's latest effort would be a fuse-moistened bottle rocket that only manages subdued flight.
Posted Nov 3, 2008
16
3/4
I Served the King of England plays like a combination of Life Is Beautiful and Forrest Gump.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
17
3/4
They sing. They dance. And they smooch a little. But not too much. After all, this is a G-rated Disney extravaganza.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
18
3/4
This is the first time (Edward) Norton and (Colin) Farrell have shared a movie screen. It would be a crime for it to be the last.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
19
.5/4
Saw V (2008)
... heads roll and nail bomb shrapnel turns a headstrong 'survivor' into a pile of pink human brisket with pants. Does this sound like entertainment to you?
Posted Oct 24, 2008
20
1.5/4
Quarantine (2008)
Visually, this one mirrors Cloverfield right down to the dropped camera left to record what happens when the humans in the vicinity have been, uh, quarantined.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
21
2.5/4
Max Payne (2008)
Wahlberg packs the talent to add depth to most roles. In this one, though, he does little more than mope around and blast away (video-game style) in this barrage of rapid fire.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
22
2/4
W. (2008)
Stone ... does little more than place a sitting president on a pedestal of lampoon with a poor choice of timing, less than three weeks before a presidential election.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
23
3/4
It's good to see the two great actors of their generation back together in Righteous Kill. Frankly, though, although a few sparks of fire at times, the heat has subsided significantly.
Posted Sep 29, 2008
24
3.5/4
... the Marx Brothers couldn't outrace the Coen boys when it comes to zany comic shenanigans.
Posted Sep 29, 2008
25
3/4
(Tyler) Perry, a cinematic one-man band who wrote the script, produces, directs and plays the role of a decent husband and construction worker, is still growing as a filmmaker.
Posted Sep 29, 2008
26
2.5/4
... this is a verbally poisonous comedy that rattles the sensibility cage.
Posted Sep 29, 2008
27
3/4
(Pedro) Castaneda, the male lead in Chris Eska's mesmerizing debut feature August Evening, has the kind of natural, hypnotic screen presence that cannot be taught.
Posted Sep 29, 2008
28
3.5/4
Ghost Town (2008)
When I was watching this movie the other day and rethinking my way through it now, all I can recall is Gervais and some other people. He's that good as New York dentist Dr. Bertram Pincus.
Posted Sep 29, 2008
29
2/4
Richard Gere and Diane Lane are swathed in so much cheese in Nights in Rodanthe, this weepy story should unfold in Wisconsin instead of a tiny strip of land off the coast of North Carolina.
Posted Sep 29, 2008
30
3/4
Lee shows his grittiness by allowing everyone to speak in their native languages. My hat's off to him for that. I'm not a fan of war films where all opposing sides speak English.
Posted Sep 29, 2008
31
3/4
Eagle Eye (2008)
HAL has a granddaughter? Who knew?
Posted Sep 29, 2008
32
3/4
It's definitely not for everybody. But it's also very funny as a no-holds-barred, frat-house-party comedy.
Posted Aug 14, 2008
33
3/4
There's sex and the city (New York). But the most enjoyable girls-night-out movie of the summer deals with young, fledgling love.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
34
2.5/4
You're in for a mildly entertaining ride through lowbrow slapstick action violence. Just don't ask for a seat in the non-smoking section.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
35
3.5/4
Tell No One is good enough to warrant not only a long run in art houses, but considerable attention for a director who dared to tweak a hugely popular novel and made it work.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
36
4/4
The Dark Knight should not be remembered as the movie that took Heath Ledger out. Thanks primarily to him, it should be remembered as the movie that propelled fantasy action-thrillers to a higher level.
Posted Jul 17, 2008
37
3/4
Thompson created a rebellious niche for himself in a business that more often than you might think channels its writers into conformist routine.
Posted Jul 15, 2008
38
2.5/4
This 'Journey' appears to take place in an amusement park.
Posted Jul 15, 2008
39
2.5/4
Meet Dave (2008)
(Murphy) never loses focus, although the one-dimensional nature of the script might provoke a few yawns among frequent moviegoers.
Posted Jul 15, 2008
40
3/4
Go to the movies long enough and you'll eventually find yourself rooting for a blood red, horned monster-man from hell.
Posted Jul 15, 2008
41
3/4
Wanted (2008)
... when Freeman, Jolie, McAvoy and the rest get a chance, there's even some decent acting going on. It's almost as if the great Loom of Fate dropped a stitch and willed it.
Posted Jul 2, 2008
42
3/4
WALL-E (2008)
WALL-E is a technical gem, a marvel of sound design and just a little too ambitious to continuously captivate.
Posted Jul 2, 2008
43
3/4
Hancock (2008)
Hancock is a rarity. It's an action yarn that feels like a drama and, alternately, a drama that takes our breath away with bursts of eye-popping action.
Posted Jul 2, 2008
44
3.5/4
To me, honesty like that is what heroes are made of.
Posted Jun 20, 2008
45
3/4
The Love Guru pegs the silly meter in the opening scene when Myers, as Guru Pitka, breaks out in a Bollywood-style 9 to 5 hoedown while picking at a sitar.
Posted Jun 20, 2008
46
2.5/4
Get Smart (2008)
The popular deadpan comedian (Carell) is only funny about 60 percent of the time.Would you believe 50 percent?
Posted Jun 20, 2008
47
3/4
Surfwise (2007)
Surfwise spills the gripes, the frustrations and the pain onto the screen like damaged driftwood finally feeling the steadiness of shore after a long, stormy voyage at sea.
Posted Jun 16, 2008
48
1/4
A monster movie desperately seeking a monster, M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening doesn't make sense, much less The Sixth Sense.
Posted Jun 16, 2008
49
3.5/4
Leterrier gets his hand on this Marvel marvel at exactly the right time. Special effects have finally caught up with the imagination.
Posted Jun 16, 2008
50
3/4
Zalla utilizes both the dark back streets of New York and the dark nature of some humans to weave an intoxicating tale of stolen identity and pilfered emotions.
Posted Jun 12, 2008