"The 'free spirited innocent' archetype doesn't convincingly share residence with this numbly sexual Lolita."
The Puffy Chair (2005)
"[Not] very amusing--its stabs at humor are low-key to a fault, and too sporadic--but it is mostly truthful about yuppie love, and that's something."
District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006)
"While women may certainly apply, it's primarily the guys who will find District B13 irresistible."
The Proposition (2005)
"Cave uses the taming of Australia as the backdrop for a nasty, dirty western about the implications of violence."
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
"A full-fledged mutant jamboree, but one that blunts thematic and character development in favor of narrative expediency."
See No Evil (2006)
"Amateur Hour-and-a-Half....It isn't fit for human consumption."
Keeping Up With The Steins (2006)
"Fatally short on laughs. The jokes are mostly bad vaudeville, as when Piven asks, "How much for 50 Cent? Okay, how about 17 Cent?""
Over the Hedge (2006)
"The voice work and animation are both a cut above the average, and the film's energy is brisk."
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
"Too measured to be lively, too skittish to be provocative, too dramatically slack to be more than a ploddingly literal book-on-film."
"Wenders bops around Tokyo with the assurance of a skilled filmmaker, and emerges with an understated but certainly curious sociological postcard of '80s Tokyo."
Late Spring (1949)
"Late Spring exemplifies Ozu's rich, mature style, an apparent stylelessness of patient, lifelike rhythms, unobtrusive camerawork, and credibly subtle performances. [DVD]"
"Obvious...All [but soccer fanatics] can pass on Goal! The Dream Begins and make plans now to avoid its two upcoming sequels."
The Lost City (2005)
"Musical...handsome...poignantly nostalgic...The Lost City is a lot of things, but what it's not is incisive."
An American Haunting (2006)
"On more than one occasion...a girl scrapes her fingernails across a wood floor as an invisible poltergeist attacks her. The wood floor may not be a chalkboard, but it's close enough."
Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006)
"There's a casual informality to Pollack's documentary technique....results are semi-revealing."
Just My Luck (2006)
"Why does the new Lindsay Lohan picture have such a poo fixation?....Could it be that director Donald Petrie is Freudian slipping on his s**tty material?"
"There's camp, and there's just plain lousy writing."
Art School Confidential (2006)
"Zwigoff too often picks up his putty knife when he should be running with scissors...doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts, but some of the parts are pretty amusing all the same."
"Flimsy, fake-looking weaponry, bad wigs, grandiose scoring, overacting, simplistic dialogue, illogically elaborate staging, and a plot that goes out of its way to be predictable..."
"Detailed and graced with irreverent humor and fine performances, Mehta's film deals powerful blows to economic injustice and misogyny."
"Jimmy Buffet may be known for his Hawaiian shirts, but there's something undeniably plaid about Hoot."
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
"A thrill ride, and a gripping one: plausibility-straining, predictable at times, but pulse-pounding all the same."
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
"Dramatically jerry-rigged in every possible way."
Stick It (2006)
"Too lazy to perfect its own routine...[but] a surprisingly appealing vacation, from sense to sensibility."
"Color me surprised when Barry Sonnenfeld's family comedy turned out to be a palatable picture that doesn't rob Robin Williams of his dignity as a comic actor."
United 93 (2006)
"A unique film about a unique event...but what will we think of United 93 in five years or, for that matter, fifty?"
Cirque Du Soleil - Corteo (2006)
"Corteo is classic Cirque du Soleil, a multilingual paegant of music, dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, and clowning...the ingenious production design run with highly refined coordination."
The Sentinel (2006)
"Strictly boilerplate...fail[s] to pursue any interesting avenues, using the cardboard characters as mere shooting-range targets."
American Dreamz (2006)
"Not everything works in this semi-audacious challenge to the American Dream, but Weitz consistently and amusingly hits the broad side of the barn."
Hard Candy (2006)
"Skews just enough toward Death and the Maiden and away from Saw III."
Kinky Boots (2006)
"Rigged for your pleasure...everything is played up for schmaltz value or dopey laughs."
Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (2006)
"Since Lu depicts the punishing, unforgiving determination on both sides of the conflict, the film is not entirely pitiless for the pathetic criminal class."
Sir! No Sir! (2006)
"Offers nothing in the way of balancing the protest viewpoint...[but] still usefully revisits--during our current unpopular war--the internal conflict of America during the Vietnam War."
The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)
"More clever than insightful, [but] Harron makes the most of that humorously earnest style ripped from the pin-up pages."
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
"I just don't see much entertainment value--or, certainly, a shelf life--in a contrived string of mildly amusing parodies of bad movies. Here today, yawn tomorrow."
Friends With Money (2006)
"Gives the characters relatable failings and the story some ironic bite...[but] lacks the depth of empathy Holofcener showed in Lovely and Amazing."
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
"Tarantinoid...the machinations are all familiar enough that your unoccupied brain may drift off to wonder how Hartnett's made a career out of bad haircuts."
Take the Lead (2006)
"The dance remains the same...Take the Lead has exactly two things going for it (each worth one star): the always entertaining Antonio Banderas and a lot of ballroom dancing."
"It's heartening to be able to report that ATL is as much like Diner as it is like Boys in the Hood....Robinson may overdose on style, but he also respects the homegrown origins of this ATLanta-bred tale."
"The actors play it with poker-faces, but the further we go into the noir territory of hard-boiled, fast-paced dialogue and dames wrapped in crimson and black, the more ticklish Brick gets."
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)
"The seams show...a somewhat grudging social obligation for audiences over the age of ten to tow their younger charges."
A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)
"The appeal of Schultz's pop philosophy hasn't faded in forty years: this kind of sincerity can't be faked."
"As ever, Malle's sensitivity is supreme and his delicate style evocative. [Blu-ray]"
Lacombe Lucien (1974)
"The collaborationist anti-hero finds Malle instantly broaching a cultural taboo, compounded when the traitorous young man forces himself into a sexual relationship with a not-entirely unyielding girl named France."
Murmur of the Heart (1971)
"In all their messiness, here are love, sex, society, and family, met with cleansing laughter."