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Groucho Reviews

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2.5/4
Harsh Times (2006)
It takes only a small leap of imagination to get from Jim Davis to GI Steven Green, the 21-year-old alleged rapist-murderer...men like Jim are trying to unwind from something worse than a bad day at the office.
Posted Nov 10, 2006
2
2/4
A fantasy, so it's not obligated to be logical, but it should at least have internal logic and follow its own set of rules. A failure to do so untethers the film.
Posted Nov 9, 2006
3
2.5/4
We'd all be better off if we could find our grace without a camera's obstruction, but ironically, Block's film provides a useful direction to see our way.
Posted Nov 7, 2006
4
3/4
Volver (2006)
Though its humble pleasures give cause to pause and reflect on the Spanish filmmaker's occasionally overpraised output, Volver is a diverting melodrama...
Posted Nov 3, 2006
5
1/4
It's like a Family Channel movie escaped and hid out in a movie theater.
Posted Nov 3, 2006
6
3/4
Flushed Away (2006)
More concerned with character, well-timed sight and sound gags, and witty banter than it is with smooth plotting....[but] well-worth the plunge.
Posted Nov 2, 2006
7
3.5/4
No film in the history of cinema has succeeded in being more 'outrageously funny'...
Posted Nov 2, 2006
8
3/4
That the narration and Field's God's-eye camera draw attention to the film's form doesn't detract from its function: to give us that 'second' in the mirror...
Posted Oct 27, 2006
9
1.5/4
Conversations with God. Nice work if you can get it, and you can get it if you try.
Posted Oct 27, 2006
10
3/4
The Bridge (2006)
Steel assembles a scrapbook of suicide: reminiscences of surviving family and friends and magnetically morbid caught-on-tape records of people's last living moments on Earth.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
11
3/4
Catch a Fire (2006)
Plays like a political Heat, but for the sake of the scrupulously researched social history, a bit of artificially induced pulse-pounding can be forgiven.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
12
2/4
Tideland (2006)
When Jeliza-Rose announces in the first scene, 'Today, we're all going on a great trip!', know that it's to the center of an emotional black hole.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
13
2/4
It's Grint who grounds in reality, as best he can, Brock's directing debut...this conventional Britcom lightly hums along for a good stretch before running off the road.
Posted Oct 20, 2006
14
1.5/4
Once she makes the sound feminist point that it wasn't easy being a girl in 1768, Coppola proves intellectually taxed.
Posted Oct 20, 2006
15
2.5/4
Broyles and Haggis redundantly hammer home the same point in scene after scene...while fail[ing] in 132 minutes fully to breathe life into their triad of reluctant heroes.
Posted Oct 20, 2006
16
2/4
With its compulsive theatricality, Running With Scissors enacts what may be the most unpleasant brand of insanity in a film full of them.
Posted Oct 20, 2006
17
3.5/4
The Prestige (2006)
Nolan's supreme confidence, narrative skill, and taste for complexity make for unusually rich popular entertainment. Where was The Prestige this summer when we needed it most?
Posted Oct 20, 2006
18
2/4
[Rider's] squirrelly film debut amps up Horowitz's wry humor, putting silliness in unintentional competition with the film's action and dramatic elements.
Posted Oct 14, 2006
19
3/4
A sincere examination of the moment, on the cusp of adulthood, when children must decide whether to get out of the only life they've known or honor it by staying home.
Posted Oct 13, 2006
20
3/4
Infamous (2006)
With a bit more discipline, McGrath's wide-ranging film would be the equal of its more straightforward, older brother, but Infamous' many charms deserve their own moment in the sun.
Posted Oct 13, 2006
21
2.5/4
Graham Greene it's not....Whitaker's striking work aside, The Last King of Scotland is insipid, obvious movieland history.
Posted Oct 13, 2006
22
1/4
The Grudge 2 (2006)
If Shimizu's aging idea of rage-made wraiths were true, caterwauling critics would be crawling all over the multiplex right about now.
Posted Oct 13, 2006
23
2.5/4
Though American Hardcore doesn't achieve a cogent and authoritative history, it succeeds in giving the general impression of the early-'80s hardcore punk scene.
Posted Oct 12, 2006
24
3.5/4
The Queen (2006)
Delicately balances the inherent drama of the tragic circumstances with the comedy of manners that is the Royal Family's dysfunction, and Britain's ambivalent attitudes to the same.
Posted Oct 12, 2006
25
3.5/4
49 Up (2006)
Though less extreme, the Up series suggests a real-life Truman Show, with subjects sometimes reluctantly allowing their lives to be recorded on film.
Posted Oct 9, 2006
26
3/4
Shortbus (2006)
More than a stunt...a sincere film that explores cynical sexual discord and hopefully concludes that forgiveness and sexual healing can repair the disrupted currents of modern urban life.
Posted Oct 6, 2006
27
1.5/4
Ours is not to question why; ours is but to watch 'em die.
Posted Oct 6, 2006
28
1/4
Cook's usual persona is annoying, but with his volume turned down here, he's even more of a zero.
Posted Oct 5, 2006
29
3.5/4
The Departed (2006)
Kept in balance, The Departed's verbal and visual gifts, gun-toting menace, down-and-dirty existentialism, and bristling suspense should please both sides of the movie aisle.
Posted Oct 5, 2006
30
3/4
Resembles Crumb in its depiction of damaged souls whose only refuge is art.
Posted Oct 1, 2006
31
3/4
Body Double (1984)
Emblematizes De Palma's refusal to take Hollywood seriously.
Posted Oct 1, 2006
32
2.5/4
The sum of Gondry's parts may be a hole, but the parts can be pretty darn clever and captivating.
Posted Sep 29, 2006
33
2.5/4
Serves two useful purposes: to collect some of the Beatle's wittiest social barbs, and to inform a young audience...
Posted Sep 29, 2006
34
2/4
The Guardian (2006)
Pure Hollywood hokum, the sort of picture the Duke might star in today. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Aside from lazy screenwriting.
Posted Sep 28, 2006
35
3/4
Jesus Camp (2006)
You know what they say, folks: it's a free country. If Jesus Camp scares you, better start brainwashing some little heathens of your own.
Posted Sep 28, 2006
36
2.5/4
Keeping Mum (2006)
Succeed[s] in recreating the simple pleasures of the old Ealing comedies, which let talented character actors shine.
Posted Sep 28, 2006
37
2/4
It's too bad that Phillips fumbles for comic gimmickry when he has the makings of a rich and timely satire on poison-peddling motivational personalities.
Posted Sep 28, 2006
38
2/4
Flyboys (2006)
Flyboys' spectacular predictability confirms its shallowness.
Posted Sep 22, 2006
39
2.5/4
If this is Li's epic swan song, it's a reasonably graceful exit.
Posted Sep 22, 2006
40
2.5/4
Knoxville at one point sports a T-shirt with a slogan that says it all: "F*** Art: Let's Dance."
Posted Sep 22, 2006
41
2.5/4
Zaillian sells short the faceoff of shrewd old guard and scrappy proletariat by looking away just when the twain meet.
Posted Sep 21, 2006
42
2/4
Confetti (2006)
Weak-tea...with tepid gags, lazy plotting, and scenarios that are mostly too unpleasant to be funny.
Posted Sep 15, 2006
43
2.5/4
As the character drama bogs down in Hartnett and Johansson's maudlin mumbling, De Palma starts to focus on shoehorning in a punchy setpiece or stylistic outrage.
Posted Sep 15, 2006
44
1/4
Never explains its stupid idea of a talking baseball and a talking bat...The filmmakers presume too much in assuming we'll accept the "magic" "realism"...
Posted Sep 14, 2006
45
2/4
Johnson gives the part his authoritative all, but he doesn't have the depth of ability to elevate a sappy script that regularly calls for up-choking.
Posted Sep 14, 2006
46
.5/4
The Covenant (2006)
Where do WB pilots go when they die? Perhaps they're reincarnated as lousy supernatural thrillers.
Posted Sep 8, 2006
47
2.5/4
The downtime since Ong-Bak has left us hungry enough not to care that the plot and frequent action feel a bit recycled.
Posted Sep 7, 2006
48
2/4
In what may be the single most damaging performance in any film this year, Affleck puts on extra pounds, a fake honker, and a horrifyingly bad debonair act.
Posted Sep 7, 2006
49
2.5/4
Crank (2006)
A movie for hooligans, and do we really want to encourage them?
Posted Sep 1, 2006
50
3.5/4
Clearly presents the charges against the MPAA, the "voluntary" group that has systematized Hollywood censorship.
Posted Sep 1, 2006