Palm Beach Daily News

Palm Beach Daily News is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Frank Houston
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Superman Returns (2006) Frank Houston Like many superhero movies, Superman Returns relies on special effects to create the swooshing sense of exuberance that should also be a part of the storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2006
3/4 Cars (2006) Frank Houston Cars is a pleasant joyride through some spectacular terrain. But from start to finish, there isn't a curve in the highway that you don't see coming from miles away. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2006
3/4 Friends With Money (2006) Frank Houston An appealingly low-key look at friendships and status, and how the two co-exist, sometimes uncomfortably. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2006
3.5/4 Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005) Frank Houston Infectiously fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2006
4/4 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) Frank Houston By turns brutal and sadistic, humorous and moralistic, Jones weaves a tale that has the moral heft of a fable and the gritty realism of 1970s cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2006
3/4 Why We Fight (2005) Frank Houston A well-researched, impassioned, talking-head-filled treatise on the militarization of America. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2006
3.5/4 Match Point (2005) Frank Houston This sexy morality play further bolsters the case for Woody Allen's continued vitality and relevance. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2006
4/4 Brokeback Mountain (2005) Frank Houston Lee has made one of the most memorable - and undoubtedly the most important and relevant - love stories in movie history. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2006
2.5/4 Munich (2005) Frank Houston Purports to raise questions about the human toll of retribution - on its victims as well as on its practitioners. But Spielberg has no real tatste for the complexities. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2005
4/4 King Kong (2005) Frank Houston A nearly seamless blend of cutting edge technology with much of the original's sensibility - Jackson's giant ape may be a special effect, but he is also a real character. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2005
2/4 Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Frank Houston As gorgeous as it is lifeless. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2005
2/4 Syriana (2005) Frank Houston A political thriller should have a little mystery to it, but Syriana, while certainly noble in its ambition, is too indecipherable to add up to a great or even good movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2005
4/4 The Squid and the Whale (2005) Frank Houston You could call it the filet of the divorce movie genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2005
3/4 Walk the Line (2005) Frank Houston Walk the Line is buoyed by such sharp writing and strong performances that it floats above the tired conventions of the movie biography. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2005
3.5/4 Separate Lies (2005) Frank Houston Wilkinson roars through Separate Lies with all the bitter tenacity of a successful man blindsided by the news that everything in his life is not an unqualified triumph. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2005
3/4 Where the Truth Lies (2005) Frank Houston A stylized, sin-filled film noir, the film is also a meta-narrative about show business, in which no character bothers with the pretense of seeming to be one thing. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2005
4/4 Grizzly Man (2005) Frank Houston A haunting documentary about the fine line between devotion and delusion that deepens our appreciation for both animal and human nature. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2005
3.5/4 A History of Violence (2005) Frank Houston With foreboding and tension in almost every shot, Cronenberg's taut thriller doesn't revel in violence, but reflects in ambivalence on its grim consequences. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2005
2/4 The Brothers Grimm (2005) Frank Houston Gilliam's film is trapped somewhere between fable and comedy. It's as if he is so entranced by his own visual inventiveness that he completely loses sight of his storytelling. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2005
4/4 Broken Flowers (2005) Frank Houston Don's journey becomes a vision of lost opportunities and paths not taken, and in Murray's hands it is sublime. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2005
3/4 The Aristocrats (2005) Frank Houston The Aristocrats may not be as insightful as it purports to be, but it is good for a few gut laughs - if you've got the stomach for it. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2005
4/4 Murderball (2005) Frank Houston Its honesty makes Murderball compelling and rewarding. What makes it so downright entertaining is its subjects' charisma and strength - both spiritual and physical. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2005
3/4 Wedding Crashers (2005) Frank Houston Wedding Crashers is a comedy that is unabashedly for adults, bless its bawdy, sentimental heart. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2005
3/4 Happy Endings (2005) Frank Houston In a season of overpriced cookie-cutter movies that underestimate their audience, the ambition and intelligence of Roos' film is a happy outcome indeed. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2005
3.5/4 Hustle & Flow (2005) Frank Houston The movie's effortless charm and earthy naturalism, combined with strong performances from its main and supporting actors, are beguiling enough to draw in any audience EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2005
2/4 Fantastic Four (2005) Frank Houston Sometimes the Hollywood treatment can be a superhero's greatest arch-nemesis. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2005
2/4 Crash (2004) Frank Houston It's apt that Haggis' most recent cinematic effort concentrated on boxing; he is just as eager to pound us over the head in Crash. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2005
3.5/4 Sin City (2005) Frank Houston If you can look past its veneer of shed blood, broken bodies and the rat-a-tat-tat talk of its hardboiled tough guys, Sin City is a thing of savage beauty. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2005
1/4 The Longest Yard (2005) Frank Houston Three decades after the original, all the rough edges have been sanded off, and the film has been given the obvious, spoonfed approach of a Hollywood summer movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2005
3/4 Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith (2005) Frank Houston Against all odds, the movie becomes more than the sum of its creaky parts, building enough emotional firepower to destroy an entire hard-bitten cynic such as myself. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2005
3.5/4 War of the Worlds (2005) Frank Houston A sure-footed thrill ride with more suspense and spine-tingling scares than a Tom Cruise publicity junket. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2005
3.5/4 Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Frank Houston Fahrenheit 9/11 may be taken either as screed or scripture, depending on your own political persuasions. Moore's strength is that, either way, you can't ignore it. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2004
1/4 The Forgotten (2004) Frank Houston More stilted and manipulative than any of M. Night Shyamalan's films. All that's missing is a scene with Moore sculpting geological landmarks out of mashed potatoes. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2004
3/4 I Heart Huckabees (2004) Frank Houston Despite Russell's self-indulgent streak, he earns credit for his ambition, for imbuing a stellar cast with his own bizarre spirit, and for pulling it off with wit and style. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2004
4/4 Hero (2002) Frank Houston Portrays the myth behind the unification of China with a visually sumptuous palette and elemental grandeur. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2004