Monsters and Critics
Avenue Montaigne (2006)
"Visually sumptuous but flat of plot, eccentric characters can't redeem this mildly funny romantic comedy from the hum-drum."
Days of Glory (2007)
"A clear and urgent essay on the battle for soldier's hearts and minds in the context of foreign wars. A great action war film featuring suburb acting throughout."
The Lives of Others (2006)
"A neatly crafted thriller with first rate acting, directing and writing combined with spy paraphernalia and political intrigue. Fully deserving of its status as Germany's Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee."
The Situation (2006)
"The super-accurate reportage may be lost when combined with the war-flick plot. Fact and fiction have different audiences."
Levantando a pápa (2007)
"Alan Arkin tries, but fails, as the gold standard curmudgeon who never had it so good."
Blood and Chocolate (2007)
"A pack of attractive Romanians do it werewolf style in a mixed bag of teenage romance and watered down scariness. Unfortunately, neither romance or horror enough for enthusiasts of either persuasion."
The Italian (2007)
"An engaging and honest journey through provincial Russia skillfully lensed from the perspective of a six year old. A powerful testimony to the human spirit and a strong statement in favor of the modern family."
"A touching but slender piece on the number one news piece in Japan. But what is the rest of the story?"
The Dead Girl (2006)
"A well crafted five part ensemble drama of the toughest sort. Tight dialog, first rate acting and searing images make their statement on the tragedy of runaway abduction."
Miss Potter (2007)
"A lush and perfectly produced period piece that, if not increasing our pulse rate, at least provides viewing the whole family will enjoy."
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
"Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett go the extra yard to bring genuinely anguished insight into the reverberation of sexual and personal predation."
The Painted Veil (2006)
"A period piece with an edge, combining lush photography with an engaging script, strong acting and on-screen chemistry between Norton and Watts."
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
"Golden mums by the millions spell incest and death as Yimou Zhang tests the American market for saturation with the martial arts. Our cup may be running over."
Family Law (2006)
"An engaging and humorous look at the father and son in all men. Very much worth the watching."
Breaking and Entering (2007)
"The inner city doesn't work for either Minghella or Law in this tedious pot-boiler that even Juliette Binoche can't pull out of the fire"
3 Needles (2006)
"A gripping triptych of the HIV virus taking hold of every shred of human frailty in a tale of a pandemic both sexual and commercial."
" 'The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes' is a semi-animated, human-acted fantasy that plays sweetly but takes too long to say too little."
"A dynamite ensemble cast gives a good try but writer/director Emilio Estevez bites off more than he can script in a too ambitious Robert Altman experiment gone mediocre"
Happy Feet (2006)
"Massive motion capture in a super-computerized animated romp in Antarctica with the feel-good theme of being yourself."
"After 'Brokeback Mountain' Heath Ledger goes on to a second self-sacrificial role in the reigning standard of gritty and graphic junkie destruction derbies."
"A fantastic and imaginative story of the normal and freakish in the fictitious prequel to the singular photography of Diane Arbus."
Cocaine Cowboys (2006)
"A slick look at the cocaine trade of the 70s/80s that made Miami the home of more homicides per capita, and more banks per square mile, than any other city in America."
Catch a Fire (2006)
"The rough trip of South African anti-apartheid hero Patrick Chamusso from apolitical worker to galvanized revolutionary and the brutal Afrikaner regime that tried to contain him."
The Bridge (2006)
"What starts as a clever documentary of Golden Gate Bridge jumpers becomes one the most compelling examinations of suicide ever put to film."
American Experience (2006)
"Documented proof that life in the good old days of the 1960s was not all that good. The dark side of love and flowers."
"Sexual confusion made manifest in a romantic comedy gender-bender first try by newcomer Martin Curland and a host of young faces and bodies."
Man of the Year (2006)
"All the audience can do with this DOA comedy is wait for their next chance to see Robin Williams do another stand-up routine, providing a precious break in an otherwise tedious film."
So Much So Fast (2006)
"An inspiring look at an idea the medical establishment doesn't like grass roots pharmaceutical research."
The Departed (2006)
"Although there will be claims of wasted talent, Scorsese's new blockbuster wanna-be combines sizzling dialog with no-holds-barred action for this year's top-of-the-heap gangster flick"
"A nice mix of real facts, and what could have been real facts, in a sweet look at the man of steel killed not by kryptonite, but by television."
"Lassie déjà vu filmed in the magnificent British Isles with more than enough animal stampedes to enthrall an entire theatre of ten year olds, and their parents."
Red Doors (2005)
"Although deserving a place in the annals of dignified cinema, Georgia Lee's breakthough feature film is a snoozer."
Le Petit Lieutenant (2006)
""Hill Street Blues" set in Paris, Xavier Beauvois updates film noir with a gritty tale of a tough woman in a tough city."
"Photography from inside a shoe box makes for a dull film no matter how close up and personal."
The Quiet (2006)
"Too much quiet makes for a film too easy to sleep through. When we will get to see Camilla Belle act up?"
"Matt Dillon shows his stuff in the ultimate troubled-male role of Bukowski's archetypal slacker."
Half Nelson (2006)
"One friend may be all it takes."
"Marriage noir with another devastating performance by Huppert that plumbs the depths of unhinged despair."
The Descent (2006)
"Technical details and weak characters fail to derail the latest frontrunner in blood soaked underground horror."
13 Tzameti (2005)
"A taught thriller all the better for somber and distraught grayscale photography"
"Trained assassins do the right thing and rehash a very bad cliché at the same time."
The Oh in Ohio (2006)
"The Queen of the Indies ploughs the fertile ground of feminine self-empowerment with good vibrations for all."
You, Me and Dupree (2006)
"In summer multiplex fare, Owen Wilson does better than Cable Guy, but not much."
Deeper Than Y (2006)
"Deeper Than Y is a short and sweet documentary about what we are and what we may become, from them that know."
Heading South (2006)
"Looking for love in all the wrong places cools in the warmth of the Haitian sun."
Strangers with Candy (2005)
"Completely over the top and proud of it."
The GoodTimesKid (2005)
"Minimalist day in the life of the angry young leaves us wondering."
I'm Reed Fish (2007)
"Napoleon Dynamite behind the microphone, Fish puts his life on the silver screen."
Day Break ()
"The condemned die a thousand deaths while awaiting execution in Iran."
Lockdown, USA (2006)
"Mandatory viewing for those fighting for legal reform."