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Monsters and Critics

Monsters and Critics is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Fred Topel, Ron Wilkinson
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
7/10
A great sampler of Roma (Gypsy) music with outstanding road footage would be enough, but the insight into the Roma heart is priceless.
Posted Jun 17, 2007
2
8/10
A gripping look at hard times in pre WWII Paris and a passionate lead performance make this film a must-see for Piaf aficionados around the world.
Posted Jun 9, 2007
3
5/10
4
8/10
Fay Grim (2007)
Hal Hartley brings back Parker Posey as the spy who knows too little in this quick-witted follow-up to his 1998 "Henry Fool."
Posted May 17, 2007
5
7/10
Snow Cake (2006)
Sigourney Weaver scores big with her first role in recent history that shows her at her best. Alan Rickman provides the perfect counterpart as the loneliest man in Central Canada.
Posted May 16, 2007
6
8/10
Red Road (2007)
Jackie (Kate Dickie) works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never
Posted May 15, 2007
7
7/10
For something completely different, controversial subject matter (New York bombing) combines with seamless set/surroundings to project a set of abstract images and a marginally successful experimental adventure.
Posted May 15, 2007
8
8/10
An expressionist journey with the best, most shadowy sets, the most outrageous inventions and the most horrific childhood memories ever seen in a lighthouse or an orphanage, let alone both.
Posted May 12, 2007
9
8/10
The engaging story of the obsession that is Broadway musical theatre with the world-class melodies and melodrama that go with it. A vibrant microcosm of human hopes and dreams.
Posted May 12, 2007
10
5/10
Civic Duty (2006)
"Rear Window" updated to post 9-11 corporate downsizing has too many mixed messages to convey the simple fear of a classic thriller.
Posted May 6, 2007
11
8/10
Eighteen short stories in 120 minutes is almost too much to take but this film seems to bind them all together, somehow, with love.
Posted May 3, 2007
12
7/10
The Valet (2007)
Daniel Auteuil gets funny with an enjoyable 85 minute sit-com of how not to balance an irate and powerful wife with a smart and paparazzi-popular mistress.
Posted Apr 19, 2007
13
6/10
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Serpico meets the zombies at high noon as Pegg and Frost take a stab at the mock buddy cop movie with some funny lines but overall mixed results.
Posted Apr 18, 2007
14
8/10
Coeurs (2007)
An eminently peaceful portrait of love and loss inviting the audience into the emotional inner workings of a snowy and somber Paris.
Posted Apr 15, 2007
15
8/10
The Hoax (2007)
Fast paced, intriguing and fun from beginning to end with a super cast and nary a lack-luster performance---the years best scam flick so far.
Posted Apr 6, 2007
16
7/10
G.I. Jesús (2007)
An ambitious set of scrappy performances combined with a screenplay that threatens to fragment from shear edginess. Succeeds only due to the pure sincerity of the cast.
Posted Apr 4, 2007
17
6/10
[The film] shows respect for open communications and differing life styles and lets the audience in on diverse feelings and ways of acting them out.
Posted Apr 2, 2007
18
7/10
Black Book (2007)
Although there is little new in this finely crafted WWII pot-boiler, it remains a thoroughly enjoyable wartime thriller during its entire 145 minutes of good-guy/bad-guy subterfuge.
Posted Apr 2, 2007
19
6/10
Dark secrets eat away from within, but after 120 minutes of self-loathing this soapy tale fails to engage with either genuine mystery or genuine reconciliation.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
20
9/10
A film with a depth of feeling seldom scene in commercial cinema, Charles Burnett's student project of life in LA's Watts neighborhood is a textbook of neo-realism and of the artistic use of the film media stripped to its basics.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
21
5/10
Premonition (2007)
Sandra Bullock morphs from the shopping mall rom-com queen to the sixth sense psycho but can't pull it off in this solo performance of woman's intuition gone bad.
Posted Mar 15, 2007
22
8/10
A plain-spoken film of true grit that tells the dishonorable heartbreak of war like it is. A gem of filmic honesty in an entertainment world obsessed with heroic actions and simple solutions.
Posted Mar 15, 2007
23
5/10
The music industry kicks itself in the butt and vows to go straight as the founding fathers and mothers of rock decry the greed and falsehood that has suddenly crept into pop music.
Posted Mar 11, 2007
24
7/10
A venture into the world of lust and love scripted with the beauty and discipline of Greek tragedy. As enthralling as it is disturbing. A must see for those who can tolerate the explicit sex.
Posted Mar 11, 2007
25
7/10
300 (2007)
If it's comic books you want, you'll love this look at Spartans versus Persians. Even better in IMAX, but don't expect much story to go along with the sound and fury.
Posted Mar 10, 2007
26
6/10
Gray Matters (2007)
If Heather Graham is on the way to becoming the next Goldie Hawn she has a ways yet to go in this soft-core coming out flick by Sue Kramer.
Posted Feb 21, 2007
27
7/10
The fresh, bright and funny exploration of the bureaucracy of war, when mandatory Israeli military service meets "Laverne and Shirley." A touching and personal slice of life as two 18 year old women redefine the age-old battle of winning hearts and minds
Posted Feb 17, 2007
28
6/10
Visually sumptuous but flat of plot, eccentric characters can't redeem this mildly funny romantic comedy from the hum-drum.
Posted Feb 15, 2007
29
8/10
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.
Posted Feb 15, 2007
30
8/10
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.
Posted Feb 7, 2007
31
6/10
The super-accurate reportage may be lost when combined with the war-flick plot. Fact and fiction have different audiences.
Posted Feb 3, 2007
32
5/10
Alan Arkin tries, but fails, as the gold standard curmudgeon who never had it so good.
Posted Jan 31, 2007
33
6/10
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.
Posted Jan 26, 2007
34
8/10
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.
Posted Jan 17, 2007
35
6/10
A touching but slender piece on the number one news piece in Japan. But what is the rest of the story?
Posted Jan 12, 2007
36
7/10
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.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
37
7/10
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.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
38
8/10
Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett go the extra yard to bring genuinely anguished insight into the reverberation of sexual and personal predation.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
39
8/10
A period piece with an edge, combining lush photography with an engaging script, strong acting and on-screen chemistry between Norton and Watts.
Posted Dec 18, 2006
40
5/10
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.
Posted Dec 17, 2006
41
7/10
Family Law (2006)
An engaging and humorous look at the father and son in all men. Very much worth the watching.
Posted Dec 6, 2006
42
5/10
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
Posted Dec 6, 2006
43
8/10
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.
Posted Nov 28, 2006
44
5/10
'The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes' is a semi-animated, human-acted fantasy that plays sweetly but takes too long to say too little.
Posted Nov 25, 2006
45
7/10
Bobby (2006)
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
Posted Nov 25, 2006
46
7/10
Happy Feet (2006)
Massive motion capture in a super-computerized animated romp in Antarctica with the feel-good theme of being yourself.
Posted Nov 14, 2006
47
7/10
Candy (2006)
After 'Brokeback Mountain' Heath Ledger goes on to a second self-sacrificial role in the reigning standard of gritty and graphic junkie destruction derbies.
Posted Nov 11, 2006
48
8/10
A fantastic and imaginative story of the normal and freakish in the fictitious prequel to the singular photography of Diane Arbus.
Posted Nov 6, 2006
49
7/10
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.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
50
8.5/10
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.
Posted Oct 24, 2006