Hannibal Rising (2007)
"Filled with soul-stirring songs likely to get Christian couch potatoes stomping on their feet as if they're in the choir of a Baptist congregation that's caught the spirit in church on Sunday morning. "
WWE - Wrestlemania 23 (2007)
"Though I felt cheated by the Trump-McMahon charade, I'm not too proud to admit that I still found the rest of the DVD amusing enough, even if I had to lower my I.Q. 50 points or so to enjoy all the spectacular stunts with wide-eyed wonder. "
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Epic Movie (2007)
The Good German (2007)
"The tip-off that this is intended to be taken as a tongue-in-cheek homage comes as the closing credits roll, when a familiar tableau might cause you to confuse this flick with Casablanca. Except instead of Paris, it's 'We'll all always have Potsdam.' "
Roots - V. 1 (1991)
"Though appearing a bit melodramatic in spots by today's standards, this adaptation of Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize-winning best seller holds up enough to remain heartily recommended as a valuable history lesson. "
"Any potential this film might have had is ruined by the dialogue which appears to be improvised, and is unnecessarily laced with the n-word, the f-word, the b-word and other profanities for the duration. "
Georgia Rule (2007)
"What makes it all worthwhile are the priceless moments that Mo'Nique devotes to showing off her sensitive side, as when lifting the spirits, one-on-one offstage, of a woman doing 145 years for murder. "
The Dead Girl (2006)
"A rather remarkable innovation in the female empowerment genre, for its heroines aren't the helpless weaklings we're used to seeing in a typical slasher flick, but rather intelligent, emotive individuals inclined to rely on all their faculties. "
In Debt We Trust (2009)
Night at the Museum (2006)
The History Boys (2006)
"Ala Robin Williams' charismatic 'Carpe Diem!' character in Dead Poets Society, Richard Griffiths shines as another idealistic iconoclast though in service of a homoerotic adventure. Less 'Seize the day!' than 'Seize the gay!' "
The Queen (2006)
"Helen Mirren earned a well-deserved Academy Award for her endearing, warts-and-all portrayal of QE II, a command performance with no falses note in a production which admirably resists the temptation to tease such a readily-lampoonable public figure. "
Code Name: The Cleaner (2007)
What She Knew (2006)
Code Name: The Cleaner (2007)
Adios Momo ()
Spider-Man 2.1 (2007)
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
"Recommended for the opportunity to witness Whitaker at his very best, despite the fact the gifted actor was restricted by a screenplay which failed to imbue his character with a complex range of emotions or motivations. "
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
Freedom Writers (2007)
Dreaming Lhasa (2007)
"This surprisingly-engaging, semi-autobiographical docudrama must have served as sojourn of self-discovery for the moviemaker, though it now offers his audience a refreshingly realistic peek into the plight of a displaced people. "
Red Road (2007)
"What makes this multi-layered masterpiece memorable is Jackie's convincing transformation from damaged goods into a wanton temptress conflicted about whether or not to use her body to gain the confidence of this recently-paroled ex-con. Revenge as the swe "
Cruel World (2006)
"This cross of reality-TV with slasher thriller is a clever and compelling enough adventure to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat right up to the shocking conclusion. And finally, a horror flick where the black guy doesn't die first! "
Black Book (2007)
Princesas (Princesses) (2005)
The Hoax (2007)
Rocky Balboa (2006)
"Though technically the sixth in the series, this sure seems an awful lot like a remake of the first film in the storied franchise, as it somehow manages to tug at the heartstrings in a way likely to leave you wiping away tears afresh. "
Death of a President (2006)
"This ethically-debatable masterpiece is an intelligent political potboiler which makes some very powerful statements about the Patriot Act, the erosion of our Constitutional rights, and the abuse of power. "
Killer of Sheep (2007)
The Nativity Story (2006)
"This visually-vivid, if emotionally-flat version of the prophetic Biblical tale chronicles the unconsummated marriage of Mary and Joseph and the host of woes visited upon the couple on the way to the miraculous virgin birth. "
Let's Go to Prison (2006)
"Though sloppily edited like a bad B-movie, this poor man's version of Trading Places will undoubtedly resonate for anyone with a taste for gruesome gallows humor, and a desire to see a spoiled, rich kid get a taste of how the other half lives. "
"Though not exactly a feelgood flick, Candy is a quite compelling cautionary tale which presents a plausible, if arresting, picture of what life might be like for a couple of co-dependent drug addicts with monkeys on their backs. "
Sacco and Vanzetti (2007)
"This damning documentary is likely to strike an emotional chord with those naive enough not to know that the criminal justice system has always been stacked in favor of the rich, the white, and the well-connected. "
Boy Culture (2007)
"A refreshingly realistic, homoerotic adventure featuring recognizable gay characters actually acting gay, not behaving in some sanitized fashion intended to appeal to straight audiences. The gay version of Jungle Fever! "
"Winner of the Best Film at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, this powerful political saga is not merely a cinematic masterpiece from start to finish but a righteous rallying cry for disenfranchised masses anywhere with nothing left to lose but their chains. "
Blood Diamond (2006)