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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) James Rocchi The Chipmunks, in the first film, were the mathematical creations of a computer; watching The Squeakquel, the fun of the first film fades away as you realize that this time around, you could just as easily say that about the script. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2009
2/5 It's Complicated (2009) James Rocchi It's Complicated is a nice two hours of fantasy -- think of it as Avatar for Eileen Fisher customers -- but it's as predictable as it is pretty, and as totally disposable as it is temporarily distracting. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2009
1/5 Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) James Rocchi The romantic-comedy equivalent of a genetically-tweaked slab of meat, an over-engineered counterfeit whose marketing tells us a lie every instinct we have disputes. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2009
4.5/5 The Messenger (2009) James Rocchi Yes, you're going to have to look for The Messenger. But the fact it's one of the best American films of 2009 makes that search worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2009
1.5/5 Old Dogs (2009) James Rocchi A slack, sagging 88 minutes still feels rushed, with what must have been scenes trimmed down to micro-blip montages, and a final scene playing out over the credits; it feels like even the people making Old Dogs wanted to be done with it. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2009
2.5/5 Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) James Rocchi The good news about A Christmas Carol, then, is that Dickens' story -- the pure power of it, the grace and gentleness, the sensibility and sentiment of it -- cannot be drowned or destroyed no matter how many technicians and dollars are thrown at it. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2009
2/5 The Fourth Kind (2009) James Rocchi There's an intriguing idea here... but The Fourth Kind is so clumsy and clunky and stiff it's like watching someone attempt an intricate card trick while wearing oven mitts. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2009
2/5 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) James Rocchi But there's a thin sheen of flop sweat on The Vampires Assistant, as if it's thinking its hoped-for sequels... it's like being on a first date and having the other party reach across the table ... and ask you if you want chicken or fish for the guests at EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2009
2.5/5 The Stepfather (2009) James Rocchi A little more guts - not necessarily more gory -- could have turned The Stepfather into a real re-imagining, not just a re-heating; what we get is just another trip down memory lane that runs out of gas. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2009
2.5/5 Law Abiding Citizen (2009) James Rocchi Law Abiding Citizen goes well beyond the realm of, to use a piece of legal terminology, reasonable doubt and hits the hammer until it arrives at the neighborhood of sheer ridiculousness with its tires smoking. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2009
4.5/5 Up in the Air (2009) James Rocchi I don't know if Up in the Air is a film for the ages, but at the nervy start of the new century, it certainly feels like the perfect film for our age. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2009
3.5/5 The Invention of Lying (2009) James Rocchi While (The Invention of Lying) isn't perfect, it is certainly bold and bizarre enough to make it worth seeing as a swift, smart standout in a movie marketplace where so many comedies are gutless, brainless husks. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2009
3.5/5 Whip It (2009) James Rocchi As completely conventional as it is entirely winning .. and it's kind of kick-ass, too. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2009
4/5 Zombieland (2009) James Rocchi Zombieland could have been a very slack unscary horror film or a very gory unfunny comedy, but instead it snaps, bites and snarls its way across the screen with perverse pleasures and real brains under its bloody smile. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2009
2/5 Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) James Rocchi "Harassing security guards, cheap stunts, unfunny comedy moments ... all a bit too familiar, and all a bit too distracting -- and that's a pity, because when Capitalism: A Love Story is on, it's on fire." EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2009
3/5 Jennifer's Body (2009) James Rocchi " ... a brisk, bloody mix of gory horror and high school comedy, Mean Girls of Darkness or Army of Heathers, to put it in pitch-speak." EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2009
2/5 Gamer (2009) James Rocchi Gamer scratches at the shameless energy of the Crank films occasionally, but it mostly goes, as if on rails, to the inevitable conclusion. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2009
3/5 The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard. (2009) James Rocchi The Goods is uneven, mis-shapen, lumpy, bumpy and scattershot; it's also funny, or funny in bits, or very funny in very weird bits that almost, kind of, make up for how uneven, mis-shapen, lumpy, bumpy and scattershot it is. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2009
3/5 Julie & Julia (2009) James Rocchi Glossy and graceful, Julie & Julia is less about a full belly than it is about a full life, less about assembling dishes and more assembling one's self EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2009
4/5 (500) Days of Summer (2009) James Rocchi (500) Days of Summer knocks several romantic movie clichés on their ear, but never loses sight of heart or hope, and it never fails to make the ups and downs between Tom and Summer matter. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2009
2/5 I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009) James Rocchi Flip-flopping between flailing farce and dull drama is just one of the reasons that I Love You, Beth Cooper's graduation day comedy flunks. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2009
4/5 Public Enemies (2009) James Rocchi Public Enemies isn't quite a summer blockbuster -- but it's got more brains and guts than almost anything else playing out there, and stands as a fascinating movie to think about over the 4th of July. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2009
4/5 My Sister's Keeper (2009) James Rocchi My Sister's Keeper doesn't pull any punches, and it doesn't tell any lies, and it earns every feeling and thought and memory it brings to the audience. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2009
2/5 The Proposal (2009) James Rocchi The Proposal's a fairly good-natured but weak proposition -- it's a movie you might enjoy on an evening's date, but it's not one you'll want to spend the rest of your life with. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2009
3/5 The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) James Rocchi The old-school The Taking of Pelham One Two Three takes you by the throat; this new one, well-made as it is, just takes you for granted. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2009
4/5 Away We Go (2009) James Rocchi John Lennon famously said "Life is what happens when you're making other plans." Away We Go works as smartly and touchingly as it does in its finest, funniest moments when it reminds us that sometimes, making other plans is how your life happens. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2009
4/5 The Hangover (2009) James Rocchi Exactly the shot of drinking-age-and-up comedy the summer needs before the soda-pop PG-13 sticky-sweetness of summer blockbuster season hits. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2009
4.5/5 Up (2009) James Rocchi Up may be the first Pixar film about actual people, and for all of its computer-generated visions and 3D inventions it's always about human emotion and human experience. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2009
3/5 Rudo y Cursi (2008) James Rocchi "If Rudo y Cursi weren't subtitled, it might seem a little too familiar, for all of its cultural differences and South-of-the-border flavor ... But the journey's the point here, not the goal. ..." EDIT
Posted May 7, 2009
2.5/5 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) James Rocchi There are a few laughs in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, to be sure; you can even hear them over the sound of Charles Dickens spinning in his grave. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2009
2/5 Fighting (2009) James Rocchi the weirdest thing about Fighting is how it seems to be fighting itself, as if there were a much longer movie left on the cutting room floor EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2009
2.5/5 17 Again (2009) James Rocchi Not only avoids shooting itself in the foot, but occasionally makes the dodging look like dancing -- and Thomas Lennon steals the film. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2009
2/5 Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) James Rocchi Hannah Montana: The Movie, like an Elvis film, is an all-American corporate product designed to please people fast and make money, an occasional treat like a soda pop or a cheeseburger ... and just as bad for kids if that's all they ever consume. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) James Rocchi Monsters vs. Aliens has amazing 3D, solid gags, wacky concepts and great animation; I just wish that at some point along the way someone had been as passionate about the story as they were about the spectacle. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2009
4/5 Sunshine Cleaning (2008) James Rocchi A lot of Sunshine Cleaning is about the kindness of strangers -- relying on others to get by, gaining strength by being the person someone else leans on -- but it also knows just how strange kindness can be. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2009
3/5 Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience (2009) James Rocchi Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience is no Last Waltz, but it's going to be some kid's first step towards pop music, and it's so well made and exuberant that you'd be a fool to begrudge it. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2009
2/5 Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) James Rocchi At the Confessions of a Shopaholic advance screening I attended, there was a fashion show before the movie sponsored by a local boutique; to me, it was like watching someone do exhibition drinking games before a screening of Leaving Las Vegas. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
4/5 Coraline (2009) James Rocchi One of the best, biggest mind-blowing experiences you're likely to have in the theater this year -- and normally I hate dead superlatives like 'mind-blowing,' but it's the only sincere phrase I can think of here. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2009
2.5/5 Bride Wars (2009) James Rocchi As Hathaway and Hudson plan their perfect days and plot to destroy each other, like a gown-clad version of one of those old Mad magazine Spy vs. Spy comics, Bride Wars pauses to ask the very important question of what happens when you focus on your weddin EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2009
3/5 Valkyrie (2008) James Rocchi Valkyrie's brawny and big and bold, but it's also stronger, slicker and smarter than you'd think. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2008
2/5 Bedtime Stories (2008) James Rocchi Bedtime Stories tries to be charming and whimsical, but while charm and whimsy, like love, can be helped by great sums of money, charm and whimsy, like love, cannot be created by great sums of money. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2008
2/5 The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) James Rocchi The Day The Earth Stood Still's original version aspired to blow our collective minds and inspire our hearts; this new remake settles for making our eyes pop out, with a slight hope our jaws will go slack from the spectacle. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
4/5 Cadillac Records (2008) James Rocchi With great performances, a grown-up script and amazing music, Cadillac Records may not change your life, but there's an excellent chance it'll change your record collection, and for the better. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2008
2/5 Four Christmases (2008) James Rocchi Vaughn may, in fact, be the best possible representative of our over-caffeinated age -- rambling, reckless, selfish and yet still somehow awesome -- and he's what makes Four Christmases as barely watchable as it is. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2008
4/5 Bolt (2008) James Rocchi Your pre-tweens and tweens will love Bolt, though; the good news is that there's an excellent chance you'll like it, too. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2008
5/5 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) James Rocchi Slumdog Millionaire ... (gives) audiences a brilliant, bold, epic sweep that combines heart-breaking romance with nerve-wracking suspense. It's easily one of the best films of 2008. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2008
3/5 High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) James Rocchi The singing, dancing, live-your-dreams plot of High School Musical 3 may be even more retro than the '80s dance moves Ortega rips off, but then again, it's not retro if you weren't around for it the first time. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2008
3/5 The Secret Life of Bees (2008) James Rocchi If you want to take your teen daughters to a movie and then talk -- really talk -- about it afterward, about race, the past, pain, sorrow, redemption and hope, The Secret Life of Bees has a lot more to offer than you might think. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2/5 Eagle Eye (2008) James Rocchi Eagle Eye isn't horrible, but it does make sure the audience is bruised, buffeted and battered with rock-'em, sock-'em action in a deliberate attempt to shake logical questions about the plot out of their heads. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2008
4/5 Ghost Town (2008) James Rocchi Ghost Town has plenty of the kind of supernatural hijinks that you'd expect from a plot about the haunting, needy dead, but it also has something to say about how to live. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2008