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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
B
Hatchet (2006)
Hatchet is a return to good old slasher school 101 values: boobs, blood, and a creepy killer with an insatiable blood lust. This is the first theatrical venture from Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Posted Sep 7, 2007
2
D+
Yes, it's racist and homophobic, but those are actually secondary concerns. Mainly, it's just not funny. There's no reason to pick on Balls of Fury unduly, but unless you are a diehard fan of any of the parties involved, there's no reason to see it
Posted Aug 31, 2007
3
B
Halloween (2007)
I really liked the fact that we got more insight into Michael as a person. There are moments with him and Laurie that make you feel sorry for him, but I'm not sure I should be sympathizing with a guy who just butchered a bunch of teenagers.
Posted Aug 31, 2007
4
B
September Dawn has emotional weight, but rather than having an air of conviction, it makes one want to reach for the history books, which may not be a bad thing at that.
Posted Aug 24, 2007
5
B+
By not hammering at the points that surface organically here, Gorak gets us to ask ourselves a lot of questions, for which there may not be any clear answers, even as we are engrossed with what's happening to the characters. The combination of these facto
Posted Aug 24, 2007
6
A-
Part of the fun here is when we can guess what's coming, part of the fun is when we're blindsided, and all of the fun is in seeing how Oz, Craig and the perfectly chosen cast sail through it as though it's the most real ongoing situation ever.
Posted Aug 17, 2007
7
B+
The Invasion (2007)
This is pretty much a straight up suspense film that is really well acted and executed. Nicole Kidman is brilliant as usual and handles the far-out subject matter of an alien invasion with the same class and grace that she showed in The Others.
Posted Aug 17, 2007
8
B+
Stardust (2007)
There are times when Stardust feels a little confined, either due to Vaughn's liking of close shots or due to budget constraints. However, it is mostly a very pleasing fantasy, with conviction in its storytelling and a sense of magic in its heart.
Posted Aug 9, 2007
9
C-
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
The trouble is, without at least character consistency, the set pieces are usually only good for a chuckle, if that, and when Ratner and Nathanson try for some John Woo-style dramatics, the results are flat.
Posted Aug 9, 2007
10
C-
Descent (2007)
On the one hand,trying something new and the statement they want to make is laudable. However, the distanced style, hard grainy lighting and extremely lengthy rape sequences make Descent not only often unpalatable but also mostly just plain dull.
Posted Aug 9, 2007
11
A-
Thanks to director Greengrass, editor Christopher Rouse and the very astute and adept actors and stunt performers, the hand-to-hand combat is almost shocking in its brutality. Even though blood is kept to a minimum, the sheer sense of violence, physical e
Posted Aug 3, 2007
12
9/10
This isn't just a can of spinach here. This is finally the real deal, the original Max Fleischer POPEYE THE SAILOR cartoon digitally remastered from the original source material and luckily it isn't the craptacular colorized versions from Turner Classics.
Posted Jul 26, 2007
13
B+
Hairspray (2007)
I was completely charmed as Travolta shuffled across the screen and it was exceedingly easy to forget that he was really a man in a suit. He played the entire thing straight (no pun intended) and had no moments winking at the audience.
Posted Jul 20, 2007
14
B-
Sunshine (2007)
The adrenaline surge is unquestionable, but it connects to the earlier part of the film at an odd angle, taking both the story and the tone in a somewhat new direction.
Posted Jul 20, 2007
15
B-
Cashback (2007)
This reviewer wouldn't dream of speaking for all women (or all of anybody else), but I and many of the other women I know do not equate being seen and approved of naked as having one's soul unveiled.
Posted Jul 20, 2007
16
8/10
Voyagers (1982)
What a pleasant surprise to see this classic live action series on DVD and much to the joy of fans everywhere who have no doubt being waiting for it for years since the 1980s.
Posted Jul 17, 2007
17
A-
If you're going to see Harry Potter, see it in IMAX, the 3D ending is spectacular and worth every second spent leading up to it. Let's put it this way, you haven't seen a magical battle until you've seen it in 3D on IMAX. I'm becoming rather fond
Posted Jul 11, 2007
18
B+
Transformers (2007)
What stands out most about Transformers is that it is pure, transporting fun. It becomes one of the movie's ongoing thrills to be surprised as racing cars and trucks, with one or two breaking away to suddenly turn into a giant robot.
Posted Jul 1, 2007
19
B
Sicko (2007)
Moore makes his point in a number of ways. He starts out by showing us some Americans who have no health insurance and the horrific ways they've had to prioritize treatment, like the poor man who severed two fingertips at work and had to decide which one
Posted Jun 29, 2007
20
A-
Ratatouille (2007)
Let's face facts. Pixar doesn't make a bad product. Almost every single one of their movies has taken home some form of Academy Award gold. The characters are utterly charming and the spirit guide of Gusteau the gourmet chef was one of my favorites.
Posted Jun 29, 2007
21
B+
Black Sheep (2006)
One of the most brilliant devices in this movie is how they make sheep look menacing. Never before has a wall-eyed stock still sheep been so funny and so heart pounding.
Posted Jun 22, 2007
22
C+
1408 (2007)
The pacing is slow, the story too drawn out, and the tension drops to the point where the time spent in 1408 is only frightening in terms of how much longer you have to sit and watch the movie, not whether Cusack's character will make it out alive.
Posted Jun 22, 2007
23
A-
Morgan Freeman is pretty much one of my favorite representations of God out there on the big screen.This movie was surprisingly uplifting and I really enjoyed the God is love message of it.
Posted Jun 22, 2007
24
B+
Jolie, looking unlike herself in dark contacts and frizzy black hair, with a reasonable French accent, gives a strong, smart performance, never overplaying and always conveying the sense of an alert, inquisitive mind.
Posted Jun 22, 2007
25
B
A sly look at love and family relationships from New Zealand. It starts out by sending out danger signs that we're about to be trapped with people we don't like and then wears down our defenses by being consistently funny and eventually strangely winning.
Posted Jun 15, 2007
26
B
Fido (2007)
Fido is clearly a send-up, but it's a little hard to figure out what its intended targets are. Certainly Currie and Co. have a strong handle on the look of '50s films
Posted Jun 15, 2007
27
B-
I know the first film was deeply flawed and this one still has some of the same problems. The overreaching story and plot for the film are good, but the movie is about an hour and half long, and it definitely feels that short.
Posted Jun 15, 2007
28
B
Memory (2006)
It doesn't remotely reinvent the wheel, but it's got its own identity, the filmmakers actually care about their storytelling and it is ultimately both sincerely creepy and reasonably enjoyable.
Posted Jun 13, 2007
29
B
The scheme is impressive-looking with some really big elements, including a manmade earthquake. Director Soderbergh and his design team make it all look great.
Posted Jun 8, 2007
30
B
Surf's Up (2007)
Directors Brannon & Buck have a lot of fun with applying animation to the documentary format, creating lots of "accidental" moments in shots and having the characters amusingly play to the unseen-but-heard interview crew.
Posted Jun 8, 2007
31
B
Roth has an actual plot in motion, it's not all just a framework for horrific torture, although there's quite a bit of that, too. The film is gruesome and sadistic, but not misogynistic, male characters go through every bit as much pain.
Posted Jun 8, 2007
32
B+
Day Watch (2007)
This film is as interesting to watch as the original, and picks up pretty much where we left off in the first movie. It does follow the novel to the letter in places.The subtitles in this, do the same cool effects that they did in the first movie.
Posted Jun 1, 2007
33
B+
Mr. Brooks (2007)
The script by Bruce A. Evans, who also directed, and writing partner Raynold Gideon is unusually complex and dense with narrative and character nuances, with such surprises around every corner that we can't wait to see where the next clue is going to lead
Posted Jun 1, 2007
34
A-
Severance (2006)
Bloody, hilarious and very smart, Severance plays very much like what would happen if the characters from a realistically grumbling workplace comedy stumbled into a slasher story.
Posted May 25, 2007
35
D
Bug (2006)
The moral of this story is to never put a cocaine addict and a paranoid schizophrenic in the same room or bad s**t will happen. This was not a horror movie. I'm not even sure what I would classify this as other than really irritating.
Posted May 25, 2007
36
A-
This movie has a great balance between all of the story elements and balances the story with the action and effects. At World's End delivers the goods to tie up almost all of the loose ends that were left hanging and still leaves enough room to go.
Posted May 25, 2007
37
B
The characters are all very well-defined by now, adroitly inhabited by the voice actors, with Myers, Everett and the hilariously feline Banderas really going above and beyond the call to add sly little flourishes to their deliveries.
Posted May 18, 2007
38
A-
28 Weeks Later is a worthy successor in every sense, different in tone and specifics, but reaching equivalent levels of tension and fear, with some nifty narrative surprises throughout.
Posted May 14, 2007
39
C
Lucky You (2007)
As for movie fans, if a poker tournament strikes you as a really uncinematic setting for a drama and you can't imagine what the filmmakers can do to make it a little more watchable...well, alas, they don't have too many ideas on that score, either.
Posted May 4, 2007
40
B+
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Viewers are apt to come out of the theatre feeling as though they've watched a full-season marathon of their favorite genre show. It will strike you as either an abundance of riches or a bit of overload, depending on your current level of enthusiasm.
Posted May 4, 2007
41
B
Next (2007)
If you can take the first couple of bounds of suspension of disbelief Next is actually nicely structured. There's actually a lot of fun to be had here. However, there are some very big deductive leaps required.
Posted Apr 27, 2007
42
A+
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-man 3 is the strongest and best assembled film of the series to date. Sam Raimi,who is the ONLY director who should do these films, has delivered the most balanced movie in the comic book trilogy.
Posted Apr 27, 2007
43
A-
Grindhouse (2007)
The overall effect of Grindhouse is that of taking a trip in a time machine and taking a trip, period, to the most unfettered, graphic, wouldn't-it-be-cool-if reaches of two film-worshiping imaginations. It's generally exhilarating.
Posted Apr 6, 2007
44
B+
The Hoax (2007)
The supporting cast is fairly perfect, with Alfred Molina deserving special kudos for his turn as Irving's alternately put-upon and avaricious best pal. Hope Davis will remind you of many mid-level talent handlers
Posted Apr 5, 2007
45
B-
The Reaping (2007)
I honestly went into this moving not knowing that it was a horror movie. I thought that this film was going to be something akin to Left Behind, trying to stop the sinners and bring faith to the faithless. From the word go; however, this was pretty
Posted Apr 5, 2007
46
A
The characters are extremely likeable and more than just a little zany, and this is one flick you'll want to pay close attention to in order to see all the details. Plus, best of this entire movie really gets time travel right! You'll have to see it to un
Posted Mar 30, 2007
47
6.5/10
THE HAMILTONS is another one of the winners about a wicked family and their nasty habit of murdering the societal members around them despite being upstanding citizens by day. DVD special features include commentary with the Butcher Brothers and actor Cor
Posted Mar 21, 2007
48
C+
Dead Silence (2007)
There is some good, original gore here for blood fans, but while the filmmakers understand intellectually that dolls (particularly ventriloquist dummies) can be quite creepy, they don't know how to maximize this onscreen. The carefully desaturated, almost
Posted Mar 19, 2007
49
B+
The Host (2007)
50
A
300 (2007)