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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
B+
Their humor is not heady and sometimes forced, but the innocence and ignorance that each character encompasses is endearing. Even the potty humor is kind of cute. Garant's feature directorial debut is also spot-on with a couple of well laid out montages.
Posted Mar 2, 2007
2
D+
Wild Hogs (2007)
For the most part, although they're going through the right motions, the actors almost might as well be performing in bell jars. This is no way to do a movie that gives lip service to friendship above all, and it's no way for an audience to spend a night.
Posted Mar 2, 2007
3
A-
Zodiac (2007)
Jake Gyllenhaal is superb as Graysmith, beginning as a young newbie at the Chronicle and watching how the case destroys the life of once-hotshot crime reporter Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr.). Downey too, gives a stellar performance,the stand-out.
Posted Mar 2, 2007
4
B+
It is great to see something so closely follow the book from which it came. It is also worthy to note that Disney and Walden are raising the bar in children's films with these different movies they are releasing, and I can only hope that they continue in
Posted Feb 16, 2007
5
A-
Breach (2007)
Breach is an uncommonly intelligent, intense thriller, the kind of terse, character-driven entertainment some of us may associate more with low-budget British films than with American studio product.
Posted Feb 16, 2007
6
A-
Ghost Rider (2007)
If you want something grounded in fact, black and white realism, watch a PBS documentary and leave these films to people with an open mind.
Posted Feb 16, 2007
7
8/10
This movie made me remember how much I love Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. Both actors can only be described as charming and instantly likable. They are surprisingly human and their dialogue is brilliantly written.
Posted Feb 15, 2007
8
7.5/10
One is left to ponder if this was an earlier draft of the novel that Harris turned into a screenplay and then by the time the novel saw print he had filled in the gaps and made the connections to his other works. Whatever the case, this film was gorgeousl
Posted Feb 9, 2007
9
8/10
This is a great jump-scare kind of movie. The music, lighting, and subtle use of ghosts is very effective. In fact, I like movies like this better where I don't ever really get a completely clear view of what is doing the scaring, its far more frightening
Posted Feb 2, 2007
10
7/10
Neeson has tremendous power, Brosnan is affectingly tormented and about as far from Bond as he can be under a hermit's beard and an American accent and there is great casting throughout.
Posted Jan 26, 2007
11
7/10
Our plucky, likable heroine/narrator Gray (Jennifer Garner) tries to get over the death of her fiancé, days before their wedding date, by moving in with his erstwhile roommates, organized, diligent Dennis (Sam Jaeger) and free-wheeling, emotive Sam (Kevin
Posted Jan 26, 2007
12
8/10
Smokin' Aces (2007)
There's a mob of "name" actors here, all doing fine work, though some around a lot longer than others. Piven excels as the people-and-substance-abusing Buddy, conveying both the showman's flourish that's put him on top and the self-loathing that's liable
Posted Jan 26, 2007
13
7/10
The Hitcher (2007)
The basic structure of the original script has been kept intact except instead of one person John Ryder (now played by Sean Bean) is taunting, it's now a young couple who are terrorized and framed for the Hitcher's cross-country murder spree.
Posted Jan 24, 2007
14
9/10
The special effects in the film ranging from tons of on set practical make-up to CGI dinosaur skeletons is fantastic. This is a truly magical movie where history comes alive, and everything works so flawlessly that you never question the reality of it hap
Posted Dec 22, 2006
15
8/10
What Damon gives us, very convincingly, is a man whose moral compass has already been severely blunted in self-protection he's able to persuade himself (mostly) that any number of terrible things are necessary for the greater good.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
16
9.5/10
Dreamgirls (2006)
Jennifer Hudson in her first film debut is flawless as Effie. She evokes all of the right emotions and handles the most important role of the film with the grace of a seasoned pro. Her stirring rendition of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going"
Posted Dec 21, 2006
17
7.5/10
If you are a Guest fan, than it is definitely required viewing. Watching these actors perform is always a treat with O'Hara proving she's one of the best (and most underrated) actresses working today.
Posted Dec 20, 2006
18
9/10
Kids will love this movie, and adults will love it (if only to revisit childhood memories). This is really something for the whole family to enjoy together and its one of the only really family friendly films that will be in theatres this holiday season.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
19
8/10
Eragon (2006)
Eragon based on the book by the same name, is a decent enough fantasy movie, but it seems to borrow much of the elements of plot, story and characters from other rather familiar films and books.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
20
8/10
All of this makes for a movie that's sort of fun, but so intent on showing off its period flourishes that it lacks soul.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
21
7/10
Most of Lynch's films I tend to think I can figure out at least a partial meaning of what he is aiming at in his storytelling, but this film I had not a clue.Dern and the cast turn in great performances; I'm just not really sure what the hell the story i
Posted Dec 15, 2006
22
8/10
At its best, Blood Diamond gives a sense of the sheer nightmare chaos of civil war, with no safety in any direction and irrational, furious death liable to hurtle through the air at any moment.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
23
8/10
The Holiday (2006)
Brace yourselves. Writer/director has made a romantic comedy in which the plot complications do not depend on one or both halves of the couple in question behaving like a ditz or a jerk, nor even seriously misunderstanding each other.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
24
7/10
Apocalypto (2006)
Apocalypto wasn't a bad movie, it wasn't a phenomenal movie, it just was. This is the film by director Mel Gibson that is a fictional account of the fall of the Mayan Empire to the Spanish. Now, having said that, the Spanish only show up in the las
Posted Dec 8, 2006
25
6.5/10
Déjà Vu (2006)
What feels like a great deal of the movie finds Carlin et al clustered around what amounts to a giant video screen (yes, it's a device for seeing into the past, but it looks like a huge TV monitor). While this isn't quite as bad as all those computer thri
Posted Nov 22, 2006
26
7/10
The Fountain (2006)
Once the premise is laid out for us, we can follow the connection between past and present easily enough the trouble is that the dual timeframes never have the intended emotional resonance, much less any philosophical profundity about immortality vs. acce
Posted Nov 22, 2006
27
8/10
Before people (usually boys, though some girls go through this too in exactly the same form, while others have alternate subjects of fixation) realize that perhaps there ought to be more to a metal song or any song, for that matter
Posted Nov 22, 2006
28
7.5/10
What's very impressive is that Bennett and company manage to make something that sounds so abstract seem so concrete, dramatic and often very funny. Seeing the boys leap into old movie scenes to illustrate a point or just a mood has a lifelike energy to i
Posted Nov 21, 2006
29
9/10
Happy Feet (2006)
This is one of the most gorgeously animated movies I have ever seen. The penguins are awesome and look so real, even when they are singing and dancing. Lovelace is perhaps the most impressive with his head of yellow plumage that moves so realistically you
Posted Nov 17, 2006
30
8/10
Despite what has been said in the past about Daniel Craig, he is really a terrific James Bond. He has the look, the smoothness and the killer edge that make James Bond, well, James Bond. He's not nearly as joking or one-liner inclined as say Roger Moore o
Posted Nov 17, 2006
31
10/10
This movie has one convention that the audience has to accept; Harold Crick is both a real person and fiction character in a novel. Once you've accepted that the movie works perfectly. This is a brilliantly written commentary on society from relative newc
Posted Nov 10, 2006
32
7.5/10
Flushed Away (2006)
There are some genuinely amusing bits %u2013 the slugs that keep bursting into song in blasts of pop/rock classics are continually enjoyable. Fans of the X-Men franchise will probably get a chuckle out of seeing characters played by Jackman and Mc
Posted Nov 3, 2006
33
8.5/10
This is the sort of live-action films that Disney used to make. The movie is family friendly, warm-hearted, and just plain fun to watch. I personally love Tim Allen, and he is so perfect in the role of Santa Claus that I have a hard time seeing anyone els
Posted Nov 3, 2006
34
8/10
Saw III (2006)
The traps in this film are completely different than the first two. The writers are getting more sadistic and creative in their methods of killing people. Look for dead processed rotting pigs, and an ice trap in this film. If you go to the Saw movi
Posted Oct 30, 2006
35
9.5/10
Now down to the 3D elements review. This film looked amazing in 3D to begin with so don't expect HUGE leaps forward in the way the movie is presented. There are some very obvious 3D sequences, like Jack tumbling through the Christmastown door, and the wit
Posted Oct 23, 2006
36
8.5/10
The Grudge 2 (2006)
Takashi Shimizu creates another nice blend of Asian horror cinema, and American movie style and sensibility. He seems to know exactly what to change from the Japanese originals to make the movie palatable for an American audience. There are some repeat sc
Posted Oct 16, 2006
37
7.5/10
For those unfamiliar with Anthony Horowitz's phenomenally popular (as in New York Times' bestseller list) series of young adult spy books, Alex Rider (played in the film by Alex Pettyfer) is or thinks he is an ordinary 14-year-old English sc
Posted Oct 13, 2006
38
7.5/10
Before getting into what Man of the Year is actually about though this is a related subject it should be noted that the film allows Robin Williams a return to comedic form. Williams, who has shaped up as a very potent actor in drama...
Posted Oct 13, 2006
39
9.5/10
The Queen (2006)
Helen Mirren leads a fantastic cast in the new Miramax movie The Queen. Mirren no stranger to playing royals, since she was in Elizabeth I for HBO earlier this year is absolutely a bead-ringer for Queen Elizabeth II. This film which has only
Posted Oct 12, 2006
40
7.5/10
For all those Nightmare fans, like myself, that went out and got the Nightmare Collection DVD boxed set a few years back that included the Nightmare encyclopedia, the 3D glasses, etc this new DVD probably pisses you off. Nothin
Posted Oct 10, 2006
41
9.5/10
42
9.5/10
The Departed (2006)
Generalizations about filmmakers tend not to stick, but here's one that's proven true when director Martin Scorsese tackles subject matter involving organized crime, the results worth watching, to say the least.
Posted Oct 6, 2006
43
7/10
Quite a few people I've talked to have asked why there had to be a Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, much less a prequel to the remake. I don't really have an answer to that question. The remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre released in 2003 did
Posted Oct 6, 2006
44
8.5/10
45
8/10
Body Double (1984)
Channeling a Hitchcockian combo of Vertigo and Rear Window , Body Double was back in a time when Melanie Griffith was still hot and it was OK to believe that pornography had some sort of an evil connection to snuff films.
Posted Oct 3, 2006
46
8/10
47
7.5/10
48
7.5/10
Rest Stop (2006)
Rest Stop is the first attempt to bring high quality films direct-to-DVD, bypassing all the bull*hit that goes along with bringing a film to theater. Instead, it is a horror thriller about a young woman who is pulled into a deadly game of cat-and-m
Posted Oct 3, 2006
49
8.5/10
The Guardian (2006)
The Gaurdian is a really good example of its genre, even though it's possible,well easy, to see most of the story developments coming a good way off, like a killer storm on the horizon.
Posted Sep 29, 2006
50
6.5/10
Open Season (2006)
Charming in places, but slow story telling bogs this "hip" animated feature down.
Posted Sep 29, 2006