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1
Cruise's relationship with Zellweger's character is fascinating, far deeper and more honest than the usual cookie-cutter romance.
Posted Aug 24, 2016
2
4/4
There's so much to like about this film, which is giddily romantic, funny and clever, chock-full of Shakespearean touches like doomed love, mistaken identity and men dressing as women and women dressing as men.
Posted Feb 22, 2016
3
4
3/4
It's as close to Fleming's books as we've seen since the early days of Sean Connery. And it's darker, for sure, and more brutal than almost all of the movies.
Posted Nov 2, 2015
5
2/4
Adding to the grimness: The title song is from Madonna, a dreary bit of lightweight electro-pop that goes on and on to little effect.
Posted Nov 2, 2015
6
2.5/4
The good news in Tomorrow Never Dies is that Pierce Brosnan fills out James Bond's tux considerably better. In his second go at Bond, he seems tougher and less-lightweight.
Posted Nov 1, 2015
7
3/4
It's impossible to keep the Simpsons down. Even during those draggy parts, you need to stay alert: You never know when the film's 11 credited screenwriters will unleash another zinger.
Posted Aug 2, 2015
8
3/4
Finding Nemo (2003)
It looks great, of course: All the Pixar movies do. But the genius of those other movies lay in their actual stories -- stories as inspired as the animation.
Posted Jul 29, 2015
9
3/4
Daredevil (2003)
Much of the film is a setup for hoped-for sequels, so the plot isn't really the thing. But Daredevil benefits from some strong supporting roles.
Posted Jul 14, 2015
10
2/4
Blade II (2002)
The original Blade movie was a chilling, gory vampire story, energetic and stylish -- all in all, a bloodthirsty success. The second one's chaotic and dumb and almost completely without thrills.
Posted Jul 14, 2015
11
3/4
Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man is the most modest would-be summer blockbuster in a long while, an adaptation of the 40-year-old Marvel comic book that's surprisingly heartfelt, but also a bit pokey and underwhelming.
Posted Jul 7, 2015
12
4/4
There are many big moments in E.T., but also plenty of magical small ones that make it work after all these years.
Posted Jun 29, 2015
13
3.5/4
Shrek (2001)
The story's simple, the quest not that complicated. But the joy of Shrek is in the telling, in the details along the way.
Posted Jun 9, 2015
14
4/4
Children of Men is so boldly told, so thought out, so infused with the joy of filmmaking, that it's absolutely exhilarating. It's one of the best movies of the past year.
Posted Apr 1, 2015
15
The Departed (2006)
It's a convoluted, rich plot that goes back decades, but The Departed is so sure-footed it all makes sense.
Posted Jan 25, 2015
16
3/4
A compelling war-what-is-it-good-for? film, a simple, empathetic story based on a real event.
Posted Dec 14, 2014
17
3.5/4
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is as deep and as much fun as its title: That is, not very, and quite a lot.
Posted Dec 14, 2014
18
3/4
Elf (2003)
Will Ferrell has the ability to turn those wide eyes and that big body into a potent comic weapon, so Elf gets a good number of laughs from his complete, innocent abandonment to his role as a lummox-size elf.
Posted Dec 14, 2014
19
Bad Santa (2003)
It's a movie that ages well. I suspect that Bad Santa, after playing profitably at the box office through the holidays, is fated for a long life as an out-of-nowhere cult hit, perhaps along the lines of Office Space.
Posted Dec 14, 2014
20
3/4
The whole of it isn't much, but the parts are sometimes splendid. Kubrick was messing with our minds, as always.
Posted Dec 13, 2014
21
2.5/4
The action's pretty pedestrian, and you wouldn't be blamed if you wished they'd just get it over with so that we could get back to the glories of Hellboy himself.
Posted Dec 8, 2014
22
3.5/4
The acting is stronger than ever in this fourth installment.
Posted Dec 8, 2014
23
4/4
Satisfyingly, Astin's Sam grows the most here, coming into his heroic own. His big eyes, gazing adoringly and beseechingly at the tormented Frodo, speak volumes about loyalty and bravery.
Posted Dec 8, 2014
24
3.5/4
Have no fear, you legions of Potter fans: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a solid step forward in the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling's much-read novels.
Posted Dec 6, 2014
25
3.5/4
Shrek 2 (2004)
It's a close call as to which one's better.
Posted Dec 6, 2014
26
3.5/4
27
3/4
Much of the movie is exciting. But none of it is as satisfying as what Jackson was able to create in Fellowship, the first film.
Posted Nov 12, 2014
28
3.5/4
Pan's Labyrinth seems as if it has a direct, unfiltered link to the horrors that can haunt a child's mind. It'll likely lurk in yours for weeks to come.
Posted Nov 12, 2014
29
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Frost/Nixon is smart and involving, a thoroughly grown-up and carefully made drama about the real-life, on-air showdown between a lightweight TV personality and a disgraced ex-president.
Posted Oct 28, 2014
30
2.5/4
Saw (2004)
It is all, of course, total nonsense. But for horror fans it's good nonsense, in the way that a creepy urban legend told by flashlight in a tent at 2 a.m. can be fine and dandy nonsense.
Posted Oct 27, 2014
31
The story also comes up with a clever way for Nash to fight his problem: He uses his mind. His illness is a puzzle, after all, and he's good at figuring out puzzles. You'll root for him.
Posted Oct 21, 2014
32
3.5/4
Anderson likes his characters too much to see real cruelty befall them; you likely will too.
Posted Oct 1, 2014
33
3/4
It's an efficient reminder that science-fiction filmmaking doesn't necessarily have to be swamped by special effects, that the best of it comes in tweaking the familiar just enough to turn it fantastical.
Posted Sep 30, 2014
34
Feel free to admire it: As a cheeky, clever stunt, it deserves it. Enjoying it fully might be a bit more difficult.
Posted Sep 29, 2014
35
It's too long and a bit clunky, the special effects sometimes slip, and the plot seems at times to be made up as it went along. But Lost in Space remains appealing, with a great robot, a genuine sense of adventure and a good bit of ambition.
Posted Sep 17, 2014
36
3.5/4
Insomnia (2002)
Insomnia proves that Memento wasn't a fluke: Nolan is a major talent with many more good films ahead of him.
Posted Aug 25, 2014
37
3.5/4
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
38
Chicken Run (2000)
Like Wallace & Gromit, it's a paean to British eccentricity, equal parts cluelessness and hopefulness, full of English slang and dry Brit humor.
Posted Aug 24, 2014
39
4/4
This is Spielberg's way of showing that these warriors were ordinary men -- men who, if they survived, became the grandfathers and great-grandfathers who, these days, pass largely unnoticed through life.
Posted Aug 19, 2014
40
4/4
Under a cheerfully sunny sky that only heightens the paranoia, it's brilliant in conception and execution, with dozens of bright touches -- verbal jokes, visual jokes, spooky looks.
Posted Aug 18, 2014
41
3.5/4
This is sharp, sophisticated stuff, appreciated on different levels by both parents and children, and even those who are neither. The film has impish humor, great adventure and more than a few thrills.
Posted Aug 12, 2014
42
1/4
Summer Catch (2001)
Big chunks of plot seem to be missing, as if left on the editing-room floor so that director Mike Tollin, in his feature debut, can get to yet another inspiring speech.
Posted Aug 8, 2014
43
Woo (1998)
Pinkett Smith does just fine. She's sexy, funny and ironic and carries Woo as it ambles all over a Brooklyn night that's one long party.
Posted Jul 26, 2014
44
3/4
The Ring (2002)
The Ring, an elegantly creepy film set in a perpetual Seattle rainstorm, is interested more in eerie, unnerving thrills than bloodletting.
Posted Jul 25, 2014
45
1/4
The Avengers (1998)
The Avengers is so bad it even elicits a horrible -- even embarrassing -- performance from Sean Connery.
Posted Jul 8, 2014
46
1/4
Gigli (2003)
The two stars may be in love in real life, but they've managed to keep that chemistry well-hidden on screen.
Posted Jun 17, 2014
47
Catwoman (2004)
Catwoman is worse than bad -- it's boring. So boring it's not even laughable.
Posted Jun 17, 2014
48
0.5/4
There are many things to make fun of here.
Posted Jun 17, 2014
49
For pure summer escapism, you could do far worse.
Posted Jun 17, 2014
50
2.5/4
Armageddon (1998)
It's such a thrill ride, in fact, that after its 2 1/2 hours of thrills, you're likely to feel more pummeled than entertained, which is just the point.
Posted Jun 6, 2014