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Rating Title/Year Author
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Melissa Ruggieri It's both nostalgic and fresh, a tender homage to, especially, the initial Star Wars ("Episode IV: A New Hope"), as well as a bridge to help those of us stuck in the splendor of Hoth edge into the future. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2018
B+ Christopher Robin (2018) Melissa Ruggieri Although the film drags with a too-long escapade through the streets of London and sometimes trips over its predictability, there is a sweetness and comfort to it all. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
Death in Love (2008) Christy Lemire It's not as if we learn anything or feel any insight or catharsis from watching his characters destroy themselves and others. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2009
A The Blair Witch Project (1999) Bob Longino [A] creepy tale of witchcraft, murders and ghost sightings. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
D One Missed Call (2008) Bob Longino One big miss of a horror movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2008
C Flash of Genius (2008) Christy Lemire There's a fine line between standing up for yourself and selfishness, and Flash of Genius drives right over it. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2008
A- August Rush (2007) Jennifer Preyss However predictable, a good ol' fashioned happy ending is always welcome. But bring a box of tissues: A good cry is to be expected as well. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2007
B- Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains (2007) Bob Longino Moviegoers might initially find the inside peek into a media book tour fascinating. But the tedium of trekking from hotel to car to interview and back to a waiting limo can wear down one's resolve. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2007
B- Fierce People (2005) Jennifer Preyss On balance, it's a movie worth seeing with its artistic inserts, appropriate soundtrack and organic performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2007
B The Final Season (2007) Jennifer Preyss An exciting family picture, worthy of viewing, if only for the warm-fuzzy feeling. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2007
C Randy and the Mob (2007) Bob Longino It's a film brimming with individual scenes featuring nice visual touches about the South and comforting down-home dialogue spiced with a healthy twinge of sarcasm. Too bad the movie never completely gels. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2007
C+ The Simpsons Movie (2007) Bob Longino The Simpsons Movie isn't anything special and certainly not the creative spark necessary to jump-start what for years has been a sagging show. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2007
B- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Bob Longino The movie is at times brilliant with a powerhouse performance by Imelda Staunton. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2007
B Transformers (2007) Bob Longino Great special effects + Shia LaBeouf - flimsy story = lotsa fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2007
B+ ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2005) Bright lights, big drama. A delectable trip down Broadway. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2007
B- Live Free or Die Hard (2007) Bob Longino It's loud, yippee-ki-yay explosive, mostly watchable and, unfortunately, almost entirely forgettable after its final bang. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2007
B A Mighty Heart (2007) Eleanor Ringel Cater The sheer force of the story, fueled by the commitment and passion of Winterbottom and his cast, counts for a lot. And in a season of superheroes, sequels and special effects, a smart movie for smart people is always welcome. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
C- Evan Almighty (2007) Bob Longino When the film ultimately does deliver on the threat of a flood, there's not much to think other than that the special effects are adequate and that Carell's movie is one big washout. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
B 1408 (2007) Steve Murray Based on a Stephen King story, 1408 takes the simplest plot and turns it into an enjoyably surreal, unnerving creepfest. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2007
A- Red Road (2006) Steve Murray A must for movie lovers who want to see how so much drama, mystery and emotion can be created from so little. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2007
B- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Bob Longino Silver Surfer is watchable. But make no mistake. It's for younger filmgoers. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2007
C+ Ocean's Thirteen (2007) Bob Longino Ultimately, if you give yourself up to its manufactured charm, it all becomes comfortingly familiar. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2007
B Gracie (2007) Eleanor Ringel Cater There's nothing startling about Gracie per se, but it manages to do formula without becoming too formulaic, be a feel-good flick without being feel-good gooey. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2007
A- Knocked Up (2007) Bob Longino More than just laugh-out-loud funny. It's the relationship comedy of the summer and likely the best boy-meets-girl movie of the year. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2007
B+ Bug (2006) Hap Erstein The film has a few horrific jolts and plenty of violence, but at its core it is simply a mind-twisting head trip. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2007
B+ Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Eleanor Ringel Cater One of the best wrap-ups of a trilogy in recent memory. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2007
B+ The Valet (2006) Hap Erstein Veber's script is masterfully constructed to increase the laughs as the scheme grows more and more convoluted. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2007
C- The Ex (1996) Hap Erstein Braff has a natural likability, but the screenplay gives him so many stupid, far-fetched and annoying things to do that The Ex loses credibility quickly. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2007
C Shrek the Third (2007) Eleanor Ringel Cater Geez, it's not very good. Talky, overpopulated, even the ha-ha so-called adult jokes have grown stale and predictable. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2007
C Climates (2006) Hap Erstein There is an undeniable beauty to some of [director] Ceylan's imagery, but as drama goes, this film is simply too inert for general audience tastes. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2007
B+ Waitress (2007) Eleanor Ringel Cater As a gently fitting requiem for an unspeakable loss, it's perfect. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2007
B- The TV Set (2006) Eleanor Ringel Cater A facile but likable send-up of how things (don't) work in Hollywood. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2007
A- Killer of Sheep (1977) Eleanor Ringel Cater Charles Burnett's timeless and poetic Killer of Sheep is one of those 'found' films that never should have been lost in the first place. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2007
B+ Away From Her (2006) Eleanor Ringel Cater [A] modest yet infinitely moving film of love, loss and memory. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2007
B+ After the Wedding (2006) Eleanor Ringel Cater Yes, they throw more than rice at this Wedding, but it's all in service of an astutely observed and sometimes shattering human drama. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2007
C- Georgia Rule (2007) Eleanor Ringel Cater It's the sort of you'll-laugh-you'll-cry drivel that's so beneath its talented cast you have to wonder how everyone ended up here -- sort of like Custer and his Last Stand. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2007
B+ 28 Weeks Later (2007) Steve Murray Bloodier and more action-filled than the original, Weeks nevertheless stays faithful to the grim, grimy tone director Danny Boyle established in his 2002 film with its haunting shots of a metropolis turned into a tomb. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2007
C- Lucky You (2007) Phil Kloer Lucky You is like the old joke about the classified ad: 'LOST DOG. Three legs. Blind in one eye. Missing half his tail. Recently neutered. Answers to Lucky'. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
C+ Spider-Man 3 (2007) Eleanor Ringel Cater No one will feel cheated -- the movie isn't a careless cop-out -- but somehow Spidey has gotten tangled up in his overlong, overdone and underthought web. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2007
B+ Black Book (2006) Eleanor Ringel Cater Insanely entertaining -- and often just plain insane -- World War II melodrama. You may hate yourself in the morning, but you'll have to admit Verhoeven gives you a lot of bang for your buck. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2007
B+ Year of the Dog (2007) Eleanor Ringel Cater We're asked to laugh at her. Then we're asked to be ashamed of our laughter. It's a delicate balance, and White and his actors pull it off magnificently. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2007
B- Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France (2005) Michelle Hiskey The spectacular scenery, vibrant colors and dangerous speed of the Tour de France provide the perfect raw material for Imax filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2007
C First Snow (2006) Eleanor Ringel Cater The film has some of the bleak inevitability of Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, but without the compelling characters and oddball twists. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2007
B- Tears of the Black Tiger (2000) Eleanor Ringel Cater Has lots of pop energy and an admirable poker-face when it comes to its Douglas Sirk-ian storyline. And even though it's essentially a Frankenstein's monster stitched together from a zillion other movies, you really haven't seen anything like it. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2007
A- Mafioso (1962) Eleanor Ringel Cater The film ripens in an unanticipated way, nimbly shifting from near farce to something quite a bit darker. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2007
B Hot Fuzz (2007) Eleanor Ringel Cater Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's follow-up effort to their smash success Shaun of the Dead skillfully eludes the dread sophomore slump. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2007
B Fracture (2007) Eleanor Ringel Cater Fracture may be Hollywood slick, but it's got a niftily intricate plot and some explosive mano a mano acting that keep you riveted. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2007
C In the Land of Women (2007) Eleanor Ringel Cater The movie is shot well -- especially for a first-timer. But after a while the semi-realized, semi-familiar story line weighs it down, as do the loads and loads of talk. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2007
B The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) Eleanor Ringel Cater The Wind That Shakes the Barley isn't interested in being a straightforward or romanticized history lesson. Rather, [director] Loach offers an examination of the very nature of rebellion, as filtered through the particulars of the Irish troubles. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2007
B+ The Hoax (2006) Hap Erstein A gripping little film that is well told and well performed. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2007