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Movie Mom

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
B-
Invincible (2006)
Wahlberg brings sincerity and an easy athleticism to the role of Papale, and Elizabeth Banks has a lovely centered quality and genuine sparkle as his love interest.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
2
B
Idlewild (2006)
The evident affection for this romanticized vision of the era saturates the film like the warm sepia tones of its palette.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
3
B+
This is a delightfully snips and snails and puppy-dog tails-style movie, based on the book that has happily grossed out kids since 1973.
Posted Aug 24, 2006
4
D
There's a happily ever after ending complete with cute new boyfriends. But on the way there, the movie has a surprising number of inapprpriate and ugly choices considering the target audience and the PG rating.
Posted Aug 19, 2006
5
B
I imagine the four screenwriters divided it up: "I'll make a list of places on the plane the snakes will be found, you do body parts they can bite, you do items on a plane that can be used as weapons, and you do things that can go wrong.
Posted Aug 18, 2006
6
B-
Accepted (2006)
This movie doesn't have the intellectual heft to write its name correctly to get 200 points on its SATs, but the unpretentious good humor of its cast, brisk running time, a couple of funny lines, and the wish fulfillment fantasy give it some genial appeal
Posted Aug 18, 2006
7
B
Step Up (2006)
a hip-hop version of High School Musical, some juvenile delinquency and a drive-by shooting added in to provide some street cred, but still a Disney-fied world where kisses are important and happy endings are guaranteed.
Posted Aug 10, 2006
8
B-
There is one scene of true brilliance and shattering impact as a mother waiting for news of her son (Viola Davis) recalls that the last time she saw him she scolded him for missing dinner.
Posted Aug 10, 2006
9
B+
This Aesop-like fable is brought to life with cheery good humor -- and some potty jokes -- both of which will be a hit with school-age kids. And there are some nice lessons about teamwork and empathy to keep the adults happy.
Posted Jul 27, 2006
10
C
Miami Vice (2006)
There could be quite an active drinking game if viewers took a shot every time someone in the movie says something like, "Here's how it's going to be" or "Here's how it's going to happen."
Posted Jul 27, 2006
11
C
Scoop (2006)
Like the character he plays, Allen's shtick has worn out its welcome.
Posted Jul 27, 2006
12
B-
A movie with characters you like being allowed to like (despite their imperfections).
Posted Jul 21, 2006
13
C
Stunningly self-indulgent claptrap
Posted Jul 21, 2006
14
B+
This follows in the grand tradition of adventure stories with middle-school-aged heroes (and heroines), the big, scary world of the story standing in as a metaphor for the big, scary world of adolescence and adulthood.
Posted Jul 21, 2006
15
C-
Little Man (2006)
Little man, little effort, little result.
Posted Jul 13, 2006
16
C
Remember the classic comedy The Odd Couple? This is sort of the same movie, only it's the odd triple and it isn't funny.
Posted Jul 13, 2006
17
A-
A perfect popcorn pleasure, one of the most sensationally entertaining movies of the year.
Posted Jul 6, 2006
18
B+
Streep creates panic with gestures measured in millimeters -- a lifted eyebrow, a pursed lip, just removing her sunglasses or tilting her head with the white meringue of a hairstyle that wouldn't dare get mussed. She is terrifying, mesmerizing, hilarious,
Posted Jun 29, 2006
19
B+
Director Bryan Singer nimbly navigates the tricky balance between the old-school purists and 21st century sensibility, with existential questions: does the world need Superman? Does he need us?
Posted Jun 27, 2006
20
B-
Click (2006)
There were times when I wanted a universal remote to fast-forward through repeated jokes about a dog having sex with a stuffed animal or children using four-letter words.
Posted Jun 22, 2006
21
B-
Waist Deep (2006)
It plays like an urban western: a strong, quiet loner takes on a corrupt man who runs the town with the help of a girl gone wrong with a heart of gold.
Posted Jun 22, 2006
22
B
Don't try to think it through too thoroughly. Just go with it. The tenderness of the story just might make it worthwhile.
Posted Jun 19, 2006
23
C-
Nacho Libre (2006)
Black does everything humanly possibly to try to make this movie work, even spending a good deal of time wearing silly blue tights and getting beat up many, many, many, many times but the script pile-drives him into the mat.
Posted Jun 15, 2006
24
C-
This is lowest common denominator movie-making. It's all obvious and synthetic, derivative to the point of plagiarism.
Posted Jun 15, 2006
25
B+
Keillor may be the only one in history to keep happy both the sentimentalists who love Kinkade and the cynics who love po-mo happy, each thinking they're the only ones who really get him.
Posted Jun 9, 2006
26
B+
Cars (2006)
As far as the script goes, "Cars" is a little bit pedestrian.
Posted Jun 8, 2006
27
C
The Omen (2006)
This child's supposedly feral stares just seem petulant.
Posted Jun 5, 2006
28
D
The Break-Up (2006)
The whole movie is a game of one-upsmanship, as each one tries to make the other more miserable. It gets increasingly ugly and painful. Then it ends.
Posted Jun 3, 2006
29
B+
A story that is as absorbing as the special effects and stunts.
Posted May 25, 2006
30
A-
Gore's somewhat stiff but clearly deeply felt delivery turns out to be just right for this material. Anything else would sound shrill and shriek-y.
Posted May 25, 2006
31
B+
The script is fast and funny, keeping the focus on the story and avoiding the stream of pop-culture wisecracks that these days pass for humor in most animated films.
Posted May 18, 2006
32
B-
The book was more cinematic than its on-screen version so that the very act of adapting it throws it out of balance. What is left to the imagination in the book comes across as heavy-handed and over the top on screen.
Posted May 18, 2006
33
C
But other than a flicker of something interesting in the performance of Alessandro Nivola as a hard-partying star player there is always something distant and antiseptic about it all.
Posted May 12, 2006
34
B+
Poseidon (2006)
I forsee a college drinking game that will require everyone to take a swig every time someone says something like, "Do it or we DIE!"
Posted May 12, 2006
35
B-
Interfering with what would otherwise suffice as popcorn pleasures, a jolt of "Law and Order"-style ripped-from-the-headlines electricity throws the movie fatally off-kilter.
Posted May 10, 2006
36
B
Hoot (2006)
the superficial approach to the issues and casual attitude toward dangerous and illegal behavior by the kids undermines the story's credibility.
Posted May 5, 2006
37
B+
Stick It (2006)
All the sizzling attitude of a great floor routine, and all of the discipline and heart as well.
Posted Apr 28, 2006
38
D
RV (2006)
Jokes that don't work the first time are dragged out interminably and then repeated. And the syrupy little lessons about the importance of family values are forced and synthetic.
Posted Apr 28, 2006
39
B+
United 93 (2006)
I cannot tell you whether you are ready to see this movie. I can only tell you that when you are ready, this respectful, heart-wrenching, quietly devastating movie will be the one you want to see.
Posted Apr 28, 2006
40
B
The Sentinel (2006)
The characters are underwritten but the stars' natural charisma holds our attention and keeps us on their side, the action scenes are crisply filmed, and the location shots provide an authentic feel.
Posted Apr 22, 2006
41
B
The Roman rulers used to distract the populace from the problems of corruption and decadence with "bread and circuses." Today's equivalent might be junk food and television, especially "reality" television.
Posted Apr 22, 2006
42
B-
The Wild (2006)
Most important, the story, even without the been-there-with-penguins feeling, is not very strong, leaving us wishing it was all a bit more...wild.
Posted Apr 13, 2006
43
B
Phat Girlz (2006)
even though this movie is a bit of a mess, it turns out to be unexpectedly sweet and funny. Its very amateurishness gives it freshness and authenticity.
Posted Apr 13, 2006
44
D
These guys should have stayed on the bench.
Posted Apr 7, 2006
45
B
There's more style than substance here, but the style takes us pretty far, with some wicked wisecracks, some nicely twisty plot turns, and some very twisted characters.
Posted Apr 6, 2006
46
B
The dance steps are less predictable than the plotline here: gradual building of trust, setbacks, growth experiences, tenderness, the big event. But we, too, find it hard to resist the invitation to the dance.
Posted Apr 6, 2006
47
B+
ATL (2006)
We hear Ray Charles' sentimental tribute "Georgia" turned into a hiccuping stuck record mixed with something harsher. This mash-up sets the stage for the conflicts the characters face between where they've been and where they want to go.
Posted Mar 30, 2006
48
B-
There are brightly funny individual scenes, especially the "Fire King" encounter (though it seems to have been taken straight from one of the Hope and Crosby "Road" movies), but it doesn't have the power or imagination of the first.
Posted Mar 30, 2006
49
F
Stone, whose portrayal of mature sexiness was breathtaking in last year's Broken Flowers, is so over-the-top here that Tramell appears to be channeling Cruella De Vil. Or maybe Carol Burnett vamping as "Nora Desmond."
Posted Mar 30, 2006
50
A-
Inside Man (2006)
Spike Lee's brilliant direction and a clever and surprising script from first-timer Russell Gewirtz provide an ideal setting for four of the most watchable actors in the business in a heist film that transcends and tweaks its genre.
Posted Mar 23, 2006