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Movie Mom

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
B-
Despite a powerful chase scene and some affecting performances, the movie's retro slant makes it simplistic and superficial.
Posted Oct 11, 2007
2
B-
Despite its small size, Norway Iowa is large enough to contain every stereotype known to man.
Posted Oct 11, 2007
3
B-
It is good to see both Stiller and the Farellys doing what they do best, happily grossing out audiences in the name of comedy.
Posted Oct 4, 2007
4
C
The Signs may be invisible to everyone but The Seeker, but the plot developments will be obvious to everyone after the first 20 minutes.
Posted Oct 4, 2007
5
B
If Wes Andersen ever decides to treat his characters with the same loving attention he treats his props, he will make better movies. Oh the tschotchkes in this movie! It's like a long, loving J. Peterman catalogue commercial.
Posted Oct 2, 2007
6
C
The Kingdom (2007)
A high-budget episode of "The A Team" crossed with "24" and a sort of "CSI: Riyadh" until a few minutes at the end try to tack on some larger meaning. It just shows how thin the material in the rest of the film is by contrast.
Posted Sep 27, 2007
7
A-
Penn's sensitive screenplay and Hirsch's engaging performance show us McCandless's ability to connect to the subtlest signals from the widest range of people and to the grandest scope of nature.
Posted Sep 21, 2007
8
D
It is the audience who will feel cursed.
Posted Sep 21, 2007
9
C
True to its video game origins, the movie is basically one set-piece after another, all going something like this. Alice (sometimes another character) enters a new environment. It is quiet. Too quiet. Then something scary and gross happens.
Posted Sep 21, 2007
10
C
It is overlong and under-plotted, visually vibrant but thematically pale. The characters are more alive in the original Beatles songs than they are on the screen.
Posted Sep 13, 2007
11
D
Mr. Woodcock (2007)
Instead of ending, it all just gives up with a sort of "never mind" ending that even Mr. Woodcock would have to call a foul on. Indeed, that is the best possible assessment of the movie as a whole.
Posted Sep 13, 2007
12
B+
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
Writer-director Michael Davis has stripped the action movie down to its essence in a mind-blowing mash-up fueled with testosterone, adrenaline, and weapons-grade explosives.
Posted Sep 6, 2007
13
C
As a character who doesn't play on your sympathies, Bean somehow seems less tiresome, less demanding, less of a nuisance.
Posted Aug 23, 2007
14
C-
This is a movie about honor and integrity and reputation that itself plays fast and loose with the underlying story.
Posted Aug 23, 2007
15
C
Director/screenwriters Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini of the brilliantly innovative American Splendor seem to believe that a studio movie has to play it safe and the result is predictable and dull.
Posted Aug 23, 2007
16
C
It is fun to see Wanda de Jesus get all Pam Grier and shoot off two big guns at once after making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for her son. But the big dumb story and the big dumb dialogue keep getting in the way.
Posted Aug 23, 2007
17
B-
For all its good intentions, this film is unsteady and amateurish, with its own problems getting its message across.
Posted Aug 23, 2007
18
B+
Superbad (2007)
Their almost Tourette-ish stream of endless obscenities, vivid and imaginative as they are, are less an expression of their actual interests and intentions than they are a sort of terrified incantation to ward off their greatest fear: humiliation.
Posted Aug 16, 2007
19
B+
Stardust (2007)
Modern without being post-modern, ironic without air-quotes, romantic without apology, this is a fairy tale for our time because it takes us beyond time and reminds us that happily ever after is still a dream worth having.
Posted Aug 9, 2007
20
C
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
There is nothing new, nothing engaging, nothing to indicate that anyone is here for any reason other than the paycheck.
Posted Aug 9, 2007
21
C
Underdog (2007)
There may be no need to fear now that Underdog is here, but there is no reason to feel very happy, either.
Posted Aug 2, 2007
22
C
Hot Rod (2007)
Dementedly random moments make up for some of the more sluggish, thuggish elements.
Posted Aug 2, 2007
23
B+
This movie has no pretence of being about anything but the action scenes. Fortunately, the action scenes are choice.
Posted Aug 2, 2007
24
B+
There is a lot for both kids and their parents to like about this film. Its heroines deal with some real-life issues with dignity and resourcefulness. Its portrayal of the pull of cliques and conformity is sweet and smart.
Posted Aug 2, 2007
25
B
Arctic Tale (2007)
It gets overly cute, with a soundtrack featuring pop standards like "We Are Family" and "Celebrate." Is this the arctic or a middle school party?
Posted Jul 30, 2007
26
B+
Sunshine (2007)
This is a meticulously constructed story that presents its characters with a series of exponentially more complex moral and practical dilemmas as gripping as the perilous situations that threaten the mission.
Posted Jul 20, 2007
27
B+
Hairspray (2007)
Like a box of pure sunshine.
Posted Jul 19, 2007
28
C
its mild pleasures are spoiled by its belief that homophobic humor can be somehow sanitized by a cheesy Shylock-ripoff speech about how it's who we are as people that really matters. As if.
Posted Jul 19, 2007
29
B+
Staunton magnificently personifies the banality of evil as Umbridge, all steely resolve and poisonous sugar.
Posted Jul 10, 2007
30
C
The trials Ben and Sadie go through are nothing compared to the obstacle course inflicted on the audience, who has to work very hard to find anything entertaining or enjoyable.
Posted Jul 4, 2007
31
B+
Transformers (2007)
The surprising transformation here is not from machines into enormous robots but from a modest Saturday morning cartoon based on a line of toys into 2007's most exhilarating summer movie, able to transform audiences of all ages into 12-year-old fanboys.
Posted Jul 2, 2007
32
B
In addition to its historical value as the first animated feature, it is still a delight, with memorable songs and characters.
Posted Jun 30, 2007
33
B+
Ratatouille (2007)
Pixar's latest release is brilliantly animated, and a lot of fun. But it does not have a clear sense of who its audience is, and families with children who are looking for the next Finding Nemo may find themselves puzzled.
Posted Jun 28, 2007
34
A-
Sicko (2007)
Presenting symptoms: queasiness, fever, hyperventilation, and mood swings. Diagnosis: You've just seen Michael Moore's latest film, "Sicko."
Posted Jun 28, 2007
35
B+
It will blow the popcorn box out of your hand.
Posted Jun 28, 2007
36
B
The warm likeability and atomic-clock comic timing of Carell, Lauren Graham (television's "Gilmore Girls") as his wife, and Wanda Sykes as his Congressional aide -- and the quick running time of just over 90 minutes -- keep it mildly entertaining.
Posted Jun 21, 2007
37
B-
If not exactly meriting the term "fantastic" yet, this second installment is a slight improvement over the first film. Things take off more quickly, Reed Richards is less dour and the villain is the Silver Surfer, cooler and more intruiging. The premise
Posted Jun 15, 2007
38
C
Nancy Drew (2007)
Uncertain shifts in tone from sincerity to almost-camp and the inappropriate subject matter make the unsolvable mystery just who this movie's audience was intended to be.
Posted Jun 14, 2007
39
B+
Surf's Up (2007)
Every so often an unpretentious little charmer darts ahead of the pack of big, over-hyped, over-long, resistance-is-futile summer blockbusters lumbering into multiplexes. This one is as refreshing as an ice cream cone after a hot day.
Posted Jun 8, 2007
40
B
It was more fun when they were a little bit hungry and more than a little bit greedy. Let's hope they remember that before the next one.
Posted Jun 7, 2007
41
C
Mr. Brooks (2007)
But for a movie about a guy who plans everything so meticulously, the script is a mess, with impossible coincidences and one big fake-out that is nothing but a giant bloody speed-bump on the way to the who-cares-at-this-point conclusion.
Posted Jun 1, 2007
42
B-
Knocked Up (2007)
The "oh, no, they didn't!" element and the gross-out factor work best when they are in the context of characters we root for and yes, even some tenderness or the raunch is just juvenile, and a little boring for anyone past middle school.
Posted Jun 1, 2007
43
B
Gracie (2007)
The strong family ties on screen and behind the camera and some gritty authenticity of place and feeling remind us how what could have been cliche can have the power of archetype.
Posted May 31, 2007
44
B
So many plots, so many battles, so many tonal shifts, so many characters, and ultimately so many Captain Jack Sparrows that it is clear they are hoping we won't notice that it really is something of a mess. It's a very entertaining mess, though.
Posted May 24, 2007
45
B
By the time Shrek and Arthur are learning that it is okay for them to be themselves, it is starting have that "very special episode" feeling that even a kickin' rendition of "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" can't make work.
Posted May 17, 2007
46
D
The Ex (2007)
A clunky, lead-footed disaster, the stunning incompetence of its script and direction only exceeded by the shocking array of talented and successful performers who struggle in it as though they are going down for the third time. In quicksand.
Posted May 10, 2007
47
C
Georgia Rule (2007)
Minow rule: If Hector Elizondo barely makes an appearance in a Garry Marshall film, watch out. If the only place Marshall can find for him is a few seconds on screen as a character with a funny name, the movie is in trouble.
Posted May 10, 2007
48
C
Lucky You (2007)
You gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em -- in this movie, the wise viewer will toss in his cards as soon as Robert Downey Jr.'s scene is over.
Posted May 4, 2007
49
B-
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Too many villains. Too many plots. And way too many tears. Boy, is there a lot of crying in this movie.
Posted May 3, 2007
50
B
It's a better than average CGI-fest, more often silly than funny. But it makes some good points about courage, self-respect, and the importance of learning about history.
Posted Apr 27, 2007