Marie Antoinette (2006)
Sir! No Sir! (2006)
Match Point (2005)
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006)
"While Lazarescu is descending on his nighttime journey toward zero, the film builds up an entire social world around him--one that is harrowing, funny, infuriating, outrageous and sometimes profoundly moving."
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
Old Joy (2006)
49 Up (2006)
The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)
"The film was directed by Mary Harron from a screenplay she wrote with Guinevere Turner. In the past, these two did substantial work. Now they play, so that audiences may have the double pleasure of enjoying their porn while feeling superior to it."
Why We Fight (2006)
Inside Man (2006)
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
The Black Dahlia (2006)
"Sometimes, when the right movie people come together, a blatantly commercial decision actually strengthens the artistic impulse, as you can see from Zhang's filial treatment of Takakura in Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles."
Thank You for Smoking (2006)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
A History of Violence (2005)
"A History of Violence develops with the singleness of purpose, and the rigor, of a mathematical demonstration, one that begins with a commonly accepted truth and ends with brains spattered across the floor."
Iraq in Fragments (2006)
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)
American Beauty (1999)
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
"It's another burnout role for Nicolas Cage, to which he brings his vast repertoire of grimaces and shuffles, as if he were variously impersonating a gargoyle on amphetamines and late Elvis on downers."
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Eternity and a Day (1999)
"Why put up with so much that seems insufferable? Because at the end of Eternity and a Day, Angelopoulos somehow translates a character from the world of dreams to the world of reality instantaneously, before your eyes."
The Quiet American (2003)
"By cutting Greene's novel down to its most basic action, the screenplay makes the situations look bare and silly--including the Vietnam War itself, which seems to have been merely the opium dream of an old, horny Brit."
"Chicago has been brought to the screen by first-time movie director Rob Marshall, who has shot it like one of those commercials for Broadway musicals, the ones that run on the late news in New York City."
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
"I will dispense with my objections by saying that, with so much on his mind, Andersen sometimes organizes the work in the manner of a saloon orator: 'And another thing.' Apart from that, though, I like pretty much everything he's done."
"Spider-Man was the first really alienated guy to swoop around fighting crime in a funny outfit. His strange powers made this teenage outsider into even more of an outsider -- and Spider-Man... stays true to that idea, thanks mostly to Maguire."
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
"Although Shakespeare in Love benefits from a delightful screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard -- and a flattering one, for viewers who can congratulate themselves on recognizing this or that tatter of the Bard -- the film's virtues peter out."
She's All That (1999)
Minority Report (2002)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
Almost Famous (2000)
Wonder Boys (2000)
When Will I Be Loved (2004)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)
Fight Club (1999)
"Pitt bronco-rides through the movie, using many of the nutsy-dangerous mannerisms he previously unloosed in 12 Monkeys. It's the performance you'd expect Pitt to give, and still you can't take your eyes off it."
The Pianist (2002)
"The Pianist is a serious movie brought out in a tabloid-besotted time, a prestige picture that invigorates, a study of character and history that knows irony to be a part of life and not the purpose of art."