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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3.5/4
A compelling thriller that manages to incorporate a seemingly impossible bundle of disparate elements -- Jewish-Arab animosity, homophobia, the haunting aftershocks of the Holocaust, and the repercussions of suicide.
Posted Mar 25, 2005
2
3.5/4
Hrebejk wrings real poignancy out of the screenplay's wet rag of fateful coincidences and ill-fated relationships.
Posted Mar 25, 2005
3
2.5/4
Deliriously funny if instantly forgettable.
Posted Mar 24, 2005
4
3/4
The film's strength -- and its weakness -- is in its you-are-there view of guys who are e-mailing their loved ones back home one minute and breaking down the doors of Iraqi homes the next, on the hunt for the enemy.
Posted Mar 24, 2005
5
2.5/4
Simply put: There's not much trenchant pathos in the former, while the guffaws are far between in the latter.
Posted Mar 24, 2005
6
1/4
Malevolence (2004)
If ever a movie deserved to go directly to DVD, it's this dreary horror treatment.
Posted Mar 24, 2005
7
3/4
Guess Who (2005)
What's not to like about a movie that concludes that although race can divide people, love can unite them?
Posted Mar 24, 2005
8
3/4
The Ring Two (2005)
The Ring Two is subtler and slower-moving than the brand of horror to which we are accustomed, but it is nightmarish, in the true sense of the word.
Posted Mar 17, 2005
9
3/4
Off the Map (2003)
Has the feel of a coming-of-age novel.
Posted Mar 17, 2005
10
2.5/4
This is a movie that rests on its two leads. Allen and Costner play their parts like injured predators licking each other's wounds. They are magnificent, and they are healing.
Posted Mar 17, 2005
11
2.5/4
Ice Princess (2005)
The figure-skating sequences thud instead of zing, as though photographed by a hippo in house slippers.
Posted Mar 17, 2005
12
3/4
Robots (2005)
A visual delight.
Posted Mar 10, 2005
13
3/4
Dear Frankie (2005)
It rings true at heart.
Posted Mar 10, 2005
14
2.5/4
The filmmakers' mix of history and conjecture doesn't add up to anything more than reenactment.
Posted Mar 10, 2005
15
3.5/4
Offers a sometimes lyrical, sometimes gut-turning portrait of war seen through the eyes of children.
Posted Mar 10, 2005
16
1/4
Hostage (2005)
Hostage may well be the first action flick cited both for child abuse and audience abuse. In a singularly sadistic and degrading way it has something to offend everyone.
Posted Mar 10, 2005
17
4/4
It's transporting, it's magical.
Posted Mar 3, 2005
18
2/4
The Jacket (2005)
Makes little sense and much ado.
Posted Mar 3, 2005
19
2.5/4
The gift of Imaginary Heroes is getting to know these anything- but-ordinary people.
Posted Mar 3, 2005
20
4/4
It's a quietly powerful work, pulsing with gentle humor and a gripping sense of imminent calamity and dread.
Posted Mar 3, 2005
21
1.5/4
Be Cool (2005)
Represents the mind-numbing antithesis of cool.
Posted Mar 3, 2005
22
3.5/4
Beautifully filmed, and devoid of the kind of patronizing beneficence that First Worlders often bring to the Third World.
Posted Feb 24, 2005
23
3/4
Hardly a director alive possesses Godard's eye for dynamic, inner-lit old-masterly compositions.
Posted Feb 24, 2005
24
3/4
It addresses the essential human need for dignity, for freedom, for mastery over one's life.
Posted Feb 24, 2005
25
3/4
A very curious and very entertaining mix, the Labradoodle of inspirational romantic-comedy-melodramas.
Posted Feb 24, 2005
26
1.5/4
Boogeyman (2005)
A vaporous and vacuous horror film.
Posted Feb 19, 2005
27
1/4
Curdled gobs of antic shtick.
Posted Feb 17, 2005
28
2.5/4
Constantine (2005)
This supernatural, super-noir thriller has been shot beautifully (by Philippe Rousselot), and directed with enjoyable, crazy-angled aplomb by Francis Lawrence.
Posted Feb 17, 2005
29
3.5/4
A smart, funny tale of thwarted dreams and impossible humiliation.
Posted Feb 17, 2005
30
3/4
Offers a diverting tale of erstwhile indie filmmaking and the power of porn to generate change -- both at the box office and in the bedroom.
Posted Feb 17, 2005
31
3/4
A gently provocative film diary about tobacco and its mixed legacy.
Posted Feb 11, 2005
32
3/4
Hitch (2005)
For women, it purveys the dream that men really, really care about what they think. For men, it holds out the fantasy that babes are attracted to geeky men who really, really care about what they think. What's not to like?
Posted Feb 10, 2005
33
2.5/4
Bride very well may be the first not-so-great film since Viva Las Vegas that I watched with an ear-to-ear grin throughout. It's pure pleasure.
Posted Feb 10, 2005
34
2/4
Uncle Nino (2003)
A creaky, cliched, feel-good family drama about learning to stop and smell the roses - and planting a vegetable garden while you're at it -- Uncle Nino is shameless, sappy fare.
Posted Feb 10, 2005
35
3/4
Head-On (2005)
Despite all its roiling melodrama, Head-On has its moments of sharply observed humor.
Posted Feb 3, 2005
36
2.5/4
Paper Clips (2004)
Touching and inspiring.
Posted Feb 3, 2005
37
2/4
Mulroney, best known as the title character in Roberts' comedy My Best Friend's Wedding, is by far the best thing about this gaggingly unromantic comedy. His character's bio, divulged in a thumbnail, is the least convincing thing.
Posted Feb 3, 2005
38
1/4
Never trust a movie that opens with a written introduction scrolling by that's longer than the collected works of Tom Clancy.
Posted Jan 28, 2005
39
3.5/4
In what is, unbelievably, the first English-language film of Merchant since the silent era, Collins and Pacino plumb the depths of acting, of Shakespeare, of the difference between law and justice.
Posted Jan 27, 2005
40
2.5/4
An accomplished feature debut with stunning cinematography (by Elliot Davis), a jambalaya story line and yet another heart-stopping performance by Scarlett Johansson.
Posted Jan 27, 2005
41
2.5/4
The choral numbers, many with lyrics written by Barratier (a classically trained guitarist), are lovely.
Posted Jan 27, 2005
42
2/4
The movie's main purpose seems to be to make audiences squirm uncomfortably. Yelp and shriek in armchair-clawing glee? Not likely.
Posted Jan 27, 2005
43
3.5/4
A masterful epic charting love's labyrinths.
Posted Jan 20, 2005
44
2.5/4
Has neither the freaky electricity of Taxi Driver nor the gloomy resonance of Death of a Salesman.
Posted Jan 20, 2005
45
2/4
Cube is a human teddy bear. His charm is about the only thing that carries the movie, 96 manic minutes of two obnoxious children holding hostage their caretaker.
Posted Jan 20, 2005
46
2/4
A studiously cheesy remake of John Carpenter's 1976 cult fave shoot-'em-up.
Posted Jan 19, 2005
47
2/4
Strains to be sensitive rather than merely shocking, but winds up dull and uninvolving.
Posted Jan 15, 2005
48
3/4
The Woodsman (2004)
Bacon's portrait chills to the bone.
Posted Jan 13, 2005
49
3/4
Before it hits the rails in a third act that has the odor of a test-marketing compromise, Weitz's film moves at an engaging gallop.
Posted Jan 13, 2005
50
3/4
Coach Carter (2005)
In the title role, Jackson holds himself like an exclamation point.
Posted Jan 13, 2005