Fever Pitch (2005)
"At times, it works brilliantly, bringing the fanatic (and mostly male) world of baseball geekdom into collision with the planet where women strive for career success and true love, usually with painful disappointment in one department or the other. "
Masculin Feminin (1966)
"A shotgun wedding of the political and the personal."
"Leaves you feeling rich -- and richly satisfied."
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
"A potent, mesmerizing drama of a counterculture Adam and Eve and their expulsion from paradise."
Sin City (2005)
"Ultimately comes off as an exercise in cold-blooded stylishness, uninvolving and overlong at 2 hours and 6 minutes."
Aliens of the Deep (2005)
"The experience is so immediate and immersive that you actually feel as if you are swimming with the krill."
Beauty Shop (2005)
"The loose, lively spirit of the performances breathes life into the cliches."
"Steamboy, ultimately, shares deep-seated themes with the futuristic Akira. Both offer cautionary tales about scientific responsibility and the evils of war. And both look pretty cool, too."
Walk on Water (2005)
"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."
"Hrebejk wrings real poignancy out of the screenplay's wet rag of fateful coincidences and ill-fated relationships."
"Deliriously funny if instantly forgettable."
Gunner Palace (2005)
"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."
Melinda and Melinda (2005)
"Simply put: There's not much trenchant pathos in the former, while the guffaws are far between in the latter."
"If ever a movie deserved to go directly to DVD, it's this dreary horror treatment."
Guess Who (2005)
"What's not to like about a movie that concludes that although race can divide people, love can unite them?"
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."
Off the Map (2003)
"Has the feel of a coming-of-age novel."
The Upside of Anger (2005)
"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."
Ice Princess (2005)
"The figure-skating sequences thud instead of zing, as though photographed by a hippo in house slippers."
"A visual delight."
Dear Frankie (2005)
"It rings true at heart."
Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)
"The filmmakers' mix of history and conjecture doesn't add up to anything more than reenactment."
Turtles Can Fly (2005)
"Offers a sometimes lyrical, sometimes gut-turning portrait of war seen through the eyes of children."
"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."
Travelers and Magicians (2005)
"It's transporting, it's magical."
The Jacket (2005)
"Makes little sense and much ado."
Imaginary Heroes (2005)
"The gift of Imaginary Heroes is getting to know these anything- but-ordinary people."
"It's a quietly powerful work, pulsing with gentle humor and a gripping sense of imminent calamity and dread."
Be Cool (2005)
"Represents the mind-numbing antithesis of cool."
Born Into Brothels (2004)
"Beautifully filmed, and devoid of the kind of patronizing beneficence that First Worlders often bring to the Third World."
Notre Musique (2004)
"Hardly a director alive possesses Godard's eye for dynamic, inner-lit old-masterly compositions."
Rory O'Shea Was Here (2005)
"It addresses the essential human need for dignity, for freedom, for mastery over one's life."
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
"A very curious and very entertaining mix, the Labradoodle of inspirational romantic-comedy-melodramas."
"A vaporous and vacuous horror film."
Son of the Mask (2005)
"Curdled gobs of antic shtick."
"This supernatural, super-noir thriller has been shot beautifully (by Philippe Rousselot), and directed with enjoyable, crazy-angled aplomb by Francis Lawrence."
Stupeur et tremblements (2004)
"A smart, funny tale of thwarted dreams and impossible humiliation."
Inside Deep Throat (2005)
"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."
Bright Leaves (2004)
"A gently provocative film diary about tobacco and its mixed legacy."
"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?"
Bride and Prejudice (2005)
"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."
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."
"Despite all its roiling melodrama, Head-On has its moments of sharply observed humor."
Paper Clips (2004)
"Touching and inspiring."
The Wedding Date (2005)
"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."
Alone in the Dark (2005)
"Never trust a movie that opens with a written introduction scrolling by that's longer than the collected works of Tom Clancy."
"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."
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
"An accomplished feature debut with stunning cinematography (by Elliot Davis), a jambalaya story line and yet another heart-stopping performance by Scarlett Johansson."
The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2005)
"The choral numbers, many with lyrics written by Barratier (a classically trained guitarist), are lovely."
Hide and Seek (2005)
"The movie's main purpose seems to be to make audiences squirm uncomfortably. Yelp and shriek in armchair-clawing glee? Not likely."
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- • Dan DeLuca
- • Tirdad Derakhshani
- • Ellen Dunkel
- • Molly Eichel
- • Elizabeth Fox
- • Howard Gensler
- • Dan Geringer
- • Alan J. Heavens
- • Karen Heller
- • David Hiltbrand
- • Elizabeth Horkley
- • Esther Lee
- • Rick Lyman
- • Tom Moon
- • Steven Rea
- • Hillary Rea
- • Carrie Rickey
- • Daniel Rubin
- • Desmond Ryan
- • Inga Saffron
- • Don Sapatkin
- • Howard Shapiro
- • David Patrick Stearns
- • Jonathan Storm
- • Gary Thompson
- • Lee Winfrey