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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3.5/4
While the Argentine filmmaker takes his time, his film isn't tedious.
Posted Apr 30, 2005
2
2.5/4
Lost in a time warp of its own doing (or non-doing), Hitchhiker's Guide just doesn't seem terribly original.
Posted Apr 28, 2005
3
4/4
Look at Me (2005)
It's a marvel that reverberates long after we leave the theater.
Posted Apr 28, 2005
4
1.5/4
Palindromes (2004)
The most misanthropic, depressing, hopeless film in memory.
Posted Apr 28, 2005
5
2/4
House of D (2004)
Less successful with these sentimentally embroidered holy fools and fairy-tale damsels than with its nicely drawn relationship between Tommy and Melissa.
Posted Apr 28, 2005
6
1.5/4
There is a funny movie to be made from the outrageous egos and excesses of rap music. Death of a Dynasty is not that movie.
Posted Apr 28, 2005
7
The plot swings between pathetically implausible and aggressively stupid.
Posted Apr 28, 2005
8
3/4

The idealized, romanticized, picturesque film directed by Daniel Anker shows the orchestra the way one would like to think it is -- full of fresh faces and lofty philosophies.
Posted Apr 22, 2005
9
2/4
Don't Move (2004)
The character of Timoteo is so hypocritically conceived that it's hard to watch the movie to the end.
Posted Apr 21, 2005
10
3/4
The best thing about In the Realms of the Unreal are the sequences in which Darger's drawings, of epic battles and pigtailed heroines, are gently animated -- the pictures brought to life with subtle, fluttering motion.
Posted Apr 21, 2005
11
2.5/4
Though I applaud kung-foolery and find Chow nimbly hilarious, Kung Fu Hustle's shotgun marriage of slapstick and brutality is unnerving in the make-'em-laugh, make-'em-gag manner of Quentin Tarantino.
Posted Apr 21, 2005
12
3/4
Rare for a rom-com in the age of e-mail, director Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls) is more interested in physical than verbal repartee.
Posted Apr 21, 2005
13
2/4
The movie's sense of menace diminishes, instead of mounts, with each new break-in, booby trap and corpse.
Posted Apr 21, 2005
14
3.5/4
Astronauts (2003)
A comedy about a guy kicking a drug habit and struggling to reenter society, Astronauts, from Spanish director Santi Amodeo, is also a sweet, offbeat buddy flick.
Posted Apr 14, 2005
15
3/4
A hypnotic portrait of an almost-famous artist, Shooting Livien is alert to how creation and self-destruction go hand in glove.
Posted Apr 14, 2005
16
2/4
Cool! (2004)
Cool! clearly aspires to be in the tradition of lost-boys masterpieces Los Olvidados and Pixote, but is too exploitative to succeed as a cautionary tale and too cautious to succeed as an exploitation picture.
Posted Apr 14, 2005
17
4/4
Far Side of the Moon imbues the weightiest issues of human existence with a zero-gravity grace and charm.
Posted Apr 14, 2005
18
2/4
Despite Andrew Douglas' tightly focused direction, this is a cheap, calculated scare.
Posted Apr 14, 2005
19
Saint Ralph (2005)
A fine, small movie that deserves a long run.
Posted Apr 14, 2005
20
1/4
Dash can't decide whether he's making New Jack City or Friday.
Posted Apr 14, 2005
21
3/4
Machuca (2004)
Machuca is sweet, poignant, and winningly evocative of the period, though occasionally dogged by predictable scenarios and caricatures.
Posted Apr 14, 2005
22
3/4
Miike, whose work usually veers into more surreal, experimental terrain, uses creepy-crawly juxtaposition, grisly violence, and dark humor to create a nightmare scenario for the text-message generation.
Posted Apr 12, 2005
23
3/4
Murderball (2005)
Murderball isn't a great sports movie, but it does a superb job of getting inside the heads of some of the most compelling, and highly unlikely, athletes ever caught on film.
Posted Apr 7, 2005
24
3.5/4
Layer Cake (2005)
Pulses with nasty thugs, cold-blooded crime lords, drug traffickers, blond seductresses, and a thumping suspense that can lead to head-cracking violence.
Posted Apr 7, 2005
25
3.5/4
Succeeds both as a religious parable and a cautionary tale.
Posted Apr 7, 2005
26
2/4
Sahara (2005)
Spectacularly silly and perversely entertaining.
Posted Apr 7, 2005
27
3/4
Monsieur N. (2004)
This richly produced tale of the last years of the famous 19th-century conqueror has a certain captivating quality about it.
Posted Apr 7, 2005
28
3/4
Fever Pitch (2005)
29
3/4
A shotgun wedding of the political and the personal.
Posted Apr 2, 2005
30
3/4
Millions (2005)
Leaves you feeling rich -- and richly satisfied.
Posted Apr 1, 2005
31
3/4
A potent, mesmerizing drama of a counterculture Adam and Eve and their expulsion from paradise.
Posted Apr 1, 2005
32
2.5/4
Sin City (2005)
Ultimately comes off as an exercise in cold-blooded stylishness, uninvolving and overlong at 2 hours and 6 minutes.
Posted Apr 1, 2005
33
3/4
The experience is so immediate and immersive that you actually feel as if you are swimming with the krill.
Posted Apr 1, 2005
34
3/4
Beauty Shop (2005)
The loose, lively spirit of the performances breathes life into the cliches.
Posted Mar 30, 2005
35
3/4
Steamboy (2005)
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.
Posted Mar 25, 2005
36
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
37
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
38
2.5/4
Deliriously funny if instantly forgettable.
Posted Mar 24, 2005
39
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
40
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
41
1/4
Malevolence (2004)
If ever a movie deserved to go directly to DVD, it's this dreary horror treatment.
Posted Mar 24, 2005
42
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
43
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
44
3/4
Off the Map (2003)
Has the feel of a coming-of-age novel.
Posted Mar 17, 2005
45
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
46
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
47
3/4
Robots (2005)
A visual delight.
Posted Mar 10, 2005
48
3/4
Dear Frankie (2005)
It rings true at heart.
Posted Mar 10, 2005
49
2.5/4
The filmmakers' mix of history and conjecture doesn't add up to anything more than reenactment.
Posted Mar 10, 2005
50
3.5/4
Offers a sometimes lyrical, sometimes gut-turning portrait of war seen through the eyes of children.
Posted Mar 10, 2005