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Philadelphia Weekly

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
Leterrier's reboot might be a tighter, more coherent movie than Ang Lee's freaky-deaky, artsy-fartsy 2003 Hulk. But it's also way less interesting.
Posted Jul 6, 2008
2
There are almost enough insightful left-field throwaways to make you forgive all the old-lady gross-out sex, oversized penis jokes and Sandler company regular Dennis Dugan's typically abysmal, inattentive direction.
Posted Jun 5, 2008
3
...a grab-bag of nifty widescreen compositions and sound design stingers, with nothing on its mind besides its own virtuosity.
Posted May 29, 2008
4
What a relief that Crystal Skull turns out to be a serviceable little nostalgia piece. I'm not sure there's any compelling reason for it to exist, but it's a fun night out at the movies. No more than that -- and certainly no less.
Posted May 21, 2008
5
Each successive Morris picture seems to grow glossier and more vague, pushing further into abstraction and incessant macro-lens close-ups of ham-fisted recurring symbols. There's also really annoying music.
Posted May 21, 2008
6
Redbelt (2008)
Ghost Dog without the jokes.
Posted May 21, 2008
7
If you're patient enough, an affecting melancholy seeps through. Some scenes are maddeningly vague, but others wonderful and mysterious, capturing a child's plaintive wide-eyed perspective for a few gorgeous, fleeting moments.
Posted May 21, 2008
8
Body of War (2008)
Donahue and Spiro should've spent more time exploring the human moments and much less time browbeating us with stuff we already know.
Posted May 21, 2008
9
Priceless (2006)
They're awful cute together, even if they're awful people.
Posted May 21, 2008
10
Over the years I've seen Jenna Jameson do lot of things in a lot of movies, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've ever seen her reading Nietzsche.
Posted May 21, 2008
11
The smartest thing about Segel's script is its spirit of generosity. It's a pleasure spending time with these people, and that affection lingers after the lights come up.
Posted Apr 20, 2008
12
No [kidding], Spurlock.
Posted Apr 20, 2008
13
Street Kings (2008)
It will feel mighty familiar to anybody who saw Ayer and Ellroy's previous collaboration, Dark Blue, as this is --almost beat for beat-- the exact same story.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
14
Smiling self-mockery plays a big part, and if the movie is actually about anything, it's about aging gracefully into a cuddly caricature of your former self.
Posted Apr 3, 2008
15
This American Tail for the Lou Dobbs era probably shouldn't work as well as it does, but even we hardened film critics can get a little mushy sometimes.
Posted Apr 3, 2008
16
Snow Angels (2007)
This wonderfully distinctive filmmaker is suffering growing pains, trying to wrestle his meandering, oddball sensibilities into the requirements of conventional genre forms.
Posted Mar 29, 2008
17
Stop-Loss (2008)
Comprised of bitter, beautifully observed truths butting up uncomfortably against loads of hoary Hollywood hooey...the movie's real war is with itself.
Posted Mar 29, 2008
18
21 (2008)
One of those movies where the audience is always about 20 minutes ahead of the characters, chock-full of dopey inventions from a Screenwriting 101 manual.
Posted Mar 29, 2008
19
Yup, Van Sant is in trance mode again, and he hasn't adapted Blake Nelson's novel so much as shattered it into a hypnotic drift of alienation and reverie. The movie haunts.
Posted Mar 19, 2008
20
Married Life (2008)
...keeps pussyfooting back and forth between asking us to become emotionally invested and playing itself as parody. A better movie could've done both.
Posted Mar 19, 2008
21
Funny Games (2008)
An art-punk lecture gone weirdly wrong, the film works in ways the director presumably never intended. But the nasty thing works all the same. The movie is a flawlessly engineered torture device.
Posted Mar 17, 2008
22
Chicago 10 (2008)
The anachronistic music cues and refreshing lack of hippie-dippie reminiscence make it a movie for right now -- a funny, fiendishly entertaining salute to dissent in all its forms.
Posted Mar 17, 2008
23
The Bank Job (2008)
A tall tale like this one needed to be sprightlier and cheekier; what we get is boring competence.
Posted Mar 17, 2008
24
Unyieldingly pleasant and way too fussy for its own good... so sunny and polite it makes Rent look like Cruising.
Posted Mar 17, 2008
25
Hey, wait a minute, is the movie supposed to be this funny?
Posted Mar 17, 2008
26
There's roughly 20 minutes of story here, and no matter how many times they stop and start over again from an even more preposterous angle, it's still going to play out like a lousy episode of 24.
Posted Mar 17, 2008
27
How dark? You've probably already had some inkling but decided you didn't really want to know. The movie made me physically sick.
Posted Mar 17, 2008
28
In Bruges (2008)
McDonagh breathes new life into moldy pulp fiction tropes with a heavy-duty helping of Irish Catholic angst, mixing the sacred and the blisteringly, side-splittingly profane.
Posted Mar 17, 2008
29
A terminally bland, brutally overlong tale of tedious, attractive people and their banal romantic problems.
Posted Mar 17, 2008
30
A grinding, expertly crafted slice of Eastern European miserablism... an unquestionably overpowering experience that nonetheless left this reviewer with a nagging sense of unease.
Posted Feb 6, 2008
31
It would probably feel more at home on a cruddy VHS tape with bad tracking problems...
Posted Feb 6, 2008
32
It's a clear case of an artist indulging his personal vision and getting so carried away by his muse, he's forgotten the most important rule of filmmaking: Other people have to sit through this s**t too.
Posted Jan 26, 2008
33
Cloverfield (2008)
Blair Witch's bigger-budget, slightly stupider baby sibling... it's a fleet-footed lizard apocalypse with the good sense to end right about the same time the novelty wears off.
Posted Jan 26, 2008
34
27 Dresses (2008)
It's like porn, but for chicks.
Posted Jan 26, 2008
35
...so chock-full of stale homilies and phony self-help foolishness, it makes Mitch Albom look like John Cassavetes.
Posted Jan 10, 2008
36
...boils over with a finale so grandly insane it's like the twisted Actor's Studio version of Magnolia's climactic frog plague.
Posted Jan 2, 2008
37
It's testament to both the gonzo power of the source material and the completeness of Burton's vision that the movie works in spite of one teensy catch: they can't sing.
Posted Dec 20, 2007
38
The Savages (2007)
Grimly funny and brazenly unsentimental, it has an ordinary, humdrum grit often missing even from indie movies.
Posted Dec 20, 2007
39
So sad Nichols has directed it like a sequel to Ishtar, softening the script's poli-sci body blows with broad sight gags and a puzzlingly cartoonish tone.
Posted Dec 20, 2007
40
...transcends the sappy trappings thanks to Schnabel's adventurous, virtuoso direction.
Posted Dec 20, 2007
41
I Am Legend (2007)
And as for that ending... sigh. I guess two thirds of a great movie is better than nothing.
Posted Dec 13, 2007
42
Atonement (2007)
It's impossible not to marvel at Wright's technical virtuosity.
Posted Dec 7, 2007
43
A full-frontal formalist assault on the very concept of celebrity bio-pics... drifting and riffing on contradictions, drop-dead funny, and easily the most go-for-broke, energizing movie I've seen all year.
Posted Nov 26, 2007
44
Grindingly unpleasant yet undeniably hilarious, the movie might as well be called: Squid 2: This Time It's Mommy's Turn.
Posted Nov 26, 2007
45
The Mist (2007)
King went so far as to issue a press release saying 'anybody who reveals the ending should be hung from the neck until dead.' Funny, I could say the same about whoever came up with it.
Posted Nov 26, 2007
46
Okay, so there is a certain 'gotta-see-it-to-believe-it' factor when you're watching Tony Soprano suffering horrific bowel problems and singing Springsteen's Red-Headed Woman, but seriously, folks...
Posted Nov 26, 2007
47
Redacted (2007)
Perhaps nowhere outside pornography have you seen performances as stiff, amateurish and off-putting... shattering every illusion of realism the film grasps after so fervently.
Posted Nov 25, 2007
48
It's the role of an artist to not just comment on current events, but also to shape that commentary into a dramatic form that'll excite, move and inspire people. Lions for Lambs isn't filmmaking; it's list-making.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
49
The simple saga of two tough hombres, a bag of money and everybody unlucky enough to get in their way blossoms into something far more delicate, contemplative and almost mythical.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
50
Fred Claus (2007)
The best children's stories are the simplest, and this one's a complicated mess.
Posted Nov 9, 2007