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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Step Brothers (2008) Jenni Miller While it's somewhat sweeter, if you will, than a typical Apatow flick, the ludicrous situations call for equally ludicrous behavior and statements. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 Arctic Tale (2007) Debbie Day "It's a playful study of Arctic life, starring a polar bear cub, its prey, and a tagalong fox -- with the inevitable dramatic moments when bear meets walrus." EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/4 Becoming Jane (2007) Debbie Day "The reality of love's disappointments enriches the film's heroine, who never married in real life, and brings a 200-year-old figure into living focus." EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 The Golden Compass (2007) Debbie Day "The Golden Compass ultimately fails as a film in its broad strokes and inadequate scene development." EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/4 Machete (2010) Nick Starkey Machete runs out of steam pretty early. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2010
2/4 Cyrus (2010) John DeVore It wants to be a serious movie about relationships, but it also has a responsibility to the boxoffice, so at times it reaches for an outrageousness that betrays its attempts at humanity. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2010
1/4 Jonah Hex (2010) John DeVore It's just too bad the movie didn't indulge its spookier, supernatural elements more, instead of relying on action movie cliches. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2010
3.5/4 Toy Story 3 (2010) Kristin Hunt Toy Story 3 lives up to its predecessors in terms of cute yet clever humor and action-packed journeys, grabbing you immediately with an incredible opening. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2010
3/4 MacGruber (2010) John DeVore MacGruber is crude. It's obscene. The dialogue is puerile and the jokes adolescent. And for the most part, it's hilarious: a bawdy riot drunk on impropriety, which is why the movie works. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2010
3/4 Iron Man 2 (2010) Nick Starkey Like the original, Iron Man 2 is a good time from start to finish. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2010
3/4 Green Zone (2010) Jordan Burchette The movie puts viewers on a war footing from minute one, authentically depicting the tracer fire, scattershot explosions and hostage smash-n-grabs that won us the Iraq war in a weekend. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2010
1/4 Alice in Wonderland (2010) John DeVore There is very little to praise in what amounts to Burton's most mercenary movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2010
1/4 Cop Out (2010) Nick Starkey When your movie is nothing more than a cheap and uninteresting homage, best not to call attention to that fact with a ten minute opening scene to that effect. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2010
1/4 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) Nick Starkey Whew boy. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2010
2.5/4 The Wolfman (2010) John DeVore Unfortunately, there is too much "man," and not enough "wolf." EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2010
2.5/4 Daybreakers (2009) Nick Starkey A slick, bloody, fast-paced, and ultimately enjoyable B-movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2010
4/4 Avatar (2009) Nick Starkey The movie is gorgeous, funny, fun, and engrossing in a way that a lot of movies aim for but few achieve. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2009
3/4 The Road (2009) Mark Salisbury A heartbreaking and powerful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2009
3/4 The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) Mark Salisbury This lively satire looks destined for future cult status. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2009
3/4 Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) Mark Salisbury With the global economic meltdown affecting just about everybody, the film is pertinent, hugely entertaining, and, above all, timely. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2009
3/4 The Informant! (2009) Mark Salisbury Bright, breezy, and downright goofy, this superbly captures the workings of Whitacre's highly imaginative mind and the outlandish nature of the crime. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2009
2.5/4 Funny People (2009) I can't help but think what might have been if there had been a bit more editing. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2009
3/4 Public Enemies (2009) Robert Calvert Michael Mann shows some restraint and comes up big with this one. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2009
3/4 Terminator Salvation (2009) Patrick Parker Despite some laughably silly plot elements, McG has created an overall entertaining movie experience. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2009
2.5/4 Angels & Demons (2009) Patrick Parker If you're not up on history, religion and crazy conspiracy theories, it's easy to feel a little lost. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2009
2/4 Crank: High Voltage (2009) Rob Calvert This movie is Tarantino on speed, and without focus and style. It is in-your-face and proud of it with no apologies. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2009
2.5/4 Fast & Furious (2009) Patrick Parker Wild car chases and ridiculous humor don't make a film good, but they sure can make it fun to watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2009
3.5/4 Adventureland (2009) Krista Soriano The relationships and exchanges feel like real life rather than gimmicky, over-the-top scenes from other R-rated comedies. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2009
2.5/4 Sunshine Cleaning (2008) Olivia Putnal and Krista Soriano This is a good film to see once, but we aren't sure you are going to want to watch it again and again. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2009
3/4 The Last House on the Left (2009) Olivia Putnal The cast, although aren't A-listers, were perfect for their parts. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2009
4/4 Watchmen (2009) Patrick Parker The film really does the graphic novel justice. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2009
2.5/4 Fired Up (2009) Patrick Parker Nicholas D'Agosto and Eric Christian Olsen make a hilarious pair; If you're under the age of 25 you'll like it. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2009
2/4 Friday the 13th (2009) Rob Calvert The same dumb character decisions stick around to facilitate the murder. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
2.5/4 Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Krista Soriano We're pleasantly surprised by how good this movie makes us feel. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
3/4 The Pink Panther 2 (2009) Patrick Parker Clouseau's sleuthing practices are so unbelievably absurd it's hard not to laugh. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2009
3.5/4 Coraline (2009) Jenni Miller There really needs to be more films with smart, mischievous young girls. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2009
1.5/4 New in Town (2009) Olivia Putnal Although it wasn't quite the comedy we had hoped for, the idea behind it is pretty cute; we just wished the laughs weren't so awkward and forced. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2009
2.5/4 My Bloody Valentine (2009) Jenni Miller This is a fun midnight movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2009
2.5/4 Revolutionary Road (2008) Jenni Miller Revolutionary Road isn't emotionally engaging or moving. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2008
1.5/4 The Spirit (2008) Jordan Burchette First, Robert Rodriguez tried to make a Frank Miller movie. Now, Frank Miller is trying to make a Frank Miller movie. (Advantage: Rodriguez.) EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2008
2.5/4 Valkyrie (2008) Jenni Miller Sure, it's complicated to set up the assassination of a lunatic dictator, but does it have to be so boring? EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2008
2.5/4 Bedtime Stories (2008) Jenni Miller Russell Brand is absurd, funny and wonderfully out of place in a family movie. And hello: crazy pop-eyed animated guinea pig alert! EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2008
2.5/4 Marley & Me (2008) Olivia Putnal Kids and adults will like it, but be forewarned -- it's not all laughs. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2008
2/4 Seven Pounds (2008) Jenni Miller The outcome will make you want to throw a shoe at the screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2008
3.5/4 Frost/Nixon (2008) Jenni Miller A totally mesmerizing battle of the wills between the occasionally charming yet wily Nixon and the increasingly desperate Frost. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
4/4 The Reader (2008) Jenni Miller Some are groaning about the plethora of WWII movies this Oscar season, but The Reader is about the complexity of German guilt because of the Holocaust and its aftermath. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2008
4/4 Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008) Jenni Miller The phrase labor of love is so often tossed about, but Kurt Kuenne's emotionally wrenching documentary is absolutely that. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2008
3/4 The Secret Life of Bees (2008) Priya Jain What makes up for those missteps is the fact that the story isn't just Lily's; Prince-Bythewood gives the Boatwrights a point of view on her presence, and it's interestingly complicated. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2008
1.5/4 Hounddog (2007) Jenni Miller Kampmeier takes everything from the Flannery O'Connor school of Southern Gothic, tosses in cringe-worthy dialogue, and throws in not one but two horrible archetypes for good measure. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2008
1.5/4 The Women (2008) Emily Rems Please Hollywood: write truthfully for us, and from the heart. It's what Carrie Bradshaw would do. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2008