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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
Smokin' Aces (2007)
An escapist romp, pure and simple, and Carnahan's aggressive style keeps it entertaining even when there's no underlying point.
Posted Jan 26, 2007
2
3/4
The film is delightful, like a quality Gilligan's Island for these nervous globalized times.
Posted Jan 22, 2007
3
3/4
Heart of an Empire is a funny and touching love letter to a group of men and women far more complex than they initially appear.
Posted Jan 19, 2007
4
2.5/4
What should be a zippy, good-natured parody of genre elements instead becomes a labored, almost oppressively stylized cinematic pastiche that's only sporadically engaging.
Posted Jan 19, 2007
5
2/4
Factory Girl (2007)
Miller bears an uncanny resemblance to Sedgwick and gives a striking, emotionally raw performance that deserves a much more richly imagined and vividly rendered narrative backdrop than the superficial one provided by Factory Girl.
Posted Jan 19, 2007
6
3/4
Alone With Her is a tense, well-shot little thriller in the vein of 'fatal attraction' youth flicks like Fear, The Crush, and Swimfan.
Posted Jan 19, 2007
7
1/4
The Hitcher (2007)
Though the plot is close enough to the 1986 version to earn a screen credit for that film's scriptwriter, Eric Red, the execution is so botched that what was terrifying in the original film becomes coma-inducing in the remake.
Posted Jan 19, 2007
8
2.5/4
The Italian (2007)
Graced with honest performances by the entire cast, The Italian is nevertheless a frustrating disappointment that promises much more than it ultimately delivers.
Posted Jan 19, 2007
9
3.5/4
An important and timely film that may make you think twice before downing your next cup of joe.
Posted Jan 13, 2007
10
3/4
Primeval (2007)
It's a pretty tasty bit of cinematic junk food.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
11
4/4
The three men profiled in this insightful documentary are unforgettable, and so is the film. Sudan has been much in the news. God Grew Tired of Us personalizes it and puts a human face on the catastrophe.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
12
4/4
A monumental achievement.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
13
3.5/4
Alpha Dog (2007)
Ultimately Alpha Dog is most successful as a teen gangster movie, a kind of cross between Goodfellas and The O.C. that is swiftly paced and extremely compelling.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
14
1.5/4
Unlike Spike Lee's School Daze, Stomp the Yard barely explores the social dynamics of its university setting beyond the fraternities' 'step' competition.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
15
3/4
A stirring portrait of a theatrical sensation, one that should motivate artists of all stripes to break away, follow their bliss, and, most importantly, never take no for an answer.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
16
2.5/4
Three (2007)
Thr3e is an eccentric combination of horror film and religious morality play that isn't entirely successful on either level but gets by on the sheer professionalism of its makers.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
17
0.5/4
Painfully devoid of charm, wit, and ingenuity, this interminable, tongue-in-cheek slough through Fairy Tale Land is so jaw-droppingly awful, the executors of the Brothers Grimm literary estate should consider taking legal action.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
18
2.5/4
Annoying subplots and paper-thin villains ensure that the movie remains mired in mediocrity.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
19
1/4
The story is incidental to the comedy, but it is on the level of humor where the movie completely breaks down. It is almost never funny. Cedric has a few funny scenes, mostly when he is just allowed to joke, with the plot momentarily forgotten.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
20
2/4

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Posted Jan 2, 2007
21
1/4

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Posted Dec 30, 2006
22
2/4
Perfume (2001)

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Posted Dec 30, 2006
23
3/4
Dreamland (2006)

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Posted Dec 30, 2006
24
3/4
Mr. Leather (2006)

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Posted Dec 30, 2006
25
3.5/4
Family Law (2006)
Family Law [is] one of the best examinations of [fathers and sons] ever committed to celluloid.
Posted Dec 30, 2006
26
3/4
[Director] Winkler clearly loves these characters, and if he sometimes pushes too hard in his effort to make the audience share his affection it's forgivable under the circumstances.
Posted Dec 30, 2006
27
3/4
Unconscious (2006)
Spanish writer/director Joaquin Oristell brings 2006 to a mostly delightful close with Unconscious, a clever and sweetly risqué period farce brimming with frothy charm and tongue-in-cheek wit.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
28
1/4
He certainly never shuts up, and he never stops joking; he's a neurotic narcissist to whom a war and a country's misery mean little except how they affect him personally.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
29
2/4
The emotional void at the film's center grows larger and larger, until in the movie's penultimate scene even a depiction of graphic mass sexuality fails to be particularly exciting or interesting.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
30
3.5/4
Miss Potter (2007)
Take the trouble to find this film. It's worth it, if only to reacquaint oneself with the magic that flowed from the pen of Beatrix Potter, or to once again experience the easy rapport between Zellweger and McGregor.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
31
3.5/4
The outstanding performances and writing would make a great film even if all [Karen] Moncrieff did was turn on her camera and aim it at the actors, but she adds yet another layer of meaning to the piece via her thoughtfully considered visual style.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
32
2/4
The routine story and lack of real warmth make this a movie to endure with one's children, not to share with them.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
33
3.5/4
Morgan's gleeful desire to shock the audience both with the gore and the perverse backstory is delightfully infectious.
Posted Dec 26, 2006
34
4/4
Men presents a provocative proposition, because it is not all that far-fetched in our age of environmental degradation and the potential it has to wreak havoc. The film is also that rare thing, one that entertains even as it leaves you thinking.
Posted Dec 26, 2006
35
3.5/4
Enough can't be said about Dench's gutsy, unglamorous work here.
Posted Dec 26, 2006
36
3/4
Handsomely crafted and impeccably acted by an all-star cast, this quietly riveting and meticulously detailed film presents a fascinating portrait of Cold War-era espionage.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
37
2.5/4
The sheer technical brilliance of the battle sequences and martial arts showdowns is mind-blowing -- this is the kind of movie that's so visually dynamic that it's compelling even when we could care less about the people on screen.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
38
3/4
This is one film in which the CGI and other effects blend seamlessly into the production, and special kudos should go to production designer Claude Paré, whose job it was to create this fanciful rendition of the Museum of Natural History.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
39
3.5/4
A memorable, deeply felt tribute that scores serious points despite its few fumbles.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
40
3/4
The third and best cinematic adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's 1925 novel, The Painted Veil is a beautifully mounted and incisively acted period piece, bristling with intelligence and caustic wit.
Posted Dec 20, 2006
41
2.5/4
Venus (2006)
If only the movie's story was on par with its grand, charismatic star.
Posted Dec 20, 2006
42
2/4
So much time is wasted on irrelevant material that the movie drags at a snail's pace, and even at 141 minutes, Letters never develops its ideas beyond the standard 'war is hell' clichés.
Posted Dec 20, 2006
43
4/4
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Rocky Balboa is not only the best sequel since Terminator 2 and the best movie of writer-director-star Sylvester Stallone's career, it's one of the best American films of 2006, and the year's most pleasant surprise.
Posted Dec 20, 2006
44
3.5/4
Minghella is aided immeasurably by his excellent cast, especially Jude Law, who seems to get better with every film, and a radiant Juliette Binoche in one of her best performances.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
45
2.5/4
What should be a ripping good yarn, powered by high voltage stars, instead comes across as another of the director's audacious but unsuccessful experiments -- a cinematic curio where form takes unfortunate precedence over narrative.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
46
2.5/4
Dreamgirls (2006)
Dreamgirls is undermined by its stop-start pacing and sketchily developed characters.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
47
2.5/4
Eragon (2006)
...As escapist entertainment Eragon fills the bill-as long as no one expects too much.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
48
3/4
The filmmakers have the taste and good sense not to trash White's classic by lacing their narrative with pop culture references.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
49
2/4
The best performances and greatest art direction in the world cannot cover this ill-begotten drama's hollow center.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
50
2.5/4
The Yacoubian Building is a flawed, yet ultimately illuminating film worth seeing.
Posted Dec 8, 2006