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Gunner Palace (2005)
Sin City (2005)
Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)
Guess Who (2005)
The Ring Two (2005)
Off the Map (2003)
Born Into Brothels (2004)
"Without sentimentality or preaching, Briski and filmmaker Ross Kauffman open our eyes to the universality of the childhood experience and the presence of artistic sensibilities in the most surprising places. "
The Jacket (2005)
Be Cool (2005)
Bride and Prejudice (2005)
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2005)
Bad Education (2004)
The Wedding Date (2005)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
The Woodsman (2004)
Alone in the Dark (2005)
"The acting is awful and amateurish."
Hide and Seek (2005)
"The film plays out slowly, with many gliding, late-night Steadicam shots down long hallways, towards closed doors, while we hear clichéd music, creaking floorboards or dripping water."
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
"A stunning portrait of a nimble and brave man, performing an exhausting and potentially deadly tap-dance among corrupt bureaucrats and soldiers, as he fights a relentless battle for his life and for the lives of his family, his friends and many more."
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
"A gritty, violent, fast-paced action film, bolstered by a more appealing and experienced cast than is usually found in such movies."
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
"While Hero offers a symphony of visual wonder and epic splendor, The House of Flying Daggers is a quieter chamber piece, but nearly Hero's equal in grace and beauty."
In Good Company (2004)
"It's a likable, if unspectacular, comedy about office politics and the generation gap."
Coach Carter (2005)
"Capable new performers surround Jackson, including young men who play a believable brand of high-flying basketball."
White Noise (2005)
"White Noise never gives skeptics a chance to enjoy the film. I also suspect even believers will be bored because first-time feature director Geoffrey Sax lets the film languish in static."
The Phantom of the Opera (2005)
"If you join me in thinking Webber's Phantom is the most overblown, overrated musical ever, a lopsided victory of style over substance, you'll feel that way about Schumacher's film, because he's loyal to a fault to Webber's rose-tinted vision."
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
"A poignant and powerful story of passion and persistence, easily among the best films of 2004."
"The kids are plucky and fun, and the dark, fantasy production values come fresh from a Burton movie or a Charles Addams or Edward Gorey cartoon."
Finding Neverland (2004)
"It's Depp who keeps this fabulous but fragile tale alive. Beyond his perfect-sounding Scottish accent, he presents a subtle and complex Barrie who is simultaneously a playful child, a concerned adult and a freethinking artist."
"Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni are the husband and wife, but newcomer Paz Vega steals the film as Flor."
Blade: Trinity (2004)
"In film number three, Blade has grown a little dull. (Couldn't resist)."
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
"Even more than in the first film, the plot here almost seems a distraction from what really matters -- the playful relationships, humorous asides and frat-house pranks of this Rat Pack of the New Millennium."
The Machinist (2004)
"It's well made and involving, and Bale is obviously committed to bringing this desperate character to life."
Lightning in a Bottle (2004)
"The musicians uncorked that bottle, sending lightning all over Radio City Music Hall. Thanks to Scorsese and Fuqua, we can all catch some bolts."
Hearts & Minds (2009)
"It is a carefully structured yet highly emotional argument against the war in Vietnam."
"The film is an emotional Rorschach test for viewers, suggesting a sadly diminishing role for affection and trust in modern relationships."
"Offers a wide span of emotions and experiences."
Enduring Love (2004)
"The film balances two related themes with insight: the guilt in the aftermath of tragedy and the challenges of a relationship that moves from unwanted to ominous."
A Dirty Shame (2004)
"It's a marked improvement over his misguided Cecil B. Demented (2000), but falls a bit short of Pecker (1998) as the most entertaining Waters film since 1988's Hairspray."
"Instead of flowing one into the other, the scenes from Alexander's extraordinary 33 years of life too often come at the filmgoer like turned pages from Ptolemy's book."
Being Julia (2004)
"A film whose potent payoff more than justifies its earlier meandering."
"Pull the cork on Sideways and savor."
"Firth and Grant seem a bit less confident in their respective encores; perhaps they sense that they're repeating themselves."
After the Sunset (2004)
"Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and exotic Caribbean locations are all a joy to look at. But the story that binds them together is little more than a distraction from all that eye candy."