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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl will please girls who appreciate determined young heroines and lessons in U.S. social and economic history.
Posted Jul 2, 2008
2
Hancock (2008)
Ill-conceived and oddly executed, this Will Smith vehicle perplexes more often than it entertains.
Posted Jul 2, 2008
3
4/4
WALL-E (2008)
Offers a touching robot romance, visuals as artful as they are state-of-the- art, and vital messages about environmental and personal health.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
4
3/4
Wanted (2008)
Wanted engages and even wows throughout, thanks to its exceptional visuals and something far more rare in a summer blockbuster: a stellar lead performance.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
5
1/4
The worse the joke is, the greater the manic gleam in Myers' eyes. He's trying to sell setups he probably knows aren't funny, and the strain can be hard to watch.
Posted Jun 20, 2008
6
2.5/4
Get Smart (2008)
A washout plot places the emphasis, by default, on the film's uneven action sequences and the faulty chemistry between Carell and Anne Hathaway.
Posted Jun 20, 2008
7
There are just too many "almosts" attached to this Hulk.
Posted Jun 13, 2008
8
1.5/4
The Onion may continue to thrive as a satirical, fake news Web site, newspaper and publisher of books, but The Onion Movie, a straight-to-DVD release, is a tired sketch-comedy collection.
Posted Jun 13, 2008
9
1.5/4
The story essentially stops moving midway through. All that's going to occur, in terms of building any true dramatic tension, already has happened by this point.
Posted Jun 13, 2008
10
In addition to being a taut and exciting war film, with realistic combat scenes and flashbacks and flash-forwards to the soldiers' civilian lives, Only the Brave serves to educate viewers about the diversity of the Japanese American troops.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
11
Resistance is not just futile but almost seems churlish in the black-and-white face of such cuteness. Along with some terrific voice performances and lovely animation, the adorability quotient of Kung Fu Panda buoys the film.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
12
Though, as a broad comedy concerned with Israeli-Palestinian relations, Zohan in some ways distinguishes itself as original, it ultimately plays as just another silly Sandler comedy.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
13
A girl can never have too many outfits, but a film can have too many scenes.
Posted May 30, 2008
14
2.5/4
Though we always know where things are going, the film still frightens from moment to moment.
Posted May 30, 2008
15
Self-aware in the best possible way, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull cultivates a collective sense of nostalgia that carries it past mumbo-jumbo story developments and action scenes that could have used less CGI.
Posted May 22, 2008
16
2/4
Speed Racer (2008)
It's all there: the whoosh and bash of close-contact racing, the raised-oval sliding, the loop-de-loops. All but the ability to discern what's going on.
Posted May 9, 2008
17
2/4
Directed by Tom Vaughan and written by Dana Fox, who also wrote the excruciating The Wedding Date, this film often seems improvised, and not in a good way. Some setups go nowhere, and some jokes never get set up at all.
Posted May 9, 2008
18
2/4
Director Paul Weiland and the film's screenwriters offer standard sitcom setups and forgettable supporting characters, in effect hanging the whole picture on Dempsey.
Posted May 2, 2008
19
3/4
Iron Man (2008)
Action scenes in comic-book films? Overrated. That's the lesson of Iron Man, which goes light on CGI fireworks but heavy enough on its most electrifying element -- Robert Downey Jr. -- to compensate.
Posted May 2, 2008
20
1.5/4
Deception (2008)
High in gloss and light on brains.
Posted Apr 25, 2008
21
2.5/4
Baby Mama (2008)
This story of a corporate vice president and the surrogate mother she hires is so committed to convention that it runs into cliché.
Posted Apr 25, 2008
22
2.5/4
Assigning Chan and Li to supporting status underscores how ordinary this would-be- extraordinary film turns out to be.
Posted Apr 18, 2008
23
3/4
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a heartwarming romantic comedy in which boy loses girl, meets new girl and eventually finds himself.
Posted Apr 18, 2008
24
2.5/4
Smart People (2008)
An amiable dramedy that never quite kicks into gear.
Posted Apr 11, 2008
25
2.5/4
Street Kings (2008)
A B-level cop thriller with an A-list cast, Street Kings engages when taken on its own, trashy terms. But even at that, the film provokes unintentional laughter.
Posted Apr 11, 2008
26
3/4
Scorsese, who has used Stones songs so prominently in his movies that he's probably paid for a few outbuildings on the band members' country estates, brings an obvious fondness for the group to Shine a Light.
Posted Apr 4, 2008
27
3/4
Nim's Island (2008)
Directed by Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin, and adapted from a novel by Wendy Orr, Nim's Island offers a nice message for kids and grown-ups: Be the hero of your own story, whether confronting a volcano or 'borderline agoraphobia.'
Posted Apr 4, 2008
28
2.5/4
Leatherheads (2008)
When a film stars three people you adore and still falters, the instinct is to blame the director. But that's tricky when the director is one of the people you adore.
Posted Apr 4, 2008
29
3/4
The Hammer (2007)
Carolla is winning in The Hammer, which evokes Rocky and just about every other lovable-loser sports movie while showing enough comic originality to hold interest throughout.
Posted Mar 21, 2008
30
3/4
As entertainment, it can be heart-poundingly exciting. As education, it has some merit. But as a movie, Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D is kind of a mess.
Posted Mar 21, 2008
31
2/4
Like Wilson, Mann can wring laughs even from mediocre lines. Here's an idea: How about Apatow and Rogen forget the freaky-geeky boys for a while and give Mann a starring role?
Posted Mar 21, 2008
32
Though its smaller story of a mother and son will elicit tears, Under the Same Moon is clear-eyed in its larger examination of the cycle of poverty that persists for immigrants on this side of the border.
Posted Mar 21, 2008
33
2.5/4
Chaos Theory (2008)
Reynolds lets us see the wheels turn throughout this process, crafting Frank's stark behavior change as the thinking man's flip-out.
Posted Mar 14, 2008
34
2.5/4
At times, the action in Horton overwhelms its softer, more Seussian traits. At these moments, the picture comes across as just another computer-animated film -- and there must be 100 by now -- about an animal on a quest.
Posted Mar 14, 2008
35
2/4
Funny Games (2008)
The film's deliberate pace combines with an overall bleakness to alienate the viewer.
Posted Mar 14, 2008
36
1.5/4
So much of Youth Without Youth is impenetrable, and not in a way that makes you want to solve the puzzle, but in a way that makes you want to knock the puzzle pieces off the table and flee the room.
Posted Feb 29, 2008
37
1.5/4
Most of us know where this story is headed (ba-da-bum), and in order for the moment in question to have impact (ba-da-thump), Anne should engender at least a modicum of sympathy.
Posted Feb 29, 2008
38
2/4
Semi-Pro (2008)
The Will Ferrell man-boy persona, a combination of obstinacy, idiocy and innocence that Ferrell has ushered through several successful comedies, finally gets called for traveling in Semi-Pro.
Posted Feb 29, 2008
39
1.5/4
Jumper (2008)
Jumper takes leaps that have nothing to do with telepathic transporting. They involve logic and storytelling, and they doom this sci-fi film.
Posted Feb 14, 2008
40
The degree of talent attached to Spiderwick Chronicles is exceptional. It's an unlikely assembly of people for a studio fantasy film, and perhaps that's what makes the picture so fresh.
Posted Feb 14, 2008
41
3.5/4
Persepolis (2007)
With poignancy, humor and evocative animation, Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, who co-wrote and co-directed, detail a coming of age that coincided with the deterioration of a nation.
Posted Feb 8, 2008
42
1/4
Fool's Gold (2008)
The action does kick in eventually, but director Andy Tennant's staging is uninspired. The picture also grows more violent than you might expect -- a development that smacks of desperation.
Posted Feb 8, 2008
43
3/4
Director Ari Sandel includes too many tour stops along with life-on-the-road laments, ...but the film still should please fans of stand-up comedy -- especially those who haven't seen the featured comedians before.
Posted Feb 8, 2008
44
1.5/4
Blithe Spirit seems an obvious inspiration for this film, which contains touches of Ghost as well. But Over Her Dead Body ultimately belongs in a different category, one usually occupied by straight-to-DVD releases.
Posted Feb 1, 2008
45
3/4
How She Move (2008)
The dance scenes in How She Move are so vibrant and infectious that they glide the movie past its script problems.
Posted Jan 25, 2008
46
1.5/4
Untraceable (2008)
Technology is the film's only hook. Otherwise, it's a standard B-movie thriller featuring basement torture chambers and an FBI agent-single mom who tracks a killer before becoming a target herself.
Posted Jan 25, 2008
47
4/4
While introducing artistic elements that border on fanciful, the filmmakers also insist on realism, resulting in a film that is always relatable, never sappy.
Posted Jan 18, 2008
48
2.5/4
Mad Money (2008)
Much of the film is predictable. But to its credit, it doesn't present the men in the women's lives as the usual losers who drive them to crime.
Posted Jan 18, 2008
49
3/4
The Orphanage contains jolts and gruesome moments. But most of the time, the film unsettles in quieter, more encompassing ways, its horrific qualities derived from implication instead of imagery.
Posted Jan 11, 2008
50
2.5/4
The film lacks much zest or narrative drive -- essentials for a movie about appreciating the time one has left.
Posted Jan 11, 2008