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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
Washington the director certainly knows the strengths of Washington the actor.
Posted Dec 28, 2007
6
2.5/4
Walk Hard doesn't know when to quit.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
7
2.5/4
Director Marc Forster and screenwriter David Benioff fail to capture the full impact of Khaled Hosseini's mega-best seller The Kite Runner.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
8
3/4
Juno (2007)
Together, Cody and Page have crafted a highly memorable character.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
9
2.5/4
The political messages come in fits and starts, but the film's bittersweet final section hints at the far-reaching impact of Wilson's efforts, both positive and negative.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
10
3.5/4
It's Sondheim's gorgeously dissonate score that makes the greatest impact. The lush strings and emphatic horns can't help but lift the spirit even as they chill the bones.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
11
3.5/4
Atonement (2007)
Epic and heart-rending, Atonement accents its old-fashioned qualities with a modern-day frankness.
Posted Dec 14, 2007
12
2/4
The film engages for about 30 minutes, or about 10 minutes longer than you might expect. This picture, after all, has only one idea: chipmunks that talk and sing. It's the same idea that fueled novelty recordings and a two cartoon series.
Posted Dec 14, 2007
13
3/4
I Am Legend (2007)
Will Smith passes a big test -- let's call it the Tom Hanks-in-Cast Away test -- for any movie star: carrying a movie alone for most of the way.
Posted Dec 14, 2007
14
2/4
The Golden Compass never seems to follow a single thread for very long. Instead, it introduces new characters for Lyra to meet on her journey. Few make an impact, and one who does makes the wrong kind.
Posted Dec 7, 2007
15
2.5/4
King is too strong a presence to be convincing as a pushover. She's still interesting to watch, and her character's friction with sister Kelli seem truthful at moments. But just about everything involving Lisa and her husband is a stretch.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
16
4/4
Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen build and sustain tension so masterfully throughout this adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel that even trouble that's been telegraphed still shocks when it arrives.
Posted Nov 16, 2007
17
3.5/4
Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead starts with a bad idea -- a plan by two brothers to rob their parents' jewelry store -- and whips itself into a beautifully acted, nervous-making frenzy of a melodrama.
Posted Nov 16, 2007
18
2/4
Plays more like an adaptation of Wilt Chamberlain's autobiography than of Garca Mrquez's novel.
Posted Nov 16, 2007
19
2.5/4
The special effects are too obvious at times, and in trying to impart an eccentric vibe, Helm relies too heavily on kooky camera angles.
Posted Nov 16, 2007
20
3/4
Beowulf (2007)
Director Robert Zemeckis and his technical wizards have turned an English-class staple into a ripping -- not to mention ripped -- comic-book yarn that looks spectacular in Imax 3-D.
Posted Nov 16, 2007
21
2.5/4
Lions for Lambs is insightful and provocative.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
22
3/4
Bee Movie (2007)
Some humor in Bee Movie is too sophisticated for little kids, but there are enough dazzling action scenes to compensate. Youngsters won't get an allusion to The Graduate, but they'll enjoy the slapstick that follows.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
23
3/4
American Gangster is 2 1/2 hours of pleasure with a guilty aftertaste.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
24
3/4
The film moves from dark to dispiriting and back to dark.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
25
3/4
Hedges imparts, in the space of an hour and a half, a real sense of this family's history -- its rituals and its resilience.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
26
3/4
Watching Del Toro bring glimmers of intelligence and kindness to his character's messed-up surface makes the audience want to stick with him through the movie.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
27
3/4
[An] accomplished directorial debut.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
28
3/4
Though light on revelations, this well-acted film offers entertaining and touching moments.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
29
3/4
The sex scenes are the most memorable parts of the NC-17 rated Lust, Caution, and not just because they are explicit. They break through the reserve of this stylish but emotionally removed picture.
Posted Oct 12, 2007
30
3/4
The darkly realistic cinematography of Michael Simmonds gives the film a near-documentary style in its depiction of the endless, physically draining work.
Posted Oct 12, 2007
31
3/4
A small film about a high school teacher in an elite Manhattan prep school, but it's filled with large doses of wit and insight.
Posted Oct 12, 2007
32
3/4
On an entertainment level, this film is a surefire treat for the armchair paleontologist and child alike. It also has the look and feel of a project that was meticulously researched, as befits most National Geographic projects.
Posted Oct 5, 2007
33
4/4
Director-screenwriter Sean Penn's gorgeous, compassionate film takes a generous approach to the story of McCandless, the real-life seeker who gave away his savings and belongings and walked into the Alaskan wilderness.
Posted Oct 5, 2007
34
3/4
Director Robin Swicord introduces just enough hustle and bustle to demonstrate that the romantic joys and negotiations found in Austen's plots can survive in any era or setting.
Posted Oct 5, 2007
35
2.5/4
The Kingdom (2007)
Handheld camera work and jumpy editing render The Kingdom unsteady throughout. But the film doesn't topple until it visually evokes the Daniel Pearl case.
Posted Sep 28, 2007
36
2/4
The makers of this family film dumb down some material so much that it fails to tickle funny bones of any age.
Posted Sep 28, 2007
37
2/4
A story line involving a crusty fisherman and a giant, fabled fish plays as unintentionally comic. Other moments are visually excessive.
Posted Sep 28, 2007
38
3/4
Interview (2007)
With her performance in Interview, Sienna Miller does more for today's tabloid-fixture starlets than they'll ever do for themselves.
Posted Sep 21, 2007
39
2/4
Set in postwar Bosnia, The Hunting Party is all over the place in tone and seeming intent.
Posted Sep 21, 2007
40
3/4
In the Valley of Elah offers a fine example of a mutually beneficial pairing of filmmaker and actor. Director and co-screenwriter Paul Haggis gives Tommy Lee Jones a great role. In exchange, Jones supplies Haggis with nuance.
Posted Sep 21, 2007
41
3/4
Even though Eastern Promises inhabits a creepy world, Cronenberg fans still might be reluctant to leave it.
Posted Sep 21, 2007
42
2/4
The Brave One celebrates its avenging angel as it pretends to examine her.
Posted Sep 14, 2007
43
3.5/4
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
The new 3:10 to Yuma will have to be quite a film to stand up to the original.
Posted Sep 7, 2007
44
1.5/4
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
That Giamatti appears in Shoot 'Em Up is bad enough, but he's not even good in it, chewing the scenery in service of mostly unfunny lines.
Posted Sep 7, 2007
45
3.5/4
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
3:10 to Yuma offers plenty of guns-blazing, pulse-pounding action, but it's the excellent lead performances that stay with you.
Posted Sep 7, 2007
46
3/4
Though the film always engages -- even at nearly three hours -- it rarely enlightens.
Posted Aug 31, 2007
47
3/4
There's great honesty in her portrayal of rocky romance, especially toward the end of the film, when Delpy explores the heartbreak of serial monogamy and its endless cycle of the not-forever.
Posted Aug 31, 2007
48
2.5/4
Samuel L. Jackson easily could have gone over the top with his role as an elderly and homeless former professional boxer. He's gone pretty far with less tempting material. Instead, he gives a subdued, often poignant performance as Champ...
Posted Aug 24, 2007
49
3/4
Superbad (2007)
Its young actors are pitch perfect.
Posted Aug 17, 2007
50
4/4
A superior sci-fi thriller that makes even raindrops, plants and electrical cords take on sinister life.
Posted Aug 10, 2007