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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2/4
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
A sense of fatigue accompanies Rush Hour 3. Timing is part of it, since it's the last of so many summer sequels. But the movie itself runs on fumes.
Posted Aug 10, 2007
2
2.5/4
Stardust (2007)
Entertains and even transports at times. But the spell is broken too often.
Posted Aug 10, 2007
3
2/4
El Cantante (2007)
Perhaps El Cantante will inspire viewers to seek out recordings by Lavoe, who died in 1993 after battles with AIDS and addiction. They probably explain his legendary status much better than the film does.
Posted Aug 3, 2007
4
2/4
Hot Rod (2007)
Things that crack up these guys leave other people straight-faced. Some of the mugging and quirky line readings probably should have been excised.
Posted Aug 3, 2007
5
4/4
Tense yet invigorating, The Bourne Ultimatum presents a terrific argument for the nonstop-action summer movie. Even those rare moments when it slows down offer more excitement than other films' full-bore action scenes.
Posted Aug 3, 2007
6
3.5/4
Talk to Me (2007)
Cheadle makes all these things believable within the same person while showing how being pulled in several directions wears on Petey.
Posted Jul 27, 2007
7
3/4
Essentially an episode of the long-running Fox hit, just extended and writ larger.
Posted Jul 27, 2007
8
2.5/4
When aunt and niece eventually bond, the moment is truly affecting. But the length of time it takes to get there underscores how thin this story is.
Posted Jul 27, 2007
9
3.5/4
Hairspray (2007)
A lively, engaging and sweet-natured movie musical.
Posted Jul 20, 2007
10
3/4
A certain majesty is conveyed by the cinematic largess. In three dimensions, the imperial nature of the lion is fleshed out. It's akin to the difference between seeing a magazine photograph of a lion and encountering one at the zoo.
Posted Jul 13, 2007
11
[The filmmakers] keep Order of the Phoenix consistently involving. But it's Radcliffe who truly shines here.
Posted Jul 10, 2007
12
Transformers (2007)
Cars turn into robots. So do trucks. And planes. If you need more to recommend Transformers, there are big doses of humor and an appealing lead performance by Shia LaBeouf.
Posted Jul 2, 2007
13
2.5/4
Evening (2007)
The tone, in turn, moves from arch to soapy to poignant. Yet it's the story that one can never quite get one's arms around.
Posted Jun 29, 2007
14
3/4
Sicko (2007)
Filled with personal stories, the picture jolts us back into awareness and outrage. Yet it's also Moore's most widely relatable film.
Posted Jun 29, 2007
15
3.5/4
Ratatouille (2007)
Ratatouille might be that rare G-rated film that adults enjoy even more than children. In other words, some scenes cater to folks who prefer truffles over goldfish crackers.
Posted Jun 29, 2007
16
2.5/4
Willis' star power and willingness to mix it up, along with thrilling action sequences, keep Live Free from collapsing into B-movie silliness.
Posted Jun 27, 2007
17
2.5/4
1408 (2007)
Handsomely shot and well-acted but only modestly involving for much of its length, 1408 doesn't perk up until its final half-hour. By then it's too late.
Posted Jun 22, 2007
18
2/4
A few scenes involving animals are irresistibly cute. But mostly we get gags starring bird droppings -- messages from the sky that are neither divine nor inspired.
Posted Jun 22, 2007
19
2/4
Nancy Drew (2007)
Nancy Drew grows too dark and intense in its final act, serving to underscore the picture's inconsistent tone.
Posted Jun 15, 2007
20
2.5/4
Like its predecessor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer seems intentionally B-grade, a happy gap-filler between more prestigious comic-book films.
Posted Jun 15, 2007
21
3/4
Its 18 vignettes show Paris as a big city like any other, with the attendant street crime and disparity between haves and have-nots. It's just that the architecture, clothes and people are more handsome than in most cities.
Posted Jun 8, 2007
22
3/4
Surf's Up (2007)
The faux-documentary angle is pretty nifty. So is the animation.
Posted Jun 8, 2007
23
Once (2007)
Once contains more magic than most other musicals.
Posted Jun 1, 2007
24
3/4
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Not just a guilty pleasure but a truly queasy one.
Posted Jun 1, 2007
25
3.5/4
Gröning shows us, instead of telling us, what this life entails. Through this organic approach, Into Great Silence allows the audience to experience, at least for a few hours, the same enviable sense of peace these men carry with them.
Posted May 25, 2007
26
2.5/4
It's also too long and too reminiscent of Lynch's other work. But die-hard fans will find things to like.
Posted May 25, 2007
27
3.5/4
Waitress (2007)
In Waitress, the late writer-director Adrienne Shelly crafted a highly entertaining yet poignant film featuring a complex heroine.
Posted May 25, 2007
28
As the filmmakers try to wrap up some story lines while introducing others, At World's End buckles from a decided lack of swash.
Posted May 24, 2007
29
4/4
With Away From Her, Christie, Pinsent and actress-turned-filmmaker Sarah Polley have crafted an intensely moving portrait of a marriage.
Posted May 18, 2007
30
3/4
Shrek the Third offers few surprises but packages its predictable elements quite delightfully. The pacing is brisk and the jokes nearly constant, with enough silliness for kids and cleverness for parents.
Posted May 18, 2007
31
3/4
Most affecting are moments of quietude that stand in contrast to the loud, busy horror scenes. Fresnadillo and cinematographer Enrique Chediak find intriguing angles to highlight the eeriness of the setting.
Posted May 11, 2007
32
2/4
The Ex (2007)
Few filmmakers can successfully mix true outrageousness and warmheartedness. Or rather, two filmmakers: the Farrelly brothers, whose talent shines brighter when others try and fail to do what they do.
Posted May 11, 2007
33
3/4
The TV Set (2007)
Kasdan goes too far over the top on occasion. But he mostly straddles the line between reality and absurdity. But in network TV, reality is absurdity.
Posted May 4, 2007
34
2.5/4
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
It seems like the product of a filmmaking team with more money than ideas.
Posted May 3, 2007
35
3.5/4
An intelligently crafted Imax film that is as rooted in science as it is cloaked in the thrilling images of CGI.
Posted Apr 27, 2007
36
3/4
Dark, quirky and unusually thoughtful.
Posted Apr 27, 2007
37
3/4
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Director Wright and his co-writer, Pegg, tap their inner Jerry Bruckheimers in this highly amusing action comedy.
Posted Apr 20, 2007
38
3/4
In the Land of Women exhibits enough kindness and empathy throughout that it passes the test of a slice-of-life movie: You miss these people once the film ends.
Posted Apr 20, 2007
39
3/4
The Alps (2007)
A film whose story is framed by tragedy and the haunting human obsession that followed it. And that's what makes its stunning and highly vertiginous visuals all the more dramatic and relevant to the non-climber.
Posted Apr 13, 2007
40
2/4
Willis and Berry's joint star power makes their exchanges at least moderately interesting. But their characters' supposed banter never reaches wittiness, and the cat-and-mouse angle is too mild.
Posted Apr 13, 2007
41
3/4
Disturbia (2007)
Disturbia seems unsure whether to be a creepy thriller, a drama or a coming-of-age comedy. What's certain about this well-acted, visually assured movie is that, scene by scene, it's often lively and engaging.
Posted Apr 13, 2007
42
3/4
Grindhouse (2007)
You can see the love in every frame.
Posted Apr 9, 2007
43
2/4
The Reaping (2007)
Quality battles schlock throughout The Reaping. That is, until the picture's final act, when schlock swarms quality like ... oh, let's not spoil the surprise.
Posted Apr 5, 2007
44
1.5/4
In most films, a bathroom-related joke would represent the lowest form of humor. In this one, it's a highlight.
Posted Apr 4, 2007
45
3.5/4
The Namesake (2006)
Sweeping and intimate at once.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
46
2.5/4
Offers impressive visuals, engaging action scenes and funny moments.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
47
2.5/4
Equal parts inspiration, perspiration and hairspray, Blades of Glory is silly and enjoyable but not as consistently funny as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Ferrell's last sports spoof.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
48
3/4
The Lookout (2007)
Filmmaker Scott Frank develops characters and layers detail so well that his absorbing, well-acted crime thriller The Lookout sometimes doesn't seem like a crime thriller at all. It plays more as a study of a young man coping with life.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
49
2.5/4
Shooter (2007)
Without Wahlberg's rock-solid presence as a former Marine sniper turned hunted man, the mediocrity of Shooter would be clearer sooner.
Posted Mar 23, 2007
50
2/4
Pride (2007)
Its worst feature, unfortunately, is the sports angle, which is mishandled by director Sunu Gonera and the film's four screenwriters.
Posted Mar 23, 2007