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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
1.5/4
Premonition (2007)
Premonition is a thriller with a major gimmick, a few moments of suspense and a profoundly unsatisfying ending. As such, it plays much like a C-grade cable thriller.
Posted Mar 16, 2007
2
3/4
Growing less lurid and more poignant as it builds its story through a series of linked vignettes, this film by Karen Moncrieff provides a showcase for its predominantly female cast.
Posted Mar 9, 2007
3
2.5/4
300 (2007)
Once the Spartans start cracking jokes while finishing off opponents with spears, 300 starts to wobble.
Posted Mar 9, 2007
4
3/4
A movie that takes on sex, religion and race in the rural South. But the most enduring aspect of this film, written and directed by Craig Brewer, is its great compassion.
Posted Mar 2, 2007
5
2.5/4
Zodiac (2007)
A less-skillful director might, say, up the fog quotient for a film about murder and San Francisco. But you get the feeling that Fincher researched the old weather reports for every day depicted in the film.
Posted Mar 2, 2007
6
2/4
Wild Hogs (2007)
Wild Hogs is lame enough throughout that you wonder why John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, Tim Allen and William H. Macy signed on for it.
Posted Mar 2, 2007
7
3/4
Lovely on many levels, from its gauzily sunlit interiors and sweeping shots of stunning landscape to its warm depiction of family, The Astronaut Farmer reveals an ornery individualism as it unfolds.
Posted Feb 23, 2007
8
2/4
People unfamiliar with the show might find the movie amusing. People unaware of the Keystone Kops might find it hilarious. But for fans of the series, the movie plays like a stretched-out version of one of the less-stellar episodes.
Posted Feb 23, 2007
9
2.5/4
They're good collaborators, even if the song they're hammering out isn't very memorable.
Posted Feb 14, 2007
10
3/4
Venus (2006)
The film positively invigorates, largely because of O'Toole's Oscar-nominated performance, which is wise even when his character isn't.
Posted Feb 9, 2007
11
1/4
Norbit (2007)
Perhaps a release at this time is meant to capitalize on Murphy's artistic comeback. Instead, Norbit serves as a feature-length reminder of why he needed a comeback.
Posted Feb 9, 2007
12
3/4
Though some of the images of the aftermath will seem chillingly familiar, there is ample aerial footage of the destruction that carries a deeper impact because of the wide screen.
Posted Jan 26, 2007
13
2/4
Catch and Release is overlong and unfocused but not entirely unlikable. Unfortunately, its least likable element is its lead character, Gray, played by Jennifer Garner.
Posted Jan 26, 2007
14
2/4
Smokin' Aces (2007)
Carnahan, after glorifying violence and amorality throughout much of the film, tries to insert a heart and soul at the 11th hour. This means that a picture already too redolent of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie can't find its own tone.
Posted Jan 26, 2007
15
3.5/4
Letters From Iwo Jima, director Clint Eastwood's look at the World War II battle from the perspective of the Japanese forces, is more accomplished and moving than Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers.
Posted Jan 19, 2007
16
3/4
The sheer force and fearlessness of Dench's performance is something to behold, as Barbara's deeply ingrained class and personal resentments mix with a discomfiting neediness.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
17
4/4
Technically magnificent and flawlessly acted, the picture incorporates 20th century Spanish history and classic fairy-tale elements in a way that seems completely new.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
18
4/4
[The] performances help director Todd Field (In the Bedroom) calibrate a masterful mix of humor, tragedy and heavy stylization.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
19
3.5/4
This adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel contains more anger and sexuality -- altogether more passion -- than other beautifully appointed period films of its class.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
20
3.5/4
Children of Men so thoroughly captivates visually that one can forgive the film's tendency to explain itself only vaguely.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
21
3/4
Dreamgirls (2006)
Sometimes a splashy movie musical can be just the thing.
Posted Dec 29, 2006
22
2/4
The Good Shepherd does contain occasional tense moments and threatens, at points, to blossom into an actual thriller. But instead, it remains a character study of a character who is frustratingly hard to read.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
23
2.5/4
This particular movie, obviously carefully and thoroughly researched, needed to articulate the experiences of the townspeople of Huntington more thoroughly than it does.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
24
2/4
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Sylvester Stallone, 60, still looks great with his shirt off. It's his directing, writing and acting skills that at times seem out of shape.
Posted Dec 20, 2006
25
4/4
Charlotte's Web gives E.B. White's classic tale a spiffy cinematic update but leaves its core values intact. Visually accomplished and heartfelt, this G-rated gem is radiant, terrific and really some film.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
26
3/4
It's the picture's lifelike approach, from the immediacy of Italian director Gabriele Muccino's use of a handheld camera to screenwriter Steven Conrad's keen sense of the little things that make or break a day, that renders it truly moving.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
27
3/4
Blood Diamond takes its title from jewels sold to fund murder and mayhem in conflict zones. Yet it's not a message movie but an old-fashioned, entertaining action adventure that contains messages.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
28
2.5/4
The Holiday (2006)
Winslet gets time to build a lovable, kind character. In the process, the English actress known for serious roles shows she can handle just about any part -- even one in a formulaic American romantic comedy -- with exceptional grace.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
29
3.5/4
Apocalypto (2006)
The seamlessness of the actors' performances underscores Gibson's directing skills.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
30
3/4
Shows [Black] at his comic best -- overly enthusiastic and quick to anger without ever becoming a buffoon.
Posted Nov 23, 2006
31
2.5/4
Jane Lynch and Fred Willard are consistent bright spots as "Entertainment Tonight"-style bozo TV hosts fanning the flames of Purim fever.
Posted Nov 22, 2006
32
3/4
Déjà Vu (2006)
Cheesy at moments, but also well-crafted and elevated by Washington's singular blend of charisma, intelligence and tenacity.
Posted Nov 22, 2006
33
2/4
Bobby (2006)
Macy two-timing Stone with Graham? It really was a different time.
Posted Nov 22, 2006
34
3/4
Happy Feet (2006)
Offering gorgeous visuals along with fun songs and plenty of humor, Australian director George Miller's (Babe) Antarctica-set, computer-animated musical ranks just behind Cars among the year's animated films.
Posted Nov 17, 2006
35
3.5/4
With Craig in the role, a Bond film suddenly seems like something to be taken seriously.
Posted Nov 17, 2006
36
2/4
A Good Year (2006)
Awkward when delivering lighthearted dialogue, Crowe seems profoundly uncomfortable with physical comedy, approaching it with an intense earnestness that smothers potential chuckles.
Posted Nov 10, 2006
37
2.5/4
Babel (2006)
It's in the more natural-seeming spurts of joy, rather in the less organic moments of crisis, that Babel makes its best argument for a universal experience.
Posted Nov 10, 2006
38
3/4
Hanging on a high concept never fully supported by its story, Stranger Than Fiction stays aloft thanks to an exceptionally appealing cast.
Posted Nov 10, 2006
39
2/4
Saw III (2006)
More appropriate for hard-core gore fans than general audiences.
Posted Nov 3, 2006
40
4/4
The Queen (2006)
The Queen, though irreverent at times, offers us a sense of the weight of that crown, and what it's like to bear a responsibility not just to tradition but to breaking with tradition when circumstances demand it.
Posted Nov 3, 2006
41
3/4
The outrageous comedy Borat holds a mirror up to the casual bigotry within American society. But it's a funhouse mirror, and a cracked one at that, making the film hilarious, fascinating and troubling all at once.
Posted Nov 3, 2006
42
2.5/4
Flushed Away (2006)
Animated films can take years to complete, and judging by some gags, Flushed Away was in the works for a while. A bit about French toads (kind of like frogs, wink, wink) being less than lionhearted plays as stale.
Posted Nov 3, 2006
43
2.5/4
Catch a Fire (2006)
Given the complexity of Chamusso's own story, Catch a Fire might have benefited from a less-ambiguous villain.
Posted Nov 1, 2006
44
3.5/4
The wrenching documentary Deliver Us From Evil explores the mind of a pedophile as it accuses the Catholic Church of failing to protect children.
Posted Oct 27, 2006
45
1.5/4
Uneven. Haphazard. Spirit-deflating.
Posted Oct 27, 2006
46
3/4
Shortbus (2006)
Shortbus strains at times with its acrobatic, real sex and search for bigger meanings. But beneath those elements lies a kind, open heart.
Posted Oct 20, 2006
47
3/4
The Prestige (2006)
The Prestige plunges us into a world of deception as means, end and the whole point, really.
Posted Oct 20, 2006
48
3/4
As the tortured, heavy-drinking Hayes, Beach (Smoke Signals) is an emotional open wound, and his performance gives the movie its soul.
Posted Oct 20, 2006
49
2.5/4
Forgive the straw-grasping, but a film made with such care inspires a search for meaning.
Posted Oct 20, 2006
50
3.5/4
The Last King of Scotland, and especially Whitaker's performance, provide insight into the troubled psyche of one of history's most terrifying leaders.
Posted Oct 13, 2006