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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2/4
Hitman (2007)
2
3/4
3
3/4
I Am Legend (2007)
The monsters are routine CGI creations, crudely animated and unconvincing. In a film of such visual majesty and surprisingly weighty drama, they present an unfortunate and needless distraction.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
4
4/4
It twists and turns without losing its footing, and its hero, an international man of mystery even to himself, is always ahead of the game, daring his would-be assailants - and the audience - to guess his next move. The trick is to try and keep up.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
5
3/4
Rocky Balboa (2006)
6
3/4
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
An everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink production that thrives on its boundless energy and the sheer audacity of its vision.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
7
2.5/4
'The Bucket List' begins with a bleak, unsparing glimpse into the unraveling lives of two terminal-cancer patients and ends in unblushing sentimentality.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
8
3/4
It is neither as funny nor as wickedly subversive as 'Shaun of the Dead,' but it respects its characters enough to make them thoughtful and surprisingly complex, unlike the sitcom stereotypes inhabiting lesser romantic comedies.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
9
2.5/4
Though the devious wit of the original remains, it is obscured by too many classic-rock interludes (courtesy of Led Zeppelin, Heart and Paul McCartney) and nudging pop-culture references that seem by now just part of the formula.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
10
1.5/4
Sunshine (2007)
The closer he gets to the sun, the more Boyle loses his nerve, reducing a tense, unpredictable thriller to a needlessly bloody, pseudo-spiritual mess.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
11
3/4
'The Simpsons Movie' only sporadically harnesses the boundless creative energy and satirical edge that earned Groening's series its reputation as one of the most sophisticated comedies in TV history. For fans, however, it is a gift long overdue.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
12
3.5/4
Gordon invites us to snicker at his cast of hardcore gamers, for whom 'Donkey Kong' tournaments are as vital as Super Bowls and as divisive as the war on abortion. But once embedded in their strange world, he finds a compelling story to tell.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
13
2.5/4
Superbad (2007)
Raunchy enough, but it lacks some of the subtle wit and verbal sophistication that has always distinguished Apatow's finest comedies.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
14
4/4
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
One of the year's most enjoyable films.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
15
2.5/4
A tale of life needlessly lost by a young man who realizes too late that reckless self-reliance is not necessarily the path to self-awareness. That he fails to realize this sooner is tragic; that the film celebrates the misunderstanding is bewildering.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
16
2.5/4
Blanchett is again director Shekhar Kapur's greatest asset. His weakness is his tendency to fall back on silly, melodramatic contrivance better suited to popcorn fare than to a believable meditation on Elizabethan England.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
17
1.5/4
Saw IV (2007)
Poor Jigsaw. The architect of the most deadly traps ever committed to celluloid has endured inoperable cancer, a debilitating car crash and even the premature death of his son, but nothing as painful or degrading as 'Saw IV.'
Posted Apr 10, 2008
18
3/4
P2 (2007)
It's lurid and overblown, relying on its lionhearted heroine never to play her most obvious escape card, but for those with a taste for such silliness, it makes for a harrowing night at the movies.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
19
2/4
Those inclined to scrutinize the logic of Barry Levy's screenplay are likely to come away as baffled by its farfetched twists as amused by its bombastic excesses.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
20
1.5/4
The Eye (2008)
The latest American remake of an Eastern import in which the thrills have been hopelessly squandered in translation, replaced with distracting, rapid-fire camerawork and thunderous bumps in the night that reflect a kind of creative desperation.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
21
3.5/4
For those willing to go along for the ride, it is a harrowing experience, as Gibney makes his case that the United States, in its haste to retaliate for the atrocities of 9/11, has itself crossed a bloody line in the sand.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
22
2/4
'Across the Universe' is whimsical silliness, imaginatively constructed but precious and gratingly excessive.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
23
3/4
Halloween (2007)
24
2/4
Fred Claus (2007)
Rather than creating imaginative situations for Vaughn to explore, director David Dobkin merely asks that Vaughn be himself, as if his personality were big enough to wring humor out of a comic vacuum.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
25
3/4
Will it be enough to satisfy fans of Philip Pullman's widely read 'His Dark Materials' trilogy? Hard to say. But for the uninitiated this is an engaging adventure, even when Chris Weitz's screenplay lacks the compelling clarity of Pullman's prose.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
26
3/4
Cloverfield (2008)
'Cloverfield' is a sleek, silly product of green filmmaking: It recycles old ideas and molds them into a lean, briskly paced thriller that owes as much to classic monster movies like 'Godzilla' as gimmick-driven misfires like 'The Blair Witch Project.'
Posted Apr 9, 2008
27
3.5/4
U2 3D (2007)
By the time Bono turns to the camera, reaching out to his audience in a typically theatrical plea for peace, love and understanding, one half expects his outstretched hand to surge through the screen and seize one of your own.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
28
2.5/4
As an illustrated audio tour through the life of a gifted but self-destructive performer, 'About a Son' is enlightening to a point, but one has to wonder when filmmakers will stop exhuming the corpse of a man who desperately craved privacy.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
29
1.5/4
The action is fast and gruesome, but beyond Niles and Templesmith's unique setting, in which the typical race to daylight is stretched out to an agonizing marathon, '30 Days of Night' offers little to stir the imagination.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
30
3/4
The Mist (2007)
'The Mist is a classic monster movie turned morality play, and for a while it works on both counts.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
31
3.5/4
1408 (2007)
From the start, it builds to a point of unbearable tension and then rewards us with a payoff that is cleverly executed and genuinely terrifying.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
32
0/4
Whether or not you appreciate Dane Cook's spastic, hyperactive brand of observational humor, he cannot be held solely responsible for the unmitigated disaster that is 'Good Luck Chuck.'
Posted Apr 9, 2008
33
2.5/4
The results are about what you might expect from a student filmmaker operating without a budget or a script - crude and amateurish, with occasional (and possibly unintentional) flashes of brilliance. 'Diary' is no different.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
34
3.5/4
'Rambo' is pure adrenaline, a frenzied rush into the heart of a jungle where the prevailing darkness is far more horrific than anything Kurtz could have imagined.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
35
3/4
The Hammer (2007)
To his credit, Carolla carries 'The Hammer' with self-assured ease, hoisting the film on his broad shoulders while making sure, as screenwriter, to leave some of its sharpest one-liners to his supporting cast.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
36
2.5/4
'Be Kind Rewind' is a whimsical adventure with genuine affection for its characters, but Gondry's story is essentially weightless, a fanciful flight in search of a raison d'etre.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
37
2/4
Transformers (2007)
'Transformers' is a loud, unsophisticated testament to the visceral thrills of effects-driven mayhem.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
38
3/4
Funny Games (2008)
It's hard to imagine why anyone would want to subject themselves to the harrowing brutality of 'Funny Games,' but give German-born filmmaker Michael Haneke his due - his movie is shockingly effective.
Posted Apr 9, 2008
39
4/4
Zodiac (2007)
It is riveting from the start, a compelling stranger-than-fiction story that feels satisfyingly resolved despite the lack of a definitive ending.
Posted Aug 8, 2007
40
3.5/4
Hot Rod (2007)
Blissfully liberated from logic and reason, it plays by its own twisted rules and, surprisingly, comes up a winner.
Posted Aug 3, 2007
41
Chalk (1996)
42
Up for Grabs (2005)
It's an engaging story about how overwhelming greed can turn a silk purse into a sow's ear.
Posted Jul 29, 2005
43
4/4
Sideways (2004)
Emerges as a full-fledged film, with a brilliant use of cinematic language and pacing, but also has a novelistic breadth without spilling much over the two-hour mark
Posted Oct 29, 2004
44
45
46
3/4
If this isn't a great film, it's still a winning cerebro-fantasia that is entertaining and occasionally poignant in its depiction of the callings of the heart.
Posted May 1, 2004
47
2/4
Miracle (2004)
You're glad that Brooks and his team have received the big-screen treatment that their story seems ideal for. But it's sad to see their excellence revisited in such a mediocre movie.
Posted May 1, 2004
48
2/4
Hidalgo (2004)
Completely lacks the nobility, statue, and credibility due such an amazing story, even if it is an old man's folly.
Posted Apr 9, 2004
49
2.5/4
It's harmless, albeit cliché riddled, fun for youngsters, and it doesn't make grown-ups wish they had two hours of their life back.
Posted Apr 9, 2004
50
2/4
Ryan's Kallen is painfully two-dimensional.
Posted Apr 9, 2004