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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
Hamlet 2 (2008)
[It] starts with a zany idea, carried out with energy and a mild sense of anarchy; then the film loses steam and settles for a conventional ending that doesn't give us a payoff.
Posted Aug 22, 2008
2
1.5/4
Death Race (2008)
If you like primitive, degrading mayhem, this will fulfill your needs.
Posted Aug 22, 2008
3
4
I felt let down by Henry Poole Is Here, which seriously examines questions of religious faith until it skips away at last from being pinned down.
Posted Aug 15, 2008
5
Allen's laziness is startling, even in so mechanical a filmmaker. He uses a monotonous narrator to tell us what the characters think and do, though he then shows them performing the actions that have just been described.
Posted Aug 15, 2008
6
2/4
It's difficult to say whether the dialogue or the characters are more wooden.
Posted Aug 15, 2008
7
3.5/4
It mocks big-budget movies with lots of bullets and explosions while delivering a big-budget movie with lots of bullets and explosions.
Posted Aug 12, 2008
8
3/4
My Winnipeg (2007)
A soft, drifting dream of a motion picture.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
9
2.5/4
The movie's a crazy quilt of pot jokes, sarcastic put-downs and pop culture references both obvious and obscure.
Posted Aug 6, 2008
10
3/4
The fine acting benefits from luxury casting (Thompson and Michael Gambon as Sebastian's separated parents) and the intensity of Goode and Atwell.
Posted Aug 1, 2008
11
1.5/4
The Wackness (2008)
It was applauded at Sundance, where coming-of-age movies are inevitably hailed, but its grungy angst offers nothing we need to see anew.
Posted Aug 1, 2008
12
3/4
Swing Vote (2008)
Kevin Costner [is] always at his best when playing amiable rogues.
Posted Aug 1, 2008
13
1/4
It's barely possible that Mummy 3 is a colossal in-joke, a spoof of all the adventure movies that have drab actors, laughable computer-generated effects, a threadbare plot, continuity lapses and one-liners that repeatedly fall flat.
Posted Jul 31, 2008
14
1.5/4
This is it?
Posted Jul 25, 2008
15
3/4
If this kind of storytelling is your cup of absinthe, Claude Lelouch makes it easy to sip appreciatively.
Posted Jul 18, 2008
16
2.5/4
I was curious to see why we needed a two-hour documentary about the three-hit wonder who cast away his career halfway through life and coasted on celebrity status for 30 years. After seeing Gonzo, I'm still not convinced we do.
Posted Jul 18, 2008
17
3.5/4
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Reality in a musical? That alone makes it worth your open-eared attention.
Posted Jul 18, 2008
18
4/4
The Dark Knight succeeds as an action film, character study and metaphor for our own terrorism-obsessed time. Even the hoary device of suggesting a bond between the outcast hero and the outrageous criminal, misused in so many films, makes sense.
Posted Jul 17, 2008
19
3/4
Savage Grace (2007)
Director Tom Kalin, who's making his second feature after 1992's Swoon, tells the real-life story of the Baekeland family in a subdued whisper, like a servant muttering backstairs about a rich master's failings.
Posted Jul 11, 2008
20
2.5/4
The movie's manic, superficial energy [is] easy to enjoy.
Posted Jul 11, 2008
21
2.5/4
Fanboys won't mind the absence of depth or emotion; they may even welcome it for making the film more representative of its comic-book origins. The rest of us, however, cannot rejoice at the overspending and overkill likely to come in Hellboy III.
Posted Jul 11, 2008
22
3/4
Hancock (2008)
You have to admire any summer blockbuster that freshens and subverts the superhero genre, and you're in fine hands with these actors.
Posted Jul 1, 2008
23
2.5/4
Breslin keeps her cool and anchors the film in reality each time the camera crosses her face, but she fights a losing battle.
Posted Jul 1, 2008
24
3/4
Wanted (2008)
Bloodlust aside, the director has remarkable visual ideas and a fine sense of pacing. He blends slow, fast and normal speeds cleverly, making old tricks look new, and does amazing things with cars.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
25
3.5/4
WALL-E (2008)
Never before have the world's most influential animators been as bold and forthright about their dark vision for humanity as in WALL-E, a potent environmental message wrapped up in an irresistibly cute romance between robots.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
26
1.5/4
You know those meringue cookies that look so tempting on bakery shelves, the ones that evaporate moments after you pop them in your mouth and leave only the vaguest, unmemorable taste behind? That's The Happening.
Posted Jun 12, 2008
27
3/4
A sentimental mixture of thwarted romance, military conniving and brute-on-brute action at the end, as Hulk takes on spike-spined Abomination. If the movie's nowhere near as ambitious as the last Hulk, that's probably to the good.
Posted Jun 12, 2008
28
3/4
Priceless (2006)
The comedy, which verges on farce from time to time, also has the smilingly cynical approach to romance that we identify with the French.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
29
3/4
Both role and movie fit [Hunt] as comfortable as a favorite bathrobe, and she wins us over long before the final tiny twist of the ending.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
30
3.5/4
Manic but hilarious Kung Fu Panda kicks its way onto the scene with irresistible force.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
31
1.5/4
True Sandler fans will want to know only where Zohan stands on the A.S. scale, with Happy Gilmore at the top and Little Nicky at the bottom. I'd put it closer to the latter than the former.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
32
2/4
The Fall (2006)
Gorgeous, inert and dull.
Posted May 30, 2008
33
1/4
Speedman remains comatose, though Tyler flickers fitfully to life. The mournful look on her face suggests she's remembering the days when she was given more psychologically complex scripts, such as Armageddon.
Posted May 29, 2008
34
1.5/4
It was like attending a party where all the guests have known each other for years, exert no effort to make a newcomer feel at home and chatter endlessly -- yes, for two-and-a-half draggy hours -- about their romantic problems.
Posted May 29, 2008
35
2.5/4
It would be dishonest of me to say that it's more than an endearing, well-acted trifle with lovely intentions.
Posted May 23, 2008
36
3/4
Studio movies rarely depict Christians as fallible, thoughtful people who've been strengthened by faith but don't take it for granted.
Posted May 23, 2008
37
3/4
Both the good and bad remind us that the most special thing about Skull is the man wearing the fedora and the rakish grin. He has never worn out his welcome, and this valedictory -- it can be nothing else -- is a fitting one.
Posted May 21, 2008
38
2.5/4
The magical creatures and sprawling battles have been beautifully produced and shot, and the thunderous final conflict shakes the Earth.
Posted May 16, 2008
39
1.5/4
Speed Racer (2008)
Speed Racer promises a hot, juicy cheeseburger but delivers only the cheese -- and on closer inspection, it's Cheese Whiz.
Posted May 8, 2008
40
3/4
Iron Man (2008)
It breaks no new ground, but it plows the old ground vigorously.
Posted May 1, 2008
41
2/4
The film feels careless and calculated at once: careless in its assembly, calculated in an attempt to copy Castle. (But who could blame Hurwitz and Schlossberg? They have no other film credits.)
Posted Apr 24, 2008
42
3/4
Baby Mama (2008)
The material stays conventional and superficial, and writer-director Michael McCullers has a flair for cutting scenes before they plunge toward too-easy laughs. Yet it's the chemistry between the stars that makes the film stand out in a drab spring.
Posted Apr 24, 2008
43
Flawless (2008)
Banal or bogus.
Posted Apr 18, 2008
44
3/4
Forgetting Sarah Marshall, shorter than Knocked Up and more focused than Superbad, tops all other Apatow productions so far.
Posted Apr 18, 2008
45
2.5/4
Snow Angels (2007)
[Director] Green knows how to convey a mood visually and develop tension with his camera. He just doesn't give people enough interesting things to say or know when to shut them up.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
46
3/4
[A] sentimental, sometimes manipulative but genuinely touching film.
Posted Apr 10, 2008
47
2/4
Those of us who'd hoped Scorsese would make a film closer in spirit to No Direction Home, his Bob Dylan profile, will consider Light a wasted effort.
Posted Apr 3, 2008
48
2.5/4
Nim's Island (2008)
Can filmmakers no longer create true-to-life inspirational stories about people in extraordinary circumstances?
Posted Apr 3, 2008
49
3/4
Leatherheads (2008)
Writers Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly, who sold the first version of this debut script back in 1991, want to celebrate the innocence of those early days -- both pro football's and modern America's -- and the feeling that anything was possible back then.
Posted Apr 3, 2008
50
3/4
Married Life (2008)
The acting is well-done and well-balanced, and Peter Deming's cinematography -- part golden, part somber -- suggests the dark side of postwar prosperity, which Americans had begun to contemplate by 1949.
Posted Mar 28, 2008