Diary of the Dead (2007)
"The message is muddled, but the zombie master still knows how to make a gripping, graphic, grossly funny horror flick."
"Jumper had potential, though. It's got a clever premise. And at its best, in the beginning, it almost feels like the pilot for a prime-time series you'd like to see more of. But now we're jumping ahead of ourselves."
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
"The Spiderwick Chronicles may not be in the same fantasy league as the tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling. Yet the family flick based on the books of Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black is an all-around class act."
Definitely, Maybe (2008)
"A surprisingly clever romantic comedy that starts brightly but unfortunately loses its spark at the end."
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)
"Truth be told, everyone and everything about Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins is pretty unlikable."
Fool's Gold (2008)
"The tone of Fool's Gold often feels as if Tennant & Co. were straining to create a live-action version of a Bugs Bunny cartoon, from the slapsticky physical humor to the constantly jaunty score."
The Hottie and the Nottie (2008)
"Persepolis is a true original in the eclectic world of animation, one that's full of fascinating contradictions."
"Once the movie (and the ringing in your ears) stop, though, it's obvious why Cyrus has become such a phenomenon. She's pretty and stylish but never a mean girl, energetic and popular but not conceited. "
Over Her Dead Body (2008)
"Everything about the movie is as clunky and unimaginative as the title."
Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008)
"The movie might satisfy bloodthirsty action fans, but for most people, this is one Stallone do-over we could have done without."
"Untraceable is one of those deplorably gratuitous movies that wants to have it both ways, but gets nothing right."
U2 3D (2007)
"The technique works best when it makes you feel as if you're immersed in the audience."
There Will Be Blood (2007)
"Someday, we're probably going to look back at There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson's epic about greed, lies, manipulation and insanity, and call it his masterpiece."
Mad Money (2008)
"Mad Money strains desperately for laughs."
"This monster mash-up is a lot of fun, creating some intense gross-out moments and maintaining suspense throughout its speedy running time."
27 Dresses (2008)
"27 Dresses is so chock full of romantic-comedy clichés, it almost plays like a parody."
The Bucket List (2007)
The Orphanage (2007)
My Best Friend (2007)
"Patrice Leconte has taken a story about male friendship, in all its posturing and potential vulnerability, and turned it into a light, smart, crowd-pleasing comedy."
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
"After about an hour, though, it all becomes a mind-numbing barrage."
Lust, Caution (2007)
"Overwrought and overlong, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution nevertheless has some moments of exquisite beauty and a potentially star-making performance from newcomer Tang Wei."
Rails & Ties (2007)
"It's hard to get over the implausibility of the premise in Micky Levy's script, even though the characters themselves acknowledge that they're in a ridiculous situation."
The Great Debaters (2007)
"As in Antwone Fisher, which helped make a star of Derek Luke, Washington draws effortless performances from his young actors, which go a long way in making The Great Debaters more enjoyable than you might expect."
P.S. I Love You (2007)
"P.S. I Love You is as treacly as the title would suggest."
"Judd Apatow can do no wrong, apparently."
"It's strangely beautiful and beautifully strange, with horrific subject matter that produces plenty of wicked humor and characters who initially seem ghoulish but ultimately reveal themselves as sympathetic and deeply sad."
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
"Charlie Wilson's War, a crisp, biting satire that confidently mixes sex and politics, glides along so smartly and smoothly, it makes you wonder how it's possible that director Mike Nichols and writer Aaron Sorkin have never teamed up before."
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
Youth Without Youth (2007)
The Kite Runner (2007)
"If nothing else, though, The Kite Runner does succeed in providing a vibrant window into a region of the world we might not have known and might have felt daunted to seek out."
I Am Legend (2007)
"I Am Legend turns from a quiet meditation on the nature of humanity into a B-movie schlockfest."
"After 2002's terrible Swept Away and now Revolver, Ritchie has managed to make, back to back, two of the worst films any one director can lay claim to."
Grace Is Gone (2007)
"It's just exceptionally well-crafted."
The Golden Compass (2007)
"A documentary about sex trafficking might have been more powerful. Dramatizing the subject in this fashion, with a race-against-time road trip, breathless online bidding and a couple of different happy endings, simply cheapens it."
"Juno is the kind of movie all indie comedies wish they could be: light and lovable, perhaps a bit too pleased with the cleverness of its dialogue, but a small charmer nonetheless."
The Savages (2007)
"Despite its dark humor, The Savages tackles the tough topics of aging, frailty, humiliation and death. All depressing stuff, to be sure, but Jenkins handles it with a delicate, relatable touch, and without being maudlin."
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)
August Rush (2007)
The Mist (2007)
"Yes, something is in the mist. Lots of things are in the mist. They're gorgeous and frightening and strange and elaborately detailed, and the effects used to create them allow them to blend in seamlessly with the live action. "
"Wake me when the wackiness is over."
"Redacted might have been more compelling if De Palma had redacted himself a bit -- if he hadn't been so overt, if he'd given us enough credit to think for ourselves and come to our own conclusions about these men and the choices they made."
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