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."
"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."
Southland Tales (2007)
Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Lions for Lambs (2007)
Fred Claus (2007)
Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007)
"Demme doesn't insert himself, there's no structured interview format, we never see him or even hear his voice. He simply, easily immerses us. It's the opposite of Fahrenheit 9/11. And that's refreshing."
Martian Child (2007)
"Cusack and Coleman are on screen together most of the movie, and the fact that they don't completely overstay their welcome amid the maudlin action says a lot for the restraint they bring to the characters."
Bee Movie (2007)
American Gangster (2007)
"Washington, as real-life heroin kingpin Frank Lucas, and Crowe, as detective Richie Roberts, are on a collision course with one another that's bursting with the gritty period atmosphere of 1970s Harlem."
Dan in Real Life (2007)
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
30 Days of Night (2007)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
"The Darjeeling Limited, the latest self-satisfied exercise in style over substance from writer-director Wes Anderson, will amuse his cult followers -- as well as Anderson himself and his pals, of course -- but probably nobody else."
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
"Through small gestures and bold choices, [Gosling's] created a character you begin feeling sorry for and end up rooting for and almost envying, simply because he's found something (someone?) that makes him feel whole and alive."
We Own the Night (2007)
Michael Clayton (2007)
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
"Peter and Bobby Farrelly's take on the 1972 Neil Simon-Elaine May original is not nearly as funny as you'd like for a movie that reunites them with There's Something About Mary star Ben Stiller in another gross-out romance."
Nine Lives (2005)
The Game Plan (2007)
"It's certainly a goodhearted story, and the movie does offer a little plot twist that deviates from the usual formula. After that, though, The Game Plan quickly reverts to the established playbook for safe, sappy family fare."
In the Valley of Elah (2007)
The Kingdom (2007)
Feast of Love (2007)
Into the Wild (2007)
"Penn depicts this flawed figure with all the richness and complexity you'd find in the unforgiving Alaskan terrain, presenting McCandless in both his selflessness and selfishness without once judging him or turning him into a martyr."
The Hunting Party (2007)
The Brave One (2007)
Rocket Science (2007)
Fierce People (2005)
"Fierce People is based on a forced premise: the idea that a family of super-rich New Jersey eccentrics is like a tribe to be studied anthropologically. None of the characters resembles any creature you'd discover in nature, however."
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
"It's a wonderful surprise to discover that this new version, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale and directed by James Mangold, not only remains true to its roots but expands on them in ways that are thrilling and thoroughly entertaining."
The Nines (2007)
The 11th Hour (2007)
2 Days in Paris (2007)
"2 Days in Paris may seem familiar, with its manic, walking-and-talking rhythms reminiscent of Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in the 1970s. But you never know where it's going, which is one of the film's greatest pleasures."
Illegal Tender (2007)
The Nanny Diaries (2007)
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
The Invasion (2007)
Death at a Funeral (2007)
"Dying is easy, comedy is hard, as the saying goes. A comedy about dying, especially a British farce, requires a specifically light, deft touch, which director Frank Oz achieves only about half the time in Death at a Funeral."
No End in Sight (2007)
Becoming Jane (2007)
"Forget everything you think you know about the movie musical, one of the more predictable genres. With Once, writer-director John Carney deconstructs it and reinvents it as something wholly new, inspired and alive."