Rails & Ties (2007)
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)
"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)
I Am Legend (2007)
Grace Is Gone (2007)
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."
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."
"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)