New York Daily News

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Rating Title/Year Author
1.5/4 Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman Oh, come on. Do you really care? And even if you do, you shouldn't. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2007
1.5/4 The Perfect Holiday (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman It's a shame that Gabrielle Union can't get better scripts than this one. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2007
3/4 The Violin (2005) Elizabeth Weitzman Shot in a silvery black and white that lends a photojournalistic effect, this is not an easy film to sit through. But it will be a tough one to forget if you do. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3/4 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris (2007) Jack Mathews The film serves him well, replaying a few surviving recordings that make clear what a beautifully melodious voice he had and what a talent went wasted. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
1.5/4 Strength and Honor (2007) Jack Mathews There is not a real character to be found, nor a single convincing punch thrown. But I do like the name 'Smasher'. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2.5/4 Grace Is Gone (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman This is a movie that lobs even appropriate criticisms from a safe distance, a flaw its strengths can't overcome. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
1.5/4 Revolver (2005) Elizabeth Weitzman Between the manic editing, atrocious acting, and laughably pretentious narration, Ritchie's tired tricks feel like empty distractions in a game of three-card Monte. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2.5/4 Dirty Laundry (2006) Elizabeth Weitzman Looking for plot holes? You can't miss them. But if you go in hoping for a good time, you'll find that, too. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2/4 Man in the Chair (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman [Director] Schroeder peppers scenes with snippets of classic films, and there's no doubting his deep love of cinema. But the honest truth is that no matter how generous your audience, it's never a good idea to remind us of other, better movies. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2.5/4 The Walker (2007) Jack Mathews When a good actor makes a bad choice, he can only hope to be saved by his director, and Woody Harrelson didn't get that hand from Paul Schrader while filming The Walker. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3/4 Atonement (2007) Jack Mathews It is an amazing story, filled with quiet moments of profundity and more surprises than you could imagine. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3.5/4 The Golden Compass (2007) Jack Mathews Represents the year's biggest gamble -- and it delivers the year's biggest and most ambitious fantasy. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3/4 Juno (2007) Jack Mathews It is certainly the feel-good movie of the season, and credit for that goes to the gifted [director] Reitman, novice screenwriter Diablo Cody and the film's sensational lead actress, Ellen Page. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2007
2.5/4 The Hoax (2006) Jack Mathews It's hard to get a fix on what Hallstrom had in mind. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2007
0/4 Awake (2007) Jack Mathews Possibly the worst movie of 2007, and certainly the worst movie ever made featuring the spirits of dying people discussing their futures and sharing mortal flashbacks. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2007
2.5/4 This Christmas (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman o matter how silly the situation, each member of the uniformly strong cast creates a nice balance between sentimental and sweet -- which is just how every holiday gathering should feel. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2007
2.5/4 Protagonist (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman While [director] Yu's experimental approach brings valuable insight to the human condition, the interviews themselves too rarely measure up to her ambitious structure. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2007
3/4 65 Revisited (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman Originally made to supplement a new DVD release, this is one extra worth watching on the big screen, thanks to additional, and extraordinary, concert footage that never made it into the original film. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2007
3/4 Oswald's Ghost (2007) Jack Mathews [A] meticulously researched, seemingly unbiased summary of the [JFK] killing and the major conspiracy theories. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2007
1.5/4 Badland (2007) Jack Mathews Possibly the worst idea for a movie this century. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2007
3/4 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman In The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, director Julian Schnabel and his gifted lead, Mathieu Amalric, take us on an indelible tour through the highest and lowest points of the human experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2007
3/4 The Savages (2007) Jack Mathews The actors have found mutual subcurrents to their characters that project familial affection even when they are at each other's throats. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2007
3.5/4 Starting Out in the Evening (2007) Jack Mathews Unusual and absolutely riveting. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2007
1.5/4 August Rush (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman It would be nice to say this predictable fantasy has such a big heart, we can forgive its excesses. But director Kirsten Sheridan overplays nearly every already-corny scene. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2.5/4 Yiddish Theater: A Love Story (2006) Elizabeth Weitzman Touching, if uneven. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2.5/4 I'm Not There (2007) Jack Mathews A vividly imagined homage to the evolving music and enigmatic figure we know as Bob Dylan. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2/4 Hitman (2007) Jack Mathews As cold as it is dumb. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2/4 The Mist (2007) Jack Mathews A combination monster/disaster movie, it explores issues as fundamentally elusive as the nature of man, the existence of God and the purpose of religion, and its conclusions aren't going to leave anybody feeling too good about whatever they believe. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3/5 Enchanted (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman Cute and clever enough to enchant little girls -- not to mention their mothers. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2/4 Martian Child (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman The entire cast is fully committed to this squishily sentimental tale, which is especially impressive given that it's the kind of generic dramedy you'll swear you've seen a thousand times before. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2007
2.5/4 Darfur Now (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman A disquieting, and somewhat disjointed, call to arms. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2007
2.5/4 Park (2006) Jack Mathews There are plenty of laughs in the outrageous predicaments and the actors are obviously having a ball. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2/4 Redacted (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman More significant in its sense of purpose than its uneven execution. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2/4 Margot at the Wedding (2007) Jack Mathews Margot has no sense of balance, or nuance, or even mitigating psychological weight. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2007
3/4 The Life of Reilly (2006) Elizabeth Weitzman One could say there are two kinds of people: those who appreciate Charles Nelson Reilly, and those who don't know enough about him. This engaging documentary will charm the former and educate the latter. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2.5/4 How to Cook Your Life (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman If you enjoy time spent in the kitchen, you may find some surprising enlightenment in Brown's observations. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2/4 What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman You know that deflated feeling you get after you've spent a lot of time and money shopping -- and have little to show for your efforts? This disappointing biography, about performance artist Reverend Billy, does an awfully good job recreating it. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2.5/4 Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) Jack Mathews There's a little cholera in the middle and some love at the beginning and end, but Love in the Time of Cholera is mostly about romantic obsession and never-ending frustration -- the latter of which may jibe with the audience's reaction. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2.5/4 Beowulf (2007) Jack Mathews Beowulf is as dazzling a feast for the eyes as the hungriest eyes can take. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2/4 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman Never promise wonder when all you've got is manufactured whimsy. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2/4 Holly (2006) Elizabeth Weitzman Half drama, half social tract, Guy Moshe's feature debut is meant to illustrate the horrors of child prostitution in Southeast Asia. The intentions, unfortunately, are more notable than the execution. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2/4 Choking Man (2006) Elizabeth Weitzman The movie suffocates under the weight of too many wrong choices. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3/4 Steal a Pencil for Me (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman Not even Hollywood could invent a romance more extraordinary than this one. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3/4 War/Dance (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman A marvel to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2/4 Lions for Lambs (2007) Elizabeth Weitzman Unfortunately, a single, compelling plot would have been far more effective than earnest lectures in triplicate. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2/4 Fred Claus (2007) Jack Mathews About as funny as a sack of coal. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2.5/4 Slipstream (2007) Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2007
3.5/4 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) Jack Mathews [Lumet] proves that at 83 he's still the master of the game. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2007
3/4 Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007) Jack Mathews The movie fascinates not so much because of Strummer, whose brooding temperament and flash-and-burn career arc seems pretty routine by rock standards, but because of the way Temple organized and edited the film. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2007
2.5/4 Fat Girls (2006) Elizabeth Weitzman A modestly impressive debut -- especially considering that writer/director Ash Christian was 21 when he made it -- this poignant comedy will appeal to anyone who vividly remembers what it's like to be a high school outcast. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2007