Palo Alto Weekly
The Descent (2006)
"Grabs at the jugular and doesn't let go until the last gory frame."
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
"Charming little indie that puts generation-gap dysfunction on the map ..."
The Night Listener (2006)
"Tidy psychological thriller taut with tension and intrigue."
"The actors each do their part to rev up the silly fun, whether it's Reilly's goofy 'shake and bake' slogan, Cohen's absurd French accent or Ferrell's graceless physicality"
Live Flesh (Carne trémula) (1998)
"Almodovar does a remarkable job of running all kinds of threads through All About My Mother, tugging on each one before he methodically ties them up."
Miami Vice (2006)
"A dark pastiche of murky drug deals and menacing thugs sans the tongue-in-cheek humor and neon nights of television's crayola-washed classic."
"The sort of comic frippery that's wearing thin with age and repetition."
Monster House (2006)
"Sometimes irreverently hip and sometimes sweet, the spooky-house tale provides the best and worst in family entertainment."
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
"A Scanner Darkly is well worth viewing solely because films this unusual are rare in our Hollywood-infused world of pirates and popcorn."
Clerks II (2006)
"Wickedly irreverent and bone-tickling funny."
Lady in the Water (2006)
"A well-crafted and well-intentioned misstep."
"Bottles of rum are everywhere, but the ho-ho-hos are in short supply in Gore Verbinski's second voyage."
Kansas City (1996)
You, Me and Dupree (2006)
"Vacillates wildly between the scattered pearls of comic classics and bone-tired comic convention."
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
"Despite themes as outdated as last season's wardrobe, the comedy delivers lightweight entertainment."
Superman Returns (2006)
"Although Singer's take on Superman is slightly reminiscent of Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong - epic, breathtaking and a bit over-indulgent - Returns is a welcome addition to the cinematic superhero library."
"Fans of Sandler shouldn't skip past this surprising treat, a soulful and silly comedy with plenty to pause and appreciate."
District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006)
"Numbness starts to set in. Frenetic action wrapped around a razor wire-thin script will do that to you."
The Lake House (2006)
"One of the most nonsensical and unsatisfying films of the year."
Nacho Libre (2006)
"Although the film itself gets trapped in a headlock of steady stupidity (think fart jokes and juvenile slapstick), funnyman Jack Black delivers a riotous performance that helps viewers embrace the silly fun."
"Make no mistake - Cars is still the best animated film this year. But with Pixar behind the wheel, the film should have cruised to must-see status. Instead, it stalls."
The Omen (2006)
"A faithful re-creation altered to appease a modern audience's thirst for well-crafted gore."
Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
"The specifics create a sit-up-and-take-notice aura of doom that pervades the narrative much like Al Gore's impending disaster doc."
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
" An uneven yarn of pregnant pauses punctuated by charm."
Art School Confidential (2006)
"Director Terry Zwigoff and comic book artist-turned-screenwriter Daniel Clowes follow up their Ghost World success with a less satisfying collaboration."
The Break-Up (2006)
"Akin to an unhealthy relationship, this self-described 'anti-romantic comedy' begins hot and heavy before buckling beneath the weight of pointless conflicts and ridiculous game-playing."
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
"Illuminating and distressing...a grave message indeed."
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
"So Dan Brown isn't Umberto Eco, and The Da Vinci Code can't hold a rosebud to Citizen Kane. Howard still plays by the book closely enough to entertain fans and the uninitiated alike."
Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006)
"Agreeably educational and delightfully illuminating."
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
"Sacrifices socio-political relevance for flashy pyrotechnics and visceral pleasures galore."
Over the Hedge (2006)
"A colorful charmer that proves Disney/Pixar is not the only animation powerhouse."
Down in the Valley (2006)
"Misfires like a seized-up six-shooter."
Just My Luck (2006)
"The definition of dumb Luck has been captured on celluloid."
The Lost City (2005)
"Handsomely executed but hopelessly flawed."
"Easier to forgive the sodden clichés and jump on board the nautical roller coaster ride."
Stick It (2006)
"Peregrym lands on her feet, even if the movie doesn't."
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
"Lucky Number Slevin starts off as entertaining original but comes up empty at the end."
Kinky Boots (2006)
"Chiwetel Ejiofor dishes out another magnetic performance despite a storyline that wavers from innovative to obvious."
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
"Cruise reminds us what he does best, and it has nothing to do with TomKat or Scientology."
"A messy fairy tale that speaks to tainted ambition and destiny."
Hard Candy (2006)
"Curiously sticky with the residue of lurid exploitation."
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
"Utilizes every cliché in the book to hammer its point home with maximum sugar content."
United 93 (2006)
"A fresh and powerful reminder of the day the music died."
The Sentinel (2006)
"Gives a good name to the brand of cookie-cutter thriller that satisfies like no other."
American Dreamz (2006)
"A broad-based lampoon that envelops too much material and tries far too hard to please."
The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)
"Director Mary Harron chooses the path of least resistance while keeping it playful and provocative."
"A richly textured and abstract teen thriller."
"As a character study it delivers the goods, fraught with the sweet tension and painful heartbreak of coming of age and living on the edge."
Lonesome Jim (2006)
"Everything from the film's washed out, grainy look to the dialogue rings false."
- • Jeanne Aufmuth
- • Cathy Beheler
- • Peter Canavese
- • Jennifer Deitz
- • Tyler Hanley
- • Jim Harrington
- • Monica Hayde
- • Elizabeth Howton
- • Shellie Iliff
- • Malcolm MacLachlan
- • Joe Mader
- • Kate Manning
- • Neil Martin
- • Scott McPherson
- • Rachel Metz
- • Laura Reiley
- • D. S.
- • Leonard Schwarz
- • Jim Shelby
- • Alan Sissenwein
- • Susan Tavernetti
- • Elisabeth Traugott
- • Jose Antonio Vargas
- • Nick Veronin
- • Marc Vincenti
- • Sarah Heim and David Weld
- • Christina Ziegler-McPherson