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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
4/4
A lyrical tone poem of a movie that's a haunting tribute to the great frontiers of love.
Posted Dec 13, 2005
2
3/4
Syriana (2005)
Gaghan advances the cast-of-too-many-characters in Stratego fashion, methodically moving them across a board riddled with oil-industry intrigues until they finally converge in the drama's explosive climax.
Posted Dec 11, 2005
3
3/4
If The Lord of the Rings is a shot of whiskey, then The Chronicles of Narnia is a glass of milk.
Posted Dec 11, 2005
4
3/4
5
2/4
Quote not available.
Posted Dec 10, 2005
6
3/4
Ushpizin (2005)
A sweetly compassionate Israeli offering that has its heart firmly established in the home and the hearth.
Posted Dec 9, 2005
7
2/4
Swap this music-legend biopic with any other. It's the same old song.
Posted Dec 6, 2005
8
2.5/4
Just Friends (2005)
With fine performers and decent dialogue creating a concrete foundation, it's a shame inane smacks and slaps ultimately make for a rickety flick.
Posted Nov 25, 2005
9
2.5/4
Falls into place too little and too late.
Posted Nov 22, 2005
10
3/4
Rent (2005)
The soul of Larson's then-timely passion play is intact; bring on the Sing-A-Long version.
Posted Nov 22, 2005
11
3.5/4
12
'3/4'
Ultimately settles into the whip-smart independent it was meant to be.
Posted Nov 15, 2005
13
'2/4'
Derailed (2005)
For the over-initiated it smacks of been-there, done-that.
Posted Nov 14, 2005
14
'3.5/4'
Will send even the stoniest hearts into a rhythmic pitter-pat.
Posted Nov 8, 2005
15
'3/4'
Bee Season (2005)
A cleverly intentioned but slightly disjointed drama.
Posted Nov 8, 2005
16
3/4
Destined to become a babysitter's top tot-tempering tool.
Posted Nov 4, 2005
17
3.5/4
Jarhead (2005)
A visual masterpiece.
Posted Nov 4, 2005
18
4/4
George Clooney makes a bold move and raises tough issues in the meticulously recreation of a seminal chapter in television history.
Posted Oct 29, 2005
19
3/4
Quote not available.
Posted Oct 29, 2005
20
3/4
Supported by the thespian charms of Sir Michael Caine and the visionary direction of Gore Verbinski, Cage and crew deliver a soulful snippet of self-discovery.
Posted Oct 28, 2005
21
2.5/4
Doom (2005)
Doom may not be a sure-fire hit, but it's certain to satisfy its target audience.
Posted Oct 27, 2005
22
'3.5/4'
Nine Lives (2005)
The cinematic equivalent of a satisfying volume of delicious short stories.
Posted Oct 21, 2005
23
'2/4'
Bland family fare that goes down easy but neither edifies nor challenges.
Posted Oct 21, 2005
24
'3/4'
Shopgirl (2005)
An oasis of old-fashioned charm in a modern world.
Posted Oct 21, 2005
25
'3.5/4'
The collapse of this nuclear family is peppered with wry humor that nevertheless rubs raw.
Posted Oct 21, 2005
26
'2.5/4'
Prime (2005)
A romantic comedy that's merely half a good movie.
Posted Oct 20, 2005
27
'1/4'
Stay (2005)
Left me yearning for the parking lot.
Posted Oct 19, 2005
28
'3/4'
Director Luis Mandoki helms with a persistently heavy hand rendering the experience emotionally draining but nonetheless haunting.
Posted Oct 14, 2005
29
2/4
Domino (2005)
Quote not available.
Posted Oct 14, 2005
30
'1.5/4'
A jumble of potentially intriguing concepts that rarely gel and leave the sticky residue of bad impromptu theater
Posted Oct 10, 2005
31
4/4
From start to finish, Curse is a blessing.
Posted Oct 7, 2005
32
'4/4'
Capote (2005)
A marvelously rich and absorbing biopic of man and mystery and the subtle nuances that make twisted brilliance tick.
Posted Oct 5, 2005
33
'2.5/4'
A stiff-upper-lip melodrama that's semi-spoiled by a disappointing bit of miscasting.
Posted Oct 4, 2005
34
'3/4'
In Her Shoes (2005)
Emotionally grounded and endearingly familiar to anyone who endures family on a daily basis.
Posted Oct 4, 2005
35
1.5/4
The tension never heightens to the point where you worry about the protagonists...
Posted Oct 2, 2005
36
'3.5/4'
Touches on dusky psychological nerves while maintaining an uncharacteristically easy accessibility.
Posted Sep 28, 2005
37
'3/4'
38
'3/4'
A wholesome family film with loads of mainstream appeal.
Posted Sep 26, 2005
39
3.5/4
Julianne Moore is sure to hear Oscar calling for her captivating performance as 1950s housewife Evelyn Ryan, who raised ten kids on twenty-five words or less.
Posted Sep 26, 2005
40
3/4
Flightplan (2005)
Quote not available.
Posted Sep 26, 2005
41
'3.5/4'
Proof (2005)
The graceful discipline of math theory sits in stark contrast to the ugly realities of dementia, a collective contrast crackling with melodramatic vigor.
Posted Sep 21, 2005
42
'2/4'
Thumbsucker (2005)
The captivating matter of the opposable digit is lost among a plethora of intriguing plot points without resolution.
Posted Sep 20, 2005
43
'3.5/4
Reeks of Burton-style, borne of a freakish place in the psyche that feeds on the underbelly of things that go bump in the night.
Posted Sep 20, 2005
44
1.5/4
Quote not available.
Posted Sep 18, 2005
45
3.5/4
Lord of War (2005)
This is a political, thinking person's film, not the action-comedy previews might suggest.
Posted Sep 16, 2005
46
'2/4'
The Baxter (2005)
A strained affair that screams wannabe from the opening frame.
Posted Sep 14, 2005
47
'3/4'
48
2/4
The Man (2005)
There are only a few genuine laughs in The Man, separated by long moments of pondering the many ways you could have spent your 90 minutes and nine bucks.
Posted Sep 9, 2005
49
'2.5/4'
Does its best to keep the stickiest melodrama at bay, for the most part succeeding.
Posted Sep 5, 2005
50
'3/4'
Psychologically and emotionally draining when it counts.
Posted Sep 5, 2005