Palo Alto Weekly
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
I've Loved You So Long (2008)
"A haunting and redemptive film experience."
"Sally Hawkins' enchanting performance is yet another example that Leigh's trademark technique is working."
Under the Same Moon (2008)
"Patricia Riggen's feature debut proves that the terms crowd-pleaser and social-issue movie can apply to the same film."
Definitely, Maybe (2008)
"Modern romance may be more realistic in Definitely, Maybe, but it's also less satisfying than the illusions that classic romantic movies create about amore."
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
"The movie never addresses the pressing questions raised in Crile's nonfiction page-turner. It also never encourages the viewer to consider that a solitary congressman appropriated more than $40 million of taxpayer money for his cause."
I Am Legend (2007)
"I Am Legend is far from a feel-good film; it's a familiar (for fans of Stephen King's The Stand or Heston's Omega Man) post-apocalyptic adventure rife with chills and hopelessness."
Standard Operating Procedure (2008)
"Haunting photographs and video seemingly point a finger at the low-ranking indicted soldiers. Equally haunting is the notion that journalists and the public assumed they had seen everything."
Then She Found Me (2007)
"Trying to establish a serio-comic tone is a task best suited for seasoned directors. Given that a boom microphone drops into the film frame at least twice, Hunt has more basic production elements to master."
"Stylistically, the film takes risks before veering into an odd sort of studied artiness."
Swing Vote (2008)
"Depictions of the spineless presidential hopefuls (Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper) and their campaign managers (Stanley Tucci and Nathan Lane, respectively) offer standard-issue political satire."
"Vaughn's mischievous imprint hangs over all: slick, irreverent and begging for more -- of what, I'm not sure."
The Express (2008)
"Quaid delivers one of the most stirring half-time speeches in movie history."
Belle de Jour (1968)
Get Smart (2008)
"You'll have a better time if you don't expect this re-imagined work to resemble the original. The phone shoe does fit Carell, and he wears it well."
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
"Although all the performances are remarkable, the actors can't break free from the too neat-and-tidy script."
Smart People (2008)
"Award-winning commercial director Noam Murro helms a fine cast playing all-too-familiar roles."
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
"As an espionage thriller, Traitor delivers. But the movie does so in a realistic way."
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Body of Lies (2008)
"Both complicated and compelling, Body of Lies offers an audacious glimpse at the hypocrisy and religious furor fueling a struggle most Americans recognize only as a political catch phrase -- a 'war on terror.'"
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
"As a recovering addict on the verge of imploding Hathaway is the stuff that Oscar dreams of."
"Fernando Meirelles tackles JosÚ Saramago's searing stream of consciousness novel with intriguing but mixed results."
The Duchess (2008)
"Relies on energetic chemistry between Knightley and Fiennes but its much ado about nothing."
Flash of Genius (2008)
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
"Sam Rockwell proves again (and again and again) that he's a talent to be reckoned with."
Ghost Town (2008)
Lakeview Terrace (2008)
"Simmering acceleration from the grey area of implication to the black and white reality of acute humiliation."
The Women (2008)
Burn After Reading (2008)
"Those crazy Coen Brothers veer a hard left with a humorous and cautionary tale of lust and revenge."
I Served the King of England (2008)
"Czech director JirÝ Menzel casts a wide net in this fanciful tale of life, love and the relentless march of time."
The House Bunny (2008)
Hamlet 2 (2008)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
"The laughs fly as fast and furious as enemy fire."
Pineapple Express (2008)
Bottle Shock (2008)
"A sweet and easy supplement to summer."
Man on Wire (2008)
"Outrageously entertaining and perfectly profound."
The Dark Knight (2008)
Mamma Mia! (2008)
"Campy theatrics and Busby Berkeley choreography set on a ridiculously breathtaking island paradise -- what's not to love?"
"Simultaneously groundbreaking and breathtaking, Wanted is more than just one of the best films of 2008 -- it's one of the best action movies ever made."
- • 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