Palo Alto Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 70%

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."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

2 82%

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."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

3 70%

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."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Tyler Hanley

4 79%

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."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

5 50%

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."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

6 79%

How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2008)

"Stylistically, the film takes risks before veering into an odd sort of studied artiness."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

7 96%

Persepolis (2007)

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

8 38%

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."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

9 58%

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008)

"Vaughn's mischievous imprint hangs over all: slick, irreverent and begging for more -- of what, I'm not sure."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

10 61%

The Express (2008)

"Quaid delivers one of the most stirring half-time speeches in movie history."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

11 95%

Belle de Jour (1968)

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

12 51%

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."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

13 46%

Cassandra's Dream (2007)

"Although all the performances are remarkable, the actors can't break free from the too neat-and-tidy script."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

14 50%

Smart People (2008)

"Award-winning commercial director Noam Murro helms a fine cast playing all-too-familiar roles."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

15 18%

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

"Here are six words that would probably get me tarred and feathered at a comic-book convention: I am sick of Star Wars."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Tyler Hanley

16 63%

Traitor (2008)

"As an espionage thriller, Traitor delivers. But the movie does so in a realistic way."

Posted Oct 18, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

17 58%

The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

"Show me the nuance and scratch the false sincerity."

Posted Oct 15, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

18 59%

W. (2008)

"A convoluted but compelling psychoanalysis of George W. Bush's silver-spoon arrogance and deep-seated insecurities."

Posted Oct 15, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

19 54%

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.'"

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Tyler Hanley

20 85%

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"As a recovering addict on the verge of imploding Hathaway is the stuff that Oscar dreams of."

Posted Oct 9, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

21 43%

Blindness (2008)

"Fernando Meirelles tackles JosÚ Saramago's searing stream of consciousness novel with intriguing but mixed results."

Posted Oct 2, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

22 61%

The Duchess (2008)

"Relies on energetic chemistry between Knightley and Fiennes but its much ado about nothing."

Posted Oct 2, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

23 59%

Flash of Genius (2008)

"A stirring David and Goliath tale of steadfast perseverance and pride."

Posted Sep 30, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

24 34%

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

"Maudlin climax leaves a treacly residue of exaggerated valor and sentiment."

Posted Sep 30, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

25 74%

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

"As a valentine to the young bridge and tunnel crowd it works wonders."

Posted Sep 30, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

26 54%

Choke (2008)

"Sam Rockwell proves again (and again and again) that he's a talent to be reckoned with."

Posted Sep 23, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

27 85%

Ghost Town (2008)

"Ghost Town is a fantasy charmer, from its tight cast and excellent soundtrack to its complex characters and soulful climax."

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Tyler Hanley

28 45%

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

"Simmering acceleration from the grey area of implication to the black and white reality of acute humiliation."

Posted Sep 15, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

29 13%

The Women (2008)

"Messy construction, trite themes and an endless parade of verbal chestnuts."

Posted Sep 10, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

30 78%

Burn After Reading (2008)

"Those crazy Coen Brothers veer a hard left with a humorous and cautionary tale of lust and revenge."

Posted Sep 10, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

31 81%

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."

Posted Sep 10, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

32 41%

The House Bunny (2008)

"Revenge of the Nerds gets a feminine twist in this entertaining and uplifting chuckler."

Posted Aug 22, 2008

Tyler Hanley

33 62%

Hamlet 2 (2008)

Posted Aug 22, 2008

Susan Tavernetti

34 83%

Tropic Thunder (2008)

"The laughs fly as fast and furious as enemy fire."

Posted Aug 13, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

35 68%

Pineapple Express (2008)

"I'm typically not a fan of the wildly popular Judd Apatow/Seth Rogen collaborative efforts but a pitch-perfect performance by James Franco temporarily sways me in the other direction."

Posted Aug 6, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

36 48%

Bottle Shock (2008)

"A sweet and easy supplement to summer."

Posted Aug 6, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

37 100%

Man on Wire (2008)

"Outrageously entertaining and perfectly profound."

Posted Aug 5, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

38 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Ambitious, flawed and erratically visionary, Batman is back."

Posted Jul 17, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

39 54%

Mamma Mia! (2008)

"Campy theatrics and Busby Berkeley choreography set on a ridiculously breathtaking island paradise -- what's not to love?"

Posted Jul 17, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

40 61%

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

"Plot, dialogue and acting are buried beneath a visual barrage that may stimulate children but dizzy adults."

Posted Jul 11, 2008

Tyler Hanley

41 94%

Ne le Dis Ó Personne (Tell No One) (2006)

"Thriller, love story, whodunit; an unwieldy trio made whole by an up-and-coming mastermind."

Posted Jul 8, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

42 41%

Hancock (2008)

"The premise alone is worth the price of admission and the first hour is some of 2008's most intriguing cinema."

Posted Jun 30, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

43 71%

Wanted (2008)

"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."

Posted Jun 27, 2008

Tyler Hanley

44 96%

WALL-E (2008)

"Beautifully executed with a wink and a nudge, this one has heart."

Posted Jun 27, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

45 66%

Brick Lane (2008)

"A sense of isolation and struggle for identity in an oppressive culture wash away superfluous formula, leaving a lovely tranquility in their wake."

Posted Jun 24, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

46 67%

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"Fans furious with Ang Lee's artsy 2003 flick about Marvel's green behemoth can finally breathe a sigh of relief."

Posted Jun 13, 2008

Tyler Hanley

47 72%

And When Did You Last See Your Father? (When Did You Last See Your Father?) (2008)

"There's an air of unfinished business about it all and I'm a sucker for loose ends in the name of family dysfunction."

Posted Jun 9, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

48 30%

The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

"An ill-conceived weeper that just won't say die."

Posted Jun 6, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

49 59%

The Fall (2006)

"There's a decent little movie lurking somewhere deep inside this visual panoply that positively chokes on its own symbolism."

Posted May 30, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

50 50%

Sex and the City (2008)

"Bottom line the movie fails Movie Plot 101 by trying too hard. Too hard to appease its fans, too hard to color within the lines and too hard to prove that love conquers all."

Posted May 30, 2008

Jeanne Aufmuth

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