Palo Alto Weekly
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."
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."
"There's an air of unfinished business about it all and I'm a sucker for loose ends in the name of family dysfunction."
The Children of Huang Shi (2008)
"An ill-conceived weeper that just won't say die."
The Fall (2006)
"There's a decent little movie lurking somewhere deep inside this visual panoply that positively chokes on its own symbolism."
Sex and the City (2008)
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Speed Racer (2008)
"The Wachowski Brothers' big-screen, big-budget adaptation of the popular Speed Racer anime series is like the Willy Wonka of racing movies."
Iron Man (2008)
"Doubters with their tales of suspense about whether or not Iron Man will fly as a franchise can finally calm down -- and Batman and Spider-Man fans can start to get edgy about sharing the cinematic spotlight."
Baby Mama (2008)
"SNL alumni Tina Fey, Steve Martin, and current mainstay Amy Poehler, all shine in this infectious chuckler."
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Street Kings (2008)
"Fans of Keanue Reeves and Forest Whitaker will appreciate Reeves' heavy screen time and Whitaker's performance, but both actors deserve material that doesn't leave the viewer queasy and in need of a long shower."
Run Fatboy Run (2007)
"Revealing when it needs to be and unpredictable when you least expect it."
"Jim Sturgess turns up the heat as an untapped genius who takes a walk on the wild side."
The Bank Job (2008)
Funny Games (2008)
Married Life (2008)
"Director Ira Sachs plays it wistful not wayward, sticking to essential melodrama and tidy infidelities while dropping narrative cherry bombs for calculated effect."
The Counterfeiters (2007)
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
"The screenwriters capably update the 49-year-old critters for socially relevant times, give or take a little suspension of disbelief."
"Penelope wiggles its way past a quirky premise with the help of a terrific supporting cast and underlying messages about self-esteem, independence and inner beauty."
"Paulo Morelli mines old territory in yet another ode to Rio's vivid favelas."
The Band's Visit (2007)
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Vantage Point (2008)
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
"A lightweight outing heavy on convention."
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
"Spiderwick is The Neverending Story of the new millennium -- a family-friendly fable that kids will applaud but adults may nap through."
Over Her Dead Body (2008)
"Ghost gets a romantic-comedy redo with this strained love-triangle tale."
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
" Life is too short for long-term exposure to relentless agony and distress, even in the guise of entertainment."
What Just Happened? (2008)
27 Dresses (2008)
"Frilly testament to the romantic secondary and homage to the nice girls who don't always finish last."
The Bucket List (2007)
"Even the one-two punch of A-list heavyweights Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman can't save this terminal tearjerker from itself."
The Orphanage (2007)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
"Visceral, volatile and epic."
The Great Debaters (2007)
"Turns out Denzel Washington makes magic on both sides of the camera."
The Savages (2007)
"Affecting and dangerously close to home."
"Revenge is a dish best served cold, exactly how I was left after watching Helena Bonham Carter butcher a cheeky star turn in Tim Burton's cutthroat musical."
"Sweet, sassy, and satisfying."
"Magnifies its inescapable destiny with dazzling bravura."
The Golden Compass (2007)
The Kite Runner (2007)
"Genuine if not exactly inspiring."
I'm Not There (2007)
This Christmas (2007)
" a cornucopia of cine-cheer and familydysfunction."
Margot at the Wedding (2007)
"Noah Baumbach knows his way around an honest exploration of family and friendship and Margot serves to reinforce the point."
Bee Movie (2007)
"The weak storyline hovers over a scene while foraging for material and then flits off to a new situation. Without a strong narrative, the movie tends to drone on."
"The 3-D film isn't just a movie, it's a movie experience that makes you a part of its noble, frightening and fantasy-infused world."
- • 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