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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
4/4
2
3/4
An arresting political expose punctuated by stellar acting and resonant messages about leadership, sacrifice and responsibility.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3
3/4
Steve Carell is the new Tom Hanks.
Posted Nov 3, 2007
4
2/4
John Cusack is the only bright spot in an otherwise sentimentally sloppy drama that telegraphs its plot points with a blinding laser beam.
Posted Nov 1, 2007
5
3/4
Sharkwater (2007)
Sharkwater has a message or two or three; its intentions are nothing if not noble.
Posted Oct 30, 2007
6
2.5/4
7
3.5/4
Tender, thoughtful and distinctive.
Posted Oct 22, 2007
8
2/4
Everything old doesn't necessarily feel new again.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
9
1/4
Breasts heave and the sea storms as historical music swells in Shekhar Kapur's overwrought follow-up to Elizabeth.
Posted Oct 20, 2007
10
2.5/4
A semi-absorbing but ultimately tiresome waiting game.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
11
2/4
Overwrought indies aren't typically my thing and this achingly angsty melodrama does little to alter my thinking.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
12
2.5/4
Sleuth (2007)
A semi-satisfying game, set and match.
Posted Oct 15, 2007
13
3/4
14
3/4
Outsourced (2007)
An indie charmer that may become the sleeper of Seattle.
Posted Oct 13, 2007
15
3/4
16
3/4
Maddening and more than a little thought-provoking.
Posted Oct 8, 2007
17
3/4
Ang Lee has gone back to his roots and the results are undeniably intriguing.
Posted Oct 8, 2007
18
3.5/4
A resonant throwback with deep roots to the political thrillers of the 1970s; slick, smart and saturated in dramatic paranoia.
Posted Oct 8, 2007
19
3.5/4
The Kingdom (2007)
A tense, thinking person's thriller.
Posted Oct 6, 2007
20
2.5/4
Although the edgy humor provides plenty of side-splitting moments, Heartbreak ultimately cracks beneath a lackluster storyline.
Posted Oct 5, 2007
21
3.5/4
Capricious, meditative and absorbing.
Posted Oct 5, 2007
22
4/4
Walking a razor-wire fence, [Writer/Director Paul] Haggis honors Americans serving their country while lacerating the military mindset that got them there.
Posted Sep 29, 2007
23
3/4
Although Feast is sometimes depressing, a natural side effect when touching on issues such as infidelity and death, it is also uplifting and tender.
Posted Sep 28, 2007
24
3.5/4
I shudder at the term chick flick but Jane Austen Book Club is a shining example of the genre, resplendent with feminine energy yet gently tweaking its masculine side.
Posted Sep 26, 2007
25
4/4
To say these guys still have the Right Stuff is an overwhelming understatement.
Posted Sep 26, 2007
26
3/4
Julie Taymor's wildly ambitious ode to the Fab Four is a flawed but occasionally fabulous change of pace.
Posted Sep 26, 2007
27
4/4
Sean Penn steps behind the camera to craft one of the most powerful films of the year.
Posted Sep 26, 2007
28
1.5/4
El Cantante (2007)
LLittle more than a string of music videos in search of a script.
Posted Sep 22, 2007
29
2.5/4
Next (2007)
Despite a distracting hairdo, Nicolas Cage delivers a solid performance in this fast-paced actioner.
Posted Sep 22, 2007
30
2/4
Masterwork of craft, manipulating viewer emotions to elicit unthinking responses and unabashed bloodlust.
Posted Sep 22, 2007
31
3.5/4
Viggo Mortensen chews it up and spits it out as the corrupt centerpiece of maverick director David Cronenberg's searing mob thriller.
Posted Sep 17, 2007
32
2/4
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
The term 'suspending disbelief' hasn't been this apropos since Democrats watched President Bush take the oath of office.
Posted Sep 15, 2007
33
4/4
Deep Water (2006)
34
2/4
Silk (2007)
35
2/4
Ladron leans far too heavily on a lifeless script and sluggish pacing to get its well-worn point across. The film's been-theres and done-thats are widespread.
Posted Sep 8, 2007
36
4/4
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
The atmosphere pointedly caters to the male ego and the dark deliciousness inherent in its complexities.
Posted Sep 4, 2007
37
2/4
Taking aim at self-absorbed filmmakers, amateur and professional, emerges as another strong thematic target. If only the comedy produced as many laughs as things to say.
Posted Sep 1, 2007
38
4/4
The 11th Hour presents its argument clearly: Disregarding the planetary repercussions of human behavior, or rather misbehavior, holds tragic consequences.
Posted Aug 31, 2007
39
4/4
The comedy doesn't have much to say, but its humor is killer.
Posted Aug 25, 2007
40
1.5/4
A bevy of respectable talent is uselessly squandered in clumsy efforts at cunning, humor and pathos.
Posted Aug 20, 2007
41
2.5/4
The Invasion (2007)
The latest cinematic space invaders tale is more of a commentary on modern America than a sci-fi screamer.
Posted Aug 17, 2007
42
3.5/4
43
2.5/4
Stardust (2007)
A mixed bag of triumphs and failures.
Posted Aug 7, 2007
44
3/4
Molière (2007)
A blithe but satisfying French confection.
Posted Aug 7, 2007
45
2.5/4
Rescue Dawn (2007)
Without a semblance of Herzog's signature mysticism or an ounce of insightfulness, the film becomes an unremarkable retelling of a remarkable true-life story.
Posted Aug 4, 2007
46
2.5/4
Although all the performances are good, Kate's character often rings false.
Posted Aug 4, 2007
47
2.5/4
Unless you have something new to say don't say it all. Lesson learned from yet another Jane Austen re-tread that trots out its tired themes with 18th century goodness.
Posted Jul 31, 2007
48
3.5/4
49
4/4
Hairspray (2007)
Campy and sweet-natured, Hairspray will shake away any summertime blues.
Posted Jul 28, 2007
50
3/4
Infected with a joie de vivre that renders the project far more than a stock buddy picture.
Posted Jul 25, 2007