Palo Alto Weekly
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Lions for Lambs (2007)
"An arresting political expose punctuated by stellar acting and resonant messages about leadership, sacrifice and responsibility."
Dan in Real Life (2007)
"Steve Carell is the new Tom Hanks."
Martian Child (2007)
"John Cusack is the only bright spot in an otherwise sentimentally sloppy drama that telegraphs its plot points with a blinding laser beam."
"Sharkwater has a message or two or three; its intentions are nothing if not noble."
American Gangster (2007)
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
"Tender, thoughtful and distinctive."
We Own the Night (2007)
"Everything old doesn't necessarily feel new again."
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
"Breasts heave and the sea storms as historical music swells in Shekhar Kapur's overwrought follow-up to Elizabeth."
Reservation Road (2007)
"A semi-absorbing but ultimately tiresome waiting game."
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
"Overwrought indies aren't typically my thing and this achingly angsty melodrama does little to alter my thinking."
"A semi-satisfying game, set and match."
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
"An indie charmer that may become the sleeper of Seattle."
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
My Kid Could Paint That (2007)
"Maddening and more than a little thought-provoking."
Lust, Caution (2007)
"Ang Lee has gone back to his roots and the results are undeniably intriguing."
Michael Clayton (2007)
"A resonant throwback with deep roots to the political thrillers of the 1970s; slick, smart and saturated in dramatic paranoia."
The Kingdom (2007)
"A tense, thinking person's thriller."
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
"Although the edgy humor provides plenty of side-splitting moments, Heartbreak ultimately cracks beneath a lackluster storyline."
"Capricious, meditative and absorbing."
In the Valley of Elah (2007)
"Walking a razor-wire fence, [Writer/Director Paul] Haggis honors Americans serving their country while lacerating the military mindset that got them there."
Feast of Love (2007)
"Although Feast is sometimes depressing, a natural side effect when touching on issues such as infidelity and death, it is also uplifting and tender."
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
"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."
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
"To say these guys still have the Right Stuff is an overwhelming understatement."
Across the Universe (2007)
"Julie Taymor's wildly ambitious ode to the Fab Four is a flawed but occasionally fabulous change of pace."
Into the Wild (2007)
"Sean Penn steps behind the camera to craft one of the most powerful films of the year."
El Cantante (2007)
"LLittle more than a string of music videos in search of a script."
"Despite a distracting hairdo, Nicolas Cage delivers a solid performance in this fast-paced actioner."
The Brave One (2007)
"Masterwork of craft, manipulating viewer emotions to elicit unthinking responses and unabashed bloodlust."
Eastern Promises (2007)
"Viggo Mortensen chews it up and spits it out as the corrupt centerpiece of maverick director David Cronenberg's searing mob thriller."
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
"The term 'suspending disbelief' hasn't been this apropos since Democrats watched President Bush take the oath of office."
Deep Water (2006)
Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón (2007)
"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."
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
"The atmosphere pointedly caters to the male ego and the dark deliciousness inherent in its complexities."
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
"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."
The 11th Hour (2007)
"The 11th Hour presents its argument clearly: Disregarding the planetary repercussions of human behavior, or rather misbehavior, holds tragic consequences."
Death at a Funeral (2007)
"The comedy doesn't have much to say, but its humor is killer."
The Nanny Diaries (2007)
"A bevy of respectable talent is uselessly squandered in clumsy efforts at cunning, humor and pathos."
The Invasion (2007)
"The latest cinematic space invaders tale is more of a commentary on modern America than a sci-fi screamer."
No End in Sight (2007)
"A mixed bag of triumphs and failures."
"A blithe but satisfying French confection."
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."
No Reservations (2007)
"Although all the performances are good, Kate's character often rings false."
Becoming Jane (2007)
"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."
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
"Campy and sweet-natured, Hairspray will shake away any summertime blues."
- • 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