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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
1.5/4
Sunshine (2007)
an odyssey of stupidity with one bad decision piling on another.
Posted Jul 23, 2007
2
3/4
Joshua (2007)
Father and mother no longer know best.
Posted Jul 21, 2007
3
2/4
4
3.5/4
Interview (2007)
Tension, humor and pathos are wrung out from smart scripting and surprisingly effective performances.
Posted Jul 19, 2007
5
3/4
A smart alternative to summer's bloated blockbusters.
Posted Jul 17, 2007
6
2.5/4
1408 (2007)
Although 1408 lacks the dramatic power of either Misery or The Shining, John Cusack's riveting performance rivals that of James Caan and Jack Nicholson.
Posted Jul 13, 2007
7
3.5/4
Harry's cinematic leap to manhood is not unlike the wizard himself -- spellbinding.
Posted Jul 13, 2007
8
3/4
Ratatouille (2007)
9
2.5/4
Evening (2007)
There's a better movie somewhere inside this saccharine weepy that telegraphs its melodramatics with shameless glee.
Posted Jul 7, 2007
10
4/4
Sicko (2007)
Like Al Gore's documentary hit, Moore cleverly prods us to consider and act upon some inconvenient truths.
Posted Jul 7, 2007
11
2/4
Transformers (2007)
As a fan of the 1980s Saturday morning cartoon and Hasbro toys the film is based on, I was saddened to see characters I grew up with transformed into a corporate ad tool.
Posted Jul 6, 2007
12
4/4
Fracture (2007)
If you like your thrillers served chilled, Fracture won't disappoint.
Posted Jun 30, 2007
13
3/4
Bruce Willis is back in action to remind moviegoers that spandex-clad superheroes and swashbuckling pirates are no more heroic than a hardened cop.
Posted Jun 29, 2007
14
1.5/4
Nancy Drew (2007)
Quote not available.
Posted Jun 23, 2007
15
2/4
The movie comes across as Sunday school meets Greenpeace meets Ace Ventura -- laughter, religion and environmentalism make strange bedfellows.
Posted Jun 22, 2007
16
2.5/4
A labyrinth of corruption and buzz words that resonate with anxiety and afford some narrative confusion.
Posted Jun 18, 2007
17
3/4
Rise is exactly what a superhero movie should be: an entertaining, family-friendly popcorn flick with even doses of humor, heroism and heart.
Posted Jun 15, 2007
18
3/4
A tousled biopic both bleak and disturbing.
Posted Jun 11, 2007
19
2.5/4
Gracie (2007)
Despite flaws, though, this stirring independent production is remarkable for its honest portrayal of a family grappling with grief and a female taking the penalty kick to score points for gender equity.
Posted Jun 9, 2007
20
3.5/4
Once (2007)
Unforgettable melody is the foundation of this heartfelt Irish romance that puts a twist on the movie musical.
Posted Jun 9, 2007
21
2/4
Surf's Up (2007)
Hollywood's latest attempt to capitalize on penguin appreciation features a forgettable plot, fountains of toilet humor and enough surfing scenarios to make a viewer seasick.
Posted Jun 8, 2007
22
3.5/4
Paprika (2006)
An animated fever dream sure to haunt long after the lights have come up.
Posted Jun 6, 2007
23
3/4
Summer fun with a safety net.
Posted Jun 6, 2007
24
2.5/4
Knocked Up (2007)
25
2.5/4
Bug (2006)
Both Judd and Shannon reach into the void to draw out raw performances that are alternately gripping and ridiculously extreme.
Posted Jun 2, 2007
26
3/4
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Welcome back, Costner. The hit-or-miss actor who earned an Oscar for Dances with Wolves but a Razzie for The Postman shatters expectations with his best performance in more than a decade.
Posted Jun 1, 2007
27
3/4
A scattered pastiche of petite vignettes that displays a frenetic charm.
Posted May 21, 2007
28
3/4
Away From Her offers a moving, thoughtful drama for adults who have felt abandoned by the movie industry.
Posted May 19, 2007
29
3.5/4
The ornery ogre brought to life by Mike Myers and DreamWorks in 2001 returns to the screen for his third outing, a fast-paced fantasy rife with witty humor and colorful characters.
Posted May 18, 2007
30
2/4
Fay Grim (2007)
Facetious and acutely stagy to the point of preposterous.
Posted May 15, 2007
31
3/4
Waitress (2007)
Inconsistent overtones lean precariously close to cute yet manage to surge both poignant and wistful.
Posted May 15, 2007
32
3/4
The Ex (2007)
No year-end awards but boy did I laugh.
Posted May 11, 2007
33
1/4
Georgia Rule (2007)
A messier-than-thou melodrama that's guaranteed to repel.
Posted May 9, 2007
34
2/4
The Valet (2007)
Instead of provoking hearty laughter, this slight French confection may coax only a few smiles.
Posted May 5, 2007
35
2/4
Lucky You (2007)
When a deck of cards trumps plot and character development, the film is bound to fold.
Posted May 4, 2007
36
2.5/4
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Despite an overwhelming sensation of been-there, done-that Tobey Maguire and company inject enough fresh material into Spider-Man's third outing to keep both fans and converts happy. Or happy enough.
Posted May 1, 2007
37
3/4
Up for Grabs (2005)
Up for Grabs isn't just about a ball. It's about America.
Posted May 1, 2007
38
1/4
Director Scott Wiper makes the critical mistake of copping attitude and a conscience about the inherent pitfalls of reality TV.
Posted Apr 25, 2007
39
3/4
40
2.5/4
Grindhouse (2007)
Packaging a three-hour-plus program may be daring, but pairing a long running time with junk-food cinema is enough to make you sick.
Posted Apr 14, 2007
41
3/4
Disturbia (2007)
Rear Window gets a facelift for the iPod generation.
Posted Apr 13, 2007
42
3.5/4
The Hoax (2007)
43
3/4
Handsome drama that reveals depth beneath its polished veneer.
Posted Apr 5, 2007
44
3/4
Hot Fuzz (2007)
The humor is dry and the satire raw.
Posted Apr 4, 2007
45
2.5/4
First Snow (2007)
46
3/4
Black Book (2007)
This is history Hollywood style, a dense soap-opera ramped up with juicy elements not often associated with Hitler's regime.
Posted Apr 4, 2007
47
3.5/4
48
2/4
Although Will Ferrell does supply most of the film's intermittent laughs, the ridiculous concept and poor execution put "Blades" at the bottom of Ferrell's otherwise winning resume.
Posted Mar 30, 2007
49
3.5/4
The Lookout (2007)
Scott Frank offers up a haunting neo-noir backdrop that simmers with angst.
Posted Mar 27, 2007
50
3/4
Pride (2007)
Terrence Howard is a rare and phenomenally gifted actor with the ability to dip into a seemingly endless well of raw emotion.
Posted Mar 23, 2007