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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2.5/4
Shooter (2007)
2
3/4
The unlikely alliance at the center of it all is dark, edgy and saturated with history and sentiment.
Posted Mar 20, 2007
3
1/4
The plot is one big tease.
Posted Mar 18, 2007
4
2/4
Premonition (2007)
Pacing stutters as Bullock reorganizes her tangled web and dreams of Miss Congeniality 3.
Posted Mar 14, 2007
5
2/4
Wild Hogs (2007)
Rediscovering one's inner manhood and earning everyone's respect boils down to fighting the bad boys. Another measure of manliness involves repeatedly making fun of a gay highway patrolman (John C. McGinley) and tossing in plenty of homophobic jokes.
Posted Mar 10, 2007
6
3.5/4
300 (2007)
Zack Snyder adapts Frank Miller's sparse graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae with the same devoted verve that Robert Rodriguez brought to Sin City.
Posted Mar 9, 2007
7
3/4
The Host (2007)
A colorful dissection of the fiendish creature genre that touches on a number of contemporary themes.
Posted Mar 6, 2007
8
3.5/4
Zodiac (2007)
Deftly maintains a methodical rhythm of fear and anxiety.
Posted Feb 28, 2007
9
1.5/4
Elicits a potent desire to sponge off the sleaze.
Posted Feb 27, 2007
10
2.5/4
11
2.5/4
12
2/4
This drama won't fly for anyone who considers Charles Farmer's mission a self-indulgent obsession that places a family of five at risk.
Posted Feb 25, 2007
13
1/4
Like a poorly designed house of cards, 23 tumbles when it becomes apparent that the weak premise sports an even weaker plot. Tack another disaster on to Schumacher's cinematic belt.
Posted Feb 25, 2007
14
2/4
Factory Girl (2007)
Sienna Miller lights up an otherwise mediocre recounting of the rise and fall of Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick.
Posted Feb 18, 2007
15
3/4
Breach (2007)
Powerhouse performances by Chris Cooper and Laura Linney highlight this taut political thriller.
Posted Feb 16, 2007
16
3/4
Screams mainstream but it's a sweet-enough holiday confection.
Posted Feb 13, 2007
17
4/4
18
2/4
Norbit (2007)
Eddie Murphy's finest example of multi-role playing is still his first, 1988's Coming to America. Compared to that comedic gem, Norbit is little more than excess weight.
Posted Feb 9, 2007
19
2/4
When it's all said and done this Western psychodrama is more dumbed-down than giddy-up.
Posted Feb 7, 2007
20
2.5/4
Ultimately, even a vivacious Diane Keaton can't make a familiar film feel fresh -- no matter how hard she tries.
Posted Feb 2, 2007
21
3.5/4
Miss Potter (2007)
Something that can't be quantified -- a lightness in tone, an air of enchantment -- infuses this drama.
Posted Feb 1, 2007
22
2.5/4
Venus (2006)
Peter O'Toole crafts a May-December romance with geriatric fervor and large dollop of self-effacing humor.
Posted Jan 31, 2007
23
2/4
Smokin' Aces (2007)
Narrative spunk ultimately tapers off to a series of slick but silly plot devices that drag the action over the finish line with a resounding and disappointing thud.
Posted Jan 24, 2007
24
3.5/4
Eastwood triumphs in making you understand and identify with the Japanese entrenched in a no-win situation, instead of caring more about those raising the flags of our fathers.
Posted Jan 20, 2007
25
1/4
Alpha Dog (2007)
When Justin Timberlake is the best thing about a film, you know you're in trouble.
Posted Jan 12, 2007
26
2/4
Director Tom Tykwer's creative style of storytelling makes Perfume a compelling view, but a depraved protagonist and distasteful plot give the film an overall foul odor.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
27
3.5/4
28
3.5/4
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Posted Jan 4, 2007
29
3.5/4
30
3/4
Sturdy adult fare that works lush period locations and the subtle gifts of its talented actors to its advantage.
Posted Dec 31, 2006
31
3.5/4
A wanton cinematic treat.
Posted Dec 31, 2006
32
2/4
Bobby (2006)
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Posted Dec 30, 2006
33
2/4
Robert De Niro's fictional take on the founding of the Central Intelligence Agency lacks two key components of the spy genre: suspense and action.
Posted Dec 30, 2006
34
0.5/4
The Fountain (2006)
Nothing works in Darren Aronofsky's disappointing science-fiction fantasy.
Posted Dec 30, 2006
35
3/4
Eragon (2006)
Often warm and ultimately uplifting, the fantasy delivers entertaining fare for the entire family.
Posted Dec 30, 2006
36
3.5/4
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Could have been a feint but instead it's a contender.
Posted Dec 19, 2006
37
3/4
Dreamgirls (2006)
38
2.5/4
Volver (2006)
A mixed bag, albeit one with significant signature style.
Posted Dec 18, 2006
39
2.5/4
Doesn't score any touchdowns in the emotion department.
Posted Dec 18, 2006
40
2.5/4
Despite some juvenile humor and a red-carpet vocal cast, this Web is spun with emotional resonance that sticks.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
41
3/4
Makes you work for its climax if not its message.
Posted Dec 13, 2006
42
3/4
The Holiday (2006)
Bridget Jones's Diary meets L.A. Story in this feel-good romantic chuckler doused with a healthy layer of seasonal schmaltz.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
43
3/4
Crafted for maximum entertainment.
Posted Dec 5, 2006
44
4/4
Apocalypto (2006)
Smolders with cinematic fever.
Posted Dec 4, 2006
45
2/4
The pacing is so slow and the religious undertones so heavy that only Jesus himself could rise above the draining weight.
Posted Dec 1, 2006
46
3/4
Déjà Vu (2006)
Denzel Washington infuses this sci-fi thriller with humanity and realism, despite a plot that would befuddle even the creator of Star Trek.
Posted Nov 24, 2006
47
2.5/4
A tired air of familiarity and distinct lack of stand-up sparkle.
Posted Nov 21, 2006
48
3.5/4
Babel (2006)
Babel doesn't snap pieces of a plot puzzle together to satisfy a viewer. It's not that kind of a film. Immediate gratification comes in the form of vibrant, impressionistic scenes.
Posted Nov 18, 2006
49
3.5/4
This unflinching expose into the dark underbelly of the All-American burger is a thought-provoking cinematic meal.
Posted Nov 17, 2006
50
3/4
Gutsy, ambitious, and unspeakably bizarre.
Posted Nov 15, 2006