Brokeback Mountain (2005)
"Michelle Williams nearly steals the film as Ennis's wife in a quiet, complex, heartbreaking performance that will certainly garner award consideration. I can't believe how good of an actress she's become."
The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
"A hodgepodge of mega-tired genres that, despite all odds, still manages to work and work well."
"Is, and was probably specifically designed, to be Lord of the Rings-Lite"
"Closer kin to numbers one and two in the series, in both massive running time and playing like more of a book-on-film than the artistic peak achieved by Alfonso Cuarón in the third installment."
"This is the real deal, kids."
Chicken Little (2005)
"If this is rated G, I'd better bring an extra pair of underpants to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
"Yet one additional reason we need to stick more magnetized yellow ribbons onto the back of our SUVs."
Saw II (2005)
"Way better than the rest of the slash-by-number horror films we've seen so far in 2005."
New York Doll (2005)
"At 75 minutes, you can't afford to skip this one."
The Weather Man (2005)
"An enormous waste of time."
North Country (2005)
"Too long, and too heavy-handed."
The Magician (2010)
"Plays much longer than the 98 minute running time."
The President's Last Bang (2005)
"Tough to follow."
"It's easy to tell what Crowe's intention was - remaking Smoke Signals while pretending he was David Gordon Green."
"Could have...no, should have been a hyper-exciting blend of violence, drama, sex, and celebrity craziness. Instead, though, it's just hyper."
In Her Shoes (2005)
"One has to applaud the insightfulness of director Curtis Hanson and his decision to use Garbage's "Stupid Girl" to open his latest disappointment."
Into the Blue (2005)
"Below water, these cretins have to keep their yaps shut, and you can concentrate on the film's true features: Some beautiful photography and the real treasure -- Alba's booty."
"Whedon's direction is no letdown."
A History of Violence (2005)
"The Maturation of David Cronenberg enters Stage II with the crafting something that can easily stand among the best pictures of the year."
Time to Leave (2006)
"Another year, another minimal but solid offering from François Ozon"
Citizen Dog (2004)
"A Thai version of Amélie."
Sorry, Haters (2005)
"The story, after being quite intriguing, becomes more and more of a letdown (and less and less believable) as the end draws closer."
Lie with Me (2006)
"Shot and edited nicely, and features a strong and quite brave performance from Lauren Lee Smith."
Christmas in the Clouds (2005)
"I'm not sure I've seen two people this unlikable since Affleck and J.Lo were together."
"Will the movie, which was actually quite cool and stylish for the first half, turn into a typical sci-fi/horror/slasher flick? Yes."
"Couldn't get into this one."
"There was a lot of grumbling after L'Enfant was screened for critics."
Thank You for Smoking (2006)
"You don't expect this kind of thing from a comedy, unless it was made by the Coen brothers."
Oliver Twist (2005)
"The roles must have been filled when the casting director was whacked out on prescription cough syrup."
Dear Wendy (2005)
"The best picture of the year (so far)."
"A rare example of a coming-of-age picture that didn't irritate and bore me."
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)
"Hands down, the best conclusion to a trilogy, and easily the best triptych since the original Star Wars."
"Totally drops the ball."
"It's all pretty melodramatic."
Jackie Chan: The Myth (2005)
"One word: Amazing."
"A gory, bloody, disgusting good time."
Dreaming of Space (2005)
"Didn't really do too much for me."
"I was watching the real Felicity Huffman, but had no idea."
Mrs. Harris (2006)
"Another shrill, irritating performance from Annette Bening."
The Matador (2006)
"This occasionally stylish effort from writer/director Richard Shepard just can't make up for its lightweight script."
Drawing Restraint 9 (2005)
"Practically guaranteed to sell more soundtracks than it does box office tickets."
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006)
"The highlight here is watching Dave hand out Golden Tickets to average people he ran into while doing his day-to-day in Dayton."
Where the Truth Lies (2005)
"It's hard to tell which negative will alienate audiences more."
"Really funny stuff, especially if you're into British humor, or appreciate lots of inside jokes about the filmmaking process."
The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)
"A biopic that is neither overly long (see Ray) nor slave to a paint-by-numbers format (see Ray)."
Bee Season (2005)
"May have blown me away if its driving force wasn't rooted in the secrets of Kabbalah, which instead made me feel like I was being brainwashed with a cult recruitment film"
Twelve and Holding (2006)
"Michael Cuesta and screenwriter Anthony Cipriano knock this one clear out of the park."
"I love Takeshi Kitano's films, but around the one-hour mark, I started wondering about the writer/director/editor/star's mental well being"
"A disturbing, edge-of-your-seat thriller . . . in which nothing particularly frightening or shocking happens."