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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2/4
These characters and their effect upon each other are so poorly developed that it seems as if large chunks of the plot are missing.
Posted Sep 21, 2006
2
3/4
Buffalo Boy (2003)
If you have ever wondered what the life of a Vietnamese peasant was like in the 1940s, it seems unlikely there will be a lovelier evocation of it than Buffalo Boy.
Posted Sep 14, 2006
3
3.5/4
4
2.5/4
Quinceañera (2006)
What makes this modest little movie better than it sounds is the insistent beating of its heart.
Posted Aug 12, 2006
5
3/4
World Trade Center delivers to its audience a calculated dose of uplift and gooses us along to feel suspense here, compassion there and hope at the end.
Posted Aug 8, 2006
6
3/4
Talladega Nights is very funny at times, even if the Ballad part mostly boils down to a series of comedy sketches connected by a recurring character.
Posted Aug 4, 2006
7
3.5/4
A comedy that is both hilarious and bold.
Posted Aug 3, 2006
8
2.5/4
Miami Vice (2006)
The movie isn't perfect, but it's good enough, and better than most. It should keep us occupied until the big screen version of The Apprentice comes along.
Posted Jul 28, 2006
9
2/4
Scoop (2006)
Too often the movie suffers from jokes that sound left over from Broadway Danny Rose, without the ironic sense of detachment.
Posted Jul 27, 2006
10
1.5/4
It is yet another of Shyamalan's attempts to wade into the deep end of the profundity pool, where not even chlorine can kill the brackish residue of his design.
Posted Jul 21, 2006
11
3/4
I'm Your Man never quite gets its man in a coherent frame, but for all its zigs and zags outside the lines, the portrait of Cohen that emerges is a fascinating one.
Posted Jul 20, 2006
12
3/4
Monster House is like an amusement park ride through a fun house. It's a great deal more fun than that other amusement park ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, and funnier than the summer's Pixar picture, Cars.
Posted Jul 20, 2006
13
2/4
This installment in the trilogy feels more like filler between the first and the last episodes, and with no obvious story to tell, it remains mired in the horse latitudes of whimsy.
Posted Jul 6, 2006
14
3.5/4
A very clever adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's bestselling novel.
Posted Jun 29, 2006
15
3/4
[Singer] has brought the venerable superhero soaring back to life by delivering a satisfying blend of action, story and character development. If the movie is half an hour longer than it needs to be, there also are moments when you wish it would never end
Posted Jun 26, 2006
16
1/4
Bullock's decision to play Kate as a morose kill-joy is particularly inexplicable. She's getting letters from some hot architect through a hole in the time-space continuum, and yet her expression remains impassive, her voice flat, her outlook maudlin.
Posted Jun 24, 2006
17
2.5/4
Waist Deep (2006)
A solidly crafted piece of genre filmmaking.
Posted Jun 22, 2006
18
2.5/4
Wordplay (2006)
Working from a template made familiar by such recent documentaries as Spellbound and Mad Hot Ballroom, Wordplay provides a series of clues that artfully explain the defining madness of the Times crossword.
Posted Jun 22, 2006
19
1/4
Click (2006)
As a comic, Adam Sandler has never had an original thought, or if he did, he probably assumed he had stolen it from somebody, he just didn't know who.
Posted Jun 22, 2006
20
2.5/4
Serrill's documentary on a girls' high school basketball team in Seattle has oodles of heart. What it hasn't got is game.
Posted Jun 15, 2006
21
3.5/4
Nacho Libre (2006)
This could quickly turn into a train wreck if both the material and the performances weren't there to fill the frame. Fortunately, Nacho Libre is able to keep fading to Black, who has the lucha of love. And of greatness.
Posted Jun 15, 2006
22
2.5/4
Cars (2006)
Cars gives you plenty of time to think, some of which you may wish to use wondering why it isn't a better movie.
Posted Jun 8, 2006
23
2/4
The Omen (2006)
Schreiber seems to wander through the film like Hamlet's ghost, waiting for his soliloquy to come, and it never does. He's kind of a cold fish, and Stiles isn't much better.
Posted Jun 6, 2006
24
1.5/4
The Break-Up (2006)
The Break-Up is being marketed as an 'unconventional romantic comedy,' but the only thing unconventional about it is that it's not romantic and it's not a comedy.
Posted May 31, 2006
25
3/4
True, Ratner is no Singer, but in The Last Stand he delivers the goods with gusto.
Posted May 26, 2006
26
1.5/4
... it's a thriller with a lot of explaining to do, which it does, endlessly, while we wait for an actual movie to break out.
Posted May 18, 2006
27
2.5/4
Falls squarely -- and, it must be said, squirrelly -- in the middle between the lackluster Madagascar and the wonderful Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Posted May 18, 2006
28
3/4
Even though Goal! takes its own sweet time getting there, the story of Santiago Munez (played by Spanish-language TV star Kuno Becker) finally arrives at the heartwarming uplift to which all sports movies are required to aspire.
Posted May 11, 2006
29
2.5/4
Poseidon (2006)
After you've seen Poseidon, you will never willingly crawl into a thousand-gallon ballast tank again.
Posted May 11, 2006
30
2/4
Proposes to paint a black comedy, but instead has the outsize ears and lopsided, leering grin of bad caricature.
Posted May 11, 2006
31
1/4
Just My Luck (2006)
A dispiriting piece of consumerist comedy in which it's not the jokes that are priceless, but having the right credit card, the right outfit and the right boyfriend. It's a lose-lose.
Posted May 11, 2006
32
3/4
Water (2005)
Water runs deep because Mehta is an able -- if somewhat gloomy -- storyteller.
Posted May 4, 2006
33
2.5/4
An example of fascinating material that frequently triumphs over its pedestrian presentation.
Posted May 4, 2006
34
2/4
If you've ever wondered what a two-hour episode of Abrams' TV show Alias would look like if he spent $150 million making it, well, now's your chance to find out.
Posted May 4, 2006
35
2.5/4
... it doesn't bring us any closer to understanding Page's life, or the origins of the multi-billion dollar porn industry.
Posted Apr 28, 2006
36
3.5/4
United 93 (2006)
... hard to watch, but impossible to turn away from.
Posted Apr 27, 2006
37
1.5/4
RV (2006)
RV is a movie founded upon a single, gigantic, gas-guzzling joke, which is then sliced 98 ways during each excruciating minute of its running time: that people who ride around the country in garishly colored land barges are inherently funny.
Posted Apr 27, 2006
38
3/4
The Sentinel (2006)
It's a sleek piece of entertainment with attractive performers who deliver exactly what's expected of them.
Posted Apr 20, 2006
39
1.5/4
I think I liked Aniston's old friends better.
Posted Apr 8, 2006
40
2.5/4
Intended as an empowerment fantasy in a world where fantasy is the last thing that's needed.
Posted Apr 7, 2006
41
3/4
Sir! No Sir! (2006)
This compelling documentary by director David Zeiger recounts what were more than half a million 'incidents of desertion' during the war, many of them acts of direct rebellion against the legitimacy of the war.
Posted Apr 6, 2006
42
3/4
Even when it's being too clever by half, Lucky Number Slevin racks up twice as many style points as any other film so far this year.
Posted Apr 6, 2006
43
2.5/4
Slither (2006)
Gunn isn't out to send up zombie movies, just add some outrageous humor to enliven the genre of the walking dead. And in that way, at least, Slither slithers.
Posted Mar 30, 2006
44
1.5/4
Stone's performance is so deliriously over the top that it turns almost every line she speaks into high camp.
Posted Mar 30, 2006
45
3/4
Inside Man (2006)
The geometric precision with which this clever puzzle is laid out produces a picture whose sum exceeds its sometimes wayward parts.
Posted Mar 23, 2006
46
2.5/4
Thank You For Smoking, the low-tar adaptation of Christopher Buckley's satirical novel, never feels as if it's been fully absorbed by the screen.
Posted Mar 23, 2006
47
2.5/4
For a small coming-of-age film, this picture is remarkably well photographed and acted. But the single-mindedness with which it seems determined to have almost everyone rowing in the same sexual direction finally becomes a bit oppressive.
Posted Mar 23, 2006
48
2.5/4
As Jackie, [Diesel's] the real surprise in what otherwise is a less than electrifying courtroom drama.
Posted Mar 16, 2006
49
1.5/4
The Zodiac (2006)
Treats the unfolding murder spree like a routine police procedural.
Posted Mar 16, 2006
50
1.5/4
Ask the Dust (2006)
It isn't until the very end that somebody finally does ask the dust a question, and there's so much talking in this movie that it's a miracle the dust doesn't reply.
Posted Mar 16, 2006