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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
3/4
The film is an intriguing thriller that asks questions likely to have a powerful effect on conscripts in the current war on terror.
Posted Mar 16, 2006
3
1.5/4
Tripp is such a stud that he has to beat women off with a stick. Or, rather, with his parents -- This isn't just idiotic, it's indefensible. It's also the picture's premise.
Posted Mar 9, 2006
4
3/4
While the future of Chappelle's Show remains in doubt, we have his insanely funny concert film, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, to sustain us.
Posted Mar 2, 2006
5
3/4
If Running Scared sometimes looks like a storyboard sprung violently to life, Kramer's assured direction turns that into its greatest strength in the clinches, of which there are plenty.
Posted Feb 23, 2006
6
2/4
I couldn't help but wish that as long as Young was making a new film with a top-tier director at the helm, he would have provided more insight into his life, as Martin Scorsese's recent TV documentary did for Bob Dylan.
Posted Feb 18, 2006
7
3.5/4
Eight Below (2006)
Following the success of last year's March of the Penguins, and now Eight Below -- an equally triumphal processional of dogs across the bottom of the world -- Cinema Antarctica is suddenly sizzling hot!
Posted Feb 16, 2006
8
2/4
Freedomland (2006)
The film is filled with good performances, though most of them are frittered away by director Joe Roth, who can never find a focus for the story.
Posted Feb 16, 2006
9
3/4
Why We Fight (2006)
There is plenty here that should worry members of both political parties.
Posted Feb 11, 2006
10
1.5/4
Firewall (2006)
Instead of dramatic tension, Firewall makes do with a lot of frantic typing at computer keyboards. It's like watching Microsoft's Service Pack 2 download for nearly two hours.
Posted Feb 9, 2006
11
3/4
It is a brave look at the distortions created when an international border bisects what natural law intended to be a cultural melting pot.
Posted Feb 2, 2006
12
1.5/4
A Good Woman (2006)
The film has been relocated from 19th century London to Italy's Amalfi coast in the 1930s, the resort backdrop and the randiness of the female characters giving the enterprise a sort of 'Girls Gone Wilde' feel.
Posted Feb 2, 2006
13
2/4
Roving Mars (2006)
That's about what it plays like: a gigantic commerical for more space travel, from a contractor who stands to benefit financially if we go, and a government agency whose budget is threatened.
Posted Jan 27, 2006
14
3.5/4
Nanny McPhee (2006)
Thompson never allows Nanny McPhee to become cute or cuddly, but manages to make the children -- and us -- love her, warts and all.
Posted Jan 26, 2006
15
2/4
The movie's gorgeous pictorialism draws us toward the shore, but Malick often leaves us marooned in the shoals, waiting for a story to arrive.
Posted Jan 19, 2006
16
3.5/4
Match Point (2005)
England clearly agrees with Allen, and in Match Point he has hit a top-spin winner.
Posted Jan 5, 2006
17
3.5/4
Wickedly funny.
Posted Dec 31, 2005
18
1/4
... to have seen either the original movie, or Lane and Broderick on Broadway (I saw both) is to be reminded what a lamentable knockoff this is.
Posted Dec 23, 2005
19
2/4
Casanova (2005)
It requires imagination of a certain kind to transform the tale of the legendary lover Casanova into a bland romantic comedy.
Posted Dec 22, 2005
20
2/4
Rumor Has It (2005)
Rumor Has It doesn't seem to realize who its most interesting character is and spend some time with her. Coo, coo, ca choo, Mrs. Robinson. Here's to you.
Posted Dec 22, 2005
21
2/4
Munich (2005)
Munich rarely rises above its own predictability to become more than a noble failure.
Posted Dec 22, 2005
22
2.5/4
Other than its 85-minute running time, the movie is in all other ways imperfect, which is just about what you want from one of Jim Carrey's slapdash slapstick comedies. Perfection would ruin it.
Posted Dec 21, 2005
23
3/4
If the cowboy movies of John Wayne and John Ford were about the opening of the American West, Brokeback Mountain is the somber slam of its closing.
Posted Dec 17, 2005
24
4/4
King Kong (2005)
Peter Jackson has run the original 1933 King Kong through his epic imaginarium and given us the year's most thrilling entertainment. Also its most heartbreaking love story.
Posted Dec 13, 2005
25
2.5/4
What's wrong with Memoirs of a Geisha' isn't the casting; it's the film's languorous pace.
Posted Dec 8, 2005
26
2/4
Syriana (2005)
You keep straining to understand the bits and pieces of information that you can make out, but it still adds up to a lot less than the sum of its parts.
Posted Dec 8, 2005
27
3.5/4
This Lion is king.
Posted Dec 8, 2005
28
2/4
Rent (2005)
The scourge of rock-opera, a musical mutation that manages to combine the least savory elements of both with the advantages of neither.
Posted Nov 23, 2005
29
2.5/4
Walk the Line has plenty of chemicals, but very little chemistry between its stars.
Posted Nov 17, 2005
30
3/4
31
3.5/4
As with so much of this Pride & Prejudice, you wish it would never end.
Posted Nov 10, 2005
32
1.5/4
Derailed (2005)
As a thriller, Derailed proceeds with the same unearned swagger as a bad magic act, revealing its astonishments to the evident surprise of the filmmakers alone.
Posted Nov 10, 2005
33
2/4
Chicken Little is much too glib to make us feel what its characters are experiencing; the filmmakers would much rather explode their animated sets and vaporize their talking creatures.
Posted Nov 4, 2005
34
2.5/4
Jarhead (2005)
Only a first-rate cast -- headed by Jake Gyllenhaal, and made memorable by the performances of Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard -- saves Jarhead from looking like a dead duck, covered in oil.
Posted Nov 3, 2005
35
3/4
Rarely moving a facial muscle except to exhale smoke and brimstone, Strathairn wonderfully recaptures Murrow's deadpan delivery style.
Posted Oct 29, 2005
36
3/4
Theron has once again deglamorized herself for a meaty dramatic role, and she gives a persuasive performance that surely will not be overlooked during the coming award season.
Posted Oct 20, 2005
37
3/4
In Her Shoes (2005)
As it was winding down, I remember thinking I wasn't ready for this movie to end. These were people I liked, and I wasn't ready to give them up.
Posted Oct 6, 2005
38
2/4
The film doggedly pursues its obsession with class, repeatedly teeing the point up and then following it like a duck hook into the rough.
Posted Sep 29, 2005
39
4/4
In A History of Violence, director David Cronenberg's delirious wow of a movie about violence and sex and the American dream, cinema regains all its original power to shock and surprise.
Posted Sep 29, 2005
40
3/4
Oliver Twist (2005)
Seeing Polanski's version of this most Dickensian of all Charles Dickens' tales, I felt full and wanted no more versions (please, sir!), having now seen the definitive one.
Posted Sep 29, 2005
41
0.5/4
If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to be trapped in a '36 Ford convertible for 47 years with a Yiddish theater version of Dr. Phil and the runaway bride, this is the movie for you.
Posted Sep 29, 2005
42
2/4
Evelyn's behavior just seems surreal, and it doesn't help that the movie never settles on a consistent tone, looking back from an ironic distance at first, then moving in for a painfully close look at the Ryans' tribulations.
Posted Sep 29, 2005
43
3/4
Flightplan (2005)
Here is a picture whose pleasures rise quickly to 37,000 feet - -and remains there until the captain has turned off the fasten seat belt sign.
Posted Sep 22, 2005
44
3.5/4
The director's fluttering hand keeps the ground constantly shifting beneath our feet, which is just what this beautifully wrenching adaptation for the screen requires.
Posted Aug 31, 2005
45
3/4
What makes this movie funny -- and different from all the pictures it may remind you of -- is the relentlessness of its characters' amorality.
Posted Aug 25, 2005
46
2.5/4
So relentlessly violent and grim that it makes you yearn for a purifying shower.
Posted Aug 4, 2005
47
3.5/4
Brewer hasn't sugarcoated his pimp, and Howard's performance locates all the shadings of fury and desperation that drive him.
Posted Jul 21, 2005
48
2.5/4
The charm of listening to 10- and 11-year-old children swearing at one another begins to wear off quickly.
Posted Jul 21, 2005
49
3/4
Quote not available.
Posted Jul 15, 2005
50
3/4
In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tim Burton has taken the 1971 cinematic bonbon Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, based on Roald Dahl's classic book, added nuts, and created something weirdly wonderful.
Posted Jul 14, 2005