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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
Black Book (2007)
2
3.5/4
The Valet (2007)
3
2.5/4
4
3.5/4
Fracture (2007)
5
1/4
6
2/4
The Reaping (2007)
7
3/4
Grindhouse (2007)
8
2.5/4
First Snow (2007)
9
3/4
10
2.5/4
11
3/4
Shooter (2007)
12
2.5/4
13
2.5/4
The first half of the movie is an absorbing study of this part of Nader's public life, and then it switches -- as he did -- to politics, where the results for both him and the picture are less cheerful.
Posted Mar 16, 2007
14
300 (2007)
15
Like an episode of Law and Order, the film lays out the facts of the case, allows us to get to know many of the principal characters and packs an emotional wallop.
Posted Mar 1, 2007
16
At 82 minutes, this visit to a rarely seen world of gamers may begin to feel a little long, unless you're planning to get into the game yourself.
Posted Mar 1, 2007
17
Blood Car (2007)
[Director] Orr pulls out all the stops, even when he should leave them in, and the result is a joke that can't quite sustain the movie's running time.
Posted Mar 1, 2007
18
Batad (2006)
The movie's pacing sometimes reminds you why Ag-Ap wants out of his village, but the deeper it delves into his life, the more Batad picks up speed.
Posted Mar 1, 2007
19
Sublime (2007)
It's less a visual tour-de-force than force-fed pretentious shots meant to convey artistry.
Posted Mar 1, 2007
20
2/4
Proving that a movie called Puccini For Beginners actually can be as deeply pretentious as its title implies, Puccini For Beginners attempts to pick up the torch once carried by Woody Allen for the romantic comedy of ideas.
Posted Mar 1, 2007
21
3/4
Zodiac (2007)
The movie provides a crackling chase narrative that should please fans of the dozen or so police procedurals already on TV, but it can't deliver what it doesn't have.
Posted Mar 1, 2007
22
2.5/4
Like Steven Spielberg's glossy Amistad before it, Amazing Grace shies away from the texture and complexity of color, scurrying instead for the safer platitudes of black and white -- good and evil.
Posted Feb 22, 2007
23
4/4
Somber and watchful, like the people whose story it tells, The Lives of Others brilliantly abrades our perception of the 1980s as a time when the only history worth remembering was being made by Wham! and Duran Duran.
Posted Feb 15, 2007
24
1.5/4
Breach (2007)
You begin to suspect the FBI may be the world's most boring bunch of crime busters during Breach, a movie that urgently asserts itself as a spy thriller.
Posted Feb 15, 2007
25
1/4
The only thing you can't fault in Because I Said So is Keaton's integrity, as she commits herself completely to a disastrous role.
Posted Feb 1, 2007
26
1/4
This one isn't even worth catching. Just throw it back.
Posted Jan 25, 2007
27
4/4
28
3.5/4
Patrick Marber's adaptation of the Zoë Heller novel improves upon the promise of the [Dench/Blanchett] pairing with a story that wastes no time on preliminaries as it descends -- gleefully -- into pitch-black comedy.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
29
2.5/4
The movie talks suggestively about smells but can't quite find a way to bring them to life, so [director Tom] Tykwer uses images to rub our noses in as many disgusting things as he can.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
30
0/4
Grease (1978)
An unembarrassed movie musical, something my generation experienced only in Sunday-afternoon movies on TV.
Posted Dec 30, 2006
31
1.5/4
The trouble is the movie never really seems to go anywhere. Too many scenes have a feeling of irresolution; they just sort of go on for a while, then disappear.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
32
3.5/4
This movie manages with great economy to show that soldiers on both sides had far more in common than they thought.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
33
3/4
Rocky Balboa (2006)
What makes this vanity project so pleasurable is that Stallone has written a script filled with wit, and even self-deprecation. In the end, there's no quit in Rocky Balboa. More alarmingly, there appears to be none in Sylvester Stallone.
Posted Dec 19, 2006
34
2/4
Dreamgirls (2006)
[Dreamgirls proves] again that transforming a hit Broadway musical into an equally spectacular movie is one of the most confounding tricks in show business.
Posted Dec 14, 2006
35
3.5/4
Apocalypto (2006)
With a ferocity that is often as difficult to take as it is fascinating to watch, Mel Gibson's Apocalypto comes crashing across 500 years of history with such immediacy that it feels as if this haunting, fierce, sadistic movie will never leave you.
Posted Dec 7, 2006
36
3/4
The Holiday (2006)
What The Holiday has going for it is that it's funny when it wants to be, heartwarming when it needs to be and impeccably acted throughout.
Posted Dec 7, 2006
37
3/4
This is a movie of such consummate good cheer that it's difficult to walk away without feeling happier than when it began.
Posted Nov 30, 2006
38
2/4
If you've never seen a yurt taken down, I highly recommend it. Otherwise, not so much.
Posted Nov 24, 2006
39
3/4
Déjà Vu (2006)
Washington has powered through thrillers like this before, always managing to make the best of dubious material.
Posted Nov 21, 2006
40
2.5/4
Far from a hit, Tenacious D probably will do just fine on the midnight-movie circuit.
Posted Nov 21, 2006
41
3/4
Casino Royale is everything you could ask for in a Bond movie, and more. Much more. Sometimes even more than is a good idea.
Posted Nov 14, 2006
42
2/4
A feminist fantasy that you can either embrace -- as director Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa) seems to have done with an unbecoming schoolgirl gushiness -- or repeatedly be pulled out of the story by its falseness.
Posted Nov 9, 2006
43
3.5/4
Flushed Away (2006)
An adventure that -- in both its breathtaking ingenuity and breathless excitement -- exceeds Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Chicken Run, the two previous collaborations between DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features.
Posted Nov 2, 2006
44
4/4
Borat is a comedy whose lengthy title is difficult to remember, and whose incendiary humor is impossible to forget. It is the most insanely funny movie of this, or any other, year.
Posted Nov 2, 2006
45
2.5/4
Despite the intentionally controversial depiction of the murder of a sitting U.S. president, the movie never arrives at the shocking conclusions a picture like this seems to cry out for.
Posted Oct 26, 2006
46
1.5/4
Franken doesn't allow the knee-jerk predictability of his liberal pronouncements to deflate the great gasbag that he becomes as the movie proceeds.
Posted Oct 5, 2006
47
4/4
The Departed (2006)
In Martin Scorsese's thrilling, throbbing reinterpretation of [Infernal Affairs], it is the war that rages within all of us -- between our better and our badder selves -- that transforms this tale of treachery into one of the year's best movies.
Posted Oct 5, 2006
48
3/4
49 Up (2006)
In the same way that none of us ever do turn out as expected, neither do they. And that's more or less the point of continuing the series, even as they drone on about their disappointing marriages and dashed dreams, just like the rest of us.
Posted Oct 5, 2006
49
3/4
Open Season (2006)
A little bit like Over the Hedge, and a lot like the upcoming Flushed Away, in which an animated house mouse is forced to fend for himself in the sewers of London, Open Season may sound a bit familiar, but it is never dull.
Posted Sep 29, 2006
50
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