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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
4/4
Todd Haynes' impressionistic take on Dylan manages to equal the artist.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2
3/4
The Mist (2007)
If the film's finale proves more gutsy in theory than it does in practice, it doesn't completely erase the fine, fatalistic freak show that Darabont delivers early on.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
3
3/4
Enchanted (2007)
Disney satirizes its own princess megabusiness -- but still goes for the standard payoffs -- with this funny story of a fairy-tale heroine who finds herself in real-life New York City.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
4
2.5/4
A movie that is at times overly polite, unintentionally funny and too rarely transporting.
Posted Nov 16, 2007
5
3/4
Beowulf (2007)
Carp about it all you want, but as Hollywood revisions of ancient writing go, Beowulf beats nonsense like Troy and 300 on all fronts: formally, thematically and intellectually.
Posted Nov 16, 2007
6
7
3/4
It's a Holocaust story unlike any other, and filmmaker Michele Ohayon treats it with an engaging sensitivity.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
8
3.5/4
9
3.5/4
War Dance (2007)
The core of this week's African catastrophe documentary is so simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, you only want to thank the Fines for making it as engaging as they have.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
10
It's grim, unforgiving and probably unforgettable -- in some ways you'll want to remember, and in others you may wish you couldn't.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
11
2/4
Lions for Lambs is Hollywood's latest casualty of war, a movie undone not by its heart (which is in the right place) but by its stilted, obvious and one-sided presentation.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
12
2/4
Fred Claus (2007)
Ignore this piece of humbug.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
13
3/4
A great gift for those longing to revisit the groovy times of a punk rock past.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
14
2/4
The movie drags on.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
15
2.5/4
16
1/4
Fat Girls (2006)
Proof that straights have no monopoly on crass, lazy coming-of-age stories.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
17
3/4
Bee Movie (2007)
Jerry Seinfeld's comic sensibility enlivens this tale of a bee who wants to fly by the seat of his pants.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
18
3/4
19
2.5/4
Darfur Now (2007)
Much of the film plays like a static lecture, and a repetitive one as well.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
20
3/4
Sidney Lumet makes his best movie in ages, a crackerjack crime thriller that goes for the jugular.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
21
3/4
It's never less than seat-edge suspenseful.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
22
2/4
Music Within (2007)
Story of disabled rights activist Richard Pimentel is too much about Pimentel, too little about what he accomplished.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
23
2.5/4
Rails & Ties (2007)
Rails & Ties essentially remains a TV movie weepie, but it's a high-end one.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
24
3.5/4
Demme is clearly awed by his subject, and his film is a stirring document about how one man's steadfast sense of justice can make a difference in the world.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
25
1/4
Slipstream (2007)
Anthony Hopkins wrote and directed Slipstream. It's a free-form, surreal meditation on stuff that, evidently, popped into Hopkins' head while he was writing.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
26
3/4
A life-affirming movie about suicide could go wrong in a million ways, but the understated Wristcutters straddles the line between sentiment and bleakness. It should enjoy a healthy afterlife.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
27
1.5/4
Crudely made tear-jerker.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
28
3.5/4
Smart, funny, character-based romantic comedy that's full of good surprises.
Posted Oct 26, 2007
29
Fire draws all its heat from the performance of Benicio Del Toro, who shows how one great actor can elevate and even save a movie from itself.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
30
3/4
Lake of Fire (2007)
Upsetting, engrossing, engaging documentary on abortion.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
31
3/4
Wallner's journey to acceptance, not the movie's slight forays into theology, will be what you remember about For the Bible Tells Me So. It's a powerful, positive film.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
32
3.5/4
Superb ethical drama in the guise of a wrenching, kidnapped child mystery.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
33
3/4
Reservation Road may be a downer story with elements that we've seen many times before. But acting this good makes it special and exhilarating.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
34
2.5/4
Control (2007)
Credit the filmmakers for not mythologizing Curtis. However, he just might be a bigger enigma after watching Control.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
35
2.5/4
Sleuth (2007)
This remake isn't as radical as last week's Heartbreak Kid redo. But it's similarly unsatisfying.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
36
2.5/4
Rendition (2007)
In trying to respect every character's point of view, Hood doesn't reveal enough about any of them to make us truly care.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
37
2/4
It's a movie that cries out for a good editor.
Posted Oct 19, 2007
38
3.5/4
It's a crazy situation and utterly unbelievable, yet no movie I've seen in ages has inspired me more to want to do the right thing.
Posted Oct 12, 2007
39
3/4
Some great acting and stunning suspense sequences elevate this so-so tale about a police family's complex relationship with Russian mobsters in 1980s New York.
Posted Oct 12, 2007
40
3.5/4
A deeply personal movie about a gifted, complicated man who could never shake the feeling that he didn't belong.
Posted Oct 5, 2007
41
4/4
An extraordinary movie, filled with splendor, laughter and a touch of cosmic wisdom. You won't forget it.
Posted Oct 5, 2007
42
3/4
Long, slow and, in the end, nothing new, this adaptation of Eileen Chang's World War II novella can cast a mildly mesmerizing spell if you're in the mood for it.
Posted Oct 5, 2007
43
3/4
...contains several great scenes that will stick in your mind long after the credits roll.
Posted Oct 5, 2007
44
This one's all about the big, unbelievable guffaws, of which the movie delivers about a dozen. Some may still call it heresy, but it's nothing to get heartbroken over.
Posted Oct 5, 2007
45
Feels like a TV movie.
Posted Sep 28, 2007
46
3/4
Funny, often cringe-inducing and, at heart, a real moral drama, Great World has a lot to say about the state of culture, commerce and self-delusion in our celebrity-craving society.
Posted Sep 28, 2007
47
Angels in the Dust is a troubling documentary for obvious reasons...but it's also a bit disturbing for reasons director Louise Hogarth may not have noticed.
Posted Sep 28, 2007
48
2/4
What's supposed to be a meditation on love plays out as a mere exercise in titillation. And that's not much of a feast. More like an hors d'oeuvre.
Posted Sep 28, 2007
49
3.5/4
Hirsch is thoroughly impressive in Penn's best directing effort yet.
Posted Sep 21, 2007
50
3/4
Thanks to the game cast, notably Bello and Blunt, The Jane Austen Book Club will make for passable programming when the movie arrives a few months from now on Lifetime Television.
Posted Sep 21, 2007