Los Angeles Daily News
I'm Not There (2007)
"Todd Haynes' impressionistic take on Dylan manages to equal the artist."
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."
"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."
Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)
"A movie that is at times overly polite, unintentionally funny and too rarely transporting."
"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."
Steal a Pencil for Me (2007)
"It's a Holocaust story unlike any other, and filmmaker Michele Ohayon treats it with an engaging sensitivity."
The Life of Reilly (2007)
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."
No Country for Old Men (2007)
"It's grim, unforgiving and probably unforgettable -- in some ways you'll want to remember, and in others you may wish you couldn't."
Lions for Lambs (2007)
"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."
Fred Claus (2007)
"Ignore this piece of humbug."
"A great gift for those longing to revisit the groovy times of a punk rock past."
The Good Night (2007)
"The movie drags on."
Martian Child (2007)
Fat Girls (2006)
"Proof that straights have no monopoly on crass, lazy coming-of-age stories."
Bee Movie (2007)
"Jerry Seinfeld's comic sensibility enlivens this tale of a bee who wants to fly by the seat of his pants."
Quantum Hoops (2007)
Darfur Now (2007)
"Much of the film plays like a static lecture, and a repetitive one as well."
"Sidney Lumet makes his best movie in ages, a crackerjack crime thriller that goes for the jugular."
American Gangster (2007)
"It's never less than seat-edge suspenseful."
Music Within (2007)
"Story of disabled rights activist Richard Pimentel is too much about Pimentel, too little about what he accomplished."
Rails & Ties (2007)
"Rails & Ties essentially remains a TV movie weepie, but it's a high-end one."
Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007)
"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."
"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."
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007)
"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."
Bella (Beauty) (2006)
"Crudely made tear-jerker."
Dan in Real Life (2007)
"Smart, funny, character-based romantic comedy that's full of good surprises."
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
"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."
Lake of Fire (2007)
"Upsetting, engrossing, engaging documentary on abortion."
For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)
"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."
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
"Superb ethical drama in the guise of a wrenching, kidnapped child mystery."
Reservation Road (2007)
"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."
"Credit the filmmakers for not mythologizing Curtis. However, he just might be a bigger enigma after watching Control."
"This remake isn't as radical as last week's Heartbreak Kid redo. But it's similarly unsatisfying."
"In trying to respect every character's point of view, Hood doesn't reveal enough about any of them to make us truly care."
"It's a movie that cries out for a good editor."
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
"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."
We Own the Night (2007)
"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."
Kurt Cobain: About a Son (2007)
"A deeply personal movie about a gifted, complicated man who could never shake the feeling that he didn't belong."
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
"An extraordinary movie, filled with splendor, laughter and a touch of cosmic wisdom. You won't forget it."
Lust, Caution (2007)
"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."
Michael Clayton (2007)
"...contains several great scenes that will stick in your mind long after the credits roll."
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
"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."
Levantando a pápa (2007)
Great World of Sound (2007)
"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."
Angels in the Dust (2007)
"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."
Feast of Love (2007)
"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."
Into the Wild (2007)
"Hirsch is thoroughly impressive in Penn's best directing effort yet."