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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2/4
Stranger things, no doubt, do happen. But ambitious, intelligent Eberl needed more mature storytelling skills to make Choose Connor seem plausible.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2
2.5/4
Sex Drive (2008)
The film is generally well-staged and adequately acted (Seth Green stands out as a sarcastic buggy-driver).
Posted Oct 17, 2008
3
2.5/4
W. (2008)
The psychological picture the movie paints is as yawningly incomplete as its historical one -- and can be yawningly tedious, too.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
4
2.5/4
It comes across more as a connect-the-dots Southern literary concept than as a tale of real, damaged people bonding on a persuasively deep level.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
5
deeply and seriously explores a key historical moment in the country's tortured political history.
Posted Oct 10, 2008
6
2.5/4
It looks like a great program, but this documentary is too scattered to be all that interesting. Too many kids, too much action, not enough time.
Posted Oct 10, 2008
7
Gosh, it's pretty.
Posted Oct 10, 2008
8
3.5/4
Happy-Go-Lucky doesn't condemn the optimistic way Poppy approaches life. It's wondering why there aren't more people like her.
Posted Oct 10, 2008
9
2.5/4
Body of Lies (2008)
A well-crafted but curiously generic spy thriller that, for its final hour at least, comes off as formulaic as its title.
Posted Oct 10, 2008
10
3/4
In Rachel Getting Married, Jonathan Demme takes what could have been another routine trip to dysfunction junction and turns it into a truthful and revelatory celebration of humanity.
Posted Oct 3, 2008
11
It's good the film exposes his methods, especially with the final stretch of our current election cycle upon us.
Posted Oct 3, 2008
12
13
3/4
Overall, it's a smart movie that even makes apt, respectful references to the greatest film on this subject, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita.
Posted Oct 3, 2008
14
Blindness (2008)
The symbolism of author Jose Saramago's parable eludes Meirelles, and the film eventually breaks down into a series of self-conscious, stylized tics and narrative nonsense.
Posted Oct 3, 2008
15
3/4
The most gripping movie about engineering windshield wipers you will ever see. Take that any way you care to.
Posted Oct 3, 2008
16
3/4
Nothing great, but enough laughs and moments of genuine emotion to give it a pass.
Posted Oct 3, 2008
17
Religulous (2008)
Thought is absent in Religulous, as is imagination. The movie is Maher's monument to Maher, as ugly and hateful as anything he decries in the film.
Posted Oct 3, 2008
18
3/4
A Lady and the Tramp for the Taco Bell set, Beverly Hills Chihuahua fits nicely into the long line of Disney dog movies designed to delight children and animal lovers.
Posted Oct 3, 2008
19
3/4
Little is surprising about either characters' behavior, but there isn't a single anguished expression that plays forced or false.
Posted Sep 26, 2008
20
3/4
It's a mildly poignant generation-gap story.
Posted Sep 26, 2008
21
2.5/4
The film's default position is to always fall back on anti-capitalist rhetoric whenever dialogue and drama grow too banal.
Posted Sep 26, 2008
22
3/4
August Evening creates a complete world, with all of its practical limitations and emotional possibilities, for Jaime and Lupe to hunt for their place in.
Posted Sep 26, 2008
23
Choke (2008)
A completely bizarre sex farce that's heartfelt and stomach-turning in about equal measure, Choke also delivers a terrific climactic twist and the best dumb- blonde joke in years.
Posted Sep 26, 2008
24
25
Richard Gere and Diane Lane engage themselves fully with the flimsy material, making their one-note characters engaging, sympathetic and always perfectly coiffed, even in the face of gale-force winds.
Posted Sep 26, 2008
26
2/4
Eagle Eye (2008)
Disturbia team shows it can steal from a variety of sources -- not just Hitchcock -- in this laughably convoluted thriller about Big Brother run amok.
Posted Sep 26, 2008
27
2.5/4
Unsuccessfully ambitious, the movie is nonetheless unique and creative enough to be worth sitting through -- or would be had it been about an hour shorter.
Posted Sep 26, 2008
28
The Duchess (2008)
Considerable talent lifts this wallowing soap opera up to a more powerful and accomplished level.
Posted Sep 19, 2008
29
Lakeview Terrace is a lot of things you never expected it to be. And most of those things are smart, complicated and provocative in the best way.
Posted Sep 19, 2008
30
Ghost Town (2008)
Striking just the right balance between sarcastic and sweet, Ghost Town breathes new life into supernatural comedy.
Posted Sep 19, 2008
31
A Secret illuminates the most intimate personal histories against a perfectly detailed political and cultural background. It finds glorious forgiveness where it can, and accepts that when that can't be done, it just can't be done.
Posted Sep 12, 2008
32
Japanese spaghetti Western that's both faithful to its Italian antecedents and way out on its own wacky wavelength.
Posted Sep 12, 2008
33
Towelhead (2007)
Towelhead is tough stuff. It's also brilliant stuff. Proceed, with caution, accordingly.
Posted Sep 12, 2008
34
2/4
Surfer, Dude (2008)
Yes, this is a movie made by stoners for stoners.
Posted Sep 12, 2008
35
The Women (2008)
Sex and the City was smarter. Mamma Mia! was dopier. But both, unfortunately, were more entertaining than The Women.
Posted Sep 12, 2008
36
Burn doesn't rank up with the Coens' best comedies, but, with its bevy of Beltway types acting purely out of self-interest, it has its finger on the pulse of the times more than its slight framework might indicate.
Posted Sep 12, 2008
37
2.5/4
38
2.5/4
Red (2008)
A movie that's completely out of its tree.
Posted Aug 29, 2008
39
3/4
This is a pleasant enough visual romp with surprisingly few down notes.
Posted Aug 29, 2008
40
3.5/4
In Search of a Midnight Kiss gets L.A. like few films do. And writer-director Holdridge understands the aspiring, disappointed but still open-to-anything crowd on the fringes of show business quite persuasively.
Posted Aug 22, 2008
41
4/4
Trouble the Water's greatest of its many values is its incisive record of how a massive catastrophe is really a story of multiple individuals, families, blocks and neighborhoods.
Posted Aug 22, 2008
42
3/4
Hamlet 2 (2008)
Shakespeare might well have loved the ironic way that that character trait plays out.
Posted Aug 22, 2008
43
2/4
Quite generic, even down to the same treacly musical score heard in every other inspirational sports movie.
Posted Aug 22, 2008
44
2/4
45
1.5/4
Death Race (2008)
46
3/4
Penelope Cruz kick-starts Woody's latest, turning it into a dizzy, daffy treatise on the place of passion in art and love.
Posted Aug 15, 2008
47
3.5/4
Yes, Stiller's movie aims at easy targets. But it hits the bull's-eye with a blast, even from way up there over the top.
Posted Aug 12, 2008
48
3.5/4
Man on Wire (2008)
A definite candidate for documentary of the year.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
49
Terrific thriller set aboard the Russian train, with Mortimer standing out as a restless American woman with a lot to hide and more to fear.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
50
1.5/4
Hell Ride (2008)
It's a biker film, a spaghetti Western, a soft-core porno, a slice of macho poetry. It's also not very good.
Posted Aug 8, 2008