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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2.5/4
Evident passion and a tremendous amount of thought went into Synecdoche.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
2
3.5/4
The heart of the movie is the wary dance of reconnection between the sisters, and, again, the beauty is in the details.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
3
3/4
Changeling (2008)
This doesn't keep it from being watchable and even riveting at times. What is never clear though is how Eastwood and screenwriter J. Michael Stracynski want us to feel about the mother's search for her son.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
4
2.5/4
Fundamentally modest cop movie eventually crashes under weight of self-importance.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
5
2.5/4
Heavy on the gabba-gabba, light on the hey!
Posted Oct 17, 2008
6
3/4
A beautifully photographed documentary about a group of freshly scrubbed youngsters coming together for a grueling sailing competition.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
7
1/4
Max Payne (2008)
Director John Moore pays homage to the video game by pushing the slo-mo button during action sequences in a fashion that would make John Woo weep tears of sorrow. He's not the only one.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
8
2.5/4
Even giving the film points for veracity, one is left with the movie's inherent, fatal flaw: Who gives a rip?
Posted Oct 17, 2008
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
deeply and seriously explores a key historical moment in the country's tortured political history.
Posted Oct 10, 2008
14
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
15
Gosh, it's pretty.
Posted Oct 10, 2008
16
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
17
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
18
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
19
It's good the film exposes his methods, especially with the final stretch of our current election cycle upon us.
Posted Oct 3, 2008
20
21
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
22
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
23
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
24
3/4
Nothing great, but enough laughs and moments of genuine emotion to give it a pass.
Posted Oct 3, 2008
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
3/4
It's a mildly poignant generation-gap story.
Posted Sep 26, 2008
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
33
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
34
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
35
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
36
The Duchess (2008)
Considerable talent lifts this wallowing soap opera up to a more powerful and accomplished level.
Posted Sep 19, 2008
37
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
38
Ghost Town (2008)
Striking just the right balance between sarcastic and sweet, Ghost Town breathes new life into supernatural comedy.
Posted Sep 19, 2008
39
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
40
Japanese spaghetti Western that's both faithful to its Italian antecedents and way out on its own wacky wavelength.
Posted Sep 12, 2008
41
Towelhead (2007)
Towelhead is tough stuff. It's also brilliant stuff. Proceed, with caution, accordingly.
Posted Sep 12, 2008
42
2/4
Surfer, Dude (2008)
Yes, this is a movie made by stoners for stoners.
Posted Sep 12, 2008
43
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
44
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
45
2.5/4
46
2.5/4
Red (2008)
A movie that's completely out of its tree.
Posted Aug 29, 2008
47
3/4
This is a pleasant enough visual romp with surprisingly few down notes.
Posted Aug 29, 2008
48
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
49
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
50
3/4
Hamlet 2 (2008)
Shakespeare might well have loved the ironic way that that character trait plays out.
Posted Aug 22, 2008