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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
Elegy (2008)
Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz continue to do their best to offset the summer's more infantile impulses in this fine adaptation of Philip Roth's novel.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
2
2.5/4
Bottle Shock (2008)
3
4/4
The funniest stoner movie ever made -- and, so far, the most hilarious comedy of 2008.
Posted Aug 6, 2008
4
2/4
Pants is less interested in sisterhood and navigating young adulthood than it is in selling glossy girl fantasies of exotic locales and bodacious boyfriends.
Posted Aug 6, 2008
5
Frozen River (2008)
As it turns out, it is pretty grim. But Courtney Hunt's immigrant smuggling story is also grippingly suspenseful, wonderfully acted and, though it pushes maternal buttons like they could ever go out of style, manages to do that with a good deal of class.
Posted Aug 1, 2008
6
It's enthralling, human drama of the kind that's become sort of an old school pleasure.
Posted Aug 1, 2008
7
It's the same cheesy mix of digitized monsters and lame comic relief we've come to expect.
Posted Aug 1, 2008
8
Swing Vote (2008)
For all its faults -- and they are numerous -- Swing Vote is a hard movie to dislike by the end simply because it nails the uplifting moment that it has spent two hours chasing.
Posted Aug 1, 2008
9
3/4
The movie may not be a masterpiece, but it makes for good theater all the same.
Posted Jul 25, 2008
10
3/4
Pleasant enough dollop of inspiration about 68-year-old Pearl Fryar, who turns his depressed South Carolina hometown into a tourist destination.
Posted Jul 25, 2008
11
3/4
Forget the questions, bro', and just watch vintage footage of these Aussies and South Africans riding giants off Hawaii's North Shore and showing those big kahunas what's what.
Posted Jul 25, 2008
12
2/4
Take (2008)
Charles Oliver's directing debut, Take, unfolds in sun-baked Southwestern locations, but it's a dreary affair all the same.
Posted Jul 25, 2008
13
3/4
Boy A (2007)
Sensitive portrait of a young man's efforts to reintegrate into society after committing a horrible crime as a child.
Posted Jul 25, 2008
14
3.5/4
Baghead (2008)
One of the year's standout indie efforts.
Posted Jul 25, 2008
15
2.5/4
Such a rich, intelligent pop-culture creation as The X-Files has earned enough grace to mainly riff on what its troubled heroes are all about.
Posted Jul 25, 2008
16
Ferrell and Reilly do the man-child thing again, only this time it's R-rated and not quite as funny.
Posted Jul 25, 2008
17
3/4
Personal as it gets, the film never seems exploitative or sensationalized or the least bit dumbed-down ... or scripted, which distinguishes it from most shows about young people, whether they claim to be real or not.
Posted Jul 24, 2008
18
Kenny (2008)
Don't worry, though; Kenny isn't so realistic that you can smell it.
Posted Jul 18, 2008
19
It's a sweet, low-key charmer.
Posted Jul 18, 2008
20
It's direly beautiful, sometimes spine-tingling and, yes, gloomy as purgatory.
Posted Jul 18, 2008
21
Space Chimps (2008)
The movie could be about koala bears or unicorns or leprechauns with just a few small revisions to the screenplay.
Posted Jul 18, 2008
22
3/4
Ambitious and relentlessly dark and altogether better than its predecessor.
Posted Jul 18, 2008
23
24
2.5/4
Nothing new in writer-director Jason Freeland's Garden Party, then, nor anything particularly insightful about the mercenary business of getting by and ahead out here.
Posted Jul 11, 2008
25
2.5/4
The storytelling is still stuck in the 1950s, but the modern 3-D technology is pretty impressive at times in this family adventure.
Posted Jul 11, 2008
26
3/4
The summer's been loaded with superhero movies, some better and some worse than Hellboy II, but none is as exuberantly creative, nor as unconventionally committed to being so many things other than a live-action comic book.
Posted Jul 11, 2008
27
2.5/4
Hancock (2008)
Drunk superhero comedy turns into ... something else, not all that successfully.
Posted Jul 2, 2008
28
29
3/4
Beastie Boy Adam Yauch shoots and scores with this documentary that follows eight elite high-school basketball players showcasing their skills along with 16 other prospects in an all-star game at Harlem's (in)famous Rucker Park court.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
30
3/4
This movie, so dramatic and different from any other we've seen about Israel, may well have worked with three other actors. But it's hard to imagine it working as well.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
31
2.5/4
Writer-director Peter Tolan has glibness down pat, but can't quite wring the intended pathos from his characters' desperate lives. He does, however, give Broderick his best part since Election.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
32
33
2.5/4
If you just have to see another Antarctica documentary, you could do worse than Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
34
2.5/4
It manages to be brutal, deranged, ridiculous and heart-rending, all at once.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
35
3/4
Trumbo (2007)
It's Trumbo's words -- unfiltered and often unhinged -- that make this doc worth seeing.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
36
3/4
WALL-E (2008)
The film's visions of a ravaged, abandoned future Earth and a mechanized, corporately controlled space ark/pleasure cruiser are stunning, hilarious and hit their pro-green, anti-consumerist points remarkably hard.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
37
2.5/4
Wanted (2008)
Red-Bull-fueled adolescent male fantasy cribs from the past, while offering a few brain-splatting diversions of its own.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
38
2.5/4
The real insult to higher consciousness is that Love Guru's humor is about as mature as strained carrots.
Posted Jun 20, 2008
39
3/4
But then, Kit, written by Ann Peacock and directed by Patricia Rozema, is that rare all-ages movie that never talks down to its audience and isn't afraid to use history to illuminate current times.
Posted Jun 20, 2008
40
1/4
Get Smart (2008)
It's a movie that spoofs intelligence in the most unintelligent way possible and stretches the boundaries of plot-free filmmaking into frontiers until now explored only by former cast members of Saturday Night Live.
Posted Jun 20, 2008
41
3/4
A simpler story, more action and some nice visuals make for a satisfying, if not exactly incredible, monster hero sequel.
Posted Jun 13, 2008
42
3/4
Quid Pro Quo (2008)
This odd little fugue of a movie would be implausible, even laughable, if it weren't also marvelously played, visually composed and plotted with the utmost cunning.
Posted Jun 13, 2008
43
3/4
It's creepy, silly fun. And if it came from anyone else, it would be recognized as such. One thing is certain: The man hasn't lost his ability to entertain.
Posted Jun 13, 2008
44
2.5/4
Mongol (2008)
I'd rather have seen the sequel.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
45
2.5/4
It's hard to find lines and performances like Mother of Tears outside of anything that doesn't come with a XXX rating.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
46
3/4
It's a great premise, and the movie rarely disappoints. (OK, we didn't need the song-and-dance number, but still ...) Hynes has style to spare and storytelling chops. The low-key Go-Getter is well worth discovering.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
47
2.5/4
Conrad has the humanity part down. Even if his little film is something of a mess, that counts for something.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
48
3/4
Broadbent gives such a jolly, cagey, not-so-passively aggressive and ultimately warm performance, the film has a life of its own despite being like 100 others.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
49
3.5/4
DreamWorks Animation's best movie since Shrek.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
50
2.5/4