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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
The Grand (2008)
2

Cliched but well-staged.
Posted Mar 21, 2008
3
1.5/4
Strictly infantile.
Posted Mar 21, 2008
4
Snow Angels (2007)
Instead of inescapable, the ending seems perfunctory and somewhat ridiculous. You don't feel the horror when we get to those final shots -- only relief that the movie is over.
Posted Mar 14, 2008
5
Beaufort (2008)
Beautiful in its way and terrible in its implications, Beaufort marks Cedar as a distinctive and impassioned talent.
Posted Mar 14, 2008
6
As long as it sticks to Seuss -- which, given the brevity of the book, amounts to about a third of the 88-minute running time -- Horton makes for charming, kid-friendly entertainment.
Posted Mar 14, 2008
7
Funny Games (2008)
Haneke keeps a lot of the brutality off screen, the more to stimulate our imaginations, don't you know.
Posted Mar 14, 2008
8
A pulpy piece of formulaic genre entertainment that couches its nonviolent message in a series of over-the-top, sweaty smack-downs designed to please YouTube's Backyard Brawl Bunch.
Posted Mar 14, 2008
9
2.5/4
Married Life (2008)
It's an imitation of life, all right, but without much to say about it.
Posted Mar 7, 2008
10
2/4
Many of these are locals whom we see Mandt trying to teach to act in outtakes over the end credits, which are by far the best and funniest things in the movie.
Posted Mar 7, 2008
11
3.5/4
CJ7 (2008)
Chow delivers a real heart-tugger full of comic invention and a genuine sense of wonder too often lacking in the fantasy genre.
Posted Mar 7, 2008
12
2.5/4
This is a family movie that parents can actually take young children to see and not cringe while they're watching.
Posted Mar 7, 2008
13
2/4
10,000 B.C. (2008)
Hey, CG mammoths! And lots of 'em! And some raptor/dodo thingies that move exactly like Spielberg's dinosaurs. Still, looks cool enough. Could've used some more of the saber-toothed tiger, though.
Posted Mar 7, 2008
14
Mopey-soapy as it sometimes gets, though, this is intelligent, passionate stuff.
Posted Feb 29, 2008
15
Chicago 10 (2008)
Creaky and overinstructive.
Posted Feb 29, 2008
16
This streamlined adaptation of Philippa Gregory's fanciful historical novel is fine fun.
Posted Feb 29, 2008
17
3/4
[Director] Ruzowitzky refreshingly keeps the movie free from any pat answers, letting the audience members imagine what course of action they might take in similar circumstances.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
18
2.5/4
An episodic fairy tale that dazzles the eyes and sometimes tries the patience.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
19
1.5/4
The Signal (2008)
This is basically a David Cronenberg concept dumbed down to a bunch of sadistic jokes, lacking any of the master's humane poignancy.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
20
2.5/4
The movie is all over the map in tone, and though Downey brings obvious empathy to his alcoholic character, his adversarial relationship with Charlie feels fake and forced. Bueller vs. Rooney was more believably bruising, not to mention much funnier.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
21
Increasingly complex -- and preposterous.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
22
2.5/4
Whimsy overwhelms this sweetly innocuous tribute to DIY video - which is hobbled enough by its core premise of guys shooting their own versions of popular movies on VHS.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
23
One of those adorable foreign kid/cranky old folks heartwarmers.
Posted Feb 15, 2008
24
Romero's latest zombie movie ditches the subtext but retains the ability to frighten.
Posted Feb 15, 2008
25
2/4
Definitely, Maybe has a certain bland appeal, provided you don't mind that there isn't one detail in the movie that has a faint ring of truth.
Posted Feb 14, 2008
26
1.5/4
Jumper (2008)
It's too busy flitting all around the screen to establish the moral and personal connections that would make the story engaging, let alone the narrative sense that would make it worth following.
Posted Feb 14, 2008
27
Spiderwick Chronicles, thanks to its fine craftsmanship, is very much more than the same old bedtime stories, digitally gussied up for profit if not fun.
Posted Feb 14, 2008
28
2/4
This gets old in about 10 minutes, but the movie strikes the same comic note for another hour.
Posted Feb 8, 2008
29
2.5/4
In Bruges (2008)
Gleeson and Farrell have a fine, natural chemistry, so it's a shame when circumstances change and rob the film of its greatest asset, especially when that charm is replaced by silly shoot-outs that leave the audience stranded in an unintended purgatory.
Posted Feb 8, 2008
30
2/4
Fool's Gold (2008)
The best thing you can say about Fool's Gold is that it gets less bad as it goes along.
Posted Feb 8, 2008
31
1.5/4
Tyler Perry-style family comedy has a shortage of laughs, a plethora of sitcom stupidity.
Posted Feb 8, 2008
32
Cyrus' fans will receive this material as Moses received those tablets from Mount Sinai.
Posted Feb 4, 2008
33
Caramel (2008)
Caramel is much more artfully filmed than your average Queen Latifah version of this sort of thing. Better-acted, too, by a cast of amateurs headed by [director Nadine] Labaki herself.
Posted Feb 1, 2008
34
1/4
There was some nasty potential to be mined from Over Her Dead Body's premise, but the movie simply isn't wicked enough to go anywhere that could really be funny. It's the Casper of supernatural sex farces.
Posted Feb 1, 2008
35
3/4
Free of the usual social pathology, intimate dysfunction proves more than capable of holding our interest, as it would anywhere.
Posted Jan 25, 2008
36
2/4
The man hasn't turned into Hostel director Eli Roth, but for all the rape, torture and blood-letting on display in Rambo, it wouldn't be far off the mark to call [Stallone] Roth's spiritual godfather.
Posted Jan 25, 2008
37
2/4
Untraceable (2008)
The agony of Untraceable is as predictable as a computer program, and about as inhuman.
Posted Jan 25, 2008
38
3/4
U2 3D (2007)
U2 3D may feel at times like a truncated greatest-hits parade, but short of being right in the thick of it, you won't feel or see those hits delivered more directly.
Posted Jan 22, 2008
39
2.5/4
40
Taxi To the Dark Side, ranks among the best and most devastating entries, a scathing indictment of government-sanctioned torture.
Posted Jan 18, 2008
41
Mad Money (2008)
Diane Keaton almost saves the day (and Queen Latifah helps a little), but Mad Money simply isn't funny, and there's no compensation for that.
Posted Jan 18, 2008
42
Cloverfield (2008)
Cloverfield packs its 84-minute running time with immediacy, inventiveness and freaky fever-dream visions of hellish destruction.
Posted Jan 18, 2008
43
3.5/4
It's a perfect meeting of filmmaker and subject, with Weber playing the role of the obsessed fan who, like everyone else who ever came into contact with Baker, gets burned by a man who literally made art out of inwardness.
Posted Jan 11, 2008
44
2.5/4
This is a would-be hatchet job that's too petty to cut past the Governator's protective beefcake.
Posted Jan 11, 2008
45
2.5/4
Goes for shock over substance.
Posted Jan 11, 2008
46
2.5/4
Freeman and Nicholson elevate Reiner's film with their presence and intelligence, making "The Bucket List" a relatively painless TV movie -- nothing you need to see before you die, but not causing any long-lasting malady, either.
Posted Jan 11, 2008
47
3/4
Of course, there's Tavira, who, even if he never appears in another film, has left an indelible mark on cinema with his work here.
Posted Jan 4, 2008
48
If there's any moviemaker who knows the California Dream was always a devil's bargain, it's Paul Thomas Anderson.
Posted Dec 26, 2007
49
3/4
It makes learning look exciting and sexy and ... really hard.
Posted Dec 26, 2007
50
Smiley Face (2007)
Smiley Face belongs to Faris, an actress who is some kind of treasure.
Posted Dec 21, 2007