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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
Alexandra (2007)
There's not a shot fired in the film, but it pierces the heart nonetheless.
Posted Apr 11, 2008
2
Smart People (2008)
It's not a stupid film, but it could have come off much more smartly.
Posted Apr 11, 2008
3
3/4
Originally made for AMC, its solid collection of clips does illustrate one salient point: Depicting evil poorly is a sin unto itself.
Posted Apr 4, 2008
4
3/4
Love Songs (2008)
While the filmmaker succeeds at keeping it real most of the time, a blazing romanticism informs the whole oddly engaging endeavor; as, of course, it should.
Posted Apr 4, 2008
5
3/4
Yep, it's your typical shouty Italian movie, though this time presented with sharp humor and an effortless cinematic verity by director Daniele Luchetti.
Posted Apr 4, 2008
6
2/4
The movie aims to be an unbridled sex farce, but the sex is never all that hot and the jokes are rarely all that funny.
Posted Apr 4, 2008
7
Chapter 27 (2007)
It's a train-wreck turn in a dreary movie about a self-pitying loser responsible for murdering a beloved pop icon.
Posted Apr 4, 2008
8
3.5/4
Powerful in its energy, sparkling in its intimacy, the film captures the self-proclaimed world's greatest rock 'n' roll band still at the height of its performance powers during a two-night stint at Manhattan's small Beacon Theater in late 2006.
Posted Apr 4, 2008
9
2.5/4
Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai has made some of the smartest, most moving and tactilely gorgeous tales of romantic dislocation ever put on film. His first American movie, My Blueberry Nights, is not one of those.
Posted Apr 4, 2008
10
2/4
Nim's Island (2008)
11
3/4
Leatherheads (2008)
Artificial as Leatherheads sometimes gets, it's grounded in modern screen naturalism. As in all of Clooney's directing efforts, there's also an ethical seriousness at its core.
Posted Apr 4, 2008
12
1/4
Priceless (2006)
As we watch Irene and Jean prostitute themselves with their weathered, moneyed marks, the vibe isn't playful or mischievous but tedious and vulgar. The accommodations might be four-star, but the movie is strictly Motel 6.
Posted Mar 28, 2008
13
2.5/4
Flawless (2008)
Though the central mystery does hold one's interest, tin-eared dialogue, unlikely staging and dramatic conveniences all work against our being swept up in the chicanery.
Posted Mar 28, 2008
14
2.5/4
15
2.5/4
Stop-Loss (2008)
This is an OK tale about guys who don't have that much going on in their civilian lives, but it's not the movie it ought to be.
Posted Mar 28, 2008
16
2.5/4
The material isn't any more inspired than the protagonist is inspiring. Run, Fat Boy, Run should have been whipped into better shape before the starting gun sounded.
Posted Mar 28, 2008
17
3/4
The Hammer (2007)
Adam Carrola makes for a pretty agreeable leading man in The Hammer, a movie tailor-made to the comic strengths of the radio/TV personality.
Posted Mar 21, 2008
18
The Grand (2008)
19

Cliched but well-staged.
Posted Mar 21, 2008
20
1.5/4
Strictly infantile.
Posted Mar 21, 2008
21
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
22
Beaufort (2008)
Beautiful in its way and terrible in its implications, Beaufort marks Cedar as a distinctive and impassioned talent.
Posted Mar 14, 2008
23
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
24
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
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
Mopey-soapy as it sometimes gets, though, this is intelligent, passionate stuff.
Posted Feb 29, 2008
32
Chicago 10 (2008)
Creaky and overinstructive.
Posted Feb 29, 2008
33
This streamlined adaptation of Philippa Gregory's fanciful historical novel is fine fun.
Posted Feb 29, 2008
34
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
35
2.5/4
An episodic fairy tale that dazzles the eyes and sometimes tries the patience.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
36
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
37
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
38
Increasingly complex -- and preposterous.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
39
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
40
One of those adorable foreign kid/cranky old folks heartwarmers.
Posted Feb 15, 2008
41
Romero's latest zombie movie ditches the subtext but retains the ability to frighten.
Posted Feb 15, 2008
42
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
43
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
44
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
45
2/4
This gets old in about 10 minutes, but the movie strikes the same comic note for another hour.
Posted Feb 8, 2008
46
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
47
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
48
1.5/4
Tyler Perry-style family comedy has a shortage of laughs, a plethora of sitcom stupidity.
Posted Feb 8, 2008
49
Cyrus' fans will receive this material as Moses received those tablets from Mount Sinai.
Posted Feb 4, 2008
50
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