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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
2.5/4
Goes for shock over substance.
Posted Jan 11, 2008
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
3/4
It makes learning look exciting and sexy and ... really hard.
Posted Dec 26, 2007
7
Smiley Face (2007)
Smiley Face belongs to Faris, an actress who is some kind of treasure.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
8
3/4
It takes us on a unique, passionately committed journey.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
9
3.5/4
A harrowing journey of two women made desperate by a government that puts bureaucracy ahead of the interests of its people.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
10
3.5/4
The comic brilliance of Walk Hard is so ingrained in its subject matter that it probably won't be appreciated until years after the fact.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
11
2.5/4
It's all diverting enough and holds your interest without ever getting too exciting.
Posted Dec 21, 2007
12
3/4
Protagonist (2007)
Perhaps Yu's greatest achievement was finding four individuals with equal passion about and insight into their own journeys, and thereby demonstrating that all lives are fascinating when properly examined.
Posted Dec 14, 2007
13
1.5/4
Look (2007)
Look just wallows in the shameful acts. Nobody need watch.
Posted Dec 14, 2007
14
2.5/4
Too passionately well-crafted in places to dismiss outright, too sloppy and nutty to hail as a full-fledged comeback.
Posted Dec 14, 2007
15
3/4
The actors, and the many cultural specifics the movie imparts, overcome the script's deficiencies.
Posted Dec 14, 2007
16
3/4
I Am Legend (2007)
For the most part, I Am Legend delivers the kind of eerie suspense that will bring joy to the world of casual horror fans everywhere.
Posted Dec 14, 2007
17
2.5/4
Could've been a lot worse; it's a singing chipmunk movie, for Pete's sake.
Posted Dec 14, 2007
18
3/4
It can't be denied that writer James C. Strouse's directing debut is uniquely of our time as home-front films go, and he exploits that new wrinkle for all it's worth.
Posted Dec 7, 2007
19
1/4
Revolver (2005)
In a movie about control, it's Ritchie who's adrift, and it's not looking like he's going to come back.
Posted Dec 7, 2007
20
3.5/4
Both a soulful mood piece and beautiful exploration of cross-cultural communion.
Posted Dec 7, 2007
21
1/4
The Amateurs has been shelved for a number of years because -- just a ballpark guess here -- it's not funny.
Posted Dec 7, 2007
22
3.5/4
Atonement (2007)
If you appreciate rigorous cinematic artistry along with your transcendent romance, you may just find the whole package heartrending.
Posted Dec 7, 2007
23
3/4
Juno (2007)
You can't help but surrender to its considerable charm.
Posted Dec 7, 2007
24
2/4
Bland treatment of round one of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.
Posted Dec 7, 2007
25
1.5/4
Along with his insights into love and tedium, writer-director Miles Brandman makes sure that a lot of mopey mumbling and guitar-strumming fills the soundtrack.
Posted Nov 30, 2007
26
3.5/4
Julian Schnabel deftly sidesteps all the traps inherent in the illness movie genre, creating a stirring movie about a man's emotional awakening that takes its immobile protagonist on a journey from boyhood to infinity.
Posted Nov 30, 2007
27
3/4
Yiddish Theater is a melancholy work, as well it should be, but it's also almost giddy much of the time with the delight of discovery, preservation and nostalgia.
Posted Nov 30, 2007
28
2/4
Baumbach's follow-up to The Squid and the Whale contains all of that film's self-involved screw-ups, but this time he provides little reason to bother watching aside from taking in Kidman's rather astounding ability to scramble up a tall oak tree.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
29
4/4
Todd Haynes' impressionistic take on Dylan manages to equal the artist.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
30
3/4
The Mist (2007)
If the film's finale proves more gutsy in theory than it does in practice, it doesn't completely erase the fine, fatalistic freak show that Darabont delivers early on.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
31
3/4
Enchanted (2007)
Disney satirizes its own princess megabusiness -- but still goes for the standard payoffs -- with this funny story of a fairy-tale heroine who finds herself in real-life New York City.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
32
2.5/4
A movie that is at times overly polite, unintentionally funny and too rarely transporting.
Posted Nov 16, 2007
33
3/4
Beowulf (2007)
Carp about it all you want, but as Hollywood revisions of ancient writing go, Beowulf beats nonsense like Troy and 300 on all fronts: formally, thematically and intellectually.
Posted Nov 16, 2007
34
35
3/4
It's a Holocaust story unlike any other, and filmmaker Michele Ohayon treats it with an engaging sensitivity.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
36
3.5/4
37
3.5/4
War Dance (2007)
The core of this week's African catastrophe documentary is so simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, you only want to thank the Fines for making it as engaging as they have.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
38
It's grim, unforgiving and probably unforgettable -- in some ways you'll want to remember, and in others you may wish you couldn't.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
39
2/4
Lions for Lambs is Hollywood's latest casualty of war, a movie undone not by its heart (which is in the right place) but by its stilted, obvious and one-sided presentation.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
40
2/4
Fred Claus (2007)
Ignore this piece of humbug.
Posted Nov 9, 2007
41
3/4
A great gift for those longing to revisit the groovy times of a punk rock past.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
42
2/4
The movie drags on.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
43
2.5/4
44
1/4
Fat Girls (2006)
Proof that straights have no monopoly on crass, lazy coming-of-age stories.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
45
3/4
Bee Movie (2007)
Jerry Seinfeld's comic sensibility enlivens this tale of a bee who wants to fly by the seat of his pants.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
46
3/4
47
2.5/4
Darfur Now (2007)
Much of the film plays like a static lecture, and a repetitive one as well.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
48
3/4
Sidney Lumet makes his best movie in ages, a crackerjack crime thriller that goes for the jugular.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
49
3/4
It's never less than seat-edge suspenseful.
Posted Nov 2, 2007
50
2/4
Music Within (2007)
Story of disabled rights activist Richard Pimentel is too much about Pimentel, too little about what he accomplished.
Posted Oct 26, 2007