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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
C+
The Grand (2008)
Too much of The Grand is eaten up by thin conceits that go nowhere.
Posted Mar 20, 2008
2
B-
Boarding Gate's surfaces are often so staggeringly beautiful that its superficiality becomes forgivable, with the pleasant distractions of Assayas' multi-layered frames, Argento's sinewy allure, and snippets of Brian Eno ambience on the soundtrack.
Posted Mar 20, 2008
3
C
The familiarity wouldn't matter if the gags weren't so belabored and, thanks to the PG-13 rating, neutered.
Posted Mar 20, 2008
4
C+
A film that does an injustice to the whole chaotic situation in Eastern Europe by making it seem not just impossible, but impenetrable.
Posted Mar 20, 2008
5
C+
A harmless feel-good movie that tries to tell audiences what it's like to be a victimized immigrant, and mostly winds up telling them what it's like to have their heartstrings yanked, gratuitiously and often.
Posted Mar 20, 2008
6
C+
Doomsday (2008)
7
C
Sleepwalking (2008)
8
C
In the future, movies this derivative will be made by robots.
Posted Mar 13, 2008
9
C
Just because the live-action Seusses have dialed down expectations doesn't mean that Horton shouldn't aspire to more than time-wasting mediocrity.
Posted Mar 13, 2008
10
B+
Director Nicholas Klotz's subtle suspense film Heartbeat Detector comes across like a hybrid of Heart Of Darkness and Michael Clayton, digging into the roots of a psychosis affecting a veteran corporate lackey.
Posted Mar 13, 2008
11
B-
For the second film in a row, [director] Li excoriates the values of an increasingly market-driven China, where people treat their fellows as products to be exploited, and scramble to get an edge on their 'competitors.'
Posted Mar 13, 2008
12
A
Funny Games (2008)
A chilly and extraordinarily controlled treatise on film violence, Funny Games punishes the audience for its casual bloodlust by giving it all the sickening torture and mayhem it could possibly desire. Neat trick, that.
Posted Mar 13, 2008
13
C+
There's little imagination in the film's artificial, back-lot-tour vision of London, and little surprise in how the complicated plot finally untangles itself.
Posted Mar 6, 2008
14
B-
Girls Rock! (2007)
Frankly, the scenes of these girls trying to work together and share ideas are enough to make the movie's point.
Posted Mar 6, 2008
15
B-
CJ7 (2008)
Shows signs that Chow is trying to put more thought and heart into his films, with uneven success.
Posted Mar 6, 2008
16
C+
The Bank Job (2008)
The Bank Job would probably go down a little easier if there weren't so much potential for seizing on a ripe cultural moment. Some stories are too good for mediocrity.
Posted Mar 6, 2008
17
B-
Snow Angels (2007)
In spite of strong performances and a characteristically vivid sense of place, the film feels disjointed and heavy.
Posted Mar 6, 2008
18
A-
Through simple observation, Van Sant quietly lets viewers understand Nevins and feel the full force of his distress.
Posted Mar 6, 2008
19
B
Married Life (2008)
Sachs gets terrific performances out of his actors.
Posted Mar 6, 2008
20
C-
10,000 B.C. (2008)
Emmerich knows how to fill the screen with spectacle, but not how to field-marshal it.
Posted Mar 6, 2008
21
B
The story hits too many familiar beats, but Kormákur flavors his familiar dish with beauty shots of Iceland's pitted landscape and the occasional cooked sheep's head.
Posted Feb 28, 2008
22
B-
It's A Free World...'s dilemmas are undeniably thought-provoking.
Posted Feb 28, 2008
23
B-
The Other Boleyn Girl is a fitting prequel to the Elizabeth movies: It's pretty, passionate, and full of historical poppycock.
Posted Feb 28, 2008
24
B-
25
B
Chicago 10 (2008)
For those who don't mind their history pre-seasoned with a little phantasmagoria and a lot of sarcasm, Chicago 10 is a hugely entertaining piece of pop fluff, as dynamic and modern as the Beastie Boys cut on the soundtrack.
Posted Feb 28, 2008
26
B+
The movie wavers between Sundance-friendly issue film and spiritual reverie.
Posted Feb 28, 2008
27
C+
Penelope (2006)
Director Palansky is trying for a deft, hip, modern fairy-tale feel, but the odd material, sprawling story, and complicated tonal balancing act get away from him, and the film winds up as a poorly paced tug-of-war between sweet quirk and sloppy camp.
Posted Feb 28, 2008
28
C+
Semi-Pro (2008)
29
F
30
B+
One of Rivette's most accessible films.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
31
B-
[Star Karl] Markovics largely rescues the film with his mesmerizingly layered, steady performance as a man who solves the problem of compromise by refusing to admit that he's compromising.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
32
C
Watching Charlie Bartlett only makes Wes Anderson's work seem more accomplished by comparison, because it underscores that thin line separating the agreeably fanciful from the overbearingly precious.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
33
C-
Travis dutifully pastes the story-shards together, but he and the actors are hamstrung by a script that's so busy piling on the twists that it never pauses to consider what they mean.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
34
B+
the visual wit, game performances, and overflowing humanity have more than made up for the shortcomings by the time the film finds a final moment that's simultaneously abrupt and magical.
Posted Feb 22, 2008
35
C+
36
C-
Jumper (2008)
No exciting action can cover the film's profound shallowness and repulsive attitude toward everyone but Christensen.
Posted Feb 14, 2008
37
B
Put simply, the film excels most at not being awful.
Posted Feb 14, 2008
38
c
39
When the players themselves are conceived this superficially, LaBute winds up invalidating his own point.
Posted Feb 12, 2008
40
C+
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins leans too heavily on bruising slapstick for easy laughs, with Lawrence absorbing blows from most of his family members, when mosquitoes and skunks aren't getting in on the action.
Posted Feb 7, 2008
41
D+
42
A-
In Bruges (2008)
43
F
A waste of 90 minutes.
Posted Feb 7, 2008
44
C+
Fool's Gold (2008)
45
B+
Tonally, The Band's Visit steps gingerly on the line between 'sweetly humane' and 'cloyingly quirky,' but [director] Kolirin pulls back the reins just enough, maintaining control by expressing as much with his framing as with his script.
Posted Feb 7, 2008
46
C-
The Eye (2008)
The major problem is the death of a horror film: It's startling, but not particularly scary.
Posted Feb 4, 2008
47
C-
48
B
Lior is a special boy, but the film remains refreshingly down-to-earth about his abilities and limitations, and in the four-month buildup to his bar mitzvah, it wonders openly about where this rite of passage might take him.
Posted Jan 31, 2008
49
B
Caramel (2008)
50
C-
Writer-director Jeff Lowell could have gone many different ways with this idea -- the screwball comedy of Heaven Can Wait, say, or even the wistful, unabashed romanticism of Ghost -- but he takes the low road more often than not.
Posted Jan 31, 2008