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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
b
Doc (2007)
2
A-
Cloverfield (2008)
It puts human faces on the victims of mass destruction, faces that might easily have been yours or mine, staring down the maw of something we don't understand.
Posted Jan 18, 2008
3
B
Beaufort (2008)
Beaufort is a deliberate, reserved dramatization of how an army stands down.
Posted Jan 17, 2008
4
C
27 Dresses (2008)
Made 10 years ago, it probably would have starred a vacationing cast member from Friends.
Posted Jan 17, 2008
5
C-
Mad Money (2008)
The scheme works for a while. Sadly, the movie never does. As a heist film, it relies on the trio of felonious females besting a system that seems laughably easy to outwit.
Posted Jan 17, 2008
6
C+
Cassandra's Dream feels rote and inauthentic. Like so many late-period Allens, it leaves behind the feeling that he's made this movie before, but better.
Posted Jan 17, 2008
7
C-
It's full of mild goofiness and equally mild messages about believing in yourself. It's all good-natured enough. It just isn't actually good.
Posted Jan 12, 2008
8
D
Boll has been compared to Ed Wood, but there's nothing personal about his ineptitude; he's just a deal-maker completing a transaction. Save perhaps for his fan club of ironists, movies like In The Name Of The King could only make a ledger happy.
Posted Jan 12, 2008
9
B-
There are certainly worse ways to spend the holiday season than in the company of two charming old actors, being reminded that human companionship makes life worth living, even as it makes dying a little tougher.
Posted Jan 11, 2008
10
C
First Sunday (2008)
11
B
As issue docs go, The Business Of Being Born is about as well-put-together and non-aggravating as the genre can get -- which isn't saying much, but it's still a small victory.
Posted Jan 10, 2008
12
A-
Woman On The Beach is a stripped-down, witty explication of how we all get stymied by the impulses and options inherent in the simple act of living.
Posted Jan 10, 2008
13
14
Fascination (2005)
15
C-
About as fresh and vital as a fifth-generation dub of The Star Wars Holiday Special.
Posted Jan 5, 2008
16
B-
Honeydripper (2007)
The film gets better as it goes along, and it closes with a rousing musical flourish, as immensely charismatic newcomer Clark Jr. finally hits the stage. At last, Sayles' sleepy drama wakes with a start.
Posted Jan 2, 2008
17
B+
18
F
The door is left open for another sequel; if someone would kindly shut it and board it up, that would be much appreciated.
Posted Dec 28, 2007
19
B
Smiley Face (2007)
It's a fittingly loose, shambling little nothing of a comedy that's occasionally inspired, but at least a draft or two short of its potential. Still, it's a pleasure to watch Faris wander slack-jawed through a surreal day in Los Angeles.
Posted Dec 26, 2007
20
B-
Imaginary Witness works fine as an illustrated history, but the material could've supported something more probing and provocative.
Posted Dec 26, 2007
21
A-
Persepolis (2007)
The two main points Persepolis makes are that strife is relative, and all politics are personal.
Posted Dec 26, 2007
22
B

23
A
24
C+
For a movie about a debate team -- one with the word 'debaters' in the title, no less -- Denzel Washington's second effort as a director doesn't have that much interest in what a debate looks and sounds like.
Posted Dec 26, 2007
25
D+
Flakes (2007)
The characters Lehmann and company use as generational mouthpieces bear no relation to any people who have ever existed, and they barely work as parody. It's cool to see the old retro cereals on the restaurant shelf, though.
Posted Dec 20, 2007
26
A
Burton brings his signature visual style, and a pair of stock players for his stars, into this film adaptation, but he wisely follows Sondheim's lead, letting the music and spirit of the original piece show the way.
Posted Dec 20, 2007
27
B-
28
C
LaGravenese is known as one of Hollywood's go-to screenwriters, credited or uncredited, but the films he's directed, such as Living Out Loud and Freedom Writers, are memorable more for their terrible titles than any lasting distinction.
Posted Dec 20, 2007
29
C-
Look (2007)
If the idea is that we're always being watched, why does it seem that in this movie, no one's really paying attention?
Posted Dec 20, 2007
30
B-
Walk Hard offers a quantity of laughs that few comedies could match.
Posted Dec 20, 2007
31
B
Steep (2007)
Enthusiasts and neophytes alike should be able to join together in gasping at the sight of people plunging down vertical walls of ice, taking their lives into their own hands for a brief, lion-lifed adrenaline charge.
Posted Dec 20, 2007
32
B-
33
B
A Walk In The Sea is at its best when [director] Robinson contrasts the haziness of the Warhol crowd with the specificity of Williams' family, who can recall every anecdote he ever told them, including every perceived slight.
Posted Dec 13, 2007
34
C+
Coppola has gone uprriver again in an effort to reinvent himself and cinema in the process. He ultimately fails, but he can't be faulted for trying.
Posted Dec 13, 2007
35
C
It's okay to be manipulated so long as you don't feel the strings being pulled. Here the tug is constant, and constantly distracting.
Posted Dec 12, 2007
36
B
I Am Legend (2007)
Reasonably absorbing.
Posted Dec 12, 2007
37
C-
There's just not enough here for a movie. It's almost as if some ideas were meant to live for three and a half minutes each Christmas season, not to get stretched to the breaking point for 50 years.
Posted Dec 12, 2007
38
D+
The Perfect Holiday makes the safest, blandest choices possible in delivering some Christmas cheer for the whole family.
Posted Dec 12, 2007
39
D
While it looks like it was great fun to film, it's regrettably little fun to watch.
Posted Dec 6, 2007
40
B+
Juno (2007)
Strikingly written by newcomer Diablo Cody, Juno will get a lot of attention for its colorful dialogue, which is at times too ostentatious for its own good, but the film's sincerity is what ultimately carries it across.
Posted Dec 6, 2007
41
B+
Grace Is Gone attempts to address grief frankly, gently, and without didacticism, and it largely succeeds.
Posted Dec 6, 2007
42
B+
There's something to be said for Venditti's ability to build the kind of trust with a subject necessary to get full participation.
Posted Dec 6, 2007
43
D
Revolver (2005)
The prospect of Ritchie going back to the gangster genre a third time is unappetizing, but it has nothing on his feeble attempt to reinvent it.
Posted Dec 6, 2007
44
C
Starting Out In The Evening is like the opposite of 'mumblecore'. It's 'loquacitycore'.
Posted Dec 6, 2007
45
D+
Awake (2007)
Awake feels like an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode unfolding in slow motion, with each new revelation coming a reel or two after viewers have guessed it.
Posted Dec 6, 2007
46
C+
The Golden Compass does manage the job of bringing Philip Pullman's world to the screen. With luck, any future entries will try harder to get the job done right.
Posted Dec 6, 2007
47
A-
Atonement (2007)
With the Ian McEwan novel adaptation Atonement, it's obvious that Joe Wright -- who made his big-screen debut with 2005's deft, affecting version of Pride & Prejudice -- knows how to shepherd a novel to the screen.
Posted Dec 6, 2007
48
C-
49
B+
The movie is engaging for the way it documents the rise and fall of a semi-natural landmark, and especially for the way it shows how people still come to California to remake themselves.
Posted Nov 29, 2007
50
B-
Protagonist (2007)
The film bears the mark of a real directorial talent, eager to push the documentary form in inventive directions, just like Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, and for that alone, it deserves a nod of appreciation.
Posted Nov 29, 2007