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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
B-
Lights In The Dusk plays out in the expected Kaurismäki style, with flavorful musical interludes, great affection for the city's outcasts, and lots of bleakness chased by the faintest sliver of hope.
Posted Jun 16, 2007
2
C
Handsomely crafted and well-acted, but its sense of scale is as constricted as a noose.
Posted Jun 9, 2007
3
C-
Day Watch (2007)
The series' theme might be that the center cannot hold, but the idea gets played out too literally, as Day Watch can barely keep an idea on the screen for a few minutes before whipping off in a new direction.
Posted Jun 9, 2007
4
B
There's a keen intelligence behind all that gleeful degradation and it pays off in a finish that's at once ironic, satirical, and perversely satisfying.
Posted Jun 9, 2007
5
C+
Crazy Love (2007)
There's plenty of black comedy in their twisted affair, but a more substantial documentary wouldn't leave you smiling.
Posted Jun 7, 2007
6
B+
Paprika (2006)
Kon rarely cares about the stagnant old real world that his films so frequently transcend. His characters fuss endlessly about fantasy's gripping, consuming power, but he himself seems blissfully unconcerned with where his gorgeous illusions take them.
Posted Jun 7, 2007
7
B-
Surf's Up (2007)
It just stands out in a crowded field of tacky also-rans by being a reasonably acceptable, more or less non-obnoxious way to spend an hour and a half.
Posted Jun 7, 2007
8
B+
Ocean's 11's easy chemistry and effortless style return alongside the let's-take-down-a-casino plot.
Posted Jun 7, 2007
9
B-
Chalk (2007)
10
B
Golden Door (2007)
It excels at documenting the humiliating (and sometimes terrifying) physical and mental tests that face these weary travelers.
Posted Jun 2, 2007
11
D+
Radiant City (2007)
The faux-documentary aspect of Radiant City is a huge gamble that doesn't pay off.
Posted May 31, 2007
12
C
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Here are two things to know about Mr. Brooks going in: 1) Demi Moore plays a millionaire cop, and 2) that's one of the less ludicrous elements.
Posted May 31, 2007
13
B+
Ten Canoes (2007)
Flows like water, and has a deceptively gentle pull that proves hard to escape.
Posted May 31, 2007
14
B
Gracie (2007)
There's a reason the underdog sports formula is followed over and over: When it's executed as skillfully as it is here, the damned thing works every time.
Posted May 31, 2007
15
A
Knocked Up (2007)
16
B-
Comedy, thy name isn't Lars von Trier. However, the abstract concept of "comedy," in Brechtian quotation marks, makes for an interesting experiment for cinema's reigning provocateur.
Posted May 26, 2007
17
D
Angel-A (2005)
18
C-
Amu (2006)
The flat, pat talk is symptomatic of Amu's overriding problem: It has no sense of personal style.
Posted May 25, 2007
19
B
Bug (2006)
20
C-
The last, longest, and most tedious of the bunch, At World's End sags under reams of exposition that not only fail to clarify the story, but take away from the slapstick tomfoolery that made the first film escapist fun.
Posted May 24, 2007
21
B
Severance (2006)
It's remarkable how much just a modicum of wit can spice up the standard backwoods slice-and-dice. Scaring people with a horror film is easy; entertaining them takes a little skill.
Posted May 19, 2007
22
C+
Fay Grim (2007)
23
D
Sequels usually follow the rubric 'same thing as last time, but more.' Shrek The Third instead goes for less: fewer jokes, less energy, and toned-down characters reiterating old banter, as if from a half-finished outline of a script.
Posted May 19, 2007
24
C+
It's a clunky, slack, directionless film that ultimately heads in a meaningful direction, but makes much of the route there seem unnecessary.
Posted May 17, 2007
25
B-
Flandres (2007)
In the end, the only nagging flaw with Flanders is that [director] Dumont has more or less made this movie three times before.
Posted May 17, 2007
26
A
Once (2007)
27
D-
The Salon (2007)
At least Norbit tried to come up with fresh new awfulness instead of idling in these familiar old ruts.
Posted May 15, 2007
28
D-
Delta Farce (2007)
29
B-
The film ends so beautifully that it's easy to forgive the dead passages that preceded it and hope it carries over into his next movie.
Posted May 12, 2007
30
B+
A smart, highly entertaining piece of cinema-reportage.
Posted May 12, 2007
31
C
Efforts to universalize this story by avoiding specifics ends up making Day Night Day Night broad and blank, reducing the lead character to one more generic nutcase for us to fear and pity. And isn't the anonymity of bombers precisely the problem?
Posted May 12, 2007
32
D
Georgia Rule (2007)
Director Garry Marshall has too much confidence that he can match the weighty issues here with the light comedy. He can't. Or at least he can't with this cast.
Posted May 12, 2007
33
D
The Ex (2007)
34
b
35
B
36
B+
Under Fresnadillo's assured direction, 28 Weeks Later blurs the line between genre entertainment and a photojournalist's shots of the next urban catastrophe.
Posted May 12, 2007
37
B-
Waitress (2007)
Though contrived and artificial in ways that don't always work, the film is also heartfelt and made with genuine affection for its characters, qualities in too short a supply to dismiss.
Posted May 5, 2007
38
C
Civic Duty (2006)
All that flash serves to prop up what's in essence a one-act play, constructed around a political message that's telegraphed from the start.
Posted May 5, 2007
39
B+
Mostly, it's a subdued, well-shot character study that observes rather than dictates emotions.
Posted May 5, 2007
40
B
L'Iceberg (2005)
In the end, it's easier to admire than to love.
Posted May 5, 2007
41
B-
Luckily, Paris, Je T'Aime contains a few good films among its total whiffs.
Posted May 5, 2007
42
C
It's a story that practically begs to be made into a film, albeit preferably one less pat than The Flying Scotsman.
Posted May 5, 2007
43
C
Lucky You (2007)
Curiously lifeless, Lucky You feels like poker without stakes; it goes through the motions with nothing to play for.
Posted May 3, 2007
44
B-
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
On the ground, Spider-Man 3 is dreary. But in the air, it swings.
Posted May 2, 2007
45
B
Diggers (2007)
46
D+
The title is the least of the film's problems; far more significant is its failed attempt to make its protagonists endearing instead of obnoxious.
Posted Apr 28, 2007
47
A-
Like the best crime stories, this one isn't about how the bad guys live, it's about how we live.
Posted Apr 28, 2007
48
C+
Snow Cake (2006)
For every three eye-roll-worthy scenes, Snow Cake offers one that's genuinely funny or moving.
Posted Apr 28, 2007
49
C-
50
C-