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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
B+
3
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
4
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
5
B-
Imaginary Witness works fine as an illustrated history, but the material could've supported something more probing and provocative.
Posted Dec 26, 2007
6
A-
Persepolis (2007)
The two main points Persepolis makes are that strife is relative, and all politics are personal.
Posted Dec 26, 2007
7
B

8
A
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
B-
13
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
14
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
15
B-
Walk Hard offers a quantity of laughs that few comedies could match.
Posted Dec 20, 2007
16
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
17
B-
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
B
I Am Legend (2007)
Reasonably absorbing.
Posted Dec 12, 2007
22
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
23
D+
The Perfect Holiday makes the safest, blandest choices possible in delivering some Christmas cheer for the whole family.
Posted Dec 12, 2007
24
D
While it looks like it was great fun to film, it's regrettably little fun to watch.
Posted Dec 6, 2007
25
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
26
B+
Grace Is Gone attempts to address grief frankly, gently, and without didacticism, and it largely succeeds.
Posted Dec 6, 2007
27
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
28
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
29
C
Starting Out In The Evening is like the opposite of 'mumblecore'. It's 'loquacitycore'.
Posted Dec 6, 2007
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
C-
34
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
35
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
36
B-
Though the material is hardly fresh, it retains some fascination, and Stone has assembled Oswald's Ghost well, with few of the stylistic tics that marred his Guerilla: The Taking Of Patty Hearst.
Posted Nov 29, 2007
37
B+
The Savages (2007)
The frequent outbursts of comedy help alleviate a tone that's appropriately muted and sad, and Jenkins should be credited for refusing to tack smiley-faces onto a tough, possibly lose-lose situation.
Posted Nov 29, 2007
38
A-
The putative film adaptation reaches well beyond the contents of that book, expanding its philosophical resignation into a grim but beautiful visual poem.
Posted Nov 29, 2007
39
B+
The Mist (2007)
By catching his protagonists between equally oppressive horrors, Darabont successfully finds the squelchy heart of King's story, and keeps it pumping until the ugly end.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
40
D+
Hitman (2007)
Massive illogic abounds throughout the video-game-based thriller Hitman, starting with the opening, which posits a mysterious organization 'so secret no one knows it exists,' even though it somehow maintains 'ties to every government.'
Posted Nov 21, 2007
41
B-
42
B-
Enchanted (2007)
43
B+
The missteps don't detract from the thrilling brilliance of the filmmaking (aided by the remarkable cinematographer Ed Lachman), or dim the sense that Haynes was right in deciding that the fractions of the man would add up to more than the man himself.
Posted Nov 21, 2007
44
D+
August Rush (2007)
45
C
Beowulf (2007)
The film strives for mythological depth and epic breadth, but it's hard to get below the flat, shallow gloss over every surface.
Posted Nov 17, 2007
46
C
P2 (2007)
P2 doesn't have the grisly intensity of Aja's other work, in spite of a few moments of cartoonish gore.
Posted Nov 17, 2007
47
D+
What Would Jesus Buy? is one of those all-too-common issue-docs that's so clear about its point that it's practically pointless.
Posted Nov 15, 2007
48
C-
There's more. Much more, all of it absurd and confusing. That isn't necessarily meant as a complaint.
Posted Nov 15, 2007
49
C+
Redacted (2007)
As an expression of from-the-gut anti-war rage, Redacted is admirable, but as art, it's undercooked.
Posted Nov 15, 2007
50
C
Even though it runs over two hours, Newell's film barely has room to touch on the key moments of his dense, discursive source material, and the hit-the-highlights-and-go-home approach does no one any favors.
Posted Nov 15, 2007