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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
B
The Namesake (2006)
Deserves credit for its graceful attempt to tell an all-American story with warm, unromanticized characters trying to discover who they are in a land too eager to impose its own definition on them.
Posted Mar 17, 2007
2
The Backyard (2002)
Tawdriness aside, The Backyard is remarkable for the intensity of the interviewees, who show a new kind of all-American gumption in the way they filter the mannerisms of low-rung celebrities through their own geeked-out, violent imaginations.
Posted Mar 14, 2007
3
B
Maxed Out (2006)
4
B
A difficult sell because of the way it clutches its privileged white perspective. But from any perspective, the story it tells is so dramatic, so riveting, that it's impossible to maintain any judgmental distance.
Posted Mar 13, 2007
5
B
Exterminating Angels is undeniably arousing.
Posted Mar 10, 2007
6
C
300 (2007)
Part of the fascination of the Thermopylae story is that it really happened, and it helped define real heroism. There's nothing remotely like reality to be had in this film.
Posted Mar 10, 2007
7
B+
The Host (2007)
Bong still offers a powerful rejoinder to his Hollywood counterparts: Anything you can do, I can do better.
Posted Mar 10, 2007
8
D
Wild Hogs (2007)
Wild Hogs really doesn't spend much time on the road. Good thing, too, because after the guys are found sleeping side-by-side and skinny-dipping together, the writers must have run out of homosexual panic jokes.
Posted Mar 3, 2007
9
A
Zodiac (2007)
Zodiac is the rare serial-killer movie in which the psychosis stems as much from the pursuers (and the filmmaker) as the pursued.
Posted Mar 3, 2007
10
C-
Gray Matters (2007)
Attempts to do Woody Allen by way of Nora Ephron, but romantic comedies in that vein are only as good as their banter, and Gray Matters' banter is conspicuously sub-par.
Posted Mar 3, 2007
11
B
12
B
Director Nacho Cerdà succeeds in pushing the haunted-house movie into an abstract realm where the past and present fold into each other.
Posted Feb 28, 2007
13
B-
Too odd for a studio movie, too cornpone for the independent scene, The Astronaut Farmer - EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2007
14
D-
15
B
Glastonbury (2007)
The film is clearly an act of boosterism, and it makes a pretty good case for the Glastonbury cause.
Posted Feb 24, 2007
16
B
Close To Home is at its best when the giggly coming-of-age story intersects with the political reality of life in Jerusalem, and we're made to understand that even the stupid stuff that every 18-year-old goes through has consequences in a hot spot.
Posted Feb 18, 2007
17
B
Breach (2007)
Ray's impression of the real Hanssen remains frighteningly opaque.
Posted Feb 17, 2007
18
B
We're clearly deep into romantic-comedy territory here, so it's a good thing we're also in the hands of excellent guides.
Posted Feb 17, 2007
19
C
20
D+
Ghost Rider (2007)
Any potential the film had for making pop art in a contemporary manner is drained away by the familiar demands of second-tier action blockbusters.
Posted Feb 17, 2007
21
C+
Bamako (2006)
The central conceit is audacious, but the film feels oddly slack and inert, livened only by testimony better suited to another forum.
Posted Feb 17, 2007
22
B+
23
B-
The Bridge (2006)
24
D+
Fired! (2006)
A sharper documentarian might've tried harder to bridge the gap between the problems of the legitimate American work force and the struggles of relatively well-off celebrities, but Gurwitch, while charming, isn't exactly brimming with insight.
Posted Feb 10, 2007
25
D
Factory Girl (2007)
26
B
27
B
Writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck gives his debut feature, The Lives Of Others, no particular style, and the absence of visual risk-taking renders an exciting premise ponderous and stolid.
Posted Feb 9, 2007
28
B+

29
F
Norbit (2007)
It probably isn't possible for a single movie to reverse all social progress made since the civil-rights era, but Norbit, the latest broadside from Eddie Murphy, does its best to turn back the clock.
Posted Feb 8, 2007
30
C
The Pangs are technically proficient enough to deliver the requisite jolts, but déjà vu haunts the film as surely as its pasty-faced, hitch-stepped ghoulies, and it's hard to shake the impression that we've seen this movie before.
Posted Feb 3, 2007
31
B-
32
C
[Director] Maggenti is getting better at building characters with distinctive quirks and nuance, but when they open their mouths, they still talk like they're in a movie.
Posted Feb 2, 2007
33
A-
34
D+
[The Situation] plays like one long monologue, spread between a dozen characters.
Posted Feb 2, 2007
35
B
In the Pit (2007)
[Director] Rulfo's simple strategy of sticking close to his subjects and allowing them to wax philosophical about their lives and labors pays off.
Posted Feb 2, 2007
36
C
Any relationship between the world of Because I Said So and actual human behavior is purely coincidental.
Posted Feb 2, 2007
37
F
Epic Movie (2007)
38
C+
The word "slight" doesn't even begin to describe how minor the quirky indie comedy From Other Worlds turns out to be...
Posted Jan 29, 2007
39
D
A romantic triangle between werewolves and humans doesn't sound dull, but director Katja von Garnier seems to determined to drain the life out of it.
Posted Jan 29, 2007
40
B
Even though 2 Or 3 Things' central irony is blunt, [director] Ludin's tone remains measured throughout, and never self-serving.
Posted Jan 25, 2007
41
C-
Smokin' Aces (2007)
There's no shortage of flash and bother, but not much to care about.
Posted Jan 25, 2007
42
B
Seraphim Falls has a crispness and economy that few genre films can claim these days.
Posted Jan 25, 2007
43
C
Screamers (2006)
Screamers' most glaring problem is the one that fells too many political documentaries: a dull unanimity of voices.
Posted Jan 25, 2007
44
B
The Italian (2007)
[Kolya] Spiridonov carries himself with such sweet, soulful determination that it's impossible not to root for him.
Posted Jan 25, 2007
45
B-
Jennifer Garner leads an enormously appealing cast as the bride who wore black.
Posted Jan 25, 2007
46
C
Romántico (2006)
There's nothing extraordinary about mariachi singer Carmelo Muñiz Sánchez, and nothing extraordinary about Mark Becker's documentary profile Romántico. At times, that seems to be the point.
Posted Jan 19, 2007
47
C-
The Hitcher (2007)
48
B
Regular Lovers isn't a folly-of-youth story that aches with emotion, like Au Revoir, Les Enfants or The Squid And The Whale. It's drier, and simpler. You are there. Iris out.
Posted Jan 19, 2007
49
C
It's a bit like watching the final 40 minutes of Mulholland stretched to three hours and filmed with digital-video cameras available at a Circuit City near you.
Posted Jan 17, 2007
50
D+
Primeval (2007)
The sub-sub-Anaconda bottom-feeder Primeval makes the mistake of taking itself far too seriously; with its exploitative images of civil war and genocide, it's the Blood Diamond of 25-foot-killer-crocodile movies.
Posted Jan 17, 2007