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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
C+
Talk to Me (2007)
It's an unfortunately neatly packaged tale about a man who, by all evidence, constantly and consciously resisted easy repackaging.
Posted Jul 14, 2007
2
B+
Few modern filmmakers are as adept at crafting a haunting image as Kim.
Posted Jul 13, 2007
3
B
Drama/Mex (2006)

4
B-
Macbeth (2006)
Wright directs it with straight-faced conviction.
Posted Jul 13, 2007
5
B
Interview (2007)
6
D
Captivity (2007)
Captivity has the compulsory quality of a straight-to-DVD movie -- and considering the fast-fading torture-porn movement, that's no doubt the destiny of similar offerings to follow.
Posted Jul 13, 2007
7
B-
8
B
The animation was, as Bluth and company had promised, a spectacular return to old-school craftsmanship.
Posted Jul 7, 2007
9
C
Blethyn's character is a vulgar cartoon, and the actress greedily consumes the scenery. That may be fitting for a woman who craves the spotlight, but the film suffers for her egocentrism.
Posted Jul 7, 2007
10
C+
Joshua (2007)
11
B+
In Between Days plays like a teen movie with all the narration removed.
Posted Jul 6, 2007
12
D+
13
B+
Rescue Dawn (2007)
[Bale and Zahn lend] this more or less conventional POW escape film resounding emotional depth.
Posted Jul 3, 2007
14
C-
Transformers (2007)
No one should be expecting much from Michael Bay except fast pacing and decently choreographed explosions. With Transformers, he doesn't even make it that far.
Posted Jul 3, 2007
15
B
Fracture (2007)
Not since Lecter has a role been this well suited to Hopkins, whose intelligence and pristine formality as an actor often make him seem alien.
Posted Jun 30, 2007
16
D
Evening (2007)
If nothing else, Evening proves that there are such things as mistakes, by featuring two hours of bad choices and half-executed ideas.
Posted Jun 30, 2007
17
A-
Ratatouille (2007)
18
B
Sicko (2007)
Here's an issue that transcends politics and speaks to basic human need and collective responsibility; perhaps we need Moore's cudgel to make the case bluntly.
Posted Jun 28, 2007
19
C+
None of the scrapes and bruises [Willis] sustains are as wince-inducing as the image of his younger self in the first film, padding across broken glass with bare feet. He was human back in 1988; now he's the Terminator.
Posted Jun 27, 2007
20
21
D
Historically, throwing money at a comedy has never made it funnier, because there's nothing more cost-effective than a joke, and nothing more ruinous than a spectacle trampling all over it.
Posted Jun 21, 2007
22
B-
Yet another 'isn't it a pity' doc, where the damnable inequity of globalization provides an occasion for muted, impotent rage.
Posted Jun 21, 2007
23
C
It's fairly baffling to see a story about animal desires presented with such a lack of animal immediacy.
Posted Jun 21, 2007
24
C
Black Sheep (2006)
Slickly made but not deeply felt, and while [director] King shows signs that he may one day make a film as rich as Peter Jackson at his peak, next time he should try to get the audience to care equally about the eaters and the eaten.
Posted Jun 21, 2007
25
B
Jolie is such an expressive actress that there's always a danger she'll overplay the part, but one major misstep aside, she slips into Winterbottom's wide-ranging procedural and asserts herself only when dramatically necessary.
Posted Jun 21, 2007
26
C
1408 (2007)
1408 amounts to little more than a radical shock-therapy session for a man still finding his way after the loss of his daughter. Best to leave him alone with his issues.
Posted Jun 21, 2007
27
B-
You Kill Me (2007)
One of those rare occasions where going too low-key means missing many comic possibilities.
Posted Jun 21, 2007
28
C-
29
B-
t's almost impossible to make a fair-minded, non-exploitative documentary about the abortion debate, but Stephen Fell and Will Thompson take a credible shot with Unborn In The USA: Inside The War On Abortion.
Posted Jun 17, 2007
30
C
What was fresh a few years ago has naturally gone stale, and the film's excessive Napoleon Dynamite aping is almost as awkward as its maladjusted characters.
Posted Jun 16, 2007
31
B-
Nancy Drew (2007)
Once the rote mystery elements take over, the film devolves into a second-rate whodunit for kids, but even then, Roberts' irrepressible cheeriness and curiosity in the face of danger proves too adorable to resist.
Posted Jun 16, 2007
32
B
Visually, Beyond Hatred is precise, handsome -- even brilliant.
Posted Jun 16, 2007
33
C-
Many complaints were lobbed at Fantastic Four but no one ever suggested it was too smart. Yet it would seem that everyone came to the sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, determined to dumb it down.
Posted Jun 16, 2007
34
B
Writer-director Brian Jun makes it clear that Steel City isn't about big events, even crucial inciting ones. It's about day-to-day decisions and how they change and inform relationships.
Posted Jun 16, 2007
35
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
36
C
Handsomely crafted and well-acted, but its sense of scale is as constricted as a noose.
Posted Jun 9, 2007
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
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
41
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
42
B+
Ocean's 11's easy chemistry and effortless style return alongside the let's-take-down-a-casino plot.
Posted Jun 7, 2007
43
B-
Chalk (2007)
44
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
45
D+
Radiant City (2007)
The faux-documentary aspect of Radiant City is a huge gamble that doesn't pay off.
Posted May 31, 2007
46
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
47
B+
Ten Canoes (2007)
Flows like water, and has a deceptively gentle pull that proves hard to escape.
Posted May 31, 2007
48
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
49
A
Knocked Up (2007)
50
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