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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
There's really no reservoir of sympathy deep enough to support a whiny, navel-gazing Harvard student who turns her depression into a show-stopping spectacle.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
2
The Cookout (2004)
3
4
5
B
6
C-
A leaden, irritatingly obvious postmodern fairy tale.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
7
D+
It's a bad sign for a comedy when viewers are left pining for more ineptly staged shoot-'em-up sequences.
Posted Jan 5, 2007
8
C
9
D+
Stiller's continued efforts to court the broadest possible audience has taken the edge off his comedy.
Posted Dec 30, 2006
10
C
Rocky Balboa (2006)
When asked why he would step back into the ring, even though he's out of shape and in his late 50s, the Italian Stallion mumbles something about "the stuff... inside," which sums up the thin justification for Rocky Balboa.
Posted Dec 28, 2006
11
C+
12
C+
A lot is wrong about Notes On A Scandal, starting with a frenetic Phillip Glass score that absurdly heightens nearly every scene in which it's used, squeezing the wit out of what might've been a wicked black comedy.
Posted Dec 28, 2006
13
B+
[Director] Eastwood [shows] how people make impossible choices with dreadful repercussions.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
14
C+
We Are Marshall isn't about grief or loss, but how these things can be overcome. It's uplifting, but shallow.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
15
B+
Venus (2006)
Venus is pitched partly as a fond farewell to a beloved artist [O'Toole], and his whole beautiful generation.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
16
C
Damon is solid as usual, but as the film rolls into hour three, his inscrutability starts to feel less like a personality trait than an unwillingness to develop the character.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
17
B-
Few filmmakers could produce so grand a spectacle, but [director] Zhang used to be good for more than just eye candy.
Posted Dec 22, 2006
18
A
19
A-
The Case Of The Grinning Cat is a sequel of sorts to Marker's epic three-hour 1977 documentary on the decline of the left, A Grin Without A Cat -- though this new work is both shorter and more playful.
Posted Dec 21, 2006
20
B-
[Director Alison] Chernick misses the chance to follow in the footsteps of documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer, whose essential artist-at-work films Touch The Sound and Rivers And Tides meditate on the ephemeral nature of the creative act.
Posted Dec 21, 2006
21
B-
Feels like it's going through the motions, applying period gloss to a story that needs to be more tactile.
Posted Dec 21, 2006
22
D+
Home Of The Brave ultimately says ... what? War is tough. That's fair, and so is [director] Winkler's reluctance to engage the politics of this particular war and focus on the soldiers that fight it.
Posted Dec 17, 2006
23
A-
24
B+
The Good German is...equally infused with knowing sophistication and a surprising amount of depth.
Posted Dec 17, 2006
25
C-
Eragon (2006)
With no momentum and no real characters to care about, [Eragon] lumbers its way toward a grand, sequel-setting finale.
Posted Dec 17, 2006
26
D+
Dreamgirls (2006)
27
B
[Breaking and Entering is a] sophisticated and wonderfully particular character study...
Posted Dec 17, 2006
28
C
A by-the-numbers piece of Hollywood inspiration.
Posted Dec 17, 2006
29
B-
In the end, the pros and cons all just add up to that same bit of modern-day kid-movie praise: It could have been so much worse.
Posted Dec 15, 2006
30
C-
Granted, it's still ****, but with a sweeter odor than usual.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
31
C
32
B-
Family Law (2006)
[Director] Burman's decision to fill nearly every second of the film with Hendler's voice -- either in dialogue or in narration -- constrains Family Law to the point of view of an indecisive navel-gazer.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
33
D
The Holiday (2006)
There's nothing authentic or personal about The Holiday -- it's as chilling as heart-warmers get.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
34
B
35
C
Blood Diamond strives to be an "important" film while stopping well short of being genuinely provocative and artistically chancy.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
36
C-
37
B+
Apocalypto (2006)
...beautifully rendered and convincingly exciting.
Posted Dec 8, 2006
38
B-
39
D+
3 Needles (2006)
The situations are contrived, the ironies are cheap, and the dialogue is overly blunt.
Posted Dec 2, 2006
40
C+
...a filmed Sunday-school lesson that favors a dry, by-the-Book approach over even a suggestion of dramatic interpretation. It's more Christmas pageant than movie.
Posted Dec 2, 2006
41
D
42
C-
Backstage (2006)
Backstage's main problem is [director] Bercot's insistence on pumping an essentially comic story full of existential dread.
Posted Dec 2, 2006
43
C-
Touted as the first American production to be shot entirely in Brazil, Turistas may well be the last, if the country cares at all about its image.
Posted Dec 2, 2006
44
C+
Nanny McPhee (2006)
Nanny McPhee falls back on the Nickelodeon principle "If all else fails, hit 'em with a retina-searing overload of visual and aural information."
Posted Nov 27, 2006
45
B-
Manderlay (2006)
Manderlay loses in power what it lacks in novelty, even though it's more relevant than anything the year is likely to bring.
Posted Nov 27, 2006
46
B-
Bubble (2006)
Bubble is best considered as a failed-but-occasionally-nifty experiment.
Posted Nov 27, 2006
47
C-
Annapolis (2006)
...basically a military-recruitment commercial.
Posted Nov 27, 2006
48
B-
49
B
[Breaking News] is one of [director] To's typically tangled meditations on the smearing of good and evil, in moments where instinct overcomes morality.
Posted Nov 27, 2006
50
C-
Underworld films are a highly specialized taste, and those who've acquired it know who they are. Everyone else should give this one a wide berth.
Posted Nov 27, 2006