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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
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
3
B-
You Kill Me (2007)
One of those rare occasions where going too low-key means missing many comic possibilities.
Posted Jun 21, 2007
4
C-
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
B
Visually, Beyond Hatred is precise, handsome -- even brilliant.
Posted Jun 16, 2007
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
C
Handsomely crafted and well-acted, but its sense of scale is as constricted as a noose.
Posted Jun 9, 2007
13
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
14
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
15
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
16
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
17
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
18
B+
Ocean's 11's easy chemistry and effortless style return alongside the let's-take-down-a-casino plot.
Posted Jun 7, 2007
19
B-
Chalk (2007)
20
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
21
D+
Radiant City (2007)
The faux-documentary aspect of Radiant City is a huge gamble that doesn't pay off.
Posted May 31, 2007
22
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
23
B+
Ten Canoes (2007)
Flows like water, and has a deceptively gentle pull that proves hard to escape.
Posted May 31, 2007
24
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
25
A
Knocked Up (2007)
26
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
27
D
Angel-A (2005)
28
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
29
B
Bug (2006)
30
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
31
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
32
C+
Fay Grim (2007)
33
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
34
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
35
B-
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
36
A
Once (2007)
37
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
38
D-
Delta Farce (2007)
39
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
40
B+
A smart, highly entertaining piece of cinema-reportage.
Posted May 12, 2007
41
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
42
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
43
D
The Ex (2007)
44
b
45
B
46
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
47
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
48
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
49
B+
Mostly, it's a subdued, well-shot character study that observes rather than dictates emotions.
Posted May 5, 2007
50
B
L'Iceberg (2005)
In the end, it's easier to admire than to love.
Posted May 5, 2007