Arizona Daily Star

Arizona Daily Star is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Phil Villarreal
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Planet 51 (2009) Phil Villarreal Doesn't belong anywhere near the best animated picture race, but you can do a lot worse when looking for a family flick to pass the time. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2009
4/4 Jennifer's Body (2009) Phil Villarreal This movie thrives on its intended level of Scream-style horror comedy, blazes through its running time and had me laughing throughout. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2009
4/4 Inglourious Basterds (2009) Phil Villarreal By far the best World War II film I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2009
3/4 Ponyo (2008) Phil Villarreal His twisted version of Finding Nemo meets Splash, the movie won't go down as one of his best, but it's still better than 90 percent of animation out there. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2009
4/4 (500) Days of Summer (2009) Phil Villarreal It's a movie that makes me wish I were still a film critic so I could beg tens of thousands of readers to see it rather just the few who will read this post. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2009
2/4 Angels & Demons (2009) Phil Villarreal Heavier on demons than angels. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2009
3.5/4 Up (2009) Phil Villarreal A Pixar pinnacle. That may seem like outlandish praise, given the animation studio's sterling tax record. But when was the last time you walked out of a Pixar movie simply giddy, as if you were high on computer-animated pixels? EDIT
Posted May 13, 2009
3/4 Rudo y Cursi (2008) Phil Villarreal The actors' chemistry lifts what might have been an average sports melodrama to something near special. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2009
3/4 Gigantic (2008) Phil Villarreal Happy would be sad if you didn't want to see her story. And you wouldn't like a Manic Pixie Dream Girl when she's angry. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2009
3.5/4 Star Trek (2009) Phil Villarreal For the first time in 15 years, Star Trek actually matters. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2009
1.5/4 Fanboys (2008) Phil Villarreal What if the movie sucks? EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2009
2/4 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Phil Villarreal Whoever pirated X-Men Origins: Wolverine got a punishment that fit the crime. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2009
2.5/4 The Informers (2009) Phil Villarreal An aimless mess. But at least the mess is sexy and exciting. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2009
3/4 Sin nombre (2009) Phil Villarreal Imagine City of God without the zippy camerawork or Slumdog Millionaire without the millionaire and you get the feel of Sin Nombre. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2009
3.5/4 The Soloist (2009) Phil Villarreal A duet, with two master performers collaborating in absorbing harmony. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2009
3/4 12 (2007) Phil Villarreal Mikhalkov is probably a little too successful at re-creating the feeling of being trapped at a seemingly never-ending meeting. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2009
3/4 17 Again (2009) Phil Villarreal Turns out there's more to Zac Efron than the grinning, vacant marionette from the High School Musical series. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2009
2.5/4 The Black Balloon (2008) Phil Villarreal The outlines are broad and obvious, and Thomas such a bore, that The Black Balloon loses air. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2009
2.5/4 Observe and Report (2009) Phil Villarreal If you would have told me that Kevin James and Seth Rogen would basically make the same movie and both would have come out the same, I wouldn't have believed you. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2009
3/4 The Great Buck Howard (2008) Phil Villarreal Malkovich expertly starts the relationship between his character and the audience on several wrong feet before winning us over. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2009
3.5/4 Adventureland (2009) Phil Villarreal The thunder that follows the Superbad lightning. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2009
3/4 Two Lovers (2008) Phil Villarreal If this is it for Joaquin Phoenix's film career, at least he's going out the right way. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2009
3.5/4 Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) Phil Villarreal I liked it more than anything Pixar has made the last five years. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2009
3/4 I Love You, Man (2009) Phil Villarreal I sort of like you, man.. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2009
3.5/4 Beisbol: The Latin Game (2007) Phil Villarreal A spirited, enchanting baseball doc. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2009
2/4 Miss March (2009) Phil Villarreal They've got enough solid material for a half-hour sitcom, including two great, oh-so-politically incorrect lines worthy of integrating into the annals of pop culture, but that does not a feature film make. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2009
3.5/4 The Class (2008) Phil Villarreal The hard-hitting film makes most other school-based films resemble child's play, as careers and futures of both the teacher and student hang in the balance, in the uncaring hands of an indifferent system. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2009
3.5/4 Wendy and Lucy (2008) Phil Villarreal Here's one movie that will make you want to go home and hug your dog. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2009
3/4 Watchmen (2009) Phil Villarreal Tends to play like the SportsCenter version of the big game. It's got all the highlights but little of the tension and atmosphere that give those moments impact. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2009
3/4 Che: Part One (2008) Phil Villarreal It's a fight with your bladder and attention span worth waging. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2009
4/4 Were the World Mine (2008) Phil Villarreal All teen comedies would be this divine were the world Gustafson's. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2009
1/4 The Pink Panther 2 (2009) Phil Villarreal I laughed once, at an unexpected gag, involving a ricocheting bullet, that was a nice play on an old gunfighting cliche. The rest of the film was a slow-bleeding gut shot. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2009
3.5/4 Waltz With Bashir (2008) Phil Villarreal It's pretty much 90 minutes of pain. But also there's no budging from your seat. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2009
3/4 Coraline (2009) Phil Villarreal The 3-D in Coraline is so low-key that I forgot it was there for much of the film. But maybe that's less a knock on the visuals than it is a compliment to the movie's ability to pull me into its zany world. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2009
2/4 Azur & Asmar (2006) Phil Villarreal The film is full of out-there artistic decisions that don't quite pay off, it makes you feel like you're taking medicine without a spoonful of sugar. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2009
2.5/4 The Midnight Meat Train (2008) Phil Villarreal Goes full speed on ultra-gory rails before slamming to an abrupt stop. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2009
2.5/4 New in Town (2009) Phil Villarreal It's a given dis one is more fer da ladies than da fellas, and some of da dialogue is pretnear hard da swallow. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2009
4/4 The Wrestler (2008) Phil Villarreal It was almost worth the malaise of watching Mickey Rourke squander years of potential just so he could make his grand comeback. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2009
3.5/4 Yonkers Joe (2008) Phil Villarreal The typecast actor breaks out of his comfort zone. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2009
2/4 Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) Phil Villarreal Producer Adam Sandler must have though so little of the film that he didn't even see it fit for a Rob Schneider cameo. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2009
2/4 JCVD (2008) Phil Villarreal You could hit up the DVD value bin and stage yourself a Lionheart and Kickboxer marathon to see the man the way he'd want to be remembered. Or at least the way I'd like to remember him. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2009
3.5/4 Defiance (2008) Phil Villarreal Zwick thrives on these sorts of historical action flicks, and he pumps the adrenal glands throughout. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2009
3.5/4 Revolutionary Road (2008) Phil Villarreal This cracked social mirror the director holds up to society is no pretty sight. Although it's impossible to turn away. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2009
4/4 Gran Torino (2008) Phil Villarreal Just like Walt's Gran Torino, Eastwood's engine is still purring as well as it did in '72. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2009
2/4 Bride Wars (2009) Phil Villarreal As romantic as the dollar dance and as funny as the quips from a hokey wedding DJ. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2009
3/4 The Reader (2008) Phil Villarreal Profound but too dyslexic for its own good. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2009
2/4 Valkyrie (2008) Phil Villarreal Bryan Singer has managed a new, unexpected feat %u2014 he's learned to make boring movies. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2008
3/4 I've Loved You So Long (2008) Phil Villarreal Makes the most out of dead air and empty spaces. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2008
4/4 Frost/Nixon (2008) Phil Villarreal Truly shines as a bare-bones filmmaking exercise. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2008
3/4 Doubt (2008) Phil Villarreal A melodrama that changes the rules in an effort to seem fresh. But at its heart it's still a boo-here, hiss-there formula romp. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2008