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Fierce People
½

Discovered this little gem in September thanks to a tip from entertainment writer Larry Richman. Absolutely one of my favorite movies this year, and probably of all time! A major contender for 2007 Poppies and easily will end up on my first revised Pantheon list next year. An absolute tour-de-force performance from young Anton Yelchin- FANTASTIC!

Preserve Me a Seat

A heartfelt look at the fight to save classic theaters around the United States. Director Jim Fields has put together a wonderful, occasionally heartwrenching look at how the loss of a local theater affects communities and the individuals that live there. Sometimes the forces are too great, such as the battle to save the Indian Hills Theatre in Omaha; other times a surprise benefactor steps in to save the structure and adapt it for modern use, like the Villa Theatre in Salt Lake. The film has inspired Popcorn N Roses and Subject:CINEMA to launch the "Save Our Screens" campaign, pointing out theaters that are in need of some film-goers' love, be it debt relief, maintenance costs, or restoration efforts that are on-going. Thank you Jim for an incredible film!

Red
Red(2010)
½

Fun romp all the way around - take it for the comic book movie that it is and you'll have loads of fun!

Locked In
Locked In(2010)
½

Interesting, off-kilter story about an estranged couple who's daughter is injured in an accident and left in a condition called "Locked In Syndrome", where the mind is active but the body is unable to react. Father Josh (Ben Barnes) scours his mind and the metro Boston area looking for reasons for the accident and a way to save his daughter. Barnes and co-star Sarah Roemer as the mother both deliver top notch performances. Each discovery Josh makes about the accident brings him closer to an unexpected revelation..and a conclusion to the film that would make Christopher Nolan or Robert Altman proud. Definitely one of the best films at the 2010 Boston Film Festival - can't wait to see how it does when it finds a distributor, considering its 8+ rating on the IMDB from those who've seen it.

Cherry
Cherry(2010)

Brilliant, smart, and distinctly funny coming of age film about a college-bound 17 year old who falls for a 35 year old in his art class...and who's 14 year old daughter falls for him,. Charming performances from PNR 2010 Rising Star Kyle Gallner, and a memorable breakthrough performance for Brittney Robertson. SXSW favorite will soon be charming audiences around the country when released in October. Without a doubt, one of the best films of 2010!

Winnebago Man

Engaging and often hilarious documentary about Jack Rebney, who's claim to fame is a curse-laden outtake reel from a Winnebago Dealer training film. Apparently these clips are legendary but I had never heard of them until this film came along. Jack is still irascible and abrasive...and still acerbically funny. Loving portrait put together by director Ben Steinbauer will leave you with tears of laughter...and tears of sorrow as well.

A Film Unfinished

Stunning, heartwrenching documentary about a Nazi propaganda film shot in the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 that was never released. This film shows just what true evil is, as Nazi filmmakers staged scenes of Jewish rich folk living a fun, comfortable life among the horrifying conditions of the poor. Many of the images are truly disturbing, and the mass grave scenes near the end of the film will haunt you for the rest of your life once you've seen them. A MUST SEE film on all levels for everyone over 14 years old.

Animal Kingdom

Mesmerizing and intense WAY ABOVE AVERAGE crime thriller from down under! Electric performances by Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver really light up the screen for this gritty story of a off-kilter family and the crime empire they've become known for. James Frecheville makes an impressive debut as J, the film's protagonist who walks through the film not really sure of what is going on around him, and becoming more and more frightened with each passing minute. Major contender for 2010 Poppies And Rosies awards this December, and don't rule out Oscar possibilities as well. If you're a crime film fan, DO NOT MISS Animal Kingdom!

The Kids Are All Right
½

Decent if not perfect Sundance favorite delivers great performances from the entire cast. Annette Bening shines in what is her best role in years, while Julianne Moore, PNR Rising Stars Josh Hutcherson and Mia Wasikowska, and Mark Ruffalo make you get into and care about the characters. But the storyline is a bit choppy, and jumps around from time to time a little too much for my taste. I guess after all the Sundance hype, I expected more than I got, and while the performances are nearly flawless, the writing and editing need a little help. Definately not perfect, but still worth seeing.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Entertaining but ultimately disappointing adaptation of the graphic novel. Michael Cera is entertaining as Scott, but it's Kieran Culkin who really shines as Scott's gay roommate Wallace - he steals every scene he's in. The effects are great, and the premise is promising but doesn't completely deliver. And Brandon Routh should NEVER attempt blond hair again...

Freakonomics
Freakonomics(2010)
½

Entertaining but not perfect, true to the book film adaptation with economist Levitt and author Dubner doing wrap arounds for the segments based on their 2005 bestseller. Long a fan of the book, the movie really made some of their theories hit home, particularly the Pure Corruption segment about cheating in Sumo, which is an amazing sport that i'll never look at the same way again. Not all the segments work, however. The Seth Gordon wrap around segments with the two authors are brilliant in particular. If you liked the book, you'll love the movie.

Despicable Me
½

Deliciously funny tale of the world's "greatest" villian, and how he's bested by a trio of little girls. Steve Carell has never worked better, and Russel Brand is flat out hysterical as Dr. Nefario....and as my better half will tell you, i'm STILL begging for my own army of minions...One of the best films of 2010, bar NONE!

Inception
Inception(2010)
½

Christopher Nolan has done it again! This intense and mesmerizing sci-fi story about dream invaders on the ultimate job is fantastic from beginning to end. Leonardo DiCaprio has never been better, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fantastic (as always) as Leo's sidekick, and Ellen Page awesome as Leo's newest team member and his unintended conscience about the work that they do. Over the top brilliant and one of the best films OF ALL TIME.

The Town
The Town(2010)

Off the chart AWESOME film that actually made me a fan of Ben Affleck! Terrific cast in this gritty crime tale about a bank robbery and one of the robbers who falls for the hostage they took after the fact. Jeremy Renner is headed for an Oscar nom for his supporting turn as Jim, and Rebecca Hall is fantastic as the hostage-turned-love interest of Affleck's character. If you like action and suspense, THE TOWN has it all.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

An interesting and exciting tale marred only by 3D effects that become hyperannoying when viewed in 2D because the audience feels like it missed something. PNR 2008 Rising Star Jim Sturgess leads an incredible voice cast through adventures that will leave you both terrified and exhilirated.

Paper Heart
Paper Heart(2009)

Quirky charmer that melds documentary about finding love with a fictional love story between co-producer and star Charlyne Yi and actor Michael Cera playing themselves. Hilariously funny in some spots, deeply poignant in others. Ultimately very satisfying. Great soundtrack also!

Amelia
Amelia(2009)

Visually lush but sometimes slow biopic of Amelia Earhart with Hillary Swank in another potentially Oscar-nominated lead. Richard Gere has his best part in years as Earhart's husband George Putnam. Christopher Eccleston steals the show in the last half as Fred Noonan, Earhart's navigator on her final flight. Top notch score, and visually stunning flight sequences help make this movie and also help propel it to it's inevitable conclusion.

Whip It
Whip It(2009)
½

Fun but not completely satisifying directorial debut from Drew Barrymore follows a teenager with a mother who pushes her towards beauty competitions that becomes obsessed with women's roller derby. Great supporting turn by SNL's Kristen Wiig. Ellen Page is great as always! Not a must see, but you'll enjoy it if you catch it...

New York, I Love You
½

Heart-lighting follow up to Paris J'etame follows separate mini-movies about love in New York City. Anton Yelchin and Olivia Thirlby shine in Brett Ratner's segment, easily the best segment of the movie, with the closing piece with Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman a close second. Kept from a potential five-star rating by a couple of unsettling interstitials, and a confusing segment with Julie Christie and Shia LeBeouf. Can't wait for the DVD!

Good Hair
Good Hair(2009)
½

Chris Rock looks at black hair culture in this hilarious documentary, inspired by his daughter's question, "Daddy, why don't I have good hair?" Award-winner at Sundance this year.

9
9(2009)

Fantastic spooky story about saving humanity in a world where machines have won the war against men. Voice work from a stellar cast makes this even better. Special effects are fantastic for an computer animated film, and two or three scenes are truly frightening, with one particular scene being possibly nightmare inducing. A MUST SEE for all movie fans this year!

Taking Woodstock
½

Surprisingly underrated comedy about how the classic Woodstock concert came together. Demitri Martin is perfect in his lead role, his first film. Emile Hirsch is excellent in his small but pivotal role, and Liev Schrieber steals the whole movie as an unexpected transvestite who provides security. One of my favorite films so far this year!

Zombieland
Zombieland(2009)

Fantastic fun for Halloween. Hilariously funny zombie movie, with great performances by the whole cast, including Woody Harrleson, whom I usually don't like. Top notch entertainment that will leave you rolling in the aisles...

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
½

Fun if not perfect big-screen version of the Darren Shan books. Chris Massoglia is perfect as nebbishy, parent-trodden teen who agrees to become a half-vampire to save his neer-do-well best friend from a deadly spider bit that he's responsible for. Josh Hutcherson is fantastic as the roguish Steve, and John C Reilly is perfect as the lead vampire.

Astro Boy (AstroBoy)
½

Outstanding adaption of the classic Anime series, with Freddy Highmore doing outstanding voicework as Astroboy. Very satisifying action, and a message that Family means everything sandwiched into a decent story.

Where the Wild Things Are

Disappointing adaption of classic Maurice Sendak children's book. Max Records shines, but the movie overall just doesn't work.

500 Days of Summer

I have not laughed this hard at a movie in years! Brilliantly funny on nearly every level, and masterful performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel and Chloe Moretz are the highpoint of this wonderful little story. It needs more advertising and more word of mouth. Definately a MAJOR contender for our end of year awards this December. An absolute WINNER and already named to the #6 slot on my Top 100 Personal Pantheon Films list last month!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
½

Decent entry in the series, although the ending left me flat. THe usual suspects are all here and delivering their usual outstanding performances. Love the chemistry between Radcliffe and Gambon here - it's better than ever before. Booklovers will be sorely disappointed by the ending.

Up
Up(2009)

Outstanding romp from Pixar, although 3D really didn't add anything for me - I would have rather seen the 3D on WALL-E last year. Wonderful voice performances from Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer make this story of a crotchy widower determined to make it to the spot he and his late wife always dreamed about a winner from start to finish.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Fun but ultimately disappointed sequel that doesn't really do much new that they didn't already do in the first movie. Shia LeBeouf is great as always, and John Turturo steals the show, but Megan Fox is wasted and the guy playing Sam's roommate is just so annoying he ruins every scene he's in. They really need to kick some originality into the planned third film in the series...otherwise, they're going to blow a good franchise...

Herb & Dorothy

Engaging and quirky doc about a couple who spends their extra income on artwork - so much that they have no room in their NYC apartment for anything but a bed, a kitchen table, and a refrigerator. Herb and Dorothy are two very sweet and engaging people, loved in NYC art circles, and deservedly so. A Wonderful look inside the artworld for novices like us.

Julie & Julia

Masterful melding of two wonderful books. Meryl Streep blows me away with her eerily accurate Julia Child - should land her an Oscar nom next winter. Superb and truly funny comedy - easily one of the best movies of the year.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Reviewers are taking themselves too seriously on this one - seriously fun, but not brain surgery either. Enjoy it for what it's supposed to be - mindless popcorn fun

Tropic Thunder

I never EVER thought i'd pay to see a Ben Stiller movie, but friends have a lot of influence, and I have to say this movie is drop dead FUNNY from beginning to end...a NEW experience for a Stiller movie. Robert Downey Jr shines as a method actor who had his skin darkened to play the part of a black man in this "Apocalpse Now" wannabe the actors are making. Highly recommended to nyone who doesn't mind raunchy humor...it was a TRUE - and very pleasant - surprise!

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!(2008)

Outstandlingly fun romp through ABBA's music catalog, pigeonholed into a rather flimsy story, but what the hell - it's loads of fun from beginning to end! Julie Walters and Christine Baranski steal this movie out from under everyone else, and as a note to Hollywood producers - Never EVER let Pierce Brosnan attempt to sing AGAIN! A great film for just about EVERYONE!

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
½

If this were the 80s this fun romp would be a John Hughes movie! Michael Cera and Kat Dennings are PERFECT together as the title characters, thrown together at a nightspot when Nick's ex-girlfriend makes fun of the dateless Norah. Plenty of hilarity ensues, along with a genuinely touching romance. Easily one of the BEST movies of 2008!

Choke
Choke(2008)
½

Off the wall, filthy and funny comedy about a sex addict who has mother issues. Sam Rockwell is hilarious as Victor, Angelica Huston steals the show as his mother. I can recommend it to those who won't be offended, but that could be anyone - be forewarned, lots of "F" bombs drop all over the place. But still much better than I originally expected!

My Winnipeg
My Winnipeg(2007)

Another romp through the psyche of director Guy Maddin, once again using psuedo-autobiographical form as he did in BRAND UPON THE BRAIN. This time, it's a travelogue of his youth in Winnipeg and his attempts to get out of the city. As Guy's movies always are, it's quirky, filmed in black and white with that silent film look, and overall, an interesting if somewhat bizarre experience.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
½

Good but not great prequel to the final live action film. Great performances all around, the computer animation takes some getting used to, and Anakin's new Padawan absolutely reminds me of Jade from Jackie Chan Adventures, but if you're a SW fan, you will be satisfied and looking forward to the new TV series premiering on Cartoon Network in October.

The Dark Knight

What can I say that hasn't already been said? Positively THE BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE EVER MADE! Christian Bale completes the job of making the character his own and the late Heath Ledger is INCREDIBLE as The Joker - had he lived, this would have put him on the A List for SURE! DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE!

Lords of Dogtown

Named my #4 Personal Pantheon favorite film, multiple Poppy winner for 2005, including ensemble cast, breakthrough performance, and Best Supporting Actor for Michael Angarano. I just don't get how people could NOT love this movie...the cast is stellar in depicting the lives of the three men who helped launch the modern era of skateboarding - John Robinson (2007 #1 PNR Rising Star) is brilliant as Stacy Peralta, Victor Rasuk is fantastic as Tony Alva, and Emile Hirsch launched himself on a path to superstardom as Jay Adams. All the right elements for an absolutely fantastic and CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED movie. Director Catherine Hardwick made me a fan FOR LIFE with this film!

Charlie Bartlett

2008's #1 PNR Rising Star winner Anton Yelchin gives another stellar performance in this comedy about a rich kid trying to fit into public school who finds his way into his peers' good graces by becoming their psychologist and a bit more. Kat Dennings is excellent as his girlfriend, and Robert Downey Jr gives one of his best performances as the school principal. Yelchin's talent for mimicry shines in a number of spots. Hilarious from beginning to end..and my first Five Star film of 2008!

Paranoid Park
½

Absolutely mesmerizing tale of a teenager caught in a downward spiral after being involved in the death of a security guard. Told in non-linear fashion, it keeps you guessing what the teen is feeling and how he's going to deal with what has happened. Gabe Nevins shines as Alex, and I for one hope he continues to pursue acting as a career - he is absolutely FANTASTIC - he and co-star Lauren McKinney both made PNR's 2008 Rising Stars list in July. Great performances all around, and an eclectic soundtrack that will get under your skin. This is Gus Van Zant's BEST FILM EVER - BAR NONE!

Cloverfield
Cloverfield(2008)
½

I for one think this movie is being unfairly maligned by some people. A farewell party for a young businessman heading to Japan to work gets interrupted by a bad-ass monster ravaging the city, knocking down buildings, ripping the head off the Statue Of Liberty, and generally trashing Manhattan. Shot in first person camera, I absolutely LOVED this film, it's technique (though somewhat nausea-inducing in some people) and the leads. Mark my words - Michael Stahl-David is going to become a HUGE star in the next year or so. Monster is bad, but it's offspring (?) are WAY worse when it comes to the scary factor. I cannot recommend this movie enough...

Man in the Chair
½

WINNER of FIVE 2007 Poppies including Best Director (Michael Schroeder), Best Actor (Christopher Plummer, co-winner with Patrick Fugit of Wristcutters), Best Supporting Actor (M. Emmet Walsh). Superb character drama about a young aspiring filmmaker and the embittered old stagehand he persuades to help him with his student film. Top notch performances from Michael Angarano and Christopher Plummer, as well as a strong supporting cast including M Emmet Walsh and Robert Wagner. A MAJOR Poppies contender this year - definately a "Don't Miss" Movie! NOw showing on IFC Festival Direct on many ONDemand cable systems, andc !oming soon to DVD

Kung Fu Panda
½

Although ultimately a decent film, it is NOT the be all end all as some people have insisted it is. The first 20 minutes of this film are excruciatingly painful to sit through, though this might be a personal reaction to my own past. But the kung-fu sequences are as good as any live action films (the dumpling battle between Master Shifu and Po is a BRILLIANT accomplishment). Overall, it's enjoyable, but not fantastic. Great voice cast, and a wonderful turn by one of my favorite character actors, James Hong, as Po's goose (?) father.

WALL-E
WALL-E(2008)
½

Unusally depressing for an animated film, but ultimately very rewarding - top notch love story between two robots who are involved in bringing the earth back to life after 700 years of nothing but garbage cleanup. Very deceptive ad campaign promises screwball comedy but it's anything but - though it has its comic moments, it's mostly a look at society today, and the environmental problems therein. Wall-E himself, along with EVE, will work their way into your heart. One of Pixar's BEST.

Speed Racer
Speed Racer(2008)

Not just one of the best films of the year but one of the best OF ALL TIME! Incredible techno-fused hybrid of animation and live aciton is a joy for kids of ALL AGES! Emile Hirsch is brilliant as Speed, and the movie has one of the best, most positive messages of recent memory. Don't listen to the savage critics on this one, SPEED RACER is a 100% WINNER!

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)
½

What an absolutely PERFECT summer movie blockbuster! Robert Downey Jr gives one of the finest performances of his career bringing Marvel comics legendary hero to life. Great supporting cast in Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrance Howard, and Jeff Bridges. Absolutely a DO NOT MISS blockbuster!

The Forbidden Kingdom
½

Excellent adventure yarn with Michael Angarano shining (as usual) as a modern day teen thrust into medieval China when he is entrusted to take a bowstaff back to it's rightful owner. Powerful performances by Jet Li and Jackie Chan, and also Collin Chou and Yifei Liu. Incredible action and beautiful cinematography enhance what is already a fine film.

10,000 B.C.
10,000 B.C.(2008)
½

Typical Roland Emmerich film - long on action and visuals, light on script. Still, it wasn't a bad choice, and Steven Strait (Sky High, The Covenant) gives his usual stellar performance. While I wouldn't see it a second time in the theater as I usually do when I really enjoy a movie, I would recommend it on DVD when it comes out.

Brand Upon the Brain!

This is one of the most messed-up, ultimately incredibly entertaining films i've ever seen! Director Guy Maddin has put together an homage to 1920's silent films in this offbeat (ok, downright WEIRD) tale of a young man remembering his childhood at an orphanage run by his parents in a lighthouse on an otherwise deserted island. Very bizarre and ultimately very satisfiying, if for no other reason that you can say you've seen it and survived! Highly recommended for adventurous film fans!

No Country for Old Men
½

There is a first for everything, and this is honestly the first Coen Brothers film I have ever really loved. Javier Bardiem is FANTASTIC as a psychotic killer for hire and Josh Brolin turns in a stellar performance as the cowboy who accidentally gets in his way. Worthy of all the Oscars it just won, I cannot recommend this movie enough. A couple things about the movie did bug me, thus not a perfect 5-star movie, but still an absoutely MUST SEE film well worth your time!

Quiet City
Quiet City(2007)

Engaging and quirky indie film about 24 hours in the life of a young lady looking for the friend she's supposed to be staying with and the stranger she asks directions from who ends up becoming her guide to the big city. Shot for just $2000, and using mostly non-actors, this movie surprised the hell out of me. Similar to Once in many ways, it's not going to be for everyone, but I think more people than not will quickly fall in love with this quirky film...

The Spiderwick Chronicles
½

A pretty decent family film. Freddy Highmore is a top notch young actor, though I wasn't completely enchanted by his dual role here - when his two characters are on screen together,they often don't mesh well. Still, it's an enjoyable 2 hours if you've got the spare time.

Juno
Juno(2007)
½

Fantastic, hilarious commentary on todays' youth! Ellen Page is just brilliant as the pregnant 16 year old carrying her baby to term so a young yuppie couple can adopt it. Great performances from Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Olivia Thirlby, Allison Janney, JK Simmons, and Michael Cera. Highly Recommended

Wristcutters: A Love Story

WINNER of 3 2007 Poppies - BEST PICTURE, Best Actor (Patrick Fugit, co-winner with Christopher Plummer of "Man In The Chair"), Best Original Song ("Through The Roof And Underground"). I fell in love with this hilarious little movie at a special screening in April 2007 and named it my #3 all time Personal Pantheon favorite film this past June. Patrick Fugit is absolutely brilliant here, as are Shannon Sossomon and Shea Whigham. One of the best movie songs of all time in "Through The Roof And Underground" by Gogol Bordello. The end left me with tears in my eyes and a huge grin on my face!

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
½

Magnificent adaptation of the Sondheim musical. Johnny Depp gives the performance of his career here, and Helena Bonham Carter is awesome! Fantastic discoveries in newcomers Jamie Campbell Bower and Ed Sanders. I didn't particularly like the ending, but still, overall, it was a FANTASTIC movie, and another notch in the fantastic career of Tim Burton. A major Poppies contender this year.

King Kong
King Kong(2005)
½

Peter Jackson's reimagining of the classic story won the Poppy for 2005 Best Picture. Stupendous remake is absolutely fantastic, though a bit overlong in the middle section. Adrian Brody and Naomi Watts are excellent as the couple, Kyle Chandler is hysterical as the self-obsessed actor, and Jack Black won me over as the obsessive director Carl Denham. Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis also stand out among the supporting cast. Thanks to Jackson's decision to set this in the 1930's like the original, it completely WORKS (unlike 1976's godawful updated remake).

Still Green
Still Green(2009)

Fantastic ensemble piece about a group of friends between high school and college who rent a beach house right before leaving for college, and who end up facing life when a tragedy strikes one of their own. The cast is absolutely terrific, with Noah Segan (Brick) a real standout as Sean. Despite what Flixster says, it is NOT out on DVD - it has just had it's festival premiere about two weeks ago, but it's definately a top choice to see when it does arrive.

Curse of the Golden Flower

Another amazing spectacle from Zhang Yimou. The cinematography is absolutely phenomenal on this story of the family of the Emperor of China circa 1000 AD. Chow Yun-Fat and Gong Li are absolutely fantastic. Didn't like the ending, however, marring it's chance for a perfect score. If you're a fan of director Yimou, it's a must see film.

Hairspray
Hairspray(2007)

A WINNER!!! All the way around, easily the BEST musical since GREASE in 1978. Nikki Blonski is MAGNIFICENT as Tracy, and John Travolta actually made me forget he was a man by halfway through the film playing Tracy's Mom! Christopher Walken is wonderful as her dad, and the rest of the cast is just plain PERFECT. Loved seeing James Marsden in a fun role for a change. I was ready to get up and dance before the end of opening song "Good Morning Baltimore", and my feet never stopped moving through the entire movie. Destined to be a singalong staple in the not-too-distant future as well! You cannot help but have a wonderful time when you see it!

Happy Feet
Happy Feet(2006)

Absloutely THE charmer of all animated films - I named it my top animated film of all time on this years Personal Pantheon list, where it came in at #8 overall. The graphics are amazing, the soundtrack is wonderful, and the voice work of Elijah Wood, EG Daily, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Robin Williams, Fat Joe, Hugo Weaving, Brittany Murphy and the late Steve Irwin is just fantastic. I saw this four times at the theater, and have seen it several times since it came out on DVD. There is just NOTHING BAD about it. A KEEPER for generations to come...both the fun, and the message...

Beowulf
Beowulf(2007)

Outstanding adaptation of the classic novel. 3-D technology is incredible, the animation is frighteningly real. Ray Winstone gives a stellar performance that is destined to bring him even more fans than he has now. Absolutely a Poppies contender, and one of the best films of all time.

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
½

Slow starting but ultimately satisfying tale reminded me a lot of the original Willy Wonka story. Zach Mills steals the movie as Eric, but Hoffman is hilarious as the title character, and Jason Bateman turns in a performance that I actually enjoyed quite a lot. Effects are quite good, and the credits are a scream to film fans.

Rent
Rent(2005)

Decent if not perfect adaptation of the best musical of the 90s. Superb performances from the entire cast, with Jesse L Martin and newcomer Traci Thoms really shining. Speaking as a full fledged RentHead, Recommended for fans of the Broadway show as well as novices to the show.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The best of the HP movies to this point in the book series - outstanding acting by all three leads; David Thewilis and Gary Oldman are welcome additions to the HP pantheon.

The Final Season
½

An ok if overly melodramatic look at the true story of the Norway IA Tigers and their fight to continue a 19 year tradition of baseball championships. Excellent family film!

Hero
Hero(2004)

Current resident of the #1 spot on my Personal Pantheon all time favorites list. Incredible story, exceptional cinematography, WOW!!! Story is mesmerizing, and the cast is terrific. Yimou's use of color and water in this movie is absolutely stunning. Donnie Yen ROCKS!

X-Men
X-Men(2000)

A great start to the trilogy - not bogged down by too much story and not enough action as is X2. Love the chemistry between Jackman and Marsden. Ahhh....Famke.....

X2: X-Men United

Some decent action but way way waaaaay too talky for me. X3 is leaps and bounds a better movie than this one, though the character development here is sound and strong.

X-Men: The Last Stand
½

The best of the three X movies so far; you can disagree with me all you want, but I prefer Ratner's action to Singer's endless snorefest X-2 any day...

Ratatouille
Ratatouille(2007)

Absolutely one of the best animated films ever! I was unexpectedly deeply affected by the ending to the point of tears. A top contender for 2007 Poppies and one of the best films of the year - and easily an addition to my Personal Pantheon list...and this coming from someone who was reluctant to see it to begin with...

Across the Universe
½

Absolutely mesmerizing tale told entirely through Beatles music. Reminisent of "Hair", but still it's own original idea. Music is awesome, and i'm not the biggest Beatles fan in the world. Jim Sturgess and Joe Anderson are AWESOME! Definitely a contender for the 2007 Poppies!

Delirious
Delirious(2007)
½

Hilarious and poignant at the same time - fantastic performances from Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt - highly recommended!

Surf's Up
Surf's Up(2007)

Hilarious, underrated gem - voice actors are fantastic, Jon Heder's Chicken Joe steals the show...and it's got Shia LeBeouf, who is just awesome!

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

One of the biggest disappointments of the year. It was good, and I bought the DVD, but it could have been so much more...

Transformers
Transformers(2007)

Top notch popcorn movie, easily the best of this past summers big blockbusters. Shia LeBeouf is fantastic - wish 2007 #1 PNR Rising Star John Robinson had a bigger part, but he steals the scenes he's in

Black Irish
Black Irish(2007)

Top notch performances from Michael Angarano and Tom Guiry shine in this story of a dysfunctional irish catholic family in South Boston. Highly recommended, a possible 2007 Poppies nominee...

Brick
Brick(2006)

Outstanding noir set at San Clemente High School. This is the movie that turned me into a die-hard indie fans! It was awarded the Poppy for Best Picture 2006