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Shine a Light (2008)
Whatever your taste, you'll have to agree:
Shine a Light
is music and cinema writ large.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
An exploitation picture given the 'A' treatment... Putting aside the nagging liberties taken with Anneliese Michel's experiences...[it's] a good scary movie.
Take it from this loss prevention specialist: don't play
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
A reasonably well-made low-end pic that serves as a cautionary tale for callow teens.
Urban Legend (1998)
Watchable...[but] a time-waster, with an insulting ending that unfortunately takes it down a few pegs.
The Ruins (2008)
Competent but somewhat slack, modest (and modestly budgeted) shocker that doesn't work quite hard enough to justify its plot mechanics.
Step Up 2 The Streets (2008)
Despite the bogus conflict...
Step Up 2 The Streets
is amiable enough...
Drillbit Taylor (2008)
Wilson proves again that he's a quick-witted comedic treasure—he's the sort of actor who gets hired to make mediocre movies almost good by his sheer force of comic will.
Point Break (1991)
Consistently stylish, dumb, and entertaining.
In the Line of Fire (1993)
You have a rendezvous with Dirty Harry's 62-year-old ass! And if you don't know what that means, you'd better figure it out!
Gangs of New York (2002)
The impact is all in the broad strokes of Scorsese's design: the corresponding coming-of-age stories of three confused and violent adolescents: Amsterdam Vallon, New York City, and America.
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
After the wayward kids' stuff of [Kids' WB's]
Batman: Gotham Knight
's adult tone and visual wonderment are like (Bat-)manna from heaven.
Vantage Point (2008)
Asks us to believe the terrorists would, after slaughtering countless people, risk their entire plan—and their very lives—on...well, I won't say. But from my vantage point, it was ridiculous.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Profane, hallucinogenic, and wickedly satirical, Oliver Stone's
Natural Born Killers
mainlined a message from hell (a.k.a. modern America, as seen by Stone) into mall theatres and multiplexes.
is so satisfying because it works on a few complimentary levels: as a coming-of-age story tracking innocence to experience, as an accounting of revolutionary and feminist struggles, and as an artful visual experience in cartoon form.
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
For a movie about magical beasts,
The Spiderwick Chronicles
does an awfully good job of pegging childhood emotional realities, particularly in a context of divorce.
Men In Black (1997)
Among the best of the summer movie blockbusters,
Men in Black
comes on like gangbusters and never lets up.
Fool's Gold (2008)
Harmless but seriously wit-deficient.
The delirious idiosyncracies of the '60s
are all on display...a pleasant-enough romp that's just a little too-distracted with its new toys.
too often feels like a special-effects demo reel in search of a story, at least the eye candy is pretty darn sweet.
Veteran director Stuart Gordon guts us with dark satire and twists the knife...[this] horror fable is enough to make weary gorehounds sit up at attention.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Anderson's most mature and ambitious film yet...[though his] growth as a filmmaker remains hindered by an obsession with effect and a disinterest in depth.
A bio-epic on the order of
Lawrence of Arabia
is a smart, fully realized historical film.
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
A fine old-school picture...elevated further by its progressive themes.
The Longest Day (1962)
Though the film makes a few egregious historical changes for dramatic effect,
The Longest Day
pretty much lives and dies by its scale.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Attenborough consistently reinforces the horrors of war by depicting not only the disasterous military engagements and their toll on heroes, but also the witless political decisions that led to needless, excessive loss of life.
Battle of Britain (1969)
Succeeds in giving the general impression of a pivotal historical moment, and excels in crafting some of the most astonishing aerial-warfare sequences ever put on film.
Harold Prince's original staging remains the gold standard, but John Doyle offers an intriguing alternative on Sondheim's ode to commitment anxiety.
, a cousin of
, but most of all, a well-modulated, dread-laden, faith-based mystery.
The Recruit (2003)
Watchable only for its star power and scarce caffeine kicks...awfully predictable.
The mysteriously titled project might just as well have been called "9/11: The Thrill Ride," so thoroughly does it trade on our emotions of that disaster.
An audacious comic-book movie on steroids...cinematic junk food, but even a dieter deserves to cheat once in a while.
Bee Movie (2008)
Seinfeld's pleasingly idiosyncratic comic voice comes through in the haphazard, slaphappy storyline.
This is your action movie on drugs—any questions?
Anger Management (2003)
Full-blown 'Jack'—his face a spectacular special effect of full-blown energy—remains an irresistible act.
It may not be fashionable to like
, but darn if it isn't an entertaining electro-shock of action cinema.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Though Adamson lacks Lewis' storytelling confidence...
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
still comes across as a quirkily diverting children's entertainment.
First Knight (1995)
First Knight—a brave attempt at a fresh cinematic angle on Arthurian legend—has a few interesting ideas, but is ultimately brought down by a squishy script, a director (Jerry Zucker) lack...
A Passage to India (1984)
After a fourteen year absence from the silver screen, David Lean vigorously attacked the challenge of adapting E.M. Forster's novel A Passage to India. What would be Lean's final film has much to rec...
The script includes a verbal motif that reminds us of what binds the film's four central talents together: 'I want to show you something.'
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