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Live and Let Die (1973)
I know I probably shouldn't like
Live and Let Die
, but I do. This crackpot entry, the eighth, in the long-running James Bond series, is figuratively all over the map...
Sean Connery's fourth Bond film,
, slips from the peak of
From Russia with Love
, but still provides plenty of thrills of the brand only 007 can provide.
From Russia With Love (1963)
Sean Connery's second outing as James Bond became his personal favorite, and that of many Bond fans around the world.
Dr. No (1962)
The Bond series developed a winning formula, and this prototypical adventure featured many elements that stuck...
Die Another Day (2002)
For most of
Die Another Day
's incorrigible 132 minutes, I had a bloody good time.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
George Lucas adopted a new mantra: 'It's only a movie, it's only a movie, it's only a movie.' And he's right. It'll certainly do for a Friday night. But to...fans, the 1980s films are more than movies.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
A deathless comedy classic.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Incredible Hulk
gets 'er done, but while "Hulk smash!" is essential, it's also undeniably uninteresting when handed over to a computer.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
What a pleasure it is, then, to report that Burton's version tends more to the abattoir than the amusement park...
30 Rock: Season 2 (2007)
Despite the stress of the strike, creator/head writer/star Tina Fey and her sterling team of writers and actors crafted new highs for the series...
Inside the Actors Studio: Robin Williams (2001)
Between flurries of schtick, Williams discusses his formative years, credits his acting teachers by name, and offers philosophical insights into the actor's craft.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
A modern cinematic classic...the alchemical reaction of a director and a charmed collaboration of actors, writers, and design artists...
Iron Man (2008)
Favreau fully respects the material, and brings to the table a highly developed sense of humor and—praise the heavens—taste.
With its faithful rendering of a true inspirational story,
earns its sentiment...an irresistable inspirational movie for all ages.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
A crowd-pleasing romantic comedy with enough complexity to set it ahead of the pack.
Risky Business (1983)
It's easy to forget the idiosyncracies of a film that so successfully trades on adolescent male fantasies and nightmares.
Made of Honor (2008)
Not much distinguishes this determinedly average Hollywood outing, but it can claim Sydney Pollack's final performance and Patrick Dempsey's first big-screen starring role since his career second-wind...
The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration (2008)
The most significant achievement in the last forty years of American cinema.
Affleck's lanky, offhand softness hardly suits the superheroic archetype... [but] The R-rated Director's Cut...deserves an extra half-star.
Kill Bill, Volume 1 (2003)
Something borrowed, something bloody.
Cirque du Soleil: Corteo (2006)
is classic Cirque du Soleil, a multilingual paegant of music, dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, and clowning...the ingenious production design run with highly refined coordination.
Speed Racer (2008)
The Wachowski Brothers overshoot the mark with
, an eccentric misfire that panders to the ADHD set and—in the adult arena—idiots and acid-droppers.
Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season (2007)
A wacky weekly comedy-mystery-adventure-romance that the whole family can enjoy, in colors that haven't been so super-saturated since the 1966
Pale Rider (1985)
His saddle bag is a mixed one, though
still has the touch of quality associated with latter-day Eastwood.
Baby Mama (2008)
Improvisational chops and sheer force of comic will...can result in funny moments and even a funny movie, but there's something conspicuously lazy about the script...
How the West Was Won (1962)
Delivered big with breathtaking location work and an all-star cast...
Nochnoi dozor (Night Watch) (2006)
The slick, colorful, nicely acted
is all I ask and never get from Hollywood's monochromatic, humorless vampire pictures.
Dnevnoi dozor (Day Watch) (2007)
You don't need to have seen the original to pick up the user-friendly sequel. Take a deep breath after the intimidating opening montage and you'll be just fine.
Smallville: The Complete Seventh Season (2001)
Millar and Gough's final season gives cause for reflection on the bumpy evolution of a series once intended to keep its roots planted in the title town of Smallville, Kansas.
The Office: Season Four (2008)
has become a TV comedy classic in its own right and holds the crown of the funniest series on American TV today.
The Mist (2007)
Both a gory monster movie and a
-styled morality play on mob mentality and religion run amok.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
A rousing, high-spirited family entertainment rightly regarded as one for the ages.
The Shield: Season 6 (2007)
Not just another cop show...traffic[s] in the shadowy moral ambiguity of noir.
The Three Stooges Collection: Volume Three (1940-1942) (1940)
Producer-director Sam White brainstormed the concept of Moe as Hitler, Curly as Göring, and Larry as Goebbels, promising, despite the dark reality, 'I'll make it funny.'
Then She Found Me (2008)
A highly satisfying old-fashioned comedy-drama...[with] a strong undercurrent of religion and philosophy that helps Hunt make her film profound in a way that sneaks up on you.
Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)
Tone deaf...only slightly better than the worst sitcom you've ever seen.
An allegory of what's wrong with our country...Mamet has spent the last decade layering popular entertainments with subversive ideas about social politics.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Preserves a time when one could not only get away with making an allegory with an existential hero, but stock it with an ensemble from the Actors Studio.
The Perfect Storm (2000)
An expertly crafted Hollywod entertainment...[constructed] as a series of grippingly fateful 'moments of truth.'
End of Days (1999)
The plot is such hooey...and the plot holes so gaping that
End of Days
proves more exasperating than enjoyable.
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