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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 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.
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.
[Both] a rousing action thriller...[and] near-parody of the rah-rah American military adventures that filled screens in the '40s and '50s.
A convincing blend of Shakespearean tragedy and
paints the thirty-seventh President of the United States as a uniquely American tragic hero...
Justice League: Season One (2001)
A surprisingly consistent level of quality and creative energy...put the loveably corny
in its place.
Street Kings (2008)
Competent but fatally lacking in the element of surprise.
Camp Rock (TV) (2008)
[A] derisive discussion of 'stupid cookie-cutter pop star stuff' is more than a little ironic in this Radio Disney petri dish, but at least the Jonas Brothers are a class act.
He knows he's the hundredth director to rip off
: he's just going to do it better, and with jokes fit for a vintage Warner Brothers cartoon.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles—The Complete First Season (2008)
The series has a solid cast, stylish production values and, under its belt, a season that demonstrates great potential.
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (DTV) (2008)
Demonstrates Neumeier's ambition, but this budget-constrained rush job winds up not much more politically biting than a
XXX: State of the Union (2005)
So full of self-aware speechifying, howlingly bad verbal pissing contests, and audacious bulls**t plotting that it almost flies as a parody of itself. Almost.
A worthy cinematic adaptation, with interesting and provocative mythic ideas of its own, and suprisingly lyrical images to match.
Top Gun (1986)
A movie for adolescents, and adults who willfully decide not to know better for a couple of hours.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Explores the rapture and torture of desire, and the tension between harsh reality and escapist fantasy.
Starship Troopers (1997)
Insanely subversive...functions as a visually dazzling science-fiction action picture, a philosophical challenge, and a hilarious, incisive comedy.
Patriot Games (1992)
Ford gives one of his most commanding performances outside of a Lucas production, establishing an action formula Ford would repeat...
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
As for the film's suspense credentials, you know it's time to get tense when James Earl Jones intones, '
Mother of God
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Though this political adventure requires substantial suspension of disbelief, the witty script and mature approach keep the film on track.
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)
A latter-day Abbott and Costello flick, where the monster they encounter isn't Frankenstein, but the Bush Administration.
Nim's Island (2008)
Overplayed: there are entirely too many beaming smiles and emotional flip-outs...the only reason to see this movie is Foster, whose overplaying somehow succeeds at charming where her costars fail.
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)
'This night is about the American dream,' Kumar promises. And you know what? It sort of is.
Lonesome Dove (TV) (1989)
Remains the gold standard for the TV miniseries format...stands among the best Western films ever made.
Dark City (Director's Cut) (1998)
Proyas assembles his inspirations into a unique amalgam with the power of myth to tap the fears and desires of our collective unconscious.
The Scorpion King (2002)
A ridiculous though not entirely unpleasant way to while away ninety-two minutes.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
The film's bloated ambition seems of a piece with its panting, happy-dog charm.
The Mummy (1999)
An unpretentious pulp adventure...
The Lost Boys (1987)
With its cool cast and classic kiss-off ending,
The Lost Boys
will forever be a cultural touchstone of '80s cinema.
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.
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