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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.'
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
"The world is an evil place," or so says a compromised diamond dealer in the crime melodrama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. "Some of us make money off of that, and others get destroyed." Dark bu...
One frequent criticism of certain screenwriters is to point out that their characters all sound the same. To some, this phenomenon is a terrible sin; to others, it's simply a matter of style. Though...
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989)
Like its hero, extraordinary in every way.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
A bona fide landmark in American film,
Bonnie and Clyde
stands the test of time the same way its protagonists did: by breaking all the rules.
I Am Legend (2007)
Downright hokey...a billboard for a Batman-Superman team-up movie...will elicit more gasps from the fanboys than anything else.
Run Fatboy Run (2008)
This brand of unfailing comic timing and expressive physicality is rare, and it's why Pegg, in particular, is a star.
Never Back Down (2008)
A sort of teenage
, complete with daddy issues,
Never Back Down
is a slight refinement of the sort of picture that was ascendant in the '80s...
Crimson Tide (1995)
A big, bold Hollywood movie that won't be winning any awards for subtlety but can't be denied its popcorn appeal.
Fälscher, Die (The Counterfeiters) (2008)
Markovics expertly projects every craven instinct and heartfelt yearning of the complex protagonist, making
an experience as satisfying emotionally as intellectually.
A sort of cinematic comfort food: it's the mac and cheese of the cineplex.
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
The film gets a full 'This is a work of fiction' disclaimer, even noting that any resemblance to any person living or dead is unintentional. That tells you something about how much trust to put in these historical CliffsNotes.
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
A kid's movie for adults, a charming notion for a time of postmodern ennui.
Michael Clayton (2007)
A straight-ahead suspense melodrama, complete with villain and a climax with satisfyingly clean lines. But Gilroy constantly elevates the material with surprise gifts.
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Butler, though puportedly attractive, gives a chipmunk-chipper performance that can only be described as supremely annoying.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
The cinematic equivalent of the guy who runs up to a cop, grabs the cop's hat, throws it to the ground and takes a shit on it. One is left a bit speechless.
A sort of Ambien/No-Doz cocktail likely to send all but fanboy brains into self-protective shutoff mode.
Shrek the Third (2007)
No one but patrons with fistfuls of dollars can save this cash grab from itself.
The earnestness of Cage and tough-as-nails Moore backfires in the face of godawful dialogue and a very poorly established central conceit.
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Tarantinoid...the machinations are all familiar enough that your unoccupied brain may drift off to wonder how Hartnett's made a career out of bad haircuts.
Miami Vice (2006)
A painfully protracted muddle of dull deals and somnambulent standoffs.
National Treasure (2004)
It's bad news when a Bruckheimer movie makes one downright nostalgic for
Coach Carter (2005)
A rather exceptionally counter-cultural "teen movie"...raises authentic youth concerns and answers them with convincing integrity.
Batman Begins (2005)
The ne plus ultra of comic-book films...an appropriately tough movie, busy but efficient, rich and thoughtful, and ornamented with visual appeal and exciting action.
The director's Fincher-esque style may finally beat out intellectual substance, but it's a fair fight, grounded in the existential horror of essential emotional truths.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Adheres to the popular tastes of its time; since this is an era of color-corrected, 5.1-surround-sound, pseudo-spiritual action epics, Gibson zealously tells his tale in action-movie language.
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