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Batman Forever (1995)
The fatuousness of that title sums up Schumacher's approach. The director allows his few scrupulous choices to be overwhelmed by garish vaudeville.
Batman Returns (1992)
Burton['s] staging is expert, and his character conceptions are distinctive and gratifying.
Despite its failings...a hugely influential movie with literally towering design, mordant wit, and a hall-of-fame performance by Jack Nicholson.
Primal Fear (1996)
An unfolding mystery in which truth is elusive, and twists are the order of the day...gives Norton a career-making opportunity to strut his stuff.
Vanishing Point (1971)
Merged the appeal of
with that of, say,
...fast cars and dusty existentialism.
The Who at the Isle of Wight (1970)
An electrifying performance that set a high standard plugged-in rockers continue to pursue.
Wonder Woman (DTV) (2009)
A fast-paced feature sure to satisfy fans and win a generation of new ones.
is merely excellent and not transcendent should not obscure its importance to popular culture...
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
, Ang Lee paints...symbolist drama (is it coincidental that the film begins in Signal, Wyoming?).
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)
As sunglasses and guitar picks fly, cello bows jut, and mics and pointed drumsticks thrust out of the screen, it's a sort of metaphor for the...film (and the band it captures) to ponder which effects are 'real' and which are manufactured in a computer.
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (DTV) (2009)
Groening’s notoriously prickly fanbase may well overlook the inclusion of nearly the entire extended universe of
characters and focus on the negative: the warmed-over story and jokes.
Sex Drive (2008)
Likeable enough, and even amusing for stretches, but ultimately too generic for a recommendation.
Groundhog Day (1993)
A memorable comedy for the ages,
digs deeper than most magic-realist comedies...
The French Connection II (1975)
More conventional than its predecessor, but it's still unconventional by the cop thriller standard set by a wash of anonymous, lesser films.
A witty and highly imaginative historical fiction, well adapted by screenwriter Peter Shaffer from his own hit play.
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Naive as its young heroine, but also as good-natured.
The Pink Panther (2006)
Martin's innate verbal panache is the only asset that shows any reliability here.
A History of Violence (2005)
[Cronenberg] investigates his own cinematic propensity for violence and skill at purveying it...sex and violence can be random, can be animal, and certainly can be satisfying.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
Knows its priorities: to make the legions of
High School Musical
fans dewy-eyed, toe-tapping, soul-soaring happy, and to pave the way for
High School Musical 4
Pretty Woman (1990)
Believing in love is swell and all, but maybe we're better off not buying the brand
The Rundown (2003)
I think you can smell what the Rock is cooking: a dish that'll fatten your head but pleasantly plump your gut.
Harris has made himself a reputation as a mark of quality...Like
has the best of both worlds, with Harris both in front of and behind the camera.
Ping Pong Playa (2008)
One way to break down cultural walls is assimilation, and that's where
Ping Pong Playa
has its dubious triumph: it's just about as generic as the next 'loser makes good by coaching kids' comedy...
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Energetic, fast-paced, and pumped full of zany humor...sure to entertain the younguns and be fairly painless for their guardians.
High School Musical (2006)
There's no denying the tween audience was hungering for this movie, without even knowing it.
Capote (w/ In Cold Blood) (2005)
Radiating serpentine self-absorption, Philip Seymour Hoffman embodies a youthful Truman Capote.
My Name Is Bruce (2008)
Pretty bad, but in a way, we'd be disappointed if it wasn't...it's all about Campbell, a limber linguist whose verbal sense seems straight out of the '40s, and a game physical comic.
As far as I can tell, no one is at the controls of
Body of Lies (2008)
If you’re going to have a mall-ready entertainment about the war on terror, you might as well have this one.
Friday the 13th (1980)
Whether you want to credit or blame
Friday the 13th
for its role in influencing modern cineplex cinema is a matter of taste.
The Pelican Brief (1993)
You'd think that Pakula would be just the man to tease the intellectual and emotional depth out of a Grisham potboiler, but you'd be wrong.
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Stone isn't interested in merely bashing modern football:
Any Given Sunday
looks at the best and worst of the sport.
Frozen River (2008)
It’s hard not to think of the film as a timely reflection of today’s deep economic recession...writer-director Courtney Hunt has something of the eye for detail expected from a good short story writer.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
may not even be friggin' sweet, but it does have skills.
In vino veritas...Payne has supplanted the Coen Brothers as a reliable purveyor of smart comedy
A fascinating true-crime story, elegant period detail, and Clint Eastwood's consummate filmmaking technique mask [that]...
lacks enough grit and intellect to convert moody melodrama into thoughtful drama.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Pulls off the trick of the feel-good movie in a way movies haven't managed in a long time.
Clerks II (2006)
Makes a surprisingly convincing case for Dante and Randal as characters worthy of a revisit once a decade.
Soul Men (2008)
may get by on novelty, but what novelty!
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Problematic as a narrative...[but] Lee's simply too smart and talented to make a dismissible film.
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