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A straightforward, unfussy musical comedy, one that entertains twice as much as the dour
Talk to Me (2007)
Could stand to focus more on scrupulous sociocultural history and less on compulsively entertaining the audience...has enough untold story and acting chops to make it worthwhile.
Gypsy Caravan (a.k.a. When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan) (2007)
To best enjoy the energetic and big-hearted
, know that it's not so much a concert film as it is a cultural-anthropology documentary...
Introducing the Dwights (a.k.a. Clubland) (2007)
A collision of Jeannie's story and Tim's story, and while that's appropriate, it also results in wobbly tone shifts (
, without the horses?).
Black Sheep (2007)
King's film is a boffo short wantonly stretched to feature-length, well beyond the scope of his ideas...
As the film wears on, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate the dry humor from the supposed chills. Consequently,
drifts into camp.
License to Wed (2007)
Told primarily from the point-of-view of a young man (John Krasinski of The Office) about to be married, License to Wed makes hay of male anxieties about love and marriage. Robin Williams plays Rever...
A sort of Ambien/No-Doz cocktail likely to send all but fanboy brains into self-protective shutoff mode.
Though a debate about practical application would be welcome, Moore's people-person approach and sense of humor make
a warm, humane, sad, and funny response to a social crisis.
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
Disappointingly generic...slips into last place in the series.
From its laughably lyrical opening to its bow-tying resolution, Lajos Koltai's
invites comparisons to
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Built as it is around child actors, Fredi M. Murer's Vitus is the sort of cute import upon which the Weinstein Brothers used to pounce. Sony Pictures Classics does the honors this time, but Vitus is...
Stephanie Daley (2007)
Writer-director Hilary Brougher brings satisfying subtlety to Stephanie Daley, an issue film about a sixteen-year-old who may or may not have murdered her newborn child in a public restroom. The film...
Pierrepoint (a.k.a. Pierrepoint—The Last Hangman) (2007)
The new British indie Pierrepoint, co-produced by Masterpiece Theatre, bitterly regards the culture of capital punishment. Adrian Shergold's film is based on the true story of Albert Pierrepoint, who...
You Kill Me (2007)
A surprisingly resonant examination of getting sober, made amusing by [an] assassin's increasing honesty about his career.
Dreaming Lhasa (2007)
Dreaming Lhasa scores points simply for being the first film by Tibetans about contemporary Tibetan experience. Karma (Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso), a Tibetan documentarian living in New York, comes to Dhar...
is to recognize we're living in another golden age of American animation.
Eagle vs. Shark (2007)
In the case of Eagle vs. Shark, the crime in question is plagiarism. New Zealand director Taika Waititi brought his short film "Two Cars, One Night" to Sundance the same year that Napoleon Dynamite m...
Driving Lessons (2006)
It's Grint who grounds in reality, as best he can, Brock's directing debut...this conventional Britcom lightly hums along for a good stretch before running off the road.
Evan Almighty (2007)
Will presumably charm wee ones, and...go over like gangbusters with the holy rollers, but others may notice this comedy of faith skimps on the comedy.
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Soderbergh can no more put the fizz back in his flat bubbly than one can put a genie back in a bottle, but at least
can still give you a light buzz.
In this soft-spoken satire, writer-director Andrew Currie and co-writer Robert Chomiak imagine the '50s if every household had an enslaved zombie servant, and little Timmy (chipper child star K'Sun R...
Race You to the Bottom (2007)
Race You to the Bottom tells an only-in-California story: partly because it primarily takes place in Napa Valley, and partly because it's about a sexual relationship between a gay man and a straight...
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
A reading from the Books of Marvel...And the Surfer passed through buildings and buses with a squish...And Twentieth Century Fox said that it was good.
Crazy Love (2007)
Klores tells this story as well as its ever likely to be told...[and] as stories go, this one's a doozy.
Coeurs (a.k.a. Private Fears In Public Places) (2007)
Believe in forgiveness comes dropping slow on the characters, in the form of a snowfall that's possibly redemptive, but also cold.
Nancy Drew (2007)
The cumulative effect of Fleming's direction and Roberts' casting is to make eternal heroine Nancy into a chipmunk-chipper detective and a social nincompoop.
Nuovomondo (a.k.a. Golden Door) (2007)
All too successful in evoking the simple-mindedness of its immigrant naifs and the interminability of the Atlantic passage.
Knocked Up (2007)
Apatow's part in the rehab of the mainstream comedy relies on the underlying yearnings of archetypal social strivers.
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007)
Gives a strong impression of the atmosphere, excitement and complexity of a Broadway production.
La Vie en Rose (2007)
More a visual-aural poem about Piaf than a definitive bio-epic of Piaf's complex life story.
Surf's Up (2007)
What's black and white and brings in the green?
Hostel Part II (2007)
Cultural poison...[or] a helluva lot of fun[?]...When it comes to a gore movie, there
two ways about it.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
With Ocean's Eleven, Steven Soderbergh practically stumbled into an Old-Hollywood movie. Loose-limbed camerawork nothwithstanding, Ocean's Eleven wielded an all-star cast, a zesty heist-movie script,...
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Rum should be mandatory for every man, woman, and child misguidedly attempting to make sense of the frantic
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
The [angel] turns out to be Stuart Smalley, parking André in front of a mirror so he can tell himself he's good enough, he's smart enough, and doggone it, people like him.
Hollywood Dreams (2007)
The director lets actors do their thing, to a fault, which makes Frederick's blitzkrieg of a performance often off-putting but occasionally mesmerizing.
How often do you see a film that's not only interested in girls' lives but equally honest about their tribulations and their potential?
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Evans makes Mr. Brooks the CEO of a box factory--because
who would suspect the CEO of a box factory
? Plus he's pro-life--how ironic!
Paris je t'aime (2007)
In the generally deft new anthology film
Paris je t'aime
, short films are like streetcars.
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