Reviews > Film

21 Sep 2007 // 2:30 AM

Good Luck Chuck

Who are these people? It's hard to look at the cavorting and cruelty in Good Luck Chuck and not wonder whether you've dropped into an alternate universe.

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20 Sep 2007 // 2:00 AM

In the Valley of Elah

Paul Haggis' film posits Hank as an old-school man of honor, both punished and revered for his traditional "values."

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14 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM

Mr. Woodcock

You could call Mr. Woodcock the latest version of The Billy Bob Thornton Movie.

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14 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM

Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises crosses up and recombines stories of parents and children, even violence and history.

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14 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM

I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

Instead of neuroses that are black-tinged and deep-seated, most of I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With's navel-gazing is genial to the point of being childlike.

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14 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM

Great World of Sound

Great World of Sound portrays America as fragile and fractured, held together by flimsy notions of patriotism, celebrity, and can-do capitalism.

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14 Sep 2007 // 3:00 AM

The Brave One

For all the hubbub about the sensational girl shooter, The Brave One is almost more interesting for its flaws and omissions.

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13 Sep 2007 // 2:56 AM

The Hunting Party

The sidetracking -- the lapses into corruption, black humor, and sarcasm -- all this is to be expected when your life is on the line so incessantly.

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12 Sep 2007 // 3:47 AM

In the Shadow of the Moon

For all its swelling soundtrack and magnificent imagery, the documentary leaves its most compelling story unexplored.

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7 Sep 2007 // 3:42 AM

3:10 to Yuma

All the men in this movie think they're doing the right thing, no matter how unhinged their actions may look.

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The Devil Came on Horseback

The Devil Came on Horseback is named for the janjaweed (the word translates to "devil on horseback"), and it means to upset you.

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7 Sep 2007 // 3:40 AM

Shoot Em Up

By the time Shoot 'Em Up is done with all the "phallic mumbo jumbo," it doesn't seem to be saying much that's new.

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7 Sep 2007 // 3:39 AM

The Brothers Solomon

The jumble of styles would be a momentum-killer even if the jokes did work, but an overwhelming number don't.

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5 Sep 2007 // 10:42 PM

Halloween

In Carpenter's film, evil shows up right where you think you'd be safe. No one imagines he's safe in whitetrashland -- especially the section inhabited by a heavily inked up William Forsythe.

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5 Sep 2007 // 3:42 AM

Ten Canoes

Ten Canoes begins with a joke that both crosses and targets cultural divides.

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3 Sep 2007 // 11:42 PM

Quiet City

This may be the most remarkable thing about Aaron Katz's Quiet City, its patience.

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31 Aug 2007 // 4:42 AM

Death Sentence

Death Sentence is smart enough about its generic limits: the violence is ragingly B, the dialogue goofy, the cops always steps behind.

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31 Aug 2007 // 4:42 AM

Balls of Fury

What really gives the cinematic pallet a high-quality cleansing is a ripe old fashioned dose of certifiable stupid.

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31 Aug 2007 // 4:42 AM

Self-Medicated

The hackneyed start for Self-Medicated sets up what's to come.

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31 Aug 2007 // 4:42 AM

The Hottest State

For a film set mostly inside one character's head, The Hottest State spends a lot of time on the road.

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