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Brett Buckalew

Brett Buckalew
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 73% The Road (2009) Emotionally affecting enough to please fans and the uninitiated alike, even if it falls short of its source material's profound beauty.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2009
75% Elegy (2008) In the early scenes of the two lovers discovering each other's bodies and personal quirks, Coixet coaxes work from Kingsley and Cruz that is remarkably intimate.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2008
61% The Fall (2006) The best movie of the year so far by a wide mile.‐
Read More | Posted May 12, 2008
68% Redbelt (2008) The journey has its charms, but the destination calls to mind Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?"‐
Read More | Posted May 2, 2008
65% Stop-Loss (2008) Much of Stop-Loss' first act feels like the cast of Hee-Haw auditioning for a Best Years of Our Lives remake.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2008
82% Charlie Wilson's War (2007) A mildly engaging holiday season diversion that will evaporate from many viewers' memories at a speed so rapid it may put Santa's sleigh to shame.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2007
38% Southland Tales (2007) Reminiscent of the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut, with its mix of sci-fi mythology, absurdist humor and political outrage.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2007
32% Trade (2007) Treats sex slavery with roughly the same amount of tact and complexity with which the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle Hard Target treated homelessness.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2007
1.5/5 28% Next (2007) Next spurs unintended laughs.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2007
77% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) In its nakedly revealed tremors of fear and insecurity, Affleck's tour de force is reminiscent of the similarly raw work of the late, great John Cazale.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2007
18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) Roman Polanski has a confounding two-scene cameo as a customs official who gives Carter and Lee a full cavity search. (Har har.)‐
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2007
74% La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007) Doesn't quite keep up with the grand showmanship and emotional complexity of the performance at its center, but has a few impressive tricks up its sleeve.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2007
97% Once (2007) You leave the theatre feeling like you're walking on air. And isn't that all you can ask of any musical?‐
Read More | Posted May 24, 2007
45% Angel-A (2005) Luc Besson's characteristic flair for visual expression here manifests itself in the most subdued way imaginable.‐
Read More | Posted May 22, 2007
87% Paris Je T'aime (2007) Alexander Payne strikes the same balance of snarky humor and sneaky empathy that has made his body of work so distinct in contemporary American cinema.‐
Read More | Posted May 22, 2007
2/5 29% Lucky You (2007) All but the most die-hard Texas Hold 'Em fans will be fighting the urge to snooze.‐
Read More | Posted May 3, 2007
44% In the Land of Women (2007) Only slightly less clumsy overall than Against the Ropes, but at least it plays to co-star Meg Ryan's ability to suggest volumes of repressed emotion.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2007
71% Fracture (2007) The smart conclusion contains a pair of twists that are actually plausible (rare these days), and, all in all, Fracture is supremely solid stuff.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2007
69% Disturbia (2007) Like those gleeful, inner-child-pleasing pulp-horror rides that Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante perfected a couple decades ago.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2007
87% The Lookout (2007) Gary is the kind of guy who can actually score with the pick-up line, 'Damn! And I thought I was good-looking!'‐
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2007
54% The Last Mimzy (2007) Roger Waters' song is ultimately the work of a sell-out desperately trying to sound like a profound hippie prophet. As it happens, so is The Last Mimzy.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2007
74% Avenue Montaigne (2006) Not a fully great film, but damn near close; witty, charming, and ultimately rather touching.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2007
8% The Number 23 (2007) The titular novel is written by an anonymous scribe who goes by the moniker Topsy Kretts (Get it? Like "Top Secrets"? Yeah, I didn't laugh either.)‐
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2007
22% Catch and Release (2007) If it was Brad Pitt carrying the coffee and Halle Berry saying she's not serious about him to a buddy, this movie would make over $100 million.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2007
92% Children of Men (2006) A sublime visionary achievement that not only outdoes Cuarón's previous high-water mark, Y Tu Mamá También, but also manages to rank with other dystopian masterworks.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2007
87% Notes on a Scandal (2006) In making the leap this holiday season from a Dame to a Broad, Judi Dench has chosen to apply her inestimable talents to a tried and true fork in the thespian road.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2006
77% Rocky Balboa (2006) While Stallone is appropriately fiery in key scenes, it's his way with the character's tossed-off pearls of wisdom and one-liners that makes him especially endearing.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2006
23% Home of the Brave (2006) The idea of a Very Important Drama featuring rapper 50 Cent and vapid TV starlet Jessica Biel in major roles seems more like a gag straight out of Get Shorty.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2006
49% The Holiday (2006) There's good news for Jude Law fans. With The Holiday, the actor has taken a sad career song and started to make it better.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2006
48% Candy (2006) Ledger's first film since the one-two punch of Brokeback and Casanova reinforces the almost always accurate admonition "Just say no to drug addiction films."‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2006
66% Apocalypto (2006) On screen, Gibson was a Lethal purveyor of hot dogging lunacy. Behind the camera, he has now subverted that Riggs energy more masterfully than ever before.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2006
66% The History Boys (2006) The closest mirror image of Republican Mark Foley is Mr. Hector, an unconventional educator with a fondness for groping his students' while giving them motorcycle rides.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2006
53% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) While fans of the HBO-born duo are already giving this a Thunderous "A," for the rest of us it's ultimately a Tendencious "B."‐
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2006
73% Stranger Than Fiction (2006) Will Ferrell is a more than worthy heir to Lemmon, Hanks, Brazil's Jonathan Pryce and Something Wild's Jeff Daniels.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2006
76% The Prestige (2006) Like Memento, Nolan's Prestige is an ever-shifting hall of mirrors so masterfully executed that its emotional hollowness actually manages to be beside the point.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2006
73% Flags of Our Fathers (2006) An easy film to admire, but an impossible one to love.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2006
31% Tideland (2006) Terry Gilliam's first collaboration with Jeff Bridges yielded The Fisher King. This time around, it amounts to something a whole lot fishier.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2006
73% Infamous (2006) Daniel Craig's performance is of young-Brando intensity, and a Supporting Actor nomination would be this movie's most credible shot at duplicating Capote's Oscar glory.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2006
22% Man of the Year (2006) Even though it's only two-thirds of a solid comedy, it doesn't take a high-priced pollster to figure out that this is a far better ratio than a lot of other recent yukfests.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2006
64% Jackass: Number Two (2006) The laughs here are so big - I'm talking doubled-over, fall-out-of-your-seat big - that they are meant to be shared in a theatre full of similarly helpless viewers.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2006
12% All The King's Men (2006) Stranger still, the usually brilliant Mark Ruffalo is spacey and awkward, as if the marijuana-addled scientist he played in Eternal Sunshine has taken over the role.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2006
46% The Last Kiss (2006) We're supposed to scratch our chins and ponder the faux wisdom of lines of dialogue like, "relationships: they either work or they don't." Who knew?‐
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2006
47% Idlewild (2006) Imbues tried-and-true movie musical archetypes with sly but never campy contemporary flourishes, in a way that would make Baz Luhrmann proud.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2006
28% Trust the Man (2006) Captures, with both accuracy and fleeting optimism, those domestic arguments that end in either irritataed silence or half-hearted, good-enough-for-now reconciliation.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2006
20% You, Me and Dupree (2006) A braver, more female-empowering movie would have Molly come to her senses and realize that Dupree, hygiene and career problems aside, is twice the catch that Carl is.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2006
68% A Scanner Darkly (2006) Hilarious digressions like these are bound to induce chuckles even among viewers who, as Bill Clinton would say, have never inhaled.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2006
94% Wordplay (2006) Less interested in reinventing the non-fiction wheel than in providing a rousing, addictively brainy good time.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2006
39% Nacho Libre (2006) Creating hermetic worlds in a manner so reminiscent of Wes Anderson that the Rushmore auteur should consider suing, Hess shows little affection for his characters.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2006
37% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Each film throws two or three okay action scenes into an otherwise wobbly blend of macho posturing, philosophically windy chitchat and moldy archetypes.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2006
82% A Prairie Home Companion (2006) This is an Altman show, through-and-through. Fans will be elated to discover that everything that makes him such a singular filmmaking voice is present and accounted for.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2006