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Bill Muller, Arizona Republic

  1. Day Watch 2007 Every bit as puzzling as its predecessor, but it's shot in such a bold, crazy way that you have to admire its pure audacity. full review
  2. A Mighty Heart 2007 The only drama comes in the waiting, which eventually becomes tiresome. full review
  3. Charlotte's Web 2006 There's too much talent and too strong a story to mess it up. There was potential for more here, but this incarnation is nothing to be ashamed of, and some of the actors answer the bell. full review
  4. Curious George 2006 If you count yourself among the curious, spend an afternoon with George. full review
  5. Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 Comes off like a collection of TV actors doing somebody a favor. full review
  6. Brokeback Mountain 2005 There's no contest. Brokeback Mountain is the most poignant movie love story of the year. full review
  7. Capote 2005 This spare, uncompromising portrait not only examines what drove the author but delves into the ethics of journalists who identify with their subjects, or pretend to, in order to report their stories. full review
  8. The Constant Gardener 2005 The Constant Gardener is more like walking past a series of paintings than watching a movie. You can admire the skill that went into work, but it never carries you along. full review
  9. Factotum 2005 While not really a complete film, Factotum functions as an atmospheric, diverting character study. full review
  10. The Producers 2005 [T]he most recent Producers is a clone of a clone, and what it adds in song and dance it loses in brevity and, as is so often the case, wit. full review
  11. The World's Fastest Indian 2005 There also are plenty of nuts-and-bolts references to satisfy those interested in racing, whether on two wheels or four. The movie features some funny moments, such as when Munro makes his own pistons and then brews tea from the cooling-barrel water. full review
  12. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 2004 A meticulously researched and ably handled chronicle of one of the largest corporate scandals in American history. full review
  13. A Good Woman 2004 All the fun in A Good Woman occurs off in the corners, while the action in center-frame does little to capture your fancy. full review
  14. Little Black Book 2004 Filled with poor excuses for human beings, who are supposed to be funny in their utter disregard for their fellow man. But they mostly come off as sadistic and cruel, which isn't a great recipe for knee-slapping comedy. full review
  15. Secuestro Express 2004 A well-intentioned copy but one that holds much promise for its first-time director. full review
  16. Brother Bear 2003 The hand-drawn animation is alternately static and inconsistent, and the story may be too downbeat for younger kids, who are most assuredly the target audience.
  17. Bulletproof Monk 2003 Model-turned-actress Jaime King changed her first name (from James) to star in Bulletproof Monk. Given her performance, she might have to enter the witness-protection program.
  18. Darkness Falls 2003 When Darkness Falls, it pretty much trips over its own feet.
  19. Dirty Pretty Things 2003 Although the film delves into an interesting topic -- black marketeers trading in human flesh -- the approach is far too clinical.
  20. The Missing 2003 There's a pretty good Western hidden somewhere amid the extraneous scenes, unnecessary characters and adoring shots of the New Mexico wilderness, but Howard didn't have the heart to cut his movie.
  21. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Certainly, Pirates has its moments. But it's definitely no 'E' ticket. full review
  22. Saved! 2003 It's a relevant, irreverent and emotionally honest film that suggests it's OK to laugh in church, at least every now and then. full review
  23. Swimming Pool 2003 The story occasionally wanders, but Swimming Pool is definitely worth a dip.
  24. Touching the Void 2003 A truly moving tale about that strongest of human instincts: survival.
  25. Assassination Tango 2002 If this sounds like an awkward combination, it is.
  26. Below 2002 ...begins with promise, but runs aground after being snared in its own tangled plot.
  27. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys 2002 Although McFarlane's sequences are inventive, the rest of the film moves languidly.
  28. Equilibrium 2002 This inventive, low-budget science-fiction movie stands on its own, from its bracing, ingenious fight sequences to its literate roots in dystopian fiction.
  29. A Guy Thing 2002 Here's a rule of thumb: If the coincidences in your movie have longer odds than Carrot Top perfecting cold fusion, you might be straining the old believability factor.
  30. The Hard Word 2002 It is at most a middling effort.
  31. The Hours 2002 Virtually humorless and extremely talky, the movie takes place during one day in each woman's life, although it moves so slowly it often feels like a week.
  32. Irreversible 2002 A fascinating study in excess, a movie that seduces and repulses as it explores the merciless nature of fate.
  33. Lost in La Mancha 2002 A fascinating study in the cinematic arts, as we watch a talented director and a committed crew and cast thwarted by nature, human failings and just plain bad luck.
  34. Narc 2002 In the end, the movie collapses on its shaky foundation despite the best efforts of director Joe Carnahan.
  35. Punch-Drunk Love 2002 In Punch-Drunk Love, Adam Sandler doesn't so much discard his old persona as illuminate it, breathing life into the cardboard characters that populated his earlier films.
  36. Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002 Many movies claim to illuminate the human spirit, but Rabbit-Proof Fence actually delivers.
  37. Russian Ark 2002 With unmatched bravado, Sokurov shows scores of celebrants streaming from the ballroom past his camera with nary a misstep.
  38. Star Trek - Nemesis 2002 A plodding if mildly entertaining sci-fi adventure that plays more like an extended television episode than a full-length film.
  39. The Sum of All Fears 2002 I'm not saying Affleck is in way over his head, but a scuba tank and swim fins might come in handy.
  40. Treasure Planet 2002 One of the most gorgeous Disney films ever.
  41. View from the Top 2002 If this is the View From the Top, I'd hate to see the View From the Bottom.
  42. XXX 2002 Now I know what XXX stands for:Xtremely Xcruciating Xperience.

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