John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

  1. Mr. Untouchable 2007 Does the movie glorify Barnes and his nefarious profession? Probably, but show me a movie about the drug trade that doesn't hook us first with guts and glamour before the moralizing fall. full review
  2. The Rape of Europa 2007 As thorough as the movie is, it could easily devote another hour to cases like this. full review
  3. Curious George 2006 The biggest surprise of Curious George is how it keeps consistently entertaining at a kids' level. full review
  4. Jackass: Number Two 2006 Just as outrageous as fans were hoping it would be. full review
  5. Karla 2005 Things in the movie, like the slasher movie music cues, hint that Karla has exploitation in its veins. The reasons for making it -- and seeing it -- remain more than slightly suspect. full review
  6. Old Joy 2005 The movie captures gorgeous mountain scenery with the simplicity of an Ozu film. It also benefits from the naturalistic performances. full review
  7. xXx: State of the Union 2005 This is just a warm-up as the summer movie season gets an early start. Big, loud and stupid, XXX: State of the Union isn't so much a sequel as a preview of coming attractions. full review
  8. Dust to Glory 2004 As with Step into Liquid, Brown proves in Dust to Glory that the thrill of high-speed racing can be shared by fans and non-fans alike. full review
  9. Without A Paddle 2004 What promises to be a comic take on the 1972 thriller Deliverance, is actually closer to Dude, Where's My Car? as it drifts aimlessly from one dopey situation to another. full review
  10. Darkness Falls 2003 Knowing that they don't have the scariest movie around, it would seem as if the filmmakers have vowed to make it the loudest. full review
  11. DysFunKtional Family 2003 No doubt about it, Griffin is a funny guy and a brilliant mimic. But this concert film, like his early life, might best be put behind him.
  12. My Boss's Daughter 2003 If you thought Ashton Kutcher's movie career had nowhere but up to go after Dude, Where's My Car?, wait until you see My Boss's Daughter. full review
  13. Radio 2003 Of course I should know better, but the movie had me blubbering from its first down. full review
  14. Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over 2003 The clever action and throwaway flights of fancy come close to making it worth the 3-D headache. full review
  15. Barbershop 2002 This feature debut from Tim Story would have been much better had it proceeded on a much smaller scale, with fewer barbers and more time to develop the relationships between them. full review
  16. Below 2002 Distances you by throwing out so many red herrings, so many false scares, that the genuine ones barely register. full review
  17. Girls Will Be Girls 2002 An often hilarious, always surprising 79-minute burlesque. full review
  18. The Master of Disguise 2002 A painfully unfunny mess. full review
  19. Paid in Full 2002 Though filmed partly in Canada, Paid in Full has clever ways of capturing inner-city life during the Reagan years. full review
  20. Secret Things 2002 While some might mistake it as a bitter view of sexual politics and empowerment, it's also pretty crass filmmaking.
  21. Love the Hard Way 2001 Feels like it was crafted by an outsider, with the cliche-filled dialogue reading like a rough translation.
  22. Shaolin Soccer 2001 Has heart and a freewheeling spirit that makes you smile at the same time you're calling it the stupidest thing you've ever seen. full review
  23. The Tigger Movie 2000 The movie is so refreshingly subtle and sweet compared to other recent Disney features.
  24. Iron Monkey 1993 Contains some of the most inspired martial arts sequences ever put on film. full review
  25. Faust 1926 Still a classic example of eye-popping excess at a time when German filmmakers were among the most innovative in the world.
  26. /titles/199830 Director Kevin Allen offers a lot more gadgets in Cody 2, but surprisingly little in the way of memorable action. full review
  27. /titles/197772 Benefits from some assured helming by Q. Allan Brocka and strong performances. full review
  28. /titles/197134 Instead of a funny and relevant little bromide about capitalism, conformity and forced holiday cheer, the movie is about as fresh as a week-old mug of egg nog. full review
  29. /titles/197378 Armed with a decent budget, director James Wan and co-screenwriter Leigh Wannell fashion at least a dozen sequences that are spooky even while they defy logic. full review
  30. /titles/197191 A nightmarish cross between prime-time WB and a renaissance festival. full review
  31. /titles/197499 A computer-animated feature that maintains a moderate level of cleverness without being the least bit engaging. full review
  32. /titles/199795 While it is at heart just another stupid slasher movie, its undeniable style on an obviously limited budget places it a cut above the rest. full review
  33. /titles/199813 More than twice the budget but only half the chills full review
  34. /titles/199806 An action comedy that's as idiotic as it sounds. Still, it's also harmless enough entertainment for its intended preteen audience. full review
  35. /titles/199852 The filmmakers go by the book in The Kite Runner, a literate, if occasionally listless adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel. full review
  36. /titles/198247 The idea of 49-year-old Roberto Benigni playing the wooden boy Pinocchio is scary enough. The reality of the new live-action Pinocchio he directed, cowrote and starred in borders on the grotesque. full review
  37. /titles/199800 Gives chick flicks a bad name. full review
  38. /titles/199848 Venom is even more pointless than most supernatural slasher movies. full review

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