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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. Uptown Girls 2003 Gives chick flicks a bad name. full review
  16. 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
  17. Below 2002 Distances you by throwing out so many red herrings, so many false scares, that the genuine ones barely register. full review
  18. Girls Will Be Girls 2002 An often hilarious, always surprising 79-minute burlesque. full review
  19. The Master of Disguise 2002 A painfully unfunny mess. full review
  20. 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
  21. Secret Things 2002 While some might mistake it as a bitter view of sexual politics and empowerment, it's also pretty crass filmmaking.
  22. Love the Hard Way 2001 Feels like it was crafted by an outsider, with the cliche-filled dialogue reading like a rough translation.
  23. Scary Movie 2 2001 The inevitable sequel delivers the same schtick, but it's only fresh by half. full review
  24. 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
  25. The Tigger Movie 2000 The movie is so refreshingly subtle and sweet compared to other recent Disney features.
  26. Iron Monkey 1993 Contains some of the most inspired martial arts sequences ever put on film. full review
  27. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo.) 1966 Of all the great films of the 1960s, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is one of a fistful that can be truly appreciated only on the big screen.
  28. Faust 1926 Still a classic example of eye-popping excess at a time when German filmmakers were among the most innovative in the world.
  29. /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
  30. /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
  31. /titles/197191 A nightmarish cross between prime-time WB and a renaissance festival. full review