Jan 3 - 9, 2008 

Reel World

The 10 Worst Films of 2007

By Devin D. O’Leary

Bratz: The Movie--Normally, movies based on toys are brilliant (see He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Transformers and The Care Bears Movie for reference). Not so with this dim, mixed-message “comedy” based on the whore-like prepubescent doll line.

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Film News

Atonements, Assassinations, Barbers and Blood

The top 10 films of 2007

By Devin D. O’Leary

Atonement

When is a romance not a romance? When it has more on its mind than simple liplocks. This vigorous, visually poetic adaptation of Ian McEwan’s “unfilmable” World War II-era novel sets the bar high for period dramas. Not only does it feature love, betrayal, bloodshed and genuine passion (a rare element in most romances), it ponders long and hard on the power of imagination as a force both positive and negative. A great many films could be benefit from such self-reflection.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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Film Review

Charlie Wilson’s War

Bullets, ballots and booze

By Devin D. O’Leary

“Laws are like sausages,” states the famous aphorism by Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck. “It is better not to see them being made.” It's an appropriate quote to start off a review of the new poli-sci parody Charlie Wilson’s War, as the film spends an awful lot of time inside America's biggest sausage factory.

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Idiot Box

Television Ratings

Best TV of 2007

By Devin D. O’Leary

Battlestar Galactica: Razor (Sci-Fi)--I could just list “Battlestar Galactica.” It’s still one of the best-written, most topical series on TV. Instead, I’ll single out this movie event as a perfect example of why: gripping drama, startling plot development, powerful characters and some of the juiciest political debate you’ll find on the idiot box. ... Plus, there are spaceships.

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.

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