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Rene Rodriguez


Miami Herald, USA


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Spider-Man 3 (2007)
This is a wonderfully imagined, heartfelt piece of pop entertainment that soars not only for its spectacular eye candy, but also during the moments when its protagonists simply stand still and talk to each other. How many comic-book movies can you say that about?
 An overwrought bore.
  (Nathan Lee, Village Voice)
 Overlong, visually incoherent, mean-spirited and often just plain awful.
 (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)
 How not to make a sequel.
 (Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
 A shambles.
 (Anthony Lane, New Yorker)
Town & Country (2001)
There is a lot to like in this stab at the rat-tat-tat lunacy of 1940s-era screwball comedies.
Vanilla Sky (2001)
At its core, an involving, sweetly touching love story, buoyed by Crowe's natural, poetic dialogue and his knack for writing characters (especially women) who feel like real people instead of plot devices.
Waking Life (2001)
An instant cult classic, one that's tailor-made for multiple viewings and bound to be popular among college students.
Undercover Brother (2002)
The movie isn't just hilarious: It's witty and inventive, too, and in hindsight, it isn't even all that dumb.
Gerry (2002)
There's a purity of purpose in Gerry - a clean, unwavering focus - that makes the movie feel strangely exhilarating, even when nothing is happening on the screen.
The Company (2004)
Utterly transfixing, a pure and heartfelt ode to artistic expression and the creative process.
Superman Returns (2006)
By giving the hero's inner plight so many dimensions, Superman Returns brings a richer, grander perspective to a seminal character without changing his essence. It's a profoundly personal take on a universal icon, made by a filmmaker who continues to improve with each movie.
Role Models (2008)
The casting is the key to the success of this absolutely hilarious crowd-pleaser.
A Lot Like Love (2005)
Survives its surface annoyances because Lynch's script also has ambition, heart and something to say other than love conquers all.
Elizabethtown (2005)
It's an uncommonly optimistic meditation on death and lament, befitting a filmmaker whose movies (Jerry Maguire, Singles, Say Anything), no matter their subject matter, always double as a celebration of life.
Transformers (2007)
The most surprising thing about Michael Bay's much-anticipated, blockbuster-bound Transformers is how funny the movie is.
Jennifer's Body (2009)
Not since Brian De Palma's Carrie has a horror movie so effectively exploited the genre as a metaphor for adolescent angst, female sexuality and the strange, sometimes corrosive bonds between girls who claim to be best friends.
From Paris With Love (2010)
This is Travolta's most enjoyable and energetic performance since Pulp Fiction and Primary Colors, and he's a blast to watch.
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