June 30, 2007 Critic Bob Mondello says Brad Bird's animated kitchen comedy, about a Paris rat who longs to be a haute-cuisine chef, "isn't just amusing, it's downright mouth-watering" — even as it's "engagingly down-to-earth" and temptingly funny about everything from critics to romantic mishaps.
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June 28, 2007 A Parisian rat dreams of culinary glory, but how will he work among chefs without setting off screams? You expect kitchen slapstick; you get something that's closer to kitchen ballet, plus a story with both drama and heart. It's Cyrano de Bergerat, and it's (recommended).
June 28, 2007 McClane's back, leaping onto the tail fins of passing jet fighters and bringing down helicopters by launching police cars at them. It's not remotely plausible, but who'll care? A geeky hacker type (Justin Long, riffing hilariously on his "Hi, I'm a Mac" persona) gives an invaluable assist.
June 28, 2007 The film version of Susan Minot's novel about two women who hear their mom's deathbed murmurs about a long-lost love — and how she killed a man in her youth. Vanessa Redgrave and Meryl Streep (plus their daughters Natasha Richardson and Mamie Gummer) combat a melodramatic script.
June 28, 2007 A 12-year-old piano prodigy (played strikingly by actual piano prodigy Teo Gheorghiu) battles his parents' expectations (and his own) as he attempts to find his way in the world. Fredi Murer's film is an intriguing, complicated family drama.
June 22, 2007 Pascale Ferran's retelling of the oft-filmed D.H. Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley's Lover is an erotic, explicit, and altogether tasteful cinematic romp — and as the title suggests, it's more about the lady than the lover.
June 22, 2007 A hit-man tells his A.A. group that he needs their help or he'll never work again; they do try to help, and of such moral gray areas, John Dahl's offbeat comedy makes much laughter. (Recommended)
June 22, 2007 Michael Winterbottom's movie, based on Mariane Pearl's memoir of her slain journalist husband; knowing how this harrowing story played out in real life doesn't diminish its power in the slightest.
June 22, 2007 Michael Moore's health-care polemic comes complete with the usual grandstanding — most of it very funny — but in this instance, all that sizzle is selling some serious steak. (Recommended)
June 21, 2007 You Kill Me, a new mob comedy starring Ben Kingsley, centers on a hit man with substance-abuse problems — who hopes Alcoholics Anonymous can help him get back on the job.
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June 15, 2007 Everybody's favorite girl detective cutes up the screen; Emma Roberts smiles perkily while searching for clues to a long-ago murder in a Hollywood Hills mansion her dad rents for the summer.
June 15, 2007 Just months after Loving v. Virginialegalized interracial marriage, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner broke Hollywood's official ban on interracial romance onscreen.
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June 15, 2007 Shy girl and clueless boy meet (awkwardly) cute in this dweebs-in-love comedy from New Zealand. Comparisons to Napoleon Dynamite are likely, though romance is as central here as it is fated.
June 9, 2007 A new biopic of the famed French singer Edith Piaf hits theaters. The film is named after one of Piaf's most famous songs, "La Vie en Rose."
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June 8, 2007 Easygoing dialogue, a relaxed message: Wave-riding penguin mockumentary Surf's Up is PG-gentle, sweet, and laid-back like no kid flick you'll remember.
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