("Saw long ago" means that the update of this page took place long after I actually saw the movie, so comments may be diminished (as if that's possible).)
(This will be newest to oldest.)
Chicago: You like musicals? You'll like this. (Highlights: "He Had It Coming", press conference). Zeta-Jones and Zellweger both great.
The Hours: Well-acted, but kinda pointless.
25th Hour: Good performances. (Been a while since I saw it so not much else to say.)
Gangs of New York: Good visuals, performances. One exceptional tracking shot from immigrants off the boat to recruitment onto the army boat.
Catch Me If You Can: Well-done.
About Schmidt: Funny. You have to love the letters to Ndugu.
Intacto: Intersting, unique movie about people who absolutely believe in luck. (And with reason.) The games they play start off weird and get more and more involved.
Adaptation: Funny meta-movie. I felt the shift of tone at the ending didn't quite match up with the rest of the film, but hey. Nicolas Cage actually good.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Just go see this. Legolas still a badass, Gollum very well done, Helm's Deep awesome.
Star Trek: Nemesis: Even Star Trek movie, in the mode of Wrath of Khan.
Secretary: Funny, but weird, movie about an S&M relationship between two very strange people.
Songs from the Second Floor: (If you don't know, this is a Swedish movie with a series of short vignettes about a world where society is about 90% destroyed but most people pretend otherwise.) I liked the framing--the director set up interesting wide shots and for all but three vignettes the camera was still. (In those three it pulled forward so the characters never got to close-up.) Could have used some kind of rationale for what had caused the fucking-up of society, but hey.
Solaris: Has some slowness ala 2001, but some of the questions it brings up and tries to answer make it worthwhile.
Y Tu Mama Tambien: What I liked were the interludes where the third-person omniscient narrator would tell us something about the future or past or present, kind of like in Guy Gavriel Kay's Sarantium duology. Good performances, and more nudity than I'd seen in quite some time. (However note that two of the principals are guys.)
Frailty: Saw long ago. Nice psychological thriller.
Die Another Day: Saw long ago. Bond movie, James Bond movie. Any questions? (This means it will not be realistic, but will be entertaining.)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Saw long ago. Fine adaptaion again; good looking. Kenneth Branagh outstanding.
Femme Fatale: Fun twisty movie. If you find Rebecca Romijn-Stamos at all attractive, see this movie. Did I mention that it includes hot lesbian action?
Punch-Drunk Love: Weirdly funny.
The Ring: Pretty scary.
Spirited Away: Some awesome images in a nice Alice in Wonderland/Wizard of Oz story. Gotta love the soot balls.
Red Dragon: More like Silence of the Lambs than Hannibal.
One Hour Photo: Robin Williams is creepy enough, and it does get Simpsons clip bonus points. But the ominosity (tm) of the music and action just doesn't quite get there.
XXX: Fun Gen-X Bond. I'm still not into Xteeem! sportz but in small doses like this (and with a point of some kind) they work. Vin Diesel is a badass, as is Sam Jackson (as always).
Full Frontal: Not to say that this movie is bad, but... The performances are all good, and Nicky Katt is hilarious as Hitler. But the digital video contrasted with the high-quality film-in-a-film just shows the weakness of that medium. And was there a point?
Signs: Don't listen to what everyone else is saying about the plausibility or whatnot. This is an excellent suspense movie. But I am an admitted Shyamalan fanboy.
Changing Lanes: Wow, you don't actually see the whole movie in the preview. Just 60% or so. But it is a very well-made moral quandry, with neither Affleck nor Jackson being the good guy.
No Man's Land: (This is a 2001 movie, but I'm putting the comments here because that's when I saw it.) Good exestintial examination of man's inhumanity to man and the folly of war. It's also pretty funny in a black comedy way. (I'd still pick Amelie of 2001's foreign-language films, but this is not a bad choice.)
Austin Powers in Goldmember: Some hilarious sequences (cameos in the beginning, fountain, subtitles, shadow puppets) make for a fun hour and a half.
Men in Black II: Fun, but short. Best scene is the locker in the train station.
The Bourne Identity: Fun action movie. Damon is much more believable than Affleck was in Sum of All Fears as an action star.
Road to Perdition: Paul Newman is good; the composition is good, with the nice steady long shots, leaving the violence mostly implied.
Minority Report: Good future world. Three outstanding scenes (mall, spiders running through apartment, final phone conversation). The story strays from expectations (for me) about two thirds of the way through, but it's satisfying enough while it's going.
Killer Tattoo: Almost so bad it's good, but not quite. There was some entertaining stuff, like the guy who thinks he's Elvis so will only speak (or listen to) English, but it's really a big mess.
Dark Water: Nice creepy atmosphere, even if characters do break the cardinal horror movie rules. Could have done without the pointless epilogue. Will look into more of this director's work.
The Sum of All Fears: A lot better than I expected. (Nice comment, eh?)
A Cab for Three: SIFF Movie. Well, this was okay, I guess. I didn't really buy the ending, or a lot of the middle, either.
Insomnia: I went in to this knowing nothing other than Al Pacino as a cop was trying to catch Robin Williams as a killer, directed by Memento's Christopher Nolan. So the plot sure was a pleasant surprise, and the moral dilemmas nice. Just a quality film.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones: Well, it was very good looking. And Yoda kicks some ass. But ugh, that dialogue. "I don't like sand, it's rough... not like you, you're smooth!"
Spider-man: This movie was just a fun comic book. JK Simmons as JJJ was spectacular. But nothing else was less than good, so it's well worth it.
Panic Room: Taut and suspenseful, full of neato tracking shots. Some well-needed tension breaks too.
Blade 2: (I never saw the first one, so have no basis of comparison there, sorry. Also, I really liked the previews I saw in front of this movie (it must be Samuel L. Jackson month, he was in three of them.)) Good special effects. Decent enough fight scenes. A little silly plotwise. (Why don't the vampires wear those super-suits they had in Blade's lair when going to the sewers? Those seemed to stop the sunlight, but no they went out in nothing and sun touching their (for instance) pants gave them problems. And then what's-her-name lives through something she probably shouldn't, just to "humanize" Blade. He's too much of a badass to need "humanization".)
We Were Soldiers: The war scenes were almost, but not quite, as brutal as in Black Hawk Down. The pre-war scenes of happy home life were a little longer than necessary. Not much else to say here.
The Time Machine: Nice busy sets and backdrops. Decent effects in the time travel bits. The ending's a little weak.