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4/4 82% The Unknown Known (2014) " Morris doesn't "break" Rumsfeld, as some think he did McNamara. He has held a mirror up to the man, and found no reflection. The viewer simply has to realize that what's important is what's not there." — Newsday
Posted Apr 11, 2014
100% Blue Blood " One of the better sports movies in recent memory, Blue Blood is a counteragent to the era of the steroid-shooting superhero, a film that puts athletics back in perspective, and on a human scale." — Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel do a lot with what they have -- but they also had a lot to work with." — Newsday
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/4 82% Rob the Mob (2014) " As Tommy and Rosie, Pitt and Arianda are just the right kind of nuts, the right kind of dumb, the right kind of desperate and the right kind of in love to make it all go down like pie." — Newsday
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " Warm, and warmly predictable." — Newsday
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 47% Blood Ties (2014) " Intriguing performances, and a sense of '70s American cinema that seems to have been preserved in a lava lamp." — Newsday
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 95% Child's Pose (2014) " Perversely engrossing thanks to Gheorghiu's performance as the queen of denial." — Newsday
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/4 79% On My Way (2014) " A handsome vehicle for Denueve, who drives it with elegant sanfroid." — Newsday
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 81% Grand Piano (2014) " Preposterous, but much anxious fun." — Newsday
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 43% The Face of Love (2014) " A weak-tea version of "Vertigo" in which contrivances abound." — Newsday
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 45% The Art of the Steal (2014) " Snappy, clever, broadly comedic and too obvious for words, of which there are many." — Newsday
Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/4 97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " Murmelstein addresses Lanzmann's skepticism and questions with earnestness, passion and -- as if the rest of it wasn't troubling enough -- what seems like total recall." — Newsday
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/4 79% Bethlehem (2014) " "Bethlehem" is about the Arab-Israeli struggle, naturally, but finds its real emotional heat in the internecine conflicts that keep an insurgency raging and a people off-balance." — Newsday
Posted Mar 6, 2014
4/4 89% Omar (2014) " "Omar" is a real thriller, a snake pit of plot twists, in which the perspectives shift, destinations change and the moral universe spins and sways." — Newsday
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2.5/4 63% Generation War (2014) " Certainly entertaining, possibly art, not always convincing but most assuredly a soap." — Newsday
Posted Feb 13, 2014
C 68% American Promise (2013) " A misbegotten project, as well as a missed opportunity." — Newsday
Posted Feb 3, 2014
3.5/4 85% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " Wry, funny and wise, like most of the work of Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda." — Newsday
Posted Jan 30, 2014
4/4 99% Gloria (2014) " The message, if one needs to look for one, is that the course of romance is no smoother at 50 than it is at 15, when heedlessness is an advantage to plunging into love." — Newsday
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3.5/4 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " Gibney took a film that was supposed to be about the resurrection of a sports star and turned it into an epic indictment of one man and an entire culture. The lesson is obvious: Never throw anything out." — Newsday
Posted Nov 21, 2013
4/4 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " Sorrentino's juxtaposition of contemporary Roman indulgence and the Eternal City's place in history's imagination makes for a bittersweet epic in which a solitary character, Jep, stands in for the director, and us, and experiences an epiphany." — Newsday
Posted Nov 21, 2013
69% Almost Human: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Some of the life forms in Almost Human are artificial. The intelligence is genuine. " — Wall Street Journal
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 64% 12-12-12 (2013) " Good-natured, upbeat, pretty predictable account of a concert cast with a lot of the usual suspects." — Newsday
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/4 57% Capital (2013) " Director Costa-Gavras takes a vaguely facetious tone toward the evils of global finance, which he concludes is a game for gluttonous boys." — Newsday
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/4 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " The more wondrous things about "Blue Is the Warmest Color" include its emotional honesty, precision, abandon and need." — Newsday
Posted Nov 1, 2013
1/4 8% Diana (2013) " One wants to say "too soon," but 150 years would be too soon for Oliver Hirschbiegel's close-to-comedic treatment of the princess' last chance at happiness." — Newsday
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2/4 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Alternately trashy and teary, marginally funny, occasionally cringe-inducing." — Newsday
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1.5/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " None of it is convincing in the least." — Newsday
Posted Oct 31, 2013
4/4 92% A Touch of Sin (2013) " In addressing the two-pronged beast of westernization / corruption, Jia gives us a multipronged and engrossing set of plots." — Newsday
Posted Oct 17, 2013
100% Gideon's Army (2013) " Like the film itself, Porter's handful of devoted, charismatic attorneys do a righteous job of reminding people that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, and that the criminal justice system seems otherwise disposed." — Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " The lovers provide no palpable passion. And without that, there is very much woe. But not much point." — Newsday
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/4 50% A.C.O.D. (2013) " A syndrome that may provide food for thought but not a lot of laughs." — Newsday
Posted Oct 10, 2013
90% Attack the Block (2011) " Attack the Block is essentially an action thriller and as such is effective." — Newsday
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3/4 48% Zaytoun (2013) " A trek that is occasionally very unlikely, but moving nonetheless." — Newsday
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/4 99% Wadjda (2013) " Al-Mansour seems out to make a movie that works in America. Which is likely a savvy move, since it seems unlikely she's going to get much traction back home." — Newsday
Posted Oct 3, 2013
48% Zaytoun (2013) " Given how much Zaytoun follows the playbook, the pic's portentous ending is extraordinarily subtle, and will resonate best with those who know the history of the region." — Variety
Posted Sep 23, 2013
3.5/4 83% Blue Caprice (2013) " The entire movie is an experiment in disturbance -- that of the characters, as well as the audience. The results are nerve-racking, and resonant." — Newsday
Posted Sep 19, 2013
1.5/4 35% Salinger (2013) " Cataloging what's missing from Salerno's movie -- for instance, why "The Catcher in the Rye" worked, or didn't, and what it meant and still means to the American novel -- would run into the sports section." — Newsday
Posted Sep 19, 2013
93% Mother Of George (2013) " The imagery in Mr. Dosunmu's film is consistently surprising and lush. Even the straight-ahead portraits of his characters, used as emotional caesuras, are rich in colors and textures. But he's a storyteller, too ..." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 12, 2013
35% Salinger (2013) " "Salinger" is all surface." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 12, 2013
83% Blue Caprice (2013) " Viewers may crave more anatomy of murder, but unlike Mr. Muhammad, Mr. Moors isn't on a mission. What he and his actors are interested in is character." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2.5/4 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " The story doesn't hold together, but Hahn and Temple are terrific." — Newsday
Posted Sep 12, 2013
45% And While We Were Here (2013) " An homage to neorealism, the French New Wave and the cinematic power of faces, as well as a lark of sorts for Coiro and Bosworth after their collaboration on Life Happens." — Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3.5/4 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " Tender, funny and real as a kick in the ribs." — Newsday
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2/5 31% Adore (2013) " The film has an impressive pedigree -- screenplay by Christopher Hampton, from a novel by Nobel laureate Doris Lessing -- but still feels like something of a bodice-ripper, if people bothered to wear that much clothing." — Newsday
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2.5/4 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " "The Grandmaster" is the work of a director whose work throughout his career has been visually exhilarating, sensuous, even sublime. To that end, "The Grandmaster" doesn't disappoint." — Newsday
Posted Aug 29, 2013
79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " A repository of fugitive Americana that's substantial and satisfying." — Newsday
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2/4 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " "Lee Daniels' The Butler" might have been titled "Lee Daniels' Forrest Gump" - its hero challenged morally rather than mentally, but watching history in Gumpian fashion, as a series of cameos viewed through a slightly clueless daze." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 15, 2013
55% I Give It a Year (2013) " It's rather close to excruciating." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 8, 2013
54% Lovelace (2013) " With the exception of good-natured porn vet Harry Reems (Adam Brody), everyone here is out to tear a piece off Linda Lovelace, whoever she was: Messrs. Epstein and Friedman don't really get to what made her tick, although one can guess." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 8, 2013
68% Elysium (2013) " Mr. Damon brings both a weary optimism and convincing physicality to Max, who is no revolutionary. He just wants to live, and is willing to don an exoskeletal combat suit and fight robots to do it." — Wall Street Journal
Posted Aug 8, 2013
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