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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 38%

Savage Grace (2007)

"[Savage Grace] is like a Vanity Fair article; it's eye candy, with ... a creepy dysfunctional family drama thrown in to give it added value."

Posted Jul 3, 2008

Beverly Berning

2 86%

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

"Watching Gonzo, it's hard to like Thompson much, but even harder not to be dazzled by his talent."

Posted Jul 3, 2008

Harry Chotiner

3 90%

Note by Note: The Making of the Steinway L1037 (2007)

" ... an engrossing film that makes the process of crafting a piano and the people involved come alive."

Posted Jun 28, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

4 67%

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"The whole thing plays like it's been focus-grouped to death, stripped of any real personality of its own."

Posted Jun 13, 2008

Scott Von Doviak

5 50%

Sex and the City (2008)

"Somewhere along the line, the movie version of Sex and the City got too much Botox injected into the script, and all the life was ironed out of it."

Posted Jun 10, 2008

Beverly Berning

6 84%

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2008)

"Scott Hicks' fascinating new film on Philip Glass ... gives an up-close and very personal view of a man who lives completely inside music."

Posted Jun 10, 2008

Michael McDonagh

7 94%

My Winnipeg (2007)

" ... no one else out there makes movies like this, and it has enough highlights that Guy Maddin fans should still seek it out."

Posted Jun 9, 2008

George Wu

8 89%

Aleksandra (Alexandra) (2007)

" ... at times humorous, at times touching, and unfortunately, at times tedious and distancing."

Posted Jun 9, 2008

Beverly Berning

9 78%

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

"Harrison Ford played a passable Indiana Jones, but he seemed to have lost his joie de vivre ... although it is an enjoyable fast-moving adventure movie ... I'd seen it before."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

10 96%

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)

"Bigger, Stronger, Faster is not just an impressive first film, it's an impressive film."

Posted Jun 1, 2008

Harry Chotiner

11 100%

Indestructible (2008)

"... a stirring narrative, a movie of epic dramatic force that holds its own with the best of any major work of cinema."

Posted Jun 1, 2008

Beverly Berning

12 96%

Up the Yangtze (2007)

"In personalizing Mao's gargantuan Three Gorges Dam project, Yung Chang enables us to connect emotionally ... with the millions whose homes and livelihoods have been snatched out from under them ..."

Posted May 27, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

13 72%

Stuck (2008)

"The primordial image of [a woman] driving around with half of a man on her hood invokes titters of discomfort ... But director Stuart Gordon ... hasn't a clue what to do with this story."

Posted May 22, 2008

Harry Chotiner

14 ——

Cranford (2008)

"...based on the entertaining and insightful writings of Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford is simply an all-around pleasure to watch. Don't miss it."

Posted May 22, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

15 ——

Crime Fiction (2008)

"Amidst the suspense and the send-ups on the literary scene, Crime Fiction interestingly explores the questions of reality, fantasy and morality."

Posted May 22, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

16 95%

No End in Sight (2007)

"No End is Sight is the product of a calmly systematic desire for knowledge, and as such, does not offer solutions, only profound insight."

Posted May 18, 2008

Beverly Berning

17 97%

51 Birch Street (2006)

"If it is the objective of a work of art to hold up a mirror to our own lives, then 51 Birch Street, in all its makeshift craftsmanship, is a great work of art."

Posted May 18, 2008

Beverly Berning

18 50%

Then She Found Me (2007)

"Helen Hunt probably could have made this into a delightful little comedy or a thoughtful drama. But the clumsy mixing of those elements makes for an awkward mess."

Posted May 9, 2008

Harry Chotiner

19 ——

Sense And Sensibility (MINI-SERIES) (2008)

"Award winning writer Andrew Davies ... has written an adaption that is largely true to the novel yet shines with new vitality."

Posted Apr 30, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

20 ——

Tudors - The Complete First Season (2008)

" ... an exuberant and engrossing series ... Strong acting, gorgeous sets, beautiful costumes and the fascinating historical period combine to make the series come alive."

Posted Apr 30, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

21 95%

Without the King (2007)

"... the ultimate experience of Skolnik's film is seeing a country that seems about to disappear from the face of the earth."

Posted Apr 27, 2008

Harry Chotiner

22 95%

No End in Sight (2007)

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Posted Apr 21, 2008

23 56%

Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2008)

"Those who find Rumi's wisdom as unknowable as desert sand constantly reshaped by the wind that blows it, will have the same reaction to Bab'Aziz."

Posted Apr 17, 2008

Beverly Berning

24 24%

The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

"With over eight months left in the year, it requires a certain audacity to declare that The Life Before Her Eyes is, and will always be, the absolute worst film of 2008 ..."

Posted Apr 8, 2008

Harry Chotiner

25 89%

The Visitor (2008)

"If McCarthy is the divinity of the universe he creates, its patron saint is Frank Capra ... The primordial truth about Capra's and McCarthy's characters is that if you scratch beneath the surface, just about everyone is decent."

Posted Apr 7, 2008

Harry Chotiner

26 65%

Stop-Loss (2008)

"... if Pierce is going to create a character who has the deep desire ... to resist the military- then she owes it to Brandon to let him be true to himself."

Posted Apr 7, 2008

Harry Chotiner

27 83%

Planet B-Boy (2007)

"After watching this movie, I felt like every nerve ending in my body was shooting sparks. No wonder these boys dedicate their lives to this dance. It's electrifying."

Posted Mar 30, 2008

Beverly Berning

28 59%

Les Chansons d'Amour (Love Songs) (2008)

" ... writer-director Christophe Honoré ... fashions a 14-song musical about love and loss."

Posted Mar 27, 2008

George Wu

29 55%

Married Life (2008)

" ... with its superb cast, its literate screenplay ... and noteworthy direction, [Married Life] is that long overdue adult film we've been waiting for."

Posted Mar 27, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

30 96%

Diva (1981)

"Jean-Jacques Beniex's bold experiment is worth a place of importance in cinematic history."

Posted Mar 22, 2008

Beverly Berning

31 77%

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

" ... a delightful fast-paced romp, full of romance, heart and happy endings."

Posted Mar 22, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

32 77%

Paranoid Park (2007)

"There are certain times in a filmmaker's career when everything comes together in a kind of perfect storm ... For Gus Van Sant, Paranoid Park is that film."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Beverly Berning

33 86%

The Witnesses (Les Temoins) (2007)

"Andre Techine is a master at taking life experiences and stripping them of sentimentality, leaving us with only the bare-bones honesty of relationships and desire."

Posted Mar 3, 2008

Beverly Berning

34 86%

The Witnesses (Les Temoins) (2007)

"André Téchiné is a master at taking life experiences and stripping them of sentimentality, leaving us with only the bare-bones honesty of relationships and desire."

Posted Mar 3, 2008

Michael Wade Simpson

35 82%

In Bruges (2008)

"As a black comedy, In Bruges is a work of comic genius."

Posted Mar 2, 2008

Beverly Berning

36 94%

The Counterfeiters (2007)

"...the powerful, gripping, yet multifaceted and largely true story of The Counterfeiters is a film not to be missed."

Posted Mar 2, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

37 98%

The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) (2007)

"But not for nothing was it nominated for thirteen Israeli Academy Awards, winning eight, including best screenplay, actor, actress, director, and picture."

Posted Mar 2, 2008

Harry Chotiner

38 92%

Caramel (2008)

"Caramel is a warm, funny and compassionate movie that examines five women who are at very different stages in their lives, each one with a particular problem to work out."

Posted Mar 2, 2008

Beverly Berning

39 70%

The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe) (2007)

"Rivette tells the story at a length any other filmmaker would have halved."

Posted Mar 2, 2008

George Wu

40 62%

Diary of the Dead (2007)

"What undermines the movie is a streak of moralizing undercutting the humor that's a vital ingredient to any good zombie flick."

Posted Mar 1, 2008

Pamela Troy

41 81%

Chicago 10 (2008)

"The Signal is not for the squeamish, but the violence is doled out judiciously and interspersed with moments of mordant, truly biting comedy."

Posted Mar 1, 2008

Pamela Troy

42 81%

Chicago 10 (2008)

"Morgen's film suffers from two fatal flaws: prosaic story-telling and political naivete."

Posted Mar 1, 2008

Harry Chotiner

43 35%

Vantage Point (2008)

"Vantage Point is a smart film with a complex plot and lots of action. That's not a typical combination"

Posted Mar 1, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

44 94%

Juno (2007)

"Juno, a smart-mouthed, sweet, well-acted comedy directed by Jason Reitman."

Posted Jan 15, 2008

Sura Wood

45 82%

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

"The story of Charlie Wilson's War makes an engaging and amusing film. Aaron Sorkin's scriptis literate, intelligent, well-written, fast-paced and full of clever and cynical one-liners."

Posted Jan 15, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

46 89%

The Savages (2007)

"The Savages, writer/director Tamara Jenkins's second film, is easily the best comedy of the year."

Posted Jan 15, 2008

Beverly Berning

47 86%

Starting Out in the Evening (2007)

"This is Frank Langella's movie. He's been given a plum of role, and he bites into it with amazing grace and precision."

Posted Jan 14, 2008

Beverly Berning

48 85%

All in This Tea (2007)

"It's another beautiful, sensual film, and another homage to what makes life enjoyable."

Posted Dec 28, 2007

Beverly Berning

49 65%

The Kite Runner (2007)

"This is no experimental tale, but a gripping yarn, and the issues it confronts are complicated ones, with many sides."

Posted Dec 21, 2007

Beverly Berning

50 91%

There Will Be Blood (2007)

"There Will Be Blood has no characters who repay our working to get inside them, and it has no thoughts beyond cliches about our country."

Posted Dec 21, 2007

Harry Chotiner

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