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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 67%

On connaît la chanson, (Same Old Song ) (1999)

"Sublime work from an old but still innovative French New Waver."

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

2 38%

Zombie Strippers (2008)

"Zombie Strippers is hands - and arms, legs, feet and any other dismembered body part you have laying around - down the best comedy so far this year."

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

3 51%

Nim's Island (2008)

"I haven't felt this embarrassed for a star since Robert DeNiro donned a tutu and did the can-can in Stardust."

Posted Apr 7, 2008

Beth Accomando

4 40%

The Grand (2008)

"The new film The Grand should have been called Werner Herzog Steals the Show because that's precisely what he does in this mockumentary about a poker tournament."

Posted Apr 7, 2008

Beth Accomando

5 48%

The Ruins (2008)

"To sum up The Ruins, I'll quote one of the characters: "This is so not okay.""

Posted Apr 4, 2008

Beth Accomando

6 89%

Fighting for Life (2008)

"Sanders provides a rare glimpse into the world of the doctors and nurses tasked with saving lives in difficult circumstances. You cannot leave Fighting for Life without a deep sense of respect for the medical personnel and the patients."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Beth Accomando

7 65%

Stop-Loss (2008)

"If Gordon-Levitt (who's delivered stellar performances in Mysterious Skin and The Lookout) had been moved up from his supporting role to the lead, the film would improve considerably."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Beth Accomando

8 83%

Planet B-Boy (2007)

"So while I might complain about some of Lee's filmmaking choices, I feel nothing but wonder and delight at seeing these dancers excel at something they love so passionately."

Posted Mar 28, 2008

Beth Accomando

9 72%

Under the Same Moon (2008)

"Embracing this film will depend on whether its charms triumph over its contrivances. I left impressed by the performances but disappointed by the film as a whole."

Posted Mar 26, 2008

Beth Accomando

10 77%

Paranoid Park (2007)

"If you are planning to shoot a visual poem, there is no one better to have on hand than cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Doyle knows how to find seduction and romance anywhere."

Posted Mar 26, 2008

Beth Accomando

11 76%

Time to Leave (Le Temps Qui Reste) (2006)

"It's noteworthy for the performances of Melvil Poupard as Romaine and Jeanne Moreau as the grandmother-two people facing their own mortality, and trying to exit this world with grace and dignity."

Posted Mar 26, 2008

Beth Accomando

12 70%

Heading South (2006)

"It also boasts another rich performance by Charlotte Rampling who continues to grow more interesting as an actress."

Posted Mar 26, 2008

Beth Accomando

13 7%

Shutter (2008)

"The choice of a Japanese director and a number of key Japanese crew seems to have helped make this American remake a notch better than the other atrocious remakes such as One Missed Call, Pulse and The Eye."

Posted Mar 21, 2008

Beth Accomando

14 ——

El Carnaval de Sodoma (Crazy Carnival) (2009)

"The film doesn't cover any new terrain for Ripstein -- which some may complain about - but its terrain that he knows well."

Posted Mar 17, 2008

Beth Accomando

15 79%

The Bank Job (2008)

"Knowing that something as outrageous as this could be true does give the film some added spice."

Posted Mar 12, 2008

Beth Accomando

16 8%

10,000 B.C. (2008)

"...lovesick prehistoric man traverses the globe to rescue the woman he loves."

Posted Mar 12, 2008

Beth Accomando

17 94%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"I have always found that the Coens' films get better with each viewing so I suggest giving the film another shot if you felt frustrated by the ending."

Posted Mar 12, 2008

Beth Accomando

18 94%

The Counterfeiters (2007)

"Making a film about the Holocaust but using a very specific and personal story is what makes The Counterfeiters stand out. It's the specifics of Sorowitsch's story that rivet us."

Posted Mar 12, 2008

Beth Accomando

19 ——

La Nave de los Monstruos (The Ship of Monsters) (1960)

"You'll find deliciously low budget sets Ed Wood would die for; a know-it-all robot; babes in bathing suit space uniforms; and a refreshing Mexican take on American sci-fi conventions."

Posted Mar 10, 2008

Beth Accomando

20 78%

Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

"Bollywood films, more than films from anywhere else in the world, harken back to the heyday of the Hollywood studio star system with all the glamour and gloss that goes with that."

Posted Mar 6, 2008

Beth Accomando

21 91%

Alice's House (A Casa de Alice) (2008)

"Teixeira brings his camera into her home and quietly records the details of her daily life. The result is a carefully observed film about one woman's growing dissatisfaction."

Posted Mar 5, 2008

Beth Accomando

22 35%

Vantage Point (2008)

"I might almost sit through the crappy storytelling one more time just to see the car chases. These are the kind car chases that Stuntman Mike from Death Proof might be able to appreciate"

Posted Mar 1, 2008

Beth Accomando

23 57%

The Signal (2008)

"The Signal reveals killer horrors skills on the part of Bruckner, and to a lesser extent of Gentry and Bush. So if you don't mind a film that starts strong and finishes weak, check it out."

Posted Mar 1, 2008

Beth Accomando

24 76%

Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) (2007)

"What becomes interesting is how Ace and Wallace, who have managed to stay outside the violence for the most part, start to get pulled in once they uncover information about their fathers."

Posted Mar 1, 2008

Beth Accomando

25 98%

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

"The film succeeds because of the nuanced performances of its superb cast, and because of Kolirin's witty visual compositions."

Posted Mar 1, 2008

Beth Accomando

26 42%

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

"The Other Boleyn Girl turns British history into a chick flick soaper with high production values and A-list actors."

Posted Mar 1, 2008

Beth Accomando

27 56%

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

"Like its main character, Charlie Bartlett tries so hard to win us over that it practically bursts a celluloid vein in the process...Yet you can't deny that they both have impressive energy."

Posted Feb 23, 2008

Beth Accomando

28 96%

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

"His film unfolds with a graceful realism, as if he just happened to catch life unfolding for these two desperate women. His film never hits a false note..."

Posted Feb 23, 2008

Beth Accomando

29 22%

The Eye (2008)

"Moreau and Palud decide to trade in the creepy, atmospheric style of the Pang Brothers for a more amped up Hollywood approach...it fails to distinguish itself either as a remake or on its own terms as a horror film."

Posted Feb 17, 2008

Beth Accomando

30 58%

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008)

"Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show is a modest documentary that provides a good showcase for these four comedians."

Posted Feb 17, 2008

Beth Accomando

31 82%

In Bruges (2008)

"McDonagh shines more as a writer than director but he displays a fresh, darkly comic take on life that's quite welcome."

Posted Feb 17, 2008

Beth Accomando

32 100%

Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

"Gibney's film proves a cogent document that people need to see because there seems to be a willingness to accept the current policies without really thinking about what that means... Gibney's film asks us to think and to question."

Posted Feb 17, 2008

Beth Accomando

33 70%

Definitely, Maybe (2008)

"There's a refreshing adult quality in the film that kicks the film a notch above the rest of the romantic and comic fare currently available."

Posted Feb 17, 2008

Beth Accomando

34 16%

Jumper (2008)

"Jumper is so bad that it might be useful in film classes to show students what not to do."

Posted Feb 17, 2008

Beth Accomando

35 96%

Let's Get Lost (1989)

"Weber's documentary serves up an exquisite fusion of filmmaking style and subject matter to serve up a film that captures the essence of cool."

Posted Feb 17, 2008

Beth Accomando

36 80%

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

"Waters does ground his film in the real world, and more importantly he creates a real sense of the family dynamics before Jared opens the door to the world of goblins and woodland creatures."

Posted Feb 17, 2008

Beth Accomando

37 62%

Diary of the Dead (2007)

"In just the opening minutes, Romero reveals more filmmaking smarts than most horror films display in two hours."

Posted Feb 17, 2008

Beth Accomando

38 99%

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

"The film moves with such joy, humor and fluidity that you can't help getting swept up in the frenzied action."

Posted Feb 3, 2008

Beth Accomando

39 96%

Nanking (2007)

"Nanking is a sometimes clumsy and sometimes artistically flawed documentary but in the end it presents a powerful account of what happened in Nanking at the end of 1937 and beginning of 1938."

Posted Feb 3, 2008

Beth Accomando

40 37%

Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008)

"This film is like a bull in a China shop -- it just keeps charging forward, destroying everything in its path."

Posted Feb 3, 2008

Beth Accomando

41 57%

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)

"The film aims low but it keeps hitting its mark with hilarious accuracy. The bottom line for a comedy is, does it make you laugh? This one does."

Posted Feb 3, 2008

Beth Accomando

42 ——

Hong Kil Dong ()

"I find it fascinating to get this window into North Korea... Seeing these North Korean films you realize that we have more than we might have imagined in common despite the vast political and sometimes cultural differences."

Posted Jan 30, 2008

Beth Accomando

43 96%

Persepolis (2007)

"The characters are so rich and so human that they transcend the simple animation.The vocal performances also help give the film universal appeal."

Posted Jan 29, 2008

Beth Accomando

44 28%

The Game Plan (2007)

"It's dumb but you know exactly what you are getting into from the very beginning... so you only have yourself to blame if you watch this and feel ripped off."

Posted Jan 29, 2008

Beth Accomando

45 83%

Peppermint Candy (Bakha satang) (2000)

"The film offers a heartbreaking drama told in reverse chronology and spanning twenty years in both the life of the main character and the political history of Korea."

Posted Jan 29, 2008

Beth Accomando

46 86%

Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005)

"The film reveals the penchant of South Korea filmmakers to mix every genre imaginable into one film. This one blends goofy comedy, war drama, tragedy, action and social commentary for a highly entertaining ride."

Posted Jan 29, 2008

Beth Accomando

47 92%

U2 3D (2007)

"Now if they could just pipe in the smell of sweat, pot and beer, it would be exactly like going to a concert."

Posted Jan 29, 2008

Beth Accomando

48 16%

Untraceable (2008)

"Imagine Hostel with a CSI twist and done for the Oxygen network crowd, and you'll have an idea of what Untraceable is like."

Posted Jan 29, 2008

Beth Accomando

49 77%

Cloverfield (2008)

"After seeing Cloverfield, I was so frustrated and disappointed that I felt like I needed a palate cleanser. I wanted to immediately go home and watch South Korea's The Host."

Posted Jan 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

50 93%

Gwoemul (The Host) (2007)

"Imagine Little Miss Sunshine and Alien mixed together and you'll have an inkling of what South Korea's The Host has in store for you."

Posted Jan 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

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