Los Angeles CityBeat

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 36%

The Lucky Ones (2008)

"... captures the manner in which both the smallest and largest events on a road trip can build a sense of camaraderie among three strangers with very little in common."

Posted Feb 26, 2010

Andy Klein

2 100%

Street Fight (2005)

""...completely gripping and enraging.""

Posted Jan 19, 2009

Andy Klein

3 58%

Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2006)

"...better than most of our domestic product..."

Posted Jan 19, 2009

Andy Klein

4 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

"Despite its length and expansive pace, it's never dull. And, despite the dubiousness of its stabs at being "meaningful," it still leaves you with more than most mega-productions."

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Andy Klein

5 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

"[T]here's nothing here to draw us in -- nothing particularly interesting or engaging about the stories or the characters."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Andy Klein

6 80%

Nothing But the Truth (2008)

"Lurie's style has grown increasingly fluid, and the players (especially Farmiga) deliver, but he tosses everything away with the last twist."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Andy Klein

7 34%

Adam Resurrected (2008)

"It seems to have been written in a tone of magical realism, but the director is Paul Schrader, a filmmaker who has many talents, but no feel for whimsy, let alone magic."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Andy Klein

8 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"... handily his best leading performance in years ... possibly ever .... Director Aronofsky ... plays it straight, giving us a clear, linear narrative, interrupted only by one intercut flashback. The step away from pyrotechnics becomes him."

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Andy Klein

9 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"[It gives] Eastwood a chance to be funnier than he's been in a long time."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Andy Klein

10 87%

Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes) (2007)

"A witty, well-made addition to the [time travel] subgenre."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Andy Klein

11 78%

Doubt (2008)

"Shanley [opens] up his four-character original enough to make it more cinematic without destroying the claustrophobic air of the characters' school-bound, almost medieval, world."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Andy Klein

12 21%

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

"Gort the robot looks the same but is ten times bigger and a tenth as interesting -- a good metaphor for the whole project."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Andy Klein

13 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Howard and Morgan are able to structure a series of largely mundane events for maximum suspense."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Andy Klein

14 94%

Milk (2008)

"[Later] you realize that [Penn] doesn't innately look that much like Milk -- which is a sign of how terrific his performance is. Josh Brolin is no less perfect as White..."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Andy Klein

15 37%

Transporter 3 (2008)

"For the most part, the fights and chases are as implausible as the story, but there's an extraordinarily clever escape-from-certain-death bit about 20 minutes from the end that I don't think I've ever seen before."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Andy Klein

16 57%

The Dukes (2007)

"Between the performances and the nice visual style, the whole feels greater than the sum of its plot points."

Posted Nov 20, 2008

Andy Klein

17 86%

Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008)

"Once the connections become clear, however, this often bitter story almost becomes a thriller, as we fear the next outburst or revelation and its aftermath."

Posted Nov 17, 2008

Andy Klein

18 ——

Bohica (2008)

"Director D.J. Paul and screenwriter Joseph "Bo" Colen don't bring much new to the notion of boredom being the toughest part of war."

Posted Nov 17, 2008

Andy Klein

19 14%

The Alphabet Killer (2008)

"...a big problem is the preposterousness of the mystery's solution..."

Posted Nov 17, 2008

Andy Klein

20 64%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"[Craig] seems rigidified, with no more inner life than a mechanical action figure."

Posted Nov 15, 2008

Andy Klein

21 44%

Soul Men (2008)

"This may not be a great movie, but I still couldn't help falling in love with it."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

22 76%

Captain Abu Raed (2007)

"Nadim Sawalha gives a terrific performance, subtle and complex, and most effective when the camera simply lingers on his face."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

23 64%

Loins of Punjab Presents (2007)

"The most obvious model for this sweet, low-budget production is Christopher Guest's Best in Show ... except with desis instead of doggies."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

24 63%

Changeling (2008)

"Both the best qualities and worst flaws in Changeling have been evident in Eastwood's work for some time now."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

25 73%

Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) (2007)

"All except di Sciullo's are beautifully drawn, in a variety of distinct styles."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

26 68%

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

"It's really quite brilliant. But it's also so difficult and so emotionally downbeat that it's hard to characterize it as "entertaining.""

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

27 38%

Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)

"... an uninspired rearrangement of familiar elements, with little emotional force to justify the entire project."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

28 93%

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

"One of Leigh's most upbeat films, as well as one of the best."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

29 80%

Ashes of Time Redux (2008)

"... magnificent on a purely sensual level ... The new version is shorter by about ten minutes and is divided by chapter headings, which make the film slightly less confusing."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

30 59%

W. (2008)

"... while not the ideological lambasting many probably expected, it's nonetheless not a portrait the subject himself would find flattering."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

31 11%

An American Carol (2008)

"... the jokes are lame and the caricatures too removed from any defensible reality."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

32 69%

Religulous (2008)

"... while he tries not to look snarky, his comic impulse sometimes overwhelms him."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

33 85%

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"... perfectly calibrates the gradual revealing of the family dynamics, while dragging you through a gamut of strong emotions -- not necessarily the most enjoyable experience."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

34 92%

Obscene (2008)

"... a justified tribute to [Barney] Rosset, who in his mid-80s is still feisty, with a refreshingly lighthearted attitude toward all he accomplished."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

35 36%

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

"... slickly constructed and frequently funny."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

36 54%

Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert (2008)

"The whole thing is like an HBO comedy special -- Allah made these guys pretty funny -- and it's hard to see why it's getting theatrical release."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

37 34%

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

"It might have been easily trimmed by a half hour, which is a shame, because there are so many good moments buried in there -- a proverbial two-hour movie struggling to get out."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

38 19%

Righteous Kill (2008)

"Russell Gewirtz's script is built around a trick, one that is simultaneously too clever by half and not clever at all (which itself is quite a trick)."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

39 45%

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

"Lakeview Terrace is well enough made to partly overcome my general distaste for films ... that are unpleasant, yet without catharsis or edification"

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

40 55%

Sukiyaki Western Django (2008)

"... for all its virtues, Sukiyaki Western Django is a one-gimmick film that eventually wears out its welcome."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

41 54%

What Women Want (2001)

"English's attempts to fit The Women into a modern setting are intelligent, but that, unfortunately, does not suffice, because the film is so limp in so many other ways."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

42 48%

Towelhead (2007)

"Ball drops the poisonous little voodoo dolls he mistakes for characters into a ... realistic environment, as though that will somehow render his story more "serious.""

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

43 78%

Burn After Reading (2008)

"Even though Burn After Reading is often funny, it rarely achieves either the hilarity of Intolerable Cruelty or the iconic goofiness of The Big Lebowski."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

44 80%

Un Secret (A Secret) (2008)

"Miller and his excellent cast create characters whom we can understand and even empathize with, even as they commit horrible breaches of faith."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

45 66%

Ping Pong Playa (2007)

"Ace documentarian Jessica Yu's fictional feature debut ... is mostly funny and often cute, but it suffers a bit in comparison to the very similar Foot Fist Way ..."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

46 74%

La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008)

"Chabrol does his best work in the thriller genre, but he seems colder and frankly humorless when he works with real-life stories [as he does here]."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

47 63%

Traitor (2008)

"For most of its length, Traitor is a serious and suspense-filled film ... But as the movie approaches its climax, the plot goes crazy -- and [not] in a good way."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

48 83%

Tropic Thunder (2008)

"Stiller is terrific, and Downey is somewhat better than terrific -- inspired. ... Tropic Thunder really is hysterical; and it even manages, now and then, to surprise."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

49 62%

Hamlet 2 (2008)

"Coogan is a master at playing jerks, but Dana is too silly, too stupid, and too unappealing to enlist us on his side."

Posted Nov 12, 2008

Andy Klein

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