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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

Skin (2009)

"On-location authenticity lifts poignant debut feature out of pathos and melodrama for a sobering lesson about racism and the dystopian reality of apartheid."

Posted Oct 30, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

2 76%

Killing Kasztner (2009)

"Absorbing untangling of how history judges choices made in extreme circumstances. Scrapes the scab off raw ethical, emotional and political perceptions of WWII heroism."

Posted Oct 24, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

3 38%

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

"The movie avoids the darker aspects of the vampire myth, and like the books, it's more into horror than hormones."

Posted Oct 22, 2009

Kent Turner

4 69%

Hadewijch (2010)

"Lucid and startling"

Posted Oct 12, 2009

Kent Turner

5 81%

Disgrace (2008)

"More convincing as an allegory, but faithful to Coetzee's acerbic, alternative view of S. Africa's future than the usual uplifting themes of reconciliation and forgiveness."

Posted Oct 12, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

6 96%

Sweetgrass (2009)

"Extraordinary piece of visual anthropology that is as beautiful and involving as it is informative about a threatened way of life."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

7 83%

Bright Star (2009)

"Sensitively, slowly explores the interplay between a living, breathing muse and an inspired artist. Quietly makes a Regent-era, circumspect romance palpable."

Posted Oct 9, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

8 62%

To Die Like A Man (2011)

"Despite the hothouse atmosphere or the backstage tantrums and a suicide attempt, [director] Rodrigues lowers the temperature with his slow, steady camera for a flabby 138 minutes."

Posted Oct 3, 2009

Kent Turner

9 88%

At the Edge of the World (2009)

"For a real thrill, be sure to keep your eye out for this one."

Posted Sep 3, 2009

Michael Lee

10 87%

Amreeka (2009)

"Charming, poignant story with 3-dimensional characters as the familiar struggle for economic and cultural survival is updated for Arabs, centered by a zaftig force of nature."

Posted Sep 1, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

11 33%

Tickling Leo (2009)

"In beautifully photographed settings, brings together an excellent cast, which almost overcomes the film's very labored themes, but an unconvincing debut feature."

Posted Sep 1, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

12 55%

La Siciliana Ribelle (The Sicilian Girl) (2010)

"More Cavalleria Rusticana than Gomorra."

Posted Aug 27, 2009

Kent Turner

13 ——

Lezione 21 (Lecture 21) (Lesson 21) (2008)

"A brisk, irreverent music-history lesson by way of Terry Gilliam."

Posted Aug 27, 2009

Kent Turner

14 100%

Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008)

"Sensitively demonstrates how nothing much happening to this idiosyncratic family is the universal story of every family."

Posted Aug 26, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

15 74%

Unmade Beds (2009)

"Exudes an exuberant energy as Dos Santos keeps coming up with different visual styles and sounds, with a terrific soundtrack, to signal the longing for connection."

Posted Aug 25, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

16 88%

Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

"Suspenseful thriller about divided loyalties and tensions of a double agent in his own home, informing on those he has known since childhood, but without political context."

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

17 85%

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008)

"Meticulous and fascinating, this stark look at ideological terrorism within a democracy . . remains gripping because of the three captivating central figures."

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

18 80%

It Might Get Loud (2009)

"[O]nly occasionally turns the volume up beyond fanboy adulation. . [and] the guitar gods never get off their thrones."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

19 90%

Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008)

"Dresen's intimate, naturalistic style is key to how absorbing and convincing. . . are relationships exceptional and rare in a film."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

20 59%

Mutluluk (Bliss) (2009)

"Lovely, swirling cinematography and the novelist's own emotive score help gloss over stereotypes and some clunky melodrama. Realistic touches overall make it satisfying."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

21 87%

Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008)

"[Amidst] corruption and complicity. . .a no-frills male friendship to fight against impossible odds [where] life during wartime is seen as the precursor to postwar noir [yet] stirringly vivid."

Posted Aug 1, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

22 94%

The Cove (2009)

"Overflowing with research and passion, The Cove is an environmental horror story that exceptionally combines brains and beauty."

Posted Aug 1, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

23 94%

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

"Using a dizzying array of clips and revealing interviews, the documentary is very affectionate, entertaining, and informative."

Posted Aug 1, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

24 0%

Tiro en la cabeza (Bullet in the Head) (2008)

"The sudden shock in tone may have another different and unintended effect than the director intended, relief that finally something has happened."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Kent Turner

25 ——

Shuga (Chouga) (2007)

"Chouga never loses control%u2014a performance Lana Turner would be proud of."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Kent Turner

26 86%

Lorna's Silence (2008)

"Lorna's Silence is one of the few films in current release which left me wanting more."

Posted Jul 30, 2009

Kent Turner

27 97%

Du Levande (You, The Living) (2007)

"Andersson's tableaus of the everyday are full of feeling, especially from the women (probably after a drink or two)."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Kent Turner

28 64%

Adam (2009)

"If you're going to be the poster man/child of any disability, you'd want to look like Hugh Dancy."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Kent Turner

29 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"Clever and laugh out loud funny, this hilarious political satire delights at skewering the very human foibles behind undiplomatic diplomacy."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

30 47%

Death in Love (2009)

"Even as the frustrated audience can already see the truths, secrets, and manipulations congeal around the characters, they seem impotent to stop being victims."

Posted Jul 18, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

31 78%

Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) (2009)

"[C]reates complex, three-dimensional men and women, Germans and Russians, who are each victims of political propaganda and the horrors of a brutal, total war."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

32 78%

Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) (2009)

"[Nina Hoss], one of Germany's rising stars, delivers ... the complexity that the film, layered with tangled relationships, seeks."

Posted Jul 16, 2009

Kent Turner

33 96%

Somers Town (2009)

"This modest but amicable tale has more depth and more spirit than many films twice its length."

Posted Jul 14, 2009

Kent Turner

34 93%

Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009)

"Intro to the most famous Jewish mother of the 20th century and the auteur behind her, making a strong case beyond nostalgia for her positive strong image and business acumen."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

35 85%

Soul Power (2009)

"A thrilling time machine that lets you travel to Zaire in 1974 to see legendary performers bringing it all back home."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

36 79%

Humpday (2009)

"Can director Lynn Shelton sustain enough interest building up to the will-they-or-won't-they resolution? Yes, thanks single-handedly to the cast."

Posted Jul 9, 2009

Kent Turner

37 94%

Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008)

"Brilliantly reinvents the autobiography in a glorious multi-media collage that eschews a standard biographical format, even as she incidentally provides facts."

Posted Jul 1, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

38 50%

Chéri (2009)

"If ever there was a role to be cast based solely on looks, it's Colette's Chéri."

Posted Jun 29, 2009

Kent Turner

39 100%

Brighton Rock (1947)

"As brassy, boozy, and blonde entertainer Ida Arnold, [Hermione Baddeley] is a blast of smoky and stale music-hall air."

Posted Jun 28, 2009

Kent Turner

40 100%

Afghan Star (2009)

"Entertaining and pointed, reveals the cultural, political, and social power of an old-fashioned televised talent show in a country where voting is a newfangled notion."

Posted Jun 27, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

41 57%

The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009)

"Fervidly but effectively makes the point how an entire community was complicit in a gruesome to watch honor killing."

Posted Jun 27, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

42 75%

Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009)

"Quiet Chaos jerkily shifts tones, from oddly comic ... to blunt. And by blunt I mean an indiscreet, in-your-face sex scene that turns the viewer from observer to pervy voyeur."

Posted Jun 26, 2009

Kent Turner

43 75%

$9.99 (2008)

"Stop-action animation of painted sculptures creates beautiful, full-bodied characters with bemused sophistication and tender charm, where the odd becomes sweetly normal."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

44 100%

My Neighbor, My KIller (2009)

"An intimate, nuanced and engrossing look at the implementation of an indigenous, grassroots approach to judging man's inhumanity to man."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

45 84%

Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love (2009)

"While the rambling, repetitive look at his life off stage is unevenly edited, his music is gloriously heard and seamlessly presented to an appreciative global audience."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

46 89%

Séraphine (2009)

"Beyond a must for those interested in art and women's history are Moreau's brilliant performance, Brunet's luscious cinematography and Galasso's lovely score."

Posted Jun 10, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

47 ——

Sous les Bombes (Under the Bombs) (2007)

"In extraordinary circumstances with quasi-documentary style, two genuine individuals search through powerful images of a country torn apart by religion, politics and war."

Posted Jun 2, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

48 81%

Okuribito (Departures) (2009)

"Count on the first tear to fall by the 55-minute mark."

Posted May 29, 2009

Kent Turner

49 89%

O' Horten (2007)

"Charming and beautiful looking, but just another mode of transportation for a stubborn old guy lurching through a series of unscheduled stops while finally learning to live."

Posted May 22, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

50 88%

Jerichow (2008)

"The ironic denouement doesn't match the fever pitch of the build up. But . . .the walls of Jerichow fall down just from the heat Fürmann and Hoss generate."

Posted May 16, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

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