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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

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"Stephen Moran gives an extraordinary performance, completely internalizing a monster of a role."

Posted Apr 24, 2010

Kent Turner

2 100%

Have You Heard from Johannesburg?: Apartheid and the Club of the West (2010)

"Rich detail on the decades of remarkable fortitude and proud persistence of grassroots participants in the global struggle for the fall of apartheid."

Posted Apr 22, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

3 91%

The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010)

"Though well acted and efficiently told, Secret, as a mystery, sorely lacks an ah-ha moment; it could have used an extra twist or two. "

Posted Apr 16, 2010

Kent Turner

4 95%

No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) (2010)

"Fraught experiences of Tehran's underground musical community of frustrated young people--blues, hip hop, crooners, rockers--is barely fictionalized with humorous irony."

Posted Apr 16, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

5 47%

Cartel (2010)

"Forceful diatribe against public education in NJ that sometimes rises to the level of a useful and colorful, if noisy and slanted, case study for the national debate."

Posted Apr 16, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

6 40%

Who Do You Love? (2010)

"Isn't the blues supposed to be cathartic and rock 'n' roll liberating? Recording maestro Chess is too tense and grim, and there are few joyous musical moments."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

7 62%

When You're Strange (2010)

"Striking visuals are essential viewing for any rock 'n' roll historian, let alone a fan of the Doors, but Depp's narration portentously accents every possible cliché."

Posted Apr 11, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

8 52%

The Greatest (2010)

"Emotional realism is captured through small, insightful moments with a stellar cast that lifts it above dealing-with-grief melodrama."

Posted Apr 3, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

9 80%

I Am Love (2010)

"Luca Guadagnino's lopsided film plods along in the first hour then plows through the climax."

Posted Mar 30, 2010

Kent Turner

10 82%

Night Catches Us (2010)

"The star power of natural movie stars Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington lights up and keeps afloat Tanya Hamilton's Night Catches Us"

Posted Mar 30, 2010

Kent Turner

11 75%

Greenberg (2010)

"It is always difficult to care for a film with a central character who is whiney, self-centered, and pathetic. This movie and Greenberg the character are no exception."

Posted Mar 27, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

12 89%

Neil Young Trunk Show (2010)

"Young plays a loose, enthusiastic set that is exuberant for its range and energy. Reeks with the authenticity of a hard-working, grown-up music star who does it his way."

Posted Mar 24, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

13 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

"Barrels beyond a pastiche of classic mysteries by paring down a very exposition-heavy novel into a very visual thriller that doles out the revelations for maximum suspense."

Posted Mar 21, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

14 89%

Law (2000)

"Elegant and sultry, Melina Mercouri transcends the slightly sordid material."

Posted Mar 13, 2010

Kent Turner

15 100%

The King of Escape (2014)

"Like a rowdy, rude houseguest that you'll end up remembering over the well-behaved"

Posted Mar 13, 2010

Kent Turner

16 87%

Welcome (2010)

"As long as the focus is on the taciturn underdog Bilal, the film's involving and not sappy."

Posted Mar 13, 2010

Kent Turner

17 ——

In the Beginning (A l'origine) (2010)

"The exploitation of the hopes of those who have nothing to lose produces the queasiest feeling outside of a horror movie."

Posted Mar 13, 2010

Kent Turner

18 91%

Harlan - Im Schatten von Jud Süss (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Seuss) (2010)

"Thought-provoking context for a notorious film, with fascinating details on Harlan's life and oeuvre, and the complex impact of his work and ignominy on his extended family."

Posted Mar 7, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

19 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"Rahim's star-making performance gives the film some sense of mystery and ambiguity."

Posted Feb 28, 2010

Kent Turner

20 94%

Tales from the Golden Age (2011)

"More often than not, this mixed bag hits its mark, but in two drawn-out stories, the rhythm, not to mention the absurdist plot twists, fall flat."

Posted Feb 21, 2010

Kent Turner

21 43%

Air Doll (Kûki ningyô) (2009)

"Although most of the movie is fantastical and wonderfully perceptive, it's nevertheless deflating to see Nozomi become a latex version of Eleanor Rigby."

Posted Feb 21, 2010

Kent Turner

22 70%

Phyllis and Harold (2010)

"Their very middle-class ordinariness and conventionality makes this an archetypal look beneath the stereotypes of a generation who felt pressured to conform in the suburbs."

Posted Feb 20, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

23 68%

Videocracy (2009)

"Less an indictment than an obvious exposé, Videocracy is foreplay to larger issues, a sideshow to the larger story of Berlusconi's control of the media."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Kent Turner

24 90%

October Country (2009)

"Rare opportunity to hear frankly from a real family recovering from bad choices who have tough decisions to face in a beautiful, chronically economically depressed region."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

25 89%

A Serious Man (2009)

"The Coens' creatively reinterpret the American Jewish experience in a cautionary folk tale with very amusing complications held together by pitch-perfect ensemble and design."

Posted Feb 7, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

26 86%

Red Riding Trilogy ()

"Linked, profanity and violence-filled feast for fans of gritty British mysteries. Vivid characters sink deep into quicksand of guilt and brutality, killers and corruption."

Posted Feb 5, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

27 87%

Off And Running (2010)

"Captures raw emotion of adopted teen grappling with her African-American identity -- happy ever after is subjective in America where race makes everything more complicated."

Posted Jan 29, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

28 23%

Saint John of Las Vegas (2010)

"A dark comedy that drolly tweaks idiosyncratic versions of the American Dream as a hilarious assortment of characters tempt a sad sack gambling addict in the Nevada desert."

Posted Jan 29, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

29 40%

For My Father (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv) (2010)

"Each character's complicated motivations challenge some stereotypes and reinforce others. Immediacy is undercut by formulaic elements, lessening the sense of regret."

Posted Jan 29, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

30 36%

Los Paranoicos (The Paranoids) (2008)

"Most of the time, this Argentinean film's pace and tone fall into a despondent, desultory state"

Posted Jan 27, 2010

Kent Turner

31 100%

Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 ()

"Showcases Cohen's power as a tousled, youthful troubadour and storyteller for fans and those interested in seeing a 1970 moment forever preserved."

Posted Jan 23, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

32 14%

Pop Star on Ice (2009)

"Filmmakers David Barba and James Pellerito have made the best promo for the [Olympic] games (NBC should be thankful)."

Posted Jan 19, 2010

Kent Turner

33 84%

Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) (2010)

"Unusually sensitive look into the hearts of nonconformists in an extremely conforming community as the different risks they take and the choices they make are quite moving."

Posted Jan 19, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

34 97%

Ajami (2010)

"Gripping, gritty tragedy of complex families who cross at the wrong place at the wrong time. Misunderstood intentions and attitudes sadly lead inexorably to violence."

Posted Jan 19, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

35 69%

Life During Wartime (2010)

"Although softer and a wee bit more hopeful than its predecessor, the script is as corrosively caustic, taking familiar potshots at gaudy, sterile suburbia (sorry South Florida and New Jersey)."

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Kent Turner

36 58%

Trash Humpers (2010)

"Never have so many curbside trash containers been violated in the name of art, as well as trees, a mailbox, and a forlorn electric pole."

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Kent Turner

37 94%

A Room and a Half (2009)

" The antithesis of the stiff, plodding biopic, A Room and a Half is the most persuasive film about a writer and his formative world since Before Night Falls."

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Kent Turner

38 93%

Lourdes (2010)

"Luminous"

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Kent Turner

39 95%

Mary and Max (2009)

"Mary and Max share loneliness, souvenirs, and a cock-eyed optimism to survive their two eccentric claymation, stop-action animation worlds on their own colorful terms."

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

40 85%

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

"Filmed through tear gas and broken glass, Edel graphically depict the horrific violence (the group was responsible for nearly 30 deaths) while equally layering in substance."

Posted Jan 10, 2010

Kent Turner

41 79%

Waiting for Armageddon (2010)

"Seems to think it's a new revelation about the last days for the Rest of Us if the visions of Christian evangelicals come true, and how they influence Mideast policy."

Posted Jan 8, 2010

Nora Lee Mandel

42 82%

Broken Embraces (2009)

"Almodóvar enthuses Broken Embraces with the love of movies and moviemaking."

Posted Dec 19, 2009

Kent Turner

43 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"Another awards season, another tale of middle-age redemption."

Posted Dec 19, 2009

Kent Turner

44 37%

Nine (2009)

"There's nothing mundane, at least visually, about the film. Bombarded with fast-cut images, the eye doesn't rest for a moment."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Kent Turner

45 88%

La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris (2009)

"Wiseman is precise, revealing to the viewer exactly what he wants you to see, in sync with the company's cautious administration."

Posted Dec 8, 2009

Kent Turner

46 85%

Me and Orson Welles (2009)

"Linklater doesn't give his cast the extra shot of adrenaline it badly needs%u2014the direction to pick up the pace."

Posted Dec 8, 2009

Kent Turner

47 24%

Serious Moonlight (2009)

"Small indie that has all the ingredients of a typical Hollywood Meg Ryan romantic comedy from the 1990s, including Meg Ryan, but lacks the spark of the best of her genre."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

48 63%

Brothers (2009)

"A sympathetic case study of PTSD, but seems to be solved by an embrace. The histrionics keep it short of the effectiveness of more restrained war-at-home message dramas."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

49 60%

Loot (2009)

"Patient as-it-happens direction intertwines two startling stories of how treasures were obtained and hidden with the horrors of war experienced by then-young soldiers."

Posted Dec 6, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

50 ——

The Necessities of Life (2009)

"Combines poignancy with realism for a touching yet not overly sentimental exploration of an Inuit man and boy's deep need for family and tradition in a Quebec TB ward."

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

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