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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 ——

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

3 81%

Okuribito (Departures) (2009)

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

Posted May 29, 2009

Kent Turner

4 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

5 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

6 61%

Adoration (2008)

"After arty flashbacks and brouhaha around larger social issues, slowly, quietly comes down to one family touchingly healing. Fine acting surmounts didactic plot construction."

Posted May 9, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

7 78%

Outrage (2009)

"This is gotcha journalism at its most insistent."

Posted May 8, 2009

Kent Turner

8 79%

Throw Down Your Heart (2008)

"Fleck speaks more with his fingers than in conversation, and the pure musician-to-musician communications joyfully cross language barriers and instrument differences."

Posted May 5, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

9 77%

Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008)

"Tells an old-fashioned, melodramatic story, but director Nuri Bilge Ceylan does so vividly. . . A moral morass is a bit overwrought, but is revealed through visual poetry."

Posted May 5, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

10 50%

El Nido Vacío (Empty Nest) (2008)

"A leisurely, genial look at a man escaping from his insecurities into a surreal fantasy life, keeping the audience guessing what is real, until he floats into maturity."

Posted May 5, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

11 95%

Hofshat Kaits (My Father My Lord) (2008)

"Overemphasizes the parents' rigidities in detailed portrait of Ultra-Orthodox, but this family is three-dimensionally human through beautiful hand-held cinematography."

Posted Apr 20, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

12 92%

Etz Limon (Lemon Tree) (2009)

"Abbass's striking performance dominates. As pointed as the sometimes exaggerated situations are, film shines in visual interactions that bypass verbal miscommunications."

Posted Apr 20, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

13 12%

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2009)

"Sarsgaard revels in a character who attracts all eyes and mouths, but the narration is too much of an explanatory crutch to parse the roundelay of identity exploration."

Posted Apr 11, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

14 98%

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

"Impossible not to get caught up in their boundless optimism, which seems to counter metal's nihilism. . .as the relationships are much more important . . .than the music."

Posted Apr 11, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

15 98%

Avaze gonjeshk-ha (The Song of Sparrows) (2009)

"The story is so well told that the symbolism supports rather than sustains the plot."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Kent Turner

16 62%

Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009)

"Without a touch of irony, Paris 36's forthrightly corny."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Kent Turner

17 62%

Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009)

"Sentimental and hummable. . .delightful original music, gorgeous cinematography, and fun choreography and production design pay tribute to a wide variety of movie musicals."

Posted Apr 1, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

18 56%

Enlighten Up! (2009)

"Entertaining but superficial tour %u2014it never substantively differentiates the myriad of yoga options breezily presented."

Posted Apr 1, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

19 96%

Tulpan (2009)

"Poignantly captures a society at the hinge of change, where the beauty of the rugged environment and the pride of fulfilling traditions compete with the pull of the city."

Posted Apr 1, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

20 83%

We Live in Public (2009)

"The film has a train-wreck fascination about it."

Posted Mar 30, 2009

Kent Turner

21 93%

Harmony and Me (2009)

"It may be true that every generation deserves its droll slacker comedy. But every five years?"

Posted Mar 30, 2009

Kent Turner

22 87%

Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) (2009)

"A charmer that's a sleeper in the making"

Posted Mar 30, 2009

Kent Turner

23 81%

Louise-Michel (2008)

"In its funniest moments, the film displays the delicate timing of the best silent comedies."

Posted Mar 30, 2009

Kent Turner

24 70%

Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)

"Guest's focus on Sherman and her work is [the film's] strength, providing an in-depth and revealing glimpse of one of the most celebrated artists in the world,"

Posted Mar 30, 2009

Kent Turner

25 34%

The Edge of Love (2008)

"Though very uneven in style and focus . . . the fraught complications among the foursome raise universal issues of freewheeling young love and friendship during wartime."

Posted Mar 22, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

26 90%

Carmen and Geoffrey (2009)

"Extraordinary film clips are must-sees for any dance fan and emphasize the extraordinary breadth of their artistry."

Posted Mar 20, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

27 48%

La Fille de Monaco (The Girl from Monaco) (2009)

"If a man had directed The Girl from Monaco, this erstwhile comedy would be labeled misogynistic -- a charge that would stick."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Kent Turner

28 88%

Inspector Bellamy (2010)

"Claude Chabrol's disappointing tribute to Georges Simenon and Agatha Christie ... is a pale follow-up to his baroque A Girl Cut in Two."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Kent Turner

29 ——

Apprenti ()

"Lead Mathieu Bulle, an actual agricultural student, stands out among the cast of nonprofessional actors and is completely accessible -- well, as much as an emotionally guarded teenage boy can be."

Posted Mar 18, 2009

Kent Turner

30 77%

Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009)

"Awash with celebrity, the documentary is a rubbernecker's delight."

Posted Mar 17, 2009

Kent Turner

31 79%

The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER) (2010)

"Téchiné's unsettling The Girl on the Train is his best film in years and already one of 2009's highlights, freely inspired by a sensational real-life media furor."

Posted Mar 16, 2009

Kent Turner

32 82%

Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort) (2010)

"Director Jean-François Richet (Assault on Precinct 13) is proof that Luc Besson is not the only French filmmaker taking his cues from an American playbook."

Posted Mar 10, 2009

Kent Turner

33 59%

Phoebe in Wonderland (2009)

"Despite slow pacing and stretches of clunky dialogue, it is visually imaginative, frank and sensitive as it avoids being another tearjerker about children who are different."

Posted Mar 8, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

34 91%

Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009)

"Vividly brings to life a woman's point of view from the past, despite continual victimization frustrating to keep watching with her intermittent respites through photography."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

35 96%

Fados (2009)

"Magically, not a traditional tour of the sweet home of fados. . . though some repeated projections become precious, clearly places fados in the world music pantheon."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

36 15%

The Tiger's Tail (2006)

"The world recession has made this suspenseful film bitingly relevant beyond the local problems of the maiming of "The Celtic Tiger.""

Posted Feb 21, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

37 83%

Paradise (2009)

"Long afterwards, Almereyda's images will haunt your perceptions of everyday life, let alone make you squirm at anyone else's vacation movies in comparison."

Posted Feb 21, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

38 90%

Must Read After My Death (2007)

"One of the most sympathetic and revealing portraits of a suburban woman in crisis ever made in any medium."

Posted Feb 21, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

39 92%

Katyn (2009)

"With exceptional commitment and artistry, Wajda's politically engaged filmmaking vividly brings Poland's tortured travails through the 20th century to the world's attention."

Posted Feb 18, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

40 90%

Coraline (2009)

"Because Selick remains true to the novel's spirit, the film rises far above being a mere novelty."

Posted Feb 17, 2009

Kent Turner

41 76%

Our City Dreams (2008)

"Intimate opportunity to see successful women navigate the art world while infusing their work with feminist consciousness, but only glimpses of their lives and work process."

Posted Feb 4, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

42 96%

The Class (2008)

"What will rouse empathy and exasperation, though, is one teacher's attempt to act more like a colleague or mentor than an intimidating white male authority figure%u2014a teacher a student can call un ami."

Posted Jan 31, 2009

Kent Turner

43 70%

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2009)

"Meticulously researched actions of this idealistic young woman surmount the film's tone of an official eulogy, but it struggles throughout to bring her back to life size."

Posted Jan 29, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

44 39%

Inkheart (2009)

"Similar to the movie adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass (Knopf, 1996), the filmmakers shoehorn most of the book's plot into a small amount of time, leaving little room for character development or nuanced acting."

Posted Jan 22, 2009

Kent Turner

45 88%

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004)

"Noteworthy for clips from less familiar films and newsreels, and interviews with creative participants in groundbreaking films."

Posted Jan 13, 2009

Nora Lee Mandel

46 92%

La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) (Couscous) (2007)

"Before you scoff at yet another benevolent look at a family straddling two cultures, Kechiche subtly subverts the genre."

Posted Jan 12, 2009

Kent Turner

47 33%

Good (2008)

"A worthy attempt to give the banality of bureaucratic evil both an individualized credibility and a somber universal warning"

Posted Dec 31, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

48 57%

Defiance (2009)

"Despite Zwick's penchant for the obvious over subtle, vividly brings to life tough Jewish resistance fighters against the Nazis who saved Jews in a Jerusalem in the forest."

Posted Dec 31, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

49 98%

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

"Some of the humorous and touching explorations between the band and their hosts are predictable, but a sweet portrait of humanism amidst language and cultural confusion."

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

50 55%

Orthodox Stance (2008)

"Personable, singular young welterweight makes the audience, and a colorful array of mentors and supporters, believe boxing is the sweet science %u2013 you just gotta have faith."

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

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