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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 78%

Bustin' Down the Door (2008)

"The birth of professional surfing emerges from a squall of repetitive-looking clips and technical jargon, plus a reflection on outsiders' insensitivity to native Hawaiians."

Posted Nov 27, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

2 59%

Les Chansons d'Amour (Love Songs) (2008)

"Sweetly plays on stereotypes of the French as obsessed with romance, or at least movie musicals, so regardless of any consistency or logic, love and singing conquer all."

Posted Nov 27, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

3 50%

Antarctica (2008)

"Amusingly makes the point that men can be rotten to each other like to women in so many heterosexual romantic comedies, but makes this point over and over again."

Posted Nov 27, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

4 98%

Roman Holiday (1953)

"If only more filmmakers would remember that not all fairy-tale romances need to have a pat, happily-ever-after ending."

Posted Nov 25, 2008

Kent Turner

5 98%

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

"Many of its featurettes ... benefit hugely from the participation of co-star Nancy Olson."

Posted Nov 25, 2008

Kent Turner

6 96%

Up the Yangtze (2007)

"Very visually documents the human cost of the abrupt changes in the Chinese economy, and intimately into the sociological changes wrought by the astounding Three Gorges Dam."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

7 93%

The Betrayal - Nerakhoon (2008)

"Epic story of one man and his war-torn family, across continents, decades, and cultures, with the director remarkably along through 24 tumultuous years."

Posted Nov 21, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

8 86%

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

"The family's vulnerabilities and eccentricities burrow under the skin."

Posted Nov 16, 2008

Kent Turner

9 48%

Bottle Shock (2008)

"You can enjoy the mild bouquet of Bottle Shock as pleasantly sparkling, but it could have been plummier. Rickman sends up a full-bodied sneering British snob."

Posted Nov 10, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

10 24%

The World Unseen (2008)

"When dialogue and pacing get bogged down in L Word soap opera and the rich social context in S. Africa fades to mostly background, the appealing cast holds the eye."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

11 100%

Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)

"Inspiring story, through vivid memories and supporting footage, of how one of Africa's worst and longest civil wars was ended by determined women working together"

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

12 43%

What We Do Is Secret (2007)

"West is magnetic trying to fill the gaps in the pop psychology insight into how the Germs' brief candle burned out so fast, with performances, "interviews" and flashbacks."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

13 100%

Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007)

"O'Day is so exciting here, the film doesn't just cater to fans but can generate new ones to celebrate the role of the song stylist for the Great American Songbook."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

14 96%

Trouble the Water (2008)

"For the 3rd anniversary of Katrina comes a gripping point of view about the disaster and its continuing impact on the people of New Orleans that has not been seen before."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

15 80%

Un Secret (A Secret) (2008)

"Beautifully and poignantly captures the complexities of being a Jew in France from the 1930's to the present, where layers of a family's history are revealed by jumping back and forth in time."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

16 66%

Ping Pong Playa (2007)

"Gently pokes fun at model minority and athletic stereotypes, but gets repetitive and wears thin before the engaging plot finally kicks into gear."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

17 48%

The Tree of Life (2008)

"Vivid animation, illustrations and puppetry lighten up interviews and elementary reflections on a personal history of Jews in Italy, better left to a family reunion."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

18 96%

Moving Midway (2008)

"Cheshire deftly interweaves different interpretations of the antebellum South, through architecture, family memories (black and white), history, and popular culture."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

19 30%

Forgiveness (2006)

"Builds on real macabre coincidences to pile on symbolism higher and higher in time-tripping phantasmagoria of flashbacks, nightmares,fantasy and occasional credibility."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

20 79%

Flow: For Love of Water (2008)

"Channeling Soylent Green, Flow is fresh when it ties issues of supply, cost, quality, and extraction on 5 continents with the rise of giant water companies."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

21 79%

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2008)

"Touching look at a father's and daughter's strained relationship as they struggle through gaps of culture, language, gender, and historical context."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

22 92%

Ballast (2008)

"The Mississippi Delta was the birth place of the blues, and Ballast gives the region a comparable visual expression for both frustration and the resolve to survive."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

23 85%

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"Demme focuses on family as the place where, when you have no where else to go, they have to take you in. The emotional force from the characters is of hurricane strength."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

24 67%

Das Fräulein (Fraulein) (2008)

"Refreshingly and sympathetically about women deciding to live in Switzerland as émigré, exile, immigrant, or refugee from Yugoslavia, a country that no longer exists."

Posted Nov 1, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

25 65%

Plus Tard (One Day You'll Understand) (Later) (2008)

"Despite the back and forth between awkward and moving, unsubtle and touching, Gitai does make a strong case for personal reexaminations of the past."

Posted Oct 31, 2008

Nora Lee Mandel

26 96%

Tulpan (2009)

"It dares to be sentimental. Underneath the fly-swatted surface is a gentle coming-of-age."

Posted Oct 20, 2008

Kent Turner

27 85%

Tony Manero (2009)

"For actor Alfredo Castro's sinister steely stare alone, Tony Manero memorably stands out weeks after its screening."

Posted Oct 20, 2008

Kent Turner

28 77%

Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010)

"Like her earlier films, [Jaoui] has turned kvetching and fumbling conversations into an art form."

Posted Oct 20, 2008

Kent Turner

29 92%

Night and Day (Bam gua nat) (2009)

"Ah, to be middle aged, footloose, and fancy free!"

Posted Oct 20, 2008

Kent Turner

30 61%

The Duchess (2008)

"The film rehabilitates the duchess, sanitizing her behavior"

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Kent Turner

31 93%

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

"WWPD%u2014What Would Poppy Do?"

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Kent Turner

32 94%

Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) (2009)

"It lives up to the expectations implied by its title: acutely observed Ozu-inspired domestic drama, beautiful composed yet unfussy shots, and emotional restraint."

Posted Sep 30, 2008

Kent Turner

33 77%

Voy a Explotar (I'm Gonna Explode) (2008)

"The simpler the details the better"

Posted Sep 30, 2008

Kent Turner

34 77%

Afterschool (2008)

"[Director] Campos certainly demands your attention, and has it for most of the film."

Posted Sep 30, 2008

Kent Turner

35 81%

I Served the King of England (2008)

"Jiri Menzel's new film has more visual verve than any film currently in release, with or without computer effects"

Posted Aug 29, 2008

Kent Turner

36 22%

Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! (2008)

"Much of the humor is cruel, not playful. (Lubricant replaced with glue? Try imagining that without clinching.)"

Posted Aug 29, 2008

Kent Turner

37 74%

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

"All of the characters are walking contradictions, each pulling and pushing away the viewer. Part of the film's tension derives from what the audience clearly sees and what Gabrielle doesn't."

Posted Aug 15, 2008

Kent Turner

38 87%

Frozen River (2008)

"Overall, the film undoubtedly belongs to Leo. Without her, the plot wouldn't be believable."

Posted Jul 31, 2008

Kent Turner

39 100%

Man on Wire (2008)

"Warning: this film will produce vertigo."

Posted Jul 25, 2008

Kent Turner

40 88%

Boy A (2007)

"The Manchester-set drama could be labeled as kitchen sink, but Crowley breaks free from that label."

Posted Jul 22, 2008

Kent Turner

41 87%

Avant que j'Oublie (Before I Forget) (2008)

"With verbose and eloquent characters (let alone the fog of cigarette smoke), Before I Forget won't easily shake off the label of a "French film," and all that that implies."

Posted Jul 18, 2008

Kent Turner

42 81%

Giorni e Nuvole (Days and Clouds) (2007)

"One way to look at this movie is as an elegantly acted, art-house woman's picture."

Posted Jul 11, 2008

Kent Turner

43 74%

Full Battle Rattle (2008)

"The more the players throw themselves into their roles, the more the viewer is slowly drawn in."

Posted Jul 8, 2008

Kent Turner

44 82%

Trumbo (2007)

"Trumbo's vivid archival footage and interviews share less-than-equal time, though, with an all-star cast ... taking turns reading from the writer's letters and speeches."

Posted Jun 27, 2008

Kent Turner

45 77%

Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) (2007)

"After Anatomy of Hell's tampon tea, any of The Last Mistress's transgressions will pale in comparison."

Posted Jun 26, 2008

Kent Turner

46 92%

Chris & Don: A Love Story (2007)

"visually-rich documentary"

Posted Jun 13, 2008

Kent Turner

47 94%

My Winnipeg (2007)

"Poignancy might be the last thing you'd expect from this film"

Posted Jun 13, 2008

Kent Turner

48 86%

Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble) (2006)

"Any A- or B- list actress would jump at the chance to work with the [screenwriters]."

Posted Jun 13, 2008

Kent Turner

49 67%

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

"Most adults will find Prince Caspian tedious, but young viewers are likely to be mildly diverted, rather than actually swept up by the story."

Posted May 15, 2008

Kent Turner

50 76%

OSS 117: Le Caire Nid d'Espions (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) (2008)

"[Jean] Dujardin's good-natured buffoonery rubs off, his behavior carrying the film."

Posted May 8, 2008

Kent Turner

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