Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

Poison Friends (Les Amities malefiques) (2006)

"In this observant psychological drama with the energy of a thriller, there's no blood (except for maybe a paper cut) or weapons, but audible gasps will not be out of place."

Posted Apr 27, 2007

Kent Turner

2 79%

Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs) (2007)

"Perhaps [Resnais'] most empathetic film"

Posted Apr 13, 2007

Kent Turner

3 88%

Red Road (2007)

"Arnold's more successful than Michael Winterbottom (9 Songs) or even John Cameron Mitchell (Shortbus) in unselfconsciously blending explicit sexuality within a narrative."

Posted Apr 13, 2007

Kent Turner

4 86%

Sacco and Vanzetti (2007)

"The measured tone, though understatedly indignant regarding the miscarriage of justice, will likely draw viewers into the conversation."

Posted Mar 25, 2007

Kent Turner

5 ——

Night of Truth (2007)

"Fraught with tension"

Posted Mar 19, 2007

Kent Turner

6 88%

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2007)

"Wind's not necessarily for the armchair historian; it's more gut-wrenching than intellectual."

Posted Mar 15, 2007

Kent Turner

7 48%

Exterminating Angels (Les Anges Exterminateurs) (2007)

"It's about the sex, stupid."

Posted Mar 6, 2007

Kent Turner

8 80%

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

"Waiting for More's breaking point provides the only thread of suspense."

Posted Feb 24, 2007

Kent Turner

9 89%

Starter for 10 (2006)

"Lying beneath all of these colloquialisms is an amicable 1980s coming-of-age romp."

Posted Feb 22, 2007

Kent Turner

10 74%

Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d'orchestre) (Orchestra Seats) (2006)

"Director Danièle Thompson piles on enough pop culture references to please any Francophile in this love letter to Paris, so it wouldn't hurt to know Charles Aznavour from Gilbert Bécaud."

Posted Feb 15, 2007

Kent Turner

11 84%

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

"Moving and well acted, the film is a throwback to the days, back in the '60s, when Disney (one of the film's producers) made ambitious live-action family films."

Posted Feb 15, 2007

Kent Turner

12 93%

The Lives of Others (2006)

"A refreshing alternative to the whimsical and nostalgic look back on Communist life in Good Bye Lenin!"

Posted Feb 8, 2007

Kent Turner

13 100%

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

"The appealing theme of predestination is expressed by [Rain's] Mr. Jordan ... making this one of the few rom-coms expressly for Presbyterians."

Posted Feb 5, 2007

Kent Turner

14 36%

The Situation (2006)

"The Situation never fails to be illustrative, like in straight reporting, but at the expense of catharsis."

Posted Feb 2, 2007

Kent Turner

15 11%

Blood and Chocolate (2007)

"The only creature this heavily accented leader of the pack [Olivier Martinez] resembles is Pepé Le Pew."

Posted Jan 31, 2007

Kent Turner

16 92%

An Unreasonable Man (2007)

"It does vividly capture the ambitious advocate as not just an outsider, but a stymied and stunned political pariah."

Posted Jan 30, 2007

Kent Turner

17 76%

Becket (1964)

"Most of the dialogue-driven scenes are a series of two-shots; which is great in seeing the sparks fly between two of the leading British actors of their generation, but plodding when it comes to pace."

Posted Jan 25, 2007

Kent Turner

18 96%

Mafioso (1964)

"Even some 40 years after it was made, Mafioso packs heat."

Posted Jan 19, 2007

Kent Turner

19 21%

Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) (2007)

"With its Day-Glo colors and fast pace, this $80 million live action/animated film may be the first acid trip for kids."

Posted Jan 17, 2007

Kent Turner

20 16%

Eragon (2006)

"Director Stefan Fangmeier would have been better off following the cliff-hanging, lucidly written action scenes by [Christopher] Paolini."

Posted Jan 16, 2007

Kent Turner

21 91%

God Grew Tired Of Us (2007)

"Given the growing violence and genocide in Sudan, the film's release is opportune, but the movie itself is not as effective as an account of assimilation or dislocation."

Posted Jan 12, 2007

Kent Turner

22 81%

L'Ivresse du pouvoir (Comedy of Power) (2006)

"Spring has come early. Like a breath of unexpected warm air, French actress Isabelle Huppert lowers her guard."

Posted Jan 4, 2007

Kent Turner

23 78%

Charlotte's Web (2006)

"Have a Kleenex handy."

Posted Dec 13, 2006

Kent Turner

24 ——

Frank Capra Collection (2006)

"A must for any American film buff, the set includes at least two films that should be on anyone's top 50 list of the studio era."

Posted Dec 5, 2006

Kent Turner

25 70%

Backstage (2006)

"Almost unnervingly feral in the same vein as actresses Samantha Morton or Sylvie Testud, [Isild] Le Besco's hysterically-pitched outbursts overpower everyone else onscreen, even Emmanuelle Seigner's boozy, uninhibited Lauren."

Posted Nov 17, 2006

Kent Turner

26 89%

El Aura (The Aura) (2006)

"The film's taciturn observer, played by Ricardo Darin (the strutting con man of Nine Queens), delivers perhaps the most inward performance of the year."

Posted Nov 17, 2006

Kent Turner

27 100%

Who the $#%@ Is Jackson Pollock (2006)

"Who needs a piercingly satiric mockumentary when you have this lively documentary's broad, real-life personalities?"

Posted Nov 14, 2006

Kent Turner

28 91%

Iraq in Fragments (2006)

"Much of what is captured will be familiar for viewers of Frontline or other recent documentaries."

Posted Nov 7, 2006

Kent Turner

29 37%

Death of a President (2006)

"The point of view will be familiar from the news and documentaries, but conveyed more subtly than, say, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 or Robert Greenwald's Uncovered: The War on Iraq."

Posted Oct 27, 2006

Kent Turner

30 72%

Climates (Iklimler) (The Climate) (2006)

"Climates, an austere French-and-Turkish coproduction, is the stereotypical cornerstone of a film festival, but not the type of art film that is likely to play in Van let alone in Van Nuys."

Posted Oct 27, 2006

Kent Turner

31 94%

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

"If anything, this absorbing documentary is too short, a rare occurrence these days."

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Kent Turner

32 55%

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"The film deflates the reason why she is a compelling figure, if at all. Her courage during her confinement, %u2026 and her ultimate death made her an honorary member of the Dead Blonde Hall of Fame. Her victimization made her an icon."

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Kent Turner

33 85%

Sweet Land (2006)

"This is the real A Prairie Home Companion. You can practically hear Garrison Keillor's voice as an implicit narrator."

Posted Oct 17, 2006

Kent Turner

34 73%

Infamous (2006)

"Not since Valmont followed on the heels of Dangerous Liaisons has there been such a fascinating compare/contrast double feature."

Posted Oct 13, 2006

Kent Turner

35 84%

Black Gold (2006)

"The film raises issues that were mere sound bites during the 2005 G8 Summit. All that's missing is Bono's seal of approval."

Posted Oct 5, 2006

Kent Turner

36 66%

Shortbus (2006)

"Shortbus is perhaps the most wittily and gleefully performed feature film to contain actual sex scenes."

Posted Oct 3, 2006

Kent Turner

37 97%

The Queen (2006)

"A People exposé as edited by The Economist, divulging almost everything you want to know about this real-life palace Dallas."

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Kent Turner

38 87%

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

"The compression of time is a stiff reminder that we are watching, after all, a movie."

Posted Sep 27, 2006

Kent Turner

39 95%

The Big Animal (2006)

"This film is a natural for tweens and teens, like The Yearling or the British film Ring of Bright Water."

Posted Sep 26, 2006

Kent Turner

40 72%

American Hardcore (2006)

"For music that is loud, fast, angry, and in-your-face, the film's low-key tone and pace is more suitable for a PBS fund-raising drive."

Posted Sep 21, 2006

Kent Turner

41 77%

The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

"The most attention-getting culmination of recent films focusing on the protest movements of the '60s"

Posted Sep 14, 2006

Kent Turner

42 79%

Le Petit Lieutenant (2006)

"Understated but packing a delicate wallop, Le Petit Lieutenant is the most emotionally appealing of the recent spate of observational and minimalist dramas."

Posted Sep 7, 2006

Kent Turner

43 84%

This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006)

"[Kirby]Dick has provided an invaluable service: the inclusion of the uncut, full-on puppet sex scene from Team America: World Police."

Posted Aug 31, 2006

Kent Turner

44 ——

Sedotta e Abbandonata (Seduced and Abandoned) (A Matter of Honor) (1963)

"Germi shares with Billy Wilder a similar cynical tone matched with stellar storytelling."

Posted Aug 22, 2006

Kent Turner

45 27%

Trust the Man (2006)

"The real surprise is [Freundlich's] all-out Hollywood ending, with swelling music, crowds of strangers cheering the couples on, and rose petals tossed in the air ... he may have to turn in his indie card."

Posted Aug 18, 2006

Kent Turner

46 90%

Half Nelson (2006)

"This is at least the third film out of this year's Sundance centering on a teenage girl's coming of age, and the most quietly observed and convincing."

Posted Aug 11, 2006

Kent Turner

47 78%

House of Sand (Casa de Areia) (2006)

"After a long dry spell, House of Sand is an original and exceptional revision of the woman's picture (in the broad sense and without the melodrama that label often implies)."

Posted Aug 11, 2006

Kent Turner

48 86%

Quinceañera (Echo Park, L.A.) (2006)

"Fast paced and accompanied by a buoyant soundtrack, the film keeps up with the teenagers' raging hormones."

Posted Aug 4, 2006

Kent Turner

49 85%

The Descent (2006)

"By far, the first half is the most effective as the outing goes from bad to disastrous: Sarah [Shauna Macdonald] gets trapped in a tunnel ("Just keep breathing!"), and the rest are lost - this film is not for the claustrophobic."

Posted Aug 4, 2006

Kent Turner

50 98%

Some Like It Hot (1959)

"Don't expect [Tony Curtis] to be invited to the Actors Studio any time soon."

Posted Jul 24, 2006

Kent Turner

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