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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

Changing Times (Les Temps Qui Changent) (2004)

"For all of these interconnected characters, announced intentions take the place of character details."

Posted Jul 14, 2006

Kent Turner

2 75%

Gabrielle (2006)

"I do not believe, as far as I can remember %u2013 and I pray I don't offend, my dear reader %u2013 the line of dialogue, "The thought of your sperm inside me is unbearable," derived from the pen of Conrad, but rather its harsh tones sound pure Huppertian."

Posted Jul 14, 2006

Kent Turner

3 76%

Time to Leave (Le Temps Qui Reste) (2006)

"Ozon transplants the melodrama genre to the here and now, taking a sentimental form and adding frank sexuality (is that a prosthetic Mr. Poupard or are you in the moment?) and a steely attitude."

Posted Jul 14, 2006

Kent Turner

4 77%

Excellent Cadavers (In un altro paese) (2005)

"Marco Turco's absorbing and gut-wrenching look on the Sicilian Mafia and the Italian government's attempts to crush it is essential viewing for anyone interested in recent Italian history."

Posted Jul 11, 2006

Kent Turner

5 ——

Delicious Little Devil ()

"With her bee-stung lips and exaggerated swivel, [Mae] Murray's the precursor to Betty Boop."

Posted Jul 10, 2006

Kent Turner

6 100%

Beyond the Rocks (1922)

"The new beautifully melancholic score by Henny Vrienten greatly adds to the atmosphere."

Posted Jul 10, 2006

Kent Turner

7 70%

Heading South (2006)

"Issues of class and race are overwhelmed by the third act melodrama."

Posted Jul 6, 2006

Kent Turner

8 71%

The Blood of My Brother: A Story of Death in Iraq (2006)

"This unsettling and frequently chilling look on a mourning Iraqi family has an immediacy that's rare for a theatrical documentary."

Posted Jun 29, 2006

Kent Turner

9 69%

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2006)

"A lulling, reverential salute."

Posted Jun 20, 2006

Kent Turner

10 17%

Loverboy (2006)

"The film runs out of steam by revealing too much, too soon."

Posted Jun 15, 2006

Kent Turner

11 81%

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

"It's Lindsay Lohan who appears relaxed rather than desperate to be funny."

Posted Jun 9, 2006

Kent Turner

12 86%

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006)

"If the music fails to hold your interest, there's always Madonna."

Posted Jun 8, 2006

Kent Turner

13 98%

The War Tapes (2006)

"As a chronicle of the war in Iraq, so far The War Tapes has no equal in candor or in its access to the front lines."

Posted Jun 1, 2006

Kent Turner

14 100%

Winter Soldier (1972)

"No matter one's politics, this grainy black-and-white documentary can't fail but be convincing %u2013 and harrowing."

Posted May 30, 2006

Kent Turner

15 71%

Lemming (2006)

"Goes well with popcorn as well as champagne."

Posted May 18, 2006

Kent Turner

16 84%

L' Ora di Religione (Il Sorriso di Mia Madre) (The Religion Hour) (My Mother's Smile) (2002)

"Bellocchio famously took on the Catholic Church and the Italian family in his frenetic first film ... Now 40 years later, Bellocchio's attack on the same institutions is calmer and more temperate."

Posted May 17, 2006

Kent Turner

17 81%

Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006)

"This is the real Art School Confidential."

Posted May 11, 2006

Kent Turner

18 87%

The Proposition (2005)

"For audiences accustomed to revisionist Westerns, only the relocation to Down Under will be a novelty since the film follows Sam Peckinpah's blood-soaked template."

Posted May 4, 2006

Kent Turner

19 97%

L'Armée des ombres (Army in the Shadows) (1969)

"Melville milks the tension for all its worth."

Posted Apr 27, 2006

Kent Turner

20 93%

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Moartea domnului Lazarescu) (2006)

"Not a line of the pungent dialogue is wasted. Beneath the quasi-documentary veneer lies a well-written screenplay."

Posted Apr 25, 2006

Kent Turner

21 83%

Somersault (2004)

"Based on her painfully vulnerable performance, don't be surprised when the promising [Abbie] Cornish joins Hollywood's pool of Aussie ex-pats."

Posted Apr 20, 2006

Kent Turner

22 84%

Mongolian Ping Pong (Lu Cao di) (2006)

"The film's sly charms sneak up on you, if the beautiful and frequently breathtaking vistas of the wind-swept steppes haven't gotten to you first."

Posted Apr 20, 2006

Kent Turner

23 89%

Sir! No Sir! (2006)

"Sir! No Sir! is a reminder of Fonda's star power, past and present ... her charisma and zeal haven't mellowed a bit."

Posted Apr 19, 2006

Kent Turner

24 73%

Nathalie (2003)

"Between the leonine Ardant, the streets of Paris, and the nearly hypnotic score by Michael Nyman, the sophisticated Nathalie oozes with elegance. "

Posted Apr 13, 2006

Kent Turner

25 56%

The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)

"As lightweight as a silk negligee, Mary Harron's homage ... never fully convinces that the model was more than a '50 pop culture footnote."

Posted Apr 13, 2006

Kent Turner

26 92%

Sisters in Law (2005)

"By focusing on the enforcement of [women's] rights, Sisters in Law at least offers solutions and well-justified hope. "

Posted Apr 11, 2006

Kent Turner

27 26%

Free Zone (2006)

"Judging from her heartfelt turn as Rebecca, Portman seems much more at home in character-driven, art house fare than in her usual studio extravaganzas."

Posted Apr 6, 2006

Kent Turner

28 80%

Brick (2006)

"Brick will make you dread high school all over again."

Posted Mar 30, 2006

Kent Turner

29 89%

The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2006)

"Johnston's story may seem like another '80s cultural footnote, but just when you think ... you've seen it all, another fascinating chapter in his eventful life comes along."

Posted Mar 30, 2006

Kent Turner

30 87%

The Beauty Academy of Kabul (2006)

"You would be blameless if you thought you had walked into another clever Christopher Guest mockumentary. "

Posted Mar 23, 2006

Kent Turner

31 86%

L'Enfant (The Child) (2006)

"The minimalist tone may be an acquired taste -- which might be why [the Dardennes'] films have been overlooked at the Oscars but awarded the Golden Palm twice."

Posted Mar 23, 2006

Kent Turner

32 86%

Thank You For Smoking (2006)

"Thank You for Smoking is as attention grabbing and superficial as Chicago's razzle-dazzle. Billy Flynn would be so proud."

Posted Mar 16, 2006

Kent Turner

33 ——

Buster Keaton 65th Anniversary Collection (2006)

"Gone is the grace and subtlety of Buster Keaton's 1920s classic comedies. In these two-reelers from 1939-1941, knock-about slapstick wreaks havoc."

Posted Mar 14, 2006

Kent Turner

34 76%

Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006)

"The trenches are like an open-air Grand Hotel; people come, people go."

Posted Mar 2, 2006

Kent Turner

35 41%

Where the Truth Lies (2005)

"In a refreshing departure from most 'making of' featurettes, this ... fly-on-the-wall look moves at a fast pace and captures the cast and crew with their guards down."

Posted Mar 1, 2006

Kent Turner

36 ——

Luciano Ercoli's Death Box Set (2006)

"The title may sound like an Almodóvar farce, but Death Walks on High Heels hasn't enough humor to be camp."

Posted Mar 1, 2006

Kent Turner

37 ——

Death Walks at Midnight ()

"Like a psychedelic and bloody Lana Turner vehicle, Death Walks at Midnight is easily the most entertaining of NoShame's recent releases of '70s giallos."

Posted Mar 1, 2006

Kent Turner

38 74%

Unknown White Male (2006)

"Strangely for a film made by a friend, a detached and tentative point of view prevails."

Posted Feb 23, 2006

Kent Turner

39 82%

Tsotsi (Thug) (2006)

"After ... the powerful 15-minute opening, it's a long road ahead to redemption. "

Posted Feb 23, 2006

Kent Turner

40 93%

The Talk of the Town (1942)

"Part romantic triangle, part Capra-esque hokum, all coast on star power."

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Kent Turner

41 98%

His Girl Friday (1940)

"A double espresso is needed to keep up with the rapid-fire exchanges of Hawks' no-holds-barred muckraking comedy."

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Kent Turner

42 100%

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

"[Grant's] relationship with the female interloper is more dry eyed and cynical than the film's sentimental male bonding."

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Kent Turner

43 100%

Holiday (1938)

"Charming and melancholic, Holiday %u2026 breezing by in comparison to the more loquacious %u2026 banter-fest, The Philadelphia Story. "

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Kent Turner

44 91%

The Awful Truth (1937)

"The look of love [Grant] gives co-star Irene Dunne, captured not in a close-up but a medium-wide shot, could melt anyone."

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Kent Turner

45 87%

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2006)

"Straightforwardly scripted, it's not difficult to imagine this earnest and conventional retelling as if it were an original Playhouse 90 production. "

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Kent Turner

46 69%

Through the Fire (2006)

"[Director] Hock's approach is more fly-on-the-wall than exposé."

Posted Feb 10, 2006

Kent Turner

47 100%

Calendar (1993)

"The interactions feel light and improvised, yet the screenplay is well structured."

Posted Feb 7, 2006

Kent Turner

48 ——

Next of Kin (1984)

"Next of Kin is an exceptional first film: strong writing, acting and camera work, made for only 20,000 Canadian dollars in 15 days."

Posted Feb 7, 2006

Kent Turner

49 32%

Imagine Me & You (2006)

"Drama overwhelms Imagine's strident attempts at comedy."

Posted Jan 26, 2006

Kent Turner

50 78%

Why We Fight (2006)

"...dense, wide-ranging..."

Posted Jan 20, 2006

Kent Turner

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