"On one level, it is an engrossing character study about changing power dynamics in relationships. On another, it's simply a marvel of fluid, focused filmmaking - where everything in the frame is loaded with meaning. "
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
"It's about as breezy, carefree, and anarchic as romantic comedies get. Full of absurd comedic digressions and bookends that still don't quite make sense, this eccentric road trip comedy would likely never get made in today's Hollywood climate. "
American Sniper (2015)
" Too often in "Sniper," Eastwood kowtows to our basic need to have clear-cut good guys and bad guys. And when Kyle makes the impossible shot, it feels (in the limited context of the film) like we've actually won something. We haven't. "
"Miller has a keen eye for examining the intersection of class, money and ambition. The screenplay compresses the timeline, moves key scenes around, and favors character over action, but it absolutely stays focused on these difficult larger themes. "
Inherent Vice (2015)
"Anderson is too enamored with his terrific ensemble cast. Perhaps 2 hours 20 minutes were needed for the plot to make any kind of sense, but there still feels like a lot of dead weight, and he is unable to infuse it with the energy of his other films. "
The Interview (2014)
Top Five (2014)
"The sad irony is that - given the enormous familiarity with Jackson's cinematic Middle-earth and the almost identical structure and conflict of both trilogies - the sixth and final film is a slog of an exercise; one of stubborn inevitability. "
Death Metal Angola (2014)
"... more than a treatise on the origins of this bombastic musical style. It's a story of hope. There's no reinvention of the form here, just a solid documentary on a subject you had probably never thought existed. "
"Despite some awkward pacing, easy sentimentality, and pandering it's still hard to resist. It's not just Nolan's ambition that should be admired. He actually pulls off scene after scene of unforgettable drama in colossal scale, both in space and on Earth. "
Love Is Strange (2014)
"It has plenty of conflict, but is virtually free from the demands of traditional plot-heavy films. It carries the ring of truth at least partially because its subtext is everything, and its scenes are rarely about what they're really about. "
My Old Lady (2014)
"... it's the strange quality of non-actor Martin LaSalle that sets the film apart. Is he as dead inside as he appears to the outside world? His criminal existence alienates him from the people he cares about even as he continues to pursue it. "
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
I Origins (2014)
"When it shifts away from the relationship, it really starts to feel forced. You can feel Cahill's hand leading you down the path toward another "discovery," and you can only hope the end will justify the means. Put simply, it doesn't. "
The Trip To Italy (2014)
"Better than the first perhaps because the cultural references are tied more organically to the emotional state of their characters. Or perhaps it's because "The Trip to Italy" is just funnier, tighter, and more focused. "
Vengeance Is Mine (1979)
"The title sounds more like a violent soap opera than a serious challenge to contemporary culture, but that's exactly what it is. Imamura injects an air of inevitability into Enokizu's spree, and projects his own commentary into the situation. "
Hangmen Also Die (1943)
"An effective cat-and-mouse thriller and a paean to resistance, designed to give strength to those under Nazi rule. For a propaganda movie, it's surprisingly dark and not afraid to show the human cost of resistance. "
The One I Love (2014)
"Maybe if it would have embraced the dark side of parenting, and really let Mac and Kelly go off the deep end like most parents sometimes wish they could, it would have been a more striking movie - and one with something to say. "
Tim's Vermeer (2014)
" The crossroads between technology and art has always been troublesome. Without either, we might not have some of the art world's greatest treasures. Certainly without digital video, we wouldn't have this wonderfully entertaining movie either. "
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
"It steers away from any kind of sentimentality, so any time serious discussion of success or failure - either commercially or artistically - come up, they are torpedoed like some kind of sick joke. That itself carries a special kind of poignancy. "
Lone Survivor (2014)
"There's not much time between fighting for the audience to contemplate the tricky ethical questions that surround the mission, so the film becomes a tale of courage, professionalism and persistence. "
"Park subverts standard framing rules when characters are speaking to one another, employs sweeping camera movement from weird angles, and stops key scenes just at their climax, only to return to them later for a fuller picture. "
Evil Dead (2013)
On the Road (2012)
"At just over two hours, its challenging to stay invested in the movie and its choppy, rambling storyline. As a filmic experience, however, it serves as an interesting companion piece to the similarly challenging 'The Master.' "
"The film is mostly surface-value kicks, relaying the basic parts of the story (poor guy battling drug and alcohol addiction suddenly makes it big) without being particularly probing or revealing too many shades of gray. "
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
"It has the wow factor that big, Hollywood event movies demand. Raimi was the right person to elevate some pretty standard material, though Franco and Kunis may not have been the right people for the job. "
A Late Quartet (2012)
Side Effects (2013)
"Side Effects sports two very strong performances from Law and Mara, and Soderbergh's direction is lean and efficient. If only the final act were as muscular and sure-footed as the rest of the movie. "
"The visual effects and sound design are unique, and a pleasure to watch, even when the suspense isn't really working. Producer del Toro should have let more things stay ambiguous and encouraged first-time director Muschietti to concentrate on the mood. "
"It is big and showy and loud, but director Bill Condon's attempts to make the movie more socially relevant than the theatrical production instead just highlight what little soul was there in the first place. "
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
"Riddick is a loner, Dottie, a rebel. He's a simple man, like Pee-Wee Herman, who is not concerned with getting the girl. But, unlike Pee-Wee, poor Riddick doesn't even have a bicycle for companionship. "
Soul Plane (2004)
Good Bye, Lenin! (2004)
Mean Girls (2004)
"Props to Tina Fey for being the first cast member since Mike Myers in Wayne's World to survive her movie being produced by Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels -- and not also have her movie completely suck. "
13 Going on 30 (2004)
The Punisher (2004)
The Girl Next Door (2004)
The Ladykillers (2004)
Walking Tall (2004)
Jersey Girl (2004)