Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"The Wolfman boasts a solid principal cast from Del Toro to Hopkins and up-and-comer Emily Blunt, but Del Toro especially seems to be going through the motions at half speed, as if waiting for the beast and the stuntmen to take it from there. Only H"

Posted Feb 11, 2010

Rick Mele

2 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"Though it can sometimes feel like a prisoner in its own genre, moving in the same direction as several crime dramas before it, director Jacques Audiard, avoids cliche and grandstanding, and gives A Prophet the intelligence and artistic flair to cha"

Posted Feb 10, 2010

Radheyan Simonpillai

3 28%

Dear John (2010)

"The one saving grace is some decent work by the always reliable Richard Jenkins as John's father. Truthfully, the only real appeal there would be for a guy going to see this film is the possibility that it will earn him points with the girl who dragged hi"

Posted Feb 5, 2010 Staff

4 84%

Magnolia (1999)

"A decade after its release, P.T. Anderson's emotionally epic Magnolia gets the glorious Blu-ray treatment it deserves. This Altman-esque mosaic follows several disparate L.A. citizens on one rainy day, as they navigate through mistakes and torrenti"

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Radheyan Simonpillai

5 40%

44 Inch Chest (2010)

"When faced with his wife's infidelity, Colin (Ray Winstone) enlists his gang of aging pub-crawlers to kidnap, torture and (possibly) kill her younger lover. 44 Inch Chest takes the typical British gangster film and turns it into a David Mamet-ish c"

Posted Jan 20, 2010 Staff

6 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"Denzel Washington deserves equal credit for this, delivering his best Man with No Name impression as a Bible-thumping hero in a much more literal sense, one who delivers bloody vengeance in lieu of sermons. Though these types of roles are far more demandi"

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Rick Mele

7 37%

Nine (2009)

"Lost are Fellini's autobiographical nuances, the deep philosophical and psychoanalytical ramblings, the artistic construction of identity, and the very film specific deconstruction at play. They even scrap the circus! It just makes you wonder what the poi"

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

8 83%

Avatar (2009)

"Rarely a boring moment or unnecessary scene. Avatar isn't going to redefine movies as we know them, but on the level of pure visual spectacle, the bar has certainly been raised."

Posted Dec 15, 2009

Rick Mele

9 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"As impressive and as wild as Gilliam's acid-laced visuals can be -- and yes, they are often stunning and hilarious -- it's not enough to keep us engaged in a movie with a plot that spins circles around our heads and characters who are really nothing more"

Posted Dec 15, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

10 63%

Brothers (2009)

"Despite its title, Sheridan's film is less concerned with sibling rivalry (romantic or otherwise) and more with post-traumatic stress disorder -- which would be fine if it had anything particularly new or profound to add to the conversation. Unfortunately"

Posted Dec 4, 2009

Rick Mele

11 46%

Everybody's Fine (2009)

"To dismiss Everybody's Fine as clichéd holiday schmaltz is to stereotype without appreciating the finer details. Clearly working within an established genre without the gall to overstep his boundaries, Jones elevates the material by showing conside"

Posted Dec 3, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

12 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Though it's far from perfect, Up in the Air is without a doubt Jason Reitman's most mature film to date. In other words, it's his least flawed. A filmmaker who is certainly in tune with his generation, Reitman gives prominent roles to Blackberry an"

Posted Dec 2, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

13 80%

Fight Club (1999)

"The last great male-centric movie of the last millennium just arrived on a spectacular new Blu-ray disc for its 10th anniversary, providing the opportunity to relish every aspect of David Fincher's ultimate dissection of Gen-X masculinity. Fight Club

Posted Nov 26, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

14 87%

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

"A movie that ultimately has more cult than mass appeal, how much you enjoy Bad Lieutenant will probably come down to how much you like Werner Herzog rather than Nicolas Cage. A notoriously eccentric director, his latest film is nowhere near as mainstream"

Posted Nov 20, 2009

Rick Mele

15 28%

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

"If you're not a teenage girl or don't swoon at the sight of Robert Pattinson or a shirtless Taylor Lautner, then surprise, New Moon wasn't made for you. An event movie for girls in the same way every Michael Bay movie is a guilty pleasure for guys, there'"

Posted Nov 20, 2009

Rick Mele

16 85%

A Single Man (2009)

"The clothes, the cars, the furniture -- Los Angeles of the early '60s offers Ford a chance to be gleefully fetishistic about his set pieces, embracing a moment when modern design had reached an undeniable apex. Falconer lives in a glass-and-timber Neutra-"

Posted Nov 6, 2009 Staff

17 51%

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"There's not much action in The Men Who Stare at Goats, despite ostensibly being a "war movie" -- but then again, that's about what you'd expect from a film about a military unit trained to fight with their minds instead of guns. And while the satir"

Posted Nov 4, 2009

Rick Mele

18 98%

Taxi Driver (1976)

"Writer Paul Schrader and director Martin Scorsese made names for themselves with this exquisitely crafted window into the contemporary male psyche. Taxi Driver seems aimless, taking as many u-turns and detours as a cabby does in the night. But it's"

Posted Nov 4, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

19 86%

The House of the Devil (2009)

"The House of the Devil is not only set in the early '80s, but director Ti West chose to shoot and structure the film in a way so as to make it feel like it was made in the early '80s. In a way, this throwback style is reminiscent of what Quentin Ta"

Posted Oct 30, 2009 Staff

20 81%

Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)

"Originally meant for Michael Jackson's own personal library prior to the pop superstar's untimely death in June 2009, This Is It chronicles four months in the King of Pop's life as he prepared for a string of sold-out concerts that were set to have"

Posted Oct 28, 2009

Rick Mele

21 30%

Survival of the Dead (2010)

"Romero's sixth foray into the world of zombies shows that both he and the genre have run out of gas. Romero's films have always been noteworthy for their delicate balance of comedy and horror -- one minute he could make us laugh and the next we would be j"

Posted Oct 16, 2009 Staff

22 72%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"Where the Wild Things Are is far more admirable than it is enjoyable. There's not much of a story to this flight of fancy (more on this later), but Jonze's adaptation is crafted with a striking visual design and a powerful central child performance. In fa"

Posted Oct 15, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

23 83%

Paranormal Activity (2009)

"Since the characters feel real, so do the scares. Peli shows a profound grasp of the fundamentals of suspense, making a 30-second shot of an empty bedroom more terrifying than most of what passes for horror these days. That's because Paranormal Activity's"

Posted Oct 15, 2009

Rick Mele

24 84%

Whip It (2009)

"Make no mistake, despite the promise of girls in fishnets, Whip It! is a chick flick through and through. It may advertise hot girls in skates hitting each other to get you into the theater, but apart from a few tame shots of Page stripping down, o"

Posted Oct 2, 2009

Rick Mele

25 87%

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

"Some might confuse Zenovich's indictment on the judge as a cop-out in judging Polanski. But the facts remain. There's no further insight into the heinous crime. Nor is there a new judgment to be passed on the man who committed it. Anyone looking for new r"

Posted Oct 1, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

26 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"You might say Moore has been making this movie his entire career. He attempts to expose corrupt bottom line-minded corporations that are in league with Capitol Hill as the cause of America's ills. He's been doing just that since the days of Roger & Me<"

Posted Oct 1, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

27 89%

A Serious Man (2009)

"Likely to polarize its audience like any open-to-interpretation biblical tale, A Serious Man can be looked at as a film about the meaninglessness of life or as a meaningless film. Either way, there's no denying that only the Coens can make this bla"

Posted Sep 30, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

28 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"Zombieland doesn't find quite the same balance of laughs and scares as Shaun of the Dead did -- it's much heavier on the comedy than the horror -- but its similar focus on three-dimensional characters rather than the genre's typical cardboar"

Posted Sep 30, 2009

Rick Mele

29 39%

Surrogates (2009)

"Imagine that your Facebook page, complete with that airbrushed profile photo, can go out into "real" society and leave you at home twiddling your fingers, living vicariously through it. That's the general concept of Surrogates, where humans stay sh"

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

30 20%

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (2009)

"Made up of strung-together stories from Tucker Max's best-selling book of the same name, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell is a painfully unfunny celebration of dim misogyny and unabashed narcissism. Matt Czuchry plays Tucker as he ropes his best frie"

Posted Sep 23, 2009

Rick Mele

31 75%

The Road (2009)

"Based on Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, The Road primarily transpires within a bleak, post-apocalyptic United States that's been decimated by an unnamed catastrophe -- with the bulk of the narrative following a father (Viggo Mortense"

Posted Sep 21, 2009

David Nusair

32 79%

The Informant! (2009)

"The Informant! is a provocative character study on a brainy, but utterly complicated and persistently distracted, executive who probably gets confused by which sock should go on the right foot. Soderbergh gets a rise out of his scenery, recreating"

Posted Sep 17, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

33 42%

Jennifer's Body (2009)

"Jennifer's Body is about as scary as Mean Girls, which makes a lot of sense since Diablo Cody's comedy about evil high school girls is really just a gory and potty-mouthed version of the Lindsay Lohan movie. Megan Fox is game for Cody-speak,"

Posted Sep 16, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

34 7%

Whiteout (2009)

"All we're given is a lukewarm mystery where frustrating plot holes give way to lackulster conclusions, and even the most furious CGI snowstorms can't obscure the film's telegraphed "twist.""

Posted Sep 10, 2009

Rick Mele

35 29%

Gamer (2009)

"There's a reason Neveldine and Taylor have been heralded by action junkies as potential saviors of the genre -- after years of interchangeable formulaic entries, they're giving audiences something different yet familiar at the same time. Is it perfect? Ha"

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Rick Mele

36 63%

Extract (2009)

"With Extract, Office Space (1999) creator Mike Judge returns to familiar ground: A comedy about an average Joe unsatisfied with his lot in life and reaching the breaking point. Jason Bateman plays Joel, the owner of an extract manufacturing"

Posted Sep 3, 2009

Rick Mele

37 20%

H2: Halloween II (2009)

"While Halloween II starts out as a character study in post-traumatic stress, it's safe to assume that's not what most horror fans will be looking for. And though Zombie maintains the motif of nightmarish visions throughout, the movie eventually cha"

Posted Aug 28, 2009

Rick Mele

38 29%

The Final Destination (2009)

"The newest incarnation of Final Destination is really just 80 minutes of watching people die in variously ridiculous and implausible ways. It seems as if the filmmakers had more interest in constructing Rube Goldbergesque death traps than character"

Posted Aug 28, 2009 Staff

39 89%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"Tarantino engages with the power of language, not only spoken but cinematic language in particular. He relishes the way movies speak to an audience, the manipulative power of cinematic dialect to tell facts differently, and how film language can replace m"

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

40 80%

It Might Get Loud (2009)

"It Might Get Loud stands as an effective primer into the world of rock 'n' roll that holds plenty of appeal for hardcore fans and neophytes alike."

Posted Aug 18, 2009 Staff

41 35%

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra contains two hours of cartoon violence, wildly exaggerated high-speed car chases and more than enough laser beams and bomb blasts to keep the kid inside you entertained. If you're going in expecting anything else, you're"

Posted Aug 12, 2009 Staff

42 98%

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

"Sergio Leone loaded up for another Spaghetti Western and shot out his magnum opus with this follow-up to the Dollars trilogy. Charles Bronson stars as an ominous stranger known only as Harmonica -- on the account of that instrument being the only other th"

Posted Aug 12, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

43 37%

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

"The Time Traveler's Wife stars Eric Bana as Henry DeTamble, a Chicago man suffering from "chrono-impairment disorder" -- that is, a genetic anomaly that causes him to involuntarily time travel. The defective gene doesn't prevent Henry from meeting"

Posted Aug 12, 2009

Rick Mele

44 90%

District 9 (2009)

"Far from your average monster debauchery or invasion extravaganza, District 9 operates as an allegory for apartheid, xenophobia, corporate malfeasance, gentrification, and the dog-eat-dog nature of living in poverty under hostile and oppressive conditions"

Posted Aug 12, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

45 75%

Julie & Julia (2009)

"The film features a typical bio on the one side -- the making of the legend that is Julia Child -- and a coming-of-age rom-com on the other, with the good but underused Amy Adams pouting her way through New York City and a cookbook; the only shared ingred"

Posted Aug 6, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

46 77%

Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009)

"By glossing over much of the Italian designer's past, Tyrnauer assumes a certain level of familiarity with his subject from his intended audience. If you can't tell Valentino from Versace, you ain't it. That said, The Last Emperor isn't totally ina"

Posted Aug 5, 2009

Rick Mele

47 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"A war-room farce in the proud tradition of Dr. Strangelove, the satire is sharp and biting, and the comic incompetence and witty bickering that's become a hallmark of recent British comedy exports is absurdly terrifying when it's also found in the"

Posted Jul 23, 2009

Rick Mele

48 55%

Orphan (2009)

"House of Wax director Jaume Collet-Serra returns to the horror genre with Orphan, a clumsy thriller that elicits far more laughs than genuine scares. Like too many horror films these days, the movie is so rife with false scares or misleading"

Posted Jul 23, 2009

Rick Mele

49 68%

Public Enemies (2009)

"Sure, Public Enemies can still boast Mann's crisp HD aesthetics and stylistic cool but the showdown between Dillinger and Purvis lack ... well ... Heat."

Posted Jul 20, 2009

Radheyan Simonpillai

50 79%

Humpday (2009)

"Ben (Mark Duplass) and Andrew (Joshua Leonard) are two college friends whose lives have taken very different paths. While Andrew's gone globetrotting, Ben settles down with a wife (Alycia Delmore) and a white picket fence. When Andrew shows up at Ben's do"

Posted Jul 9, 2009

Rick Mele

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