Flipside Movie Emporium

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

The Messenger (2009)

"The Messenger is a worthy companion piece to this year's other movie about the war in the Middle East, Kathryn Bigelow's amazing The Hurt Locker."

Posted Jan 17, 2010

Mike Bracken

2 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"Bridges carries Crazy Heart almost singlehandedly, giving what would have been a maudlin and forgettable film a legitimate sense of gravitas."

Posted Jan 5, 2010

Mike Bracken

3 86%

Zatôichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) (2003)

"Kitano's 11th film moves away from his melancholy yakuza and instead focuses on one of Japan's most enduring characters--with fascinating results."

Posted Dec 31, 2009

Mike Bracken

4 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"Capitalism: A Love Story isn't perfect, and it's certainly not Moore's best film, but it may be his most important one."

Posted Dec 29, 2009

Mike Bracken

5 98%

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

"The story of lifelong friends and wannabe heavy metal gods Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner is touching, sad, tragic and uplifting--often all at once."

Posted Dec 14, 2009

Mike Bracken

6 88%

Roger Dodger (2002)

"I present Exhibit A in the case for why Campbell Scott should be a household name: Roger Dodger."

Posted Sep 10, 2009

Mike Bracken

7 37%

Angels & Demons (2009)

"I don't dislike Angels & Demons; I just have no respect for it intellectually."

Posted May 15, 2009

Rob Vaux

8 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"The balance and nuance of this portrait hold realities that perhaps only Rourke can fully understand."

Posted Dec 18, 2008

Rob Vaux

9 87%

Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes) (2007)

"A time-travel story swathed in the banality of everyday life, yet girded with the tense and extraordinary inevitability possessed by the best tales of this ilk."

Posted Dec 15, 2008

Rob Vaux

10 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"If a slight sense of mustiness remains, Howard brings enough old-fashioned spit and polish to cover it up admirably."

Posted Dec 6, 2008

Rob Vaux

11 94%

Milk (2008)

"Its insight forms eerie parallels with the ongoing movement for which San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk gave his life."

Posted Nov 30, 2008

Rob Vaux

12 49%

Twilight (2008)

"Supporters may argue that future installments bring more depth, but soup this thin rarely improves with age."

Posted Nov 23, 2008

Rob Vaux

13 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"The point isn't whether all of it is implausible -- it is -- but how easily that implausibility seduces us."

Posted Nov 19, 2008

Rob Vaux

14 64%

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

"If it feels routine and workmanlike, at least it goes about its work with a spring in its step and a smile on its face."

Posted Nov 13, 2008

Rob Vaux

15 65%

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

"Kevin Smith may never grow up and from where I sit, that's perfectly OK."

Posted Oct 31, 2008

Rob Vaux

16 73%

Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) (2007)

"If its French origins seem too art-house for such a ghoulish season, think about the last time an American monster movie provided anything more than business as usual."

Posted Oct 30, 2008

Rob Vaux

17 70%

Red (2008)

"Red is the best Ketchum adaptation to date, just edging out The Girl Next Door. It earns this achievement thanks to Brian Cox's amazing performance."

Posted Oct 30, 2008

Mike Bracken

18 63%

Changeling (2008)

"Proper drama is more than just screaming at the camera, and everyone involved here certainly knows the difference."

Posted Oct 26, 2008

Rob Vaux

19 98%

Let the Right One In (2008)

"It quietly pushes the envelope of what stories like this are supposed to be: a feat more shocking than a thousand Hollywood boogeymen."

Posted Oct 23, 2008

Rob Vaux

20 59%

W. (2008)

"W. resembles a postmortem rather than an accusation: not an attempt to deride Bush's failures, but instead an examination of what drives his decision-making process."

Posted Oct 19, 2008

Rob Vaux

21 ——

Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First Season (2008)

"It brings its share of pleasures to the table, and fans willing to be flexible will find an interesting riff on the Terminator franchise here."

Posted Oct 14, 2008

Rob Vaux

22 99%

L.A. Confidential (1997)

"Everything Angelinos love and hate about their city is here, as well as anything a movie fan could possibly wish for."

Posted Oct 14, 2008

Rob Vaux

23 54%

Body of Lies (2008)

"It's basically just an excuse for Leonardo DiCaprio to play Jason Bourne while Scott once again turns his technical expertise towards making Morocco look pretty."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Rob Vaux

24 61%

The Express (2008)

"The Express knows what made the man great. It just has difficulty embodying that greatness itself."

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Rob Vaux

25 69%

Religulous (2008)

"You can't bamboozle a theme park mascot -- even one dressed up as Jesus -- and then ask to be taken seriously."

Posted Oct 4, 2008

Rob Vaux

26 26%

Eagle Eye (2008)

"We need to find some new places to stage foot chases, because the airport? It's been done."

Posted Sep 27, 2008

Rob Vaux

27 54%

Choke (2008)

"A polished piece of satire that bleeds deeply with the very targets it's eviscerating."

Posted Sep 27, 2008

Rob Vaux

28 76%

Appaloosa (2008)

"The parts of it that work, work very well... so much so in fact that the parts which don't simply can't keep up."

Posted Sep 20, 2008

Rob Vaux

29 78%

Burn After Reading (2008)

"Burn After Reading aims for nothing but a few subversive giggles, which it delivers handily over the course of a quick 96 minutes."

Posted Sep 12, 2008

Rob Vaux

30 19%

Righteous Kill (2008)

"Fans in need of a Pacino/De Niro hit can just watch the coffee-shop scene from Heat again: it's 20 times cooler and 80 minutes shorter."

Posted Sep 12, 2008

Rob Vaux

31 62%

Hamlet 2 (2008)

"The sheer absurdity of it all allows one to forgive the fact that it never truly realizes its potential."

Posted Aug 30, 2008

Rob Vaux

32 18%

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

"The Clone Wars is what it is -- what Star Wars has become, for better or for worse -- and while it won't blow anyone over, you can't say you weren't warned going in."

Posted Aug 20, 2008

Rob Vaux

33 83%

Tropic Thunder (2008)

"Hell, it may even save Tom Cruise's career. Let's see Batman do that."

Posted Aug 15, 2008

Rob Vaux

34 74%

Dark City (1998)

"The experience of Dark City is one that no film lover should miss... seen now as it was intended after 10 long years of wandering in the shadows."

Posted Aug 10, 2008

Rob Vaux

35 68%

Pineapple Express (2008)

"Stoner-based or not, good comedy shouldn't need any help from the baggie in your pocket."

Posted Aug 9, 2008

Rob Vaux

36 ——

Spaced: The Complete Series (2008)

"Pegg, Stevenson, and Wright know their demographic uncannily well, having shared their experiences and looked at the world through the same skewed lenses as most Gen Xers."

Posted Aug 5, 2008

Rob Vaux

37 13%

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

"I know that dragging old franchises out of mothballs is all the rage these days, but quality control still counts for something."

Posted Jul 31, 2008

Rob Vaux

38 55%

Step Brothers (2008)

"'Look, they're grown men! And they behave like children!' Lather. Rinse. Repeat."

Posted Jul 26, 2008

Rob Vaux

39 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Nolan is clearly on the title character's wavelength and understands how a crisis of such magnitude might affect good men trying to do the right thing."

Posted Jul 17, 2008

Rob Vaux

40 83%

Batman Gotham Knight (2008)

"Synergistic product promotion Gotham Knight may be, but the people behind it treat their efforts as anything but disposable."

Posted Jul 13, 2008

Rob Vaux

41 87%

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"This director has shown us how good he can be, and with a character he adores as much as this one, he should have more to show for it than the mixed bag on display here."

Posted Jul 10, 2008

Rob Vaux

42 41%

Hancock (2008)

"Hancock endures by finding the right rhythm to match its star, and by lashing enough amusing moments together to provide a trim 92 minutes of entertainment."

Posted Jul 8, 2008

Rob Vaux

43 71%

Wanted (2008)

"As long as you check your ethics at the door, there's nothing wrong with reveling in its skillful brand of sociopathic mayhem."

Posted Jul 8, 2008

Rob Vaux

44 96%

WALL-E (2008)

"Not only does it provide further proof of Pixar's unprecedented brilliance, but it may have actually elevated their game to a whole new level."

Posted Jun 26, 2008

Rob Vaux

45 51%

Get Smart (2008)

"In the land of bad comedies -- which this summer truly seems to be -- its serviceable workmanship reigns supreme."

Posted Jun 23, 2008

Rob Vaux

46 ——

Popeye the Sailor: 1938-1940 - Volume Two (2008)

"While diehard fans don't need a reason to rush out and grab it, this second collection proves especially inviting for more casual viewers."

Posted Jun 21, 2008

Rob Vaux

47 67%

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"You want your "Hulk smash"? You got it."

Posted Jun 14, 2008

Rob Vaux

48 17%

The Happening (2008)

"Another case of elegant filmmaking kneecapped by a thunderingly stupid concept."

Posted Jun 14, 2008

Rob Vaux

49 87%

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

"None of it sounds encouraging, but the directors find the right mixture of slapstick, satire, and affection to bring out the best in their material."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Rob Vaux

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