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LarsenOnFilm

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"Clever, but not clever enough to make its central conceit work."

Posted Jul 24, 2012

Josh Larsen

2 78%

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

"...so ravishing as pure cinema, it would likely work just as well - if not better - if the dialogue was turned down and the Barber played on."

Posted Jul 24, 2012

Josh Larsen

3 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"...a far more conventional narrative arc, not to mention an alarming amount of franchise care."

Posted Jul 18, 2012

Josh Larsen

4 100%

Ayneh (The Mirror) (1998)

"The two dominant strands of post-revolution Iranian cinema - quaint neorealism and thick meta theory - come together in this wily experiment."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Josh Larsen

5 85%

21 Jump Street (2012)

"...feels more like a guerrilla stunt than a soulless and cynical cash grab. Hooray for Hollywood, I guess."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Josh Larsen

6 68%

Ted (2012)

"Wahlberg once again shows a knack for comic timing, especially in his scenes with the CGI bear."

Posted Jul 2, 2012

Josh Larsen

7 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Director Marc Webb seems to have made The Amazing Spider-Man because ... he was hired."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Josh Larsen

8 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"...most interesting for Channing Tatum's performance and the way director Steven Soderbergh emphasizes an overall air of economic desperation."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Josh Larsen

9 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"...a post-Katrina fairy tale made from real mud."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Josh Larsen

10 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"A missed opportunity of global proportions."

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Josh Larsen

11 78%

Brave (2012)

"If all Pixar movies really speak to the parents in the audience, then Brave is meant for moms of soon-to-be-tween girls."

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Josh Larsen

12 82%

Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman) (1999)

"...Majidi and his young actors invest it with such basic truth about the inner lives of children that the movie feels as big as the universe."

Posted Jun 16, 2012

Josh Larsen

13 53%

Patang (2012)

"The characters remain faces on a brochure."

Posted Jun 15, 2012

Josh Larsen

14 83%

Your Sister's Sister (2012)

"...about our desire for family, however unconventional."

Posted Jun 15, 2012

Josh Larsen

15 79%

Humpday (2009)

"...gives us a real feel for a friendship, its insecurities and the competition that results (especially in one of cinema's most amusingly pathetic games of pickup basketball)."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Josh Larsen

16 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"...aspires mostly to nonchalance."

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Josh Larsen

17 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"Our genre pictures are being burdened by a love of lore."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Josh Larsen

18 97%

Alien (1979)

"...a seminal feminist action flick."

Posted May 31, 2012

Josh Larsen

19 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"The movie has many true sentiments, but few true characters on which to hang them."

Posted May 30, 2012

Josh Larsen

20 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"...a courtship both innocent and precocious."

Posted May 24, 2012

Josh Larsen

21 90%

Bernie (2012)

"Black delivers a lightly comic performance that becomes an unsettling depiction of repression."

Posted May 22, 2012

Josh Larsen

22 74%

Sound of My Voice (2012)

"Marling underplays her character's charisma to the point of nonexistence."

Posted May 16, 2012

Josh Larsen

23 38%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"There is nothing holding this jumble of odd impulses and expensive makeup together."

Posted May 10, 2012

Josh Larsen

24 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"...an opening prison escape appears to be modeled after a Busby Berkeley musical number, of all things."

Posted May 8, 2012

Josh Larsen

25 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Joss Whedon is a small-screen storyteller. And I mean that as a compliment."

Posted Apr 30, 2012

Josh Larsen

26 72%

Forrest Gump (1994)

"...not a wishful paean to a fantasy version of America, but a portrait of America - its awfulness and beauty, promise and pain - as seen through the eyes of an innocent. "

Posted Apr 23, 2012

Josh Larsen

27 98%

This Is Not a Film (2012)

"...a political act, of course, but that's not the most interesting thing about it."

Posted Apr 18, 2012

Josh Larsen

28 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"...a film of such frothy geekery that watching it is like having a comic-book store dropped on your head."

Posted Apr 11, 2012

Josh Larsen

29 93%

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012)

"...as if a lush landscape painting is being invaded by the cinema."

Posted Apr 9, 2012

Josh Larsen

30 98%

Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves) (1949)

"...captures, in elemental strokes, the crushing of the human spirit at the hands of poverty, indifference and despair. "

Posted Apr 1, 2012

Josh Larsen

31 97%

The Kid with a Bike (2012)

"...manages to balance a spiritual sense of grace with the earthy eye of a here-and-now realist."

Posted Mar 30, 2012

Josh Larsen

32 85%

Mouchette (1967)

"The exquisite balance of unadorned artistry and emotional intensity that defined Au Hasard Balthazar is less skillfully balanced here."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Josh Larsen

33 84%

The Hunger Games (2012)

"...a disturbing dose of science-fiction doom."

Posted Mar 21, 2012

Josh Larsen

34 78%

Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

"...quiet, dreamy and full of possibility. In fact, the possibility of possibility is what the movie is all about."

Posted Mar 16, 2012

Josh Larsen

35 51%

John Carter (2012)

"...has more personality than anyone should rightly expect from a two-hour-plus, CGI-heavy, sci-fi fantasy epic."

Posted Mar 7, 2012

Josh Larsen

36 93%

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999)

"Watching the way Miyazaki and his animators can make a misty cloud drift across the screen is nothing less than pure bliss."

Posted Mar 5, 2012

Josh Larsen

37 94%

The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

"The soft-focus animation has an impressionistic quality, as if a gentle breeze had wafted across a Monet canvas."

Posted Mar 4, 2012

Josh Larsen

38 80%

Young Adult (2011)

"...a narrative treadmill; you get the sense Mavis is still out there somewhere, lonely and lost as when we first met her. "

Posted Mar 1, 2012

Josh Larsen

39 55%

The River Wild (1994)

"Another 1990s domestic parable chastising workaholic dads, The River Wild also functions as a gorgeous travelogue and a Meryl Streep action film."

Posted Feb 29, 2012

Josh Larsen

40 100%

Holiday (1938)

"Before they made The Philadelphia Story, George Cukor, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn teamed up for this decidedly less flattering look at the life of the upper class."

Posted Feb 28, 2012

Josh Larsen

41 97%

Pickpocket (1959)

"...the act of lifting a wallet from a man's jacket is a means to consider what the act of thievery swipes from the thief's soul."

Posted Feb 27, 2012

Josh Larsen

42 87%

Grand Hotel (1932)

"How thoroughly does Joan Crawford own Grand Hotel? She makes Greta Garbo superfluous."

Posted Feb 27, 2012

Josh Larsen

43 31%

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

"...has its moments, but considering the cast there should be far more of them."

Posted Feb 23, 2012

Josh Larsen

44 59%

Wanderlust (2012)

"...a fabric of amusing bits and pieces - something like a shaggy, hippie blanket that's adorned with delightful little gems."

Posted Feb 23, 2012

Josh Larsen

45 93%

50/50 (2011)

"Deeply affecting and admirably even-keeled..."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

Josh Larsen

46 100%

Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped) (1957)

"Bresson outdoes nearly every escape film you've ever seen, using little more than the face of Francois Leterrier and elemental off-screen sound."

Posted Feb 10, 2012

Josh Larsen

47 98%

Project Nim (2011)

"Like an orphan out of Dickens, Nim is a sorrowful figure buffeted by the winds of the greedy, selfish and more powerful..."

Posted Feb 7, 2012

Josh Larsen

48 94%

Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) (1951)

"...about the unexpected - and little understood - intermingling of the earthly and the divine."

Posted Feb 6, 2012

Josh Larsen

49 78%

The Innkeepers (2012)

"...oddly unremarkable: less surely controlled than House of the Devil, less interesting in terms of form and, perhaps worst of all, not scary in the least."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Josh Larsen

50 73%

Big Miracle (2012)

"It's not quite a miracle, but it is impressive how much this respects the intelligence of its young viewers."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Josh Larsen

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