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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 72%

Winter in Wartime (2011)

"...carries an R rating in the U.S., which means that not many children the age of the young protagonist (13) will get to see it, yet it has too many hallmarks of a juvenile film to satisfy most adults."

Posted Apr 29, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

2 60%

Water for Elephants (2011)

",,,a much larger group of potential ticket-buyers could have been tapped with a different title that I offer here for consideration: Twilight Under the Big Top."

Posted Apr 24, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

3 74%

The Human Resources Manager (2011)

"But The Human Resources Manager is not really about guest workers-instead, like the Magical Negroes so beloved of certain American filmmakers, they exist only to help members of the privileged classes get in touch with their humanity"

Posted Apr 22, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

4 83%

Potiche (2011)

"...a fast-paced boulevard comedy that pokes fun at the foibles of the upper middle class while at the same time celebrating the good life they enjoy."

Posted Apr 22, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

5 77%

When We Leave (2011)

"...an old-fashioned melodrama with all the heightened emotions and focus on the struggles of an almost saintly heroine that you would expect from a work in that genre."

Posted Apr 15, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

6 17%

Miral (2011)

"...if you're going to ask the audience to piece together the meaning of a scene for themselves, don't cue the conclusion with a soundtrack full of familiar emotional cues."

Posted Apr 15, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

7 72%

Hanna (2011)

"Watching Hanna is like watching someone else play a really expensive video game..."

Posted Apr 8, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

8 63%

Kill the Irishman (2011)

"...suffers from the twin deficits of a charm-free leading man and a screenplay that seems composed of dialogue and scenes written and then discarded by writers working on better films."

Posted Apr 8, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

9 99%

Bill Cunningham New York (2011)

"... a film which captures the spirit of Cunningham's work and life."

Posted Apr 1, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

10 92%

Armadillo (2011)

"...in Armadillo there are few discussions of abstract concepts like justice or freedom-the focus is much more on day-to-day work."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

11 96%

13 Assassins (2011)

"...a big movie that will overwhelm you with its scope..."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

12 73%

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

"...contains moments of comic genius that will make you gasp because they are so perfect."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

13 63%

Another Earth (2011)

"I didn't hate Another Earth so much as I found it to have begun with a fascinating sci fi premise only to produce, ultimately, a conventional relationship film."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

14 78%

Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)

"...feels like a hastily-assembled collage."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

15 91%

Tabloid (2011)

" It's an amusing 90 minutes even if the subject doesn't really merit this level of attention, and if you enjoy laughing at people who can't seem to help themselves you'll have a great time. "

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

16 92%

Incendies (2011)

"Villeneuve expertly handles the tricky balance between telling a straightforward, naturalistic story of one family and creating an allegory whose meaning goes far beyond the events of the surface narrative."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

17 59%

Kaboom (2011)

"...Araki is in fine form here; nearly every scene in the film is either hyper-real or frankly artificial and there are lots of references to the conventions of genre films, horror films in particular. "

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

18 96%

Yi Yi (2000)

"...presents a multi-layered look at modern life which is at once simple and profound."

Posted Mar 24, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

19 85%

A Somewhat Gentle Man (2011)

"...a quiet film full of quirky details (a Lappish arms dealer and his dwarf sidekick; the Polish version of Dancing with the Stars on Ulrik's tiny television set), and a worthy addition to the noir comedy genre... "

Posted Mar 17, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

20 35%

Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

"If you're the kind of person for whom "they blowed it up real good" is a positive review, you'll love this film."

Posted Mar 12, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

21 88%

Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011)

"Paul Laverty's script is a bit predictable, particularly toward the end of the film, but superb cinematography by Alex Catalan and editing by Angel Hernandez Zoido keep it from becoming a static series of debates."

Posted Mar 10, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

22 73%

The Housemaid (2011)

" Evil seems to lurk in every shadowy corner and the director's choice of a primarily brown palette imposes a layer of foreboding over even the most apparently innocent of scenes."

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

23 28%

Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

"The screenplay hangs a lampshade on the trope of people who are stuck in time. "

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

24 84%

Nenette (2010)

"Philibert's deliberately ambiguous film is likely to have a similar effect on viewers; whatever conclusions you draw from it will depend a great on what you bring to the experience."

Posted Feb 25, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

25 85%

Cedar Rapids (2011)

"... not nearly as funny or insightful as it thinks it is, but I will say this for Phil Johnston's script: it runs like clockwork right down to the crises which show up predictably at 30 and 60 minutes in. "

Posted Feb 21, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

26 ——

Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods (2011)

"The two impressions I take away from Patrick Meaney's documentary Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods are 1) Morrison is a hard-working guy who takes comics seriously and 2) he's a bit out there."

Posted Feb 15, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

27 100%

All About Eve (1950)

"...an unflinching analysis of power relations which suggests that postwar America had not yet achieved the moral perfection it so wanted to claim."

Posted Feb 15, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

28 100%

The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation (2011)

" Retro is the theme for this year's Oscar-nominated animated short films, and whether that's a reflection of where the art is headed or more simply of the taste of the Viewing and Nominating Committees...we'll never know."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

29 78%

Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2012)

",,, all manage to do something that longer films frequently don't accomplish: tell a story with a beginning, middle and end and with characters we can care about."

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

30 59%

Dancing Across Borders (2010)

" ...includes more footage from the rehearsal hall than from the stage, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a dancer. "

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

31 91%

My Dog Tulip (2010)

"Many films have been written about the bonds between man and beast but few are as wise, as witty, or as unflinchingly founded in observation as My Dog Tulip."

Posted Feb 5, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

32 90%

The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010)

"The best reason to see The Illusionist is the art, which is a perfect match to the film's mood as well as its celebration of old-fashioned entertainment."

Posted Jan 30, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

33 87%

Neshoba (2010)

"...provides a reminder that the 1960s were not just about smoking pot and wearing beads."

Posted Jan 30, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

34 80%

Shogun (1980)

"Everything about Shogun is big and impressive, from its running time ... to the large cast, superb location shooting, and obvious care taken with the sets and costumes "

Posted Jan 30, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

35 ——

Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (2009)

"The combination of a highly aesthetic, even mannered, cinematic style with genre elements including an assassination plot and forbidden relations in a love hotel results in a film which fails to succeed on any terms."

Posted Jan 21, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

36 72%

Somewhere (2010)

"If you have the patience to give yourself over to the measured pace of this film ... it delivers with an impact far beyond what a conventional treatment of the same material could hope to achieve."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

37 86%

Rabbit Hole (2010)

"If you'd like to wallow in the exquisite suffering of the upper middle classes for 90 minutes this might be just the film for you. "

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

38 38%

Casino Jack (2010)

"... as a fact-based narrative it's a mess while as a character study it's shallow and unsatisfying. Even more fatally, as a comedy it's not particularly funny. "

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

39 66%

The American (2010)

"The camera loves Clooney, of course, but it also loves watching him building a custom rifle in his shop..."

Posted Jan 5, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

40 76%

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)

"[Serkis is} a revelation as Drury..."

Posted Jan 5, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

41 ——

Robo-geisha (2009)

"You generally don't win Academy Awards for movies which feature lines like "She has a machine gun in her ass!", but there are other rewards, like creating the funniest midnight movie ever. "

Posted Jan 4, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

42 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"Plenty of films have presented us with the Angry Young Man but not so many with the Angry Young Woman ...Andrea Arnold does her bit to help correct this imbalance with Fish Tank... "

Posted Jan 3, 2011

Sarah Boslaugh

43 80%

Made in Dagenham (2010)

"... an exceptionally strong cast and high production values overcome the script's occasional lapses into melodrama..."

Posted Dec 29, 2010

Sarah Boslaugh

44 66%

Tamara Drewe (2010)

"...looks like the pilot for a television series stretched to almost two hours and provided with a healthy cinematography budget, but not much in the way of a script."

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Sarah Boslaugh

45 98%

Marwencol (2010)

"The film Marwencol is as mesmerizing as Mark's imaginary town and treats him and his world with absolute respect"

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Sarah Boslaugh

46 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"It would have been easy to turn this family into caricatures, but instead Russell, working from a screenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, found their humanity."

Posted Dec 17, 2010

Sarah Boslaugh

47 100%

Waste Land (2010)

"... Muniz has found the sweet spot of being just original enough to cash in with the moneyed individuals and institutions that constitute the international art market. "

Posted Dec 10, 2010

Sarah Boslaugh

48 52%

White Wedding (2010)

"...the didactic and unbelievable nature of many of the conversations and events, sometimes emphasized by cross-cutting, strains the patience of even the most generous viewer."

Posted Dec 5, 2010

Sarah Boslaugh

49 97%

A Film Unfinished (2010)

"...the real star of A Film Unfinished is the footage shot by [Nazi cameraman Willy] Wist, which remains horrifying to this day. "

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Sarah Boslaugh

50 81%

Today's Special (2010)

"You've seen all the elements of this film before, but writer/star Aasif Mandvi ... gives them a fresh spin and the result is a pleasant evening's entertainment."

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Sarah Boslaugh

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