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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 84%

Whip It (2009)

"As in most sports movies, the matches are really a means to an end, in this case the maturation of Bliss from a compliant but unhappy daughter to a young woman who knows her own mind."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

2 81%

No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009)

"If this sounds like a stunt, it is. But it's tough to get a book contract these days."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

3 85%

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008)

"Edel doesn't force an interpretation on the audience: instead his film provides an experience which raises questions rather than answering them."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

4 100%

Afghan Star (2009)

"...by the end of the 88 minute journey you'll learn more about contemporary Afghanistan than you will from a month of watching television news in the United States."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

5 92%

Il Divo (2009)

"... Sorrentino avoids the dreary conventions of the biopic in favor of a cheeky mix of music montages, dramatic re-enactments and hilariously deadpan takes ...."

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

6 7%

All About Steve (2009)

"But the main message ... is that movie studios think a lot of people will pay good money to see Sandra Bullock humiliate herself yet again in front of the camera."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

7 89%

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

"...Williams delivers a scarily plausible portrait of a sad sack whose need for success is so great he doesn't hesitate to exploit his son's death..."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

8 86%

Lorna's Silence (2008)

"In a just world, the Dardenne brothers would be as well known as the Coens; outside the United States they probably are already."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

9 93%

Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009)

"... a good introduction to Gertrude Berg for those who have never heard of her and a pleasant journey down nostalgia lane for those who grew up with her shows."

Posted Aug 28, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

10 77%

Venkovský Ucitel (The Country Teacher) (2008)

"The actors are interesting rather than glamorous, their acting style consistently low-key, and their triumphs and failures realized on a human rather than grandiose scale."

Posted Aug 22, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

11 89%

Séraphine (2009)

"...Séraphine's art, religious fervor and mental breakdowns are all accepted as facts which may be witnessed but not explained."

Posted Aug 22, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

12 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"...gives equal time to our brethren across the Atlantic who are no less status-obsessed and have much more impressive collections of expletives..."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

13 96%

Revanche (2009)

"The quiet cinematography by Martin Gschlacht underscores the film's emphasis on characters rather than action while placing the characters in very specific contexts..."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

14 100%

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

"In a career noted for multiple characterizations, Alec Guinness had his finest hour in the dryly hilarious Ealing Studios comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets ..."

Posted Jul 29, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

15 96%

Richard III (1995)

"...McKellan helped his own cause by writing a screenplay which captures the essence of Shakespeare's play while also working perfectly as a movie."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

16 100%

All About Eve (1950)

"Sanders...was ideally cast in this role: you can feel in Addison's every word the world-weariness of the actor who would eventually commit suicide at age 65..."

Posted Jul 27, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

17 97%

The Hurt Locker (2009)

"Bigelow has taken the truism that "movies are life with the boring bits cut out" to the extreme..."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

18 57%

The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009)

"Many films have shown more explicit (and often gratuitous) violence, but the impact is greater in this film as it is intensely personal ..."

Posted Jul 19, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

19 81%

Okuribito (Departures) (2009)

"...feels like two films, one which is a perceptive and naturalistic study of modern life in Japan, and one which is an animated Hallmark card of montages and soaring strings..."

Posted Jul 19, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

20 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince won't win any awards for intellectual depth, but it's a thoroughly enjoyable summer movie..."

Posted Jul 15, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

21 94%

Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) (2009)

"Kurosawa's relaxed pacing and lack of concern for explaining every last thing will be a welcome relief if you've wearied of blockbusters..."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

22 89%

Moon (2009)

"Moon has heart, brains and a sense of humor, not to mention some nifty model-based special effects ... and a blockbuster performance by Sam Rockwell..."

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

23 96%

Tulpan (2009)

"Tulpan is a throwback to the fictionalized documentary popularized by Robert Flaherty in the 1920s and 1930..."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

24 49%

Whatever Works (2009)

"The role of Boris was written for Zero Mostel, who just might have been able to pull it off. But with David instead of vulnerable humanity you get a lot of agitated monologues..."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

25 ——

American Harmony (2009)

"American Harmony is the Pumping Iron of barbershop quartet singing."

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

26 87%

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

"Zenovich's conclusion is not that Polanski is innocent...but [she] finds plenty of guilt to spread around to others involved in the case..."

Posted Jun 17, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

27 92%

Etz Limon (Lemon Tree) (2009)

"It's worth seeing Lemon Tree simply for the performance of Hiam Abbass, who is magnificent in her dignity and determination."

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

28 9%

My Life in Ruins (2009)

"It's too bad My Life in Ruins fails so miserably at the macro level, because there are some good moments at the micro level."

Posted Jun 5, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

29 91%

Every Little Step (2009)

"Every Little Step is on firmer ground with the 2006 revival; the filmmakers' great coup was winning the right ..to film the audition process."

Posted May 30, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

30 76%

Un Baiser s'il vous plaît (Shall We Kiss?) (2009)

"Shall We Kiss? ...takes place in an obviously fictional world where everyone is sophisticated and beautiful and lives in great apartments ..."

Posted May 15, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

31 ——

Liberty's Kids: The Complete Series ()

"Liberty's Kids, a cartoon series created for PBS Kids by DiC Entertainment, is one of those rare children's television shows which is both educational and fun..."

Posted May 14, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

32 56%

Enlighten Up! (2009)

"Director Kate Churchill's acknowledged struggles to impose a story on ... six months' worth of documentary footage is not particularly successful..."

Posted May 8, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

33 62%

Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009)

"Paris 36 is one of those exasperating movies which can't decide what it want to be and, as a result, ends up being not very much as all."

Posted May 1, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

34 78%

12 (2007)

"Shot in sequence and featuring many long takes, it retains some of the feel of the television original despite the broadening of context ..."

Posted May 1, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

35 ——

NOFX - Backstage Passport (2009)

"In comparison with the documentary feature Anvil! The Story of Anvil...the main difference is that NOFX Backstage Passport is a lot more fun."

Posted Apr 30, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

36 76%

A Jihad for Love (2008)

"A Jihad for Love is the first feature-length documentary to look at homosexuality and Islam, and for that reason alone it's an important film"

Posted Apr 30, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

37 98%

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

"It certainly helps that Gervasi has a sense of humor... the band's adventures often resemble a real-life version of This is Spinal Tap"

Posted Apr 24, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

38 89%

Sin Nombre (2009)

"Above all, Fukunaga has great respect for his characters and their story."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

39 34%

The Edge of Love (2008)

"While all the pieces are there for an intriguing film, John Maybury's The Edge of Love never really becomes anything."

Posted Apr 17, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

40 60%

Vexille (2008)

"...Vexille is worth seeing for the art alone, which is light-years more sophisticated than the jumpy animation usually seen in popular kid's anime series"

Posted Apr 13, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

41 91%

Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009)

"Everlasting Moments ... returns the viewer to a time before reproduced images had saturated our culture..."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

42 83%

Kirschblüten - Hanami (Cherry Blossoms) (2008)

"Cherry Blossoms is not a complete train wreck, although at 127 minutes it's way too long for the ground that it covers."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

43 ——

Cinematographer Style (2006)

"Cinematographer Style is more of a collage of well-chosen opinions and anecdotes about the art and practice of cinematography than a tutorial or overview of the profession."

Posted Apr 3, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

44 91%

Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)

"Garrone avoids punching the usual emotional buttons: His stories have no heroes, his crime lords no glamour, and his victims no nobility."

Posted Mar 27, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

45 97%

The Winslow Boy (1999)

"Arthur Winslow and Sir Robert Morton are as ruthless in their way as the real estate salesmen in Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross are in theirs..."

Posted Mar 23, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

46 71%

The Great Buck Howard (2009)

"Given how conventional and formulaic The Great Buck Howard is, it's a wonder that it works as well as it does."

Posted Mar 20, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

47 33%

Knowing (2009)

"Seldom has one movie offered so much fertile ground for ridicule..."

Posted Mar 20, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

48 82%

Absurdistan (2008)

"Sometimes the village looks like an antique postcard come to life, at other times like outtakes from a lost Marx Brothers film or an overly precious PBS documentary."

Posted Mar 15, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

49 ——

InuYasha - Season 6 (2008)

""The journey not the destination" is a good motto to keep in mind while watching ..."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

50 81%

Prima Ballerina (2009)

"...Ballerina looks behind the scenes ...to offer a closer look at the system of selection, training and rehearsal which keeps Russian ballet the envy of the world."

Posted Mar 11, 2009

Sarah Boslaugh

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