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Miss FlickChick

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 8%

The Skeptic (2009)

"This old-fashioned psychological ghost story ... repeatedly compels supposedly mature and intelligent people to do preposterous things in order to keep the plot moving."

Posted May 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

2 38%

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

"Upscale casting goes a long way towards elevating the pulpy material ... [but while] Wolverine tries hard, it never transcends its origins."

Posted May 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

3 34%

Alien Trespass (2009)

"If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, It Came From Outer Space should be blushing like a schoolgirl, because this deadpan recreation of 1950s sci-fi movies is a tribute to its low-budget, high minded charms."

Posted Apr 29, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

4 84%

State of Play (2009)

"When the newspaper thriller's obituary is written, State of Play may well be cited as the genre's last gasp."

Posted Apr 29, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

5 ——

State of Play (2008)

"Smart, provocative and deeply satisfying the originalState of Play is well-worth seeking out, regardless of what you thought of the US do-over."

Posted Apr 29, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

6 55%

Martyrs (2008)

"You don't have to be Catholic to shudder at Pascal Laugier's bitterly apocalyptic Martyrs, but it helps."

Posted Mar 24, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

7 33%

Knowing (2009)

""Front-loaded with a pervasive sense of unease ... but once the plot's wheels start grinding in earnest, [it] follows that runaway subway train off the rails.""

Posted Mar 21, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

8 64%

Duplicity (2009)

"Tony Gilroy's dryly jaunty, globetrotting, spy-vs.-spy romp is ... just good enough to make you wish it were better."

Posted Mar 21, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

9 90%

Carmen and Geoffrey (2009)

"It's a shame the film isn't more artful, but an imperfect look at [the] accomplished, unpretentious [dancer/choreographers Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder] is better than none at all."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

10 5%

Miss March (2009)

"A pathetic excuse for a comedy [that's] actually ... a feature-length effort to reposition Playboy's brand of squeaky-clean titillation as relevant to young men weaned on internet porn."

Posted Mar 13, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

11 ——

13B (2009)

"A rare example of a flat-out Indian horror movie [that] borrows liberally from The Amityville Horror playbook and familiar Asian horror tropes, but the haunted soap opera is a new wrinkle."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

12 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"A first-rate adaptation of Moore and Gibbons' densely imagined, alternate pop culture history of the world, a dazzling, dystopian fable with a deeply dark heart."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

13 33%

Delhi 6 (2009)

"Though admirably serious and ambitious, this fish-out-of-water comedy-drama ... is a jumbled collection of moments that range from the touching to the tedious."

Posted Mar 4, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

14 62%

Cthulhu (2008)

"Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth looms largest in this offbeat film's influences, and while it can't be called faithful ... it does have an authentically doom-haunted atmosphere."

Posted Mar 3, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

15 ——

Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping (2006)

"Straightforward documentary [about] ... Bill Talen, 50, who uses his "Reverend Billy" persona to transform pointed criticism of transnational corporate practices into engaging street theater."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

16 25%

Four Christmases (2008)

"For all of its snarky holiday/family bashing, Four Christmases wimps out in the third act and reaffirms all the traditional values it affects to mock."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

17 71%

Last Chance Harvey (2009)

"Without [Emma] Thompson's valiant efforts, Last Chance Harvey would be too dismal for cable; with them it's simply a trifle."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

18 81%

Prima Ballerina (2009)

"Not as perceptive as Etoiles or as ... entertaining as Ballets Russes, [but] still a glimpse into a priviledged, ruthlessly demanding world few outsiders ever get to see."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

19 94%

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

"One hell of a heart-wrenchingly sad, blisteringly angry, profoundly heartfelt movie that dares you to walk away with a shrug and a glib quip."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

20 81%

Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest) (2006)

"Michel Ocelot's jewel-like fable unfolds in a once-upon-a-time version of medieval North Africa alive with vibrant colors and dazzling patterns."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

21 55%

Australia (2008)

"Recalls the old-fashioned, golden-age Hollywood movie-movies that wrapped forbidden desire, aching heartbreak, personal tragedy, war, adventure and breathtaking thrills in a glittering overlay of movie-star glamor."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

22 49%

Donkey Punch (2008)

"Very Bad Things meets Knife in the Water in ... [this] thriller about not-so-bright young things trying to cover up a nasty accident."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

23 51%

Notorious (2009)

"A big, bad bundle of biopic cliches, a glitzy whitewash filled with wince-inducing dialogue and propelled by a smug, from-beyond-the-grave voiceover."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

24 68%

Revolutionary Road (2008)

"Chilly and academic, thoroughly admirable but one step removed from the very real angst of a movie like The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit (1956)."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

25 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"Mickey Rourke's mesmerizing, road-wreck performance as [a] washed-up wrestler ... is the only reason to sit through The Wrestler's cliches"

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

26 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"The ... all-too-convincing squalor and misery ... make the feel-good ending seem righteously earned."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

27 78%

Doubt (2008)

"The cast['s]... collective efforts go a long way to mitigating Shanley's pedestrian grasp of film language."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

28 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"The kind of movie Don Siegel and Sam Fuller used to make, a blunt but perceptive slice of American discontent filtered through the prism of B-movie conventions."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

29 63%

Changeling (2008)

"It's a strangely arid piece of filmmaking, handsome, respectful, unsensational and thoroughly lifeless."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

30 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"Peter Morgan's play about the behind-the-scenes research, negotiation and fundraising that produced the Frost-Nixon interviews may not sound like natural-born movie material...But the talk is choice, and the film... is mesmerizing."

Posted Mar 2, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

31 78%

Amu (2006)

"The 1984 Delhi riots [are worked into] into the story of an American-raised college graduate who returns to her South Asian roots and is shocked by what she finds."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

32 ——

Sarkar Raj (2008)

"Ram Gopal Varma's... reworking of The Godfather... delivers the casting coup of Bollywood's royal family %u2013 Amitabh Bachhan, his son, Abhishek, and Abhishek's wife, Aishwarya Rai %u2013 ... [but] the result is overwrought and cliched."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

33 75%

Luck by Chance (2009)

"Poised somewhere between an outright art movie and a mainstream Indian feature, [this] behind-the-scene look at the hopes and shattered dreams of aspiring Mumbai movie stars could as easily have been called "What Price Bollywood?" or "Run, Vikram, Run.""

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

34 100%

Dostana (2008)

"Cross I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry with the all-but forgotten 1970s farce The Gay Deceivers, then dress it up with elaborate musical sequences: Et voila!"

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

35 ——

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (A Couple Made by God) (A Match Made in Heaven) (2008)

"Aditya Chopra's romantic comedy could teach Hollywood a thing or two about breathing life into hoary cliches."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

36 22%

Shoot On Sight (2007)

"A tediously earnest, well-intentioned and scrupulously even handed [topical thriller], in the style of made-for-TV problem movies."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

37 43%

Chandni Chowk To China (2009)

"An energetic, if uneven, movie masala whose ingredients include broad comedy, fists of fury, dark family secrets and musical numbers."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

38 55%

Surveillance (2009)

"A taut, nihilistic, exercise in heartland desolation, and unlike most films whose success is predicated on an 11th-hour twist, it plays 100% fair: The truth is out there from the beginning, if you're willing to see it."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

39 31%

The Uninvited (2009)

"It's hard to believe it took two directors, British brothers Charles and Thomas Guard, and three screenwriters to make this vapid remake of... [the] insidiously unnerving A Tale of Two Sisters/Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

40 49%

Twilight (2008)

"Twilight is pure fantasy, emphasis on the pure... it's a soft-focus reverie for girls who want to be Disney princesses and have their bad boys, too, as long as the bad boys are models of tormented self-restraint."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

41 87%

Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes) (2007)

"Nacho Vigalondo's bleak time-travel thriller... [chronicles the travails of a] classic film noir schmuck: No matter what he does, sooner or later fate will stick out her foot and trip him up."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

42 96%

[Rec] (2007)

"This short, stripped-down, first-person horror picture delivers some brutally effective shocks and gradually conjures a haunting atmosphere of ever-escalating panic and despair."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

43 58%

Quarantine (2008)

"A respectable, if uninspired, adaptation of... [REC], a Blair Witch-style variation on zombie movie cliches that might seem fresher had it not opened after veteran George Romero's grimly pared-down Diary of the Dead."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

44 98%

Let the Right One In (2008)

"A chilling coming-of-age story in which a miserable adolescent strikes up a friendship with a vampire girl who appears to be own his age but has, she says, been 12 "for a very long time.""

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

45 100%

Bad Biology (2008)

"Veteran director Frank Henenlotter's first film in 16 years is a lewd, rude tale of sex and the city, and it's a blast."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

46 85%

Janghwa, Hongryeon (A Tale of Two Sisters) (2003)

"Kim Ji-woon's psychological skin-chiller painstakingly teases apart the traumas that bind a widower, his teen daughters... and his high-strung second wife in a suffocating web of guilt, suspicion and fear. The American remake, The Uninvited (2009), pales"

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

47 58%

Taken (2009)

"A bizarre mix of sentimentality and bone-cracking violence, this Hardcore/Not Without My Daughter hybrid pits a determined father against the thuggish Albanian sex traffickers who kidnapped daddy's little girl as she vacationed in Paris.<"

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

48 23%

Push (2009)

"Between the unwieldy load of back story and the painfully underdeveloped characters, this infelicitous combination of Jumper, X-Men and TV's Heroes manages to be dull and exhausting at the same time."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

49 90%

Coraline (2009)

"Coraline is meant for children. But it's neither infantile nor condescending. It has a moral... without being preachy or sanctimonious, bypasses the cynical formula that makes so many animated features so headache-inducing."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

50 25%

Friday the 13th (2009)

"Call this go-round "Friday the Umpteenth" and be done with it."

Posted Mar 1, 2009

Maitland McDonagh

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