Beautiful Boy (2011)
" The sort of movie you never really stop wanting to love, even as it flits about and tests the boundaries of your attention. Warm, full of life and tidbits that illuminate life and love in elliptical fashion. "
" Powered by a character at once original and representational, Hesher courses with a unique verve missing in many independent productions, hovering somewhere between outright success and 'interesting failure.' "
" Writer-director Chris Ordal does something a lot of young filmmakers either can't do, or consciously try to avoid -- tell a simple story, simply, and without overindulging in stylistic gimmicks or emotional manipulation. "
The Beaver (2011)
Exporting Raymond (2011)
" If you see only one film this year about a psychokinetic tire that roams the dusty American southwest exploding the heads of those get in his way, it should definitely be Quentin Dupieux's Rubber. "
Everything Must Go (2011)
" If life, as John Lennon said, is what happens while you're busy making plans, it's also the sheer accumulation of stuff. Pleasantly offbeat but not aggressively so, this film showcases that axiom in both the material and figurative senses. "
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)
" Herzog has previously worked as a conjurer of elemental dread and awe, delving into man's relationship with what he views as the unforgiving harshness of the world. This film shows that same sense of questioning has existed for all of humankind. "
Cool It (2010)
" Dawdling, and hopelessly muddled. Plus it ignores the basic reality that political calculations of those who peddle doom-and-gloom enviro-scenarios stems in part from fact they're dealing with people who decry all science. "
" Trust is heartrending in its depiction of the gulf between the female teenage victim of such a coercive assault and especially her father, as well as the manner in which adolescent judgment is reasonably fallible. "
Henry's Crime (2011)
" Keanu Reeves sleepwalks through this limp affair, the script is indifferent to the madcap possibilities its conceit engenders, and director Malcolm Venville exhibits no sense of comedic timing or aptitude for building tension. "
Con Artist (2010)
" Lays bare Kostabi's popularized thinking regarding branding and self-promotion, the impact of which can be glimpsed in the ways people these days jockey to make 'ex-reality show participant' a full-time occupation. "
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2011)
" The first half is a sycophantic and unfocused look at the health benefits of liquidated fruits and veggies, but Fat's latter half blossoms into something unexpected and heartrending, making it a passable recommendation. "
Soul Surfer (2011)
Source Code (2011)
" A self-reflexive, character-based, superhero spoof that has some colorful moments (and a deliciously crazy turn by Ellen Page), but doesn't fully and smoothly embrace the provocative nature of its premise. "
Elektra Luxx (2011)
Plastic Planet (2011)
" The satire isn't necessarily pointed. Rather, it feels a bit dutiful, even if smiling and fun. If Potiche certainly isn't an essential work, though, it does feature a sublime ending for fans of its legendary lead actress. "
" With his pin-up looks and ineffable lack of gradation, Bradley Cooper is a compelling anchor for this sort of material -- you're both rooting for him and weirdly hoping for a bit of dark comeuppance, which makes for some intriguing tension. "
Carbon Nation (2011)
Alien Girl (2010)
" Alien Girl exudes a wearying, recombinant raison d'Ítre; it's as if all the parts of a dozen American crime thrillers were distilled through a heavy sociocultural filter, reconstituted, and then aped in middling fashion. "
The Dilemma (2011)
" The Dilemma is built upon an inherently false premise. In its heart it knows this, so it expends all sorts of energy trying to throw sand in the eyes of viewers, obscuring this fact for the sake of 'zaniness.' "
You Won't Miss Me (2010)
Tiny Furniture (2010)
South of the Border (2010)
Fair Game (2010)
" Bristling with an entirely earned indignation, Fair Game is a film about the bullhorn naturally accorded to power, and the anger the public should feel when that benefit of the doubt is willfully abused. "
Red White & Blue (2010)
The Taqwacores (2010)
" Often feels less 'real,' and more like a stumbling collection of characters tilting at windmills, peppered with moments designed for raw provocation, or that read as overly telegraphed issue statements on gender equality and sexual identity. "
" A meditative, quietly gripping work about people awash in latent unhappiness, coming up from the mud, and slowly pawing their way to a place where they might (or might not) be able to get out of it. "
The Freebie (2010)
Kings of Pastry (2010)
Inside Job (2010)
" A clear-eyed, calmly reasoned wake-up call that reveals the 2008 financial collapse to be both a crime of greed and a systemic failure, a de-pantsing of American capitalism to the rest of the world. "
Down Terrace (2010)
" An unnecessarily claustrophobic visual scheme dings this otherwise so-so slice of darkly humorous, stakes-free entertainment, good for fans of certain British TV crime serials, and those schooled in the work of Shane Meadows. "
Nowhere Boy (2010)
" Nowhere Boy exists only for the same reason that Googling 'celebrity high school photos' will yield over 35 million results -- there is, in modern society, a deep and abiding obsession with famous people. "
Let Me In (2010)
Teenage Paparazzo (2011)