The Screengrab

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

"A delirious haunted house carnival ride."

Posted May 26, 2009

Nick Schager

2 98%

Up (2009)

"Exudes a wit and wisdom that elevates it to the animated adventure apex."

Posted May 26, 2009

Nick Schager

3 33%

Terminator Salvation (2009)

"Strives for bleak gravity with misguided fervor."

Posted May 21, 2009

Nick Schager

4 88%

Jerichow (2008)

"By protracting his set-up, Petzold ... achieves and maintains an effective level of intrigue."

Posted May 13, 2009

Nick Schager

5 66%

The Brothers Bloom (2009)

"Infinitely pleased with its derivative, fanciful writerly convolutions."

Posted May 12, 2009

Nick Schager

6 78%

Outrage (2009)

"By letting others do the heavy lifting, the filmmaker comes off as more than a little reticent, a quality in tune with the overall tone of his latest."

Posted May 8, 2009

Nick Schager

7 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"A largely thrilling surprise, its blend of humor, romance and action so kinetically orchestrated that calling out its shortcomings feels like excessive carping."

Posted May 6, 2009

Nick Schager

8 73%

Rudo y Cursi (2009)

"A flagrantly contrived piece of Hollywood-style hokum masquerading as serious drama."

Posted May 6, 2009

Nick Schager

9 61%

Adoration (2008)

"If Egoyan's elliptical narrative flirts with pretentiousness, the director nonetheless encases his action in an affecting mood of regret and longing."

Posted May 4, 2009

Nick Schager

10 63%

Eldorado (2009)

"What ultimately prevents Eldorado from generating any serious comedic energy is absurdity ... that feels unduly strained and limp."

Posted Apr 28, 2009

Nick Schager

11 44%

The Limits of Control (2009)

"Plods along with a self-seriousness that borders on parody."

Posted Apr 27, 2009

Nick Schager

12 84%

Tyson (2009)

"Ultimately proves too subjective to truly get at the heart and mind-frame of its iconic subject."

Posted Apr 21, 2009

Nick Schager

13 66%

Sleep Dealer (2009)

"Culminates in an unconvincing finale whose hopefulness seems not only fanciful but, when viewed on the story's own terms, woefully short-sighted."

Posted Apr 15, 2009

Nick Schager

14 84%

State of Play (2009)

"Achieves suitably swift momentum, the twists and turns coming fast enough to keep one distracted from the obvious, telegraphed denouement lying in wait."

Posted Apr 14, 2009

Nick Schager

15 80%

An Unlikely Weapon (2008)

"Though Morgan's non-fiction techniques are only serviceably straightforward, the director engagingly makes clear that Adams' most renowned image haunted him but did not, ultimately, define his work."

Posted Apr 9, 2009

Nick Schager

16 51%

Ghostbusters 2 (1989)

"Effectively slimed everyone's fond memories of the original."

Posted Apr 7, 2009

Nick Schager

17 62%

Lymelife (2008)

"Authenticity is drowned out by an overarching don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover message that long ago lost its luster."

Posted Apr 6, 2009

Nick Schager

18 67%

Lifeforce (1985)

"Frequently outlandish and far from profound, it's nonetheless a box-office bomb that, like its horror-maestro director, deserved quite a bit better."

Posted Apr 6, 2009

Nick Schager

19 44%

Tequila Sunrise (1988)

"A project with the ingredients for greatness that nonetheless came out half-baked."

Posted Apr 6, 2009

Nick Schager

20 36%

Gigantic (2009)

"A borderline insufferable trifle that dispenses quirkiness with its every gesture and breath."

Posted Apr 1, 2009

Nick Schager

21 98%

Avaze gonjeshk-ha (The Song of Sparrows) (2009)

"It's a homily about the ethically and spiritually corrupting influence of the city, and of that milieu's capitalist ethos, straight out of an Industrial Revolution-era sermon."

Posted Mar 31, 2009

Nick Schager

22 91%

Sugar (2008)

"The filmmakers' confidently modest helming ... allows events to feel, if not fresh, then at least real."

Posted Mar 31, 2009

Nick Schager

23 34%

Alien Trespass (2009)

"Merely coasts along limply, lacking ribald tongue-in-cheek humor as well as the unironic self-seriousness that epitomized its spiritual predecessors."

Posted Mar 30, 2009

Nick Schager

24 70%

Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)

"Absorbing yet lacking."

Posted Mar 25, 2009

Nick Schager

25 40%

We Pedal Uphill (2008)

"This collage ... all too frequently succumbs to moralistic clichés, and never coheres into a rousing, affecting whole."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Nick Schager

26 18%

Reunion (2009)

"A Big Chill-ish enterprise whose serious intentions aren't enough to compensate for the two-dimensionality of its stock archetypes."

Posted Mar 6, 2009

Nick Schager

27 73%

Tokyo! (2008)

"In this surprisingly rich anthology, it's not merely location that proves the primary connective tissue, but a sense of individuals struggling to cope with detachment."

Posted Mar 4, 2009

Nick Schager

28 33%

Sherman's Way (2009)

"Charts the contrived awakenings of two caricatures."

Posted Mar 3, 2009

Nick Schager

29 17%

The Trouble with Romance (2009)

"A Cinemax skin flick without the skin."

Posted Feb 24, 2009

Nick Schager

30 61%

Eleven Minutes (2008)

"A severely limited affair, one whose appeal will likely be relegated to those already familiar with McCarroll's prior escapades."

Posted Feb 18, 2009

Nick Schager

31 90%

Must Read After My Death (2007)

"Intimately, poetically evokes the banal tragedies of one family's 1960s Hartford, CT life."

Posted Feb 17, 2009

Nick Schager

32 82%

Two Lovers (2008)

"Focuses so intently on character details and setting that the gradual development and resolution of the plot seems not rote but fervent, prickly, alive."

Posted Feb 10, 2009

Nick Schager

33 32%

Fanboys (2008)

"Merely an extended high-five to those already in the Skywalker-adoring club."

Posted Feb 4, 2009

Nick Schager

34 84%

Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

"Concluding on a fittingly less-than-happy note, the promising but uneven film knows what it wants to say, if not, ultimately, exactly how to say it."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Nick Schager

35 82%

Serbis (Service) (2008)

"A scraggly, messy, often aimless, and yet consistently amusing and engaging work of black comedy-cum-social-realism."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Nick Schager

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