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1 60%

Casi Divas (Road to Fame) (2008)

"Mildly engaging, wickedly funny and peppy with a lively ensemble cast, but it could have used a stronger dose of imagination, satirical bite and wit."

Posted Aug 24, 2009

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2 88%

Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

"A viscerally intense, gripping and character-driven thriller filled with pulse-pounding action, strong performances and stylish, gritty cinematography."

Posted Aug 24, 2009

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3 85%

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

"An initially riveting and provocative thriller filled with intense action sequences and strong performances, but the suspense and thrills wane as the convoluted plot becomes slightly dull and monotonous."

Posted Aug 23, 2009

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4 76%

Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)

"A 90-minute tour de force of suspense and intrigue with outstanding, powerhouse performances by James Nesbitt and Liam Neeson. It's one of the most rousing and provocative thrillers of the year."

Posted Aug 23, 2009

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5 68%

My One and Only (2009)

"Boasts a charming cast and superb production design along with briefly amusing and heartfelt moments which get bogged down by bland dialogue and an unfocused plot that often meanders."

Posted Aug 23, 2009

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6 57%

Sikandar (Foot Soldier) (2009)

"Loses steam toward the end, but, nonetheless, manages to be a fascinating and heartfelt drama filled with suspense, intrigue and lush cinematography."

Posted Aug 22, 2009

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7 89%

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

"Unpredictable and mildly engaging with decent performances, but suffers from an uneven balance of dark comedy, drama and satire with too much awkwardness and not enough bite."

Posted Aug 22, 2009

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8 40%

X Games 3D: The Movie (2009)

"Has stunning 3D visuals which briefly provide a rush of adrenaline, but it often feels too dull while lacking insight and suspense as well as palpable excitement."

Posted Aug 21, 2009

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9 8%

Post Grad (2009)

"Often drags and falls flat as a stale, contrived drama and painfully unfunny comedy with forgettable, cardboard characters."

Posted Aug 21, 2009

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10 45%

Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009)

"Has fleeting moments of excitement and thrills, but too often veers into silliness, inanity and blandness while ultimately failing to entertain older and younger audiences simultaneously."

Posted Aug 21, 2009

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11 89%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"Sensationally entertaining, relentlessly suspenseful and thrilling with a terrific ensemble cast and wickedly funny and witty dialogue. Tarantino fans rejoice!"

Posted Aug 21, 2009

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12 72%

La Mujer sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) (2008)

"An initially intriguing, well-shot psychological drama with diminishing suspense. It eventually starts to drag, leaving you feeling concurrently frustrated and underwhelmed."

Posted Aug 20, 2009

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13 90%

Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008)

"Brave, provocative and deeply poignant with a raw and heartfelt performance by Ursula Werner. It's easily one of the most powerfully emotional films of the year."

Posted Aug 18, 2009

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14 80%

It Might Get Loud (2009)

"Has stylish cinematography, terrific sound editing and other solid production values, but it suffers from excessive style over substance...It leaves you feeling unenlightened and, ultimately, undewhelmed."

Posted Aug 15, 2009

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15 21%

Spread (2009)

"Mildly engaging with slick cinematography and a sexy cast, but it's often like its protagonist himself: superficial, shallow, lazy and lacking an emotional core."

Posted Aug 15, 2009

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16 27%

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)

"Outrageous, crass and occasionally funny with a lively ensemble cast, but its humor often feels uninspired, lazy, asinine and ultimately forgettable."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

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17 37%

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

"Picturesque cinematography along with charming performances by Eric Bana and the genuinely beautiful Rachel McAdams [don't] compensate for an uneven, bland and contrived screenplay that falls flat when it comes to drama, romance and sci-fi."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

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18 92%

Ponyo (2009)

"A magical, uplifting and visually stunning film that's exhilarating for kids and adults simultaneously."

Posted Aug 14, 2009

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19 59%

Mutluluk (Bliss) (2009)

"An engrossing, tender and compelling drama boasting exquisite cinematography and a radiant performance by the beautiful Ozgu Namal."

Posted Aug 10, 2009

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20 73%

Beeswax (2009)

"A mildly engaging, low-key drama that's somewhat lazy, bland and ultimately underwhelming."

Posted Aug 9, 2009

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21 57%

Paper Heart (2009)

"Equally thought-provoking, funny, sweet and tender."

Posted Aug 9, 2009

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22 74%

Cold Souls (2009)

"A refreshingly imaginative, funny and intelligent sci-fi drama boasting a superb performance by Paul Giamatti."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

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Tapped (2009)

"Illuminating, well-researched and vital. Documentaries like Tapped come along every once in a while to raise awareness, to inform the public and to clear the fog of propaganda."

Posted Aug 7, 2009

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24 60%

A Perfect Getaway (2009)

"Initially suspenseful and has a sexy cast and beautiful scenery that provides lots of eye candy, but the suspense and intrigue fizzle out when its "whodunit" mystery ends during the hour mark..."

Posted Aug 6, 2009

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25 83%

Import/Export (2006)

"Occasionally drags, but offers a relentlessly stark glimpse into the morbid, tragic life of two lost souls who haven't found happiness or prosperity."

Posted Aug 4, 2009

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26 86%

Lorna's Silence (2008)

"Occasionally drags, but boasts a raw, emotionally complex performance by Arta Dobroshi. It's a quietly moving, character-driven drama with a heightened sense of devastating realism and genuine suspense, which only begin to wane toward the end."

Posted Aug 2, 2009

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27 94%

The Cove (2009)

"A bold, captivating, riveting and well-edited documentary that finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them intellectually as well as emotionally."

Posted Aug 2, 2009

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28 81%

Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)

"Initially invigorating, chilling and mildly suspenseful while balanced with just the right amount of dark comedy, but it occasionally veers into a tedium of awkwardness and over-the-top bizarreness that lacks surprises."

Posted Aug 2, 2009

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29 7%

Ghosted (2009)

"Initially intriguing, but tepid romantic drama suffering from an uneven screenplay with stilted dialogue and a distracting, gimmicky ghost story."

Posted Aug 1, 2009

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30 87%

Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008)

"A captivating, engrossing and character-driven thriller filled with solid performances along with palpable suspense, intensity and intrigue."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

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31 30%

The Collector (2009)

"Offers plenty of gore and stylish cinematography, but no imagination, surprises or intrigue. Ultimately, it's tedious, inane and increasingly preposterous, even if you're willing to suspend your disbelief and to check your brain at the door for 88 minutes"

Posted Jul 31, 2009

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32 94%

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

"A sensationally entertaining, well-researched documentary filled with insight and outrageously funny clips."

Posted Jul 31, 2009

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33 68%

Funny People (2009)

"Has a few laughs and a terrific ensemble cast, but suffers from an uninspired, unfocused screenplay, boring characters and too many contrived moments, it often drags and utlimately falls flat as a drama, comedy and romance"

Posted Jul 31, 2009

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34 97%

Du Levande (You, The Living) (2007)

"Surreal and absurd, yet oddly captivating and filled with a dry, sardonic sense of humor, stunning visuals along with provocative critiques of modern society."

Posted Jul 30, 2009

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35 100%

California Company Town (2008)

" A provocative, non-preachy, vital and illuminating documentary with quietly powerful and haunting images."

Posted Jul 27, 2009

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36 30%

The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) (2009)

"Has a terrific cast and charming performances, but it's often lazy, contrived, lacking insight and, ultimately, underwhelming in terms of drama, romance and comedy."

Posted Jul 25, 2009

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37 89%

The English Surgeon (2009)

"A provocative, taut and compelling documentary that's concurrently disturbing and profoundly moving."

Posted Jul 25, 2009

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38 29%

Shrink (2009)

"A mildly engaging ensemble drama with decent performances, but it suffers from an overstuffed, contrived and often tedious plot that fails to pack any palpable, emotional punches."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

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39 71%

Loren Cass (2006)

"A deceptively simple indie drama that's quite bizarre, raw, haunting and refreshingly original on a visceral level."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

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40 55%

Orphan (2009)

"Occasionally sinks into ludicrousness, but has enough suspense, chills and surprises to keep avid horror fans viscerally compelled and ultimately satisfied."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

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41 13%

The Ugly Truth (2009)

"A crass, simple-minded and highly contrived R-rated comedy that's nonetheless outrageously funny and irresistibly entertaining."

Posted Jul 24, 2009

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42 63%

Off Jackson Avenue (2009)

"Mildly engaging, but often contrived and dull with stilted dialogue that lacks much-needed pizzazz."

Posted Jul 23, 2009

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43 0%

Homecoming (2009)

"Too lazy, preposterous and inane to even be considered as a guilty pleasure."

Posted Jul 22, 2009

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44 100%

Heart of Stone ()

"A captivating, poignant and inspirational documentary that finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them intellectually."

Posted Jul 20, 2009

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45 92%

The Way We Get By (2009)

"A heartfelt, mildly fascinating documentary that lacks sufficient insight to keep you thoroughly intrigued and enlightened."

Posted Jul 19, 2009

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46 78%

Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin) (2009)

"Captivating and emotionally resonating with a powerfully raw performance by Nina Hoss."

Posted Jul 18, 2009

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47 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"A refreshingly sweet, charming and heartfelt romantic comedy with just the right combination of wit, humor and tenderness."

Posted Jul 18, 2009

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48 84%

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

"Boasts a terrific ensemble cast, occasional thrills and spectacular visuals, but it suffers from a less-than-spectacular plot that's often contrived, uneven in tone and anticlimactic."

Posted Jul 15, 2009

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49 79%

Humpday (2009)

"Initially refreshing, witty and awkwardly funny, but it morphs into a shallow, tedious, lazy and ultimately forgettable comedy."

Posted Jul 11, 2009

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50 83%

Lake Tahoe (2008)

"A simply complex, intelligent and quietly absorbing drama with just the right blend of humor, tenderness and cinéma vérité realism."

Posted Jul 11, 2009

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