Nowhere Boy (2010)
"It succeeds as a moving story of a boy, expressively played by Aaron Johnson, whose life would have been interesting enough to justify a movie about it even if he'd never gone on to be one of The Beatles. "
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
"Even the plain black-and-white title sequences and old-timey musical score feel less like the affectations of a stubbornly independent artist than the rut of someone who can't find anything fresh to say. "
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
The Karate Kid (2010)
Dark Passage (1947)
Let Me In (2010)
The Social Network (2010)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
The Bicycle Thief (1949)
"Enzo Staioli is an absolute revelation as son Bruno. With a mop of irrepressible hair that even a downpour of rain cannot long suppress, Bruno is a 7-year-old fellow pilgrim and witness to the joyous and heartbreaking events - the film's silent narrator. "
"It starts out as a big-stakes film attempting a grand statement about the rift lines in the machine of American capitalism. It ends up going small-time, as a miserly story about people we do not understand behaving in ways we don't believe. "
You Again (2010)
Bran Nue Dae (2010)
"Bran Nue Dae is a kooky, deliriously happy mix of happenstance and broadly-drawn characters who are apt to break into song at any given moment. It's not quite enough for me to recommend, but I'm not unhappy to have seen it. "
The Virginity Hit (2010)
Wall Street (1987)
"Like the rest of Stone's oeuvre, it's about as subtle as a sledgehammer. But his filmmaking style is like heavy metal: When he hits the right chords, nobody plays with as much power or brash energy. "
I'm Still Here (2010)
"The revelation the whole thing was a sham cannot repair the damage Joaquin Phoenix has done to a once-promising career. I'm Still Here is a practical joke, and not a very good one, either in conception or execution. "
Easy A (2010)
The Town (2010)
Animal Kingdom (2010)
"Writer/director David Mich˘d constructs a slippery narrative that consistently fools the audience about where the movie is heading. The result is part Donnie Brasco, part Godfather and more than a little bit Ma Barker. "
Richard III (1956)
The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
"James Mason's portrayal of Captain Nemo is a hard-edged, dramatic performance, with no winking nods or cartoonish layers. You could transport Mason whole into a much darker movie with R-rated violence, and he would fit like a glove. "
Mystic Pizza (1988)
"Limelight seems stuck in time, even for 1952. The un-ironic pathos and sentimental humanism seems almost quaint in the post-Hitler world. But that's Chaplin for you - a man who lived by, and wrote, his own rules. "
"This 1972 German film eschews narrative for hallucinatory images and long takes that plunge you into the whirlpool of the main character's madness. It's less storytelling than a visually disturbing fever dream. "
"Becket is a terrific example of the historical play or novel turned into a cinematic drama crackling with whip-smart dialogue. I imagine actors must go mad with delight when they read a script that has page after page of dialogue this good. "
The Sugarland Express (1974)
"The Sugarland Express is not terribly original - Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands and The Getaway are indelibly marked in its DNA - but shows an already dazzling young filmmaker honing his skills and vision. "
Odd Man Out (1947)
A Price Above Rubies (1998)
Les Miserables (1935)
Five Came Back (1939)
The Dungeon Masters (2008)
An American Crime (2007)
"It's interesting that the film, a sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 atmospheric horror-film-in-space, is generally regarded as an action movie. Go through it, and you'll realize the character and dialogue scenes far outweigh the kablooey stuff. "
Eat Pray Love (2010)