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Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 79%

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."

Posted Oct 17, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

2 62%

Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

"An unapologetic tear-jerker. You might resent being emotionally manipulated by this film, but I challenge even the most hard-hearted moviegoer not to spill some saltwater while watching it."

Posted Oct 17, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

3 46%

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

"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."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

4 71%

Red (2010)

"Red is an agreeable piffle, a fun action/comedy that's silly without being moronic."

Posted Oct 13, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

5 ——

Freedom Riders ()

"Director/writer Stanley Nelson?s exhaustive, exhilirating portrait of those terrible events crystallizes a moment in the grand American experiment with stunning clarity and power."

Posted Oct 12, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

6 98%

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

"This marvelous computer-animation effort from DreamWorks combined exciting action sequences with slightly subversive humor, wrapped in a subtle life-lessons subtext about overcoming disability."

Posted Oct 12, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

7 77%

Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

"The film captures the essence of the book even while diverging from it. Vonnegut himself always claimed to be extremely pleased with it. "

Posted Oct 11, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

8 64%

Secretariat (2010)

"A movie that?s just a little bit too slick for its own good, where all the pieces fit together with premanufactured precision. Still, when that horse starts to run, we can?t help cheering."

Posted Oct 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

9 66%

The Karate Kid (2010)

"The reboot does a good job of updating the story while keeping the bones of the original conflict intact."

Posted Oct 5, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

10 91%

Dark Passage (1947)

"Dark Passage isn't a particularly good film - there's a lot of disparate elements that never quite sew themselves together. It's a crazy patchwork made up of different pieces of other movies."

Posted Oct 4, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

11 88%

Let Me In (2010)

"A better adaptation of the Swedish film than we had any reason to expect. Writer/director Matt Reeves kept the original's creepy atmospherics, although he did punch up the action beats."

Posted Sep 29, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

12 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"An altogether mesmerizing tale, filled with unexpected dark humor, that plucks a lot of resonant strings about the Digital Age."

Posted Sep 29, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

13 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"Watching Iron Man 2 feels obligatory, like getting off a roller-coaster and climbing right back on again: Now that you know where the loops and drops are, it's not quite as thrilling."

Posted Sep 28, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

14 98%

Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves) (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."

Posted Sep 27, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

15 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"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."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

16 17%

You Again (2010)

"No one is going to confuse You Again with great filmmaking. But if you can stand the slow stretches, you'll find an agreeably entertaining family-friendly comedy with a little bit of bite."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

17 50%

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)

"The movie is quite derivative, transplanting the familiar tropes of the fantasy genre onto owls. Still, I liked it well enough to endorse it for smaller children."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

18 57%

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."

Posted Sep 22, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

19 66%

Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) (2010)

"Wild Grass is about the randomness of life, and how the meaning behind arbitrary events is incomprehensible and opaque. This also describes what the experience of watching the film is like."

Posted Sep 22, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

20 29%

The Virginity Hit (2010)

"Sort of a Porky's for the age of YouTube, The Virginity Hit isn't nearly as raunchy as it pretends to be, and not nearly funny enough as it needs to be."

Posted Sep 22, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

21 78%

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."

Posted Sep 20, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

22 90%

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

"Ed O'Bannon and John Russo may have intended The Return of the Living Dead as a comedy, but it's just too damn gory, too scary and too good to be dismissed as a zom com."

Posted Sep 19, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

23 53%

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."

Posted Sep 17, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

24 85%

Easy A (2010)

"I didn't really buy the words coming out of the mouth of a precocious 17-year-old, I still enjoyed knowing somebody uttered them."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

25 94%

The Town (2010)

"Affleck gives such a confident, authentic performance - both in front of and behind the camera - that the crime genre's familiar tropes take on a lively, at times electric quality."

Posted Sep 15, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

26 36%

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

"When one considers the progeny of this sun-baked disaster, the question becomes not where did everything go wrong, but how did anyone ever think it would go right."

Posted Sep 14, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

27 94%

The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (1957)

"The Seventh Seal is a film not about the end of time, but the silence between man and God."

Posted Sep 13, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

28 97%

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."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

29 55%

Flipped (2010)

"This is the movie version of comfort food from your grandmother: Familiar, wholesome and rather bland."

Posted Sep 9, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

30 17%

Legendary (2010)

"An after-school special on steroids, Legendary is the story of a fake wrestler teaching his kid brother how to be a real wrestler."

Posted Sep 8, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

31 47%

MacGruber (2010)

"It's Pat has a new rival for the title of "Worst SNL Movie.""

Posted Sep 7, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

32 80%

Richard III (1956)

"It's fascinating to note that Richard is almost always portrayed by middle-aged actors - Olivier was 48, and actually comes in at the low end. In reality, Richard was only 32 when he died."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

33 88%

The Old Man and the Sea (1958)

"The 1958 film, made six years after publication of the book, is a faithful adaptation - virtually a word-for-word copy of Hemingway's dialogue and prose - that is not without its faults."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

34 89%

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."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

35 78%

Mystic Pizza (1988)

"To put it bluntly, Mystic Pizza is more or less a movie version of a soap opera, layered in with some quirky humor and gigantic '80s hair."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

36 96%

Limelight (1952)

"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."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

37 98%

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) (1972)

"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."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

38 76%

Becket (1964)

"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."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

39 ——

Men of the Fighting Lady (Panther Squadron) (1954)

"The tone in many ways reminded me of Top Gun, which would come out three decades later: Callow young pilots learn to rely on their fellow fighter jocks and act as a team."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

40 92%

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. "

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

41 100%

Odd Man Out (1947)

"I really enjoyed the dark atmospheric cinematography, and a wonderful, large cast. The movie kind of wanders away from itself in the second half, but I mostly enjoyed the places where it rambled."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

42 54%

A Price Above Rubies (1998)

"A Price Above Rubies isn't a particularly good movie, though Zellweger shines in a tough, gritty role that foreshadowed her more serious acting ambitions."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

43 100%

Les Miserables (1935)

"The 1935 film is a powerful version, centering on the antagonism between Valjean and Javert - though the filmmakers had to jettison much of Victor Hugo's pages to set up this dynamic."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

44 ——

Five Came Back (1939)

"In many ways, the film can be seen as a precursor to the modern disaster flicks that had their heyday in the 1970s, and then another one in the '90s."

Posted Sep 6, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

45 72%

Machete (2010)

"Machete is almost completely devoid of any entertainment value. It's trying to be a spoof of low-budget action movies, except it keeps forgetting to poke fun and becomes that which it mocked."

Posted Sep 3, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

46 ——

The Dungeon Masters (2008)

"The Dungeon Masters fails as a journalistic exploration of gaming. But as a glimpse into the lives of the people behind the dungeon master's screen, it rolls high."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

47 76%

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2010)

"The Wildest Dream is an often gripping account of the men who dare to climb toward heaven, and sometimes pay the ultimate price."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

48 23%

An American Crime (2007)

"By instead focusing more on the character of Gertrude Baniszewski, the film relegates Sylvia Likens to a cypher with no real identity - she's simply a vessel for abuse."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

49 98%

Aliens (1986)

"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."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

50 36%

Eat Pray Love (2010)

"I admired Julia Roberts' grasping for something meatier, but this film sticks her with an unrelatable character that even her coltish smile can't beautify."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Christopher Lloyd

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