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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

Chronicle (2012)

"By the time you read this, the internet will be crawling with spoilers. Don't go looking for them. The movie deserves fresh eyes."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Norman Wilner

2 79%

The Innkeepers (2012)

"It's so effective at capturing the natural rhythms of being bored at work that the supernatural stuff feels like an unnecessary intrusion."

Posted Feb 3, 2012

Norman Wilner

3 79%

The Grey (2012)

"It has just enough gravity to make you wish it delivered more fully on its potential."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Norman Wilner

4 83%

Tyrannosaur (2011)

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Norman Wilner

5 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"Monsieur Lazhar is a tender and touching drama that captures the pulse of both primary school politics and Canadian immigration."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Radheyan Simonpillai

6 32%

Man on a Ledge (2012)

"I will say this for Man On A Ledge: most of the movie is indeed about a man on a ledge."

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Norman Wilner

7 93%

Coriolanus (2011)

"Fiennes has assembled a terrific cast and given them their head, but the focus is rightly on his character, a ferocious warrior undone by his own integrity."

Posted Jan 20, 2012

Norman Wilner

8 80%

Haywire (2012)

"Carano may not be a great acting discovery, but she suits this role just fine. She's entirely credible as an action hero."

Posted Jan 20, 2012

Norman Wilner

9 51%

Contraband (2012)

"The ever-mounting complications start to feel a little ridiculous about an hour in, but Kormákur keeps the action moving so swiftly that I didn't really mind."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Norman Wilner

10 77%

The Swell Season (2011)

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Norman Wilner

11 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"Cronenberg's clinical approach to Hampton's too on-the-nose dialogue makes for a very static drama; it's as if the filmmaker is much more comfortable dealing with eroticism as subtext than text."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Norman Wilner

12 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol isn't about geopolitical realism. It's about keeping your palms clammy with acrophobia (IMAX, baby) and your pulse at a certain rhythm while good guys do their best to keep the world turning."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Norman Wilner

13 46%

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012)

"Horn makes an appealing hero."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Norman Wilner

14 60%

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

"Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows improves on Guy Ritchie's previous Sherlock picture by abandoning any pretense that it's based on Arthur Conan Doyle's text."

Posted Dec 16, 2011

Norman Wilner

15 71%

Carnage (2011)

"Polanski is a master at shooting this sort of thing. Anyone who's seen his nimble adaptation of Death And The Maiden knows he can turn a static drama into a pulsing, unnerving endurance test."

Posted Dec 16, 2011

Norman Wilner

16 66%

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"There's an audience for such lazy sentimentality, which means Crowe's half-hearted attempt to revive his career might actually succeed."

Posted Dec 16, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

17 95%

Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011)

"Lee aims to revive Goodman's legacy, using archival footage and thoughtful interviews with surviving friends and relations to create a portrait of a man who was quite literally too complicated for his times."

Posted Dec 9, 2011

Norman Wilner

18 58%

The Eye of the Storm (2012)

"Charlotte Rampling has been remarkably good at playing craggy old women lately (see Melancholia) and she outdoes herself as Elizabeth."

Posted Dec 9, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

19 91%

Into The Abyss (2011)

"Unlike, say, Errol Morris in The Thin Blue Line, Herzog isn't seeking to exonerate anyone or introduce new evidence. He's just there, observing the process as it rolls forward and wondering why."

Posted Dec 9, 2011

Norman Wilner

20 7%

New Year's Eve (2011)

"Like Marshall's last ensemble piece, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve is strictly by the numbers, a generic exercise in empty momentum."

Posted Dec 9, 2011

Norman Wilner

21 40%

Granito (2011)

Posted Dec 2, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

22 79%

Shame (2011)

"Fassbender lays himself bare in every way imaginable."

Posted Dec 2, 2011

Norman Wilner

23 84%

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

"While My Week With Marilyn acknowledges the void between her public persona and private life, it does very little to fill it."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

24 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"It reminds us how much we love Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Animal, the Swedish Chef and all the rest, and it lets a lot of famous people -- among them Feist, Emily Blunt and Neil Patrick Harris -- pop up to express their own affection."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Norman Wilner

25 91%

Arthur Christmas (2011)

"The animators lure us in with clever jokes and ingenious visuals and then sucker-punch us by revealing the characters' surprising emotional depths."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Norman Wilner

26 24%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"Throughout the series, Meyer's lurid take on teenage passion has shone through as one of the ugliest and most insidious messages ever sent to its target demographic."

Posted Nov 18, 2011

Norman Wilner

27 71%

Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain (2011)

"The problem with paying big-screen prices for a stand-up special is that you really have to like the comic to feel you're getting your money's worth."

Posted Nov 18, 2011

Norman Wilner

28 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"The Descendants gives George Clooney another fine role as a comfortable man shaken by the realities of life."

Posted Nov 18, 2011

Norman Wilner

29 63%

Café de Flore (2012)

"Some people are going to hate it; I found it bracing, daring and entirely invigorating."

Posted Nov 18, 2011

Norman Wilner

30 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"J. Edgar is the latest in Clint Eastwood's late-period series of stately duds."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Norman Wilner

31 88%

Margin Call (2011)

"Kevin Spacey is flat-out brilliant as a company lifer in the awful position of knowing what's coming but being powerless to stop it."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Norman Wilner

32 78%

Melancholia (2011)

"Like its titular emotional state, Melancholia gets under your skin and sticks with you long after it's over."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

33 84%

Mysteries of Lisbon (2011)

"It's all played out beautifully and captured by Ruiz with his characteristically detailed cinematography."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Norman Wilner

34 68%

Tower Heist (2011)

"There's so much wrong with Tower Heist, but director Brett Ratner and his team pull off the improbable with this comic caper that actually gets away with being entertaining -- up to a point."

Posted Nov 4, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

35 ——

An Insignificant Harvey (2011)

"It's a wobbly construction, swinging between credible character development and clumsy plotting, but the genuinely sweet chemistry between Prentice and Adams holds the whole thing together."

Posted Nov 4, 2011

Norman Wilner

36 90%

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"Durkin confidently escalates the psychological tension, easing visual elements into the frame to trigger Martha's tangled memories."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Norman Wilner

37 81%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"The Frankensteinish plot may be a departure for him, but The Skin I Live In has all of Pedro Almodóvar trademark kitsch, over-the-top melodrama and recurring questions about sexual identity and voyeurism."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

38 89%

Buck (2011)

"As we see in Cindy Meehl's terrific documentary Buck, the rugged, plain-spoken Brannaman comes by his knowledge the hard way."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Norman Wilner

39 ——

Ó Paí, Ó (2007)

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Norman Wilner

40 50%

The Rum Diary (2011)

"The result is a strange push-pull between Depp's farcical inclinations and Robinson's world-weariness, and while it doesn't totally gel, Eckhart and Heard do some really interesting work on the margins."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Norman Wilner

41 24%

The Three Musketeers (2011)

"A stupid movie (in 3-D!) that owns its baser instincts, doesn't try to be anything else and reminds us that there are still some modest pleasures to be had from it."

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

42 ——

Down The Road Again ()

"Returning to the characters he created in 1970, Shebib has made a wheezy, flat and unnecessary follow-up that tries in the clumsiest way imaginable to slap a happy ending on the first film's downbeat story."

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Norman Wilner

43 70%

Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

"It's a more linear and coherent work than its predecessor, but it lacks the passion and fury that made that film seem so urgent. Maybe that's just an indication of how the paradigm has shifted."

Posted Oct 14, 2011

Norman Wilner

44 93%

Benda Bilili! (2011)

"The music speaks volumes about who they are and where they come from."

Posted Oct 14, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

45 92%

Take Shelter (2011)

"Jessica Chastain has some fine moments as his confused wife, but Shannon's wrenching performance is the film."

Posted Oct 14, 2011

Norman Wilner

46 85%

The Ides of March (2011)

"Without anyone noticing, George Clooney has become one of the best directors of actors. He gets them to relax and in so doing brings out their strongest performances."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Norman Wilner

47 10%

Trespass (2011)

"Schumacher directs like he's on amyl nitrite, flinging the camera around the rooms of his gargantuan set to establish a tone of frantic tension."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Norman Wilner

48 60%

Real Steel (2011)

"Given that it's a story about a father and son who bond over outsized games of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots and is directed by the guy who made the Night At The Museum movies, Real Steel has surprising heart and intelligence."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Norman Wilner

49 100%

The Interrupters (2011)

"There are moments when The Interrupters feels like a real-life version of The Wire, with weary heroes trudging forever uphill to make their ugly world a slightly better place. The problem is that it's a very repetitive film."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Norman Wilner

50 40%

French Immersion ()

"The clash between anglophones and francophones is territory ripe for comedy, but this laboured attempt at humour doesn't bear fruit."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Radheyan Simonpillai

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