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Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 77%

War Horse (2011)

"A tearjerker finale suggests that Joey has the power of restoring sight to the blind. Oh, the noble creatures that make us see ourselves as we really are!"

Posted Dec 28, 2011

Burl Burlingame

2 ——

Living In Seduced Circumstances ()

"OK, it's a low-budget Misery. It's made with technical panache and an interesting palette, however, and the actors are up to the challenge."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Burl Burlingame

3 33%

Arirang ()

" Arirang is insufferable, and it's approaching torture to sit through it. Although we do wish Ki-Duk would climb out of his hole and get on with his life."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Burl Burlingame

4 84%

The Forgiveness of Blood (2012)

"We start out hoping that new freedoms will start to cancel out age-old blood feuds, and wind up simply wishing that a cease-fire can be maintained."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Burl Burlingame

5 50%

The Journals Of Musan (2011)

"A journey through a world of moral and ethical conundrums makes a sobering couple of hours, and also a lively discussion afterwards for amateur Christian theologians. "

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Burl Burlingame

6 92%

Senna (2011)

"While this documentary is unreeling, we're definitely along for the ride. But there's no aftertaste, except for that of burnt metal."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Burl Burlingame

7 100%

Semper Fi: Always Faithful (2012)

"Semper Fi: Always Faithful carefully follows the conduct of this case, which is largely unknown by the general public. It is superbly constructed without being preachy."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Burl Burlingame

8 ——

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2012)

"A hagiographic valentine constructed by overly excited fanboys. Lee's imprint on popular culture deserves better and deeper than this."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Burl Burlingame

9 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"A large patch of the movie's social contract are the Hawaiian notions of 'aina, malama and pono. It joins the short list we aren't embarrassed to screen for malahini."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Burl Burlingame

10 80%

Littlerock (2011)

"A neatly plotted, observational film about being on the outside looking in, and on the inside looking out."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Burl Burlingame

11 81%

Red Dog (2012)

"Miners are telling Red Dog stories, and so it's essentially a series of personal flashbacks that grow larger with the retelling, exactly the way mythology gets kickstarted."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Burl Burlingame

12 75%

Leave it on the Floor (2013)

"Clearly not aimed at a mass audience, who, even if they're open to gay issues, may be turned off by on-the-cheap production values and self-conscious "acting" by principals. "

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Burl Burlingame

13 ——

Sector 7 IMAX (2011)

"She rides motorcycles, handles gigantic drills, punches out monsters and gets just the right amount of grime and sweat rubbed into her tightly stretched tanktop. Yeah, baby."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Burl Burlingame

14 ——

Sector 7 (2011)

"Eventually the creature is vanquished by the last person standing. If this sounds like every monster movie cliche ever invented, "Sector 7" manages to drag in them all."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Burl Burlingame

15 84%

Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2011)

"Beginning psychologists take note - hillbillies and college kids may kill each other, but the greatest assets in maintaining the peace, on both sides, are hot coeds."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Burl Burlingame

16 8%

1911 (2011)

"Students of revolutionary Chinese history can have fun checking them off. Look, there's Li Yuanhong! And over there, Feng Guozhang!"

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Burl Burlingame

17 ——

The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (Yip Man chinchyun) (2010)

"There is nothing in this bubbling soap opera of a plot that can't be solved with drawn-out fight scenes. And so they jump and kick, poke, slap and twirl for half the film."

Posted Oct 6, 2011

Burl Burlingame

18 ——

Quick (2011)

"It's heartening to discover that the Koreans can make stunt movies as dim-witted and as attention-deficited as Hollywood. "

Posted Sep 16, 2011

Burl Burlingame

19 100%

The Interrupters (2011)

"If this were a fiction movie out of Hollywood, we'd be hooting at the preposterousness of it all. I mean, really. "

Posted Sep 13, 2011

Burl Burlingame

20 84%

Contagion (2011)

"It proves the creepiest movies are also the quietest. Although "Contagion" is a horror movie, it's also a response about a viral apocalypse. The end arrives with tiny coughs ..."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Burl Burlingame

21 74%

Shaolin (2011)

"This is not a subtle film, and certainly not a great one, but it's made with bubbling brio and it's spectacular to look at. It's action filmmaking of the highest order."

Posted Sep 8, 2011

Burl Burlingame

22 27%

Colombiana (2011)

"The movie delivers slam-bang action, so much so that we're reminded that movies have to MOVE to carry us along, and with 'Columbiana,' we're along for the ride, baby."

Posted Sep 7, 2011

Burl Burlingame

23 24%

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

"Absolutely spastic in the way it pretends to tell a story, the work of someone who doesn't understand choreography, coherent storytelling and basic structural editing."

Posted Sep 7, 2011

Burl Burlingame

24 33%

Flyboys (2006)

"Each air battle has been scripted as a set piece that not only shows off the capabilities of the pilots and their machines, but also advances the plot. Bring your Dramamine!"

Posted Sep 7, 2011

Burl Burlingame

25 62%

Amigo (2011)

""Amigo" is probably too didactic and period-bound to find a wide audience, and the Americans who would benefit most from it are likely to be confused by it."

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Burl Burlingame

26 ——

Sunny (Sseo-ni) (2011)

"Writer-director Kang Hyeong-Cheoi has a keen grasp of what motivates teenagers, which is mostly a desire to be an individual while also being exactly like everyone else."

Posted Aug 24, 2011

Burl Burlingame

27 72%

Fright Night (2011)

"Finally - after a long dry spell - here's a vampire movie that doesn't suck. This makes it seem better than it is, as long as you don't squeeze your eyeballs in a 3D theater."

Posted Aug 19, 2011

Burl Burlingame

28 76%

The Help (2011)

"A Southern gothic comedy-drama with wickedly observed performances and a story arc that feels absolutely epic, despite the modest, domestic setting."

Posted Aug 16, 2011

Burl Burlingame

29 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"The Potter universe, magical as it is, is more grounded in heart and soul than many fictions. You don't read Harry Potter to escape, you read Harry Potter to find your way."

Posted Jul 15, 2011

Burl Burlingame

30 78%

Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)

"An affectionate and rambling look at professionals trying to save a ship they believe is sinking, and the deck tilts every whichway. They don't know whether to jump or bail."

Posted Jul 14, 2011

Burl Burlingame

31 21%

Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (2011)

"This isn't really a movie made for guys, although I can appreciate the artfulness of its construction and the solemnity of its purpose and the studied intensity of the acting."

Posted Jul 7, 2011

Burl Burlingame

32 69%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

"Hollywood, ever-sensitive to the heated scent of the national zeitgeist, is in the business of trotting out movies that greedily feed on subliminal obsessions."

Posted Jul 7, 2011

Burl Burlingame

33 78%

Dai-Nipponjin (Big Man Japan) (2009)

"An affectionate parody of Japanese giant-monster hero shows to make points about the unraveling of Japan's cultural heritage."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

34 40%

Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

"Shot either in extreme, eye-swelling close-ups or in excessively composed, arty landscapes, I now know more about the blood vessels in these actors' noses than I care to."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

35 ——

Vanaprastham (2001)

"That old story again: Boy pretends to be mythological figure, girl digs mythological figure, girl sort of digs boy because of his mythological role-playing expertise."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

36 ——

Sam dung (Tempting Heart) (1999)

"A fascinating idea -- that the concept and retelling of a romance is far more attractive to people than the real thing. It's like dissecting a film from the inside out."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

37 67%

Siam Sunset (2003)

"Many of the jokes are big production numbers that appear out of nowhere, and some are appallingly cruel in a brawny, slap-your-back kind of way."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

38 86%

Chunhyangdyun (2000)

"Reminded of 'Ever After,' a film that took a standard western myth and updated it with wit, verve and relevance. This is in that league, and rather more elegant and adult."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

39 84%

George Washington (2000)

"Oh, you could analyze and debate and dissect the individual vignettes to smithereens, which is what makes it literary, I 'spect. But that would be too much like homework."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

40 ——

Muro-ami (Reef Hunters) (2000)

"Instead of an unfolding, classic tragedy that reeks of cruel fate, out of our hands, the film has the bedeviling but slight inevitability of an overdue homework assignment."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

41 ——

History of the Sons of Hawaii (2004)

"What sets 'Sons' apart is not the depth of the subject matter - at 80 minutes, it's an epic - but the resonance it strikes with every level of modern Hawaiian culture."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

42 58%

To End All Wars (2002)

"Will be well-received on Sunday-school movie night at church, particularly during group discussions afterward. For the rest of us, alas, it doesn't quite hang together."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

43 ——

Beonjijeompeureul hada (2001)

"Compare everyday social customs to ours: In this case, it's teenage dating in South Korea, where much is made of smoking -- the chicks dig it! -- and of metaphysical babble."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

44 ——

Still, the Children are Here (2004)

"It appears to be objective documentary, one that observes without comment as a kind of visual anthropology ... see it, and appreciate your meal afterward, you big fat American."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

45 ——

South of the Clouds (Yun de nan fang) (2004)

"Not a Mao jacket or sooty sky to be seen, but the grinding privation under the weight of monolithic political machinery can still be heard, however faintly."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

46 ——

USS Poseidon: Phantom Below (2006)

"A crew of covert techs, one of whom is the dead man's suspicious sister, a naval officer who, thank goodness, strips down to tight, damp T-shirts when her temperature goes up."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

47 ——

Massie Affair (2005)

"No lessons to impart, no epigrams; the documentary simply trails off by noting these awful people got away with murder, while righteously pointing the finger at white racism."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

48 73%

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

"Possibly the richest testament Hollywood has yet made about the paroxysm of World War II ... an astounding movie on every level, not the least of which is its common humanity."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

49 82%

Linda Linda Linda (2005)

"The movie provides a fine, shiny reminiscence of school days, when learning three guitar chords in the right order was the most important thing in the world."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

50 83%

Sione's Wedding (Samoan Wedding) (2006)

"Actor Oscar Kightley bears a remarkable resemblance to teenage actor Daniel "Harry Potter" Radcliffe, if Radcliffe were in his mid-30s, bald and Samoan. Uncanny."

Posted Jul 5, 2011

Burl Burlingame

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