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L.A. Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 68%

Defendor (2009)

"Likable but hardly memorable."

Posted Feb 25, 2010

Tim Grierson

2 71%

Blood Into Wine (2010)

"Enjoyment of Blood Into Wine will likely be determined by one's passion for winemaking, or for Keenan himself." EDIT

Posted Feb 19, 2010

3 ——

Bulletproof Salesman (2010)

"As if heading off criticism that the film could be perceived as an infomercial, Epperlein and Tucker formally foreground Cloer's talent, regularly branding the screen propaganda poster-style with Cloer's sales slogans, such as "Chaos is an opportunity.""

Posted Feb 18, 2010

Karina Longworth

4 28%

Dear John (2010)

"The biggest surprise here is Tatum, whose butch reticence has never been put to better use: His saddest farewell isn't to his lady but to a man even more uncommunicative than he is."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Melissa Anderson

5 ——

Order of Chaos (2010)

"It becomes painfully clear that the filmmaker actually envisions this mano-a-mano revenge tale as some sort of tortured commentary on the corruption of the American Dream."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Tim Grierson

6 79%

Waiting for Armageddon (2010)

"Those refutations are little comfort against the manifest power of American entitlement and religious superiority fueling final-days fantasies, against which the film winds up being a sobering warning."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Ernest Hardy

7 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"Benicio Del Toro stars in this lushly art-designed 19th-century period film, but his beefcake-gone-bad magnetism is not enough to justify sitting through a movie that's full of sound, fury and unintentional camp -- and is still bafflingly inert."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Ernest Hardy

8 40%

44 Inch Chest (2010)

"[An] often sharp, nasty exposé of masculinity."

Posted Jan 14, 2010

Melissa Anderson

9 8%

Crazy on the Outside (2010)

"We get charmless hack work from two sitcom writers, a phoned-in ensemble, and for Allen a vanity role that could certainly be called criminal."

Posted Jan 14, 2010

Aaron Hillis

10 100%

Three Idiots (2009)

"A superstar for more than two decades, Aamir Khan has never been more popular than he is today, in his mid-40s."

Posted Jan 5, 2010

David Chute

11 ——

Light Keepers (2010)

"Nothing if not consistent, Adams again shows an uncanny knack for marshaling ordinarily good actors into static, gauzy compositions and having them declaim dialogue like "By thunder!" and "If I'm confectionary with my women, drown me!""

Posted Dec 29, 2009

Scott Foundas

12 ——

Iron Cross (2010)

"Writer-director Joshua Newton's portentous revenge drama wants to say something meaningful about retribution and forgiveness but is overwhelmed by its own sense of dour significance."

Posted Dec 24, 2009

Tim Grierson

13 45%

Creation (2010)

"Creation's power lies in its layers, in the way it makes distinctions between religion and faith, and the ways it beautifully (save for one clunky bit of overexplanation) lays out the similarities between religion and science."

Posted Dec 24, 2009

Ernest Hardy

14 33%

The New Daughter (2009)

"The film's riffs on the fear fathers have of teenage daughters' mood swings are its only strength, but Berdejo is too timid to actually examine all the ramifications thereof."

Posted Dec 23, 2009

Luke Y. Thompson

15 ——

Punctured Hope: A Story About Trokosi and the Young Girls' Slavery in Today's West Africa (2009)

"Despite near-fatal drawbacks, Punctured Hope fulfills the stated ambitions of Pischiutta and producer Daria Trifu to teach and inspire discussion."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

F.X. Feeney

16 0%

Fall Down Dead (2007)

"Reasonably entertaining if unexceptional."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Luke Y. Thompson

17 12%

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)

"It's a thoroughly delightful throwaway -- the kind of movie for which cable TV was made."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Robert Wilonsky

18 38%

Ocean of Pearls (2008)

"Rest assured that all is resolved with a minimum of muss, fuss and imagination."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Lance Goldenberg

19 83%

Avatar (2009)

"Above all, Cameron remains committed to the discovering of new worlds at a moment when we seem so certain that everything worth discovering already has been."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Scott Foundas

20 ——

According To Greta (2010)

"Working from a psychologically trite script by Michael Gilvary, director Nancy Bardawil gets largely good performances from her cast."

Posted Dec 14, 2009

Ernest Hardy

21 60%

Paa (2009)

"The film owes much of its interest to the alertness and sincerity of the younger Bachchan and the luminous Vidya Balan as the anguished parents, and to the soft wash of the tasteful playback songs supplied by Ilaiyaraaja."

Posted Dec 14, 2009

David Chute

22 74%

De Helaasheid der Dingen (The Misfortunates) (2010)

"A word of advice: Do not invite the Strobbe family over for Christmas dinner, as they're likely to leave the house strewn with beer bottles and broken furniture."

Posted Dec 14, 2009

Chuck Wilson

23 50%

Uncertainty (2009)

"You either swallow it and learn to love it, or you start running."

Posted Dec 14, 2009

Philippe Garnier

24 70%

The Vicious Kind (2009)

"Inevitably, the film devolves into weepy catharsis, but with slick cinematography and colorfully cruel dialogue for Scott to chew up and spit at every member of this fine ensemble."

Posted Dec 14, 2009

Aaron Hillis

25 83%

Yesterday Was a Lie (2009)

"Yesterday Was a Lie deals with some heady themes, and Brown strikes some nice notes on her character's frustrated journey, but the film is finally too disjointed and incomprehensible to be enjoyed as much else besides an exercise in style."

Posted Dec 14, 2009

John Wheeler

26 0%

Transylmania (2009)

"With stronger actors and real writers, this might've been a vintage comedy you could sink your...nope, not going there."

Posted Dec 7, 2009

Aaron Hillis

27 41%

Armored (2009)

"Antal is never much beyond serviceable here, but he does make a chase-duel between two entirely identical armored cars almost decipherable, which is no mean feat."

Posted Dec 7, 2009

Nick Pinkerton

28 ——

Across The Hall (2009)

". Merkin tries too hard for stylistic flourishes (as the hyper set-designed, claustrophobically seedy hotel underscores) and winds up almost sinking the noir-ish tale he's telling."

Posted Dec 3, 2009

Ernest Hardy

29 ——

Mr. Sadman (2009)

"The film is impeccably cast; it's shot and cut well. Unfortunately, the secret of comedy is that it's the highest form of suspense, and Mr. Sadman is just too bleakly episodic."

Posted Nov 19, 2009

F.X. Feeney

30 ——

Blood Equity (2009)

"Blood Equity's simplistic approach and shoddy production values diminish the urgency of its content."

Posted Nov 19, 2009

Tim Grierson

31 79%

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009)

"Other than a few tasty tidbits, like the fact that he wrote Joseph McCarthy's will while still a young family attorney, there's not much fresh news about William Kunstler in this documentary."

Posted Nov 19, 2009

Ella Taylor

32 46%

Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon (2009)

"This may be an admirable competition, but that doesn't make this movie less self-serving."

Posted Nov 12, 2009

Vadim Rizov

33 29%

Love Hurts (2009)

"The direction rarely rises above acceptable, but anytime the camera's pointed at Grant, it doesn't matter."

Posted Nov 12, 2009

Luke Y. Thompson

34 ——

Victory Day (2009)

"Nearly ever word out of the characters' mouths is either an arch piece of exposition or a clanging, nail-on-the-head expulsion of emotion."

Posted Nov 5, 2009

F.X. Feeney

35 ——

Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! (2009)

"Some years ago, Oy Vey! might have seemed radical in its casual presentation; nowadays, are we really supposed to believe that one gay couple adopting a child would cause mass protests on the streets of New York?"

Posted Nov 5, 2009

Luke Y. Thompson

36 42%

Turning Green (2005)

"Turning Green is, if nothing else, the world's loneliest teen sex comedy."

Posted Nov 5, 2009

Aaron Hillis

37 ——

The Fall (2009)

"The Fall is really just a dull, poorly acted courtroom drama with glossy, autumnal cinematography and an implausible twist."

Posted Oct 29, 2009

James C. Taylor

38 ——

Jump! (2007)

"Handsomely produced but dramatically inert."

Posted Oct 29, 2009

Chuck Wilson

39 ——

Make the Yuletide Gay (2009)

"It's old news that American queer cinema is splintered between movies with serious artistic and intellectual aspirations and those which, like the bulk of contemporary pop culture, are aggressively mediocre."

Posted Oct 29, 2009

Ernest Hardy

40 81%

Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)

"The problem is that Ortega offers only the public Michael. We witness him through the eyes of his employees in a film designed not only to illuminate Jackson's final days but also to set the terms of future conversation about them."

Posted Oct 29, 2009

Randall Roberts

41 20%

Hannah Free (2009)

"Hannah Free is as predictable as a Hallmark Channel movie, although there's undeniable pleasure to be had from watching Gless mumble and grumble and generally chew the scenery. Cagney lives, and she's as cranky as ever."

Posted Oct 22, 2009

Chuck Wilson

42 20%

Amelia (2009)

"Period details, from 1928 to 1937, are so clichéd that someone might as well announce onscreen, "Gosh, these '20s certainly are Roaring!""

Posted Oct 22, 2009

Nick Pinkerton

43 ——

From Mexico with Love (2009)

"Whatever its surface predictabilities, From Mexico With Love has the virtue of coaxing you to care about its people."

Posted Oct 22, 2009

F.X. Feeney

44 ——

Janky Promoters (2009)

"Everything builds to a fairly careless climax."

Posted Oct 22, 2009

F.X. Feeney

45 27%

The Canyon (2009)

"Another one for the bad-stuff-happens-to-stupid-people file, The Canyon might at least offer the satisfaction of a few squirmy thrills, if it weren't so insistent on treating its central couple's plight as the stuff of high tragedy."

Posted Oct 22, 2009

Andrew Schenker

46 11%

The Stepfather (2009)

"The Stepfather is, finally, only as good as its stepfather -- and Dylan Walsh ain't bad."

Posted Oct 22, 2009

Nick Pinkerton

47 17%

Stan Helsing (2009)

"The generically attractive young cast gamely tries to pump life into the script, to no avail."

Posted Oct 22, 2009

Ernest Hardy

48 72%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"Jonze and Eggers have added a lot without betraying a thing."

Posted Oct 15, 2009

Scott Foundas

49 ——

Warning!!! Pedophile Released (2009)

"Whether Ryan means this as art or exploitation, I can't say, but it's definitely a theme more disturbing than the buzzword in the film's title."

Posted Oct 15, 2009

Chuck Wilson

50 9%

Opa! (2009)

"Your reviewer did correctly guess just about everything that transpired in Opa!, the only surprise being that the climactic finale hinges on a PowerPoint presentation. It's as romantic as it sounds."

Posted Oct 15, 2009

Tim Grierson

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