St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 87%

Polisse (2012)

""Polisse" draws us uncomfortably close to a taboo subject then rewards us with real nourishment."

Posted Jun 15, 2012

Joe Williams

2 92%

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)

"Essential viewing and a nice companion piece to "Wild Style," "Style Wars" and other key hip-hop documentaries."

Posted Jun 15, 2012

Kevin C. Johnson

3 20%

That's My Boy (2012)

"Forced laughter is the only kind you'll hear during "That's My Boy," between the long stretches of slack-jawed silence."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Joe Williams

4 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"To his credit, campy director Adam Shankman knows that his source material is a joke - but it's a joke at the expense of musical history."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Joe Williams

5 100%

Bunheads: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Skip it, you'll be missing a show that is beautiful and sweet, funny and touching. "

Posted Jun 9, 2012

Gail Pennington

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Posted Jun 8, 2012

7 75%

Surviving Progress (2012)

"These are critically important issues, but it needs a sharper point to get through thick skulls, and even evolved humans who are tired of the treadmill of progress might ask: What else is new?"

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Joe Williams

8 58%

Hysteria (2012)

"As a sex-education comedy, "Hysteria" is flaccid, forced and unfunny."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Joe Williams

9 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Phonies may complain that Anderson's island of misfit toys is a retreat from the real world, but for pure-hearted adventurers who share the secret map, "Moonrise Kingdom" is a joy that cannot be eclipsed."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Joe Williams

10 29%

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2012)

"Certainly, there's a comedy to be made about multigenerational conflict. But "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" never quite finds its groove."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Calvin Wilson

11 40%

Saving Hope: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" The characters are so appealing that I wonder whether the show wouldn't have been fine without the weirdness. "

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Gail Pennington

12 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"Aping Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," Scott and his screenwriters have designed this towering puzzle to provoke debate, with liberal allusions to gender, race and religion."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Joe Williams

13 75%

The Intouchables (2012)

"The easygoing posture and strong casting keep The Intouchables from stumbling over vexing questions of race, class and disability."

Posted Jun 2, 2012

Joe Williams

14 75%

Sound of My Voice (2012)

""Sound of My Voice" at once dramatizes and questions the power of belief."

Posted Jun 1, 2012

Calvin Wilson

15 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"Although it raises timeless questions about life and loss, and timely ones about mentorship and multiculturalism, "Monsieur Lazhar" would rather teach than preach."

Posted Jun 1, 2012

Joe Williams

16 100%

Come Back, Africa ()

""Come Back, Africa" is most effective as an ethnographic documentary, with cinema verite images of white privilege and black poverty."

Posted May 25, 2012

Joe Williams

17 80%

Goodbye First Love (2012)

""Goodbye First Love" is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger."

Posted May 25, 2012

Joe Williams

18 70%

Men in Black III (2012)

""Men in Black 3" is all surface but, as with the moon, the surface can steal our attention"

Posted May 24, 2012

Joe Williams

19 22%

Darling Companion (2012)

"[It] has a fine cast, but doesn't seem to have much to say other than lamenting the unfairness of getting old."

Posted May 18, 2012

Calvin Wilson

20 93%

First Position (2012)

"For someone (like me) who has never been to a ballet, the talent of these teens and tweens is a revelation."

Posted May 18, 2012

Joe Williams

21 92%

Headhunters (2012)

"Like a Teutonic techno band, this thriller is both skillfully familiar and chillingly strange."

Posted May 18, 2012

Joe Williams

22 90%

Bernie (2012)

"Black is terrific. Rather than winking at the audience, he plays Bernie as a guy who's thoroughly unaware that there's anything unconventional about his behavior."

Posted May 18, 2012

Calvin Wilson

23 34%

Battleship (2012)

"Some guilty-pleasure cheese atop a ration of stale popcorn can't cleanse the distastefulness that "Battleship" leaves in its wake."

Posted May 17, 2012

Joe Williams

24 57%

The Dictator (2012)

""The Dictator" is too short and undisciplined to be a world-class comedy, but its chutzpah deserves respect."

Posted May 15, 2012

Joe Williams

25 50%

Common Law: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Nobody will watch Common Law to watch crimes being solved. But viewers may be engaged by the characters and their chemistry, and that's what USA is counting on. "

Posted May 11, 2012

Gail Pennington

26 78%

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

""The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is an Indian dish for day-trippers. Lacking beef or sufficient spice, it's nonetheless colorful comfort food."

Posted May 11, 2012

Joe Williams

27 62%

We Have a Pope (2012)

"This is rich material that Moretti mines for both superficial absurdity and deep pathos. But he refuses to forge an orthodox happy ending, let alone a tinny satire."

Posted May 11, 2012

Joe Williams

28 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

""Dark Shadows" may be too light for vampire purists or fans of the original show, but fresh blood is just what the doctor ordered."

Posted May 10, 2012

Joe Williams

29 90%

The Fairy (2012)

"Do yourself and your kids a favor. On the way to multiplex to see "The Avengers," tell them "The Fairy" is about an all-powerful superheroine. Someday, they'll find the words to thank you."

Posted May 4, 2012

Joe Williams

30 75%

Damsels in Distress (2012)

"Like a degree in gender studies, there's no payoff."

Posted May 4, 2012

Joe Williams

31 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Biff! Bam! Boring!"

Posted May 3, 2012

Joe Williams

32 47%

96 Minutes (2012)

""96 Minutes" is a mere introduction to Sociology 101, but it's brisk enough to rustle the reading list and keep the conversation alive."

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Joe Williams

33 70%

The Hunter (2012)

"With a rucksack of gadgets, Dafoe makes a believably cunning tracker, and when he finally confronts his prey, the mutual respect feeds a poignant parable."

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Joe Williams

34 63%

Delicacy (2012)

"Although there's some meat on the menu, "Delicacy" ends up as lightly sugared and as gently bent as a fortune cookie."

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Joe Williams

35 21%

Elles (2012)

""Elles" is provocative company, but it leaves us feeling hustled."

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Joe Williams

36 86%

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

"This pirate tale is a misguided adventure that doesn't fully set sail."

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Jody Mitori

37 63%

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

"At best, "The Five-Year Engagement" is very well played by its leads and supporting characters. You can't go wrong with Segel, Blunt, Pratt and Brie, the latter two TV stars who are movie-ready."

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Kevin C. Johnson

38 53%

Think Like a Man (2012)

"Despite the crass book promotion, the overlong film is harmless romantic fun that's well played."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Kevin C. Johnson

39 83%

The Salt of Life (2012)

"Episodically structured and lethargically paced, the new film attempts to convince us that there's something incredibly charming about an old guy who makes a habit of ogling young women. Actually, the whole scenario is pretty creepy."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Calvin Wilson

40 74%

Chimpanzee (2012)

"Produced in association with the Jane Goodall Institute, "Chimpanzee" is an eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Joe Williams

41 95%

Marley (2012)

"Given the legal and logistical constraints on this long-delayed project, this lengthy movie is as comprehensive a history as Marley's fans could have hoped, but the uninitiated may not catch a fire."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Joe Williams

42 79%

The Deep Blue Sea (2012)

"Davies doesn't provide stylish counterweights to the heavy drama. Any story that starts with a woman writing a suicide note is cheating us of an honest investment in the outcome."

Posted Apr 19, 2012

Joe Williams

43 90%

Footnote (2012)

"Cedar mines dark humor from the humiliations of identity checks and pecking orders."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Joe Williams

44 76%

Bombay Beach (2011)

""Bombay Beach" is an oasis of creativity in the documentary landscape."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Joe Williams

45 85%

The Raid: Redemption (2012)

""The Raid: Redemption" is built on shaky and blood-soaked ground, but if towering technique is all you want from an action movie, then yippee-ki-yay."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Joe Williams

46 97%

The Kid with a Bike (2012)

"This is a film that's not always easy to watch, but just about impossible to forget."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Calvin Wilson

47 85%

Bully (2012)

""Bully" is a good start to a necessary conversation, but its loving voice is likely to be drowned out by haters who hide their own wounded hearts behind Internet pseudonyms and broadcast microphones."

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Joe Williams

48 99%

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

"This documentary strikes a balance between storytelling and food porn that's hard to come by in foodie flicks. Like a proper sushi meal, "Jiro" left me feeling sated, not stuffed."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Evan S. Benn

49 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"It's outrageous but also great fun."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Kevin C. Johnson

50 86%

Chico & Rita (2012)

"When a place and its people are this stylish, we can't help but be drawn to them."

Posted Apr 6, 2012

Joe Williams

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