St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"Katie Jarvis has a natural presence that matches the unsentimental minimalism of the film."

Posted Mar 4, 2010

Joe Williams

2 83%

The Ghost Writer (2010)

"As an exercise in craft, it's surprisingly successful, thanks to the strong cast and the vivid depiction of a modern leader's security apparatus."

Posted Mar 4, 2010

Joe Williams

3 51%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"Here's a riddle: What's Alice in Wonderland without wonder? It's a beloved character landing in the rubble of wrong-headed revisionism."

Posted Mar 4, 2010

Joe Williams

4 85%

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)

"The White Ribbon is a stark, contemplative and hauntingly brilliant film."

Posted Feb 25, 2010

Calvin Wilson

5 40%

44 Inch Chest (2010)

"With violence on the menu, it's a guilty pleasure to watch these stage-trained hambones unleash a rapid-fire roundelay of righteous indignation."

Posted Feb 25, 2010

Joe Williams

6 19%

Cop Out (2010)

"By the time the smoke clears, Cop Out seems like an appropriate title."

Posted Feb 25, 2010

Joe Williams

7 71%

The Last Station (2010)

"It's rewarding for a film to render rarefied ideas so concretely, but The Last Station works best as a battle of wills between husband and wife."

Posted Feb 18, 2010

Joe Williams

8 69%

Shutter Island (2010)

"This quasi-horror film has the great director's usual craftsmanship and a stellar cast, but ultimately it's an infuriating trick that makes its most provocative ideas disappear."

Posted Feb 18, 2010

Joe Williams

9 49%

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

"The Lightning Thief isn't electric, but it generates some spark when it varies the Grecian formula."

Posted Feb 11, 2010

Joe Williams

10 97%

35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008)

"Claire Denis, an acclaimed French director, makes films that defy the rules of Hollywood."

Posted Feb 11, 2010

Calvin Wilson

11 45%

Creation (2010)

"It's smart, heartfelt, handsome and just mutated enough to sustain interest in a specialized subject."

Posted Feb 11, 2010

Joe Williams

12 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"Neither scary enough to be exciting nor campy enough to be amusing."

Posted Feb 11, 2010

Joe Holleman

13 18%

Valentine's Day (2010)

"What might have seemed like a lively idea -- an all-star roundelay about love in Los Angeles -- is as fossilized as the wooly mammoths in the La Brea Tar Pits."

Posted Feb 11, 2010

Joe Williams

14 78%

Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) (2009)

"It's unlike anything Hollywood would dare to make."

Posted Feb 4, 2010

Joe Williams

15 28%

Dear John (2010)

"Dear John fulfills its mission, which is to be a crowd-pleasing tearjerker."

Posted Feb 4, 2010

Calvin Wilson

16 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"Without action, compelling characters or a coherent point of view, Edge of Darkness doesn't have a glimmer of good qualities."

Posted Jan 29, 2010

Joe Williams

17 94%

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (2009)

"Although Shulman died after Visual Acoustics was completed, this stylish film reminds us that great images endure after bodies and buildings crumble."

Posted Jan 28, 2010

Joe Williams

18 94%

Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008)

"As evidenced in The Beaches of Agnès, Varda is too venerable to be hip -- and too wholly alive to be venerated."

Posted Jan 28, 2010

Joe Williams

19 98%

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

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Posted Jan 21, 2010

20 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"Crazy Heart is a familiar tune, but the harmonies reverberate."

Posted Jan 20, 2010

Joe Williams

21 79%

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009)

"Like the recent animated documentary Chicago Ten, this is a timely reminder of a era when "change" was more than just a campaign slogan. But it's also a personal portrait, with shadings."

Posted Jan 20, 2010

Joe Williams

22 18%

The Tooth Fairy (2010)

"It's a step backward for Johnson, a charismatic performer who was much better in Race to Witch Mountain. A few more films like this, and he may be back to professional wrestling."

Posted Jan 20, 2010

Calvin Wilson

23 28%

Extraordinary Measures (2010)

"There's nothing cinematic about this turgid tearjerker except the slumming presence of movie star Harrison Ford."

Posted Jan 20, 2010

Joe Williams

24 21%

Leap Year (2010)

"In Hollywood, it's all about the concept, and some studio executive must have thought it would be fun to watch Adams slogging around in the Irish mud. Unfortunately, there's no accounting for taste."

Posted Jan 14, 2010

Calvin Wilson

25 32%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"So much about The Lovely Bones is so skillfully orchestrated, from the chillingly methodical villainy to the thrillingly paced manhunt, we can accept that we're in the hands of a higher power."

Posted Jan 14, 2010

Joe Williams

26 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"The Book of Eli doesn't quite achieve the greatness to which it so clearly aspires. But how many sci-fi flicks have Al Green on the soundtrack?"

Posted Jan 14, 2010

Calvin Wilson

27 82%

Broken Embraces (2009)

"Stylish and sly, an engaging exercise that gives us less than meets the eye."

Posted Jan 7, 2010

Joe Williams

28 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"Terry Gilliam is a director who aspires to magic and, with The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, he's pulled an unruly rabbit out of a seemingly discarded hat."

Posted Jan 7, 2010

Joe Williams

29 66%

Youth in Revolt (2010)

"Youth in Revolt is a delightful film that makes no apologies for its irreverence. It's also the first great comedy of this decade."

Posted Jan 7, 2010

Calvin Wilson

30 37%

Nine (2009)

"The biggest problem is that the star in the center of this universe is a black hole. Daniel Day-Lewis is arguably the finest actor in the English-speaking world. He's also the least Italian guy imaginable."

Posted Dec 24, 2009

Joe Williams

31 70%

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"Yes, this Holmes is leaner and meaner, and Watson (Jude Law) is nearly his equal. But there's still something fussy about the result, as if bobbies had broken up the party at 11:59."

Posted Dec 24, 2009

Joe Williams

32 21%

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)

"If the Chipmunks don't make you smile, you're nuts."

Posted Dec 22, 2009

Charles Williams

33 87%

Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008)

"While it may not be a smorgasbord of red herrings and red meat, Flame and Citron is often chilling."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Joe Williams

34 12%

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)

"Did You Hear About the Morgans? has no room for surprises."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Joe Williams

35 85%

Me and Orson Welles (2009)

"The most resonant voice belongs to Welles, or rather to McKay, who uncannily channels the charm, ego and flim-flammery of the man who would soon move to Hollywood to direct and star in Citizen Kane."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Joe Williams

36 83%

Avatar (2009)

"For video gamers and fun-seeking geeks, those puny objections will be flattened beneath the titanic technical achievement."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Joe Williams

37 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Now arriving at the main terminal is the movie of the year."

Posted Dec 10, 2009

Joe Williams

38 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"It's a worthy cause and an honorable film, the first full-length Disney cartoon with an African-American heroine. But without a strong story, it's a case of one step forward and two steps back."

Posted Dec 10, 2009

Joe Williams

39 89%

Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009)

"Woo has re-embraced his Chinese roots with brutal commitment."

Posted Dec 10, 2009

Joe Williams

40 21%

Oh My God (2009)

"At its best, Oh My God strikes a long-forgotten chord that seems to sing: All you need is love. (And Ringo Starr shows up to underscore the point.)"

Posted Dec 10, 2009

Joe Williams

41 76%

Invictus (2009)

"On its face, this is your basic redemption-through-sports story. What makes it special is Eastwood's ability to artfully and concisely tell a story, and Morgan Freeman's wonderfully understated turn as South African President Nelson Mandela."

Posted Dec 10, 2009

Joe Williams

42 94%

La Nana (The Maid) (2009)

"It's tough and unsentimental, with a documentary aesthetic that belies the craft of the calibrated tension."

Posted Dec 3, 2009

Joe Williams

43 24%

Serious Moonlight (2009)

"The formulaic shortcomings of Serious Moonlight are redeemed by the glow of a group tribute to a fallen friend."

Posted Dec 3, 2009

Joe Williams

44 63%

Brothers (2009)

"As a melodrama, Brothers is passable entertainment. But the film squanders the opportunity to meaningfully portray the impact of war on American lives."

Posted Dec 3, 2009

Calvin Wilson

45 46%

Everybody's Fine (2009)

"What's finest about Everybody's Fine is to watch a good fella groping hopefully toward old age."

Posted Dec 3, 2009

Joe Williams

46 75%

The Road (2009)

"The Road has the signposts of an important film, but it lacks the diversions of an inviting trip."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Joe Williams

47 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"It's a magical feat, one that turns puppets into personalities and an English meadow into Anderson's world."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Joe Williams

48 90%

The Messenger (2009)

"This film doesn't take political sides -- and it's all the more heartbreaking because of its restraint."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Joe Williams

49 76%

The Horse Boy (2009)

"It's because the premise is so intriguing and the drama is so compelling that the result is so confounding."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Joe Williams

50 94%

The Damned United (2009)

"Two things that the British know that most Americans don't: Michael Sheen is the best actor in the English-speaking world; and soccer is the only football that matters."

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Joe Williams

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