Dallas Morning News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 49%

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

"One or two provocative bits emerge from the incoherence."

Posted Nov 24, 2010

Christopher Kelly

2 93%

Boxing Gym (2010)

"Don't go to Boxing Gym expecting pugilistic melodrama about long-shot underdogs. There's not an ounce of fat or cliché in Frederick Wiseman's new documentary."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Chris Vognar

3 52%

The Next Three Days (2010)

"The Next Three Days wants to be clever. It wants to be taut and suspenseful, tricky and exciting. To be fair, the movie manages to conjure small moments of all those things. But by the end, it's succeeded at none of them."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Tom Maurstad

4 81%

Today's Special (2010)

"Despite the lack of surprises and a too-neat ending, Today's Special radiates charming warmth."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Cary Darling

5 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"David Yates' fluid, fast-paced direction sends up the crackling tension of a thriller."

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Nancy Churnin

6 100%

Last Train Home (2010)

"Last Train Home is a harrowing experience. Don't expect to come out smiling."

Posted Nov 11, 2010

David Hines

7 93%

127 Hours (2010)

"The latest from Danny Boyle is actually an ode to survival, a bracing story of man and nature and an exhilarating sensory experience. It's my favorite movie so far this year."

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Chris Vognar

8 55%

Morning Glory (2010)

"A Hollywood movie doesn't need to serve as media criticism. But don't serve yesterday's news, pretend to treat it as vital and then turn it into a mere bauble."

Posted Nov 9, 2010

Chris Vognar

9 71%

Monsters (2010)

"Monsters is far from perfect, but as a calling card for a rising young talent, it's impressive."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Cary Darling

10 79%

Fair Game (2010)

"What the filmmakers do capture brilliantly is the human cost of espionage and political gamesmanship."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Christopher Kelly

11 72%

Megamind (2010)

"Ferrell, Fey and Hill acquit themselves hilariously, and Cross steals the movie as Minion."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Joy Tipping

12 98%

Inside Job (2010)

"Whether it's parsing the definition of a derivative or detailing the bad faith of major financial institutions, the new documentary Inside Job approaches its deconstruction of the financial meltdown with laserlike focus."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Chris Vognar

13 97%

A Film Unfinished (2010)

"A remarkable new documentary that reminds us of film's inherent capacity for lying. "

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Chris Vognar

14 40%

Due Date (2010)

"Due Date is a modern change-up on the old screwball comedy formula."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Chris Vognar

15 97%

GasLand (2010)

"An exhaustive and eye-opening look at natural-gas drilling and its potential dangers."

Posted Oct 28, 2010

Christopher Kelly

16 54%

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010)

"Anyone who has read Larsson's novels will be sympathetic to filmmakers trying to pare down and distill these books."

Posted Oct 28, 2010

Tom Maurstad

17 58%

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

"The filmmakers up the ante here with the addition of a smart teenage girl, an adorable toddler and a protective (but freaked-out) German shepherd named Abby."

Posted Oct 23, 2010

Joy Tipping

18 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"The last 30 minutes of the film hint at what it might have been if someone had whipped that script into shape; the idea of exploring experiences of the afterlife was a great one, and Eastwood certainly has the vision to pull it off."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Joy Tipping

19 67%

Conviction (2010)

"In the hands of Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell and a strong supporting cast, this earnest film manages to tug a few heartstrings and say something important in the process."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Anthony Kaufman

20 51%

Stone (2010)

"Stone is that rare film that refuses to be easy."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Tom Maurstad

21 63%

Howl (2010)

"It's about literature itself, the ways in which it works on the reader and the folly of applying some objective standard of decency and meaning to words on a page."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Chris Vognar

22 71%

Lovely, Still (2010)

"It concerns an older man, alone during the holidays, who unexpectedly finds love. It also features two strong performances from veteran actors Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn. "

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Cary Darling

23 79%

Nowhere Boy (2010)

"It relishes its myth-making enterprise without getting too cute about it."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Chris Vognar

24 71%

Red (2010)

"[Strikes] a careful balance between quasi-cartoonish shoot-outs and oddball humor, which ranges from droll to silly without ever going too far over the top."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Gary Dowell

25 ——

Pure Country 2: The Gift (2010)

"There are, however, three strokes of genius. Bronson Pinchot, Michael McKean and Cheech Marin as the angels light up the screen. Their celestial banter is a joyful hoot to watch."

Posted Oct 15, 2010

Mario Tarradell

26 46%

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

"Woody Allen may still be funny, but he's sure not much fun anymore."

Posted Oct 8, 2010

Tom Maurstad

27 64%

Secretariat (2010)

"A finely constructed feel-good movie, gorgeous to look at, suspenseful when it's supposed to be and firmly in control of the sports movie archetypes and tropes that it wields like an experienced jockey using a riding crop. "

Posted Oct 8, 2010

Chris Vognar

28 98%

Marwencol (2010)

"This one's a keeper."

Posted Oct 5, 2010

Chris Vognar

29 88%

Let Me In (2010)

"Matt Reeves takes a step toward making everyone's favorite bloodsuckers scary again."

Posted Oct 1, 2010

Gary Dowell

30 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"Somehow the results come together like the perfect status update."

Posted Oct 1, 2010

Chris Vognar

31 89%

Waiting for Superman (2010)

"Waiting for 'Superman' won't satisfy anyone looking for a five-point plan. (It won't win many fans among teachers' unions, either.) On the other hand, if it's effective filmmaking you're after, look no further."

Posted Oct 1, 2010

Chris Vognar

32 71%

Never Let Me Go (2010)

"The combination of social anguish and dark chill in Never Let Me Go packs a quietly devastating punch."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Chris Vognar

33 81%

Catfish (2010)

"A mildly intriguing exercise in guerrilla filmmaking, lapsed ethics and the potential for social-networking deception."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Chris Vognar

34 55%

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"Subtlety has never been Stone's strong suit, but few filmmakers pick at our rawest societal scabs with quite as much brio and determination."

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Christopher Kelly

35 32%

A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010)

"The movie soon devolves into nothing more than a fairly close-to-the-vest adaptation."

Posted Sep 17, 2010

David Hines

36 94%

The Town (2010)

"The Town doesn't reinvent the wheel. It just does what it does with great conviction and a sky-high level of execution. It also forges ahead with one of the best Hollywood second-act stories in recent memory."

Posted Sep 17, 2010

Chris Vognar

37 29%

New In Town (2009)

Posted Sep 17, 2010

Chris Vognar

38 85%

Easy A (2010)

"It makes with the clever dialogue and it does present a world where a young woman takes charge and triumphs over peer pressure, but the filmmakers were either too lazy or inept to find a way to be hip and competent at the same time."

Posted Sep 17, 2010

Tom Maurstad

39 29%

The Virginity Hit (2010)

"It's crass, senseless and, consequently, void of humor."

Posted Sep 17, 2010

David Roark

40 57%

Bran Nue Dae (2010)

"When Australian Aborigines appear on the big screen, it's rare to see them as fully fleshed-out contemporary human beings. That's where this lightweight and enjoyable, if frustratingly uneven, comedy-musical makes its biggest contribution. "

Posted Sep 10, 2010

Cary Darling

41 17%

Legendary (2010)

"Legendary relies heavily on veteran actors Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover. However good they are, they're incapable of making it any better than a made-for-TV movie. "

Posted Sep 10, 2010

David Roark

42 93%

The Tillman Story (2010)

"It's a sobering look at how governments operate in wartime, putting a shiny spin on even the grimmest of tragedies."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Christopher Kelly

43 82%

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2010)

"[It] doesn't dig deeply into why Mesrine was the way he was. It's propelled by such a forceful performance from Cassel that, in the end, it hardly matters."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Cary Darling

44 72%

Machete (2010)

"A loud, giddy, carnal blast from one of cinema's most relentless schlock auteurs."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Preston Jones

45 66%

The American (2010)

"This is Serious Clooney, starring in a deliberative film that could have sprung from mid-'60s France or Italy."

Posted Sep 2, 2010

Chris Vognar

46 97%

Animal Kingdom (2010)

"Animal Kingdom is a lean, patient crime thriller about one kid's transition from prey to predator."

Posted Aug 27, 2010

Chris Vognar

47 55%

Mao's Last Dancer (2010)

"Ballet dancer Chi Cao does a great job of capturing both Li's chops on the stage and his sincerity and culture shock in the face of American opulence."

Posted Aug 27, 2010

Manuel Mendoza

48 59%

Centurion (2010)

"Far more entertaining, and infinitely less cumbersome, than its recent big-budget Hollywood counterparts."

Posted Aug 27, 2010

Cary Darling

49 82%

Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort) (2010)

"Cassel, who took the best actor award at France's equivalent of the Oscars for this role, is compulsively watchable. "

Posted Aug 27, 2010

Cary Darling

50 85%

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

"While it is wonderful to see so many Basquiat paintings, at the film's end the viewer is left feeling complicit in the exploitation."

Posted Aug 20, 2010

Gale Robinson

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