Dallas Morning News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 81%

City Island (2010)

"I can think of far less pleasant ways to pass 100 minutes -- many of them playing now at a theater near you."

Posted Mar 26, 2010

Chris Vognar

2 98%

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

"The film truly starts to soar when Hiccup takes his first ride on Toothless."

Posted Mar 26, 2010

Nancy Churnin

3 69%

The Runaways (2010)

"The band's few hits, like "Cherry Bomb" and "Queens of Noise," are all over the soundtrack, but the music, much like the people who made it, feels like an afterthought."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Preston Jones

4 53%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

"What sets this kid comedy apart is how well it resists the temptation to clobber the bullies and crown the underdog."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Nancy Churnin

5 97%

A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)

"A Prophet solidifies director Jacques Audiard's standing as a criminal mastermind whose work leaves genre classifications in the dust."

Posted Mar 12, 2010

Chris Vognar

6 79%

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

"An absorbing and contemplative detective story in which the high point of the action involves reading from a dictionary. Really."

Posted Mar 12, 2010

Cary Darling

7 58%

She's Out of My League (2010)

"The movie's terrific -- it's easily my favorite film released so far this year."

Posted Mar 12, 2010

Joy Tipping

8 53%

Green Zone (2010)

"An urgent piece of work."

Posted Mar 12, 2010

Chris Vognar

9 43%

Brooklyn's Finest (2010)

"The problem for filmmakers trying to make this kind of movie is that they are now operating in a post-Wire world."

Posted Mar 5, 2010

Tom Maurstad

10 51%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"[Depp's] wide eyes and high whimsy feel a bit derivative of his Willy Wonka (another collaboration with Burton), but he invests so much of his ample energy and instinct in these roles that it's hard to complain."

Posted Mar 4, 2010

Chris Vognar

11 19%

Cop Out (2010)

"Cop Out is like a parody of a parody of a parody, so derivative and desperate in its pleas for laughter that it's hard to tell when it's making fun of itself and when it has simply run out of ideas."

Posted Feb 26, 2010

Chris Vognar

12 50%

Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)

"Beautifully shot and well-acted, if earnest, overlong and unfocused."

Posted Feb 19, 2010

Cary Darling

13 69%

Shutter Island (2010)

"This is among Scorsese's many gifts: Even when he's not crafting a masterpiece, he reminds you that the movies possess visceral and uncanny powers."

Posted Feb 19, 2010

Chris Vognar

14 83%

The Ghost Writer (2010)

"[Polanski has a] knack for taking pulp and transforming it into tense, paranoid drama."

Posted Feb 19, 2010

Christopher Kelly

15 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"Consider The Wolfman a pedigreed genre yarn, mindful of its precedents but nimble enough to have a good time in the here and now."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Chris Vognar

16 49%

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

"This is a kids' movie: Parents can either get into the silly-suspenseful spirit of it or play Rummikub on their iPhones."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Tom Maurstad

17 18%

Valentine's Day (2010)

"High art? Maybe not. But Valentine's Day certainly goes down easy."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Christopher Kelly

18 73%

Beeswax (2009)

"It's rambling, doesn't really go anywhere, and is not necessarily about anything beyond its own sense of place. But it's mildly diverting nonetheless. It's about mood, not plot."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Cary Darling

19 37%

From Paris with Love (2010)

"The experience is more like watching a video game than a movie."

Posted Feb 5, 2010

Tom Maurstad

20 62%

Frozen (2010)

"The threesome's constant conversation amid the building unease helps establish them as characters with which the audience can identify."

Posted Feb 5, 2010

Cary Darling

21 97%

35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008)

"Celebrated French filmmaker Claire Denis is a master of atmosphere and immersion."

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Chris Vognar

22 85%

Black Dynamite (2009)

"Black Dynamite will stir some pleasant memories."

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Cary Darling

23 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"What strength and intensity the movie musters begins and ends with Washington."

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Tom Maurstad

24 32%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"This is a distractingly busy movie, so in love with its own considerable craft that it can't stay still long enough for anything to settle in."

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Chris Vognar

25 90%

Fish Tank (2010)

"The film has won a theater full of awards overseas, including Outstanding British Film at the BAFTA Film Awards and the Jury Prize at Cannes. Fish Tank deserves to do equally as well on this side of the pond."

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Cary Darling

26 64%

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"When it's all done we're left with another recent Gilliam trademark: the highly imaginative mess."

Posted Jan 8, 2010

Chris Vognar

27 66%

Youth in Revolt (2010)

"Some may find such elements desperate or calculated in their quirky-cuteness, but I think they add to the movie's efforts to evoke the surrealism and excruciating intensity of, as the title puts it, youth in revolt."

Posted Jan 8, 2010

Tom Maurstad

28 82%

Broken Embraces (2009)

"As long as Almodovar keeps investing such thought and energy in his work, he can play with whatever themes he desires."

Posted Dec 28, 2009

Chris Vognar

29 70%

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"This is rip-roaring action-adventure of high order, a sometimes dizzying but ultimately thrilling display of showmanship on the part of the actors, director and screenwriters."

Posted Dec 25, 2009

Joy Tipping

30 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"Is Jeff Bridges the most underappreciated actor of his generation?"

Posted Dec 25, 2009

Christopher Kelly

31 37%

Nine (2009)

"The performances are all outstanding, even better than those in Marshall's Oscar-winning Chicago."

Posted Dec 25, 2009

Lawson Taitte

32 57%

It's Complicated (2009)

"For Streep, as always, acting is anything but complicated."

Posted Dec 25, 2009

Chris Vognar

33 76%

The Young Victoria (2009)

"If The Young Victoria never transcends its fussy trappings -- it's still a familiar costume drama -- it remains brisk and intelligent."

Posted Dec 18, 2009

Christopher Kelly

34 94%

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

"The Beaches of Agnes is a work of delightful contradictions from a filmmaker who has always played by her own rules."

Posted Dec 18, 2009

Chris Vognar

35 83%

Avatar (2009)

"It is cool. But all this "change the way you look at films" hype is just that. While Avatar is impressively seamless, you're never fooled. This doesn't look like a documentary film; it looks like a video game."

Posted Dec 18, 2009

Tom Maurstad

36 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"Light on its feet, confident and modern, it's the work of a company hungry for respect and eager to remind moviegoers of its enchanting roots."

Posted Dec 11, 2009

Chris Vognar

37 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"Few recent films have been so adroit at looking outward while burrowing inward."

Posted Dec 4, 2009

Chris Vognar

38 19%

The Strip (2009)

"It sports a gentle amiability that's engaging."

Posted Dec 4, 2009

Cary Darling

39 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"The most fantastic thing about Mr. Fox is the way he shows that while our flaws can bring us down, sometimes, too, we triumph in spite of them and because of them."

Posted Nov 25, 2009

Nancy Churnin

40 26%

Ninja Assassin (2009)

"What's a recovering ninja assassin to do? Why, paint the screen bright red, of course. Splatter it on. We're talking streaks and rivers of blood -- bloody swords, bloody clothes and, my personal favorite, bloody stumps."

Posted Nov 25, 2009

Chris Vognar

41 21%

Planet 51 (2009)

"Definitely a planet worth a visit."

Posted Nov 20, 2009

Nancy Churnin

42 48%

Ong Bak 2 (2009)

"Ong Bak 2 is really just an excuse for several jaw-dropping set pieces that show off Jaa's killing skills."

Posted Nov 20, 2009

Cary Darling

43 48%

Antichrist (2009)

"Antichrist is a unique form of cruel and unusual punishment: an unrelenting orgy of graphic sex, violence and cynicism that also manages to be wildly pretentious."

Posted Nov 20, 2009

Christopher Kelly

44 66%

The Blind Side (2009)

"Upon seeing [Bullock's] Oscar-worthy performance is "finally!" followed quickly by, "Why the heck did it take so long?""

Posted Nov 20, 2009

Michael Granberry

45 28%

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

"Inept cinematography? Oh, yes. Dark and moody is one thing, but this is so murky you have to squint to figure out what's going on."

Posted Nov 19, 2009

Joy Tipping

46 91%

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"The real star of this show is director Lee Daniels. He's the one who conjures the film's eerie mix of kitchen-sink realism and gothic symbolism, its deft back-and-forth between the horrific and the sublime."

Posted Nov 13, 2009

Chris Vognar

47 39%

2012 (2009)

"If the viewer were ever invited to think or feel about what's happening on-screen, the movie's wow-whoa-ain't-it-cool momentum would collapse in a heap of horrific preposterousness."

Posted Nov 13, 2009

Tom Maurstad

48 85%

Skin (2009)

"By the end, the incredulity stems not from the fact that this happened but that the wider world didn't know about it before now."

Posted Nov 6, 2009

Cary Darling

49 54%

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

"A Christmas Carol is a worthy stab at mixing old and new, a vintage tale done with some fresh dazzle and a reminder that the movies can still bring the wow."

Posted Nov 6, 2009

Chris Vognar

50 94%

An Education (2009)

"t gives a glimmering surface sheen to the glamorous mirage of David's high life and all but asks, "Would you make a better choice?""

Posted Oct 30, 2009

Chris Vognar

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