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Orlando Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

Bright Star (2009)

"Has Lady Jane gone as chaste as the PG rating on Bright Star suggests? You have no idea."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Justin Strout

2 79%

The Informant! (2009)

"Damon's portrayal is complicated, amusing and somewhat heartbreaking."

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Justin Strout

3 89%

O' Horten (2007)

"O' Horten moves slowly, sometimes excruciatingly so, but its thematic center is strong: How do you run out the clock of life?"

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Justin Strout

4 79%

Humpday (2009)

"This low-budget art film about two straight men who drunkenly decide to shoot a porno together in the style of a low-budget art film is actually kind of touching, if you can get past the inherent credibility gap."

Posted Sep 4, 2009

John Thomason

5 64%

Adam (2009)

"Dancy and Byrne do a fine job of portraying these two lost souls.... How unfortunate for them that they're forced to spout miles of Mayer's cutesy babble every time they're close to transcendence."

Posted Aug 27, 2009

Justin Strout

6 90%

Motherland (2009)

"Six American mothers, united in grief over the loss of a child, travel to Africa to find their way. That's the concept behind Motherland, a documentary that follows the women's emotional journey toward some kind of solace."

Posted Aug 27, 2009

Justin Strout

7 48%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"[It] takes advantage of yet another anniversary celebration of the three-day music festival, but Lee only uses the milestone for surface draw. Otherwise, this aimless, pointless, emotionless and self-aggrandizing debacle would have no reason to exist."

Posted Aug 27, 2009

Justin Strout

8 89%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"Basterds is his fullest, richest and most complete novel. [Tarantino] presides over the tough material with the confidence of an artist who is done trying to impress everyone with gimmicks."

Posted Aug 20, 2009

Justin Strout

9 37%

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

"What excuse does the film have for telling its affecting, relatable story with such little regard for establishing character or letting a moment play itself out?"

Posted Aug 13, 2009

Justin Strout

10 90%

District 9 (2009)

"The standard action plot demotes District 9 from a potential game-changer to simply a very good film. And considering the painful summer movie season we've endured thus far, you can't ask for much more than that."

Posted Aug 13, 2009

Justin Strout

11 59%

Mutluluk (Bliss) (2009)

"Bliss is wonderful storytelling through and through. From the lyrical opening shot of a mountain's reflection piercing the sea to the closing portrait of open air, director Oguz's narrative is just as crystalline as the Aegean Sea he opulently photographs"

Posted Aug 6, 2009

Justin Strout

12 75%

Julie & Julia (2009)

"I suppose it's telling that the only time in Julie & Julia that I heartily chuckled was during an archived clip of Dan Aykroyd impersonating Child on Saturday Night Live. Now there was entertainment with some life to it."

Posted Aug 6, 2009

John Thomason

13 94%

The Cove (2009)

"The Cove focuses on that Mission: Impossible more than anything else, and the Dirty Dozen style makes it by far the most exciting documentary to come along in years."

Posted Aug 6, 2009

Justin Strout

14 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"The film itself is a harmless tale and the performances all around are mostly winning, with the exception of Deschanel, whose expression never changes throughout all the twists and turns of the romance."

Posted Jul 30, 2009

Justin Strout

15 68%

Funny People (2009)

"I can't spell out exactly how Funny People says so much about who these people are without showing its hand -- you'll have to see Apatow in action to believe."

Posted Jul 30, 2009

Justin Strout

16 97%

The Hurt Locker (2009)

"Bigelow's camera is impartial and dispassionate, but explosively powerful and unflinching. There is no commentary or judgment, just war and fatigue."

Posted Jul 23, 2009

Rob Boylan

17 61%

Adoration (2008)

"Egoyan's ham-fisted commentaries on religion, terrorism and xenophobia are so needy they make Crash perpetrator Paul Haggis look subtle."

Posted Jul 22, 2009

Justin Strout

18 57%

The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009)

"Perhaps the world needs to see these brutalities to open their eyes to the practice, and perhaps that makes The Stoning of Soraya M. noble and worth the price of admission."

Posted Jul 9, 2009

Justin Strout

19 81%

Okuribito (Departures) (2009)

"There is nothing so sparkling to this film at first glance. It's a film about man's mortality and how he handles it, but death is not cleverly hidden inside a bigger story. It's a wake-up slap in the face about the gritty part of dying: the bodies."

Posted Jul 9, 2009

Rob Boylan

20 49%

Whatever Works (2009)

"Whatever Works won't set the world on fire but it has more than its share of riotously hysterical moments and delicious absurdities."

Posted Jul 3, 2009

Rob Boylan

21 67%

Away We Go (2009)

"Away We Go is a big success."

Posted Jun 26, 2009

Justin Strout

22 50%

Chéri (2009)

"All the frilly hats, teasingly lit sex and delicious turns of phrases can't inject this adaptation of Colette's novel with enough drama to sustain its tight running time."

Posted Jun 26, 2009

Justin Strout

23 76%

Un Baiser s'il vous plaît (Shall We Kiss?) (2009)

"It's the kind of total submission to a filmmaker that's usually reserved for edge-of-your-seat thrillers and, in a way, that's what Mouret has made: an expertly suspenseful romance."

Posted Jun 18, 2009

Justin Strout

24 14%

Year One (2009)

"Year One is a horse designed by committee to make a camel, and Harold Ramis, as much as today's comedy stars owe him, is an unadaptable species."

Posted Jun 18, 2009

Justin Strout

25 51%

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

"Although diehard fans of the original should stay far, far away from it, the new Pelham provides a level of engagement that puts it a notch or two above today's standard action-movie fare."

Posted Jun 11, 2009

Jason Ferguson

26 52%

Easy Virtue (2009)

"Biel still appears uncomfortable. She would do well to get more experience under her belt before reaching for a corset. If she caught any break, it's that Easy Virtue only pretends to be upscale cinema."

Posted Jun 11, 2009

Justin Strout

27 78%

Outrage (2009)

"This is a portrait of how modern politics is still getting it wrong when it comes to gay rights, made worse by the fact that many of the puppet masters behind anti-gay legislation are homosexual themselves."

Posted Jun 11, 2009

Justin Strout

28 44%

The Limits of Control (2009)

"Every time something seems to be happening, Jarmusch tips us gently back into sleep mode. It's enough to make you long for a sip of one of the countless espressos the nameless man enjoys."

Posted Jun 4, 2009

Rob Boylan

29 79%

The Hangover (2009)

"As if it wasn't bad enough to be stuck in Las Vegas with these middle-aged misanthropes, The Hangover does the inconceivable disservice of robbing the audience of that elusive sweet spot of GCA usefulness: the drunken escapade."

Posted Jun 4, 2009

Justin Strout

30 98%

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

"This is no mock-doc joke. Director Sacha Gervasi deftly introduces us to irrepressible frontman Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and his ever-suffering lifelong sidekick Robb Reiner (seriously), who were and remain fine musicians but simply never quite caught on."

Posted May 28, 2009

Justin Strout

31 73%

Rudo y Cursi (2009)

"I'm not sure which is more offensive: That Cuarón believes these scumbag brothers are heroes, or that the biggest scumbag in the film can be a hero to all."

Posted May 28, 2009

Justin Strout

32 66%

The Brothers Bloom (2009)

"Many will point to the delirious preciosity of Wes Anderson's work as a reference point. I would suggest that even Anderson's recent work could use an injection of [Rian] Johnson's celluloid rapture."

Posted May 28, 2009

Justin Strout

33 98%

Up (2009)

"Even the out-of-place moments and blunt conceits can be forgiven, as they perform dutifully in service to the kind of thrilling movie adventures we regular folks can only dream of, but which the wizards at Pixar perform with ease."

Posted May 28, 2009

Rob Boylan

34 33%

Terminator Salvation (2009)

"Terminator Salvation: the least they could give us."

Posted May 22, 2009

Justin Strout

35 44%

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

"Smithsonian whips itself into a kind of frenzied exhilaration that's both fun and funny."

Posted May 22, 2009

Justin Strout

36 89%

Sin Nombre (2009)

"[Director Fukunaga] spends as little time dwelling on the whole as possible, instead opting for a classic road-trip story of the parts: the people who are emigrating and the gang members trying to kill one of them."

Posted May 14, 2009

Rob Boylan

37 64%

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

"While The Girlfriend Experience is not a good film by any stretch, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as being, at the very least, worth the time to watch it."

Posted May 14, 2009

Rob Boylan

38 62%

Lymelife (2008)

"As it jogs toward its climax, Lymelife fails to ratchet up the tension by turning the screws of the plot."

Posted May 7, 2009

Justin Strout

39 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"Bravely vindicates its source material's essential underpinnings of friendship and honor. 'Get a life?' This is the redemption Trekkies have been living for."

Posted May 7, 2009

Steve Schneider

40 48%

Battle For Terra (2009)

"Battle for Terra makes a visually sophisticated break from the usual kid-fare, but the filmmakers have neglected to up the ante in any other respect."

Posted May 1, 2009

Cynthia Hawkins

41 38%

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

"It's a film made with utter contempt for its audience by the most cynical of Hollywood players that shrugs off any notion of mythology, character development or joy."

Posted May 1, 2009

Justin Strout

42 62%

Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009)

"Director Christophe Barratier has not crafted a film for the ages here, but it's a workable, fun piece about family and friendship, full of wonderful songs and musical numbers performed on the Chansonia stage."

Posted Apr 23, 2009

Rob Boylan

43 13%

The Informers (2009)

"The result turns the novel's cynical satire into a facile morality play, in which these privileged children want to be told the difference between right and wrong."

Posted Apr 23, 2009

John Thomason

44 56%

The Soloist (2009)

"You could learn more about the story of mentally ill musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers in a 12-minute segment of a March 60 Minutes broadcast than in the 109 minutes of The Soloist. But what a wonderful 109 minutes they are."

Posted Apr 23, 2009

Bret McCabe

45 91%

Sugar (2008)

"The approach is flighty at best and a cinematic bait-and-switch at worst."

Posted Apr 16, 2009

Justin Strout

46 84%

State of Play (2009)

"It's a smart, edge-of-your-seat thriller that doesn't just tap into the zeitgeist but hooks up a keg funnel."

Posted Apr 16, 2009

Justin Strout

47 27%

Play The Game (2009)

"This agonizing romantic comedy about a nice boy and his grandpa relearning the 'game of love' raises far more questions than it answers."

Posted Apr 2, 2009

Justin Strout

48 89%

Adventureland (2009)

"Adventureland is one of the best films of the year because it sticks by its own heart."

Posted Apr 2, 2009

Justin Strout

49 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"The affecting, minimalist film Wendy and Lucy proves that small-town dramas aren't dead, but small towns, at least in the Mellencamp-idealist sense, are."

Posted Mar 23, 2009

Justin Strout

50 84%

I Love You, Man (2009)

"Good-natured but slightly toothless and, in the end, forgettable."

Posted Mar 20, 2009

Justin Strout

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