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Orlando Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 72%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"From the moment we meet Max, however, all of that flies out the window as we soar out of our own expectations and into the fantastic world Jonze presents."

Posted Oct 14, 2009

Justin Strout

2 84%

Whip It (2009)

"Barrymore nails the big derby action with clarity and the intimate moments with precision, elevating an already captivating story to a deeply human level."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

Justin Strout

3 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"A film for everyone in the economic bottom 95 percent."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

Justin Strout

4 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"Unencumbered by such petty nuisances as a point, a vision or even an ounce of social commentary, Ruben Fleischerâ(TM)s transparently hollow zombie flick still succeeds at passing the time, even if a good 15 of its 81 minutes are pure filler."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

John Thomason

5 58%

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"The Invention of Lying, Iâ(TM)m happy to report, is true. And it is a romantic comedy in the best sense of the term."

Posted Oct 2, 2009

Justin Strout

6 84%

The September Issue (2009)

"In its way, The September Issue is about expert craftsmen toiling away at a factory, albeit an unimaginably glamorous one."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Justin Strout

7 80%

It Might Get Loud (2009)

"If Guggenheim had let it play as is, without splicing in choppy life-story filler, then it might have been a rock doc for the ages."

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Justin Strout

8 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

9 79%

The Informant! (2009)

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

Posted Sep 18, 2009

Justin Strout

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 88%

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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 67%

Away We Go (2009)

"Away We Go is a big success."

Posted Jun 26, 2009

Justin Strout

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 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

40 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

41 33%

Terminator Salvation (2009)

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

Posted May 22, 2009

Justin Strout

42 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

43 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

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 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

48 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

49 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

50 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

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