San Diego Union-Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 73%

Like Crazy (2011)

"Doremus reminds us of what love felt like the first time - before our hearts were dented, dinged or all-out broken - when we could fall irrationally hard, with pure intentions, and no idea that it simply can't stay that way forever."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Alison Gang

2 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"We get straightforward narration and expository dialogue that introduces each time-traveling vignette and dictates Hoover's tiresome "me versus them" rationalizations for whatever unscrupulous thing he did to stop them."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Alison Gang

3 68%

Tower Heist (2011)

""Tower Heist" and its cast still manage to hit a few functional notes that allow the film to pass as a serviceable comedy that will probably play best on Saturday afternoon cable (you know, where all the other '80s action-comedies live)."

Posted Nov 4, 2011

Alison Gang

4 90%

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"Durkin eschews the sensationalism so often associated with cults in favor of an intimate, psychological portrayal of the confusion, fear and mistrust someone in Martha's situation might experience."

Posted Oct 26, 2011

Alison Gang

5 81%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"Almodóvar puts Vera on display like a piece of grocery store meat wrapped under cellophane, designed to be appetizing - as long as you don't think about where it came from."

Posted Oct 20, 2011

Alison Gang

6 40%

The Big Year (2011)

""The Big Year" proves yet again that comedy isn't just magic that happens when funny people stand next to each other. They actually have to be doing or saying, or not doing or not saying, something that might inspire humor."

Posted Oct 14, 2011

Alison Gang

7 85%

The Ides of March (2011)

"While the story itself takes some tense turns, Clooney's moralizing doesn't, leaving us with a bit of a campaign hangover."

Posted Oct 7, 2011

Alison Gang

8 93%

50/50 (2011)

""50/50" is an unusual comedy that should be taken seriously."

Posted Sep 30, 2011

Alison Gang

9 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"Just like any baseball game, "Moneyball" has its slow points. But while you're waiting for something of substance to happen, there are plenty of worthwhile glimpses behind the scenes of a low-budget baseball club to keep your interest."

Posted Sep 23, 2011

Alison Gang

10 93%

Drive (2011)

"An enthralling piece of filmmaking in the same class as Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," and Oscar-worthy acting that firmly places Gosling in the role of top-tier star."

Posted Sep 16, 2011

Alison Gang

11 84%

Contagion (2011)

"As he did in his 2000 film "Traffic," director Steven Soderbergh weaves together multiple perspectives in a seamlessly edited collage."

Posted Sep 8, 2011

Alison Gang

12 74%

Bellflower (2011)

"Glodell's vision is a disturbing portrait of the first generation to come of age in a post-9/11 America."

Posted Sep 2, 2011

Alison Gang

13 67%

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

"Hey, man, if you've got Paul Rudd spreading sunshine in every scene, what's there to complain about?"

Posted Aug 26, 2011

Alison Gang

14 36%

One Day (2011)

"By the time this flat, excruciatingly predictable film reaches its drawn-out, melodramatic (and unintentionally comedic) ending, we've not only stopped caring about Emma and Dexter, we're actively rooting against them."

Posted Aug 19, 2011

Alison Gang

15 71%

The Future (2011)

"A heartbreaking journey of defeat and loss."

Posted Aug 12, 2011

Nina Garin

16 45%

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

"A Beavis and Butt-Head-style bank robbery comedy that leaves you longing for the intelligence and sophistication of a bachelor party in Bangkok."

Posted Aug 12, 2011

Alison Gang

17 76%

The Help (2011)

"Writer/director Tate Taylor takes care to balance the at-odds themes of shameful social injustice, female bonding and outright comedy in this tale about African-American maids in 1960s Jackson, Miss."

Posted Aug 10, 2011

Alison Gang

18 63%

Another Earth (2011)

"This Sundance hit is really about the universe within our own minds, whether it's the prisons of guilt we lock ourselves in or the fantasies we construct to escape."

Posted Aug 5, 2011

Alison Gang

19 82%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

"Gives contemporary audiences the chance to embrace this cultural phenomenon on their own terms with (near) total seriousness and superior special effects."

Posted Aug 5, 2011

Alison Gang

20 44%

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

"They actually made a real movie beneath that crazy title."

Posted Jul 29, 2011

Alison Gang

21 79%

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

"Clean-cut, well intentioned and downright gorgeous, today's Captain America is a throwback to the good old-fashioned heroic ideal."

Posted Jul 21, 2011

Alison Gang

22 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"It's so detailed and mature that there's really nothing left for us to do but put down our round spectacles and our wands and return to our far less fascinating Muggle existence."

Posted Jul 15, 2011

Nina Garin

23 69%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

"If this year's hit "Bridesmaids" is the woman's answer to the male-driven, R-rated comedy, then "Horrible Bosses" is a strong rebuttal. "

Posted Jul 8, 2011

Alison Gang

24 35%

Larry Crowne (2011)

"While one can appreciate the film's rousing endorsement of our community college system, it's about as realistic as an episode of the TV sitcom "Community.""

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Alison Gang

25 79%

Earthwork (2011)

"While we're grateful for Ordal's introduction to this atypical artist, the film's focus on the sentimental side of the story is at the expense of showing us enough of his terrestrial achievements."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Alison Gang

26 80%

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)

"Members of Team Coco will eat it up. But even those on Team Jay (Leno) can't deny that the film is a fascinating look at one of TV's most creative personalities."

Posted Jun 26, 2011

Nina Garin

27 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

"While the little ones will have plenty to feast their eyes, ears and short attention spans on, grown-ups should accept that this is one Pixar effort that treats the adults in the audience more like baby sitters."

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Alison Gang

28 86%

Submarine (2011)

"As familiar as "Submarine" looked, it's hard to overlook Ayoade's natural skill as a storyteller with an affinity for character and humor. If he grows into his own visual style, he's definitely a filmmaker to keep an eye on."

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Alison Gang

29 82%

Super 8 (2011)

"More than anything, "Super 8" is a straightforward love letter to those carefree days when anything felt possible as long as you had your friends, a movie camera and some semblance of a plan."

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Alison Gang

30 60%

Yves Saint Laurent - L'amour fou (2011)

"Those looking for YSL drama and passion are more likely to find it in a department store rather than in a movie theater."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Nina Garin

31 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"The magic is missing from X Men: First Class, and without it, the film's just an average superhero movie with a dark side and a groovy Bond-era paint job."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Alison Gang

32 34%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"There are plenty of déjà vu moments,...but before you know it, Phillips yanks you in an entirely unexpected direction, continually ramping up the stakes, the raunch and the visceral humor."

Posted May 27, 2011

Alison Gang

33 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"While "On Stranger Tides" is the shortest of the four "Pirates" films, its two-hour, 17-minute running time is still far too indulgent."

Posted May 20, 2011

Alison Gang

34 75%

Everything Must Go (2011)

"The world of "Everything Must Go" isn't the easiest one to visit, but when it comes to the work of Ferrell, it's perhaps the most relatable one."

Posted May 13, 2011

Nina Garin

35 71%

Exporting Raymond (2011)

"What we get is a cultural standoff, and it's awkward, nonsensical and really funny."

Posted Apr 29, 2011

Alison Gang

36 73%

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

"Just like he did with "Super Size Me," Spurlock has cast himself as the underdog outsider trying to crash the corporate party and, while the results aren't as revelatory, it's easily as entertaining."

Posted Apr 22, 2011

Alison Gang

37 72%

Hanna (2011)

"The director's clever use of extreme landscapes and surreal sets keep us immersed in a visually stimulating world somewhere between fantasy and reality."

Posted Apr 8, 2011

Alison Gang

38 94%

Win Win (2011)

"McCarthy has finally delivered a realistic take on the male teen, along with a tender, funny look at family and what it means to be a man."

Posted Apr 1, 2011

Alison Gang

39 92%

Source Code (2011)

"Cool enough to position the movie as the thinking man's blockbuster, but "Inception" it isn't."

Posted Apr 1, 2011

Alison Gang

40 85%

A Somewhat Gentle Man (2011)

"This Norwegian import quickly surprises as a quirky, dark comedy reminiscent of lightweight Coen brothers."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Alison Gang

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Tornado Alley (2011)

"Go for the stunning, beautiful shots that will elicit oohs and ahs, and you won't be let down. But don't expect a thought-provoking, cohesive message, because that really wasn't up the filmmaker's alley."

Posted Mar 25, 2011

Robert Krier

42 84%

Jane Eyre (2011)

"When [Wasikowska and Fassbender] come face to face - his light eyes burning white heat, her porcelain neck quivering beneath his possessive grip - the atmosphere is explosive."

Posted Mar 18, 2011

Alison Gang

43 37%

I Am (2011)

"No matter what you take away from director Tom Shadyac's philosophical treatise "I Am," you have to admit its timing is eerily apt. "

Posted Mar 18, 2011

Alison Gang

44 87%

The Last Lions (2011)

"Quite possibly the most emotionally wrenching, stunningly beautiful film I've yet to encounter - fiction or otherwise."

Posted Mar 11, 2011

Alison Gang

45 85%

Under The Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (2011)

"Feels as wholesome as a Norman Rockwell illustration, hitting just the kind of nostalgic chord the game inspires in those who grew up playing it."

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Alison Gang

46 55%

Unknown (2011)

"It's a classic you-stole-my-identity setup, and director Jaume Collet-Serra delivers it tightly enough to keep you engaged, despite many obvious signposts leading the way."

Posted Feb 18, 2011

Alison Gang

47 78%

Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2012)

"For a category that could serve as a showcase for the next generation, it's an opportunity wasted."

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Alison Gang

48 100%

The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation (2011)

""The Lost Thing's" unusual steampunk aesthetic brings to life a first-person narrative that really resonates in its 15 minutes. "

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Alison Gang

49 21%

The Rite (2011)

""The Rite's" insistence on chewing over Michael's snoozer of a spiritual crisis keeps the story from taking hold and taking us anywhere at all. "

Posted Jan 31, 2011

Alison Gang

50 43%

The Green Hornet (2011)

"As a crime-fighting duo, Britt and Kato have the sophistication and finesse of a pair of middle school boys on a joy ride."

Posted Jan 14, 2011

Alison Gang

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