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Long Island Press

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"Everybody finally sees the light on fast forward with happy endings all around, despite intense performances. While Alain eventually decides that full-time boxing is the way to go, to find dignity and get liberated from worker exploitation. Go figure."

Posted Dec 30, 2012

Prairie Miller

2 27%

Addicted To Fame (2012)

"So how much are attention addicts Giancola and Anna Nicole Smith alike as they weirdly bond away in his movie? Giancola was shrewd enough to foolproof his film with deliberate self-parody, while Smith succumbed to her own self-dehumanization."

Posted Dec 30, 2012

Prairie Miller

3 67%

Parked (2012)

"Infused with the visceral impact of raw truth connected to the homeless insider point of view looking out at a callous world. But when it comes to the director's outside looking in perspective, there's a second hand sense of little felt or endured."

Posted Dec 30, 2012

Prairie Miller

4 43%

On the Road (2012)

"A case of alienation twice removed. First by the characters who wander in an emotionally distant fog through a perplexing American landscape. Then the filmmaker, whose voyage into palpably unfamiliar cultural territory compounds everything else."

Posted Dec 17, 2012

Prairie Miller

5 ——

The Prosecution of an American President (2012)

"There's a joke in the nazis on the moon sci-fi satire Iron Sky that the only fair fight the US ever had in its many assaults and invasions around the world, was with Hitler's Germany. Which is no laughing matter for Vincent Bugliosi or this documentary. "

Posted Nov 18, 2012

Prairie Miller

6 80%

The Other Son (2012)

"Though lacking subtlety, the story conveys a rare sensitivity and compassion. But what divides humans historically are more complex issues of power and domination. And shouldn't be buried, even in fiction, under sentimental appeals which change nothing."

Posted Nov 18, 2012

Prairie Miller

7 36%

Least Among Saints (2012)

"Excels in performances resonating with raw intensity and dramatic authenticity. But while earnestly inspired by the tragic circumstances facing US soldiers in war for real, the material forming the basis here is without historical context, and it shows."

Posted Nov 12, 2012

Prairie Miller

8 83%

Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)

"Though Fat Kid Rules The World does lay too many of its cards on the table with its giveaway title, the pleasures to be garnered from this Matthew Lillard directed indie debut are more about the journey there, rather than the Hollywood-ish destination."

Posted Oct 6, 2012

Prairie Miller

9 0%

That's What She Said (2012)

"A word of advice to all those women out there bent on making the definitive chick flick revenge, raunchier than thou female Hangover movie. Knock it off, enough already. And that goes for those self-hating sexpots in their own mind inhabiting them too."

Posted Sep 29, 2012

Prairie Miller

10 87%

Arbitrage (2012)

"Arbitrage as a title may confound audiences, but maybe that's the point. An inner circle shop talk, insider trading manipulation of money, this Wall Street Noir intimates a secretive financial world from which most of us are excluded and manipulated."

Posted Sep 13, 2012

Prairie Miller

11 66%

For Ellen (2012)

"It is the sensitively crafted, difficult struggle of father and daughter to connect, that forms the tender and awkward anchor of this tale. And that is the real romance here, a delicately nuanced unusual love story that is the heart of this movie."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Prairie Miller

12 67%

Lawless (2012)

"This tangy tall tale moonshine noir uncorks on screen as a rare glimpse into the backwoods bootlegging flourishing back then. And an oddly comedic violent yarn, as narratively soaked in its own inebriated juices as the taboo product on tap in question. "

Posted Sep 2, 2012

Prairie Miller

13 83%

Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012)

"Embodies a knack the Chinese have perfected in blockbusters, still leaving similar US fare far behind. That is, how to combine the exquisitely crafted imagery of poetic, leisurely paced arthouse elegance, with fast forward blunt action in a movie."

Posted Aug 26, 2012

Prairie Miller

14 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

"A genuine emotional core at the heart of this glum young outsider's world. Especially as to just how otherworldly adults can seem in a solidly cartoonish universe from the ground up, and all those magnified bulging bellies and backsides surrounding him."

Posted Aug 20, 2012

Prairie Miller

15 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"The director does his best to infuse emotional weight into this rather light and meandering boy toy bonding misadventure. Though with an injection of quite a heartfelt finale that nearly salvages whatever inconsequential escapades preceded it."

Posted Aug 19, 2012

Prairie Miller

16 0%

Assassin's Bullet (2012)

"What do belly dancers, wigs, shrinks, split personalities and secret ops sexpot mercenary mayhem have to do with a movie? Well, an awful lot it seems, in this CIA espionage freakout that makes waterboarding appear tame by comparison."

Posted Aug 5, 2012

Prairie Miller

17 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"Oddly enough, though the idea of female submissiveness may have seemed less strange before the women's movement reared its defiant head, male sexual misconceptions under the sway of muted feminist reprimand, work nicely here in rather unexpected ways."

Posted Jul 29, 2012

Prairie Miller

18 52%

Grassroots (2012)

"You don't have to look too far these days to notice films abounding with jobless and financially struggling characters, in stark contrast to the recession-proof movies they inhabit. Top that off with emerging election year movies, and enter Grassroots."

Posted Jul 21, 2012

Prairie Miller

19 ——

Red Shirley ()

"The famed Velvet Underground performer momentarily steps out of the spotlight himself to defer to an unsung woman and her own rich buried history as a union activist and movement builder, during the dismal days of garment center sweatshops in 1930s NYC."

Posted Dec 31, 2011

Prairie Miller

20 65%

The Music Never Stopped (2011)

"This loosely adapted biopic drawn from the Dr. Oliver Sacks case study, The Last Hippie, resonates with the emotional power of music back in time to heal and awaken broken lives. "

Posted Dec 31, 2011

Prairie Miller

21 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"Close gives a mesmerizing performance as a 19th century woman determined to live her life covertly as a man, not out of any gender identity imperative, but to never again endure sexual violence from men. Girl bonding rules under the radar in hard times."

Posted Dec 31, 2011

Prairie Miller

22 48%

Meet Monica Velour (2011)

"Cattrall does what she does best, pushing boundaries unapologetically. And there's not a hint of lewd intentions, but plenty of saucy satire surrounding US culture's sexual contradictions, in a geek's determined fantasy romance bypassing cougar labels. "

Posted Dec 31, 2011

Prairie Miller

23 97%

Mad Men: Season 4 (TV, 2010)

" It ended with a great shock but Mad Men's fourth season was also its best. "

Posted Jul 25, 2010

Michael Patrick Nelson

24 88%

Bolt (2008)

"A frisky addition to that collection of man's best friend movies, with a generous portion of one-joke-fits-all humor to captivate kid and adult audiences alike."

Posted Nov 27, 2008

Prairie Miller

25 52%

Margot at the Wedding (2007)

"An ensemble cast of Kidman, Leigh, Black and Turturro-who should all know better, got together to compete for the worst family member of a bickering, insufferable clan. But isn't yucky family life what people run to the movies to get away from?"

Posted Dec 29, 2007

Prairie Miller

26 33%

Martian Child (2007)

"John Cusack gets seriously spaced out, in this cross between A Beautiful Mind and ET."

Posted Nov 1, 2007

Prairie Miller

27 23%

Slipstream (2007)

"Stylish attempt at Hopkins visualizing post-traumatic Hollywood syndrome, but there should be a rule that movies helmed by movie stars turned directors need to come with some sort of equivalent of the Surgeon General warning label."

Posted Oct 25, 2007

Prairie Miller

28 7%

License to Wed (2007)

"Devilish screen cleric Robin Williams gets so collared here, with a divorce-proof mandatory marriage prep course that's combination of, say, booty camp and the Spanish Inquisition."

Posted Oct 25, 2007

Prairie Miller

29 79%

A Mighty Heart (2007)

"More small screen infotainment than big screen docudrama."

Posted Oct 11, 2007

Prairie Miller

30 75%

My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami) (2007)

"Questions the negative, indeed emotionally incapacitating influences that the overriding nature of interaction today - commercial relationships between human beings - is having on genuine human bonding."

Posted Oct 11, 2007

Prairie Miller

31 85%

The Hoax (2007)

"Though he seems to burrow knowingly into Irving's deeply flawed defective character, Gere's own celebrity-conscious, dramatically restrained performance strangely distances him from the charlatan's likely far more charming and darkly magnetic persona."

Posted Oct 11, 2007

Prairie Miller

32 68%

Flanders (Flandres) (2007)

"Dumont's latest sexually voyeuristic, low IQ take on the denizens of farm country."

Posted Oct 8, 2007

Prairie Miller

33 69%

Lights in the Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (2007)

"Another in a series of Kaurismaki's deeply touching portraits of ordinary people, full of gentle and mournfully poetic subtle narrative rhythms."

Posted Oct 7, 2007

Prairie Miller

34 25%

Reindeer Games (Deception) (2000)

"At its worst Reindeer Games is far-fetched, but if you suspend disbelief and just go along for the freaky ride, this noirish trucker tall-tale isn't half bad."

Posted Oct 7, 2007

Prairie Miller

35 29%

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

"An insane role reversal that positions the gorgeous trophy bride as the unrequited ugly duckling to Ben Stiller's geeky womanizing newlywed stud."

Posted Oct 6, 2007

Prairie Miller

36 15%

The Condemned (2007)

"While it seems fairly easy to dismiss the movie as just another cons-gone-wild noisy bone cruncher and a vanity showcase for Austin's over the top muscle flexing, it does manage to get in some sucker punch satirical jabs."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Prairie Miller

37 54%

Happy Endings (2005)

"There's a little fanciful magic to spread over this flighty romance on the run, or at least enough to take that hackneyed notion of the happy ending, and fashion something fresh and new."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Prairie Miller

38 64%

Winter Guest (1997)

"Moving as flawlessly and gracefully across the movie screen as the snow on its mute, chilly Scottish landscape, the film inspires amazement and awe as the work of novice director, Alan Rickman."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Prairie Miller

39 47%

Romance (1999)

"The bottom line is acting out sexual urges and fantasies normally acceptable only in male characters, as the actress philosophizes with an assortment of cocks, determined to 'rape myself,' in a clinical orgy with a roomful of aspiring young gynecologists."

Posted Oct 5, 2007

Prairie Miller

40 64%

Reign Over Me (2007)

"This sometimes rough ride of a story surprises with Sandler's often striking intensity, when not straying too far into dramatic overkill."

Posted Oct 4, 2007

Prairie Miller

41 78%

You Kill Me (2007)

"Director John Dahl, whose signature gems include Red Rock West and The Last Seduction, playfully and quite irresistibly adds quirky romance and comic mayhem here to his accomplished, devilishly noir laced resume."

Posted Oct 4, 2007

Prairie Miller

42 77%

Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) (2007)

"A lunatic go-go stripper romance, zombie plague medley"

Posted Oct 4, 2007

Prairie Miller

43 78%

1408 (2007)

"Haunted houses aside, never were buildings such immense sources of creepiness and fright before 9/11."

Posted Oct 4, 2007

Prairie Miller

44 96%

Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004)

"A tossup between oasis paradise and wasteland, or Eden and hellhole, this mecca turned ecological disaster of biblical proportions with its string of ghost towns and stubborn eccentric homesteaders, is the subject of this uniquely conceived documentary."

Posted Sep 30, 2007

Prairie Miller

45 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"A touching, sweet tale about an adult trio of brawling brothers who go to India and bliss out tackling sibling rivalry issues, while essentially getting in touch with their divine if somewhat goofy inner mystics."

Posted Sep 27, 2007

Prairie Miller

46 21%

The Deal (2005)

"The elaborate suspense revolving around the toxic mix of oil, money and politics that the media only ever seems to brush the surface, makes for heady viewing."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Prairie Miller

47 81%

Jesus' Son (1999)

"Between a wasted world of heartland junkies and the dazed, private induced euphoria of one hopeful loser among them."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Prairie Miller

48 71%

King of the Corner (2005)

"A punishing but also compassionate spotlight on a New York City corporate marketeer, and the result is really the movie screen as two way mirror, warts and all."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Prairie Miller

49 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"Dabbles in the improbable loony male-driven fantasy of flabby slacker sex appeal, while taking pot shots at the snobbery of upwardly mobile gorgeous women who wouldn't give them a second look in actual life."

Posted Sep 22, 2007

Prairie Miller

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