Los Angeles Daily News
The Way Way Back (2013)
"This coming-of-age comedy/drama rings emotionally false during many of its jacked-up, stacked-deck emotional confrontations and mistakes obnoxiousness for personality in almost every adult character. "
The Patience Stone (2013)
The Spectacular Now (2013)
"But even when the tone gets a bit puritanical in the stretch, director James Ponsoldt's respect for his characters keeps things relatively real and still entertaining. If only more teen dramadies could claim that elusive pairing. "
Monsters University (2013)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
"Beautiful and atmospheric to the point of oxygen deprivation, Ain't Them Bodies Saints may have something to say about an outlaw couple's unbreakable love, but the movie is mainly engaged in flirting with pretension. "
Short Term 12 (2013)
"There's a hilariously scatological tale told at the beginning, a sweetly uplifting one at the end, and in the middle a parable about a lonely octopus that may be the most heartbreaking thing you'll hear all year. "
I'm So Excited! (2013)
Like Father, Like Son (2014)
The Lunchbox (2014)
"While films with this subject matter are often gooey at their core, The Lunchbox offers fully realized, tough-minded characters who just happen to be spicing up their lives with touches of humor and hints of mystery. "
"A little less rhetoric and more natural-sounding dialogue would have been desirable. Then again, the general focus on one of the world's great political struggles is something to be appreciated in its own right. "
Out of the Furnace (2013)
Stranger by the Lake (2014)
The Past (2013)
The Missing Picture (2014)
August: Osage County (2013)
The Wind Rises (2014)
"Don't expect Mike Brune's well-controlled feature directing debut to satisfyingly solve the central mystery, but do look forward to strange and amusing discoveries in the needy emotions department. "
In a World... (2013)
The Great Beauty (2013)
"Crash's Best Picture Oscar win helped jump-start a wave of self-deluded ensemble imitators who seem to feel that overt emotionalism ladled over a loosely connected narrative is a surefire sign of Important Filmmaking. Witness Fragments. "
Etz Limon (Lemon Tree) (2009)
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2009)
An American Affair (2009)
Phoebe in Wonderland (2009)
"Phoebe in Wonderland introduces us to a smart new talent in Barnz and lets the more established members of its cast work at their top capacity. It's a film about kids graced with a mature aesthetic and rare behavioral wisdom. "
Two Lovers (2008)
The International (2009)
"Beautifully shot, often in or against some of the world's most impressive architecture, The International is far from a total loss. It's just a film whose good assets don't pay off in gripping drama. "
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
Owl and the Sparrow (2009)
New In Town (2009)
Donkey Punch (2008)