Cinema Signals

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 66%

The American (2010)

"With so much faith in understatement, it's like a short story extended to novel length--a bit low cal in the meat of the piece."

Posted Aug 31, 2010

Jules Brenner

2 100%

Temple Grandin (2010)

"Danes' grand solo interpretation. The integrity of her performance and clear devotion to her subject is second to none and evident in every frame."

Posted Aug 27, 2010

Jules Brenner

3 97%

Animal Kingdom (2010)

"Michod creates an atmosphere of lethal portent with every means at his disposal, most of all with the magnetism of his cast and the malignant threat of his chief antagonist."

Posted Aug 22, 2010

Jules Brenner

4 ——

$5 a Day (Five Dollars a Day) (2008)

"The success of the piece rests on Nivola's calm adaptability as fatherly hi-jinx tries his patience and makes its mark on his heart."

Posted Aug 19, 2010

Jules Brenner

5 82%

The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010)

"A tour d'force of minimal elements producing maximum dramatic payoff. The U.S. GDP should have it so good."

Posted Aug 18, 2010

Jules Brenner

6 97%

A Film Unfinished (2010)

"Hersonski has done what could tastefully be done with such staggering and mysterious material. It does not make for a light evening at the movies."

Posted Aug 12, 2010

Jules Brenner

7 32%

A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun) (2010)

"This exaggeration of human behavior, with farcical humor based on a flow of ironies and the wages of greed, does its source no favors."

Posted Aug 8, 2010

Jules Brenner

8 20%

The Last Song (2010)

"As a vehicle to extend the Miley Cyrus $$$billion$$$ dollar phenomenon of pre-teen fandom into a young adult starlet of seventeen, no production value was denied. But it ain't this year's discovery!"

Posted Aug 5, 2010

Jules Brenner

9 62%

Salt (2010)

"Doesn't pause for breath as it delivers juicy espionage, mystery and superb thriller entertainment."

Posted Aug 3, 2010

Jules Brenner

10 86%

Inception (2010)

"A grandiose exploration of the subconscious and a blazing piece of puzzlemaking."

Posted Jul 15, 2010

Jules Brenner

11 49%

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

"Was two hours' worth of such repetitive and overheated emotional triangulation really necessary--even for the demographic that'll be breathing hard over every frame?"

Posted Jul 12, 2010

Jules Brenner

12 41%

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

"Over-indulgence tips the wand toward weak magic."

Posted Jul 10, 2010

Jules Brenner

13 53%

Knight & Day (2010)

"Propulsive action fare for romantic comedy escapists."

Posted Jun 27, 2010

Jules Brenner

14 84%

Get Low (2010)

"If performance nods for this early-summer character piece materializes, it may pick up a second life, and attention commensurate with its better qualities."

Posted Jun 19, 2010

Jules Brenner

15 16%

When in Rome (2010)

"A witless realization of a promising supernatural premise suggests that a few people involved with the movie don't have a particular talent for it."

Posted Jun 19, 2010

Jules Brenner

16 69%

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010)

"Credit for dramatic grip goes mightily to Rapace's skill in interpreting Larsson's creation--the 90-pound victim of abuse who combines startling intellectual genius with physical ferocity."

Posted Jun 18, 2010

Jules Brenner

17 58%

Shrek Forever After (2010)

"What's been achieved here is still highly hilarious. The original concepts are that solid."

Posted Jun 11, 2010

Jules Brenner

18 47%

MacGruber (2010)

"There are three kinds of jokes: funny, pathetic and those that make you sorry you laughed. Macgruber contains all three."

Posted May 21, 2010

Jules Brenner

19 18%

Valentine's Day (2010)

"I was most interested in Taylor Swift. You can tell the girl can act, given half a chance--which she doesn't quite get here."

Posted May 19, 2010

Jules Brenner

20 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"Downey's Stark was a human hero. But the dude in "Iron Man 2" has gone superhero and the synthetic construction doesn't offer the same fullness of character it once did. Still..."

Posted May 18, 2010

Jules Brenner

21 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"The resolution doesn't suggest the future social activist fugitive and model of altruism re-engineering class structure through thievery whom we expect."

Posted May 16, 2010

Jules Brenner

22 76%

Invictus (2009)

"This amalgamation of inspirational themes cuts a new notch on Eastwood's well-used viewfinder."

Posted May 14, 2010

Jules Brenner

23 83%

Avatar (2009)

"After revisiting Pandora via Blu-ray transmission, I have to state the obvious: this is some serious movie-making. There's good reason it's the highest grosser in film history."

Posted Apr 29, 2010

Jules Brenner

24 64%

Harry Brown (2010)

"When the simple and the predictable keeps you in a state of tension and admiration for its entire length, those characteristics become attributes."

Posted Apr 23, 2010

Jules Brenner

25 28%

Clash of the Titans (2010)

"Give it a break for the sake of a cast that imparts more than comic strip cardboard and you may well find entertainment in this romp with mythical immortality."

Posted Mar 31, 2010

Jules Brenner

26 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

"Lisbeth Salander is a lady with an intellectual capacity and determination for revenge like no one we've ever seen. Noomi Rapace captivates us with that, and a mercurial beauty that fulfills Steig Larsson's image precisely."

Posted Mar 19, 2010

Jules Brenner

27 92%

Ponyo (2009)

"Shouldn't an anime' auteur of Hayao Miyazaki's stature avoid a story about a sea creature interacting with a human child? Isn't that "Finding Nemo?""

Posted Mar 18, 2010

Jules Brenner

28 22%

Repo Men (2010)

"If you aren't too repulsed by the general ultra-violence and horror aspects, you're in for some treats of the gross out variety that could send you reeling to the lobby."

Posted Mar 16, 2010

Jules Brenner

29 39%

2012 (2009)

"The strongest thing about this movie is the "this I have to see" factor. If only the story had the same kind of groove going as the effects."

Posted Mar 15, 2010

Jules Brenner

30 84%

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

"As far as its aim goes, what's not to appreciate? But its reversion to an old classic and the technology of a prior day pervades its spunky activity with a blunting derivativeness."

Posted Mar 13, 2010

Jules Brenner

31 53%

Green Zone (2010)

"Greengrass understands the action framework like few others, locking you into his central figure's cause and dynamism from the git go. His action moves with near frantic drive, logically, smartly and with trim intensity."

Posted Mar 9, 2010

Jules Brenner

32 51%

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

"I appreciate Burton's love for the characters as he expresses it through such creative wizardry. But, then, I also have a wistful feeling over the lightness of its total affect. A delicious snack but not quite a full meal."

Posted Mar 7, 2010

Jules Brenner

33 5%

Old Dogs (2009)

"A Travolta family effort for laughs through blatant illogic and human behavior that has no link to the real thing."

Posted Mar 5, 2010

Jules Brenner

34 91%

The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010)

"When a film comes together as powerfully as this, with the full advantage of classic mystery construction and graceful originality, it's a joy to behold."

Posted Mar 3, 2010

Jules Brenner

35 19%

Cop Out (2010)

"Coincidence, bathroom humor, profanity, derivative action, a laugh. Yes, copout, as in desperate attempt."

Posted Feb 25, 2010

Jules Brenner

36 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"Who can resist using the nastieth filth in the English language to run a country?"

Posted Feb 24, 2010

Jules Brenner

37 28%

Happy Tears (2010)

"I had better write my review as soon as possible because it's going to fade from memory pronto--it bearing such little resemblance to humanity as I know it."

Posted Feb 17, 2010

Jules Brenner

38 46%

Everybody's Fine (2009)

"The predictable wrapup comes too late with too little impact to snap us out of the depression induced by Jones' exercise in disillusionment."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Jules Brenner

39 34%

The Wolfman (2010)

"A more emotionally expressive actor might have given us a more visceral connection to the legend than what the superbly mounted production provides."

Posted Feb 10, 2010

Jules Brenner

40 56%

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"A flawed thriller, to be sure, but the kind of edgy, captivating kind with great cast and production values that I go to the movies for."

Posted Jan 27, 2010

Jules Brenner

41 71%

The Boys Are Back (2009)

"This family's period of adjustment may tug on the heart a bit but fails, save for Owen's holding power, to form a dramatic grip out of all that sympathy."

Posted Jan 17, 2010

Jules Brenner

42 48%

The Book of Eli (2010)

"It hurts to say this because I was hoping I wouldn't have to type "post-apocalyptic" for awhile, but who knew Denzel would make it worth the trip?"

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Jules Brenner

43 42%

Jennifer's Body (2009)

"Some weakly constructed things are better left asleep in their coffins."

Posted Jan 3, 2010

Jules Brenner

44 91%

Crazy Heart (2009)

"There's nothing about the essential content of this film that's artificial."

Posted Jan 1, 2010

Jules Brenner

45 70%

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"Downey's a joy but, personally, I'll take more Arthur Conan Doyle and less Guy Ritchie."

Posted Dec 29, 2009

Jules Brenner

46 57%

It's Complicated (2009)

"There are some giggles here, but most of them are coming from Streep as she goes through her litany of coy indecisiveness ending with the desired reaction."

Posted Dec 25, 2009

Jules Brenner

47 63%

Extract (2009)

"Bateman, from his extensive TV background, seems perfectly at home with this material, which should have gone directly to DVD. I would've hated to pay theater price."

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Jules Brenner

48 91%

Up in the Air (2009)

"An unromantic comedy with a social content on the side in order to provide the ballast of "importance.""

Posted Dec 17, 2009

Jules Brenner

49 63%

Brothers (2009)

"The male leads come across a bit too much as rising to the demands of their roles, not so much being the living essence of their characters."

Posted Dec 12, 2009

Jules Brenner

50 32%

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"As for the excess of Jackson's creative predisposition, heaven help us."

Posted Dec 11, 2009

Jules Brenner

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