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Arthur Lazere

Arthur Lazere
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
39% Kingdom of Heaven (2005) Despite...weaknesses, 'Kingdom of Heaven' emerges an entertaining film...stunningly photographed, set and costumed...grandeur that evokes De Mille‐
Posted May 5, 2005
76% The Holy Girl (2005) A stunning piece of dramatic filmmaking, a completely original approach to the material that delivers a delayed punch as the evidence accrues ‐
Posted Apr 28, 2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) Featherlight spoof loaded with grand CGI visuals...amusing, gentle satire... [but] never attains a real zaniness‐
Posted Apr 28, 2005
60% Winter Solstice (2005) What's missing is any real drama--there's no protagonist/antagonist conflict..; there's little fresh in the observations of mourning and the perennial parent/child tug-of-war.‐
Posted Apr 19, 2005
88% Turtles Can Fly (2005) The tragedy of these lives is moving, but, to some small extent, the tragedy is counterbalanced by Ghobadi in showing that somehow humanity survives in these kids‐
Posted Apr 12, 2005
34% Eros (2004) Wong masterfully creates a sense of profound yearning--the screen seems saturated with unfulfilled and unrequited erotic longing.‐
Posted Apr 7, 2005
87% Look at Me (2005) Gets under the skin of these varied individuals and reveals them in rich complexity and highly individuated quirkiness‐
Posted Apr 4, 2005
87% Millions (2005) Rich, rewarding, and deliciously entertaining‐
Posted Mar 18, 2005
53% Melinda and Melinda (2005) It's fun and it's funny.‐
Posted Mar 17, 2005
74% The Upside of Anger (2005) A fresh, funny, pointed comedy‐
Posted Mar 10, 2005
22% In My Country (2005) The script...intelligently explores...the profound need to make sense out of madness and to find emotional peace in its aftermath...Sustains a deep and moving involvement.‐
Posted Mar 10, 2005
81% Dear Frankie (2005) Emotional responses are in keeping with the characterizations, and well-written dialogue... helps sustain a reality that the turns of plot constantly threaten.‐
Posted Mar 3, 2005
91% Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004) A cinematic 'Götterdämmerung...'; Hirschbiegel's film pulls no punches. He neither sugarcoats nor exaggerates.‐
Posted Feb 17, 2005
71% Schultze Gets the Blues (2005) Important and thoughtful themes, which in other hands would likely have been weighty and overbearing, remain drolly deadpan in this accomplished debut film.‐
Posted Feb 17, 2005
93% Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004) 'Nobody Knows' and its astounding collection of young actors capture the heart without a hint of tear-jerking or saccharine sentimentality.‐
Posted Feb 17, 2005
No Score Yet The Grid (2004) Fully realized, three dimensional characters may be too much to expect, but imagine how much more effective the drama would be if that were provided.‐
Posted Feb 14, 2005
90% Head-On (2005) With powerfully developed characterizations and keen observation, writer/director Akin doesn't settle for a formulaic resolution.‐
Posted Feb 2, 2005
84% Aliens of the Deep (2005) The crew ooos and aahs and talks like so many valley girls ("awesome," "freaky," etc.), leaving the viewer hungry for some more substantive science to back up the visuals.‐
Posted Jan 27, 2005
68% The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2005) Barratier's clever use of irony to frame his story and his characters allows him both to use and to comment upon the underlying formula.‐
Posted Jan 26, 2005
87% Noi the Albino (Nói albínói) (2003) Holds the attention with imaginative detail and a veneer of deadpan humor, like thin ice over a sea of despair‐
Posted Jan 12, 2005
88% The Woodsman (2004) Kassell's disciplined direction and sympathetic performances by Bacon and Sedgwick more than overcome the script's didactic leanings.‐
Posted Dec 31, 2004
72% William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004) Credit Radford for keeping his sterling cast in an admirably understated mode.‐
Posted Dec 31, 2004
90% Hotel Rwanda (2004) Conveys the horror and anguish of anarchy and massacre while keeping the violence off screen or depicted at a distance‐
Posted Dec 21, 2004
84% The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004) A warm and dramatically satisfying film that doesn't hide its bias, but also allows for varying viewpoints to be expressed.‐
Posted Dec 16, 2004
35% Imaginary Heroes (2005) Emotional impact [is] lost in the mire of multiple motivations, less than fully realized characters, and tangential excursions.‐
Posted Dec 16, 2004
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) Delivers an emotional punch to match those of the pugilists punishing each other in the ring‐
Posted Dec 14, 2004
68% Closer (2004) Dialogue as riveting as Marber's, delivered by four first-rate actors in peak form, transcends the tricky transition [from the stage] to the screen.‐
Posted Dec 2, 2004
72% Paper Clips (2004) A worthwhile record of an admirable undertaking, but a little less sentiment and a little more edge might have produced a stronger film.‐
Posted Nov 28, 2004
78% A Very Long Engagement (2004) There's such an excess of plot and detail that characterization is neglected--none of these characters is more than single-dimensional...‐
Posted Nov 24, 2004
16% Alexander (2004) It's as if Stone deliberately were creating a parody of all the cornball biblical/historical spectacles in the history of the movies.‐
Posted Nov 24, 2004
83% Finding Neverland (2004) Carefully sidestep[s] the pitfall of sticky sentimentality through understated writing, sensitive performances and brilliantly imaginative direction.‐
Posted Nov 16, 2004
90% Kinsey (2004) What makes 'Kinsey' brilliantly subversive is the injection of a...warts-and-all, nonjudgmental viewpoint...into the format of the...adulatory encomiums of another era.‐
Posted Nov 11, 2004
49% Alfie (2004) The fascinatingly complex character who inspired masterpieces from the wit of Moliere and the genius of Mozart draws only humdrum mediocrity from the remake mill of Hollywood.‐
Posted Nov 4, 2004
81% Ray (2004) When [the music isn't playing], the film seems conventional, unimaginative and stretched out well beyond its ability to sustain narrative momentum.‐
Posted Oct 29, 2004
38% Birth (2004) An imaginatively conceived meditation on grief and mourning, not entirely persuasive, but a thought-provoking and elegantly made film, nonetheless.‐
Posted Oct 28, 2004
76% Being Julia (2004) Redolent with the aroma of the floor boards, spiced with the overripe theatricality of thespians, and blessed with the grace of a radiant Annette Bening‐
Posted Oct 16, 2004
46% Shall We Dance (2004) Audrey Wells' badly flawed adaptation of the original screenplay tries to bridge [the] cultural gap but it doesn't work‐
Posted Oct 14, 2004
72% Primer (2004) The Grand Jury Award for Primer is an embarrassment for Sundance.‐
Posted Oct 13, 2004
84% The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) A romanticized and lightweight road movie, a charming diversion, rather than the incisive biographical work that it should have been.‐
Posted Sep 23, 2004
15% Head in the Clouds (2004) Theron lends credence here to those who think that her performance in 'Monster' was a prosthesis-assisted one-note one shot, Academy award or no.‐
Posted Sep 18, 2004
48% Silver City (2004) Even the long roster of skilled players in 'Silver City' doesn't make this script come alive. ‐
Posted Sep 16, 2004
65% Bright Young Things (2003) Fry...makes his debut here...but 'Bright Young Things' has the complexity, along with the verve and polish and style expected of a seasoned filmmaker.‐
Posted Sep 11, 2004
51% Vanity Fair (2004) A 'Vanity Fair' with a half-realized Becky Sharp is, in the end, a Vanity Unsatisfactory. ‐
Posted Aug 31, 2004
95% Hero (2004) Zhang successfully subverts the adrenaline charge of combat to the thematic explorations of art, human emotions and history.‐
Posted Aug 26, 2004
18% Suspect Zero (2004) It's a movie on a treadmill--lots of energy going nowhere at all.‐
Posted Aug 26, 2004
65% We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004) Audiences may or may not feel that the insights skillfully shared justify this acutely claustrophobic microcosm of domestic misery.‐
Posted Aug 12, 2004
50% Code 46 (2004) With a creatively imagined world and themes of genuine significance, 'Code 46' easily sustains interest, despite the shortcomings of the characterizations.‐
Posted Aug 5, 2004
86% Collateral (2004) A boffo piece of adrenaline-charged entertainment. ‐
Posted Aug 5, 2004
86% Intimate Strangers (2003) A surprisingly upbeat, if distinctly off-beat romance‐
Posted Aug 5, 2004
81% The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Nothing gets in the way of a great story, well told, one which manages to slip in a few political digs without losing sight of its mission as popular suspense entertainment.‐
Posted Jul 29, 2004