Kaleem Aftab Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) It's that rare cinematic beast: an instant classic.‐ Cineuropa
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80% Friedkin Uncut (2018) With Friedkin Uncut... Italian director Francesco Zippel has made a friendly and breezy portrait of American filmmaker William Friedkin.‐ Cineuropa
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4/5 83% Red Dog (2011) An endearing, funny, idiosyncratic tale, director Kriv Stender's film is made up of a series of hilarious and tearjerking scenes of human folly. ‐ The List
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2/5 12% Day of the Falcon (2013) French director Jean-Jacques Annaud falls short in directing the action and, ironically, can't avoid stereotypes of the Arab world, especially in it's depiction of female characters.‐ The List
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3/5 79% Mother and Child (2010) While Garcia's principal preoccupation is with the fallout from adoption, it's the secondary storylines about women in the work place, and the stresses of marriage and pregnancy that are the film's strengths.‐ The List
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2/5 34% The Lady (2012) It takes some doing to rob the biopic of Nobel prize-winning pro-democracy Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi of drama and tension. But, with his skewed view of history and ropey storytelling, Besson manages it.‐ The List
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4/5 93% 50/50 (2011) Director Jonathan Levine manages to treat cancer with the respect it deserves whilst also showing the remarkable ability of humans to find laughter in the most heinous of circumstances.‐ The List
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3/5 84% The Ides of March (2011) Surprisingly effective for such a by-the-numbers political drama.‐ The List
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3/5 19% The Art of Getting By (2011) A film of slight but wry observation.‐ The List
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4/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) Fukunaga does a great job in making the action and emotions feel modern without updating the story to the present day. He's helped by Fassbender's excellent performance.‐ The List
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3/5 76% Kill List (2012) Wheatley cycles through the genres as the killing spree begins, but the ambiguity that is initially its strength becomes a weakness by the end.‐ The List
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4/5 56% The Devil's Double (2011) This rambunctious romp is not for the faint-hearted but it is packed with over-the-top lines to quote for weeks after.‐ The List
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3/5 44% The Taqwacores (2010) Initially such subversive and provocative characters come across as too crude to be credible. Yet the success of Zahra's film is to take these base elements and channel them into a film that explores identity crisis.‐ The List
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4/5 86% The Big Picture (2012) As a study of a man pushed to the edge and unable to run away from himself, The Big Picture is as fascinating as it is slow-burning.‐ The List
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4/5 94% Passenger Side (2010) [A] smartly written comedy.‐ The List
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3/5 47% Drive Angry (2011) It's excessive, otherworldly, and a bit batty. ‐ The List
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3/5 55% Unknown (2011) [Liam Neeson] growls his way through various preposterous situations, while remaining muscularly watchable.‐ The List
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3/5 30% Sanctum (2011) An enjoyable if formulaic film.‐ The List
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3/5 93% Abel (2013) Abel works best as a situational comedy... There is also a serious message about parental abandonment and the treatment of children by society that doesn't always hit home.‐ The List
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2/5 9% Chatroom (2010) Veers into thriller territory with predictable results. It's strange that a movie so lacking in substance arrives with such pedigree. ‐ The List
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3/5 74% The Way Back (2011) It's about the landscapes and backdrops. They provide a great diversion away from the poor dialogue and the bluntly heroic characters.‐ The List
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2/5 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) This is less a movie than an appetiser before the main course next summer.‐ The List
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4/5 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) An all too rare example of a funny, heart warming and insightful adult American comedy.‐ The List
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3/5 85% Easy A (2010) Hollywood is going gaga for Emma Stone at the moment, and on the strength of her performance in this hit American teen comedy, it's easy to see why. ‐ The List
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4/5 87% Buried (2010) Director Rodrigo Cortés does a brilliant job of making one man in a coffin look interesting for an hour and a half by the clever use of angles, cranes and dolly shots that provide a sense of motion.‐ The List
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4/5 53% I'm Still Here (2010) This comic portrait of Phoenix's lost year ironically manages to raise some serious questions about fame and the media obsession with celebrity.‐ The List
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3/5 93% The Town (2010) An authentic-feeling, action-packed adventure.‐ The List
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4/5 81% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Wright delights in setting up the tale with a mix of comedy, great production design and Fight Club style visual gags. On the downside, Cera's standard goofy geek stereotype has become slightly wearing.‐ The List
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4/5 72% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) Great songs, beautiful girls, lovely costumes and an artist in a constant state of flux are emphasised in Joann Sfar's imaginative, beautiful and suitably bizarre musing on the life of Serge Gainsbourg.‐ The List
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4/5 51% South of the Border (2010) Stone achieves his goal of challenging the orthodoxy on Chávez and socialism in an engrossing and entertaining manner.‐ The List
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3/5 68% Leaving (Partir) (2010) Corsini tries to take an even-handed approach to each character by showing how confusion leads to selfishness, but nothing new is added to this predictable genre.‐ The List
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4/5 72% Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) (2010) Although uneven in patches, this is a pertinent work on female resilience, made with an array of images painstakingly constructed for insightful social, political and artistic commentary.‐ The List
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2/5 61% The Concert (Le concert) (2010) The action is hindered by clunky expositional dialogue that borders on the slapstick.‐ The List
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3/5 95% Good Hair (2009) For the uninitiated, the observations and discoveries are often startling.‐ The List
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3/5 69% Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010) It's always a good sign of talent when actors shine no matter the genre, and Duris... is in fine form in this light-hearted romantic comedy.‐ The List
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3/5 70% Tetro (2009) A welcome return to some kind of form for the bearded behemoth.‐ The List
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3/5 44% Brooklyn's Finest (2010) Trite. Yet Fuqua, through his trademark violence and his ability to ramp up tension in every scene, ensures that there is always something interesting to watch on screen. ‐ The List
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4/5 55% The Killer Inside Me (2010) Winterbottom is all about commentary and debate and this vicious character study attempts to strip away the fable of the American dream... Fascinating, but not for the squeamish.‐ The List
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4/5 83% Four Lions (2010) [Director Chris] Morris scores on character development, humour and ideas.‐ The List
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1/5 63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Pink doesn't care much for character development, which would just about be forgivable if he made a decent fist out of capturing and poking fun at 80s fashion, music and culture.‐ The List
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2/5 60% The Infidel (2010) It's just such a crying shame that after a promising initial burst of energy, The Infidel runs out of steam as it heads mind numbingly into we-are-all-the-same-underneath territory.‐ The List
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2/5 No Score Yet Sons of Cuba (2009) Although the hardship is evident, the movie feels romanticized.‐ The List
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4/5 76% Kick-Ass (2010) A hilarious, hip twist on the superhero genre. Gone are the superpowers, the 100 inch chests and holier than thou attitude. ‐ The List
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2/5 46% Everybody's Fine (2009) For no good reason, British director Kirk Jones overplays the sentiment, but the greater mystery here is how a great and experienced actor like De Niro continues to play with amateurs.‐ The List
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3/5 32% The Lovely Bones (2009) The desire for showmanship gets in the way of characterization and plot.‐ The List
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2/5 83% Ddongpari (Breathless) (2009) The adrenalin that filled the early moments is lost to a clichéd conclusions about the cyclical nature of violence. ‐ The List
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4/5 91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) Unexpected and moving, Precious is a gem from the projects.‐ The List
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4/5 78% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) Largely entertaining, but not without fault, much like Drury himself.‐ The List
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4/5 73% The Road (2009) Hillcoat and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe have successfully recreated the barren, grey, burnt out landscape... Mortensen is admirable as the man journeying with his son and it's bleak in a way that Hollywood rarely dares to be.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3/5 39% Nine (2009) Day-Lewis shows a previously unseen penchant for song and dance. Cruz, though, is the real star turn with a very sexy number. But in parts it's flat, and some more melodrama or plot would not have gone amiss.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018