Kelly Jane Torrance

Kelly Jane Torrance
Tomatometer-approved critic

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2.5/5 69% Limitless (2011) It's hard to believe you'd be squinting at your watch in the dark while two of the most charismatic actors in Hollywood are on the screen in front of you. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3.5/5 84% The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Based on the novel by Michael Connelly -- the first in a franchise -- this one has crisper dialogue than most [legal thrillers]. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 92% Of Gods and Men (2011) The film is a masterful exploration of belief in God and, perhaps more importantly, love. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3/5 89% Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011) [William Shimell's] an engaging presence, cool and confident in front of the camera. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3/5 94% Win Win (2011) [Amy] Ryan continues to be one of our best supporting actresses, one who shines but doesn't need to steal scenes. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 99% Bill Cunningham New York (2011) Bill Cunningham... is at least as intriguing as the nameless men and women he presents to the world. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 92% Source Code (2011) [Director] Duncan Jones isn't just creating his own career; he's helping to transform a genre. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3.5/5 49% Super (2011) This critic recommends this idiosyncratic film -- as long as you aren't too bothered by the sight of men getting the life beaten out of them. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 78% In A Better World (2011) To the North American viewer, Danish director Susanne Bier's films come as a revelation. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3/5 26% Arthur (2011) This Arthur closely tracks the plot of the original, but it has a heart of its own. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3/5 71% Hanna (2011) The soundtrack by the Chemical Brothers is outstanding. It makes the film look rather like a series of music videos, but so well shot and energetic, the viewer doesn't really mind. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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2.5/5 55% The Conspirator (2011) The bigger problem is that the central character of [Mary] Surratt, as pictured here, is completely unengaging. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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2.5/5 12% Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) While they've produced a competently made film, they haven't pulled off a miracle. Atlas Shrugged is much as you'd expect. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 75% Winter in Wartime (2011) Winter in Wartime proves there's still much to learn about the war -- and ourselves. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3/5 61% Water for Elephants (2011) One gets the sense, watching this predictable but dazzling film, that we all lost something when the circus became safer, but less thrilling. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3/5 83% Potiche (2011) Deneuve is as luminous as ever. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 73% African Cats (2011) Add a cool narration by the incomparable Samuel L. Jackson, though, and you have something really special. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 85% La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) (2011) Director Bertrand Tavernier has made a stunning film. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3/5 75% The Human Resources Manager (2011) [It's a] moving, quiet film. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 77% Fast Five (2011) Do we really need a fifth movie filled with car races, car chases and car crashes? Of course not. But then, we also don't need the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren or the Autobahn. But they add an awfully lot of fun to our short, brutal lives. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3/5 96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) Herzog tells us, in his inimitable way, why we care about a bunch of old pictures of horses and lions. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3/5 61% The Beaver (2011) Gibson, of course, is well suited right now to playing a man in pain. But he has little chemistry with Foster, who plays the woman who gives him more chances than he deserves. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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2/5 12% There Be Dragons (2011) There's a great film to be made about Josemaria Escriva, the founder of the controversial Opus Dei. There are more great films to be made about the complicated Spanish Civil War. This movie, however, is neither. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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1.5/5 70% Joueuse (Queen to Play) (2011) This one is utterly predictable. Worse than that, it's boring. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) Bridesmaids is, in equal parts, bawdy and authentic, all the way through. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3.5/5 54% Last Night (2011) There's real chemistry between all the players here. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4.5/5 53% Hesher (2011) Gordon-Levitt never puts in a bad performance, and he carries this film as easily as he's done any other. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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1/5 32% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Zombies, mermaids, pseudo-vampires -- Stranger Tides has got them all. What it doesn't have are surprises, laughs, satisfying action or any narrative drive. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3.5/5 79% The Robber (2011) The viewer is left to wonder at Johann's motivations, while he simply tears up the screen. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 86% Meek's Cutoff (2011) [Director Kelly] Reichardt, who previously directed Williams in Wendy and Lucy, shows us with great subtlety the physical and emotional drama here, one that's properly underplayed, given the strictures of the time. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3.5/5 93% Incendies (2011) Incendies is a gripping film, mostly because of the fearless performance of Belgian-born, half Moroccan, half Spanish actress [Lubna] Azabal. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4.5/5 61% Yves Saint Laurent - L'amour fou (2011) L'amour Fou is as elegant as the revolutionary suits Yves Saint Laurent put us in. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3.5/5 33% The Hangover Part II (2011) There are plenty of laughs to be had from the outrageous situations in which the guys find themselves. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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2.5/5 95% 13 Assassins (2011) You've seen this film before, many times. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 93% Midnight in Paris (2011) It's funny, warm, even enchanting. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4.5/5 92% City of Life and Death (2011) The performances, even of the extras, are all searing portrayals of fear, defiance, cruelty and guilt. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 85% Beginners (2011) McGregor and Laurent are outstanding. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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2.5/5 81% Super 8 (2011) Yet Super 8, which was co-produced by Spielberg, is not so much an homage to a master, but a counterfeit copy of one of his originals. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3.5/5 85% The Tree of Life (2011) It's a beautifully made film, poetic in its attention to detail. But underneath its mannered surface, it's really quite a conventional coming-of-age film, filled with themes we've seen on screen so often before. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 86% X-Men: First Class (2011) McAvoy and Fassbender are two very talented men, who have created characters of their own, while staying true to the originals. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3.5/5 88% Submarine (2011) Submarine is a funny, witty, sometimes sentimental coming-of-age film. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3.5/5 70% Just Like Us (2011) It offers an honest look at a region about which most Americans know little. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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2.5/5 26% Green Lantern (2011) With a cast like that, this superhero flick, like Hal Jordan himself, had real potential to rise above its provenance. But the dialogue is simply beyond cheesy. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3.5/5 89% The Trip (2011) Viewers feel like a fly on the wall -- or a third seat at the table -- listening to two witty, amusing men intent on one-upping each other. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4/5 71% Beautiful Boy (2011) Beautiful Boy is raw, real and a difficult film to watch. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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4.5/5 45% Bad Teacher (2011) Bad Teacher, the woman and the film, is just pure pleasure. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3.5/5 81% Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011) [Conan O'Brien Can't Stop] gives overwhelming evidence for its title statement and shows us a man who can't help but give the people what they want -- no matter what it takes out of him. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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2/5 38% Cars 2 (2011) There's much to look at, but little to follow. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3.5/5 86% Viva Riva! (2011) Viva Riva! is the directorial debut of Djo Munga, and this clever caper makes him a man to watch. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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3/5 89% Buck (2011) No, a young Scarlett Johansson doesn't make an appearance in Buck, as she did in The Horse Whisperer. But Buck, the man and the movie, are that rare thing, the real deal. - Washington Examiner EDIT
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