Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Today's Special (2010)
White Material (2010)
The Last Lions (2011)
"Especially if older kids are already fascinated with wild animals, they'll be mesmerized, and will probably successfully badger you to donate to the cause via text message on the way out of the theater."
Tiny Furniture (2010)
"Not much happens in "Tiny Furniture," but viewers can take considerable pleasure in Dunham's clever, funny script, which is honest and unsparing in detailing the early-adulthood paralysis that grips so many twentysomethings."
The King's Speech (2010)
"The keeper of the bunch was the delightfully daffy "God of Love," in which a lovesick lounge singer (Luke Matheny, who wrote and directed) finds himself in possession of magical darts that make the victim fall in love for six hours. "
"In the past, we saw a lot of nominated animated films that seemed to be trying to out-Pixar Pixar, mixing gorgeous 3D animation and frenetic physical comedy. But this year's batch is more adventurous, harder to pigeonhole."
Tamara Drewe (2010)
The Way Back (2011)
"It may not seem like much of a compliment to say a movie makes you feel like you've walked 4,000 miles, but "The Way Back" puts you in its characters' tattered shoes and makes you care whether they make it home or not."
Kings of Pastry (2010)
The Company Men (2011)
"The five nominees for an Oscar this year for Best Documentary Short all deal with weighty issues - homelessness, illness, old age. But they all do so on a very human level, eye to eye with the viewer."
All Good Things (2010)
"Jarecki never settles on what kind of story he wants to tell with these elements, and despite good performances, "All Good Things" veers awkwardly from love story to tragedy, from true-life mystery to black comedy."
Barney's Version (2011)
Four Lions (2010)
"Is it insensitive? Jaw-droppingly so. But it's also tremendously funny, and after years of achingly serious movies about the War on Terror, it can't help but feel cathartic to unleash a few belly laughs at the whole mess."
"Like Chomet's "The Triplets of Belleville," it's a lovingly crafted animated film that invites the audience to luxuriate in the hand-painted visuals, to chuckle at the small jokes stuffed into the corners of the film. "
Another Year (2010)
Cedar Rapids (2011)
"One of the welcome surprises of "Cedar Rapids" is that while you start out laughing at them, by the end of the movie you're rooting for them. For such a raunchy crowd-pleaser, the movie turns out to have a kind heart."
Made in Dagenham (2010)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
True Grit (2010)
"Director Jeff Malmberg documents Hogancamp's twin worlds with care and restraint; "Marwencol" is an example of how a documentary filmmaker can delve into the life of an eccentric person without exploiting them"
I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)
"The role is a good fit for Carrey, who manages to dial down his usual mug-a-minute schtick while still being funny, capturing the manic, paranoid heart fluttering beneath Russell's trust-me exterior."
Winnebago Man (2010)
"Steinbauer doesn't shy away from the moral queasiness of that arrangement, and that's what gives Winnebago Man a lot of its appeal -- that tension between the considerable laughter it provokes and the questions raised about that laughter."
Mademoiselle Chambon (2010)
Last Train Home (2010)
Inside Job (2010)
Morning Glory (2010)
Soul Kitchen (2010)
""Soul Kitchen" is like a restaurant where the vibe is friendly, the music is cool, the people are all interesting, and it's so much fun to hang out at that you easily overlook the fact that the food isn't actually all that good."
Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010)
Jack Goes Boating (2010)
"I'm starting to think Allen makes movies like he files his tax returns. Some years business is fantastic, other years it's struggling. But he still files one every year. This year, business was so-so."
Despicable Me (2010)
The Good Heart (2010)
""The Secret in Their Eyes" has all the entertainment value of a great mystery and a great love story, but that connection to Argentina's collective conscience helps it transcend its genre conventions."
"But because "Dangerous Man" sees the era through Ellsberg's eyes, and we hear the disgust in his voice as he describes his younger, gung-ho self, the film becomes a fascinating and clear-eyed self-portrait."
Blood Into Wine (2010)
"While the film contains some interesting tidbits about both wine and Keenan, and some unexpected humor by comedians like Patton Oswalt and Bob Odenkirk, the movie never really justifies its existence except as an informercial for Keenan's winery."
"While Quentin Tarantino used the narrative device to give his film a caffeinated jolt of hipster cool, co-directors Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani use it brilliantly to show the chaotic web of violence that traps Jews, Christians and Muslims alike."
Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)