Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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)
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
The Art Of The Steal (2010)
Letters to Juliet (2010)
Robin Hood (2010)
"Taken on its own merits, "Robin Hood" is a handsomely made and entertaining movie that reworks the traditional Hood characters into a "Braveheart"-like medieval action/war film. Just don't expect any green tights."
The Eclipse (2010)
"For the most part, this love triangle plays out with great warmth and delicacy.While Quinn seems to be having a ball playing against type as the boozy Nicholas, Hinds and Hjelje create fully-rounded, sympathetic characters."
Solntse (The Sun) (2005)
"Those with the patience to stick with Sokurov's stately pacing will find an engrossing character study in "The Sun," that of a very odd, polite man who also happened to lead a nation at war during World War II."
When You're Strange (2010)
"A Hollywood version would have gone right for a blood-spattered prologue, while this Swedish version (faithful to the best-selling book by Stieg Larsson) slowly builds its chills, creating an overwhelming feeling of dread. "
City Island (2010)
The Joneses (2010)
A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)
""A Prophet" is cold and unsentimental, ratcheting up the tension slowly over its 154-minute running time. The violence is swift and brutal, like that opening murder and a claustrophobic shootout in an SUV that's impressively staged."
Fish Tank (2010)
The Runaways (2010)
Me and Orson Welles (2009)
"There are certainly moments in the film where you won't want to make eye contact with anybody else in the theater. But that may be because your eyes are glued to the screen, kept there by a film so seductive and profound."
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
"The '80s references, the profanity, the time-travel gags, the gross-out humor - it all comes sloshing together like one of those frat-party cocktails where they dump in everything they can find from the bar. And yet it tastes really, really good."
La Nana (The Maid) (2009)
"The movie edges into psychological-thriller territory at times, but it's mostly an intriguing character study of a woman who has spent her adult life mistaking a business relationship for a personal one."
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009)
The Damned United (2009)
"It's just endless performance footage, indulgently edited together, and it soons proves exhausting. Not "I just danced on the balls of my feet for three hours" exhausting, but exhausting nonetheless."
Until the Light Takes Us (2009)
She's Out of My League (2010)
The Last Station (2010)
Cop Out (2010)
A Single Man (2009)
Broken Embraces (2009)
To Save a Life (2010)
"What's worthy about "To Save A Life" comes purely from its nutritional value, and if a teenager becomes a more empathetic person as a result of seeing it, then it's worth it for him. A lot of his friends, though, might be too bored to get to the redemptio"
Crazy Heart (2009)
It's Complicated (2009)
"in order to prove his thesis that all humans are evil, von Trier has to create his characters as monsters. And if they're monsters, then they're completely devoid of the humanity needed for the audience to identify with them, however unwillingly."
An Education (2009)
"Mulligan completely owns "An Education," giving one of the most self-assured breakout performances in years. And the best thing is that the movie, an elegant and sharply observed coming-of-age story, measures up to her performance."
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
"Every kid probably won't get "Fantastic Mr. Fox." But then again, not every adult gets a Wes Anderson movie. But if the right kid and the right parent find themselves in the seats, they should have a ball together."
It Might Get Loud (2009)
"Yes, this is the sort of stuff that makes rock fans absolutely geek out. But Guggenheim's relaxed approach does allow us to get past the guitar-god mystique and show us three fellow tradesmen in love with their craft."
Cold Souls (2009)