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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

Mongol (2008)

"Mongol is an impressive epic that also captures intimate moments in the early life of the Mongolian leader."

Posted Jun 20, 2008

Beth Accomando

2 83%

The Rape of Europa (2007)

"The Rape of Europa boasts a strong narration by Joan Allen as it explores a less familiar aspect of World War II and the legacy left by the Nazis."

Posted Jun 20, 2008

Beth Accomando

3 96%

Up the Yangtze (2007)

"Up the Yangtze is a beautifully crafted documentary. Chang displays artistry in the way he assembles his material. He captures China at a crossroads where he finds both guarded hope and epic sadness."

Posted Jun 20, 2008

Beth Accomando

4 ——

Bleach: Memories of Nobody ()

"As with the anime series, the Bleach movie mixes furious action, with bittersweet drama and goofball comedy."

Posted Jun 16, 2008

Beth Accomando

5 53%

The Promotion (2008)

"Tone and pace are absolutely crucial to comedy. If the tone is wrong or the pace is off - by even a hair - the comedy will shrivel up and die. And that's precisely what happens in The Promotion."

Posted Jun 14, 2008

Beth Accomando

6 96%

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)

"But in the end I think Bell is not so much pro-steroids but rather eager to open up a debate about the drug. He doesn't pretend to have answers but he's full of questions."

Posted Jun 14, 2008

Beth Accomando

7 72%

And When Did You Last See Your Father? (When Did You Last See Your Father?) (2008)

"When Did You Last See Your Father? stands out mostly because of Jim Broadbent, and on the strength of his performance I would recommend the film."

Posted Jun 14, 2008

Beth Accomando

8 14%

Made of Honor (2008)

"Although the film seems very proud of its clever gender bending "twist," there's really nothing fresh about Made of Honor. It's a one-gag movie that wears out its gag well before the halfway mark."

Posted Jun 11, 2008

Beth Accomando

9 82%

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

"This film may be based on real events but it plays out like a sharp and often absurd political satire."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

10 89%

The Visitor (2008)

"The Visitor presents a rich, complex world where people connect in unexpected ways. It is a fitting follow up to the themes McCarthy covered in The Station Agent."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

11 77%

Body of War (2008)

"Body of War is a powerful and effective documentary because it keeps its focus very tight and makes its story vivid in personal terms."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

12 24%

The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

"The Life Before Her Eyes has the core of an inventive narrative and a twist that probably worked better as a literary device."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

13 14%

Deception (2008)

"You'd think that with all the focus groups and test marketing Hollywood does that somewhere along the line someone would have said, "hey, don't you think this one strains credibility a bit too much?""

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

14 87%

Mio Fratello Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2007)

"Although familiarity with Italian politics helps in appreciating this film, anyone can enjoy this energetic tale of a house divided."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

15 90%

Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) (1988)

"Cinema Paradiso is for anyone who loves the movies. And Tornatore's final montage of glorious movie images reaffirms the power and magic of cinema."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

16 67%

Redbelt (2008)

"So Redbelt poses as an action film but delivers what I would call an anti-action action picture. And by not delivering on expectations, Mamet satisfied me with something else, something much more clever."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

17 50%

Then She Found Me (2007)

"Then She Found Me is a commendable but not very exciting feature-directing debut by actress Helen Hunt. Although she wields most of the creative power on the film she doesn't turn this into a vanity project."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

18 80%

Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) (2007)

"In a film that feels so unstructured, these scenes reveal how much craft and structure actually go into Hou's films, how he endows his film with such meticulous layering of themes and ideas."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

19 68%

Irina Palm (2008)

"Irina Palm is a showcase for Faithfull but it never truly allows her to shine."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

20 97%

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo.) (1966)

"Leone also endows the film with a clever visual style. His sense of scale is especially inspired."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

21 88%

Roman de Gare (Crossed Tracks) (2007)

"Roman de Gare is a sleek, attractive package made even more appealing by a trio of exquisite performers."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

22 96%

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

"This bond of trust between the filmmakers and their subjects exemplifies the kind of personal involvement that many documentary makers are striving for these days."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

23 98%

Surfwise (2007)

"In the end, Surfwise is a fascinating portrait of a family that manages to be both radical and conventional, divided but still tightly bound by blood."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

24 45%

The Strangers (2008)

"The Strangers gets your hopes up with some smart filmmaking but then pretty much dashes them by the final predictable fade out."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

25 93%

Iron Man (2008)

"This may not be what the Academy has in mind when it's considering the Oscar worthy performances but Downey finds the reality of being a superhero and makes us buy into that. Final verdict: Iron Man is cool and Downey is hot."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

26 59%

The Fall (2006)

"Rarely does a film employ the frame so fully and serve up images of such breathtaking scale as in The Fall."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

27 50%

Sex and the City (2008)

"I spent most of the film's 148 minutes just wanting to slap these women because I grew weary of their whining."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

28 30%

The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

"The Children of Huang Shi means well and actually has a solid story at its core. But what Spottiswoode and company do to that good story is unforgivable."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

29 88%

Reprise (2006)

"Joachim Trier's brash cinematic sampling draws on diverse sources yet it spins something defiantly fresh and original."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

30 87%

Meduzot (Jellyfish) (2008)

"Light on its feet, deeply human, and fresh in style, this French-Israeli co-production serves up an engaging tale about a group of women struggling with daily life in contemporary Tel Aviv."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

31 87%

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

"The open got my interest up because the animation style recalled the Emmy-winning Cartoon Network show Samurai Jack. Unfortunately, when the dream ends, so does the innovative visual style..."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

32 37%

You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)

"The racial stereotypes that emerge in this film are as over the top and potentially offensive as Eli Wallach's Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. But what redeems the film to some degree is its general good naturedness..."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Beth Accomando

33 78%

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

"Ford and Spielberg are all a little older and a little slower. But the film works because they have all retained a sense of fun... This isn't great art, just great fun."

Posted May 26, 2008

Beth Accomando

34 94%

Pulp Fiction (1994)

"But what makes the film such wicked fun is the way Tarantino delivers the familiar with a twist. He continually prepares us for one thing and then delivers another."

Posted May 19, 2008

Beth Accomando

35 49%

Before the Rains (2008)

"[Bose's T.K.] is both an observer and a reluctant participant in the tragedy, and in Bose's performance we see the intellectual awakening and politicization of a young man."

Posted May 19, 2008

Beth Accomando

36 73%

Son of Rambow (2007)

"Son of Rambow conveys the passion and imagination of these kids... But what the film also does is to place their fantasies in a very real context."

Posted May 19, 2008

Beth Accomando

37 76%

OSS 117: Le Caire Nid d'Espions (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) (2008)

"[Dujardin] has a goofy and endearing smile, and somehow manages to combine Sean Connery's suave appeal with the pomposity and incompetence of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau."

Posted May 19, 2008

Beth Accomando

38 67%

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

"...bland family fare with high end production values. It feels about as real as a Disneyland ride, and what a fantasy film needs to do is convince you of is that even the most fanciful thing in its imagined universe is absolutely real."

Posted May 19, 2008

Beth Accomando

39 78%

Death Note (Desu nto) (2007)

"If you love good story telling, an intricate plot, cute young Japanese stars, and a punky shinigami, you won't find a film better than Death Note... unless it's Death Note 2."

Posted May 19, 2008

Beth Accomando

40 ——

Ready? OK! (2008)

"The film works so well because it comes from something personal and you can't fake intimate details that come from life. You'll come out of this one cheering."

Posted May 5, 2008

Beth Accomando

41 5%

88 Minutes (2008)

"The film had no opening credits, except for the title 88 Minutes. Maybe that's because no one wanted to take credit for this mess."

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

42 98%

Brazil (1985)

"Brazil serves up one of the most breathtakingly imaginative worlds ever to be put on screen."

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

43 84%

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

"Rather than being the perfect first date movie, it serves up the perfect break up film. You might just laugh till you cry... or cry until you laugh if you're the one being dumped."

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

44 47%

My Blueberry Nights (2007)

"As someone who has an aversion to most contemporary romantic movies, Wong is a filmmaker whose lush romanticism makes me swoon."

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

45 92%

Duck Soup (1933)

"Comic anarchy at its very best. This one just keeps getting better."

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

46 92%

The Last Detail (1973)

"A classic Jack performance."

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

47 28%

Blown Away (1994)

"No one will be blown away by this formula thriller."

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

48 56%

Single White Female (1992)

"A waste of the talented Jennifer Jason Leigh and director Schroder"

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

49 46%

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

"Been there and done that better."

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

50 100%

Simn del desierto (Simon of the Desert) (1965)

Posted Apr 18, 2008

Beth Accomando

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