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."
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."
"[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."
"...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."
Death Note (Desu nôto) (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."
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."
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."
"Brazil serves up one of the most breathtakingly imaginative worlds ever to be put on screen."
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."
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."
Duck Soup (1933)
"Comic anarchy at its very best. This one just keeps getting better."
The Last Detail (1973)
"A classic Jack performance."
Blown Away (1994)
"No one will be blown away by this formula thriller."
Single White Female (1992)
"A waste of the talented Jennifer Jason Leigh and director Schroder"
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
"Been there and done that better."
Same Old Song (1999)
"Sublime work from an old but still innovative French New Waver."
Zombie Strippers (2008)
"Zombie Strippers is hands - and arms, legs, feet and any other dismembered body part you have laying around - down the best comedy so far this year."
Nim's Island (2008)
"I haven't felt this embarrassed for a star since Robert DeNiro donned a tutu and did the can-can in Stardust."
The Grand (2008)
"The new film The Grand should have been called Werner Herzog Steals the Show because that's precisely what he does in this mockumentary about a poker tournament."
The Ruins (2008)
"To sum up The Ruins, I'll quote one of the characters: "This is so not okay.""
Fighting for Life (2008)
"Sanders provides a rare glimpse into the world of the doctors and nurses tasked with saving lives in difficult circumstances. You cannot leave Fighting for Life without a deep sense of respect for the medical personnel and the patients."
"If Gordon-Levitt (who's delivered stellar performances in Mysterious Skin and The Lookout) had been moved up from his supporting role to the lead, the film would improve considerably."
Planet B-Boy (2007)
"So while I might complain about some of Lee's filmmaking choices, I feel nothing but wonder and delight at seeing these dancers excel at something they love so passionately."
Under the Same Moon (2008)
"Embracing this film will depend on whether its charms triumph over its contrivances. I left impressed by the performances but disappointed by the film as a whole."
Paranoid Park (2007)
"If you are planning to shoot a visual poem, there is no one better to have on hand than cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Doyle knows how to find seduction and romance anywhere."
Time to Leave (2006)
"It's noteworthy for the performances of Melvil Poupard as Romaine and Jeanne Moreau as the grandmother-two people facing their own mortality, and trying to exit this world with grace and dignity."
Heading South (2006)
"It also boasts another rich performance by Charlotte Rampling who continues to grow more interesting as an actress."
"The choice of a Japanese director and a number of key Japanese crew seems to have helped make this American remake a notch better than the other atrocious remakes such as One Missed Call, Pulse and The Eye."
"The film doesn't cover any new terrain for Ripstein -- which some may complain about - but its terrain that he knows well."
The Bank Job (2008)
"Knowing that something as outrageous as this could be true does give the film some added spice."
10,000 B.C. (2008)
"...lovesick prehistoric man traverses the globe to rescue the woman he loves."
No Country for Old Men (2007)
"I have always found that the Coens' films get better with each viewing so I suggest giving the film another shot if you felt frustrated by the ending."
The Counterfeiters (2007)
"Making a film about the Holocaust but using a very specific and personal story is what makes The Counterfeiters stand out. It's the specifics of Sorowitsch's story that rivet us."
"You'll find deliciously low budget sets Ed Wood would die for; a know-it-all robot; babes in bathing suit space uniforms; and a refreshing Mexican take on American sci-fi conventions."
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
"Bollywood films, more than films from anywhere else in the world, harken back to the heyday of the Hollywood studio star system with all the glamour and gloss that goes with that."
Alice's House (2008)
"Teixeira brings his camera into her home and quietly records the details of her daily life. The result is a carefully observed film about one woman's growing dissatisfaction."
Vantage Point (2008)
"I might almost sit through the crappy storytelling one more time just to see the car chases. These are the kind car chases that Stuntman Mike from Death Proof might be able to appreciate"
The Signal (2008)
"The Signal reveals killer horrors skills on the part of Bruckner, and to a lesser extent of Gentry and Bush. So if you don't mind a film that starts strong and finishes weak, check it out."
"What becomes interesting is how Ace and Wallace, who have managed to stay outside the violence for the most part, start to get pulled in once they uncover information about their fathers."
The Band's Visit (2007)
"The film succeeds because of the nuanced performances of its superb cast, and because of Kolirin's witty visual compositions."
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
"The Other Boleyn Girl turns British history into a chick flick soaper with high production values and A-list actors."
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
"Like its main character, Charlie Bartlett tries so hard to win us over that it practically bursts a celluloid vein in the process...Yet you can't deny that they both have impressive energy."
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
"His film unfolds with a graceful realism, as if he just happened to catch life unfolding for these two desperate women. His film never hits a false note..."
The Eye (2008)
"Moreau and Palud decide to trade in the creepy, atmospheric style of the Pang Brothers for a more amped up Hollywood approach...it fails to distinguish itself either as a remake or on its own terms as a horror film."
"Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show is a modest documentary that provides a good showcase for these four comedians."
In Bruges (2008)
"McDonagh shines more as a writer than director but he displays a fresh, darkly comic take on life that's quite welcome."
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)
"Gibney's film proves a cogent document that people need to see because there seems to be a willingness to accept the current policies without really thinking about what that means... Gibney's film asks us to think and to question."
Definitely, Maybe (2008)
"There's a refreshing adult quality in the film that kicks the film a notch above the rest of the romantic and comic fare currently available."
"Jumper is so bad that it might be useful in film classes to show students what not to do."