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Rating Title/Year Author
The Iron Giant (1999) Armond White The Iron Giant should have been immediately recognized as a near-perfect, classical expression of imagination, combining childlike wonder and adult sophistication. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Being John Malkovich (1999) Armond White For two hours, it works like the best music videos: making high-concept philosophies graspable, marvelous and fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
American Honey (2016) Armond White American Honey...struck me as unbearably phony...Each scene is a provocation and an indictment, but the film's also an offense to the principles of cinéma vérité and social realism. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2016
Frost/Nixon (2008) Armond White It takes a nincompoop like Howard to imagine depth in this silliness. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2014
The Orphanage (2007) Eric Kohn Let the anticipation of Bayona's next move begin. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2014
A- The To Do List (2013) Eric Kohn Carey's celebratory approach to bawdy one-liners marries form with content. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2013
A Man Escaped (1956) Godfrey Cheshire Coming from a director renowned as spartanly anti-dramatic, the film's escape is almost preternaturally gripping. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2013
5/5 The Central Park Five (2012) Jennifer Merin Exclusive interviews with former heads of Israel's counter terrorism agency reveal insiders' analysis about the country's policies. Fascinating. Frightening. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2012
5/5 How to Survive a Plague (2012) Jennifer Merin What making a difference is really all about! EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2012
5/5 Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011) Jennifer Merin An alarming look at the profitable industry that has grown up around nonprofit fund raising for breast cancer research. Must see! EDIT
Posted May 28, 2012
The Forgiveness of Blood (2011) Eric Kohn Marston examines the barriers of ritual and the passage from youth to adulthood in Albanian society with the perceptive detail of a grand literary feat. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2012
Love Crime (2010) John Blahnik Corneau got his start directing simple, effective cop movies and Love Crime's second half is sort of a return to form. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2011
The Family Tree (2010) Mark Peikert Like the body of a peeping tom high school student that hangs hidden in the Burnett's tree for the duration of the film, the direction of the movie remains dangling over audiences. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2011
Special Treatment (2010) John Blahnik Huppert's performance is strong and Labrune's previous films show she's not without talent. You wish she hadn't so stubbornly adhered to one tiresome idea. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2011
Tales From the Golden Age (2009) Armond White Puiu's a skillful widescreen filmmaker, but he's also an urban snob who finds farm animals backward and funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2011
Gainsbourg (2010) Armond White Sfar rescues Gainsbourg from hipsters' self-satisfied claims. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2011
Our Idiot Brother (2011) Armond White Usually movies this slick and contrived have a shiny, Hollywood look, but Our Idiot Brother's unslick look is dreadful. It lacks the professionalism of mumblecore. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2011
Griff the Invisible (2010) John Blahnik What at first seemed to be a superhero film is actually a melancholy portrait of the maladjusted. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2011
One Day (2011) Armond White One Day is neither comedy nor satire; it uses numerous narrative gimmicks to avoid the fact of its humdrum banality. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2011
30 Minutes or Less (2011) Armond White Sexism may be inseparable from the imperatives of male aggression. 30 Minutes or Less ridicules this... EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2011
The Help (2011) Armond White The Help demonstrates the conned intelligence of the "post-racial" and "postblack" Obama era, where the anxieties of unequal yet mutually beneficial black-white relationships are conveniently, speciously, put behind us. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2011
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Armond White It is easily the best American movie of this corrupted summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2011
The Whistleblower (2010) Leslie Stonebraker The film is not good or bad, but utterly affecting and incredibly timely. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2011
Good Neighbours (2010) John Blahnik Thankfully Tierney saves the film from becoming a prosaic whodunit by casually revealing the murder's identity 40 minutes in, forcing Good Neighbors to succeed as all films should, through character and style. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2011
Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Armond White Cowboys and Aliens is an uninspired, third-rate rehash of Western and monster movie lore. It turns genre into formula. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2011
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) Armond White If the title suggests soap opera rather than political history, that's part of Ruiz's game -- but it's also why this art project feels overlong for its purpose. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2011
The Devil's Double (2011) Armond White The film disastrously focuses on Uday's outrages and does so without any moral perspective. "Rape, torture, disembowelment, killing, drinking, drugs and decadence" is practically the film's synopsis. Madness is its misjudged rationale. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2011
The Guard (2011) Emilia Barrosse McDonaugh's reflective script and darker tone separates it from the usual pacing of the standard cop film. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2011
Attack the Block (2011) Armond White It enhances a sense of the world rather than peddling distraction from it. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2011
Project Nim (2011) Leslie Stonebraker Project Nim provides the much needed backstory to modern scientific achievement unavoidably earned on the backs of innocent apes. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2011
Fire in Babylon (2010) Leslie Stonebraker Rather than explore the nuanced reality of playing a white man's game with white teammates, Riley simply plays the race card and tells the tale in monochrome. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2011
Me and My Gal (1932) Armond White Me and My Gal justifies the loftiest standards of realism and entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Armond White When all these bland Marvel Comics franchise movies blur together in memory, it won't prove that they amounted to one great epic master narrative, but that they're all indistinguishable. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2011
Farmageddon (2010) Mark Peikert For a film about the benefits of natural food and raw milk, there is ironically nothing organic about Farmageddon. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Armond White Now that the Harry Potter series is over, maybe the truth can be realized: This has been the dullest franchise in the history of movie franchises. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2011
Winnie the Pooh (2011) Armond White Although this is an adaptation of the A.A. Milne tales first published in 1926, it unleashes an essential quality of dreaming -- and of cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2011
Tabloid (2010) Armond White Evading the issue of what used to be called "yellow journalism," Morris' depraved method prevents us from ever getting out of this swamp. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2011
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011) Armond White Tribe's music takes a backseat to power struggle and personality conflict. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2011
Love Etc. (2010) Leslie Stonebraker Each of the six protagonists in Love Etc. are sweet and hopeful in a genuinely human way that fictional films simply cannot touch. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2011
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Armond White By avoiding contemplation about the emotional nature of its clanging, morphing, warring creatures ... Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg accommodate the insensitivity that characterizes post-9/11 culture. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Larry Crowne (2011) Armond White The humanist opposite to Hollywood's self-congratulatory snark. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2011
Bad Teacher (2011) Armond White Kasdan and company miss the opportunity to connect Elizabeth's venality to the greed and materialism that her pop consumer students absorb daily. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2011
General Orders No. 9 (2009) Leslie Stonebraker It's as exhausting as those never-ending camp songs about branches on trees in holes with green grass growing all around. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2011
The Catechism Cataclysm (2011) Leslie Stonebraker rather than use this premise as a set up for bible satire, the film relies on diarrhea jokes and uninspired buddy-bonding to carry us through an ill-plotted tale of damnation and redemption EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2011
Green Lantern (2011) Armond White The F/X of Hal creating objects out of his ring's green light are successfully, modestly fantastic. Such professionalism needn't resort to dumb stereotyping. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2011
Page One: Inside The New York Times (2011) Armond White Rossi's own Times bias gives Page One a romantic, rather than journalistic, slant. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2011
Super 8 (2011) Armond White Pandering and illogical, Super 8's plot makes no demands on viewers' intelligence. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2011
Steam of Life (2010) Leslie Stonebraker In breathtaking, open country, men straddling all kinds of pot-bellies toss water on hot rocks as steam and sweat and tears intermingle because "sometimes it's good to talk." EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2011
Trollhunter (2010) Armond White Ovredal's man-to-monster compositions alternately recall Tiananmen Square or the destruction of New York's WTC, and then evoke the obligation of witnessing such deeds. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2011
X-Men: First Class (2011) Armond White The entire film is a hackneyed exercise. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2011