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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"Despite being a tale of the front office, it also works as a tale of the haves vs. the have-nots, and rarely panders to its audience, putting it in the higher eschelon of sports-underdog movies."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Eric Melin

2 97%

The Killing (1956)

"A brisk, satisfying film noir that features all the details of a racetrack heist gone wrong - even if the timeline is all shuffled out of order. It's thick with atmosphere and razor-sharp dialogue."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Eric Melin

3 97%

If.... (1968)

"If.... is more than a little dated, and some patches get pretty long, but it feels alive ... and that's important. "

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Eric Melin

4 38%

Skateland (2011)

"It treads well-worn territory. Shiloh Fernandez is pretty inert in the lead role and Ashley Greene doesn't have that much to do."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Eric Melin

5 99%

La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers) (1967)

"Partially because of its documentary style, used so effectively by director Gillo Pontecorvo, it never gets heavy-handed -- exploring the idea of violence as a necessary evil for freedom."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Eric Melin

6 77%

In A Better World (2011)

"It would have worked better if it weren't so obvious and manipulative. About halfway through, it plays more like a diagram of lessons learned than a movie about real people dealing with complicated problems."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Eric Melin

7 87%

Terri (2011)

"Terri was shot in just a couple locations on a tiny budget, but it sense of heightened reality and terrific performances make it a strangely touching story."

Posted Oct 19, 2011

Eric Melin

8 28%

Elektra Luxx (2011)

"Writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez is all over the map with a bizarre multi-character drama that never really clicks. "

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

9 69%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

"As sloppy and unbelievable as the movie is, it is at times very funny -- a series of ridiculous setups to get these three talented comic actors in uncomfortable positions so they can make us laugh."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

10 44%

Black Moon (1975)

"Some critics described Black Moon as a sort of darker Alice in Wonderland, but it's much too tedious to approach that level of entertainment. "

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

11 87%

Zazie dans le métro (Zazie in the Subway) (1960)

"Malle uses tons of editing tricks, both crude and cutting edge for the time, and turns Paris into a wild playground for a wonderfully anarchic romp."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

12 71%

[Rec] 2 (2010)

"The film gets a lot of mileage from its concept of seeing things only through the soldiers' helmet-mounted cameras, but the plot also develops in some surprising directions."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

13 66%

Insidious (2011)

"The ending struggles to explain too much and take itself a bit too literally, but mostly Insidious is an engaging treat."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

14 28%

Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

"This 80s-nostalgic comedy relies too much on its big hair and bright clothes and not enough on getting inside the head of its characters."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

15 70%

Limitless (2011)

"Despite some snazzy camera angles and showoff-y technique, Limitless dashes any hopes of originality when it ends up being nothing more than a cautionary tale about drug addiction"

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

16 82%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

"It stays true to the central metaphor of the original films and takes its time setting the story up so that when the apes finally do run amok, we are totally invested in the story."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

17 45%

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

"Jesse Eisenberg is the only person in the movie who even comes close to being believable, but that almost doesn't matter because the movie is consistently funny."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

18 72%

Fright Night (2011)

"There should have been more scenes with the actors under Farrell's magnetic spell before the chase is on. Fright Night even manages to underwhelm in the climax."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

19 73%

Winter in Wartime (2011)

"Shot beautifully and it evokes its setting well, but sometimes the movie relies a little too much on plot trickery and not enough on the emotional state of its main character."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

20 93%

Of Gods and Men (2011)

"Of Gods and Men has a slow, introspective quality that gives the viewer plenty of time to mull over the monks' quandary, but it also has a feeling of constant dread."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

21 85%

Donnie Darko (2001)

"The Director's Cut works too hard to explain the mystery behind what really happened to teenage misfit Donnie, while the theatrical one was more mysterious and ambiguous."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

22 8%

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011)

"The movie wants to be a combination film noir and horror comedy, but the timing is all off and the performances are flat across the board. "

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

23 58%

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)

"Del Toro rounded out and deepened the backstory from the original, but it's still a pretty simple horror movie...spooky atmosphere is just right -- even if he does give away too much of the creatures too soon."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

24 95%

Léon Morin, Prêtre (Leon Morin, Priest) (The Forgiven Sinner) (1961)

"It's slow, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and full of rich characters and interesting discussion with a strangely sexual subtext."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

25 16%

Priest (2011)

"90 minutes of inconsequential action and cliché recycling...painful to watch a semi-interesting setup get squandered and become stuffed into a familiar-as-hell framework where nothing ever seems at stake. "

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

26 77%

The Debt (2011)

"The final reveal is unintentionally hilarious and ruins everything the film had worked towards. The acting is good across the board, but only half of "The Debt" works like it's supposed to."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

27 84%

Contagion (2011)

"Very effective, mixing science and timely issues into one terrifically compelling drama...[with an effective] emotional payoff."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

28 83%

Warrior (2011)

"... for all of its supposed realism and reflection of hard times in America, the movie plays out as complete fairy-tale nonsense. It isn't a working-class success story -- it's a working-class fantasy world."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Eric Melin

29 79%

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

"Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers with the appropriate amount of earnestness and the art direction and costume design sell the 1940s as seen through a comic-book lens. "

Posted Jul 27, 2011

Eric Melin

30 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"[It] bungles key moments that have built-in dramatic weight from the book with ordinary staging and a breakneck pace. Many of the movies, including this one, have merely summarized the books rather than actually interpreting them."

Posted Jul 15, 2011

Eric Melin

31 97%

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

"The plot of the book is jettisoned for something altogether more terrifying and mysterious: Possession of a box that glows from within every time it is opened, however briefly. If that sounds like Pulp Fiction, well, it is, only 40 years earlier."

Posted Jul 3, 2011

Eric Melin

32 36%

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

"The action scenes with fighting robots are amazing and I'd say they upped the ante again. But if Bay knows that's all we came for, why do we have to wade through another 90 minutes of insulting lowest-common-denominator stuff just to enjoy those scenes?"

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Eric Melin

33 76%

Tigerland (2000)

"Farrell is the best thing about the film, which veers into oversentimentality quite a bit for a film that's shot with such a gritty aesthetic."

Posted Jun 27, 2011

Eric Melin

34 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

"There are a lot of expertly designed action scenes and some very detailed, great-looking set pieces, but in the end, making Mater the main character turns the film into kind of a Forrest Gump lite."

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Eric Melin

35 26%

Green Lantern (2011)

"The script is pretty dry and many of the scenes between Reynolds and Blake Lively don't work at all. It's a shame that the script doesn't give Reynolds the kind of winking humor that Thor had, and that he is so good at delivering."

Posted Jun 20, 2011

Eric Melin

36 100%

The Comancheros (1961)

"Charming and agreeable, it moves along at a good clip. Shot in widescreen saturated CinemaScope, ... it's entertaining in a predictable way."

Posted Jun 20, 2011

Eric Melin

37 98%

The Hustler (1961)

"So much more than the ups and downs of one pool player--It's shot in a very realistic way and deals with inner conflict and what it means to be a man."

Posted Jun 20, 2011

Eric Melin

38 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"Simply stating that the movie is nonlinear isn't enough. This is challenging, breathtaking, pretentious, and inspired filmmaking that pushes the boundaries of conventional storytelling."

Posted Jun 17, 2011

Eric Melin

39 79%

Earthwork (2011)

"Ultimately, "Earthwork" poses an interesting question. Does the true value of art lie in its creation or the pleasure that others get while viewing it?"

Posted Jun 13, 2011

Eric Melin

40 82%

Super 8 (2011)

"It is full of things to love, but rarely has a film that had so much going for it been this deeply affected by a disappointing last reel."

Posted Jun 13, 2011

Eric Melin

41 85%

Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010)

"Keeping the story focused on the personal sacrifices of the two men involved [is] a smart strategy because it makes their secret correspondence even more fraught with danger."

Posted Jun 5, 2011

Eric Melin

42 90%

The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010)

"It gets a little too submerged in pathos for its own good sometimes, though, and could use a little more humor with its nostalgic tone, [but it's] an expressive and lovely film."

Posted Jun 5, 2011

Eric Melin

43 86%

Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) (1964)

"Director Masahiro Shinoda takes lots of chances, using close-ups and off-kilter edits to deepen his characters. A jazzy, avant-garde score throws things even more off balance. "

Posted Jun 5, 2011

Eric Melin

44 97%

Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) (1955)

"With barely any music, Clouzot unfolds the action with precision timing and suspense, culminating in one of the cinema's first and most memorable twist endings ever. "

Posted Jun 5, 2011

Eric Melin

45 4%

The Roommate (2011)

"It is as bland as movies get. There's not one single nod or wink to the audience and it never manages to develop even an iota of suspense. What's really weird is its complete reliance on a slick modern rock soundtrack that never seems to stop."

Posted Jun 5, 2011

Eric Melin

46 34%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"The reason [the first one] worked so well was because of the unique concept and the mystery structure. Now the concept is familiar and the mystery isn't engaging. [This is} the very definition of a lazy, pointless sequel."

Posted Jun 5, 2011

Eric Melin

47 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"It may not be subtle, but it is a return to what made the series so good in the first place [and is] the first X-Men movie to contain some truly spectacular action/special-effects set pieces."

Posted Jun 5, 2011

Eric Melin

48 88%

Something Wild (1986)

"A fun, offbeat, and mildly subversive comedy ... with unexpected twists and ... a real sense of danger."

Posted May 13, 2011

Eric Melin

49 100%

Smiles Of A Summer Night (1955)

"Bergman's classic sparkles with wit and innuendo in a way that most modern romantic comedies can't even come close to. "

Posted May 13, 2011

Eric Melin

50 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"Wiig and company have impeccable comic timing and the humor almost always comes from pain. It's very funny, has a great cast, and will probably hold up to repeated viewings."

Posted May 13, 2011

Eric Melin

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