"Hugo is a potent argument for films being the realization of dreams. There are real moments of danger, clear consequences, and sympathetic characters all around, so when tears come at the end of the movie, they feel earned."
The Descendants (2011)
The Muppets (2011)
Water for Elephants (2011)
"It plays like a book with half of its pages ripped out. It moves quickly enough, but it's never convincing and the actors never get much to chew on. The end result isn't really a 'whirlwind' romance; it's more like a tumbleweed."
Les Cousins (1959)
J. Edgar (2011)
"Such a wildly divergent story might have been told more effectively with a heaping helping of style, but Eastwood plays it safe while the screenplay is full of all kinds of innuendo and subtle dark humor."
Take Shelter (2011)
"Nichols takes this 21st century fear of losing everything you have and makes it physical. It's a portrait of destructive behavior that is motivated by the purest of intentions: wanting to protect your family."
Attack the Block (2011)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
The Rum Diary (2011)
Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)
"Pasolini illustrates his belief that society forces people to conform by making his victims turn on each other, then making the audience complicit. Just by watching, we are voyeurs, and Pasolini calls us out in the movie's final moments."
Bad Teacher (2011)
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
The Thing (2011)
"Great care has been taken to not fill this movie full of lame, jittery camera angles and a faster-than-necessary pace, which is nice. It's just too bad that Mary Elizabeth Winstead is dull as dishwater. "
"Polanski uses all kinds of off-kilter angles an close-ups and his actors are absolutely fearless. The pacing is a little off, as there are stretches where it gets a little long, but it upends convention at every turn and that s pretty thrilling."
Orphée (Orpheus) (1950)
"Pretentious? Certainly, but full of the joy of filmmaking and there is a fairly coherent light through all the madness. It may illuminate man's obsessions and idol worship in a cautionary way, but Cocteau is also embracing those very ideas with his film."
Real Steel (2011)
"Even with my sense of humor firmly intact, I'm not sure that I've seen a more crassly manipulative movie this year. As cold and calculating as movies get -- a glossy, soulless piece of junk that wants you to cheer along, but it doesn't earn one ounce."
3 Women (1977)
"3 Women is definitely a slow burn of a movie, but it's also amazing how well it taps into and visualizes the subconscious. Nothing is spelled out by Altman, who wants the audience to interpret the film's meaning for themselves."
"It's refreshing to see a movie that embraces the ugly side of what happens to complicated personal relationships. Its quite uncomfortable at times, and the frank exploration of the cancer patient journey makes the comedy even funnier."
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)
The Killing (1956)
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."
Elektra Luxx (2011)
Horrible Bosses (2011)
Black Moon (1975)
[Rec] 2 (2010)
Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
30 Minutes or Less (2011)
Fright Night (2011)
Winter in Wartime (2011)
Of Gods and Men (2011)
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011)
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)