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AfterElton.com is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alonso Duralde, Brian Juergens
Rating Title/Year Author
8/10 Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Brian Juergens Though a spotty second half reveals its limitations, this story of one man's crusade against the virus soars thanks to the stellar performances of its two leads. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2013
8/10 Philomena (2013) Brian Juergens An amiable and quietly infuriating true-life drama cut from the same durable cloth as its exceptional central character. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2013
7/10 GBF (2013) Brian Juergens A smart and frothy teen farce for anyone who has ever felt that the flag they've been waving has wrapped itself around their throat and is cutting off their air supply. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2013
9/10 Gravity (2013) Brian Juergens A gonzo, gorgeous, brilliantly executed nightmare of a film. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2013
8/10 Don Jon (2013) Brian Juergens Gordon-Levitt has delivered a lively, timely, and decidedly adult look at love and sex that is both uncommonly mature for a first-time director and very fresh. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2013
7/10 The Happy Sad (2013) Brian Juergens It may have the trappings of your everyday NYC indie, but it stands apart for exploring love and lust in a world where sexuality and race aren't the sources of the drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2013
2/10 The Canyons (2013) Brian Juergens This dud is too busy pointing fingers at the people it thinks are ruining Hollywood to realize that the dream factory goes down one bad movie at a time - including this one. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2013
8/10 The Conjuring (2013) Brian Juergens It never met a haunted house cliche it didn't like, but Wan mercilessly piles on the uncanny events, gradually escalating the pitch from creepy to freaky to utterly bananas. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2013
7/10 Pacific Rim (2013) Brian Juergens By no means a jaegerbomb, but not the TKO some of us may have expected from our beloved visionary. Adjust expectations and enjoy the big, dumb brawl. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2013
9/10 Laurence Anyways (2012) Brian Juergens This frequently brilliant epic does more than make us understand the challenges faced by trans people and those who love them - it makes us feel those challenges ourselves. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2013
8/10 Call Me Kuchu (2011) Brian Juergens A heartbreaking portrait, a brutal wake-up call and a testament to how the actions of a few brave souls can create change. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2013
7/10 Man of Steel (2013) Brian Juergens Part Superman, part Superman II, part Thor and part Dieux du Stade calendar shoot EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2013
4/10 The Great Gatsby (2013) Brian Juergens A bug-eyed, elbows-akimbo art deco migraine that gives one the horrifying sensation of being trapped at a theme party thrown on a cruise ship. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2013
6/10 Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) Brian Juergens While it's no classic, casual fans of well-staged action, decently-rendered CGI, and stature-indiscriminate sausage parties might want to check it out. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2013
5/10 The Guilt Trip (2012) Brian Juergens While doting mothers may go for its gentle, corny brand of apron string S&M, there's not much there for the rest of us to enjoy. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2012
6/10 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Brian Juergens While the 48fps reads very much as "American soap opera" in the early scenes, it's quite effective in the rousing, vertigo-laced action sequences. Messy, but worth a look. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2012
7/10 Cloud Atlas (2012) Brian Juergens This is not a movie, it is a manifesto. A gonzo, breathtaking, and deeply humane celebration of the underserved, the undervalued, and the oppressed. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2012
8/10 Gayby (2012) Brian Juergens A fresh, breezy take on modern gay life and platonic love delivered with disarming enthusiasm and genuine wit. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2012
9/10 How to Survive a Plague (2012) Brian Juergens This astonishing assemblage of archive material from the ground zero of the AIDS crisis is more than a history lesson - it is a rousing, essential study of human survival. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2012
7/10 Magic Mike (2012) Brian Juergens A breezy, slyly noncholant romp through the world of male strip revue. The bold men of Mike leave it on the floor ... and by "it" I mean "your panties". EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2012
9/10 In the Family (2011) Brian Juergens More than just a carefully-crafted exercise in naturalism and restraint - Family is a beautiful, bold, and staggeringly moving film. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2012
7/10 Struck by Lightning (2012) Brian Juergens An unexpectedly serious-minded comedy that sets itself apart from other teen fare by tackling adolescent ambition without the safety net of irony or sarcasm. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2012
4/10 Dark Shadows (2012) Brian Juergens By refusing to go either full-on melodrama or pure sendup, they've sentenced the original show's characters to an eternity of being upstaged by ugly lampshades. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2012
7/10 Battleship (2012) Brian Juergens A deafening, seizure-inducing, patently ridiculous full-length military ad co-directed by Michael Bay and a trash compactor. Worst of all, it's also a hell of a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2012
6/10 Going Down in LA-LA Land (2011) Brian Juergens Going Down doesn't stray far from the Hollywood Cautionary Tale formula - but credit for making a downward spiral feel as gritty as a mid-afternoon trip to Pinkberry. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2012
6/10 The Iron Lady (2011) Brian Juergens As a biography, it's a ridiculous mess - but as entertainment, this bizarre jukebox biopic built around the expectedly brilliant Streep is a qualified guilty pleasure. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2012
7/10 Carnage (2011) Brian Juergens Thanks to a few nice comic turns and a crisp final 10 minutes, this comedy of bad manners just barely manages to rise above its own calculated chaos. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2011
0/10 New Year's Eve (2011) Brian Juergens NYE, the #1 reason I hate you is because I'm going to look like a total a**hole when I have to admit to my mother that yes, I saw you, and I thought you were terrible. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2011
6/10 Shame (2011) Brian Juergens A handsome movie about a handsome guy with serious issues and a Platinum card. It's kind of like American Psycho without the body count. (Or the sense of humor.) EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2011
8/10 Making the Boys (2009) Brian Juergens An entertaining and compelling reason to either reconsider the polarizing work or to experience it for the first time with due regard for its original context. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2011
5/10 J. Edgar (2011) Brian Juergens Two hours spent with the man are such a chore that it's hard to imagine why lifelong confidants Tolson and Gandy suffered his toxic, rapid-fire company for entire decades. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2011
5/10 A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) Brian Juergens Would it be too much to ask for an all-NPH spinoff? I think he's more than earned it. Otherwise, definitely an improvement over the abysmal Guantanamo installment. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2011
The Hangover Part II (2011) Alonso Duralde The Hangover Part II is, for the most part, an exceedingly hacky comedy. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2011
Dare (2009) Alonso Duralde Unlike so many films that paint a rosy picture of adolescence for adults with fuzzy memories, Dare has the courage of its convictions. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2010
Death at a Funeral (2007) Alonso Duralde Despite a final half hour that's full of laughs, Death takes so long getting its farce gears moving that the audience becomes comatose with anticipation of mirth that is too late in coming. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2010
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) Alonso Duralde While it's very easy to eviscerate Chuck and Larry from an activist point of view, all one really has to do to slam the flick is look at the lazy, contrived writing and the traffic-cop direction by frequent Sandler accomplice Dennis Dugan. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2010
Small Town Gay Bar (2006) Alonso Duralde While we're used to seeing movies about young men and women leaving their hometowns behind to live their lives openly in a big city, Gay Bar shows us the people who have decided to stay in their hometowns but still stake out the life that they choo EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2010
A Single Man (2009) Alonso Duralde Whether viewers embrace its aesthetic as part of Ford's worldview or get annoyed by the fashion-spread-ishness of A Single Man's look, there's no denying the emotional impact of this superb adaptation. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2010
Valentine's Day (2010) Alonso Duralde I had always thought of Love Actually, this movie's obvious antecedent, as a pleasant diversion, but next to Valentine's Day, it's a cerebral epic on par with Robert Altman's Nashville. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2010
7/10 Land of the Lost (2009) Brian Juergens An aggressively weird, suitably uneven and decidedly un-kid-friendly keg-stand of nostalgia for those unable to scrub the fever-dream of a series from their memories. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2009
5/10 Little Ashes (2008) Brian Juergens Likely has an audience out there, but I'm not it, nor are most of the people who will be checking it out for its much-hyped casting of Pattinson as a gay-experimenting Dalí. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2009
7/10 Outrage (2009) Brian Juergens A well-documented cautionary tale that should spark broader discussion of the integrity of those making our laws, and the larger implications of living a closeted life. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2009
6/10 Pedro (2008) Brian Juergens Lacks the polish, star power or distinct voice of brother-in-arms Milk, but pays earnest tribute to a man who shattered preconceptions about gays and people with AIDS. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2009
7/10 I Love You, Man (2009) Brian Juergens Butch and Sundance ended their hetero romance in a shower of bullets, but here it's something to celebrate - a straight love story that doesn't leave anyone out in the cold. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2009
8/10 Milk (2008) Brian Juergens Equal parts sweetness, melancholy and rage, Milk is a wonderfully immersive, warts-and-all journey into the gay community at a vital moment in civil rights history. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2008
7/10 Cthulhu (2008) Brian Juergens An assured, creepy effort that skillfully integrates gay themes and characters into a straight-up horror story. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2008
7/10 Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) Brian Juergens A charming tour through a wonderfully authentic New York City landscape that takes full advantage of the magic that the city offers to everyone, regardless of sexuality. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2008
7/10 Hamlet 2 (2008) Brian Juergens If you're not offended easily and like good camp you'll love Hamlet 2, a joke-a minute lampoon of tortured artists with a finale that shouldn't be missed. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2008
7/10 Tropic Thunder (2008) Brian Juergens A very funny Hollywood story with a gay character who doesn't mince or terrify the straight characters and comes out without being punished. If only this weren't a satire. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2008
8/10 Brideshead Revisited (2008) Brian Juergens Themes of religious oppression, particularly of gay people, are especially pointed and unfortunately still relevant enough today to sting. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2008