The Joneses (2010)
"Somewhere on the way to the future, America decided that it's better to have a houseful of designer wear and home entertainment gadgets galore, than good schools, affordable health care, and a job and home for everyone. Or did they?"
"A chilling contrast of the sustainable and corporate approaches to agriculture which makes a persuasive argument that your daily choices matter in terms of the long-term prospects of both humanity's and the planet's survival."
"On his riveting reality show, Bear Grylls's parachuted, paraglided, shot the rapids, climbed glaciers and dined on everything from snakes to elephant dung to his own urine to survive. Jaw-dropping survivalist fare which speaks for itself!"
The Perfect Game (2010)
"As much about sports trophies as a triumph over the racism and sexism of the time. And that rare film for children with problem-solving solutions other than violence, in a not always welcoming world."
Alle Anderen (Everyone Else) (2010)
Who Do You Love? (2010)
"Too bad this flick lost the race to the theaters with Cadillac Records, otherwise director Jerry Zaks might've had a hit on his hands instead of a Johnny Come Lately destined to be forever thought of as a cheap imitation."
"Born again Christina Ricci haunts a mortuary, while perfecting post-mortem freaky in the nude. This may or may not be your cup of embalming fluid, in terms of either intriguing those with unconventional viewing preferences, or seriously creeping you out."
Handsome Harry (2010)
"Despite superb performances, the film feels like an unconvincing, self-conscious narrative agenda created to scold just about everyone on and off screen for bad behavior. Along with a nearly anthropological indictment of the heterosexual male species."
"A compassionate crafting of lost and found families in wartime, but a seemingly self-censored scenario with the US military establishment and its combat rationale as the troubling invisible elephant in the room."
Harlem Aria (1999)
Don McKay (2010)
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Leaves of Grass (2010)
"Meant to blow your mind when not pulling your leg, the film has some surreal surprises in store. Like homicidal potheads, a Jewish menorah wielded as a deadly weapon, and a suspicious swastika scrawled backwards at a bible belt synagogue crime scene."
The Eclipse (2010)
"An overambitious production which, while not quite ready for primetime due to techical flaws, at least exhibits enough promise in terms of acting, plot and camera angles to make this critic curious to see Papas's next picture. Dante's Purgatory!"
"Located in a collective consciousness freakout surreal place somewhere between fairy tale lore and the supermarket tabloid serial killers and pedophiles of today, the movie also boasts a bossy child bride who seems to wear the antique pants in the family."
"The Girlfriend Experience meets Fatal Attraction in this steamy same sex triangle touching on a lapsed libido, incidental fetishism involving designer stiletto heels that might make Imelda Marcos envious, and the ordeal of stifling your inner lesbian."
Repo Men (2010)
The Bounty Hunter (2010)
"Overmedicated, and squeezing lemonade out of far too many lemons. And though there are a few upbeat surprises like a post-operative get well burger, periodic dramatic CPR is highly recommended slouching towards the credits. Pass the Prozac."
Repo Men (2010)
"A futuristic yet not so far fetched transplant take-out invasive surgical thriller, pondering assembly line homicidal health care for profit and a recipients resistance movement that may have already arrived."
The Bounty Hunter (2010)
"Though no Lois Lane, Aniston's reporter on the run can claim an extreme sexpot mom (Christine Baranski) who has a thing or two to teach her about taming the male species. And expect lots of not especially kinky handcuffs."
The Runaways (2010)
"An uneven clash of nicely telegraphed raw sound and timid storytelling, Dakota same sex afterglow in bed with her roller skates still on, and Kristen still in bite this mode, as showerhead pleasuring maven self-entertaining and singing solo in the tub."
"Rape, resistance and rebel radio in Iran, and a tormented girl forced into prostitution whose ravaged, anorexic body symbolizes women and a nation alike, plundered and depleted by avaricious forces feeding upon it, both foreign and conspiring from within."
Green Zone (2010)
"It's as if Greengrass figured we already know the ending, so let's just have some fun chasing down bad guys. Which is no laughing matter, considering: 1.5 million dead Iraqis, over 31,000 US military deaths and 100,000 wounded, and 18 suicides per day."
Bulletproof Salesman (2008)
"Attempts to lose the nonstop spin of their aggressive hustler star, is no match for his slick promo sales pitch. And in a very different battle for turf between them, as to who gets to dominate screen time. In any case, his bomb security biz is boom-ing."
"A ballsier than thou babe who really knows how to rescue her timid man from danger and relishes retaliatory rape in reverse, delivers potent screen enigma in the masculinization of a profoundly sexually damaged female psyche."
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
"With its busy world teeming with sights but somehow as hollow at its core as say, a rabbit hole, the movie is a little like a splendid feast for the eyes, and not intended for devouring. Or rather, a tantalizing travelogue a little heavy on tunnel vision."
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Falling for Grace (2007)
"Wonderfully anchored by symbolic socioeconomic elements borrowed from Cinderella and its Chinese folkloric version, along with sassy comic relief courtesy of Margaret Cho as a take no prisoners colleague with strong opinions."
Brooklyn's Finest (2010)
"All roads in this cleverly-concealed, triangulated tale serendipitously lead to some godforsaken projects in Brownsville where live ammo is routinely employed as the ghetto equivalent of a calling card."
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
"Switching it up from his more familiar fascinations with hooker romance as in Pretty Woman, American Gigolo and Brooklyn's Finest, Gere gets into a very different kind of infatuation, pursuing puppy love in this man's best friend cuddly canine cinema romp"
Cop Out (2010)
The Crazies (2010)
"A lunatic epidemic yarn that impressively delivers murder with a message, a homicidal car wash, a steakhouse with human barbecue, mass extermination just in case, and local shrinks in short supply. Off meds with George Romero, pass the strait jacket."
Kings of the Evening (2010)
"An anachronistic rip-off which implies that the idea of male beauty pageants originated with African-Americans in the 1930s, instead of with Zulus in the 1990s. Is the film otherwise worthwhile? Yes, but it still weirded me out."
The Providence Effect (2009)
Toe to Toe (2010)
Shutter Island (2010)
Children Of Invention (2010)
The Wolfman (2010)
"Bite worse than bark bulletproof beasts without benefit of steroids, species profiling, paw to paw beatdown staged like a World Wrestling Federation bout with fur, and the manimal who came to dinner."
The Last New Yorker (2010)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)
Valentine's Day (2010)
"Skits-ophrenic moviemaking in an overly crowded scenario, that seems less like a smoothly paced script than a rush hour traffic jam on the LA freeway. Though Queen Latifah saves the day slightly at the finish line, doing The Devil Wears Plus Size Prada."
Remarkable Power! (2008)
"Very likely the mother of all regional filmmaking, this satire gives outrageous new meaning to the notion of offbeat, while showing no mercy for just how bizarre the unsung locals of Los Angeles can be."