House Next Door
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
"Fons successfully builds thematic architecture out of multiple subplots and historical possibilities that indict corruption and greed while celebrating the imagination and durability of the common people."
The Beaver (2011)
13 Assassins (2011)
The New World (2005)
Eden Log (2007)
"Though it looks like a highly polished, quasi-avant-garde bit of speculative fiction, contemporary French sci-fi flick Eden Log is really a far-flung descendant of the Heavy Metal comics of the '70s and '80s."
El Nino Pez (The Fish Child) (2009)
We Are What We Are (2011)
"While it ultimately wears its hollow critique of the current social divide in Mexico City on its sleeve, the film manages to infuse the desperation and anger of the lower classes in a potently horrific context."
Source Code (2011)
Dernier Etage Gauche Gauche (2010)
Série noire (1979)
Mala Noche (2007)
"Despite a collage of wide-angle shots scanning the open range, Wichita's first act feels strangely cramped, establishing the close proximity between Wyatt's sturdy stoicism and the cowboy's aimless volatility."
The Ladykillers (1955)
The Ladykillers (2004)
"Cameron knows the viewer will recognize Avatar's story from elsewhere, whether as the love affair between John Smith and Pocahontas or almost all of Ferngully and so tries to dazzle the viewer with "shock and awe.""
The Book of Eli (2010)
"While the whole film looks like its aesthetic was cobbled together from some as-yet-unreleased Resident Evil game, the action scenes look like they're all filmed with the know-nothing grace of the nerds who create the movie interludes in video games."
"As demeaning as it may be to present French Kissers as a Gallic version of Gregg Mottola's Superbad, the comparison is necessary to show how Riad Sattouf's film differs from Mottola's in its hormone-crazed nostalgia. "
"What makes Lost in Rio more entertaining than it should be is the few elements of misappropriated nostalgia that rise above the rest of the film's lunk-headed posturing thanks to good comic timing. "
"The Army of Shadows may be a revisionist and overly romantic depiction of the French Resistance during WWII, but at least it's a compelling fairy tale, something that cannot be said about The Army of Crime."
The Pest (1997)
"While trial documentary Presumed Guilty's narrative arc is genuinely compelling and heartrending in its depiction of an innocent man's struggle to prove his innocence, the film at large only serves to reinforce the hopelessness of his case. "
Yi ngoi (Accident) (2009)
"Form and content merge nicely throughout the first half of Accident, which is nothing if not the story of how skilled professionals work to make their complex efforts appear spontaneous and, well, effortless. "
Sois Sage (Be Good) (2008)
"Chiha gives Domaine's first act an appropriately precise construction, assiduously demarcating temporal gaps and structuring Nadia and Pierre's repeated afternoon strolls with similar camera setups."
Cold Fish (2011)
Red Line 7000 (1965)
The Blind Side (2009)
The Eclipse (2010)
Black Swan (2010)