Begin Again (2014)
The Double (2014)
"It's a very odd, genuinely offbeat film (there were a noteworthy number of walkouts, though that can have as much to do with the timing of other screenings as the reaction to the film), but it burbles and crackles with imagination."
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Into The Abyss (2011)
Brighton Rock (2011)
Point Blank (2011)
"Director Fred Cavayé has a reputation in France for getting the audience's pulse pounding, and in Point Blank, he does that while mixing in some intriguing social themes and character types that are usually outsiders to the genre."
Everything Must Go (2011)
"Writer/director Dan Rush takes one simple concept from Raymond Carver's spare, evocative, and extremely short story - a sad alcoholic with his furniture on the lawn - and fills in the blanks. Too many of them, as it turns out."
The Taqwacores (2010)
The Way Back (2011)
"There's an enjoyably old-fashioned brand of adventure at work here, when Weir doesn't handcuff himself with Red scare politics and maudlin sentimentality. The former outweighs the latter, but only just barely."
The Time That Remains (2011)
"The silence of the character played by director Elia Suleiman lends the role a kind of invisibility that seems meant as an analogy to his view of the Arab presence in Israel. He's present, yet absent."
Night Catches Us (2010)
Let Me In (2010)
Barry Munday (2010)
Despicable Me (2010)
Observe and Report (2009)
Gran Torino (2009)
Seven Pounds (2008)
Treeless Mountain (2009)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
"Married, a father and pushing 40, Smith is no longer a trustworthy chronicler of 20-something slackers. He still can devise an impressively gamy set piece, but he's misplaced the humanity of his best work."
"The latest generation of animated flicks is a sort of latter-day vaudeville revue. Kiddies who take Bolt to heart may conclude not only that dogs really do have superpowers, but also that everybody's in showbiz."
The Reader (2008)
Grown Ups (2010)
Warlords (Tau ming chong) (2010)
In the Loop (2009)
Herb & Dorothy (2008)
Okuribito (Departures) (2009)
X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)
"Those movies where people get sent to an island somewhere, then discover that everyone's a clone, or a reactor is melting down? Imagine all of that happening at once, only everybody is indestructible."
An American Affair (2009)
"Selick puts his real faith not in the gimmickry that Coraline's audiences will think they've shown up for, but in the stronger virtues that they'd likely view as old-fashioned: character, and story, and so on."
New In Town (2009)
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)
"Without their guns, the men prove surprisingly helpless. And when a [mediator] tells them that if they want the women to stop treating them like children, they must behave responsibly, you sense a corner has been turned."
The Other End of the Line (2008)
Nights and Weekends (2008)
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
"Anyone can send an immense, computer-generated vegetable monster rampaging at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, but it takes a special kind of imagination to do it in a way that's thrilling, emotionally complex, and rapturously beautiful all at once."
Bee Movie (2007)
There Will Be Blood (2007)