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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Marshall (2017) Stephen Silver A well-told film, although it's unclear why this particular story was the one chosen for a movie EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2017
2/5 Split (2016) Stephen Silver Split shows that the arc of Shyamalan's career may not necessarily be going in the direction everyone says it is. (Splice Today) EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2017
2/5 Justice (2011) Stephen Silver Just as bad as most of what Cage has been doing lately, but doesn't offer any of the campy delight of "The Wicker Man" or "Drive Angry." EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2012
2/5 Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011) Stephen Silver Three funny and likable people not given a chance to be funny or likable EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2011
4.5/5 Drive (2011) Stephen Silver A thin plot is outweighed by a masterful visual style, a dream cast and some truly great cinematic moments. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2011
2/5 Larry Crowne (2011) Stephen Silver It's got some lively moments, but mostly just sits there on screen. The film's lack of ambition is troubling EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2011
4.5/5 The Tree of Life (2011) Stephen Silver While it doesn't come together perfectly, it's got amazing ideas and contains some of the best filmmaking in memory. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2011
4.5/5 Midnight in Paris (2011) Stephen Silver Though Wilson is considerably younger, blonder, more handsome and more Gentile than the Woody we know, he's somehow a natural in the role anyway. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2011
2/5 The Hangover Part II (2011) Stephen Silver What's missing is a huge part of what made the first film so good: the element of surprise. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2011
3/5 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Stephen Silver It's competently made and contains some thrills, but you'll probably forget everything about it by the time you get home from the theater. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2011
4.5/5 Bridesmaids (2011) Stephen Silver It's not mean-spirited and doesn't hate its characters. Also, it understands the key lesson of the Farrellys and "American Pie" and Apatow's previous work: this sort of comedy works when it has heart, and fails when it doesn't. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2011
1.5/5 The Conspirator (2010) Stephen Silver "The most bored I've been at the movies this year" EDIT
Posted May 7, 2011
4/5 Fast Five (2011) Stephen Silver Sure, the plot, dialogue and acting are as silly as usual. But buoyed by a sparkling Rio setting and an awesomely staged third-act action setpiece, Fast Five is the series' best outing since the original. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2011
1/5 Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) Stephen Silver Once again, Spurlock has one point to make-a point that's crushingly obvious and not particularly brave, shocking or controversial-and spends the entire movie making it over and over again. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2011
5/5 Certified Copy (2010) Stephen Silver One of those films that's a joy to watch and even more of a joy to think about afterward. It's an amazing film that will stay with you for days, if not weeks. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2011
1/5 Arthur (2011) Stephen Silver There was no need to remake the original "Arthur," its arrival is ill-timed, Russell Brand should never have been cast, and it never should have gone into production with a script this bad. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2011
4.5/5 Source Code (2011) Stephen Silver The rare movie that borrows elements from dozens of other films and TV shows, but is so good on its own that it almost doesn't matter. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2011
4/5 Win Win (2011) Stephen Silver Sure, the plot sounds melodramatic, but "Win Win" is more about its characters than its plot, and on that level it's a total success. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2011
1/5 Sucker Punch (2011) Stephen Silver What an abysmal, pointless film. Its ability to collect gorgeous actresses is its one and only defensible quality. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2011
3.5/5 The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Stephen Silver A first-rate legal thriller for its first two thirds, before going off the rails at the end. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2011
2/5 Paul (2011) Stephen Silver The film's central idea isn't funny, really, at all. Neither is the plot, the dialogue, or most of the jokes. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2011
1/5 Red Riding Hood (2011) Stephen Silver Taking a bloody dagger to centuries of folklore, the producers of Red Riding Hood have shamelessly turned the Little Red Riding Hood legend into a carbon copy of the Twilight movies. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2011
2.5/5 The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Stephen Silver Very exciting and entertaining while you're watching it, but completely falls apart upon further reflection. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2011
4/5 Cedar Rapids (2011) Stephen Silver A bit of the sort of indie preciousness often associated with Sundance, but it's still a winning, entertaining and very funny film. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2011
2.5/5 Hall Pass (2011) Stephen Silver Horribly uneven, but the movie's got three or four setpieces that are up there with the best parts of "There's Something About Mary." EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2011
2.5/5 Unknown (2011) Stephen Silver contains a legitimately intriguing and unpredictable mystery. But the direction is often blurry and hard to follow, especially in the action sequences. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2011
0/5 Just Go With It (2011) Stephen Silver A deeply repugnant and mean-spirited movie, and probably the worst film Sandler or Aniston has been a part of, which is saying something EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2011
2/5 Sanctum (2011) Stephen Silver If you feel '127 Hours' would've been a better film if James Franco had had five or six other people down in the cave with him to bicker with, 'Sanctum' is the movie for you. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2011
2/5 The Mechanic (2011) Stephen Silver Not nearly as fun as an action movie starring Jason Statham from the director of "Con Air" should be. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2011
1.5/5 No Strings Attached (2011) Stephen Silver After the intensity of "Black Swan," it's sort of jarring to see Portman in something as vapid and and inconsequential as this. Kutcher? It's not quite so jarring. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2011
1.5/5 The Green Hornet (2011) Stephen Silver Brings together almost a dream team of elements which add up to only a very small fraction of the sum of their parts. The movie's just a huge mess. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2011
4/5 Tron: Legacy (2010) Stephen Silver After a whole year of movies that squandered the potential of 3D, "Tron: Legacy" actually uses it to its fullest. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2010
4.5/5 Black Swan (2010) Stephen Silver "Black Swan" is a highly enjoyable film, but be prepared to have nightmares after you see it. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2010
4/5 127 Hours (2010) Stephen Silver Despite its flaws, ranks as one of Boyle's better works, thanks to the power of the story and Franco's performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2010
4.5/5 Love & Other Drugs (2010) Stephen Silver Takes advantage of likable leads with excellent chemistry, as well as an original and fascinating angle. It's one of the year's most satisfying movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2010
4/5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) Stephen Silver "Deathly Hallows" is a significant improvement over the slow and talky previous film EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2010
2/5 Morning Glory (2010) Stephen Silver Takes it as a given that hard news is boring and has no audience, that the Ford character is a jerk for standing up for it, and that lowest-comment-denominator, ratings-driven nonsense is both a good thing and something worth rooting for. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2010
2/5 The Next Three Days (2010) Stephen Silver Ultimately, the film sinks due to pacing issues, some truly manipulative storytelling and a whole bunch of glaring plot holes EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2010
1/5 Hereafter (2010) Stephen Silver "Hereafter" has some quality parts, but ultimately fails because it doesn't really care about what it's supposed to be about. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2010
4/5 Jackass 3 (2010) Stephen Silver More of the same of what we're accustomed to by the show and previous films, although the gags remain creative, and it makes better use of the 3-D format than perhaps any movie since "Avatar." EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2010
1.5/5 It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) Stephen Silver The title of 'best movie ever set in a mental hospital' remains firmly secure with 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.' EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2010
3.5/5 Waiting for Superman (2010) Stephen Silver The film, while preachy at times and overly simplistic at others, represents a necessary and often maddening look at an important issue. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2010
1.5/5 Never Let Me Go (2010) Stephen Silver Takes a scintilla of an interesting premise and blows it, thanks to lackluster storytelling, unimpressive performances and numerous plot holes, including one so humongous that it's quite possibly larger than the movie itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2010
5/5 The Social Network (2010) Stephen Silver The best movie ever made about e-commerce, as well as the Internet itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2010
2.5/5 The Town (2010) Stephen Silver A perfectly watchable and workmanlike crime thriller that would've been better were it not for weak direction from Ben Affleck. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2010
4/5 Machete (2010) Stephen Silver It's one joke, sure. But "Machete" is so delightfully ridiculous and over the top that it's actually highly enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2010
4.5 The Tillman Story (2010) Stephen Silver Fascinating but infuriating, "The Tillman Story" is probably the most brutally effective cinematic indictment of the Bush-Cheney administration to date. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2010
3/5 Going the Distance (2010) Stephen Silver A charming, but ultimately forgettable romantic comedy. At least this time, there's no sperm donor involved. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2010
4/5 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Stephen Silver One of the more audacious and creatively conceived movies of the year though, at 32, I felt a bit too old for it. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2010
3.5/5 The Switch (2010) Stephen Silver A movie that, based on its premise, has absolutely no business being as good as it is. An affecting and very entertaining father-son story. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2010