Mighty Fine (2012)
The Intouchables (2012)
"Polisse connects fitfully through its sheer urgency -- it's a work of deep feeling. But the movie, which opts for a baseline emotional setting of overheated, eventually starts to come across as pummeling, and one-note."
High School (2012)
"A hot mess whose sub-par direction mostly neutralizes its fantastic comedic premise. High School is a willfully 'stupid' stoner comedy, yes, but it also illustrates the gap between stupid done right and merely indulged too far."
Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2012)
"An interesting documentary that rather criminally buries its lede, Lea Pool's film never tames her unwieldy collection of thought-provoking opinions into a cohesive entity grander than the sum of its disparate parts."
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
"A blithely depraved shoot-'em-up in which its glum protagonist cuts a retributive swath across a vast criminal underworld, Punisher: War Zone echoes back to the unthinking low-budget action movies of the 1980s."
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
"Hey, ever wonder about the secret lives of those guys dancing around in the Subway sandwich outfits in 100-degree summer heat, and all that brought them to that point? Then Kabluey might be for you."
Disaster Movie (2008)
"A poorly staged, entirely laugh-free big screen exercise that, despite its name, is not really a genre spoof at all, but rather merely an excuse to (attempt to) poke fun at Hollywood movies from this calendar year."
The Upside of Anger (2005)
The House Bunny (2008)
Tamara Drewe (2010)
Over the Hedge (2006)
The Shipping News (2001)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
"Spatially contained thriller ATM squanders the efforts of a solid young cast, fumbling away viewer sympathy via increasingly harebrained scenarios. Audiences will feel as ripped off as they would be by exorbitant user fees at the namesake devices."
One Lucky Elephant (2011)
Forgetting The Girl (2013)
"A well observed, well acted character study about damaged souls whose orbits begin to exert a further destabilizing gravitational pull on one another. There's a smooth confidence at work here that never tips over into flamboyant stylistic overreach."
The Hunger Games (2012)
Battle for Brooklyn (2011)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
The Skin I Live In (2011)
Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)
"An entertaining look at the auto industry's about-face on electric cars, but a movie that could have dug deeper, especially in a political climate where one of two parties wears as a badge of honor their continued rejection of climate science."
The Rum Diary (2011)
Like Crazy (2011)
Take Shelter (2011)
"When its last, proudly ambiguous note is struck, one leaves convinced only that there exists a greater exploitation of this same concept yet to be made, one with sharper contrasts and more starkly defined stakes."
"A hypnotic and mesmerizing mash-up of Friedkin, Mann and Lynch. In case there were any remaining doubts, after having danced around and avoided it for several years, Ryan Gosling is now taking the bullet train to stardom."
"Bellflower unfolds in a charged-up but emotionally honest hormonal haze. It's the sort of polished, distinctive freshman effort that is told with such cool assurance as to restore one's faith in indie filmmaking."
"For all its technical accomplishment and cultural specificity, Trollhunter never really clicks on all cylinders. It's mostly droll, but doesn't consistently foment either dread or delight, owing to a need for sharper characterizations."
The Future (2011)
"Seeded in equal measure with playfulness and poignancy, The Future is a reflection on the accumulated burdens of generational anxiety, as filtered through a quasi-Dadaist, quasi-Absurdist sensibility."
All In: The Poker Movie (2012)
Point Blank (2011)
"Its innocuous title recalls a Steven Seagal flick, sure, but this frenzied French thriller is more rooted in humanistic impulses and recognizable motivations than most of its skull-cracking American brethren."
The Perfect Host (2011)
A Little Help (2011)
Salvation Boulevard (2011)
The Best and the Brightest (2011)
"A slim pan. While there's a certain novelty of setting and a lot of its dialogue pops, the movie's chief problem is the fact that it doesn't seem to wholly embrace the arguably detestable nature of its characters."
A Better Life (2011)
"A well acted and nicely detailed if somewhat familiarly plotted immigrant drama, Chris Weitz's A Better Life shines a light on the razor's edge of poverty, with a solid, non-pandering sociocultural authenticity."
The Trip (2011)