Get Low (2010)
"A slow-burn rural drama that seems to unfold somewhere between real-life and deep-fried folk tale, Get Low serves as a reminder that the pleasures of life as frequently lie in the journey as the destination."
Countdown to Zero (2010)
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
The Scenesters (2011)
Animal Kingdom (2010)
Lebanon (Levanon) (2010)
The Switch (2010)
The Tillman Story (2010)
Winnebago Man (2010)
"Less than the sum of its parts; colorful, but not quite a forceful enough inquisition into the go-go, power-grab pop intersection of fame, tabloidism and information management to connect in lasting emotional fashion."
Enemies of the People (2010)
"Plenty of movies have covered the same terrain as this British kidnapping thriller, but few in recent memory with as streamlined a sense of tension-soaked purpose and commitment to character-driven minimalism."
The Oxford Murders (2010)
"A math- and symbology-tinged thriller adapted by director Álex de la Iglesia, and pitched at a breakneck, didactic clip, absent any sensible, modulated emotional investment in the characters or material."
The Dry Land (2010)
"A very familiar Stateside war drama -- narratively, the film just goads when it's convenient and shrinks when it suits its purposes, never feeling like an honest exploration of its characters' problems."
Great Directors (2010)
8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)
"The film's powerful correlative lesson? That citizen journalism will play an important role in outing big-money political players who would like to silently put their stamp on laws from the capitalistic safety of the shadows."
"A spirited, slickly mounted production that suffers more from sins of omission than commission, yet is anchored by performances that remind us while otherworldly hunters may be the stars of Predator series, humans still matter."
In My Sleep (2010)
Survival of the Dead (2010)
"While not without anecdotal punching power, the film nonetheless seems like a relic since it unfolds in a vacuum, willfully ignorant or silent on any of the factors influencing events on the ground."
Holy Rollers (2010)
"The movie doesn't implicitly choose sides, and debut feature director Kevin Asch keeps the tone relaxed and real, so one has an appreciation of the sincerity of Sam's faith without it becoming a smothering trait."
The Oath (2010)
Happiness Runs (2010)
"Happiness Runs wears its air-quote truth like a protective cloak, to fend off dismissals of its narrative inadequacies: after all, if it's based on a true story, how could it not be infused with hidden profundity?"
Robin Hood (2010)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Harry Brown (2010)
The Square (2010)
"The Square evokes tangential memories of the classic board game Candyland's Molasses Swamp, because every step of attempted extrication its protagonist takes only seems to plunge him further into trouble."
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Please Give (2010)
"Of a piece with Nicole Holofcener's three other films -- talky, urbane ensemble flicks that elicit quiet but deeply sincere smiles and laughs, and just as often showcase hushed moments of pinprick vulnerability."
Repo Men (2010)
"Facile with its colorful background strokes, breezy but effective with its characterizations and generally more thoughtful than it needs to be -- a spry, fun film that seems tailor-made for the current zeitgeist."
"A sleek, erotic drama that uses the familiar and often tawdrily presented plot points of sexual addiction, infidelity and betrayal to dig into the nuance and reasons surrounding the distance between men and women."
Tales From the Script (2010)
The Runaways (2010)
"The genre's usual framing perspective gets a kick in the pants in this boozy, femme-centric coming-of-age flick that chiefly connects courtesy of a nervy, burgeoning adult performance by Kristen Stewart, and a smart, economical sense of period style."
She's Out of My League (2010)
"There's an interesting, funny, quietly devastating film to be made from the core idea here -- that of an average guy so convinced of his unworthiness that he subconsciously sabotages a golden romantic opportunity -- but this overly broad exercise in set-p"
Mother (Madeo) (2010)
"Part murder mystery, part domestic melodrama, part dark comedy, Mother is also a wholly original treat that confirms writer-director Bong Joon-ho's deft touch with multiple tonalities, plus his status as South Korea's preeminent modern auteur."
Brooklyn's Finest (2010)
"Movies detailing the lives of corrupt, disinterested and/or otherwise tempted New York cops could and probably should constitute their own subgenre Netflix listing, so those inclined to like this sort of thing will find just enough about it to like; other"
The Art Of The Steal (2010)
The Good Guy (2009)
"A sort of much more polite, estrogenized filmic companion piece to a lost, mid-era Bret Easton Ellis novel, this movie has a different, interesting cant than most films of its ilk, but can't quite turn that positive into a deal-closing recommendation."
The Yellow Handkerchief (2010)
"Kristen Stewart is the selling point, of course, but this idyllic road trip through post-Katrina Louisiana is mostly a showcase for William Hurt -- too infrequent a big screen visitor, at least in roles of such layered quietude."
Leap Year (2010)
"The considerable charms of Amy Adams' company can't sustain Leap Year, which, despite its name, putters along like any other normal, workaday cinematic offering, not a quadrennial breath of fresh air."
"Those inclined to want to see a couple guys exercise cat-like martial arts moves against a loosely egalitarian sociological narrative backdrop will spark to the movie, and its sloppy embrace of joie de vivre."
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
"Guy Ritchie's film arrives with the bristling, cocksure, indefatigable force of a movie preordained as a franchise-in-waiting. This is pop Hollywood filmmaking, but not something anyone should feel the need to think about, or see more than once."
Youth in Revolt (2010)