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Rating Title/Year Author
Turkey Bowl (2011) Matt Singer 65 minutes is just enough time to get invested in the characters and the game and not enough time to get bored with the fairly repetitive nature of its structure. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) Matt Singer If only the words I want to use to describe [Andy Serkis'] performance - charismatic, compelling - also applied to the movie around him. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2020
Brooklyn's Finest (2009) Lisa Rosman Throughout his career, [Hawke's] broody emotionality has never read as phony so much as sincerely self-aggrandizing. Here, it connects with nothing, reminding us in turn that the film does not connect with its audience. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2017
The Exploding Girl (2009) Lisa Rosman In her first starring role, Kazan as Ivy vacillates wonderfully between insecurity and insouciance. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2017
Remember Me (2010) Lisa Rosman Although this ditty about two pretty, broken lovebirds would never have been a groundbreaker, it might have worked better had it not labored under the shadow of a recent event that should never be pillaged as a deus ex machina. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2017
The Greatest (2009) Lisa Rosman [A] paint-by-numbers first feature. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2017
Breaking Upwards (2009) Lisa Rosman In this plodding, plotting gimmick of a film, only Pablo Schreiber, as Zoe's loutish rebound, and the rarely seen Andrea Martin, as Zoe's oversharing mom, come off smelling like a rose. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2017
The Runaways (2010) Lisa Rosman I find it the worst kind of form over function, in which all involved seem to have forgotten that the aesthetic rebellions of the time stemmed from a deeper defiance of the status quo. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2017
Bluebeard (2009) Lisa Rosman I'm starting to think that even mediocre contemporary French films, with their myriad question marks, outstrip most American fare -- and Catherine Breillat's Bluebeard is hardly mediocre, though it is modest in scale. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2017
Chloe (2009) Lisa Rosman Are meaty female roles so hard to come by in the US these days that even actresses as formidable as Moore choose such compromises? EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2017
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Rick Marshall Viewed as the explosion-a-minute, simple action film that it's intended to be, Captain America delivers on what it needs to do: introduce the character to mainstream audiences while not offending longtime fans, and prime the public for The Avengers. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2015
Wendy and Lucy (2008) Alison Willmore Michelle Williams is in every scene of Wendy and Lucy, and ably carries that burden -- with her dark pixie haircut and cut-offs, she looks frighteningly vulnerable, an indie urchin stuck in circumstances both dire and mundane. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2015
Crazy Pete (1965) Michael Atkinson Of the Godardian '60s, this effervescent, self-mocking, effortlessly iconic masterpiece may be the filmmaker's quintessential work. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2014
The To Do List (2013) Tim Grierson Unfortunately, the movie as a whole isn't nearly as nimble as Aubrey Plaza's charming, self-deprecating performance. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2013
The Kings of Summer (2013) Tim Grierson "The Kings of Summer" boasts some of the deadpan melancholy one associates with Wes Anderson's best work, but it doesn't have quite the same bite or insight. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Rick Marshall Star Trek Into Darkness does a nice job of providing all the excitement and explosive moments one expects from a blockbuster of this sort, but it might try a little too hard to hit the obligatory beats for fans of the franchise. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2013
Iron Man 3 (2013) Rick Marshall Iron Man 3 defies typical third-chapter drop-off and makes it clear that the franchise is in good hands with its new director. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2013
Admission (2013) Rick Marshall It's not often a film comes along that's just as much fun to watch with your parents as it is to watch with your partner or friends, but Admission is just that sort of film. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2013
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Rick Marshall Sam Raimi does a nice job of positioning Oz the Great and Powerful as a bridge to L. Frank Baum's world for younger audiences, hinting at what came before and teasing future adventures lying just ahead on the yellow-brick road. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2013
Warm Bodies (2013) Rick Marshall Just when you thought the zombie genre had shambled off into the sunset bereft of any fresh ideas, a movie like Warm Bodies comes along and makes the undead seem, well... very much alive. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2013
John Dies at the End (2012) Rick Marshall Only time will tell if John Dies At The End will achieve as similar a level of under-the-radar success as Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep, but it's easy to believe the film is well on its way to becoming a cult classic. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2013
Prince of Broadway (2008) Alison Willmore It uses the immediacy and roughness of its look to its story's advantage, the documentary feel adding to the sense of authenticity, and finds glimpses of beauty. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2013
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Rick Marshall Peter Jackson seems keenly aware of the differences between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and instead of trying to make one more like the other, he embraces what makes each story unique. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2012
Convento (2010) Matt Singer This unortho-doc ultimately doesn't need to explain much more about its subjects' motivations because its images provide their own explanation. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2012
Total Recall (2012) Rick Marshall Does Total Recall succeed as a movie? Sure. But unfortunately, the movie never quite succeeds as Total Recall. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Rick Marshall In his last adventure under Christopher Nolan's guidance, the Dark Knight never quite rises to the occasion. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2012
Clown (2010) Matt Singer While the jokes are utterly immature, the film actually offers a surprisingly mature portrait of masculinity in all its wondrous insecurities. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2012
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012) Tim Grierson You get the sense that the Duplass brothers know in their hearts that their characters are hopelessly immature. But you also get the sense that the filmmakers understand their characters in a way that probably makes even them uncomfortable. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2012
B The Comedy (2012) Jordan Hoffman a challenging film that may ultimately be bulls***, [but] deserves tremendous respect for its clarity of vision. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Rick Marshall The Amazing Spider-Man is a balanced mix of bright and dark, fun and angsty, fast-moving and deliberately ponderous -- just like its hero. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2012
Marvel's the Avengers (2012) Rick Marshall The Avengers greatest accomplishment could be this: its ability to make an entire audience feel like children reading their favorite comic for the very first time. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2012
A- Goon (2011) Jordan Hoffman my favorite, rowdy sports flick since the original "Bad News Bears." EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2012
Chemical Brothers: Don't Think (2012) If you're a fan of the Chemical Brothers, this will be be an incomparable treat. If you're not, seeing this will make you believe. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2012
Semper Fi: Always Faithful (2011) Matt Singer It makes an impact. These men fought for our right to pursue our own American Dreams. And as thanks, they had theirs ripped away from them. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2012
C- The Iron Lady (2011) Matt Singer Less of a movie than a showcase for Streep. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2011
A- A Separation (2011) Matt Singer Riveting EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2011
B+ The Adventures of Tintin (2011) Matt Singer Spielberg, the analog stalwart, has brought out the best in this new filmmaking technology. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2011
C War Horse (2011) Matt Singer War Horse is the law of diminishing returns in action. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2011
B- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Matt Singer Handles the material competently, but not exceptionally. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2011
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) Matt Singer It's nice to see the greatest hits, and to listen to Corman's refined paternal baritone as he talks about his work. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2011
B+ Hugo (2011) Matt Singer Hugo is an intensely personal statement from Scorsese, one not just about magic, but also the magic of cinema. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2011
B The Artist (2011) Matt Singer Reminds us that silent films aren't inferior to sound ones, just a little different. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2011
B+ Shame (2011) Matt Singer A serious character study and exploration of addiction. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2011
C+ Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Matt Singer The spy movie that refused to come in from the cold. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2011
B The Lie (2011) Matt Singer Leonard does a nice job of ramping up the comedy without sacrificing the believability of the world he's established; the movie is very funny at times but it's never outlandish. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2011
B The Other F Word (2011) Matt Singer Not just a fluffy portrait of dudes with tattoos and their cute kids EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2011
B- Killing Bono (2011) Matt Singer An amusingly fluffy musical biopic. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2011
B- Immortals (2011) Matt Singer The film is handsome enough to recommend on the strength of the visuals alone, which is basically what I'm doing. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2011
Like Crazy (2011) Matt Singer Good acting, good filmmaking, plus something elusive that most Sundance movies about romance lack: sincerity. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2011
C The Rum Diary (2011) Matt Singer Never comes close to matching its subject's passion. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2011