"Even the plain black-and-white title sequences and old-timey musical score feel less like the affectations of a stubbornly independent artist than the rut of someone who can't find anything fresh to say."
Freedom Riders (2009)
Dark Passage (1947)
Let Me In (2010)
The Social Network (2010)
"Enzo Staioli is an absolute revelation as son Bruno. With a mop of irrepressible hair that even a downpour of rain cannot long suppress, Bruno is a 7-year-old fellow pilgrim and witness to the joyous and heartbreaking events - the film's silent narrator."
"It starts out as a big-stakes film attempting a grand statement about the rift lines in the machine of American capitalism. It ends up going small-time, as a miserly story about people we do not understand behaving in ways we don't believe."
You Again (2010)
Bran Nue Dae (2010)
"Bran Nue Dae is a kooky, deliriously happy mix of happenstance and broadly-drawn characters who are apt to break into song at any given moment. It's not quite enough for me to recommend, but I'm not unhappy to have seen it."
The Virginity Hit (2010)
Wall Street (1987)
"Like the rest of Stone's oeuvre, it's about as subtle as a sledgehammer. But his filmmaking style is like heavy metal: When he hits the right chords, nobody plays with as much power or brash energy."
I'm Still Here (2010)
"The revelation the whole thing was a sham cannot repair the damage Joaquin Phoenix has done to a once-promising career. I'm Still Here is a practical joke, and not a very good one, either in conception or execution."
Easy A (2010)
The Town (2010)
Animal Kingdom (2010)
"Writer/director David Michôd constructs a slippery narrative that consistently fools the audience about where the movie is heading. The result is part Donnie Brasco, part Godfather and more than a little bit Ma Barker."
Richard III (1956)
The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
"James Mason's portrayal of Captain Nemo is a hard-edged, dramatic performance, with no winking nods or cartoonish layers. You could transport Mason whole into a much darker movie with R-rated violence, and he would fit like a glove."
Mystic Pizza (1988)
"Limelight seems stuck in time, even for 1952. The un-ironic pathos and sentimental humanism seems almost quaint in the post-Hitler world. But that's Chaplin for you - a man who lived by, and wrote, his own rules."
"This 1972 German film eschews narrative for hallucinatory images and long takes that plunge you into the whirlpool of the main character's madness. It's less storytelling than a visually disturbing fever dream."
"Becket is a terrific example of the historical play or novel turned into a cinematic drama crackling with whip-smart dialogue. I imagine actors must go mad with delight when they read a script that has page after page of dialogue this good."
The Sugarland Express (1974)
"The Sugarland Express is not terribly original - Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands and The Getaway are indelibly marked in its DNA - but shows an already dazzling young filmmaker honing his skills and vision. "
Odd Man Out (1947)
A Price Above Rubies (1998)
Les Miserables (1935)
Five Came Back (1939)
The Dungeon Masters (2008)
An American Crime (2007)
"It's interesting that the film, a sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 atmospheric horror-film-in-space, is generally regarded as an action movie. Go through it, and you'll realize the character and dialogue scenes far outweigh the kablooey stuff."
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
"This movie is like the entirety of American youth culture crammed into a single package: It's about love, alienation, video games, comic books, chord-grinding indie/punk rock, texting, dead-end jobs and evil ex-boyfriends."
Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)
The American (2010)
Get Low (2010)
Going the Distance (2010)