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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
2
3/4
3
2.5/4
The seemingly convoluted story line does manage to eventually bind together, with a wry commentary on the military-industrial complex to boot.
Posted Dec 15, 2011
4
3.5/4
Bird shows he can handle exotic locales and action sequences of James Bond-like proportions.
Posted Dec 15, 2011
5
1.5/4
6
2.5/4
"Everyday Sunshine" presents a raw lesson in how artistry and success often make incompatible partners.
Posted Dec 1, 2011
7
3.5/4
Melancholia (2011)
8
3.5/4
9
3/4
"Arthur Christmas" is sometimes a bit hectic in its execution, but overall it's a fine addition to the pantheon of wacky cinematic speculation about how Santa gets the job done.
Posted Nov 23, 2011
10
3/4
The Muppets (2011)
This new musical comedy is pretty close to being the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational effort to hit screens this year.
Posted Nov 22, 2011
11
3.5/4
Like Crazy (2011)
Simple, subtle and disarmingly powerful.
Posted Nov 17, 2011
12
3/4
13
2/4
J. Edgar (2011)
14
3/4
Take Shelter (2011)
This unsettling, hypnotic drama boasts a quietly powerful performance by Michael Shannon as Curtis, a man succumbing to apocalyptic visions.
Posted Nov 3, 2011
15
2.5/4
Tower Heist (2011)
Remember when Eddie Murphy was funny? Dangerous? Entertaining? Thankfully, "Tower Heist" does also.
Posted Nov 3, 2011
16
3/4
Anonymous (2011)
Overlong, labyrinthine and most certainly speculative in its history, "Anonymous" benefits from a central conceit that is too intriguing to be dismissed.
Posted Nov 3, 2011
17
3.5/4
Visually, this project ranks among the best animated efforts to embrace the 3-D craze.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
18
2/4
Slow and strangely conventional -- two words that should never apply to Thompson or his work.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
19
2.5/4
Footloose (2011)
"Footloose" is still too long and too square to jump up and down about. But it offers a mild diversion for those who still believe "the music is on his side."
Posted Oct 13, 2011
20
2/4
The Thing (2011)
Van Heijningen is clearly a fan who approached this project with due respect. If only he'd had enough respect not to make it in the first place.
Posted Oct 13, 2011
21
2/4
Real Steel (2011)
Every cliché from sports movies, underdog stories and father-son dramas is trotted out and played with a straight face.
Posted Oct 6, 2011
22
4/4
A collision of devious campaign tricks and backroom power plays, "The Ides of March" develops into one of the sharpest political thrillers in years... and a worthy front-runner at the next Oscars.
Posted Oct 6, 2011
23
3.5/4
50/50 (2011)
Gordon-Levitt capitalizes on the best role of his career, one that justifies a potential Oscar nomination.
Posted Sep 29, 2011
24
2.5/4
Moneyball (2011)
"Moneyball" isn't ultimately about baseball as much as it is an exploration of those who do and don't adapt to change.
Posted Sep 23, 2011
25
3/4
Drive (2011)
26
2.5/4
Contagion (2011)
Hypochondriacs might want to steer clear of "Contagion." Others should find this procedural thriller about the outbreak of a deadly disease to be an informative, disquieting and mildly entertaining experience.
Posted Sep 8, 2011
27
2.5/4
While it lacks originality, Attack the Block zooms along with energy and deadpan humor.
Posted Sep 1, 2011
28
2/4
Despite a game cast and some scattered big laughs, the comedy is often vulgar when subtlety is required and timid when it should go over-the-top.
Posted Sep 1, 2011
29
3/4
The Debt (2011)
The Debt is particularly memorable for an original, jaw-dropping plot twist.
Posted Aug 31, 2011
30
2/4
31
3/4
Sarah's Key (2011)
"Sarah's Key" uses this buried historical incident as a springboard for a potent tale of survival, guilt and hard-nosed reporting.
Posted Aug 18, 2011
32
2.5/4
Fright Night (2011)
Ultimately, it's a solid update of a fondly remembered minor hit.
Posted Aug 18, 2011
33
3.5/4
It is unrelenting in its abusive, potty-mouthed dialogue, and at times the filth threatens to disrupt the comedy. But similar to the film's main character, its manic energy always finds a way to move things forward regardless of the consequences.
Posted Aug 12, 2011
34
3/4
A moving, intimate story of loss and second chances.
Posted Aug 12, 2011
35
36
3.5/4
The Help (2011)
37
3/4
The movie does a fine job of making one actively root for the apes to win.
Posted Aug 4, 2011
38
2.5/4
The final resolution is easily forgotten, more of an afterthought than anything else. The fun is in the twisting, absurd journey, not the destination.
Posted Jul 29, 2011
39
2.5/4
Even in its messiest moments, however, it never loses its sweet-natured charm. There's still plenty here to love.
Posted Jul 29, 2011
40
3/4
"Cowboys & Aliens" (loosely based on a 2006 graphic novel of the same name) provides a slick cinematic vehicle for two of the toughest actors of their generations.
Posted Jul 28, 2011
41
2.5/4
Trollhunter (2011)
An entertaining effort with "cult following" written all over it.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
42
3/4
"Friends With Benefits" excels at identifying then deconstructing the clichés of the romantic comedy -- as "Scream" dissected horror platitudes.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
43
3/4
It works its own kind of magic, the kind that comes from a great story, well told.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
44
3/4
The best workplace comedy since "Office Space."
Posted Jul 7, 2011
45
1/4
Zookeeper (2011)
46
3/4
47
3/4
Larry Crowne (2011)
48
2.5/4
Buck (2011)
49
2.5/4
It may not be terribly original, but in its sweet, unassuming way, it is inspiring.
Posted Jun 24, 2011
50
2/4
Cars 2 (2011)
It's not that "Cars 2" is an unpleasant exercise in animated filmmaking. It's just such a perfunctory one. The sequel is about as captivating as a trip to the Disney store at the mall.
Posted Jun 23, 2011