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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3.5/4
Like Crazy (2011)
Simple, subtle and disarmingly powerful.
Posted Nov 17, 2011
2
3/4
3
2/4
J. Edgar (2011)
4
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
5
2.5/4
Tower Heist (2011)
Remember when Eddie Murphy was funny? Dangerous? Entertaining? Thankfully, "Tower Heist" does also.
Posted Nov 3, 2011
6
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
7
3.5/4
Visually, this project ranks among the best animated efforts to embrace the 3-D craze.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
8
2/4
Slow and strangely conventional -- two words that should never apply to Thompson or his work.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
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
15
3/4
Drive (2011)
16
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
17
2.5/4
While it lacks originality, Attack the Block zooms along with energy and deadpan humor.
Posted Sep 1, 2011
18
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
19
3/4
The Debt (2011)
The Debt is particularly memorable for an original, jaw-dropping plot twist.
Posted Aug 31, 2011
20
2/4
21
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
22
2.5/4
Fright Night (2011)
Ultimately, it's a solid update of a fondly remembered minor hit.
Posted Aug 18, 2011
23
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
24
3/4
A moving, intimate story of loss and second chances.
Posted Aug 12, 2011
25
26
3.5/4
The Help (2011)
27
3/4
The movie does a fine job of making one actively root for the apes to win.
Posted Aug 4, 2011
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
2.5/4
Trollhunter (2011)
An entertaining effort with "cult following" written all over it.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
32
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
33
3/4
It works its own kind of magic, the kind that comes from a great story, well told.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
34
3/4
The best workplace comedy since "Office Space."
Posted Jul 7, 2011
35
1/4
Zookeeper (2011)
36
3/4
37
3/4
Larry Crowne (2011)
38
2.5/4
Buck (2011)
39
2.5/4
It may not be terribly original, but in its sweet, unassuming way, it is inspiring.
Posted Jun 24, 2011
40
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
41
2/4
42
3/4
It is an impressive, confounding achievement that calls to mind every drunken late-night debate that no one could articulate the next morning.
Posted Jun 16, 2011
43
2/4
It's yet another variation of the uptight character who loosens up through the intervention of (blank). But the transition of Popper turning from corporate raider to familial guardian (and back and forth again) is unconvincing.
Posted Jun 16, 2011
44
3/4
45
3/4
46
2.5/4
Super 8 (2011)
J.J. Abrams takes this warm concept and turns it into an impersonal sci-fi thriller, capsized by an increasing overload of digital effects.
Posted Jun 9, 2011
47
3.5/4
Incendies (2011)
48
3/4
First Class flirts with inclusion among the best Marvel projects to hit the big screen.
Posted Jun 2, 2011
49
3/4
Director Martin Koolhoven, adapting Jan Terlouw's 1972 novel, maintains the constant tension of a world where every stray word or glance could lead to tragedy.
Posted May 27, 2011
50
3/4