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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
2
3.5/4
It's a remarkably honest and funny movie that takes full advantage of these stars' distinctive personas.
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3
2/4
4
2.5/4
John Carter (2012)
5
3/4
Pariah (2011)
Wayans, best known for acting in comedies with her siblings, is a revelation as a woman whose faith offers both hope and blind judgment.
Posted Mar 8, 2012
6
4/4
A Separation (2011)
"A Separation" deals with some very murky issues, but it does so with astonishing clarity.
Posted Mar 1, 2012
7
2.5/4
"The Lorax" captures the look and intent of Dr. Seuss' 1971 children's book. But it never quite duplicates the underlying magic.
Posted Mar 1, 2012
8
2.5/4
Act of Valor (2012)
[Its] commitment to authenticity is impressive, but it ends up highlighting the film's greatest weakness - a cliché-riddled script with a plot that may have been generated by someone throwing darts at a world map.
Posted Feb 23, 2012
9
2.5/4
Wanderlust (2012)
10
1.5/4
11
3/4
In its own way this charming Japanese import is as visually lush as its Western competitors, but a refreshingly leisurely pace and simple structure set it apart.
Posted Feb 16, 2012
12
2.5/4
Although lacking in the previous version's creaky charm, the new 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' is an agreeable, family-friendly adventure that benefits from an appealing cast.
Posted Feb 9, 2012
13
3/4
Safe House (2012)
Despite all the hand-to-hand fighting and gunplay, these men seem grounded in reality. They are not immune to injury or fear or dopey decisions.
Posted Feb 9, 2012
14
1.5/4
Watkins is forced to rely on sinister cutaways and jump scares punctuated by orchestral blasts. Without the contribution of post-production sound effects, this film might play like a stuffy period drama.
Posted Feb 2, 2012
15
2/4
Albert Nobbs (2012)
There is potential in this story to explore the way gender, sexual orientation and social class confined people in the Victorian era, but Close is so obviously female, it's distracting right from the start.
Posted Jan 26, 2012
16
3/4
The Grey (2012)
Although "The Grey" occasionally succumbs to heavy-handed narration, with its musings about God and the natural world, it delivers in the visceral realm.
Posted Jan 26, 2012
17
1.5/4
Haywire (2012)
18
2.5/4
Some will find this 9/11-themed family drama powerful and imaginative; others, cloying and infuriating. The reality lies somewhere in the middle.
Posted Jan 19, 2012
19
3.5/4
20
2/4
It's not exactly a sympathetic portrayal... or a very interesting one.
Posted Jan 12, 2012
21
3.5/4
Carnage (2011)
22
2.5/4
Contraband (2012)
23
2.5/4
24
3/4
25
2.5/4
26
3/4
The Artist (2011)
This is not some clinical dissection of bygone cinematic techniques; it's a lively, appealing effort that mostly rises above mere novelty.
Posted Dec 22, 2011
27
3/4
War Horse (2011)
28
3/4
29
3/4
30
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
31
3.5/4
Bird shows he can handle exotic locales and action sequences of James Bond-like proportions.
Posted Dec 15, 2011
32
1.5/4
33
2.5/4
"Everyday Sunshine" presents a raw lesson in how artistry and success often make incompatible partners.
Posted Dec 1, 2011
34
3.5/4
Melancholia (2011)
35
3.5/4
36
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
37
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
38
3.5/4
Like Crazy (2011)
Simple, subtle and disarmingly powerful.
Posted Nov 17, 2011
39
3/4
40
2/4
J. Edgar (2011)
41
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
42
2.5/4
Tower Heist (2011)
Remember when Eddie Murphy was funny? Dangerous? Entertaining? Thankfully, "Tower Heist" does also.
Posted Nov 3, 2011
43
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
44
3.5/4
Visually, this project ranks among the best animated efforts to embrace the 3-D craze.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
45
2/4
Slow and strangely conventional -- two words that should never apply to Thompson or his work.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
46
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
47
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
48
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
49
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
50
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