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Kansas City Star

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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2.5/4
When you're not slack-jawed in amazement at the fancy footwork, you'll probably be giggling (or groaning) at Flatley's overcooked sense of the dramatic.
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2
2/4
Some will find White Material's puzzlements evocative. Others -- including yours truly -- will leave irritated and unfulfilled.
Posted Mar 11, 2011
3
3/4
A fun, all-ages space adventure.
Posted Mar 11, 2011
4
2/4
This isn't your typical fairy tale version of Little Red Riding Hood.Actually, it's hard to tell just what this film by Catherine Hardwicke is meant to be.
Posted Mar 11, 2011
5
3/4
A metaphysical love story with some wonderfully droll ideas.
Posted Mar 3, 2011
6
2.5/4
Cold Weather (2011)
Not for everyone. But for those who can revel in the moment, this seemingly nondescript effort offers some unexpected depths.
Posted Mar 3, 2011
7
3/4
Rango (2011)
The film features some of the most astounding computer animation ever, and, thanks to a slew of terrific voice actors who are obviously having a great time, the film is wildly, weirdly amusing.
Posted Mar 3, 2011
8
2.5/4
None of this is remotely surprising, yet I frequently found myself laughing (particularly at Fogler's wild-man behavior) and sympathizing with Matt's predicament (face it, Grace is impossible to dislike).
Posted Mar 3, 2011
9
2/4
Beastly (2011)
Beastly is tolerable enough for a March release. Yes, that is damning with faint praise.
Posted Mar 3, 2011
10
3/4
Waste Land (2010)
The result is a film that works on multiple levels, casting light on a worldwide problem while delivering a big jolt of human hope.
Posted Mar 3, 2011
11
2.5/4
This effort from writer/director David G. Evans gets points for soft-peddling dogma in favor of human stories. And the film benefits from a compelling performance by Michael Joiner, a Kansas City-based stand-up comic who provides a watchable center.
Posted Feb 25, 2011
12
2/4
Hall Pass (2011)
Ultimately the film takes a long time to go nowhere.
Posted Feb 25, 2011
13
3/4
Barney's Version is narratively awkward, but in the performances of Giamatti and Pike it finds a truth that cannot be dismissed.
Posted Feb 17, 2011
14
2.5/4
Cedar Rapids (2011)
Reilly is an absolute hoot as a glad-handing carouser with an inexhaustible supply of cheesy catchphrases, while Heche finds unexpected depth as a wife and mother on the prowl.
Posted Feb 17, 2011
15
2.5/4
Somewhere (2010)
Somewhere begins with a fancy sports car driving in circles out in the desert. It's a great-looking machine, but it isn't taking us anywhere. It's a metaphor for the entire movie.
Posted Feb 17, 2011
16
2.5/4
Unknown (2011)
It's no classic, but until a better thriller comes along, Unknown will do.
Posted Feb 17, 2011
17
1/4
18
2/4
The Eagle (2011)
The Eagle isn't smart enough to be engrossing or campy enough to be a guilty pleasure.
Posted Feb 10, 2011
19
2.5/4
20
1/4
It's painful to watch.
Posted Feb 10, 2011
21
3/4
22
3/4
23
3.5/4
Very rarely does a film so nail the zeitgeist as to qualify as a cultural touchstone. The Company Men comes very close.
Posted Feb 3, 2011
24
3/4
Another Year (2010)
In the hands of British Oscar nominee Mike Leigh and a spectacularly good cast it makes for riveting, ruthless movie watching.
Posted Jan 27, 2011
25
3/4
It's a heartbreaker, but one made bearable by Ryan Gosling and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who deliver performances that feel so real they transcend acting and become something else altogether.
Posted Jan 27, 2011
26
2.5/4
Biutiful (2010)
Love Javier Bardem. Not so thrilled with Biutiful.
Posted Jan 27, 2011
27
2/4
The Mechanic (2011)
How much longer can Statham keep afloat unremarkable action pictures? Will he ever burst out of his comfort zone and surprise us?
Posted Jan 27, 2011
28
2/4
The Rite (2011)
That blend of the bizarre and the banal gives The Rite a badly needed edge, but it's not enough to make it a keeper.
Posted Jan 27, 2011
29
3/4
The Way Back (2011)
The Way Back works well enough as a sprawling adventure of unimaginable hardship. The rugged vistas (it was filmed in Bulgaria, India and Morocco) are impressive. But it feels just a bit underpopulated.
Posted Jan 20, 2011
30
3/4
It's a godsend in the January movie wasteland.
Posted Jan 20, 2011
31
1.5/4
The Dilemma (2011)
This excruciating exercise in indecision sometimes feels like a glum comedy, sometimes like a silly drama. But it never, ever achieves anything like a coherent, consistent tone.
Posted Jan 14, 2011
32
3/4
Casino Jack (2010)
Told largely in flashback, Norman Snider's screenplay zips between Abramoff's high-rolling past and his current situation, which will lead to a prison term for fraud and corruption.
Posted Jan 14, 2011
33
1.5/4
This is an overlong, empty bore that squanders its possibilities.
Posted Jan 14, 2011
34
3/4
Rabbit Hole (2010)
The lesson at the film's heart is that when tossed down the rabbit hole of bereavement, there is no "right" response. It's unmapped territory that each of us must learn to negotiate.
Posted Jan 13, 2011
35
2.5/4
All Good Things is curiously underwhelming.
Posted Jan 7, 2011
36
3/4
William Ivory's screenplay cannily balances Rita's personal transformation against the women's underdog quest for equality. The results may not be original, exactly, but they're no less enjoyable.
Posted Jan 7, 2011
37
1.5/4
After a while you find yourself giggling uncontrollably as Paltrow lurches through her scenes.
Posted Jan 7, 2011
38
2/4
39
4/4
Against the odds, The King's Speech is a triumph, a laugh-until-you-cry, cry-until-you-laugh emotional roller coaster.
Posted Dec 23, 2010
40
3/4
An amusing and weirdly affectionate ride. Anyone want to sign up for the Free Steven Russell movement?
Posted Dec 23, 2010
41
2/4
42
4/4
True Grit (2010)
It's great.
Posted Dec 21, 2010
43
2.5/4
A technical triumph, a little jewel produced on a backyard budget.
Posted Dec 20, 2010
44
2.5/4
Here's a cheery lump of coal for your stocking.
Posted Dec 16, 2010
45
1/4
Yogi Bear (2010)
46
3/4
Black Swan (2010)
A mind-twisting meld of the grand and the goofy, Black Swan is a long way from great... despite a great-ish performance by Natalie Portman.
Posted Dec 16, 2010
47
3.5/4
The Fighter (2010)
Don't like boxing movies? No problem. The Fighter isn't like any other boxing movie you've seen.
Posted Dec 16, 2010
48
2/4
Tron Legacy (2010)
An eye-catching 3-D roller coaster ride propelled by a plot and characters of not even passing interest.
Posted Dec 16, 2010
49
3/4
Much better are the interviews Gibney conducts with the big players, including Spitzer himself. Although he never apologizes for his aggressive style, Spitzer comes across as relatively subdued and doesn't make excuses for his personal behavior.
Posted Dec 10, 2010
50
3.5/4
A Film Unfinished is a sort of ghost story. It's guaranteed to haunt you.
Posted Dec 10, 2010