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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
1.5/4
Scream 4 (2011)
2
3/4
3
2.5/4
Prom (2011)
4
3/4
Potiche (2011)
Who knew that beneath her coolly gorgeous exterior, Catherine Deneuve is actually funny?
Posted Apr 28, 2011
5
1/4
This sequel is that rarity -- a film in which practically nothing works.
Posted Apr 28, 2011
6
2/4
Fast Five (2011)
It's when the action slows down that you can feel the brain cells dying.
Posted Apr 28, 2011
7
3.5/4
It's an attempt to capture the essence of monasticism: self-sacrifice, introspection, obedience and achingly lovely moments of quiet brotherhood.
Posted Apr 21, 2011
8
2.5/4
The strong suit of this melodrama from music video director-turned-feature filmmaker Francis Lawrence is its sense of time and place, namely America in 1931.
Posted Apr 21, 2011
9
3/4
This one practically screams "foreign film" ... and that's a good thing.
Posted Apr 14, 2011
10
3/4
A documentary that examines the exotic animal phenomenon and discovers -- without getting sanctimonious -- much madness.
Posted Apr 14, 2011
11
2.5/4
The film seems obsessed with making political points at the expense of storytelling. Not even McAvoy and Wright, who have repeatedly shown their ability to anchor films, can bring it convincingly to life.
Posted Apr 14, 2011
12
3/4
Rio (2011)
Despite its copycat nature, it has its own irresistibly joyful energy.
Posted Apr 14, 2011
13
2.5/4
Scream 4 (2011)
The Scream movies have always been clever. The problem is that they never move beyond cleverness.
Posted Apr 14, 2011
14
3/4
[Stevenson is] crazily charismatic here, a blend of brash cockiness and sensitivity, and he makes a satisfying film even better.
Posted Apr 7, 2011
15
2.5/4
Miral (2011)
It feels strangely undernourished, as if the filmmakers were afraid to really let go and express big emotions.
Posted Apr 7, 2011
16
2.5/4
Hanna (2011)
Wright's direction starts out realistically enough but gradually deteriorates into what feels like a messy parody of a European art film.
Posted Apr 7, 2011
17
The "awwwww" factor is off the charts for Born to Be Wild.
Posted Apr 7, 2011
18
3/4
Jane Eyre (2011)
This may be the most psychologically dangerous film version yet of Charlotte Bronte's novel.
Posted Apr 7, 2011
19
3/4
Win Win (2011)
It's a solid effort that delicately balances hilarity, suspense and affection for its characters' foibles.
Posted Apr 7, 2011
20
1.5/4
Arthur (2011)
Only Mirren really delivers. Her depiction of Hobson's love for/exasperation with the errant Arthur provides the only genuine moments in this misfire.
Posted Apr 7, 2011
21
2.5/4
Soul Surfer (2011)
22
3/4
There's some heartbreaking stuff here but also moments of triumph. Not to mention visuals that will leave audiences breathless.
Posted Apr 4, 2011
23
3/4
Lots of us are interested in clothes. But few can match Bill Cunningham's passion for fashion.
Posted Mar 31, 2011
24
2.5/4
Hop (2011)
If the filmmakers had just made a movie about E.B. and his clever animated bunny world, they might have delivered a tasty Easter surprise. This one has been sitting in the back of the fridge too long.
Posted Mar 31, 2011
25
3/4
An engaging, sobering documentary that celebrates his life and music while suggesting that in the Dylan-Ochs rivalry, Ochs never had a chance.
Posted Mar 31, 2011
26
3/4
Source Code (2011)
Remarkably coherent and weirdly compelling.
Posted Mar 31, 2011
27
3/4
Perhaps the neatest thing about Phil Grabsky's In Search of Mozart is that after watching it for more than two hours your first impulse is to rush to the Internet and download a slew of Mozart recordings.
Posted Mar 31, 2011
28
3.5/4
Ready, Set, Bag! delivers plenty of warm and fuzzy while giving us a mainline fix of the sort of small-town cheerfulness you might have thought died with the Andy Hardy franchise.
Posted Mar 24, 2011
29
3.5/4
Harvest (2011)
A modest but terrifically acted independent feature. In just his second feature film, director Marc Meyers hits the right buttons.
Posted Mar 24, 2011
30
3/4
It's an audience-friendly drama about family, conflict and the healing power of music.
Posted Mar 17, 2011
31
2.5/4
Charismatic and oozing oily self-confidence, the character Mick Haller dovetails perfectly with McConaughey's skill set and dazzling grin. After a string of desultory romantic comedies, this actor once again has a winner.
Posted Mar 17, 2011
32
2.5/4
Limitless (2011)
Despite the presence of De Niro and Cornish, Limitless is pretty much a one-man show. Happily, Cooper is up to it. Limitless may not be a slam dunk, but this guy's got it.
Posted Mar 17, 2011
33
1/4
Paul (2011)
Most of it crash-lands.
Posted Mar 17, 2011
34
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
35
2/4
Some will find White Material's puzzlements evocative. Others -- including yours truly -- will leave irritated and unfulfilled.
Posted Mar 11, 2011
36
3/4
A fun, all-ages space adventure.
Posted Mar 11, 2011
37
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
38
3/4
A metaphysical love story with some wonderfully droll ideas.
Posted Mar 3, 2011
39
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
40
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
41
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
42
2/4
Beastly (2011)
Beastly is tolerable enough for a March release. Yes, that is damning with faint praise.
Posted Mar 3, 2011
43
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
44
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
45
2/4
Hall Pass (2011)
Ultimately the film takes a long time to go nowhere.
Posted Feb 25, 2011
46
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
47
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
48
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
49
2.5/4
Unknown (2011)
It's no classic, but until a better thriller comes along, Unknown will do.
Posted Feb 17, 2011
50
1/4