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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2.5/4
The American (2010)
It's like ordering a hamburger and getting escargot. Which is OK if you like snail, but it's an acquired taste.
Posted Sep 2, 2010
2
3.5/4
A French film about a traitor you can't help but love.
Posted Aug 26, 2010
3
3/4
A quietly amusing minimalist tale of a grouch who finds he's still capable of pleasure.
Posted Aug 26, 2010
4
3/4
Takers (2010)
A slickly efficient cops-and-robbers yarn, largely uncomplicated yet offering a few moments of insight and dramatic weight.
Posted Aug 26, 2010
5
2/4
Gotta love Emma Thompson. Her Nanny McPhee persona? That's another story.
Posted Aug 19, 2010
6
2/4
While the film starts strong, it suffers from diminishing returns.
Posted Aug 19, 2010
7
2/4
The Switch (2010)
There's zero heat between Aniston and Bateman; what synthetic feelings the film does generate involve the father/son relationship.
Posted Aug 19, 2010
8
3/4
Lucy Walker's documentary is a blood-curdling look at the world's nuclear arsenal that suggests atomic Armageddon remains every bit as likely as during the height of the Cold War.
Posted Aug 12, 2010
9
2.5/4
There's only so much you can wring out of detachment.
Posted Aug 12, 2010
10
3/4
Let us not underestimate the contribution of our lead. Roberts plays down the glamour and turns up the soulfulness, and her off-the-charts likability makes her winning and watchable, even when Liz is at her whiny wimpiest.
Posted Aug 12, 2010
11
2/4
Basically you have Ferrell -- whose recent output might charitably be described as "iffy" -- working a couple of dweeby riffs for all they're worth.
Posted Aug 6, 2010
12
2.5/4
Step Up 3 (2010)
There is some awkward editing and cheesy showing-off, but the dancers' tremendous talent is given the focus it deserves.
Posted Aug 6, 2010
13
3/4
Restrepo (2010)
This documentary from writer Sebastian Junger will leave audiences with a new admiration for what fighting men must endure.
Posted Aug 6, 2010
14
2.5/4
Sounds fairly simple, but Blakeson has a fiendish way of twisting around his plot and characters.
Posted Aug 6, 2010
15
3/4
While the tone of Return to El Salvador is cautiously optimistic and generally even-handed, there's no escaping the lump of outrage at its center
Posted Jul 29, 2010
16
3.5/4
A comedy that perfectly balances natural hilarity with genuine drama while exploring a whole slew of issues.
Posted Jul 29, 2010
17
3/4
Have the movies ever seen a heroine like Lisbeth Salander?
Posted Jul 29, 2010
18
2/4
Something's wrong when dead rodents generate a film's biggest laughs.
Posted Jul 29, 2010
19
2/4
It's made just for less-discriminating kids and perhaps a few very easily amused adults. Emphasis on very.
Posted Jul 29, 2010
20
2.5/4
There are so many diversions and subplots, it's hard to get caught up in any single story.
Posted Jul 23, 2010
21
2.5/4
The key word here is "work." If she isn't out there making somebody laugh, Rivers feels she no longer exists.
Posted Jul 23, 2010
22
2.5/4
The production's blend of traditional cowboy tropes and 20th-century elements give it an out-of-time feel that's appropriate for what is basically a teenage boy's extended fantasy.
Posted Jul 23, 2010
23
2/4
Salt (2010)
At every opportunity Kurt Wimmer's screenplay puts star Angelina Jolie into situations that are pure Hollywood hokum and from which no mere mortal could escape unscathed, although she always does.
Posted Jul 23, 2010
24
2.5/4
Mere mediocrity is soon forgotten. Pure awfulness endures.
Posted Jul 16, 2010
25
2.5/4
Perhaps Chanel and Stravinsky were too consumed by their art and egos to be truly vulnerable and giving. Certainly they're not portrayed as likable.
Posted Jul 16, 2010
26
2.5/4
Cyrus (2010)
The real revelation is Hill. Usually cast as a scruffy type, here the portly actor is fastidiously clean-cut and well-groomed, a façade of normalcy that makes his anger and insecurity all the more disturbing.
Posted Jul 16, 2010
27
2.5/4
Inception (2010)
Nolan is a very clever fellow, no argument there. He's skilled at juggling big ideas and making us think. Now if he can just make us feel.
Posted Jul 16, 2010
28
2/4
Ever wonder what the Harry Potter films would be like without an ounce of wit, grace or subtlety? Wonder no more.
Posted Jul 15, 2010
29
2/4
Predators (2010)
Fans had hoped that having Robert Rodriguez as a producer would revitalize the series. Sorry, this is just more of the same.
Posted Jul 9, 2010
30
2.5/4
I Am Love (2010)
Swinton saves the day.
Posted Jul 9, 2010
31
3/4
Behind the Burly Q is a mess, but an enjoyable one.
Posted Jul 9, 2010
32
2.5/4
33
3/4
A terrifically smart film that precariously balances sophisticated laughs and inspired visual slapstick.
Posted Jul 8, 2010
34
3/4
The film's arsenal of action and emotion makes Eclipse the best Twilight movie yet.
Posted Jun 29, 2010
35
2.5/4
Ondine (2010)
As Jordan drifts around, searching for a consistent tone, it becomes evident he isn't sure what kind of story he's telling.
Posted Jun 25, 2010
36
3/4
Solitary Man (2010)
Compared to Ben Kalmen, the aggressively amoral former car dealer Douglas portrays in Solitary Man, Gekko is an upright guy.
Posted Jun 25, 2010
37
3.5/4
Garcia keeps his various stories flowing and in perfect balance.
Posted Jun 25, 2010
38
2/4
Grown Ups (2010)
The latest from Adam Sandler is a big unruly bundle of midlife clichés peppered with the physical sadism and potty humor that are the hallmarks of Sandler's comedy.
Posted Jun 25, 2010
39
2.5/4
Knight & Day (2010)
It's lightweight but enjoyable summer fun.
Posted Jun 22, 2010
40
3/4
Please Give (2010)
Nothing earth-shaking goes on here, and Holofcener has the good sense not to make her issues seem all that important. This is a lightweight comedy about mostly likable people who are a bit too wrapped up in self-analysis.
Posted Jun 17, 2010
41
1.5/4
Survival is crawling with weird ideas that make no sense, but Romero treats them as gems of life-changing import.
Posted Jun 17, 2010
42
4/4
No movie is perfect, but this Sundance winner comes close.
Posted Jun 17, 2010
43
3.5/4
Toy Story 3 (2010)
You can try to put on your game face, to resist the emotional call of Toy Story 3. But you'll find yourself practically sobbing over the fate of inanimate objects.
Posted Jun 17, 2010
44
2/4
The A-Team (2010)
There's lots of action, most of it so badly edited you can't tell the good guys from the bad guys.
Posted Jun 11, 2010
45
3/4
Sweetgrass (2009)
For those willing to pay attention and get into the rhythms of this stubbornly unconventional movie, the rewards are substantial.
Posted Jun 11, 2010
46
2.5/4
All this makes for a hugely insightful drama but not a particularly endearing one.
Posted Jun 11, 2010
47
3/4
Jackie Chan, Oscar nominee? Not as farfetched as you might think.
Posted Jun 11, 2010
48
3/4
Offers a wide-ranging look at Abramoff's antics, from promoting sweatshops in Saipan to cheating Indian tribes out of casino revenues.
Posted Jun 4, 2010
49
2.5/4
Splice (2010)
The film isn't good, exactly -- Natali struggles to keep the creepy and goofy elements in balance -- but it's just weird enough to become a cult favorite.
Posted Jun 4, 2010
50
3/4
Marmaduke (2010)
In a genre so choked with cynical films, this one was made with enough skill and heart to make its emotional payoffs believable and welcome.
Posted Jun 4, 2010