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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
2.5/4
Knight & Day (2010)
It's lightweight but enjoyable summer fun.
Posted Jun 22, 2010
3
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
4
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
5
4/4
No movie is perfect, but this Sundance winner comes close.
Posted Jun 17, 2010
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
2.5/4
All this makes for a hugely insightful drama but not a particularly endearing one.
Posted Jun 11, 2010
10
3/4
Jackie Chan, Oscar nominee? Not as farfetched as you might think.
Posted Jun 11, 2010
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
3.5/4
Its real power lies in the passage of time, the dull ache of loss and the grim satisfaction of revenge, and yearnings of love unrealized. There's an awful lot going on in this film, and all of it is good.
Posted May 28, 2010
15
2/4
For the first hour or so it works. Unfortunately, the film is two and a half hours long.
Posted May 28, 2010
16
1.5/4
Like most Jerry Bruckheimer-produced hot-weather epics, it's big, loud and as empty as a loan shark's conscience.
Posted May 28, 2010
17
3.5/4
Is Exit Through the Gift Shop a real documentary or an expert hoax? Does it really matter as long as you're laughing and thinking?
Posted May 28, 2010
18
2/4
It feels narratively overcooked and comically undernourished, a pale shadow of the earlier entries.
Posted May 21, 2010
19
3/4
Waking Sleeping Beauty will matter only to those who grew up on Walt Disney's animated films. In other words, all of us.
Posted May 21, 2010
20
3/4
As a mystery, Mother dishes a couple of shocking turnarounds, but its real value is as a character study of a woman whose desperate love pushes her to decisive action, even if the source of her devotion isn't worth it.
Posted May 21, 2010
21
3/4
It's a gentle meditation on food and companionship.
Posted May 14, 2010
22
2.5/4
Ironically, The Secret of Kells might be best served by watching it with the sound turned off. As a purely visual experience it has no peer.
Posted May 14, 2010
23
2/4
Just Wright (2010)
This ugly-duckling romance is as stale as last week's bagel.
Posted May 14, 2010
24
2.5/4
Robin Hood (2010)
This Robin is undoubtedly more authentic to the realities of life in 12th-century Britain than the iconic Errol Flynn version. That doesn't make it more enjoyable.
Posted May 14, 2010
25
3/4
Director Gary Winick and screenwriters Jose Rivera and Tim Sullivan deal in genre clichés, sure, yet they let us view them with fresh eyes.
Posted May 14, 2010
26
3.5/4
The Eclipse (2010)
No, this is a wonderfully nuanced tale of love and loss set in a picturesque Irish coastal town during its annual literary festival.
Posted May 7, 2010
27
2.5/4
A terrifically convoluted yarn with dozens of major players.
Posted May 7, 2010
28
3.5/4
Babies (2010)
There's no narrator telling us what we're looking at or what to think. The adults here speak different languages, but the film is such a tour de force of visual storytelling that subtitles are unnecessary.
Posted May 7, 2010
29
2.5/4
Iron Man 2 (2010)
I'd have told even non-comic book fans to see the original Iron Man. I'd recommend this sequel mostly to the initiated... which probably accounts for 80 percent of all moviegoers.
Posted May 6, 2010
30
3/4
This is such a gripping yarn it plays more like a thriller than a documentary.
Posted Apr 30, 2010
31
3/4
A portrait of a marriage that epitomizes "lives of quiet desperation."
Posted Apr 30, 2010
32
3/4
The Square (2010)
You needn't like the characters in a noir thriller as long as you're immersed in their growing desperation.
Posted Apr 30, 2010
33
1.5/4
Dream killer Freddy Krueger made a generation of moviegoers scared to fall asleep. Too bad his return to the big screen is such a snooze.
Posted Apr 30, 2010
34
3/4
Imbued (2009)
The screenplay by Danny Dey and Nilsson is nothing if not ambitious; in fact it may cram too many big ideas -- most about the uncomfortable truce between the sexes -- into a small space.
Posted Apr 23, 2010
35
Filled with familial love, youthful spontaneity and gentle humor.
Posted Apr 23, 2010
36
3/4
Vincere (2010)
Giovanna Mezzogiorno's performance is so rife with eroticism and anger that it's practically operatic. Yet it remains firmly grounded in reality.
Posted Apr 23, 2010
37
2/4
If this is the best script [Lopez] saw during her hiatus, she should have waited longer.
Posted Apr 23, 2010
38
1.5/4
The Losers (2010)
At least they got the name right.
Posted Apr 23, 2010
39
2.5/4
Greenberg (2010)
We can care about irritating characters, sure. But not this one.
Posted Apr 16, 2010
40
2/4
The Joneses (2010)
As it stands, it's a mildly diverting dramedy of missed opportunities.
Posted Apr 16, 2010
41
2.5/4
City Island (2010)
The sentiment feels real and the payoffs feel earned, and those things are worth the price of admission.
Posted Apr 16, 2010
42
2.5/4
Alain Cavalier's film, in re-release, offers plenty of left/right, labor/management, humanity/ideology contrasts, but dramatically it's silly. It's worth watching for Schneider, who is simply radiant.
Posted Apr 16, 2010
43
3/4
Kick-Ass (2010)
By turns scathingly satiric and fan-boy celebratory, ridiculously violent and politically incorrect (at least when it comes to our notions of childhood), Kick-Ass is an absolute hoot.
Posted Apr 15, 2010
44
3/4
Good detective stories need a solid mystery, sure, but they also thrive on unusual characters. The Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has a whopper.
Posted Apr 9, 2010
45
2.5/4
This well-made film chronicles the sweat, tears, false starts and massive expenditures involved in getting such an operation up and running.
Posted Apr 9, 2010
46
3/4
45365 (2009)
The result is a film that seems to slide effortlessly between situations and seasons, presenting a kaleidoscopic look at a community.
Posted Apr 9, 2010
47
2/4
Letters to God is certainly watchable and may offer comfort to Christians in the audience. But its appeal will be limited, no matter how professional it looks.
Posted Apr 9, 2010
48
2/4
The Runaways (2010)
It's a tale we've heard 100 times, like another three-chord bar-band rock anthem.
Posted Apr 9, 2010
49
2/4
Date Night (2010)
Date Night is an OK comedy. But that's not good enough.
Posted Apr 9, 2010
50
2/4
The reach of Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott (C.S.A.) exceeds his grasp with The Only Good Indian.
Posted Apr 2, 2010