My Winnipeg (2007)
Brick Lane (2008)
"Sarah Gavron's tale of a young Bangladeshi woman unwillingly transplanted to London's East End is absorbing enough, moving enough and visually attractive enough to provide a perfectly acceptable night out at the movies."
Without the King (2007)
The Love Guru (2008)
Meet Bill (2008)
"It tries hard to mimic the arch tone of the best suburban tragicomedies (American Beauty, et al.), but a surfeit of stock characters, double-wide plot holes and heavy-handed symbolism ruins the effect."
The Promotion (2008)
"Despite its gimmicky-sounding premise, The Promotion is, like most of Conrad's work, less concerned with matters of winning or losing than with man's sometimes noble, sometimes deplorable, often futile attempts to distinguish himself from the herd."
Miss Conception (2008)
The Poet (Hearts of War) (2007)
"Production values are rough, but the lack of polish serves both Sheldon's raffish, off-color persona and the film's argument that L.A. jazz is still alive in small nightclubs, not something confined to a much-mythologized past."
Sex and the City (2008)
Short Order (2008)
"Aside from Vanessa Redgrave, who is quite poignant in a brief, ham-free cameo, the film's shallow cutesiness quickly starts to feel less like a salute to youthful optimism than a warning against romanticizing one's stunted emotional development."
War, Inc. (2008)
"Challenges the corrupt military-industrial complex and privatization with such an embarrassingly generic, dated, fish-in-a-barrel aplomb that it's no wonder David Mamet denounced his former life as a "brain-dead liberal.""
The Cool School (2008)
The Children of Huang Shi (2008)
Up the Yangtze (2007)
"By journey's end, Chang has found, in the Yangtze, a brilliant natural metaphor for upward mobility in modern China: Whether they hail from the lowlands or the urban centers, everyone here is scrambling to reach higher ground."
A Previous Engagement (2008)
What Happens in Vegas (2008)
"The stars, despite having only a fraction of the charm and talent of classic sparring-but-meant-for-each-other duos, know how to mug for the camera and well up on cue, and somehow that turns out to be enough to carry this trifle."
Mister Lonely (2007)
"Movies tell the same stories over and over, but I know of only one that evokes mourned innocence in just a three-minute slow-motion shot of a Michael Jackson impersonator and a stuffed monkey aboard a clown bike."
I For India (2007)
Swimming in Auschwitz (2008)
"Instead of the grand horror of the Holocaust (or the "big suffering," as one woman calls it), Swimming in Auschwitz depicts individuals who "maintained some semblance of life" amid the mass dehumanization that surrounded them."
Fugitive Pieces (2008)
Iron Man (2008)
The Favor (2008)
Dare Not Walk Alone (2006)
"Inelegantly made and sometimes awkward in its transitions between the two eras, Dean's film nonetheless packs a punch, thanks to vivid archival footage from this lesser-known (compared to Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham) hotbed of Southern racial unrest."
Silence of the Sea (2008)
A Plumm Summer (2008)
"First-time director Caroline Zelder brings warmth and restraint to this tale of Montana child detectives on the case of a beloved frog puppet that, to the devastation of its over-invested owner-operator (Henry Winkler), goes missing."
Jack and Jill vs. the World (2008)
"More farce might have served the film well; as Parise draws from a playbook of medical melodrama and romantic-comedies clichés, her moral about living outside the box becomes harder and harder to swallow."
Body of War (2008)
88 Minutes (2008)