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Title/Year
Author
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My Winnipeg (2007)

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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.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
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Who needs paranoid thrillers when we have Russia's deathless gift for autocracy as plot material?
Posted Jun 19, 2008
4
Director Michael Skolnik's generically crafted documentary on the precarious conditions of Swaziland, last functioning monarchy in Africa, is a curious mixture of banality and revelation.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
5
Mike Myers likes ice hockey. He also likes Deepak Chopra, a little bit too much. So he pulled together a bit of hockey and a whole lot of Chopra and called it a plot.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
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[I continue] to cling stubbornly to the dowdy notion that kids deserve better than a sugarcoated portrait of our past or, for that matter, our present.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
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Meet Bill (2008)
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Like most British realist dramas, When Did You Last See Your Father? is stuffed with team-player acting.
Posted Jun 5, 2008
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A film that views heterosexual relationships with the sensitivity of a beer commercial.
Posted Jun 5, 2008
11
The audience is herded from cliché to unintentional farce to insult-to-its-intelligence.
Posted Jun 5, 2008
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King fails to grasp what he once understood: When times are hard, you don't cry poverty. You step on the gas and give the audience a show.
Posted May 29, 2008
14
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.
Posted May 29, 2008
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Recount (2008)
Roach gets a lot of suspenseful mileage out of these ping-ponging reversals of fortune.
Posted May 27, 2008
16
War, Inc. (2008)
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Refusenik (2008)
[An] absorbing portrait of the refusenik movement of the 1960s and '70s.
Posted May 22, 2008
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Surfwise (2007)
A mesmerizingly ambivalent documentary about an itinerant family of Jewish surfer-dude health nuts.
Posted May 22, 2008
20
A tale as ploddingly familiar as it is good-looking and worth telling.
Posted May 22, 2008
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Reprise (2006)
A savage, funny, tender, tragic and strangely beautiful riff on being young and growing up in a broken world.
Posted May 15, 2008
25
Noise (2007)
Noise has too many warring genres on the boil and too many thoughts jockeying for supremacy.
Posted May 15, 2008
26
Writer-director Georgina Garcia Riedel's feature debut is so good for so long that it breaks the heart to watch the film lose its way.
Posted May 15, 2008
27
A pity that, other than the fights, everything else in the movie is equally bloodless.
Posted May 15, 2008
28
Vice (2008)
Writer-director Raul Sanchez Inglis tries to do several ambitious, honorable things with Vice, but for much of the action, they cancel each other out.
Posted May 8, 2008
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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.
Posted May 8, 2008
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I For India (2007)
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Easily the best movie of the year, so far. Really.
Posted May 3, 2008
36
Canadian filmmaker Jeremy Podeswa has given it the old college try, but in pursuit of tact and sensitivity, he has hollowed out the novel's urgency.
Posted May 1, 2008
37
Iron Man (2008)
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The Favor (2008)
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As occasionally entertaining as it can be, Guantanamo Bay is essentially a bawdier -- but, sadly, dumber -- version of its precursor.
Posted Apr 24, 2008
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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.
Posted Apr 24, 2008
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Deception (2008)
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Deal (2008)
Deal is fatally earnest: It honestly believes it's the first poker film to have a mentor character tell his young protégé that success in cards is similar to success in life.
Posted Apr 24, 2008
46
Body of War (2008)
47
88 Minutes (2008)
With its lumbering efforts at black humor and phony pretense to moral complexity, 88 Minutes is an ugly specimen on just about every front.
Posted Apr 17, 2008
48
Moviegoers may mistake The Life Before Her Eyes for an unduly long L'Oréal commercial featuring softly lit film stars moving languidly with swinging hair through overbearingly premonitory weather.
Posted Apr 17, 2008
49
You walk out of Beyond the Call admiring these humanitarians but not the movie about them -- unless you like films with lots of hugging.
Posted Apr 17, 2008
50
Prom Night (2008)