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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
Stop-Loss (2008)
2
Shelter (2007)
3
Partition (2007)
4
Walsh nearly redeems the whole thing: His eyes flicker with an intelligence that isn't in the script, and he graces his character with layers of inner life in a film that coasts on surfaces.
Posted Mar 27, 2008
5
Flawless (2008)
6
7
Nana (2005)
8
9
Beaufort (2008)
Cedar's film traffics in the mad illogic of battles whose long-forgotten purpose has hardened into mindless routine. But this hushed, atmospheric mood piece, intricately scripted by Cedar and novelist Ron Leshem, is no action picture.
Posted Mar 13, 2008
10
11
Warm, playful and inventive.
Posted Mar 13, 2008
12
Where writer-director Bethany Ashton really excels is in capturing the complex dynamics of small-town life.
Posted Mar 13, 2008
13
Watching McDormand stretch out diphthongs that nonetheless obstinately refuse to budge from mid-Atlantic, all I could think was, what, the Emilys Blunt and Watson weren't available?
Posted Mar 6, 2008
14
Married Life (2008)
Maybe there's nothing more to say and American cinema has finally exhausted its ragging on the most maligned decade of the 20th century.
Posted Mar 6, 2008
15
Mandt directs and acts with great zest and contagious, unpretentious good cheer.
Posted Mar 6, 2008
16
Girls Rock! (2007)
17
CJ7 (2008)
If CJ7 is a slapstick action picture that doffs its cap to children's delight in casual brutality, it's also a sweet-tempered and oddly beautiful piece of schmaltz that sends up its own populist family values without ever betraying them.
Posted Mar 6, 2008
18
The tagline says it all: 'They can't get there fast enough.'
Posted Mar 6, 2008
19
The Urn (2008)
20
In principle, anyone who loves his open-ended sense of film performance as adventure...ought to thrill to Rivette's latest film. So why did I spend most of The Duchess of Langeais...fighting to stay awake?
Posted Feb 28, 2008
21
22
Vivere (2007)
I like writer-director Angelina Maccarone's ambition, but her technical ingenuity exceeds her grasp of potentially complex emotions, which get stuck in a groove of mawkish self-pity.
Posted Feb 28, 2008
23
Like a Tolstoyan epic.
Posted Feb 28, 2008
24
Romulus, My Father is a stacked deck determined to make you feel bad, but it rarely makes you feel anything else.
Posted Feb 28, 2008
25
Noah's Ark (2007)
It's finally nothing if not good-spirited.
Posted Feb 28, 2008
26
27
28
At its best -- and queasiest -- The Counterfeiters asks disturbing questions more commonly found in the survivor literature of Primo Levi or Bruno Bettelheim than at the movies.
Posted Feb 21, 2008
29
30
It's self-conscious in a way that distances us from the purportedly roiling emotions of the characters.
Posted Feb 21, 2008
31
Like its anodyne hero, Charlie Bartlett wants to make mischief, but it wants even more to get a gold star.
Posted Feb 21, 2008
32
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
33
Cover (2007)
34
The greatest mystery is how a movie peddling the bliss of moviemaking is absent any hint of joy.
Posted Feb 21, 2008
35
36
Unfortunately, the movie itself is only intermittently gripping.
Posted Feb 15, 2008
37
38
Precise camera setups, smarter-than-usual dialogue and fine, spontaneous-seeming ensemble work.
Posted Feb 7, 2008
39
Pretendiendo (2007)
Mori, whether buried in bad makeup or dropping jaws in a slinky number, turns out to be a fine actress who just happens to be a total knockout.
Posted Feb 7, 2008
40
41
Spiral (2007)
It's a wit-free homage to Hitchcock and M. Night Shyamalan that, for all its slick presentation, never comes close to hitting the mark of its forebears.
Posted Feb 7, 2008
42
It would be a shame if this smarmy, kiddie-pool-shallow bit of gimmickry were to be confused with clear-eyed satire.
Posted Feb 7, 2008
43
What you ultimately take from the film is the awareness that this smart, self-aware, uncensored kid has been playing to a camera in his own head since well before Venditti came along.
Posted Feb 7, 2008
44
In Bruges (2008)
45
Fool's Gold (2008)
46
47
The Eye (2008)
Ever had a premonition of imminent catastrophe, only to watch helplessly as the worst unfolds? You have if you saw the previews for this snoozer of a paranormal shocker and bought a ticket anyway.
Posted Feb 4, 2008
48
Caramel (2008)
Labaki treats her characters with wistful tenderness, raucous practicality, and enough romantic chutzpah to give almost every woman a moment, at least, when she can have exactly what she wants.
Posted Jan 31, 2008
49
Sitting through this strenuously bland floor show, I amused myself imagining all the flannel-shirted Juno misfits watching this dreary stuff aghast.
Posted Jan 31, 2008
50
As vehement in its stereotyping as World War II propaganda.
Posted Jan 31, 2008