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Rating Title/Year Author
Elektra (2005) John Hartl Even the action scenes flirt with tedium. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2015
Stand Up Guys (2012) Alonso Duralde But if you're in the mood to see a movie -- any movie -- featuring Pacino, Walken and Arkin, well ... here it is. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2013
Casino Jack (2010) Alonso Duralde [T]his year's non-fiction treatment of the Jack Abramoff story, Alex Gibney's Casino Jack and the United States of Money, crackles and engages where this docudrama falls flat. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2010
4/5 Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009) Alonso Duralde While Precious isn't perfect, it's a moving drama that gives veteran performer Mo'Nique and first-timer Gabourey Sidibe the opportunity to create indelibly-etched characterizations. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2009
2/5 The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) Alonso Duralde There are a handful of funny moments -- most of which appear in the trailer -- but overall, this is a film that would have benefited from someone staring at some rewrites. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2009
2/5 Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) Alonso Duralde Bob Hoskins looks just right as kind old Mr. Fezziwig, but that may be more of a testament to the actor's physiognomy than to the motion-capture process, which makes most of the film's cast look like they just sauntered out of Madame Tussauds. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2009
4/5 Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) Alonso Duralde To remember Jackson's singing voice at its finest, put his albums on; if you want to experience his breathtaking talent as a dancer and showman, in what would turn out to be the final weeks of his life, well, This Is It. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2009
1/5 Gentlemen Broncos (2009) Alonso Duralde Lacking any level of empathy or sympathy, however, Broncos becomes an exercise in disgust; this feels like art created by people who get their kicks tripping people on crutches. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2009
5/5 Astro Boy (2009) Alonso Duralde One of the most pleasant surprises I've had at the movies all year. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2009
2/5 Amelia (2009) Alonso Duralde Gere and McGregor are fine actors, but Nair uses them like the expendable males (Zachary Scott, Franchot Tone, et al) who stood back and let Bette Davis and Joan Crawford do all the heavy lifting back in the day. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2009
4/5 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) Alonso Duralde If this clever and stylish hybrid is your bucket of blood, then you'll certainly be clamoring for the further adventures of these bizarre and delightful freaks. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2009
1/5 Antichrist (2009) Alonso Duralde Frankly, von Trier, I don't give a damn. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2009
1/5 Motherhood (2009) Alonso Duralde What Eliza writes, like Motherhood itself, feels like a stale collection of harried-parent material that the bland comedy duo The Mommies milked dry more than a decade ago. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2009
3/5 Law Abiding Citizen (2009) Alonso Duralde The movie remains admittedly entertaining, mainly because it's so shamelessly ridiculous that you can't believe an Oscar-winning actor (Jamie Foxx) can get through this thing with a straight face. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2009
4/5 Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Alonso Duralde There's so very much to like about Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers' adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved book Where the Wild Things Are, but it winds up being a well-crafted vehicle that never soars. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2009
2/5 Trucker (2008) Alonso Duralde Were it not for Michelle Monaghan's convincingly dirt-under-the-fingernails performance in the title role, there would be absolutely nothing about the film to distinguish it from dozens of other movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2009
4/5 An Education (2009) Alonso Duralde Even if the story gets derailed, the early part of the ride is such fun that you'll want to take the journey. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2009
2/5 The Invention of Lying (2009) Alonso Duralde There are a few funny bits sprinkled throughout, but the premise of the movie never goes anywhere particularly interesting, even with the potentially outrageous subplot regarding religion as an outgrowth of chicanery. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2009
3/5 Zombieland (2009) Alonso Duralde There's a lot to bite into here, but it's a film that doesn't always live up to its own dizzying potential. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2009
4/5 Whip It (2009) Alonso Duralde ...a fun female-empowerment movie that marks an impressively crowd-pleasing directorial debut for Drew Barrymore. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2009
5/5 A Serious Man (2009) Alonso Duralde If Philip Roth and Franz Kafka sat down to write an adaptation of the Book of Job, the result might be something like A Serious Man. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2009
4/5 Surrogates (2009) Alonso Duralde Director Jonathan Mostow makes the proceedings such fun that you're willing to forfeit the smart satire this might have been for the trashy adventure flick that it is. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2009
2/5 Fame (2009) Alonso Duralde Thanks to the blitheringly awful script -- credited screenwriter Allison Burnett disavows it, and he willingly put his name on Feast of Love and Untraceable -- we barely get to know any of the young lead characters. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2009
4/5 Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) Alonso Duralde Provides lots of insights and enraging bits of information while, ultimately, coming off as somewhat amorphous. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2009
2/5 Jennifer's Body (2009) Alonso Duralde Cody's sophomore effort shows no real feel for teen comedy or teen horror; somebody undid her doodle. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2009
3/5 The Informant! (2009) Alonso Duralde Marvin Hamlisch's goofy score all but bruises your ribs by jabbing you with "isn't this hilarious?" wackiness, but ultimately the cast plays it so straight that to respond with laughter almost feels like chuckling at a funeral. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2009
4/5 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Alonso Duralde Overstuffed with enough sight gags to delight children while throwing in healthy dollops of wordplay and absurdist humor to keep their adult chaperones entertained as well. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2009
2/5 Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009) Alonso Duralde Ultimately, we wind up with another Tyler Perry movie in which a wayward woman must learn to submit to two patriarchies: the nice blue-collar guy who's going to solve her problems, and Jesus. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2009
2/5 Whiteout (2009) Alonso Duralde If you want the real Whiteout experience, just read the book. Or ask the manager of your local 7-Eleven if you can play Clue in the beer cooler. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2009
4/5 9 (2009) Alonso Duralde While the grim and gritty post-apocalyptic setting -- call it Industrial Blight and Tragic -- make this PG-13 title very much not for little kids, 9 gets a lot of empathy and pathos from its cast of (literally) stitched-together characters. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2009
2/5 Gamer (2009) Alonso Duralde Where Neveldine/Taylor lose their way is by trying to marry their no-shot-lasts-longer-than-five-seconds style with overstuffed storytelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2009
1/5 All About Steve (2009) Alonso Duralde Frantic, inane, moronic and obnoxious, All About Steve ranks among the very worst movies of the year. The decade, even. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2009
3/5 Extract (2009) Alonso Duralde Judge is a brilliant chronicler of social absurdity, workplace humor and that uniquely American brand of doltishness, but he hasn't quite figured out how to channel his observations into sharp storytelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2009
3/5 The Final Destination (2009) Alonso Duralde The latest entry skimps on the series' strongest point, setting up the most obvious calamities. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2009
1/5 Halloween II (2009) Alonso Duralde For a filmmaker who began his career with relatively clever and visionary splatter films like House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, Zombie seems to be pursuing the path of least resistance. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2009
2/5 Taking Woodstock (2009) Alonso Duralde Eliot is conceived as something of a blank-slate character, and [Demetri] Martin isn't engaging enough to give anything but a blank-slate performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2009
4/5 Shorts (2009) Alonso Duralde Rodriguez never lets things get too noisy or chaotic to follow, and he wraps everything up in a satisfying resolution that even slips in a stealth moral or two. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2009
1/5 Post Grad (2009) Alonso Duralde The greatest actress in the history of drama couldn't make first-timer Kelly Fremon's sow's ear of a screenplay into a sow's ear sandwich, much less a silk purse. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2009
2/5 World's Greatest Dad (2009) Alonso Duralde World's Greatest Dad crushes a boldly funny concept with inert and bloodless filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2009
4/5 Inglourious Basterds (2009) Alonso Duralde Even if you wish Tarantino would calm down a bit and rely more on his considerable skills at straightforward storytelling, this World War II saga is undeniably suspenseful, violent and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2009
2/5 The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) Alonso Duralde I can only imagine that the scenes of a 40-something man getting chummy with his 6-year-old bride-to-be must have played better in the book. On film, it feels like To Catch a Time-Traveling Predator. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2009
5/5 Ponyo (2008) Alonso Duralde ...a sweetly lovable and visually trippy movie that young tots and their parents can enjoy in equal measure. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2009
3/5 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) Alonso Duralde I'll have forgotten most of it by Labor Day, but I was never bored. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2009
2/5 Paper Heart (2009) Alonso Duralde Paper Heart wallows in that irritating hipster preciousness known as "twee" for nearly its entire running time. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2009
4/5 Julie & Julia (2009) Alonso Duralde In the end, Julie & Julia doesn't stack up as much more than a pleasant summertime diversion, but it's hands down the best such trifle that Ephron has ever concocted. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2009
2/5 Adam (2009) Alonso Duralde [M]erely a Very Special Episode of a TV series I never wanted to watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2009
5/5 The Cove (2009) Alonso Duralde What makes The Cove so powerful is that it's not just an ecological horror show -- it's a real-life thriller that's as suspenseful as anything cooked up by Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2009
5/5 Funny People (2009) Alonso Duralde Prepare to laugh, yes, but also be ready to let Apatow take his good sweet time in telling his story. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2009
3/5 G-Force (2009) Alonso Duralde G-Force is short on wit, characterization and logic, but the car chases sure are breathtaking and just about everything blows up real good while the heroes run from the fireballs in slow motion. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2009
2/5 The Answer Man (2009) Alonso Duralde What's the point of giving us unsentimentalized and messed-up characters if you're just going to steer them all towards a tidy, unconvincing denouement? EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2009