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Rating
Title/Year
Author
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2
Whiplash (2014)
3
Nightcrawler (2014)
4
Gone Girl (2014)
5
Birdman (2014)
6
7
Snowpiercer (2014)
8
Boyhood (2014)
9
B-
What results has its moments of wily inspiration.
Posted Dec 14, 2014
10
It's the year's most go-for-broke movie -- weird, silly, sad, and the hardest I've laughed at anything that wasn't The Aristocrats.
Posted Dec 14, 2014
11
A-
Not since, well, Kings & Queen has calling something overstuffed been such a compliment.
Posted Dec 10, 2014
12
B
It's the kind of children's film that's easy to overrate, simply for not treating the younger contingent of its audience like ADD-addled freaks, but far easier to enjoy as the handiwork of a relaxed master filmmaker.
Posted Dec 8, 2014
13
B-
Hellboy II is all visuals. With little attempt to organically implement them into the plot, it's essentially nothing more than one awesome creature after another. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Posted Dec 8, 2014
14
B-
Tangled (2010)
The action that follows her escape is more frenetic than inventive, but the character of Rapunzel is a Disney masterpiece unto herself.
Posted Dec 8, 2014
15
Frozen (2013)
16
C+
The Princess and the Frog is never boring, and that's a bad thing. Once it gets going, it rarely slows down, as though doing so would mean parting ways with kids' attention spans -- or shine light on what's a pretty thin storyline.
Posted Dec 7, 2014
17
It comes to an end with class, dignity and a fair amount of relief on the part of yours truly.
Posted Nov 18, 2014
18
B-
Coraline (2009)
It would be difficult for any filmmaker to mimic Gaiman's seductively amusing and imaginative writing, and Selick, who also wrote the script, should be commended for not falling back on some golden-tongued narrator. But his Coraline could use more spunk.
Posted Nov 17, 2014
19
A-
20
B
Brand may not be as satisfying as The Heart of the World or Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary, but it's the first to suggest a dead-serious Maddin film may not be a bad thing.
Posted Oct 17, 2014
21
B+
Grey is no grand thespian, but she's an incredible presence: Her face projects an inner confidence while also radiating a subtle but unmistakable fragility.
Posted Oct 1, 2014
22
23
The Drop (2014)
24
Innocence (2014)
25
Borgman (2014)
26
Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis remains the benchmark of agenda-driven extravaganzas, stirring and fun in the right spots.
Posted Apr 1, 2014
27
28

29
Imagine if Elysium had a cooler older brother who dropped out of school and gets in trouble with the cops all the time, and you'll get the gist of director Henry Saine's Bounty Killer.
Posted Sep 6, 2013
30
Starlet (2012)
Sean Baker's Starlet almost miraculously transcends this story's cornball trappings, with a minor-key muted humanism and bruised emotions roiling just beneath the surface. It's a hushed marvel of a movie.

Posted Dec 5, 2012
31
The Other Dream Team becomes less a simple paean to the triumph of the human spirit and more an admission of life's complexity and messiness.
Posted Oct 26, 2012
32
Cabin is perfectly enjoyable without ever quite feeling like there's anything at stake.
Posted Sep 24, 2012
33
Cosmopolis (2012)
Like all the best Cronenberg pictures, Cosmopolis is a pitch-black comedy about man's foolhardy attempt to impose systems of order on nature's chaos.
Posted Aug 22, 2012
34
I still loved it, sometimes not just in spite of its flaws but because of them.
Posted Apr 18, 2012
35
What a surprise and delight then is first-timer Giuseppe Capotondi's The Double Hour.
Posted Jun 2, 2011
36
B
Centurion (2010)
Even for the seasoned gorehound, Marshall's films hack off body parts you've never seen hacked off before -- or ever thought you'd want to.
Posted Aug 27, 2010
37
The only thing it proves is that nerds can be just as shallow and mean-spirited as bullies.
Posted Aug 11, 2010
38
Get Low (2010)
Overdirecting in the worst amateur fashion, Schneider hard-sells a quaint story to the point where this allegedly humble little movie feels like it's puffing out its chest all the time.
Posted Aug 11, 2010
39
It's a sweet-natured, agreeable-enough diversion, with just enough high culture, rowdy comic relief and flirtations with historical import that it's comfort food for art-house patrons of a certain age.
Posted Aug 11, 2010
40
Between economic meltdowns and catastrophic oil spills, it's easy to forget we're still perched on the brink of nuclear annihilation, too...
Posted Aug 11, 2010
41
Had I known everyone was going to play to the back row, that's where I would've sat.
Posted Aug 11, 2010
42
It's a happy, horny movie that loves its characters and their messy human imperfections. You will, too.
Posted Aug 11, 2010
43
Inception (2010)
A huge movie full of meaty ideas and eye-popping special-effects, yet much like Dark Knight, the go-for-broke ambition becomes a bit of a grind.
Posted Jul 13, 2010
44
It'd be a half-hour long if she'd just pick up the damn phone and answer a question or two.
Posted Jul 13, 2010
45
I can't even tell you what this movie is about. How many more chances are we going to give this guy?
Posted Jul 13, 2010
46
Continues the mopey saga of sparkly vampires, shirtless werewolves and a heroine so cloyingly vapid she makes Carrie Bradshaw seem generous and self-aware.
Posted Jul 13, 2010
47
If you dig the mushy, muffled sound of a man's fist slamming into a woman's mottled face while her jawbone quietly shatters, this is the movie for you.
Posted Jul 13, 2010
48
Cyrus (2010)
John C. Reilly gives his most naturalistic, human-scaled performance since his '90s work with P.T. Anderson.
Posted Jul 13, 2010
49
The film is an endearing dinosaur, more suited for a museum than a multiplex...
Posted Jul 13, 2010
50
Here's where I'm contractually obligated to refer to her performance as 'brave,' as that's trusty film-critic shorthand for 'naked a lot.'
Posted Jul 13, 2010