Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish (2011)
"The writer-director has bitten off a bit more than she can chew but this is a must-see for anybody who loves the sound of Yiddish, as well as those interested in Jewish culture in general. The young actors, renegades from the Satmar, are superb."
Crime After Crime (2011)
Dark Days (2000)
"Although I have become inured to Hollywood hype over the years, this is truly an incredible journey. The documentary is great for six year olds and sixty-six year old codgers like me who care about the future of the planet and an amazing creature."
Battle for Brooklyn (2011)
"Despite what other critics have said here, the movie allows the developers equal time. Of course, they hoist themselves on their own petards which you would expect. Anyhow, this is must-seeing for those concerned about the stranglehold of the rich on NY."
"A both alarming and inspiring tale of the humble creature that has been around for 150 million years and is essential to our existence. A marvelous documentary incorporating investigative reporting and an artist's vision of nature."
Viva Riva! (2011)
"This is on my short list for best movie of 2011. Considering the obstacles that the director had to face, this is a stunning achievement. This is a film noir for the ages, and as auspicious a debut as the Coen Brothers' "Blood Simple"."
Rejoice & Shout (2011)
"Rejoice over this film! It is a stunning introduction to an art form developed in the Black community that has had universal influences. Without gospel, there is no rhythm-and-blues. Without rhythm-and-blues, there is no rock-and-roll."
City of Life and Death (2011)
The Wackness (2008)
Despicable Me (2010)
"Mostly worth seeing for its elegant "old school" cels. However, the relationship between the elderly magician and the girl who tags along with him is never very moving despite all the intentions of the screenwriter and director."
Toy Story 3 (2010)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
"A totally enthralling movie that despite using well-worn themes seems totally fresh. Beautiful to behold and always witty, this is what I would have nominated as best film of 2010 had I seen it in time."
Nostalgia for the Light (2011)
The Big Uneasy (2010)
City of Life and Death (2011)
"Recommended with qualifications, chief among them is the lack of context. What made the Japanese act so barbarically? You are left with the implicit assumption that they were practically born that way. "
Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)
"Too ironic by half, this film is hobbled most of all by principal Thierry Guetta, that I find insufferably banal. As a satire on a market-driven art world, it is fairly toothless. Why it has garnered rave reviews is the biggest puzzle of all."
Make Believe (2011)
The Extra Man (2010)
A Screaming Man (2011)
Top of the World (1999)
"While covering the same terrain as "Restrepo", it deserves a wide audience since it will remind us of the continuing nightmare of Afghanistan that continues unabated under Republican and Democrat alike."
Blank City (2011)
"Now mostly forgotten, the 50 and older veterans of this experimental film movement were our generation's counterpart of the Dadaists and surrealists of the 20s and 30s resisting in their own manner a decadent capitalist system. A superb documentary."
Safe House (1999)
My Family's Secret (2010)
Family Viewing (1987)
Truth About Love (2005)
Meek's Cutoff (2011)
Secrets Of The Tribe (2009)
My Perestroika (2011)
"Strongly influenced by Michael Apted's "Up" series, this is a supremely apolitical film about some truly momentous events. With its "hip" triumphalism over the fall of the USSR, it seems a bit dated given the course of events over the past 3 years."
The Green Hornet (2011)
"Seeing this movie in 3-D adds nothing to the experience. The most in-your-face thing about the movie is the crippling insecurity of all the main players, which rendered it painfully difficult to care about them. Waltz is delightful."
No Strings Attached (2011)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
The Desert Of Forbidden Art (2011)