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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2.5/4
You ride along with inconsistencies because Ranger is building toward a final showdown. When that showdown disappoints, you feel every minute of the film's 2 1/2-hour length.
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2
3/4
World War Z (2013)
Pitt has hidden his inner John Wayne-Bruce Willis for too long. In the highly engaging World War Z, he proves to be a capable, winning and -- in the great American film tradition -- exceptionally hard-to-kill action hero.
Posted Jun 21, 2013
3
2.5/4
Man of Steel (2013)
Man of Steel contains little fun apart from the visceral thrill of seeing objects smashed in one of its endless action sequences.
Posted Jun 13, 2013
4
4/4
The great conceit of Polley's theories of perspective and truth is that she, as director, ultimately controlled everyone's memories because she arranged them on film.
Posted Jun 7, 2013
5
3.5/4
Frances Ha (2013)
A celebration of cinema, New York City and the distinctive charms of actress Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha was co-written by Gerwig and its director, Noah Baumbach, and it's the best film either has made.
Posted Jun 7, 2013
6
2.5/4
Admission (2013)
The tone and story lack such solidity. Opportunities for moments between Portia and Jeremiah go wasted.
Posted May 31, 2013
7
2/4
"Spring Breakers" might engender multiple viewings and a cult status à la "Scarface." Korine, unfortunately, jumps the gun by frequently repeating lines of Franco's dialogue in voiceover, as if "Spring Breakers" already is on repeat.
Posted May 28, 2013
8
Phil Spector (2013)
The movie broadens from Spector's legal case into larger explorations of prejudices people can harbor about celebrities and eccentrics. The result is a thoughtful, sometimes fascinating, purposefully inconclusive character study.
Posted May 28, 2013
9
3/4
The funny, warm-hearted "Wizard of Oz" prequel "Oz the Great and Powerful" veers far enough from the Yellow Brick Road paved by the original film to avoid dangerous direct comparisons.
Posted May 28, 2013
10
4/4
"Zero Dark Thirty" shows guts in taking on loaded subject matter and filmmaking confidence and skill in not telling us how we should feel about it.
Posted May 28, 2013
11
2.5/4
Lincoln (2012)
Spielberg and Kushner lend the House scenes so much vigor that "Lincoln" comes fully alive for about half an hour. Then Spielberg tacks on three addenda, and thus dissipates the good will that has developed on both sides of the movie-theater aisle.
Posted May 28, 2013
12
4/4
Life of Pi (2012)
Teenage acting newcomer Suraj Sharma, discovered through a casting call in India, gives Pi an earnestness and toughness that ground this elaborate story.
Posted May 28, 2013
13
"Unexpected Journey" runs nearly three hours. That gives Jackson plenty of time to revive its magic [which he does] by triggering our good will toward the "Rings" trilogy. He evokes the trilogy's tone and its rhythms.
Posted May 24, 2013
14
2/4
The fear, anger and betrayal in Jackson's eyes, when Stephen feels his place is threatened, says more about the cruelties of slavery than the ultra- violent, sickening passages of "Django Unchained."
Posted May 23, 2013
15
3.5/4
Skyfall (2012)
It is not the breath of fresh air that was 2006's "Casino Royale," but it is nearly as satisfying.
Posted May 23, 2013
16
4/4
The Master (2012)
The film never lags. It is too gorgeous, too expertly acted, and above all, too well directed and written. Nearly devoid of exposition, "The Master" unfolds seamlessly and naturally.
Posted May 23, 2013
17
3/4
The bigger standouts are scenes of character transformation. these moments alone are worth the price of admission. They are the reason to keep seeing summer blockbusters on a big screen. There are few new ideas, but still plenty of new thrills.
Posted May 23, 2013
18
3.5/4
Gloom never looked as good as it does in the mesmerizing "The Dark Knight Rises."
Posted May 17, 2013
19
3.5/4
The filmmakers' devotion to Collins' page-turner will please the book's fans and anyone who likes action, sci-fi, social commentary or a female protagonist with smarts, compassion and survival skills.
Posted May 17, 2013
20
3.5/4
"Place Beyond the Pines" will not lift spirits. Yet there are hints of hope attached to the film's view that change is possible -- if people can just get out of their own way.
Posted May 17, 2013
21
3/4
Brave (2012)
22
Given how much better the movie's calmer, more emotional scenes play than the hyper-kinetic ones, Luhrmann's visual fervor suggests less of a style than a crisis of confidence.
Posted May 9, 2013
23
2.5/4
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Often entertaining yet exhausting.
Posted May 2, 2013
24
25
2.5/4
The Proposal (2009)
The Proposal often lies flat where it should spark, with director Fletcher failing to maximize her talented cast's potential. The timing is off in several scenes, and a would-be outrageous character inspires more eye rolls than laughs.
Posted Jun 19, 2009
26
2/4
Pelham 1 2 3 ultimately plays as too old-school and low- tech to compete with the summer's other big action films.
Posted Jun 12, 2009
27
2/4
Steven Soderbergh's study of a high-priced Manhattan call girl through the prism of the economic crisis, is meta enough to intrigue yet too removed to truly engage.
Posted Jun 5, 2009
28
2.5/4
The Hangover (2009)
It distinguishes itself from other what-happens-in-Vegas comedies (practically a subgenre at this point) by setting an especially vivid scene and telling an actual story instead of pasting together random shenanigans the way many modern comedies do.
Posted Jun 5, 2009
29
2/4
Rarely allowing substance to interfere with style, filmmaker Rian Johnson occasionally amuses but mostly frustrates with his con-job fantasia The Brothers Bloom.
Posted May 29, 2009
30
4/4
Up (2009)
With Ratatouille, WALL-E and now Up, Pixar Animation Studios has graduated from moviedom's finest animation house to its most consistent producer of great cinematic art, period.
Posted May 29, 2009
31
3/4
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian throws everything -- history, high jinks, lots of famous faces in supporting roles -- at the museum walls to see what sticks. Happily, much of it does.
Posted May 22, 2009
32
Christian Bale should have taken a vacation instead.
Posted May 21, 2009
33
3/4
Rudo y Cursi (2009)
The lead characters might flirt with spiritual and emotional ruin, but Cuarón's filming style is so lively, and Luna and García Bernal's performances so full of energy, that the picture is fun even when it probably shouldn't be.
Posted May 15, 2009
34
2/4
Angels & Demons might cause controversy among viewers who like their Tom Hanks films to be of some substance.
Posted May 15, 2009
35
3.5/4
Star Trek (2009)
Abrams' Star Trek strikes a beautiful balance, with enough allusions to Trek mythology to please longtime fans and enough 21st century verve to wow even those viewers who know nothing of Star Trek.
Posted May 8, 2009
36
2.5/4
Another action film that doesn't fulfill its potential.
Posted May 1, 2009
37
3/4
The Soloist (2009)
Downey, Foxx and director Joe Wright ultimately pierce the more artificial elements to deliver an unusually perceptive film.
Posted Apr 24, 2009
38
Sin Nombre (2009)
A very southern modern Western, the Spanish-language Sin Nombre offers a treacherous frontier, a conflicted outlaw and fine performances by actors with whom the camera clearly is besotted.
Posted Apr 17, 2009
39
A serviceable thriller -- one that's tensely paced and enjoyable before the script betrays audience trust.
Posted Apr 17, 2009
40
2.5/4
A sophisticated comedy about an unhinged doofus, Observe and Report falters under the weight of its ambitions.
Posted Apr 10, 2009
41
1.5/4
As superfluous sequels go, Fast & Furious makes Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo seem vital.
Posted Apr 3, 2009
42
3/4
Filled with likable actors and 1980s pop songs, Adventureland ambles, entertains and ... ends ... without ever trying to be more than a tribute to odd jobs, unlikely friends and hanging out.
Posted Apr 3, 2009
43
2.5/4
Sunshine Cleaning is a small film with small storytelling problems that eventually add up.
Posted Mar 27, 2009
44
3/4
Overall, Monsters vs. Aliens is pleasing without being especially hilarious. Some lines fall flat, and a few bits involving B.O.B. are overused. But a lack of zingers is forgivable in a movie of such visual accomplishment.
Posted Mar 27, 2009
45
2.5/4
Duplicity (2009)
Duplicity probably improves on second viewing, when one is better acquainted with the basic story. Yet the film is not good enough to see twice â" the Catch-22 of all entertaining but muddled movies.
Posted Mar 20, 2009
46
2.5/4
A bang-up comedy for about 40 minutes that hits, misses and meanders after that.
Posted Mar 20, 2009
47
2/4
The head-cracking, explosions and gunplay eventually get out of hand, considering that, revamp or no revamp, Witch Mountain is still a Disney film aimed squarely at kids.
Posted Mar 13, 2009
48
4/4
The current economic crisis has turned this fictional story of one woman's string of bad luck into a tale that seems real and relatable.
Posted Mar 6, 2009
49
Watchmen (2009)
This adaptation of the acclaimed 1980s graphic novel never fully satisfies, despite powerful fight scenes and one superb performance.
Posted Mar 5, 2009
50
In Un Secret, French filmmaker Claude Miller expertly weaves together a family history, merging the personal and political, the celebratory and the tragic, while incorporating three distinct time periods.
Posted Feb 27, 2009