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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/5
Mad, Sad & Bad, it must be said, is not made with any great flair. But Luthra extracts good performances from his cast and his writing gives them something to do once the story gets going.
Posted Jul 31, 2009
2
2/5
It's not clear whether the director, Brad Silberling, is camping it up or simply trying to get through it all without too much strain.
Posted Jul 31, 2009
3
2/5
G-Force (2009)
Nowhere near the originality of anything from Pixar.
Posted Jul 31, 2009
4
2/5
Well-acted but increasingly either melodramatic or just plain dull.
Posted Jul 31, 2009
5
2/5
Tony Scott's remake of the semi-classic of 1974 begins and ends badly.
Posted Jul 31, 2009
6
2/5
7
5/5
Sergio Leone's 1969 masterwork, in which he pulls together most of the themes of his three Dollar films, and also contributes one of the most famous credit sequences in history, will wet your lips all over again.
Posted Jul 24, 2009
8
3/5
It's melodrama, and sometimes absurdist. But there's a sense of humour too and while it trips over itself in the effort to be original, it is an impressive piece of film-making all the same.
Posted Jul 24, 2009
9
1/5
Painful in the extreme, showing how even the best actor can be made uncomfortable by clumsy direction.
Posted Jul 24, 2009
10
3/5
I have never been quite sure why this $30 million comedy made by John Landis in 1980 became such a cult.
Posted Jul 24, 2009
11
3/5
Skin (2009)
You could hardly call this a timely film but it does remind us of the evils of racism and the misery it causes.
Posted Jul 24, 2009
12
2/5
The Proposal (2009)
This turns out to be another bad choice for Bullock who, without playing badly, sinks in the general morass.
Posted Jul 24, 2009
13
1/5
Antichrist (2009)
14
3/5
Jordan gives all this an entirely appropriate sheen and the cast play well through glazed eyes. The film will fascinate those who love to see the tormented lives of those who seem luckier than the rest of us.
Posted Jul 17, 2009
15
4/5
Frozen River (2008)
Everything about the film looks and feels authentic, from the desolate landscape dotted with trailers and fast-food joints to the people who populate a borderland that offers none of them much hope.
Posted Jul 17, 2009
16
3/5
Moon (2009)
Jones, as writer and director, has fashioned a good-looking, claustrophobic piece despite his limited resources.
Posted Jul 17, 2009
17
3/5
18
4/5
Soul Power (2009)
This is musical history that deserves to be placed alongside the best of its era.
Posted Jul 10, 2009
19
3/5
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee proves that The Ballad of Jack and Rose was no fluke and that Miller can produce work just as good as the best of recent American independent cinema.
Posted Jul 10, 2009
20
4/5
Paul Schrader's 1985 biopic necessarily guts his controversial life - but the visual style is superb.
Posted Jul 10, 2009
21
3/5
Ichi (2008)
Fumihiko Sori's attempt to make an original addition to the Zatoichi martial arts franchise never reaches the virtuosity of Takeshi Kitano's original. Needless to say, the fight scenes are better than the dialogue.
Posted Jul 10, 2009
22
1/5
Fired Up (2009)
This is not made for anyone with more than a sprinkling of intelligence.
Posted Jul 10, 2009
23
3/5
A more complex, beautiful film than one had dared to hope. I'll never giggle at yodelling again.
Posted Jul 10, 2009
24
3/5
The film may not be a masterpiece but it is tender, truthful and acted with great sensitivity.
Posted Jul 10, 2009
25
4/5
The smallest detail is given due weight, and we feel we begin to know these people. The cast seldom puts a foot wrong. Denis has never made a more resonant film.
Posted Jul 10, 2009
26
3/5
27
4/5
Bruno (2009)
28
3/5
Rudo y Cursi (2009)
Cuaron's mixture of near farce and realism works well most of the time, though there are moments when the narration suffers from too many meaningless metaphors.
Posted Jul 3, 2009
29
3/5
My Sister's Keeper becomes a well-heeled weepie in which the family's comfortable existence, despite the misfortunes of fate, is hardly challenged at all.
Posted Jul 3, 2009
30
2/5
Year One (2009)
Wit occasionally gets a look-in but it isn't often, while Black's ebullient over-playing and Cera's nervy wimpishness make a partnership that often seems about to make you laugh.
Posted Jul 3, 2009
31
4/5
32
3/5
Much demented laughter and lavish screams of terror decorate José Mojica Marins's outré Brazilian horror.
Posted Jul 3, 2009
33
4/5
Its subject now reveals itself as political and social freedom in Castro's Cuba and this is what makes it an intelligent companion piece to Memories of Underdevelopment, Alea's earlier film.
Posted Jul 3, 2009
34
2/5
There's not enough about the conflicts between Paul and those who controlled his records but this is a fan-like yet not too oleaginous tribute.
Posted Jul 3, 2009
35
2/5
The plot is total rubbish, and no amount of slick film-making can make you believe it is worth all the blood and gore we have to sit through.
Posted Jul 3, 2009
36
3/5
37
3/5
Though there's not much of a story, the animation is expert and imaginative.
Posted Jul 3, 2009
38
5/5
Katyn (2009)
39
2/5
Spectacular and totally meaningless, like a video game transposed to the big screen and worked by a maniacal enthusiast.
Posted Jun 19, 2009
40
2/5
Soi Cowboy (2008)
It mostly maintains an artful minimalism you will either find subtle or terminally boring.
Posted Jun 16, 2009
41
3/5
The numerous battle scenes, culminating in the famous Battle of Red Cliff, prove Woo is an action director par excellence.
Posted Jun 16, 2009
42
3/5
It is tightly constructed and successfully portrays the underlying tension between Edinburgh's newly prosperous and those who never had anything and never will.
Posted Jun 16, 2009
43
3/5
The Hangover (2009)
This is an above par effort, excellently played and just naughty enough to be thought daring as well as amusingly spiteful.
Posted Jun 16, 2009
44
1/5
Doghouse (2009)
You could say that this is one step up from the ghastly Lesbian Vampire Killers, since it suggests they are getting what they deserve from the other sex. But that step is a short one.
Posted Jun 16, 2009
45
3/5
The End of the Line understates its case. If what it says is true, it does not seem angry enough. And does it really provide enough facts to underline its argument?
Posted Jun 12, 2009
46
4/5
47
3/5
There's nothing exceptional about any of this but it is well made, decently acted (Kruger is clearly a star in the making) and rachets up the tension with some skill.
Posted Jun 5, 2009
48
Shadows in the Sun unfurls as quietly as a mouse and could be accused of lacking urgency and bite. But it is well played.
Posted Jun 5, 2009
49
2/5
The problem lies in a sloppy screenplay and direction that's too slick to be credible. Added to that, while Thompson often makes acting look natural, Hoffman these days makes natural look like acting.
Posted Jun 5, 2009
50
3/5