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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/5
A more complex, beautiful film than one had dared to hope. I'll never giggle at yodelling again.
Posted Jul 10, 2009
2
3/5
The film may not be a masterpiece but it is tender, truthful and acted with great sensitivity.
Posted Jul 10, 2009
3
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
4
3/5
5
4/5
Bruno (2009)
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
4/5
10
3/5
Much demented laughter and lavish screams of terror decorate José Mojica Marins's outré Brazilian horror.
Posted Jul 3, 2009
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
3/5
15
3/5
Though there's not much of a story, the animation is expert and imaginative.
Posted Jul 3, 2009
16
5/5
Katyn (2009)
17
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
18
2/5
Soi Cowboy (2008)
It mostly maintains an artful minimalism you will either find subtle or terminally boring.
Posted Jun 16, 2009
19
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
20
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
21
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
22
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
23
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
24
4/5
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
3/5
29
2/5
30
3/5
31
3/5
32
2/5
12 Rounds (2009)
Apart from the palpably improbable storyline, Harlan shows a massive disregard for characterisation, and so much bang-bang editing that you scarcely know where you are.
Posted Jun 2, 2009
33
4/5
34
1/5
Obsessed (2009)
A dim reworking of Fatal Attraction, directed with anonymous efficiency.
Posted May 29, 2009
35
3/5
36
5/5
37
3/5
Tormented (2009)
38
4/5
39
3/5
40
3/5
41
3/5
Awaydays (2009)
42
4/5
43
3/5
Tetro (2009)
Tetro is huge in its ambition, frequently operatic in its style and, on balance, impressive in its achievement.
Posted May 18, 2009
44
4/5
This is the nearest he will ever get to a feelgood movie, and may well become one of his most successful.
Posted May 18, 2009
45
2/5
Viva (2007)
46
4/5
Bright Star (2009)
Bright Star, a story of loss and love illustrated by poetry, seldom does more than gently move us. It is a fine film to look at and listen to but there are heights it fails to scale.
Posted May 15, 2009
47
3/5
Synecdoche (pronounced Sih-neck-doh-kee, by the way) is beautifully acted throughout, scripted by Kaufman with the same valorous unorthodoxy as his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and shot with real panache.
Posted May 15, 2009
48
2/5
49
4/5
Fish Tank (2010)
Well enough written and directed, and certainly acted, to prove a compassionate and in the end and optimistic study of an underclass who, despite everything, refuse to succumb to their circumstances.
Posted May 14, 2009
50
4/5
Up (2009)