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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/5
Burstein orchestrates their passage through school with some sympathy and no real revelations - except for the fact that she guesses, probably correctly, that most teenagers are nothing like as dangerous and bolshie as a lot of adults believe.
Posted Mar 6, 2009
2
3/5
3
2/5
The Unborn (2009)
The screenplay by Goyer himself, who wrote Blade and co-wrote The Dark Knight, this time doesn't limber up.
Posted Feb 27, 2009
4
1/5
New In Town (2009)
New In Town is rather like tapioca itself, soggy and virtually tasteless. It's like a Frank Capra movie with hardened arteries.
Posted Feb 27, 2009
5
3/5
Though The International starts decently enough, its flailing action set-pieces and dialogue such as "sometimes a man can meet his destiny on the road he took to avoid it" drag it down to a very pedestrian level.
Posted Feb 27, 2009
6
2/5
Franklyn (2008)
McMorrow is clearly an intriguing and talented British director but Franklyn is almost impossible to follow, thus wasting the talents of the good cast trying their best to make sense of it.
Posted Feb 27, 2009
7
4/5
The Class (2008)
To say this is an important film would perhaps be offputting - but it is, and please don't be offput.
Posted Feb 27, 2009
8
4/5
Gran Torino (2009)
Gran Torino is made without fuss and acted out with the kind of natural grace only a real titan of the cinema could manage. And Clint is a titan - one of the best directors in America and a performer whose range has extended mightily throughout his career
Posted Feb 19, 2009
9
2/5
The whole thing is a piece of romantic codswallop that relies on the ordinary but feisty charm of Fisher.
Posted Feb 19, 2009
10
3/5
It's expertly made, mind you, and features a performance from Benicio Del Toro, practically masked in whiskers, that is both brave and sincere, like the mistaken Che himself.
Posted Feb 19, 2009
11
2/5
Darnell Martin's film is distinguished by some more than adequate performances but drifts through the story of the record label.
Posted Feb 19, 2009
12
3/5
Even if you don't like metal, this is a movie to enjoy almost as much as Cut Loose and Mad Dog, their most faithful fans, undoubtedly will.
Posted Feb 19, 2009
13
3/5
Notorious (2009)
14
3/5
15
2/5
16
2/5
17
1/5
18
4/5

19
2/5
The production design gives us plenty for the eye but a dull screenplay and patchy editing hardly bring the fantasy to life.
Posted Feb 5, 2009
20
2/5
The whole resembles a soufflé which simply refuses to rise. Maybe I was just not that into it.
Posted Feb 5, 2009
21
3/5
Doubt (2008)
It does not make the most of what ought to be rather frightening and ultimately moving material.
Posted Feb 5, 2009
22
2/5
An intended tour de force, it is strangely unable to engage the emotions. In the end it amounts to an overweight movie that delivers less than its clever director, David Fincher, seems to think.
Posted Feb 5, 2009
23
3/5
Bolt (2008)
Even if it's a bit too knowing in places for children and a bit lightweight in others for adults, as a whole it gives Pixar every chance to show that even with a moderate story line it can give us something to savour.
Posted Feb 5, 2009
24
3/5
It's uneven, but memorable in its way.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
25
4/5
The book and the film may be nailed to their Fifties period (everyone seems to smoke perpetually) but what Revolutionary Road says about not so quietly desperate lives is still appropriate today.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
26
2/5
It's not a bad film; just not quite good enough to take hold.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
27
2/5
This may be the best movie he's made. It's in French, by the way.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
28
3/6
The Broken (2008)
Here is a film from a director with a little more imagination and skill than story-telling sense.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
29
3/5
Valkyrie (2008)
30
4/5
31
4/5
Milk (2008)
32
4/5
Frost/Nixon (2008)
33
2/5
Faintheart (2008)
34
2/5
You want to cringe as the picture begins, but you end up quite enjoying it.
Posted Jan 16, 2009
35
4/5
The Wrestler (2008)
The Wrestler is, in essence, an excellent B-movie centred upon a defiantly top-rate performance from Rourke.
Posted Jan 16, 2009
36
4/5
It's a fantasy with realist stud marks, full of energy, colour and, frankly, cliché.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
37
3/5
Sex Drive (2008)
It is played with gusto and each of the characters avoids stereotype. It is also genuinely funny at least half of the time. The other half is a bit prurient in a style with which we are all too familiar now.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
38
2/5
Role Models (2008)
Neither Rudd nor Scott are naturally funny performers, and neither are nearly as effective as their two young charges. Lynch's Sturdy Wings manager is easily the best bet for laughs.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
39
2/5
The film meanders along in conversational style, encouraging improvisational realism but also the thought that maybe these middle-class characters, not quite slackers, are less interesting than they, or the director, think they are.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
40
3/5
Defiance (2009)
Defiance remains a fantastic story. No one could doubt the sincerity of its telling. What Defiance lacks is simply an ability to make it come fully alive.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
41
1/5
Bride Wars (2009)
A story so ludicrous and soft-centred that none of the actors has much of a chance, and both comedy and romance seem stifled at birth. Everyone concerned seems to have given up halfway through. You can't blame them.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
42
4/5
The Reader (2008)
Winslet's intricate performance and Daldry's skills of persuasion make it a worthy memorial to its producers, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, the values of whose own films it faithfully replicates.
Posted Jan 5, 2009
43
3/5
If you discover a lot about the process and progress of the revolution, this is definitely not the cultural hero of myth, breathtakingly bathed in revolutionary light.
Posted Jan 5, 2009
44
2/5
Yes Man (2008)
45
2/5
Australia (2008)
Australia is a film for which you have constantly to suspend your disbelief. I did for some of the way, but in the end began to think it was a cross between the plonking Pearl Harbor and an expensive but routine sort of Oz western.
Posted Jan 5, 2009
46
3/5
Twilight (2008)
47
4/5
Gibney says the film took so much out of him that he limped into the Sundance Festival with a ruptured disc, a green liver and spots in his eyes that will not disappear. I hope he now thinks it worth the trouble. I'm pretty sure watchers will.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
48
3/5
A new score by Irving Berlin also contributed to its marzipan popularity. But it's the title song that really produced lasting gold. That and the fake snow.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
49
3/5
All the more astonishing because it is true and shot with some flair in Philipp Stölzl's film.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
50
4/5
As uncompromising as all his work and, though beautifully and often breathtakingly shot by fellow director Fred Keleman, is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Posted Dec 12, 2008