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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
Hitchcock (2012)
A great actor should not seem, but be. Mirren simply is, and she takes Hitchcock up a notch with every look and line.
Posted Dec 7, 2012
2
2/4
Where we ought to see a soul-freezing sense of paralysis, followed by a torrent of passion for an inappropriate man, we get a generalized kind of melancholy and neediness suited to Real Housewives of St. Petersburg.
Posted Nov 30, 2012
3
3/4
Citadel (2012)
Writer-director Ciaran Foy knows his job, even if he's never done it before -- this is his feature debut -- and he handles it well.
Posted Nov 30, 2012
4
3.5/4
Until the characters can take their needs seriously and laugh at themselves, at least a little, they're not going to be healthy. Playbook traces all their journeys from stubborn self-assertion to a fragile connectedness that might lead to lasting bonds.
Posted Nov 21, 2012
5
3.5/4
Life of Pi (2012)
The sense of wonder, the ability to believe the impossible because artists dreamed it into form so beautifully and powerfully, is always present.
Posted Nov 21, 2012
6
3/4
The movie doesn't need to preach a "we're all equal" message. When we watch the boys bond with their new kin over food or music, then see the lines of Palestinians plodding through armed checkpoints to reach jobs or visit Israeli friends, we get the point.
Posted Nov 16, 2012
7
4/4
Lincoln (2012)
Day-Lewis, an Everest among actors, disappears into his part after the first few scenes. He makes us forget all others who have played the part or could have played it this time while making us think about Abraham Lincoln in a new way.
Posted Nov 15, 2012
8
3.5/4
Skyfall (2012)
The filmmakers expertly balance historical homages and modern action.
Posted Nov 8, 2012
9
3.5/4
Depressingly credible.
Posted Oct 26, 2012
10
2/4
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Flashes of storytelling brilliance break through a philosophic murk with feeble irregularity.
Posted Oct 25, 2012
11
2.5/4
Alex Cross (2012)
There's just enough genuine emotion to connect us with the characters, whether we watch Perry as the quietly dogged Cross or Edward Burns as his lifelong friend and investigative partner.
Posted Oct 18, 2012
12
4/4
Argo (2012)
The film offers bitter food for thought at a time when the Middle East is going through yet another frantically incendiary period.
Posted Oct 11, 2012
13
3/4
Satrapi and Parronnaud give us clues but no solution. The fun, for those of us who like fairy tales, is in guessing.
Posted Oct 5, 2012
14
2.5/4
Burton's cleverness hides a lack of purpose.
Posted Oct 5, 2012
15
3.5/4
Looper (2012)
The leads blend as seamlessly as any young-old character coupling I've seen.
Posted Sep 27, 2012
16
3.5/4
Searching for Sugar Man reminds us that a wise man knows lasting riches are never the result of record sales.
Posted Sep 21, 2012
17
3.5/4
The Master (2012)
Anderson tells this story slowly, inexorably, with a sense of control I've never felt from him before.
Posted Sep 21, 2012
18
3/4
Unforgivable (2012)
Though the movie lasts a reasonably brief 107 minutes, Téchiné is in no hurry to reveal his characters. We're still learning about them in the last few scenes, and our loyalties and attractions change.
Posted Sep 7, 2012
19
3/4
When Lee preaches in Red Hook Summer, the movie bumps along, though it's reasonably entertaining. But when he decides to teach us about the human heart, it becomes a potent experience.
Posted Aug 31, 2012
20
3.5/4
Premium Rush (2012)
The simple, utterly satisfying Premium Rush delivers just what the title promises.
Posted Aug 24, 2012
21
4/4
ParaNorman (2012)
What was the last animated movie you could relate to German expressionist cinema, Alfred Hitchcock, Night of the Living Dead and B-movie horror of the 1950s? That's right -- none.
Posted Aug 16, 2012
22
1.5/4
Paul Greengrass directed the second and third Jason Bourne films brilliantly but refused to go on, joking that any fourth installment would have to be called The Bourne Redundancy. Little did he know how true that would turn out to be.
Posted Aug 9, 2012
23
3.5/4
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Faster, funnier and wilder, with more cunningly contrived computer effects.
Posted Aug 6, 2012
24
2/4
Total Recall (2012)
Wiseman has no interest in telling this story via words or emotions. He can advance things only by propulsion, through an incessant series of fights, chases and shootouts.
Posted Aug 3, 2012
25
3.5/4
Even the title holds a surprise.
Posted Jul 26, 2012
26
3/4
Director Christopher Nolan, who wrote the script with brother Jonathan, gets so many of the big things right that I wished they had taken more time with the little ones.
Posted Jul 19, 2012
27
3.5/4
[Quvenzhané Wallis] gives a terrific performance. She's not merely natural, like many good child actors; she inhabits this indomitable girl, who's innocent and philosophic and primal by turns.
Posted Jul 18, 2012
28
3.5/4
Did we need another Spider-Man this quickly? Debatable. But if you wanted a new interpretation -- especially one where story and action stay in the right balance -- this is it.
Posted Jul 2, 2012
29
3.5/4
Writer-director Scafaria avoids so many pitfalls that I'm tempted to praise the movie for what it doesn't do.
Posted Jun 21, 2012
30
2.5/4
Rock of Ages (2012)
It vacillates between popcorn silliness and faux profundity for two hours, until it finally runs out of breath.
Posted Jun 14, 2012
31
2/4
Prometheus (2012)
If you name your movie after the titan in Greek mythology who stole fire from the Gods and shared it with mankind, you'd better cast a lot of light. Prometheus leaves us in the dark.
Posted Jun 8, 2012
32
2.5/4
If it's not nearly as fresh and clever as the 1997 Men in Black, it restores a bit of luster to the series after the dud sequel of 2002.
Posted May 24, 2012
33
2/4
Dark Shadows (2012)
Depp summons every type of behavior Burton requires: heroism, zaniness, longing, wit, ferocity, sexuality, icy resolve. Had they stuck to one or two of these, we might have had a terrific film.
Posted May 10, 2012
34
3.5/4
Everything about the film sets exactly the right tone, from the unforced and winning performances by the main children to the wintry cinematography to Fellag's quietly rueful performance.
Posted May 10, 2012
35
3/4
Fortunately, Whedon spends enough of his time on characterizations to keep us engaged.
Posted May 3, 2012
36
3.5/4
Footnote (2012)
Cedar is mostly interested in the father-son dynamics, and he cast excellent actors.
Posted Apr 26, 2012
37
3.5/4
In Darkness (2012)
Though the film seems a bit long at almost two and a half hours, Holland needs that time to make the huddled cluster of Jews distinguishable as individuals.
Posted Apr 20, 2012
38
3.5/4
Most horror movies adhere to genre conventions, subvert them or spoof them. Producer Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard, who wrote the screenplay together, do all three at top speed.
Posted Apr 13, 2012
39
2/4
Julia Roberts' archly evil queen remains as jaw-droppingly dull as her costumes are jaw-droppingly gaudy. Watching her, we can only wonder what Glenn Close or Meryl Streep might have done in this role 15 years ago.
Posted Mar 30, 2012
40
2.5/4
Where Collins' book paid careful attention to detail, Ross pays far too little. Characters never become exhausted or desperate or gaunt; they don't even get chapped lips or broken nails.
Posted Mar 22, 2012
41
3/4
A raucous, obscene comedy that sustains its single strong joke for an extraordinarily long time.
Posted Mar 15, 2012
42
3/4
John Carter (2012)
This hodgepodge falls together neatly, because we know the film will go exactly where we want it to go, right down to the intervention by a faithful, comic animal sidekick (a Pixar specialty).
Posted Mar 9, 2012
43
3.5/4
A Separation (2011)
The story has no winners, and the daringly ambiguous ending defies simple conclusions. Even the title can be taken multiple ways.
Posted Mar 2, 2012
44
4/4
Pina (2011)
Most documentaries put us inside people's heads. The dazzling, experimental Pina puts us inside people's feet.
Posted Feb 10, 2012
45
2/4
Safe House (2012)
Crash. Kick. Stab. Punch. Talk (briefly). Smash. Chase. Screech. Shoot. Mumble. That's the wearying pattern of Safe House.
Posted Feb 9, 2012
46
3.5/4
The expressive Radcliffe looks Byronic, with his high collar, haunted eyes and five o'clock stubble; he's a good match for Hinds, whose beefy stolidity keeps the younger man grounded.
Posted Feb 2, 2012
47
2.5/4
The Grey (2012)
It makes for an occasionally suspenseful, if credibility-stretching, thriller with a strong, emotional performance from Neeson at its core.
Posted Jan 26, 2012
48
2.5/4
Whenever the film totters toward sentimentality, young Horn snatches it back.
Posted Jan 19, 2012
49
3.5/4
Director Tomas Alfredson has boiled the story down skillfully to a third of that length and infused it with the wry, energy-sapping dread so often found in modern Scandinavian cinema.
Posted Jan 6, 2012
50
2/4
Like the jokes and frenetic action, the entire movie is juvenile.
Posted Dec 19, 2011