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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
War Horse (2011)
For certain movies, the adjectives "formulaic" and "predictable" are complimentary. War Horse is one of them.
Posted Dec 19, 2011
2
3.5/4
This film has two of Fincher's happiest trademarks: It's full of information and stretches over a remarkably long time (165 minutes), yet it's neither confusing nor overextended.
Posted Dec 19, 2011
3
3/4
Young Adult (2011)
It's funny, in a can't-look-away-from-the-train-wreck way, and it's brutally honest. But it's not pretty.
Posted Dec 15, 2011
4
3.5/4
Director Alexander Payne prefers to start a movie with one strike against him. He always picks a dislikable protagonist... Then, as he slowly gives characters self-awareness, he gives us reasons to watch and care about them.
Posted Nov 22, 2011
5
2.5/4
Watching Arthur Christmas is like doing your holiday shopping on Dec. 23: fun and frantic, exciting and maddening. You come away feeling warm-hearted and exhausted, wondering if more forethought might have led to a smoother, more satisfying experience.
Posted Nov 22, 2011
6
3.5/4
Martha Marcy burns itself into our memory banks.
Posted Nov 10, 2011
7
2.5/4
J. Edgar (2011)
What's the motivation for the earnest, handsome, well-acted, unenlightening, workaday J. Edgar in 2011?
Posted Nov 10, 2011
8
3/4
Anonymous (2011)
Anonymous is fun -- if you take the anti-Shakespearean tale as events set in an unreal, alternate universe.
Posted Nov 3, 2011
9
3/4
Take Shelter (2011)
Nichols builds unease from small, repeated details, and he has a terrific asset in Shannon: No modern actor seems as likely to snap and explode.
Posted Nov 3, 2011
10
3/4
The Dead (2011)
The Ford brothers' take on this tradition offers a fair number of shocks and the arm-chomping that is de rigueur mortis for this genre. Yet it has things to say, mostly by implication, before a finish that took me by surprise.
Posted Oct 14, 2011
11
3/4
Gosling relies on his now-frequent attitude of guarded impenetrability, but that's a reasonable choice for this part. And the performances around him are superb.
Posted Oct 6, 2011
12
3/4
50/50 (2011)
The movie deepens in the second half. Eisner based Adam on someone he knew extremely well, so the unsentimental dialogue rings true.
Posted Sep 29, 2011
13
3.5/4
Moneyball (2011)
It's tense, strangely funny in a lot of spots and -- if you grew up loving old-fashioned, seat-of-the-pants baseball, as I did -- the most depressing movie of the year.
Posted Sep 22, 2011
14
2.5/4
Creature (2011)
Creature is refreshingly and intentionally silly, in an era when horror has devolved mostly into torture porn and high-tech, computer-generated assaults on our senses.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
15
3/4
Drive (2011)
Refn favors long, quiet takes followed by intense, often horrifying outbursts; the movie has the same personality as the driver himself.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
16
3/4
The Debt (2011)
A small gem, stuck on the shelf for more than a year, pops out in the days of summer usually associated with dogs.
Posted Sep 1, 2011
17
3/4
One Day (2011)
Ordinarily, I object to previews that lead me to expect one movie yet deliver another. But when the picture I get is more complex and thought-provoking than the picture I had expected, the surprise always leaves me smiling.
Posted Aug 18, 2011
18
3/4
Marling's low-key performance anchors the film. She's in virtually every scene, and her face (which looks stunning or plain from different angles -- is always expressive, though she says little.
Posted Aug 18, 2011
19
4/4
Director David Yates has finally found an ideal combination of exposition and emotion in his fourth consecutive Potter project. Writer Steve Kloves... neither wastes a word nor leaves out any essentials.
Posted Jul 13, 2011
20
3.5/4
This is a fantasy along the lines of 9 to 5: coarser, less realistic about corporate culture, but just as much a fantasy of revenge for everyone humiliated or exploited by a supervisor.
Posted Jul 7, 2011
21
2/4
Larry Crowne (2011)
Inside this film, a poignant and personal story is struggling to get out. But it's couched in such awkward sentiments that it can't emerge.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
22
3/4
Incendies (2011)
The movie never feels long, partly because of Azabal's terrific performance.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
23
1.5/4
Cars 2 (2011)
For the first time in its 25-year history, Pixar has produced a picture that has no reason to exist -- other than the obvious monetary one, of course, or maybe director John Lasseter's desire to make a faux James Bond movie.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
24
2.5/4
Bad Teacher (2011)
The picture doesn't inspire or reward high expectations, but it raises smiles.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
25
2.5/4
The Beaver (2011)
As the movie grows darker, and Walter becomes more dissociated from reality, Gibson convincingly depicts a man who'll have to crack all the way before he can heal.
Posted Jun 16, 2011
26
2.5/4
[Malick] has reached high, all the way up to our maker. You can decide whether he came back with a profound examination of humanity or a fistful of fog.
Posted Jun 16, 2011
27
3/4
Super 8 (2011)
Super 8 takes its place among the best B-grade science fiction movies of this generation by copying the best of the past 50 years.
Posted Jun 9, 2011
28
3.5/4
Maruge and Obinchu never lose their senses of humor or conviction, and Litondo and Harris are ideally cast.
Posted Jun 2, 2011
29
3.5/4
The big ideas and battles come off thoughtfully and handsomely.
Posted Jun 2, 2011
30
2.5/4
The sequel turns not dark but revoltingly cruel.
Posted May 25, 2011
31
2/4
Depp sleepwalks through action sequences and relies on mannerisms during the dialogue. Perhaps he's saving himself for a string of sequels that will stretch monotonously into eternity.
Posted May 20, 2011
32
3.5/4
The movie provides no answers, let alone easy ones.
Posted May 12, 2011
33
3/4
Thor (2011)
[Branagh's] Thor has more complex characters than the usual Transformers-style melee; though that may not be what the readers of Marvel comics now want, it satisfied me most of the time.
Posted May 5, 2011
34
4/4
I can't recall the last film that so wholly, honestly and movingly explained what it means to be a Christian.
Posted Apr 22, 2011
35
3/4
Hanna (2011)
Ronan's pale blue eyes can seem vulnerable or inscrutable, wistful or deadly.
Posted Apr 7, 2011
36
3/4
Source Code (2011)
Sitting through Source Code is like watching a chef coax a beautiful soufflé into perfect shape for 80 minutes, then drop a bowling ball on it.
Posted Apr 1, 2011
37
2/4
The biggest irony of this project is that it was made by a company that calls itself Original Film but has produced perhaps the least original movie of the year so far.
Posted Mar 10, 2011
38
2/4
Even if you like much of the story (and I did), the muddled theology is baffling.
Posted Mar 4, 2011
39
3/4
Hall Pass (2011)
The Farrellys, who wrote the script with Pete Jones and Kevin Barnett, play enough variations on that theme to keep us curious about how the inevitable reconciliation will go.
Posted Feb 25, 2011
40
2/4
The title character of Barney's Version left me wishing someone would give this unrelenting boor a boa constrictor for a necktie.
Posted Feb 18, 2011
41
2.5/4
It's beautifully drawn -- really drawn, with hardly any computer effects -- and has an elegiac tone and bits of quirky humor. But it wouldn't win a footrace with a snail, and the narrative amounts to nothing.
Posted Feb 11, 2011
42
3/4
The Eagle (2011)
It's just an honest, basic story set forth with brevity, skill, care and intelligence.
Posted Feb 11, 2011
43
2/4
Bombs explode, cars careen and crash, people leap from dimension to dimension in this blaring, glaring picture. Kids might get a charge out of the mayhem. I got the vapors.
Posted Feb 7, 2011
44
3.5/4
I was riveted.
Posted Jan 14, 2011
45
3/4
Rabbit Hole (2010)
Mitchell keeps the direction simple and well-behaved, usually just pointing the camera at the speaker, but you can see why this topic appealed to him: All three of his films are about people in pain reaching (or lashing) out in different ways.
Posted Jan 14, 2011
46
3.5/4
True Grit (2010)
Those of us who admire Charles Portis' novel have waited 40 years for a screen version that's as literal as possible -- and the Coen brothers just about deliver it.
Posted Dec 21, 2010
47
3/4
Black Swan (2010)
Like all his films, it's lurid, visually stimulating, thoughtful, absurd in spots, well-cast and unrelentingly intense.
Posted Dec 16, 2010
48
2/4
Tron Legacy (2010)
Joseph Kosinski is so happy playing with expensive computers that he neglects to give this movie a heart larger than a peach pit.
Posted Dec 16, 2010
49
1.5/4
The Tourist (2010)
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, benchmarks for sexual arousal in other movies, have zero emotional and physical chemistry in The Tourist.
Posted Dec 9, 2010
50
2/4
If you want to watch these two struggle through an up-and-down screen relationship, rent Brokeback Mountain.
Posted Nov 24, 2010