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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2.5/4
It's grim, funny in one sequence about shapeshifters, vivid in moments of violent action, nearly devoid of plot twists and marked by long patches where Harry, Ron and Hermione camp in the woods.
Posted Nov 18, 2010
2
2/4
Stone (2010)
When did Robert De Niro stop trying? When did he start coasting on his well-deserved reputation, either mocking it in crass comedies or sleepwalking through dramas where fans filled in the missing emotions for him?
Posted Nov 12, 2010
3
3/4
McAdams is a ball of fire as the flailing, unbalanced but always lovable Becky.
Posted Nov 12, 2010
4
3.5/4
It has two undeniable virtues, however: Perry's bolder attitude as a writer and uniformly good work by his cast.
Posted Nov 5, 2010
5
2/4
Hereafter (2010)
Coincidences and improbabilities aside, the script sometimes borders on the absurd.
Posted Oct 22, 2010
6
3/4
Red (2010)
One of those rare action comedies that actually delivers action and comedy, and one where the alleged humor doesn't consist merely of wisecracking heroes blowing away cardboard villains.
Posted Oct 15, 2010
7
3.5/4
Anyone who saw the Oscar-nominated Mulligan in An Education knows what she can do. If you didn't, you're in for the kind of quietly revelatory acting that portends a brilliant career.
Posted Oct 8, 2010
8
4/4
Eisenberg gives us a speeded-up rendition of his previous performances, but it fits. There's also fine cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth and softly pulsating music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Posted Oct 1, 2010
9
3/4
The Town (2010)
Think of Ben Affleck as the Woody Allen of Boston.
Posted Sep 17, 2010
10
3/4
The Trial (2010)
There's nary a big surprise, but I defy anyone who sees this film to leave without a warm feeling.
Posted Sep 10, 2010
11
2/4
The American (2010)
There's a difference between ambiguity and lack of detail, and Joffe and Corbijn don't seem to know what it is.
Posted Sep 1, 2010
12
2.5/4
13
3/4
Cholodenko gets moods right, and her five leading actors have been either perfectly cast or well-handled.
Posted Jul 23, 2010
14
1.5/4
Salt (2010)
Angelina Jolie is definitely worth her salt as an action hero, but Salt is never worth its Angelina Jolie.
Posted Jul 23, 2010
15
3.5/4
Inception (2010)
Nolan's tale is not only a trip through mental labyrinths but a reminder that memories may cripple us, unless we learn to let them go.
Posted Jul 16, 2010
16
3/4
Toy Story 3 (2010)
You'll probably enjoy it, because it's good-humored, snappy, endearingly familiar, produced with intelligence and care. But it's the first Pixar effort that feels less like a creative outpouring and more like an obligation.
Posted Jun 17, 2010
17
3.5/4
The actors strike home quietly in scene after scene.
Posted Jun 11, 2010
18
3/4
On the scale of summer action films, this is to the Transformers sequel what an Andy Warhol print is to a first-grader's refrigerator painting.
Posted May 28, 2010
19
2/4
Forever After feels like a tired yank on the udders of a cash cow that's nearly dry.
Posted May 21, 2010
20
3.5/4
Robin Hood (2010)
An intelligent, layered story suited to our grim, patience-trying times.
Posted May 14, 2010
21
3/4
The picture, reduced to a black-and-white kind of manhunt, is visually black-and-white as well. It's set in the snowy landscape of rural Sweden, where the self-effacing and pale-faced Blomkvist blends into the wintry scenes.
Posted Apr 30, 2010
22
2/4
The movie seems less like a remake than a mash-up of better films.
Posted Apr 2, 2010
23
2/4
Chloe (2010)
This is one of the few movies you'll ever see where a title character has no back story at all.
Posted Mar 25, 2010
24
2.5/4
The film is always fun, but as Carroll might have observed, it's not much of a muchness.
Posted Mar 4, 2010
25
3/4
The acting, like the storytelling, is quietly convincing.
Posted Feb 26, 2010
26
3/4
What's most compelling is the way everyone loves the old man - wrong-headedly, yes, or too zealously. We feel sympathy for all these smaller trees clustered around a tottering oak.
Posted Feb 26, 2010
27
4/4
There are no loose ends or false notes in any of it.
Posted Feb 18, 2010
28
1.5/4
Performances become almost inconsequential when the roles are so superficial.
Posted Jan 15, 2010
29
3/4
Daybreakers (2010)
That subtlety makes the Spierig brothers satisfying directors of horror and Daybreakers a small golden nugget in the rocky wasteland of January's movie releases.
Posted Jan 8, 2010
30
2.5/4
Nine (2009)
I understand the metaphor: Director Contini turns his experiences into movies, often suppressing gritty realities and whipping up elaborate, emotionally hollow fantasies. I just wish director Marshall hadn't done the same thing.
Posted Dec 28, 2009
31
3.5/4
Few films can simultaneously celebrate the future and the past of animation, but this one does.
Posted Dec 10, 2009
32
3.5/4
The best war movies don't preach against war: They remind us of the costs for soldiers and families and ask us to consider whether those costs are worth paying.
Posted Dec 4, 2009
33
1.5/4
It's strictly for devotees who won't balk at plot absurdities, clunky dialogue and patchy characterizations. I suspect loyalists will be pleased, but I can't imagine anyone else wanting to jump into the tale here.
Posted Nov 19, 2009
34
3/4
It's Clooney who holds this film together with his charismatic personality and inscrutable demeanor. Cassady may be crazy, but there's enough evidence that he isn't to keep us in suspense.
Posted Nov 5, 2009
35
2/4
It's a blurry vision that comes into focus only intermittently.
Posted Oct 15, 2009
36
3/4
The characters' clumsy emotional growth shows us there's hope even for a stumbling father and two sons groping toward peace.
Posted Oct 9, 2009
37
3/4
For a while, Woodstock represented a spirit of peaceful sharing that sometimes makes America great. That's what this native-born writer and immigrant director want us to remember.
Posted Aug 27, 2009
38
2.5/4
As Child would have told you, a soufflé isn't a filling meal.
Posted Aug 14, 2009
39
3.5/4
Harry must enter the mists in anxiety and emerge stronger. Everything about his world is uncertain, not to be trusted - and who among us hasn't felt the same way, even if witches didn't lurk around our corners?
Posted Aug 14, 2009
40
3.5/4
District 9 (2009)
This is one of those rare films where seeming plot holes turn out not to be holes, after all.
Posted Aug 14, 2009
41
3/4
The Soloist (2009)
The spine of the story has been entrusted to Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, who make all their moments in The Soloist count.
Posted Apr 23, 2009
42
3.5/4
The movie begins with a flood that threatens Prague literally; it ends with a flood of emotions that threaten to undermine a potentially happy relationship.
Posted Apr 17, 2009
43
3/4
You don't have to be a geezer to grin at these goings-on.
Posted Apr 17, 2009
44
3.5/4
You can't root for Ronnie. You can't identify with him. You can't hope he gets the girl - any girl -- or the police job or even the crook. But you may want to look on with stunned fascination as he ticks away, ready to explode.
Posted Apr 9, 2009
45
3/4
Mottola also wrote the screenplay, which is most fresh and honest when dealing with supporting characters.
Posted Apr 2, 2009
46
3/4
Two Lovers (2008)
If Phoenix's rap career doesn't work out, I'm sure there'll be a leading part for him in Gray's next picture.
Posted Mar 27, 2009
47
3/4
Visual gimmicks and puns change from decade to decade, but worthwhile ideals go on forever.
Posted Mar 26, 2009
48
2.5/4
This fluffball is as toothless as an octogenarian lion.
Posted Mar 19, 2009
49
1.5/4
Knowing (2009)
The slovenliness of the filmmaking is embarrassing.
Posted Mar 19, 2009
50
3/4
Watchmen (2009)
Zack Snyder's sprawling film stays faithful to Moore's tale, cleverly trimming and reshaping it to retain essentials.
Posted Mar 5, 2009