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Orlando Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 84%

Mongolian Ping Pong (Lu Cao di) (2006)

Posted Oct 18, 2008

John Thomason

2 63%

Brideshead Revisited (2008)

"Those impatient with Anglophilia may grow restless, but the film often visually enchants, and it's chockablock with themes that transcend period: sexuality, class, religion, love, addiction and most of all, family."

Posted Jul 31, 2008

Liz Langely

3 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

"A product of these troubled times, the sequel to 2005's Batman Begins includes nods to terrorism, domestic surveillance and even sanctioned torture. But one of its greatest feats is to capture our collective anxiety over the resurgent politics of hope."

Posted Jul 24, 2008

Steve Schneider

4 94%

Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

"In the documentary Encounters at the End of the World, there's a twist that swiftly counters Herzog's instincts: Mankind's industrial supremacy has not excluded the South Pole."

Posted Jul 24, 2008

Justin Strout

5 67%

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"The Incredible Hulk isn't a work of art, but director Leterrier had the sense to recognize that it wasn't supposed to be art in the first place. His film delivers on something called 'fun'."

Posted Jun 12, 2008

Justin Strout

6 50%

Sex and the City (2008)

"We'll continue to experience befuddlement verging on disgust whenever we're reminded of Sex and the City (so named, we suppose, because Seriously Rethinking Third-Wave Feminism reads like ass on a poster)."

Posted May 30, 2008

Steve Schneider

7 89%

The Visitor (2008)

"[Director] McCarthy has an undeniable way with actors, and it sustains our interest in this overt Good Samaritan tale."

Posted May 1, 2008

Steve Schneider

8 37%

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)

"As the Iraq War enters its fifth year, the mugging, Borat-baiting approach to Bush-era incompetence has become a less reliable source of hilarity."

Posted Apr 16, 2008

Felicia Feaster

9 98%

The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) (2007)

"The Band's Visit is a charming little drama that skirts sentimentality and manages to be a feel-good film without necessarily feeling very good."

Posted Apr 15, 2008

Anders Wright

10 77%

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

"It's about time somebody brought the wide-eyed wonder back to movies, and it's wonder indeed we experience whenever we get to witness the divine Ms. Adams at work."

Posted Mar 7, 2008

Steve Schneider

11 12%

The Air I Breathe (2008)

"The movie takes itself way too seriously, and it doesn't add up to much, but, nevertheless, it's borderline entertaining."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

J.B. Mitchell

12 56%

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

"Charlie Bartlett represents a new sincerity ... The teens in this comedy are jaded, but not cynical: They've seen too much and want to create a whole different view."

Posted Feb 28, 2008

Serena Donadoni

13 62%

Diary of the Dead (2007)

"[Romero's] zombies may still lumber about -- hallelujah -- but his ideas and filmmaking skills are as agile and smart as ever."

Posted Feb 21, 2008

Paul Knoll

14 66%

Be Kind Rewind (2008)

"Gondry invites us to rewind to a time before corporate domination, while failing to realize that 'corporate' and 'professional' are not synonyms."

Posted Feb 21, 2008

Scott Renshaw

15 80%

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

"Condensing five short juvenile novels into a single 90-minute film, the screenwriters have done a decent job of constructing a tale that will entertain tots without insulting parents' intelligence."

Posted Feb 21, 2008

Jeff Meyers

16 16%

Jumper (2008)

"Jumper isn't a comic-book movie, but it feels like one."

Posted Feb 21, 2008

Cole Haddon

17 82%

In Bruges (2008)

"As with all road movies, it all comes down to chemistry, and almost every character in In Bruges convincingly connects, selling the story's absurd twists and turns."

Posted Feb 21, 2008

Jeff Meyers

18 96%

Persepolis (2007)

"[Marjane] Satrapi and [Vincent] Paronnaud wed the graphic novel to animation in Persepolis, and it's the kind of blessed marriage through which both partners grow up."

Posted Feb 7, 2008

Curt Holman

19 91%

There Will Be Blood (2007)

"We have grown used to tales about what is won in conquest. What still shakes the American character at its core are tales such as this one, about what is lost."

Posted Jan 24, 2008

Felicia Feaster

20 89%

The Savages (2007)

"It could almost be accused of 'middle-class whining' -- something Linney's character frets about -- if not for its sharply observant conversations and strikingly personal performances."

Posted Jan 17, 2008

Jeff Meyers

21 93%

Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007)

"It is a testament to Schnabel's skill and the power of metaphor that he was able to fabricate a film of such universal relevance from the life of a man whose situation was unique."

Posted Jan 10, 2008

Felicia Feaster

22 79%

Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007)

"Jonathan Demme's inspiring documentary portrait of Carter, touches on many of the kaleidoscopic variations of the Carter character by observing him in both casual and formal wear."

Posted Jan 10, 2008

Felicia Feaster

23 24%

P.S. I Love You (2007)

"A romantic dramedy that stumbles through its excruciatingly Oscar-padded 126-minute running time with no end in sight."

Posted Dec 20, 2007

John Thomason

24 75%

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

"Reilly, imitating early Beatles, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson, shows more range than ever in the role that should catapult him into the A-list."

Posted Dec 20, 2007

John Thomason

25 83%

Atonement (2007)

"The movie poses a fascinating question: Can one ever atone for a sin that destroyed somebody's life? The exploration of the answer and the execution of the film are equally remarkable, making this adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel a top 2007 film."

Posted Dec 20, 2007

Cole Haddon

26 70%

I Am Legend (2007)

"Liking Smith is one thing and praising his hollow performance here, as almost all of them have, is another."

Posted Dec 20, 2007

J.B. Mitchell

27 82%

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

"Ultimately it's a film that understands that it's OK to insert a little T&A into the political discourse."

Posted Dec 20, 2007

John Thomason

28 86%

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

"An invigorating experience that ranks among the best stage-to-screen translations ever filmed."

Posted Dec 20, 2007

John Thomason

29 52%

Margot at the Wedding (2007)

"If trauma can be entertaining, then Margot at the Wedding is it."

Posted Dec 13, 2007

Felicia Feaster

30 87%

In Between Days (2007)

"In Between Days is a wise and beautiful study of yearning and repression."

Posted Nov 29, 2007

John Thomason

31 100%

Monsieur Hire (1989)

Posted Nov 29, 2007

John Thomason

32 93%

This Is England (2007)

"Riveting."

Posted Nov 29, 2007

Jason Ferguson

33 77%

I'm Not There (2007)

" Live, breath, sing, obfuscate, exhale: I'm Not There is a kaleidoscopic blur, a puzzle confected from muzzle flash, a tale born on the prairie but with its eyes up on the road ahead."

Posted Nov 22, 2007

Ray Pride

34 73%

The Mist (2007)

"The dialogue is more often than not artificial, predictable and even comical as it tries to wrestle characters into agreeing with the story line."

Posted Nov 22, 2007

Cole Haddon

35 37%

August Rush (2007)

"Pandering to the point of offensive."

Posted Nov 22, 2007

John Thomason

36 51%

Bee Movie (2007)

"A desperate, unfocused collection of bits and schtick that sends you out of the theater exhausted and unsatisfied."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Michael Hastings

37 26%

Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)

"Oh, dear. What literary giant has the unstoppable Hollywood machine gone and tarnished now? That would be Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The grandfather of magic realism is given a clumsy, saccharine and unsubtle treatment."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

John Thomason

38 94%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"Itâ(TM)s been six years and two movies since the Coen brothers directed a feature that didnâ(TM)t embarrass the memory of everything else theyâ(TM)ve ever made, but, with No Country for Old Men, the writing-directing duo are back to old form."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Cole Haddon

39 86%

Om Shanti Om (2007)

"While Om Shanti Om loses steam by its last act, the stylish, smart, hilarious ride to that point is rewarding enough."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Jason Ferguson

40 88%

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

"Loaded with operatic gravity and noirish fatalism."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

John Thomason

41 80%

American Gangster (2007)

"a pulpy mash-up of Serpico and Black Caesar -- and there ainâ(TM)t nothing wrong with that."

Posted Nov 15, 2007

Corey Hall

42 27%

Lions for Lambs (2007)

"Lions for Lambs provides a more robust debate about the wars we're in and may soon be in (in regard to Iran, the movie feels like it was written yesterday) than you're likely to get from any cable news show."

Posted Nov 8, 2007

John Thomason

43 94%

My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

"My Kid Could Paint That is great theater, thereby proving that even a story as unique as this can't stay fresh without a little media-manipulated drama."

Posted Nov 8, 2007

John Thomason

44 66%

Wristcutters - A Love Story (2007)

"The witless Wristcutters holds all the fascination of a train wreck. Youâ(TM)ll stay in your seat just to see if itâ(TM)ll get any worse, and you wonâ(TM)t be disappointed."

Posted Nov 1, 2007

John Thomason

45 ——

Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth (2007)

Posted Nov 1, 2007

Jason Ferguson

46 33%

Martian Child (2007)

"Director Menno Meyjes pulls an engaging film out of the potential claptrap, while also putting across a message about the beauty of nonconformism."

Posted Nov 1, 2007

Jason Ferguson

47 67%

Casshern (2004)

Posted Nov 1, 2007

Jason Ferguson

48 81%

Delirious (2007)

"A victim of its own vitriol."

Posted Nov 1, 2007

Eric Kohn

49 44%

Bella (Beauty) (2006)

"Where a typical love story is often fantastical, the characters and situations in Bella are penetratingly real, with the grit, glare and sorrow that so often invades reality."

Posted Oct 25, 2007

Cynthia Conlin

50 96%

Deep Water (2006)

"Deeply researched and compellingly presented, Deep Water is as much about one man's misadventures on the ocean as it is about loneliness, desperation and the danger of dreams."

Posted Oct 25, 2007

Jason Ferguson

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