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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
Crazy Heart (2009)
The songs become anthems inhabited by Bridges, whose Bad Blake may wish his life had turned out differently but is never going to dribble tears in his shot glass so long as he still can find a stage somewhere to belt out a tune.
Posted Dec 15, 2009
2
Nine (2009)
Calculated to be show-stoppers, the songs often end up as quaint throwbacks.
Posted Dec 15, 2009
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4
2.5/4
Avatar (2009)
5
6
Jackson crafts lovely but ineffectual dreamscapes of the afterlife that eviscerate much of the human side of the story.
Posted Dec 9, 2009
7
Invictus (2009)
8
9
10
Brothers (2009)
11
De Niro offers a master class of mannered, minimalist acting.
Posted Dec 2, 2009
12
Old Dogs (2009)
Old Dogs is no fun whatsoever, just a collection of stale kibble.
Posted Nov 25, 2009
13
Since the ninjas only come out when it's dark, most of the movie's fight scenes are low on both visibility and excitement.
Posted Nov 24, 2009
14
The Road (2009)
Adapting a masterpiece such as The Road is a thankless task, but the film doesn't work on its own merits.
Posted Nov 23, 2009
15
All three lovers are so joyless, it's hard to imagine why any of them would want to spend eternity together.
Posted Nov 19, 2009
16
Writer-director John Lee Hancock wisely lets the true story of Michael Oher speak for itself.
Posted Nov 18, 2009
17
3/4
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19
What remains on screen is impressive -- grand battles, dazzling action, sumptuous sets, magnificent panoramas. What's lost in the abbreviation is the emotional element as Woo chronicles an epic clash of warriors in the 3rd century.
Posted Nov 18, 2009
20
There's more Partridge Family hugginess than sedition and subversion behind this rock 'n' roll story.
Posted Nov 12, 2009
21
The attractive cast, notably the earthy Gugino, tries hard to invest the one-note characters with a degree of humanity, but are betrayed at every turn by the thin material.
Posted Nov 11, 2009
22
2012 (2009)
23
A story that strays about without finding its center.
Posted Nov 11, 2009
24
25
26
Too much of the film is geared around 3-D wizardry. Unneeded sequences pop up for purely "wow" baiting.
Posted Nov 5, 2009
27
The Box (2009)
28
Lee Daniels, in just his second film as director, crafts a story that rises from the depths of despair to a place of genuine hope.
Posted Nov 3, 2009
29
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31
In the end, this homage to '80s horror is little more than a faithful flashback -- authentic in execution but about as scary as something you saw again and again way back when.
Posted Oct 27, 2009
32
The movie's a chaotic, infuriating mess that will challenge the most-devoted of the Napoleon Dynamite faithful.
Posted Oct 27, 2009
33
Good Hair (2009)
34
Coco Before Chanel only starts to get interesting when she asserts her creative and financial freedom -- and that's right when the movie's about to end.
Posted Oct 23, 2009
35
Antichrist (2009)
To say that Antichrist is shocking would suggest that it's effective.
Posted Oct 21, 2009
36
37
It's pretty forgettable.
Posted Oct 21, 2009
38
Amelia (2009)
Swank and Nair play it safe to the point of benumbing this woman's life, leaving Earhart as remote and muted as she is in the black-and-white photos and news footage of the aviator included at the film's end.
Posted Oct 20, 2009
39
40
All we're left with are ticking time bombs and a chunk of our own time that we'll never get back.
Posted Oct 15, 2009
41
It's a gorgeous film: This may sound contradictory, but it's intricate and rough-hewn at the same time, dreamlike and earthy.
Posted Oct 13, 2009
42
43
It would be such a joy to bend the truth and say that The Invention of Lying lives up to the potential of its inspired premise.
Posted Oct 2, 2009
44
Zombieland (2009)
Zombieland mostly finds that tricky balance of the laugh-out-loud funny and the make-you-jump scary, of deadpan laughs and intense energy.
Posted Sep 30, 2009
45
Watching and wondering how and when he'll snap provides dark humor, yes -- we're glad we're not this poor guy -- but also a mounting sense of unease, and it should provoke lengthy and serious debate about the nature of faith.
Posted Sep 30, 2009
46
An inspiring story that works very hard to remind you it's an inspiring story at every opportunity.
Posted Sep 29, 2009
47
Whip It (2009)
Whip It is funny without trying too hard to be wacky, sweet without being overly sentimental.
Posted Sep 29, 2009
48
Surrogates (2009)
The film isn't shy about its feelings about technology - it's time to unplug. It laments a culture that medicates pain away and has its head in virtual realms.
Posted Sep 24, 2009
49
Fame (2009)
Familiar? Yes, but not nearly as vapid as most of the musical material out there that encourages teens to believe fame is all that matters.
Posted Sep 24, 2009
50
You don't have to be a soccer expert, or even know all that much about the sport, to get sucked into the competing personalities and personal dramas of The Damned United.
Posted Sep 23, 2009