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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
2
3.5/4
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Posted Nov 7, 2008
3
3.5/4
A haunting and redemptive film experience.
Posted Nov 5, 2008
4
3.5/4
Sally Hawkins' enchanting performance is yet another example that Leigh's trademark technique is working.
Posted Nov 5, 2008
5
3.5/4
Patricia Riggen's feature debut proves that the terms crowd-pleaser and social-issue movie can apply to the same film.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
6
2.5/4
Modern romance may be more realistic in Definitely, Maybe, but it's also less satisfying than the illusions that classic romantic movies create about amore.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
7
2.5/4
The movie never addresses the pressing questions raised in Crile's nonfiction page-turner. It also never encourages the viewer to consider that a solitary congressman appropriated more than $40 million of taxpayer money for his cause.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
8
3/4
I Am Legend (2007)
I Am Legend is far from a feel-good film; it's a familiar (for fans of Stephen King's The Stand or Heston's Omega Man) post-apocalyptic adventure rife with chills and hopelessness.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
9
3.5/4
Haunting photographs and video seemingly point a finger at the low-ranking indicted soldiers. Equally haunting is the notion that journalists and the public assumed they had seen everything.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
10
1.5/4
Trying to establish a serio-comic tone is a task best suited for seasoned directors. Given that a boom microphone drops into the film frame at least twice, Hunt has more basic production elements to master.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
11
2/4
Stylistically, the film takes risks before veering into an odd sort of studied artiness.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
12
3.5/4
Persepolis (2007)
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Posted Oct 18, 2008
13
1.5/4
Swing Vote (2008)
Depictions of the spineless presidential hopefuls (Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper) and their campaign managers (Stanley Tucci and Nathan Lane, respectively) offer standard-issue political satire.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
14
3/4
Vaughn's mischievous imprint hangs over all: slick, irreverent and begging for more -- of what, I'm not sure.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
15
3/4
The Express (2008)
Quaid delivers one of the most stirring half-time speeches in movie history.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
16
3/4
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Posted Oct 18, 2008
17
2.5/4
Get Smart (2008)
You'll have a better time if you don't expect this re-imagined work to resemble the original. The phone shoe does fit Carell, and he wears it well.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
18
2/4
Although all the performances are remarkable, the actors can't break free from the too neat-and-tidy script.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
19
2/4
Smart People (2008)
Award-winning commercial director Noam Murro helms a fine cast playing all-too-familiar roles.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
20
1.5/4
21
3/4
Traitor (2008)
As an espionage thriller, Traitor delivers. But the movie does so in a realistic way.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
22
2.5/4
23
3/4
W. (2008)
24
3/4
Body of Lies (2008)
Both complicated and compelling, Body of Lies offers an audacious glimpse at the hypocrisy and religious furor fueling a struggle most Americans recognize only as a political catch phrase -- a 'war on terror.'
Posted Oct 10, 2008
25
4/4
As a recovering addict on the verge of imploding Hathaway is the stuff that Oscar dreams of.
Posted Oct 9, 2008
26
3/4
Blindness (2008)
Fernando Meirelles tackles José Saramago's searing stream of consciousness novel with intriguing but mixed results.
Posted Oct 2, 2008
27
2.5/4
The Duchess (2008)
Relies on energetic chemistry between Knightley and Fiennes but its much ado about nothing.
Posted Oct 2, 2008
28
3/4
29
2/4
30
2.5/4
31
3.5/4
Choke (2008)
Sam Rockwell proves again (and again and again) that he's a talent to be reckoned with.
Posted Sep 23, 2008
32
3.5/4
Ghost Town (2008)
33
3.5/4
Simmering acceleration from the grey area of implication to the black and white reality of acute humiliation.
Posted Sep 15, 2008
34
2/4
The Women (2008)
35
3.5/4
Those crazy Coen Brothers veer a hard left with a humorous and cautionary tale of lust and revenge.
Posted Sep 10, 2008
36
3/4
Czech director Jirí Menzel casts a wide net in this fanciful tale of life, love and the relentless march of time.
Posted Sep 10, 2008
37
3/4
38
3.5/4
Hamlet 2 (2008)
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Posted Aug 22, 2008
39
3.5/4
The laughs fly as fast and furious as enemy fire.
Posted Aug 13, 2008
40
2.5/4
41
3/4
Bottle Shock (2008)
A sweet and easy supplement to summer.
Posted Aug 6, 2008
42
4/4
Man on Wire (2008)
Outrageously entertaining and perfectly profound.
Posted Aug 5, 2008
43
3/4
44
3/4
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Campy theatrics and Busby Berkeley choreography set on a ridiculously breathtaking island paradise -- what's not to love?
Posted Jul 17, 2008
45
2/4
46
3.5/4
47
3.5/4
Hancock (2008)
48
4/4
Wanted (2008)
Simultaneously groundbreaking and breathtaking, Wanted is more than just one of the best films of 2008 -- it's one of the best action movies ever made.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
49
3.5/4
WALL-E (2008)
50
3/4
Brick Lane (2008)
A sense of isolation and struggle for identity in an oppressive culture wash away superfluous formula, leaving a lovely tranquility in their wake.
Posted Jun 24, 2008