Los Angeles Daily News
August: Osage County (2013)
The Wind Rises (2014)
In a World... (2013)
The Great Beauty (2013)
"Crash's Best Picture Oscar win helped jump-start a wave of self-deluded ensemble imitators who seem to feel that overt emotionalism ladled over a loosely connected narrative is a surefire sign of Important Filmmaking. Witness Fragments."
Etz Limon (Lemon Tree) (2009)
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2009)
An American Affair (2009)
Phoebe in Wonderland (2009)
"Phoebe in Wonderland introduces us to a smart new talent in Barnz and lets the more established members of its cast work at their top capacity. It's a film about kids graced with a mature aesthetic and rare behavioral wisdom."
Two Lovers (2008)
The International (2009)
"Beautifully shot, often in or against some of the world's most impressive architecture, The International is far from a total loss. It's just a film whose good assets don't pay off in gripping drama."
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
Owl and the Sparrow (2009)
New In Town (2009)
Donkey Punch (2008)
Bride Wars (2009)
"Bride Wars could have been your typical cartoonish, early-winter wedding comedy. Although it certainly has moments like that, it's not as wacky as most of its ilk. Guess the bad news is that it's not much of a comedy."
The Spirit (2008)
Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)
My Name Is Bruce (2007)
The Class (2008)
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
"The two lead actresses play superbly rounded characters, both smart, tough customers unused to being pushed around, yet wives and mothers whose domestic concerns are as important to them as professional ones."
Yes Man (2008)
"Yes Man is a nice movie about the benefits and limits of approaching life with an upbeat attitude, but a comedy that was actually hilarious would've had the same effect -- and been a lot more entertaining."
Seven Pounds (2008)
Gran Torino (2009)
"Clint Eastwood collects and distills everything we know he is capable of doing on screen -- some of which we might wish he hadn't done, but most of which we love. Even if we might be a little ashamed to admit it."
"If you're going to set a faith-vs.-uncertainty debate in the heart of a church milieu, shouldn't some of the characters at least mention the beliefs that they've not just dedicated their lives to, but built them around?"
The Reader (2008)
"You couldn't ask for a more committed and demanding performance than this one. But there is a richer one that eluded Del Toro. And boy, does that lack of character dimension make this thing an endurance test."
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Otto; or Up with Dead People (2008)