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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
4/4
The Class (2008)
Exhilarating in its simmering, quiet brilliance.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
2
3/4
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.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
3
2/4
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.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
4
3/4
Seven Pounds (2008)
Equal parts bizarre and conventional, Seven Pounds is -- if not good -- an intriguing film.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
5
3/4
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.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
6
2.5/4
Doubt (2008)
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?
Posted Dec 12, 2008
7
2.5/4
The Reader (2008)
The Reader isn't an act of moral imbecility like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, but it's pretty questionable all the way through.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
8
2/4
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.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
9
3.5/4
Wendy and Lucy renews the spirit of American independent film. Its minimalism has a purpose, its sentiment seeks honest feeling when it could have been used for easy manipulation.
Posted Dec 12, 2008
10
4/4
Hunger (2009)
Hunger stands as one of the year's finest movies, full of imagery and ideas that will stay with you long after this piece of powerhouse art has ended.
Posted Dec 5, 2008
11
3.5/4
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Frost/Nixon could be the best political film in a year that's had more than its share of good ones.
Posted Dec 5, 2008
12
2/4
LaBruce's film is such a riot of conflicting information and signifying styles that inner logic never really gets a grip.
Posted Dec 5, 2008
13
3.5/4
Milk (2008)
After many years and failed attempts, a very, very good biopic of Harvey Milk is finally here.
Posted Nov 26, 2008
14
3/4
Australia (2008)
Australia is something of a mess, though it's a spectacularly made mess that's carried along by its ambition and artistry and, most of all, its pure passion to please.
Posted Nov 26, 2008
15
3/4
Eden (2008)
Eden is a sad, nicely observed study of a decade-old marriage that, for the most part, is over.
Posted Nov 21, 2008
16
2/4
The Dukes (2007)
A lot of love was clearly poured into this project; too bad the results were only so-so.
Posted Nov 21, 2008
17
2.5/4
Twilight (2008)
Hardwicke, with an emphasis on extreme close-ups, captures that swoony intensity, and Pattinson and Stewart have an undeniable intense chemistry. For fans, that'll be enough. Newcomers need not apply.
Posted Nov 21, 2008
18
3/4
Bolt (2008)
You won't need to keep a pack of tissue at the ready here, but Bolt does have some lump-in-the-throat moments courtesy of a vividly drawn, huggable main character you grow to love.
Posted Nov 21, 2008
19
2.5/4
Tries so hard to achieve ironic detachment from its subject matter that it's unlikely to connect with anyone moved by Life Is Beautiful.
Posted Nov 14, 2008
20
The story of the women's groups -- Christian and Muslim, uniting for the first time in the nation's history -- is unbelievably inspiring.
Posted Nov 14, 2008
21
3.5/4
The characters' explosive emotions - tender and bitter, guilt-wracked and willfully inscrutable - make "A Christmas Tale" an edge-of-your-seat experience in a way most thrillers could only dream about.
Posted Nov 14, 2008
22
2.5/4
23
3/4
David Vyorst's comprehensive and celebratory documentary presents the stats in one easy-to-follow, nicely organized 86 minutes.
Posted Nov 14, 2008
24
3.5/4
Bursting with energy, color and a bracing humanism, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire is an underdog story that you can feel plenty good about liking.
Posted Nov 13, 2008
25
3/4
The movie maintains a nice balance between affection for its fame-seekers and sharp jokes at their expense.
Posted Nov 7, 2008
26
3.5/4
Kuenne uses ingenious montages and judicious pacing tactics to drive through reams of evidence, legal codes and other data that, in most documentaries, would leave viewers' eyes glazed over.
Posted Nov 7, 2008
27
2.5/4
Not for all tastes, Repo! The Genetic Opera can boast a lot of imagination and some evident talent.
Posted Nov 7, 2008
28
Ballast (2008)
The direct, shimmering minimalism with which Hammer tells his story also gets to some fairly real, universal stuff.
Posted Nov 7, 2008
29
3/4
A decent-enough sequel that will satisfy fans without unduly bothering Oscar animation voters.
Posted Nov 7, 2008
30
2.5/4
Role Models (2008)
Shock value can only carry you so far.
Posted Nov 7, 2008
31
Soul Men (2008)
It grieves me to report that Bernie Mac's posthumous movie release, Soul Men, hardly does the great comedian justice.
Posted Nov 7, 2008
32
3/4
This may not be everyone's idea of either scary or great animation, but it is a generally successful attempt to marry the two forms in a unique way.
Posted Oct 31, 2008
33
Splinter (2008)
This slightly elevated generic effort is still essentially what they mean by disposable entertainment.
Posted Oct 31, 2008
34
2.5/4
Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno pulls off a couple feats that I previously thought were close to impossible: 1) It makes Elizabeth Banks unattractive. 2) It makes Seth Rogen unfunny.
Posted Oct 31, 2008
35
2.5/4
Evident passion and a tremendous amount of thought went into Synecdoche.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
36
3.5/4
The heart of the movie is the wary dance of reconnection between the sisters, and, again, the beauty is in the details.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
37
3/4
Changeling (2008)
This doesn't keep it from being watchable and even riveting at times. What is never clear though is how Eastwood and screenwriter J. Michael Stracynski want us to feel about the mother's search for her son.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
38
2.5/4
Fundamentally modest cop movie eventually crashes under weight of self-importance.
Posted Oct 24, 2008
39
2.5/4
Heavy on the gabba-gabba, light on the hey!
Posted Oct 17, 2008
40
3/4
A beautifully photographed documentary about a group of freshly scrubbed youngsters coming together for a grueling sailing competition.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
41
1/4
Max Payne (2008)
Director John Moore pays homage to the video game by pushing the slo-mo button during action sequences in a fashion that would make John Woo weep tears of sorrow. He's not the only one.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
42
2.5/4
Even giving the film points for veracity, one is left with the movie's inherent, fatal flaw: Who gives a rip?
Posted Oct 17, 2008
43
2/4
Stranger things, no doubt, do happen. But ambitious, intelligent Eberl needed more mature storytelling skills to make Choose Connor seem plausible.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
44
2.5/4
Sex Drive (2008)
The film is generally well-staged and adequately acted (Seth Green stands out as a sarcastic buggy-driver).
Posted Oct 17, 2008
45
2.5/4
W. (2008)
The psychological picture the movie paints is as yawningly incomplete as its historical one -- and can be yawningly tedious, too.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
46
2.5/4
It comes across more as a connect-the-dots Southern literary concept than as a tale of real, damaged people bonding on a persuasively deep level.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
47
deeply and seriously explores a key historical moment in the country's tortured political history.
Posted Oct 10, 2008
48
2.5/4
It looks like a great program, but this documentary is too scattered to be all that interesting. Too many kids, too much action, not enough time.
Posted Oct 10, 2008
49
Gosh, it's pretty.
Posted Oct 10, 2008
50
3.5/4
Happy-Go-Lucky doesn't condemn the optimistic way Poppy approaches life. It's wondering why there aren't more people like her.
Posted Oct 10, 2008