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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
D+
Fragments (2008)
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.
Posted Aug 4, 2009
2
2.5/4
Séraphine (2009)
3
3/4
4
3/4
5
2/4
Surveillance (2009)
6
3/4
7
3/4
8
3/4
Places its bets on illuminating the imperfect ways in which love, economics and artistry rule lives -- back then and, probably not much differently, now.
Posted Mar 13, 2009
9
2.5/4
Out of its mind at a deep, essential level, An American Affair plays its dubious scenario with a straight face that makes the silly thing quite watchable.
Posted Mar 13, 2009
10
2.5/4
12 (2007)
Much about the state of the Big Bear today is revealed, and it would be unfair to deny that 12 has many cogent and sardonic insights into the country.
Posted Mar 13, 2009
11
3.5/4
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.
Posted Mar 6, 2009
12
3/4
Two Lovers (2008)
Writer-director James Gray's Two Lovers is an old story, well told.
Posted Feb 13, 2009
13
2.5/4
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.
Posted Feb 13, 2009
14
3/4
Isla Fisher [is] as bright a comic talent as anything Hollywood has to offer these days.
Posted Feb 13, 2009
15
3/4
Roberta Grossman's film nicely emphasizes the Seneshes' familial bonds while painting a persuasive portrait of a vibrant yet socially isolated young woman.
Posted Feb 6, 2009
16
2/4
Fanboys (2008)
Yawn; real fannish obsession can be much more absurd, and unsettlingly fascinating, than this burlesque ever gets.
Posted Feb 6, 2009
17
3/4
It's a different kind of commercial romcom, and more serious toward its material than most. No life-changer, but worth a date night at least.
Posted Feb 6, 2009
18
The movie doesn't play as saccharine as it sounds, but gentle sentimentality runs this show nonetheless.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
19
New In Town (2009)
So elementary it makes most after-school specials look sophisticated.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
20
A long but always engaging movie, intimately framed and exuberantly acted by a mixed cast of amateurs and professionals.
Posted Jan 30, 2009
21
Donkey Punch (2008)
22
2.5/4
Notorious (2009)
Notorious is hagiography with guns, grass and flesh, but it's a kind of whitewash all the same.
Posted Jan 16, 2009
23
2.5/4
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.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
24
The Spirit (2008)
Now that they've gone and made Batman all serious and good, the campy comics hero movie mantle has been taken up by The Spirit.
Posted Jan 5, 2009
25
I found its state-of-the-art technical aspects more engaging.
Posted Jan 5, 2009
26
3.5/4
Gomorrah brings subtle artistry and character insight to the observational, plot-drive-phobic school of filmmaking that's so popular among serious auteurs at the moment.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
27
2.5/4
It's an affably goofy riff on the headaches associated with being America's most underappreciated actor.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
28
4/4
The Class (2008)
Exhilarating in its simmering, quiet brilliance.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
29
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
30
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
31
3/4
Seven Pounds (2008)
Equal parts bizarre and conventional, Seven Pounds is -- if not good -- an intriguing film.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
32
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
33
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
34
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
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
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
41
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
42
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
43
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
44
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
45
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
46
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
47
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
48
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
49
2.5/4
50
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