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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
Broadbent gives such a jolly, cagey, not-so-passively aggressive and ultimately warm performance, the film has a life of its own despite being like 100 others.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
2
3.5/4
DreamWorks Animation's best movie since Shrek.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
3
2.5/4
4
3/4
The film is primarily a more astute-than-average combination of vintage footage and talking heads.
Posted May 30, 2008
5
3.5/4
A guy who really understands split cultural personalities, [Akin's] got a good handle on what makes each individual unique and what might really bring us all together.
Posted May 30, 2008
6
3/4
Chop Shop (2008)
The raw power of this unassuming snapshot would make Vittorio De Sica proud.
Posted May 30, 2008
7
3/4
Stuck (2008)
It's well-acted, suspenseful and has funny sex and drugs stuff, too. Gordon, who co-wrote with fellow Chicagoan John Strysik, based Stuck on a true incident, which makes it even more enjoyable in a sick kind of way.
Posted May 30, 2008
8
3.5/4
Going beyond merely being a devil's advocate, Bell makes for an intelligent, engaging presence, forgoing the annoying forced naiveté proffered by Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock for tough compassion.
Posted May 30, 2008
9
2.5/4
Not bad for a one-joke movie, but still unmistakably a one-joke movie.
Posted May 30, 2008
10
2/4
Flabby, unfocused reunion in which the emotional content is drowned out by the incessant pursuit and plugging of designer shoes, gowns and handbags.
Posted May 30, 2008
11
Comic and heartrending, Wang Quan'an's study of a woman who's too responsible for her own good has the mythic quality of a great Western, and is as weirdly piercingly intimate as a good Sam Shepard play.
Posted May 22, 2008
12
Surfwise (2007)
Dr. Dorian Paskowitz, his wife Juliette and their nine children are perfect subjects for a documentary, and Surfwise does them justice.
Posted May 22, 2008
13
Refusenik (2008)
[Director] Bialis chronicles all this with perhaps too much thoroughness. But, given the nature of the subject, you get the sense that she doesn't want to leave out any voice, no matter if they add little in the way of new information.
Posted May 22, 2008
14
Sangre De Mi Sangre could have done without a few plot coincidences and the film's relentless mean street look seems studied at times. But the film's behavioral honesty pumps vibrant, undeniable life through every frame.
Posted May 22, 2008
15
War, Inc. (2008)
Not dumb and definitely bold, War, Inc. is too shrill and nervous to really hit its political targets effectively. The humor's dominant tone is curdled, when it needs to be wickedly caustic.
Posted May 22, 2008
16
It's a heroic story, but one delivered in a ploddingly familiar fashion with beautiful actors doing their best to give their noble characters a trace of humanity. The film's lack of emotional vibrancy is rather remarkable given the historical events.
Posted May 22, 2008
17
3/4
Ford, like Spielberg, is completely in his comfort zone here. That means no risks, but in the case of The Crystal Skull, that kind of safety can still yield plenty of old-fashioned fun.
Posted May 21, 2008
18
Stylish thriller a return to form for New Wave vet Lelouch.
Posted May 16, 2008
19
Garcia Riedel is affectionate toward her characters to a fault - cameras linger as they walk down the street or make other prosaic moves, dragging the already sluggish story's pacing even more -- but she does get some lovely behavior out of each actress.
Posted May 16, 2008
20
Unsettled (2008)
A bracing portrait of a country divided.
Posted May 16, 2008
21

22
3.5/4
Water Lilies (2008)
A sensitive study of budding adolescent desires, a pervert's delight, plus synchronized swimming. Yes, Water Lilies will be many things to many people.
Posted May 16, 2008
23
3.5/4
Reprise (2006)
The movie also contains many moments of joy and humor, folded into a fantastic, shifting structure that keeps the film wildly alive. It's an impressive first film.
Posted May 16, 2008
24
3/4
Prince Caspian has pretty much something for everyone built into it. Little of it may be exceptional, but much of it goes beyond the usual PG standard in thoughtfulness and craftsmanship as well as carnage.
Posted May 16, 2008
25
Despite a few lyrical moments, his film is overridingly precious and its realizations, rather than commenting in any real way on a celebrity-obsessed culture, just seem puerile.
Posted May 9, 2008
26
Director Michel Hazanavicius and screenwriter Jean-Francois Halin have steered the film away from the coarseness of the Austin Powers movies toward something a bit more elegant and cinematic, though still shamelessly silly.
Posted May 9, 2008
27
Though compelling as far as it goes, a little more skepticism and drama would have made for a more engaging film and enhanced its message.
Posted May 9, 2008
28
[This] movie symbolizes the continued erosion of the Merchant Ivory brand into an entity producing films that belong on cable television, not in movie theaters.
Posted May 9, 2008
29
Speed Racer (2008)
It's all pretty dazzling. It can certainly wear you out, but take the kids anyway, they'll probably dig it.
Posted May 9, 2008
30
A PG-13 sitcom rom-com that desperately wants to be a Judd Apatow movie when it grows up, Tom Vaughan's flat film mixes screwball comedy with self-help clichés to tired effect.
Posted May 9, 2008
31
Redbelt (2008)
Cerebral as it often may get, Redbelt is the work of a true fan. It's brought out some of the best in him, and he's returned the favor to the genre.
Posted May 2, 2008
32
Overall, this is a funny and tough-minded slice of weird life, as well as a sweet if wayward ode to movie love.
Posted May 2, 2008
33
Relentless unpleasantness may be the most appropriate quality of this movie that disturbs in so many different ways.
Posted May 2, 2008
34
2/4
It's clearly a labor of love and no doubt true to some regional ways and attitudes. But jeez, it's self-parodic, and all the more so for taking place in some uncharted corner of Dixie where nobody has the slightest sense of humor.
Posted Apr 25, 2008
35
2.5/4
A lot does go on in Jellyfish's slight 78 minutes, but it often feels more overdetermined than compelling.
Posted Apr 25, 2008
36
3/4
Hunt writes, directs and stars in a rough-edged indie alternative to Baby Mama.
Posted Apr 25, 2008
37
Baby Mama (2008)
The enjoyable-enough comedy Baby Mama may appear to have a few women's issues on its mind, but it's really a female Odd Couple that gets by on the considerable comic talents of its stars.
Posted Apr 25, 2008
38
1/4
[Director] Perelman applies a rigorous visual beauty to this thin gimmick of a movie.
Posted Apr 18, 2008
39
3/4
A frazzled single mother and her curious young boy are observed by his Taiwanese baby sitter and, yes, a hovering balloon in this engaging but plot-light look at everyday Paris life.
Posted Apr 18, 2008
40
2.5/4
Dark Matter (2008)
A remarkable whisper of a movie as well, for something that deals with a subject as alarming as campus violence.
Posted Apr 18, 2008
41
1.5/4
Needless to say, the misogyny reeks; unexpectedly, the movie's bigotry is almost as ugly.
Posted Apr 18, 2008
42
1/4
Spurlock's deliberately facile method might make his movie palatable to moviegoers resistant to serious documentaries that include actual information.
Posted Apr 18, 2008
43
88 Minutes (2008)
It does pull off the neat trick of making each passing minute more idiotic than the last, which is nothing short of amazing since the movie is risible from the get-go.
Posted Apr 18, 2008
44
3/4
The first teaming of Chan and Li is a delightful, action-packed martial-arts fantasy. There's not an original idea in the whole thing, but this gorgeous Hollywood production presents all the surefire elements well.
Posted Apr 18, 2008
45
The Visitor (2008)
The movie is writer-director Tom McCarthy's follow-up to his 2003 debut, the well-liked The Station Agent, and it shares that film's offbeat, humanistic spirit.
Posted Apr 11, 2008
46
Alexandra (2007)
There's not a shot fired in the film, but it pierces the heart nonetheless.
Posted Apr 11, 2008
47
Smart People (2008)
It's not a stupid film, but it could have come off much more smartly.
Posted Apr 11, 2008
48
3/4
Originally made for AMC, its solid collection of clips does illustrate one salient point: Depicting evil poorly is a sin unto itself.
Posted Apr 4, 2008
49
3/4
Love Songs (2008)
While the filmmaker succeeds at keeping it real most of the time, a blazing romanticism informs the whole oddly engaging endeavor; as, of course, it should.
Posted Apr 4, 2008
50
3/4
Yep, it's your typical shouty Italian movie, though this time presented with sharp humor and an effortless cinematic verity by director Daniele Luchetti.
Posted Apr 4, 2008