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Rating
Title/Year
Author
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2
2.5/4
If you just have to see another Antarctica documentary, you could do worse than Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
3
2.5/4
It manages to be brutal, deranged, ridiculous and heart-rending, all at once.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
4
3/4
Trumbo (2007)
It's Trumbo's words -- unfiltered and often unhinged -- that make this doc worth seeing.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
5
3/4
WALL-E (2008)
The film's visions of a ravaged, abandoned future Earth and a mechanized, corporately controlled space ark/pleasure cruiser are stunning, hilarious and hit their pro-green, anti-consumerist points remarkably hard.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
6
2.5/4
Wanted (2008)
Red-Bull-fueled adolescent male fantasy cribs from the past, while offering a few brain-splatting diversions of its own.
Posted Jun 27, 2008
7
2.5/4
The real insult to higher consciousness is that Love Guru's humor is about as mature as strained carrots.
Posted Jun 20, 2008
8
3/4
But then, Kit, written by Ann Peacock and directed by Patricia Rozema, is that rare all-ages movie that never talks down to its audience and isn't afraid to use history to illuminate current times.
Posted Jun 20, 2008
9
1/4
Get Smart (2008)
It's a movie that spoofs intelligence in the most unintelligent way possible and stretches the boundaries of plot-free filmmaking into frontiers until now explored only by former cast members of Saturday Night Live.
Posted Jun 20, 2008
10
3/4
A simpler story, more action and some nice visuals make for a satisfying, if not exactly incredible, monster hero sequel.
Posted Jun 13, 2008
11
3/4
Quid Pro Quo (2008)
This odd little fugue of a movie would be implausible, even laughable, if it weren't also marvelously played, visually composed and plotted with the utmost cunning.
Posted Jun 13, 2008
12
3/4
It's creepy, silly fun. And if it came from anyone else, it would be recognized as such. One thing is certain: The man hasn't lost his ability to entertain.
Posted Jun 13, 2008
13
2.5/4
Mongol (2008)
I'd rather have seen the sequel.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
14
2.5/4
It's hard to find lines and performances like Mother of Tears outside of anything that doesn't come with a XXX rating.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
15
3/4
It's a great premise, and the movie rarely disappoints. (OK, we didn't need the song-and-dance number, but still ...) Hynes has style to spare and storytelling chops. The low-key Go-Getter is well worth discovering.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
16
2.5/4
Conrad has the humanity part down. Even if his little film is something of a mess, that counts for something.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
17
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
18
3.5/4
DreamWorks Animation's best movie since Shrek.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
19
2.5/4
20
3/4
The film is primarily a more astute-than-average combination of vintage footage and talking heads.
Posted May 30, 2008
21
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
22
3/4
Chop Shop (2008)
The raw power of this unassuming snapshot would make Vittorio De Sica proud.
Posted May 30, 2008
23
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
24
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
25
2.5/4
Not bad for a one-joke movie, but still unmistakably a one-joke movie.
Posted May 30, 2008
26
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
27
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
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
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
34
Stylish thriller a return to form for New Wave vet Lelouch.
Posted May 16, 2008
35
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
36
Unsettled (2008)
A bracing portrait of a country divided.
Posted May 16, 2008
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38
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
39
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
40
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
41
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
42
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
43
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
44
[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
45
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
46
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
47
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
48
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
49
Relentless unpleasantness may be the most appropriate quality of this movie that disturbs in so many different ways.
Posted May 2, 2008
50
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