Q Network Film Desk
Dream House (2011)
Les Cousins (1959)
Le Beau Serge (1958)
"Weighted with steely silences and sudden explosions of graphic violence, Drive confronts and dismantles our expectations with a hardened confidence that is all too rare in contemporary Hollywood filmmaking"
"The problem for modern audiences is that the film is so fundamentally mired in the swinging silliness of mid-'60s Euro culture that the message gets lost amid all the gaudy colors, insipid pop music, and generally deranged production design"
Straw Dogs (2011)
Orphée (Orpheus) (1950)
Shark Night 3D (2011)
"the film's rote nature and its complete lack of the kind of self-aware trashy thrills and humor we might expect from a good Renny Harlin flick (or even Ellis's immortal Snakes on a Plane) drain it of energy and fun. "
Our Idiot Brother (2011)
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)
"the best scenes are those that rely entirely on suggestion, giving us the impression of presence without actually showing us anything, and they become unfortunately less and less frequent as the film moves along"
Fright Night (2011)
The Help (2011)
30 Minutes or Less (2011)
The Devil's Double (2011)
The Killing (1956)
"Despite this only being his third feature and his first with a significant budget, Kubrick displays many of the thematic preoccupations and visual traits that would come to define his unique, cinematic voice."
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Another Earth (2011)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
"its willingness to break convention and throw us into the fantastical, but strangely believable world of its characters makes Ferris Bueller not only Hughes's best teen films, but one of the best teen films ever made"
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Life During Wartime (2010)
"works extremely well, especially in the way its challenging material is contrasted by the bright, sunny cinematography, which captures southern Florida in all its gaudy, inferno-ice-cream-colored splendor"
Sarah's Key (2011)
Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (1958)
Kill the Irishman (2011)
"Hensleigh wields the techniques with a sure hand and uses them to construct a compelling, engaging narrative, but at the same time seasoned viewers will constantly feel a nagging sense of familiarity."
"delivers precisely what most viewers will be looking for: battles, suspense, revelations, and, most importantly, a fitting, emotionally satisfying conclusion that is entirely in keeping with Rowling's novel."
Black Moon (1975)
"its outlandish and nonsensical detours begin to feel less like the "automatic writing" of the surrealists and more like a series of meandering, meaningless head games, each melting into the next with no lasting impact. "
Cars 2 (2011)
The Tree of Life (2011)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Beautiful Boy (2011)
"if it is Argento's weakest early effort, it is only because he was still trying to find his voice, experimenting with different techniques and gradually learning just how far he could push the envelope. "
The Company Men (2011)