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1
6/10
Del Toro loves his creatures. Maybe he loves them too much: He always wants us to get a good look at them, and that's one of the things that saps the spookiness from this Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.
Posted Aug 25, 2011
2
8/10
Farmiga closes in on moments that express mood and character so lightly and perceptively that you don't notice them gently - sometimes too gently - moving the story forward.
Posted Aug 25, 2011
3
5/10
The rhythm is off, a predicament Rodriguez addresses with copious - nearly constant - excrement and evacuation humor, and sudden turns into wide-eyed sincerity.
Posted Aug 22, 2011
4
5.5/10
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Posted Aug 22, 2011
5
5.5/10
One Day (2011)
Hathaway is cast with the bum role here, and it crushes her: She spends too much of the movie blinking unconvincingly through those wire-rimmed owl glasses.
Posted Aug 19, 2011
6
4.5/10
This Conan, lost in a haze of murky beige 3-D, is barely a presence in his own movie.
Posted Aug 18, 2011
7
5.5/10
Amigo (2011)
Rather than digging into a character-driven narrative and allowing the resonances to flow naturally from it, Sayles seemed to begin with a set of inferences to modern American imperialism and work backwards.
Posted Aug 18, 2011
8
6.5/10
Fright Night (2011)
Though the will was clearly there to reinvent an '80s classic in style, Fright Night never quite lives up to the promise of its upscale cast.
Posted Aug 18, 2011
9
8/10
A hugely satisfying tension comes from tapping the dread we push down to get through a life of constant negotiation with danger, whether it's crossing a suspension bridge or crossing the street. Who needs Freddy when routine plane travel is so fraught?
Posted Aug 11, 2011
10
6.5/10
A crime farce that's clever and funny in places, but mostly just shambling and crude. Eisenberg can't quite find his place in it, and it's easy to see why.
Posted Aug 11, 2011
11
5.5/10
The potential to bring Harry Shum Jr.'s sweet dance moves into the third dimension is wasted, and unlike Jon M. Chu's dynamically-lensed Justin Bieber: Never Say Never concert doc, Glee 3D feels disappointingly flat.
Posted Aug 11, 2011
12
8.5/10
The Help (2011)
The Help is Davis's movie, and it's about time.
Posted Aug 10, 2011
13
8.5/10
Both a novelty and a treat.
Posted Aug 5, 2011
14
7.5/10
It's a gritty, often unsettling piece of work, though it does suffer from some of the structural problems that generally arise when you try to shape a composite of events and stories into a dramatic whole.
Posted Aug 4, 2011
15
4/10
A flurry of low-grade humor where the men rarely feel at risk and the women, revealed as the gory other lurking underneath all that verdant green grass, are ritually humiliated.
Posted Aug 4, 2011
16
6.5/10
Magic Trip (2011)
A pretty definitive argument for the supremacy of literature when it comes to mythologizing pivotal moments in American culture.
Posted Aug 4, 2011
17
4.5/10
I could describe Rise of the Planet of the Apes as Escape from Alcatraz, except with apes, but that would make it sound like a movie you might actually want to see.
Posted Aug 4, 2011
18
8.5/10
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Posted Aug 1, 2011
19
7/10
The Smurfs (2011)
20
7.5/10
The magnetism between the movie's two male stars, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, is what really makes the movie tick.
Posted Jul 28, 2011
21
8.5/10
The Future (2011)
A provocative example of a filmmaker in complete control of her interests and her talents.
Posted Jul 28, 2011
22
5.5/10
The Guard (2011)
From its assaultive, nihilistic prologue to its last flat invocation of American culture, The Guard foregrounds the extent to which it is leaning on artifice and affect to get over.
Posted Jul 28, 2011
23
7/10
A handsome and occasionally dazzling thriller with at least one dynamo performance from its star...
Posted Jul 28, 2011
24
7.5/10
If Attack the Block doesn't cut quite as deeply as Cornish, in the movie's first third, hints that it might, at least it's powered more by modest smarts than by excessive, wasteful amounts of dough.
Posted Jul 28, 2011
25
6/10
The B-movie marquee title of Cowboys and Aliens suggests a picture that's more irreverent, imaginative, and fun than the turgid movie that stands behind it.
Posted Jul 27, 2011
26
8/10
It looks more like your teenage world than such films generally allow, and it's not pretty. It's beautiful.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
27
4.5/10
The idea of romantic comedies is that you want to see the two leads get past all their false starts and misunderstandings and get together. But what happens if you just don't care?
Posted Jul 21, 2011
28
5.5/10
29
6/10
Sarah's Key (2011)
There are too many dangling and swiftly clipped threads for the film to amount to more than another tasteful Sunday matinee set against one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
30
6/10
The picture is almost admirably boring, as if director Joe Johnston had wanted to distinguish his movie by not packing it with action, or even bothering much to define the characters.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
31
7/10
Tabloid (2011)
Compared with Morris' best and most provocative documentaries, like The Fog of War, Tabloid is just a trifle. It's a silly little thing that goes down easy and is forgotten almost instantly.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
32
5.5/10
Wang loses the plot in the contemporary sequences, which are drab looking and stupidly melodramatic.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
33
6/10
In straining to make this a borderless story of toxic prejudice, Schmitz lost sight of the specificity that could have made it more powerfully universal.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
34
8.5/10
Recalls the beguiling lightness of the good old Disney, where clever visual and thematic feats are deftly interwoven and yet tossed off with an insouciance that favors playfulness above all.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
35
9/10
Director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves guide the story to a graceful and satisfying end. The movie's final moments are the equivalent of the half-jubilant, half-mournful thrill you get when you close the cover of a book you've savored.
Posted Jul 13, 2011
36
8.5/10
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Posted Jul 12, 2011
37
6.5/10
The Ward (2011)
The combination of an excellent supporting cast and a pliable theme work to offset the sizable debits incurred by the often rote direction and seriously iffy ending.
Posted Jul 8, 2011
38
2/10
Zookeeper (2011)
Pushes past banality and onto the surreal plane being staked out by bad movies that are bad in a new and genuinely dispiriting way.
Posted Jul 7, 2011
39
7/10
Even its most reprehensible characters - like Farrell's superbly nasty autocrat, whose first act upon taking over the company is to order Sudeikis to fire all the fat people - brim with perverse joie de vivre.
Posted Jul 7, 2011
40
8.5/10
It's a lovely, and loving, survey of many of the girlhood-to-adulthood motifs Breillat has been exploring throughout her career. It's awake, alive and ageless at the same time.
Posted Jul 7, 2011
41
8.5/10
Project Nim (2011)
Very quickly it becomes clear that the life of Nim Chimpsky is foremost a story about the human animal, and human behavior.
Posted Jul 7, 2011
42
6/10
The Ledge (2011)
The melodramatic flourish that ends The Ledge feels unearned and unclean: It's the sort of ending that ought to hit hard, and yet it comes off as perversely inconsequential.
Posted Jul 7, 2011
43
7/10
Terri (2011)
This is a modest film that doesn't reach too high, instead spreading out in some interesting ways, exploring what it means to be a reasonably emotionally secure person when everyone around you is busy projecting their own insecurity onto you.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
44
7/10
Monte Carlo (2011)
As in Country Strong, Meester's crack timing and irresistible poignancy illuminate a part that would leave other actresses simpering themselves off the screen.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
45
4.5/10
Larry Crowne (2011)
Please, shoot me now.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
46
6.5/10
A chamber piece hostage thriller black comedy undone less by its twists than by the stretches of bad road between them.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
47
7/10
Bay doesn't care about your soul, he just wants your money -- but he at least makes sure you go home feeling exhausted and spent rather than vaguely dissatisfied. It's a fair exchange.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
48
5.5/10
Cars 2 (2011)
It does just about everything but tell an actual story.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
49
8.5/10
Bad Teacher (2011)
Bad Teacher is hardly a perfect picture, but in the context of every other comedy on the summer movie landscape - from the faux empowerment of Bridesmaids to the neurotic frat-guy heteromania of The Hangover Part II - it feels revolutionary.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
50
8.5/10
Captures in entertaining and sometimes excruciating detail the trauma that live performers willingly put themselves through, partly to entertain us but also to fuel some drive in themselves.
Posted Jun 23, 2011