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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
B+
Good Hair (2009)
2
B-
3
B+
Bronson (2009)
4
C
5
B
Araya (1959)
The movie is visually stunning, deploying fluid camerawork and stark black-and-white imagery to record the hardscrabble lives of Venezuelans living and working on a remote salt marsh.
Posted Oct 8, 2009
6
D
Free Style (2009)
7
B-
The movie's saving grace is Weixler, who manages to seem effortlessly natural without resorting to whiny faux naturalism. As she did in Teeth, Weixler grounds an otherwise glib conceptual exercise through the force of her presence.
Posted Oct 8, 2009
8
A-
Lee doesn't reinvent the wheel when it comes to filming live theater, but he moves the camera artfully and edits with an energy that matches the music. And he makes good use of close-ups, capturing the sweaty faces of a troupe of remarkable performers.
Posted Oct 2, 2009
9
C
Love Happens (2009)

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Posted Oct 2, 2009
10
C
11
B-
Ferrara himself is no stranger to substance abuse or self-destructive impulses, and he's perfectly in sync with the Chelsea's spirit.
Posted Oct 1, 2009
12
C+
13
A-
Afterschool (2008)
14
B
Lying remains sweetly pleasant but threatens to become as bland as the world in which it's set, and previously took such pleasure in exploring.
Posted Oct 1, 2009
15
C+
Whip It (2009)
16
B+
Zombieland (2009)
17
A-
18
D+
Pandorum (2009)
19
C+
20
B-
Krasinski literalizes Wallace's stylistic love of asides too much, but it helps that he's aware enough of his movie's limitations to keep Brief Interviews blessedly short.
Posted Sep 25, 2009
21
C+
22
C
Headstrong women might have been hard to find in turn-of-the-century Europe, but heroines like Tautou's are a dime a dozen in costume dramas, and there isn't enough material detailing what makes her Chanel a special case.
Posted Sep 25, 2009
23
C-
Tucker Max's only real strengths are his outrageousness and his uncompromising self-confidence, but neither comes into play in this punch-pulling, frankly boring film.
Posted Sep 25, 2009
24
C-
Surrogates (2009)
Surrogates creates a world it has little interest in exploring beyond the boundaries set by a fairly dull whodunit.
Posted Sep 25, 2009
25
B
Fame (2009)
A film that's largely a raw, uplifting love letter to creativity in every possible form.
Posted Sep 24, 2009
26
A-
While the details are fresh, the story arc follows a standard pattern, a cautionary tale of spiraling bad-faith decisions. But Soderbergh and Burns compensate by playing the story for wry laughs and adding an almost distracting variety of texture.
Posted Sep 18, 2009
27
D+
28
B
29
B-
Disgrace (2008)
After a compelling opening act and some shocking late-film developments, the film feels disengaged from the action at hand and the issues raised.
Posted Sep 18, 2009
30
D+
31
B-
Paris (2008)
32
B+
Bright Star (2009)
It's a studied movie that gives itself over to bursts of intensity, and between them sometimes threatens to become as spellbound by its subjects as they become with each other.
Posted Sep 16, 2009
33
B-
34
A
35
D
Sorority Row (2009)
36
B-
37
B+
38
B+
Crude (2009)
Crude is remarkably clear-eyed in the way it shows how even people on the right side of a cause only succeed if they're willing to play a little dirty.
Posted Sep 10, 2009
39
B-
Hardcore Disney fans will appreciate how serious-minded and intimate this movie is, but for others, Walt & El Grupo might feel like an expensive vacation slide show, assembled by strangers.
Posted Sep 10, 2009
40
C-
Whiteout (2009)
41
B
9 (2009)
It's a perfectly functional, fairly scary kids' film, with plenty of craft and creativity to keep adults occupied. But with a story as sophisticated as its visuals, it could have been much more.
Posted Sep 9, 2009
42
C-
Gamer (2009)
43
F
44
B+
Extract (2009)
45
C+
Amreeka (2009)
It's one of those movies that plays to the cheap seats, making the racism bigger, the assimilation process rougher, and the family squabbles extra-broad, lest viewers miss the point.
Posted Sep 3, 2009
46
C+
The film doesn't come to life until too late in the game, when it takes the original tack of exploring the housing crisis through abandoned backyard swimming pools...
Posted Sep 3, 2009
47
D
Its chopping-block fodder is agonizingly bland; each character has one prominent major flaw, or no personality at all.
Posted Sep 1, 2009
48
C+
49
C+
Lee's movie is pleasant enough, but it's too swept up in the spirit it's celebrating to ask the relevant questions.
Posted Aug 27, 2009
50
A
Hirokazu Kore-Eda's home drama Still Walking is a master class in doing much with little.
Posted Aug 27, 2009