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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
D+
2
B
3
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
4
D+
5
B-
Paris (2008)
6
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
7
B-
8
A
9
D
Sorority Row (2009)
10
B-
11
B+
12
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
13
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
14
C-
Whiteout (2009)
15
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
16
C-
Gamer (2009)
17
F
18
B+
Extract (2009)
19
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
20
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
21
D
Its chopping-block fodder is agonizingly bland; each character has one prominent major flaw, or no personality at all.
Posted Sep 1, 2009
22
C+
23
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
24
A
Hirokazu Kore-Eda's home drama Still Walking is a master class in doing much with little.
Posted Aug 27, 2009
25
B-
26
B-
27
B-
On that count, Timoner is correct: Harris is unduly obscure. But was what he accomplished really all that great?
Posted Aug 27, 2009
28
D+
29
B+
Big Fan (2009)
The movie concludes with a series of tense, unpredictable scenes. Isn't that why we love sports so much, because we never know what will happen?
Posted Aug 27, 2009
30
B-
Taxidermia (2006)
Taxidermia is frequently funny, for those who can stomach it.
Posted Aug 20, 2009
31
B
What makes Fifty Dead Men work is the story's sheer moral complexity, which dares viewers to sympathize with anyone onscreen for more than a few minutes at a time.
Posted Aug 20, 2009
32
C+
33
B-
Art & Copy (2009)
34
C
A little enthusiasm goes a long way, but Rodriguez's films too often demonstrate that it doesn't go far enough.
Posted Aug 20, 2009
35
B
Inspired by the sectarian murder of a Catholic dockworker in 1975, Five Minutes Of Heaven belongs, along with Nothing Personal and Breakfast On Pluto, to the rare class of movies that try to encompass both sides of the conflict.
Posted Aug 20, 2009
36
D+
Post Grad (2009)
When a film whose cast includes Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Demetri Martin, and the now rarely seen Carol Burnett can't scare up more than a smattering of laughs, the patient was never meant to live in the first place.
Posted Aug 20, 2009
37
B+
38
B-
There's a feast here, particularly in the amazing opening, an unexpected essay on King Kong, and performances by Pitt, Laurent, and Waltz. It's just been placed on a huge table with no consideration of whether it adds up to a meal.
Posted Aug 20, 2009
39
C-
The problem isn't the timeline -- it's everything else.
Posted Aug 14, 2009
40
B+
District 9 (2009)
District 9 fuses science fiction mayhem and biting social commentary as well as any film since Starship Troopers. It's the rare alien invasion story that has the aliens running scared.
Posted Aug 13, 2009
41
A
Ponyo (2009)
42
D+
Funny ideas bubble up from time to time only to disappear into a morass of stripper jokes and desperation.
Posted Aug 13, 2009
43
B-
The resulting jam session ought to be a music geek's wet dream, but there isn't enough common ground to produce more than a few flashes of inspiration.
Posted Aug 13, 2009
44
B-
Bandslam (2009)
45
B
Earth Days (2009)
Once [director] Stone drops the generalities and starts getting specific, Earth Days improves considerably.
Posted Aug 13, 2009
46
C+
Apart from the ages of the protagonists, Cloud 9 is a standard-issue infidelity story, complete with dialogue like 'I didn't want this, it just happened!'
Posted Aug 13, 2009
47
B
48
Nausicaä is in some ways a grim and serious film, but it mixes a sweet optimism into its horror-filled lessons.
Posted Aug 10, 2009
49
C
Julie & Julia is two movies in one. That's one more movie than it needs to be.
Posted Aug 6, 2009
50
B-