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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
C+
Bottle Shock (2008)
Irritating in its failures and clumsy in its successes.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
2
B
Red (2008)
Along with Shotgun Stories, Felon, and a few other recent 'indie pulps,' Red is part of a wave of low-budget genre films that turn injustice into an abstract force ripping decent folk apart.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
3
C+
For all the explanation, the main problem with What We Do Is Secret is that [director] Grossman fails to adequately convey why The Germs mattered so much.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
4
D
Hell Ride (2008)
A witless reprise of '60s and '70s biker movies written, directed by, and starring Larry Bishop.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
5
B
Elegy (2008)
As an acting showcase that builds to some unexpectedly moving moments, Elegy has much to recommend it.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
6
C+
The film never penetrates beyond how Smith chooses to define herself. And the paltry amount of live performances is a crime.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
7
A-
There are many things to like about Pineapple Express, an old-school action-comedy retooled as a stoner goof, but Franco's return to humor is a cause for celebration.
Posted Aug 6, 2008
8
C+
The film ends by closing the door on future sequels, which is probably fine. Everyone here looks like they've learned their lesson and can now move on.
Posted Aug 6, 2008
9
C-
Swing Vote (2008)
10
B-
11
C-
12
C
It's hard to believe that two people could reach middle age acting like grade-schoolers, and not in a funny way, either.
Posted Jul 24, 2008
13
B+
It's easy for anyone who survived (or is surviving) high school to feel twinges of identification.
Posted Jul 24, 2008
14
B+
Baghead (2008)
Much of the fun of Baghead is that it's unclassifiable, by turns a movie-movie lark, an Eric Rohmer-like relationship comedy, and a surprisingly effective Friday The 13th kids-in-the-woods slasher film.
Posted Jul 24, 2008
15
A-
It's rare to find a work that explores issues of faith without veering into religious fundamentalism or militant atheism, which is reason enough to revisit Brideshead one more time.
Posted Jul 24, 2008
16
C
Much like the album it's promoting, it's both urgent and regrettably cacophonous.
Posted Jul 24, 2008
17
C
The Wackness (2008)
Most of the time, Peck is cast adrift in an uncertain world, and Levine too often conflates his lack of purpose with the movie's.
Posted Jul 18, 2008
18
B
Fleeting confusion and bizarre literalization aside, Mad Detective is an effective mystery story, with an oddball hero -- like TV's Monk, but far crazier -- and some moments of visceral violence that raise the stakes.
Posted Jul 17, 2008
19
B-
It's hardly a rosy picture of what it's like to be gay and 60 in Paris. But it's an engrossing picture.
Posted Jul 17, 2008
20
C-
Space Chimps (2008)
Like a poorly designed videogame, it's as much a test of endurance of repetition as anything else.
Posted Jul 17, 2008
21
B+
Though Anderson's storytelling gets murky at times, it's still a fine showcase for his versatility, adding to an impressive, under-the-radar résumé.
Posted Jul 17, 2008
22
B+
For Reed fans -- for rock fans -- the movie is an essential document of a noteworthy event.
Posted Jul 17, 2008
23
C
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Constructing a play -- and now a clumsily staged film -- around ABBA songs is the definition of a frivolous enterprise, and little has been done to temper the ecstatic mood with other shadings of human emotion.
Posted Jul 17, 2008
24
A
25
B
It's more Thompson-for-beginners than an exhaustive inquiry, but as introductions go, it's thorough and thoughtful.
Posted Jul 11, 2008
26
C
Didn't we invent film festivals so we could sequester all the star-studded 'how I spent my summer vacation' indie film projects and keep them out of our arthouses?
Posted Jul 10, 2008
27
A-
Full Battle Rattle works just fine as a two-fisted combat story, with unexpected bursts of violence peppering that old universal message that war is hell. But the added layer of pretense pushes the movie to another level.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
28
B+
In contenting itself with the changing public perception of a long-misunderstood event, Wanted And Desired is compelling enough.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
29
D+
Garden Party (2008)
It's a production in search of a movie.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
30
D
Notwithstanding the occasional unintended guffaw, Obermaier's fabulous life is resoundingly unexciting.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
31
B
The Exiles (1961)
Compared to the slick approach that Hollywood took even to the 'social problem' films of the era, The Exiles is bracing and raw, more akin to the French New Wave and British kitchen-sink dramas.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
32
B+
While the context, in the U.S. as well as its native country, lends Days And Clouds added resonance, Soldini's main interest is in the politics of marriage.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
33
C-
August (2008)
34
C-
Meet Dave (2008)
It's comedy that doesn't ask anyone, onscreen or in the audience, to try too hard.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
35
C+
Like its early predecessors, it's a nominally fun trip, but it's tissue-thin and instantly forgettable.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
36
B+
37
B
Kabluey (2007)
38
B+
Hancock (2008)
It's worth it just to see a ready-made Superman-sized superhero in action without all the baggage of decades of retellings and reworkings; even looking at familiar faces working through a familiar genre, it's nice to be surprised for once.
Posted Jul 1, 2008
39
B-
Wanted (2008)
It carries a bitter aftertaste, but by those low standards, it's a considerable success.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
40
C-
Elsa & Fred (2008)
The absence of bite prevents the movie from leaving any kind of impression.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
41
B-
42
B+
Though Argento's full-barreled performance hits some bum notes, her utter lack of reserve stands out as both reckless and courageous against the social rigors of Parisian high society.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
43
C+
Full Grown Men often becomes as intolerably silly as the twee Amerindies it's reacting to.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
44
B-
The film covers the game's highlights with great flair.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
45
B
Louise Bourgeois is absorbing, largely because of Bourgeois' striking art, prickly personality, and assured intensity.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
46
A-
Trumbo (2007)
47
A
WALL-E (2008)
48
C-
It's all message, no tension.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
49
A-
Surfwise (2007)
Some documentarians think like essayists, propagandists, abstract painters, or magazine reporters. Doug Pray approaches his documentaries as though he's writing books.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
50
B
Up The Yangtze goes from sleepily hypnotic to riveting over the course of 90 minutes.
Posted Jun 19, 2008