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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
C-
Dark Streets (2008)
Rachel Samuels' thin, affected jazz-age noir Dark Streets is worse than most, grafting an indifferent series of twists and double-crosses onto a blues-nightclub backdrop that overwhelms the foreground.
Posted Dec 11, 2008
2
C
There's no shortage of warmth in Nothing Like The Holidays. It also features no shortage of clichés.
Posted Dec 11, 2008
3
B
Gran Torino (2009)
Eastwood directs with his usual relaxed pace and bursts of intensity, a style that's pleasing to watch -- and which, also as usual, never fully compensates for any shortcomings of the script handed to him.
Posted Dec 11, 2008
4
B+
Doubt (2008)
Doubt is a complex, thematically loaded piece of work, and though it isn't enhanced on film, it deserves the wider exposure.
Posted Dec 11, 2008
5
B
6
A-
In both halves, Soderbergh emphasizes observation over ideology with an eye toward the mundane details of life on the front lines of a revolution.
Posted Dec 11, 2008
7
C+
Like the big shiny sphere at its center, the film is fairly pretty, but there's no real sense that there's anything inside it.
Posted Dec 11, 2008
8
A-
The Reader (2008)
While The Reader could stand to be more lively and lived-in, it's nonetheless a supremely well-acted, gorgeously shot story that quietly dodges many of the common pitfalls of the Holocaust movie.
Posted Dec 10, 2008
9
A-
10
D-
Nobel Son (2008)
11
B+
Hunger (2009)
Hunger may be criticized for being willfully arty, or for reducing a complex political situation to a broadly allegorical vision of martyrdom, but it's never less than visually stunning.
Posted Dec 4, 2008
12
A-
Frost/Nixon (2008)
13
D
It's a joyless plunge into gunfire that doesn't even know how to draw blood.
Posted Dec 4, 2008
14
C-
Adopting the once-over-the-most-famous-moments-lightly approach favored by the sort of movies and retrospectives that VH1 Classic airs on a loop, Cadillac Records plays more like a collection of costumed episodes than a cohesive film.
Posted Dec 4, 2008
15
B-
Milk (2008)
[Penn's] strong performance provides crucial ballast to the winding narrative of Milk's life, which hits a lot of dead ends and detours before his rise to political and cultural prominence.
Posted Nov 25, 2008
16
C
Australia (2008)
It almost goes without saying that the film looks gorgeous, but the filmmaking behind it feels unsure how to work on this grand a scale. Australia is big. But it never fills the screen.
Posted Nov 25, 2008
17
C-
The result is two bad movies in one: a gimmicky romantic comedy, and one of those seasonal headaches that submits loud family dysfunction as a vehicle for Christmas cheer.
Posted Nov 25, 2008
18
B-
With Jason Bourne and a rebooted James Bond bringing the action genre back down to earth, Jason Statham's dashing wheelman has stepped into the vacuum and given audiences the shallow, dopey, gadget-heavy, anti-realistic thrills they deserve.
Posted Nov 25, 2008
19
C-
Lake City (2008)
The movie has an earnest tone, and a burnished golden glow that's pleasing to the eye, but the characters have no life beyond their immediate problems, and the actions the plot requires them to take to resolve them.
Posted Nov 20, 2008
20
B
Special (2006)
Its ambitions are limited -- though at 81 minutes, wisely proportioned -- but its heart is in the right place.
Posted Nov 20, 2008
21
B-
[A] generally entertaining, intermittently exciting documentary.
Posted Nov 20, 2008
22
B+
Bolt (2008)
For the first time in years, it feels like Disney has done its namesake proud.
Posted Nov 20, 2008
23
C-
Twilight (2008)
24
C-
Nothing in How About You is the least bit surprising; the film hits its marks with dreary precision.
Posted Nov 13, 2008
25
C+
The Dukes (2007)
26
B
27
B
28
A-
29
B
Pray The Devil Back To Hell is overly conventional as a documentary, but it's inspiring as a rebuttal to the declining state of the world at large.
Posted Nov 11, 2008
30
C
Stages is short for a feature film, and because it's not even slightly inscrutable, it frequently comes off as artless.
Posted Nov 7, 2008
31
D
The first Madagascar was surprisingly enjoyable, thanks to high energy and playfully dark material, but the returning writing-directing crew doesn't seem nearly as invested this time around.
Posted Nov 7, 2008
32
B+
It sounds ridiculous, and yet thanks to a remarkable concatenation of talent, it's horrifying rather than risible.
Posted Nov 7, 2008
33
B
Role Models (2008)
34
B-
A canny piece of autobiography that looks at the man behind the legend and the legend behind the man.
Posted Nov 7, 2008
35
B
36
B+
37
F
Soul Men (2008)
38
D+
It's a horror film better suited for skittish cats than humans.
Posted Nov 3, 2008
39
B
Smith ties the love story to the idea that his leads pull out of their life slump by embracing their creative, industrious sides.
Posted Oct 30, 2008
40
B
One Day reaches an emotional level well above Gitai's typical remove.
Posted Oct 30, 2008
41
C+
Splinter (2008)
The film lacks that spark of originality or humor or thematic resonance that might have elevated it from forgettable genre time-passer to something more lasting.
Posted Oct 30, 2008
42
B
43
D
Saw V (2008)
44
B+
This is a well-known story, told in multiple feature films, books, and 'Where are they now?' human-interest news items. It's no exaggeration to say that Gonzalo Arijon's Stranded is the definitive version.
Posted Oct 23, 2008
45
B
Almost all of Fear(s) Of The Dark's entries boast remarkable visual and sound design, with weighty shadows, complicated texturing, or unsettlingly fluid movement pushing at the traditional boundaries of animation.
Posted Oct 23, 2008
46
D
47
B+
The film deftly sketches a sibling relationship complicated by obligation, guilt, mistrust, and, not least, an abiding love.
Posted Oct 23, 2008
48
B+
Essentially multiplies Adaptation by an exponential factor and thus grows into a snarling, ungainly beast of self-reflexive absurdities.
Posted Oct 23, 2008
49
B
Changeling (2008)
Where much of Changeling works at once as a compelling mystery and an agonizing human drama, it starts to drift in a series of final scenes that finish the story while losing all sense of urgency.
Posted Oct 23, 2008
50
C+
Coiffed with what must have been a budget-busting supply of styling gel, the cast of High School Musical 3: Senior Year looks not just freshly scrubbed, but manicured, exfoliated, and dipped in a vat of hot wax.
Posted Oct 23, 2008