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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
B+
Chris & Don (2007)
Isherwood and Bachardy's story features cameos by a galaxy of literary and cinema stars, but few are as impressive as the protagonists, who defied the conventions of their times by living openly as a happy, well-adjusted couple.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
2
C+
Brick Lane (2008)
Brick Lane feels slight and late to the table. Still, its pretty musings about small-scale self-actualization can be seductive.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
3
C-
Get Smart (2008)
In updating a beloved TV show, the filmmakers have gone out of their way to excise everything that was fun about it.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
4
D+
5
C
Quid Pro Quo (2008)
[Director] Brooks plunges into the thick of a largely unfamiliar subculture in Quid Pro Quo, but the journey involves a series of well-telegraphed twists and turns.
Posted Jun 12, 2008
6
B+
To the Limit (2008)
There is more to To The Limit than just pretty pictures. The movie is both a study in human endurance and a sketch of two men whose fraternal love sometimes curdles into disgust.
Posted Jun 12, 2008
7
A-
My Winnipeg (2007)
In the bizarre and singularly delightful My Winnipeg, [director Guy] Maddin offers a docu-history of his hometown, entangled with memories of his childhood.
Posted Jun 12, 2008
8
B
The film plays a little like an episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, except with scientists instead of cooks, though the low-stakes travelogue format allows for plenty of surprises and fun along the way.
Posted Jun 12, 2008
9
D+
10
B-
It delivers the goods and waits for fans to sign the receipt.
Posted Jun 12, 2008
11
B
Mostly On The Rumba River works best when it sticks to the musical performances, which Sarin films in lengthy scenes built from extreme close-ups of lips, fingers and sweaty skin.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
12
B+
The whole film could be seen a metaphor for America's misadventures in Iraq: Schreiber and company came in expecting flowers and sweets from a grateful native, and wound up in a quagmire.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
13
C-
Mother Of Tears at least has some of the go-for-broke gothic spirit of [Argento's] earlier work. He's just lost the ability to shape it into something artful.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
14
B+
All told, Ellison is a fascinating person to spend 96 minutes with. But you probably shouldn't risk that 97th.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
15
B-
16
B+
Take Out (2004)
The movie took a long time to get distribution, but there's no expiration date on filmmaking this strong.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
17
B
Nicely balances moments of childhood trauma with a full appreciation of the man whose enthusiasm for high spirits sometimes came at considerable cost to those around him.
Posted Jun 6, 2008
18
A-
Kung Fu Panda is yet another celebrity-voiced animal adventure, but it stands out from the crowd of similar films with its lightning wit and whirlwind brio.
Posted Jun 5, 2008
19
C
20
A-
As an exercise in controlled mayhem, horror movies don't get much scarier.
Posted May 29, 2008
21
B+
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* offers persuasive examples of circumstances in which we let people make their own choices, no matter how dimwitted, from plastic-surgery addiction to daredevil stunts.
Posted May 29, 2008
22
C
Trouble is, the gags just keep finding new ways to make McBride's strip-mall sensei seem pathetic, and the few scattered laughs never justify the cruelty.
Posted May 29, 2008
23
A-
Stuck (2008)
It's a righteously nasty piece of work, and a rare example of a movie that traffics in B-movie grime without a trace of Grindhouse-style self-consciousness.
Posted May 29, 2008
24
B-
Savage Grace (2007)
When in the presence of a woman like Barbara Baekeland -- and an actress like Moore -- lesser souls are doomed to wither.
Posted May 29, 2008
25
B-
26
C
Cleaner (2008)
27
D
War, Inc. (2008)
The overall experience is manic, juvenile, and hit-or-miss, as if the auteurs behind Epic Movie were trying to remake Wag The Dog.
Posted May 23, 2008
28
B+
The Edge Of Heaven's final part is less spectacular by design, and feels a little forced at times, but Akin's multigenerational cast helps give the story a touching sense of perspective.
Posted May 23, 2008
29
B+
The packaging is perfect, and the end results beat A View To A Kill any day.
Posted May 23, 2008
30
B-
It's a polished, beautifully shot story, and it acknowledges the messiness of real life. But like real life, it's often baffling and frustrating.
Posted May 23, 2008
31
B-
Nobody can orchestrate this robust silliness better than Steven Spielberg, who brings effortless visual panache to the proceedings, even when he can't entirely hide its mercenary nature.
Posted May 22, 2008
32
C+
[Director] Zalla prefers to wallow in the dead-end, an approach that's initially powerful, then numbing.
Posted May 15, 2008
33
B+
My Father My Lord is short, quiet, and shot in a style that favors closeness and intimacy, yet [director] Volach is able to convey in small strokes how a few rooms and buildings can become a child's whole universe.
Posted May 15, 2008
34
B+
Reprise (2006)
The vibrant Norwegian debut feature Reprise is one of those rare films about writers where form matches content, with fresh insights about the literary world coming via a complex, liberating series of flashbacks, ellipses, and other bold flourishes.
Posted May 15, 2008
35
C
With all these volatile emotions at play, Before The Rains should percolate like The Postman Always Rings Twice, but... well... it's a Merchant-Ivory production, after all.
Posted May 15, 2008
36
C
The creatures remain beautifully designed and Narnia still looks like a colorful, inviting place, but it feels as lifeless as the fantastical anyworlds found on glittery unicorn posters.
Posted May 15, 2008
37
Overnight (2004)
38
C
Complain all you want about the affable slobs in Judd Apatow comedies; at least they're not tools.
Posted May 8, 2008
39
B
Refusenik (2008)
Refusenik is a little dry in its presentation, relying on a conventional mix of talking heads and stock footage. But Bialis has good footage to work with, including some film shot by the BBC in Moscow using equipment smuggled in by tourists.
Posted May 8, 2008
40
C-
Noise (2007)
41
C
Frontier(s) (2007)
A relentlessly ugly and derivative reworking of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Posted May 8, 2008
42
A-
The Fall (2006)
It's the most glorious, wonderful mess put onscreen since Terry Gilliam's Brazil.
Posted May 8, 2008
43
B
44
C
Speed Racer (2008)
In the early going, the whiz-bang editing and searing primary colors in Speed Racer work like a sugar rush, but the crash from all that overstimulation is enough to reduce grown men into sobbing infants.
Posted May 8, 2008
45
A-
Redbelt (2008)
A superior, sophisticated, and unusually gentle character study where the point isn't the twists, so much as watching how one man's belief system holds up through them.
Posted May 1, 2008
46
B+
Iron Man (2008)
47
B+
Viva (2007)
48
C-
Mister Lonely has its moments of wonder and beauty, but the film is obscure by design, and meant to appeal to those who favor the alternative canon of directing greats.
Posted May 1, 2008
49
B-
In many ways, Fugitive Pieces is a beautiful film. But it's a bit too beautiful.
Posted May 1, 2008
50
C
It's touching work that makes Dempsey's plastic sincerity look as thin as the film's posters.
Posted May 1, 2008