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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
B-
On that count, Timoner is correct: Harris is unduly obscure. But was what he accomplished really all that great?
Posted Aug 27, 2009
2
D+
3
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
4
B-
Taxidermia (2006)
Taxidermia is frequently funny, for those who can stomach it.
Posted Aug 20, 2009
5
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
6
C+
7
B-
Art & Copy (2009)
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
B+
12
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
13
C-
The problem isn't the timeline -- it's everything else.
Posted Aug 14, 2009
14
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
15
A
Ponyo (2009)
16
D+
Funny ideas bubble up from time to time only to disappear into a morass of stripper jokes and desperation.
Posted Aug 13, 2009
17
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
18
B-
Bandslam (2009)
19
B
Earth Days (2009)
Once [director] Stone drops the generalities and starts getting specific, Earth Days improves considerably.
Posted Aug 13, 2009
20
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
21
B
22
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
23
C
Julie & Julia is two movies in one. That's one more movie than it needs to be.
Posted Aug 6, 2009
24
B-
25
B+
Beeswax (2009)
Bujalski's funny, diverting character piece has a lived-in quality that's no small achievement.
Posted Aug 6, 2009
26
D+
Paper Heart (2009)
Every beat of Yi's manufactured crisis of faith feels as pre-programmed in its own way as a Michael Bay movie.
Posted Aug 6, 2009
27
B
The movie goes out on a high, but until then, it plays almost like the pilot for a TV series. But it would be a good TV series.
Posted Aug 6, 2009
28
B-
Cold Souls (2009)
The premise seems profound, but the claustrophobically inert execution lacks reach or imagination.
Posted Aug 6, 2009
29
The Pest (1997)
It seems to be targeted at eight-year-old boys with attention-deficit disorder, and could have been more competently made by any one of them.
Posted Aug 4, 2009
30
31
Foolish (1999)
The miserable production values-the cardboard sets rival a Little Rascals talent show-and P's stone-faced delivery are merely amateurish, but as a vanity project for Griffin, Foolish is downright appalling.
Posted Aug 3, 2009
32
Simon Sez (1999)
33
C-
The early scenes promise a potentially novel cross between heist and extreme horror, but those hopes are quickly dashed.
Posted Jul 31, 2009
34
C-
Like those mild old Disney comedies of the '60s and '70s, it seems perfectly content with being a harmless distraction.
Posted Jul 31, 2009
35
B+
Lorna's Silence feels like a refinement, even a repetition, of earlier themes. But the brothers are repeating themselves at such a high level that the redundancies are more than welcome.
Posted Jul 30, 2009
36
B-
The Cove (2009)
The Cove offers a lot to think about in terms of the future of fishing, and Psihoyos' gift for using fiction-feature conventions does make a seemingly unpalatable subject entertaining.
Posted Jul 30, 2009
37
C+
Adam (2009)
38
B+
Think of Not Quite Hollywood as a vividly illustrated catalogue of astonishing smut.
Posted Jul 30, 2009
39
B
Its turgid pace creates a queasy fascination all its own, drawing viewers into an ever-darkening locus of sin and obsession where even the wish for redemption comes at a terrible cost.
Posted Jul 30, 2009
40
B-
41
B
Madsen's action sequences are beautifully choreographed and shot, and the movie is packed with slick shootouts and narrow escapes, but it all lacks a certain oomph.
Posted Jul 30, 2009
42
B
Funny People (2009)
It's refreshingly unformulaic, but a rambling mess. It's also tremendously funny.
Posted Jul 30, 2009
43
C-
G-Force (2009)
Pointing out G-Force's plot holes would be redundant; it's more hole than plot, and more videogame commercial and exhausted-old-trope clearinghouse than film.
Posted Jul 24, 2009
44
C-
45
C-
Shrink (2009)
46
A-
In the Loop (2009)
A mercilessly funny film that, beneath the laughs, chillingly falls on the believable side of how politics really gets done.
Posted Jul 23, 2009
47
D+
Orphan (2009)
If director Jaume Collet-Serra set out to make a parody of horror-film clichés, he succeeded brilliantly.
Posted Jul 23, 2009
48
D
49
B-
50
B-