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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
B
A thoughtful, often poignant study of modern urban life and race.
Posted Jan 29, 2009
2
C+
A respectable enough little ghost story, but it loses a lot of sparkle by being similar to such other guy-talks-to-the-dead thrillers as The Sixth Sense and Ghost Town.
Posted Jan 29, 2009
3
C
New In Town (2009)
4
B+
5
C-
Taken (2009)
6
D+
Lycans, helmed by longtime creature-designer and first-time director Patrick Tatopoulos, just repeats the tale again at feature length.
Posted Jan 26, 2009
7
B
Inkheart (2009)
Inkheart won't make people forget Princess Bride, but it may give them pleasant flashbacks while it rollicks through its own bookish adventures.
Posted Jan 22, 2009
8
B-
Outlander (2009)
9
D+
The Lodger (2009)
10
B+
11
C+
Donkey Punch (2008)
12
C+
13
B-
Cherry Blossoms' compositions are meticulous, and Dorrie modernizes her style with intermittent use of a handheld camera and impressionistic editing.
Posted Jan 15, 2009
14
C-
15
C+
Notorious (2009)
16
C-
17
C+
There's no disguising fluff this fluffy.
Posted Jan 15, 2009
18
B-
Just Another Love Story is enjoyably moody in the early going, and it develops into a decent Hitchcockian thriller at times.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
19
D
20
B-
Yonkers Joe (2009)
[Director] Celestino steers clear of the can't-miss pulp thriller that Yonkers Joe could've been, and goes for broke by giving it big dollop of schmaltz. His horse doesn't come in, but it runs a respectable race.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
21
D-
Bride Wars (2009)
22
D
The Unborn (2009)
What darkness the movie achieves comes solely from the lighting.
Posted Jan 9, 2009
23
C
24
C
Defiance (2009)
25
C
Good (2008)
It definitely wouldn't have done anyone involved with Good any harm to ask what relevance heavy-handed history plays have to do with the world of today.
Posted Dec 31, 2008
26
C
Valkyrie (2008)
27
B
More impressionistic portrait and meditation on memory than serious journalistic inquiry into the South Lebanon massacre at the center of his mental block.
Posted Dec 29, 2008
28
B-
Though Theater Of War is informative -- both about Brecht and about the effort it takes to mount a big New York production -- Walter overreaches in trying to connect Brecht's anti-war sentiment with contemporary protest movements.
Posted Dec 29, 2008
29
B+
The Secret Of The Grain is more complicated than it sounds, less geared toward uplift than in revealing the fault-lines within this sprawling, multi-generational family and between their immigrant culture and their French hosts.
Posted Dec 29, 2008
30
B
It's keenly observed, handsomely mounted, supremely well-acted, and distant in a way the period trappings can't quite explain away.
Posted Dec 29, 2008
31
D
Sandler's laziness, sloppiness, and cynical pandering are all over Bedtime Stories, and it turns what's intended to be a graceful intersection of fairytale whimsy and real-world slapstick into an ugly, head-on collision.
Posted Dec 29, 2008
32
C
Fincher's visual mastery and Pitt's charisma almost compensate for a gimmick in search of a meaning. The more time Fincher gives viewers with Button, the thinner the character grows.
Posted Dec 29, 2008
33
C
Marley & Me (2008)
Though it requires three or four hankies to mop up the mess this sentimental tale leaves behind, the tears feel largely unearned.
Posted Dec 29, 2008
34
D
The Spirit (2008)
35
B
Nothing But The Truth operates a lot like Billy Ray's Shattered Glass and Breach, offering up the sort of no-nonsense, meat-and-potatoes docudrama that's in short supply these days.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
36
B+
The Wrestler (2008)
The movie feeds off Rourke, who plays a genuinely decent guy who never lets his dawning self-awareness interfere with his responsibility to give the fans a show.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
37
A-
The Class (2008)
The beauty of The Class is that it puts the lie to the one-teacher-can-make-a-difference myth propagated by so many other films.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
38
B
Goodman doesn't allow even a hint of postmodernism or self-consciousness to creep into What Doesn't Kill You, and though the movie's various heists and shootouts are gripping, they aren't especially kinetic or stylish.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
39
C+
Seven Pounds (2008)
Smith's quest is the worst kind of sentimental gimmick: He's like Oskar Schindler and Oprah rolled into one. But credit Smith and Pursuit Of Happyness director Gabriele Muccino for keeping the tone solemn and muted.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
40
B-
[The directors] give their film a stately pace that's a pleasant break from the usual sugared-up kids' mayhem.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
41
C
Yes Man (2008)
Director Peyton Reed keeps the movie handsome, but there's little of the style he brought to the overlooked Down With Love or even the dire-but-distinctive The Break-Up.
Posted Dec 19, 2008
42
B
While it isn't that hard to stay a step or two ahead of Timecrimes, the movie is still a nifty little genre piece, an old-fashioned science-fiction mind-game with a healthy dollop of 'Oh, the irony.'
Posted Dec 11, 2008
43
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
44
C
There's no shortage of warmth in Nothing Like The Holidays. It also features no shortage of clichés.
Posted Dec 11, 2008
45
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
46
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
47
B
48
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
49
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
50
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