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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
B
Traitor (2008)
2
B
I.O.U.S.A. (2008)
3
B+
Momma's Man (2008)
Indie films about arrested adolescence have practically become a genre, but the way Jacobs avoids pat explanations...is so refreshingly low-key that it's easy to feel like Jacobs has reinvented the wheel.
Posted Aug 22, 2008
4
c+
The Rocker (2008)
It's a slave to formula, and it hits its marks satisfyingly enough to make for a pleasant time-passer, but Wilson and a loaded supporting cast are never as funny as they should be.
Posted Aug 22, 2008
5
B+
Hamlet 2 (2008)
6
B
Trouble The Water is infuriating in its depiction of helpless Americans getting left behind, and uplifting in the way it shows the Roberts putting their lives together.
Posted Aug 22, 2008
7
C+
8
C
100 percent of the laughs come courtesy of Faris, who's particularly good in the early going, when her babe-in-the-woods act reaches Homer Simpson-like heights of comic obliviousness. As usual, the movie eventually lets her down.
Posted Aug 22, 2008
9
C+
Death Race (2008)
It's the perfect end-of-summer film, and a sign that summer needs to end soon.
Posted Aug 22, 2008
10
D+
Mirrors (2008)
[Aja's] pedal-to-the-metal intensity only serves to heighten the film's fundamental ridiculousness.
Posted Aug 18, 2008
11
B
Sixty Six (2006)
Weiland's occasional heavy-handedness is more than redeemed by the lightness of his cast.
Posted Aug 15, 2008
12
D
The cinematic equivalent of safety scissors -- all softened edges and no real point.
Posted Aug 15, 2008
13
B
Chabrol has made a career out of savage class warfare, and A Girl Cut In Two fires off another bitter salvo.
Posted Aug 15, 2008
14
B+
Through it all, Vicky Cristina Barcelona remains unaccountably romantic, a confirmation that love, elusive and painful as it can be, is still worth pursuing.
Posted Aug 15, 2008
15
C+
16
B+
Where Stiller the actor seems outmatched by the more expressive talents on display, Stiller the co-writer and director contributes a lively, layered comedy packed with cheap but hilarious goofs on Hollywood
Posted Aug 13, 2008
17
C+
Bottle Shock (2008)
Irritating in its failures and clumsy in its successes.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
18
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
19
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
20
D
Hell Ride (2008)
A witless reprise of '60s and '70s biker movies written, directed by, and starring Larry Bishop.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
21
B
Elegy (2008)
As an acting showcase that builds to some unexpectedly moving moments, Elegy has much to recommend it.
Posted Aug 8, 2008
22
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
23
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
24
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
25
C-
Swing Vote (2008)
26
B-
27
C-
28
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
29
B+
It's easy for anyone who survived (or is surviving) high school to feel twinges of identification.
Posted Jul 24, 2008
30
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
31
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
32
C
Much like the album it's promoting, it's both urgent and regrettably cacophonous.
Posted Jul 24, 2008
33
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
34
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
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
B+
For Reed fans -- for rock fans -- the movie is an essential document of a noteworthy event.
Posted Jul 17, 2008
39
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
40
A
41
B
It's more Thompson-for-beginners than an exhaustive inquiry, but as introductions go, it's thorough and thoughtful.
Posted Jul 11, 2008
42
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
43
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
44
B+
In contenting itself with the changing public perception of a long-misunderstood event, Wanted And Desired is compelling enough.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
45
D+
Garden Party (2008)
It's a production in search of a movie.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
46
D
Notwithstanding the occasional unintended guffaw, Obermaier's fabulous life is resoundingly unexciting.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
47
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
48
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
49
C-
August (2008)
50
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