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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
B
3
D
Saw V (2008)
4
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
5
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
6
D
7
B+
The film deftly sketches a sibling relationship complicated by obligation, guilt, mistrust, and, not least, an abiding love.
Posted Oct 23, 2008
8
B+
Essentially multiplies Adaptation by an exponential factor and thus grows into a snarling, ungainly beast of self-reflexive absurdities.
Posted Oct 23, 2008
9
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
10
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
11
D
12
D
13
B+
Chop Shop (2008)
All these low-level criminal enterprises and idle dreams aren't happening in Mexico City or Kandahar; they're just outside Queens.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
14
A
Treating cinema as a giant toy box, Korda resembles a child with an overactive imagination, giddily piling on every exotic and magical conceit the story can handle.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
15
B-
In Search Of A Midnight Kiss shows enough flashes of brightness that its more conventional business is all the more dispiriting.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
16
B+
Suitably tense, sad, and deeply poignant.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
17
B+
Priceless (2006)
There's no froth like French froth. And few French-froth-purveyors are as adept as Pierre Salvadori.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
18
B+
Entertaining and provocative.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
19
d
Paying audiences aren't usually subjected to projects this amateurish.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
20
B
By and large, Tell No One is more interested in telling a knotty story than pondering its meaning, but in those rare deeper moments, Canet evokes how a tragedy can gather around a man and linger there, like a cloud of gnats.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
21
B
Felon (2008)
It's still white-knuckle tense, and held together by dozens of small, well-observed moments.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
22
B-
Man on Wire (2008)
It's a story worth telling, yes -- but after 90 minutes, it's hard not to wonder if the storyteller can talk about anything else.
Posted Oct 18, 2008
23
C
24
B+
Swanberg and Gerwig also have a gift for constructing the kind of moments rarely seen in contemporary American independent film.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
25
B
Frontrunners (2008)
what makes the movie fascinating is the particulars of the campaigns, from the way the candidates consider how to choose a running mate that will appeal to the right cliques, to how a win would improve their chances to get into a top college.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
26
B
27
C+
Sex Drive (2008)
28
C-
Max Payne (2008)
A big reason why videogame-to-movie adaptations are currently batting .000 is that filmmakers work so hard at recreating a game's look that they ignore the obvious problem of assembling a bunch of lame cutscenes into a story.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
29
B-
It's unabashedly soft and sentimental, in its soft-pedaled tragedies as well as its uplift.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
30
C+
W. (2008)
Had Stone realized he was making Dr. Strangelove, W. might have been an absurdist hoot, but that would require the sort of dramatic choice he stubbornly resists making.
Posted Oct 17, 2008
31
C+
Quarantine (2008)
32
B
33
D+
Good Dick (2008)
Mostly the movie is eccentric and edgy in childish ways, relying on offhand shock and predictable revelations.
Posted Oct 9, 2008
34
B+
The opening scenes of Mike Leigh's latest slice-of-life dramedy Happy-Go-Lucky introduce a protagonist who appears psychologically disordered at worst, and highly annoying at best.
Posted Oct 9, 2008
35
B-
RocknRolla (2008)
Perhaps Ritchie has improved over the past 10 years -- or perhaps any movie would look good after the execrable Swept Away and Revolver -- because Ritchie's latest gangland comedy RocknRolla is far and away his best work.
Posted Oct 9, 2008
36
C
The Express (2008)
The Express raises the following rhetorical question: Was Davis' life really that by-the-numbers bland or have the filmmakers airbrushed out all the prickly, complicated details?
Posted Oct 9, 2008
37
B
Provides a fascinating glimpse down a path perhaps advisedly not taken.
Posted Oct 9, 2008
38
B
Body of Lies (2008)
It's solid filmmaking that, bafflingly, leaves little to talk about on the way home.
Posted Oct 9, 2008
39
F
What makes An American Carol overtly depressing rather than merely lame is its allegiance to a diseased political discourse built on crude dichotomies: Either you're a bellicose, God-fearing patriot or a troop-hating, traitorous hippie.
Posted Oct 6, 2008
40
C-
For kids who like dogs and grown-ups who don't mind a movie filled with pro-adopt-a-shelter-dog messages, it could theoretically be worse.
Posted Oct 2, 2008
41
C
Ultimately, Allah only made these guys mildly likable.
Posted Oct 2, 2008
42
B+
Obscene (2008)
Though Obscene tells the story without fully exploring its nuances, that story is both fascinating and more than a little inspiring.
Posted Oct 2, 2008
43
B-
Ballast (2008)
There's a terrific short film buried in Ballast.
Posted Oct 2, 2008
44
D
45
B
Flash Of Genius has all the pleasures of an underdog film and none of the guilt of being pandered, patronized, and fed a feel-good moral.
Posted Oct 2, 2008
46
C+
Blindness (2008)
There's a good movie here, but we get it in pieces that are sometimes hard to decipher.
Posted Oct 2, 2008
47
A
It may be painful at times, but Rachel Getting Married sure is one heck of a party.
Posted Oct 2, 2008
48
D+
Religulous (2008)
Maher's too smart to make a movie this dumb.
Posted Oct 2, 2008
49
B-
The film drags as it reaches the hours before sunrise, but Cera and Denning's passive-aggressive flirtation keeps its pulse alive.
Posted Oct 2, 2008
50
F
Fireproof (2008)
In the history of marital discord in the movies, has there ever been a blander conflict than the one between firefighter Kirk Cameron and his goodly wife Erin Bethea in the dismal Christian-themed melodrama Fireproof?
Posted Sep 29, 2008