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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
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
2
C
Much like the album it's promoting, it's both urgent and regrettably cacophonous.
Posted Jul 24, 2008
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
B+
For Reed fans -- for rock fans -- the movie is an essential document of a noteworthy event.
Posted Jul 17, 2008
9
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
10
A
11
B
It's more Thompson-for-beginners than an exhaustive inquiry, but as introductions go, it's thorough and thoughtful.
Posted Jul 11, 2008
12
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
13
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
14
B+
In contenting itself with the changing public perception of a long-misunderstood event, Wanted And Desired is compelling enough.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
15
D+
Garden Party (2008)
It's a production in search of a movie.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
16
D
Notwithstanding the occasional unintended guffaw, Obermaier's fabulous life is resoundingly unexciting.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
17
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
18
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
19
C-
August (2008)
20
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
21
C+
Like its early predecessors, it's a nominally fun trip, but it's tissue-thin and instantly forgettable.
Posted Jul 10, 2008
22
B+
23
B
Kabluey (2007)
24
B+
Hancock (2008)
It's worth it just to see a ready-made Superman-sized superhero in action without all the baggage of decades of retellings and reworkings; even looking at familiar faces working through a familiar genre, it's nice to be surprised for once.
Posted Jul 1, 2008
25
B-
Wanted (2008)
It carries a bitter aftertaste, but by those low standards, it's a considerable success.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
26
C-
Elsa & Fred (2008)
The absence of bite prevents the movie from leaving any kind of impression.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
27
B-
28
B+
Though Argento's full-barreled performance hits some bum notes, her utter lack of reserve stands out as both reckless and courageous against the social rigors of Parisian high society.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
29
C+
Full Grown Men often becomes as intolerably silly as the twee Amerindies it's reacting to.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
30
B-
The film covers the game's highlights with great flair.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
31
B
Louise Bourgeois is absorbing, largely because of Bourgeois' striking art, prickly personality, and assured intensity.
Posted Jun 26, 2008
32
A-
Trumbo (2007)
33
A
WALL-E (2008)
34
C-
It's all message, no tension.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
35
A-
Surfwise (2007)
Some documentarians think like essayists, propagandists, abstract painters, or magazine reporters. Doug Pray approaches his documentaries as though he's writing books.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
36
B
Up The Yangtze goes from sleepily hypnotic to riveting over the course of 90 minutes.
Posted Jun 19, 2008
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
D+
41
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
42
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
43
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
44
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
45
D+
46
B-
It delivers the goods and waits for fans to sign the receipt.
Posted Jun 12, 2008
47
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
48
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
49
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
50
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