In the Dark
"Sayles shines a light on the American occupation of the Philippines around the turn of the last century, reminding us of American history that we don't know much about and letting the parallels to more recent wars speak more or less for themselves. "
A Dangerous Method (2011)
The Descendants (2011)
"Like the beaches of Hawaii, it begins in warm shallows, and leads you gradually out into deeper territory where the water churns and rises into waves that can be dangerous as well as beautiful, and where dark things lurk."
The Hedgehog (2011)
J. Edgar (2011)
"Clint Eastwood has directed some great movies, but this bio of FBI dictator J. Edgar Hoover (Leo DiCaprio) is not among them. DiCaprio does a fine job, but the direction goes down in a hail of bullets. "
Le Havre (2011)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Bride Flight (2011)
The Tree of Life (2011)
Joueuse (Queen to Play) (2011)
"The intimacy that blossoms between Hélène and Kroger is never overtly sexual, but there is a powerful sensuality that underlies the range of looks and gestures generated by these two terrific actors."
Mozart's Sister (2011)
Another Earth (2011)
City of Life and Death (2011)
The Beaver (2011)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
In A Better World (2011)
"Revenge, proverbially, is a dish best served cold. "In a Better World" puts forward the notion that revenge is a dish best not served at all. It could hardly have opened here at a more interesting time."
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)
Public Speaking (2011)
"In Icíar Bollaín's powerful, provocative movie about a Spanish film company on location in South America to shoot a story about Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World, life imitates art imitating life and then some. "
The Conspirator (2011)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
"By the time this sci-fi romance thriller gimmicks its way into its second half you're stealing glances at your watch and wishing the movie would wrap up quickly before it squanders all the good will of the opening setup."
The Green Hornet (2011)
The Mechanic (2011)
The Woodmans (2011)
"Those looking for a self-lacerating sense of guilt from the Woodmans, a family of artists whose precocious daughter Francesca leapt to her death from a New York rooftop in 1981, will not find it in this probing and absorbing portrait."
"In the brilliant and tragic '60s singer-songwriter Phil Ochs, director Kenneth Bowser has taken on a subject that reflects nothing less than the rise and fall of the ideals, aspirations, frustrations, and dreams of a generation."
Casino Jack (2010)
"Director George Hickenlooper can't corral the many characters and twists that the real Casino jack dealt him, and although Kevin Spacey works hard, he never quite nails the right blend of righteous rascal and comic scoundrel. "
Mademoiselle Chambon (2010)
"There are echoes of Brief Encounter, but the same echoes of irresistible longing roll down through centuries without end. Brizé's delicate touch conjures associations with Eric Rohmer's elegant stories of the exquisite agonies of love."
Leaving (Partir) (2010)
Winter's Bone (2010)
"This is lawless meth-cooking country, and there's precious little help or truth being offered from the family and neighbors she goes to for help, but there's not a false moment, or a false step from the pitch-perfect cast."
Made in Dagenham (2010)
The King's Speech (2010)
I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)
The Fighter (2010)
Black Swan (2010)
"Darren Aronovsky has a thing about pain. And for a director with this fixation, the emotional and physical brutality of the world of ballet is a match made in one of the more dangerous neighborhoods of heaven."
Tamara Drewe (2010)
"Brizé's delicate touch conjures associations with Eric Rohmer's elegant stories of the exquisite agonies of love, with the eloquence of classical music here substituting for the verbal symphonies of Rohmer's characters. "
American Casino (2009)
Angels & Demons (2009)