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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Senna (2010) Katherine Monk Kapadia's film isn't just a moving resurrection of the driver and his phenomenal career; it's a timely nod to our increasingly competitive times, as we attempt to restart from a long stall of selfishness, and reconstruct the engine of meaning in the pits. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2017
4/5 Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Jay Stone Bigelow pulls us into the twilight world of terrorism, betrayal and the sudden shock of violence and it's a tribute to her art that we're on the edge of our seats even though we know how it all turns out. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/5 Quantum of Solace (2008) Jay Stone This is 007 down to the essence: kiss kiss bang bang, minus the kiss kiss. Well, you've had your quantum of solace, Mr. Bond. Now have a vodka martini and relax. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2015
3.5/5 Skyfall (2012) Katherine Monk Skyfall is highly aware of the earlier stuff, and even pays direct homage to the work of previous Bonds via props and plot, ensuring any true 007 fan will feel a tickle from every Aston Martin reference. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2015
4/5 Django Unchained (2012) Jay Stone By the end, Django is a hero for his times: the D is silent, but nothing else is. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3.5/5 The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Jay Stone It's a classic, and the attraction is not the surprise of the plot, but to see how it's done this time. The answer is: very smoothly. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3.5/5 The Wolverine (2013) Katherine Monk It's Jackman's grace and talent that really sets The Wolverine apart. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3.5/5 Thor: The Dark World (2013) Katherine Monk There's good reason to stay awake for this goofy, explosive and oddly warm-hearted yarn that knits a cold story of family dysfunction with matinee spectacle. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2015
B X-Men: First Class (2011) Katherine Monk That First Class also offers up a decent narrative about the importance of self-love, family bonding and friendship gives it extra dimension -- even if the overall dramatic range only goes X to Z. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2015
4/5 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Jay Stone The story of Jason Bourne is the story of the spy movie all grown up. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2015
3.5/5 Iron Man (2008) Katherine Monk Neither the message nor the sparingly used special effects get in the way of entertainment, proving Iron Man really is a throwback to a kinder, gentler and decidedly more fun era of subversive filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2015
3/5 Om Shanti Om (2007) Mark Medley At almost three hours long the film drags a bit, but you'll have more fun at Om Shanti Om than most of the Hollywood movies released today. Watching it, you can't help but smile. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2015
4/5 Star Trek (2009) Katherine Monk As far as performance goes, Pine and Karl Urban -- Kirk and Bones, respectively -- do offer up moments of tongue-in-cheek allusion, but they sell it straight-up, and save the movie from becoming a list of inside jokes. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2015
3.5/5 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Katherine Monk A compelling piece of entertainment that poses bigger questions than it answers, Slumdog Millionaire is a modern version of the Cinderella story with some spicy food for thought, and an undeniably sweet core. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2015
No Country for Old Men (2007) Jay Stone Beautifully photographed (by Roger Deakins) in leathery Texas tans, No Country For Old Men is filled with twists and surprises, hypnotically engaging from its very first scene. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2015
3.5/5 A Most Violent Year (2014) Katherine Monk We know the stakes, and thanks to the Godfather movies, we have a feel for the seedy urban landscape, but what makes A Most Violent Year feel slightly different is the minimal approach. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3.5/5 Still Alice (2014) Katherine Monk Thanks to some intuitive direction from the filmmakers and a truly inspired performance from Julianne Moore, Still Alice articulates the very specific type of loss that Alzheimer's and other cognitive disorders represent. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2015
3.5/5 Cake (2014) Katherine Monk All the action grows organically out of character and a surprisingly stubborn life force that urges us to get out of our premix boxes, and start from scratch. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2015
4/5 Winter Sleep (2014) Katherine Monk In many ways, Ceylan turns Aydin's hotel into a model ant colony where we can watch pockets of activity in isolation, and with its earthen cavities and clay cubbyholes, it's an image that fits, right down to the struggle for power. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 Two Days, One Night (2014) Katherine Monk [Cotillard] She oozes sadness from the seams, and lets us feel the deep hole that is depression without great swaths of self-pity or melodrama. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/5 Paddington (2014) Katherine Monk What's so magical about this setup is the perfectly British attitude: No one is fazed by Paddington's ability to speak, stand on two legs and discuss the moral consequences of one's actions. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2015
2.5/5 Blackhat (2015) Katherine Monk It's a timely topic, and one Mann could have surfed to the very edge of accessibility had he found the right line, but he nosedives in the first act. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/5 American Sniper (2014) Katherine Monk The whole movie depends on our acceptance of Kyle as a true American hero and Eastwood sells it with a dollop of ice cream on the apple pie thanks to Cooper's natural charisma. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 Inherent Vice (2014) Katherine Monk Instead of melting into the holes of the story like so much warm butter, the audience gets scraped across Anderson's room-temperature toast. There's no chemical reaction, which has the effect of leaving the audience cold. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2015
4/5 Selma (2014) Katherine Monk The skilfully re-created look of the era in the actual locations lets the viewer drop right into one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history, a time when blind hatred and bigotry set public policy. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2015
3.5/5 The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Katherine Monk The movie survives its own cliché because Hazel articulates our skepticism and keeps it real. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2015
4/5 Mr. Turner (2014) Katherine Monk For those who don't mind taking an extended look at a masterpiece and the human hand behind it, Mr. Turner may well reframe your relationship to light itself. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3.5/5 Into the Woods (2014) Katherine Monk Into the Woods is still worth the trip: It's comfort food cooked by a master chef. Nothing fancy, but it will leave you full. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3.5/5 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Katherine Monk For all the endless detours and special effects traffic jams, this is still a trip you want to take, if only to say you survived the journey. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2014
4/5 The Imitation Game (2014) Katherine Monk Many actors are too cowardly, or too egotistical, to play an unsympathetic character. So Cumberbatch's performance deserves more consideration than many of his peers'. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2014
2.5/5 Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Katherine Monk The movie starts off strong thanks to its star's sheer charisma and our desire to see the parting of the Red Sea in digital high-def, but it can't keep our interest for the near-three-hour running time. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/5 Top Five (2014) Katherine Monk Rock is brilliant at finding common ground while mapping the boundaries between black and white realities, which is why Top Five is a truly interesting -- and frequently very funny -- film. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3.5/5 The Babadook (2014) Katherine Monk We can't help but follow because we empathize with every character -- even the big black sharp-fingered monster that pops up from the dark depths of the subconscious to wreak havoc in the supposed safety of daylight. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3.5/5 Enchanted (2007) Katherine Monk In the hands of Adams, the evolution elicits as much sympathy as it does laughter, largely because she grounds every pivotal moment in wide-eyed kindness and generosity, pushing us to care about her fate. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2014
4/5 Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Jay Stone In a season of endless comic book superheroes, Hellboy II is a unique visual feast. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3.5/5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Jay Stone The adolescent subplot is treated sweetly by Newell. The awkward dances and dating faux pas at the school ball feel like additions from some other, less mythic series, and form a welcome respite from the intense magic-making of the rest of the film. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2014
Tangled (2010) Katherine Monk A tight little package that sings and dances, Tangled is a well-conditioned and rather shiny little piece of entertainment. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3.5/5 The Princess and the Frog (2009) Katherine Monk The styles are varied, but always in tune with the narrative content, ensuring there's never an unwelcome eyeful of colour and motion. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2014
2.5/5 Kung Fu Panda (2008) Jay Stone Some of it just seems silly, which is fine for a family movie, of course, but there's silly and then there's silly. Kung Fu Panda is silly. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2014
3/5 Bridge to Terabithia (2007) Jay Stone Bridge to Terabithia is a brave film but a disturbing one, and even though it is inspired by real-life events, it feels like a cheat. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2014
2.5/5 Serena (2014) Katherine Monk By the end, we barely like anyone in this smoky landscape, let alone care about what happens to them. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/5 Heartbeat (2014) Katherine Monk Much like the film itself, the actress wears her heart on her sleeve then wipes her runny nose on it, offering the viewer all the human poetry of heartache, and all the goofy comedy of getting over it. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3.5/5 Gemma Bovery (2014) Katherine Monk Thanks to actor Fabrice Luchini's befuddled sweetness in every moment, Fontaine and her entire cast create more comic moments than tragic ones, which make the exercise feel surprisingly fun. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/5 Wild (2014) Katherine Monk Wild is a simmering pot on the back burner of the viewer's mind, slowly pulling out the flavours of personal experience to create a hearty, and highly personal, rustic potage of sweet forgiveness. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/5 Force majeure (2014) Katherine Monk Ostlund not only rides that wave of crushing power by unleashing all those inner demons, his efforts leave us emotionally chilled but giddy at having survived the experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2014
4/5 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014) Katherine Monk Mockingjay is by far the bleakest of the movies so far. Yet this first part of the last book in the Suzanne Collins series may also be the most potent. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2014
3.5/5 The Homesman (2014) Katherine Monk The Homesman is a story of faith versus the void, civilization versus the frontier, life versus death. It's dark matter, but Jones and Swank bring some sparkle to the dust with their perfectly balanced performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2014
4.5/5 Coraline (2009) Jay Stone You know from the very first sequence that Coraline is an extraordinary movie that is going to rattle the bejeezus out of young audience members and -- the truth be told -- their fathers as well. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2014
4/5 Citizenfour (2014) Katherine Monk It's probably the most opaque operation ever conducted on a global stage, which is why Laura Poitras's clarity is such an asset: She simply records Edward Snowden as he drops the bomb. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2014
2/5 Rosewater (2014) Katherine Monk Rosewater, Stewart's first feature, is a sentimental mess that registers as a consistent flat line, but we can still respect him and star Gael García Bernal because it's obvious they had their hearts, minds and money in the right place. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2014