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Four Lions (2010)
Audacious...As much in the Ealing tradition as the
posits terrorists on a spectrum of dimwitted to moronic when it comes to the understanding of their cause and its effect.
It would be easy to be cynical about
, the Walt Disney-produced film that launched a thousand anthropomorphic animal movies. But its pre-ironic simplicity has, in many ways, only improved with age.
127 Hours (2010)
Like Ralston, Boyle is an adrenaline junkie, and the film's opening moments establish the searching energy of filmmaker and subject.
Au revoir, les enfants (1987)
As ever, Malle's sensitivity is supreme and his delicate style evocative.
Made in Dagenham (2010)
While the story of these striking seat-cover seamstresses is well worth telling (and sadly still relevant, given the need for last year’s Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act), screenwriter William Ivory and director Nigel Cole...do not tell it well.
The Tourist (2010)
Venice is pretty alright, but like its namesake (or, for that matter, like a kidney stone),
is just passing through.
The promise of extraordinary brain power isn't fulfilled.
The Tillman Story (2010)
It's no mistake that the film's (anti-)resolving image is a statue of Tillman, frozen in time as a heroic but Sphynx-like riddle.
Writer Paddy Chayevsky's prescient 1976 satire of lies, injustice and the American way...has lost none of its sting.
Still Walking (2009)
Taking place over little more than a day in the life of a family, Kore-eda's film locates the profound in the mundane.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
Allen has here an interesting idea-that placebos may 'work better' than medicine-to noodle over and ultimately reject; it's just a shame he doesn't entertain us more in the process.
Nolan built a better mousetrap of a neo-noir, using the tricky gimmick of a complex, purposefully disorienting narrative.
All About Eve (1950)
Mankiewicz's inside knowledge of show business and its particular personality types gives the film an authenticity and allows for its famously devastating acid wit.
An Affair to Remember (1957)
'Weepies' may not be high art, but for those who love them,
An Affair to Remember
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Say what you will about
Thelma & Louise
(many have), but there's no doubt that it was a
picture with a potent cultural impact.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Costner went for broke with his large-scale, Panavision epic...
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol (2010)
specials and finales are obliged to pull out the stops, and 'A Christmas Carol' doesn't disappoint in this regard.
You Again (2010)
Like staring at whorehouse wallpaper: it's sort of interesting, but you have a strong feeling you might be wasting your time.
The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
A film that washes over the viewer and invites meditative contemplation about our awareness while swimming the big river of consciousness.
Raging Bull (1980)
A touchstone for cinematographic greatness and the possibilities of screen acting, as well as an "instant classic" of the boxing-movie genre.
A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (2010)
Most will find
all wet—limp, if you will—in Yimou's apparent choice to remake
in the style of
Nowhere Boy (2010)
As a broad-strokes account of Lennon’s complicated family dynamic, trouble-making youth, and first tentative steps toward rock stardom...succeeds as both entertainment and a rumination on the roots of one man’s nascent artistry.
's tossed-off quality keeps it from greatness, but it also distinguishes Edwards' film from the great mass of contemporary comedies smoothed to a shiny, edgeless formula.
You've Got Mail (1998)
The well-honed dramedic performances by endearingly mock-cranky Hanks and quirky, cryin' Ryan add just enough weight to what might otherwise float away...
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
I'm not sure there's anyone alive that believes the 1951 film lives up to Lewis Carroll's deathless 1865 novel
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
, but the animated feature remains a perfectly decent slice of kid-friendly surrealism...
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Say this for
Never Let Me Go
, the new film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's celebrated novel: you haven't seen anything like it at the movies this year.
may not much tease the intellect, but one would have to be a rock to be unmoved by the true story’s dramatic arc, well played by Swank and Rockwell.
Red Hill (2010)
Hughes shows chops in setting a mood and carrying out the grisly business of shotgun showdowns and torturous mano a mano sessions...
(To the tune of “Mister Ed”:)
We’ve had us a film about a horse.
got Oscar nods, of course.
So another race horse on us they’ll force:
Stars four Oscar-winning actors. It’s not every day that you’re able to use 'Helen Mirren' and 'heavy artillery' in the same sentence, but
gives you the opportunity.
Jack Goes Boating (2010)
Hoffman’s actorly sensibility allows the film’s best moments, expressed in gestures and non-verbal signifiers...
Broadcast News (1987)
By looking at the small-screen picture...[Brooks] provocatively suggests that America's socio-political problems are pretty much the same as the personal problems of its citizens.
Justified: The Complete First Season (2010)
shares Leonard's love of character, dialogue, and situation drama, and nicely evokes its master's voice.
Blood, sweat and oil...the only thing worse than the dark, hellish, odorous claustrophobia of the tank's innards is the tunnel vision afforded by the gun-sight...
L'Armée des ombres (Army of Shadows) (2006)
Melville outlines the valorous and dirty deeds of heroes in taut action sequences that reach unusually existential heights.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Though the carpe diem theme comes as something of a surprise,
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
makes its political points, with 'moral hazard'—the dark side of second chances—the film’s punny refrain.
Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy (2010)
Has it really been over twenty years since
? And yet the
parody business is still booming.
True Grit (1969)
The girl with the strength of a man, and the man with a sensitive heart (albeit under layers of crust). The calculated softening of Wayne's macho persona at long last won him the Oscar.
Rush Hour (1998)
Chan...can make something out of nothing, while Ratner's chief skills seem to be talking himself into the director's chair and hiring the right people.
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express (2010)
Makes a choice to eschew fun in favor of pitch-black tonality...but kudos to Harcourt and Martin for their ambition in adding new dimension to an old story.
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