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Being Flynn (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:24

 

film being-flynn_75The best parts of the film are those that take place in the community of the homeless shelter and its cast of employees and homeless men.

 

Crazy Horse (Zipporah Films, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:14

 

film crazy-horse_75Everyone who wants to see it can plead as justification, “I only read it for the articles.”

 

 

   

Friends with Kids (Roadside Attractions, R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 09 March 2012 10:52

film friends-kids smWill you ever feel clean again after being covered in baby poo?

 

John Carter (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 09 March 2012 10:47

film john-carter smThe ex-military captain, circa the late 1800s, inexplicably finds himself on Mars after a series of events that don’t much make sense to either him or the viewer.

   

We Need to Talk About Kevin (Oscilloscope Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 09 March 2012 10:43

film kevin smI’m happy to report that We Need to Talk About Kevin is a resounding success.

 

Declaration of War (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 09 March 2012 10:40

film declaration smIf you can’t feel some kind of empathy for the central characters, there’s not much left to the film except a guilt trip for not feeling the way you should.

   

Rampart (Millennium Entertainment, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 09 March 2012 10:36

film rampart smHe’s a one-trick pony and so is the film, and neither really go anywhere.

 

Project X (Warner Bros. Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 01 March 2012 10:41

We can live vicariously through the characters and witness both a legendary party and the chaos that transpires as a result.
 
 
   

Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (Magnet Releasing, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 01 March 2012 10:24

film tim-eric 75The film is a thuddingly unfunny, boring, irritating mess.

 

Act of Valor (Relativity Media, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Friday, 24 February 2012 19:42

film act-of-valor_smThe troops deserve our support. They deserve better than this.

   

Wanderlust (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 24 February 2012 19:37

film wanderlust_smWorse still is that no character motivations make any sense at all.

 

The Conquest (Music Box Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 22 February 2012 12:47

film conquest_smYou may find The Conquest to be a political comedy-drama with high production values, a compact script, and some excellent acting by a veteran troupe of actors.

   

The Secret World of Arrietty (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, G)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:41

 

film arietty_smThat is to say The Secret World of Arrietty is a brilliant film, surely one of the year’s best.

 

A Separation (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:38

 

film separation_smYou’ll be hard pressed to find a more engrossing, dramatic portrayal of how annoying it often is to be alive.

 

 

   

This Means War (R, 20th Century Fox)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:34

 

film this-means-war_smIt is different from the standard rom-com…until it isn’t.

 

Young Goethe in Love (Music Box Films, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:30

 

film young-goethe_smWhere everyone knows Shakespeare and can hop right on board with Shakespeare in Love, how many people are going to be rushing to the theater to see this on account of being interested in Johann Goethe?

   

Safe House (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Friday, 10 February 2012 12:55

 

film safe-house_smThe style of this film is 100% lifted from the later Bourne movies.

 

The Vow (Screen Gems, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Friday, 10 February 2012 12:52

 

film the-vow_smThe director and numerous writers would have served their audience well by studying the great love stories before clumsily throwing together their half-hearted final product.

   

Pina (IFC Films/Sundance Selects, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 10 February 2012 12:47

film pina_smThere’s a little bit of biographical information here, but the majority of Pina’s 103-minute running time is just people dancing in 3-D.

 

Chronicle (Twentieth Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Sean Lass Friday, 03 February 2012 11:28

film chronicle_smAny found-footage film has to work extra hard to win me over, and Chronicle pretty much did.

   

The Woman in Black (CBS Films, PG-13)

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Written by Sean Lass Friday, 03 February 2012 11:23

film woman-in-black_smIt really felt very middle of the road; ghosts spend most of their time jumping out and saying “boo.” 

 

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 01 February 2012 13:11

film el-bulli_smYou’re probably thinking either “Cool; how can I learn more?” or “Isn’t that a little precious for something that will be traveling through your digestive system?”

   

Albert Nobbs (Roadside Attractions, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:25

albert-nobbs smWhen she shares the screen with McTeer, Close simply disappears into the woodwork, which may be appropriate for her character but doesn’t give the audience much to appreciate.

 

Man on a Ledge (Summit Entertainment)

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Written by Sean Lass Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:20

man-ledge snI felt nothing while watching it, and as I was leaving the theater, I could feel the film fade from my memory at an alarming rate.

   

Tomboy (Rocket Releasing, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:04

tomboy smThe film hinges on Héran’s performance, and she pulls it off rather remarkably.

 

Haywire (Relativity Media, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:35

film haywire smGina Carano certainly wins the audience over in the fight scenes, so I see potential for her to have a future; I just can’t fully endorse her at this point.

   

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Warner Bros., PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:32

film extremely-loud smI can’t say that I can get too upset about this awful chunk of treacle, aside from the fact that it will probably put a lot of people off of reading the book.

 

Pariah (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:28

film pariah smOne of the most remarkable facts about Pariah is how it manages almost completely to avoid stereotypes.

   

Shame (Sony Pictures Classics, NC-17)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:25

film shame smBy the end of the film, it almost feels as if director Steve McQueen has lost interest and just needs a way to put some semblance of closure on the proceedings.

 

A Dangerous Method (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 19 January 2012 14:10

film dangerous-method smI tend to prefer David Cronenberg when he’s heavier on action and lighter on psychological fare.

   

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today (Jeff Lipsky, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 19 January 2012 11:44

film nuremerg smDirector Stuart Schulberg skillfully combines trial materials with other footage from the war to illustrate the extent of the crimes of which the defendants were accused.

 

The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 13 January 2012 13:17

 

film iron-lady_smThe main problem with The Iron Lady is the script by Abi Morgan. I’m all in favor of new approaches to the biopic, but if you’re going to throw away the obvious (chronological) path, you need to provide something more interesting in its place.

 

   

Contraband (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Friday, 13 January 2012 13:14

film contraband_smGiovanni Ribisi, the most colorful of the bunch, is at his over-the-top best and is fun to watch every second. 

 

 

Beauty and the Beast 3D (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, G)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Friday, 13 January 2012 13:05

 

film beauty_smWithout question, the most memorable aspect of Beauty and the Beast is the Academy Award-winning music from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

   

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 22 December 2011 18:16

film tinker_75Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a slow, moody spy film that focuses on character and atmosphere rather than explosions and gunfights.

 

War Horse (Touchstone Pictures/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 22 December 2011 10:42

film war-horse_smWar Horse is manipulative, dumb, obvious, and cloying.

   

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