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Paris 36 (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 01 May 2009 03:00

film_paris-36_sm.jpgParis 36 is one of those exasperating movies which can't decide what it want to be and, as a result, ends up being not very much as all.

 

 

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Twentieth Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 01 May 2009 02:59

film_wolverine_sm.jpgThe movie is a series of effects-driven fights, chase sequences and explosions that never really reveals anything new about the character.

 

   

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (VH1 Classic, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 23 April 2009 17:00

anvil.jpgDirector Sacha Gervasi respects the men's refusal to give up on their dreams, without presenting a sugar-coated view of their lives as aging rockers. Music is a tough business at any age, the road can wear anyone down, and neither can be any easier from the far side of 50.

 

 

The Soloist (Dreamworks, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 23 April 2009 17:00

soloist-header.jpgIn the hands of another actor, Nathaniel could have easily become a character instead of a real person (see Sean Penn in I Am Sam).

 

 

   

17 Again (New Line, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 17 April 2009 08:57

film_17-again_sm.jpg17 Again is not good. It is terrible. Terrible, terrible, embarrassingly, laughably terrible.

 

 

The Edge of Love (Capitol Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 17 April 2009 08:36

film_edge-of-love_sm.jpgCan we just agree now that there should be a moratorium on intercutting scenes of childbirth with those of wartime amputations?

 

   

Sin Nombre (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 17 April 2009 08:34

film_sin-nombre_sm.jpgAbove all, Cary Joji Fukunaga has great respect for his characters and their story.

 

 

State of Play (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 17 April 2009 08:32

film_state-of-play_sm.jpgCrowe embodies the patience that only veteran journalists can develop after years of waiting for leads and sources.

 

   

Observe and Report (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 09 April 2009 09:26

film_observe_sm.jpgThe Foot Fist Way was hysterically funny, and Observe and Report is more so.

 

 

Tokyo! (Liberation Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 09 April 2009 09:24

film_tokyo_sm.jpgThe thing I can't explain is that I managed to get excited about it.

 

   

Cherry Blossoms (Strand Releasing, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 03 April 2009 10:28

film_cherry_sm.jpgOne person's glurge is another person's incredibly meaningful examination of the fragility of life.

 

 

Everlasting Moments (IFC, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 03 April 2009 10:26

film_everlasting_sm.jpgThe greatest gift of Everlasting Moments is that it returns the viewer to a time before reproduced images had saturated our culture.

 

   

Adventureland (Miramax, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 03 April 2009 10:22

film_adventure_sm.jpgOne seemingly obvious influence on Adventureland is Paul Feig's 2005 memoir Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin.

 

 

Sunshine Cleaning (Overture Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 27 March 2009 03:02

film_sunshine_sm.jpgThey try to lift themselves up by their bootstraps. They learn. We don't.

 

 

   

Gomorrah (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 27 March 2009 03:01

film_gomorrah_sm.jpgAlthough there are temporary winners in the constant gang warfare, it's hard to say what they have really won.

 

 

The Haunting in Connecticut (Lionsgate, PG-13)

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Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 27 March 2009 02:59

film_haunting_sm.jpgThe film is a well-directed, well-paced little thriller.

 

   

The Great Buck Howard (Magnolia Pictures, PG)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 20 March 2009 02:35

greatbuckhoward-header.jpgThis movie is sort of like Buck's stage act, which his audience enjoys precisely because they know it will never really surprise them.

 

 

 

Duplicity (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 20 March 2009 02:28

duplicity-header.jpgAll of the characters are dynamic and entertaining to watch and even though this is only his second directorial effort he works with a master hand at pacing the action and produces wonderful performances from his cast.

 

 

   

I Love You, Man (DreamWorks SKG, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 19 March 2009 17:00

iloveyouman-header.jpgAlthough I like the plot and love the cast, the script's trajectory is a lot dumber than I would have liked, which really hurts the movie.

 

 

Knowing (Summit Entertainment, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 19 March 2009 17:00

knowing-header.jpgIt's only March but already there's a frontrunner for worst movie of the year.

 

 

   

Absurdistan (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 14 March 2009 04:14

film_absurdistan_sm.jpgAbsurdistan sometimes resembles nothing so much as a class project of the United Nations High School.

 

 

Watchmen (Warner Bros. Pictures, R)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 06 March 2009 12:40

watchmen-header.jpgCrowds looking for the standard origin-story-and-then-let's-fight-a-bad-guy cliché will no doubt be shocked by many things in this movie: the graphic sex, the even more graphic violence, the moral ambiguity in the decidedly unheroic choices the "heroes" make.

 

   

Donkey Punch (Magnet Releasing, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 06 March 2009 09:26

donkey-punch_sm.jpgDonkey Punch is little more than a well-paced thriller with some gratuitous nudity.

 

 

The Class (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 26 February 2009 09:44

film_class_sm.jpgAll adolescents are concerned with forming and asserting their adult identities, but the students in The Class have more to deal with than most.

 

   

Ballerina (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 19 February 2009 14:36

film_ballerina_sm.jpgBertrand Normand focuses on five women at different stages of their careers.

 

 

The Wild Child (The Film Desk, G)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 13 February 2009 02:27

film_wild-child_sm.jpgFrançois Truffaut the filmmaker is more suspicious of Jean Itard's motives and successes. Unstated but ever-present is Itard's professional ambition.

 

   

Two Lovers (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 13 February 2009 02:25

film_two-lovers_sm.jpgWhether you view the film's ending as hopeful or tragic, you can't help but recognize the movie as the genius piece of filmmaking that it is.

 

 

The International (Columbia Pictures, R)

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Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 13 February 2009 02:19

film_international_sm.jpgOwen and Watts are intelligent, intuitive actors and you always know that more is going on behind their eyes than what the dialogue might indicate.

 

   

Confessions of a Shopaholic (Touchstone Pictures, PG)

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Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 13 February 2009 02:17

film_shopaholic_sm.jpgLuke Brandon (Hugh Dancy) sees something in Rebecca—God knows what, besides her looks—so he gives her a trial writing gig.

 

 

Beauty in Trouble (Menemsha Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 09 February 2009 03:51

film_beauty-in-trouble_sm.jpgIn Robert Graves' poem, the story concludes as Leo Durocher would have predicted it: nice guys finish last.

 

   

Coraline (Focus Features, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 09 February 2009 03:49

film_coraline_sm.jpgCoraline feels like a low-rent 3-D cash-in, instead of the very labor-intensive work that it actually is.

 

 

Push (Summit Entertainment, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 09 February 2009 03:47

film_push_sm.jpgStrange that director Paul McGuigan was able to secure what is at least a pretty good cast for this mess.

 

   

New in Town (Lion's Gate; PG-13)

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Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 09 February 2009 03:44

film_new-in-town_sm.jpgThis is a more entertaining film than others of its type, thanks to Zellweger's nicely grounded and appealing performance.

 

 

Were the World Mine (SPEAKproductions, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 09 February 2009 03:42

film_were-the-world-mine.jpgWere the World Mine focuses on the attempts of unhappy adolescent Timothy (Tanner Cohen) to negotiate his way through an all-male prep school.

 

   

Che (IFC Films, R)

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Written by Joe Hodes Monday, 09 February 2009 03:40

film_che_sm.jpgThe Che Guevara of Stephen Soderbergh's film would have approved of such a style, as it mirrors his approach to revolution.

 

 

Inkheart (Warner Bros. Pictures, PG)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 23 January 2009 04:24

film_inkheart_sm.jpgThe best part of Inkheart is the look of the film. The characters are quickly thrown into a world of cobblestone streets and ancient castles, and everything looks believably run-down and medieval.

 

   

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