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Michael Jackson's This Is It (Columbia Pictures, PG)

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Tuesday, 27 October 2009 17:00

michael-jackson-this-is-it-rehearsal.jpgAll who shared the stage with him were clearly electrified just being in his presence.
 

Walt & El Grupo (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 23 October 2009 03:21

film_walt_sm.gifAlthough Walt & El Grupo contains fascinating information, it too often has the feel of a vanity project or extended home movie.

 

   

Where the Wild Things Are (Warner Bros., PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:06

film_wild-things_sm.gifThe book has a smaller word count than this review, but its story and themes are monster-sized, so it balloons nicely into a feature film.

 

 

Law Abiding Citizen (Overture Films, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 15 October 2009 15:01

film_law-abiding_sm.gifLaw Abiding Citizen is one of the best movies to come out this year.

 

   

A Serious Man (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 15 October 2009 14:58

film_serious-man_sm.gifA Serious Man plays more or less like its (very good) trailer.

 

 

Still Walking (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 15 October 2009 14:53

film_still-walking_sm.gifAfter a successful trot around the film festival circuit, Still Walking further proves what a confident and reliable director Kore-eda has become.

 

   

More Than a Game (Lionsgate, PG)

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Written by SarahBoslaugh Thursday, 15 October 2009 14:50

film_more-than-a-game_sm.gifMore Than a Game is uncanny in its adherence to the presentational style perfected in ESPN features.

 

 

Couples Retreat (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 08 October 2009 15:04

film_couples_sm.gifWhat is so wonderful is that the movie's humor feels so organic and unforced.

 

   

The Boys are Back (Miramax, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 08 October 2009 15:02

film_boys-are-back_sm.gifDespite some fine acting by the cast and luscious art house cinematography by Greig Fraser, the story never really comes alive.

 

 

Paris (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 08 October 2009 14:58

film_paris_sm.gifThis Paris is too obviously populated by attractive stereotypes performing their designated roles.

 

   

Somers Town (Film Movement, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 08 October 2009 14:14

film_somers-town_sm.gifIt's a sweet story, admirably compact at just 71 minutes.

 

 

The Invention of Lying (Warner Bros., PG-13)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 02 October 2009 05:11

invention_of_lying_header.jpgThe humor is at times subtle and smart, and at others broad and bawdy, but the movie never stops making you laugh.

 

   

Whip It (Fox Searchlight, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 01 October 2009 14:35

film_whip-it_sm.gifIt's hard to be sanctimonious about a sport in which the participants adopt monikers which recall drag queens.

 

 

Zombieland (Columbia Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 01 October 2009 14:30

film_zombieland_sm.gifWhat it lacks in originality the movie more than makes up for in pure laughs and entertainment.

 

   

Capitalism: A Love Story (Overture Films, R)

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Written by Kevin Renick Thursday, 01 October 2009 14:26

film_capitalism_sm.gifWe need a guy who cares about what America used to be and has the means and motivation to keep reminding us how far away from our core values we've traveled.

 

 

No Impact Man (Oscilloscope Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 01 October 2009 14:21

film_noimpact_sm.gifIf this sounds like a stunt, it is. But it's tough to get a book contract these days.

 

   

Toy Story & Toy Story 2 Double Feature (in Disney Digital 3-D) (Buena Vista Pictures, G)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 01 October 2009 14:18

film_toystory_sm.gifThe animators showed discipline, only adding 3-D where it could seamlessly be put in.

 

 

Big Fan (First Independent Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 25 September 2009 15:03

film_big-fan_sm.gifOswalt's performance here is easily the best I've seen by an actor all year, it is more a case of him being well-cast than him really showing what he has as an actor.

 

   

Fame (Lakeshore Entertainment, PG)

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Written by Amy Burger Friday, 25 September 2009 02:18

fame2.jpgThis remake lacks the grittiness, depth of character and raw emotion ofthe original and instead often feels like a made for Disney version -High School Musical for the New York set.
 

Jennifer’s Body (20th Century Fox, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Sunday, 20 September 2009 03:13

jennifersbody-header.jpgIt almost feels like Diablo Cody is trying to position herself as a female Quentin Tarantino, but she's skipping the Pulp Fiction / Jackie Brown stage and going straight into the Kill Bill / Death Proof genre films phase.

 

 

   

It Might Get Loud (Sony Pictures, PG)

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Written by Kevin Renick Saturday, 19 September 2009 05:25

 

You don't need to be a guitarist or even a huge music aficionado to appreciate the soul searching and restless spirit on display here.

 

Tetro (American Zoetrope, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 18 September 2009 08:08

tetro.jpgCoppola has given us a story that takes place in present day but feels like it was shot four decades ago.

 

   

The Informant! (Warner Bros. Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 18 September 2009 07:07

informant.jpgWe slowly realize that Whitacre is the king of all unreliable narrators but since he is telling the story there's nothing we can do except go along for the ride.

 

 

Afghan Star (Zeitgeist Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 17 September 2009 17:00

afghanstar.jpgIn this context, singing on television is not mere self-aggrandizement but an expression of hard-won freedom.

 

   

The Baader Meinhof Complex (Constantin Films/Vitagraph, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 17 September 2009 17:00

Edel never introduces most of his characters by name and the roles of only three of the terrorists are developed at any length but that's part of the point: so much happens so quickly that you have to let the experience wash over you rather than trying to remember who that person is or what's being blown up today.  

 

 

Love Happens (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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

Even the most casual moviegoer can deduce how events will play out since co-writer/director Brandon Camp hasn't attempted to create a single original or memorable moment in the entire movie.

 

   

Whiteout (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 11 September 2009 09:23

whiteout-header.jpgIt's a shame that this movie starts so capably and ends so unsatisfactorily.

 

 

 

 

Il Divo (Music Box Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 10 September 2009 14:39

film_il-divo_sm.gifIl Divo is an astonishing movie about an astonishing man, and the greatest marvel may be that it was made at all.

 

   

Extract (Miramax Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 04 September 2009 04:52

film_extract_sm.jpgMike Judge skillfully mines his specialty here, making you hate stupid people and hate your stupid job.

 

 

World's Greatest Dad (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 04 September 2009 04:50

film_worlds-greatest-dad_sm.jpgWilliams delivers a scarily plausible portrait of a sad sack whose need for success is so great he doesn't hesitate to exploit his son's death for his own benefit.

 

   

All About Steve (Fox 2000, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 04 September 2009 04:48

film_all-about-steve_sm.jpgIt's disheartening to sit in a movie theater hearing dead silence greet lines which are clearly meant to be hilarious.

 

 

Lorna's Silence (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 04 September 2009 04:46

film_lorna_sm.jpgThe film is a thriller for grown-ups in which the interest lies primarily in the way the characters react to situations and how they deal with the consequences of their choices.

 

   

Taking Woodstock (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 28 August 2009 02:22

takingwoodstock-header.jpgAs the movie lays down its framework and leads up to Woodstock, it finds itself being an uneven, almost embarrassingly bad affair.

 

 

 

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (International Film Circuit, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 28 August 2009 02:14

yoohoo-header.jpg To her credit, Kempner clearly differentiates between Gertrude Berg and Molly Goldberg.

 

   

Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 21 August 2009 15:31

film_basterds_sm.jpgBeing a Tarantino film, synopsizing the plot means synopsizing three or more plots.

 

 

Adam (Fox Searchlight Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 21 August 2009 15:29

film_adam_sm.jpgHugh Dancy's performance is nothing shy of genius.

 

   

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