Reviews

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.

 

   

The Country Teacher (Film Movement, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 21 August 2009 15:10

film_country-teacher_sm.jpgThe Country Teacher tells a simple story so quietly and convincingly that it takes on dimensions far beyond what a simple plot summary can indicate.

 

 

Séraphine (Music Box Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 21 August 2009 15:05

film_seraphine_sm.jpgWe see only glimpses of Séraphine's paintings, but they are sufficient that we understand what made them so powerful and sometimes frightening as well.

 

   

District 9 (TriStar Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 14 August 2009 06:03

film_district-9_sm.jpgThe genius of District 9 (and that is the only word that can be used to describe writer/director Neill Blomkamp's perfect film) is how it chooses to tell the story.

 

 

The Time Traveler's Wife (New Line Cinema, PG-13)

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Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 14 August 2009 06:00

film_time-traveler_sm.jpgMcAdams is beautiful to watch and has a way of making you believe every moment of a scene, despite the improbable scenario.

 

   

Ponyo (Walt Disney Studios, G)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 14 August 2009 05:58

film_ponyo_sm.jpgPonyo is far better than any other animated movie to have come out in recent years, barring Pixar's output.

 

 

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (Paramount Vantage, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 14 August 2009 05:55

film_the-goods_sm.jpgThe highest honor would have to be given to the person who made The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard appear hilarious in the trailer because it is, in fact, the least funny movie of the summer.

 

   

Not Quite Hollywood (Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 14 August 2009 05:53

film_not-hollywood_sm.jpgSadly, Not Quite Hollywood is not the rollicking, movie-love-inspiring film it ought to be.

 

 

Julie & Julia (Columbia Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 06 August 2009 14:54

film_julie-julia_sm.jpgJulie & Julia is the rare "girly" movie that has nothing to do with getting a man, keeping a man or realizing you love the man you've known all your life.

 

   

In the Loop (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 06 August 2009 14:52

film_in-the-loop_sm.jpgIn the Loop is not only the funniest movie of this year so far, but also the best comedy I've seen in the past several years.

 

 

A Perfect Getaway (Rogue Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 06 August 2009 14:48

film_perfect-getaway_sm.jpgIt's unfortunate that writer/director David Twohy lacks confidence in himself and his audience.

 

   

Funny People (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 31 July 2009 03:10

film_funny-people_sm.jpgIt is an incredibly moving relationship to watch develop as the two men move further away from the teacher-student dynamic and closer to being equals.

 

 

Revanche (Janus Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 31 July 2009 03:06

film_revanche_sm.jpgThere are connections which I wouldn't dream of spoiling; watching them unfold is one of the great pleasures of this quiet film.

 

   

The Ugly Truth (Columbia Pictures, R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 23 July 2009 15:05

film_ugly-truth_sm.jpgWe've all seen the "boy and girl meet and bicker all the time" romantic comedy plot about a million times.

 

 

(500) Days of Summer (Fox Searchlight, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 23 July 2009 15:03

film_500-days-of-summer_sm.jpg Probably a lot of the reason why I enjoyed (500) Days of Summer as much as I did is because I loooove the two leads, and they're both perfectly cast here.

 

   

The Hurt Locker (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 23 July 2009 15:00

film_hurt-locker_sm.jpgGenre conventions can free up a director to tell a meaningful story without having to reinvent the wheels of narrative.

 

 

Shadowland (Pirate Pictures, PG)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 23 July 2009 14:58

film_shadowland_sm.jpgWyatt Weed has brought to life many colorful and entertaining characters, all of which are wonderfully performed by each actor.

 

   

Deadgirl (Dark Sky Films, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 23 July 2009 14:55

film_deadgirl_sm.jpgThis would be a lot of fun to see on a big screen at midnight with a bunch of like-minded moviegoers.

 

 

Orphan (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 23 July 2009 14:52

film_orphan_sm.jpgThe movie feels like a two-hour (yes, two hours!) lesson on how to bore an audience to tears.

 

   

Departures (Regent Releasing, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 18 July 2009 14:10

film_departures_sm.jpgThe score by Joe Hisaishi could be in the SAT antonym list opposite "subtle."

 

 

The Stoning of Soraya M. (Roadside Attractions, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 18 July 2009 14:08

film_soroya_sm.jpgThe story of the events which led to that outcome is entirely compelling, making this one of the most moving films I have seen in recent years.

 

   

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Brothers, PG)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 15 July 2009 01:30

film_harry-potter-prince.jpgI particularly like the hourglass which runs faster when conversation is interesting and slower when it is dull.

 

 

Brüno (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 09 July 2009 13:10

bruno_sm.jpgThe character of Brüno is fantastic, and Baron Cohen again commits so fully to the role that we forget we are watching an actor.

 

   

Moon (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 09 July 2009 13:04

moon_sm.jpgThe film is a welcome throwback to philosophically interesting science fiction films.

 

 

I Love You, Beth Cooper (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 09 July 2009 13:01

beth-cooper_sm.jpgFrankly, I was embarrassed to be in the same theater as this thing.

 

   

Tokyo Sonata (Regent Releasing, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 09 July 2009 12:56

tokyo-sonata_sm.jpgFor the first hour or so, Tokyo Sonata seems to be a conventional family melodrama...then things take a turn for the surreal.

 

 

Tulpan (Zeitgeist Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 01 July 2009 06:05

film_tulpan_sm.jpgTulpan is an episodic film, the opposite of the traditional Hollywood product.

 

   

Whatever Works (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 30 June 2009 17:00

film_whatever-works_bw.jpgThe lack of effort is evident in everything from the feeble attempts to update the script to some notably out-of-focus shots inexplicably left in the final cut.

 

 

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Dreamworks/Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 24 June 2009 15:04

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Director Michael Bay is known for big, dumb action movies. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen may just be his biggest, dumbest movie yet.

 

 

   

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