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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.

 

 

   

Food, Inc. (Magnolia Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 24 June 2009 14:07

film_food-inc_sm.jpgThe way the food industry works in America is making animals suffer, farmers poor, corporations rich, and everyone sick and fat.

 

 

The Proposal (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 19 June 2009 05:51

film_proposal_sm.jpgThe best part of the movie, by far, is the cast.

 

   

Year One (Columbia Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 19 June 2009 05:48

film_year-one_sm.jpgThere are several problems with the film, and at the top of that list is the main characters' seeming lack of interest in most of the things that happen to them.

 

 

Adoration (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Joe Bowman Friday, 19 June 2009 05:46

film_adoration_sm.jpgNone of Atom Egoyan's efforts that followed came close to matching The Sweet Hereafter's brilliance.

 

   

American Harmony (This Is Just a Test Productions, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 19 June 2009 05:43

film_american-harmony.jpgAmerican Harmony is the Pumping Iron of barbershop quartet singing.

 

 

Tyson (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete TImmermann Friday, 12 June 2009 02:35

film_tyson_sm.jpgWhat's next, a documentary in which O.J. Simpson is once again made out to be a hero?

 

   

Easy Virtue (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 12 June 2009 02:31

film_easy-virtue_sm.jpgWhile Easy Virtue looks the part of a roaring '20s romp, it fails on several levels.

 

 

The Taking of Pelham 123 (Columbia Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 12 June 2009 02:29

film_pelham_sm.jpgThe most credit in the movie has to be given to John Travolta, who brings so many wonderful layers to his performance.

 

   

The Hangover (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 05 June 2009 05:48

film_hangover_sm.jpgThere is a lot to admire in The Hangover; aside from having a lot of good laughs, its structure is novel and lends itself to surprises.

 

 

Land of the Lost (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 05 June 2009 05:46

film_land-of-the-lost_sm.jpgLand of the Lost is a lowbrow take on time travel and alternate realities, based loosely on the cheesy old TV show.

 

   

My Life in Ruins (Fox Searchlight, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 05 June 2009 05:44

film_my-life-in-ruins_sm.jpgThere's very little magic for most of the 95 minutes of this film—just a succession of stock situations and characters leading to a plot resolution which was obvious almost from the start.

 

 

Lemon Tree (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 05 June 2009 05:42

film_lemon-tree_sm.jpgLemon Tree is an allegory of Israeli-Palestinian relations, and as such is loaded with symbolism.

 

   

Little Ashes (Regent Releasing, R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 29 May 2009 16:27

film_little-ashes_sm.jpgLittle Ashes wants to be a romance, political drama and coming-of-age story, all rolled into one.

 

 

Drag Me to Hell (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 29 May 2009 16:24

film_hell_sm.jpgSam Raimi does a terrific job of keeping the audience scared while also interspersing plenty of absurdity.

 

   

Every Little Step (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 29 May 2009 16:18

film_every-little-step_sm.jpgThe film is particularly worth seeing for the unprecedented view it offers of the casting process for a Broadway musical.

 

 

Up (Buena Vista Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 29 May 2009 16:14

film_up_sm.jpgThis is the first Pixar movie that features real, modern humans as its main characters, and you can tell the animators put a lot of work into making them not seem too cartoony.

 

   

The Girlfriend Experience (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 22 May 2009 15:46

film_girlfriend.jpgWhile The Girlfriend Experience is a fairly experimental film and should be treated as such, it does have some insights into the life and character of a call girl.

 

 

Gigantic (First Independent Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 22 May 2009 15:40

film_gigantic_sm.jpgGigantic gets by a lot longer than it should on the charms of its two leads.

 

   

The Limits of Control (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Joe Bowman Friday, 22 May 2009 15:19

film_limits_sm.jpgNavigating Jarmusch's lucid dream isn't the difficult part; its path is lined with the familiar.

 

 

Summer Hours (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 22 May 2009 15:16

film_summer-hours_sm.jpgSummer Hours is a sumptuous film, even in its realistic depiction of a well-lived, bohemian life.

 

   

Terminator Salvation (Warner Bros., PG-13)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 22 May 2009 09:23

terminator-header-sm.jpgBut of course, people don't go to a Terminator film hoping for plausible plots and Oscar-worthy acting, they go to see malevolent robots and larger than life action.

 

 

 

Angels & Demons (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

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Friday, 15 May 2009 06:31

angels1.jpgI wish I could say that this film surprised me, but it really didn’t. If you’ve seen any recent mystery/thriller, or even a handful of Law & Order episodes on television, you’ll probably figure out whodunit within 30 minutes.
   

Goodbye Solo (Roadside Attractions, NR)

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Friday, 15 May 2009 06:24

goodbyesolo1.jpgGoodbye Solo begins mid-cab drive. Solo laughs, unable to believe what William has just told him; we don’t hear what was said but it involved a proposition William’s made for Solo to drive him to a specific location on a specific date.
 

Shall We Kiss? (Music Box Films, NR)

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Friday, 15 May 2009 06:16

shallwekiss1.jpgOf course you can't open the floodgates just a crack, and before long Judith and Nicolas fall for each other for real. That raises the problem of what to do about Judith's husband Claudio and Nicolas's girlfriend Caline.
   

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