Reviews

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.

 

 

   

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.

 

   

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