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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.

 

   

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