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12 (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 01 May 2009 03:12

film_12_sm.jpgDespite the similarity of the basic plot, there's a huge different in tone between 12 and Twelve Angry Men, and 12 comes out the winner in my book.

 

 

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (New Line Cinema, PG-13)

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Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 01 May 2009 03:10

film_ghosts_sm.jpgThe concept is mucked up, by the way, as the "ghost" of a present girlfriend is hardly that; she's one of Connor's employees.

 

   

Paris 36 (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 01 May 2009 03:00

film_paris-36_sm.jpgParis 36 is one of those exasperating movies which can't decide what it want to be and, as a result, ends up being not very much as all.

 

   

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Twentieth Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 01 May 2009 02:59

film_wolverine_sm.jpgThe movie is a series of effects-driven fights, chase sequences and explosions that never really reveals anything new about the character.

 

   

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (VH1 Classic, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 23 April 2009 17:00

anvil.jpgDirector Sacha Gervasi respects the men's refusal to give up on their dreams, without presenting a sugar-coated view of their lives as aging rockers. Music is a tough business at any age, the road can wear anyone down, and neither can be any easier from the far side of 50.

 

   

The Soloist (Dreamworks, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 23 April 2009 17:00

soloist-header.jpgIn the hands of another actor, Nathaniel could have easily become a character instead of a real person (see Sean Penn in I Am Sam).

 

 

   

17 Again (New Line, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 17 April 2009 08:57

film_17-again_sm.jpg17 Again is not good. It is terrible. Terrible, terrible, embarrassingly, laughably terrible.

 

   

The Edge of Love (Capitol Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 17 April 2009 08:36

film_edge-of-love_sm.jpgCan we just agree now that there should be a moratorium on intercutting scenes of childbirth with those of wartime amputations?

 

   

Sin Nombre (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 17 April 2009 08:34

film_sin-nombre_sm.jpgAbove all, Cary Joji Fukunaga has great respect for his characters and their story.

 

   

State of Play (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 17 April 2009 08:32

film_state-of-play_sm.jpgCrowe embodies the patience that only veteran journalists can develop after years of waiting for leads and sources.

 

   

Observe and Report (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 09 April 2009 09:26

film_observe_sm.jpgThe Foot Fist Way was hysterically funny, and Observe and Report is more so.

 

   

Tokyo! (Liberation Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 09 April 2009 09:24

film_tokyo_sm.jpgThe thing I can't explain is that I managed to get excited about it.

 

   

Cherry Blossoms (Strand Releasing, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 03 April 2009 10:28

film_cherry_sm.jpgOne person's glurge is another person's incredibly meaningful examination of the fragility of life.

 

   

Everlasting Moments (IFC, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 03 April 2009 10:26

film_everlasting_sm.jpgThe greatest gift of Everlasting Moments is that it returns the viewer to a time before reproduced images had saturated our culture.

 

   

Adventureland (Miramax, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 03 April 2009 10:22

film_adventure_sm.jpgOne seemingly obvious influence on Adventureland is Paul Feig's 2005 memoir Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin.

 

   

Sunshine Cleaning (Overture Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 27 March 2009 03:02

film_sunshine_sm.jpgThey try to lift themselves up by their bootstraps. They learn. We don't.

 

 

   

Gomorrah (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 27 March 2009 03:01

film_gomorrah_sm.jpgAlthough there are temporary winners in the constant gang warfare, it's hard to say what they have really won.

 

   

The Haunting in Connecticut (Lionsgate, PG-13)

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Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 27 March 2009 02:59

film_haunting_sm.jpgThe film is a well-directed, well-paced little thriller.

 

   

The Great Buck Howard (Magnolia Pictures, PG)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 20 March 2009 02:35

greatbuckhoward-header.jpgThis movie is sort of like Buck's stage act, which his audience enjoys precisely because they know it will never really surprise them.

 

 

   

Duplicity (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 20 March 2009 02:28

duplicity-header.jpgAll of the characters are dynamic and entertaining to watch and even though this is only his second directorial effort he works with a master hand at pacing the action and produces wonderful performances from his cast.

 

 

   

I Love You, Man (DreamWorks SKG, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 19 March 2009 17:00

iloveyouman-header.jpgAlthough I like the plot and love the cast, the script's trajectory is a lot dumber than I would have liked, which really hurts the movie.

 

   

Knowing (Summit Entertainment, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 19 March 2009 17:00

knowing-header.jpgIt's only March but already there's a frontrunner for worst movie of the year.

 

 

   

Absurdistan (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 14 March 2009 04:14

film_absurdistan_sm.jpgAbsurdistan sometimes resembles nothing so much as a class project of the United Nations High School.

 

   

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