Reviews

Il Divo (Music Box Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 10 September 2009 14:39

film_il-divo_sm.gifIl Divo is an astonishing movie about an astonishing man, and the greatest marvel may be that it was made at all.

 

 

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.

 

   

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