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The Last Station (2009)
Winds up feeling strangely perfunctory. This is subject matter that should fascinate, rather than deliver an occasional droll observation.
From Paris with Love (2010)
If only Morel and Besson would have committed to satirizing, instead of merely exploiting, this superficially cool, destructively cold archetype of American firepower, they could’ve had more than multiplex filler.
A smart little genre outing, an endangered species in modern Hollywood.
The House of the Devil (2009)
A very impressive formal exercise in style and restraint...
Doctor Who: The Complete Specials (TV) (2009)
Davies, and especially Tennant, made
more catchy than campy...
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Predictable and, in the end, embarrassingly sappy...[but] does touch on some interesting points about the ethics of drug trials and approvals, the entrepreneurial spirit, and the challenges of doing important work that isn’t a sure thing...
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)
A hall-of-mirrors investigation of extraordinary talent, emotionally stunted personality, a performer’s process, and the cruel mistress of celebrity...but it also serves as a powerful performance version of a last will and testament.
Weeds: Season Five (2009)
No one can accuse the show of shrinking from dark psychological themes: the leading character of Nancy Botwin (Emmy winner Mary-Louise Parker) has spun more wildly out of control with each season...
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)
Okay, everybody, back to your shopping--there's nothing to see here.
The Lovely Bones (2009)
It’s a mark of Jackson’s lack of restraint as a filmmaker that the mystery-thriller elements and fantastic visualizations overtake the domestic drama that is the novel’s true raison d’être.
As preposterous as this "
on a mountain" flick is,
remains one of the zestier big-budget action pictures of the nineties.
Last Action Hero (1993)
Considered a dunderheaded big-budget flop in its day,
Last Action Hero
looks considerably better now in its creative self-parody.
Jennifer's Body (2009)
Sets thoughts swirling about three bitch-goddesses: the teenage variety (namely Megan Fox’s Jennifer), “success” in the commercial cinema, and that fickle mistress called hype.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Endearingly packed to the rafters with ornate anachronistic artistry, Gilliam’s
is a great place to window shop—and get lost for a spell.
Youth in Revolt (2010)
Call this one the thinking boy’s sex romp.
The Hangover (2009)
The stupid fun of
is worth experiencing at least once.
Jones has a very interesting existential idea here, and though he frustratingly doesn’t exploit its every possibility, he does give a great actor an opportunity for a tour-de-force performance.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
The playful Generation Y story
(500) Days of Summer
goes against the grain by wisely substituting delusion for deception. Boy meets girl. Boy thinks he understands girl. Boy oh boy.
The Mel Brooks Collection (2009)
Gathers nine of the comedy icon's best-known comedy films, an impressive haul by any standard.
District 9 (2009)
City of God
War of the Worlds
hybrid proves overbearing and under-convincing.
Bateman reliably tickles in his signature role of a square who can’t catch a break, and Wiig once more delivers subtly funny character work in a tricky role.
An Education (2009)
The film’s greatest strength may well be how Sarsgaard's David, in concert with Hornby and Scherfig, seduces the audience along with Jenny, promising the world and leaving temptingly unlocked a Pandora’s Box of social ambiguity.
Me and Orson Welles (2009)
Me and Orson Welles
would be unthinkable as a film; with him, Linklater’s delightful celebration of the arts turns out to be one of the season’s most surprising gifts.
The Sopranos: The Complete First Season (TV) (1999)
Tony is as much an archetype of the American father as Homer Simpson, only just smart enough to be perpetually miserable.
A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël: Roubaix!!) (2008)
In working to keep the audience off-center...Desplechin artfully makes the well-worn family-weekend plot endearing again.
Lost: The Complete Fifth Season (TV) (2009)
A serially bold experiment in audience engagement and the ability to produce feature-quality genre entertainment...on a weekly television budget.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Musters only a few lackluster laughs...[but] has one trump card: it’s a kid-friendly, “PG” film that celebrates museums.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas (V) (2009)
Rude, raunchy and given to comical violence, the show sets out to offend delicate sensibilities and to get tough ones laughing their asses off. Abandon political correctness all who enter here.
Rome—The Complete Series (TV) (2005)
Whether you're talking about an empire or a TV series, it doesn't get much bigger than
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... Season One (2008)
Because Costello is himself so hugely talented as an eclectic songwriter and performer, because his taste is so impeccable, and because he is such a cultural magpie...
is a wholly addictive musical program for the ages.
Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season (2008)
Series creator Bill Lawrence has always toggled between the zany and the emotional, and the eighth season is no exception.
Terminator Salvation (2009)
The action sometimes conjures a thrill-ride's breathtaking quality or, in other words,
's only hope of redemption with audiences.
The Road (2009)
A potent and distinctly philosophical morality play about human instinct, the moral cost of survival, and a father’s love for his child...
The General (1926)
Keaton proves as endlessly clever and athletic as his screen surrogates...chock-full of hilarious sight gags, including bits of business that incorporate moving trains, cow-catchers, a bear (and bear trap), and a misbehaving cannon.
Angels & Demons (2009)
Try not to giggle when...Langdon is being called in for "[his] expertise, [his] erudition." The guy from
? Just kidding, Tom, we love you—just not in this kind of pricy but conspicuously soulless crap.
Guaranteed to entertain actual "clerks" and those who have outgrown slackerdom to look back in bemused fondness at wasted time.
Chasing Amy (1997)
Smith has made a film with the potential to improve gender relations—without sacrificing his profane style.
Red Cliff (2009)
In a wonderful evocation of the art of war, Woo not only recreates elegant troop movements but also stages a memorable scene in which...[two men of war], still wary of each other, bond over music as they play what becomes a conversational duet.
Just creative enough to keep kids glazed over with nominal interest, but it won’t challenge them much...
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Undeniably manipulative, not only in its plot, but in its dramatization of it.
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