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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.
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
Gabourey Sidibe brilliantly embodies the understandably bitter Precious, who shares her heartbreaking despair through extensive narration.
Fight Club (1999)
One of the seminal films of the 1990s...just as darkly funny, epic, and psychically wrenching as ever.
Ribbing for your pleasure,
is crafted to cause a flurry of varied reactions, even within a single viewer.
Rocky: The Undisputed Collection (1976)
For everything else that's come down the road, nothing has been better to Stallone than his baby,
I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009)
Does Chris Columbus owe somebody a favor?
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
Has enough crisp sight gags, character moments, frantic mayhem, and musical interludes...to box the family crowd into a state of punch-drunk love.
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009)
A labor of love...so it's appropriate that the film should also be about love, the spanner in the works that allows humanity to triumph over machinery.
Food, Inc. (2009)
Usefully, it provides counter-balance to its own doom-saying with numerous suggestions of how to deal with the corporatization of food.
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
a hostage picture! Can both the good guys and the bad guys use Sony laptops?' Yes, they can.
Comes close to the pantheon of so-bad-they're-good horror movies, but as they say, no cigar.
Bones: Season Four (2008)
Boreanaz and Deschanel keep the series percolating with their oil-and-water opposites shtick, defined less by chafing annoyance and more by mutual respect...naturally, these opposites attract.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1993)
Branagh's ambitious take succeeds as a cautionary tale about true monstrosity: hubris and man's inhumanity to man. But one man's operatic style is another man's unintentionally comical excess, and ...
certainly tempts fate...
Mike Nichols' underrated 1994 hybrid not only of wolf and man, but also of satire and horror...an eccentric film that may well be regarded, decades hence, as a movie classic.
The Prisoner: The Complete Series (1967)
There is no escape from The Village: you're living in it.
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