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Fringe: The Complete Third Season (2011)
In its third year,
continues to 'go there' with a groundbreaking season that gives pretty much equal time to 'our universe'...and the 'parallel universe'...
The Final Destination (2009)
There’s absolutely no reason for
The Final Destination
to exist other than the only one Hollywood studios really care about: a cynical cash grab.
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011)
Imagine if the characters on TV’s beloved sitcom
lost their lease and decided to mark the end with an orgy...gives new meaning to 'I’ll be there for you.'
The Debt (2011)
Boils down to the importance of facing up to what one can and can't live with, and taking action to set matters right...audiences will be able to recognize the secret agency in their own lives and the folly of living lies.
Win Win (2011)
McCarthy does a fine job of juggling the domestic mystery, situational comedy, and inevitable drama, and his terrific cast is well-suited to the deadpan ethical satire.
House, M.D.: Season Seven (2011)
Even in the show's seventh year, House continues to be an endlessly fascinating character, as brilliantly played by English actor Hugh Laurie...
A flashy but disposable exercise in style over substance...
Kapadia fosters a distinct 'you are there' feeling for the races by composing his visual storytelling entirely of vintage footage, mostly derived from the Formula One archives.
Jane Eyre (2011)
The slow-boiling romance convinces thanks to Wasikowska and Fassbender's unwavering seriousness and commitment to selling the story.
The Beaver (2011)
Gibson again stares deeply into the abyss. The question is whether—after his public disgrace—anyone will want to go there with him.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
It's the whole proud, embarrassing sociopolitical, cultural heap of American history—and the American Century in particular—in two fleet, funny hours.
Your Highness (2011)
Ultimately, the magic-and-monsters milieu isn’t enough when the jokes are half-baked.
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
A twisted revamp of Rankin-Bass by way of Edward Gorey.
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Momoa, also a model, proves that he's more of a poser than an actor: he's a cocked eyebrow, a squinty tic, and an assortment of bulges in search of a performance.
One Day (2011)
's annoying artificiality comes with no compensatory effervescence, a requirement of a romantic picture.
Something Borrowed (2011)
Here we go again: big lies swell and then pop in a flick that’s one-hundred percent adherent to the shiny, colorful Warner Brothers rom-com style guide.
Dexter: The Fifth Season (2011)
Season Five's twelve episodes unfortunately retrace some of the steps of earlier seasons when the show should be focused on breaking new ground, but
remains entertaining in its complications...
The Fox and the Hound/The Fox and the Hound II (1981)
Sweet but a bit dull...Overall, the picture is good-hearted and colorful, with an ending that carries a nice touch of ambiguity about the tussle of nature and nurture.
Mars Needs Moms (3D) (2011)
The whole fiasco turns out to be an excuse to let Seth Green play a (redubbed) little boy. Next time, maybe just cast a real boy, build some sets in an old barn, and have Mom make the costumes.
The comic targets and the central manchildren bromance all feel overly familiar...Still,
benefits from Pegg and Frost's British comedic slant and the full complement of comedic talent...
The Change-Up (2011)
A sort of raunchy
It's a Wonderful Life
, though the plentiful nudity and babbling brooks of profanity tip the scale from sensitivity to outrageousness.
The Names of Love (2011)
Serves up a bounty of clichés and borrowed ideas, but it's also overtly political, bringing up issues American rom-coms wouldn't dare touch.
Marshall's sunny, sitcomedic comedies tend to be kinda bad but also compulsively watchable, and this one's no exception...
Burn Notice: Fall of Sam Axe (2011)
A reasonably fun double-episode of
...Who doesn't love Bruce Campbell?
Soul Surfer (2011)
Faith-based...With its sports-movie structure and Hollywood production values,
is a creditable crossover picture; it just could've done with more nuance.
The Name of the Rose (1986)
For labyrinth-lovers...a thoughtful and entertaining murder mystery predicated on intellectual debate.
Despite it all, just try to take your eyes off this movie: skillfully crafted by Levinson,
is eminently watchable, deeply emotional, and populated with top acting talent.
[Gives] Weaver equal billing with everyone's favorite Southern spitfire, Holly Hunter. Teaming up these heavyweights is the genius notion of
, a solid serial-killer thriller elevated by phenomenal acting.
Better Off Dead... (1985)
Full of...goofy ironies, and while it ain't Molière, it is a pretty great entry in the teen-comedy genre.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011)
Fits neatly into Weerasethakul's cinema-shaking oeuvre of beautiful experimentation.
Life During Wartime (2010)
A typically horny-thorny Solondzian dramedy...Solondz's is a universe of limitless disappointment.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Forbidding images of forbidden people and places delineate the edges of an otherwise simplistic fable...in its languid romance,
Beauty and the Beast
is about the irrepressible, exciting rightness of the 'wrong.'
High and Low (1963)
One of the all-time-great 'procedurals'...the devilish fun is in the details for Kurosawa.
Burger plunges into the material at such a headlong pace and with sufficient adrenalized style as to propel this essentially trashy thriller and distract from the abundant loose ends.
Be Cool (2005)
As loosely adapted from Elmore Leonard's
sequel novel, the sequel movie
tastes like a watered-down drink.
Winter in Wartime (2011)
Spielbergian touches...a good enough mainstream drama, but one can't help but feel it's a missed opportunity to give Terlouw a more textured treatment.
Morris compellingly unfolds the story and clearly means for us to see our own untoward qualities writ large in Joyce and the circus surrounding her.
The Music Room (1958)
A surprisingly sympathetic elegy for the feudal class, or at least one of its sad representatives...the notion of lost legacy informs the film's distraught last word: 'blood.'
Leigh's extensive use of improvisation in rehearsal led to a razor-sharp final script, endlessly blooming with memorable dialogue that—while never less than credibly naturalistic—proves thematically fertile.
Source Code (2011)
is philosophical science fiction and not just 'sci fi,' there's something to chew on here about consciousness: when it begins and ends, and that old chestnut of what constitutes reality.
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