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Anthony Lane, New Yorker

  1. In the House 2013 The result is endlessly playful, although the rules of the game, in Ozon's hands, could hardly be graver, and what can be at stake, in the act of storytelling, has seldom been more elegantly sketched. full review
  2. The Last Stand 2013 Schwarzenegger can still hold the screen, but these days he grinds through his one-liners like a truck driver taking a steep hill ... full review
  3. Prince Avalanche 2013 Rudd, in particular, gives it everything he's got, but he is vanquished by a story that feels both inconsequential and contrived. full review
  4. Something in the Air 2013 The whole film, though it kicks off with a riot and a firebombing, soon acquires a listless and guttering air ... full review
  5. Marvel's The Avengers 2012 If you are a Marvel fan, then The Avengers will feel like Christmas. Thanks to the merry doings of the director, Joss Whedon, all your favorite characters are here, as shiny and as tempting as presents under the tree. full review
  6. Barbara 2012 [Leaves] you drained and horrified. full review
  7. Blancanieves 2012 As if bewitched, the legend of Snow White is transferred to Seville in the early twentieth century and transformed into high melodrama. full review
  8. Detachment 2012 The movie works, and, though it cries out against so much, you sense that the one thing it does not cry is wolf. full review
  9. Headhunters 2012 Clearly, there are streaks of farce in all this, as well as serious cracks in logic, and those who like their black comedy done to a crisp will happily feast on what Tyldum dishes up. full review
  10. Jack Reacher 2012 There is a dogged leanness to Reacher's pursuit that lifts his adventures from the generic rut ... full review
  11. Not Fade Away 2012 The movie is a psalm to those who, far from pursuing the path of the Rolling Stones, stayed trapped under a rock. full review
  12. Take This Waltz 2012 Your best option, perhaps, is to zone out from the implausible kinks in the setup... This will leave you free to savor the compositions and the melted-candy color schemes. full review
  13. Albert Nobbs 2011 What you feel, watching Close, is not that you are watching gender being bent into new, absorbing shapes but that you might as well have stayed home and leafed through a book on Magritte. full review
  14. Coriolanus 2011 What remains, in distilled form, is the poetry of violence and contempt-the source of the play's unfailing reputation for political threat and mischief. full review
  15. The Eagle 2011 The story sags in the middle, as our wanderers traipse through the highlands-not a happy environment for Tatum, who, before his journey even begins, looks all at sea in this distant age. full review
  16. This Must Be The Place 2011 This Must Be the Place is dazzling to behold. full review
  17. Biutiful 2010 The movie's mood might well have proved unendurable were it not for the proud and sympathetic presence of Bardem. full review
  18. Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2010 Herzog's voiceover is, as always, more entertaining than most film soundtracks. The film has a touch of that gray fuzz which still afflicts 3-D, but the Chauvet cave is a perfect candidate for such technology, because it stashes its secrets in a recess. full review
  19. Centurion 2010 The film has a resigned bitterness, hard to shake off, that feels right for the experience of tough guys, from whatever period of history, who find themselves at the tattered edge of what they take to be civilization. full review
  20. I Am Love 2010 The best sex you will get all year, if that's what you crave in your moviegoing, is between Tilda Swinton and a prawn. full review
  21. Nowhere Boy 2010 Taylor-Wood has specialized in video installations and off-kilter portraits, and it was tempting to hope that her take on Lennon would unsettle and provoke. Instead, she stays resolutely on-kilter, as if awed into numbness by her subject. full review
  22. Senna 2010 It's stripped of narration, talking heads, and anything else that might threaten to slow it down. full review
  23. Bruno 2009 Wholly unsuitable for children, yet propelled by a nagging puerility that will appeal only to those in the vortex of puberty, or to adults who have failed to progress beyond it. full review
  24. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009 Noomi Rapace throws herself into the title role, but something about the conception of her character, and about the far-reaching urgency of the sociopathic shocks behind the killing, smacks of a filmmaker pushing too hard. full review
  25. The Time That Remains 2009 To keep a steady gaze, the film suggests, is not just a virtue but a form of orderly protest, when your world is breaking apart. full review
  26. Rachel Getting Married 2008 A minor work, but so menaced by distress that the characters take every opportunity to dance the dark away. full review
  27. Valkyrie 2008 The problem is not that we know the outcome. The problem is the buildup. full review
  28. Deep Water 2006 Deep Water confirms all the mythical terrors that lurk in our dreams of the sea, and the best person to watch it with would be Melville. full review
  29. The Treatment 2006 Who wants to behave well in bed? full review
  30. Factotum 2005 The beautiful joke of Factotum is that Dillon is nobility itself.
  31. Mean Girls 2004 I would be more amused if the topic of rich material girls had not been worn to a thread elsewhere.
  32. Control Room 2003 Given that most Americans know the network only by reputation, or via Donald Rumsfeld's public denunciations of it, a little more objective information would not have gone amiss.
  33. Touching the Void 2003 The facts drop away, and it becomes impossible not to read the movie symbolically -- as a journey to the center of the earth, or farther still.
  34. Spider-Man 2002 The perils and advantages of being bitten by a genetically modified spider are made abundantly clear in Sam Raimi's enjoyable, if broken-backed, exercise in high-cost pulp. full review
  35. The English Patient 1996 The triumph of the film lies not just in the force and range of the performances, but in Minghella's creation of an intimate epic: vast landscapes mingle with the minute details of desire, and the combination is transfixing. full review
  36. Braveheart 1995 The political argument that ensues is pretty dull, but the battle scenes are the loudest and most convincing in years: Gibson has learned from Kurosawa in lending a clarifying thrust to what is, essentially, chaos. full review
  37. The Usual Suspects 1995 In a season of fat blockbusters, a picture as brainy, bitter, and compact as this one comes as a shock and a treat. full review
  38. While You Were Sleeping 1995 [Bullock] knows one of the secrets of doing romantic comedy: treating the romance as a good joke. full review

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