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Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times

  1. In Bruges 2008 In Bruges manages to toy with clichA (C) while avoiding it entirely. full review
  2. Crazy Love 2007 You could not make this stuff up. full review
  3. Eagle vs. Shark 2007 The film's absurdist dialogue is consistently funny. full review
  4. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) 2007 It's a beautiful, unexpectedly enrapturing story about a world in transition and both the closeness and unbridgeable divide between generations and cultures. full review
  5. Evening 2007 Evening, despite its fine source material and roster of formidable talent, lurches clumsily across two very long, disconnected hours, reducing Minot's, sprawling, ethereal story to a pop psych nugget about embracing life as it comes. full review
  6. The Hunting Party 2007 The biggest problem with the movie is the tone, which is by turns preachy, silly, mawkish and dark. full review
  7. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day 2007 It's hard not to like a movie in which Frances McDormand spends half her screen time staring longingly at leftover scraps of bread and half-eaten apples, as she does in the charmingly featherweight Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. full review
  8. Curious George 2006 As simple, friendly, kid-appropriate and nontoxic as any major motion picmerchtainment franchise could ever hope to be. full review
  9. Golden Door 2006 [A] beautiful, spacey, trans-oceanic odyssey. full review
  10. Scoop 2006 Scoop feels like a tentative doodle in the general direction of Match Point, only chronologically reversed and more or less amusing. full review
  11. 49 Up 2005 More than a deeply satisfying movie; it's a reminder of the wonder contained in ordinary lives. full review
  12. The Devil's Miner 2005 This is social documentary at its best. full review
  13. Old Joy 2005 Captures the weary mood of a generation that's crested its peak along with an era, quietly making a case for how well suited film can be to capturing the finer points of human interaction while preserving their mystery. full review
  14. After Innocence 2004 Even-handed but quietly devastating. full review
  15. The Forgotten 2004 Such unabashed ludicrousness can be fun, in a brainless sort of way, especially when it's coupled with lots of sudden defibrillator jolts underscored by crashing cymbals. full review