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  1. The Host 2013 An invasion of the body snatchers is preferable to realizing that the true horror perpetrated here is not on the characters but on the audience. full review
  2. The Last Stand 2013 Director Jee-woon Kim (I Saw the Devil) handles the action sequences effectively if not spectacularly, though The Last Stand could have dispensed with the occasional attempts at sobriety and cut straight to the chase (or chases). full review
  3. Parker 2013 It's made with such skill and smarts that it stands above such eye-rolling blow-'em-up fare as Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand. full review
  4. Peeples 2013 A meet-the-parents-and-their-rigid-disapproval comedy, with a bit of fish-out-of-water humor tossed in. full review
  5. Safe Haven 2013 Lasse Hallstrom's new film does exactly what an adaptation should: It turns the original material's greatest flaws into assets. full review
  6. Unfinished Song 2013 Unfinished Song is full of predictably poignant moments; you'd be lucky to survive the film dry-eyed. full review
  7. 17 Girls 2012 17 Girls is allegedly inspired by true events, but this diffident, dreamy film is so insubstantial it's hard to believe there's a speck of reality to be found in it. full review
  8. Bachelorette 2012 Bachelorette will no doubt be divisive, possibly along generational lines. If you have to ask "Do women really talk this way?" it's not for you. full review
  9. Bully 2012 For a film that understandably only scratches the surface of its topic, Bully carries a devastating emotional punch. full review
  10. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 These Fitzgeralds are loud, selfish and often maddening, but they're a loving group, and you wouldn't mind spending more time with them. full review
  11. Friends With Kids 2012 It's funny without being ridiculous, sweet without turning sentimental, even though it involves parenthood. full review
  12. The Guilt Trip 2012 The Guilt Trip is clearly targeted at older audiences less than receptive to the crude jokes that made Seth Rogen famous. full review
  13. A Late Quartet 2012 For a film that relies so heavily on the lasting power of a classical master, A Late Quartet never really converts any viewers to his church. full review
  14. A Royal Affair 2012 The film ends not on a happy note, naturally, but on a moment of hope. Love may not conquer all, but it has a power all its own. full review
  15. What to Expect When You're Expecting 2012 Remember when advice books stayed on the shelves where they belonged? full review
  16. The Iron Lady 2011 Streep is Oscar-worthy here, as she almost always is, which is hardly a surprise, and the historic subject matter is fascinating whichever way your politics may lean. full review
  17. Like Crazy 2011 It's not exactly Casablanca, but times have changed. full review
  18. The Best and the Brightest 2010 The Best and the Brightest is amusing at times but never more than a modest diversion, lacking the cleverness and imagination required to turn it into more than a one-joke movie. full review
  19. The Company Men 2010 You are always aware of where the story is heading. Still, the film remains relatively entertaining, simply because the scenario hits so close to home, no matter where you work. full review
  20. The Joneses 2010 Borte loses his nerve about halfway through and turns what should be a biting satire on American greed into a melodramatic lesson of conscience.
  21. The King's Speech 2010 Not merely a spot-on period piece; it's also a heartfelt study in the shadings of courage, a film about duty and friendship that's often warmly funny and sometimes painful to watch. full review
  22. Legendary 2010 A by-the-numbers sports drama with a death grip on cliches and acting every bit as flat as the mat... full review
  23. Bruno 2009 Even if this is the end, we must applaud his audacity, even if we can't always bear to watch it in action. Is this comedic genius? As Bruno would say: Ich think so. full review
  24. The Fourth Kind 2009 The Fourth Kind may not be the most honest movie in the galaxy, but it's got one thing right: With horror, what you don't see is usually more terrifying than what you do. full review
  25. Ondine 2009 It's impossibly romantic; Farrell and real-life partner Bachleda exude a tamped-down longing that intensifies as the movie draws to its conclusion. full review
  26. Happy-Go-Lucky 2008 It's a powerful argument for optimism. full review
  27. In Bruges 2008 In Bruges is what Guy Ritchie might dream about making if, in fact, he could make a worthwhile movie anymore.
  28. Valkyrie 2008 The screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander introduces a seemingly endless series of characters, but there's no time to flesh any of them out enough to make you worry about their fate. full review
  29. Eagle vs. Shark 2007 Eagle vs. Shark feels like a low-budget, foreign cousin to Napolean Dynamite, less polished and sly. But it's definitely in the same family, lulling us into friendly acceptance with its persuasively silly rhythm and deceptively big heart. full review
  30. Evening 2007 Manipulative at times, but it resonates with gleaming ferocity as it unspools a story of regret, longing and resolution in two generations of women. full review
  31. Freedom Writers 2007 Never quite succeeds as anything more than Dangerous Minds Redux. full review
  32. Hot Rod 2007 With a little help from his friends, [Samberg] has landed his jump with ease the first time on the ramp. Rod would love it. Hells yeah.
  33. Click 2006 All things considered, if I could get my hands on this remote, I'd rewind back to the first time I watched Happy Gilmore, just to remember what funny really is.
  34. Failure to Launch 2006 Director Tom Dey throws in so much energetic slapstick that the film feels lively and fresher than it probably should, especially during several scenes involving animal-induced mayhem. full review
  35. Jackass: Number Two 2006 If the judges stuck hooks in the American Idol contestants and used them for bait each week, even I would have to tune in occasionally. full review
  36. Jesus Camp 2006 It's almost impossible not to respond emotionally to this fascinating, sobering and all-too-brief exploration of the politicized religious right and its hopes, dreams and power. full review
  37. Last Holiday 2006 Last Holiday isn't much more than a fantasy, but it's a sweet one, and it's far more worthy of attention than such hideous garbage as Rumor Has It . . . . full review
  38. Casanova 2005 The irony of [Sienna] Miller co-starring in a film about the world's most notorious lothario aside, there's not much to love about Casanova. full review
  39. 13 Going on 30 2004 Garner is so appealing as Jenna ... that she almost makes you forget you've already seen Tom Hanks endure similar travails in 1988's Big. full review
  40. A Good Woman 2004 The barbs fly with zest and impeccable comic timing in A Good Woman. full review
  41. Hotel Rwanda 2004 All we can do is hope that films such as Hotel Rwanda remind us all -- moviegoer and politician -- of the terrible cost of doing nothing. full review
  42. Little Black Book 2004 An unfortunate confluence of herky-jerky script, pointless scenes, weak slapstick and too many forays into the Land of the Moronic ... prevents the film from transcending its genre. full review
  43. White Chicks 2004 White Chicks is tedious and stupid, awkward and juvenile. That it makes not a lick of sense is the least of its problems. full review
  44. The Italian Job 2003 The Italian Job may not be the most memorable film you'll see all summer, but it's a fairly good alternative to many of the prequels and sequels we have ahead of us. full review
  45. Love Actually 2003 [Curtis] is nothing if not capable of creating merry, madcap romantic comedy, and he punctuates the purposely hackneyed developments and labyrinthian structure with sly wit and sprightly pacing. full review
  46. Mona Lisa Smile 2003 There are a few reasons to enjoy the film, namely its likable cast, its noble aim -- of dramatizing one of the many small steps that led to the overhaul of women's higher education -- and its unexpected ability to surprise you. full review
  47. The Station Agent 2003 Despite its humble nature, the film is downright uplifting without being vulgar, flashy or embarrassing. full review
  48. Uptown Girls 2003 About a young woman who goes to work for and eventually befriends the most obnoxious child ever to exist on this planet. full review
  49. Assassination Tango 2002 A film that uses tango as a metaphor for life ought to generate some fire. But Assassination Tango offers little heat. full review
  50. The Hours 2002 The film actually improves on Cunningham's novel, thanks to gorgeous cinematography, a deft script by playwright David Hare ... a mournful, melodious but never intrusive score by Philip Glass and a superb cast. full review
  51. The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 Those who prefer the play as a gleaming comedy of manners may object, but viewers who enjoy more physical humor are likely to revel in the film's deliciously barbed dialogue and frenetic chemistry. full review
  52. Maid in Manhattan 2002 Alternately politically correct and confusingly archaic, with a devastating lack of romantic connection between its two stars. full review
  53. Roger Dodger 2002 Doesn't really add up to much. full review
  54. Diamond Men 2000 Cohen obviously knows the dealings and dangers of the diamond trade, but instead of creating an interesting study of that world, he prefers to venture into the obvious and ridiculous. full review
  55. Happy Accidents 2000 Conveying a certain amount of charm is key, and there is little in the schlubby presence of Vincent D'Onofrio. full review
  56. Our Song 2000 Anyone who understands the subtle shadings of friendship will appreciate Our Song's realistic slice of teen life. full review

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