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  1. The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box 2014 The quest for the Midas Box never seems like more than a poor man's plot-engine substitute for Tolkien's One Ring. full review
  2. Boys of Abu Ghraib 2014 Writer-director-star Luke Moran's drama about Abu Ghraib is an ambitious if not particularly revealing debut. full review
  3. G.B.F. 2014 Genially cartoonish but also rather sweet. full review
  4. Odd Thomas 2014 The books' juggling of tricky tonal and narrative devices translates into a screen result less clever than arbitrary and silly. full review
  5. Aftershock 2013 This Dimension pickup is a hectic, sometimes hilarious guilty pleasure that should delight genre geeks. full review
  6. American Mary 2013 If these loose threads and underdeveloped aspects leave American Mary less than fully satisfying, it's still a novel ride that confidently mixes horror, humor and offbeat character fillips. full review
  7. Ass Backwards 2013 A comedy built on the amusement value of stupid people that is itself too stupid to be funny. full review
  8. Bettie Page Reveals All 2013 Her enduring appeal is amply documented in myriad vintage photos and clips deployed, while erstwhile collaborators and latter-day admirers add their two cents. full review
  9. Bounty Killer 2013 Turning its low budget into a self-mocking plus, this umpteenth 'Mad Max'-style dystopian actioner delivers trashy fun for genre fans. full review
  10. Contracted 2013 A body-horror opus that will satisfy genre fans who like to be grossed out, but doesn't have much to offer on any other count. full review
  11. Erased 2013 A confidently engineered, propulsive piece of intelligent action cinema. full review
  12. Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story 2013 Feels like a somewhat superficial, "authorized" bio that nonetheless holds attention via its surfeit of archival materials and input from diverse interviewees. full review
  13. The Frozen Ground 2013 Hangs a tad slackly between thriller and procedural, but still holds attention throughout. full review
  14. Grabbers 2013 A polished, watchable genre entertainment that nonetheless lacks the inspired dialogue and situations needed to make a memorable impression. full review
  15. HairBrained 2013 A campus comedy that tries to transcend its many formulaic elements with an insufficient dose of absurdism. full review
  16. Here Comes the Devil 2013 Intriguing if ultimately less than satisfying. full review
  17. I Am Not A Hipster 2013 A deeper glimpse of the San Diego indie-rock scene around him might have made Brook's self-absorbed resentment less overbearing. full review
  18. Metallica Through the Never 2013 A definitive document for anyone who's ever hoisted the devil-horn fingers in metalhead solidarity. full review
  19. Muscle Shoals 2013 Greg Camalier's debut feature offers a worthy if sometimes ponderous take on a significant slice of U.S. popular music history. full review
  20. Petunia 2013 full review
  21. The Punk Singer 2013 This exciting assemblage of archival and interview materials recalls the considerable influence (and sometime public trivialization) of the 1990s riot grrrl movement while showcasing the role of its co-founder and most charismatic leader. full review
  22. Rising From Ashes 2013 Engaging personalities and lively, good-looking assembly make T.C. Johnstone's inspirational sports docu a crowdpleaser. full review
  23. Rushlights 2013 Polished but unmemorable. full review
  24. Spinning Plates 2013 So involving that one might not notice until afterward that little in the way of a unified theme emerges to turn Joseph Levy's feature into something more than a semi-random survey of restaurant life. full review
  25. The Trials Of Muhammad Ali 2013 The heavyweight champ's controversial political views are reexamined in this stirring, fascinating documentary. full review
  26. V/H/S/2 2013 Less turns out to be much more for S-VHS, a sequel to last year's uneven indie horror omnibus V/H/S; this one is shorter and has fewer segments, but also earns a much higher batting average. full review
  27. Wrong 2013 It doesn't take long for the absurdist humor to pall among a pileup of nonsensical ideas that would be funnier if grounded in a less hazy concept. full review
  28. 16-love 2012 Innocuous and predictable but pleasant enough. full review
  29. Addicted To Fame 2012 Entertaining if ultimately depressing. full review
  30. Assassin's Bullet 2012 Much of this makes little sense, but it's hard to care. full review
  31. Atlas Shrugged: Part II 2012 It's consistent with its predecessor as a somewhat awkward translation of Ayn Rand's 1957 novel to our current era, handled with bland telepic-style competency. full review
  32. The Awakening 2012 Nick Murphy's bigscreen directorial debut has good atmospherics that only go so far to prop up a mystery whose overdue explanation is convoluted and underwhelming. full review
  33. Craigslist Joe 2012 The briskly edited docu seldom stops long enough to let Joe's new friends (identified only by first name) make anything beyond the most superficial impressions. full review
  34. Detropia 2012 A potent snapshot of a potential future for many American cities. full review
  35. Grave Encounters 2 2012 [Adds] additional layers of self-consciousness to a story that was already pretty derivative. full review
  36. I Wish 2012 This tale of two elementary-school brothers plotting to end the physical separation their parents' divorce has forced on them effortlessly pulls off the naturalism and charm desired from material that might have easily curdled into calculated preciousness. full review
  37. Sassy Pants 2012 Landing between the twee, naturalistic and formulaic, Sassy Pants settles for cute, taking too few gambles to make a more lasting impression. full review
  38. Silent Hill: Revelation 2012 A cheaper, cheesier sequel that's worse than its predecessor on every level (save being a half-hour shorter) and takes no special advantage of the stereoscopic process. full review
  39. Solomon Kane 2012 This muscular yet monotonous Kane just isn't much fun. full review
  40. Teddy Bear 2012 The low-key drama is well-crafted and likable as far as it goes, but there's not enough narrative impetus or depth to maintain more than passing viewer interest. full review
  41. That's What She Said 2012 This crude, shrill day in the life of three ill-matched Manhattan women will prove as irksome to most viewers as it is to the protags. full review
  42. Unconditional 2012 full review
  43. The Waiting Room 2012 A rock-solid verite docu. full review
  44. The Zen Of Bennett 2012 These elements leave the documentary hanging somewhere between a glorified making-of album promo and a more in-depth portrait of the artist. full review
  45. Breakaway 2011 There are no surprises here, with father-son crisis and reconciliation, scaled-down quasi-Bollywood production numbers and the climactic big game all arriving on cue. full review
  46. Flypaper 2011 Slick but instantly forgettable. full review
  47. Free Men 2011 A satisfying wartime espionage drama focused on little-noted intersections between Arabic emigres and the French Resistance. full review
  48. Going Down In La-la Land 2011 A creditable if familiar portrait of one aspiring-actor newbie's disillusioning wade into the rough waters of Hollywood. full review
  49. Gun Hill Road 2011 Writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green's first feature is earnest and well cast, but less involving than it should be. full review
  50. The Ledge 2011 Chapman's sincerity is undercut by the crudely melodramatic explanations of why his principals believe as they do. full review
  51. Nesting 2011 The script unfortunately suffers from its own case of arrested development, barely getting out of the gate before stalling, and never building enough laughs or narrative impetus to justify feature length. full review
  52. The Perfect Host 2011 A familiar horror/suspense trope -- criminals choose the wrong hideout, discover twisted residents more dangerous than cops -- gets entertainingly respun in The Perfect Host. full review
  53. Septien 2011 Septien proves the paths of "weird" and "interesting" do not always intersect. full review
  54. Surviving Progress 2011 Surviving Progress offers a cinematic wakeup call so cogent and non-didactic even Tea Partyers would be hard-pressed to shrug it off. full review
  55. Sympathy for Delicious 2011 This offbeat effort proves more admirable for its ambition than anything else, as the uneasy mix of satire, allegory, grittiness and redemption never quite jells. full review
  56. The Weird World of Blowfly 2011 Hanging out with a 1970s cult figure of raunchy R&B "party records" is less fun than one would expect in The Weird World of Blowfly. full review
  57. Christopher And His Kind 2010 full review
  58. Elena Undone 2010 Tale of two Angelenos succumbing to mutual passion under difficult circumstances is enjoyable if unsubtle in its first half, then takes a long time stumbling toward an inevitable conclusion in the second. full review
  59. Forget Me Not 2010 A pleasant if slender affair. full review
  60. A Marine Story 2010 An impartial look at U.S. military service that movingly commands respect for the personnel while requiring neither support nor assigning blame for the politics behind unpopular war efforts full review
  61. Smash His Camera 2010 [An] entertaining docu by When We Were Kings' Leon Gast. full review
  62. Five Minutes of Heaven 2009 Powerhouse performances by Liam Neeson and James Nesbit make this an intense, ultimately moving tale. full review
  63. Nightmares in Red, White and Blue 2009 full review
  64. World's Greatest Dad 2009 Goldthwait's script turns into a surprisingly restrained, focused sendup of the blind adulation often bestowed on flawed personalities once they croak too soon. full review
  65. Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) 2008 It's a talky, narrowly focused piece that feels like an after-dinner anecdote presented with the full ceremony of a formal meal. full review
  66. I Sell the Dead 2008 Droll perfs, diverting f/x and handsome B-pic atmospherics ensure a good time for horror fans with a memory past last weekend's slasher remake. full review
  67. I Think We're Alone Now 2008 The outer frontier of celebrity culture, where fandom meets mental illness, is home to I Think We're Alone Now. full review
  68. A Raisin in the Sun 2008 No one will mistake this well-produced but inevitably dialogue-driven piece for pure cinema, but Leon and adapter Paris Qualles open up the play just enough to avoid the usual stage-to-screen claustrophobia. full review
  69. Adrift in Manhattan 2007 A delicate piece with good performances and an intriguing enough setup, the drama ultimately doesn't go anywhere definite or distinctive enough to leave a lasting impression. full review
  70. How About You 2007 Comedic and sentimental beats are as predictable as the storytelling is sloppy. full review
  71. Save Me 2007 full review
  72. Loving Annabelle 2006 full review
  73. Neverwas 2005 This is the kind of movie where a madwoman's outburst leads her to throw a mug that just happens to be filled with gold sparkles -- which can then be photographed cascading down on all the adorable loonies, in slow-motion. full review
  74. Loser 2003 full review
  75. Scary Movie 3 2003 Just middling funny, with no truly memorable high points and a sum impact that goes poof! before you've left the parking garage. full review
  76. Bukowski: Born into This 2002 full review
  77. Equilibrium 2002 An unsophisticated sci-fi drama that takes itself all too seriously. full review
  78. The Master of Disguise 2002 A jumbled fantasy comedy that did not figure out a coherent game plan at scripting, shooting or post-production stages. full review
  79. Ram Dass: Fierce Grace 2002 full review
  80. Dogtown and Z-Boys 2001 Package is lively, if loosely structured. full review
  81. Not Another Teen Movie 2001 full review
  82. Gossip 2000 full review
  83. American Psycho 2000 Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material. full review
  84. Butterfly 2000 full review
  85. Mission: Impossible 2 2000 Woo lays on his own particular high-octane stylishness so thick the results edge perilously toward self-parody. full review
  86. Our Song 2000 full review
  87. Superstar 1999 A pleasant surprise. full review
  88. Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 A pat, hollow exercise! full review
  89. Following 1998 Entertaining, but material doesn't develop the full, edgy potential that similar paranoid-triangle efforts realized. full review
  90. Kurt & Courtney 1998 full review
  91. Pi 1998 It's remarkable to what extent Aronofsky has rendered the cerebral kinetically intense. The film's imaginative, diverse images create a mind's-eye urban claustrophobia. full review
  92. The House of Yes 1997 [Waters] manages to open up the text while maintaining its perilous mix of arch wit, pathos and suspense. full review
  93. Year of the Horse: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live 1997 full review
  94. /titles/197121 Even for those most receptive to the tongue-in-cheek tone here, McKee and Silvertson's in-joke will likely rate just middling on the scale of subversive hilarity. full review
  95. /titles/197333 A middling real-time thriller that chronicles a fictive crisis for two Air Force personnel, who find themselves at loggerheads when they spot an apparent terrorist thousands of miles away on surveillance video. full review
  96. /titles/197320 Skirting horror and black-comedy terrain without quite surrendering to either, the pic proves rather bracing even if it doesn't hold up to much plot-logic scrutiny. full review
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