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  1. Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq 2014 Classical dance great Jacques d'Amboise calls Tanaquil LeClercq's style a "path to heaven." And this lovely documentary by Nancy Buirski makes clear that he's right. full review
  2. The Art of the Steal 2014 Director Jonathan Sobol clearly understands the first rule of a good grift: misdirection. He packs his middling caper flick with so many known faces, it's easy to miss all the other familiarities. full review
  3. Bottled Up 2014 The intentions feel authentic, but not enough else does. full review
  4. Devil's Knot 2014 This stilted crime drama from Atom Egoyan feels misguided from the start. He's attempting to fictionalize a true story that has already been told better, several times over. full review
  5. G.B.F. 2014 Director Darren Stein clearly has some serious themes in mind, even as most of his characters exhibit all the brain cells of amoebae. full review
  6. Journey To The West 2014 Chow's movies are always as sweet as they are silly, a combination he once again balances - alongside cool effects - with typically deft irreverence. full review
  7. Maidentrip 2014 "Maidenstrip" is a clear-eyed chronicle of Dekker's record-breaking voyage. Think "All Is Lost," but real, and with a teenage girl instead of Robert Redford (plus a very different ending). full review
  8. Angels in Stardust 2013 [It] has some offbeat charms. They are not, however, strong enough to carry such a heavy load of cliches. full review
  9. The Angels' Share 2013 While there's no ignoring the social ills that haunt Robbie's hopes, the movie's optimism serves as a cheeky, and surprisingly inspiring, retort. full review
  10. As I Lay Dying 2013 It remains to be seen whether James Franco can live up to his outsized ambitions. full review
  11. Ass Backwards 2013 Raphael and Wilson are impressively committed to these misadventures, but it's a shame the movie is so cruel to the characters. full review
  12. Augustine 2013 [A] somber, intelligent period drama ... full review
  13. The Berlin File 2013 The story feels fairly perfunctory - not to mention unnecessarily knotty - but the well-connected leads do their best to ground it. full review
  14. Bettie Page Reveals All 2013 Mori gives us a delightful nostalgia trip, illustrated with lots of stunning, once-scandalous photos of Page in her prime. We even hear from the deeply private icon herself, in voiceover interviews recorded before her death in 2008. full review
  15. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me 2013 It seems like a bittersweet inevitability that even a celebration as reverential as this one is suffused with such aching poignancy. full review
  16. Big Sur 2013 With Kerouac declaring that "the only thing that matters is the conceptions in my own mind," we're still left waiting for the filmmaker who can take us there. full review
  17. The Brass Teapot 2013 There's not much depth to Mosley's debut, which is based on a short story by Tim Macy. But Michael Angarano and Juno Temple are an appealing pair as John and Alice, struggling suburbanites. full review
  18. Broadway Idiot 2013 There's no doubt you'll leave the movie either wishing you'd seen the show, or glad you did. full review
  19. Broken 2013 Norris has adapted Daniel Clay's young adult novel with a sensitivity that will appeal to teens and adults alike. full review
  20. Caesar Must Die 2013 The Tavianis blur the boundaries between fact and fiction, but they couldn't do it without the full complicity of their actors, or the audience. full review
  21. Call Me Kuchu 2013 The very best - and, alas, the very worst - of human nature is captured in this heartbreaking and inspiring documentary from Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall. full review
  22. Charlie Countryman 2013 Thanks to a perfectly-matched lead, Shia LaBeouf, the movie makes enough impact to justify its existence. full review
  23. Computer Chess 2013 Bujalski has a fantastic eye. The movie was shot in black and white with '70s video cameras, and could easily be mistaken for a documentary. full review
  24. Crystal Fairy 2013 On paper, this all sounds like a nightmare for any sober viewer. But Silva keeps things on the right path, deftly digging into overlooked corners of the American psyche. full review
  25. Dear Mr. Watterson 2013 Your money would be better used - and Schroeder's points better made - if you spent it on any "Calvin and Hobbes" collection instead. full review
  26. Don Jon 2013 Writer-director-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so savvy about the workings of our small minds that he knows just how to reel us in (sex) before schooling us on the important things in life (love). full review
  27. Dorfman in Love 2013 Brad Leong's "quirky" romantic comedy retreads ground that is already so well worn, everyone just slides right through. full review
  28. Electrick Children 2013 Thomas makes an assured debut as both writer and director, the gifted Culkin is excellent as always, and Garner finds lovely shades of nuance in Rachel's innocent faith. full review
  29. Erased 2013 Most people can only watch the same movie so many times. But Philipp Stolzl is clearly hopeful that when you're done with "Taken" (and "Taken 2"), you'll want more of the same. full review
  30. Escape From Tomorrow 2013 Moore shows promising ingenuity in shooting parts of the movie covertly, within the notoriously restrictive Disney World resort. But his script never takes the same sort of risk. full review
  31. Family Weekend 2013 There's no overcoming the poorly conceived premise of Benjamin Epps' debut comedy. But a strong start and solid cast take it further than one might expect. full review
  32. Free Birds 2013 This cheerfully gonzo kid flick. It's no masterpiece, but if you're hoping for a family film that will keep everyone reasonably entertained, this will fly. full review
  33. Future Weather 2013 Ever wonder what you're missing by not attending the Sundance Film Festival? Many of the entries look a lot like this little indie, a nicely observed but overly familiar coming-of-age tale. full review
  34. HairBrained 2013 Early potential fizzles away too quickly in this underachieving buddy comedy, which just barely skids along on the charm of its co-stars. full review
  35. Hava Nagila: The Movie 2013 Anyone who grew up dancing to "Hava Nagila" at weddings and bar mitzvahs may be interested to learn the song's origins. full review
  36. Hey Bartender 2013 Treats cocktail crafting as if it were nuclear engineering. full review
  37. The Hot Flashes 2013 Susan Seidelman has been making these blandly safe movies for years now; what happened to the edgy exuberance of her early films, like "Smithereens" or "Desperately Seeking Susan"? full review
  38. In the House 2013 Neither Claude nor Ozon comes up with a satisfying finish to this intriguing setup. But because they're both so committed to seducing their audience, it's a lot of fun watching them try. full review
  39. Interior. Leather Bar. 2013 We see brief, graphic shots of naked actors performing sexual acts. But it's the conversations about what those depictions represent that truly provoke. full review
  40. It's a Disaster 2013 Berger's got some clever ideas, but he does not push far in exploring them. And aside from Cross, there is virtually no one to like among these self-involved suburbanites. full review
  41. John Dies at the End 2013 A movie so brazenly off-kilter that I'm not entirely sure its title is even accurate. full review
  42. Just Like A Woman 2013 Just like its meaningless title, Rachid Bouchareb's disappointing drama evokes better works without developing any distinct identity of its own. full review
  43. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain 2013 Some of Hart's set -- including jokes about his security team and an inspired recounting of a disastrous trip to a dude ranch -- is hilarious. And his profane outrage is often funny enough to sell the weaker writing. full review
  44. The Last Days On Mars 2013 Ruairi Robinson's derivative thriller renders even alien zombification as airless as a vacuum-sealed space capsule. full review
  45. The Last Gladiators 2013 At his best, Gibney focuses on his subject and then explodes it outward. But with "The Last Gladiators," he's taken a rare misstep. There is undoubtedly a great story within the bruised history of NHL enforcers. Why, though, did he choose Chris Nilan's? full review
  46. Last Love 2013 Not much happens in Sandra Nettelbeck's intimate family drama, but its well-drawn connections between lonely souls make an impact nonetheless. full review
  47. The Last Stand 2013 The script is a mess, built on lazy cliches, stilted jokes and easy payoffs. What the movie does have, though, is enthusiasm. full review
  48. LUV 2013 The first half of the movie is painfully tense, drawing us into a relationship that we desperately want to see work. But the screenplay lets its characters down, as it devolves into platitudes and melodrama. full review
  49. Mademoiselle C 2013 As vanity projects go, this one's unusually well-made - as any portrait of an iconic stylist ought to be. full review
  50. Movie 43 2013 As a film critic, I've seen nearly 4,000 movies over the last fifteen years. Right now, I can't think of one worse than Movie 43. full review
  51. My Best Enemy 2013 The script relies on too many unlikely twists, but Bleibtreu manages to sell them all. full review
  52. Nicky's Family 2013 Hokey reenactments of the war years do the film no favors, but it's worth sticking them out to witness a humanity that never could be faked. full review
  53. The Numbers Station 2013 Akerman does work hard to keep up the energy level. Cusack, though, seems bored by the superficial proceedings, which don't even offer the distraction of a real romantic connection or a suspenseful confrontation. full review
  54. Peeples 2013 "Peeples" may not break any new ground, but it's about time Perry threw a family reunion hosted by someone other than Madea. full review
  55. The Prey 2013 Deftly strips away the phoniness of a big-budget studio production. full review
  56. Rapture-Palooza 2013 The laughs are consistent and the cast (including Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer and Ken Jeong as a very petty God) is a riot. full review
  57. Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's 2013 This glossy doc is indisputably attractive, with lots of famous faces, amusing stories and stunning clothes to admire. full review
  58. The Selfish Giant 2013 Both a tender ode to childhood and a wrenching eulogy for lost innocence. full review
  59. Shadow Dancer 2013 Riseborough once again transforms herself dramatically, expanding her role as best she can. But neither the hesitant script - adapted by Tom Bradby from his own novel - nor the sluggish tempo give her enough support. full review
  60. Something in the Air 2013 Assayas looks back on youth with both the generous affection and wry clarity of adulthood. full review
  61. Spinning Plates 2013 Levy chose the sites well and does a nice job juxtaposing the owners' passions and persistence. All three restaurants have faced their share of trials, to say the least. full review
  62. The Square 2013 Pulses with an immediacy that will leave you simultaneously enlightened and stunned. full review
  63. Stranded 2013 Sometimes an earnest, easily forgettable B-movie is just what you're looking for. But rarely do you feel like spending 12 bucks to see it - especially when that appears also to be the film's entire budget. full review
  64. Supporting Characters 2013 Schechter made the whole thing for about $50,000, without any A-list names. And yet it's sharper and more entertaining than most of the movies to come out this month at 10 times the budget - or well beyond. full review
  65. Tiger Eyes 2013 There are no surprises among the characters - depressed mom (Amy Jo Johnson), controlling aunt (Cynthia Stevenson), new boyfriend (Tatanka Means) - but the cast is strong enough to build on familiar elements. full review
  66. Upside Down 2013 Though "Upside Down" starts with a strong idea, its compelling conceit is immediately weighed down by leaden execution. full review
  67. Venus And Serena 2013 The filmmakers remain admirably unbiased, a rarity in biographical documentaries. They neither worship nor vilify their subject, but allow her to define herself on her own unapologetically complex terms. full review
  68. We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks 2013 Future historians will find the ideal chronicle of our era in the superbly crafted "We Steal Secrets." full review
  69. 2 Days in New York 2012 Delpy and Rock click so well together that we'd much rather hang out at home with them, instead of racing around the city with sitcommish supporting characters. full review
  70. Addicted To Fame 2012 A valuable reflection of contemporary celebrity culture - simply because it shows us how low we've fallen. full review
  71. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry 2012 One can't help wishing the subject would make his own, more complex cinematic self-portrait. But for now, Klayman has provided a valuable introduction to a man everyone should know. full review
  72. ATM 2012 While "ATM" does offer a few jolts, we're paired with bland characters and an underrealized premise. full review
  73. The Babymakers 2012 How does a comedy troupe even get from the frat-humor antics of "Beerfest" to the middle-class suburbanality of "Babymakers"? full review
  74. Bachelorette 2012 What's actually off-putting about this movie is how desperate the filmmakers are to exploit other people's ideas. full review
  75. Backwards 2012 [A] painfully cliched inspirational sports drama ... full review
  76. Beware Of Mr. Baker 2012 Miserable individuals do tend to make for interesting subject matter, and this would be far more of a dry biography without its willfully eccentric lead. full review
  77. Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story 2012 With empathetic craftsmanship, the film unspools as a brief history of hatred that may be recognizable to anyone who lived through the 20th century or has been paying attention in the 21st. full review
  78. Bully 2012 Should be considered required viewing for every parent, teacher and teenager in America. full review
  79. Carol Channing: Larger Than Life 2012 Not merely affectionate but cheerfully indulgent. full review
  80. Cheerful Weather For The Wedding 2012 Not to say it isn't an enjoyable diversion. Just that it's also a superficial one. full review
  81. Collaborator 2012 It's no surprise that Donovan's directorial debut finds him firmly rejecting the mainstream in favor of a deliberately suffocating challenge. full review
  82. Cosmopolis 2012 Frustratingly bland work from lead Robert Pattinson results in an awfully watery stew. full review
  83. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey 2012 Though Perry probably wanted nothing to do with her project, his participation might have pushed this glimpse at the band's evolution into a genuine revelation. full review
  84. End of Watch 2012 The actors, both excellent, get right into Ayer's groove. So by the time we arrive at the unsparing climax, we really know and care about these guys. full review
  85. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 Burns has assembled such a fine cast that we leave feeling satisfied, as if we didn't get the iPad mini we wanted, but a pretty good novel instead. full review
  86. The Flat 2012 Ultimately, this is not a film about one specific event but about human nature - most notably, the instincts toward denial and delusion, acceptance and forgiveness. From start to finish, revelations abound. full review
  87. The Forgiveness of Blood 2012 There is so much to admire in Joshua Marston's "The Forgiveness of Blood" that it's easy to overlook the miracle at its center: Marston's artistic idealism. full review
  88. Friends With Kids 2012 [Westfeldt] makes a promising directorial debut with this good-natured dramedy, boosted in large part by an outstanding ensemble. full review
  89. Gayby 2012 [It] embraces broad jokes and obvious setups. Fortunately, these are balanced out by assertive pacing and entertaining observations. full review
  90. General Education 2012 As generic and forgettable as its title, this half-hearted attempt at a teen comedy feels like a term paper you might buy online: poorly written and cribbed from a million other sources. full review
  91. Girl Model 2012 Don't expect to look at a catwalk in quite the same fashion again. full review
  92. God Bless America 2012 Given that the movie starts out in such interesting fashion, it's hugely disappointing to see it devolve so lazily into a generic vigilante fantasy. full review
  93. The Guilt Trip 2012 This is one seriously uncomfortable movie, especially considering that it's being presented as a feel-good comedy. full review
  94. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 2012 It's an indelible picture of a cold-hearted ruling class that has allowed self-interest and hypocrisy to override its own humanity. full review
  95. Hitler's Children 2012 It's always dispiriting to see an ideal subject given shallow treatment, and one spends most of this documentary wishing a more experienced director had made it. full review
  96. The House I Live In 2012 An empathetic, if not entirely persuasive, look at an ongoing national dilemma. full review
  97. How to Survive a Plague 2012 Should be invaluable to every frustrated movement, as both a road map and a reminder of how vital personal activism remains. full review
  98. I Wish 2012 How does Hirokazu Kore-eda do it? His films are so casually infused with graceful realism, they make other movies feel painfully stilted and false. full review
  99. The Innkeepers 2012 A well-shot but generically dull disappointment. full review
  100. The Invisible War 2012 Every adult who owes a debt of gratitude to American soldiers should see Kirby Dick's heartbreaking documentary about sexual violence in the military. full review
  101. L!fe Happens 2012 [Bosworth] brings some intriguing shadows to a movie that looks, upon first glance, to be a two-dimensional, post-"Sex and the City" romantic comedy. full review
  102. Lawless 2012 The action is, overall, as exciting as the primary performances are impressive. full review
  103. Lay the Favorite 2012 Hall works like mad to create this character, giving her a breathy voice and hair-twisting tics and wide-eyed expressions that, rather than rounding her out, only flatten her. full review
  104. Mansome 2012 A skin-deep look at the state of contemporary masculinity. full review
  105. Meet the Fokkens 2012 The filmmakers follow the sisters around town, creating a delightful portrait of good-natured extroverts. full review
  106. Nature Calls 2012 After a lot of wandering around, we realize we've really just been walking in circles the whole time. full review
  107. The Pact 2012 In truth, there's nothing here we haven't seen before. But McCarthy, who also wrote the straightforward script, keeps the pace moving and the atmosphere eerie (if rarely terrifying). full review
  108. The Possession 2012 Slick direction and a strong central turn from Jeffrey Dean Morgan will keep you watching, if rarely from the edge of your seat. full review
  109. Post Tenebras Lux 2012 Regadas overdoes everything in a self-indulgent presentation of trite fantasies masked as memories. full review
  110. The Queen of Versailles 2012 Director Lauren Greenfield finds the pathos in an ultra-wealthy couple who willingly mortgaged their own future. full review
  111. The Rabbi's Cat 2012 Though we wander a bit, the trip is a delight, thanks to the witty company. full review
  112. Red Dawn 2012 The more ludicrous a concept, the more crucial it is that the director embrace the bigger-than-life absurdity. But everything about this project feels small-time. full review
  113. Red Hook Summer 2012 Lee grapples with a number of urgent themes, but his approaches are often either too direct (we are repeatedly pummeled by the bishop's fiery preaching) or too circuitous (the verbal and visual meanderings are sometimes valuable, and sometimes not). full review
  114. The Revisionaries 2012 Of all the scary movies you may see this month, none will be more chilling than Scott Thurman's documentary about the Texas State Board of Education. full review
  115. Seeking Justice 2012 There's a good idea here, in the story of helpless victims who get caught up in citizen vigilantism. But it's buried under a cheap, straight-to-DVD esthetic. full review
  116. Sleepwalk With Me 2012 Birbiglia's gift, really, is one of reassurance. It's nice to know that we can fail spectacularly and still be okay. full review
  117. Special Forces 2012 An uneven effort ... full review
  118. Starlet 2012 Baker effectively juxtaposes two vastly different worlds, though he never makes the case that either is as significant as the gauzy visuals suggest. full review
  119. Struck by Lightning 2012 One can't blame Colfer for wanting to expand his range, but he's created a character who is neither hero nor villain, in a black comedy that is neither dark nor funny enough. full review
  120. Teddy Bear 2012 A heart-wrenching central performance anchors Mads Matthiesen's intimate, empathetic drama about a Danish bodybuilder who aims to grow up as he nears middle age. full review
  121. This Is Not a Film 2012 It's irrefutably art, and undeniably vital. full review
  122. Tonight You're Mine 2012 Mackenzie is so taken with his concept that he forgets to build a fully realized film around it. full review
  123. Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2012 Every Perry movie has its highs and lows. This time, the highs are a little higher, and the lows not quite so low. full review
  124. Union Square 2012 Despite its problems, there's a touching sweetness at the heart of Nancy Savoca's intimate family drama about estranged sisters trying to reconnect. full review
  125. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 2012 Anyone who stumbles into "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning" unprepared is bound to leave shellshocked. Not just because of the movie's brutal violence, but from the stunning realization that this grim franchise will never stop regenerating itself. full review
  126. We Have a Pope 2012 What appears to be an amusing tale of a leader who has lost his way is also an unapologetic challenge to faith itself. full review
  127. The Woman in the Fifth 2012 Pawlikowski can't decide what to do with his protagonist, whose writer's block is the least of his emotional burdens. full review
  128. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey 2011 Even Oscar the Grouch would be moved by the inspiring history of Kevin Clash, the man who gives Elmo his voice. full review
  129. The Big Fix 2011 Though the Tickells' unabashedly partial, first-person approach is a liability, they present so much damning evidence that their case is - one hopes - impossible to ignore. full review
  130. Buck 2011 Even if we can't live his cowboy life, Buck Brannaman's world is well worth visiting. full review
  131. Cat Run 2011 Though John Stockwell's action comedy is shamelessly derivative, his enthusiastic cast propels it much further than it should go. full review
  132. Crime After Crime 2011 This story doesn't go well with popcorn, and you won't be able to shake it off like so many blockbusters. That said, it's likely to be the most unforgettable film you see all summer. full review
  133. The Flowers of War 2011 [Yimou] turns the Rape of Nanking into a visually stunning melodrama. But the effect of such extreme contrast is unsettling to say the least. full review
  134. Flypaper 2011 It's a mess from start to finish, but there's still fun to be had in Rob Minkoff's caper comedy. full review
  135. Friends With Benefits 2011 "Friends With Benefits" isn't nearly as original as it pretends to be. But it's cute and funny and sweet, which -- as any woman can attest -- puts it way ahead of most Friday night options. full review
  136. Goodbye First Love 2011 Is it "annoying," "talky' and "complacent," or "beautiful and deep"? full review
  137. Hell and Back Again 2011 As vital as the best war chronicles to come out in recent years, this is one every American ought to see. full review
  138. I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 A lot more watchable than its awful trailer indicates. full review
  139. I Melt with You 2011 If it weren't played so very straight, this jaw-dropping thriller might pass for an accurate satire of Hollywood self-indulgence. Instead, it serves as a prime example. full review
  140. Into The Abyss 2011 Any subject Werner Herzog wants to explore is surely worthy of our interest. And his latest documentary is a characteristically insightful study of human nature. full review
  141. Keep the Lights On 2011 Lindhardt pushes the picture into realms of such exposed intimacy, you almost feel like you're dating him yourself. full review
  142. The Kid with a Bike 2011 It's miles away from big-budget, pop-culture entertainment, but you may be surprised by its impact. full review
  143. Leap Year 2011 A haunting portrait of loneliness in its starkest state. full review
  144. The Ledge 2011 Gavin recalls his experiences while standing atop a building ready to jump; we're meant to be on edge ourselves, but the only real mystery is why Tyler took such an unrewarding role in the first place. full review
  145. Magic Trip 2011 Ken Kesey decided the camera was mightier than the pen. This enjoyable but surprisingly unenlightening documentary suggests otherwise. full review
  146. Peep World 2011 Judging by the actors involved in Barry Blaustein's amusing but unpolished comedy, it's fair to assume he has a friends in high places. That's good, since they refine Peter Himmelstein's rough script. full review
  147. The Perfect Host 2011 Crawford radiates charisma, and Pierce sells even the nuttiest moments. full review
  148. The Pill 2011 While their story is feather-light, Khoury and his actors have each type down perfectly. full review
  149. Pina 2011 An intimate and ravishingly filmed tribute to German dancer Pina Bausch. full review
  150. Polisse 2011 The details will gut you, and then haunt your dreams. full review
  151. The Reunion 2011 Frequently ludicrous and cheerfully inept, Michael Pavone's action comedy does manage to eke out a few drops of slapdash charm. full review
  152. Surviving Progress 2011 The cumulative power of so many great minds envisioning our potential self-destruction is undeniable. full review
  153. True Legend 2011 Fans who've been waiting 15 years for the director of "Drunken Master" to helm a new movie definitely won't be disappointed. full review
  154. The Women on the 6th Floor 2011 For a smarter take on personal discovery, you'd be better off watching Luchini's last film, the delightful French farce "Potiche." full review
  155. Wrecked 2011 It's a tribute to Adrien Brody that Wrecked works as a modestly compelling thriller, since there's almost nothing to see but Brody himself. full review
  156. You've Been Trumped 2011 First-time director Anthony Baxter jettisons all pretense of impartiality, without adding any of the intelligent outrage of his evident influence, Michael Moore. full review
  157. A Bag of Hammers 2010 Woven amid the glib one-liners and contrived scenarios is an unexpected, and undeniably touching, sense of heart. full review
  158. Bill Cunningham New York 2010 Those who pore over his fashion columns in the New York Times Style section will particularly appreciate this respectful look at a true local character. full review
  159. Casino Jack And The United States Of Money 2010 That the film is overlong ultimately testifies to its importance, though after a while, the outrageous details start to run together like surreal satire. Except, of course, that it's all true. full review
  160. The Joneses 2010 The all-important production design perfectly captures a generation of unthinking consumers. And Moore and Duchovny, who have great chemistry, are strong enough to make the most of a script that really needed another rewrite. full review
  161. Severe Clear 2010 Most fictional films simply can't capture the immediacy of the experience the way a raw chronicle like this one, from director Kristian Fraga and 1st Lt. Mike Scotti, does. full review
  162. Tabloid 2010 It's all compelling, in the way reading trashy gossip usually is. But without any new perspectives, what's the point? full review
  163. Vanishing On 7th Street 2010 The complete lack of explanation suggests Jaswinski forgot to finish his script. But Anderson tries hard to compensate, distracting us with suitably ghostly atmospherics. full review
  164. Beeswax 2009 Bujalski has an unusual gift for spotlighting small moments and underplaying large ones. full review
  165. The Proposal 2009 It's impossible to guess why Bullock was ever attracted to this insulting role, and the eternally confident Reynolds is miscast as a young, bullied underling. full review
  166. The Art Of The Steal 2009 Argott treats Barnes' story as an intellectual crime thriller, uncovering each new surprise - and a seemingly endless parade of villains - with a deadpan flourish. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2010/02/26/2010-02-26_short_tak full review
  167. The Boys Are Back 2009 What you can't see with your mind's eye, however, are the performances, which save the movie from a treacly inevitability. full review
  168. Crude 2009 One has to wonder if oil industry executives are concerned about the release of Joe Berlinger's damning documentary. full review
  169. Extract 2009 The entire cast, in fact, seems to be having fun, with Affleck and Koechner cheerfully stealing each one of their scenes. full review
  170. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009 The mismatched leads make a compelling pair, and director Niels Arden Oplev keeps the action relatively tight. full review
  171. I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 Given the inevitable response to this equally regrettable rom-com, she can expect to loathe Independence Day, too. full review
  172. The Trouble with Romance 2009 Ever fast-forward through a late-night cable romance just to get to the good parts? This amateurish relationship dramedy features all the stuff you'd skip, and nothing else. full review
  173. Bottle Shock 2008 More enthusiastic than genuinely entertaining. full review
  174. Management 2008 But if there's a point to be made here, it's that persistence pays off, whether you're onscreen or in the audience. full review
  175. Momma's Man 2008 A little miracle, Azazel Jacobs' lovely story of a life lost and found tackles big issues -- love, maturity, fulfillment -- in deceptively modest fashion. full review
  176. New York, I Love You 2008 Where's the ethnic diversity? The cultural overflow? The dirt, the chaos, the cramped quarters, the people who look like us, rather than movie stars? full review
  177. Sex Drive 2008 Just slightly funnier than you'd expect, this dashed-off teen comedy cribs from a thousand other movies, without coming up with anything original of its own. full review
  178. Zack and Miri Make a Porno 2008 Without the wit, raunchiness tends to feel uncomfortably forced. And the moments when Z&M works are, almost without exception, the ones that are more sweet than shocking. All the rest, frankly, feel like Apatow Lite. full review
  179. Arranged 2007 For a movie meant to shake viewers out of their ignorance, this clunky drama sure does indulge in a lot of stereotypes. full review
  180. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) 2007 The movie's power comes less from its contrived story than everything else: the stark setting, chaotic energy and authentic cast. full review
  181. Confessions of a Superhero 2007 You've just found one of this week's hidden treasures. full review
  182. Eagle vs. Shark 2007 Scornful laughs are cheap laughs, and although [director] Waititi allows a few moments of gentle sweetness, he takes the easy way out too often. full review
  183. For the Bible Tells Me So 2007 Here's hoping Karslake's film won't simply preach to the converted. full review
  184. Hot Rod 2007 Most of the jokes either drag on endlessly or are cut short without a real punch line. full review
  185. How About You 2007 Anthony Byrne's lazy drama is insulting to just about everyone, including Maeve Binchy, who wrote the short story on which it was based. full review
  186. The Inner Life of Martin Frost 2007 Paul Auster's suffocating romance makes you feel as if you're helplessly stuck inside the head of the most pretentious person you know. full review
  187. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day 2007 In adapting Winifred Watson's 1938 novel, director Bharat Nalluri strains frantically to evoke the champagne fizz of classic screwball comedies. full review
  188. Mr. Bean's Holiday 2007 If you've never been particularly fond of Atkinson's brand of slapstick, you certainly won't be converted by this trifle. full review
  189. Mr. Untouchable 2007 It's not a pretty picture, but it sure is a compelling one. full review
  190. Nanking 2007 A somberly effective look at one of the most shameful events in human history. full review
  191. Steal a Pencil for Me 2007 Not even Hollywood could invent a romance more extraordinary than this one. full review
  192. Surfwise 2007 What kid wouldn't want to spend every day at the beach instead of in school? Well, Doug Pray's absorbing new documentary suggests that no dream is as ideal as it may seem. full review
  193. The Benchwarmers 2006 If Sandler had avoided the lowest-common-denominator humor, recast the adult ballplayers as kids, and found a decent director, he might have had a worthwhile movie. Oh, wait -- it's already been made. And it's called Bad News Bears. full review
  194. Charlotte's Web 2006 Like its porcine protagonist, E.B. White's classic 1952 story Charlotte's Web manages to be both radiant and humble. If only the same could be said for Gary Winick's live-action adaptation, which is neither. full review
  195. Choking Man 2006 The movie suffocates under the weight of too many wrong choices. full review
  196. Crossing the Line 2006 You'll be untangling Dresnok's knotty reality long after you leave the theater. full review
  197. Curious George 2006 Skip the movie altogether, and buy one of the books, instead. full review
  198. Fido 2006 Definitely the most fun you'll have with the undead this week. full review
  199. Jackass: Number Two 2006 Only adolescent boys -- the movie's target audience, despite a well-earned R rating -- will appreciate the most extreme gross-out gags, none of which can be described in a family newspaper. full review
  200. Lonely Hearts 2006 Oddly sterile. full review
  201. Maxed Out 2006 James Scurlock's often riveting documentary is likely to leave you outraged over the manipulative greed of America's banks and credit card firms. full review
  202. Penelope 2006 This could have been a perfect choice for the Enchanted set, if only its charms were more than skin-deep. full review
  203. Saint of 9/11 2006 Overly reverent but still immensely touching ... full review
  204. Year of the Fish 2006 David Kaplan's sweet, if superficial, fairy tale won't change the world, but it makes nice use of its setting (Chinatown) and visual style (rotoscope animation). full review
  205. Cowboy Del Amor 2005 Every moment of this story - about America's unlikeliest matchmaker -- is fascinating. We just need more of them. full review
  206. The Devil's Miner 2005 Though they're telling a story of potentially deadly child labor, filmmakers Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani never amp up the drama, wisely preferring a straightforward approach that respects the bleak reality of their subjects. full review
  207. Forgiving Dr. Mengele 2005 This provocative Holocaust documentary explores vast issues by narrowing its focus to the intimate impulses of a single woman. full review
  208. The Outsider 2005 As is often the case with Toback's films, even as you're shaking your head at his shameless self-indulgence, you can't help but keep on watching. full review
  209. Serenity 2005 As always, Whedon's sci-fi fantasies smartly parallel the serious issues we're grappling with here on Earth, while his protagonists remain mordantly funny in the face of utter disaster. full review
  210. 95 Miles to Go 2004 If you've had a hole in your heart since Everybody Loves Raymond ended, Tom Caltabiano's low-key documentary about star Ray Romano ought to fill the gap nicely. full review
  211. Agnes and His Brothers 2004 Whenever he takes the time to line up his toxic arrows, usually with the help of a compellingly squirmy Bleibtreu, he hits the bull's-eye. full review
  212. The Goebbels Experiment 2004 Devoted family man, aspiring poet and petty whiner, the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels depicted in Lutz Hachmeister's unusual documentary presents a compelling study of the banality of evil. full review
  213. Mean Girls 2004 [Fey's] snappy script and the deft direction of Mark Waters, who did Freaky Friday, keep the laughs coming. full review
  214. Secuestro Express 2004 Part exploitation thriller and part sociopolitical statement, Secuestro Express is a little too enamored of its own gangsta cool to be taken seriously. full review
  215. White Chicks 2004 If you want to laugh at cartoonishly shallow rich girls, you'd be much better off staying in to watch the new season of The Simple Life -- for free. full review
  216. Without A Paddle 2004 There are a few gross-out laughs, but Without a Paddle's gang-written script doesn't know what it wants to be. full review
  217. The Battle of Shaker Heights 2003 Surprisingly sweet and smart. full review
  218. A League of Ordinary Gentlemen 2003 If you've ever struggled to watch bowling on TV, you'll appreciate Browne's gifts when the film ends and you realize -- no kidding -- you can't wait to see these guys compete again. full review
  219. Uptown Girls 2003 Combine two mannered performances with a script intent on achieving maximum cuteness, and you've got one wince-inducing sugar rush. full review
  220. Girls Will Be Girls 2002 What starts out amusing eventually becomes something of a drag. full review
  221. Suspended Animation 2002 Since the movie's sensibility ranges from the preposterous to the absurd, there are few genuine frights. full review
  222. Shaolin Soccer 2001 One of the silliest, sweetest and most fun family films in recent memory. full review
  223. The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 (Producer Tim) Burton's skewed vision is seamlessly realized by director Henry Selick and cleverly enhanced by Danny Elfman's songs. full review
  224. /titles/197053 Clear your calendar. There's no better time to get to know a character so obnoxiously stubborn that not even his own creator can shake him. full review
  225. /titles/197107 Not even this movie's foolish characters could fail to notice the irony: there isn't a single moment of creativity in their own story. full review
  226. /titles/197117 Polanski and Stewart reunite at the film's end to reminisce, but it's the original footage that thrills. full review

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