Eric D. Snider,

  1. 96 Minutes 2012 The plot doesn't spiral; it falls with a thud and then just lies there. full review
  2. Casa de mi padre 2012 I tend to be amused by Ferrell in most circumstances, and the things I like about him - his bizarre sensibilities hidden beneath a mainstream exterior, his unwavering sincerity regardless of his characters' absurdity - are on display here. full review
  3. The Good Doctor 2012 A creepy, darkly funny bit of entertainment. full review
  4. The Raven 2012 Never commits to the kind of full-bore lunacy that might have made the film a campy pleasure. full review
  5. Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie 2012 Needless to say, this freewheeling parade of bizarreness is not everyone's cup of shrim. Chances are good that the people whose cup of shrim it is already know who they are. full review
  6. Angels Crest 2011 The movie's real strength is Gaby Dellal's careful, subtle direction. She avoids the pitfalls of melodrama and histrionics that often plague movies about loss, keeping her actors' emotions grounded in recognizable truth. full review
  7. Apollo 18 2011 The source of the creepy events, when it's finally revealed, is profoundly dull, like a forgettable episode of The X-Files or Fringe. full review
  8. The Eagle 2011 Less epic than Gladiator, less ridiculous than last year's Centurion, less homoerotic than Top Gun (but just barely), this is perfectly acceptable matinee fodder. full review
  9. Friends With Benefits 2011 It succeeds, thanks to comedic chemistry between the two leads and nimble direction by Will Gluck. full review
  10. I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 Any working mother is bound to see herself in this. Provided she is also a fictional character on a sitcom, that is. full review
  11. The Iron Lady 2011 Streep and Broadbent are entirely watchable, and Thatcher's story, even in its vague and watered-down state, is inherently interesting. full review
  12. The Kids Are All Right 2010 Sophisticated and funny, but once you get past the unusual premise and the fact that the main couple is realistically portrayed, there's nothing surprising about it. full review
  13. The Switch 2010 At its heart, it's really not that different from a regular romantic comedy. Well, except that it's funny. full review
  14. /titles/198490 There are probably some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories that would explain why Dream House is such a ruined pile of nonsense. full review
  15. /titles/197696 This is the kind of warm, uncluttered, feel-good film that you take your parents to see, and I absolutely mean that in a good way. full review
  16. /titles/197685 It's what a Nicholas Sparks movie would be if it were aimed at grown women rather than teenage girls. full review
  17. /titles/201417 There's a lot of beauty to be mined from that depressing-sounding scenario, thanks to well-drawn characters, impeccable performances, and sensitive direction. full review
  18. /titles/197346 Eventually the film itself is something of an endurance test, and not as rewarding as it hopes to be. But it's a worthy venture, earnest and well-produced and occasionally gripping. full review