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  1. Dead Man Down 2013 The screenplay by J. H. Wyman is squirm-inducing in its preposterous dialogue and haphazard plotting. full review
  2. LUV 2013 A kind of "Training Day" hoping for interstitial Terrence Malick poetry in the Baltimore landscape of "The Wire" with the occasional sensationalism of an action film. full review
  3. The Babymakers 2012 An increasingly incredulously plotted series of embarrassments about the wounded masculinity of a low sperm count. full review
  4. Katy Perry: Part of Me 2012 As artificial as much of the apparatus surrounding Perry may be, none of it works without her charisma at the center. That comes through in "Part of Me," as does her intense drive to succeed after early failures. full review
  5. ParaNorman 2012 ParaNorman, blessed with otherworldly animation, can't escape the demons of story. full review
  6. Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie 2012 With limitless absurdity comes a kind of glossy-eyed meaninglessness and extreme tastelessness. full review
  7. Ironclad 2011 An utterly joyless exercise in blood and dirt. full review
  8. Pearl Jam Twenty 2011 Any enterprise like this is inherently self-congratulatory, but the film is best considered from Crowe's perspective: that of a fan. full review
  9. The American 2010 It's difficult not to want Corbijn's mournful seriousness to ease up a bit. But The American is nevertheless transfixing in its weary, muted grace. full review
  10. Love Ranch 2010 A movie with prostitutes, guns, boxing and Reno is crying out for the film noir treatment. Along with neon signs in the desert, give us some terse dialogue and some fatalism.
  11. Somewhere 2010 Coppola is brilliant at capturing mood: With cinematographer Harris Savides, her languid camera depicts California melancholy. But substance isn't her game. full review
  12. Cairo Time 2009 The scenery is enchanting and it's clear Nadda was inspired to make the film from the beauty of Cairo. She and cinematographer Luc Montpellier succeed in fashioning a graceful postcard to the city, but a story, too, would have been nice. full review
  13. Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) 2007 Though the histrionics of City of Men are a bit obvious, and it lacks the bravado of City of God, it's ultimately a more rewarding film.
  14. Jackass: Number Two 2006 True to its aim, Jackass 2 probably will leave fans more satisfied than the vast majority of films this year have left moviegoers. full review

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