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James Rocchi, MSN Movies

  1. A Haunted House 2013 Mean-spirited, badly made and unfunny is one set of disasters; adding in storytelling incompetence adds to the catastrophe. full review
  2. We Are What We Are 2013 We Are What We Are is a re-make that succeeds superbly while remaining true to the strange and sad intimately grotesque spirit of the original. full review
  3. We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks 2013 Alex Gibney's latest, "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks," is very good -- manage to do both. full review
  4. Butter 2012 Butter is laid on too thick, and in other places it's spread too thin, and it never quite develops a flavor of its own. full review
  5. Girl In Progress 2012 ... when Girl in Progress works, it's a thoughtful trip -- no matter how broad some of its missteps are... full review
  6. Goats 2012 ... a stubborn, mangy, tangled-haired mutt of a movie -- one that could have used a little more guidance and construction and a little less free-range 'quirkiness.' full review
  7. Lay the Favorite 2012 Incoherent, loud and saddled with a lead character far less smart ... 'Lay the Favorite' simply lays down dead. full review
  8. Pusher 2012 ... it feels like just another movie about crime and drugs as Frank's week goes from bad to worse. full review
  9. Bellflower 2011 It's warm and beautiful and terrible and scary, full of heart and blood and truly unique. full review
  10. Buck 2011 ... a rare documentary as intellectually and philosophically rewarding as it is emotionally moving. full review
  11. Dirty Girl 2011 Dirty Girl isn't nearly as messy or real or raw as it needs to be -- mostly it's just grubby with shopworn familiarity and glammed up with too many pop songs. full review
  12. The Interrupters 2011 James' Hoop Dreams has been spoken of with reverence and wonder for 17 years; now, he has an equal to its reputation. full review
  13. Knuckle 2011 Knuckle is a curiously riveting work. full review
  14. My Week with Marilyn 2011 It's too bad that Williams didn't have a script or director that would have given the film a better chance of attaining greatness. full review
  15. Peep World 2011 ...the film's so flat and sour that when the whole cast are gathered together around a communal dinner table, all you want to do is escape the acid, claustrophobic rancor of its unpleasantness. full review
  16. This Must Be The Place 2011 Sean Penn as an ex-rock-star Nazi hunter feels like a lot to swallow. It is. full review
  17. Henry's Crime 2010 You wish anyone on either side of the camera had a cup of coffee and then the energy to throw out weak scenes and flawed motivations while picking up the pace. full review
  18. The Kids Are All Right 2010 Cholodenko's film stands as one of the best American films of the year precisely because it's willing to look at what love truly gives, and what it truly takes. full review
  19. The Switch 2010 Thanks to Bateman's truly winning performance as a bit of a loser, "The Switch" manages to earn our laughter and our respect in equal measure. full review
  20. Vanishing On 7th Street 2010 A little more polish in the writing could have made it a must-see, but as it stands, it's a fairly solid B-movie matinee with a nicely calibrated mix of intellectual dread and visceral shock. full review
  21. Waiting for Forever 2010 Waiting for Forever isn't just bad; it's fascinatingly bad. full review

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