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Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail

  1. Mr. Nobody 2013 While Mr. Nobody contains some truly moving scenes, it eventually starts to try your concentration when you suspect all the space/time continuum shuffling may never become more than the sum of its parts. full review
  2. Bernie 2012 Propelled by a perfectly cast trio of stars whose eccentricities shine in singular character roles, Bernie is charmer. full review
  3. Last Call at the Oasis 2012 It's one of the best in a recent array of cinematic docs looking at such hot topics as oil, water, food production, climate change, the economy and telling us, as scientist Jay Famiglietti so succinctly puts it in Yu's film, "We're screwed." full review
  4. What to Expect When You're Expecting 2012 It's a sitcom-y ensemble film (complete with product placement) that feels like you're flipping around the TV dial. full review
  5. Bellflower 2011 Bellflower revs the engine of an exciting new maverick. full review
  6. First Position 2011 It does a great job developing its characters through its visuals - these are superphysical kids - and honing in on family dynamics. full review
  7. I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 The main problem is that this Boston-set flick quite unselfconsciously presents itself as if it were a pop-culture first to express ideas about the working-mom balancing act. full review
  8. Revenge of the Electric Car 2011 Given Paine's penchant for B-movie-sounding titles, let's hope he gets to make it a trilogy that concludes with The Electric Car Lives! full review
  9. Tomboy 2011 Tomboy reveals a side of pre-adolescence rarely (if ever) depicted on the big screen, yet it never feels like a curiosity piece, nor is Laure (Zoe Heran), the titular character, portrayed as an outsider from a troubled home. full review
  10. Cool It 2010 Jam-packed but never disorienting, Cool It will definitely get your head spinning. full review
  11. Monsters 2010 With Monsters, Edwards transcends the special-effects auteur label, creating a memorable sci-fi story in which the hero and heroine are true equals in the adventure. How's that for an alien concept? full review
  12. Adrift in Tokyo 2009 Beautifully shot, Adrift in Tokyo offers an enchanting, revelatory ground-level experience of the city. full review
  13. Agora 2009 This lavish Spanish production begins to plod after a brisk, lively first half. full review
  14. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama 2006 10 Questions works extremely well as an introduction to the Dalai Lama and offers a tantalizing peek at the dynamic and even mischievous personality of this influential man. full review
  15. Fido 2006 Leave It to Beaver and Lassie meet Night of the Living Dead. full review
  16. This Is England 2006 You wouldn't think a film about a group of British skinheads during the early 1980s could be a sweet, nostalgic coming-of-age period piece, but that's the surprise of the authentic, fresh and utterly relevant This Is England. full review
  17. My Summer of Love 2005 It is a truly refreshing grown-up big-screen film. full review
  18. The Believer 2002 [Gosling's] combination of explosive physical energy and convincing intelligence helps create a complex, unpredictable character. full review
  19. Russian Ark 2002 The experience of watching Russian Ark is like being caught inside another person's dream. full review

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