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. The Devil Inside 2012 While it doesn't exactly reinvent the inverted cross, The Devil Inside definitely puts a nifty indie spin on the demonic possession genre. full review
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Bellflower 2011 Bellflower revs the engine of an exciting new maverick. full review
  7. 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
  8. Footloose 2011 Footloose drags its heels to the senior prom and, when it finally gets there, shoves in one last punch-up that puts an odd spin on what should be an upbeat display of happy feet. full review
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. The Whistleblower 2010 In Canadian director Larysa Kondracki's gripping based-on-a-true-story debut feature The Whistleblower, Rachel Weisz delivers a subtle yet riveting performance. full review
  14. Adrift in Tokyo 2009 Beautifully shot, Adrift in Tokyo offers an enchanting, revelatory ground-level experience of the city. full review
  15. Agora 2009 This lavish Spanish production begins to plod after a brisk, lively first half. full review
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. My Summer of Love 2005 It is a truly refreshing grown-up big-screen film. full review
  19. Assassination Tango 2002 About one commanding performance, fascinating to watch but not strong enough to redeem the muddled story line on which it hangs. full review
  20. Russian Ark 2002 The experience of watching Russian Ark is like being caught inside another person's dream. full review

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