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  1. Best Night Ever 2014 Serial spoofers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer hit a new low with their first 'original' comedy. full review
  2. Escape From Planet Earth 2013 A lightweight, warp-speed, brightly colored trifle that should delight small children and sporadically amuse their parents. full review
  3. Forgetting The Girl 2013 First-time director Nate Taylor skillfully evokes a clammy sense of dread in this stealthily suspenseful indie thriller. full review
  4. Hatchet III 2013 There's something curiously underwhelming about the blood-soaked mayhem on display in Hatchet III. full review
  5. Hating Breitbart 2013 Overall, Hating Breitbart is conspicuously parsimonious when it comes to providing biographical info about its subject. full review
  6. A Haunted House 2013 A frenetic and freewheeling satirical comedy that only sporadically scores a bull's-eye while aiming at easy targets. full review
  7. Haunter 2013 Abigail Breslin is effective enough to generate a rooting interest in the plucky protagonist of the piece, and to sustain interest when narrative logic turns fuzzy. full review
  8. Instructions Not Included 2013 This sporadically amusing but unduly protracted dramedy devolves into a shameless tearjerker in its third act. full review
  9. Movie 43 2013 Some movies should be reviewed; others should simply be warned about. Movie 43 is now showing at theaters and drive-ins everywhere. Beware. full review
  10. The Network 2013 [An] illuminating documentary about the founding and influence of Tolo TV, the first independent television station to operate in Afghanistan. full review
  11. Pulling Strings 2013 This entertaining crossover vehicle for Mexican star Jaime Camil sets a familiar love story to a mariachi beat. full review
  12. The Starving Games 2013 Really, a movie as lame as this one doesn't merit the expenditure of snark. full review
  13. Terms And Conditions May Apply 2013 Deftly balancing twin goals of informing and entertaining, the pic matter-of-factly details the various ways that marketers, multinational corporations, police departments and government-run intelligence-gathering organizations obtain and exploit info. full review
  14. Texas Chainsaw 2013 A better-than-average horror-thriller that relies more on potent suspense than graphic savagery or stereoscopic tricks. full review
  15. 96 Minutes 2012 96 Minutes maintains a brisk pace and generates a satisfying degree of suspense with its credibly contrived tale of disparate lives forever changed by a violent carjacking. full review
  16. The Babymakers 2012 Yet another attempt to mix raunchy excess and romantic-comedy sweetness in an anything-goes raucous farce, The Babymakers offers a few big laughs between ho-hum stretches of frenetic vamping. full review
  17. Backwards 2012 Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable. full review
  18. Bad Kids Go to Hell 2012 A slickly produced and brazenly clever piece of work that could attract a cult by sheer dint of its ingenious nastiness and self-aware snark. full review
  19. Beware Of Mr. Baker 2012 When a documentary begins with its subject using his crutch to deliver a vicious blow to the director's nose, it's reasonably safe to expect less-than-smooth sailing ahead. full review
  20. Brooklyn Castle 2012 An irresistibly uplifting doc. full review
  21. Citadel 2012 Especially nerve-wracking for any parent who's ever doubted whether he or she could overcome immobilizing fear and spring into action to defend an endangered offspring. Foy exploits that cruel doubt with ruthless efficiency in this impressive debut. full review
  22. The Cup 2012 Although it canters down a well-trod path toward a predictable finish line, The Cup sustains interest through the smooth efficiency of its storytelling and the engaging performances of its lead players. full review
  23. Delhi Safari 2012 Blandly unremarkable. full review
  24. Fat Kid Rules the World 2012 Affecting performances and effective storytelling are the hallmarks of Fat Kid Rules the World, actor Matthew Lillard's debut effort as a feature director. full review
  25. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 An unpretentiously ingratiating dramedy about members of an Irish-American clan drawn together, whether they want to be or not, for a yuletide celebration. full review
  26. Gayby 2012 [Balances] broad comedy and warm-and-fuzzy sentiment. full review
  27. Hardflip 2012 full review
  28. How to Grow a Band 2012 How to Grow a Band is most fascinating as it tactfully charts the sort of artistic and philosophical differences that can eventually undermine any group endeavor, even among seemingly like-minded collaborators. full review
  29. LOL 2012 LOL is DOA, a shapeless and charmless teen-skewing trifle stocked with trendy slanguage and social-network gimcracks that make it seem like something four years past its expiration date. full review
  30. Madea's Witness Protection 2012 The interaction among opposites inspires an abundance of predictable race-based jokes, many of which have the saving grace of actually being funny. full review
  31. Meeting Evil 2012 Writer-director Chris Fisher flirts with over-the-top exaggeration so often during Meeting Evil that auds might wish he'd gone all the way and dialed everything up to 11. full review
  32. Nature Calls 2012 A brazenly foul-mouthed but ultimately soft-hearted comedy of bad manners. full review
  33. October Baby 2012 Newcomer Rachel Hendrix grabs attention and sustains sympathy as a lovely yet troubled 19-year-old student determined to unlock the secrets of her past. full review
  34. Soldiers of Fortune 2012 full review
  35. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 2012 The grand finale is a series of what appear to be single-take sequences of bone-breaking, bullet-blasting violence, almost all of it presented with a practical-effects, minimal-CGI approach bound to impress genre devotees. full review
  36. Waiting For Lightning 2012 A slickly produced, unabashedly celebratory pic about professional skateboarder Danny Way. full review
  37. 35 And Ticking 2011 full review
  38. Apollo 18 2011 Despite stretches of skillfully sustained suspense, Apollo 18 ultimately comes across as little more than a modestly clever stunt. full review
  39. Girl Walks Into a Bar 2011 full review
  40. A Bag of Hammers 2010 First-time feature helmer Brian Crano maneuvers some tricky tonal shifts with impressive ease in A Bag of Hammers, a droll, quirky comedy with a pleasant amount of heart. full review
  41. Christmas Cupid 2010 full review
  42. The Corridor 2010 full review
  43. Hatchet II 2010 Writer-director Adam Green offers another super-sized dose of bone-shattering, blood-splattering mayhem. full review
  44. Standing Ovation 2010 Despite its absurdly optimistic title, Standing Ovation deserves a resounding chorus of boos, and maybe a few well-aimed tomatoes. full review
  45. Tiny Furniture 2010 Written and directed by newcomer Lena Dunham, who also plays the lead role, this technically polished indie often feels like a semi-autographical effort by a filmmaker trying to work out issues in her art that she's still confronting in life. full review
  46. The Perfect Game 2009 It's an unabashedly corny but occasionally stirring dramedy based on the true-life story of scrappy young baseball players from Mexico. full review
  47. Fireproof 2008 Cameron is genuinely compelling as Caleb, a work-obsessed firefighter on the verge of divorce from his neglected wife. full review
  48. Forever Strong 2008 This earnest indie production comes across like formulaic fiction while taking cues (and recycling cliches) from the 'inspirational sports drama' playbook. full review
  49. Humboldt County 2008 An amiably paced, character-driven comedy-drama about a disenchanted student who finds himself among the unreconstructed hippies and second-generation fringe dwellers who farm marijuana in the Lost Coast region of Northern California. full review
  50. The Secret of Moonacre 2008 full review
  51. Starship Troopers 3: Marauder 2008 full review
  52. Tinker Bell 2008 A polished, pleasant trifle that should enchant wee ones during hours and hours of repeat viewings. full review
  53. Being Michael Madsen 2007 Michael Mongillo's modestly clever mockumentary Being Michael Madsen could generate smiles of approval (and shocks of recognition) among showbiz insiders and media-savvy civilians as homevid and pay-cable fare. full review
  54. Imprint 2007 full review
  55. Steal a Pencil for Me 2007 Describing what Steal a Pencil for Me is about might actually do a disservice to this affectionately observed documentary. full review
  56. The Benchwarmers 2006 Schneider winds up playing straight man to Spade, who once again relies on his snarky coward shtick, and Heder, who comes across like someone doing a bad imitation of ... well, Heder himself in Napoleon Dynamite. full review
  57. Jackass: Number Two 2006 To call the humor sophomoric would be to overstate its sophistication. Call it infantile, and you'll be much closer to the mark. But it's hard to deny that many of the more outrageous bits have an exhilaratingly potent, shock-you-into-guffawing impact. full review
  58. Maxed Out 2006 Intelligent, informative and unusually entertaining docudocu errs only when it yanks too insistently on heartstrings. full review
  59. Nacho Libre 2006 Nacho Libre strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick. full review
  60. The Fog 2005 It's typical of pic's adherence to rigid genre conventions that the very first victims are brazen hotties who are shown drinking, dancing and wearing revealing attire prior to their deaths. full review
  61. Forgiving Dr. Mengele 2005 Perhaps even more thought-provoking than its co-helmers intended. full review
  62. Mind the Gap 2005 Warm-hearted but clear-eyed indie effort richly repays audience patience during deliberately paced and provocatively allusive early scenes with a cumulative emotional impact that is immensely satisfying. full review
  63. Psychopathia Sexualis 2005 Psychopathia Sexualis seems both plodding and snickering in its almost comically tepid rendering of masochism, homosexuality, full review
  64. 95 Miles to Go 2004 An engaging crazy-quit of comedy performance pic, cinema-verite docudocu and shambling shaggy dog story. full review
  65. Jersey Girl 2004 The script stoops to cheap gags that undercut Affleck's efforts to sustain a believable character. full review
  66. Mulan II 2004 full review
  67. Inspector Gadget 2 2003 full review
  68. The Wash 2001 full review
  69. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 2000 full review
  70. Scream 3 2000 full review
  71. Track Down 2000 full review
  72. In Too Deep 1999 In Too Deep doesn't exactly abound in surprise plot twists. Even so, director Michael Rymer does a satisfying job of infusing the cliches with edgy persuasiveness. full review
  73. The Virgin Suicides 1999 full review
  74. Jack Frost 1998 A slickly packaged and engagingly sentimental fantasy-comedy that stands out as one of the season's most pleasant surprises! full review
  75. The Parent Trap 1998 New pic is slick, sentimental and exceptionally well cast, with enough cross-generational appeal to suggest strong commercial potential. full review
  76. Mouse Hunt (Mousehunt) 1997 full review
  77. A Smile Like Yours 1997 full review
  78. The Crow: City of Angels 1996 Stunningly awful. full review
  79. George Carlin: Back in Town 1996 full review
  80. My Girl 2 1996 full review
  81. The Big Green 1995 full review
  82. Lord of Illusions 1995 full review
  83. The Legend of Drunken Master (Jui kuen II) (Drunken Fist II) 1994 The extended fight scenes [have been] justly hailed by aficionados as classics of the genre. full review

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