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John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

  1. Augustine 2013 Soko is terrific, but it is Mr. Lindon who delivers the performance of the film, his internalized consternation amounting to an eloquent dispatch from the war between the sexes. full review
  2. The English Teacher 2013 A screwball comedy that could have been screwier, "The English Teacher" is as interesting for its cast as its content. full review
  3. I Give It a Year 2013 It's rather close to excruciating. full review
  4. Lovelace 2013 With the exception of good-natured porn vet Harry Reems (Adam Brody), everyone here is out to tear a piece off Linda Lovelace, whoever she was: Messrs. Epstein and Friedman don't really get to what made her tick, although one can guess. full review
  5. Mother Of George 2013 The imagery in Mr. Dosunmu's film is consistently surprising and lush. Even the straight-ahead portraits of his characters, used as emotional caesuras, are rich in colors and textures. But he's a storyteller, too ... full review
  6. Salinger 2013 "Salinger" is all surface. full review
  7. Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 While the action is often electric, it's the relationships that matter. That, and a lippy regard for a cultural legacy. full review
  8. We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks 2013 How do you make this a motion picture? Some might call it sleight-of-hand, but it's something Mr. Gibney has proved himself adept at time and time again ... full review
  9. The Awakening 2012 The film benefits enormously from having the luminous Rebecca Hall as its lead. It also gains an ominous gravity from the haunted, wounded and wobbly England in which it's set. full review
  10. Cosmopolis 2012 Conventional it is not. Engrossing it is. full review
  11. The House I Live In 2012 A very potent movie. full review
  12. Lawless 2012 You can sense the filth, and smell the rust, and feel the ingrained poverty that might well convince a family of survivors (of World War I and the Spanish flu) to make their fortune selling moonshine to their neighbors. full review
  13. Samsara 2012 There may be no words within "Samsara," a visually startling work of global cinematography. But there is a narrative, one by which the movie undermines itself. full review
  14. Side by Side 2012 The situation is fascinating, and given an illuminating investigation here. full review
  15. Sleepwalk With Me 2012 Is there reason to be concerned that so much popular culture is about young men not wanting to become adults? Probably. And yet "Sleepwalk With Me" makes the subject palatable, funny and maybe even touching. full review
  16. Albert Nobbs 2011 As an experiment in Academy Award psychology, "Albert Nobbs" is fascinating. As drama? It is, forgive us, a drag. full review
  17. Brighton Rock 2011 The film is almost distractingly beautiful to look at, something that accentuates the tension between the film's conflicting quantities, i.e., the glories of the physical world, and the corrupted humanity it hosts. full review
  18. Cracks 2011 Worth seeing just to watch Ms. Green ride that teacher right off the rails. full review
  19. Our Idiot Brother 2011 Ned turns out to be a strangely moving figure, a comic foil worthy of affection, perhaps even respect. full review
  20. The Perfect Host 2011 The less one knows about this perverse thriller from debuting director Nick Tomnay the better; a full appreciation of its delights lies in its revelations. full review
  21. Countdown to Zero 2010 The nighttime photography, of the world's most luminous cities, awakens our sense of grief -- not for what's gone, but for what could be, in the blink of an eye. The editing by Brad Fuller and Brian Johnson is miraculous. full review
  22. Valhalla Rising 2009 It's a trip into a primordial world and primeval sensibilities, and if you're looking to shake off the mall-movie blahs, there are few better places to look. full review
  23. /titles/198066 There are movies you want to like that just won't let you. full review
  24. /titles/200432 Unlike the very successful Spanish horror thriller [Rec] or even the nausea-inducing Cloverfield, which Echo more closely resembles, this film doesn't maintain a consistent point of view or any logic about what's on screen. full review
  25. /titles/199958 "Frank" is a genuine original in a summer sea of sameness, and a darkly comedic manifesto against the cultural status quo. full review
  26. /titles/199856 Schneider tells us the whole story right there, but Mr. Duvall, who's probably looking at another Oscar nomination next year, gives it a heart. full review
  27. /titles/198061 The couple's movie-long pas de deux, during which time a reversal of roles takes place and the inner Thomas is exposed to the world (us), is staged with delicious irony and ingenuity by Mr. Polanski full review
  28. /titles/200436 "White Bird in a Blizzard" is an alibi for Mr. Araki to flex his considerable muscle as a visual artist, using a palette that ranges from the blissful to the grotesque ... full review