Jonathan F. Richards,

  1. The American 2010 This movie is so serious about its pretensions that none of it makes any sense.
  2. Countdown to Zero 2010 Countdown to Zero may not be the most fun you'll have in the movies this year, but it is absolutely mandatory viewing. full review
  3. I Am Love 2010 There's no getting around the fact that this is elegant soap opera,. It won't appeal to every taste. But it's sensational to look at, powerfully acted, and delivers a bang for the emotional buck. full review
  4. Agora 2009 Although the movie's history is spotty, its dialogue is sometimes clunky, and time frames are telescoped, its overall impact packs a powerful punch. full review
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a handsome thriller, anchored by an arresting performance in the title role by Noomi Rapace. full review
  6. Ondine 2009 Some complexities of story will be lost on audiences not tuned to the regional Irish brogue that is the mother tongue of this little fishing community. But Christopher Doyle's dark lush photography plucks the green coast of Cork like a harp. full review
  7. Elegy 2008 With his fierce, impeccable craft Kingsley shows us around David's tortured, preening, desperate psyche. full review
  8. Man on Wire 2008 In this exhilarating, palm-moistening documentary by British filmmaker James Marsh (Wisconsin Death Trip), the twin towers are back to celebrate one of their finest moments. full review
  9. Beaufort 2007 It makes an urgent case for the futility of most wars, which serve immediate political goals that afterward don't seem terribly important. full review
  10. Lars and the Real Girl 2007 ...we're surprised to find that it's possible to feel a real emotional attachment to an anatomically correct girl made of quality plastic. full review
  11. There Will Be Blood 2007 Daniel Day-Lewis bestrides the narrow world like a colossus as Daniel Plainview, a turn-of-the-last-century prospector for gold and silver who stumbles upon oil in rural California and goes after it with the ferocity, focus, and ethical sensitivity of a f full review
  12. Trumbo 2007 The transporting power of this experience is in the passionate and almost outlandishly eloquent verbal expression Trumbo poured into his correspondence, and the vividly American principles he defends. full review

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