Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

  1. The Family 2013 "The Family" does have its entertaining moments. But anyone who thinks it's a real knee-slapper needs therapy. Stat. full review
  2. Just Like A Woman 2013 This well-intentioned buddy-road-trip flick lacks the danger, the drama and the sex appeal that most moviegoers will be looking for. full review
  3. No Place On Earth 2013 The film is not without its flaws, but the story it tells is both terrifying and inspiring. full review
  4. Only God Forgives 2013 It's not that overwrought violence and human depravity are unfit grist for art, but without a compelling plot and a modicum of character development, all this film has to offer is a repugnant prurience and heavy-handed atmospherics. full review
  5. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry 2012 Using archival footage dating back to Ai's adventures in the New York art world in his 20s, Klayman traces his evolution as a creator and as an activist. full review
  6. For Greater Glory 2012 Director Dean Wright and screenwriter Michael Love fail to develop compelling characters or to construct a coherent plot. full review
  7. Hellbound? 2012 An engaging, accessible documentary that explores the (truly) eternal questions, "Does hell exist? If so, who ends up there, and why?" full review
  8. Little White Lies 2012 There's a fly-on-the-wall quality to it that adds a voyeuristic zing to the proceedings and gives this French take on "The Big Chill" its particular warmth. full review
  9. Madea's Witness Protection 2012 Tyler Perry doesn't have to make sense, or a have a point. He's laughing all the way to the bank. full review
  10. The Magic of Belle Isle 2012 It's earnest, predictable and disposable. full review
  11. The Runway 2012 The eccentric characters and wacky story line are merely camouflage for a movie with a heart that's pure Hollywood. full review
  12. Sleepwalk With Me 2012 "Sleepwalk With Me" is the perfect movie for fans of "The Daily Show" who actually stick around for the second-half interview. full review
  13. Union Square 2012 It is intended for an audience that is willing to take a journey without knowing the destination. full review
  14. Coriolanus 2011 As a portrait of modern warfare, politics and propaganda, "Coriolanus" is intriguing, even if the gritty action sequences don't quite measure up to the realism of "The Hurt Locker." full review
  15. Forks Over Knives 2011 It isn't possible to examine the scientific arguments in a movie review, but as advocacy documentaries go, this is a pretty good one. full review
  16. I Am Love 2010 In an American film, you live the story. In a European one, you're an outsider looking in. Ah, but what a beautiful view. full review
  17. Love Ranch 2010 Once Hackford has committed to the characters and to their compelling (if dark) world, he has nowhere to go but to some predecided facts that might not be the most interesting end to the characters' journey. full review
  18. Crazy Love 2007 Particularly because many viewers have already seen the TV-news version, almost any other genre would have been even more compelling -- a fictionalized drama, perhaps, or Truman Capote-style narrative non-fiction. full review
  19. You Kill Me 2007 One of those self-consciously quirky indie films that will strike some as comic genius while leaving the rest of the audience scratching their head. full review
  20. My Summer of Love 2005 It is at once a beautiful work of artifice and a convincing reflection of life's messy ambiguities. Aesthetically contained, morally uncertain. full review

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