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Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

  1. Parker 2013 The movie is a morals-free procession of bang bang bang! and blood blood blood!, and men slamming each other with blunt objects and slicing each other with blades. full review
  2. Addicted To Fame 2012 [A] hapless, clueless, necrophiliac documentary ... full review
  3. Assassin's Bullet 2012 The cockeyed C-quality B movie, shot on location with a Balkan supporting cast and crew, mixes a precarious pileup of visual cliches with over-staged action sequences. full review
  4. The Awakening 2012 Dominic West personifies the melancholia of a country overwhelmed by death. full review
  5. Brooklyn Castle 2012 A great subject goes a long way in this standard but effective entry in the amazing-kids documentary category. full review
  6. The Details 2012 [A] provocatively acrid adult comedy of lies, deceits, and a touch of murder. full review
  7. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel 2012 All the right photos and news clips are assembled, showing off the lady's keenly curated sense of dramatic self-presentation. full review
  8. The Dictator 2012 Baron Cohen's demonstrations of political ''outrageousness'' feel all too canned, planned, and defanged. full review
  9. The Expendables 2 2012 The movie is excellent crap, fine junk, an exercise in campy movie nostalgia, and a demonstration of American supremacy in the field of nutty cosmetic enhancements for aging movie stars. full review
  10. The Flat 2012 I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead. full review
  11. The Forgiveness of Blood 2012 Joshua Marston once again distinguishes himself as a filmmaker serious about understanding lives a world away from his own. full review
  12. The Front Line 2012 This strong, assured Band of Brothers-style drama from director Jang Hun makes universal points about bonding, misery, loyalty, and the senselessness of war through a portfolio of soldiers. full review
  13. Holy Motors 2012 [A] crazy-beautiful reverie about movies, love, the love of movies, and the inevitability of human melancholy by the perpetually mysterious French filmmaker Leos Carax. full review
  14. The Invisible War 2012 The intense interviews and damning statistics (20 percent of all female personnel have experienced sexual assault) do the work of whipping up outrage. full review
  15. Jesus Henry Christ 2012 Lee scratches the skin of family bonds until it bleeds. full review
  16. A Little Bit Of Heaven 2012 As embodied with clueless good humor by Kate Hudson, fatal sickness looks more like a lifestyle and wardrobe choice than a tragedy. full review
  17. The Loneliest Planet 2012 Every scene shift contributes vital information about what it means to guide or be guided over foreign territory, both emotional and physical. full review
  18. Lore 2012 This striking, slow-building drama ... uses fractured, impressionistic imagery as a mirror of moral dislocation as the children make their way through an unfamiliar landscape. full review
  19. The Magic of Belle Isle 2012 A pastel-colored, embroidered wall-hanging of a drama directed by Rob Reiner. full review
  20. The Moth Diaries 2012 Defeats Harron's talent for exploring darkness on the edge of kinkiness. full review
  21. Nobody Walks 2012 Russo-Young studies the strange species of affluent Angelenus erectus under a microscope that distorts every character into unbelievability. full review
  22. Not Fade Away 2012 Rock & roll is here to stay. And David Chase gets some well-deserved satisfaction. full review
  23. Perfect Sense 2012 An intriguing apocalyptic romance with a multi-purpose title. full review
  24. Pusher 2012 Much glossier, more bright-lights-big-city, and less jolting than the gritty 1996 original. full review
  25. Red Dawn 2012 Take that, screaming North Koreans with no agenda! full review
  26. A Royal Affair 2012 The storytelling ... is kind of amazing. full review
  27. Samsara 2012 Samsara stares at Asian temples, African tribesmen, and chickens bound for slaughter with the same blank eye. full review
  28. Silent House 2012 A denouement more textbook than thrilling stalls some of the movie's power. But the early chills are potent, intense. full review
  29. Starlet 2012 A strikingly unsentimental study in female friendship between unmoored souls in L.A.'s bleached, glamour-challenged San Fernando Valley. full review
  30. Struck by Lightning 2012 Some charming, buzzy talents pitch in on this short little lark ... full review
  31. That's What She Said 2012 If you see just one repellent femme-owned-and-operated comedy about unpleasant women and a stubborn case of vaginal yeast infection, you might as well make it That's What She Said, since I hope there'll never be another like it. full review
  32. The Waiting Room 2012 Nicks reports on what American public medicine looks like today. You decide if it's working or not. full review
  33. The Woman in the Fifth 2012 [Pawlikowski] creates a nice sense of paranoia and multicultural bewilderment that's the welcome tonal opposite of Woody Allen's romanticized Midnight in Paris fripperies. full review
  34. Buck 2011 full review
  35. Coriolanus 2011 Shakespeare on a trip wire. full review
  36. Goodbye First Love 2011 [A] acute drama of young romance and passionate sex, as well as what you learn when you lose both. full review
  37. The Kid with a Bike 2011 No one charts the wilds of childhood more precisely than the Dardennes. full review
  38. My Week with Marilyn 2011 Michelle Williams plays Monroe, and she's a wonder. full review
  39. The Other Woman 2011 Portman spends most of her time crying or pouting. full review
  40. Pina 2011 So this is what 3-D is capable of when used for art rather than the commerce of hiking ticket prices and repurposing cartoons! full review
  41. Tomboy 2011 A beautiful, matter-of-fact French drama about a young girl who wants to be a boy - and for one singular summer around her 10th birthday passes as one... full review
  42. Bill Cunningham New York 2010 [A] marvelous documentary. full review
  43. Casino Jack 2010 Tonally scattershot and more than a little heavy-footed. But then, so were the real cons from which Abramoff profited while the flimflam worked. full review
  44. Casino Jack And The United States Of Money 2010 full review
  45. Cool It 2010 The telegenic Lomborg is the on-camera ''star'' of the show, while his angry critics growl on cue. full review
  46. Heartbeats 2010 [A] madly stylish Montreal-made delight... full review
  47. Henry's Crime 2010 It's a 
 grab bag of comic cliches about bank robberies and regional theater. full review
  48. I Saw the Devil 2010 Somewhere in all the blood (sickening realism is a selling point), a question is posed: When does the one fighting a monster become a monster himself? full review
  49. The King's Speech 2010 The King's Speech is simultaneously cozy and majestic. full review
  50. Five Minutes of Heaven 2009 It's an original movie idea that feels written for the stage, all the more so since so much of our attention is diverted to admiring how the actors act, in roles with a high degree of technical
 difficulty. full review
  51. Great Directors 2009 French bad-girl director Catherine Breillat says some interesting stuff, but what would be even more interesting is footage revealing how the novice filmmaker got to hang with the artists she calls her ''heroes.'' full review
  52. The House of the Devil 2009 Writer-director Ti West's crisp, economical, satisfying little horror pic reclaims the pleasures of the kind of old-school formula that the jokey Scream franchise deconstructed into satire. full review
  53. I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 A charmless rom-com about an exhaustingly vivacious florist. full review
  54. Kings of Pastry 2009 It's a good bet any cocky contestant on Top Chef would keel over from the rigors of the challenge, the rituals of which are treated with fervent concentration by these meticulous artistes with their piping bags and spun-sugar sculptures. full review
  55. Objectified 2009 You'll never look at your next toothbrush (or your next any product) in quite the same way after watching this astute, elegant inquiry into the purpose and process of industrial 
design, Objectified. full review
  56. Ondine 2009 Women tend to hide secrets in the original scripts of filmmaker Neil Jordan. full review
  57. Serious Moonlight 2009 There's a lot of yelling, cracking wise, and cooing in this creepy rom-com. full review
  58. Valhalla Rising 2009 When it comes to crazy, violent, semidelirious, testosterone-laden, proto-Viking tales about a mute visionary one-eyed warrior who breaks skulls, Valhalla Rising is pretty great. full review
  59. The Burning Plain 2008 The scenery (prettily captured by There Will Be Blood cinematographer Robert Elswit) is littered with heavy symbolism (fire! rain! dead birds!); the performances are merely heavy. full review
  60. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father 2008 The facts are so awful that Dear Zachary can be forgiven much of its antsiness -- as a memorial, as a condolence to Bagby's parents (who became activists for judicial reform in their late son's honor), and as a howl of grief. full review
  61. Fly Me to the Moon 2008 full review
  62. Tony Manero 2008 Larrain's (literally) dark, edgy movie is a precise artistic commentary on Augusto Pinochet's miserable regime, which was 
under way while Travolta gyrated. full review
  63. Alone with Her 2007 A Blair Witch Project for the new, surveillance-obsessed millennium. full review
  64. Beaufort 2007 Adapting his spare, intense, award-winning film from the novel by Israeli TV programmer Ron Leshem, Joseph Cedar has created a movie of tremendous power -- nerve-racking, astute, and neutral enough to apply to all soldiers, in all wars, everywhere. full review
  65. Descent 2007 full review
  66. Evening 2007 full review
  67. Flawless 2007 It's left to Caine to wink and nod at his own contribution to real caper classics of the 1960s and '70s, produced with more emphasis on fun and less on instructive fact-finding. full review
  68. Helvetica 2007 Even viewers who've never given a serif a second thought are in for an exclamation point of joy from such a well-designed doc. full review
  69. How About You 2007 As the reigning inhabitant, Redgrave adopts the swanning gestures of Maggie Smith in this mild adaptation of a Maeve Binchy story. Other drama queens enjoying the opportunity to screech include Imelda Staunton, Brenda Fricker, and Joss Ackland. full review
  70. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day 2007 full review
  71. Nanking 2007 full review
  72. The Pool 2007 The resonant, beautifully naturalistic drama The Pool is a return to the familiar subject of haves and have-nots for director Chris Smith. full review
  73. Steal a Pencil for Me 2007 Filmmaker Michele Ohayon shapes her portrait of two vibrant old people with a fine hand (especially when it comes to interspersing historical footage), creating a valuable addition to the Cinema of Never Forget. full review
  74. Surfwise 2007 full review
  75. Click 2006 Adam Sandler still coasts on American pop culture's peculiar indulgence of boys who won't grow up full review
  76. The Devil's Miner 2005 This beautiful, terrible story is not easily forgotten. full review
  77. Right at Your Door 2005 There are no zombies to distract from the plausibility of Right at Your Door. And that's what makes this smart, coolly horrifying American indie thriller one of the scariest movies you're likely to see all year. full review
  78. Agnes and His Brothers 2004 Writer-director Oskar Roehler spends all his energy on cataloging ''outrageous' behavior, and none on giving the transgressions any meaning. full review
  79. Loser 2003 full review
  80. My Boss's Daughter 2003 Zucker ... directs this mess like a substitute teacher soldiering through a day's work for a day's pay at a decertified school. full review
  81. People I Know 2003 The story collapses like a bad tip to Liz Smith. full review
  82. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Pirates steams ahead on a mirthless course of script beats and busy action sequences, coldly steered by director Gore Verbinski to the boom-blast-blare coordinates of producing commodore Jerry Bruckheimer. full review
  83. The Believer 2002 This fiery and imperfect feature shines as a demonstration of independent filmmaking at its most uncompromising. full review
  84. Equilibrium 2002 Matrixian, Orwellian, and boneheadian. full review
  85. The Master of Disguise 2002 An awful, stillborn comedy assembled out of rusty spare parts from secret agent movies and run-of-the-mill Saturday Night Live skits. full review
  86. Baran 2001 The film is saved from aren't-kids-cute sentimentality by a warmth that isn't faked and a stately sense of composition. full review
  87. Donnie Darko 2001 Excitingly original indie vision. full review
  88. Love the Hard Way 2001 I figure Brody chose his own hip-jutting, fashion-runway postures, little realizing at the time that he was about to punch a big-time ticket out of this indie palookaville. full review
  89. About Adam 2000 Calculated, cold, and damply demeaning. full review
  90. Blow Dry 2000 Apparently [the town inhabitants] haven't heard of the healing properties of chocolate or male stripping. full review
  91. Croupier 2000 Owen is superb. full review
  92. Hamlet 2000 In OUR time, the sinister turn of events at the Denmark Corporation couldn't be more apt. full review
  93. Highlander - Endgame 2000 full review
  94. Love's Labour's Lost 2000 Each player ends up performing in a different play. full review
  95. The Tigger Movie 2000 A conflicted entertainment, compromised by trying too hard to impress the restless, self-referential adults in the audience. full review
  96. The Weight of Water 2000 Maneuvers skillfully through the plot's hot brine -- until it's undone by the sogginess of its contemporary characters, and actors. full review
  97. The Yards 2000 A slice of NYC made with imitation cheese. full review
  98. Brokedown Palace 1999 full review
  99. eXistenZ 1999 full review
  100. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 The film's lures, while undeniable, are synthetic, and we never do learn what fuels all the greed besides pints of beer. full review
  101. My Life so Far 1999 full review
  102. The Ninth Gate 1999 Early on I thought I could almost smell the sharp must of the leather bindings ... but that scent was just the aroma of middle-brow, art-house Euro-rot, a whiff of decay and hauteur. full review
  103. Ravenous 1999 full review
  104. The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 full review
  105. Tarzan 1999 Disney's most elegant animated 'classic' in years! full review
  106. The Wood 1999 Famuyiwa has kicked up fertile new storytelling territory for black filmmakers. full review
  107. Antz 1998 Antz is about the relief felt by star actors freed from the constraints of their physical selves and the egos that go with them. full review
  108. Ever After: A Cinderella Story 1998 A Cinderella without mice as coachmen, in other words, had better have a mighty fine excuse for tampering with a successful formula. Against many odds, Ever After comes up with a good one. full review
  109. Madeline 1998 full review
  110. The Parent Trap 1998 Responsibility for making this Trap tender rests heaviest on the bird-size shoulders of auburn-haired, freckle-faced Lohan, now 11, who won the unenviable job of making us forget about Hayley Mills -- at least temporarily. full review
  111. The Replacement Killers 1998 full review
  112. The Apostle 1997 full review
  113. Inventing the Abbotts 1997 full review
  114. Mouse Hunt (Mousehunt) 1997 full review
  115. Picture Perfect 1997 full review
  116. She's So Lovely 1997 full review
  117. Smilla's Sense of Snow 1997 full review
  118. Albino Alligator 1996 full review
  119. Beautiful Girls 1996 There is absolutely nothing going on in Beautiful Girls that you haven't seen... [in] any other artistic endeavor in which untethered young men and women, bound by geography and fortified by beer, shamble their way toward overdue maturity. full review
  120. Bed of Roses 1996 full review
  121. Big Night 1996 full review
  122. Brassed Off 1996 full review
  123. Flirting With Disaster 1996 full review
  124. The Juror 1996 full review
  125. My Girl 2 1996 full review
  126. Congo 1995 full review
  127. Devil in a Blue Dress 1995 full review
  128. Picture Bride 1995 full review
  129. Smoke 1995 full review
  130. Unzipped 1995 full review
  131. While You Were Sleeping 1995 Bullock just about knocks herself exhausted being winsome and lovable. full review
  132. The Legend of Drunken Master (Jui kuen II) (Drunken Fist II) 1994 Heeere's Jackie, ageless and great, before refitting himself to Western specs. full review
  133. The Next Karate Kid 1994 Not that girls will go see this or boys will care. full review
  134. The House of the Spirits 1993 full review
  135. Iron Monkey 1993 Yuen tosses off nimble, elegantly witty solutions to life's most vexing problems regarding rooms full of bad guys who won't take thwak for an answer. full review
  136. Supercop (Police Story 3) (Ging chaat goo si 3: Chiu kap ging chaat) 1992 The most powerful starring role for a woman this summer? My vote goes to Michelle Khan in this garish, frenetic, and funny chopper from Rumble in the Bronx director Stanley Tong. full review
  137. The Big Chill 1983 An irresistibly satisfying cultural artifact. full review
  138. /titles/197803 full review
  139. /titles/197448 Anaconda, directed by Luis Llosa with all of the subtlety of a snake-oil salesman, is in the great tradition of cinematic cheese, as processed as Kraft Singles slices. full review
  140. /titles/197818 The Contender booms and pontificates, full of bravado and that ineffable quality of the current political season, chutzpah. full review
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  143. /titles/197164 Face/Off makes bad movies look worse and makes the making of good movies look like the most thrilling work in the world. full review
  144. /titles/197819 When the movie conveys the light in a student's eyes, and those of his teacher, at the moment when knowledge has been shared, it's a story that can never be told often enough. full review
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  146. /titles/197443 full review
  147. /titles/197460 Kusama scores big points in her first main event. full review
  148. /titles/197449 full review
  149. /titles/197601 The ethical, independent-minded kid has his unhip charms, and so does Hey Arnold! The Movie. full review
  150. /titles/197588 An earnest, lumpy macrame of a personal nonfiction project... full review
  151. /titles/197452 A truly funny, sophisticated, compassionate, mainstream Hollywood comedy about very modern homosexuality. full review
  152. /titles/198000 Tedious, snickering jokes about infant breast-feeding and adult-male boob lust? You got 'em, baby. full review
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  158. /titles/197459 full review
  159. /titles/197862 But just as exciting -- maybe even more so, for those who love the medium and, especially, the uplift of the great-escape genre -- Rescue Dawn is a triumphant Werner Herzog movie. full review
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  161. /titles/197686 A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn. full review
  162. /titles/197715 A film of uncommon originality. full review
  163. /titles/197822 Suffers particularly in inevitable comparison with My Best Friend's Wedding. full review

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