Mark Jenkins, Washington Post

  1. A Band Called Death 2013 It was fans' ardor that began the Death revival and propels the movie's exhilarating second half. full review
  2. The Grandmaster 2013 The director took great efforts to be true to Chinese martial arts, but he did so without sacrificing his own distinctive vision. full review
  3. Hating Breitbart 2013 Marcus makes little effort to illuminate Breitbart's character or motivation, so this high-pitched portrait ends up a little flat. full review
  4. Ip Man: The Final Fight 2013 The naturalism of Wong's performance is undercut ... by Yau's use of phony-looking sets, sterile CGI and flashy aerial shots. full review
  5. The Rooftop 2013 The candy-colored musical from Taiwanese heartthrob Jay Chou is two-thirds delightful. full review
  6. Atlas Shrugged: Part II 2012 Rather than refresh the cast with new actors, the producers would have done better to just digitally reanimate Patricia Neal and Gary Cooper, the stars of the 1949 adaptation of Rand's The Fountainhead. full review
  7. The Awakening 2012 "The Awakening" is nonsense, but with its posh British cast and colors drained to near-gray, it's very solemn nonsense. full review
  8. The Devil Inside 2012 You can see where this is going, and the filmmakers can see that you can see. So they rush to the hideous yet hilarious climax in little more than an hour and then pad the running time with the slowest-moving credits ever. full review
  9. I Wish 2012 It's about the wonders of everyday life, and of childhood imagination. full review
  10. The Imposter 2012 "The Imposter" initially seems to be a tutorial in identity theft, as well as a cautionary tale about the susceptibility of people who have lost a loved one. But that's not the half of it. full review
  11. Nuit #1 2012 Like a filmed stage piece, a series of monologues in which the characters reveal their unhappiness without offering a hint that they might change. full review
  12. The Possession 2012 Anyone who actually believes in dybbuks and other ghoulies will find "The Possession" terrifying. For the rest of us, the movie is a cleverly constructed, well-paced piece of hokum. full review
  13. Samsara 2012 "Samsara" finds the world a little less blessed than it was two decades ago, yet still beautiful, which seems to be the movie's primary message. full review
  14. The Theatre Bizarre 2012 These elements may be shocking and even bizarre. But, like a lot of midnight-movie provocations, they soon turn predictable. full review
  15. Beautiful Darling 2011 Darling's fragility was no secret, which gives even the movie's comical moments an underlying poignancy. full review
  16. My Week with Marilyn 2011 Williams's Monroe is more vital than anything else. The actress captures Monroe's range of emotions and personae, her shifts from vulnerability to brashness. full review
  17. I Saw the Devil 2010 Director Kim Jee-woon is a born filmmaker, even if this script (written by Park Hoon Jung and adapted by Kim) is unworthy of his efforts. full review
  18. Kaboom 2010 Sort of likable, despite Araki's utter lack of interest in charming anyone who isn't already a member of his small following. full review
  19. Bulletproof Monk 2003 One of those motley movies that borrows from just about everywhere.

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