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  1. Caesar Must Die 2013 So solid is that conception, and so resonant the text in which questions of freedom and slavery are paramount, that the impact can hardly be diminished. full review
  2. Movie 43 2013 I see a bright future ahead for this sui generis work, which will be passed around sixth grade classrooms by odd-smelling kids for years to come. full review
  3. Parker 2013 Hollywood hasn't butchered Parker-which is to say that it has let him remain a butcher. full review
  4. 16 Acres 2012 Hankin's film finally makes the indigenous variety of deadlock particular to New York politicos seem as quaintly comforting as a buttered bialy. full review
  5. 30 Beats 2012 It is absolutely terrible. full review
  6. 360 2012 There are fleeting moments, but Morgan's narrative promiscuity leaves 360 feeling only spread out and empty. full review
  7. Alps 2012 A comedy of pained laughter, Alps confirms the certitude of our darkest hours: The dead are the lucky ones. full review
  8. The Awakening 2012 Hall's committed performance validates even the maddest developments, and she slips into the period well, recalling Virginia Woolf in her lank, swan-necked bearing and tremulous suffering. full review
  9. Beware Of Mr. Baker 2012 In spite of Bulger's errors of tone, the movie stands as an engaging tussle with the question of what is permissible with the excuse of art. full review
  10. The Collection 2012 A murkily directed bore "dealing" with the subject of serial killers and revenge ... full review
  11. Dangerous Liaisons 2012 The least one should hope for from another adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's Dangerous Liaisons is savory, salacious trash ... full review
  12. The Expendables 2 2012 Has the parallel between the actor and the mercenary's trade ever been so overt? full review
  13. Fightville 2012 In characterizing both fighters and their sport, directors Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker rarely break down defenses to surpass superficiality. full review
  14. God Bless America 2012 When the monotonous squib-popping subsides, the movie is often static and talky, lapsing into criticism-hedging qualifications and anti-everything speechifying. full review
  15. Good for Nothing 2012 Good for Nothing has a nice comic sense of the brushfire eruptions of Western violence... full review
  16. Hellbound? 2012 Any admirer of good talk will be impressed by the scholasticism and pulpit-trained oratory here ... full review
  17. House at the End of the Street 2012 Tonderai steers the story cleanly around its queasy hairpin turns, perversely toying with one of pop cinema's most cherished cliches: the audience's inculcated desire to side with the underdog. full review
  18. In Another Country 2012 The cumulative impression is of figures being lightly traced in the sand only to be inevitably washed away, intentionally ephemeral and quite charming for it. full review
  19. A Little Bit Of Heaven 2012 A Little Bit of Heaven demands miracles of its cast to keep proceedings from becoming grindingly mawkish and does not get them... full review
  20. Lovely Molly 2012 Has all the interest of watching an inexplicably untreated wound fester. full review
  21. Madea's Witness Protection 2012 An agent of spiritual regeneration and showman, Perry's dramaturgy is as subtle as a Bible-thump, but until a logy last act that has Levy disguised as a faux-Frenchman, his instincts are on-target here. full review
  22. Mansome 2012 While making a priority of squeezing in every usable bit of celebrity face-time, Mansome passes by potentially interesting digressions without more than a wayward glance. full review
  23. Orchestra Of Exiles 2012 Although the movie is overreliant on chintzy-looking and rather corny historical reenactments, these are counterbalanced by anecdote-rich interviews ... full review
  24. Seeking Justice 2012 Working with a pip of a premise, Seeking Justice is the kind of effective middle-range pulp thriller that has lately become an endangered species. full review
  25. Soldiers of Fortune 2012 full review
  26. Teddy Bear 2012 A good tale, simply told. full review
  27. The Viral Factor 2012 It's an overloaded, overwrought, profligate production inclined to hysteria and, in cumulative effect, something like being pelted with scenes until buried alive... full review
  28. The Woman Who Wasn't There 2012 The Woman Who Wasn't There plays like a by-the-numbers cable true-crime documentary -- which in fact it is. full review
  29. Angels Crest 2011 Parental sorrow is a fine big theme; all that's missing here is the detail-work to humanize it. full review
  30. Ironclad 2011 While Ironclad captures the casual cruelty and flesh-and-bone violence of the 13th century, it fails to do the same in the more intimate material set in the downtime between assaults. full review
  31. Khodorkovsky 2011 Though the PR bit is right on, Khodorkovsky goes some way toward questioning the guilt. full review
  32. Klitschko 2011 Fight fans will still find much of interest. full review
  33. Septien 2011 Never the same movie for five minutes straight, Septien can't sit still. full review
  34. The Ward 2011 Carpenter does what he's always done well here: individualizing shorthand personalities in a group under siege. full review
  35. 3 Backyards 2010 A story in which poor real folks are granted perspective only by brushing up against starlets, accidents, and villains of the tabloid press. full review
  36. All Good Things 2010 The case-history script is ever on-message, but Jarecki ignores the little details that create a credible social reality. full review
  37. Best Worst Movie 2009 Stephenson's self-exemption from his film's scrutiny feels craven, especially when he visits screen-mother Margo Prey to ogle her infirm mother and kitten-themed decor. full review
  38. Great Directors 2009 Received ideas, creative-class cheerleading, and outright schmoozing bore, but the yacht party after the Cannes screening sounds awesome! full review
  39. The House of the Devil 2009 Gravely gorgeous in the style of a storybook Snow White, Donahue gives eloquent reaction shots and nails West's piece de resistance -- a bounding, Walkman-soundtracked, Jazzercise dance through the house. full review
  40. Survival of the Dead 2009 At best, Survival's ending, with a riff on "beating a dead horse," may be taken for evidence of self-awareness. full review
  41. The Trouble with Romance 2009 The roaring void of talent doesn't stop. full review
  42. Diminished Capacity 2008 It's the kind of lite movie you go and see with your mom, and she'll say she liked it -- but then a year later, you're both trying to remember what it was even about. full review
  43. Forever Strong 2008 Though director Ryan Little puts together a clean, professional package, at bottom this is a nearly-two-hour scrum of therapeutic direct encounters. full review
  44. Arranged 2007 Lamentable scenes include that comic relief stand-by, the Bad Date Montage, but the movie comes off better than it should by virtue of Benhamou and (especially) Lister-Jones, appealing and modest young actors who create a plausible central relationship, full review
  45. The Pool 2007 Instead of a collection of souvenir-tchotchke exotic vistas, The Pool is an album of observed human minutiae. full review
  46. Five Easy Pieces 1970 It's a great work of the Discover America Seventies. full review
  47. David Holzman's Diary 1967 Holzman's a classic character, a sympathetic-if-pathetic study in generational solipsism, delivering imported French lyricism in clunky flatlands American -- miscast by himself in his own life. full review
  48. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 There's more warmth in [Russell's] fondly bemused looks at Monroe, whose friendship is a front-row ticket to the best show in town. full review
  49. His Girl Friday 1940 The movie bears reviewing because there's always something new in the confetti of one-liners, while its depiction of the Fourth Estate remains relevant. full review

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