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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. 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
  3. 360 2012 There are fleeting moments, but Morgan's narrative promiscuity leaves 360 feeling only spread out and empty. full review
  4. Alps 2012 A comedy of pained laughter, Alps confirms the certitude of our darkest hours: The dead are the lucky ones. full review
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Hellbound? 2012 Any admirer of good talk will be impressed by the scholasticism and pulpit-trained oratory here ... full review
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Angels Crest 2011 Parental sorrow is a fine big theme; all that's missing here is the detail-work to humanize it. full review
  15. 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
  16. The Ward 2011 Carpenter does what he's always done well here: individualizing shorthand personalities in a group under siege. full review
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Great Directors 2009 Received ideas, creative-class cheerleading, and outright schmoozing bore, but the yacht party after the Cannes screening sounds awesome! full review
  20. 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
  21. The Trouble with Romance 2009 The roaring void of talent doesn't stop. full review
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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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