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  1. A Band Called Death 2013 [An] unexpectedly emotional docu on the revival of an African-American rock group that's among those to usher in punk music. full review
  2. Breakfast With Curtis 2013 As unkempt, free-floating and bucolic as that Providence, R.I., abode, Colella's tale of a lad's seminal summer will win hearts and minds at Anglo and Euro fests. full review
  3. Filly Brown 2013 A trite piece of storytelling, with character development and plot points that feel not so much lived in as borrowed from other movies. full review
  4. The History Of Future Folk 2013 Close encounters of the charming kind infuse The History of Future Folk. full review
  5. If I Were You 2013 If anything, that Harden shines in such a problematic starring role only reaffirms her stature. full review
  6. LUV 2013 Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure. full review
  7. 28 Hotel Rooms 2012 Lacking much dramatic or intellectual stimulation, it's ultimately a limp effort. full review
  8. California Solo 2012 Lewy's script is less attuned to the way rock 'n' rollers talk, and more concerned with pressing character and story details in as direct a fashion as possible. full review
  9. For Ellen 2012 So Yong Kim takes what could have been routine story elements and transforms them into something deeply sad and touching. full review
  10. One Day On Earth 2012 One day on Earth proves too little and too much for One Day on Earth. full review
  11. The Other Dream Team 2012 An uplifting docu from longtime producer and first-time director Marius Markevicius about the nation's unique love affair with basketball. full review
  12. Samsara 2012 full review
  13. Ultrasonic 2012 Undone by tone-deaf repetitiveness and a particularly slack midsection, this debut feature by jack-of-all-trades filmmaker Rohit Colin Rao has some interesting ideas, but is unable to convincingly dramatize them. full review
  14. Unraveled 2012 How he lost his way is really never sufficiently explained, making the decision to cast Dreier as the central narrator of his own tale highly questionable. full review
  15. The Wise Kids 2012 Cone's feature is among the best of a recent spate of dramas observing American Christian life. full review
  16. Bones Brigade: An Autobiography 2011 Skate culture remains in solid hands with filmmaker Stacy Peralta, who fashions his most personal doc on the sport-cum-lifestyle. full review
  17. eCupid 2011 full review
  18. I Melt with You 2011 A weekend romp for four middle-aged buddies devolves into a drug-fueled, suicidal hell in Mark Pellington's ill-conceived and executed I Melt With You. full review
  19. Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview 2011 Ultimately the docu shows Jobs, as always, ahead of his time. full review
  20. Casino Jack And The United States Of Money 2010 Auds will feel info-glut over the course of the two-hour-plus film, which is hardly the desirable response for a piece of reporting on the vital issue of the corrupting effect of money in American politics. full review
  21. Cherry Tree Lane 2010 full review
  22. Dog Eat Dog 2008 Resembles a Tony Scott movie without any of his intelligence and cinematic invention. full review
  23. The Devil Came on Horseback 2007 Keeps visual dazzle to a minimum, and applies subtle techniques to provide a needed background to current events. full review
  24. Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) 2007 full review
  25. Mr. Untouchable 2007 One seriously confused documentary. full review
  26. The Pool 2007 One of the many pleasures of The Pool is watching how these culturally opposite people find common ground, and become involved with each other through such simple acts as home gardening and conversation. full review
  27. Sangre De Mi Sangre 2007 [Jesus] Ochoa is such a masterful actor that he makes things fairly interesting despite the script, with Hernandez and Espindola well-cast as two young men operating by different moral compasses. full review
  28. Trumbo 2007 It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about theprice paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net. full review
  29. The Big White 2005 Snowed under by misjudgment on every level, The Big White is DOA. full review
  30. Commune 2005 A keen vet docu-maker's eye and a chronicler's compassion lends pic real resonance. full review
  31. Karla 2005 full review
  32. Special 2005 Special enjoyably toys with some knockabout comedy until it begins to take itself too seriously. full review
  33. Secuestro Express 2004 Depicts a nocturnal Caracas with tense energy while gingerly trying not to offend any political group in the current class wars embroiling Venezuela. full review
  34. My Boss's Daughter 2003 full review
  35. Radio 2003 full review
  36. Stander 2003 full review
  37. Timeline 2003 Yet another case of making time travel a messy ordeal rather than a load of fun, Timeline lacks the consistent tone, pace and point of view for either a science fiction thriller or medieval war adventure. full review
  38. Blackwoods 2002 full review
  39. Changing Lanes 2002 Combines a knack for storytelling with a rare instinct for exploring ideas within the framework of a major, star-driven Hollywood movie. full review
  40. Dahmer 2002 Jacobson produces a remarkably creepy piece of cinema that disturbs by suggestion, nuance and ambiguity. full review
  41. The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 [An] utterly miscalculated film adaptation of Wilde's play. full review
  42. The New Guy 2002 Distinguished by certain rodent-like features, Qualls is a bargain-basement, pre-adult version of David Spade -- and becomes just as tiresome. full review
  43. The Sum of All Fears 2002 full review
  44. The Sweetest Thing 2002 full review
  45. View from the Top 2002 Given that its wings have been severely clipped since it finished lensing two years ago, View From the Top flubs nearly every opportunity to be the comedy it wanted to be. full review
  46. Along Came a Spider 2001 full review
  47. The Animal 2001 The Animal is never more nor less than stupid, but stupid in ways that deliver goofiness rather than rampant humiliation. full review
  48. Children Underground 2001 Edet Belzberg's fearless aesthetic is also a measure of her film's brilliant indictment of any society that can allow its most vulnerable to slip into oblivion. full review
  49. The Glass House 2001 There's nothing in genredom quite so unhinged as the badly made psycho-thriller, and long before it's over, The Glass House collapses from wretched design and execution. full review
  50. The Mothman Prophecies 2001 Director Mark Pellington hardly lets a moment pass without suggesting some bad vibes creeping onto the edges of the screen, but he's let down by Richard Hatem's script. full review
  51. Riding in Cars with Boys 2001 full review
  52. Scary Movie 2 2001 full review
  53. The Score 2001 Restoring the seductive style of the no-nonsense procedural heist movie to complete luster, this is the kind of pic that knows the difference between being masculine and being macho. full review
  54. The Shipping News 2001 [L]ike a string quartet performing a half-beat off, the team behind Chocolat only occasionally captures the story's essential tones of absurd tragedy and comedy. full review
  55. Blow Dry 2000 It's not a good hair day for Blow Dry, in which The Full Monty writer Simon Beaufoy tries to mesh melodrama and camp, but comes up with merely a fraction of the inspiration of his previous international hit. full review
  56. The Boondock Saints 2000 More interested in finding fresh ways to stage execution scenes than in finding meaning behind the human urge for self-appointed righting of wrongs, pic is stuffed with effects that have no lasting impact. full review
  57. Urban Legends: Final Cut 2000 full review
  58. Double Jeopardy 1999 Double Jeopardy is single-minded and engaging thriller storytelling without an afterglow. full review
  59. The Wood 1999 This rambling and episodic autobiographical saga of three friends coming of age in Inglewood, Calif. in the '80s is so determined to be likable that it forgets to be interesting. full review

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