Sean O'Connell, Washington Post

  1. Filly Brown 2013 A routine music business cautionary tale, the film shuffles its decks ever so slightly by casting a Latino actress as its lead, but doesn't do enough to shed the exasperating confines of the star-is-born genre. full review
  2. Home Run 2013 The strongest scenes take place in dingy hotel rooms, on a deserted farm or in the rehab sessions. It's during these moments that "Home Run" swings for the fences, and often connects. full review
  3. Lost And Found In Armenia 2013 A broad, silly, dated and insensitive mistake of a movie. full review
  4. Paranoia 2013 Screenwriters Jason Dean Hall and Barry Levy swipe plot twists from the film adaptations of best-selling author John Grisham's novels. full review
  5. V/H/S/2 2013 After a lackluster start, V/H/S/2 shifts into a higher gear -- and vastly improves over its 2012 predecessor. full review
  6. Butter 2012 We're still just scratching the surface of witty, provocative humor as long as envelope-pushing directors such as Jim Field Smith continue to find work. full review
  7. Dredd 2012 This, finally, is the Dredd movie comic book readers have been anticipating. full review
  8. The House I Live In 2012 An absorbing, disturbing sit. full review
  9. ParaNorman 2012 A colorfully macabre stop-motion animation comedy that embraces the sociopolitical allegories of George A. Romero's zombie pictures and reworks them into a feature-length episode of "Scooby-Doo." full review
  10. Forks Over Knives 2011 As it stands, "Forks" is an interesting and informative health lecture that's sandwiched into a dry, repetitive documentary. full review
  11. Hobo With a Shotgun 2011 "Hobo" breathes new life into the demented realm of grindhouse cinema - a world that had grown pretty stale to this point. full review
  12. Seven Days In Utopia 2011 Russell's spoon-feeding of motivational nuggets turns to full-blown shoveling in the film's final minutes... full review
  13. Biutiful 2010 Watching Bardem occupy, embrace and ultimately own a multifaceted role like the one he plays in "Biutiful" is a rare treat, and an absolute joy. full review