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Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail

  1. Fightville 2012 If only there was more of Dustin and his colleagues' back story in Fightville, the fight film might have been a real knockout. full review
  2. The Intouchables 2012 The Intouchables works as a crowd-pleaser not because it's true, but because it's a plausible enchantment. full review
  3. Jesus Henry Christ 2012 Watching Jesus Henry Christ sometimes feels like being trapped in a building with a faulty fire alarm. full review
  4. My Way 2012 Adolescent boys will savour My Way's bombast and solemnity. Cringing adult audiences will more likely beat a retreat before final call. full review
  5. The Viral Factor 2012 Tediously overwrought and drably made, with scenes punctuated by synthesized drums out of eighties American TV drama. full review
  6. Donovan's Echo 2011 Halfway home to being a really good little clairvoyant thriller, Donovan's Echo would have benefited greatly from a Stephen King rewrite. full review
  7. The Eagle 2011 The Eagle makes for an okay parent-and-young-son film outing. But you'll want to get your youngster the Sutcliff paperback. full review
  8. Page One: Inside the New York Times 2011 In journalism parlance, we have a dozen or so sidebars crowding out a fabulous front-page feature. full review
  9. Surviving Progress 2011 Though often fascinating and beautiful to look at, Surviving Progress falls into the adapting-a-book-into-a-movie trap. Trying to do too much too fast. full review
  10. We Were Here 2011 The most gripping war movie you'll see this year, We Were Here tells first-hand the story of how AIDS attacked San Francisco, killing more than 15,000. Whole peer groups were happy, healthy, and then dead in months. full review
  11. Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2010 It is our tour guide that makes Cave of Forgotten Dreams an often thrilling experience. full review
  12. Countdown to Zero 2010 A bluntly effective media campaign as opposed to a well-articulated documentary. full review
  13. Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work 2010 The new documentary on Joan Rivers is so in your face, so fraught with harrowing, oversized personal stuff, you might want to get a theatre seat a couple of rows behind where you normally sit, to safely take it all in. full review
  14. Kaboom 2010 What pop spectacle! full review
  15. Nowhere Boy 2010 This portrait of a Beatle as a young man also gives filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood, working on a thoughtful script by Matt Greenhalgh, creative room to manoeuvre, introducing us to John just as he and rock 'n' roll discover one another. full review
  16. Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage 2010 Dunn and McFadyen have done Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart the service of resolving their eventful, four-decade career. It's a smart, lyrical, often funny movie. full review
  17. Waste Land 2010 It's sheer pleasure watching Muniz work -- seeing him seized by mad impulses of delight. full review
  18. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009 A bracing survey course on the mystery genre set in a Scandinavian landscape as cold as a killer's kiss. full review
  19. Tetro 2009 While Coppola seems revitalized by quoting from movies he studied at UCLA film school, what ultimately makes Tetro so compelling is the filmmaker's return to the motifs that made his 1970s films powerful. full review
  20. Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day 2009 Make no mistake, they're becoming Trailer Park Men, demonstrating sure signs of maturity full review
  21. The Burning Plain 2008 Throw in enough symbolism to choke an English-lit major and you have a film challenge that too often feels like a chore. full review
  22. Fly Me to the Moon 2008 Strictly one-dimensional in terms of characters and storytelling. full review
  23. Hot Rod 2007 The film steals one of the best laughs of Jon Heder's surprise 2004 hit, the scene where Napoleon nosedives over a bicycle jump, and stretches the gag into an 86-minute movie. full review
  24. The Hunting Party 2007 A sour, disenchanted war comedy that affects a breezy style, The Hunting Party was originally called Spring Break in Bosnia. full review
  25. The Pool 2007 A miraculous, American-made Hindi film that is every bit as tranquil as the blue-green reservoir that serves as its abiding metaphor. full review
  26. Serenity 2005 Part of the kick to Serenity is watching the filmmaker expertly play with moods as he hyphenates the western and sci-fi genres. full review
  27. Brother Bear 2003 The film can be recommended to parents of headstrong children who are up for a wild, frequently entertaining, but not always coherent ride. Everyone else might want to download the Disney screensaver. full review
  28. American Dreamz 2002 A random episode of American Idol offers more comedy and drama, not to mention more disturbing insights into contemporary popular culture, than American Dreamz. full review

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