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Tom Long, Detroit News

  1. Girl On A Bicycle 2014 Stupidity is an international condition. How reassuring. full review
  2. 20 Feet From Stardom 2013 The enthusiasm and love of music on display is just unavoidable. "20 Feet" may not get the whole story, but it gets some good ones. full review
  3. The Act Of Killing 2013 The acts it describes are shocking, the world it shows is shocking and the filmmaking itself is shocking. This is not a film easily forgotten. full review
  4. Adore 2013 Astonishingly, Wright and Watts sell their characters - the yearning, the bond, the inevitable wrong ahead. But "Adore" remains too much of a stretch. full review
  5. The Attack 2013 "The Attack" is about madness, personal and political, and a tragic overlap of the two beyond understanding. full review
  6. Augustine 2013 By the film's end, it's clear what Augustine is running from, but it's hard to grasp where she was in the first place. full review
  7. Berberian Sound Studio 2013 "Berberian Sound Studio" is spooky right up to the minute it turns stupid. full review
  8. Blackfish 2013 "Blackfish" is grim. But then again, so is the plight of these magnificent, intelligent whales. full review
  9. Blue Is The Warmest Color 2013 An astounding, complex film about the ecstasy, the danger and the beauty of love. full review
  10. Bounty Killer 2013 Intentionally cheap, silly and bloody from beginning to end, "Bounty Killer" is custom-made for those seeking out self-aware garbage. To those: enjoy! To all others: beware. full review
  11. Caesar Must Die 2013 There's an intensity and emotional accuracy to the performances that's just stunning, particularly Striano's Brutus, as he longs for death and release. full review
  12. Charlie Countryman 2013 Even though you learn that Charlie is absolute aces at running from bad guys, the character pretty much remains a confusing, empty vessel. As does the movie. full review
  13. Computer Chess 2013 In the end, you simply wish the characters (and the actors) were in a more subtle and focused film. "Computer Chess" plays a risky game. Unfortunately, it loses. full review
  14. The Croods 2013 This movie not only has its heart in the right place, it has its brain in the right place. full review
  15. Crystal Fairy 2013 A film that's funny, touching and startlingly unique. full review
  16. Dirty Wars 2013 It makes you wonder - what don't we know? full review
  17. Erased 2013 "Erased" isn't actively bad, it's just doing something that has been done a whole lot better before. full review
  18. Family Weekend 2013 The unconventional dysfunctional family has now become a Hollywood convention. It is familiar to a fault. full review
  19. Frances Ha 2013 The obvious love of New York City echoes Woody Allen at his best. But "Frances Ha" is very much its own film, a story of life and love and messy rooms. full review
  20. G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2013 No go, "Joe." full review
  21. The Grandmaster 2013 "The Grandmaster" can feel stiff at times, and something is doubtlessly lost in translation. But the precision and magic of Wong Kar Wai's camera is so captivating it doesn't matter. full review
  22. A Hijacking 2013 This isn't an action picture; it's a picture about the suspense and terror of inaction. full review
  23. Home Run 2013 It's preaching the gospel of a 12-step recovery program with a heavy helping of Jesus for guidance. And the corn can get pretty high ... full review
  24. How I Live Now 2013 "How I Live Now" is uncomfortably easy to believe. full review
  25. In the House 2013 Ozon and the script move a little too far afield and hold on a bit too long as the film approaches its end. Still, "In the House" has enough trippy truth to it to grab your interest and shake your mind. full review
  26. Inequality For All 2013 Overall, this film is enlightening, entertaining and seriously alarming. full review
  27. John Dies at the End 2013 Director Don Coscarelli isn't especially smooth or coherent, and he leans on weird for weird's sake. full review
  28. Let The Fire Burn 2013 "Let the Fire Burn" offers a searing picture of how dumb and dangerous humans can be. full review
  29. Lovelace 2013 The familiar arc is complete, the grisly elements all ring true. But somehow it all feels too surface, too easy. Why, why, why? There must have been more. full review
  30. LUV 2013 Director-co-writer Sheldon Candis stretches a lot of the time, a romantic story seems to have been cut drastically, and the film's climax is far too typical. full review
  31. Man of Tai Chi 2013 The fights are spectacular - Tiger Chen doesn't need wires - the camera work is cool, the music sizzling. full review
  32. Nicky's Family 2013 Too much time is spent with survivors or Winton speaking to schoolchildren, or revisiting the place where this or that happened. Why not just talk to Winton himself? full review
  33. The Playroom 2013 You have your basic family psychodrama, except there's no real heat either downstairs or up. full review
  34. Room 237 2013 The results can range from enlightening - Kubrick did like to mess with things - to embarrassing. But it's never dull. "Room 237" shines. full review
  35. Rushlights 2013 Maybe noir just feels a bit old at this point. No matter what, the movie isn't worth the Texas heat. full review
  36. Short Term 12 2013 "Short Term 12" is a sly wonder of a film. It brings you into its unique world and then slowly reveals its characters, letting them unfold gradually, organically. full review
  37. Side Effects 2013 In some ways the film is more traditional than you think it will be, becoming a psychological puzzle piece. But Soderbergh lays the puzzle out so neatly, you can't help but be engrossed. full review
  38. Stand Up Guys 2013 Is it fun? Sure, some of the time. Is it good? That's a stretch. Does it tap the potential of these three actors? Fuggedaboutit. full review
  39. Starbuck 2013 This is froth, but it's good froth. full review
  40. The Summit 2013 You have a tangled story being told by director Nick Ryan and writer Mark Monroe in a somewhat tangled way. The result isn't as much confusing as it is distracting. full review
  41. The Sweeney 2013 Maybe it worked in the '70s; it's too worn to work these days. Ray Winstone needs to find better rocks to chew on. full review
  42. Upstream Color 2013 "Upstream Color" is splendid, transcendent weirdness. full review
  43. War Witch 2013 Nguyen brings the harshness of this world alive not with big dramatic flourishes but with an everyday tone that makes it all the more frightening. This is how it is - how else would it be? full review
  44. Winnie Mandela 2013 By the film's end, Winnie has become so stifled by her own fallen stature that she sits frozen; unfortunately, so does this somewhat confusing movie. full review
  45. 2 Days in New York 2012 The laughs come fast and breezy, just as Delpy intends. full review
  46. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry 2012 A fascinating portrait of a modern artist and activist trying to make a difference within China's repressive political system. full review
  47. Any Day Now 2012 There's no denying the power of Cumming, Leyva and Dillahunt's performances, nor the tragedy and injustice of the situation. full review
  48. Arbitrage 2012 Mediocre at best. full review
  49. Marvel's The Avengers 2012 There's great entertainment in "The Avengers" - big bold, action-filled silliness with just enough human spirit to sell itself. This is a comic book movie done right. full review
  50. Bernie 2012 "Bernie' isn't a monumental film, but it is a finely tuned character study with some nice innovations. full review
  51. Blood 2012 "Blood" may not be wholly original, but it is effective. full review
  52. Brooklyn Castle 2012 There's a general spirit of triumph and perseverance to "Brooklyn Castle" that's inevitably uplifting. full review
  53. Bully 2012 It would have been nice if the film had reflected its title a bit more and looked at the bullies themselves - what drives one kid to torture another? Is it a reaction to home life, is it fear, is it innate awfulness? full review
  54. Butter 2012 Director Jim Field Smith keeps the quirky characters coming with smooth efficiency and throws in some nice touches along the way. full review
  55. The Cabin in the Woods 2012 If you like nutty energy, wacky ideas, crisp dialogue and scary, bloody, gory, grotesque and twisted movies - man, are you going to have a blast this weekend. full review
  56. The Central Park Five 2012 As grim a portrait of the criminal justice system as can be imagined. full review
  57. Chasing Ice 2012 The most important documentary of the year. full review
  58. Death by China 2012 It sure makes you want to buy American. Assuming you can find anything American to buy. full review
  59. The Details 2012 It's hard to make a fine actress like Laura Linney look off-key and shrill, but "The Details" manages to do just that. It's hardly an accomplishment. full review
  60. Detropia 2012 "Detropia" offers up a mirror to the country: This is what the future may look like. Now, what do you want to do about it? full review
  61. The Dictator 2012 It reasserts Baron Cohen as a comic force who can't be ignored, dedicated to pushing the envelope and working with real ideas. full review
  62. End of Watch 2012 Gyllenhaal and the perpetually under-rated Pena have a wonderful way of bouncing off one another and Ayers is wise to make this the energy that drives the movie instead of mere violence. full review
  63. The Flat 2012 Are things better left alone or is revealing all always the best path? "The Flat," to its credit, offers nothing like a definitive answer. full review
  64. Flight 2012 It's a well-made movie. But after its opening, harrowing action sequence, the film turns into one of the most familiar stories of our time - a downward addiction and denial spiral. full review
  65. For Greater Glory 2012 The result is pretty much as forgettable as the Cristeros War. full review
  66. The Forgiveness of Blood 2012 Tradition can be dangerous as well as dumb. "The Forgiveness of Blood" is about a modern kid in an old-world society. It's a terrible fit. full review
  67. Friends With Kids 2012 "Friends with Kids" goes on a beat or two too long, and lands in the obvious place, but it's filled with smarts and laughs and passion. full review
  68. The Giant Mechanical Man 2012 "The Giant Mechanical Man" won't change your life but it might lighten your heart. full review
  69. The Grey 2012 "The Grey" may appeal to those who like entrails, tough talk and bad endings. All others beware. full review
  70. The Guilt Trip 2012 These two have the aging mother-son dynamic of kvetching, fawning and battling down so well the film is sold right from the beginning. full review
  71. Headhunters 2012 "Headhunters" will indeed hand you your head. full review
  72. Holy Motors 2012 By the time this film's over, you're shaken, intrigued and reminded that art doesn't need to add up to be entrancing. full review
  73. The House I Live In 2012 "The House I Live In" leaves you shaking your head in deadened wonder at the waste of it all. full review
  74. The Hunger Games 2012 Efficient if not electric, "The Hunger Games" is still epic in intent. full review
  75. The Intouchables 2012 "The Intouchables" is actually quite touchable. full review
  76. The Island President 2012 Nasheed is indeed inspirational, a cool-headed but passionate and courageous guy. You end up wishing a lot more leaders were like this guy. full review
  77. Jack Reacher 2012 See Tom fight. See Tom shoot. See Tom in some other movie. full review
  78. The Loneliest Planet 2012 You hope for these characters, and that hope carries the film. full review
  79. Lore 2012 "Lore" is not a pretty story, but it is a good and sadly believable one. full review
  80. Mansome 2012 As documentaries go, this is lip gloss. full review
  81. Marley 2012 This is a life story worth telling, and "Marley" does it much justice. Marley may or may not have been perfect, but he was certainly fascinating. full review
  82. Monsieur Lazhar 2012 How do we get past tragedy? Together. full review
  83. Not Fade Away 2012 Yes, it's about rock and New Jersey, but it's also about getting a life going and dreaming, and that's timeless, classic stuff. full review
  84. October Baby 2012 "October Baby" doesn't even meet the standards of decent propaganda. It is, in fact, indecent propaganda. full review
  85. The Other Dream Team 2012 You don't have to give a hoot about basketball to enjoy this movie. This is a movie about identifying with, admiring and responding to achievement in any form. full review
  86. ParaNorman 2012 Chances are most kids, and most adults, will find "Paranorman" perfectly horrible in the best possible way. full review
  87. Playing for Keeps 2012 It appears to be an empty-headed piffle of a film about a dashing former professional soccer star coaching his son's team and having affairs with an assortment of randy soccer moms. And that's precisely what it is. full review
  88. Pusher 2012 The chief problem here is that Frank is neither likable nor very bright. For the most part, you're thinking, go ahead, bust his kneecaps. full review
  89. The Queen of Versailles 2012 Seriously, if this was the American Dream, couldn't we have come up with something better? full review
  90. Red Dawn 2012 North Koreans? Falling from the sky? Seriously? full review
  91. A Royal Affair 2012 A fascinating, stately thriller. full review
  92. Skyfall 2012 Great heroes are often enhanced by the villains they face, and such is the situation here. To really work, Bond needs great bad guys. Silva is bad at its best. full review
  93. Sleepwalk With Me 2012 This is a movie for anyone who's ever been unsure, and surely that's everyone. full review
  94. The Viral Factor 2012 Dante Lam is John Woo via Michael Bay; he doesn't want to win you over, he wants to beat you up and make you crazy. And for all its silliness, "The Viral Factor" does just that. full review
  95. What to Expect When You're Expecting 2012 "What to Expect" rolls out this shocking revelation: Having kids is a messy and complicated process. full review
  96. The Woman in the Fifth 2012 "The Woman in the Fifth" leaves so many holes unfilled that instead of ending up intriguing, it's just plain frustrating. full review
  97. The Adventures of Tintin 2011 A clamorous headache of a movie, it's hard to say who the intended audience for The Adventures of Tintin might be. full review
  98. Albert Nobbs 2011 "Albert Nobbs" is a film of great texture and tenderness, and the actors are a joy to behold. full review
  99. The Artist 2011 The Artist is the most surprising and delightful film of 2011. full review
  100. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey 2011 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" is the story of a young man who knew what he wanted to do and did it, who made his dreams real. This may be the most truly American movie in memory. full review
  101. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 2011 The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is not your standard documentary dealing with racism in America. full review
  102. Brighton Rock 2011 There's a brutish beauty to the mean world of Brighton Rock that feels very '40s even in the '60s. full review
  103. Coriolanus 2011 It's all very unnerving, modern and yet veins-in-the-teeth visceral. full review
  104. The Eagle 2011 Alas, from its scruffy period melodrama to its repetitious battles and endless cross-country shots, this film is all grandiosity with no real heft. full review
  105. First Position 2011 A number of the performances are plain stunning - Aran and Joan, in particular, seem born to move - and in many ways watching the movie is like watching a sporting event; there are winners and losers and favorites to cheer on. full review
  106. Footloose 2011 In terms of empty-headed exuberance, it's hard to top Footloose. full review
  107. Forks Over Knives 2011 Forks over Knives is tasty but somewhat undercooked. full review
  108. Gerhard Richter Painting 2011 "Gerhard Richter - Painting" is a stirring portrait of an artist in search of his art - the mystery of the process, the beauty of the hunt and the wonder of discovery. full review
  109. Hugo 2011 Hugo is pure movie magic. full review
  110. The Interrupters 2011 There's no doubt The Interrupters do some good; but there's also no doubt the problem they're facing is enormous. full review
  111. Into The Abyss 2011 The abyss here isn't capital punishment, the ostensible subject of the film; it's the seemingly unending capacity for causing and enduring pointless misery that humans seem to have. full review
  112. The Iron Lady 2011 Yes, Streep is wondrous as usual, but her superpowers have been squandered here. full review
  113. Ironclad 2011 Ironclad is as weighed-down as it sounds. full review
  114. The Kid with a Bike 2011 "The Kid With a Bike" vibrates with desperation, frustration and the simple unfairness of life, leavened with glimpses of hope. full review
  115. Like Crazy 2011 It's imperative for director and co-writer Drake Doremus to color the film with a great deal of blossoming-love sparkle right off the bat, and he does just that. full review
  116. Nesting 2011 "Nesting" deals with an evergreen question, grappling with aging, maturity, responsibility. Unfortunately, the person doing that grappling is so lax he doesn't seem worth knowing. full review
  117. Our Idiot Brother 2011 It's rare that summer ends on as sweet a note as Our Idiot Brother. full review
  118. Page One: Inside the New York Times 2011 Page One is entertaining enough, but for a film concerned with the value of news, it offers little that's actually new. full review
  119. Trishna 2011 Winterbottom has complete control of the film's look and feel, but the story seems to run away from him. full review
  120. Undefeated 2011 It's a bit too long and a bit too vague at times, but this is a film about dedication, progress and the bond of human effort. It just also happens to include football. full review
  121. Where Soldiers Come From 2011 Courtney avoids all political posturing here, something rare in modern war documentaries. These are the guys, American kids. This is the war, it's awful. And this is what happens. In your own backyard. full review
  122. Young Adult 2011 Young Adult may be the year's most engaging feel-bad movie. full review
  123. Biutiful 2010 An overloaded agony parade of a film that's such a grim march to devastation that it should be hard to watch. And, OK, it is. But with Bardem at its center, it's like watching a lush train wreck. full review
  124. Blue Valentine 2010 It's not an easy movie, but it is a powerful, unforgettable experience. full review
  125. Casino Jack 2010 It's hard to work up a whole lot of love or sympathy for convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. full review
  126. City of Life and Death 2010 It is not an easy film, and perhaps a touch too relentless, but it is a great reminder of how bloody, mad and awful this world can be. full review
  127. The Company Men 2010 This is a film without spark. The frustrations are real, but they are neither terribly entertaining nor enlightening. full review
  128. Countdown to Zero 2010 Easily the scariest movie of the year. full review
  129. Exit Through The Gift Shop 2010 Hoax or not, Exit Through the Gift Shop ends up energizing, aggravating, enjoyable and revealing. Is it art or isn't it? Who knows? Apparently no one. full review
  130. Greenberg 2010 In many ways this is Baumbach's best film, filled with his bitter but often funny misanthropic perspective, but buoyed by the undeniable likability of Stiller and Gerwig. full review
  131. Hatchet II 2010 This is basically an excuse to watch skulls crushed like melons, guts ripped from body cavities and torsos halved. And such things go on with relentless and disgusting regularity. full review
  132. I Am Love 2010 Overblown, European, operatic, indulgent, patently absurd and somewhat wondrous, I Am Love works for one reason and one reason alone: Tilda Swinton. full review
  133. I Saw the Devil 2010 This is the stuff of nightmares, where even the good guy is bad, and as shock cinema goes, it packs a punch. full review
  134. Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work 2010 The undeniably fascinating and entertaining documentary that looks at the audacious entertainer in the seventy-fifth year of her life. full review
  135. The Joneses 2010 A cheeky little commentary on modern consumption, The Joneses offers an uneasy balance between what's funny and what's not, staying just edgy enough to be uncomfortable while hitting its targets. full review
  136. Kaboom 2010 What's going on? Who cares? full review
  137. The Kids Are All Right 2010 Definitions of family, love and friendship all get put to the test with wit and warmth in The Kids Are All Right, one of the year's most honest and endearing films. full review
  138. The Killing Jar 2010 There's little fun involved, for either the audience or the diner patrons. full review
  139. A Little Help 2010 A Little Help doesn't dazzle, and you can pick at its parts, but Fischer's performance gives the movie a sense of romantic weariness that lingers. Life is a series of disasters to be weathered, no matter how cute you are. full review
  140. Nowhere Boy 2010 More love triangle than musical, the effective and often sweet Nowhere Boy offers a sense of the time and tension that produced John Lennon. full review
  141. Restrepo 2010 A look at both the tragic folly of war and the camaraderie of men under pressure, the documentary Restrepo holds both hope and horror. full review
  142. Rubber 2010 Rubber will undoubtedly be the best film about a round, hollow serial killer released this year. full review
  143. Senna 2010 Even if you can't tell Formula One from Grecian Formula, Senna is pretty exciting stuff. full review
  144. Somewhere 2010 There's no denying Coppola displays great understanding of wealthy ennui in Somewhere. And as a film stylist, she hits some fine grace notes. Still, she and we have been here before, and empty hotel life does have its limits. full review
  145. The Switch 2010 It's not a bad film, really, just sort of average. But Bateman is so good in it -- natural, funny, yet full of real emotion -- that you immediately want to see him again in a better film. full review
  146. Tabloid 2010 It is quite simply one of the craziest stories ever told, made all the crazier by the fact that it's true. Or at least some version of it is true. full review
  147. Tiny Furniture 2010 Artful, smart, funny, sad and in its own small way dazzling. full review
  148. Vanishing On 7th Street 2010 Prediction: Vanishing on 7th St. will vanish from theaters very quickly. full review
  149. The Whistleblower 2010 Powerful and revolting, The Whistleblower makes you feel as if it could have been even more powerful and revolting. full review
  150. The Proposal 2009 A straight-ahead romantic comedy that relies on the considerable charms of its stars, The Proposal feels so comfortable and familiar you might feel like you've seen it before. full review
  151. Agora 2009 Manages to mix philosophy, history, hysteria and a love triangle and still be something of a bore. full review
  152. Antichrist 2009 Self-loathing, mean, ugly and perfectly made, Antichrist is probably the best film ever that you'd recommend to absolutely no one. full review
  153. The Art Of The Steal 2009 The Art of the Steal lays out a good story, but perhaps not the whole story. full review
  154. The Boys Are Back 2009 A classy, intelligent, low-key affair and a fine reminder of what's really essential to most lives: family. full review
  155. Bruno 2009 Outrageous, unnerving, brave, topical, revealing, appalling and consistently hilarious, Bruno manages to be both cutting-edge cultural commentary and post-modern comic genius. full review
  156. Cash Crop 2009 Good vibrations are achieved even if this is the most laid-back documentary ever made. full review
  157. Extract 2009 It has all the ingredients for cult immortality and will likely live on long after this year's Oscar winners are forgotten. full review
  158. Fish Tank 2009 Writer-director Andrea Arnold, working in British lower-class realism, still finds wondrous moments of connection in Mia's life. full review
  159. The Fourth Kind 2009 Unintentionally, laughably bad. full review
  160. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest 2009 If you haven't seen the first two films, do so and then see this one. If you have seen them, chances are you're already in the ticket line. Hornet's Nest has such a sweet sting. full review
  161. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009 You don't mess with Lisbeth Salander. And you'd do well not to miss her, either. full review
  162. The Road 2009 The Road -- centered by Mortensen's typically physical but tempered performance -- is hard to watch. But it could have been much harder. Hillcoat isn't doing opera here, he's doing tragedy. full review
  163. The Secret of Kells 2009 In the end, the film is about a magical book, but you never really have a sense of what makes the book magical. full review
  164. Serious Moonlight 2009 It's a tribute to writer Adrienne Shelley and first-time director Cheryl Hines that, despite the film's flaws, it ultimately pulls off its unlikely tone. full review
  165. World's Greatest Dad 2009 Offering Robin Williams his richest role in memory while serving up a nice cold bowl of shock soup for the audience, World's Greatest Dad is a surprisingly smart and severely twisted dark comedy from comic Bobcat Goldthwait. full review
  166. Bottle Shock 2008 It's passable, while hinting at better things. full review
  167. The Burning Plain 2008 It's serious stuff, intended for serious movie people. The only problem is, serious movie people have already been there, done that. full review
  168. Elegy 2008 The best dramatic film of the year so far. full review
  169. Food, Inc. 2008 If you are what you eat, we are mostly genetically modified, poorly regulated, unhealthy meat byproducts generating profits for a few gargantuan corporations. full review
  170. Happy-Go-Lucky 2008 Sally Hawkins, in a blinding, Oscar-worthy piece of acting so good you barely see it, plays Poppy, a perpetually upbeat elementary schoolteacher in London. full review
  171. In Bruges 2008 It's hard to mix dark wit with real tragedy, but that's what writer-director Martin McDonagh pulls off with In Bruges, a wonderfully realized examination of unintended and deadly consequences. full review
  172. Let the Right One In 2008 An American remake seems inevitable, but it will be hard to re-create the haunting spell cast by this wonderfully strange film about being young and going steady with a monster. full review
  173. Man on Wire 2008 Astonishing. Daring. Mind-boggling. Visually stunning. A true heart-stopper. And, oh yeah, the movie's pretty good, too. full review
  174. Management 2008 Management has two things going for it: Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston. Luckily, those are two very good things. full review
  175. Rachel Getting Married 2008 It's a successful experiment that leaves you with a mix of hope and despair. To the lovers, best wishes. To the lonely, our sympathies. full review
  176. Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 The saddest attempt yet to capitalize on the success of George Lucas' original sci-fi epic. full review
  177. Zack and Miri Make a Porno 2008 There are laughs. Big, loud laughs. Laughs of self-recognition, laughs at social duplicity, laughs at prejudices of all types. Lots of laughs about the most basic of human functions. And many, many laughs at our own inhibitions. full review
  178. Crazy Love 2007 Crazy is the word for it, and if writer-director Dan Klores seems a bit too sympathetic at times, he still lays out a twisted story of obsession that ends in well-maintained mutual madness. full review
  179. Eagle vs. Shark 2007 Yes, the nerdy loser thing has been done to death, but writer-director Taika Cohen brings surprising depth to this film...Napoleon Dynamite dreams of being this movie. full review
  180. Flawless 2007 A nicely made if slightly stodgy jewel heist flick that offers Michael Caine one more juicy, low-key role and Demi Moore another step back up the ladder to career revival. full review
  181. Freedom Writers 2007 There's a straight-ahead spirit to Freedom Writers that lifts it above its too-many peers in the 'troubled youth' category of films. full review
  182. Hot Rod 2007 Consistently laugh-aloud funny, a guilty chucklefest of ridiculous stunts, gleeful pummelings and questionable jokes that looks as if it were made by high school buddies who had a few weeks to kill. full review
  183. Into the Wild 2007 Into the Wild takes your heart and shakes it, offering inspiration, exasperation and blunt realization in a true story of one young man's dream and nightmare. full review
  184. Lars and the Real Girl 2007 It's the script by Nancy Oliver, the very idea of the thing, that steals your heart. Kink has never felt so sweet and decent. full review
  185. Mr. Bean's Holiday 2007 A refreshingly blunt reminder of the simple roots of comedy in these grim, overly manufactured times. full review
  186. Munyurangabo 2007 Munyurangabo may be a simple film with a straightforward message, but the details and conflicts Chung captures give it a reality that cannot be denied. full review
  187. Paranoid Park 2007 Paranoid Park becomes a portrait of the skate punk as repressed personality. The movie doesn't really go anywhere as a story, it simply unfolds. full review
  188. Puccini for Beginners 2007 Reaser really doesn't stand a chance. She's plucky as heck, and you like her despite the script, but she can't save the movie. full review
  189. Year of the Dog 2007 Year of the Dog is a feel-good, feel-bad movie about personal choice in the face of an overwhelming world. It brings more than you expect and leaves you wondering. How extraordinarily brave. full review
  190. You Kill Me 2007 A film that manages to find sunbeams between the corpses and drunks. full review
  191. Zodiac 2007 The Zodiac killer was never found. Dealing with a murder mystery that's still unsolved gives Fincher shaky enough ground for drama. Add in a protagonist who seems driven by a vacuum, and you pretty much have a movie about nothing going nowhere. full review
  192. Failure to Launch 2006 If you're in search of a film with any real emotion or believable story, forget it. If you're OK with a flick that has some funny bits and a kooky couple playing second banana -- hey, launch on. full review
  193. Flyboys 2006 Sometimes corn works. Sometimes it doesn't. Flyboys flops. full review
  194. Harsh Times 2006 ...The movie consists of waiting for what you know is going to come. Waiting some more. And then waiting some more. full review
  195. Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 The specificity of the indulged lives in this film is delivered so ineptly that it seems as if rich kids have been shooting home movies in their own back yards. Which may be the case. full review
  196. Nacho Libre 2006 Nacho Libre is a funny idea for a skit that's been put on the rack and tortured into a screenplay. full review
  197. Penelope 2006 It's broadly comic, sweetly sentimental and sharply satirical at times -- particularly when it takes on the concept of celebrity -- and both parents and kids should walk away satisfied if not quite elated. full review
  198. Scoop 2006 Things don't really get ugly in Scoop, they just feel very familiar very quickly, which doesn't mean it's necessarily bad, just awfully lightweight and terribly unoriginal. full review
  199. This Is England 2006 A movie about the allure of groupthink and how the warm comfort of being surrounded by peers wilts all sense of balance. full review
  200. United 93 2006 This is art engaging grim reality in the hope of perspective, understanding and perhaps even closure. full review
  201. Brokeback Mountain 2005 If love does indeed conquer all, it should win hearts across America. If not, then its focus on a tragic stigma will remain as valid as its story suggests. full review
  202. Broken Flowers 2005 Completely charming, but ultimately slight.
  203. Capote 2005 It is complex and thoughtful and tragic in the end. And it is certainly one of the best movies of the year.
  204. Casanova 2005 A ribald, witty costume comedy filled with delightful performances and wily plot turns, this is the sort of film that makes you wonder why more films like this aren't made. full review
  205. The Constant Gardener 2005 This is not a movie that will shock you or thrill you or rock your world. Instead, it will move you, it will stick with you, it will give you pause and effect you in ways not easily described -- which is something the best films always do.
  206. Factotum 2005 An aimless movie about an aimless man is still an aimless movie. full review
  207. My Summer of Love 2005 It's the revealing performance from Press that breathes life into the film.
  208. Neil Young: Heart of Gold 2005 Neil Young: Heart of Gold is one of the best live concert films ever made. If you like Neil Young, that is. full review
  209. Serenity 2005 If you want to take a trip to the stars, this is the rocket to ride.
  210. The World's Fastest Indian 2005 The World's Fastest Indian, in which Anthony Hopkins gets to play an adorably cantankerous old man, is a pretty safe bet as far as movies go. full review
  211. 13 Going on 30 2004 An engaging and wholly preposterous gumdrop of a film.
  212. The Final Cut 2004 What is it with Robin Williams playing creepy roles? How did the one-time funniest guy on earth turn into Mr. Spooky? Come back, Mork, your work here was not done.
  213. Hotel Rwanda 2004 The film serves as reminder and educator for those who've forgotten or never knew about the situation in Rwanda.
  214. The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra 2004 You don't have to be some obscure movie junkie to enjoy it, you just have to have a sense of humor.
  215. Me and You and Everyone We Know 2004 A film of indescribable and often unmentionable charm, Me and You and Everyone We Know is one of those completely unexpected artistic experiences, a work from an unknown with such a compelling, unique perspective that it boggles and inspires.
  216. The Passion of the Christ 2004 A filmed bloodletting like no other on record, essentially a terribly graphic two-hour torture sequence.
  217. American Wedding 2003 Still has all the crude, rude fun of its predecessors.
  218. Anger Management 2003 Anger Management plays the same tune too much of the time to live up to its potential. Still, it's good for a giggle.
  219. Beyond Borders 2003 Worth watching despite the miscues.
  220. Control Room 2003 The value in Control Room is simply that it shows what America never got to see while also serving as a reminder that nobody serves up the real truth, everybody just serves up their truth.
  221. CSA: Confederate States of America 2003 Funny, disturbing, smart and consciously outrageous. full review
  222. Daddy Day Care 2003 Family films we need. Films like this, we never need.
  223. Darkness Falls 2003 The film revels so brazenly in genre cliches that it eventually earns admiration for boldly going where nearly everyone has gone before. full review
  224. Dirty Pretty Things 2003 It ponders human worth, physical and emotional, with a mix of outrage and tenderness that's hard to fault.
  225. Gigli 2003 Its awkward Rain Man- meets-gangsters- in-love plot lurches forward with such clumsiness it's hard to believe writer/director Martin Brest avoided seeing this thing flushed direct-to-video.
  226. Holes 2003 This is the sort of family film people keep wishing Hollywood would make. Well, they made it. Go see it.
  227. Hollywood Homicide 2003 Glutted with car chases, hot tubs, yoga lessons, psychics, rap murders, glitzy locales and smirks, smirks, smirks, Hollywood Homicide is obviously supposed to be a rollicking good time. Instead it's sporadicly, mildly amusing formulaic mush.
  228. I Like Killing Flies 2003 It celebrates individuality, hidden artistry, uncelebrated brilliance and the essence of the American spirit and is a general gas to watch. full review
  229. The Italian Job 2003 It may not steal your heart, but you won't feel robbed.
  230. A League of Ordinary Gentlemen 2003 The film is part nostalgia, part wary tale of wasted youth and part underdog struggle.
  231. The Missing 2003 The Missing is an absolute knockout, a western, a chase movie, an epic and the story of a splintered family and two civilizations at odds.
  232. Mona Lisa Smile 2003 An under-achieving film about how much women can achieve, featuring actors of such potential, seems more than a bit cynical even by Hollywood standards.
  233. Party Monster 2003 As wasteful an example of indie-picture indulgence and incompetence as you're likely to find.
  234. Saved! 2003 There are many blessed moments in this movie.
  235. Scary Movie 3 2003 It has the tasteless thing going on but no film can succeed on vomit alone.
  236. Something's Gotta Give 2003 A well-felt celebration of romantic, emotional and physical maturity, filled with laughs and tears. It's also something of a revelation when it comes to Diane Keaton's range.
  237. Tears of the Sun 2003 Washington may like the timing, but the serious considerations of war and horror here are ultimately undermined by sentiment and schlock.
  238. Timeline 2003 This Dude, Where's My Sword-time travel mess is funnier than a good many intentional comedies.
  239. Tokyo Godfathers 2003 Interesting stuff that's plain fun to watch.
  240. Touching the Void 2003 If you walk away from Touching the Void amazed at the strength of the human will to survive, even without faith or solid hope for the future, the film has likely done its job.
  241. American Dreamz 2002 American Dreamz is an often uproarious, always ambitious gutting of modern America that cuts painfully close to the truth from beginning to almost-end. full review
  242. Assassination Tango 2002 An ode to love and art while simultaneously a reminder of human frailty.
  243. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 A blast from beginning to end and shows first-time director George Clooney is equal parts fearless, brilliant and perhaps daft. But an intriguing daftness it is. full review
  244. The Dancer Upstairs 2002 It is not revolutionary, but it brims with promise and a love of film, and is a fine if worried dance indeed.
  245. A Guy Thing 2002 A romantic comedy that's as completely predictable as it is eminently forgettable. full review
  246. The Hard Word 2002 A Tarantino-esque mishmash of tough crime cliches spit out in Aussie accents.
  247. The Hours 2002 As stunning an acting showcase as you'll find.
  248. Morvern Callar 2002 Too often mistaking obscurity for complexity and moodiness for depth, director Lynn Ramsay squanders an intriguing premise and a layered performance by Samantha Morton.
  249. Narc 2002 Narc is fast, brutal and a lot smarter than it at first appears to be. full review
  250. The Pianist 2002 The Pianist breaks no new ground, but serves as a strong reminder of one of mankind's truly awful moments.
  251. The United States of Leland 2002 A thoughtful, mature, daring work that looks beneath the surface of an awful act and asks questions few would ask.
  252. The Deep End 2001 The Deep End does what too few films even attempt -- it takes an ordinary life and places it in an extraordinary situation just believable enough to be terrifying. full review
  253. Scary Movie 2 2001 The film never really regains the opening scene's momentum. full review
  254. Shaolin Soccer 2001 A complete pleasure.
  255. Gossip 2000 Gossip breaks out of the teen genre in surprising and ultimately pleasing ways . full review
  256. American Psycho 2000 Well-filmed, well-acted and certainly riveting, American Psycho nonetheless is a movie without heart about a man without heart. full review
  257. In Too Deep 1999 Too Shallow! full review

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