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  1. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me 2014 The movie's a portrait of tough yet vulnerable woman fighting age with everything she's got, giving in, getting scared, fighting some more. full review
  2. Jimmy P. 2014 Avoiding the usual therapy-drama story beats, Desplechin has made a densely satisfying drama about Freud, racism, and sympathy in its largest sense. full review
  3. Omar 2014 It's told with a stark, pitiless clarity that leaves you with fewer answers than before. full review
  4. 20 Feet From Stardom 2013 A film that may be the happiest time you'll have at the movies all summer. full review
  5. Blue Is The Warmest Color 2013 About our appetites-for love, connection, life fully and vibrantly lived-and how, at the end of the day, we still end up hungry. full review
  6. Computer Chess 2013 Watching "Computer Chess" is like opening an ancient Altair 8800 to peer at the tiny people inside. full review
  7. Diana 2013 A gooey true-romance comic book trying to pass itself off as a historical drama. full review
  8. Don Jon 2013 R-rating aside, it should be required viewing for every 15-year-old boy on the planet. full review
  9. Drinking Buddies 2013 [Swanberg] points the movie in directions that defy our expectations, exploring the characters' immaturity and the entropy of human interaction. full review
  10. Frances Ha 2013 The movie's a love letter to an actress and her character, but by the end you may feel like an intervention is more in order. full review
  11. Gimme The Loot 2013 As it lopes along, the movie offers a warm but very sharp portrait of New York's have-nots and their uneasy relationship with the haves. full review
  12. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2013 It adds up to an unexpectedly moving portrait of a maverick at twilight. full review
  13. Haute Cuisine 2013 If you love France and food, separately or in combination, you will almost certainly forgive Christian Vincent's workmanlike direction, the tedious score, and the near-total absence of dramatic conflict. full review
  14. A Hijacking 2013 It's the second feature from the young writer-director Tobias Lindholm, and it showcases his gift for tightly focused stories told without an ounce of fat. full review
  15. The Iceman 2013 It's a fascinating subject - the beast that lurks inside the family man - but the movie blows it. full review
  16. The Last Days On Mars 2013 [A] low-budget, highly predictable, but well-acted Red Planet thriller ... full review
  17. The Lifeguard 2013 The movie's being billed in some quarters as a comedy, which is a hell of a stretch given that the plot expands to take in statutory rape and teen suicide. full review
  18. Like Someone in Love 2013 The latest small, perplexing masterpiece from the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who in recent years has chosen the path of a world director. full review
  19. Movie 43 2013 The line between gross-out humor that's inspired and the kind that's witless is fine indeed, and "Movie 43" obliterates it with poop and movie stars. full review
  20. Mud 2013 With "Mud," Jeff Nichols announces his intention to do it all. He just may yet. full review
  21. Only God Forgives 2013 "Only God Forgives" is the kind of remarkable disaster only a very talented director can make after he finds success and is then allowed to do whatever he wants. full review
  22. The Painting 2013 Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise, "The Painting" is the latest offshore animation to show to kids burned out on computer-generated Hollywood toons. full review
  23. Paranoia 2013 "Paranoia" is a plug-and-play Hollywood thriller, not the best the genre has to offer but hardly the worst. full review
  24. The Pervert's Guide To Ideology 2013 Who says intellectual head-trips don't deserve sequels? full review
  25. The Punk Singer 2013 Where are the riot-grrrls of today? Take your daughters to the movie, then ask them. full review
  26. Renoir 2013 "Renoir" doesn't get much beneath the surface - but, good God, what a surface. full review
  27. Room 237 2013 It's about the human need for stuff to make sense - especially overpowering emotional experiences - and the tendency for some people to take that sense-making to extremes. full review
  28. Rubberneck 2013 A creepy number, half suspense drama and half brooding character study, with a strong dash of local flavor and a low-budget feel. full review
  29. Salinger 2013 The movie epitomizes everything in the culture from which Salinger himself fled. It is, as Holden Caulfield would put it, phony. full review
  30. Shadow Dancer 2013 A tautly minimalist, occasionally generic study of betrayal and family ties. full review
  31. Short Term 12 2013 It's a lovely, tough-minded film. full review
  32. Sightseers 2013 Darkly funny as it is, the movie has undercurrents of genuine and very British weirdness. full review
  33. Something in the Air 2013 A clear-eyed - if largely plot-free - memory play from writer-director Olivier Assayas, whose previous films have veered from the bizarre ("Demonlover," "Boarding Gate") to the poignant ("Summer Hours"). full review
  34. The Square 2013 What does a revolution feel like from the inside? I'm not sure we'll ever get closer than "The Square," an electrifying, at times heartbreaking documentary from the Egypt-born, Harvard-educated documentarian Jehane Noujaim. full review
  35. Stand Up Guys 2013 It's like watching your grandfather get naked on YouTube. full review
  36. Stories We Tell 2013 Stories We Tell is one of those movies you watch on a screen and replay in your head for days, moving between its many levels of inquiry and touched, always, by Polley's compassion toward her relatives in particular and people in general. full review
  37. A Touch of Sin 2013 In two decades of moviemaking, China's Jia Zhangke has examined the damage of his country's explosive growth with a poetic sense of outrage. With his latest effort, the implied violence bubbles over. full review
  38. We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks 2013 The movie's especially deft at exposing spin, whether it's the US media's or Assange's. full review
  39. What Maisie Knew 2013 What Maisie Knew" is about the erosion of innocence in the midst of plenty, yet it rarely feels heavy-handed, so serene is its own faith in its tiny heroine's strength. full review
  40. 2 Days in New York 2012 Chatty, neurotic, maddeningly messy, often very funny, "New York" spins in a lunatic orbit of its own. full review
  41. 56 Up 2012 Time has been neither kind nor cruel to the 13 men and women profiled in "56 UP." It has just been time, which is what this groundbreaking series is about. full review
  42. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry 2012 One of the most engagingly powerful movies of the year almost completely on the strength of Ai's rumpled charisma and the confusion it creates in the bureaucratic mindset of the Chinese Communist Party. full review
  43. The Ambassador 2012 'The Ambassador" is a sociopolitical prankumentary in which the prank blows up in the filmmaker's face, exploding-cigar style. full review
  44. Arbitrage 2012 The movie wants to be an instant Sidney Lumet classic along the lines of "Serpico" or "Prince of the City," but it doesn't have the roots. It's new money. full review
  45. Bernie 2012 The movie's bright and endearing and surprisingly lacking in a point. I wish I liked it better, but it's a start. full review
  46. The Big Picture 2012 Duris is excellent, his hair and eyes growing wilder with each step of the journey, and he has solid support ... full review
  47. Blue Like Jazz 2012 The outcome rarely seems out of God's hands, and the filmmaking is low-budget-earnest to the point of drabness - it's not a movie to make converts. full review
  48. Casa de mi padre 2012 It's a solid short film stretched to Silly Putty thinness. full review
  49. Chasing Ice 2012 As much as one may intellectually believe in climate change, to see it actually happening has the power to stun a viewer into wordlessness. full review
  50. Deadfall 2012 An A-list cast fights a B-movie script and goes down hard in "Deadfall," a wintry suspense melodrama that's not quite awful enough to be any fun. full review
  51. Elles 2012 Both provocative and muddled, the film's a moody, passive-aggressive tract that's buoyed by superior performances and sunk by its own uncertainties. full review
  52. For Ellen 2012 "For Ellen" tries one's patience, but what works, works for keeps. full review
  53. The Forgiveness of Blood 2012 "The Forgiveness of Blood'' works as a subtle but insistent metaphor for a modern generation trapped by the shibboleths of their elders. full review
  54. Girl Model 2012 A powerful documentary that, with a wider scope and a bit more shaping, could have been even more powerful, perhaps unbearably so. What's there is strong enough. full review
  55. The Guilt Trip 2012 "The Guilt Trip" is tripe, but it's tripe that knows its audience. Seriously, take your mother. It'll be a mitzvah. full review
  56. Headhunters 2012 It's crisp entertainment even as plot absurdities gum up the works - you can almost hear the pages turn as you watch. full review
  57. High Ground 2012 A less than inspiring documentary about extremely inspiring individuals, "High Ground" is worth seeing for what it shows rather than how it shows it. full review
  58. The House I Live In 2012 If [it] takes a while to focus, it eventually becomes the conversation starter the subject desperately needs. full review
  59. The Hunger Games 2012 Like the book, "The Hunger Games'' doesn't end so much as open the door to the next installment; it's frustrating, but you'll probably feel you've gotten your money's worth. full review
  60. Jiro Dreams of Sushi 2012 Would you be willing to massage an octopus for 45 minutes, until its flesh possesses just the right amount of chewability? Jiro is. full review
  61. Kill List 2012 A scuzzy little cross between a crime movie and a horror freak-out that gets under your skin and stays there, even if you can't understand half of what the characters are saying. full review
  62. Knuckleball! 2012 The sweet achievement of "Knuckleball!," Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's documentary about this quixotic pitch and the quixotic men who throw it, is that it gives both sides equal play. full review
  63. Little White Lies 2012 The overall tone of "Little White Lies" feels off, or maybe it just doesn't translate to American audiences. full review
  64. Lore 2012 A fiercely poetic portrait of a young woman staggering beyond innocence and denial, it's about the wars that rage within after the wars outside are lost. full review
  65. Nobody Else But You 2012 A playful French meta-mystery that's occasionally too proud of its own cleverness. full review
  66. Nobody Walks 2012 Sensitively written, nicely shot, expertly acted, and intelligently ambiguous, "Nobody Walks" still manages to send you out with a shrug. full review
  67. Not Fade Away 2012 Aiming for a generational statement that encompasses the entire '60s experience, [Chase] turns unexpectedly inept. full review
  68. Oslo, August 31st 2012 A coolly observed yet boundlessly compassionate day in the life of a recovering drug addict, "Oslo, August 31st" breaks your heart many times over. full review
  69. ParaNorman 2012 The movie has its moments of dark whimsy and cheeky wit, but most of what it has is body parts. full review
  70. The Queen of Versailles 2012 There's more going on here than classist derision, and the filmmaker uses her footage to try to sort out her feelings. full review
  71. The Raven 2012 A grimly preposterous serial-killer thriller set in 19th-century Baltimore, this riff on the final days of the author of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and other masterpieces of the macabre might qualify as literary desecration if it weren't so silly. full review
  72. A Royal Affair 2012 A crowned-heads soap opera that balances effectively between pomp and melodramatic circumstance. full review
  73. The Sapphires 2012 "The Sapphires" illustrates how the same old story - in this case, the one about a 1960s girl group and its struggles - can be freshened up through the novelties of place and characterization. full review
  74. Shut Up and Play the Hits 2012 It's sometimes touching, sometimes really loud, and often both. full review
  75. Sleepless Night 2012 It's fast, lean, satisfying, and forgettable; nothing special, really, until you realize that the movies have largely lost the knack for brisk mayhem like this. full review
  76. Tai Chi Zero 2012 For all its playfulness and cameo one-shots ("Lung Siu-lung, '70s kung fu superstar"!), Fung's film represents a thundering dead end. full review
  77. Take This Waltz 2012 A color-drenched story of lust, love, and infidelity, it suffers from a vagueness that may be the point but that feels accidental. full review
  78. Tales of the Night 2012 Has ... eye-bending backgrounds but a creatively monochromatic foreground that comes to feel like a limitation. full review
  79. This Is Not a Film 2012 In short, "This Is Not a Film" is the world within an apartment, and it is quietly devastating. full review
  80. We Have a Pope 2012 Whenever it stays with Piccoli ... it's mysterious and moving, struck by the humility of a man who's not up to playing God. full review
  81. What to Expect When You're Expecting 2012 The writing is sharp and the performances bright, and if you've been through the forced gestational march known as pregnancy, there are knowing laughs to be had. full review
  82. Albert Nobbs 2011 There's an ache of regret that sets "Albert Nobbs'' apart. Everyone here yearns for what they can't get. full review
  83. Buck 2011 The man's mythology precedes him, and it's the movie's failing that we don't understand how or whether he uses that mythology because he knows it's good business. full review
  84. Burke and Hare 2011 Rarely has the ratio of quality talent to dismal returns been as high as in "Burke & Hare,'' a macabre British period piece that's nowhere near as funny as it thinks. full review
  85. Coriolanus 2011 When Caius Martius heads into battle against the invading Volscians, we get 20-odd minutes of brutal street-fighting with RPGs and crackling automatic weapons. The film was shot in Serbia; dial a few decades back and it could have been set there. full review
  86. First Position 2011 Because its subjects are so driven and so talented, "First Position," which is about ballet, is more gripping than the norm. full review
  87. Into The Abyss 2011 The movie's an "In Cold Blood'' with a patient, persistent German interlocutor instead of Truman Capote turning cartwheels in prose. full review
  88. Ironclad 2011 As history it's bunk; as inappropriate historical fiction, it's awfully close to comedy. full review
  89. Jane Eyre 2011 This is one of the better Jane Eyres I've seen onscreen, a conception that forsakes movie-groomed glamour for a plainer, less compromised beauty. full review
  90. The Kid with a Bike 2011 "The Kid With A Bike'' is, remarkably, about hope - about the connections people forge when the ones they've been given desert them. full review
  91. Page One: Inside the New York Times 2011 The pure process of teasing out a story and getting it into accurately reported shape is fascinating to watch and more collaborative than you would expect. full review
  92. Pina 2011 What the filmmaker has created is an inspired simulacrum - a jewel-box that contains more of Bausch's kinetic soul than film has any right to. full review
  93. Revenge of the Electric Car 2011 More hopeful but also more complex and lacking the focused urgency of the original. full review
  94. Sanctum 2011 What we get are three-dimensional caves and two-dimensional characters. full review
  95. This Must Be The Place 2011 This isn't a great movie, but it is a special one. full review
  96. Tomboy 2011 "Tomboy'' is as visually beautiful as its 10-year-old heroine is defiantly plain. full review
  97. Trishna 2011 "Trishna" should move the soul and engage the tear-ducts, yet it passes by as distant as it is lovely. And the blame must fall on the movie's star, Freida Pinto. full review
  98. The Women on the 6th Floor 2011 "The Women on the 6th Floor'' is delicate and sensitive and utter bollocks - a bourgeois wet dream made to soothe the souls and stir the loins of powerful men in midlife crisis. full review
  99. All Good Things 2010 As excellent as Gosling is - and the actor conveys the stillness of the man as well as the voices screaming in his head - Dunst matches him stride for stride. full review
  100. Casino Jack 2010 "Casino Jack" is glib, fast-paced entertainment that barely leaves a mark - which, given the subject, is just plain wrong. full review
  101. Casino Jack And The United States Of Money 2010 Gibney is a busy boy, and he draws the lines between Abramoff and his friends -- and his friends' friends -- with the documentary equivalent of a highlighter. full review
  102. Exit Through The Gift Shop 2010 One of the best, most karmically satisfying comedies of the year, much to the chagrin of the people who are in it. full review
  103. Freakonomics 2010 An attempt to turn the 2005 nonfiction bestseller into a high-energy docu-romp, "Freakonomics'' is a misconceived botch. full review
  104. Greenberg 2010 Greenberg won't be everyone's cup of hemlock. Yet we all know people like this -- the ones who only hear their own motors running -- and Baumbach locates and mines a rich vein of appalled comic sympathy. full review
  105. Henry's Crime 2010 If "Henry's Crime'' is occasionally too pleased with itself, it's also pleasantly unpredictable, and it has a trio of sweet hambone performances at its center. full review
  106. I Am Love 2010 If you're not in the mood, the whole thing will probably seem pretty silly. But if you are -- oh, if you are -- I Am Love may be the richest, tastiest truffle you're likely to savor all summer. full review
  107. Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work 2010 Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is one of the smarter, more unexpectedly touching documentaries of the year, and I recommend it to you whether you love Rivers or loathe the very thought of her. How is this even possible? full review
  108. The Kids Are All Right 2010 Movies like The Kids Are All Right -- beautifully written, impeccably played, funny and randy and true -- don't come along very often. full review
  109. The King's Speech 2010 Complacent middlebrow tosh engineered for maximum awards bling and catering to a nostalgia for the royalty we've never actually had to live with. full review
  110. Legendary 2010 1985's Vision Quest is still the best movie on the subject, and that isn't saying much. full review
  111. Marwencol 2010 full review
  112. Monsters 2010 Monsters wants to be an allegory about American self-absorption or the panic over immigration or something; exactly what is never very clear. full review
  113. Nowhere Boy 2010 As sympathetic and well-turned as it is, Nowhere Boy only gives us more mythology. full review
  114. Rubber 2010 If "Rubber'' was half as smart as it is clever, we might be talking gonzo midnight four-star classic here. full review
  115. Tiny Furniture 2010 Many of us have been here - that first flush of post-college terror, remember? - and Dunham makes it funny and involving before entropy kicks in at the two-thirds mark. full review
  116. The Art Of The Steal 2009 The movie's never less than entertaining, but you often feel like arguing with the screen, and not in a good way. full review
  117. The Boys Are Back 2009 All told, the movie's a solid entry in the Bad Dad Gets It Together genre and Owen is really quite touching, especially when he's not trying too hard, which is most of the time. full review
  118. Fish Tank 2009 With a bare minimum of dialogue - none of which I can print - Arnold establishes Mia's barren environment and the hope and fury that war beneath the surface of the girl's skin. full review
  119. The House of the Devil 2009 West, a rising young director of minor cult pleasures, comes clean here about his love for all things Bava (Mario) and Carpenter (John). full review
  120. The Limits of Control 2009 With The Limits of Control, [Jim Jarmusch] has come up with a dud. full review
  121. Ondine 2009 Among the film's pleasures is a disarmingly tender performance from the new, improved Colin Farrell. full review
  122. The Secret of Kells 2009 A visually overwhelming labor of love, a hand-drawn medieval adventure tale that seeks and finds cosmic connections. full review
  123. Valhalla Rising 2009 If only the pieces added up to an experience that sticks and that didn't finally succumb to a shrug of entropy. full review
  124. Bronson 2008 Ita(TM)s a meditation on the art of rage -- an action painting passing itself off as an action movie. full review
  125. Constantine's Sword 2008 Constantine's Sword speaks provocatively to history and our moment. full review
  126. Fly Me to the Moon 2008 For the first time in my experience, a 3-D movie felt bigger than my ability to take it all in. full review
  127. Happy-Go-Lucky 2008 Happy-Go-Lucky isn't one of Leigh's epic social canvases like Secrets & Lies or even Topsy-Turvy; rather, it's an edgy character study whose message only gradually emerges. full review
  128. I Sell the Dead 2008 If it's not actually a good movie, on some level you have to admire the chutzpah of a film set in 1850s Ireland but shot on Staten Island. full review
  129. Man on Wire 2008 A documentary about a towering act of daring proves a spine-tingling memorial to recklessness as art. full review
  130. Management 2008 Sometimes a cute-stalker movie can win the audience's heart. Management only makes you ponder the line between true love and a restraining order. full review
  131. Momma's Man 2008 On the surface, it's a straightforward low-budget tale about a grown man who visits his parents and refuses to leave. Yet deeper, darker currents move through Momma's Man, eddying around fears of letting go on both sides of the generational divide. full review
  132. Sex Drive 2008 The movie's a working definition of "safe sex." full review
  133. Were the World Mine 2008 There are times when it is safe to say that a labor of love is love's labor lost, and, reader, this is one of them. full review
  134. Dreaming Lhasa 2007 Dreaming Lhasa goes a long way on the strength of its exotic visuals and gently urgent narrative, but in the end it doesn't go quite far enough. full review
  135. Eagle vs. Shark 2007 Floats by on a mood of concerned and puckish good will. full review
  136. Encounters at the End of the World 2007 full review
  137. Flawless 2007 Flawless is a gimcrack, a genre exercise, yet it's a confidence game in the best sense of the phrase. [Director] Radford knows the rules - when to bend them, when to break them, and when to play by them. That's an increasingly rare skill. full review
  138. For the Bible Tells Me So 2007 For the Bible Tells Me So probes the conflict between an obdurate force and a movable object, hoping against hope and the laws of physics that one can sway the other. full review
  139. The Hunting Party 2007 When something seems too bizarre to be true, that's generally how it plays onscreen. full review
  140. Mr. Bean's Holiday 2007 Somewhere, Jacques Tati is smiling. full review
  141. Phoebe in Wonderland 2007 Phoebe in Wonderland gradually loses its grip on tone and believability, climaxing with a show-must-go-on moment that's just plain silly. Thankfully, Barnz knows exactly where to end his film: on the face of a girl, and an actress, at the crossroads. full review
  142. Reign Over Me 2007 Reign Over Me quietly says that we're our problem friends' keepers. At its worst, the movie is a problem friend. full review
  143. Save Me 2007 The first release from the gay-oriented Mythgarden production company, Save Me still bodes well for its evenhanded approach. full review
  144. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama 2006 One comes away from 10 Questions emboldened, energized, and sadder -- aware that peace remains so radical a concept that most of us aren't yet worthy of it. full review
  145. Curious George 2006 Artful simplicity may be an impossible quality in a modern children's movie, so Curious George opts instead for mayhem under a blanket of sweetness. The little ones understand. full review
  146. Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 Warm, witty, and sitcom-obvious -- a genuine audience pleaser that's built to wring laughs of pained recognition from anyone who has survived a bar mitzvah as either a participant or an observer. full review
  147. United 93 2006 ... you come out feeling that the filmmakers have done the right thing by this day. full review
  148. Unknown 2006 You wish some of the plot holes had been spackled better. full review
  149. Venus 2006 full review
  150. Year of the Fish 2006 Written and directed by Reginald Harkema with a sharp eye toward the paradoxes of fighting The Man in the 21st century. full review
  151. 49 Up 2005 49 Up marks the latest chapter in one of the most ambitious documentary projects in movie history. Make that the history of any medium, for how often do we get to witness a time-lapse study of human life? full review
  152. Brokeback Mountain 2005 The reason to see Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, and see it you should, isn't its hot-button topicality or its cultural cachet but simply that it's a very good movie, with a staggeringly fine performance by Heath Ledger. full review
  153. Broken Flowers 2005 A minimalist miracle that transcends comedy and drama to wind up in a bigger and wiser place. full review
  154. The Constant Gardener 2005 If it sends audiences home to log on to the Amnesty International website, terrific -- but that still doesn't make it a very good movie. full review
  155. Factotum 2005 Hamer has created a tidy film about a fabulously messy man. full review
  156. The Fog 2005 This Fog lacks the one thing the original had -- originality -- but it qualifies as more than a mist opportunity. full review
  157. Psychopathia Sexualis 2005 Lugubrious to the extreme of unintended comedy, the movie suggests a regional dinner theater production of a late- ' 80s Peter Greenaway film. full review
  158. Right at Your Door 2005 Maybe this is how the world ends in LA -- not with a bang but a 96-minute whimper. full review
  159. Stoned 2005 Even The Doors looked like a model of clarity next to this. full review
  160. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price 2005 Advocacy journalism at its most unsparing, and it demands to be seen, discussed, argued with, and acted upon. full review
  161. After Innocence 2004 Sanders is more interested in specific human struggles than in larger political points, but she knows these men form a mosaic with a message that's unmistakable. full review
  162. Danny Deckchair 2004 What you might call conditional whimsy, predicated on the audience overlooking so many plot implausibilities that it might get tuckered out from all the charity. full review
  163. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 2004 Gibney has been able to get his hands on the right materials, and he assembles the right talking heads to string the story together. full review
  164. The Forgotten 2004 Maybe you'll kick yourself upon leaving the theater, but while the lights are down you're engaged and increasingly, pleasurably thunderstruck. full review
  165. Hotel Rwanda 2004 The twofold agenda in Hotel Rwanda is to commemorate what Paul Rusesabagina did and to shame each and every Westerner who sees the movie. On both of those counts it is successful. full review
  166. Me and You and Everyone We Know 2004 Set in a down-at-the-heels suburb that might be called Anywhere, America, the movie looks for connection in the oddest places, and, with an emotional impact out of all proportion to its gossamer touch, finds it. full review
  167. Oldboy 2004 For a while, though, this is as invigorating -- and as darkly funny -- as modern rogue moviemaking gets. full review
  168. Without A Paddle 2004 Five screenwriters, three stars, maybe two good jokes. full review
  169. The Battle of Shaker Heights 2003 It's a very minor Catcher in the Rye, featuring clever but overcooked dialogue, two-dimensional supporting roles, and a disarming generosity toward its characters. full review
  170. Camp 2003 A comedy, and for all its cliches and clumsiness, close to a great one. full review
  171. Cold Mountain 2003 Three quarters of Cold Mountain consist of some of the most masterful and absorbing filmmaking of the year. full review
  172. CSA: Confederate States of America 2003 Kevin Willmott's ersatz documentary CSA: The Confederate States of America is an act of provocation that's sheer genius in its conceptual simplicity. full review
  173. Dirty Pretty Things 2003 If you go with the film -- and I did -- it will be because the quiet empathy of the central performances carries you over the plot holes. full review
  174. Gigli 2003 An overlong, joyless, and inconsequential affair, full of dead air, and possessing only a few moments of jaw-dropping bad taste. full review
  175. Hollywood Homicide 2003 Hollywood Homicide is one of the most lazily scripted, poorly structured, smugly stereotyped star vehicles in recent memory. full review
  176. The Recruit 2003 A serviceable spy thriller that stumbles over one too many plot twists, one too many shots of its hero typing desperately at his computer, and a romantic subplot that's nice to look at but awfully silly. full review
  177. Saved! 2003 Has the glitteringly satiric dialogue of Election -- and the soul of an after-school special. full review
  178. Uptown Girls 2003 Director Boaz Yakin ... keeps shying from the darker material like a studio-trained racehorse, heading for the safer turf of slapstick and schmaltz. full review
  179. Barbershop 2002 A broad, very funny, unexpectedly graceful comedy of character and community. full review
  180. Bukowski: Born into This 2002 You come out of the theater wanting to beeline to a bookstore, grab a copy of Post Office or Love Is a Dog From Hell, and adjust your opinion as necessary. full review
  181. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 Rockwell lets us see all the joy, lust, self-pity, and rage with which Barris gonged himself. full review
  182. The Dancer Upstairs 2002 Far from perfect but completely unique, the film could best be described as a paranoid South American metaphysical political thriller -- you heard me -- and whatever its failures, they're not ones of nerve or imagination. full review
  183. Equilibrium 2002 It's a long way from Orwell's dark, intelligent warning cry [1984] to the empty stud knockabout of Equilibrium, and what once was conviction is now affectation. full review
  184. The Hours 2002 Far from a bad film, and at least two of its central trio of performances provide moments of disarming grace, but don't be surprised if a whiff of self-congratulation emanates from the screen. full review
  185. Lost in La Mancha 2002 [Works best] as an entry in the genre of Hollywood schadenfreude pioneered by the 1991 Apocalypse Now documentary Hearts of Darkness. full review
  186. Maid in Manhattan 2002 A lovably old-school Hollywood confection. full review
  187. Paid in Full 2002 In this bird's-eye-view of the drug trade circa 1986, there's something missing: the buyers. full review
  188. Punch-Drunk Love 2002 [Sandler] plays Barry just as he would any of the comic dolts who've made him rich but this time all the panicky sadness is out where we can see it. It's a honey of a performance: controlled, achingly human, and funny in the deepest ways. full review
  189. Secret Things 2002 You couldn't nail a particular kind of modern French film better if you tried: explicit sex, bad behavior, and shrieking pretention all in one lumpy shock-the-bourgeoisie package. full review
  190. Love the Hard Way 2001 Heartfelt but fatally overwrought romantic melodrama. full review
  191. Burke and Hare 1971 full review
  192. Wake in Fright 1971 "Wake in Fright" is a monster movie, and the monster is us. full review
  193. Tristana 1970 As much as this tale of bent love runs in the ruts of its maker's obsessions, it has an undertow that's impossible to shake. full review
  194. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo.) 1966 The uncut new print reclaims the widescreen majesty of Tonino Delli Colli's cinematography, allowing you to see every iconic wart and furrow on every bad guy's face. full review
  195. From Here to Eternity 1953 So clear-eyed and three-dimensional that it makes the recent Pearl Harbor look like a bunch of kids playing dress up. full review
  196. /titles/197053 "Alan Partridge" could have been an expansion of Coogan's original character concept into the international big time. Thankfully, it's not. full review
  197. /titles/197186 The Barbarian Invasions flirts with shallow pieties and glib wisdom, but in the end it dives into the deepest part of the pool. full review
  198. /titles/197134 Here's a film that says Christmas is a sellout, that your neighbors are morons, and that suburbia is a playground of fascist conformity, and then it concludes that anyone who actually believes that is a heartless Scrooge. full review
  199. /titles/197191 An overcalculated fusion of Shrek and The Princess Bride with all the smarts replaced by smartass. full review
  200. /titles/197500 The movie's breezy, blood-flecked entertainment, with no aim other than to give you a giggle and a shriek. full review
  201. /titles/197180 The material here may not be the freshest, but screenwriters Heather Hach and the redoubtable Leslie Dixon have buffed the dialogue until it sparkles like the finest cubic zirconium, and the cast is game from top to bottom. full review
  202. /titles/197499 It takes place in a fantasy world whose cheaply rendered surfaces resemble Teletubbieland reupholstered with Naugahyde. full review
  203. /titles/197293 What's most disquieting about "Nymph()maniac" is how funny, tender, thoughtful, and truthful it is, even as it pushes into genuinely seamy aspects of onscreen sexuality. full review
  204. /titles/197294 Misery loves company, and no one loves both more than this director. full review
  205. /titles/197051 "Out of the Furnace" offers a bleak vision of America's rural economic woes before flattening out into a routine thriller about good men doing bad things. full review
  206. /titles/197118 How you feel about "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" will depend on how you feel about aging hippies and the continuing relevance of all things Woodstock. full review
  207. /titles/197273 It is harrowing, heartbreaking, cheering, and unforgettable. full review
  208. /titles/197354 A roughly chronological jumble of archival footage, unconvincing period reenactments, gauzy voice-overs, and half-baked ideas that makes one yearn for the stolid dullness of a History Channel documentary. full review
  209. /titles/197383 "Thanks for Sharing" is what Variety would call a "twelve-stepper"-an engagingly didactic drama about addiction and recovery. full review

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