Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly 5. Welcome to the Rileys 4. Charlie St. Cloud 3. Robin Hood 2. A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop 1. The Book of Eli. Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine 1. Andrews on crank. The Wolfman : Worst gay bear porn ever. A Nightmare on Elm Street : Sells itself like a lascivious used car salesman. Robin Hood : Another dreary, eye-searing hack job by the never-great Diddley Squat. The Last Airbender.
Amazingly, I still think I hate this movie less than most of my colleagues do. I just felt bad for it — and particularly for Aasif Mandvi, who provided my only moments of enjoyment amidst some of the ugliest 3-D I had to sit through all year. The Last Song. Little Fockers. We Get It Already! Secretly gay husbands! Children dropped out of windows!
Victimization porn! Hoberman, Village Voice Hereafter. Not so with the pictures listed below. Death at a Funeral. I understand that Neil LaBute movies are supposed to make you uncomfortable. But not this way. Due Date. Bonus demerits from the cringing cowardice of its feel-good finale. How Do You Know. Brooks slog recently, but they fail to convince.
Yes, in spite of its arguably appealing and undeniably talented cast. The Last Exorcism. Proving that few things in life are as boring as an exorcism movie with no scares. Life As We Know It. The increasingly shrill Katherine Heigl, the genial black-hole nothingness of hunky Josh Duhamel, a baby, and pot brownie jokes. Kill me now. The Bounty Hunter. Sensing a trend here?
A particularly irritating entry in that alien-invasion subgenre in which you actively root for all the human characters to be killed. Eric Kohn, IndieWire Biutiful. Cohesion takes a backseat to gravitas. The title is a lie. Tron: Legacy. A franchise built around the fetishistic obsession with cyberculture now preaches its evils. Get Low. Tell me about it. The Extra Man. Memo to John C.
Reilly: Please speak in your normal voice from now on. More like a squeak. If this was a vaudeville show where you paid money simply watch A-listers strip … it would still let you down. Christina Ricci is a ghost! Or maybe not. Well, she could be but she could also not be. Do you care? Hereafter 2. The Bounty Hunter 3. Yogi Bear 4. Clash of the Titans 5. Alice in Wonderland 6. Dinner for Schmucks 8. Knight and Day 9. Wild Target Despicable Me. The Tourist : There was no excuse for this.
They took a terrific French thriller, Anthony Zimmer , 80 minutes shot out of a cannon, and they turned it into a lugubrious star turn for Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, in which they never seemed to be in love with anyone but themselves. Just a mess — and what a shame. The Losers : This was an action movie about a group of idiot male mercenaries who team up for a job with a dangerous woman of mystery and intrigue.
She was played by Zoe Saldana, who seemed as mysterious and dangerous as a night retainer. This movie only made sense if you thought of the characters as prepubescent, stuck in what Freud called the latency period, hence the perplexed and scornful attitude to the one girl in their midst. Just a pathetic exercise. Nor did they bother to give the action any sense of threat or consequence.
It was a formula movie with crucial parts of the formula missing and nothing in their place. I Spit On Your Grave : A young novelist from the east coast, looking for peace and quiet, goes to small town America to stay in a cabin and write. Everyone she meets has a Southern accent, and when she gets raped and tormented, the temptation for many Northerners is to feel disdain and disgust for these red-state rednecks torturing a nice Obama supporter … Except, hold on there: This nasty wallow in brutal revenge oh, yeah, she makes them pay was made entirely by Northerners and Canadians.
Sex and the City 2 : The first Sex and the City movie was like a whole season packed into a feature film. This second one was like one lousy show stretched to two and a half hours. And the agony of it was, it was bad from the first five minutes, as soon as Liza Minnelli showed up dancing and trying to sing. And oh, the destruction of Samantha, who seemed like a pitiful aging trollop. They need to make one more of these movies to get it back on track. Taylor Hackford directed, so there were a lot of good people here going down on the Titanic, including Gina Gershon, who is never responsible for these terrible movies but keeps turning up in them.
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Unable to think on-camera, Cyrus could only play an attitude, and so it was nonstop rage, and yet somehow the filmmakers and Cyrus seem to have expected her to come across as sympathetic. Wonder what that means … In addition to the Cyrus problem, which would have tanked even the best movie, the film had script problems — it was a succession of false crises, false arguments and fake reactions, and you could always guess when someone was going to collapse or die. If Cyrus, in fact, has any cinematic charm, she did a flawless job of suppressing it.
The Last Airbender : M. Night Shyamalan broke his streak of bad movies with this very bad movie, a listless, poorly acted, sluggishly written and thoroughly dislikable fantasy epic featuring dull characters locked in a struggle of no importance. The man, so old, is dull, has beard, then dies. A stalk is not where stalk would like to be. All Good Things. One would rather watch The Craigslist Killer.
If you are not near death yourself, do skip. Dinner for Schmucks. To note: One tends to want to like Paul Rudd. If just they kept jaws shut and stayed quite nude. Casino Jack. Poor George. I wish last film was not so LOUD. De Niro, Keitel, Hoffman, cause brain to bleed. The Killer Inside Me. Mister Winterbottom does love dumb shocks.
These two are just morons: Go to your rooms! Barely a movie, and offensive on multiple levels. Karina Longworth, L. Poe is presumed dead in the crash, but Finn meets up with Rey and BB-8, who turns out to be carrying information vital to the resistance. The First Order is hot on their heels. They need to escape. Pan over to the garbage ship. It is the Millennium Falcon. And scene. There is very serious talk about footsteps the phrase space floors crops up , droid language, the muffled, Dopplered scream that accompanies the passage of a TIE fighter, the relative awesomeness of various hatch noises and how to get midrange frequencies in there for people who are going to one day be watching this on their iPhones.
They are nothing if not thorough. They were a new kind of illusion, one that felt real in a way that no fantasy or science-fiction movie ever had before. It felt as if it extended out beyond the visible frame of the image, on and on, world without end. You knew. They were really somewhere else. It was a powerful illusion, but it has proved to be an elusive one, difficult to reproduce. The Star Wars universe is a little like Narnia: even those who have been there can never be sure of getting in again. The prequel trilogy was a cautionary tale: not even George Lucas, the man who built the Star Wars universe in the first place, could bring it back to life.
And it had incredible heart. There was a sweetness to the story that gave the film this palpable sense of hope. It catches you up in a double-reverse, a temporal anomaly subtler than anything in Star Trek, that leaves you with a strange nostalgic longing for the future. And what is hope but a longing for the future? Abrams has come into a magnificent inheritance, but it is not unencumbered.
Tens of millions of fans also share ownership of it, if not in a legal sense then in a moral and emotional one. Disney, which bought Lucasfilm in , owns it too. Furthermore, the person Abrams inherited it all from is still around. For starters, Abrams is, it is generally attested, a considerably more verbal person than Lucas. Everybody agrees that Abrams is funny and relaxing to be around. There are rumors of his beatboxing over the on-set PA system.
What Abrams and Lucas do share is an obsession with controlling minute details, in particular the minute details of Star Wars. I mean, no director has ever asked me that before.
Abrams offered to show it to him early, but Lucas demurred. The approach Abrams arrived at was to go back to the techniques Lucas used the first time around, the time that really mattered, all the way back in Abrams almost literally devolved the entire production of The Force Awakens technologically to an earlier era of filmmaking. He shot on film. Wherever possible he abandoned CGI in favor of models and practical effects, and green screens in favor of actual sets and physical locations. And what that would do is obviate the need to try to make people believe it was actually happening. Because it simply would be happening.
Abrams is engaged in a kind of cinematic archeology, digging back in time, in search of that original, primal dream. It helped that he had key members of the original cast on board. Lucas himself reached out to them in I never thought about it. It was fun. In , of the film, The Ringer's Sean Fennessey wrote: "An all-female cast, a claustrophobic cave setting draped in red light, and an anarchic, vicious fight to the death Zach Braff's "Garden State" is a drama about a struggling actor, Andrew Largeman Braff , who is beckoned home when his mother passes away.
Forced to socialize with hometown friends and his father, Largeman's outlook is changed when he meets Sam Natalie Portman and realizes that there's more to life than what he's settled for. Michael Mann's "Collateral" is about a taxi driver Jamie Foxx who is tasked with picking up a high-paying client Tom Cruise from different points in the city. The cab driver's luck turns when he realizes that the man he's been driving around is a hitman and he's been killing people throughout the day.
In Spike Lee's "Inside Man," a police detective, a bank robber, and a broker find themselves in a power struggle. This heist film stars Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen and it has been called "thrilling" and "satisfying" by critics. Film critic J.
Jones of the Chicago Reader called the movie " [a] wily thriller, which revitalizes a familiar premise by turning it inside out" in A string of survivors Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson struggle to make it to a safe haven in a nightmarish new world. In , The Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern wrote, "Heedlessly derivative though it may be, '28 Days Later' does what it sets out to do and then some — scare us out of our wits, then get us to apply those wits to an uncommonly intelligent and provocative zombie flick.
Things get out of hand when a fake ID gets their friend Fogell Christopher Mintz-Plasse mixed up with the police and party antics cause Seth and Evan to re-evaluate their friendship. Kinji Fukasaku's "Battle Royale" pre-dated "The Hunger Games" by several years when it pitted children against each other in a dystopian battle to the death.
On a remote island, a group of 9th graders are forced to kill each other or be killed by order of the Japanese government. Of the film, Variety's film critic Robert Koehler wrote: "Departing from two decades' worth of domestic and personal dramas and returning to his roots as Japan's maestro of mayhem, Kinji Fukasaku has delivered a brutal punch to the collective solar plexus with one of his most outrageous and timely films.
Richard Kelly's " Donnie Darko " follows Donnie Jake Gyllenhaal , a teenager plagued with self-destructive thoughts and bizarre visions. His latest vision is a giant rabbit named Frank who warns Donnie that the world will end in a month unless Donnie stops it himself.
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A film filled with dark comedy and suspense, "Donnie Darko" took many critics and filmgoers by surprise when it was released in Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers" is a comedy-drama starring Bill Murray as Don, a single man who is resigned to a life of being alone until he learns that he has a son. In a harrowing journey down memory lane, Don sets out on a road trip across the country to find his exes and his child. Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two cowboys in the midwest who develop feelings for each other.
Caught between societal conventions and their love for one another, this tragic romance has earned praise from many critics. In , of the film, The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw wrote: "The whole movie is a rich, spacious, passionate way of showing, not telling, feelings that dare not speak their name — and doing so with superb intelligence and magnificent candour.
In Quentin Tarantino's " Inglourious Basterds, " a group of individuals embarks on a mission to take down Nazi leaders. He is sent on an adventure to rescue a princess Cameron Diaz from a dragon-guarded tower, with the help, and hindrance, of his new donkey companion Eddie Murphy. The hit animated film was praised by critics and spurred multiple sequels. Read More: 14 things you didn't know about 'Shrek'. In Neill Blomkamp's "District 9," a government agent Sharlto Copley is exposed to a species-altering virus in a dystopian reality where extraterrestrial beings are relegated to slums.
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Kar-Wai Wong's "In the Mood for Love" centers around two neighbors who fall for each other even though they are both married to other people. Though they bond over the fact that they suspect their partners of cheating, they attempt to stay faithful and keep their own relationship platonic.
Henry Selick's "Coraline" is a dark, stop-motion animated movie about a young girl who is drawn to an alternate reality. At first, the new world seems ideal, but Coraline quickly realizes that something sinister lurks beneath the surface. Stephen Chow's " Shaolin Soccer " is an action-filled comedy about a young man who forms a soccer team with his brothers and implements martial art skills into their soccer playing.
Ross Anthony, a critic from Hollywood Report Card called the film, " a fall-out-of-the-chair, funny movie. David Fincher's "Zodiac " traces the origins and the killings of the elusive Zodiac Killer and the investigation team that's obsessed with finding him. Fernando Meirelles' " City of God " is a drama about two kids who find different paths even though they were both born in the same slums of Rio.
The movie was filmed like a documentary and it captures genuine interactions from the Americans Cohen meddles with. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine" is a comedic drama that focuses on a family of misfits as they take their daughter across the country to a beauty pageant. The drama won Day-Lewis the Oscar award for best actor in She strives to be the new chief of her tribe despite the patriarchal traditions preventing her from following her dream. When a movie's this likable, it would take a very tough crowd not to be pleased," Newsweek critic David Ansen wrote about the film in Richard Linklater's " School of Rock " stars Jack Black as Dewey Finn, a washed-up musician who pretends to be a substitute teacher so he can work at a preparatory academy.
At first, he's just in it for the money but when Dewey realizes that his students possess musical talent, he uses his musical knowledge to shape the young prep kids into real musicians. The film has since been adapted for Broadway. Of the film, Herald Sun critic Leigh Paatsch wrote: "Black turns it up to 11 in every scene, throwing shapes, striking poses and zealously preaching the healing power of rock, never once selling-out to the threat of cute, kiddie-friendly fare.
In Spike Jonze's " Adaptation ," a screenwriter named Charlie Kaufman Nicolas Cage struggles through writer's block after he is hired to adapt a book. The drama won the Oscar for best picture in Of the film, Christy Lemire, a critic from the Associated Press, wrote, "Boyle takes his wildly high-energy visual aesthetic and applies it to a story that, at its core, is rather sweet and traditionally crowd-pleasing.
It's about a London policeman who is sent to a small town filled with dark, murderous secrets. The movie won the UK's Empire Awards f or best comedy in Of "Hot Fuzz," New Yorker critic Anthony Lane wrote: "The movie duly quickens into pursuits of every speed, and the homage to action thrillers is there in the smallest detail; the clicking of a ballpoint pen, say, is amplified to sound as menacing as the cocking of a gun. In this futuristic world, new technology means a special police unit can arrest citizens for crimes before they've committed them. But things go awry when an officer in that unit, Chief John Anderton Tom Cruise , finds himself being hunted by the very technology he used to control.
Martin Scorsese's " The Departed " is a crime-filled thriller about an undercover cop and a mole who circle each other as they both work to infiltrate a Boston-based gang. Tolkien's fantasy book series. In AV Club's Scott Tobias wrote: "An enthusiastic visionary set loose on one of the biggest playgrounds ever constructed, Jackson brings more personality to the series' first installment, 'The Fellowship Of The Ring,' than typically seeps into a franchise of this magnitude. Christopher Nolan's "Memento" is a mystery-filled thriller about a man Guy Pearce suffering from short-term memory loss.
He uses tattoos and notes to stay on track as he tries to find the person who murdered his wife. In , the Orlando Sentinel's film critic Jay Boyar wrote, "You have to pay close attention to 'Memento,' the most original thriller to come along in years — and one of the best. In the movie, a member of the secret police finds himself becoming obsessed with the lives of the people he's spying on.
In , Pop Matters critic Matthew Sorrento wrote of the film, "Humanity is intricate, contradictory, fathomless here, and the filmmaking just as rich. In , of the film, Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday wrote, "Part travelogue, part road picture, part meditation on class, mortality and intimacy, this extraordinary little movie might be the perfect harbinger of summer, as astute as it is steamy. Terry Zwigoff's " Ghost World " is a comedy-drama that follows two teenage girls who respond to a lonely man's ad in a newspaper.
The pair is then thrown into a complicated adventure.
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