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'My Sister's Keeper' Turns on the Waterworks

Nick Cassavetes' three-hankie weepy lurches during moments of music-video sequences, and gratuitous voice-over narration from members of the Fitzgerald family as they struggle with their terminally ill daughter Kate (well played by Sofia Vassilieva).
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  06-22-2009  |  Reviews

'Away We Go' Is an Unaffecting Work of Staggering Vacuitynew

Not surprisingly, in Dave Eggers' first original screenplay, Away We Go, the characters never shut up.
L.A. Weekly  |  Scott Foundas  |  06-05-2009  |  Reviews

Jim Jarmusch's Latest Strips Narrative Cinema Down to Minimalist Allegorynew

The Limits of Control has proven to be extremely divisive, but the negative reactions testify to the shock that innovative cinema can produce.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Steve Erickson  |  06-02-2009  |  Reviews

'The Brothers Bloom' Is a Con Job to Enjoynew

Rian Johnson's sophomore effort is an imperfect film, but his retro sensibility is a balm for those born in the wrong era.
Austin Chronicle  |  Kimberley Jones  |  05-29-2009  |  Reviews

New Version of 'Easy Virtue' Does no Good for Noel Coward's Reputationnew

It's hard to understand why Stephan Elliott directed Easy Virtue; he is trying to refurbish Noel Coward like a man trying to refurbish an antique with Day-Glo paint.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Richard von Busack  |  05-29-2009  |  Reviews

A Conventional Plot Hobbles 'Rudo y Cursi'new

Because of the pedigree of the artists involved in making Rudo y Cursi, you may experience a tinge of guilt when you leave the theater, your thoughts swirling with discontent and heretical words like "hack job" and "cliche." But alas, you wouldn't be wrong.
Orlando Weekly  |  Justin Strout  |  05-28-2009  |  Reviews

'Hunger' Is Amazing, Fully Realized Artnew

A movie about someone dying of hunger could easily be maudlin, talky, boring and preachy. But experimental film artist Steve McQueen tried another route, and wound up crafting one of the most beautifully realized films of the decade.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  05-27-2009  |  Reviews

Despite Some Annoying Cliches, 'Gigantic' Isn't Half Badnew

This is one of those indie movies about a strange and affectless young man who meets a zany girl who's beautiful and full of life, and then love ensues in its kooky way. So, basically, it's a Zach Braff film. Which is not a compliment. But then Gigantic has some really good stuff, too.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  05-20-2009  |  Reviews

The World's War, One Man's Battlenew

In Masaki Kobayashi's ten-hour World War II epic, the first casualty is compassion.
Chicago Reader  |  J.R. Jones  |  05-18-2009  |  Reviews

After 49 Years, Red West Gets His First Starring Role -- and It's a Doozynew

Though a relatively short, simple film, Goodbye Solo is rich with emotion, incident, color, and mystery. And this little indie hit has done wonders for Memphis native Red West: at 72, after 49 years in the business, he's become an overnight success.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  05-15-2009  |  Reviews

Rudo y Cursi': Confusion in the Southnew

Rudo y Cursi is not a typical comic buddy flick about the misadventures of two rancheros from the sticks. As conceived by writer-director Carlos Cuaron, the brothers' picaresque story is a sharp social satire of contemporary Mexico, held together by the slapstick glue of their country-boy antics.
East Bay Express  |  Kelly Vance  |  05-13-2009  |  Reviews

'O'Horten' Is a Potent and Unpretentious Movie Full of Simple Joy

Odd Horten is a retiring 67-year-old Oslo train conductor whose consciousness expands over a couple of days in Brent Hamer's fascinating seriocomic character study.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  05-11-2009  |  Reviews

'Adoration' Is a Forward-Thinking Exploratory Work of Cinema

Talented Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan errs on the side of shattered melodrama in a thought-provoking dissection of post-9/11 sensibilities.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  05-11-2009  |  Reviews

James Gray Dares to Bare It Allnew

James Gray's Two Lovers flies far outside the typical Hollywood comfort zone by baring its characters' true-to-life flaws, insecurities and erratic behaviors.
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Jesse Locke  |  05-07-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Stimulus Package: 'The Girlfriend Experience'new

Steven Soderbergh screens his latest film, The Girlfriend Experience, as a fundraiser for the New Orleans Film Festival. The cast includes porn star Sasha Grey, the only professional, and acting virgins who mostly hold the jobs they have in the film.
Gambit  |  Will Coviello  |  05-05-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

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