June 26, 2009 Even by Hollywood standards, My Sister's Keeper is shoddy goods. It's an arm-twisting weepie that panders to our reflexive need to blame someone for a no-fault tragedy. Critic Ella Taylor isn't buying.
June 19, 2009 She's a tired cliche, but in Anne Fletcher's new movie, the dragon-lady career woman (Sandra Bullock) adds a welcome touch of evil — to what, alas, is another soggy, self-betraying Hollywood romantic comedy.
June 11, 2009 Daryl Wein's vital documentary argues that Richard Berkowitz, a divisive but prophetic voice early in the AIDS epidemic, has never been properly recognized for his influential safe-sex advocacy. (Recommended)
June 4, 2009 Johan Renck's brutal thriller comes stacked with pedigree talent — stars Maria Bello and Rufus Sewell included — but none of it rescues this repellent piece of work from its preening self-regard.
May 22, 2009 The pleasures of this nonsensical comedy are anarchic ones: Director Sean Levy tosses a sequence or a character into his CGI sandbox and plays there happily, affectionately twitting the higher arts all the while. (Recommended)
May 21, 2009 A gently existential rite-of-passage dramedy from Norwegian writer-director Bent Hamer, O'Horten centers on a railway engineer facing a retirement he doesn't much welcome.
May 1, 2009 Goetz Spielman's Revanche juggles the sacred and the profane, the pastoral and the urbane, by way of a muscular plot touched with black comedy. Critic Ella Taylor says it's got a touch of the timeless. Recommended
April 23, 2009 What's not to like about a documentary that takes up the cause of impoverished Latinos trying to keep their community garden from being snatched by greedy fat cats and maneuvering pols? Quite a lot, as it turns out.
April 3, 2009 When a convict breaks out of the pen to make peace with his dying daughter, his route takes him through the tunnels and sewers beneath London — and through far too many of the genre's formulas.
March 26, 2009 A gruff old man and an outgoing West African immigrant become unlikely allies in a North Carolina town. Ramin Bahrani's soulful, stirring film re-frames the encounter between white and black, between old and new America. (Recommended)
March 19, 2009 An ex-CIA operative (Julia Roberts) and a former MI6 agent (Clive Owen) take on corporate gigs — with a twist. Michael Clayton director Tony Gilroy delivers an action-packed caper with an overly labyrinthine plot.
March 12, 2009 Anxious to get her son into private school, a thirtysomething single mom (Amy Adams) starts a crime-scene cleaning service. Formulaic alterna-flavored hijinks — some surprisingly enjoyable — ensue.
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