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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 86% 2046 (2005) A gorgeous, fevered dream of a movie that blends recollection, imagination and temporal dislocation to create an emotional portrait of chaos in the aftermath of heartbreak.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2005
5/5 89% Professione: reporter (The Passenger) (1975) What in different hands would have been a bombastic psychological thriller becomes a stark study of existential alienation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2006
5/5 90% Kung Fu Hustle (2005) A lively, action-packed and witty piece of globalist entertainment.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2005
5/5 82% Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) Gorgeously loopy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2005
5/5 100% I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba) (1995) In a sense, it's a movie about looking past surfaces to see what's in front of you. It takes the time to look around and discovers majesty, beauty and pathos everywhere it turns.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2001
5/5 62% The New World (2005) The New World is a work of breathtaking imagination, less a movie than a mode of transport, and in every sense a masterpiece.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2005
5/5 40% My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) For a movie about an unstable superhero who dresses like Carrie Bradshaw after a gamma zap, Ex-Girlfriend is cleverly attuned to the real-life nadirs of big-city psychosexual dynamics.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2006
5/5 97% 49 Up (2006) More than a deeply satisfying movie; it's a reminder of the wonder contained in ordinary lives.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2006
5/5 76% Absolute Wilson (2006) Impressive as is Wilson's output and oeuvre, it's the fully-engaged, aesthetically driven life that fascinates. And Otto-Bernstein's movie is a portrait of an artist at his most essential, in every sense.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2007
5/5 93% The Devil's Miner (2006) This is social documentary at its best.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2006
4.5/5 86% Pride and Prejudice (2005) A joy from start to finish. If this one doesn't inspire a rush on bookstores, nothing will.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2005
4.5/5 84% The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004) One of the most profound and uplifting dramas of the year.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2004
4.5/5 88% Bad Education (2004) Almodóvar is at his most breathtakingly complex and mature, and at his most pessimistic.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2004
4.5/5 59% Shampoo (1975) Shampoo, made in 1975 but set in 1968, the night before Richard Nixon's election to the presidency, was directed by Hal Ashby and written by Robert Towne and Warren Beatty, who may have produced one of the best scripts in the last three decades.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2008
4.5/5 86% Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) (2005) Category-defying film that's as smart and emotionally resonant as it is entertaining.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2005
4.5/5 89% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (2005) For a movie about movies, it's surprisingly humanistic, cheerful and true to life.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2006
4.5/5 91% Volver (2006) Like most homecomings (or at least most good ones), Pedro Almodóvar's Volver is warm, emotional and forever on the brink of tears -- peppered with bouts of pique, old resentments that flare up and moments of intense and lyrical longing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2006
4.5/5 80% Little Children (2006) One of the few films I can think of that examines the baffling combination of smugness, self-abnegation, ceremonial deference and status anxiety that characterizes middle-class Gen X parenting, and find sheer, white-knuckled terror at its core.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2006
4.5/5 84% Old Joy (2006) Captures the weary mood of a generation that's crested its peak along with an era, quietly making a case for how well suited film can be to capturing the finer points of human interaction while preserving their mystery.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2006
4.5/5 84% Independent Lens (2006) Black Gold moves at an inexorable pace, painstakingly building a case until suddenly it looms very large and casts an even longer shadow.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2007
4.5/5 94% Away From Her (2007) Away From Her is poignant, wise and unafraid -- just the sort of film for a young person, or any person, for that matter, to make.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2007
4.5/5 91% God Grew Tired Of Us (2007) God Grew Tired of Us adopts a low-key observational style that takes us through the protagonists' adventures from their point of view, though the filmmakers can't help registering locals' amazed reactions to their new neighbors.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2007
4.5/5 93% Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) (2006) A remarkably assured and elegant debut, Blame It on Fidel is the kind of smart, sophisticated and fiercely humanistic film that all movies should aspire to be, but seldom do.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2007
4.5/5 82% Protagonist (2007) Yu's film may be challenging to synopsize, but it's thoroughly engrossing and wildly surprising.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2007
4.5/5 80% Teeth (2007) Campy, shameless and sophisticated, Lichtenstein's debut is gutsy and original.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2008
4.5/5 90% Rescue Dawn (2007) Aside from a riveting adventure story that Herzog tells in all of its terrifying, stripped-down simplicity, Rescue Dawn is a fascinating study of human particularity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2007
4.5/5 82% Talk to Me (2007) As an intimate portrait of the complex, fruitful and extremely volatile friendship between trailblazing African American men whose daring came to redefine an industry, it's fresh and revelatory.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2007
4.5/5 36% Sleuth (2007) Language this lethal has all but disappeared from the movies, and it's an unmitigated pleasure to observe Caine and Law attack it with such ferocity. Sleuth is nasty fun.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2007
4.5/5 100% Live-In Maid (2007) It paints a lovely, intimate portrait of a complex relationship and shows a side of Latin American life we rarely see on American screens.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2007
3.5/4 52% Introducing the Dwights (2007) The movie belongs to Blethyn, who takes a difficult, easily misunderstood role and gracefully cracks it open to reveal what's inside.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2007
4/5 87% Junebug (2005) A deceptively simple, deeply resonant story about the inherent loneliness of family, the odds against assimilation and the enormous distances that can divide two people.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2005
4/5 85% The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) A surprisingly sweet and funny ode to male friendship and middle-aged love.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2005
4/5 66% Everything is Illuminated (2005) Schreiber takes Foer's sprawling, multilayered, multigenerational beast and hones it into a post-Glasnost buddy picture.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2005
4/5 90% Capote (2005) Hoffman captures what is presented as an astonishing capacity for insinuation and connects it to a deep personal understanding of the basic human need for connection.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2005
4/5 60% Shopgirl (2005) Shopgirl is a wistful account of the yearlong love affair between a 50-year-old millionaire and a lonely, debt-saddled service sector serf in her 20s.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2005
4/5 59% The Weather Man (2005) It's a sincere, well-put-together movie about the modern human condition. Hopefully, this will be enough to attract curiosity. After all, it's nice to get into someone else's head for a while, even if the head is being used for target practice.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2005
4/5 83% Finding Neverland (2004) Finding Neverland is gently seductive, genuinely tender and often moving without being maudlin.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2004
4/5 39% D.E.B.S. (2004) Unexpectedly fresh, thanks mostly to the sweetly exuberant love story at its center.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2005
4/5 61% Oliver Twist (2005) That Polanski chose this as the movie he wanted to make for his own children feels motivated by more than a septuagenarian dad's desire to take a $60-million stab at a bedtime story. It feels inspired by a need to tell them who he is.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2005
4/5 86% Saving Face (2005) Alice Wu's debut film is so deft, natural and exquisitely specific, it feels fresh.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 26, 2005
4/5 57% Last Days (2005) Lyrical and unaccountably mesmerizing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2005
4/5 63% I Heart Huckabees (2004) Schwartzman and Law are pitch-perfect in their roles as dueling poster boys for a transcendent existence versus a materially rich life.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2004
4/5 89% Dig! (2004) The movie, which was seven years in the making, plays like a mid-'90s "Amadeus."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2004
4/5 43% A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) If there's something a little bit moldy about the setup, the movie is no less charming or involving for it, and it's no less pleasant to succumb to its wayward allure and wastrel lyricism.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2004
4/5 55% Happy Endings (2005) As bawdy, self-conscious, jaded and still sweetly optimistic as its double-entendre of a title suggests.‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 15, 2005
4/5 67% The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004) Dark and eerily resonant, Niels Mueller's The Assassination of Richard Nixon crawls under your skin and amps up the agitation until you want to jump out of it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2004
4/5 81% Rock School (2005) Immensely entertaining.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2005
4/5 65% Bright Young Things (2004) As faithful to the spirit of the novel, and the era that inspired it, as a movie could be yet still feel as fresh as Paris Hilton dish on Page Six.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2004
4/5 58% Enduring Love (2004) We're conditioned as romantics to hear the first word as an adjective; but for most of the movie, it's strictly a harrowing verb.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2004
4/5 69% Criminal (2004) We know someone is pulling something, and someone is going to get away with something, and someone is going to be left holding the bag of cheese, but Jacobs keeps us on our toes.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2004