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4 stars out of 5 -- "Bronson's closest cousin is Malcolm McDowell's Alex in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Like Kubrick's anti-hero, Bronson inspires equal reactions of fascination and revulsion."Total Film "Hardy gives an utterly convincing performance, and as a piece of filmmaking, BRONSON is undeniably well shot and well edited."Hollywood Reporter "Refn's visual strategy reinforces both physical claustrophobia and mental closure....Not since A CLOCKWORK ORANGE has the aura of brutality been accompanied by such shrewd musical selections..."Film Comment 3 stars out of 5 -- "BRONSON is a stridently static film with an amazingly fluid performance at its center."Box Office "A fearless, indelible lead performance by Tom Hardy propels the wildly riveting BRONSON, the harsh true story of perhaps Britain's most notorious prisoner..."Los Angeles Times "For his movie BRONSON, director Nicolas Winding Refn turns Petersen's life story into a pensive, Kubrickian study of anti-social behavior." -- Grade: B+A.V. Club "[T]old with a CLOCKWORK ORANGE-in-the-cuckoo's-nest jauntiness."Entertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 4 -- "Tom Hardy is pure dynamite in the role....This movie and Hardy's electrifying performance will knock you for a loop."Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "It is 92 minutes of rage....Hardy brings a raw physicality to the role..."Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's impossible not to be impressed by Hardy's charismatic take on a man we could spend a lifetime with and never fully understand."Premiere22.08378

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"...Spirited performances and funny moments..."Sight and Sound "...Sandler's latest craftily stoopid, infantile-as-I wanna-be comic bash....A metaphysical slapstick gross out party..."Entertainment Weekly "...LITTLE NICKY is consistently original and entertaining....[The filmmakers] attain genius zeniths of hilarity..."Box Office "...The best Sandler movie to date....Kinda fun..."Chicago Sun-Times15.81701

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"...Funny, especially during asides..." -- 3 out of 4 starsUSA Today "...Gonzo....As angry as it is funny..." -- Rating: B+Entertainment Weekly "...[Moore] does spin an entertaining film...and he communicates a fervent concern for the issues behind the practical jokes..."New York Times "...A patchwork-quilt approach infuses THE BIG ONE with energy..."Box Office "...Moore's gift is making us think about things we'd rather not think about, and making us chuckle while he's doing it..."Los Angeles Times "...The movie is smart, funny and cleverly edited..."Chicago Sun-Times15.80367

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"...The impudent jokes keep rolling along. Mike Myers provides a sly vocal impression....It's Eddie Murphy as the smart-ass donkey sidekick who steals the show..." Movieline's Hollywood Life "...SHREK is a world-class charmer..." Rolling Stone "...SHREK is an instant animated classic....Playing equally effectively as a lively romp for kids and an enormously clever comedy for adults..." Variety "...SHREK is a funny, sweet, snappy fairy tale about misfits....It's impossible to ogre-state the sheer fun of SHREK..." Premiere "...SHREK is scrappy, brash comedy, and the brio of actors adds to the dynamism..." New York Times "...Riotous....The most thoroughly enjoyable cartoon feature since TOY STORY..."USA Today "...Mike Myers is able to both humanize and soften the character....Cameron Diaz' unorthodox take on a post-feminist fairytale princess is likewise accomplished, endearing yet amusing..." Box Office "...SHREK is a film of marvels....It has a lovely vintage-illustration look, with a sylvan swamp and a wonderfully grotesque castle..."Sight and Sound "...Casual, carefree, consistently amusing....Smartly constructed to appeal to children and their parents..." Los Angeles Times "...The movie is an astonishing visual delight, with animation techniques that seem lifelike and fantastical, both at once..." Chicago Sun-Times15.79033

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3 stars out of 4 -- "[W]ell worth the ride....Told in a pared-down style, this is a humanistic tale....Earnest and understated, GRAN TORINO is an unflinching examination of themes that have fascinated Eastwood in most of his recent films: family, war, loss, faith and unexpected human connection."usUSA Today "Mr. Eastwood's loose, at times very funny performance in the early part of the film is one of its great pleasures."New York Times "Eastwood has, with his impeccable directing style and acting presence, turned GRAN TORINO into another in his ongoing series of films that ponder violence, its place and its cost."Los Angeles Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "A lifetime in movies runs through this prime vintage Eastwood performance. You can't take your eyes off him."Rolling Stone "[A] movie at once understated and radical....This is subtle, perceptive stuff. '' Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Eastwood plays the character as a man bursting with energy, most of which he uses to hold himself in. Each word, each scowl, seems to have broken loose from a deep place."Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Youthful supporting players and Eastwood's hot-button portrayal give GRAN TORINO a chance to strafe the mainstream."Box Office "In GRAN TORINO, Clint Eastwood delivers a breathtaking performance in a by turns appalling and hilarious role that recalls great ghosts of Eastwood vigilante thrillers past."Washington Post 3 stars out of 5 -- "[It's] disarmingly earnest, exploring the themes of vengeance, violence, hollow heroism and past that have fascinated Clint for decades."Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Eastwood the actor grabs you with his first growl and has you between his clenched teeth for the duration....His direction is lean, clean and spare..."Empire 4 stars out of 4 -- "Eastwood continues his streak of excellent movies, and this is the ideal on-screen farewell for an icon..."Premiere15.77699

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"...EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS fulfills your giant bug movie needs with an agreeable blend of shtick and stickiness..." Los Angeles Times "...[The film] has laughs, thrills, wit and scary monsters, and is one of those goofy movies like CRITTERS that kids itself and gets away with it..." Chicago Sun-Times "...A nostalgic trip back to 1950s mutant-insect movies -- but with intentional humor and much better effects....[Arquette's] quirky sense of humor fits the mood perfectly..." Box Office "...Clever....Director Ellory Elkayem displays a smartly timed sense of physical humour. The spiders' sheer scale is impressive, too..." Sight and Sound12.65361

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"...Enjoyable...The movie delivers....What matters is Smith and Jones, whose snappy comic timing hasn't rusted..." Rolling Stone "...Smith and Jones continue to play off each other smoothly....[The] technical effects are top-notch..." Hollywood Reporter "...Everywhere you turn, makeup guru Rick Baker provides a variety of aliens..." USA Today12.64433

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3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]his little New Zealand gem embraces the inner geek and, just as effectively, celebrates misfit love."USA Today "[A] lovely romantic comedy....[With] a richly rendered supporting cast; deviously delightful dialogue...and surreal animated interludes..."Box Office "It is Kiwi humour through and through....Offbeat..."Sight and Sound 3 stars out of 5 -- "While the zaniness zinging around the first two thirds is clearly indebted to NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, EAGLE VS SHARK becomes far more sympathetic....[With] Waititi coaxing some kind of emotional truth out from beneath the self-conscious whackiness."Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his funny ha-ha, funny peculiar indie is lifted by a stand-out female lead -- and writer-director Cohen could be the southern hemisphere's Jared Hess."Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Horsley's performance is one of quiet comedy brilliance....Clement is an unlovable but hilarious rock throughout....They're a wonderful pair to enjoy..."Empire12.64027

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"Spectacle, a love triangle, heritage settings, bravura acting, witty dialogue, a bittersweet finale: There's something for everyone in Anne Fontaine's COCO BEFORE CHANEL..."Hollywood Reporter "[A] convincing portrait of the designer's journey....The film reveals, via meticulous period imagery, how the couturier forged a style that would change the way women dressed in the 20th century."Variety 4 stars out of 5 -- "The sense of period has been impeccably captured in Olivier Radot's production design....[Tautou] gives a nuanced and highly watchable performance....Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "[W]riter/director Anne Fontaine shows a sure hand when it comes to emotional button-pushing....Total Film "[A] superior filmed biography that brings intelligence, restraint and style to what could have been a more standard treatment."Los Angeles Times "With a mixture of brutal candor and tender sympathy, it charts the rise of an ambitious, difficult woman, taking note of the obstacles and opportunities offered by her time, place and circumstances."New York Times Coco is played by Audrey Tautou, and shes phenomenal -- self-contained, tightly focused, sparing with her smiles...yet giving off a grave radiance at every moment shes in front of the camera.Wall Street Journal 3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he film, while scaled-down, is quite beautifully woven, like a classic Chanel tweed."USA Today "COCO BEFORE CHANEL is dreamiest when director Anne Fontaine -- working through muse Audrey Tautou -- views the world through young Coco's eyes, literally." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "She worked hard, dealt with people realistically, drove hard bargains and saw fashion as a job, not a career or a vocation....By underlining that, the movie becomes more absorbing."Chicago Sun-Times "This refreshing alternative to the usual potted biopic provides an absorbing look at a singular, steely determination as it was forged and annealed, long before it made itself known to the world."Washington Post Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Best Foreign Films Of 2009" -- "Less of a biopic, more of a drama....She isn't a brazen temptress but a capitalist..."Chicago Sun-Times12.62693

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"[With] moments of inventiveness and wit..." Ultimate DVD "[T]he kind of life lessons that usually gum up the fun go down as easily as jelly beans in THE ANT BULLY, an effortlessly clever animated confection..." Entertainment Weekly "Stirring classical music accompanies scenes of flying insects swooping in on the ants....The action should appeal to children."Sight and Sound "[T]he CGI-created earthbound universe that Lucas is dragged down into is a lively environment full of energy, excitement and cultural heritage..."Box Office "[The] details are very well resolved, with fine textures looking very realistic. Colors are vibrant and realistic..."Widescreen Review11.07858

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"...If horses could fly, this is surely what they'd look like..." Los Angeles Times "...The messages, like the film's heroes, are as noble as can be: respect all life, live free or die, we're all the same under the skin..."Box Office "...This odyssey of a beautiful horse going through the rigors of life creates a dramatic pull that will grab many youthful viewers....Spirit himself is an engaging hero..." Variety "...More pure and direct than most of the stories we see in animation..." Chicago Sun-Times "...[With] lush, kinetic animation and a galloping plot..." Entertainment Weekly11.07858

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4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he tension between silly comedy and poignant drama could have been dicey, but Stebbings and Harrelson maintain just the right balance between the two."Box Office "Saving the day is Harrelson's low-key, rooted performance, adding an unexpected layer of poignancy when things take a decidedly darker turn."Hollywood Reporter "HARRELSON ventures outside his usual range in DEFENDOR....Harrelson strikes a perfect balance between pathetic buffoon and likable do-gooder." -- Grade: BA.V. Club 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t brews its own unique vibe. It's also rather touching."Total Film11.07858

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"...In SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS, Michelle Pfeiffer shows again how her sultry purr can be put to powerful use for good as well as good..." USA Today "...A pleasure to look at. It's filled with fine, imaginative moves and an overarching sense of visual freedom, a feeling of play that entices us into enjoyment..." Los Angeles Times "...[With] high-energy animation, some genuinely beautiful visual concepts and a story that's a little more sensuous than we expect in animation..." Chicago Sun-Times "...There's a prevailing old-school feel to this traditional adventure saga..." Variety "...Entertaining, energetic..." Box Office "...SINBAD throws out a hefty fistful of pick-your-jaw-off-the-floor money moments..." Total Film "...There's plenty of talent on display here..." Movieline's Hollywood Life11.07191

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"...A fine sequel....[Buddy] is in excellent form..."New York Times "...AIR BUD: GOLDEN RECEIVER offers up moral lessons and affirmative messages. This film has a positive impact on audiences both young and old..."Box Office7.968542

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"...Ms. Burstyn turns in the most focused performance....The actress has always had a sure instinct for locating her characters' humanity, and what she finds in Vivi is a luminous, aching fragility..." New York Times "...The movie is entertaining....Ellen Burstyn is right on the mark..." USA Today "...The revelations come in carefully apportioned morsels....Flanagan is the picture's real scene-stealer..."Variety "...Always warm, accessible and rich in emotional life....This film is strong when and where it needs to be, in its ability to convey heartfelt sentiments and portray the power of a very particular kind of sisterhood..." Los Angeles Times "...[Judd] shows true grit..." Rolling Stone "...Sweet and gently wise-ass....Burstyn, Flanagan, Smith and Knight are delightful screen presences..." Box Office "...[Burstyn] radiates energy....[Sidda Lee] gives the most touching performance in the film..." Sight and Sound7.921846

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"The surreal ode to extreme combat is part Fellini freak show, part LORD OF THE RINGS-style blood feast, and all adrenaline rush....Its bruised beauty is enhanced by an inky palette..."USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "[Director Zack Snyder] keeps the action roaring....300 dazzles as spectacle..."Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 5 -- "Everyone is loving 300 for perfectly valid reasons. It is a visual feast....The style exceeds mere competence and satisfies all promise."Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t looks incredible....Not real, not surreal, 300 is something else, a hyperreal realm where myth gasps to life."Total Film "[W]ith a visual style that injects new energy into the sword-and-sandals epic."Box Office "[I]ts technical achievement is beyond question....The film's presentation of the cities and battlegrounds of ancient Greece can only be considered a marvel, vividly rendered through a digitised expressionist palette..."Sight and Sound "Snyder uses every trick in the bloodletting playbook, and invents a few new ones, to stage one of history's greatest last stands." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly "[I]t is less spectacle than blood rite in which history and myth almost literally bleed into each other."Film Comment7.915176

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3.5 stars out of 5 -- "CARS is all about shifting to a lower gear, getting out of the fast lane and how the journey in life is its own reward."Box Office "[Powered] by warmth, emotion and good-hearted charm. It offers the kinds of sensations all Hollywood once did, and it makes us remember why those films made us care..."Los Angeles Times 3 stars out of 5 -- "As a technical achievement, CARS is peerless....[The cars] are alive and the team has faithfully crafted an environment for the characters."Total Film 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "CARS is family fun, brimming with surprises....A class act all the way. Pixar does it again."Rolling Stone "The voice-cast is given a lift by Paul Newman, whose deep tones dignify his character....Its eye-boggling giant stadiums and desert vistas fill the biggest cinema screen..."Sight and Sound "When it comes to unlikely anthropomorphization, Pixar isn't afraid to raise the bar." -- Grade: AEntertainment Weekly Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "John Lasseter's witty, enchanting, gorgeously designed NASCAR fantasia is a luscious piece of American pop art..."Entertainment Weekly "[A]ll of its automobiles brim with personality....The story makes some typically Pixar points on community and friendship, and the design and animation is typically thrilling."Premiere7.908505

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"Composer Nicholas Hooper, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel and designer Stuart Craig deliver a singularly muscular and vigorous chapter while all the visual and digital effects have now blended seamlessly into the package."Hollywood Reporter 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "With Harry, Ron and Hermione feeling the pangs of love and ominous signs that the final battle is nearing, this is the most spectacular and richly satisfying POTTER movie yet, topping all that have come before it."Box Office "Dazzlingly well made...this one is played in a mode closer to palpable life-or-death drama than any of the others and is quite effective as such."Variety 3 stars out of 5 -- "Bumbling, funny and gentle, the rom-com tween heartache feels nicely played by a cast more at home with cheeky humour than dramatic heavy-lifting."Total Film "Yates in his second Potter film seems more comfortable with the franchise. He's turned out to be what the series has always felt it needed, a good steward of the material who is respectful of the novels but not overly reverential."Los Angeles Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[S]pellbinding....The cinematography is stunning, and the story unfolds in a stately and unhurried fashion."USA Today "[T]he three leads, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, give their most charming performance to date....HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, with its romantic triangle, its Quidditch high jinks, its gorgeous production design and its bang-up final action sequence, might be the most enjoyable Harry Potter movie yet..."Washington Post "[T]hose involved will find that the series has matured much as the books did. This is the darkest, saddest, most sophisticated HARRY POTTER film yet."A.V. Club "Yates is generous with this ensemble, and they repay him with interest....[The cinematographer] makes gorgeous, Oscar-worthy panoramas of everything from impromptu tarantula memorials to handheld-shot, nightmare battles in tall, swampy grass."Movieline 3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]his sixth chapter is a darker, more ominous Harry Potter film....It opens and closes well, and has wondrous art design and cinematography as always..."Chicago Sun-Times "[T]he filmmakers have found a way to refresh our eyes and enhance our appreciation for this rich, amazing creation." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Harry is better than ever, a triumph of wonder and emotional storytelling....All the actors excel at pulling us into the film's mysteries."Rolling Stone7.901834

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