BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS

Bad Lieutenant

“Herzog and Cage are openly contemptuous of the story that’s being told, and instead use Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans as an excuse for all sorts of whacked-out digressions, absurd comedic set-pieces, and the kind of looney tunes, go-for-broke Nic Cage performance we haven’t seen in at least a decade.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 11/25/2009

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THE ROAD

The Road

“Finely written as McCarthy’s novel may have been, it was also a bit of a slog—loosely connected, deeply upsetting anecdotes with little in the way of forward momentum. On screen The Road suffers miserably from this structural deficit. There’s no promise at the end of their journey, just a direction to be followed. It’s a slow wander, waiting for bad shit to get worse.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 11/25/2009

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THE MESSENGER

The Messenger

“The Messenger does its best to avoid combat-flashbacks, hectoring politics or other such pitfalls of the thus-far 
underwhelming genre of Iraq War dramas. There’s a shaggy, 1970’s character-study vibe. It’s not a film concerned with plot so much as it is about behavior, and truths revealed slowly over time, often in moments of repose.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 11/18/2009

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THE BLIND SIDE

The Blind Side

“This seriously unnerving ode to White Privilege pushed my outrage buttons in a way like no movie since those Ghetto-bots in Transformers 2 admitted they didn’t know how to read. Oher barely registers as a character in this film—he’s a prop. He has no inner life or story of his own, just an exotic pet adopted by a bored housewife.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 11/18/2009

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BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

“Krasinski takes center stage for the final rant, a corker of an infidelity justification involving a hippie granola chick’s encounter with a serial killer, and it’s hard not to shake a sneaking suspicion that he made the whole damn flick just to give himself this monologue. Even worse is that he tanks it—too benign a screen presence to convey the character’s cruelty.
” – Philadelphia Weekly, 11/11/2009

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THE BOX

The Box movie image Cameron Diaz day 1

“As in Donnie Darko, Kelly has a knack for creating ominous, foreboding moods. But to what end? By the time The Box gets around to its preordained conclusion, we’ve been dragged around several universes worth of half-baked digressions that go nowhere. This isn’t scary, it’s just annoying.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 11/11/2009

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THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS

The Men Who Stare at Goats movie image George Clooney

“Alas, if only anyone else involved shared Clooney’s knack for sly restraint. The Men Who Stare at Goats is just too big for the room. Even scenes that sound great on paper feel strained and uncomfortably buffonish. Everybody’s mugging when they should’ve just tried acting.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 11/04/2009

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