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Film Reviews

2014

July
Premature
Video Games: The Movie
Sex Tape

March
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Noah

February
The Monuments Men
Non-Stop

January
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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2013

December
Out of the Furnace
American Hustle
Saving Mr. Banks
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
August: Osage County

November
Dallas Buyers Club
Nebraska

October
Gravity
Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave
The Counselor

September
Jayne Mansfield’s Car
A Single Shot
Don Jon

August
Lovelace

July
The Way Way Back

June
The Bling Ring
World War Z
White House Down

May
The Great Gatsby

April
The Place Beyond the Pines
Trance
To the Wonder
Oblivion

March
Much Ado About Nothing
Before Midnight

February
Stand Up Guys
Side Effects
A Good Day to Die Hard

January
Gangster Squad
The Last Stand

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2012

December
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Zero Dark Thirty
Promised Land

November
Lincoln
Killing Them Softly

October
Taken 2
Cloud Atlas

September
End of Watch
The Master
Looper

August
The Bourne Legacy
Celeste and Jesse Forever
Premium Rush
Lawless

July
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises

June
Moonrise Kingdom
Prometheus
Magic Mike

May
Safety Not Guaranteed
Men in Black 3

April
Get the Gringo

March
John Carter
Fat Kid Rules the World
Somebody Up There Likes Me
John Dies at the End

February 
Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 3D

January
Haywire
The Grey

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2011

December
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Young Adult
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (U.S.)

November
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
J. Edgar
The Descendants

October
Dream House
The Ides of March
Anonymous

September
Contagion
Drive
Machine Gun Preacher

August
The Change-Up
Fright Night
Our Idiot Brother

July
Horrible Bosses
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Cowboys & Aliens

June
Beginners

May
Everything Must Go
The Tree of Life

April
Your Highness
Fast Five

March
The Adjustment Bureau
Red Riding Hood
Buck
Undefeated
The Other F Word
Turkey Bowl
The Other F Word (Pajiba)

February
Unknown
Cedar Rapids

January
The Green Hornet

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2010

December
Black Swan
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
True Grit
Rabbit Hole

November
Fair Game
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Tangled

October
Let Me In

September
The American
Machete
The Town

August
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The Switch

July
The Kids Are All Right
Inception
The Disappearance of Alice Creed

June
Get Him to the Greek
The A-Team
Toy Story 3

April
Kick-Ass
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Joneses

March
One Night in Vegas
Saturday Night
MacGruber
Ain’t In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm
Lebanon, Pa.

January
Youth in Revolt
The Lovely Bones

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2009

December
Brothers
It’s Complicated

November
The Box
Fantastic Mr. Fox

October
The Invention of Lying
The Boys Are Back
Amelia

September
9
The Informant!
Pandorum

August
Cold Souls
Inglourious Basterds
Taking Woodstock

July
Public Enemies
Arlington Road
Bruno
Fight Club
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Funny People

June
Away We Go
Year One
Office Space
The Hurt Locker

May
Coming to America
Star Trek
Terminator Salvation
Into the Storm
The Matrix
Up

April
Adventureland
Observe and Report
The Empire Strikes Back
State of Play

March
Moulin Rouge!
Watchmen
I Love You, Man
12 Rounds

February
Fanboys
Friday the 13th

January
Last Chance Harvey
Waltz With Bashir
The Class

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2008

December
Frost/Nixon
Cadillac Records
Doubt
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

November
The Tao of Steve
Role Models
Slumdog Millionaire
Australia

October
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Body of Lies
W.
Swingers
Changeling

September
On the Record: Stories From the Newsroom
Burn After Reading
Ghost Town
Miracle at St. Anna

August
“Battlestar Galactica,” Season One
Henry Poole Is Here
Seven
Traitor

July
The Dark Knight
American Teen

June
The Happening
Three Days of the Condor
“Veronica Mars,” Season One
WALL-E

May
Son of Rambow
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

April
Priceless
The Visitor
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Baby Mama

March
L.A. Confidential
10,000 BC
Funny Games
Drillbit Taylor
“The West Wing,” Season Two
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February
Strange Wilderness
In Bruges
Jumper

January
There Will Be Blood
Cloverfield
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Teeth

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2007

December
Juno
Atonement
Youth Without Youth

November
American Gangster
No Country for Old Men
Margot at the Wedding

October
Eight Films That Shouldn’t Have Won Best Picture
The Darjeeling Limited
Michael Clayton
Lars and the Real Girl
Rendition
Rails & Ties

September
3:10 to Yuma
Across the Universe
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Kingdom

August
Hot Rod
Stardust
Superbad
The Nanny Diaries
Sunset Blvd.

July
Rescue Dawn
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Talk to Me

June
Day Watch
Fido
Evan Almighty
Live Free or Die Hard

May
Spider-Man 3
Georgia Rule
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

April
Grindhouse
Perfect Stranger
Hot Fuzz
The TV Set
Next

March
Starter for 10
300
I Think I Love My Wife
Reign Over Me
The Lookout

February
Hannibal Rising
Ghost Rider
The Man Who Wasn’t There: A Salute to Character Actors
Reno 911!: Miami

January
PopMatters’ Best TV of 2006 [link goes to PopMatters.com]
The Best Films of 2006
The Best Documentaries of 2006
The Dead Girl
Smokin’ Aces

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2006

December
The Nativity Story
Unaccompanied Minors
The Good German
The Good Shepherd
Children of Men

November
Babel
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Harsh Times
Casino Royale
Shut Up & Sing
The Fountain

October
The Departed
Films About Texas
Little Children
The Prestige

September
Idiocracy
Hollywoodland
This Film Is Not Yet Rated
All the King’s Men
Feast
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
Jesus Camp

August
Little Miss Sunshine
Zoom
The Illusionist
Beerfest
The Quiet

July
The Oh in Ohio
“Nightmares & Dreamscapes” [link goes to PopMatters.com]
Lady in the Water
A look at Rushmore

June
District B13
Cars
Nacho Libre
Wordplay
Superman Returns

May
The 10 Worst Blockbusters of All Time
The Notorious Bettie Page
The Proposition
An Inconvenient Truth

April
Brick
Lucky Number Slevin
Friends With Money
“Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain” [link goes to PopMatters.com]
Hard Candy
Kinky Boots
“Dave Attell’s Insomniac Tour” [link goes to PopMatters.com]
The Sentinel
Stick It

March
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
The Libertine
“The Apprentice” [link goes to PopMatters.com]
Ask the Dust
Thank You For Smoking
Inside Man
Slither

February
Something New
A Good Woman
Firewall
London
Night Watch
Winter Passing
Dirty
Unknown White Male

January
The best and worst of 2005
The Matador
The New World
End of the Spear
Why We Fight
Annapolis

2005

December
Syriana
Memoirs of a Geisha
King Kong
Brokeback Mountain [links back to Slowly Going Bald]
The Producers
Munich

November
Chicken Little
Jarhead [links back to Slowly Going Bald]
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Yours, Mine & Ours

October
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Good Night, and Good Luck
The Fog
North Country
The Legend of Zorro

September
Everything Is Illuminated
A History of Violence
Serenity