November’s movies reviewed

  • Melancholia” (Lars von Trier, 2011)
    My first reaction was somewhere along the lines of “Huh? Wha- Hm?” but the the more I thought about it the more impressed I became. Stunning. (A)
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, 2011)
    Loved it. Ficarra and Requa’s follow-up to “I Love You Phillip Morris” is just as funny, smart and sweet. (B)
  • The Lion King” (3D) (Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff, 1994/2011)
    My thoughts here. Fantastic film, 3D non-essential but well executed. (A)
  • Eastern Promises” (David Cronenberg, 2007)
    Another great Cronenberg/Mortensen collaboration (although I liked “A Hiostory of Violence” better) with fine performances all around, including from Naomi Watts who I love more and more these days. (B-)
  • The Dreamers” (Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003)
    I don’t quite know what I was expecting, but “The Dreamers” didn’t deliver. And another disappointing performance from Michael Pitt. (C)
  • Mullholland Dr.” (David Lynch, 2001)
    Holy crap holy crap holy crap. (B-)
  • Super 8” (J.J. Abrams, 2011)
    One ‘homage’ shy of feeling wholly unoriginal. The film is carried by Elle Fanning and somewhat crumbles in her (unnecessary) absence later on. (B-)
  • Cold Weather” (Aaron Katz, 2010)
    Wonderful. (And not just because it’s an opportunity to look at Trieste Dunn.) (B)
  • Gamer” (Neveldine/Taylor, 2009)
    Mostly forgettable. (C)
  • Beginners” (Mike Mills, 2011)
    I fell head-over-heels in love with it. Easily one of the best movies of the year. (A)
  • Drive” (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011)
    A second time on the big screen in Luxembourg. Easily one of the best movies of the year. (A)
  • Copie conforme” (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
    Guess what: Easily one of the best movies of the year. At least for me, I recognize that it can be very divisive, too. (A)
  • The Switch” (Josh Gordon, Will Speck, 2010)
    My love for anything Jason Bateman saved this film for me, but just barely. (C+)
  • An Education” (Lone Scherfig, 2009)
    Holds up very well (terrible, tacked-on final minute aside) with great performances. Dominic Cooper steals it! (B+)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger” (Joe Johnston, 2011)
    It’s good. That is all. (B-)
  • Our Idiot Brother” (Jesse Peretz, 2011)
    It’s not bad, but it doesn’t quite land right. Too bad, the cast is certainly promising enough. (C+)

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