Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Away We Go – Major script problems and sappy soundtrack make this otherwise-promising Sam Mendes project a resounding disappointment.
Flame & Citron – It’s curious to me how one could make such a long and boring film while simultaneously having minimal character development and treating a fascinating topic (Nazi resistance in Denmark) with great camerawork.
Hurt Locker, The
Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, The – Heath Ledger shines in his last role, and Terry Gilliam provides the expected eye-candy, but the rest has little else of value.
King Kong (2005) – A killer middle act is ruined by cheese and length.
Limits of Control, The – Jim Jarmusch (“Dead Man,” “Ghost Dog“) is a great director, but his 2009 effort is so anti-Hollywood that it forgets to be enjoyable.
LOTR: The Two Towers – How many close-ups of the ring do we really need before Jackson is confident that we get the point?
LOTR: Return of the King – Too long and not enough respect for books.
Mean Streets – Worthwhile for DeNiro’s performance but not much else.
Road to Perdition
Stripes – Bill Murray is funny but this movie sure doesn’t age well.
True Grit (2010)
Up in the Air
Volver – Well-acted yes, but rarely have I seen a film with less dramatic tension. What could have been solved in a 5 minute conversation Almodovar drags out for two hours.
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