Alphabetical List of All Films Watched Jan., 2000 through Sept., 2017

In the years 2000 through September, 2017, I watched approximately 7,581 films. 

All films are rated on a scale of **** (A+), *** 3/4 (A), *** 1/2 (A-), *** 1/4 (B+), *** (B), ** 3/4 (B-), ** 1/2 (C+), ** 1/4 ( C), ** (C-) , * 3/4 (D+), * 1/2 (D), * 1/4 (D-), * (F) 

Links are to longer reviews on site or on my main reviewing site at letterboxd.com where all reviews are rated on a 5-star basis.
A FILM is defined as a 70 min. plus visual event.  A non-capitalized film title is a short film worthy of note.
The year included with the film is the year I watched each film.
 (V) =  TV, Video or DVD    ( +) = repeat viewing      (W/O)= walked out

!WOMEN ART REVOLUTION (2011, d. Lynn Hershman-Leeson) V. Polemic docu 40 years in work on women in art. Moving ending saved film from didacticism.  ** 1/2
#CHICAGOGIRL - THE SOCIAL NETWORK TAKES ON A DICTATOR (2014, d. Joe Piscatella) *** 3/4
(DIS)HONESTY:  THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES  (2015,  d. Yael Melamede)  *** 1/4
(T)ERROR  (2015,  d. David Feliz Sutcliffe, Lyric R. Cabral)  ***
[500] DAYS OF SUMMER (2009,  d. Marc Webb) *** 1/2
[UNTITLED]  (2009,  d. Jonathan Parker) ***
¡ATRACO!  (2013, d. Eduard Cortes)  ** 1/2
06/05 THE SIXTH OF MAY (2005, d. Theo Van Gogh) ** 3/4
1,000 TIMES GOOD NIGHT   (2014,  d. Erik Poppe)  ** 3/4
1:1  (2006, d. Annette K. Olesen) ***
10 ITEMS OR LESS   (2006, d. Brad Silberling) ** 1/2
10 YEAR PLAN, THE  (2014,  d.  J. C. Calciano)  * 1/2
10  (2003, d. Abbas Kiarostami) Ten vignettes of lady cab driver & her passengers (including her son).  Static camera, droning voices. I snoozed.  * 1/2
10,000 KM  (2014, d. Carlos Marques-Marcet)  *** 1/4
10.5  (2004, d. John Lafia) V. The most epically ridiculous, scientifically absurd, horribly written & acted mini-series in tv history.  But the f/x were pretty awesome.  *
100 MILE RULE (2003, d. Brent Huff) Caper film about a salesman at a conference who is entrapped into an illicit affair.  *** 1/4
100 STEPS (I cento passi)  (2011 d. Marco Tullio Giordana)  *** 1/2
100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED, THE (2016, d. Felix Herngren) ** 3/4
1001 GRAMS  (2014,  Norway,  d. Bent Hamer)  *** 1/4
101 REYKJAVIK  (2000, d. Baltasar Kormákur)    *** 1/4
101 REYKJAVIK  (2001, d. Baltasar Kormákur) +   ***   
10th DISTRICT COURT (2005, d. Raymond Depardon) Docu of the quotidien goings on in a local Parisian court. Illuminating...better than Judge Judy.  ***
11 FLOWERS  (2012, d. Wang Xiaoshuai)  *** 1/4
11:55  (2016,  d. Ari Issler, Ben Snyder)  *** 1/4
11'9''01  (2003, France doc. d. various)  11 short films by various directors based on 9/11.  Mostly a waste of celluloid.  ** 1/2
12 HOURS   (2001, d. Raul Marchand Sanchez)  * 1/2
12 ROUNDS (2010, d. Renny Harlin) V.An action flick of desperate unlikliness with a hero of utter stolidity. But it moves fast enough to be almost tolerable. **
12 YEARS A SLAVE  (2013, d. Steve McQueen)  ****
12  (2008, d. Nikita Mikhalkov; Russia) ***
12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST   (2006, d. Camelia Porumboiu) **
12-12-12  (2013, d. Amir Bar-Lev)  *** 1/2
127 HOURS (2010, d. Danny Boyle) Franco is splendid in a role that he mostly has to play alone (or to a videorecorder); but the film tries too hard.  *** 1/4
13 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING   (2002, d. Jill Sprecher)    *** 1/2
13 GOING ON 30  (2004, d. Gary Winick) Another ridiculous kid in a grownup's body fantasy, though Mark Ruffalo is always worth watching.  * 1/2
13 HOURS:  THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI  (2017,  d.  Michael Bay)  *** 1/4
13 MINUTES  (2016,  d. Oliver Hirschbiegel)  ****
13 MOONS  (2002, d. Alexandre Rockwell)   0*
13 REASONS WHY  (2017,  d. various)  ****
13 TZAMETI  (2008, d. Géla Babluani) V. Fr./Georgian variation on Intacto. Suspenseful +Giorgi Babluani is a find! *** 1/4
13TH  (2016,  d. Ava DuVernay)  *** 1/2
1408  (2007, d. Mikael Hafström) ** 3/4
15 YEARS PLUS A DAY  (2013, d. Gracia Querejeta, Spain)   *** 1/2
15: A Quinceañera Story  (2017,  d. Matthew O'Neill & Thalia Sodi) **** doc short: trans girl Zoey,14, gets to have the most beautiful Quinceañera ever!
150 MILLIGRAMS  (2017,  d. Emmanuelle Bercot)
16 ACRES (2012, d. Richard Hankin) V.  Informative docu of infighting over 16 acre site of 9/11 culminating in memorial. Lots of politics, but very clearly shown with fine footage.  *** 1/4
17 AGAIN (2009,  d. Burr Steers) Absurd wish fullfilment fantasy revisiting hi-school with hints of incest.  Strangely enjoyable since Zac Efron pulls it off; ** 3/4
17 GIRLS  (2012, d. Delphine & Muriel Coulin)  ** 3/4
170 Hz  (2012, d. Joost van Ginkel)  ** 3/4
1971  (2015,  d. Johanna Hamilton)  *** 1/2
1981 (2010, d. Ricardo Trogi)  ** 1/4
2 DAYS IN NEW YORK  (2012, d. Julie Delpy) Fairly funny comedy, but I loathed all the characters (esp. prissy Chris Rock), jeered the script. Even NYC sucked.  * 1/2
2 DAYS IN PARIS  (2007, d. Julie Delpy) ***
2 FAST 2 FURIOUS  (2003, d. John Stockman)  Great action & sound; but the longest 65 minutes of  repetitive testosterone tweaking ever.  * 3/4
2 GUNS  (2013, d. Baltasar Kormákur)  ** 3/4
2 MINUTES LATER  (2007, d. Robert Gaston) * 1/2
2:37   (2006, d. Murali K. Thalluri) *** 1/2
2+2  (2013, d. Diego Kaplan)  ** 1/2
20 CENTIMETERS  (2006, d. Ramón Salazar) ***
20 CIGARETTES (2012, d. Aureliano Amadei)  ***
20 FEET FROM STARDOM  (2013, d. Morgan Neville)  *** 3/4
20 FINGERS (2004, d. Mania Akbari) Tight close-ups of a couple in motion, arguing shrilly, incessantly, boringly. Like recent Kiarostami, only feminist. * 3/4
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH  (2014,  d. Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard)  ** 1/2
20:30:40  (2004, d. Sylvia Chang) Interwoven, soapy comedy about 3 varied aged women neighbors in modern Taipei.  Somewhat superficial and overly long.  * 3/4
200 AMERICAN  (2012, d. Richard LeMay) V. 2003 earnest, no-budget gay film: young Aussi hustles in NYC, meets rich A-gay and much poorly acted melodrama ensues.  ** 1/4
2009 ACADEMY SHORT ANIMATIONS (2010, d. various) Some clever stuff (esp. Logorama), but a long Wallace & Gromit shows series is played out. ** 3/4
2009 ACADEMY SHORT FILMS (2010, d. various)  4 serious message films and one comedy in an average year for this category.  ** 3/4
2013 ACADEMY-AWARD-NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORT FILMS  (2013, d. various) ** 1/2
2013 ACADEMY-AWARD-NOMINATED LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILMS (2013, d. various)  **
2016: OBAMA'S AMERICA  (2012, d. D'Souza & Sullivan) V. Docu starts out interestingly as Obama bio, then degenerates into unfounded opinion and poorly reasoned conjecture. ** 1/4
2046  (2005, d. Wong Kar-Wei) Ravishingly beautiful romantic film, Tony Leung beds several women and androids, and as usual I lost the narrative thread.  ***
20th CENTURY WOMEN   (2016,  d.  Mike Mills)  *** 3/4
21 GRAMS  (2003, d. Alejandro Gonzálas Iñárritu) Art film about love & dying with a choppy non-linear narrative & some great acting by all involved.  *** 1/2
21 JUMP STREET (2012, d. Lord & Miller) Grown up Superbad, but this one was funny more than stupid. Too many cock jokes! Hill & Tatum fine pairing. ** 3/4
21  (2008, d. Robert Luketic) A slam dunk for me both in subject & Jim Sturgess; but so logically flawed it's a shame. ** 3/4
23  (2003, Germany  d.  Hans-Christian Schmid) True life story of youg German hackers who provide crucial passwords to the Russians.  ***
24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE   (2002, d. Michael Winterbottom)    *** 1/2
24TH DAY, THE  (2004, d. Tony Piccirillo) Excellent 2-person gay-themed drama with incredibly good acting by Scott Speedman & James Marsden.  *** 1/2
25 CENT PREVIEW  (2007, d. Cyrus Amini) **
25 DEGREES IN WINTER  (2004, d. Stéphane Vuillet) Fun comedy about a Spanish family who has an adventure helping a Ukranian illegal immigrée in Brussels. ** 3/4
25th HOUR    (2002, d. Spike Lee)    *** 1/2    
27 CLUB, THE  (2008, d. Erica Dunton) ** 1/4
28 DAYS LATER  (2003, d. Danny Boyle) DV looked terrible, but story gripped and terrific visuals. Cillian Murphy, so great in Disco Pigs, is hot!  ***
28 DAYS  (2000, d. Betty Thomas)    ** 1/2   
28 WEEKS LATER  (2007, d. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) Spare, horrifying, pessamistic...Michael Haneke would be proud.  ***
3 (2011, d. Tom Tykwer)  *** 1/4
3 1/2 MUNITES, 10 BULLETS  (2015,  d. Marc Silver)  *** 1/4
3 BACKYARDS (2011 d. Eric Mendelsohn)  ** 1/4
3 DAYS TO KILL  (2014, d. Joseph McGinty Nichol)  * 1/2
3 LITTLE PIGS, THE (Les 3 p'tits cochons)  (2007, d. Patrick Huard) Fr. Canadian sex comedy which somehow works.  ***
3 MILE LIMIT  (2014,  d. Craig Newland)  ** 3/4
3 NEEDLES  (2006, d. Thom Fitzgerald) *** 1/4
3:10 TO YUMA  (2007, d. James Mangold) A perfect Western, until unmotivated ending spoiled it.  *** 1/4
300  (2007, d. Zack Snyder) Spectacular design, coherent narrative, even good dialog well presented. Comic book gore, but wow.  *** 1/4
317th PLATOON, THE (La 317ème section)  (2011, d. Pierre Schoendoerffer) *** 1/2
32A  (2008, d. Marian Quinn) ** 1/2
36 QUAI DES ORFÈVRES  (2005, d. Olivier Marchal) Auteuil & Depardieu in a French noir that could have been a Michael Mann film, dark & violent. ***
360  (2012, d. Fernando Meirelles)  ***
38 WITNESSES  (2012, d. Lucas Belvaux) *** 1/2
39 POUNDS OF LOVE  (2005, d. Dani Menkin)V.  ***
39 STEPS, THE (2010, d. James Hawes) V. One of the worst BBC Masterpiece's ever. No chemistry, plot holes.  Why remake perfection?  * 1/2
3-IRON  (2005, d. Kim Ki-Duk) Fascinating, but weird Korean thriller about a silent young guy who breaks into houses. Very filmic and mysterious. *** 1/4
3SOME  (2010, d. Salvador Garcia Ruiz)  *** 3/4
4 DAYS IN FRANCE  (Jours de France)  (2017,  d. Jerôme Reybaud)  *** 1/2
4 DAYS IN MAY  (2012, d. Achim Von Borries)  *** 1/2
4 MINUTE MILE  (2014, d. Charles-Olivier Michaud)  ** 1/2
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS  (2007, d. Cristian Mungiu; Romania) *** 1/4
4  (2005, d. Ilya Khzhanovsky) Allegorical Russian film, lots of symbolism of items of 4; but stupefyingly repetative, overlong and obscure.  *
4.1 Miles  (2016,  short, d. Daphne Matziaraki)  *** 1/4
4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER  (2007, d.  Tim May) **
40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS   (2002, d. Michael Lehmann)    ***   
40 DAYS OF SILENCE  (2014, d. Saodat Ismailova)  3/4*
40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, THE  (2005, d. Judd Apatow)  * 1/4
40  (2011 d. Emre Sahin) ***
40-LOVE  (2015,  d. Stéphanie Demoustier)  ** 3/4
42  (2013, d. Brian Helgeland)  *** 1/4
4400, THE  (2004, d. various)V. "Limited" tv sf series about returned alien abductees with strange powers. Compelling serial tv and I hope it continues.  ***
45 YEARS  (2015,  d. Andrew Haigh)  *** 1/2
49 UP  (2006, d. Michael Apted) *** 1/2
4SOME (2013, d. Jan Hrebejk) *** 1/4
5 BROKEN CAMERAS (2012, d. Burnat & Davidi) V. Powerful & heartbreaking docu: 5 years of West Bank family man filming his town's non-violent struggle against Israeli settlers. *** 3/4
5 FINGERS  (2013, d. Joseph L. Mankiewicz)  *** 1/2
5 FLIGHTS UP  (2015,  d. Richard Loncraine)  ** 1/2
50 Feet from Syria  (2015,  d.  Skye Fitzgerald)
50 FIRST DATES (2005, d. Peter Segal) V. Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore bring out the best of each other. This film mines gold out of a weird concept. ***
50 SHADES OF GREY  (2016,  d. Sam Taylor-Johnson)  ***
50/50  (2011, d.  Jonathan Levine) Great screwball chemistry between flawlessly convincing Gordon-Levitt & Anna Kendrick elevates a so-so, if heartfelt script.  *** 1/4
500 YEARS  (2017,  d. Pamela Yates)  * 1/2
54  (2006, d. Mark Christopher) V. Finally caught this interesting film. Ryan Phillippe never hotter; Mike Myers never better.  ***
5x2  (2005, d. François Ozon) Unsparing, fascinating film about a dissolving marriage told in 5 reverse vignettes.  Ozon's best in years.  *** 3/4
6 POINTS ABOUT EMMA  (2012, d. Roberto Pérez Toledo)  ** 3/4
600 MILES (Mexico)  (2015,  d.  Gabriel Rapstein)  *** 1/2
66/67 - FAIRPLAY WAR GESTERN (2010, d. Ludwig & Glaser) **
6IXTYNIN9  (Ruang talok 69)  (2000, d. Pen-Ek Ratanaruang)  **
6TH DAY, THE   (2000, d. Roger Spottiswoode)    **    
7 BOXES  (2013, d. Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori)  *** 1/4
7 DAYS IN HELL  (2015,  d. Jake Szymanski)  **
7 LETTERS  (Singapore)   (2015,  d.  Various)  **  W/O
7 VIRGINS  (2005, d. Alberto Rodríguez) *** 1/4
7 YEARS   (2007, d. Jean-Pascal Hattu) *** 1/4
71 - INTO THE FIRE  (2011, d.  John H. Lee)  *** 1/4
'71  (2015,  d. Yann Demange)  *** 1/2
72 DAYS  (2011, d. Danilo Serbedzja, Croatia)  * 1/2
8 (2012, d. Rob Reiner) V. Streamed web reading of Dustin Black's play...great cast, unrehearsed, but strong. Book needs shaping. Still, moving & important. ** 1/2
8 1/2 WOMEN  (2000, d. Peter Greenaway)    * 3/4   
8 MILE    (2002, d. Curtis Hanson)    ***   
8 WOMEN    (2002, d. François Ozon)    ** 1/2   
80 MILLION (2012, d. Waldemar Krzystek, Poland)  ** 1/2
800 BULLETS  (2003, d. Alex de la Iglesia)  Comedy moden day homage to spaghetti Westerns & their genre.  Funny, poignant.  *** 1/2
881  (2007, d. Royston Tan; Singapore) W/O
9 FULL MOONS  (2013, d. Tomer Almagor)  *** 1/4
9 SONGS  (2005, d. Michael Winterbottom) Video verité about a couple, she American, he English, into Sex, Antarctica, and Rock & Roll.  *** 1/4
9 SOULS  (2004, d. Toshiaki Toyota) A comedy about escaped convicts rampaging. I was bored and unamused and walked after an hour.  W/O
9  (2003, d. Umit Unal)  Turkey AFF.  Docudrama. Videotaped interrogation of 6 suspects in murder rape.  ** 1/2
9:06  (2010, d. Igor Sterk; Slovenia)  ** 1/2
99 FRANCS  (2008, d. Jan Kounen) ***
99 HOMES  (2015,  d. Ramin Bahrani)  *** 1/4
99%: THE OCCUPY WALL STREET COLLABORATIVE FILM  (2013, d. Aaron Aites & Audrey Ewell & Nina Krstic & Lucian Read) ** 1/2
9TH COMPANY  (2006, d. Fyodor Bondarchuk; Russia)  *** 1/2
A DIOS MOMO  (2005, d. Leonardo Ricagni) W/O
A SIDE, B SIDE, SEA SIDE  (2006, d. Wing-Chiu Chan) ** 1/4
À TOUT DE SUITE  (2007, d. Benoît Jacquot) V. Jacquot doing 60's Godard pretty darn well.  ***
A.K.A. DOC POMUS  (2013, d. William Hechber & Peter Miller)  ** 3/4
AACHI & SSIPAK  (2007, d. Joe Bum-jin) 1/2*
AAYNA KA BAYNA  (2013, d. Samit Kakkad)  ** 3/4
ABALLAY  (2012, d. Fernando Spiner, Argentina)  * 3/4
ABANDON   (2002, d. Stephen Gaghan)    ***   
ABANDONED   (2001, d. Arpad Sopsits)  *** 1/4
ABBUFFATA L'  (2008, d. Mimmo Colopresti) ***
ABEL (2011 d. Diego Luna) Crazy 10-year old boy wrecks havoc with his already splintered Mexican family. Psychologically suspect; but involving & well acted. ***
ABOLITIONISTS, THE  (2016,  d. Darrin Fletcher & Chet Thomas)  ** 3/4
ABOUNA  (2003, d. Mahamet Saleh Haroun) Chad AFF.  Two young brothers and their trials finding their father.  ** 
ABOUT A BOY   (2002, d. Chris & Paul Weitz)    ***  
ABOUT ELLY (2009,  d. Asghar Farhadi) ***
ABOUT SCHMIDT    (2002, d. Alexander Payne)    *** 1/4  
ABOUT THE LIVING   (2002, d. Jorge Aquilera)  **
ABOUT TIME  (2013, d. Richard Curtis)  ** 1/4
ABOVE AND BEYOND  (2015, d. Roberta Grossman)  *** 3/4
ABOVE US ONLY SKY  (2011, d. Jan Schomburg)  *** 1/4
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER  (2012, d. Timur Bekmambetov) Ludicrous title, ridiculous premise. But 3D action f/x are some of the best ever on film. ***
ABSENT  (2011, d.  Marco Berger)  ***
ABSOLUT  (2005, d. Romed Wyder) Fascinating, complex thriller about 2 computer hacker political terrorists & memory restoration. *** 1/4
ACACIAS, LAS  (2012, d. Pablo Giergelli)  ** 3/4
ACADEMY ANIMATION SHORTS  (2015,  d. various)  (See 2/7/2015  letterboxd.com for individual reviews)  **
ACADEMY LIVE ACTION SHORTS  (2015,  d. various)  (See 2/8/2015  letterboxd.com for individual reviews)  *** 1/4
ACCEPTED  (2007, d. Steve Pink) V. ** 1/2
ACCOMPLICES (Complices) (2010, d. Frédéric Mermoud) . *** 1/2
ACCORDING TO SPENCER  (2001, d. Shane Edelman) *** 
ACCOUNTANT, THE  (2016,  d. Gavin O'Connor)  ***
ACCUSED  (2014,  Netherlands,  d. Paula van der Oest)  *** 1/2
ACNÉ  (2008, d. Federico Veiroj) ***
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (2011 d. Julie Taymor) V.+++  Still amazing evocation of the '60 and remarkable showcase for immortal Beatles songs. Fab, gear, hyperbolic. ****
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE  (2007, d. Julie Taymor) The '60s film I've been waiting 40 years for.  ****
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE  (2008, d. Julie Taymore) + Even on 2nd view, this is my fave film of decade so far. ****
ACT OF KILLING, THE  (2013, d. Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous)  *** 1/4
ACTRESSES, THE  (2010, d.  E. J-Yong)  ** 1/2
ADAM & STEVE  (2005, d. Craig Chester) Silly at times, but also funny & touching romantic comedy about 2 quirky, mature gay men.  ** 3/4
ADAM (2009,  d. Max Mayer) *** 1/4
ADAM'S APPLES  (2005, d. Anders Thomas Jensen) ***
ADAPTATION   (2002, d. Spike Jonze)    *** 1/2    
ADDICTION  (2005, d. Minna Virtanen) ** 3/4
ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, THE  (2011 d. George Nolfi) Phil Dick story ridiculously surreal.  Glossy; but boring since I didn't believe a bit of it. **
ADMIRAL, THE (2009,  d. Andrei Kravchuck) *** 1/2
ADMISSION  (2013, d. Paul Weitz)  ** 3/4
ADOPTED, THE  (2012, d. Melanie Laurent)  ***
ADORATION (2009,  d. Atom Egoyan) + Not quite as stunning the 2nd time around...but worse: 2nd time this week I went to a film I didn't realize I'd seen before! *** 1/4
ADORATION  (2008, d. Atom Egoyan) *** 1/2
ADORE (aka) TWO MOTHERS  (2013, d. Anne Fontaine)  ***
ADULTS IN THE ROOM, THE (2010, d. Andy Blubaugh) ***
ADVENTURELAND (2009,  d. Greg Mottola) Jesse Eisenberg, like Michael Cera is the ideal pomo hero.  Pleasant, if subdued, rom-com.  ** 3/4
ADVENTURES OF FELIX, THE   (2001, d. Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau)    *** 3/4    
ADVENTURES OF SEBASTIAN COLE, THE  (2003, d. Tod Williams) V. Coming of age/disfunctional family story nicely, if eliptically realized. Adrian Grenier! ** 3/4
ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, THE (2011, d. Spielberg & Jackson)  Non-stop action to the point of serious fatigue. Very convincing mot. capture characters. **
AE FOND KISS  (2005, d. Ken Loach) Ill fated love of a young 2nd generation Paki for a white woman in today's Scotland. Subtle & affecting.  ***
AFFAIR OF LOVE, AN  (2000, d. Frédéric Fonteyne)    ***  
AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE, THE   (2001, d. Charles Shyer)    ** 3/4   
AFGHAN STAR (2009,  d. Havana Marking) ***
AFRICAN ELECTION, AN  (2011, d. Jarreth Merz)  ** 1/2
AFTER INNOCENCE  (2005, d. Jessica Sanders; docu)  V. *** 1/4
AFTER LUCIA (2012, d. Michel Franco, Mexico)  *** 1/2
AFTER MIDNIGHT  (2005, d. Davide Ferrario) Whimsical paean to film à la Amélie without the irony, a charmingly cockeyed love triangle.  *** 1/4
AFTER THE LAST ROUND (2010, d. Ryan Pettey) V. Docu about boxing & brain damage. Definite point of view; but a tad too obviously heart tugging.  ***
AFTER THE STORM  (2017,  d. Hirokazu Kore-eda)  *** 3/4
AFTER THE WEDDING  (2006, d. Susanne Bier; Denmark) *** 1/2
AFTER TILLER  (2013, d. Martha Shane & Lana Wilson)
After  (2015, d. Eytan Fox)  Nicely acted and directed 1990 short film of young soldier Jonathan (Hanoch Reim) in puppy love with his gay lieutenant (Gil Frank).  *** 1/2 
AFTERIMAGE  (2016,  Poland,  d. Andrzej Wajda)  *** 1/4
AFTERIMAGE  (2017,  d. Andrzej Wajda)  *** 1/2
AFTERLIFE  (2003, d. Alison Peebles) Affecting drama: ambitious man forced to care for Down's Syndrome sister. Tear jerker, never goes over the top.  *** 1/4
AFTERLIFE  (2015,  d. Virág Zomborácz)  * 1/4
AFTERMATH  (2004, d. Paprika Steen) Emotionally shattering, beautifully acted chamber drama about the affects of grief on a couple & the people around them.  *** 1/2
AFTERNOON DELIGHT  (2013, d. Jill Soloway)  *** 1/4
AFTERNOON OF A FAUN:  TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ  (2014, d. Nancy Buirski)  ***
AFTERSCHOOL  (2008, d. Antonio Campos) *** 1/4
AFTERSHOCK (2010, d. Feng Xiaogang; China)  *** 3/4
AFTERWARDS  (2008, d. Gilles Bourdos) ** 1/4
AGAINST THE CURRENT (2009,  d. Peter Callahan) *** 1/2
AGE OF ADALINE, THE  (2015,  d.  Lee Toland Krieger)  ***
AGE OF UPRISING (Michael Kohlhaas)  (2014, d.  Arnaud Des Palieres)  **
AGENT CODY BANKS 2  (2004, d. Kevin Allen) Silly, but coherent kids film.  At least miles better than Inspector Gadget, which is saying something.  ** 1/4
AGITATOR   (2002, d. Miike Takashi)  ** 3/4
AGORA  (2010, d. Alejandro Amenábar)  ** 3/4
AGRONOMIST, THE (2004, d. Jonathan Demme) V. Doc. about Haitian radio radical good guy Jean Dominique. Interesting, but slow mid-section disappoints. ** 3/4
AGUA  (2007, d. Verónica Chen) ***
AHEAD OF TIME  (2005, d. Ágúst Güdmundsson; Iceland)  * 3/4
AHEAD OF TIME  (2010, d. Bob Richman)  ***
AHIMSA STOP TO RUN  (2006, d. Leo Kittikorn; Thailand) *
AI WEIWEI:  THE FAKE CASE  (2014,  d. Andreas Johnsen)  ** 3/4
AI WEIWEI:NEVER SORRY (2012, d. Alison Klayman) V. Overlong, important bio docu of politically active, ever-tweeting Chinese artist whose life itself is worldclass art.  *** 1/4
AI   (2001, d. Steven Spielberg)    ****   
AIME TON PERE  (2003, d. Jacob Berger) Swiss AFF. High gloss road picture about Literature Nobelist and his estranged son.  *** 1/4
AIMÉE & JAGUAR  (2000, d. Max Färberböck)    ** 3/4   
AIMÉE, L'  (2008, d. Arnaud Desplechin) ** 1/4
AIN'T SCARED  (2008, d. Audrey Estrougo) **
AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS  (2013, d. David Lowery)  ***
AIR DOLL  (2010, d. Hirokazu Kore-eda)  **
AIRES DIFICILES, LOS  (2006, d. Gerardo Herrera) ** 3/4
AJAMI (2009,  d.Scandar Copti & Yaron Shani; Israel) *** 3/4
AKA  (2004, d. Duncan Roy)V.+ Complete re-edit from multi-screen festival version 2 years ago. Well done British lower class gay imposter story.  ** 3/4
AKEELAH AND THE BEE  (2006, d. Doug Acheson) Predictable, manipulative, moving film about an 11 yr. old black girl spelling genius. ** 1/2
AL FRANKEN: GOD SPOKE  (2006, d. Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus) *** 1/4
ALAMO, THE  (2004, d. John Lee Hancock) Mediocre script with too many levels of flashbacks; but otherwise fairly well made historical pic.  ** 1/2
ALATRISTE  (2006, d. Augustin Diaz Yanes) ** 3/4
ALBERT NOBBS  (2011, d. Rodrigo Garcia)  Well intentioned, nicely acted, if stogy story of women living as men in old Ireland. ** 3/4
ALBINO ALLEGATOR  (2005, d. Kevin Spacey)V. Hostage film in a bar with some good perfs, but pretty average script and direction. ** 1/2
ALCATRAZ AVE.  (2000, d. Tom Edgar)  ***
ALEGRE MA NON TROPPO  (2004, d. Fernando Colomo) Slick, high gloss '94 Spanish sex farce on confused sexuality with clever plot and some fine acting.  ***
ALEX & EMMA  (2003, d. Rob Reiner) Romantic comedy. A novelist & a steno who are writing and acting out a novel. A real turkey, both novel and script.  *
ALEX OF VENICE  (2014, d. Chris Messina) ***
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY  (2014,  d. Miguel Arteta)  ** 1/2
ALEXANDER  (2004, d. Oliver Stone) Epic with a confusingly constructed script but some great battle scenes. Jolie's accent inexplicable; but Farrell is pretty good.  ** 3/4
ALEXANDRA  (2008, d. Alexander Sokurov) ***
ALFIE  (2004, d. Charles Shyer) Jude Law is an attractive star playing a cad in this somewhat boring, mediocre comedy. Shyer is a hack director; but his casting works.  ** 1/4
ALGORITHMS  (2014,  d. Ian McDonald)  ***
ALI BLUE EYES  (2013, d. Claudio Gionannesi)  *** 1/4
ALI ZAOUA, PRINCE DE LA RUE  (2000, d. Nabil Ayouch)  ***  
ALI  (2013, d. Paco R. Baños)  * 3/4
ALI   (2001, d. Michael Mann)    *** 1/2    
ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (2003, d. W.R. Fassbinder) V. Indictment of conformest, xenophobic German character; old woman marries nice young Moroccan.  ***
ALIAS BETTY    (2002, d. Claude Miller)    ***    
ALICE AND MARTIN  (2000, d. André Téchiné)    *** 
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010, d. Tim Burton) Visually inventive, story deficient.  ** 1/2
ALICE UPSIDE DOWN  (2008, d. Sandy Tung) ** 3/4
ALICE  (2006, d. Marco Martins; Portugal) ** 3/4
ALIVE (Zhivoy)  (2007, d. Alexander Veledinsky) ** 3/4
ALIVE INSIDE  (2014,  d. Michael Rossato-Bennett)  ** 3/4
ALIVE! (2009,  d. Artan Minarolli; Albania)  ** 3/4
ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU CHOU  (2002, d. Shunji Iwai)    **  
ALL GOD'S CHILDREN  (2013, d. Adrian Popovici, Moldova) *** 1/4
ALL GOOD THINGS  (2011 d. Andrew Jarecki) V. The stranger than fiction life of Robert Durst as brought chillingly to screen by another great Gosling perf. *** 1/4
ALL HAT  (2007, d. Leonard Farlinger) ** 3/4
ALL IN  (2008, d. Nick Vallelonga) V. I usually like poker movies; but this barely watchable drama was terrible.  *
ALL IS LOST  (2013, d. J.C. Chandor)  *** 1/2
ALL OR NOTHING    (2002, d. Mike Leigh)    ** 3/4 
ALL OR NOTHING (2004, d. Mike Leigh) V. Finally caught Leigh's miserabilist version of  Life is Sour. As usual, fine filmmaking; but depressing.  ***
ALL OVER THE GUY (2003, d. Julie Davis)+ V. One of the better gay films...bittersweet romantic comedy which has the ring of truth and originality.  *** 1/4
ALL OVER THE GUY   (2001, d. Julie Davis)    *** 1/4
ALL THAT I LOVE (2010, d. Jacek Borcuch; Poland) +  ***
ALL THAT I LOVE  (2010, d. Jasek Borcuch)  ***
ALL THE KING'S MEN  (2006, d. Steven Zaillian) Why was this film critically savaged? Maybe a little over-ripe; but fantastic drama. *** 1/2
ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY  (2015,  d. Joe Swanberg)  *** 1/2
ALL THE PRETTY HORSES  (2000, d. Billy Bob Thornton)    ** 1/2    
ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003, d. David Gordon Green) Appalachian love story; poetry of the ordinary. Schneider & Deschanel are great.  *** 1/2
ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS  (2017,  d. Michal Marczak) ** 3/4
ALL THINGS MUST PASS  (2015,  d. Colin Hanks)  ** 3/4
ALL WILL BE WELL (Wszystko Bedzie Dobrze)  (2008, d. Tomasz Wiszniewski) *** 1/2
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE  (2014,  d. Stuart Cameron)  ** 1/2
ALLEGRO  (2006, d. Christoffer Boe) **
ALLEZ, EDDY! (2013, d. Gert Embrechts) *** 1/4
ALLIED  (2016,  d.  Robert Zemeckis)  ** 3/4
ALMANYA  (2011, d. Yasemin Samdereli)  *** 1/4
ALMOST ADULT  (2007, d. Yousaf Ali Khan) ** 1/2
ALMOST BROTHERS  (2005, d. Lúcia Murat) Confusingly structured Brazilian story mixing City of God with Carandiru and inferior to both. **
ALMOST FAMOUS  (2000, d. Cameron Crowe)    *** 1/4    
ALMOST HOLY  (2016,  d. Steve Hoover)  *** 1/4
ALMOST MAN, THE (2013, d. Martin Lund)  ** 1/2
ALMOST ORDINARY STORY, AN  (2003, d. Milos Petricic) Romantic comedy about a couple who may or may not be fated to marry.  ** 3/4
ALMOST PEACEFUL  (2003, d. Michael Deville) Post WWII Jews trying to return to normal life in Paris dressmaking atelier.  Gentle, pastoral, slow.  ** 3/4
ALOIS NEBEL  (2011, d. Tomas Lunak,  Czech Republic)  ** 3/4
ALONE IN FOUR WALLS (Allein in vier wanden)  (2008, d. Alexandra Westmeier) *** 1/4
ALONE  (2005, d. Thomas Durschschlag) 2nd film in a row about a wounded girl: this one a German who cuts herself from psychotic low self esteem.  ** 3/4
ALONG CAME POLLY (2004, d. John Hamburg) Big stars, but a terribly tasteless script...even Philip Hoffman overdid his slob schtick.  * 1/2
ALONG THE RIDGE (Anche libero va bene)  (2011 d. Kim Rossi Stuart) + *** 1/2
ALONG THE RIDGE  (2007, d. Kim Rossi Stuart) *** 1/2
ALPHA DOG  (2007, d. Nick Cassavetes) Better than expected. Timberlake & especially a game Ben Foster outstanding.  ***
ALQUIMISTA IMPACIENTE, EL   (2003, d. Patricia Ferreira)  Thriller/policier...lurid murder of a nuclear plant worker.  ** 3/4
ALTINA  (2014,  d. Peter Sanders)  ***
ALTIPLANO  (2010, d. Peter Brosens &  Jessica Woodworth)  *** 1/4
ALZHEIMER CASE, THE  (2005, d. Erik Van Looy) Polished thriller about a French mafia assassin whose Alzheimers is affecting his contract hit in Antwerp.  ***
AMADOR   (2011, d. Fernando León de Aranoa)  *** 1/4
AMAMA:  WHEN A TREE FALLS  (2016,  d. Asier Altuna)  *** 1/4
AMANAT  (2016,  Kazakhstan,  d.  Satybaldy Narymbetov)  ***
AMANDA KNOX  (2016,  d.  Rod Blackhurst & Brian McGinn)  *** 1/2
AMANDLA!  A REVOLUTION IN FOUR-PART HARMONY   (2001, d. Lee Hirsch)   ** 3/4
AMATEURS, THE  (2007, d. Michael Traegar) A silly comedy with a fine cast, mostly wasted.  * 3/4
AMATI GIRLS, THE   (2001, d. Anne DeSalvo)    **    
AMAZING CATFISH, THE  (2014, d. Claudia Sainte-Luce)  ***
AMAZING GRACE  (2007, d. Michael Apted) Earnest, but sort of boring film with great perf by Ioan Gruffuid.  ** 3/4
AMAZING MRS. PRITCHARD, THE  (2007, d. var.) V. Involving, realistic British political what-if fantasy miniseries.  ***
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, THE  (2014, d. Marc Webb)  ** 1/4
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, THE  (2012, d. Marc Webb) Much better than Rami's, great 3D f/x. Garfield is super likable as usual. Still, just diverting comicbook stuff. ** 3/4
AMELIA (2009,  d. Mira Nair) Straightforward romantic biopic which informs rather than involves.  Borderline boring for a Hollywood pic.   ** 1/2
AMÉLIE  (2001, d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet)    *** 1/4   
AMEN  (2003, d. Costa-Gavras) Shattering Holocaust drama from pov of conscientious SS Lt. and an Italian priest with the ear of the pope.  *** 1/2
AMER  (2010, d. Hélène Cattet)  *
AMERICA:  IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT HER  (2014,  d. Dinesh D'Souza & John Sullivan)  ** 1/4
AMERICAN ASSASSIN  (2017,  d. Michael Cuesta)  *** 1/2
AMERICAN COUSINS  (2003, d. Don Coutts) The mob (Ukraine and New Jersey versions) come to Glasgow.  **
AMERICAN EMPIRE (2012, d. Patrea Patrick) V. Frightening docu re: corporate pillaging of earth, water, food, oil etc. Lots of green "big heads". Effective propaganda plus. *** 1/4
AMERICAN FOLK  (2017,  d. David Heinz)  *** 3/4
AMERICAN FORK  (2007, d. Chris Bowman) **
AMERICAN GANGSTER  (2007, d. Ridley Scott) A classic gangster flick, reminiscent of Heat.   *** 1/2
AMERICAN GUN   (2002, d. Alan Jacobs)  ** 3/4
AMERICAN HAUNTING, AN  (2005, d. Courtney Solomon)  * 3/4
AMERICAN HUSTLE  (2013, d. David O. Russell)  ** 3/4
AMERICAN JOBS (2004, d. Greg Spotts) V. Informative, reasoned docu about the effect of NAFTA etc. on the American worker. Good polemics and filmmaking.  ***
AMERICAN MADE MOVIE  (2013, d. Nathaniel Thomas McGill, Vincent Vittorio)  ** 3/4
AMERICAN MADE  (2017,  d. Doug Liman)  **
AMERICAN MEDIA & THE SECOND ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY (2017,  d. John Barbour)  *** 1/2
AMERICAN OUTLAWS  (2001, d. Les Mayfield)    *    
AMERICAN PASTORAL  (2016,  d. Ewen McGregor)  ***
AMERICAN PIE 2  (2001, d. J.B. Rogers)    * 3/4  
AMERICAN PRIMITIVE (2009,  d. Gwen Wynne) ** 1/2
AMERICAN PROMISE  (2013, d. Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson)  *** 3/4
AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY:  THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS  (2014,  d. Grace Lee)  ** 1/2
AMERICAN RHAPSODY, AN  (2003, d. Éva Gárdos) V. Maladjustment of child of Hungarian emigres. Well acted, subtle, true to '50s & a little stolid.  ** 3/4
AMERICAN RULING CLASS, THE  (2005, d. John Kirby) V. *** 1/2
AMERICAN SHOPPER  (2007, d. Tamas Bojtor & Sybil Dessau) *** 3/4
AMERICAN SNIPER  (2014,  d. Clint Eastwood)  **** 
AMERICAN SON  (2008, d. Neil Abramson) *** 1/2
AMERICAN SPLENDOR  (2003, US  d. Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini) Clever biopic/documentary about Harvey Pekar, comix writer.  *** 3/4
AMERICAN TEEN  (2008, d. Nanette Burstein) *** 1/4
AMERICAN ULTRA  (2015,  d. Nima Nourizadeh)  *** 1/4
AMERICAN VANDAL  (2017,  d. Tony Yacenda) *** 3/4; satiric true-crime mocudoc, superbly written and acted high school 8-episode series.
AMERICAN VIOLET (2009,  d. Tim Disney) Prdictable "based on true" story of ACLU victory over Texas racial injustices.  Good intentions & acting; but so so. ** 3/4
AMERICAN VISA  (2006, d. Juan Carlos Valdivia; Bolivia) ** 3/4
AMERICAN WEDDING  (2004, d. Jesse Dylan) V. A new scatological nadir for this series; but I have to admit that I laughed at some situations despite myself.  * 1/4
AMERICAN, THE (2010, d.  Anton Corbijn) Art film disguised as thriller. Also a Sergio Leone film in modern drag, only lacking Morricone's score. Slow, but Clooney shines. ***
AMERICANA  (2016,  d. Zachary Shedd)  **
AMERICANESE  (2006, d. Eric Byler) ** 3/4
AMERICANO  (2005, d. Kevin Nolan) Contrived travelog with little plot (young Americans in Spain finding themselves) and some poor acting.  * 1/2
AMERICANO  (2012, d. Mathieu Demy)  ** 1/2
AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS  (2001, d. Joe Roth)    **    
AMNESIA - THE JAMES BRIGHTON ENIGMA  (2006, d. Denis Langlois) Dusan Dukic shines, based on true story.  ** 3/4
AMNESIA ( 2004, d. Nicholas Laughland) V. BBC mystery-thriller about an amnesiac cop on the trail of a possible wife murderer. Nice script, but too pat.  ** 3/4
AMNESTY  (2012, d. Bujar Alimani, Albania)  ** 1/2
AMORES PERROS (aka "Love's a Bitch")  (2000, d. Alejandro González Iñárritu)    *** 1/2
AMOUR (2012, d. Michael Haneke, Austria)  *** 3/4
AMREEKA (2009,  d. Cherien Dabis) *** 1/2
AMY  (2015,  d. Asif Kapadia)  *** 1/2
AMY'S ORGASM   (2001, d. Julie Davis)  *** 1/4
ANALYZE THAT    (2002, d. Harold Rntwamis)    **   
ANARCHIST COOKBOOK, THE   (2002, d. Jorday Susman)  ***  
ANARCHIST'S WIFE, THE (2009,  d. Marie Noelle, Peter Sehr) ***
ANATOMY OF HELL  (2004, d. Catherine Breillat) Opaque narrative about a girl who hires a "gay" man to ravage her. Squickily sexually explicit. **
ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY  (2004, d. Adam McKay) Totally unfunny (for me) silly, even stupid comedy take on '70s newscasters.  *
AND ALONG CAME TOURISTS (Am Ende Kommen Touristen)  (2007, d. Robert Thalheim) ***
AND NOW...LADIES AND GENTLEMEN  (2003, France  d. Claude Lelouch)  Fine, lush melodrama about a jewel thief & a chanteuse each with memory blackouts.  ***
AND SO IT GOES  (2014,  d. Rob Reiner)  **
ANDER (2009,  d. Roberto Caston) Closeted Basque farmer tenderly falls for Peruvian immigrant. Slow, but well observed & touching.  *** 1/4
ANDERSON MONARCHS, THE (2012, d. Eugene Martin) V. OK docu of S. Philly all-black-girl 13-under soccer team & white coach. Interesting comment on US today.  ** 3/4
ANGEL (2010, d. François Ozon)V. Ozon's English lang. bodice ripper: great cast; despite Romola Garai's technique in despicable title role film is eye rollingly ridiculous. ** 1/4
ANGEL AT SEA (2010, d. Frédéric Dumont) *** 1/4
ANGEL EXIT  (2001, d. Vladimir Michalek)  ** 1/4
ANGEL, THE (2010, d. Margreth Olin;  Norway)  ***
ANGELA  (2003, Italy  d. Roberta Torre) Slow, impressionistic drama based on the true story of a drug running family in Sicily-a torrid love triangle.  ** 3/4
ANGÈLE AND TONY (2011, d. Alix Delaporte) ** 1/2
ANGELS IN AMERICA PART ONE:  MILLENIUM APPROACHES  (2017,   d. Marianne Elliott)  *** 3/4
ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENIUM APPROACHES  (2003, d. Mike Nichols) V. Superb adaptation, utterly absorbing, fabulous acting.  Great tv.  ****
ANGELS IN AMERICA:  PARESTROIKA (2003, d. Mike Nichols) V. Uneven...some parts superlative, some long political speeches I phased out. I'm in lust with Patrick Wilson. *** 1/2
ANGELS OF EVIL (Vallanzasca - Gli angeli del male)  (2011 d. Michele Placido)  *** 1/2
ANGELS OF THE UNIVERSE  (2000, d. Fridrik Thor Fridriksson)  *** 1/2 
ANGEL'S SHARE, THE  (2012, d. Ken Loach) ** 1/2
ANGER MANAGEMENT  (2003, d. Peter Segal) Star power. Nicholson mugs & Sandler is quite fine. Embarrassingly bad script & even worse direction!  * 1/4
ANGST  (2003, d. Oskar Roehler) Drama about a failing marriage, he has sex problems, she's an hysteric.  Well acted, if over-the-top, hard to watch.  ** 1/2
ANIMAL FACTORY  (2000, d. Steve Buscemi)    ** 1/2  
ANIMAL KINGDOM (2010, d. David Michôd) V.  Watched again.  This time slight downgrade for some plot problems.  *** 1/4
ANIMAL KINGDOM  (2010, d. David Michôd)  *** 1/2
ANIMATRIX  (2003, US/JAPAN  d.  Various)  9 animated shorts from the Matrix universe.  Some better than others.  ** 3/4
ANINA  (2013, d. Alfredo, Soderguit, Uruguay)  * 1/4
ANITA TAKES A CHANCE   (2001, d. Ventura Pons)  ***
ANITA  (2014,  d. Freida Lee Mock)  *** 3/4
ANNA KARENINA (2012, d. Joe Wright) *** 1/2
ANNAPOLIS  (2006, d. Justin Lin) An average, predictable film with another charismatic perf by James Franco as a boxer-plebe. A guilty pleasure.  ** 1/4
ANNE FRANK THEN AND NOW  (2016,  d.  Jokov & Dominik Sedlar)  ** 1/2
ANNIVERSARY PARTY, THE  (2004, d. Leigh & Cumming) V. An almost perfect video film of today's Hollywood creative types & their screwed-up fabulous lives.  *** 1/2
ANNIVERSARY PARTY, THE   (2001, d. Jennifer Jason Leigh & Alan Cumming)    *** 1/2    
ANOMALISA  (2015,  d. Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman)  ** 1/2
ANONYMOUS  (2004, d. Todd Verow) Verow tries arty French porn (a la Porn Theater). He's not up to it as director or actor. Degrading, despicable disaster.  1/2*
ANONYMOUS  (2011, d. Roland Emmerich) Interestingly structured costume epic. Ridiculous history; but lots of fun to watch fine actors trying hard.  ***
ANOTHER EARTH    (2011, d. Mike Cahill)  ** 1/4
ANOTHER GAY MOVIE  (2006, d. Todd Stephens) * 1/2
ANOTHER HAPPY DAY  (2011, d. Sam Levinson)  Ups the ante for most dysfunctional family wedding ever. Wonderful, if uneven, acting. Ezra Miller rules! ** 3/4
ANOTHER LIFE (Ovunque Sei)  (2008, d. Michele Placido) ***
ANOTHER LIFE  (2005, d. Michele Placido) Stephano Accorsi's makes it worth sitting through this strange, eerie romantic film. ** 3/4
ANOTHER YEAR (2010, d. Mike Leigh) Wonder of wonders, a sensitive, slice-of-life film purely about my age contemporaries.  Ending left much unresolved.  *** 1/4
ANOTHER  (2014,  d. Jason Bognacki)  1/2*
ANSWER MAN, THE (2009,  d. John Hindman) ***
ANTARCTICA  (2008, d. Yair Hochner) Multi-character Israeli gay story of hot men & their sex lives. Well acted, somewhat involving.  ***
ANTARCTICA:  A YEAR ON ICE  (2014,  d. Anthony Powell)  ****
ANTARES  (2005, d. Götz Spielmann) Circularly constructed, sexually explicit slice of life drama about denizens of a Vienna housing development.  ***
ANTHROPOID  (2016,  d. Sean Ellis)  ** 3/4
ANTIBODIES  (2005, d. Christian Alvart) *** 1/2
ANTITRUST  (2001, d. Peter Howitt)    *  1/2
ANTIVIRAL (2012, d. Brandon Cronenberg)  ***
ANT-MAN  (2015,  d. Peyton Reed)  ** 1/4
ANTS ON A SHRIMP  (2016,  d. Maurice Dekkers)  ***
ANTWONE FISHER    (2002, d. Denzel Washington)    ** 3/4   
ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL (2009,  d. Sasha Gervasi) V. Real life version of Spinal Tap, sort of sad, sort of involving; but by the end I was unaccountably moved.  ***
ANY DAY NOW  (2012, d. Travis Fine)  ***
ANY HUMAN HEART (2011 d. Michael Samuels) V. Superbly acted (Broadbent, Macfadyen) 20th century life story as philosophical passage. *** 1/4
ANYTHING ELSE  (2003, d. Woody Allen) A failure. Occasionally funny romantic comedy; but Allen's dialog seems false coming from 20-somethings.  ** 1/4
ANYTOWN (2009,  d. Dave Rodriguez) ** 3/4
APART TOGETHER  (2011, d. Wang Quan'an)  ***
APARTMENT, THE  (2008, d. Billy Wilder) + Holds up remarkably, still Lemmon's and MacLaine's triumph; but also a fine original script. *** 1/4
APOCALYPTO  (2006, d. Mel Gibson) Gotta hand it to him, an art film with stretches of boredom; but overall it worked as an action film.  ** 3/4
APPALOOSA  (2008, d. Ed Harris) I like westerns; but despite a fine cast this one seems derivative (e.g. 3:10 to Yuma) & lacking convincing motivations. ** 1/4
APPLAUS (2011 d. Martin Zandvliet) Tense Danish film about middle age actress's life crisis, with a raw nerve perf. by Paprika Steen as estranged mother of small boys. ***
APPROPRIATE ADULT (2012, d. Julian Jarrold) V.  True story of serial killing couple & woman chosen to represent man. Well acted, overlong. ** 3/4
APPROVED FOR ADOPTION (Couleur de peau:  Miel)  (2013, d. Jung and Laurent Boileau)  ****
APRÈS VOUS  (2004, d. Pierre Salvadore) Annoying and contrived French farce.  * 3/4
ARARAT   (2002, d. Atom Egoyan)    ***    
ARBITRAGE (2012, d. Nicholas Jarecki) Some plot holes don't totally detract from a detail filled, rich looking, well acted, non-clichéd, crooked financier thriller.  ** 3/4
ARBOR, THE  (2011, d. Clio Bernard) V.  Docu of British projects poet/playwrite Andrea Dunbar & her screwed up children. Interesting, novel subject...not well organized. ** 3/4
ARCHANGEL  (2008, d.  Jon Jones) V. TV thriller from Robert Harris book with a dead fish Daniel Craig perf. pre-Bond, but quite authentic Soviet feeling.  ***
ARCHANGEL'S FEATHER, THE  (2003, d. Louis Manzo) Venezuela AFF.  Allegory, maybe about Archangel Gabriel vs. Big Brother..  ** 3/4
ARCHITECT, THE  (2016,  d. Jonathan Parker)  *** 1/2
ARDENNES, THE  (2016,  Belgium,  d. Robin Pront)  ***
ARDILLA ROJA, LA  (2003, d. Julio Medem 1993)  Romantic thriller about a man's fascination with an amnesiac woman.  ***
ARE YOU HERE  (2014,  d. Matthew Weiner)  * 3/4
ARGO  (2012, d. Ben Affleck) Superior geopolitical-saga-cum-Hollywood-farce-cum-CIA-spy-thriller which works on all levels. Only flaw is overdramatized climax; but who's counting. *** 3/4
ARIANNA  (2016,  d. Carlo Lavagna)  ***
ARISTOCRATS, THE  (2005, d.  Paul Provenza) 100 great standup comedians do history's worst dirty in-joke.  90 minutes of constant wracking laughter.  *** 3/4
ARMED HANDS (Mains armée)  (2013, d. Pierre Jolivet)  ** 3/4
ARMIN  (2007, d. Ognjen Svilicic) ** 3/4
ARMORED (2010, d.  Nimrod Antal) V.  Nicely mounted caper film, but clichéd, predictable script spoils some good action direction.  ** 1/2
ARMSTRONG LIE, THE  (2013, d. Alex Gibney)  *** 1/4
ARMY OF CRIME, THE  (2010, d. Robert Guédiguian)  *** 3/4
ARMY OF SHADOWS (2009,  d. Jean-Pierre Melville) Eerily austere depiction of French resistance cell in Lyon, fascinating and strangely moving. *** 1/2
ARO TOLBUKHIN, EN LA MENTE DEL ASESINO (2003, d. Agusti Villaronga etc.) Faux documentary about mass murderer in Guatemala.  **
AROUND THE BEND  (2004, d. Jordan Roberts) 4 generation of a family's secrets made into a road picture, similar to Last Orders, but rather pedestrian.  ** 1/4
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS  (2004, d. Frank Coraci) A ridiculously overblown remake of a movie which didn't need to be remade.  * 1/4
ARRIVAL  (2016,  d.  Denis Villeneuve)  *** 1/2
ARRIVAL  (2017,  d. Denis Villeneuve)  +  *** 1/2
ARSÈNE LUPIN  (2005, d. Jean-Paul Salomé) Big film, bigger mess. Anachronistic narrative, a lead actor without enough gravitas, but gorgeous production design. * 1/2
ART AND COPY (2009,  d. Doug Pray) ***
ART AND CRAFT  (2014, d. Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman)  ** 1/2
ART OF CRYING, THE (Kunsten at Graede I Kor)  (2006, d. Peter Fog) *** 1/4
ART OF LOVE, THE (2012, d. Emmanuel Mouret) *** 1/4
ART OF NEGATIVE THINKING, THE (Kunsten A Tenke Negativt)  (2008, d. Bard Breien) ***
ART OF THE STEAL, THE (2010, d. Don Argott) V. Docu about public violating the Barnes Found.trust, looting $25B of art. Fascinating, if one-sided & confrontational. *** 1/4
ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL  (2006, d. Terry Zwigoff) Amusing black comedy satire. Broadbent is great; but this is no Ghost World. ***  
ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES  (2006, d. Luc Besson) Luc should stick to live action; predictable, badly acted & animated.  * 1/2
ARTIST AND THE MODEL, THE  (2013, d. Fernando Trueba)  *** 3/4
ARTIST, THE  (2011, d. Michael Hazanavicius)  Convincingly authentic take on silent film tropes, but predictable seen-before plot did nothing for me.  ** 1/2
ARYAN COUPLE, THE  (2004, d. John Daly) Sometimes cheesy melodramas just work, as this well-cast, politically incorrect Holocaust story does for me. Judy Parfitt is wonderful.  ***
AS GOD COMMANDS (Come Dio comanda)  (2010, d. Gabriele Salvatores)  *** 1/2
AS IF I AM NOT THERE  (2011, d.  Juanita Wilson)  *** 1/4
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN  (2004, d. Kay Pollak) Uplifting & emotionally satisfying drama about an artist who brings enlightenment to his backwater Swedish home town.  *** 1/2
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN  (2005, d. Kay Pollack)+ Watched again; some of the plot manipulations more obvious a 2nd time; but still fine, affecting film. *** 1/4
AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT (2012, d. Lorenzo Gabriele) V. Too broadly acted French farce about closeted professor chosen to foster a troubled teen boy. * 3/4
AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT  (2012, d. Alex de la Iglesia)  *** 1/4
AS YOU ARE  (2016,  d. Miles Joris-Peyrafitte)  *** 1/4
ASCENSION  (2014,  d. various)  TV mini-series  *** 1/4
ASH WEDNESDAY   (2002, d.  Edward Burns)  ** 3/4
ASOKA   (2002, d. Santosh Sivan)  ***
ASSASSIN,  THE  (Taiwan)  (2015,  d.  Hou Hsiao-Hsien)  W/O
ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES  (2007, d. Andrew Dominik) Great looking; but the narrator on downers annoyed. ** 3/4
ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON, THE  (2004, d. Niels Mueller) Sean Penn is remarkable as a '70s loser who becomes a plane hi-jacker.  ***
ASSASSINATION TANGO  (2003, d. Robert Duvall) Thriller on valium.  Duvall is a fine actor; but lousy writer/director from this film.  * 3/4
ASTRONAUT FARMER, THE  (2008, d. Michael Polish)V. Subdued Thornton in gentle mode; pretty, feel-good fantasy not typical of Polish Bros. ** 1/2
ASTRONAUTS  (2004, d. Santi Amodeo) Slight, wry romantic comedy about an ex-junky and a 16 yr girl.  Not as cute as it tries to be.  **
ASYLUM  (2005, d. David Mackenzie) ** 3/4
AT MIDDLETON  (2013, d. Adam Rodgers)  ***
AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR  (2008, d. Gilbert & James)  Low key docu about former Texas death row chaplin, esp. his remorse over past injustices & the penalty itself. ** 3/4
AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL  (2017,  d. Rodrigo Grande)  *** 1/4
AT WEST OF PLUTO (2009,  d. Myriam Verreault & Henry Bernadet) ***
ATALANTE, L' (2011, d. Jean Vigo) V. Seminal film gorgeously remastered & recut to original intent. Simple story sort of eliptical narrative, but beautiful.  *** 1/4
ATANARJUAT: THE FAST RUNNER   (2001, d. Zacharias Kunuk)    *** 1/2
ATHLETE, THE  (2010, d. Danny Frankel and Rasselas Lakew)  ** 3/4
ATLANTIS DOWN  (2011 d. Max Bartoli)  W/O
ATOMIC BLONDE  (2017,  d.  David Leitch)  **
ATONEMENT  (2007, d. Joe Wright) Wright's direction & McAvoy's acting make this a special tearjerker.   Oscar?  Maybe.  *** 1/2
ATTACK, THE  (2013, d. Ziad Doveiri)  *** 1/4
ATTENBERG  (2011, d. Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece)  W/O
ATTILA MARCEL  (2014,  d.  Sylvain Chomet)  *** 1/2
AU REVOIR TAIPEI  (2010, d. Arvin Chen)  *** 1/4
AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE, L'  (2003, France-Spain  d. Cedfric Klapisch) Crowd pleasing comedy about a young Frenchman's defining school year in Barcelona.  ***
AUDITION  (2001, d. Takashi Miike)    *  
AUDRIE & DAISY  (2016,  d. Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk)  *** 1/4
AUGUST RUSH  (2007, d. Kirsten Sheridan) As delirious & affecting as Sheridan's Disco Pigs, but too many plot holes. ***
AUGUST  (2008, d. Austin Chick) *** 1/4
AUGUST  (2011, d. Eldar Rapaport)  ** 3/4
AUGUST:  OSAGE COUNTY  (2013, d. John Wells)  *** 1/2
AUGUSTINE  (2013, d. Alice Winocour)  ** 3/4
AURA, EL  (2005, d. Fabián Bielinsky; Argentina) *** 1/4
AURORA  (2007, d. Oxana Bayrak; Ukraine) ** 1/2
AUSTRALIA  (2008, d. Bazz Luhrmann) Reminiscent of Giant, a gigantic, yet intimate epic focusing on ranching & a country's ethos. Ambitions almost fulfilled.  ***
AUTHOR:  THE JT LEROY STORY (2016,  d. Jeff Feuerzeig)  *** 3/4
AUTISM: THE MUSICAL  (2007, d. Tricia Regan) Moving, heart-rending docu...nice editing & photog.  *** 3/4
AUTO FOCUS    (2002, d. Paul Schrader)   * 1/2  
AUTUMN BALL  (2007, d. Veiko Ounpuu ) * 1/2
AUTUMN IN NEW YORK  (2000, d. Joan Chen)    **    
AUTUMN OF THE MAGICIAN  (2009,  d. Vaheh & Reuben Gevorkyants; Armenia) Fascinating docu about artist screenwriter Tonino Guerra who should be world famous. ***
AUTUMN SPRING  (2003, d. Vladimir Michátek) Czech comedy/drama about an old couple.  Academy bait...so why did Czechoslavakia nominate another film?  ***
Avant que de tout perdre (2013, d. Xavier Legrand) Superbly acted and suspenseful short-film drama about a mother & two kids attempting escape from abusive dad.  *** 1/2
AVATAR (2009,  d. James Cameron: 3D) The most sense-of-wonder instilling film since 2001:Space Odyssey; a visual triumph with story to match. Bravo! Cameron.  ****
AVATAR (2010, d.  James Cameron) +++ Extra 9 min. seamlessly integrated. 1st time in IMAX (not much different). Still amazing, unparalleled experience.  ****
AVATAR (2010, d. James Cameron) + Still amazing 2nd time around. No other film in memory provided me with such a pleasurable immersive experience. ****
Ave Maria  (2016,  d. Basil Khalil)  **
AVELLANEDA'S MOON  (2005, d. Juan José Campanella) Long, high-gloss social comedy about an Argentine social club & its member's struggles to survive. ** 1/2
AVENGERS, THE (2012, d. Joss Whedon) Comic universe makes little sense; but film holds together & f/x are nifty.  Ruffalo & Evans are particularly effective.  ***
AVENGERS:  AGE OF ULTRON  (2015,  d. Joss Whedon)  * 3/4
AVENUE MONTAIGNE (Fauteuils d'orchestra)   (2006, d. Daniele Thompson; France) + *** 1/2
AVIATOR, THE  (2004, d. Martin Scorsese) Powerful biopic, visually splendid with great perfs by Di Caprio and Blanchett. Too sprawling, but it worked magic for me.  *** 1/2
AWAITING (La Adopción)  (2016,  d. Daniela Fejerman)  ** 3/4
AWAKE (2010, d. Joby Harold) V. Thriller with a truly absurd claptrap plot, but involving, gotta give it that. I like Hayden Christensen, even if he's remarkably wooden. **
AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA  (2014,  d. Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman)  ***
AWAY FROM HER  (2007, d. Sarah Polley) Julie Christie is aging gorgeously. And her Alzheimer's is totally convincing.  *** 1/2
AWAY WE GO (2009,  d. Sam Mendes) Wildly variable road flick, social satire. John Krasinski is becoming a major star. ** 3/4
B FOR BOY  (2014,  d. Chika Anadu)  ** 1/2
BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, THE  (2008, d. Uli Edel; Germany) *** 1/4
BAARIA (2009,  d. Giuseppi Tornatori; Italy) *** 1/2
BABAI  (Kosovo)  (2015,  d.  Visar Morina)  ** 3/4
BABEL  (2006, d. Alejandro González Iñárritu) Circular script like Before the Rain. Fabulous direction. Gut wrenching tension. Great film. *** 1/2
BABY (A)LONE  (Luxemborg)  (2015,  d.  Donato Rotunno)  *** 1/2
BABY BOY  (2001, d. John Singleton)    ***    
BABY DRIVER  (2017,  d. Edgar Wright)  *** 1/2
BABY LOVE (2009,  d. Vincent Garenq) ***
Baby Sita (2017,  d. Ranjit Koka) **  Doc. short, didactic lecture film re: real problem of millions of deserted baby girls in India. Fine cinematography.
BABY STEPS  (2015,  d. Barney Cheng)  *** 1/4
BACK DOOR CHANNELS: THE PRICE OF PEACE (2011, d. Harry Hunkele) V. Fascinating, often moving behind scenes docu of Egypt-Israel negotiations. Important. *** 1/2
BACK IN 1942  (2013, d. Feng Xiaogang, China)   *** 1/4
BACK SOON  (2007, d. Rob Williams) ** 3/4
BACK TO YOUR ARMS  (2011, d. Kristijonas Vildzunas,  Lithuania)  ** 1/2
BACKPACK FULL OF CASH  (2017,  d. Sarah Mondale)  *** 3/4
BACKSTAGE  (2006, d. Emmanuelle Bercot) ** 3/4
BACK-UP PLAN, THE  (2010, d. Alan Poul) J-Lo overacts terribly.  Alex O'Loughlin is sexy & wonderful.  Film is a clichéd stinker.  * 3/4 
BACKYARD (2009,  d. Carlos Carrera; Mexico) *** 1/4
BAD 25 (2012, d. Spike Lee) V. Shamelessly hagiographic docu celebrating 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's "Bad"; but damn it, despite my personal problems with MJ, this film rocked! *** 1/2
BAD BOYS II  (2003, d. Michael Bay) A new morally reprehensible low for the Hollywood mega-violent film.  Only Jordi Molla, a kick-ass baddy is worth it.  0*
BAD DAY FOR FISHING (2009,  d. Alvaro Brechner;Uruguay) ***
BAD DAY FOR THE CUT  (2017,  d. Chris Baugh)  ** 1/2
BAD EDUCATION  (2004, d. Pedro Almodovar) Pedro's gayest film since Law of Desire. Silly noirish plot; but total fun with an extraordinary Gaël Bernal.  ***
BAD FAITH (Mauvaise foi)  (2007, d. Roschdy Zem) ***
BAD GUY  (2003, S. Korea d. Kim Ki-duk) Circular, confusing story: ruthless pimp subjugates a college girl & makes her into a cooperative prostitute.  ** 3/4
BAD HAIR  (2014,  d. Mariana Rondón)  **
BAD INFLUENCE  (2017,  d. Claudia Huaiquimilla)  ** 1/4
BAD INTENTIONS, THE (2012, d. Rosario Garcia-Montero, Peru)  ** 1/2
BAD KIDS, THE  (2016,  d. Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe)  *** 1/2
BAD SANTA  (2003, d. Terry Zwigoff) Funny, profane, wonderfully perverse comedy about group of innately bad losers. Kid who could see no evil was great!  ***
BAD SPELLING  (2005, d. Jean-Jacques Zilbermann) Fun, homoerotic black comedy, a French boys school where students rebel led by the weird son of the headmasters. ***
BADLAND  (2007, d. Francesco Lucente) Except for the overamped score a fine film with a searing perf by Jamie Draven.  *** 1/4
BAG OF BONES (2011, d. Mick Garris) V. Instantly forgettable miniseries about ghosts & revenge for old murders in rural Maine. Waste of time.  **
BAGHDAD, TX (2009,  d. David H. Hickey) * 1/2
BAJARSE AL MORO  (2004, d. Fernando Colomo) A low-budget '88 comedy about Madrid druggies. Even a young Antonio Bandares couldn't elevate it.  **
BALIBO CONSPIRACY, THE (2010, d. Robert Connolly) *** 1/4
BALL IN THE HOUSE  (2005, d. Tanya Wexler) V.  ***
BALLAST  (2008, d. Lance Hammer) ** 1/2
BALLET 422  (2014, d. Jody Lee Lipes)  *** 1/4
BALSEROS  (2004, d. Bosch and Doménech) V. Absorbing doc. which explores the lives of several Cuban raft people who eventually come to the U.S. over 9 years. *** 1/4
BANDE À PART  (2003, d. Jean-Luc Goddard) V.  A '60s version of the gang who couldn't shoot straight, a cockeyed noir which holds up well.  ***
BANDITS  (2001, d. Barry Levinson)    ** 
BAND'S VISIT, THE  (2007, d. Eran Kolirin) ** 3/4
BANDSLAM (2009,  d. Todd Graff) Sweet, fun coming of age/forming a rock band film. Gaelan Connell is LaBeouf lite...very likable. GREAT rock score. Predictable plot. *** 1/4
BANG BANG YOU'RE DEAD   (2002, d. Guy Ferland)  *** 3/4
BANGER SISTERS, THE   (2002, d. Bob Dolman)    ** 1/2    
BANISHMENT (Izgnamie)  (2007, d. Andrey Zvyagintsev)   *** 1/4                        
BANK JOB, THE  (2008, d. Roger Donaldson) Surprisingly predictable, I've seen this heist film several times before. ** 1/4
BANLIEU 13  (2005, d. Pierre Morel) Fast paced, superior martial arts action film set in a lawless 2010 Paris. Vivid, realistic characters.  *** 1/4
BANQUET AT TETLAPAYAC, A   (2001, d. Olivier Debroise)  *  
BANQUET, THE  (2007, d. Feng Xiaogang; Hong Kong) ** 1/4
BAR, THE  (2017,  d. Alex de la Inglesia)  * 3/4
BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH  (2016,  Saudi Arabia,  d. Mahmoud Sabbagh)  ** 3/4
BARAN   (2001, d. Majid Majidi)    ***   
BARBARA (2012, d. Christian Petzold, Germany)  *** 1/4
BARBARIAN INVASIONS, THE  (2003, d. Denys Arcand) + Worth a 2nd viewing, just for the philosophy.  *** 3/4
BARBARIAN INVASIONS, THE  (2003, d. Denys Arcand) Art film about love and dying, literate script, excellent ensemble acting, enormously moving  *** 1/2
BARBERSHOP    (2002, d. Tim Story)    ** 1/2    
BAREFOOT ARTIST, THE  (2014, d. Daniel Traub and Glenn Holsten)  ** 3/4
BAREFOOT DREAM, A (2010, d. Kim Tae-gyun; South Korea)  ** 1/4
BARFI!  (2012, d. Anurag Basu, India)  ***
BARNEY'S VERSION  (2010, d. Richard J. Lewis) Grown-up version of Duddy Kravitz with less wit and altogether unpleasant associations. ** 1/4
BARS IN THE MEMORY  (2005, d. Manuel Palacios) Dry Spanish docu about the concentration camps and privations during the Franco years.  ** 1/2
BARTLEBY  (2001, d. Jonathan Parker)    ** 1/2
BASAIN  (2007, d. Subash Prasad Gajural; Nepal)  W/O
BASED ON A TRUE STORY  (2005, d. Walter Stokman) Partially successful doc about the "real" story behind Dog Day Afternoon. ** 1/2
BATKID BEGINS:  THE WISH HEARD AROUND THE WORLD (2015.  d. Dana Nachman)  ** 3/4
BATMAN BEGINNINGS  (2005, d. Christopher Nolan) Noisy comic entertainment with a narratively cohesive plot & great design.  ***
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE  (2016,  d. Zack Snyder)  *** 1/4
BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL, THE  (2014,  d. Chapman Way and Maclain Way)  *** 1/4
BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN (2011, d. Galinsky & Hawley) V. Slow to start 6-yr. in making docu, gathers power of disgust at the toady political establishment.  *** 1/4
BATTLE FOR TERRA (2009,  d. Aristomenis Tsirbas) Excellent 3D animation plus superior SF script with subtle issues of loyalties & humanity.  *** 1/4
BATTLE IN SEATTLE  (2008, d. Stuart Townsend) ** 1/2
BATTLE OF SEVASTOPOL  (2016,  d. Sergey Mokristky)  *** 3/4
BATTLE OF SHAKER HEIGHTS  (2003, d. Potelle & Rankin) Indispensible companion to Proj Greenlight. Shia Lebeuf incredible, movie better than expected.  ** 3/4
BATTLE OF THE SEXES  (2017,  d. Valerie Faris & Jonathon Dayton)  ***
BATTLE OF WITS  (2007, d. Jacob Cheung) ***
BATTLE: LOS ANGELES  (2011 d. Jonathan Liebesman) Bombast for days; but this 21st Cent. redo of Independence Day rocks. Convincing, stirring. Am I nuts? *** 1/4
BATTLESHIP  (2013, d. Peter Berg)  *  1/2
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (2010, d.  Michael Rymer)V. 2003 Mini-series. I'm hooked by this serious SF mashup of Star Wars & Star Trek and better than either. *** 1/4
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA:  BLOOD & CHROME  (2013, d. David Eick)  * 3/4
BAY OF ANGELS  (La Baie des anges)  (2013, d. Jacques Demy)  *** 1/2
BE CALM AND COUNT TO SEVEN (2009,  d. Ramtin Lavafipour) ** 1/2
BE COOL  (2005, d. F. Gary Gray) Hipper than thou spoof of gangsta music biz and Hollywood. Enjoyed the settings (around the corner from my apartment).   ** 1/4
BE HERE NOW (THE ANDY WHITFIELD STORY)  (2016,  d. Lilibet Foster)  *** 1/4
BE KIND REWIND  (2008, d. Michel Gondrey) Gondrey's silly creativity works here. Mos Def surprised me.  ***
BE LIKE OTHERS (2009,  d. Tanaz Eshaghian) *** 1/4
BE WITH ME  (2005, d. Eric Khoo; Singapore)  ** 3/4
BEACH RATS  (2017,  d.  Eliza Hittan)  *** 1/4
BEACH, THE  (2000, d. Danny Boyle)    ** 1/2    
BEACHES OF AGNES, THE (2009,  d. Agnès Varda) What treasures Agnes Varda's mementos are. Her docus are moving & strangely beautiful. Et j'adore Jacques Demi. *** 1/2
BEAR CUB  (2004, d. Luis Miguel Albaladejo) An honest, moving, straightforward Spanish film about a gay man thrust into caring for his 9 yr old nephew.  ***
Bear Story  (2016,  d.  Gabriel Osorio Vargas)  ** 1/4
BEARCITY (2010, d.  Doug Langway) **
BEAST STALKER, THE (2009,  d. Dante Lam) ***
BEASTS OF NO NATION  (2015,  d.  Cary Joji Fukunaga)  *** 1/4
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD  (2012, d. Benh Zeitlin)  ***
BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED, THE   (2005, d. Jacques Audiard) Frenetic drama based on Fingers with a magnetic perf by Romain Duris. ***
BEATLES  (2015,  d. Peter Flinth)  *** 1/4
BEATLES, THE:  EIGHT DAYS A WEEK, THE TOURING YEARS  (2016,  d. Ron Howard)  ****
BEATRIZ AT DINNER  (2017,  d. Miguel Arteta)  ** 3/4
BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE (2011, d.  Michael Rapaport) V. Rock docu of seminal, troubled hip-hop group "A Tribe Called Quest". Interesting new-to-me stuff, but just ok. ** 1/2
BEAU TRAVAIL  (2000, d. Claire Denis)    ***    
BEAUFORT  (2008, d. Joseph Cedar; Isreal)  *** 1/2
BEAUTIES AT WAR (La Guerre des miss) (2009,  d. Patrice Leconte) **
BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, THE   (2005, d. Hans Petter Moland) Involving, well acted adventure of a half-American Vietnamese boy's emigration to the US.  ***
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES  (2014, d. Richard LaGravenese) ** 1/2
BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS (2010, d. Tamoko Kana) V. Intriguing, non-confrontational, pictorial docu of 3 areas where global warming is causing profound life changes.  ** 3/4
BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES (Se souvenir des belles choses) (2009,  d. Zabou Breitman) *** 1/2
BEAUTIFUL MIND, A  (2001, d. Ron Howard)    ***  1/4
BEAUTIFUL OHIO   (2006, d. Chad Lowe) ** 3/4
BEAUTIFUL PAIN  (2016,  Malaysia,  d. Tunku Mona Riza)  *** 1/4
BEAUTIFUL PLANET, A  (2016,  d. Toni Myers)  *** 1/2
BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING  (2015,  d. Joseph Graham)  *** 1/2
BEAUTIFUL  (2000, d. Sally Field)    **    
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST  (2017,  d. Bill Condon)  **
BEAUTY IN TROUBLE (Kraska V Nesnazich)  (2007, d. Jan Hrebejk) *** 1/4
BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING (2012, d. Neil Berkeley) V. Fascinating, elevating docu of life & creations of pop artist & designer Wayne White (PeeWee's Playhouse etc.) *** 3/4
BEAUTY REMAINS  (2006, d. Ann Hu) ** 1/2
BEAUTY  (2011, d. Oliver Hermanus,  South Africa)  *** 1/4
BECOMING BULLETPROOF  (2015,  d. Michael Barnett)  *** 1/2
BECOMING JANE  (2007, d. Julian Jarrold) ** 3/4
BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS  (2016,  d. Douglas McGrath)  *** 1/2
BECOMING TRAVIATA  (2013, d. Philippe Béziat)  * 3/4
BECOMING WHO I WAS  (2017,  d. Moon Chang-yong, Jin Jeon) ***
BEDAZZLED  (2000, d. Harold Ramis)    **    
BEE SEASON  (2007, d. McGehee and Siegel) V. Involving, well acted family drama with not well defined spiritual mysteries.  ***
BEESWAX (2009,  d. Andrew Bujalski) Mumblecore madness right up to very (startlingly unsatisfying) ending. Successful character study, in any case. ***
BEFORE FLYING BACK TO EARTH  (2006, d. Arunas Matelis; Lithuania) ***
BEFORE I FORGET (Avant que j'oublie)  (2008, d. Jacques Nolot) ** 3/4
BEFORE MIDNIGHT  (2013, d. Richard Linklater)  ****
BEFORE NIGHT FALLS  (2000, d. Julian Schnabel)    ** 1/4
BEFORE SNOWFALL  (2013, d. Hisham Zaman)  ** 3/4
BEFORE SUNSET  (2004, d. Richard Linklater) Talky sequel to one of my all-time fave films. Satisfying in context; but not as good a film.  ***
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD  (2007, d. Sidney Lumet) Tight thriller- 2 brothers and the "perfect" robbery.  *** 1/2
BEFORE THE FLOOD  (2016,  d.  Fisher Stevens)  *** 3/4
BEFORE THE RAINS  (2008, d. Santosh Sivan) ** 3/4
BEFORE THE STORM  (Före stormen)  (2000, d. Reza Parsa)  *** 1/2
BEFORE YOU KNOW IT  (2014,  d.  PJ Raval)  ***
BEGIN AGAIN  (2014,  d. John Carney)  *** 1/2
BEGINNERS (2011, d. Mike Mills) Finally a truthful film about an elderly gay man, lovingly made, emotionally satisfying. The son's story (film's center) not so well written. Still... *** 1/2
BEHIND BAYONETS & BARBED WIRE  (2016,  d. Richard L. Anderson, Haofang Shen)  *** 1/2
BEHIND ENEMY LINES  (2001, d. John Moore)    ** 1/2    
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA  (2013, d. Steven Soderbergh)  *** 1/4
BEHIND THE RED DOOR  (2003, d. Matia Karrell) (V)  Showtime Aids drama.  Kyra and Kiefer are 2 of my least favorite actors.  * 1/2
BEHIND THE SUN  (2001, d. Walter Salles)    ** 3/4  
BEING 17  (2016,  d. André Téchiné)  *** 3/4
BEING EVEL  (2015,  d. Daniel Junge)  ** 1/2
BEING FLYNN (2012, d. Paul Weitz) Fabulous acting by DeNero and Dana; but film is such a downer it's hard to love. Crazy, homeless, bad father. Ugh. *** 1/4
BEING JULIA  (2004, d. Istvan Szabo) Overwrought, entertaining period melodrama about a monster actress in 1938 London. Benning's performance: Oscar bait tour de force. ***
BEL AMI  (2012, d. Declan Donnellan & Nick Ormand)  ** 3/4
BELIEVER, THE  (2004, d. Henry Bean) V.+ I appreciated the quality of the filmmaking more the 2nd time around. One hell of a script, well executed.  *** 1/2
BELIEVER, THE    (2002, d. Henry Bean)    *** 1/2 
BELLA  (2006, d. Alejandro Monteverde) **
BELLE & SÉBASTIEN  (2014,  d. Nicolas Vanier)  *** 1/2
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES  (2016,  d. Christian Duguay)  *** 
BELLE EPINE  (2011, d. Rebecca Ziotowski)  **
BELLE PERSONNE, LA  (2009,  d. Chrisophe Honoré) *** 1/4
BELLE TOUJOURS  (2007, d. Manoel de Oliveira; Portugal) **
BELLE  (2014,  d. Amma Asante)  *** 1/4
BELLFLOWER  (2011, d. Evan Glodel)  ** 3/4
BELOVED SISTERS  (2014,  Germany,  d. Dominik Graf)  ** 1/4
BELOVED  (2012, d. Christophe Honoré) Very Gallic 2 generation bittersweet relationship "musical".  Artifice of pedestrian songs didn't work, & too predictable. ** 3/4
BELOVED/FRIEND  (2000, d. Ventura Pons)    ** 1/2    
BELTRACCHI:  THE ART OF FORGERY  (2015,  d. Arne Birkenstock)  ** 1/4
BEN X  (2007, d. Nic Balthazar; Belgium) *** 1/2
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM  (2003, d. Gurinder Chadha) Feel good Indian girl's soccer story set in Britain. Predictable script saved by fine direction.  ***
BENEATH HER WINDOW  (2004, d. Metod Pevec) Screwball Slovenian comedy about a 30ish woman's romantic entanglements whose evident charms escaped me.  ** 1/4
BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY  (2015,  d. Aron Gaudet, Gita Pullapilly)  ** 1/4
BENEDICT ARNOLD: QUESTION OF HONOR   (2003, d. Mikael Salomon)  (V)  A&E historical movie.  Unwatchably bad.   WO
BEN-HUR  (2016,  d. Timur Bekmambetov)  ** 1/2
BEOWULF & GRENDEL (2006, d. Sturla Gunnarsson) ** 1/4                        
BEREFT  (2004, d. Tim Daly, Clark Mathis) + Oops! I forgot I'd seen this grief drama at SIFF and was unimpressed. Here the beauty of the images made up somewhat.   ** 3/4
BEREFT  (2004, d. Tim Daly, Clark Mathis) Overwrought drama about a young woman driven crazy with grief by the auto accident death of her husband. ** 1/2
BERGA:  SOLDIERS OF ANOTHER WAR  (2003, d. Charles Guggenheim) (V) docu. on valium about American WWII  POWs.  ** 1/4
BERLIN IS IN GERMANY  (2001, d. Hannes Stohr)  *** 1/4
BERNARD AND DORIS  (2008, d. Bob Balaban) V. Exquisitely acted (Finnes & Sarandon) but sorta boring biopic.  ** 3/4
BERNIE  (2012, d. Richard Linklater) Tongue in cheek re-creation docu of a weird Texas murder. The blue-haired lady interviewees are priceless. *** 1/4
BERTIE AND ELIZABETH  (2005, d. Giles Foster) Masterpiece Theater schlock.  Fine acting, good script. ** 3/4
BESA (2010, d. Srdan Karanovic; Serbia)  *** 1/2
BESSIE  (2015, d. Dee Rees)  ** 1/4
BEST DAY OF MY LIFE  (2004, d. Cristina Comencini) Splendid and moving, complex Italian disfunctional family saga, 2 sisters and gay son & their lives and loves.  *** 1/4
BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY, THE  (2016,  d. Greg Palast & David Ambrose) ****
BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, THE (2012, d. John Madden) Elders do India in this fun dramedy. Dames Judi & Maggie are splendid.  *** 1/4
BEST IN SHOW   (2000, d. Christopher Guest)    ***    
BEST INTENTIONS  (2012, d. Adrian Sitaru)  *** 1/4
BEST KEPT SECRET  (2013, d. Samantha Buck)  *** 1/4
BEST MAN, WORST FRIEND  (2006, d. Stefan Schwartz) V. Guilty pleasure romantic comedy; Stuart Townsend & Seth Green fine.  ** 3/4
BEST OF ENEMIES  (2015,  d. Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville)  *** 3/4
BEST OF TIMES (2010, d. Yongyoot Thongkongtoon; Thailand) **
BEST OF TIMES, THE  (2003, d. Chang Tso-Chi) Taiwan AFF.  Family drama, kitchen sink style.  *** 1/2
BEST OF YOUTH #1  (2004, d. Marco Giordana) Part one of this sprawling family saga propulsively sets up the drama & characters.  ***
BEST OF YOUTH #2  (2004, d. Marco Giordana) In part two the emotional rewards so carefully plotted are huge.  A totally satisfying 6 hour epic of  late 20th Century Italy. ****
BEST OF YOUTH, THE 1 & 2  (2005, d. Marco Tullio Giordana) + Liked part 1 better than originally, and part 2 dragged a little.  Still, overall fabulous film.  ****
BEST OF YOUTH, THE  (2008, d. Marco Giordano) V.+++ Still the most emotionally resonant film I've ever watched. ****
BEST WORST MOVIE (2010, d. Michael Stephenson) V. Docu about cult film TROLL 2; quite entertaining.  Apparently NOT a mockumentary, tho it plays like one. ***
BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED  (2016,  d.  Lonny Price)  *** 3/4
BET COLLECTOR, THE  (2007, d. Jeffrey Jeturian) **
BETHLEHEM  (2013, d. Yuval Adler, Israel)  ***
BETRAYAL, THE (Nerakhoon)  (2008, d. Kuras & Phrasavath) Docu of Laotian family uprooted to U.S. after "secret" war. Moving, but confusingly cut with overdone music. ** 1/2
BETRAYAL, THE  (2006, d. Philippe Faucon) ** 1/2
BETTER ANGELS, THE  (2014, d. A. J. Edwards)  ** 3/4
BETTER LIFE, A (2012, d. Cédric Kahn)  *** 1/2
BETTER LIFE, A  (2011, d. Chris Weitz)  An L.A. story of depth & immediacy about illegal Mexican worker & his love for his US born son.  Fine perfs, moving and suspenseful.  *** 1/4
BETTER LUCK TOMORROW  (2003, d. Justin Lin) Well directed, but confusing, Asian-American teenage gang film...only the actors looked too old.  ** 1/2
BETTER THAN SEX   (2001, d. Jonathan Teplitzky)    ***    
BETTER THINGS  (2008, d. Duane Hopkins) ** 1/2
BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL  (2013, d. Mark Mori)   ** 3/4
BETWEEN LAND AND SKY  (2003, d. Guiseppe Feruto ) Italian political satire about media overkill.  ** 1/2
BETWEEN LOVE AND GOODBYE (2009,  d.  Casper Andreas) Gay relationship drama; mediocre direction & acting...but vital, sexy & powerfully realistic. ** 1/2
BETWEEN VALLEYS  (2013, d. phillippe Barcinski)  ** 1/2
BEVERLY HILLS:  100 YEARS, 100 STORIES  (2017,  d. Phil Savenick)  *** 3/4 ; beautifully edited historical documentary about the city I grew up in!
BEWARE MR. BAKER (2012, d. Jay Bulger) V. One of the better music docus, mostly because Baker is bad crazy, a great jazz drummer; and was at center of rock scene. Film nails it all. *** 1/4
BEYOND HATRED  (2006, d. Olivier Meyrou)  ** 1/4
BEYOND OUR KEN  (2005, d. Pang Ho-Cheung) Frothy, insubstantial girl buddy and revenge (against common boyfriend) comedy from Hong Kong.  * 3/4
BEYOND THE CIRCLE (2009,  d. Golam Rabbani Biplob; Bangladesh) **
BEYOND THE HILLS (2012, d. Cristian Mungiu, Romania) *** 3/4
BEYOND THE LIGHTS  (2015,  d. Gina Prince-Bythewood)  * 3/4
BEYOND THE MAT  (2000, d. Barry W. Blaustein)    ***   
BEYOND THE SEA  (2004, d. Kevin Spacey) The most off the wall musical biopic since Delovely. Spacey makes a better lounge singer than director!  ** 1/4
BEYOND THE WALLS (2013, d. David Lambert) *** 1/4
BEYOND  (2011, d. Pernilla August, Sweden)  ** 3/4
BHAJI ON THE BEACH  (2003, d. Gurinder Chadha) V. Chadha handles ensembles well; but this Indian woman's lib story was clichéd and obvious.  **
B-HAPPY  (2004, d. Gonzalo Justiniano) Another periled latina teen girl film, this time a poor girl whose father is in prison. Simple, effective filmmaking.  ***
BIBLIOTHÈQUE PASCAL (2010, d. Szabolcs Hajdu; Hungary)   W/O
BICKFORD SHMECKLER'S COOL IDEAS  (2006, d. Scott Lew) ** 1/2
BICYCLE, SPOON, APPLE (2011, d. Carlos Bosch)  *** 1/4
BIDDER 70  (2013, d. Beth Gage & George Gage)  ** 1/2
BIG ANIMAL, THE  (2000, d. Jerzy Stuhr)  * 1/2
BIG BANG LOVE, JUVENILE A  (2006, d. Takashi Miike) ***
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS* (2012, d. Fredrik Gertten) V.  Fascinating, heartening David vs. Goliath docu, with the filmmaker as David & Dole Fruit Co. as Goliath. ****
BIG DREAM, THE (2010, d. Michele Placido)  ** 1/2
BIG DREAMS, LITTLE TOKYO   (2006, d. David Boyle) ***
BIG EDEN   (2001, d. Thomas Bezucha)    ** 3/4   
BIG EMPTY, THE  (2003, d. Steve Anderson) Mixed genre.  Is it a noir? Alien abduction flick? Black comedy? An honorable failure at all three.  **
BIG EYES  (2014, d.  Tim Burton)  ***
BIG FISH  (2003, d. Tim Burton) Story of fabulist (convincingly played by Ewan McGregor & Albert Finney). Burton's most appealing and "normal" film.  ***
BIG FIX, THE  (2011, d. Joshua Tickell) V. Another earnest & vital docu about evil corporations (esp. BP & the recent oil spill's continuing effects.) Nicely structured.  *** 1/2
BIG GAY MUSICAL (2010, d. Andreas & Caruso) ***
BIG HERO 6  (2014,  d.  Don Hall, Chris Williams)  ** 3/4
BIG IN JAPAN  (2014, d. John Jeffcoat)  *** 1/4
BIG KAHUNA, THE  (2000, d. John Swanbeck)    **   
BIG MEN  (2013, d. Rachel Boynton)  ***
BIG MIRACLE (2012, d. Ken Kwapis) Gripping film based on true story of family of whales trapped under Arctic ice. Fine cast, well directed, predictable.  *** 1/4
BIG PICTURE, THE (L'Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie) (2011, d. Eric Lartigau) ***
BIG RIG  (2007, d. Doug Pray) ** 1/2
BIG SHORT, THE  (2015,  d. Adam McKay)  *** 1/2
BIG SICK, THE  (2017,  d. Michael Showalter)  *** 1/4
BIGGER SPLASH, A  (2016,  d. Luca Guadagnino)  *** 1/2
BIGGIE AND TUPAC  (2002, d. Nick Broomfield)   ***    
BILINGUAL LOVER, THE (El Amante Bilingue)  (2007, d. Vicente Aranda) **
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK  (2011, d. Richard Press) V. Entertaining, well made docu of life & times of vivacious old coot street fashion photog.  *** 1/2
BILL W.  (2012, d. Carracino & Henlon) V. Informative, if dry bio-docu of flawed, human founder of AA, done with much re-created scenes, recordings & interviews. ***
BILL  (2007, d. Melisa Wallack, Bernie Goldmann) **
BILLION LIVES, A  (2016,  d. Aaron Biebert)  ** 1/4
BILLY ELLIOT  (2000, d. Stephen Daldry)    *** 3/4   
BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK  (2016,  d. Ang Lee)  *** 1/4
BIRDMAN  (2014,  d. Alejandro G. Iñárritu)  *** 3/4
BIRDMAN  (2015,  d. Alejandro González Iñárritu)  +  *** 1/2
BIRTH OF A NATION, THE  (2016,  d. Nate Parker)  *** 1/2
BIRTH  (2004, d. Jonathan Glazer) Heavy duty, eerie psychological drama. Nicole Kiddman fine here, script has a nicely satisfying ambiguity & interesting direction.  *** 1/4
BIRTHDAY GIRL   (2002, d. Jez Butterworth)    ** 1/2    
BIRTHDAY, THE  (2006, d. Diane Kurys) *** 1/4
BITCH HUG  (2013, d. Andreas Öhman)  ***
BITTER HONEY  (2014,  d. Robert Lemelson)  ** 3/4
BIUTIFUL (2010, d. Alejandro González Iñárritu)  Bardem is all he can be in this depressing slice of Barcelona life film, written & directed with sensitivity.   *** 1/2
BLACK AND WHITE  (2000, d. James Toback)    ** 1/2
BLACK BALLOON, THE  (2008, d. Elissa Down) Australian family with autistic son from pov of younger brother. Well observed, tough, truthful. *** 1/4
BLACK BOOK  (2007, d. Paul Verhoeven; Netherlands) ***
BLACK BREAD (Pa Negre) (2011 d. Agusti Villaronga)  ** 3/4
BLACK CODE  (2017,  d. Nicholas de Pencier)  ** 1/2
BLACK DAHLIA, THE  (2006, d. Brian de Palma)  Fine cast, terrible script, fake noir. How can such a promising film go so wrong. **
BLACK DOG BARKING (2009,  d. Mehmet Bahadir Er & Maryna Gorbach) * 1/2
BLACK FIELD (Mavro Livadi) (2011 d. Vardis Marinakis)  **
BLACK HAWK DOWN   (2001, d. Ridley Scott)    *** 1/2    
BLACK ICE  (2003, d. Mikhail Brashinsky) Incoherent film about something or other.  Jittery camera and unengaging plot were too much to stick around.  W/O
BLACK IRISH  (2007, d. Brad Gann) *** 1/4
BLACK IRISH  (2007, d. Brad Gunn) + *** 1/2
BLACK MASS  (2015,  d. Scott Cooper)  *** 1/4
BLACK OR WHITE  (2014,  d.  Mike Binder)  *** 1/2
BLACK PANTHERS, THE:  VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION  (2015,  d. Stanley Nelson) ** 3/4
BLACK POWER MIX TAPE, THE 1967-1975 (2011, d. Göran Olsson) Interesting Swedish docu with some fine new footage; but also somewhat familiar territory.  ** 3/4
BLACK ROBE  (2004, d. Bruce Beresford) V. Gut-wrenching '91 film with Lothar Bluteau playing a jesuit priest in New France pre-revolution.  ***
BLACK SNAKE MOAN  (2008, d. Craig Brewer)V. Ricci's perf is brave, Jackson is fine, Timberlake less so.  Film:  clichéd mishmash.  ** 3/4
BLACK SUN  (2006, d. Gary Tarn) V. Expressionistic docu about a man (writer & narrator) blinded in the '70s.  ***
BLACK SWAN (2010, d. Darren Aronofsky) Deliriously over the top. Great camera work, esp. hand-held ballet stuff. Portman superb. But crazed script left me cold. ***
BLACK SWAN  (2011 d. Darren Aronofsky) V. + Still hysterical & overwrought. But gorgeous with phenominal acting, camera, design. Even works on small screen.  *** 1/4
BLACK TULIP  (2011 d. Sonia Nassery Cole; Aphghanistan)  ** 3/4
BLACK WHITE + GRAY  (2007, d. James Crump) *** 1/4
BLACK, WHITE & BLUES (2011, d. Mario Van Peebles)  **
BLACKBIRD   (2013, d. Jason Buxton)  *** 1/2
BLACKBOARDS  (2000, d. Samira Makhmalbaf)    **  
BLACKFISH  (2013, d. Gabriela Cowperthwaite)  *** 1/4
BLACKMAIL BOY (Oxygono)  (2006, d. Papathanasiou & Rappas) Over-the-top melodrama about money corrupting a family with a beautiful bisexual scion. * 3/4
BLACKMAIL BOY  (2015,  d. Thanisis Papathanasiou, Michalis Reppas) * 1/4
BLACKS, THE  (2010, d. Devic & Juric; Croatia) * 1/2
BLACKWATER LIGHTSHIP  (2004, d. John Erman) V. An Early Frost, updated...but still a little out of date. I'm too emotionally fragile for AIDS stories like this.  *** 1/2
BLADERUNNER (Final Cut)  (2007, d. Ridley Scott) I had forgotten how fabu the production design was! New ending:  eh!? *** 1/4
BLADES OF GLORY  (2008, d. Gordon & Speck)V. Heder is fine, Ferrell barely ok in this surprisingly funny comedy. Dumb but trenchant. ** 3/4
BLANCANIEVES (2012, d. Pablo Berger, Spain)  *** 1/2
BLEAK HOUSE  (2007, d. various; w. Andrew Davis) Superb adaptation of complex Victorian novel. The Brits do it again. *** 1/2
BLESSED BY FIRE  (2006, d. Tristan Bauer) *** 3/4
BLESSED EVENTS (Glückliche fügung) (2011, d. Isabelle Stever) ** 1/2
BLESSED IS THE MATCH: The Life & Death of Hannah Senesh  (2008, d. Roberta Grossman) Enormously moving docu re: Hungarian/Palistinian WWII heroine. *** 3/4
BLESSING BELL, THE  (2003, Japan  d. Sabu)  A formally beautiful, but boring, slow paced day in the life.  ***
BLIND DATE  (Un peu, beaucoup, aveuglement)  (2015,  d. Clovis Cornillac)   ***
BLIND DATES  (2014, d. Levan Koguashvili)  ** 1/2
BLIND INTERSECTION  (2013, d. Lara Saba, Lebanon)  *** 1/2
BLIND LOVES  (2008, d. Juraj Lehotsky; Slovakia) *** 1/4
BLIND MOUNTAIN  (2007, d. Li Yang) ***
BLIND SIDE, THE (2010, d. John Lee Hancock) Not a bad film, but Oscar calibre?  Polar opposite of Precious, in any case, and quite classist.  ** 1/2
BLIND SPOT  (2013, d. Christophe Wagner, Luxembourg)  *** 1/2
BLIND SUNFLOWERS, THE (Los girasoles ciegos)   (2008, d. Joeé Luis Cuerda; Spain) ***
Blind Vaysha (2017,  d. Theodore Ushev)  *** 1/2
BLIND  (2007, d.  Tamar van den Dop)  *** 1/4                   
BLINDNESS  (2008, d. Fernando Meirelles) Unrealistic, but strong catastrophe film (like 28 Days Later) about mystery blindness illness & society throwing victims away. ** 1/2
BLINDSIGHT  (2006, d. Lucy Walker) V. Blind children overcoming peril, gorgeous mountain photography, uplift...admirable docu.  *** 1/2
BLING RING, THE  (2013, d. Sofia Coppola)  *** 1/4
BLINKY & ME (2012, d. Tomasz Magierski) V. Hopeful 1st person narrative docu of life of Polish/Israeli/Australian Disney-like animator Yoram Gross, Holocaust survivor, artist. *** 1/4
BLISS  (2008, d. Abdullah Oguz)  *** 1/4
BLOOD AND BONES  (2005, d. Yoichi Sai) ** 1/2
BLOOD APPEARS (La Sangre Brota)  (2008, d. Pablo Fendik) ** 1/2
BLOOD BROTHER  (2013, d. Steve Hoover)  *** 3/4
BLOOD BROTHERS (Tiantang Kou)  (2008, d. Alexi Tan) * 1/2
BLOOD DIAMOND  (2006, d. Edward Zwick) Despite overlength, this is a winner.  Prediction:  multiple Oscars.  *** 1/2
BLOOD OF MY BLOOD (2012, d. João Canijo, Portugal)  *** 3/4
BLOOD OF THE LOSERS (Il sangue de vinti)  (2008, d. Michele Soavi) *** 1/2
BLOOD RAIN  (2006, d.  Kim Dae-seung, LeeWon-jae) ** 1/2
BLOOD WORK   (2002, d. Clint Eastwood)    ** 3/4   
BLOODY SUNDAY   (2002, d. Paul Greengrass)    ***   
BLOOM OF YESTERDAY, THE  (2017,  d. Chris Kraus)  *** 1/2
BLOOM  (2004, d. Sean Walsh) Earnest adaptation of the unadaptable Ulysses, using lots of voiceovers for interior monologue. Well made; but not my cuppa.  ** 1/2
BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS, THE  (2006, d. Aureas Solito) ** 1/4
BLOW DRY  (2005, d. Paddy Breathnach) V. Funny slice of life (e.g. Full Monty) British comedy about hair contest. Note Bill Nighy & Josh Hartnett as cockney.  ** 3/4
BLOW DRY   (2001, d. Paddy Breathnach)    ***
BLOW   (2001, d. Ted Demme)    ** 1/2    
BLUE CAR  (2003, d. Karen Moncrieff) Viscerally disturbing story-troubled teenage girl and troubled broken family. Understated, with subtle acting.  *** 1/2
BLUE CHA CHA  (2006, d. Cheng Wen- tang) *** 1/4
BLUE CRUSH    (2002, d. John Stockwell)    ***   
BLUE DINER, THE   (2001, d. Jan Egleson)  ** 
BLUE GATE CROSSING   (2002, d. Chih-yen Yi)  ** 1/2
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (La vie d'Adèle)  (2013, d. Abdellatif Kechiche)  ** 3/4
BLUE JASMINE  (2013, d. Woody Allen)  *** 3/4
BLUE MOON  (2003, Austria  d. Andrea Maria Dusi)  Road picture about a man on a quest to re-find a woman he meets by chance.  ** 1/4
BLUE PILLS (Pilules bleues)  (2015,  d. Jean-Philippe Amar)  TV movie   *** 3/4
BLUE TOOTH VIRGIN, THE  (2009,  d. Russell Brown) + *** 1/2
BLUE VALENTINE  (2010, d. Derek Cianfrance) Gosling is the finest film actor I've ever seen. Beautiful editing structure, emotionally seering, truthful film. *** 3/4
BLUEBERRY  (2004, d. Jan Kounen ) A psychedelic westen which, though overlong and undiciplined, delivers the goods with fabulous f/x & a superb Vincent Cassell.  ***
BLUEBIRD  (2005, d. Mijke de Jong) Emotionally shattering, excellent drama about a 12 year old girl who is the brunt of bullies in her jr. high class.  *** 1/2
BLUES, THE  (2003, d. various) PBS series edited down to 5 ahortened sequences about the blues music.  Some sequences worked, some didn't.  ** 3/4
BLUETOOTH VIRGIN, THE  (2008, d. Russell Brown) *** 1/2
BOATS OUT OF WATERMELON RINDS  (2005, d. Ahmet Uluçay) A Turkish Cinema Paradiso, terrible digital photography, but the 2 boys were charming.  ** 1/4
BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD (2012, d. Liz Garbus) V. Illuminating, comprehensive docu about Fischer, whitewashes some aspects, but nicely made. ***
BOBBY  (2006, d. Emelio Estevez) ***
BODY OF LIES  (2008, d. Ridley Scott) Entertaining star driven CIA vs. terrorist contempo thriller.  Scott is a director in control of the medium.  *** 1/4
BODY OF WAR  (2007, d. Ellen Spiro & Phil Donahue) Another successful docu: Robert Byrd, such a hero.  *** 1/2
Body Team 12  (2015,  d. David Darg)  ***
BODYGUARDS & ASSASSINS  (2010, d. Teddy Chen)  *** 3/4
BODYSONG  (2004, d. Simon Pummell) V. Hypno-docu, sort of a Family of Man of found film clips to music (cf Koyaanisqatsi). Fascinating and a little boring.  ** 1/2
BOILER ROOM  (2000, d. Ben Younger)    ***    
BOLT (2009,  d. Howard & Williams) OK if predictable script.  Good vocal acting.  But ultimately mediocre.  Lousy year for Academy animated features. ** 1/2
BOMB THE SYSTEM  (2005, d. Adam Lough) Mark Webber is outstanding in this arty, nicely made indy about radical grafitti artists in NYC.  ***
BOMBÓN, EL PERO  (2005, d. Carlos Sorin) Like director's Historias Minimas, a fun film without irony about a poor man who is given a show dog. ***
BON VOYAGE  (2003, d. Jean-Paul Rappeneau) Big French WWII melodrama, hugely entertaining & wellmade throwback to old-fashioned classic French cinema. *** 1/4
BONAERENSE, EL  (2003, Argentina/Chile  d.  Pablo Trapero) Naive country bumpkin makes good in the big city police department.  ** 3/4
BONJOUR M. SHLOMI  (2004, d. Shemi Zarhin) A superbly observed film about a 16 year old boy whose specialness has been hidden in his disfunctional family. *** 3/4
BONNES FEMMES, LES (2011, d. Claude Chabrol) ** 1/4
BONSAI PEOPLE: VISION OF M. YUNUS (2012, d. Holly Mosher) V. Feel good, do-gooder docu: Nobel Peace prize winner for starting Bangla Desh poor women's bank. ***
BOOK OF ELI, THE (2010, d. Hughes Brothers) Another dystopian future post-war road pic. Denzell is really fine; but Bible thumping message a little much.  ** 3/4
BOOK OF HENRY, THE  (2017  d. Colin Trevorrow)  *** 1/2
BOOK OF LOVE  (2006, d. Alan Brown) V. Younger man (Gregory Smith). Older married woman.  Clichés; but very nicely acted.  ** 3/4
BOOK OF REVELATION, THE  (2007, d. Ana Kokkinos) ***
BOOK THIEF, THE  (2013, d. Brian Percival)  ** 3/4
BOOKER'S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY (2012, d. Raymond De Felitta) V. B&W, informative, if dry, docu based on 1965 NBC docu which had fatal repercussions. ***
BOOKIES  (2005, d. Mark Illsley) V. ** 3/4
BOOTMAN  (2000, d. Dien Perry)    **    
BORAT  (2006, d. Larry Charles) Cohen is impressive in creating consistent character; funny in a wildly tasteless way.  ***
BORDER WAR: THE BATTLE OVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION  (2006, d. Kevin Knoblock) V.  Docu looks great, too polemic. ** 3/4
BORDER, THE (2010, d. Jaroslav Vojtek; Slovak Republic)  * 3/4
BORED IN BRNO  (2004, d. Vladimir Moravek) An earthy Czech multi-character sex comedy which got better as it went along. Too bread for my tastes.  ** 1/4
BORGMAN  (2013, d. Alex van Warmerdam, Netherlands)  ***
BORN AND BRED  (2006, d. Pablo Trapero) ** 1/2
BORN IN 68 (2009,  d. Olivier Duscastel, Jacques Martineau) *** 1/2
BORN INTO BROTHELS  (2005, d. Kaufmann & Briski) Kids born in Calcutta brothels get a chance for a life through photography. Interesting & well edited. ***
BORN RICH  (2003, d. Jamie Johnson) V. Doc by millionaire heir about his wealthy contemporaries. Mostly talk; but inherently interesting & well made.  *** 1/4
BORN ROMANTIC   (2001, d. David Kane)  ** 1/2
BORN TO BE BLUE  (2017,  d. Robert Budreau)  ** 3/4
BORN TO FLY  (2014,  d. Catherine Gund)  *** 1/2
BORN TO SUFFER  (2010, d. Miguel Albaladejo)  ** 3/4
BORROWED IDENTITY, A  (2015,  d. Eran Riklis)   *** 1/2
Borrowed Time  (2017,  d. Andrew Coats & Lou Hamou-Lhadj)  *** 1/2
BORSTAL BOY   (2001, d. Peter Sheridan)    ***
BOSS OF IT ALL, THE  (2007, d. Lars von Trier) ***
BOSSA NOVA  (2000, d. Bruno Barreto)    *    
BOSTA  (2006, d. Philippe Aractingi; Lebanon) * 1/2
BOTHERSOME MAN, THE (Den Brysomme Mannen)  (2006, d. Per Schreiner) *** 1/4
BOTSO  (2014,  d.  Tom Walters)  *** 3/4
BOTTLE SHOCK  (2008, d. Randall Miller) Napa vintage 1976 & wine growing. Looks good; but terrible on the palate. Terrible script.  * 1/2
BOUNCE   (2000, d. Don Roos)    ***    
BOUNDARIES  (2017,  d. Chloé Robichaud)  ***
BOUNDARY, THE (Il confine)  (2016,  d. Carlo Carlei)  *** 3/4
BOURNE IDENTITY, THE    (2002, d. Doug Liman)    ***   
BOURNE LEGACY, THE  (2012, d. Tony Gilroy) Re-boot better than original. Renner & Weisz have chemistry & predictable, paranoid plot actually holds together. *** 1/2
BOURNE SUPREMACY, THE  (2004, d. Paul Greengrass) Superior thriller, greatest auto chase scene since Ronin. Some plot holes; but editing pace hides them.  *** 1/4
BOURNE ULTIMATUM, THE  (2007, d. Paul Greengrass) *** 1/2
BOW, THE  (2006, d. Kim Ki-duk) ***
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE   (2002, d. Michael Moore)    *** 1/2 
BOX, THE (2009,  d. Richard Kelly) Don't ask me to explain it...but I liked the mood and look of Kelly's film, this one murkier than either of his others. ** 3/4
BOXTROLLS, THE  (2015,  d. Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi)  ** 3/4
BOY & THE WORLD  (O Menino e o Mundo) (2016,  d. Alê Abreu)  *** 1/2
BOY (2009,  d. Aureaus Solito) ***
BOY 23:  THE FORGOTTEN BOYS OF BRAZIL  (2106,  d.  Belisario Franca)  ** 1/4
BOY A  (2007, d. John Crowley) *** 3/4
BOY A  (2008, d. John Crowley) *** 3/4
BOY CHOIR  (2015,  d. François Girard)  *** 1/2
BOY CULTURE  (2006, d. Q. Allen Brocka) ** 3/4
BOY EATING THE BIRD'S FOOD  (2013, d. Ektoras Lygizos, Greece)  *** 1/4
BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, THE  (2008, d. Mark Herman) Emotionally affecting, well acted (Farmiga and the two boys especially). Too pat.  ***
BOY INTERRUPTED (2009,  d. Dana Perry) V. Filmmaking parents make exhaustive study of their depressed, 15 year old suicide son. Moving & insightful.  *** 1/2
BOY MEETS BOY (Shorts)  (2011, d.  various)  *** 1/4 (on average)
BOY TROUBLE (shorts)  (2017,  d.  various)  6-shorts ranging from * to ***
BOY  (2010, d. Taika Waititi)  ***
BOYFRIEND FOR MY WIFE, A (Un novio para mi mujer)  (2008, d. Juan Taratuto) ** 3/4
BOYHOOD  (2014,  d. Richard Linklater) + ****
BOYHOOD  (2014,  d. Richard Linklater)  ****
BOYNTON BEACH BEREAVEMENT CLUB  (2006, d. Susan Seidelman) ** 3/4            
BOYS (Jongens)  (2016,  d. Mischa Kamp)  +  ** 3/4
BOYS AND GIRLS  (2000, d. Robert Iscove)    ***    
BOYS ARE BACK, THE (2009,  d. Scott Hicks) Clive Owens is remarkable as a lost father (of 2 boys) after his wife dies. Predictable plot, but emotionally powerful. *** 1/4
BOYS FROM COUNTY CLARE  (2004, d. John Irvin) Predictable, clichéd Irish trifle about dueling traditional Irish bands.  * 3/4
BOYS LIFE 3   (2000, d. David Fourier/Bradley Rust Gray/Jason Gould/Lane Janger/Gregory Cooke)    **   
BOYS OF BARAKA, THE  (2005, d. Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady; docu) V.  *** 3/4
BOYS  (2004, d. Stacy Cochran)V. A TiVo loser. Mysterious Winona Ryder ends up in a boys boarding school dorm tempting rebellious Lucas Haas. No chemistry.  * 1/2
BOYS  (2014, d. Micha Kemp)  *** 1/4
BOYSTOWN  (2008, d. Juan Flahn) ** 3/4
BRAD'S STATUS  (2017,  d. Mike White)  *** 1/2
BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD, THE  (2016,  d. Jen Senko)  *** 3/4
BRAN NUE DAE  (2010, d. Rachel Perkins)  ** 1/2
BRAND NEW LIFE, A (2010, d. Ounie Lecomte) ***
BRAND NEW TESTAMENT, THE  (Belgium)  (2015,  d.  Jaco Van Dormael) ** 3/4
BRAVE MISS WORLD  (2013, d. Cecilia Peck)  ** 3/4
BRAVE ONE, THE   (2007, d. Neil Jordan) *** 1/4
BRAVE  (2013, d. Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell et al)  ** 1/2
BREACH  (2007, d. Billy Ray) Well acted (esp. Chris Cooper) true story of bringing down a spy. Also Ryan Phillippe's best work in ages. ***
BREAD & TULIPS  (2001, d. Silvio Soldini)    *** 1/4
BREAD AND ROSES  (2001, d. Ken Loach)    *** 1/4 
BREAKFAST ON PLUTO  (2005, d. Neil Jordan)  ***
BREAKFAST WITH SCOT  (2007, d. Laurie Lynd) ** 3/4
BREAKING AND ENTERING  (2006, d. Anthony Minghella) I loved this film despite flaws, became emotionally involved with characters.  ***
BREAKING THE SILENCE  (2000, d. Zhou Sun)  ***
BREAK-UP, THE  (2006, d. Peyton Reed) Fairly clever by-the-numbers romantic dramady.  No chemistry between leads. ** 1/2
BREATH MADE VISIBLE (2010, d. Ruedi Gerber) V. New Agey docu about octogenarian Marin danseuse Anna Halprin. Lovely sequences of artistic expression & bio.  *** 1/4
BREATHE IN  (2014, d. Drake Doremus)  ** 1/4
BREATHING (ATMEN)  (2011, d. Karl Markovics, Austria) *** 1/2
BREATHLESS (2009,  d. Yang Ik-june) ** 1/4
BRICK LANE  (2008, d. Sarah Gavron) ***
BRICK  (2006, d. Rian Johnson) Overly complex, familiar noirish plot; but topflight young cast and zingy script really work.  ***
BRIDE AND PREJUDICE  (2004, d. Gurinder Chadha) Hollywood meets Bollywood, and I suspect becomes a surprising hit. It works after a fashion.  ***
BRIDE FLIGHT  (2010, d. Ben Sombogaart) *** 3/4
BRIDE OF THE WIND  (2001, d. Bruce Beresford)    ** 3/4   
BRIDE, THE (La novia)   (2016,  d. Paula Ortiz) ** 1/2
BRIDEGROOM  (2013, d. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason)  ****
BRIDESHEAD REVISITED  (2008, d. Julian Jarrold) Over-amped but curiously passionless & unnecessary redo of a definitive miniseries. ** 1/4
BRIDESMAIDS (2011, d. Paul Feig)  Almost too transgressive and female humor oriented for me; yet I laughed and Chris O'Dowd is quite good.  ** 3/4
BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO SHORES, A  (Un pont entre deux rives)  (2000, d. Gerard Dépardieu & Frédéric Auburtin)  *** 3/4
BRIDGE OF SPIES  (2015,  d. Steven Spielberg)  *** 1/4
BRIDGE TO TARABITHIA   (2007, d. Gabor Csupo) Xtian propaganda in a totally wonderful disguise. Moving, grounded fantasy. Hurrah!  *** 1/2  
BRIDGET JONES: EDGE OF REASON  (2004, d. Beeban Kidron) Dreadful film. Poor Renée Zellweger wasted all that weighty effort. Horrendous script, no romantic chemistry.  **
BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY  (2001, d. Sharon Maguire)    *** 1/4 
BRIDGING THE GAP  (2013, d. Curt M. Faudon)  ** 1/4
BRIGHT FUTURE  (2004, d. Kiyoshi Kurosawa) A straightforward (for this director) slacker story about disaffected youths in Japan.  ** 1/4
BRIGHT LEAVES  (2004, d. Ross McElwee) V. Personal docu about McElwee's family connection to tobacco. Slowly paced, but interesting & beautifully shot.  ***
BRIGHT LIGHTS:  STARRING CARRIE FISHER & DEBBIE REYNOLDS  (2016,  d. Alexis Bloom & Fisher Stevens) *** 1/2
BRIGHT STAR (2009,  d. Jane Campion) Weepy, authentic costume romance with an amazingly affecting perf by Ben Winshaw as John Keats.  *** 1/4
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS  (2004, d. Stephen Fry) Fast paced story of the mad upperclass in England just pre-WWII.  Gorgeous period stuff, well played.  ***
BRIGHTON ROCK  (2011, d. Rowan Joffe) Stylish, noirish remake of '47 flick set in '64. Riley is convincingly twitchy, Riseborough a find! Disappointing climax.  ***
BRILLIANT YOUNG MIND, A  (aka X+Y) (2017, d. Morgan Matthews) +  *** 1/2 
Brillo Box (3¢ Off)  (2016, short, d. Lisanne Skyler)  *** 1/4
BRIMSTONE  (2017,  d. Martin Koolhoven)  *** 
BRING IT ON  (2000, d. Peyton Reed)    ***    
BRITNEY BABY, ONE MORE TIME!   (2002, d. Ludi Boeken) ** 3/4
BRITZ  (2008, d. Peter Kominsky) V. Shattering, scary story of Pakistani/Brit brother & sister caught up in modern terrorism on opposite sides.  *** 1/2
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN  (2005, d. Ang Lee)  *** 1/2
BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, THE  (2013, d. Felix van Groeningen, Belgium)  *** 3/4
BROKEN EMBRACES (2009,  d. Pedro Almodovar) Typical Almodovar. Over plotted, gorgeous, a little long. Some breathtakingly original shots, but ultimately disappointing ** 3/4 
BROKEN ENGLISH  (2007, d. Zoe Cassavetes) *** 1/2
BROKEN FLOWERS  (2005, d. Jim Jarmusch) *** 1/2
BROKEN HEARTS CLUB, THE:  A ROMANTIC COMEDY  (2000, d. Greg Berlanti)    ** 1/4 
BROKEN PROMISE (2009,  d. Jill Chlumský; Slovakia)  *** 1/2
BROKEN SKY (El Cielo Dividido)  (2006, d. Julián Hernández) Gorgeously photographed and scored gay art film of gestures.  *** 1/4
BROKEN WINGS  (2003, d. Nir Bergman) Israel AFF.  Drama about family riven by grief after father's death.  *** 1/4
BROKEN  (2006, d. Alan White) ** 1/4
BRONSON (2009,  d. Nicolas Winding Refn) ***
BRONTË SISTERS, THE  (Les Soeurs Brontë)  (2013, d. André  Téchiné)  W/O
BRONZE SCREEN, THE  (2001, d. Alberto Dominguez, Nancy de los Angeles) ** 1/4
BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST  (2012, d. Ryan O'Nan)  *** 1/4
BROOKLYN CASTLE (2012, d. Katie Dellamaggiore) V. Uplifting docu...NYC middle school's chess team brings excellence to inner city. Great kids chosen. Superbly made. ****
BROOKLYN  (2015,  d. John Crowley)  *** 3/4
BROOKLYN  (2015,  d. Pascal Tessaud)  * 3/4
BROOKLYN  (2016,  d. John Crowley) +  ****
BROTHER BEAR  (2003, d. Blaise, Walker) Traditional Disney animation with overly simplistic amerind legend theme. Still, I was move. Good kid film.  ** 3/4
BROTHER  (2001, d. Takeshi Kitano)    ** 3/4   
BROTHER   (2002, d. Yan Yan Mak)
BROTHERHOOD (2010, d. Nicolo Donato)  ** 3/4
BROTHERS (2009,  d. Jim Sheridan) Superb adaptation to a truthful American war story, changing emphasis of original, maybe for the better.  Maguire is great!  *** 1/2
BROTHERS AT WAR (2009,  d. Jake Rademacher) V. Affecting and illuminating documentary by one filmmaker brother embedded in Iraq while 2 other brothers are serving. *** 1/4
BROTHERS BLOOM, THE  (2008, d. Rian Johnson) Silly, slapsticky, anachronistic fantasy which wastes a good cast.  A strange comedown for the director of Brick.  * 1/4
BROTHERS GRIMM, THE  (2005, d. Terry Gilliam) * 3/4
BROTHERS OF THE HEAD  (2006, d. Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe) ***1/4
BROTHERS  (2005, d. Susanne Bier) Shattering drama about a good man who commits an act beyond redemption.  Incredible acting and fine direction.  *** 3/4
BRÜNO (2009,  d. Larry Charles) Über confrontationalist Cohen manages ütter tastelessness.  Funny in a transgressive way, but sort of a mess.  * 3/4
BRUNO  (2003, d. Shirley MacLaine) V.  Limp, soppy comedy - 8 year old spelling genius boy (phenom kid actor Alex Linz) who needs to compete in a dress. * 3/4
BUBBA HO-TEP  (2003, d. Don Coscarelli) Horror comedy in an old-folks home:  Elvis & JFK take on an Egyptian mummy.  Silly fun.  ** 3/4
BUBBLE BOY   (2001, d. Blair Hayes)    * 3/4    
BUBBLE, THE   (2006, d. Eytan Fox) *** 1/4
BUCK (2011, d. Cindy Meehl)  *** 1/4
BUCKET LIST, THE  (2007, d. Rob Reiner)V.  Only for old folks; but a great travelogue.  ** 3/4
BUDDENBROOKS (2009,  d. Heinrich Breloer) *** 1/4
BUDDHA COLLAPSED OUT OF SHAME  (2008, d. Hana Makmalbaf) *** 1/4
BUDDY  (2003, d. Marten Tyldum) Young guy turns his & 2 eccentric roommates liver into a commercially successful video journal.  Touching, fun comedy.  ***
BUFFALO BOY  (2005, d. Minh Nguyen-Vo; Vietnam)  ***
BUFFALO GIRLS (2012, d. Todd Kellstein) V. Hard to watch docu of 2 tiny & adorable pre-teen Thai girl kick-boxers who do bouts for money...exploited by family & promoters. Ugh.  **
BUFFALO SOLDIERS  (2004, US d. Gregor Jordan) Glossy, high-budget, somewhat over-the-top satire about army corruption in German occupation in '89.  *** 1/2
BUGS  (2016,  d. Andreas Johnsen) ** 1/4
BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS  (2004, d. John Dullighan) V. I've never much been into Bukowski; but this compelling docu presents him well.  ** 3/4
BULGARIAN LOVERS  (2003, d. Eloy de la Iglesia) Tongue in cheek drama about a straight Bulgarian expat in Madrid taking advantage of a gay Spaniard. ** 1/4
BULGARIAN RHAPSODY  (2014,  Bulgaria,  d. Ivan Nitchev)  *** 1/2
BULLHEAD (Rundskop)  (2012, d. Michaël R. Roskam, Belgium)  *** 1/4
BULLY (2012, d. Lee Hirsch) V. Important docu following bullied kids (and parents of suicided bullied kids). Invisible camera? Pretty amazing, shocking & moving stuff.  *** 3/4
BULLY   (2001, d. Larry Clark)    *** 1/2    
BUM'S NAME, THE (Civico 0)  (2008, d. Citto Maselli) ***
BUNGALOW (2002, d. Ulrich Kohler)  ***
BUNOHAN:  RETURN TO MURDER  (2012, d. Dain Said)  W/O
BURIED (2010, d.  Rodrigo Cortés) Uncompromising, difficult to watch, uncommercial tour de force. Reynolds is spectacularly right.  Is there an audience? *** 1/4
BURLESK KING  (2000, d. Mel Chionglo)    *    
BURLESQUE (2011 d. Steve Antin) Fab costumes & production. Less than fab script (clichés abound). Aguilera is great. Gigandet to die for. Cher is mummified. Loved it. ** 3/4
BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY (2009,  d. Anders Ostergaard) V. Astonishing docu footage of government repression of populace. *** 1/2
BURN (2012, d. Putnam & Sanchez) V. Dispiriting yet hopeful docu of Detroit fire department, most fires, least money, 80,000 abandoned buildings. Some exciting footage, good characters. *** 1/4
BURN AFTER READING  (2008, d. Joel & Ethan Coen) Silly, but quite entertaining farce about CIA snafu involving a computer disk & some greedy Washingtonians.  ***
BURN BURN BURN  (2016,  d. Chanya Button)  *** 1/2
BURNING BUSH  (2014, d. Agnieszka Holland)  *** 1/2
BURNING IN THE WIND  (2003, d. Silvio Soldini)  Bleak but well acted story of East Euro life transported into France along with ill-fated love  ***.
BURNING PLAIN, THE (2009,  d. Guillermo Arriaga) *** 1/4
BURNT BY THE SUN 2:  THE CITADEL (2011, d. Nikita Mikhalkov, Russia)  ** 3/4
BURNT MONEY   (2001, d. Marcelo Piñeyro)    *** 1/2
BURNT OUT  (2006, d. Fabienne Godet) ***
BURNT  (2015,  d. Steven Knight)  *** 1/2
BURZYNSKI (2010, d. Eric Merola) V. Combative, fascinating one-sided (but effectively so) docu about pharma & FDA conspiracy against effective cancer cure.  *** 3/4
BUS 174  (2004, d. José Padilha) V. Brazilian doc which examines thoroughly the background of a publically televised bus hijacking and relives the tragic events.  ***
BUS PALLADIUM  (2010, d. Christopher Thompson)  *** 1/4
BUSINESS OF STRANGERS, THE   (2001, d. Patrick Stettner)    ***    
BUT FOREVER ON MY MIND  (Come te nessuno mai)  (2000, d. Gabriele Muccino)    *** 1/2  
BUT FOREVER ON MY MIND  (2005, d. Gabriele Muccino) V. Finally this 1999 coming of age masterpiece about youthful exhuberance is out on DVD!  *** 3/4
BUTA (2012, d. Ilgar Najaf, Azerbaijan)  ** 1/4
BUTLER, THE  (2013, d. Lee Daniels)  ** 3/4
BUTTERFLY (Lea legua de las mariposas) (2000, d. Jose Luis Cuerda)    ** 1/2
BUTTERFLY SMILE   (2002, d. He Jianjun)   * 1/2
BUTTERFLY, THE  (2004, France  d. Philippe Muyl)  Sappy, Kolya type drama about old butterfly collector & the little girl who runs away with him.  ** 1/2
BUTTERFLY'S DREAM, THE  (2014, d. Yilmaz Erdogan)  *** 1/4
BÜYÜK ADAM KÚÇÜK ASK   (2001, d. Handan Ipekçi)  ** 3/4
BY SIDNEY LUMET  (2016,  d. Nancy Buirski)   *** 3/4
BY THE SEA  (2015,  Angeline Joli)  *
BYPASS  (2013, d. Aitor Mazo, Patxo Telleria)  *** 1/2
BYRON  (2005, d. Julian Farino) V.  ** 3/4
BYZANTIUM  (2013, d. Neil Jordan)  ** 3/4
C.O.G.  (2013, d. Kyle Patrick Alvarez)  *** 1/4
C.R.A.Z.Y.  (2005, d. Jean-Marc Vallée; Canada)  *** 3/4
C.R.A.Z.Y.  (2006, d. Jean-Marc Vallée) V. 2nd time around this time on video.  Why is this masterpiece not getting released in the U.S.? *** 3/4
C.R.A.Z.Y.  (2007, d. Jean-Marc Vallée) V.+++ Still one of the best coming-of-age gay films ever made. *** 3/4
CAB FOR THREE, A   (2001, d. Orlando Lübbert)  **
CABALLERO DON QUIXOTE, EL  (2003, d. Manuel Gutierrez Aragon) Boring sequel to Don Quixote.  * 3/4
CA-BAU-KAN  (2003, d. Nia Dinata) Indonesia AFF.  Historical drama about a beautiful pleasure girl who marries a shady businessman.  * 1/2
CABBIE, THE  (2001, d. Yiwen Chen and Huakun Zhang) ** 1/2
CADILLAC RECORDS  (2008, d. Darnell Martin) Interesting biopic of Chess recording artists. Nice musical numbers, esp. Beyoncé's Etta James. ** 3/4
CADO DALLE NUBI  (2011 d. Gennaro Nunziante) ***
CAESAR MUST DIE (2012, d. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Italy)  ***
CAESAR  (2005, d. Uli Edel) V. ** 3/4
CAFÉ DE FLORE (2012, d. Jean-Marc Vallée) Vallée is a stylish auteur whose take on a fateful couple's relationship through past lives is ambitious, difficult to grasp and rewarding. *** 1/4
CAFÉ SOCIETY  (2016,  d. Woody Allen)  *** 1/2
CAIRO TIME  (2010, d. Ruba Nadda)  ** 1/2
CAJA 507, LA  (2003, d. Enrique Urbizu)  Thriller about a meek bank director who gets involved in a huge Mafia inspired international conspiracy.  ** 3/4
CAKE EATERS, THE (2009,  d. Mary Stuart Masterson) Quirky, realistic contemporary heart tugger with some really wonderful perfs & assured direction.  *** 1/4
CALENDAR GIRLS (2004, d. Nigel Cole) Mediocre female version of The Full Monty.  **
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' (ENDLESS)  (2008, d. Cristian Nemescu) *** 1/4
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME  (2017,  d. Luca Guadagnino)  *** 3/4
CALL ME KUCHU  (2013, d. Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall)  *** 3/4
CALL ME LUCKY  (2015,  d. Bobcat Goldthwait)  *** 1/2
CALL ME THIEF  (2016,  South Africa,  d. Daryne Joshua)  *** 1/2
CALL ME TROY  (2008, d. Scott Bloom) ***
CALL, THE  (2013, d. Brad Anderson) ** 1/4
CALVARY  (2014,  d. John Michael McDonagh)  *** 1/4
CAMARATE   (2001, d. Luis Filipe Rocha)  *** 1/4
CAMERAPERSON  (2016,  d. Kirsten Johnson)  *** 3/4
CAMILLA DICKENSON  (2012, d. Cornelia Duryée Moore)  ** 1/2
CAMILLE  (2008, d. Gregory Mackenzie)  * 3/4
CAMION  (2013, d. Rafaël Ouellet)  *** 1/4
CAMP HOLLYWOOD  (2005, d. Steve Markle)V. Superb personal DV docu about a nearby hotel & its denizens, many trying to make it in Hollywood.  *** 1/2
CAMP  (2003, d. Todd Graff) + Just hits me squarely in my wheelhouse. 2nd viewing confirms its cleverness & skills of the cast despite inherent clichés.  ***
CAMP  (2003, US  d. Todd Graff)  Aimiable, but predictable (we've seen it before), musical comedy about a summer camp for budding entertainers.  ** 1/2
CAMP  (2007, d. Todd Graff) V.++ Still more entertaining than American Idol!  Guilty pleasure; but very much a pleasure.  ***
CAMPAIGN, THE  (2012, d. Jay Roach) Funny enough political comedy with a wonderfully prissy perf. by Galifianakis. Humor too broad; but occasionally trenchant. ** 3/4
CAMPFIRE (2012, d. Bavo Defume) V. 4 short Belgian films of youthful male longing. Combine Fassbinder & Todd Haynes & no overt content & you have this. **
CAMPFIRE  (2004, d. Joseph Cedar) Involving family drama about a woman with 2 daughters coping with social and relational problems. Nicely acted.  ***
CAN GO THROUGH SKIN (2009,  d. Esther Rots) ** 1/2
CAN MR. SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANY MORE?  (2006, d. Frank Popper) V. Absorbing docu of empassioned run for Congress. *** 1/2
CAN  (2012, d. Rasit Çelikezer)  *** 1/4
CANONE INVERSO  ("Making Love")   (2001, d. Ricky Tognazzi)  ** 1/4
CANOPY  (2014,  d.  Aaron Wilson)  ** 1/2
CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP: A BAD BOY STORY  (2017,  d. Daniel Kaufman)  * 1/2
CAPE NO. 7  (2008, d. Te-Sheng Wei; Taiwan) **
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE   (2005, d. Mark Bamford) Harmless S.African ecuminical romantic comedy, sort of predictable.  ** 1/2
CAPITAL  (2013, d. Costa-Gavras)  ** 3/4
CAPITALISM:  A LOVE STORY (2009,  d. Michael Moore) In your face docu, always interesting even though Moore's opinions often rankle this time around.  ** 3/4
CAPITOL CRIMES (p. Bill Moyers) V. Surgical dissection of the Jack Abramoff/Tom de Lay scandals.  Great tv journalism.  *** 1/4
CAPONE  (2004, d. Jean Marc Brandolo) Buddy road trip film...two lost souls taking a race horse from Paris to Finland. Good film, but I dozed.  ** 3/4
CAPOTE  (2005, d. Bennett Miller) *** 1/4
CAPTAIN ABU RAED  (2008, d. Amin Matalqa) ***
CAPTAIN AHAB (Captaine Achab)  (2008, d. Philippe Ramos) ** 1/4
CAPTAIN AMERICA: 1ST AVENGER (2011, d. Joe Johnston) At last a movie from the comics that's well plotted & directed by a guy who knows what to do with 3D.  ***
CAPTAIN AMERICA:  CIVIL WAR  (2016,  d. Anthony Russo, Joe Russo)  * 3/4
CAPTAIN AMERICA:  THE WINTER SOLDIER  (2014, d. Joe Russo)  ** 3/4
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC  (2016,  d. Matt Ross)  ****
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC  (2017,  d.  Michael Ross)  +  ****
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS  (2013, d. Paul Greengrass)  *** 1/4
CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER, THE  (2001, d. Alexander Proshkin)  ***
CAPTIVATED:  THE TRIALS OF PAMELA SMART  (2014,  d. Jeremiah Zagar)  *** 1/2
CAPTIVE  (2004, d. Gastón Biraben) Moving & beautifully acted film about an Argentine teenage girl who discovers her parents are not her real parents.  *** 1/4
CAPTIVE  (2009,  d. Aleksei Uchitel) ** 3/4
CAPTURE OF THE GREEN RIVER KILLER, THE  (2008, d. Norma Bailey) V. Zodiac lite. Very well made & acted.  ***
CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS  (2003, US doc.  d. Andrew Jarecki)  A great documentary which peels the layers off of a family's secrets & justice mislaid.  ****
CARAMEL  (2007, d. Nadine Labaki; Lebanon) ** 1/2
CARANCHO (2010, d. Pablo Trapero; Argentina)   ** 1/4
CARANDIRU  (2004, d. Hector Babenco) A Brazilian prison worse than Oz, from doctor's pov. Involving, occasionally wrenching, well acted, nicely put together.  *** 1/4
CARD PLAYER, THE  (2004, d. Dario Argento) Ludicrous, but well directed Italian policier about a maniac serial woman killer using the internet to play games with police. * 1/2
CARGO  (2010, d. Ivan Engler)  ***
CARLOS (2010, d. Olivier Assayas) V. 3-part miniseries, so complex, lucid & excitingly written & directed. Ramirez also excellent. Very impressive achievement.  *** 3/4
CARMEN IN KHAYELITSHA  (2006, d. Mark Dornford-May) ** 1/2
CARMO HIT THE ROAD (2009,  d. Murillo Pasta) ** 1/4
CARNAGE (2004, d. Delphine Gleize) V. Visually stunning film about, well, bull.  And how all is connected in the world.  Or something.  ***
CARNAGE  (2011, d. Roman Polanski) Best 4-actor filmed play since V. Woolf, actors eat up the screen & each other. f/x of the year: Polanski's Brooklyn.  *** 1/2
CAROL  (2015,  d. Todd Haynes)  *** 3/4
CAROL  (2016,  d. Todd Haynes) +  *** 1/2
CARRIER, THE (2011, d. Maggie Betts) V. Slowly developing, gorgeous, moving docu of polygamous Zambian family suffering effects of AIDS & still having babies.  *** 1/4
CARS  (2007, d. John Lassiter) Inventive animation, got better as it went along, but just not up to its rep.  ** 3/4
CARTEL LAND  (2015,  d. Matthew Heineman))  ***
CASA DE LOS BABYS  (2003, d. John Sayles) Intermittently interesting Mexican baby mill story, unexpectedly flawed by a poorly structured script.  **
CASA DE MI PADRE (2012, d. Matt Piedmont) Spoof on mexi-narco western genre. Purposely shoddy; but still really shoddy and incredibly unfunny.  * 1/2
CASANEGRA (2009,  d. Nour Eddine Lakhmari; Morocco) ** 1/4
CASANOVA  (2005, d. Lasse Hallström) ***
CASE AGAINST 8, THE  (2014, d. Ben Cotner, Ryan White)  *** 3/4
CASH TRUCK  (2004, d. Nicolas Boukhrief) Effective, beautifully shot film noir, violent and unpredictable.  ***
CASHBACK   (2006, d. Sean Ellis) ***
CASINO JACK AND THE UNTIED STATES OF MONEY  (2010, d. Alex Gibney) Fast paced, scattered & unfocused docu about Jack Abramoff & govt. corruption. ** 1/4
CASINO JACK  (2010, d. George Hickenlooper)  Spacey is convincing as out-of-control real-life lobbyist; but fiction, even imaginatively structured doesn't match fact. ** 3/4
CASINO ROYALE  (2006, d. Martin Campbell) Nice new Bond; nice physical action stunts.  But the film is as ridiculous as ever.  ** 1/4
CASSANDRA'S DREAM  (2007, d. Woody Allen) Hitchcockian film with a little Purple Noon thrown in.  ** 3/4
CAST AWAY  (2000, d. Robert Zemeckis)    ***    ri
CASTING BY  (2013, d. Tom Donahue)  *** 1/4
CASUAL VACANCY, THE  (2015,  d.  Jonny Campbell)   1/2*
CAT IN PARIS, A (2012, d. Felicioli & Gagnol) Stylish, French style 2D animation with a rather ordinary "cat burglar" plot à la To Catch a Thief.  ** 1/2
CATCH A FIRE  (2006, d. Phillip Noyce) Excellent "making of a terrorist/freedom fighter" film from So. Africa. Derek Luke fine.  *** 1/4
CATCH AND RELEASE  (2007, d. Susannah Grant) Predictable but well acted chick flick which involved me.  ** 3/4
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN    (2002, d. Steven Spielberg)    ***   
CATCH THE DREAM (Tarok)  (2014, d.  Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis)  ** 1/2
CATFISH (2010, d.  Schulman & Joost) Somewhat overhyped docu.  Interesting and sad human nature vs. internet account - but nothing remarkable.  ***
CAUCASIA  (2008, d. Farid Gumbatov; Azerbaijan) * 1/4
CAUGHT IN THE WEB (2012, d. Chen Kaige, China) *** 1/4
CAVE OF THE YELLOW DOG, THE  (2006, d. Byambasuren Davaa; Mongolia)
Cavedigger  (2013, d. Jeffrey Karoff) Doc short: Ra Paulette, elderly man who digs enormous embellished caves from sandstone in N.M. Amazing. *** 1/4
CAVEDWELLER  (2004, d. Lisa Cholodenko) Sometimes annoying but satisfying drama about woman who ran away with a rock band returning home to Georgia.  ** 3/4
CAYO  (2006, d. Vincente Juarbe; Puerto Rico) * 3/4   
CECIL B. DEMENTED   (2000, d. John Waters)    ** 1/4  
CECILIE  (2007, d. Hans Fabian Wullenweber) ** 3/4
CEDAR RAPIDS (2011 d. Miguel Arteta) OK funny mashup of Hangover & any Alex Payne joint about prairie rubery. Arteta's good with actors, not prod. design. ** 3/4
CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER  (2014, d. Lee Toland Krieger) +  *** 1/2
CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER (2012, d. Lee Lee Toland Krieger) Bittersweet indie rom-com with killer script & genuine chemistry between all the actors. Loved it!  *** 1/2
CELESTE IN THE CITY (2004, d. Larry Shaw) V. Queer Eye for Straight Girl makeover ABC Family film abounding with simplistic stereotypes. Another great Ethan Embry role. **
CELESTIAL WIVES OF MEADOW MARI  (2013, d. Aleksey Fedorchenko)  * 1/4
CELL 211  (2010, d. Daniel Monzón)  *** 1/2
CELL, THE   (2000, d. Tarsem Singh)    ** 1/2    
CELLULAR  (2004, d. David Ellis) More plot holes than Swiss cheese in this silly variant on Phone Booth; but Chris Evans is going to be a star.  * 3/4
CENTER STAGE  (2000, d. Nicholas Hytner)    ** 3/4   
CENTRAL PARK FIVE, THE (2012, d. Ken Burns et.al.) V.  Another hard-hitting docu: horrendous miscarriage of justice, the "Wilding" rape, '89 NYC. Important; I've seen better. *** 1/2
CENTURION  (2010, d. Neil Marshall)  ** 3/4
CEREMONY  (2011 d. Max Winkler)  ** 1/4
CERTAIN PREY (2011, d. Chris Gerolmo) V. TV movie of a pretty good book; entertaining, comic policing with a little more grit than "Psych" also on USA. ** 1/2
CERTIFIED COPY (2011, d. Abbas Kiarostami) Enigmatic, talky, strangely involving film about 2 people wandering a Tuscan town who may or may not be married.  ***
CESAR'S LAST FAST  (2014,  d. Richard Ray Parez & Lorena Parlee)  ** 3/4
CÉZANNE AFFAIR, THE (L'uomo nero)  (2010, d. Sergio Rubini)  ** 1/4
CHACUN SA NUIT   (2006, d. Jean-Marc Barr, Pascal Arnold) *** 1/4
CHAMELEON (Kaméleon) (2009,  d. Kristzina Goda; Hungary) *** 1/4
CHAMPAGNE SPY, THE  (2007, d. Nadav Schirman) ***
CHAMPS  (2015,  d. Bert Marcus)  ** 3/4
CHANGE OF ADDRESS (Changement d'adresse)  (2007, d. Emmanuel Mouret) ** 1/2
CHANGE OF PLANS  (2010, d.  Danièle Thompson) Uninvolving French dinner party/relationship film about events a year apart. Talky script not saved by good cast. ** 1/4
CHANGELING, THE   (2008, d. Clint Eastwood) Schocking true story resonates emotionally. Jolie's over-the-top perf. is Oscar bait; but Eastwood's clear vision holds.  ***
CHANGE-UP, THE  (2011, d. David Dobkin)  Very unpleasant raunchy, adult, identity change story. Reynolds and esp. Bateman were good, but the film?  Ugh!  * 1/2
CHANGING DESTINY  (2005, d. Daniele Gaglianone) Jagged, cutty, edgy story of 3 teenage northern Italian boys who drop out and get into various kinds of trouble. ***
CHANGING LANES   (2002, d. Roger Michell)    ** 1/2   
CHANGING TIMES (Les Temps qui changent)   (2006, d. André Téchiné) *** 1/4
CHANTRAPAS  (2012, d. Otar Iosseliani, Georgia)  * 1/2
CHAOS AND DESIRE   (2002, d. Manon Briand)  ** 3/4
CHAOS  (2011, d. Tony Giglio) V. Time to waste on a watchable, if cliched STV heist thriller with Stratham & Phillippe. Too labyrinthine for its own good.  ** 1/2
CHAOTIC ANA (Caótica Ana)  (2007, d. Julio Medem)   *** 3/4         
CHAPITEAU-SHOW  (2012, d. Sergey Loban) ** 3/4
CHAPPIE  (2015,  d. Neill Blomkamp) * 3/4
CHARITON'S CHOIR  (2007, d. Grigoris Karantinakis; Greece) * 3/4
CHARLEY AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY  (2006, d. Tim Burton) V. Amusing with impressive effects. ***
CHARLIE BARTLETT  (2007, d. Jon Poll) Anton Yelchin great as a preppy Ferris Bueller type undermining public school authority.  ***
CHARLIE ST. CLOUD  (2010, d.   Burr Steers) Ludicrous plot, predictable & insulting; but Zac can act and has film magnitism. Where is the Burr Steers of Igby?!  * 1/2
CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR  (2007, d. Mike Nichols) Simplistic demonizing of enemy turned me off.  ** 3/4
CHARLIE: THE LIFE & ART OF CHARLES CHAPLIN  (2004, d. Richard Schickel) V. Fascinating, if facile doc about the great film artist.  *** 1/4
CHARLIE'S ANGELS FULL THROTTLE  (2003, d. McG)  Some inventive stuff, though the CGI was cheesy; but ultimately tedius and familiar action thriller.  ** 1/4
CHARLIE'S ANGELS  (2000, d. McG)    *    
CHARLOTTE GRAY   (2001, d. Gillian Armstrong)    ***    
CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES  (2003, d. Eric Byler) 4 Asian-American characters and their tangled relationships.  Haunting, eliptical, subtle, well played.  *** 1/4
CHARLOTTE'S WEB  (2006, d. Gary Winick) Nice voice acting, good f/x and a moving story make for a pleasant film.  ***
CHASER, THE  (2008, d. Na Hong-jin) *** 1/2
CHASING CORAL  (2017,  d. Jeff Orlowsi)  *** 3/4
CHASING ICE (2012, d. Jeff Orlowski) V.+ Fascinating docu with extremely convincing time lapse footage of effects of global warming on glaciers. But a slight lack of focus mars. *** 1/4
CHASING ICE  (2012, d. Jeff Orlowski) Only watched half of this docu in order to make next film, so unrated.
CHASING MAVERICKS  (2012, d. Curtis Hanson) True life film about young surfer who conquers the big waves as a teenager. Clichés abound; the ocean is powerful, even if the acting isn't. ** 1/4
CHASING TRANE:  THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY  (2017,  D.  John Scheinfeld)  *** 3/4
CHÂTEAU, THE   (2002, d. Jesse Peretz)    **       
Chau, beyond the lines (aka War Within the Walls) (2015,  d. Courtney Marsh)  *** 3/4
CHAVELA  (2017,  d. Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi)  ***
CHE BELLA GIORNATA  (2011 d. Gennaro Nunziante) incomplete due to broken digital projector
CHE Part 1  (2008, d. Steven Soderbergh) Light on exposition, too many characters to keep straight, still interesting as docudrama.  ** 3/4
CHE Part 2  (2008, d. Steven Soderbergh) Same problesm; but it just works better as futility and defeat is just more interesting than victory. ***
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN  (2004, d. Shawn Levy) I expected to hate it; but instead I was enchanted by the story & actors. Funny and emotionally satisfying.  ***
CHECK MATE (Jaque Mate)  (2012, d. José María Cabral, Dominican Republic)  ** 3/4
CHECKOUT GIRL'S BIG ADVENTURE, A  (2012, d. Pierre Rambaldi) ** 1/2
CHEF OF SOUTH POLAR, THE  (2010, d. Shuichi Okita)  *** 1/4
CHEF  (2014,  d.  Jon Favreau)  ** 3/4
CHEF, THE  (2014, d. Daniel Cohen)  ** 1/4
Chefs (Ep. 1 & 2)  (2015,  d. Arnaud Malherbe)  Fascinating, French TV series staring handsome and charismatic Hugo Becker.  *** 1/2
CHEF'S SPECIAL  (2009,  d. Nacho Velilla) ** 1/4
CHELSEA WALLS   (2002, d. Ethan Hawke)    **   
CHÉRI (2009,  d. Stephen Frears) Outstanding, lavish evocation of Belle Epoque; Pfeiffer is radient, Rupert Friend fabulously epicene. Literate script.  *** 1/2
CHERISH  (2002, d. Finn Taylor)    ** 1/2    
CHERRY BLOSSOMS - HANAMI  (2008, d. Dorris Dorrie) *** 1/4
CHERRY  (2010, d. Jeffrey Fine)  *** 1/2
CHIAVI DI CASA, LE  (2007, d. Gianni Amelio) V.+ Wonderful, moving film with sublime performances by Rampling, Stuart & Rossi. *** 1/2
CHICAGO  hicago  (2002, d. Rob Marshall)    *** 3/4   
CHICKEN PEOPLE  (2016,  d. Nicole Lucas Haimes)  ** 1/4
CHICKEN RUN  (2000, d. Peter Lord & Nick Park)    ** 1/2    
CHICKEN UNDERGROUND    (2001, d. Edet Belzberg)    ** 1/2   
CHICKEN WITH PLUMS (2012, d. Satrapi & Paronnaud) Overly designed & precious fable about an Iranian (Mathieu Amalric) and his adored violin. Pretty, but boring. ** 1/4
CHICO & RITA (2012, d. Errando, Mariscal, Trueba) Moving, involving, wonderful tribute to Cuban music & jazz with a sassy love story. Animation for adults!!  *** 1/2
CHIHWASEON   (2002, d. Im Kwon-taek)  *** 1/4
CHILD 44      (2015,  d. Daniel Espinosa)  ***
CHILD PRODIGY, THE  (L'enfant prodige) (2011 d. Luc Dionne)  *** 1/2
CHILD, THE (L'enfant)  (2005, d. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) *** 1/4
CHILDHOOD OF MAXIM GORKY   (2005, d. Mark Donskoy) Classic Russian film from the writer's memoire of his peasant Volga family.  ***
CHILDHOOD'S END  (2015,  d. Nick Hurran)  ** 1/2
CHILDREN OF DIYARBAKIR, THE  (2010, d. Miraz Bezar)  ***
CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI, THE  (2008, d. Roger Spottswoode) ** 3/4
CHILDREN OF MEN  (2006, d. Alfonso Cuaron) Masterpiece of Gazaian dystopia, Nativity allegory & Time of the Wolf rolled into one. *** 1/2
CHILDREN OF SARAJEVO (2012, d. Aida Begic, Bosnia & Herzegovina)  **
CHILDREN OF THE CENTURY   (2002, d. Diane Kurys) [1999]    ***   
CHILDREN OF WAR  (2007, d. Alexandre Fuchs) ** 1/4
CHILDREN  (2007, d. Ragnar Bragason; Iceland) *** 1/2
CHILD'S POSE  (2013, d. Calin Peter Netzer, Romania)  *** 1/2
CHILDSTAR   (2005, d. Don McKellar) Funny, trenchant and occasionally silly satire about a 12 yr. old movie star & his kooky mom.  ***
CHILL OUT   (2001, d. Andreas Struk)  ** 1/2
CHIMP, THE  (2001, d. Aktan Abdykalykov)  ** 1/4
CHIMPANZEE (2012, d. Fothergill & Linfield) V. A true achievement Disney nature docu, fabulous footage. Marred by over-obvious slick narration & pop soundtrack. ** 3/4
CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT (2012, d. Yung Chang) V. Slowly developing docu of 3 Chinese boxers, young & mid-age. Boring, uneven start; but by end riveting & insightful.  ***
CHINAMAN (Kinamand)  (2006, d. Henruk Ruben Genz) Wry Danish comedy. Plumber divorced by wife marries younger Chinese woman. ***
CHINESE ODYSSEY: 2002  (2003, Hong Kong  d. Jeff Lau)  Funny and assured satire of a martial arts, Chinese Emperor's court film.  *** 1/4
CHINESE PUZZLE  (2014,  d. Cédric Klapisch)  *** 1/4
CHI-RAQ  (2015,  d. Spike Lee)  ** 3/4
CHLOE (2010, d. Atom Egoyan) Julianne Moore better than ever in.remake of Nathalie with more psychologically sound script. Lesbionics not my thing; but Max Thieriot is! ***
CHOCOLAT  (2000, d. Lasse Hallström)    ***    
CHOCOLATE WAR, THE (2012, d. Keith Gordon) V. YA book about war of nerves among students at a private school: starkly shot with fine acting & adaptation. ***
CHOK-DEE  (2005, d. Xavier Durrenger) The French Rocky, a French street criminal becomes a world champ Thai boxer...written & acted by the guy himself. ** 1/2
CHOKE  (2008, d. Clark Gregg) * 1/2
CHOP SHOP  (2007, d. Ramin Bahrani) ***
CHOP SUEY  (2001, d. Bruce Weber)    ** 3/4    
CHOPPER  (2001, d. Andrew Dominik)    ***   
CHORISTES, LES  (2004, d. Christophe Barratier) Franch AFF: moving drama of a teacher who tames the boys in a reform school through music.  *** 1/2
CHOSEN AND EXCLUDED - JEW HATRED IN EUROPE  (2017,  d. Joachim Schroeder, Sophie Hafner)  ***
CHRIS & DON:  A LOVE STORY  (2008, d. Guido Sante) *** 1/2
CHRISTMAS TALE, A (Un conte de Noël)  (2008, d. Arnaud Desplechin) *** 1/4
CHRISTMAS TREE UPSIDE DOWN  (2007, d. Ivan Cherkelov and Vassil Jivkov) ***
CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS  (2004, d. Joe Roth) Horrendous, embarrassing, utterly offensive (to this Jewish observer), silly, unfunny.  Did I love it?   1/2*
CHROMIUM  (2016  Albania,  d. Bujar Alimani)  *** 1/4
CHRONICAL OF AN ESCAPE   (2006, d. Israel Adrián Cactano) ** 3/4
CHRONICALLY UNFEASIBLE   (2001, d. Sergio Bianchi)  W/O
CHRONICALS OF NARNIA  (2005, d. Andrew Adamson)  **
CHRONICALS  (2004, d. Sebastian Cordero) Equador's Acad. entry is a superb psychological thriller about a child serial killer's manipulation of tv pop news.  *** 1/4
CHRONICLE (2012, d. Josh Trank) Loved it! Wish fulfillment fantasy+Greek tragedy+mysterious superpowers+very talented young director+ Dane DeHaan *** 1/2
CHRONICLE  (2014, d. Josh Trank) +  *** 3/4
CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, THE: VOYAGE (2010, d. Michael Apted) Often annoying, but better than similar Last Airbender, which is damning with faint praise.  ** 1/2
CHRYSALIS  (2007, d. Julien Leclercq) ** 1/2
CHRYSTAL (2004, d. Ray McKinnon) Southern gothic story of the effects of an auto accident on a couple after 20 years of the husband in prison.  ** 3/4
CHUCK AND BUCK  (2000, d. Miguel Arteta)    ***    
CHUCKS  (2016,  d.  Sabine Hiebler, Gerhard Ertl)  **
CHUMSCRUBBER, THE  (2005, d. Arie Posin) Wonderful suburban satire cult-type film in Donnie Darko mode. Jamie Bell: #1 actor of his generation.  *** 1/2
CHUNHYANG  (2000, d. Im Kwon-taek)    *** 1/2    
CIAO  (2008, d. Yen Tan) Touching, arty (in a good way) American indie gay film...Italian man meets friend on net.  ***
CIGAN (GYPSY)  (2011, d. Martin Sulik,  Slovak Republic)  ***
CINDERELLA MAN  (2005, d. Ron Howard) Moving story of James Braddock with a searingly honest portrayal by Russell Crowe.  *** 1/2
CINDERELLA  (2015,  d. Kenneth Branagh) ** 3/4
CINÉASTES DE NOTRE TEMPS (2011, d. Jacques Rozier) V. Informative 98 minute docu made for tv in the '60s interviewing people involved with Vigo. ***
CINEMA VERITÉ (2011, d. Berman & Pulcini) V. Superbly acted re-creation of the behind the scenes of An American Family. 40 years ago never seemed so fresh. *** 1/2
CINEMA, ASPIRIN & VULTURES (Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus)  (2006, d. Marcelo Gomes) ** 1/4
CINEMABILITY  (2013, d. Jenni Gold)  *** 1/2
CIRCLE ROUGE, LE  (2003, d. Jean-Pierre Melville) 1970 noir, typical Melville which means lean and taut.  Montand & Delon great.  *** 1/4
CIRCLE, THE  (2014, d. Stefan Haupt)  *** 1/4
CIRCLE, THE   (2001, d. Jafar Panahi)    *** 1/2    
CIRCLES  (2013, d. Srdan Golubovic)  *** 1/2
CIRCO (2011, d. Aaron Schlock) V. Docu about a Mexican circus family & their heartbreaking problems in the 21st century.  Nicely constructed to involve the audience.   *** 1/4
CIRCUIT    (2002, d. Dirk Shafer)    **   
CIRCUIT   (2001, d. Dirk Shafer)  * 1/2
CIRKUS COLUMBIA (2010, d. Danis Tanovic; Bosnia)  *** 1/2
CITIZEN DUANE  (2006, d. Michael Mabbott) ** 3/4
CITIZEN KOCH  (2014,  d. Carl Deal & Tia Lessin)   *** 1/4
CITIZEN SOLDIER  (2016,  d. Christian Tureaud & David Salzberg)  ** 3/4
CITIZENFOUR  (2014, d. Laura Poitras)  ****
CITIZENFOUR  (2015,  d. Laura Poitras)  +  ****
CITY BY THE SEA   (2002, d. Michael Caton-Jones)    *** 1/2  
CITY ISLAND  (2010, d. Raymond De Felitta) Family dramedy where everybody lies. Original idea, great script, wonderful acting ensemble.  *** 1/2
CITY OF BORDERS (2009,  d. Yun Suh) ***
CITY OF EMBER  (2008, d. Gil Kenan) Superb dystopian heroic fantasy, a live action Wall*E with the visual panache of Brazil.  *** 1/2
CITY OF GHOSTS  (2003, d. Matt Dillon) Pseudo Graham Greene. Stifling atmosphere well done, as were characterizations. Story falls down.  Good try.  ** 1/4
CITY OF GHOSTS  (2017,  d. Matthew Heineman)  *** 3/4
CITY OF GOD   (2002, d. Fernando Meirelles)  ***
CITY OF GOLD  (2016,  d. Laura Gabbert)  *** 1/4
CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH (2009,  d.Lu Chuan) *** 1/4
CITY OF MEN  (2008, d. Paolo Morelli) Much better than City of God, imho.  Emotionally affecting, driving narrative. *** 1/4
CITY OF NO LIMITS   (2002, d. Antonio Hernandez)  *** 1/4
CITY OF THE SUN, THE (Slunecný Stát)  (2006, d. Martin Sulík; Slovak Republic)  **
CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION, THE (2010, d. James Ivory)  Well made & acted, if old fashioned romantic melodrama; but plot just meanders & doesn't resolve.  ** 3/4
CLAIM, THE   (2001, d. Michael Winterbottom)    *** 1/2    
CLAIRE IN MOTION  (2016,  d. Lisa Robinson, Annie J. Howell)  ***
CLAN, THE  (Argentina)  (2015,  d.  Pablo Trapero)  *** 1/2
CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD (2012, d. Benjamín Ávila, Argentina)  ***
CLAPHAM JUNCTION (2012, d. Adrian Shergold) V.+ Involving & depressing drama of one full moon night of sex, lies & gay bashings in London. *** 1/4
CLAPHAM JUNCTION  (2008, d. Adrian Shergold) Terrific British TV movie about contrasts in modern society (marriage & bashing).  *** 1/2
CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010, d. Louis Leterrier) Post-prod. 3D better than expected. Film even worse: repetitive turgid battle scenes, wooden acting. Ugh.  * 1/2
CLASH  (2016,  Egypt,  d. Mohamed Diab)   *** 1/2
CLÁSICO, EL  (2016,  Iraq,  d. Halkawt Mustafa)  ** 3/4
CLASS ENEMY  (2013, d. Rok Bicek, Slovenia)  ***
CLASS TRIP (2012, d. Claude Miller) V. Creepy, expressionistic, even Gothic 1998 film of troubled young boy on class ski vacation, away from controlling dad. *** 1/4
CLASS, THE (Entre les murs)  (2008, d. Laurent Cantet; France) *** 3/4
CLASS, THE  (2008, d. Ilmar Raag; Estonia) *** 1/2
CLASSE TOUS RISQUE  (2006, d. Claude Sautet) A terrific classic noir with a star-making Belmondo perf (if Breathless hadn't hit first).  *** 1/2
Claude Lanzmann:  Spectres of the Shoah  (2015,  d. Adam Benzine)  ***
CLAY BIRD, THE  (2003, d. Tareque Masud) Bangladesh AFF.  A family uprooted by political upheaval in '68.  ** 3/4
CLEAN  (2005, d. Olivier Assayas) Maggie Chung is superb as a junkie trying to go clean to reclaim her son from her inlaws in this wonderful drama.  *** 1/2
CLEANER, THE  (2013, d. Adrian Saba, Peru)  W/O
CLEAR HISTORY  (2014, d. Greg Mottola)  ** 3/4
CLEARING, THE  (2004, d. Pieter Jan Brugge) Hi-gloss kidnap film, Redford victim, Mirren the suffering wife. "Without a Trace" does it better.  **
CLICK  (2006, d. Frank Coraci) Good F/X, lousy script, sort of an It Might Have Been a Wonderful Life. Not Sandler's finest.  * 3/4
CLIENT 9 - RISE & FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER (2010, d. Alex Gibney) V. Informative docu about hubris, almost a whitewash; but Spitzer's cooperation telling.  ***
CLINK OF ICE, THE (Le Bruit des glaçons) (2011, d. Bertrand Blier)  ** 1/2
CLOCKSTOPPERS    (2002, d. Jonathan Frakes)    ** 3/4  
Close Ties  (2016, short,  d. Zotia Kowalewska)   **
CLOSE TO LEO  (2012, d. Christophe Honoré) V.  Emotional, well-acted 2002 drama of 4-tight knit Breton brothers, from pov of 12-yo youngest, whose oldest bro has AIDS. ***
CLOSED CIRCUIT  (2013, d. John Crowley)  ** 1/2
CLOSER  (2004, d. Mike Nichols) Four loathsome characters well acted and beautifully photographed (cf similar Carnal Knowledge!)  Portman & Owen never better.  ** 3/4
CLOSET MONSTER  (2016, d. Stephen Dunn)  *** 1/4
CLOSET MONSTER  (2017,  d. Stephen Dunn) +  *** 1/2 (improved a quarter pt. 2nd viewing)
CLOSET, THE  (2001, d. Le Placard)  (2001, d. Francis Veber)    ** 1/2    
CLOUD 9 (2009,  d. Andreas Dresan) German septuagenarians screw like rabbits in an attack on filmic taboo against showing wizened bods. VERY true to life, though. ** 3/4
CLOUD ATLAS  (2012, d. Wachowskis & Tykwer) 1 viewing is insufficent to follow complex 6-story narrative. But production (esp. make-up & f/x) is fabulous, perfect acting ensemble. *** 1/4
CLOUD, THE  (2007, d. Gregor Schnitzler) ** 3/4
CLOUDBURST (2012, d. Thom Fitzgerald)  *** 1/4
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA  (2014,  d. Olivier Assayas)  *** 1/4
CLOWN, THE (2012, d. Selton Mello, Brazil)  ** 1/2
CLOWNWISE  (2014, d. Viktor Taus)  ** 1/4
CLUB SANDWICH  (2014, d. Fernando Eimbcke)  ** 3/4
CLUB, THE  (Chile)   (2015,  d.   Pablo Larrain)  ** 1/2
COAL COUNTRY (2009,  d. Mari-Lynn Evans & Phylis Geller) V. Alarming and reasonably even-handed docu about dangers & destruction of coal industry In Appalachia. ** 3/4
COAST GUARD, THE  (2003, d. Kim Ki-duk) Overwrought drama about the soldiers who guard the Korean coastline from spy incursions.  Way over the top.  * 3/4
COAST TO COAST  (2004, d. Paul Mazursky) V. Judy Davis & Richard Dreyfuss are excellent in this moving, adult drama about a couple devastated by their son's death. *** 1/2
COCHOCHI  (2008, d. Israel Cárdenas & Laura Amelia Guzmán) *** 1/4
COCK COLLEGE (short films) (2009,  d. various)
COCKETTES, THE  (2002, d. Bill Weber and David Weissman) ** 3/4
COCO BEFORE CHANEL (2009,  d. Anne Fontaine) Tatou has matured into a superb actress.  Great costumes & sets; but a tad overlong and just didn't involve me. ***
COCONUT HERO  (2016,  d. Florian Cossen)  *** 1/2
CODE 46  (2004, d. Michael Winterbottom) One,   of the greatest examples of cyberpunk ever put on film. Winterbottom's future imagery is amazing.  *** 3/4
CODE BLACK  (2014,  d. Ryan McGarry, M.D.)  ****
CODE UNKNOWN   (2001, d. Michael Haneke)    ** 3/4  
COFFEE DATE  (2006, d. Stewart Wade) Amusing comedy about sexual confusions, really well written script.  ***
COLD CUTS (Buffet froid) (2011, d. Bertrand Blier) **
COLD LIGHT  (2004, d. Hilmar Oddsson) Iceland's AFF is a dour tragedy about a 40ish man finally facing a tragedy of his youth.   ***
COLD MOUNTAIN  (2003, d. Anthony Minghella) Fine production, good acting, but the "well made" story was too predictable. Jude Law is a bonafide star. ***
COLD SHOWERS (Douches froides)  (2006, d. Antony Cordier) ***
COLD SOULS (2009,  d. Sophie Barthes) ** 1/2
COLD WAR  (2013, d. Longman Leung, Sunny Luk)  **
COLDEST DAY, THE  (2004, d. Xie Dong) A somewhat boring film about mutual infidelity in a modern Chinese marriage.  **
COLLATERAL  (2004, d. Michael Mann) L.A. is the star here; and Mann doesn't cheat the geography. Mann's best film in a while.  ***
COLLECTOR, THE (Komornik)  (2005, d. Feliks Falk; Poland)  ** 1/4
COLLIDING DREAMS  (2016,  d. Joseph Dorman & Oren Rudavsky)  *** 1/4
COLLISION (2010, d. Marc Evans) V. Intriguing, fairly predictable Brit tv serial of a police investigation into a multi-car hiway accident with twists & turns. ** 3/4
COLMA: THE MUSICAL  (2006, d. Richard Wong) Strictly amateurville musical, but charming, simple story.  ** 1/2
COLOR OF FAME, THE  (2008, d.Alesandro Bellame Palacios; Venezuela) ***
COLOR OF PARADISE, THE  (2000, d. Majid Majidi)    *** 1/4  
COLORS OF THE MOUNTAINS, THE  (2011, d. Carlos César Arbeláez, Colombia)  ***
COLUMBUS  (2017,  d. Kogonada)  ** 1/4
COMANCHE MOON  (2008, d. Simon Wincer) V.  Nicely played, if choppy, miniseries. Val Kilmer? weird.  ** 3/4
COMBAT  (2006, d. Patrick Carpentier) *
COME AND SEE (2012, d. Elem Klimov) V. Russian WWII intimate epic of orphaned 14 yr. old boy's battles in partisan group. Too histrionic for my tastes. W/O 
COME EARLY MORNING  (2006, d. Joey Lauren Adams) ***
COME INTO THE LIGHT (Alla Luce Del Sol)  (2005, d. Roberto Faenza)  ** 1/2
COME UNDONE (Presque rien)    (2001, d. Sébastien Lifshitz)    ** 
COME UNDONE  (2010, d. Silvio Soldini)  ***
COME WHAT MAY (En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaît)  (2016,  d. Christian Carion)  *** 1/2
COME, TOGETHER  (2017,  d. Dong-il Shin) ***
COMEDIAN, THE  (2017,  d. Taylor Hackford)  *** 1/4
COMEDY OF POWER, A  (2006, d. Claud Chabrol)  ** 3/4
COMIC CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE (2012, d. Morgan Spurlock) V. Amusing docu with Spurlock's gift for finding the right cast & story line without narration.  *** 1/2
COMIC EVANGELISTS  (2006, d. Daniel Jones, Dann Sytsma) ***
COMING HOME (À moi seule) (2012, d. Frédéric Videau)  ** 3/4
COMING HOME  (2015,  d. Viko Nikci)  *** 3/4
COMING HOME  (2015,  d. Zhang Yimou)  *** 1/2
COMMAND AND CONTROL  (2016,  d. Robert Kenner)  *** 3/4
COMMITTED  (2000, d. Lisa Krueger)    ** 
COMPANY MEN, THE  (2010, d. John Wells) Leave it to Wells to make the first truthful, if predictable, film about Depression II.  Superbly cast and timely.  *** 1/4
COMPANY YOU KEEP, THE (2013, d. Robert Redford) *** 1/4
COMPANY, THE  (2003, d. Robert Altman) Little narrative, lots of good dancing. Neve impresses, and James Franco underplays to splendid effect.  *** 1/4
COMPANY, THE  (2007, d. Mikael Salomon) V. *** 1/2
COMPARED TO WHAT: THE IMPROBABLE JOURNEY OF BARNEY FRANK (2016, Canavan & Chandler) *** 3/4
COMPUTER CHESS  (2013, d. Andrew Bujalski)  *** 1/4
COMRADE KIM GOES FLYING  (2013, d. Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner, Kim Gwang-hun)  ** 1/2
CONCERNING VIOLENCE  (2014,  d. Goran Olsson)  ** 3/4
CONCERT, THE  (2010, d. Radu Mihaileanu)  *** 1/2
CONCERTO - A BEETHOVEN JOURNEY  (2016, d. Phil Grabsky)  ***
CONCRETE NIGHT  (2014,  Finland,  d. Pirjo Honkasalo)  *** 1/4
CONCUSSION  (2013, d. Stacie Passon)  ***
CONCUSSION  (2015,  d. Peter Landesman)  ** 3/4
CONDOR: AXIS OF EVIL  (2003, d. Rodrigo Vasquez) A doc linking the U.S. to South American dictators and disappearances of the '70s.  Too unstructured.  ** 1/4
CONFESSIONS (2010, d. Tetsuya Nakashima; Japan)  *** 1/2
CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND  (2002, d. George Clooney)    ***    
CONFESSIONS OF PAIN  (2007, d. Andrew Lau & Alan Mak) *** 1/4
CONFIDENCE  (2003, d. James Foley) Foley has style to burn.  Too bad he didn't burn this derivative script. Why I like Ed Burns is the question.  ** 1/2
CONFUSION DES GENRES, LA   (2001, d. Ilan Duran Cohen)  *** 
CONGORAMA   (2006, d. Philippe Falardeau) ** 3/4
CONGRESS, THE  (2014, d. Ari Folman)  * 1/2
CONNECTION, THE  (La French)  (2015,  d.  Cédric Jimenez)  ***
CONNIE AND CARLA  (2004, d. Michael Lembeck) Silly, if intermittantly funny, script. I liked the music; but the film is excessivly clichéd.  * 3/4
CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE  (2003, d. John Deery) Ernest, polemic drama: celebacy and the Catholic church. Nice production, but too on-point for good drama.  **
CONSPIRATOR, THE (2011, d. Robert Redford) Somber history of injustice, great cast, the Civil War still resonates. Robin Wright & James McAvoy stand out. *** 1/2
CONSTANT GARDNER, THE  (2005, d. Fernando Meirelles)  ***
CONSTANTINE  (2006, d. Francis Lawrence) V. Looks good with graphic novel feel, nice f/x, absurd plot.  ** 1/4
CONTAGION (2011, d. Steven Soderbergh) Suspenseful, realistic, well acted and directed. Only a too pat, unrealistic resolution mars an excellent effort.  *** 1/4
CONTAINER  (2006, d. Lukas Moodysson) * 3/4
CONTENDER, THE   (2000, d. Rod Lurie)    ***    
CONTINENTAL, A FILM WITHOUT GUNS  (2008, d. Stéphane Lafleur) ** 1/2
CONTROL ALT DELETE  (2008, d. Cameron Labine) ** 3/4
CONTROL ROOM  (2004, d. Jehane Noujaim) Doc. about Al-Jezeera's coverage of the current Iraq War. Good footage, though repetitive.  ** 3/4
CONTROL  (2007, d. Anton Corbijn) ***
CONVERSATIONS ON SERIOUS TOPICS  (2013, d. Giedrè Beinoriutè, Lithuania)   * 1/2
CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN  (2006, d. Hans Canosa)  *** 1/4
CONVICTION  (2010, d. Tony Goldwyn) Totally predictable (even more obviously than Secretariat), earnest bleeding heart flick. Rockwell & Juliette Lewis esp. fine. ** 1/2
CONVOY, THE  (2012, d. Alexy Mizgirev)  * 3/4
COOK UP A STORM  (2017,  d.  Raymond Yip Wai Man)  ** 3/4
COOL MONEY  (2005, d. Gary Burns ) V. Modestly involving TV caper film about some losers knocking off N.Y. hotels.  ** 1/2
COOL PEOPLE  (La gente che sta bene)  (2014, d. Francesco Patierno)  Italian dramedy about an executive falling apart publicly.  Not worth reviewing. **
COOLER, THE  (2003, d. Wayne Kramer) The acting's pretty good, especially Alec Baldwin; but the plot, direction & cinematography pretty well suck.  **
COOPER AND HEMINGWAY:  THE TRUE GEN  (2013, d. John Mulholland)  *** 1/2
COPACABANA (2011, d. Marc Fitoussi)  ***
COPYING BEETHOVEN  (2006, d. Agnieszka Holland) Overwrought, overacted. Sublime music (though weirdly edited).  **
CORALINE (2009,  d. Henry Selick) Incredible 3D animation. Fantasmagorical plot not my cuppa; but the imagery is superb & expands the art of cinema.  *** 1/4
CORE, THE   (2003, d. Jon Amiel) F/x end-of-world flick fun enough to overcome implausibilities.  First hour great & then film degrades to clichés.  ** 3/4
CORIOLANUS  (2011, d. Ralph Fiennes) Fabulous concept, great acting; but Shakespeare's language doesn't work for me in this context. ** 1/2
CORN ISLAND  (2014,  Georgia,  d. Giorgi Ovashvili)  *** 1/4
CORONATION  (2000, d. Silvio Caiozzi)  ***  
CORPORATION, THE  (2004, d. Achbar & Abbott) Overlong but fascinating Canadian documentary about "corporations" as psychotic people.  *** 1/2
CORRECTION (Diorthosi)  (2008, d. Thanos Anastopoulos, Greece) ** 1/4
CORTEX  (2008, d. Nicolas Boukhrief) ***
COST OF LIVING  (2004, d. Phillippe Le Guay) Vivid, beautifully realized multi-character story connected by the theme money for love.  *** 1/4
COTE D'AZURE  (2005, d. Ducastel & Martineau) Entertaining French farce about an family on vacation whose sexuality is mutable & evolving.  ** 3/4
COTEAU ROUGH  (2012, d. André Forcier)  ** 3/4
COUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (2009,  d. Lord & Miller) Clever, fun 3-D animated kids film with enough in-humor to amuse adults.  ***
COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, THE    (2002, d. Kevin Reynolds)    ***    
COUNTDOWN TO ZERO  (2010, d. Lucy Walker)  ***
COUNTDOWN  (2012, d. Huh Jong-ho)  ***
COUNTDOWN  (2013, d. Nattawut Poonpiriya, Thailand)  * 1/2
COUNTER INVESTIGATION (Contre-enquête)  (2007, d. Franck Mancusco) *** 1/2
COUNTERFEITERS, THE (Die Falscher)  (2007, d. Stefan Ruzowitzky; Austria) *** 1/2
COUNTRY STRONG (2011 d. Shana Feste) Weak script (seen it before).  Can't blame actors...Paltrow really fine & Hedlund has charisma to burn. Music a plus. ** 1/2
COUNTRY TEACHER, THE  (2008, d. Bohdan Sláma) *** 3/4
COUNTRY WEDDING (2009,  d. Vladis Öskarsdóttir) ***
COUPERET, LE  (2005, d. Costa-Gavras) More black comedy than the usual Costa-Gavras, entertaining film which takes Time Out to a higher level.  ***
COUSINHOOD  (2012, d. Daniel Sánchez Arévalo)  **
COVE, THE (2009,  d. Louie Psihoyos) ** 3/4
COVERBOY (2009,  d. Carmine Amoroso) ***
COWBOYS & ALIENS  (2011, d. Jon Favreau) Liked the Western, hated the Aliens...Well cast; but silly plotting ruined any chance of not disappointing.  **
COWBOYS AND ANGELS  (2004, d. David Gleeson) Beautifully written & acted Irish coming-of-age gay/straight romantic comedy. Michael Legge is wonderful.  *** 1/4
COWBOYS AND ANGELS  (2005, d. David Gleeson)V.+ ***
COWBOYS AND ANGELS  (2015,  d. David Gleeson)  *** 1/4
COWBOYS  (2014,  Croatia,  d. Tomislav Mrsic)  A comic satire (?) where a group of amateurs rehearse & put on a play.  I lost interest.  W/O
COYOTE UNLY  (2000, d. David McNally)    *  3/4  
CQ  (2002, d. Roman Coppola)    *    
CRAB TRAP (2010, d. Oscar Ruiz Navia; Columbia)  * 3/4
CRACKER:  A NEW TERROR  (2006, d. Antonia Bird) V.  Excellent tv film about a killer British cop driven crazy in the "troubles".  ***
CRACKS IN THE SHELL (2012, d. Christian Schwochow)  ***
CRANE WORLD  (2005, d. Pablo Trapero) Slow, Argentine neo-realist B&W film about a 49 yr. old construction worker ex-rock guitarist.  ** 1/2
CRANFORD  (2008, d. Simon Curtis) V. Superb British early Victorian mini-series which just got better & better. The final part blew me away. *** 1/2
CRASH REEL, THE  (2013, d. Lucy Walker)  ***
CRASH  (2005, d. Paul Haggis) Superb Short Cuts type multi-character, roundabout drama...modern day L.A. as racial dystopia. I need to leave L.A.!  *** 1/2
CRAWL (2013, d. Herve Lasgouttes)  ** 3/4
CRAYFISH  (2010, d.  Ivan Cherkelov)  * 1/4
CRAZIES, THE (2010, d. Breck Eisner) Convincing bio-eco-disaster flick with one wonderful perf by Joe Anderson and some effectively directed horror tropes. ***
CRAZY HEART (2009,  d. Scott Cooper) Almost makes me love country music.  Bridges is great, iconic. Nicely realized love story plus the music...winning como.  *** 1/4
CRAZY HORSE (2012, d. Frederick Wiseman) V. Formless, overlong docu of Parisian nightclub; behind scene stuff alternate with naked girl + gorgeous lit dance numbers.  ** 1/2
CRAZY LOVE  (2007, d. Dan Klores & Fisher Stevens) *** 1/4
CRAZY   (2001, d. Hans-Christian Schmid)  *** 1/4
CRAZY, STUPID LOVE  (2011, d. Ficarra & Requa) Diverting rom-com with Carel's best perf to date; I wanted to love it...but predictable plot twists just not funny enough. ** 3/4
crazy/beautiful  (2001, d. John Stockwell)    *** 1/4   
CREATION (2009,  d. Jon Amiel) Earnest, boring costumer biofilm...Bettany is good as Darwin; but I never believed the film was true to the real characters.  ** 1/2
CREATIVE NATURE  (2008, d. John Andres) ** 1/4
CREED  (2015,  d. Ryan Coogler)  *** 3/4
CREW, THE  (2000, d. Michael Dinner)    ** 1/2    
CRIES FROM SYRIA  (2017,  d. Evgeny Afineevsky)  ****
CRIME + PUNISHMENT IN SUBERBIA  (2000, d. Rob Schmidt)    ** 1/2    
CRIME NOVEL  (2006, d. Michele Placido) *** 1/4
CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO, EL  (2003, d. Carlos Carrera)  Mexico AFF.  Anti-clerical satiric melodrama in small Mexican parish.  *** 1/4
CRIMINAL LOVERS  (2000, d. Francois Ozon)    *** 1/2   
CRIMINAL  (2004, d. Gregory Jacobs) A faithful remake of Nine Queens, which means a good, if familiar script. A sympathetic cast, still this one doesn't quite jell.  ** 1/2
CRIMSON RIVERS   (2001, d. Mathieu Kassowitz)  ***
Crisis Hotline:  Veterans Press 1  (2014, d. Ellen Goosenberg Kent) doc short *** 1/4   
CRISTO REY  (2014,  Dominican Republic,  d. Leticia Tonos)  ** 1/4
CROODS, THE  (2014, d. Kirk De Mico, Chris Sanders)  ***
CROOKED E, THE  (2003, d. Penelope Spheeris) V.  CBS film docudrama about fall of Enron.  Predictable script, Christian Kane actor to watch.  **
CROSSING A SHADOW  (2007, d. Augusto Tamayo; Peru) ** 1/2
CROSSING BORDERS  (2008, d. Arnd Wächter) Hopeful, moving docu feels like "Real World Morocco", 4 American & 4 Moroccan students live together for a week and keep it real.  *** 1/4
CROSSING HENNESSY  (2010, d. Ivy Ho)  ** 1/2
CROSSING OVER (2009,  d. Wayne Kramer) Like Crash, only better, this is an involving ensemble drama about distressed immigrants in L.A. *** 1/4
CROSSING THE BORDER (Un Franco 14 Pesetas)  (2007, d. Carlos Iglesias) ***
CROSSING THE BRIDGE: THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL  (2006, d. Fatih Aiken) V. Music docu, sporadically good music, nice photog. ** 1/2
CROSSING  (2009,  d. Kim Tae-kyun; Republic of Korea) ** 3/4
CROSSING, THE (Bocu no ojison) (2000, d. Yoichi Higashi) **
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON  (2000, d. Ang Lee)    *** 3/4    
CROUPIER  (2000, d. Mike Hodges)    ***  1/4
CROWN JEWELS, THE  (2012, d. Ella Lemhagen)  ** 1/4
CROWN, THE  (2017,  d. Stephen Daldry)  Superb mini-series of the reign of Elizabeth II.  ****
CRUDE  (2003, Turkey  d. Paxton Winters)  Road film about 2 young American guys and their travels through Turkey looking for fame & fortune.  ** 3/4
CRUEL BUT NECESSARY  (2005, d. Saul Rubinek) Innovative video about a woman secretly recording her life for 2 years on a hidden camera. ** 3/4
CRUEL JOYS  (2003, d. Juraj Nvota) Slovakia AFF.  Relationship drama in pre-war small Slovak town.  ** 3/4
CRUSH    (2002, d. John McKay)    **    
CRYING LADIES  (2005, d. Mark Meily) Three Philippine women hired as cryers for a Chinese funeral. I was uninvolved; but the film wasn't that bad.  W/O
CRYING OUT  (2011, d. Robin Aubert)  ***
CRYSTAL FAIRY  (2013, d. Sebastián Silva)  ** 3/4
CSI:  GRAVE DANGER 1 & 2  (2005, d. Quentin Tarantino) V. ** 3/4
CUBA LIBRA  (2004, d. Juan Gerard) Nostalgic, but too pat, reminiscence of an 11 yr. old boy coming of age in '58 small town Cuba prior to revolution.  **
CUBE OF SUGAR, A  (2012, d. Reza Mirkarimi)  ** 3/4
CUCKOO, THE   (2002, d. Alexander Rogozhkin)  ***
CULTURE HIGH, THE  (2014,  d. Brett Harvey)  *** 3/4
CUP, THE  (2000, d. Khyentse Norbu)    ***    
CUPCAKES  (2014, d.  Eytan Fox)  * 1/2
CURE  (2001, d. Kiyoshi Kurosawa) [1997]    ***    
CURIOSITY OF CHANCE, THE (2012, d. Russell Marleau) V. Pleasant, eccentric, slick '06 coming of age American hi-school in Belgium indie. Gay clique vs. bullies.  ** 3/4
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, THE (2009,  d. David Fincher) + Even more moving 2nd time around. Epic, emotional, great film. *** 3/4
CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, THE  (2008, d. David Fincher) Moving, epic filmmaking which works at all levels. Nearly a masterpiece. *** 1/2
CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER  (2007, d. Zhang Yimou; China) ***
CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION, THE   (2001, d. Woody Allen)    **    
CURSED (2009,  d. Wes Craven) V. Campy parody of werewolf stories with a great cast (Jesse Eisenberg & Milo Ventimiglia are wonderful). Ridiculous; but clever & fun. ***
CUT BANK  (2014,  d.  Matt Shakman)  *** 1/2
CUT SLEEVE BOYS  (2007, d. Ray Yeung) ** 3/4
Cut, The  (2014, d. Gianluca Minucci)  Short film without dialogue about a young barber dramatically cutting his father's hair.  Nicely designed, but slender premise. ** 1/2
CUTIE AND THE BOXER  (2013, d. Zachary Heinzerling)  ** 3/4
CUTTING EDGE 3, THE  (2008, d. Stuart Gillard) V.  Surprisingly not bad, although predictable. Matt Lanter is good! ** 1/2
CUTTING EDGE, THE  (2008, d. Paul Michael Glaser) V. Moira Kelly & D.B. Sweeney have good chemistry. Otherwise clichéd. ** 1/2
CYBER-SENIORS  (2014,  d. Saffron Cassaday)  ***
CYCLES (2009,  d. Cyril Gelblat) *** 1/2
CYCLING WITH MOLIÈRE  (Alceste à bicyclette)  (2013, d. Philippe Le Guay)  ** 1/2
CYRUS  (2010, d. Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass)  ** 3/4
DA VINCI CODE, THE  (2006, d. Ron Howard) The con of film.  Turgid, overlong...nice historical f/x, though. ** 1/4
DAAS  (2012, d. Adrian Panek)  **
DADDY & PAPA   (2002, d. Johnny Symons)  *** 1/2
DALECARLIANS, THE   (2005, d. Maria Blom) Involving family drama about 3 sisters and the small Swedish town that the youngest returns to.  ***
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB  (2013, d. Jean-Marc Vallée)  *** 1/2
DAMNATION  (2014, d.  Ben Knight, Travis Rummel)  *** 1/4
DAMNED UNITED, THE (2009,  d. Tom Hooper)  Good script & fine perfs (especially Michael Sheen) in a sports biopic more about people than sports. *** 1/4
DAMNED, THE  (2010, d. Isaki Lacuesta)  *
DAMSELS IN DISTRESS (2012, d. Whit Stillman) Smart comedy about college doufuses. Whimsical and slight; but Stillman's style still appeals to me.  ***
DAN IN REAL LIFE  (2007, d. Peter Hedges) Emotionally satisfying, breakthru film for Hedges (and for me, Carell).  *** 1/4
DANCE TOWN     (2011, d. Jeon Kyu-hwan)  ** 3/4
DANCER AND THE THIEF, THE (2009,  d. Fernando Trueba; Spain *** 1/4)
DANCER IN THE DARK  (2000, d. Lars von Trier)    *** 1/2    
DANCER UPSTAIRS, THE   (2002, d. John Malkovich)  ** 3/4
DANCERS (2009,  d. Pemille Fischer Christensen) ** 1/2
DANCING ACROSS BORDERS (2009,  d. Anne H. Bass) ***
DANCING IN JAFFA  (2014,  d. Hilla Medalia)  *** 1/2
DANDELION  (2004, d. Mark Milgard) Well acted, somewhat pointless coming of age story of boy who sacrifices much for his dysfunctional family.  ** 3/4
DANDELIONS, THE  (Du Vent dans mes mollets)  (2013, d. Carine Tardieu)  ** 1/4
DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS, THE  (2002, d. Peter Care)    **  
DANGEROUS METHOD, A  (2011, d.  David Cronenberg) Talky, even stagey ultra-smart film about Jung & Freud falling out. Knightley is spectacularly good. ** 3/4
DANIEL DERONDA (2011 d. Tom Hooper) V. Nicely mounted costumer: love thwarted & Jewish identity found. Stolidly underplayed by good cast. Hooper? hmmm. ** 3/4
DANIKA  (2006, d. Ariel Vromen) * 1/2
DANISH GIRL, THE  (2015,  d. Tom Hooper)  **
DANS PARIS  (2007, d. Christophe Honoré) ** 1/2
DARE (2009,  d. Adam Salky) High school sexual angst film which nails situation & characterizations (though actors are too old). Zach Gilford has genuine star qualities. *** 1/4
DAREDEVIL  (2003, d. Mark Steven Johnson) Better stunts than Spiderman; but rather wan story.  I enjoyed it, especially Affleck.  ** 3/4
DARJEELING LIMITED, THE  (2007, d. Wes Anderson) Better than his last one; but I need more than a train & exotica. ** 3/4
DARK AGES, THE  (2007, d. Chris Cassel) V. Standard issue History channel docu.  Lots of info well presented.  ** 3/4
DARK BLUE WORLD  (2001, d. Jan Sverak)    *** 1/4
DARK HARBOR (2009,  d. Naito Takasugu) ***
DARK HORSE (2012, d. Todd Solondz). Bittersweet satire of man-child's delusional life. Ironies abound, aided by perfect casting. Grown-up Dollhouse, funny & sad. ***
DARK HORSE (Voksne Mennesker)  (2005, d. Dagur Kári) **
DARK HORSE, THE  (2015,  d. James Napier Robertson)  *** 1/2
DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE (2012, d. Christopher Nolan) I respect Nolan's vision, even if his plot machinations have me rolling my eyes in disbelief. Zimmer's bombastic score worked. ** 3/4
DARK KNIGHT, THE  (2008, d. Christopher Nolan) Surprisingly dark and dense, some narrative glitches, but Ledger is as good as the hype. *** 1/4
DARK STREETS  (2008, d. Rachel Samuels) Rarely has so much stylishness been put in aid of such a lame story. Only singers & prod. designers come out ok. **
DARK VALLEY, THE  (2014, Austria,  d. Andreas Prochaska)  *** 1/4
DARK WATER   (2002, d. Hideo Nakata)  ***   
DARKBLUEALMOSTBLACK   (2006, d. Daniel Sánchez Arévalo) *** 1/2
DARKER THAN MIDNIGHT  (2015,  d. Sebastiano Riso)  *** 1/4
DARKEST MATTER, THE  (2011, d. James Fox)  1/2*
DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE  (2005, d. Hubert Sauper; docu) V. ***
DASEPO NAUGHTY GIRLS (Dasepo Sonyo)  (2007, d. E J-yong) *
DATE AND SWITCH  (2014, d. Chris Nelson) *** 1/4
DATE NIGHT (2010, d. Shawn Levy) Sporadically funny couple-in-jeopardy farce, but just too ridiculous & unlikely for my tastes, Marky Mark's pecs excepted.   ** 1/4
DAUGHTER FROM DANANG  (2003, d. Dolgen and Franco) (V)  docu. Mixed race Viet Nam war child sent to US at 7 meets her mom.  *** 1/4
DAUGHTER, THE  (Doch)  (2013, d. Aleksandr Kasatkin, Natalia Nazarova)  ***
DAVID COPPERFIELD (2009,  d. Simon Curtis) V. The first half, Daniel Radcliffe as young Copperfield, is fine. Then it all turns to treacle and sentiment.  ** 1/2
DAVID'S BIRTHDAY (2012, d. Marco Filiberti) V. Overwrought story of married man yearning for gay affair with friend's son. Massimo Poggio one to watch. **
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES  (2014,  d. Matt Reeves)  ** 3/4
DAWSON CITY:  FROZEN TIME  (2017,  d. Bill Morrison)  ****
DAWSON, ISLA 10 (2009,  d. Miguel Littin; Chile) ***
DAY A PIG FELL INTO THE WELL, THE  (2003, S. Korea  d. Hong Sang-soo) Muddled story of multiple affairs going nowhere.  Film does too.  1/2*
DAY AFTER TOMORROW, THE  (2004, d. Roland Emmerich) Cliché story (though involving & well done), fantastically realistic special f/x.  ** 3/4
DAY AT THE MUSEUM, A (Musée haut, musée bas)  (2009,  d. Jean-Michel Ribes) ** 1/4
Day One  (2016,  d.  Henry Hughes)  *** 1/2
DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE  (2008, d. Scott Derrickson) Good f/x; but sappy, incredulous script a million times inferior to original.* 1/2
DAY WATCH  (2007, d. Timur Bekmambetov) ***
DAYBREAK (2011 d. Michael Rymer) V. Final ep. of Battlestar Galactica  as a 2 1/2 hr. film on DVD. Lovely blue & green ending to a fascinating series. *** 1/2
DAYBREAK  (2004, d. Bjorn Runge) Three cleverly interwoven stories of strange relationship angst in Sweden. I couldn't relate to the stories.  ** 3/4
DAYDREAM NATION (2011 d. Mike Goldbach)  ***
DAYS AND CLOUDS  (2008, d. Silvio Soldini) ***
DAYS AND HOURS  (2005, d. Ademir Kenovic) Talky, slow paced slice of life story about family coping with consequences of Bosnian war 7 years earlier. * 3/4
DAYS AND NIGHTS  (2014, d. Christian Camargo)  ** 1/2
DAYS OF BEING WILD  (2004, d. Wong Kar-wei) I was carried away by the plot, actors & especially the cinematography. Now I must reassess In The Mood For Love. *** 1/2
DAYS OF DARKNESS  (2007, d. Denys Arcand; Canada) ***
DAYS OF GLORY  (2006, d. Rachid Bouchareb; Algeria) ***
DAYS OF HEAVEN  (2016,  d. Terrence Malick) ++  *** 1/2
DEAD GIRL, THE  (2006, d. Karen Moncrieff) *** 1/4
DEAD MAN'S HAND  (2003, d. Boon & Brandenbourger) Luxembourg AFF.  High gloss consumerist satire.  ** 3/4
DEAD MAN'S SHOES  (2005, d. Shane Meadows) Paddy Considine is the nemesis of group of guys who tortured his brother. Violent and bloody.  ** 1/2
DEAD SILENCE  (2008, d. James Wan)V. Stylish horror flick with ridiculous seen-before "dummy" plot. Looks great, less filling.  ** 1/4
DEADGIRL (2009,  d. Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel) ** 1/2
DEADPOOL  (2016,  d. Tim Miller)  ** 3/4
DEAL  (2008, d. Gil Cates, Jr.) Predictable, but the poker was realistic & Bret Harrison is a winning actor. ** 3/4
DEAL, THE  (2004, d. Harvey Kahn) Wall Street shenanigans in the oil patch in the near future. Slickly made, good cast, but probably straight to video.  ** 1/2
DEAL, THE  (2007, d. Stephen Frears) V. British political true story, Labour deal to share power. Too parochial for U.S.  ** 1/2
DEAN  (2017,  d. Demetri Martin)  ** 3/4
DEAR FRANKIE  (2004, d. Shona Aurbach) Tender and moving drama of deaf boy's bonding with a surrogate father.  *** 1/4
DEAR JOHN (2010, d. Lasse Hallström) A little sappy; but Hallström does a good job with Tatum, nice chemistry between leads & good enough romance, if barely. ***
DEAR WENDY  (2005, d. Thomas Vinterberg) ***
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE  (2014, d. Justin Simien)  *** 1/4
DEATH AND TEXAS  (2004, d. Kevin DiNovis) Satiric, pointed but understated mockumentary about a famed football player on death row in Texas. *** 1/4
DEATH AT A FUNERAL  (2007, d. Frank Oz) ***
DEATH BY CHINA (2012, d. Peter Navarro) V. Slick docu of China trade disaster for US jobs.  Well presented, frightening. I bought 2 things today, both "Made in China". Ugh. *** 1/2
DEATH DEFYING ACTS  (2008, d. Gillian Armstrong) Excellent period piece; strong acting by Guy Pierce & Zeta-Jones!  *** 1/4
DEATH FOR SALE (2012, d. Faouzi Bensaldi, Morocco)  **
DEATH IN LOVE (2009,  d. Boaz Yakin) Good cast mostly wasted on incoherent effects-of-Holocaust-on-2nd-generation-family sexually explicit melodrama. ** 1/4
DEATH IN SARAJEVO (2017,  d. Danis Tanovic)  *** 1/2
DEATH IN VENICE  (2007, d. Luchino Visconti) ** 3/4
DEATH METAL ANGOLA  (2014,  d. Jeremy Xido)  ** 1/4
DEATH OF A PRESIDENT   (2006, d. Gabriel Range) *** 1/2
DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, THE (Moartea domului Lazarescu)   (2005, d. Cristi Puiu; Romania) *** 1/2
DEATH SENTENCE  (2007, d. James Wan) **
DEATH TO SMOOCHY   (2002, d. Danny De Vito)    ** 1/2   
DEBT, THE (2011, d. John Madden)  Dual stories of consequences of past.  Both sets of actors convincing.   *** 1/4
DEBUTANTES, LOS  (2004, d. Andres Waissbluth) Strong, multi-POV, sexy drama about 2 naive brothers who become involved with a porn boss and his mistress. ***
DECEMBER BOYS  (2007, d. Rod Hardy) Good performances, but a predictable clichéd script.  ** 1/2
DECEMBER HEAT (Detsembrikuumus) (2009,  d. Asko Kase; Estonia) ***
DECENDANTS, THE  (2011, d.  Alexander Payne) A nice script, interesting characters & Hawaiian beauty make for an enjoyable, but minor, entertainment.  *** 1/4
DECENT ONE, THE  (2014,  d. Vanessa Lapa)  ****
DECEPTIVE PRACTICE: THE MYSTERIES & MENTORS OF RICKY JAY  (2013, d. Molly Bernstein)  *** 1/4
DECLARATION OF WAR  (2011, d. Valérie Donzelli, France)  *** 1/2
DECODING DEEPAK (2012, d. Gotham Chopra) V. I have no spiritual component; but a well made docu by a son about his famous father is always interesting & worth watching. *** 1/4
DEEP BLUE SEA, THE (2012, d. Terence Davies) Ponderous, dark adaptation of Rattigan play. I felt no connection to story of obsessive, destructive love.  ** 1/2
DEEP BREATH  (2004, d. Parviz Shahbazi) Iran's AFF is a road picture about disaffected college students, amazingly secular for an official submission.  ** 1/2
DEEP END, THE   (2001, d. Scott McGehee & David Siegel)    ** 1/2    
DEEP SEA CHALLENGE 3D  (2014,  d. John Bruno, Andrew Wight, Raymond Quint)  ***
DEEP WATER  (2007, d. Osmond & Rothwell) Disquieting, excellent docu: 1969 around world boat race.  *** 1/2
DEEP, THE (2012, d. Baltasar Kormákur, Iceland)  *** 1/2
DEEPWATER HORIZON  (2016,  d. Peter Berg)  *** 1/4
DEEPWATER  (2005, d. David Marfield) A superior psychological thriller disguised as a gothic noir.  Great performance by Lucas Black.  *** 1/4
DEFENDERS OF RIGA (Rigas Sargi)  (2008, d. Algars Grauba; Latvia) ** 1/2
DEFIANCE  (2008, d. Edward Zwick) Involving, well directed...but somewhat clichéd and old fashioned.  ***
DEFIANT ONES, THE  (2017,  d. Allen Hughes)  *** 1/2
DEFIANT REQUIEM (2012, d. Doug Shultz) V. Another Terezin docu, featuring defiant production of Verdi's Requium by inmates before Auchwitz. Superbly well crafted. Glorious. *** 3/4
DÉFICIT  (2007, d. Gael García Bernal) *** 1/4
DEFINITELY, MAYBE (2009,  d. Adam Brooks) V. Fine romcom with intriguing premise & a remarkable perf by Ryan Reynolds, whom I am coming to appreciate!  *** 1/4
DEFYING THE NAZIS:  THE SHARPS' WAR  (2016,  d.  Ken Burns & Artemis Joukowsky)  *** 1/2
DEGRASSI GOES HOLLYWOOD (2009,  d. Stefen Brogren) V. The nextgen Degrassi kids grown up & unrealistically placed in a Jason Mews directed film. Bizarrely fun.  ** 1/2
DÉJÀ VU  (2006, d. Tony Scott) A superior, timebending thriller which, while totally absurd, amazingly almost holds together! *** 1/4
DEKADA '70  (2004, d. Chito Rono) Melodramatic saga of 15 years of a Philippine family, 5 boys & Ozzie & Harriet parents.  Too long and overamped.  **
DELI MAN  (2015,  d. Erik Greenberg Anjou)  *** 1/2
DELICASY (2012, d. D. & S. Foenkinos)  Affecting, perceptive office based rom-com...can a C-grade man make it with an A-grade grieving widow? *** 1/4
DELIRIOUS  (2007, d. Tom Dicillo) ***
DELIVER US FROM EVIL  (2006, d. Amy Berg) V. Gripping docu about Catholic church coverup of pederast priest.  *** 1/2
DE-LOVELY  (2004, d. Irwin Winkler) Massively over-written Cole Porter biopic. Good music and singer cameos; but otherwise bloated and pretentious. ** 1/4
DEMON  (2016,  d. Marcin Wrona)  ** 3/4
DEMONLOVER  (2003, France  d. Olivier Assayas)  Stylish, mysterious business scullduggery among the rich and successful international cyber-crowd.  *** 1/4
DENIAL  (2016,  d. Mick Jackson)  ** 3/4
DENIAS, SINGING ON THE CLOUD  (2007, d. John de Rantau; Indonesia) ** 1/2
DEPARTED, THE  (2006, d. Martin Scorsese) Fabulously cast, but script too eliptical...Infernal Affaires made more sense. *** 1/4
DEPARTURES (Okuribito)  (2008, d. Yojiro Takita; Japan) *** 3/4
DEPENDENCIA SEXUAL (2003, d. Rodrigo Bellott)  Sexual adventures of youths in Bolivia & U.S. done in split screen. Wildlly uneven, but also a turn-on.  ***
DESERT RUNNERS  (2014, d. Jennifer Steinman)  *** 1/4
DESIERTO  (2016,  Mexico,  d. Jonás  Cuarón)  *** 1/4
DESPICABLE ME 2  (2013, d. Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin)  ** 1/2
DESPICABLE ME  (2010, d. C. Renaud, P. Coffin) Hip doesn't always translate to good family oriented animation; but here it plays wonderfully. Pixar watch your back.  *** 3/4
DESTINÉES, LES   (2001, d. Olivier Assayas)  *** 1/2
DESTINY OF LESSER ANIMALS  (2011, d. Daron Albright)  * 1/2
DETAILS, THE  (2012, d. Jacob Aaron Estes)  *** 1/4
DETECTIVE DEE  & THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME  (2011, d. Tsui Hark)  *** 1/4
DETENTION  (2011, d.  Joseph Kahn)  ** 1/4
DETROIT (2017,  d. Kathryn Bigelow) *** 3/4
DETROPIA  (2012, d. Ewing & Grady) V. Companion docu to Death by China, showing destruction of moving US manufacturing to China with decay in Detroit. Well shot & edited. *** 1/2
DEUCES WILD    (2002, d. Scott Kalvert)    **    
DEVDAS  (2003, d. Sanjay Leela Bhansali) India AFF.  Bollywood musical:  overblown tragic love story.   * 3/4
DEVDAS   (2002, d. Sanjay Leela Bhansali)    **    
DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON, THE  (2005, d. Jeff Feuerzeig) V.  ***
DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE  (2006, d. David Frankel) Well acted (Hathaway finally grows up, Streep perfect), funny.  ***
DEVIL'S BACKBONE, THE   (2001, d. Guillermo Del Toro)    *** 1/4   
DEVIL'S TEARDROP, THE (2010, d.  Norma Bailey)V.Lifetime movie watched for Tom Everett Scott, who was fine. Predictable, poorly written thriller with no bite at all.  * 1/2
DEVIL'S TOWN  (2010, d. Vladimir Paskaljevic) ***
DEVOTEE  (2008, d. Rémi Lange) French drama about a thalidomide 40-ish gay man (no limbs) used as a fetish object. ** 1/2
DEXTER:  Season 1  (2006, d. various) V. Sympathetic serial killer sociopath...stylish, Michael C. Hall is simply amazing.  *** 3/4
DHAMMA BROTHERS, THE  (2008, d. Jenny Phillips) Hopeful, thoughtful docu of Alabaman prisoners who find peace thru Buddhist meditation.  ***
DIABLES, LES  (2003, d. Christophe Ruggia) Harrowing story of 2 abandoned children, incredible acting.  Hard to do this one justice in a line.  *** 1/2
DIAMOND 13  (2010, d. Gilles Béat)  *** 1/4
DIAMOND MEN   (2001, d. Daniel M. Cohen)    *** 1/2  
DIAMONDS (2009,  d. Andy Wilson) V. Sprawling TV mini-series melodrama of world of diamonds, wastes Judy Davis and a scowling James Purefoy. ** 1/4
DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL (2012, d. Lisa Vreeland) V. Fast moving hagiographic docu of fashion maven with great interviews; interesting but not illuminating. *** 1/4
DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID  (2016,  d. Benoît Jacquot)  ** 1/4
DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID   (2001, d. Luis Buñiel)  ** 3/4
DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, THE  (2015,  d. Marielle Heller)  ***
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (2010, d. Thor Freudenthal) Zach Gordon is fine, if not very wimpy. Amusing enough, good animation, just not very original. ** 3/4
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES (2011, d. David Bowers) OK for what it is, 7th grader adventures. I was mildly amused; but I'm not the right audience. ** 1/4
DIAS DE SANTIAGO  (2006, d. Josué Méndez; Peru)  ** 1/4
DIAZ - DON'T CLEAN UP THIS BLOOD (2012, d. Daniele Vicari)  *** 1/4
DICKIE ROBERTS:  FORMER CHILD STAR  (2003, d. Sam Weisman)  Infantile, arrested-development story, occasionally funny, very meta, embarrassing to watch.  *
DIE WELT  (2013, d. Alex Pitstra)  ** 1/2
DIE, MOMMIE, DIE  (2003, d. Mark Rucker) Camp take-off on Mommy Dearest, a showcase for tranny Charles Busch, which just didn't cut it.   ** 1/4
DIFFERENT FROM WHOM (2010, d. Umberto Carteni)  ***
DIFRET  (2014,  Ethiopia,  d. Zeresenay Berhane Mehari)  *** 1/2
DIG!  (2004, d. Ondi Timoner) Extraordinary video documentary about two current retro 60's underground bands. Fabulous footage well edited.  *** 1/4
DIGGERS  (2006, d. Katherine Dieckmann) ** 1/2
DIGITAL DHARMA: ONE MAN'S MISSION TO SAVE A CULTURE (2012, d. Dafna Yachin)V. Well made docu of Gene Smith who toiled endlessly to save Tibetan Buddhist tomes. ** 3/4
DINNER, THE  (2017,  Oren Moverman)  ** 1/2
DINOSAUR 13  (2014,  d. Todd Douglas Miller)  ** 3/4
DINOSAUR  (2000, d. Ralph Zondag & Eric Leighton)    ** 1/2    
DIOR AND I  (2014, d. Frédéric Tcheng)  ***
DIPLOMAT, THE  (2015,  d.  David Holbrooke)  *** 1/2
DIRT BOY  (2001, d. Jay Frasco)  * 3/4
DIRT  (2003, US  d. Nancy Savoca)  Entertaining humanist drama about an undocumented Salvadorian family...mother a cleaning woman.  *** 1/4
DIRTY DANCING: HAVANA NIGHTS  (2004, d. Guy Ferland) Pretty much cookie cutter plot, but fun.  Diego Luna: Latin lover for the 2000's.  ** 1/4
DIRTY DEEDS  (2006, d. David Kendall) V. Stupid high school caper film. Watched for Milo Ventimiglia, who is worth watching.  *
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS  (2003, Great Britain  d. Stephen Frears)  Excellent romantic drama about refugees living and being exploited in London.  *** 1/4
DIRTY SHAME, A  (2004, d. John Waters) Utterly transgressive sex farce which takes Waters' anarchic style to its untoppable culmination. Still, never boring.  ** 3/4
DIRTY WAR  (2005, d. Daniel Percival) V. Dirty bomb terrorist attack on central London. BBC film, a good suspenser and scary as hell, though nothing special filmwise. ** 3/4.
DIRTY WARS  (2013, d. Rick Rowley)  *** 1/2
DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, THE (2010, d.  J Blakeson) Clever & original plot, fine 3-character kidnapping caper which spares nobody & resolves unpredictably. *** 1/2
DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY:  THEM, THE (2014,  d. Ned Benson)  ** 1/4
DISAPPEARANCES   (2006, d. Jay Craven) ** 1/4
DISCIPLE, THE  (2013, d. Ulrika Bengts, Finland)  *** 3/4
DISCO PIGS   (2001, d. Kirsten Sheridan)  *** 1/4
DISCONNECT  (2013, d. Henry Alex Rubin) *** 1/4
DISCOVERY, THE  (2017,  d. Charlie McDowell)  **
DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2009,  d. Robert Zemeckis) The 3D f/x & motion capture wonderful, seminal. Story too familiar & over ripe. Best as a theme park ride.  ** 1/2
DISNEY'S THE KID  (2000, d. Jon Turteltaub)    **  
DISORDER  (2016,  d. Alice Winocour)  *** 1/2
DISTANT LIGHTS  (2003, Germany  d. Hans-Christian Schmidt) Hand held, documentary feel: about refugees trying to get to Germany.  *** 1/4
DISTANT  (2003, d. Nuri Bilge Ceylan) Arty Turkish film about alienating effects of big city on two men, one older & established, other new to town. *** 1/4
DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM (2010, d. Patrick Alessandrin) Boy, does Philippe Torreton class up an action flick? This is a more than worthy sequel with *great* parkour. *** 1/4
DISTRICT 9 (2009,  d. Neill Blomkamp) Smart, inventive alien invasion actioner, subtly moving & lacking Hollywood bombast. *** 1/4
DISTURBIA  (2007, d. D.J. Caruso) Despite a star making turn by Shia LaBeouf this Rear Window update is ridiculously over the top. ** 1/4
DISTURBING BEHAVIOR  (2004, d. David Nutter) V. Mind control '98 horror flick, a teenage Stepford High, good cast, well directed, but way over the top. **
DIVERGENT  (2014,  d. Neil Burger)  *** 1/4
DIVIDED WE FALL  (2000, d. Jan Hrebejk)    *** 1/2 
DIVINE DIVAS  (2017,  d. Leandra Leal)  ** 3/4
DIVINE INTERVENTION  (2003, d. Elia Suleiman) Palestine's AFF nomination is an unfunny absurdist comedy which didn't work for me. **
DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, THE  (2007, d. Julian Schnabel) Most expressive eye in film history. Amalric amazing!  *** 3/4
DIVING SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD   (2002, d. Callie Khouri)    **  
DIVORCE, LE  (2003, d. James Ivory) Something between glowing romantic comedy and lame farce re: culture clash between France & America. Guilty pleasure.  ***
DJANGO UNCHAINED  (2012, d. Quentin Tarantino) *
Do I Have to Take Care of Everything  (Pitääkö  Mun Kaikki Hoitaa)  (2014, d. Selma Vilhunen)  ** 3/4
DO NOT DISTURB (Une heure de tranquillité)  (2015,  d. Patrice Leconte)  ** 1/4
DO NOT GO GENTLE   (2001, d. Emlyn Williams)  ***
DO NOT RESIST  (2016,  d. Craig Atkinson)  *** 1/2
DO YOU KNOW WHAT MY NAME IS?  (2014, d. Naomi Kazama, Shigeru Ota)  *** 1/2
DO YOU SEE COLORS WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES?  (2011, d. Caleb & Joshua Young) *** 1/2
DOCTOR STRANGE  (2016,  d. Scott Derrickson)  ***
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO  (2005, d. Giacomo Campiotti) V. Why the David Lean film needed a remake is questionable; but this one is well made, intimate & emotional.  ** 3/4
DOCUMENTED  (2014,  d. Jose Antonio Vargas)  *** 1/4
DO-DECA-PENTATHELON, THE (2012, d. Jay & Mark Duplass)  ** 1/2
DODGEBALL  (2004, d. Rawson M. Thurber) Silly, amiable entertainment.  I didn't find it funny; but it sure tries hard enough. Stiller still has "it".  ** 1/2
DOG EAT DOG (2009,  d. Carlos Moreno; Columbia) * 3/4
DOG POUND   (2006, d. Manuel Nieto Zas) W/O
DOG TAGS (2012, d. Damon Dietz) V. Dysfunctional family drama, young man enlists in marines & has crisis of sexual identity. Slow & ponderous, yet pretty.  ** 3/4
DOG, THE  (2014,  d.  Allison Berg & François Keraudren)  ** 3/4
DOGHEAD  (2007, d. Santi Amodeo) *** 1/4
DOGHEAD  (2007, d. Santi Amodeo) +  *** 1/4
DOGTOOTH (2010, d. Yorgos Lanthimos; Greece)  ***
DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS  (2001, d. Stacy Peralta)    *** 1/2 
DOGVILLE  (2004, d. Lars von Trier) A malevolent Our Town, more tv throwback than film, Kidman and Bettany are really good.  ***
DOING TIME ON MAPLE DR.  (2005, d. Ken Olen) V.  *** 1/4
DOING TIME  (2003, Japan  d.  Sai Yoichi) Intelligent comedy about regimented life in a modern Japanese prison. ***
DOL  (2007, d. Hiner Saleem) ** 3/4
DOLLS  (2003, d. Takeshi Kitano) Gorgeously photographed, metaphorically opaque.  Three stories of regret that I regret that went over my head.  **
DOLORES  (2017,  d. Peter Bratt)  *** 1/4
DOM HEMINGWAY  (2014, d. Richard Shepard)  ***
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE  (2001, d. Harold Becker)    ** 1/2   
DON JON  (2013, d. Joseph Gordon-Levitt)  *** 1/2
DONAU, DUNA, DUNAJ, DUNAV, DUNAREA  (2004, d. Goren Rebic) Beautiful;y done story of a "ship of fools" and romantics heading down the Danube.  ***
DONKEY (2009,  d. Antonia Nuic; Croatia) ** 1/2
DONKEY SKIN  (2004, d. Jacques Demy) A gentle fairy tale. Demy has style to spare; but other than the costumes I wasn't blown away.  ** 1/2
DONNIE DARKO  (2001, d. Richard Kelly) +  Worth a 2nd watch.  *** 1/2
DONNIE DARKO  (2001, d. Richard Kelly)    *** 1/4 
DONNIE DARKO: DIRECTOR'S CUT  (2004, d. Richard Kelly) Improved comprehensibility; but I really missed some scenes. Still a fantastic film.  *** 1/2
DON'S PLUM  (2005, d. R.D. Robb) V. B&W indie near masterpiece, a 20-something My Dinner With André with a hard edge. Why is it banned?  *** 1/2
DONSOL  (2007, d. Adolfo Alix, Jr.; Philippines) ** 1/2
DON'T BE BAD (Non essere cattivo)  (2016,  d. Claudio Caligari) +  *** 1/4
DON'T BE BAD  (Italy)  (2015,  d.  Claudio Caligari)  *** 1/4
DON'T BLINK- ROBERT FRANK  (2016,  d. Laura Israel)  *** 1/4
DON'T BURN IT (2010, d. Dang Nhat Minh; Vietnam) ** 1/2
DON'T LET ME DOWN (2009,  d. Cruz Angeles) ***
DON'T MOVE  (2005, d. Sergio Castellitto) Obsessive adultry-romance with a superb perf by Penelope Cruz. Involving and interestingly structured. ***
DON'T SAY A WORD  (2001, d. Gary Fleder)    * 3/4   
DON'T STOP BELIEVIN':  EVERYMAN'S JOURNEY  (2013, d. Ramona S. Diaz)  *** 1/4
DON'T TELL (La bestia nel cuore)  (2006, d. Cristina Comencini; Italy) *** 1/2
DON'T TELL ME THE BOY WAS MAD  (Une histoire de fou)  (2016,  d. Robert Guédiguian) *** 1/2
DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA'S LOST ROCK AND ROLL (2015, d. John Pirozzi) *** 1/4
DON'T THINK TWICE  (2016,  d. Mike Birbiglia)  *** 1/4
DOOMED LOVE (Um Amor de Perição)  (2009,  d. Mário Baroso; Portugal) ***
DOOR IN THE FLOOR, THE  (2004, d. Tod Williams) Superbly acted drama of a family's corrosive grief & a boy's (the promising Jon Foster) coming of age.  *** 1/2
DOOR TO DOOR   (2002, d. Stephen Schachter)  *** 
DOPAMINE (2010, d. Mark Decena) V. + I knew immediately that I'd already seen this quietly touching, romantic, truthful 2003 film; but got hooked again. *** 1/4
DOPAMINE  (2003, d. Mark Decina) Indie romantic comedy; 3geeky programmers in S.F. Genuine characters, well written, actors have real chemistry.  *** 1/4
DOPE  (2015,  d. Rick Famuyiwa)  ** 1/4
DORA-HEITA   (2001, d. Kon Ichikawa)  ** 1/4 
DORIAN BLUES  (2004, d. Tennyson Bardwell) A genuinely funny coming out comedy, a crowd pleaser with a brilliant script and assured acting & direction.  *** 1/4
DORMANT BEAUTY (2013, d. Marco Bellocchio) ** 1/2
DOS TIPOS DUROS  (2004, d. Juan Moreno) A Guy Richie type bloody, gang-who-couldn't-shoot-straight comedy, only totally diverting. Jordi Vilches wonderful. ***
DOSSIER K.  (2010, d.  Jan Verheyen) Convoluted Belgian thriller about Albanian Mafia and honor killings.  Atmospheric noir; but somewhat confusing.  ***
DOT THE I  (2005, d. Matthew Parkhill) Clever script with double & triple crosses galore a la Nine Queens. Bernal is a star in English, too.  *** 1/4
DOUBLE, THE  (2014  d. Richard Ayoade)  ***
DOUBT  (2008, d. John Patrick Shanley) Major acting kudos (esp. Viola Davis), but film's ambiguity and murky central thesis a problem for me.  ** 3/4
DOWN BY LOVE  (2003, d. Tomás Sas) Weird, annoying one-actor monologue of effects of child sexual abuse. Ultimately pays off. Patricia Kovács amazing.  ** 3/4
DOWN IN THE VALLEY  (2006, d. David Jacobson) Weird, wonderful; Ed Norton his usual amazing. E.R.Wood more beautiful than ever. *** 1/4
DOWN TO THE BONE  (2004, d. Debra Granik) Bare bones video verité of a woman drug addict that spares nothing. Some incredible acting here.  ***
DOWN TO YOU  (2000, d. Kris Isacsson)    ** 
DOWN WITH LOVE  (2003, d. Peyton Reed)  Retro, ironic '60s sex comedy, gorgeous production design, often ridiculous script but fun and truly hip.  *** 1/4
DOWNFALL  (2005, d. Oliver Herschbiegel) Well made drama of last days of 3rd Reich in Hitler's bunker. Bruno Ganz is amazing. Authentic, gripping.  *** 1/4
DOWNLOADED  (2013, d. Alex Winter) ***
DOWNTON ABBEY (2011 d. Percival, Bolt & Kelly) V. Julian Fellowes has written a superb Edwardian costumer. Maggie Smith is fabu; but so is everybody. *** 3/4
DR. BRONNER'S MAGIC SOAPBOX  (2007, d. Sara Lamm) V. ** 1/4
DR. T AND THE WOMEN  (2000, d. Robert Altman)    ***    
DRAFT DAY  (2014, d. Ivan Reitman)  *** 1/4
DRAFT DODGERS  (Réfractaire) (2010, d. Nicolas Steil; Luxembourg) ** 3/4
DRAGON ARRIVES!, A  (2017,  d. Mani Haghighi)  ** 1/2
DRAGON  (2012, d. Peter Ho-Sun Chan)  *** 1/4
DRAMA/MEX  (2007, d. Gerardo Naranjo) *** 1/2
DREAM BOY  (2008, d. James Bolton) ** 1/2
DREAM WEAVERS (2009,  d. Jun Gu; China) ** 1/2
DREAMCATCHER  (2003, d. Lawrence Kasdan) Absurd Stephen King story, 4 boys/men against familiar movie aliens.  Scary, funny, overwrought.  ** 1/4
DREAMCATCHER  (2015,  d. Kim Longinotto)  ** 1/4
DREAMERS, THE  (2004, d. Bernardo Bertolucci) I just about lived this movie 5 years earlier...and this excellent film couldn't be more true to life.  *** 3/4
DREAMGIRLS  (2006, d. Bill Condon) Better than average musical with fantastic casting. ***
DREAMING OF SPACE  (2006, d. Alexei Uchitel) ** 3/4
DREAMLAND  (2006, d. Jason Matzner) ***
DRESDEN (2012, d. Roland Suso Richter) V. Soapy, romantic, horrifying, involving German 3+ hr. mini-series of Dresden fire-storm bombing raid as disaster flick. ***
DRESSMAKER, THE  (2016,  d. Jocelyn Moorhouse)  *** 1/4
DRIFTERS  (2004, d. Wang Xiaoshuai) Slow drama about a Chinese guy who had a kid as an illegal in the U.S. and then is kept from his son when he's deported. **
DRIFTING  (2010, d. Ventura Pons)  ** 1/2
DRINKING BUDDIES  (2013, d. Joe Swanberg) **
DRIVE (2012, d. Nicolas Winding Refn) + Few movies worth 2nd view; but Refn's direction is so stylish & Gosling so interesting + great music, had to see again. *** 1/2
DRIVE  (2011, d. Nicholas Winding Refn) Nobody does stylized violence as good as Refn. Until disappointingly curtailed anti-climax great film; but ending disappointed.  *** 1/4
DRIVING LESSONS  (2006, d. Jeremy Brock) Bad coming-of-age film with over-the-top Julie Walters & a pretty good Rupert Grint. * 3/4
DROP, THE  (2014,  d.  Michael R. Roskam)  *** 1/4
DROUGHT  (2012, d. Everardo González) V. Slice of life doc of small, rural, agrarian Central Mexican community forced out by drought. Earthy, simple & affecting. ***
DROWN  (2015,  d. Dean Francis)  **
DRUG WAR  (2013, d. Johnny To)  ** 
DRUMLINE  (2002, d. Charles Stone III)    *** 1/4 
DRUMMER, THE (2009,  d. Kenneth Bi) *** 1/4
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD:  The Story of the National Lampoon  (2015,  d. Douglas Tirole) *** 1/4
DRY LAND, THE  (2010, d. Ryan Piers Williams)  *** 1/4
DUCHESS OF LANGEAIS, THE (Ne toucher pas la hache)  (2007, d. Jacques Rivette)   ** 1/2
DUCHESS, THE  (2008, d. Saul Dibb) Excellently made, authentic seeming, gorgeous and even moving historical epic with great perfs by Keira and Ralph. *** 1/2
DUCK SEASON  (2004, d. Fernando Eimbcke) Two 14 year old boys left alone in an apartment on a Sunday get into trouble. Wonderfully observent and affecting.  *** 1/4
DUETS  (2000, d. Bruce Paltrow)    **  1/4 
DUKE OF BURGUNDY, THE  (2015, d. Peter Strickland)  ** 1/4
DUMA  (2006, d. Carroll Ballard) V. Predictably beautiful but predictable. ** 3/4
DUMMY  (2003, U.S.  d. Greg Pritikin 90 min.)  Adrien Brody is incredible as a shy ventriloquist in this touching, truly funny romantic comedy.  *** 1/2
DUNE, THE  (2014,  d. Yossi Aviram)  *** 1/2
DUNKIRK  (2017,  d. Christopher Nolan)  ***
DUNYA & DESIE  (2008, d.Dana Nechushtan; Netherlands) ** 3/4
DUPLICITY (2009,  d. Tony Gilroy) Script double crosses itself once too many times, but stars have chemistry & it's slick.  ** 3/4
DUSK (Schemer)  (2011 d. Hanro Smitsman)  ***
DUSKA  (2007, d. Jos Stelling) The Netherlands foreign film submission.  * 3/4
DUST TO GLORY  (2005, d. Dana Brown )V.  ** 1/2
DYING GAUL, THE  (2005, d. Craig Lucas) Until a very unsatisfying ending this was an extraordinary noir with fabulous acting (Sarsgaard! Scott! Clarkson!) *** 1/4
DZI CROQUETTES  (2011, d. Alvarez & Issa) V. Entertaining docu of Brazillian 70's transgendered group modeled on Cocquettes. Haphazard editing, but fine perfs. ***
EAGER BODIES  (2004, d. Xavier Giannoli) Love Story with a particularly French twist.  Great acting. *** 1/2
EAGLE EYE  (2008, d. D.J. Caruso) Absurd script well executed.  Raises paranoia quotient and chase sequence destruction derby games to new, ridiculous high.  Shia is fine. ** 1/2
EAGLE HUNTRESS  (2016,  d. Otto Bell)  *** 1/2
EAGLE VS. SHARK  (2007, d. Taika Waititi) ** 3/4
EAGLE, THE (2011 d. Kevin Macdonald) Interesting historical plot marred by inauthentic details. Battles are horrendously edited & shot, acting wildly varied. ** 1/2
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL:  NOS AMIS  (2017,  d. Colin Hanks)  ***
EAMON (2010, d. Margaret Corkery )  *** 1/4
EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM, THE (Il mattino ha l'oro in bocca) (2012, d. Francesco Patierno) *** 1/4
EARLY IN THE MORNING  (2006, d. Gahité Fofana) * 3/4
EARLY ONE MORNING (2012, d. Jean-Marc Moutout)  ** 3/4
EARTH AND ASHES  (2005, d. Atiq Rahimi) Wide screen Afghanistan AFF plays like a despairing Irani film: old man & young boy war victims wandering desert.  ***
EARTHBOUND  (2012, d. Alan Brennan)  ** 1/4
EARTHLING   (2005, d. Tristan & Wolfgang Bayer) Stunning, fascinating docu about family of nature photogs on a 7 year adventure journey.  *** 3/4
EARTHLINGS  (2006, d. Shaun Monson) V. Hard to watch docu about human speciesism: abuse of animals for food, clothing, science etc..  *** 3/4
EARTHSEA  (2004, d. Robert Lieberman) V. Surprisingly together, if hokey, sf miniseries, mediocre acting...but the f/x are fine and the project works.  ** 1/2
EASIER WITH PRACTICE (2009,  d. Kyle Patrick Alvarez) ***
EAST IS EAST  (2000, d. Damien O'Donnell)    ** 1/2    
EAST, THE  (2013, d. Zal Batmanglij)  *** 1/2
EAST, WEST, EAST (2010, d. Gjergj Xhuvani; Albania)  ** 3/4
EAST/WEST  (L'est/ouest)  (2000, d. Régis Wargnier)    *** 1/2 
EASTERN BOYS  (2014,  d. Robin Campillo)  *** 1/4
EASTERN PLAYS (2010, d. Kamen Kalev; Bulgaria) +  ***
EASTERN PLAYS  (2010, d. Kamen Kalev)  ** 3/4
EASTERN PROMISES  (2007, d. David Cronenberg)  Stylized violence...best Mortensen tattoos since Indian Runner. *** 1/4
EASTON'S ARTICLE  (2012, d. Tim Connery)  ** 1/2
EASY A  (2010, d. Will Gluck) Silly, unrealistic story of high school girl's self-sullied reputation. Moments of forced mirth with a couple of good perfs. Not enough. **
EASY MONEY (2012, d. Daniel Espinosa) Kinnaman is winning playing a handsome young student on the make; but film is a confusing & suspiciously unmotivated thriller ** 1/2
EASY MONEY  (2011 d. Daniel Espinosa)  ***
EASY VIRTUE  (2008, d. Stephan Elliott) ***
EAT PRAY LOVE  (2010, d.  Ryan Murphy) Romantic & spiritual travelogue.  Overlong; but the hot men, and Julia Roberts' charisma & emotional resonance work.  ** 3/4
EAT SLEEP DIE  (2013, d. Gabriela Pichler, Sweden)   ** 1/4
EAT THAT QUESTION:  FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS  (2016,  d. Thorsten Schütte) *** 1/2
EAT THIS NEW YORK  (2004, d. Novack and Rossi) V. Pre-The Restaurant docu about building a neighborhood bistro in Brooklyn & the viscissitudes of the big NYC chefs. ***
EATING OUT 2: SLOPPY SECONDS  (2006, d. Phillip Bartell) Funny gay farce, well acted with a fairly novel script.  ** 3/4
EATING OUT  (2004, d. Q. Allan Brocka) Sparkling, well cast lo-budget gay/straight sex farce. Emily Stiles' clever faghag steals the movie from some good looking guys. ** 3/4
EATING OUT: ALL YOU CAN EAT (2009,  d. Glenn Gaylord) Clichéd gay romantic comedy; but sweet and sexy, albeit with mediocre, if attractive, actors.  ** 1/2
EBAN AND CHARLIE   (2002, d. James Bolton)    ** 3/4   
ECLIPSE, THE (2010, d. Conor McPherson) ** 1/2
ECUPID (2011, d. JC Calciano)  A gay romcom about a failing 7-year relationship of breathtaking banality and technical incompetence. Attractive cast, anyway.  1/2*
EDEN IS WEST (Eden à l'ouest)  (2009,  d. Costa-Gavras) ** 3/4
EDEN  (2008, d. Declan Recks) Intimate, disturbing, well played drama of a marriage troubled by the 10 year itch.  ***
EDEN  (2012, d. Megan Griffiths) *** 1/2
EDEN  (2015,  d. Mia Hansen-Love)  *** 1/4
EDEN'S CURVE  (2005, d. Anne Misawa) V. 1/2*
EDGE OF HEAVEN, THE  (2007, d. Fatih Akin; Germany) *** 3/4
EDGE OF LOVE, THE (2009,  d. John Maybury)  Fine cast, nice evocation of blitz England and arty circle doings; but turgid drama doesn't spark.  ** 1/2
EDGE OF SEVENTEEN. THE  (2017,  d. Kelly Fremon Craig) *** 1/4
EDGE OF TOMORROW  (2014,  d. Doug Liman)  *** 1/4
EDGE, THE  (2010, d. Alexei Uchitel; Russia)  ***
EDI  (2003, d. Piotr Trzaskalski)  Poland AFF  Drama about a down and outer in present day Poland.  ***
Edith+Eddie  (2017,  d.  Laura Checkoway)  *** 3/4
EDUART  (2007, d. Angeliki Antoniou; Greece) *** 1/4
EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS, THE (2009,  d. Fred Durst) Fascinating character study of nerd vs. charismatic sociopath (and Jason Ritter is amazing.) *** 1/4
EDUCATION OF GORE VIDAL, THE  (2003, US doc.  d. Deborah Dickson)  Fine, intelligent documentary about Vidal through his words & work.  *** 1/2
EDUCATION, AN (2009,  d. Lone Scherfig) Superb '60s character study of a 16 yr. old English girl & her family who are seduced by an older, romantic roué.  *** 3/4
EDUKATORS, THE  (2005, d. Hans Weingartner) Gripping drama of 3 foolish young German revolutionaries & their caper gone wrong. *** 1/2
EDY  (2006, d. Stephan Guérin-Tillié) Cool, noirish film about killer insurance scammers. ** 3/4
EFECTO IGUAZÚ, EL  (2004, d. Pere Joan Ventura) Doc. about 1800 striking Spaniards who camped out in a Madrid shanty town for 6 months in 2001. *** 1/4
EFFIE GRAY  (2015,  d. Richard Laxton)  ** 1/2
EGOISTE: LOTTI LATROUS  (2007, d. Stephan Anspichler) Harrowing docu: Swiss nurse's AIDS hospice in Ivory Coast.  ** 3/4
EIGHT BELOW  (2006, d. Frank Marshall) Deserted dogs in the Antarctic winter do their thing. Pretty (Paul Walker especially), but vapid. ** 1/4
EIGHTEEN YEARS LATER (18 anni dopo)  (2010, d. Edoardo Leo)  W/O
EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO  (2015,  d. Peter Greenaway)  ** 3/4
EKLAVYA  (2007, d. Vidhu Vinod Chopra; India) ***
EL ALAMEIN  (2004, d. Enzo Monteleone) Spare and powerful story of Italian platoon on the losing side at the battle of El Alamein. ***
EL BENNY  (2007, d. Jorge Luis Sanchez) ** 3/4
EL BOLA (2012, d. Achero Mañas) V.+ Ultimate child physical abuse film, an important film, Spain's version of 400 Blows, with superb acting by the great Juan Ballesta.. *** 1/2
EL BOLA   (2002, d. Achero Mañas)    *** 1/2   
EL CANTANTE  (2007, d. Leon Ichaso) ** 3/4
ELAINE STRITCH:  SHOOT ME  (2014,  d. Chiemi Karasawa)  ***
ELDORADO (2009,  d. Bouli Lanners; Belgium) ** 3/4
ELDRA  (2003, d. Tim Lyn) UK AFF.  Charming story about a young gypsy girl's coming of age.  ***
ELECTION 2  (2006, d. Johnny To) ***
ELECTION  (2006, d. Johnny To) ***
ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION (2012, d. Deschamps, Farrell, Singer) V. POV docu lamenting voting system (incl. electoral college). Effective, tongue-in-cheek on-screen narration. *** 1/4
ELEGY  (2008, d. Isabel Coixet) Superb acting by entire company, lovely, moving adult plot. Cruz should win actress Oscar. *** 3/4
ELELWANI  (2014, South Africa,  d. Ntshavheni wa Luruli)  * 1/4
ELENA  (2012, d. Andrey Zvyagintsev)  ***
ELENA  (2014,  d.  Petra Costa)  W/O
ELEPHANT AND THE SEA, THE  (2007, d. Woo Ming Jin) * 1/2
ELEPHANT  (2003, d. Gus Van Sant) I'm still reeling from the cumulative effect of this ephebiphile's dream. Shot amazingly like Le Fils, stomach churning ***
ELEVEN MEN OUT  (2006, d. Róbert Douglas) Predictable troubles for Iceland gay soccer team.  ** 1/4
ELIÁN  (2017,  d. Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell)  *** 3/4
ELINA  (2004, d. Klaus Haro) Like Evil, a story of schooling in Sweden in the '50's, only this time a stubborn little girl vs. a stubborn teacher. Academy bait left me cold. ** 3/4
ELITE SQUAD 2: THE ENEMY WITHIN (2011, d. José Padilha,  Brazil)  ** 1/2
ELITE SQUAD  (2008, d. José Padhila) *** 3/4
ELIZABETH I  (2006, d. Tom Hooper) V. Historical epic, good but histrionic perf by Helen Mirren. Drama over historicity. ***
ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE  (2007, d. Shekhar Kapur) Bombastic, overdone, disappointing bodice ripper.  ** 1/4
ELIZABETHTOWN  (2005, d. Cameron Crowe)  ** 3/4
ELLE S'APPELLE SABINE  (2008, d. Sandrine Bonnaire) ***
ELLE  (2016,   d.  Paul Verhoeven)  *** 1/4
ELLE  (2017,  d. Paul Verhoeven) +  ***
ELLIE PARKER  (2005, d. Scott Coffey) Home movie quality video with a stupendous performance by Naomi Watts which lifts the film to watchability.  ***
ELLING  (2001, d. Petter Næss)    ***  1/2
ELLIOT LOVES (2012, d. Terracino) Latino coming of age...9 yr. old Elliot & his single mother struggle; gay 21 yr. old Elliot searches for love. Fun, insightful, unstructured.  ***
ELSA & FRED  (2006, d. Marcos Carnevale) *** 3/4
ELSA & FRED  (2014,  d. Michael Radford)  ** 3/4
ELYSIUM  (2013, d. Neil Blomkamp) ** 1/4
EM  (2008, d. Tony Barbieri) ** 3/4
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Colombia)  (2015,  d.  Ciro Guerra)  ***
EMBRUJO DE SHANGHAI, EL  (2003, d. Fernando Trueba) Drama of post-WWII in Barcelona from a teenage boy's pov. Pretty but confusing.  **
EMMA (2009,  d. Diamuid Lawrence, 1996) V. The Kate Beckinsale/BBC version.  Not my favorite Austin story, but Andrew Davies' scenario quite good.  ***
EMMA (2010, d. Jim O'Hanlon) V. Nicely done...yet another Austen adaptation; but ideal casting & gorgeous production got me involved.  *** 1/4
EMMANUEL JAL:  WAR CHILD  (2008, d. C. Karim Chrobog) ***
EMMA'S BLISS  (2007, d. Sven Taddicken) *** 1/4
EMPEROR (2013, d. Peter Webber)  ** 3/4
EMPEROR'S CLUB, THE   (2002, d. Michael Hoffman)    ** 1/2   
EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES, THE   (2002, d. Alan Taylor)    ** 1/4   
EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, THE  (2000, d. Mark Dindal)    **    
EMPEROR'S WIFE, THE  (2004, d. Julian Vrebos) Stylized modern dress story of court intrigue. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers charismatic as chancellor to Max Beesley's emperor. ** 1/2
EMPIRE    (2002, d. Franc Reyes)    ** 1/2   
EMPIRE FALLS  (2005, d. Fred Schepisi) V. HBO family saga of small town New England doings. Fine cast, sprawling, unfocused script. ** 3/4
EMPTIES  (2008, d. Jan Sverak) ***
EMPTY HOME, THE  (2012, d. Nurbek Egen)  ***
EMPTY HOME, THE  (2012, d. Nurbek Egen, Kyrgyzstan)  ***
EMPTY NEST (El Nido Vacio)  (2008, d. Daniel Burman) *** 
EN LA CAMA  (2006, d. Matías Bize; Chile) *** 1/4
ENCARNATION  (2008, d. Anahi Berneri)  ** 1/4
ENCHANTED  (2007, d. Kevin Lima) Fun script, flaccid direction.  Too bad Julie Taymore didn't get a chance with this script.  ** 3/4
ENCLAVE  (Serbia)  (2015,  d.  Goran Radovanović)  *** 1/2
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2009,  d. Werner Herzog) + Fascinating docu footage of Antarctica & modern scientific explorers.  *** 1/2
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD  (2008, d. Werner Herzog) Fascinating footage of Antarctica & modern scientific explorers.  *** 1/2
END OF LOVE, THE (2009,  d. Simon Chung; Hong Kong) Mediocre digital film: story of young gay hustler/druggie involved with Christian sect. Nicely acted. ** 1/2
END OF THE CENTURY  (2004, d. Fields & Gramaglia) V. The Ramone's were never my cuppa musicwise; but this informative, of uninspired docu about group digs deep.  ***
END OF THE TOUR, THE  (2015,  d. James Ponsoldt)  *** 1/2
END OF WATCH (2012, d. David Ayer) Superb revisit to the mean streets of S. Central L.A. by writer of Training Day. 2 cops, fabulous chemistry, best editing of the year.  *** 3/4
ENDER'S GAME (2015,  d. Gavin Hood) ++  ****
ENDER'S GAME  (2013, d. Gavin Hood) ****
ENDER'S GAME  (2014,  d. Gavin Hood) +  ****
ENDGAME (2010, d. Pete Travis) V. Fine, if very low key, historical semi-thriller about negotiations leading to end of Apartheid. Miller & Hurt are especially good. ***
ENDLESS POETRY  (2017,  d. Alejandro Jodorowsky)  ** 3/4
ENDURING LOVE  (2004, d. Roger Michell) Dynamite, kinetic opening leads to a story of divinely inspired romantic obsession. Daniel Craig is wonderful. *** 1/4
ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE (2010, d. Lemkin & Sambath) V. Vital, if turgid, docu of Cambodian killing fields from bottom up collected by man whose family died.  ***
ENEMY AT THE GATES  (2001, d. Jean-Jacques Annaud)    ** 3/4
ENEMY  (2014, d.  Denis Villeneuve)  ** 3/4
ENGLAND!   (2001, d. Achem Von Borries)  ***  
ENIGMA   (2002, d. Michael Apted)    ** 3/4  
Ennemis Intérieurs  (2017,  d. Sélim Azzazi)  *** 1/2
ENOUGH SAID  (2013, d. Nicole Holofcener)  ** 1/2
ENRICO MATTEI: THE MAN WHO LOOKED AT THE FUTURE (2010, d. Giorgio Capitani) ***
ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM  (2006, d. Alex Gibney) V.Well made docu about complexity, maybe not as informative as it might have been.*** 1/4 
ENTANGLEMENT  (2017,  d. Jason James)  **
ENTER THE VOID  (2010, d.  Gaspar Noé) Tour de force doesn't come close to describing this amazing film which completely bowled me over.  ****
ENTOURAGE  (2015,  d. Doug Ellin)  ***
ENVY  (2004, d. Barry Levinson) It started ok, clever with some good yuks. Black & Stiller are a great comedy team & Walken rules; but the film totally falls apart in 3rd act. **
ENZO AVITABILE:  MUSIC LIFE  (2013, d. Jonathan Demme)  ** 3/4
EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER, AN  (2013, d. Danis Tanovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina)  *** 3/4
EPITAFIOS  (2006, d. Alberto Lecchi & Jorge Nisco) V. HBO miniseries à la SE7EN from Argentina. Literally the best tv series I've ever seen.  ****
EQUAL MEANS EQUAL  (2016,  d. Kamala Lopez)  *** 1/2
EQUALS  (2016,  d. Drake Doremus)  ** 1/2
ERAGON  (2006, d. Stefen Fangmeier) It's supposed to be bad; but try as I might I couldn't fail to enjoy it...nicely paced, good f/x.  ***
ERES MI HEROE  (2004, d. Antonio Cuadri) Excellent coming of age story of 13 year old boy during the death of Franco era.  Manuel Lozano is great as the kid.  *** 1/2
ERIN BROKOVICH   (2000, d. Steven Soderbergh)    ***  1/4
ERNEST & CELESTINE  (2014, d. Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner)  ** 1/2
ERSKINEVILLE KINGS  (2010, d. Alan White) V. Static '99 Aussi film about 2 brothers mourning their recently passed abusive dad. Hugh Jackman in early good form. ** 1/2
ESCAPE FIRE: THE FIGHT TO RESCUE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE (2012, d. Frömke & Heineman) V. Important docu, covers too much ground but says what needs to be said. *** 1/2
ESCAPE ROOM  (2017,  d.  Will Wernick)  * 1/4
ESCAPE, THE (2009,  d. Kathrine Windfeld) ***
ESCAPES  (2017,  d. Michael Almereyda) *** 1/2
ESTEROS  (2017,  d.  Papu Curotto)  * 3/4
ESTHER KAHN   (2002, d. Arnaud Desplechin)    ***  1/2 
ÉTÉ SANS POINT NI COUP SUR, UN (A No-hit, No-run Summer)  (2008, d. Francis Leclerc)  ** 3/4
E-TEAM  (2014,  d. Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman)  *** 1/4
ETERNAL SUMMER  (2007, d. Leste Chen and Patrick Mao Huang) * 3/4
ETERNAL SUMMER  (2016,  d. Andreas Öhman)  *** 1/2
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND  (2004, d. Michel Gondry) Writing, acting, directing, f/x tour de force; also an affecting love story.  ****
ETHAN MAO  (2004, d. Quentin Lee) Involving drama in the Araki mode of a Gay Asian boy kicked out of home into life of street hustler.  ** 3/4
ETHEL & ERNEST  (2017,  d. Roger Mainwood)  *** 1/4
ETHEL (2012, d. Rory Kennedy) V. Emotionally devastating docu (at least for me) by RFK's youngest daughter featuring her mom & siblings plus a story more incredible than fiction. *** 1/2
EUGENE (2009,  d.Jake Barsha) * 3/4
EULOGY  (2004, d. Michael Clancy) A screwball family comedy with an outstanding cast, entertaining, but a ridiculous script and only intermittently funny.  ** 1/4
EUPHORIA (Ejfroija)  (2007, d. Ivan Vyrypaev) ** 1/2
EUREKA  (2001, d. Shinji Aoyama)    *** 1/4
EVA HESSE  (2016,  d. Marcie Begleiter)  *** 1/4
EVA NOVÁ  (2016,  Slovakia,  d. Marko Skop)  *** 1/4
EVAN ALMIGHTY  (2007, d. Tom Shadyac) Good f/x money shot; but that's about it for this bloated, unfunny "comedy".  **
EVELYN   (2002, d. Bruce Beresford)    ** 3/4   
EVEN THE RAIN  (También La Lluvia) (2010, d. Icíar Bollaín; Spain)   *** 1/2
EVENING  (2007, d. Lajos Koltai) *** 1/2
EVENT, THE  (2003, Canada  d. Thom Fitzgerald) Emotionally shattering AIDS drama about a sick man whose friends throw an assisted suicide party  *** 1/4
EVEREST  (2015,  d. Baltasar Kormikur)  *** 1/2
EVERGREEN  (2004, d. Edid Zentelis) A low-budget Seattle HD video/film about a lower class girl who is ahamed of her family. Good acting. ** 1/4
EVERGREEN: THE ROAD TO LEGALIZATION IN WASHINGTON  (2013, d. Riley Morton)  *** 1/4
EVERLASTING MOMENTS  (2008, d. Jan Troell; Sweden) ***
EVERY BLESSED DAY  (2013, d. Paolo Virzi)  *** 1/4
EVERY DAY  (2010, d. Richard Levine)  ** 3/4
EVERY LAST CHILD  (2015,  d. Tom Roberts)  *** 1/2
EVERY LITTLE STEP (2009,  d. James Stern & Adam Del Deo) Superb meta-docu (film about trying out for a musical about trying out). Riveting & emotional. *** 3/4
EVERY OTHER WEEK  (2006, d. various) ** 3/4
EVERY SONG IS ABOUT ME  (2011, d. Jonas Trueba)  ***
EVERY STEWARDESS GOES TO HEAVEN   (2002, d. Daniel Burman)  ** 3/4
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!  (2016,  d. Richard Linklater)  *** 1/4
EVERYBODY'S FAMOUS  (2000, d. Dominique Deruddere)    *** 1/4
EVERYBODY'S FINE (2009,  d. Kirk Jones) I'm not a father; but DeNiro's situation is one that hit me with particular emotional wallop. Fine script, rings true, engrossing.  *** 1/2
EVERYDAY PEOPLE  (2004, d. Jim McKay) Pleasant enought HBO tv movie about a Brooklyn deli and the consequences of its closing.  ** 3/4
EVERYONE ELSE (2009,  d. Maren Ade) *** 1/4
EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE  (2012, d. Tracy D. Smith)  * 3/4
EVERYTHING IS COPY  (2016,  d. Jacob Bernstein)  *** 3/4
EVERYTHING IS FINE  (2008, d. Yves Fournier) ***
EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED  (2005, d. Liev Schreiber)  ** 1/2
EVERYTHING STRANGE AND NEW (2009,  d. Frazer Bradshaw) ***
EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE  (2011, d. Christoffer Boe)  ** 1/2
Everything Will Be Okay  (2016,  d. Patrick Volrath)  *** 1/2
EVERYTHING'S GONE GREEN  (2006, d. Paul Fox) ** 3/4
EVIL (2004, d. Maiael Hafström) A 50's Swedish boarding school's sadistic system and its affect on a rebellious kid. A cross of If and Rebel Without a Cause. *** 1/2
EVIL (Ondskan)  (2008, d. Mikael Håfström) V. + One of the best depictions of boarding school sadism ever filmed. *** 1/2
ÉVOCATEUR: THE MORTON  DOWNEY JR. MOVIE (2013, d. Seth Kramer & Daniel A. Miller & Jeremy Newberger) *** 1/4
EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL  (2014,  d. Darius Clark Monroe)  ** 3/4
Evolution of Verse (VR short film)  (2016,  d.  Chris Milk) ****
EX DRUMMER  (2007, d. Koen Mortier)  * 1/4                 
EX  (2011, d. Heiward Mak)  **
EX, THE (Jesse Peretz) Unfunny comedy. Braff and Bateman are worth admission; but the plot has holes & doesn't hold together.  **
EXCEPTION, THE  (2017,  d. David Leveaux) **
EXCITED  (2010, d. Bruce Sweeney)  ***
EXILED  (2007, d. Johnny To) ** 1/4
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP (2011 d. Banksy) + V. First time I was mystified, was this a mocumentary? Now I get it. Beautifully edited, entertaining docu. *** 3/4
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP  (2010, d. Banksy) Controversial docu about street art & L.A. hipster art scene. I had no idea all this was happening. *** 1/2
EXODUS:  GODS AND GENERALS  (2014,  d. Ridley Scott)  **
EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, THE  (2005, d. Scott Derrickson)  ** 3/4
EXPERIMENT, DAS   (2001, d. Oliver Hirshbiegel)  *** 1/2
EXPERIMENTER  (2015,  d. Michael Almereyda)  *** 1/2
EXPIRATION DATE  (2006, d. Rick Stevenson) ***
EXPIRED  (2007, d. Cecilia Miniucchi) ** 1/2
EXPLICIT ILLS (2009,  d. Mark Webber) Somewhat muddled continuity, but a quite moving anti-poverty drama with some memorable perfs.  ***
EXPLODING GIRL, THE (2009,  d. Bradley Rust Gray) *** 1/4
EXPORTING RAYMOND  (2011, d. Philip Rosenthal) V. Brilliantly written & funny docu about Rosenthal's adventures adapting his tv series to Russian esprit. *** 3/4
EXTRA MAN, THE (2010, d. Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini)  ** 1/4
EXTRACT (2009,  d. Mike Judge) Often funny comedy with iconic Jason Bateman perf. Judge replaces biting edge satire with more traditional farce structure. *** 1/4
EXTRATERRESTRIAL (2011, d. Nacho Vigalondo)  **
EXTREME OPS  (2004, d. Christian Duguay)V. Silly, unlikely action film: extreme sports vs.Serbian terrorists. Good cast (Devon Sawa, Rupert Graves, Rufus Sewell) wasted.  ** 1/4
EXTREME OPS   (2002, d. Christian Duguay)    ** 1/2        
EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE  (2011, d. Stephen Daldry) Unfilmable 9/11 novel saved by outstanding script, direction & one great kid actor. *** 1/2
Extremis  (2016, short,  d. Dan Krauss)  *** 1/2
EYE FOR BEAUTY, AN  (2015,  d. Denys Arcand)  *** 1/4
EYE IN THE SKY  (2016,  d. Gavin Hood) *** 1/2
EYE OF THE STORM (L'oeil du cyclone)  (2016,  d. Sékou Traoré)  ***
EYE OF THE STORM, THE (2012, d. Fred Schepisi)  ***
EYE, THE  (2003, Thailand  d. Danny & Oxide Pang) Horror film, not especially scary, blind woman cured with a corneal transplant who sees dead people. ** 1/2
EYES OF A THIEF  (2014,  Palestine,  d. Najwa Najjar)  ** 1/2
EYES WIDE OPEN (2010, d. Hair Tabakman)  *** 1/4
FABULOUS ALLAN CARR, THE  (2017,  d.  Jeffrey Schwartz)  *** 1/2
FACE OF AN ANGEL, THE  (2015,  d. Michael Winterbottom)  **
FACING ALI (2010, d. Pete McKormack) Quite interesting docu featuring interviews with fighters who fought Muhammad Ali plus great boxing footage.  *** 1/2
Facing Fear (2013, d. Jason Cohen) Doc short: former skinhead & the gay man that 25 yrs. ago he helped almost kill meet by chance & face past. Fine lesson.  *** 1/4
FACING WINDOWS  (2004, d. Ferzan Ozpetek) Resonant, multilevel story of a modern day couple who become involved with a Holocaust survivor.  *** 1/4
FACTOTUM  (2006, d. Bent Hamer) ** 3/4
FAHRENHEIT 9/11  (2004, d. Michael Moore) Slam dunk politically; but doc could be structured better for my taste.  *** 1/4
FAILURE TO LAUNCH  (2006, d. Tom Dey) Reasonably original romantic comedy...Justin Bartha should be given a leading role! ** 3/4
FAIR GAME (2011 d. Doug Liman) V. Taut true life story which nails the rot in the Bush/Chaney White House & infuriates. Watts & Penn excell as usual. *** 1/4
FAIR PLAY  (2007, d. Lionel Bailliu) *** 1/4
FAIR PLAY  (2014,  Czech Republic, d. Andrea Sedlácková)  *** 1/4
FAIRY TALE OF KATHMANDU  (2008, d. Neasa Ni Chianain) **
FALKENBERG FAREWELL  (2006, d. Jesper Ganslandt; Sweden) **
FALL, THE  (2008, d. Tarsem Singh) ** 3/4
FALLEN GODS (2009,  d. Ernesto Daranas; Cuba) * 3/4
FALLEN  (2006, d. Mikael Salomon) V. Good TV movie with series possibilities.  ** 3/4
FALLS, THE  (2016,  d. Jon Garcia)  *** 1/2
FALLS, THE:  COVENANT OF GRACE  (2017,  d. Jon Garcia)  ** 3/4
FALLS, THE:  TESTAMENT OF LOVE  (2017,  d.  Jon Garcia)  ** 3/4
FAME (2009,  d. Kevin Tanchardoen) The cast is attractive and talented, the singing & dancing well done.  Too bad there was no real story. Greatly inferior to the original. ** 3/4
FAME HIGH (2012, d. Scott Kennedy) V. True life Fame. Follows 4 performing h.s.students at L.A. County Arts thru a year (and beyond). Nice choice of subjects, & heartening.  *** 1/2
FAMILY FILM  (2016,  d. Olmo Omerzu)  ** 3/4
FAMILY FRIEND (L'Amico di Famiglia)  (2007, d. Paolo Sorrentino) W/O
FAMILY HERO (Le héros de la famille)  (2007, d. Thierry Klifa) ** 3/4
FAMILY LAW  (2006, d. Daniel Burman; Argentina) *** 1/2
FAMILY MAN, THE  (2000, d. Brett Ratner)    **    
FAMILY STONE, THE  (2005, d. Thomas Bezucha)  ** 1/2
FAMILY TIES   (2006, d. Kim Tae-yang) ** 1/2
FAMILY TREE (L'Arbre et la foret) (2011 d. Ducastel & Martineau)  ***
FAMILY TREE, THE  (2010, d. Vivi Friedman)  ***
FAMILY UNITED  (2014, d. Daniel Sánchez Arévalo)  *** 1/2
FAMILY, A (2010, d. Pernille Fischer Christensen) *** 1/2
FAMILY, THE (2013, d. Luc Bresson)  ***
FANNY  (2014, d. Daniel Auteuil)  *** 3/4
FANTASIA/2000  (2000, d. Committee)    ***    
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM  (2016,  d. David Yates)  **
FANTASTIC FOUR  (2005, d. Tim Story) Fun, if silly super-character comic story. Chris Evans is a star.  ** 3/4
FANTASTIC MR. FOX, THE (2010, d. Wes Anderson) It must just be me; but the whimsey escaped me, the characters annoyed, it all seemed a little silly.  ** 1/4
FANTASTIC PARASUICIDES (Fantastic Ja-sal-so-dong)  (2008, d. Kim, Park & Jo) ** 3/4
FANTASTICKS, THE  (2000, d. Michael Ritchie) [1995]    ** 1/4 
FAQS  (2006, d. Everett Lewis) Militantly gay romance. Fine performance by perky newcomer Joe Lia. Oddly, I enjoyed this terribly written & shot digital film. * 3/4
FAR FROM HEAVEN   (2002, d. Todd Haynes)  *** 1/2
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD  (2015,  d. Thomas Vinterberg)  *** 1/2
FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH:  THE TOMI UNGERER STORY  (2013, d.  Brad Bernstein)  *** 3/4
FAR SIDE OF THE MOON  (2005, d. Robert Lepage) Quirky comedy based on 1-man play. Lepage plays 2 leading roles & he must be an acquired taste that I don't share.  **
FAREWELL (L'Affaire Farewell)  (2010, d. Christian Carion) *** 1/4
FAREWELL BAGHDAD (2010, d. Mehdi Naderi; Iran)  *
FAREWELL PARTY, THE (Mita Tova)  (2015,  d. Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon)  ***
FAREWELL TO HOLLYWOOD  (2015, d. Henry Corra & Regina Nicholson) *** 1/4
FARSAN  (2010, d. Josef Fares)  ***
FARTHEST THE  (2017,  d. Emer Reynolds)  *** 3/4
FASHION VICTIMS  (2008, d. Ingo Rasper) Intermittently funny & clever German farce: two dress salesmen battle.  ** 3/4
FAST AND FURIOUS (2009,  d. Justin Lin) Testosterone soaked film with some nicely edited & conceived auto stunts; but ridiculous and predictable script. ** 1/2
FAST AND THE FURIOUS, THE   (2001, d. Rob Cohen)    *** 1/2 
FAST CONVOY (Le convoi)  (2016,  d. Frédéric Schoendoerffer)  **
FAST FIVE (2011, d. Justin Lin)
FAST FOOD NATION  (2008, d. Richard Linklater) Exploited Mexicans, slaughtered cattle, great cast, tough sell!  ***
FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS  (2014,  d. Ferzan Ozpetek)  *** 1/4
FAT GIRL (À ma soeur)   (2001, d. Catherine Breillat)    *** 1/2   
FAT GIRLS  (2006, d. Ash Christian) Inventive if juvenile gay comedy by a talented writer/director. ** 1/2
FAT KID RULES THE WORLD (2012, d. Matthew Lillard)  *** 1/4
FATAL  (2013, d. Lee Don-ku)  ***
FATE AS A RAT   (2001, d. Ivan Pavlov)  * 1/2
FATELESS (Sorstalanság)  (2005, d. Lajos Koltai; Hugary) *** 3/4
FATHER & SONS  (2004, d. Michael Boujenah) A feel good, amusing French comedy road picture about a father and his squabbling sons. Beautifully acted.  ***
FATHER (2011 d. Pasquale Squitieri)  **
FATHER AND SON (2012, d. Aleksandr Sokurov) V. Can't decipher a story from this beautifully shot film. But the guys are lovely to watch even if one ignores the homoeroticism. ***
FATHER OF MY CHILDREN, THE (2010, d. Mia Hansen-Løve) ** 3/4
FATHER, A SON, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, A  (2004, d. Lee Grant) V. Insider docu about Kirk and Michael Douglas, interesting but not great.  ** 3/4
FATHERS AND SONS  (2005, d. various) V. ** 3/4
FAUBOURG 36  (2008, d. Christophe Barratier)  ** 3/4
FAULT IN OUR STARS, THE  (2014,  d. Josh Boone)  *** 1/2
FAVELA RISING  (2005, d. Mattt Mochary, Jeff Zimbalest; docu) V. ***
FAVOR, THE  (2008, d. Eva Eridjis) Fine lost indie film with interesting perfs by Frank Woods & Ryan Donowho ***
FAY GRIM  (2007, d. Hal Hartley) Wildly uneven comedy/thriller.  Posey is fine, but writing not up to former Hartley films. ** 3/4
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS  (2003, d. Terry Gilliam) V. Like watching a lurid train wreck & almost needing to turn away. Depp & del Toro are amazing.  **
FEAR AND TREMBLING  (2004, d. Alain Corneau) A fascinating French office film set in a Japanese office. Sylvie Testud is wonderful.  *** 1/4
FEAR ME NOT  (2009,  d. Kristian Levring) ** 3/4
FEAST OF LOVE  (2007, d. Robert Benton) Emotionally affecting; but I need to read the book, which is obviously richer. ***
FEATHER  (2017,  d. Roan Johnson)  ***
FEATHERS IN MY HEAD (2004, d. Thomas de Thier) Compelling, beautifully shot film about a family torn by the consequences of a missing child.  ***
FED UP  (2014,  d. Stephanie Soechtig)  *** 3/4
FEELING FACTORY, THE  (La Fabrique des sentiments)  (2008, d. Jean-Marc Moutout) V.  ** 1/2
FEELING MINNESOTA  (2004, d. Steven Baigelman)V.  '96 Keanu Reeves/Cameron Diaz screwball dumb guy/bad girl comedy. Watchable, but ridiculous plot.  **
FELIX AND LOLA  (2001, d. Patrice Leconte)  **
FELIX AND MEIRA  (Canada)  (2015,  d.  Maxime Giroux)  *** 1/4
FEMALE AGENTS (Les Femmes de l'ombre)  (2008, d. Jean-Paul Salomé) ** 1/2
FEMME DE GILLES, LA  (2005, d. Frédéric Fonteyne) Formally terrific, if slow, drama about a laborer obsessed by his plain wife's beautiful sister. Emmanuel Devos rules. ***
FEMME FATALE  (2002, d. Brian De Palma)    *** 1/4
FENCER , THE  (Finland)  (2015,  d.  Klaus Härö)  *** 1/2
FENCES  (2016,  d.  Denzel Washington)  ** 3/4
Feral  (2014, d. Daniel Sousa)  * 1/4
FERMAT'S ROOM (2010, d. Piedrahita & Sopeña) V. Overly intellectualized Spanish thriller like Intacto: 4 people trapped in a room forced to solve enigmas or die. ** 3/4
FERMENTED  (2017,  d. Jonathan Cianfrani)  ***
FERPECT CRIME  (2004, d. Alex de la Iglesia) Another zany film by Iglesia, high gloss comedy about a Lothario salesman's comeuppence. Good fun, but a trifle obvious. ** 3/4
FESTIVAL EXPRESS  (2004, d. Bob Smeaton) Wonderful footage of 1970 rock festival train across Canada. Great The Band & Janis performances. *** 1/2
FEVER OF '57  (2007, d. David Hoffman) *** 1/4
FEVER PITCH  (2005, d. Farrelli Bros.) Gets everything right in a delightful romantic comedy. Fallon is a star in the Hanks mode.  *** 1/4
FEVER, THE (La Febbre)  (2008, d. Alessandro d'Alatri) *** 1/4
FEW CUBIC METERS OF LOVE, A  (2014, Afghanistan,  d. Jamshid Mahmoudi)  *** 1/2
FEW DAYS IN SEPTEMBER, A (2010, d. Santiago Amigorena) V.  Subtle French conspiracy thriller based around 9/11.  Food for thought, but thin gruel.  ** 3/4
FEW DAYS OF RESPITE, A (Quelque jours de répit) (2011, d. Amor Hakkar) A gay, Franco/Irani version of A Better Life, slow, arty, lovely, sad.  ***
FEW HOURS OF SPRING, A  (Quelques Heures de printemps) (2013, d. Stéphane Brizé)  ***
FIDEL  (2004, d. David Attwood)V.  TV mini-series biopic of the Cuban revolution...diffuse script, but good performances by Victor Martin and, of course, Gael Bernal as Che.  ** 1/4
FIELDS OF FUEL  (2008, d. Josh Tickell) *** 3/4
FIFTEEN MINUTES   (2001, d. John Herzfeld)    ***    
FIFTH ESTATE, THE  (2013, d. Bill Condon) * 1/4
FIFTH SEASON, THE  (2013, d. Peter Brosens, Jessica Hope Woodworth)  ***
FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING  (2008, d. Kari Skogland) ***
FIFTY PILLS  (2008, d. Theo Avgerinos) V. Monumentally stupid film; but Lou Pucci is my type of leading man.  * 1/4
FIG TREES (2009,  d. John Greyson) ** 3/4
FIGHT CHURCH  (2014,  d. Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkel)  **
FIGHT TO THE FINISH: STORIES OF POLIO, A  (2001, d. Ken Mandel)    ** 1/2    
FIGHTER PILOT:  OPERATION RED FLAG  (2005, d.  Stephen Low) V.  ** 3/4
FIGHTER, THE  (2010, d. David O. Russell) Perfect ensemble acting (Bale, Leo, Adams spectacular) combined with a script which built slowly but powerfully.  *** 1/2
FIGHTING (2009,  d. Dito Montiel) Clichés abound & Montiel's mis-en-scène just seems confused. Tatum isn't a convincing actor; but he sure looks the part. ** 1/4
FILL THE VOID (2012, d. Rama Burshtein, Israel)  *** 1/2
FILM CRITIC, THE  (2015,  d. Hernán Guerschuny)  ** 1/2
FILM UNFINISHED, A (2010, d. Yael Hersonski) V. No end to vital & important Holocaust films with something new: here German docu footage of '42 Warsaw Ghetto. *** 3/4
FILME FALADO, UM  (2003, d. Manoel de Oliveira) Travelogue cum philosophical meditation on feminism and language. Interesting, if unsatisfying.  ** 1/2
FINAL ARRANGEMENTS (Bouquet final) (2009,  d. Michel Delgado) ** 3/4
FINAL CUT, THE  (2004, d. Omar Nïam) Unsatisfying, psychological sci-fi melodrama about saving memories.  Poor Robin Williams comes a cropper again.  **
FINAL DESTINATION 3  (2007, d. James Wong) V. Surprisingly stylish horror thriller; but when Jesse Moss was killed off I bailed. W/O
FINAL DESTINATION  (2000, d. James Wong)    *  1/2 
FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN   (2001, d. Hironobu Sakaguchi)    ** 
FINAL MEMBER, THE  (2013, d. Jonah Bekor, Zach Math)  *** 1/4
FINAL RECIPE  (2014, d. Gina Kim)  *** 1/2
FINAL   (2001, d. Campbell Scott)    ***    
FINDERS FEE   (2001, d. Jeff Probst)  ***  
FINDERS KEEPERS  (2015,  d. Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel)  *** 1/4
FINDING AMANDA  (2008, d. Peter Tolan) Faintly amusing dramady...witty about the tv game, but the rest not so good.  ** 1/4
FINDING BLISS (2009,  d. Julia Davis) ** 1/2
FINDING FELA  (2014,  d. Alex Gibney)  ***
FINDING FORRESTER  (2000, d. Gus Van Sant)    *** 
FINDING KUKAN  (2017,  d. Robin Lung)  *** 1/4
FINDING NEMO  (2003, d. Andrew Stanton)  Another engaging Pixar/Disney film with superb 3-D animation but a fairly simplistic plot.  ** 3/4 (REV. *** 1/4)
FINDING NEVERLAND  (2004, d. Marc Forster) Emotionally powerful, unlikely romantic film based on J.M. Barrie's life. Depp is outstanding in a muted perf.  ***
FINDING OSCAR  (2017,  d. Ryan Suffern)  ** 1/2
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER  (2014,  d.  John Maloof and Charlie Siskel)  *** 1/2
FINE DEAD GIRLS   (2002, d. Dalibor Matanic)  *** 1/2
FIRE AT SEA  (2016,  Italy,  d. Gianfranco Rosi)  ** 3/4
FIRE IN BABYLON  (2011, d. Steven Riley)  * 3/4
FIRE IN THE BLOOD  (2013, d. Dylan Mohan Gray)  ** 1/2
Fire Mouth (Boca de Fogo)   (2017,  d. Luciano Pérez Fernández) 1/2*  Brazilian doc. short: follows announcers of small town soccer team. Unwatchable.
FIRE OF CONSCIENCE  (2011, d. Dante Lam)  ** 1/2
FIREDANCER  (2002, d. Jawed Wassel)  1/2*
FIREFLY DREAMS   (2002, d. John Williams)  **
FIRESTORM  (2014,  d.  Alan Yuen)  ***
FIRM LAND, THE (2009,  d. Chapour Haghighat) * 1/4
FIRST $20 MILLION IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST, THE   (2002, d. Mick Jackson)    ***   
FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING, THE (2010, d. Paolo Virzi; Italy)  *** 3/4
FIRST COMES LOVE  (2013, d. Nina Davenport)  *** 1/2
FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED  (2013, d. Alan Berliner)  *** 1/2
FIRST DAUGHTER  (2004, d. Forest Whitaker) Utterly predictable, slick romantic comedy. I like Marc Blucas; but Katie Holms is awfully plastic.  * 1/2
FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE (Le premier jour du reste de ta vie) (2009,  d. Rémi Bezançon) *** 3/4
FIRST GRADER, THE  (2011, d. Justin Chadwick) ***
FIRST MONDAY IN MAY, THE  (2016,  d. Adrew Rossi)  ** 1/4
FIRST NIGHT, THE  (2004, d. Luis Restrepo) Columbian AFF about the uprooting effects of a local rebellion on a rural family. Somewhat overamped, but moving. ** 1/2
FIRST ON THE LIST, THE  (2012, d. Roan Johnson)  ***
FIRST POSITION (2012, d. Bess Kargman) V. Emotionally satisfying docu of young ballet student dancers. Familiar format; but well chosen subjects & nice editing. *** 1/2
FIRST SNOW  (2007, d. Mark Fergus)  Pedestrian, twisty Amer. Indy with a great Guy Pearce perf.** 3/4 
FIRST SNOWFALL  (2014, d. Andrea Segre)  ***
First Step, The (Le premier pas)   (2015, d. Vanessa Clément) short film  **
FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER  (2017,  d. Angelina Jolie)  **
FIRST TIME I WAS TWENTY, THE  (2005, d. Lorraine Lévy) Enormously entertaining coming of age in mid '60s of a portly girl jazz musician.  *** 1/2
FIRST TIME, THE  (2012, d. Jonathan Kasdan) ** 1/2
FISH DREAMS  (2007, d. Kiril Mikhanovsky) ** 1/2
FISH TANK (2010, d. Andrea Arnold) 15 yr.old girl's coming of age in lower class Brit family. Michael Fassbender impressive as mom's boyfriend who crosses line. *** 1/4
FISTS IN THE POCKET  (2011 d. Marco Bellocchio)  *** 1/2
FIT  (2010, d. Rikke Beadle-Blair) *** 1/4
FIVE DANCES  (2013, d. Alan Brown)  *** 1/2
FIVE DAY LOVER  (L'Amant de cinq jours)  (2015,  d. Philippe de Broca)  ***
FIVE DAYS IN SEPTEMBER  (2006, d. Barbara Sweete) ****
FIVE FINGERS (2012, d. Laurence Malkin) V. Interesting STV rendition flick, Ryan Phillippe vs. Laurence Fishburne in a political terrorist battle of wits. *** 1/4
FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN (2009,  d. Oliver Hirschbiegel) Moral Dilemmas 'R Us.  Reconciliation in N. Ireland with 2 great performances, esp. James Nesbitt.  *** 1/4
FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS, THE  (2004, d. Lars von Trier, Jorgen Leth) Von Trier as tyrant making Leth redo his seminal short 5 times. Both boring & interesting.  ** 1/2
FIVE SENSES, THE  (2000, d. Jeremy Podeswa)    ** 3/4   
FIVE STAR LIFE, A  (2014, d.  Maria Sole Tognazzi)  *** 1/2
FIVE STAR  (2014,  d. Keith Miller)  ** 3/4
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS  (2006, d. Clint Eastwood) Overly complex; but moving despite. Spectacular action direction.  *** 1/4
FLAME & CITRON (Flammen & Citronen)  (2008, d. Ole Christian Madsen) ***
FLAQUEZA DEL BOLCHEVIQUE, LA  (2004, d. Manuel Cuenca) Luis Tosar shines again as conflicted man who gets involved with teenage girl. ** 3/4
FLAT, THE (2012, d. Arnon Goldfinger) V. Disturbing, think piece docu: 3rd generation Israeli explores his deceased German expat grandparent's relationship  with (maybe?) high ranking Nazi. *** 1/2
FLATS, THE   (2002, d. Kelly and Tyler Requa) *** 1/4
FLEEING BY NIGHT   (2001, d. Hsu Li-kong & Yin Chi)    *** 1/4
FLEUR DU MAL, LA  (2007, d. Claude Chabrol)V.+ Incestuous hijinx among the French bourgeoisie. Cool & intriguing. ***
FLICK   (2000, d. Fintan Connolly) *** 
FLICKER  (2013, d. Patrik Eklund)  *** 1/4
FLICKERING LIGHTS  (2003, d. Anders T. Jensen) Clever Danish caper film about gang who can't shoot straight trying to go straight.  ***
FLICKERING TRUTH, A  (2016,  New Zealand,  d. Pietra Brettkelly)  ** 1/2
FLIGHT (2012, d. Robert Zemeckis)   *** 1/2
FLIGHT TO FREEDOM (Fuga per la libertà) (2009,  d. Carlo Carlei) ** 1/2
FLIGHTPLAN  (2005, d. Robert Schwentke) ** 3/4
FLIPPED  (2010, d.  Rob Reiner)  For once omnipresent narration works. Loved the films dual POV structure. Emotionally satisfying and fun whitebread kiddie romcom. *** 1/4
FLOOD  (2007, d. Tony Mitchell) V. Tacky, convincing British disaster drama about 1,000 year flood of London.  ** 1/4
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS  (2016,  d. Stephen Frears)  ***
FLOWER OF EVIL, THE  (2003, d. Claude Chabrol) Skewering the haut bourgeoisie, a winner. Magimel is sexiest actor alive and Suzanne Flon magnificent! *** 1/4
FLOWERS (Spain)  (2015,  d.  Jon Garano, Jose Mari Goenega)  *** 1/4
FLOWERS OF WAR, THE (2011, d. Zhang Yimou, China)  ** 1/4
FLOYD NORMAN:  AN ANIMATED LIFE  (2016,  d.   Flore & Frik Sharkey)  ***
FLUFFER, THE   (2001, d. Richard Glatzer & Wash West)    ***    
FLYBOYS  (2006, d. Tony Bill) Astoundingly good aerial f/x. Utterly predictable, lame script. James Franco fine, as usual.  ** 1/2
FLYING FISH  (2011, d. Sanjeewa Pushpakummara)  1/2*
FLYING SCOTSMAN, THE  (2007, d. Douglas Mackinnon) Jonny Lee Miller & Billy Boyd are good; but film predictable sports bio. ** 1/4
FOCUS   (2001, d. Neal Slavin)    ** 1/2    
FOG OF WAR, THE  (2004, d. Errol Moris) More than a talking head doc, the film is a valuable primer on the responsibilities of leadership and frailty of human nature.  *** 1/2
FÖGI IS A BASTARD (2012, d. Marcel Gisler) V.  Finally watched the DVD of my all-time #1 gay film and it still blows my mind! Honest, unsparing, sexy. *** 3/4
FOLLOW ME:THE YONI NETANYAHO STORY (2012, d. Gruber & Pinchot) V. Fine, emotional if undistinguished bio-docu with weird structure which detracts.  ** 3/4
FOOD CHAINS  (2014,  d. Sanjay Rawal)  ** 1/2
FOOD EVOLUTION  (2017,  d. Scott Hamilton Kennedy)  *** 3/4
FOOD INC (2009,  d. Robert Kenner) ** 1/2
FOOD OF LOVE   (2002, d. Ventura Pons)    ***   
FOOTLOOSE  (2011, d. Craig Brewer)  Why make this film? It has retro feel of '80s no different from orig.  Lead actor can dance; but has no charisma.  * 3/4
FOOTNOTE  (2011, d. Joseph Cedar,  Israel)  *** 3/4
FOOTNOTES  (2017,  d. Kostia Testut, Paul Calori)  * 1/4
FOR A MOMENT FREEDOM (2010, d. Arash T. Riahi; Austria) *** 1/2
FOR NO GOOD REASON  (2013, d. Charlie Paul)   ***
FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO  (2007, d. Daniel Karslake) *** 3/4
FOR THE GOOD OF OTHERS  (2010, d. Oskar Santos)  *** 1/4
FORASTERS (2009,  d. Ventura Pons) ** 3/4
FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, THE  (2008, d. Rob Minkoff) Angarino is good, action direction ok; but too predictible.  ** 1/2
FORCE MAJEURE  (2014,  Sweden,  d. Ruben Östlund)  *** 1/2
FORECASTER, THE  (2015,  d. Marcus Vetter)  ** 1/2
FOREST  (2003, d. Benedek Fliegauf) Boring, pretentious ordeal of a film...7 droning vignettes vaguely connected by people's proximity in a shopping mall.  *
FOREVER ENTHRALLED (2009,  d. Chen Kaige) ** 1/2
FOREVER FLOWS  (2007, d. Abu Sayeed; Bangladesh) **
FOREVERLAND  (2012, d. Maxwell McGuire)  *** 1/4
FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL  (2008, d. Nicholas Stollar) Sweet & surprisingly smart comedy . *** 1/4
FORGIVEN  (2006, d. Paul Fitzgerald) ***
FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD, THE (2012, d. Joshua Marston) Slow developing, involving story of Albanian teen boy caught up in fatal family feud. *** 1/4
FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, THE  (2013, d. Andrew Mudge)  **
FORGOTTEN WOMAN, THE  (2008, d. Dilip Mehta) Docu based on plight of widows in India (non-fiction version of Water). Intrinsically horrifying; but film meanders. ***
FORGOTTEN  (2014,  Bolivia,  d. Carlos Bolado)  ***
FORGOTTEN, THE  (2004, d. Joseph Rubin) Eerie, scary psychological sci-fi melodrama about losing memories, very effectively filmmaking. Julianne Morre simply great.  *** 1/4
FORMULA 17  (2004, d. D.J. & Yin-Jung Cheng) V. Silly gay Taiwanese comedy with lavish photography, but dreadful acting and line readings.  * 3/4
FORSYTE SAGA, THE: TO LET  (2004, d. Andy Wilson) V. Incredibly involving 5 hour followup to original. Glorious production, superb acting.  ****
FORTAPASC (2010, d. Marco Risi)  ** 3/4
FORTRESS  (2008, d.Shamil Nacafzada; Azerbaijan) * 1/2
FORTRESS, THE (2009,  d. Fernand Melgar) ** 1/2
FORTY SHADE OF BLUE  (2005, d. Ira Sachs)  ***
FOSTER BOY, THE (2013, d. Markus Imboden) *** 1/2
FOSTER CHILD  (2008, d. Brilliante Mendoza)  ** 3/4
FOUNTAIN, THE  (2006, d. Darren Aronofsky) Pretentious & arty. Jackman & Weisz and f/x are great, but script annoyingly obscure.  ** 1/4
FOUR BOXES (2009,  d. Wyatt McDill) ***
FOUR BROTHERS  (2005, d. John Singleton)  * 1/2
FOUR CORNERS  (2013, d. Ian Gabriel, South Africa)  ** 1/4
FOUR DAUGHTERS  (2013, d. Michael Curtiz) ** 1/2
FOUR DOGS PLAYING POKER  (2000, d. Paul Rachman)  1/2*
FOUR FEATHERS, THE   (2002, d. Shekhar Kapur)    **    
FOUR LETTER WORD, A (2012, d. Caspar Andreas) V. Glossy, superficial gay film which explores issues of love in NYC. Cliched acting; but director Andreas has style. ** 1/4
FOUR MINUTES  (2006, d. Chris Kraus) *** 1/4
FOUR MORE YEARS  (2011, d. Tova Magnusson-Norling)  *** 1/2
FOUR STARS  (2006, d. Christian Vincent) ** 1/4
FOUR SUNS (2012, d. Bohdan Sláma)  ** 1/2
FOUR WINDOWS (Vier Fenster) (2012, d. Christian Müller) V. Parallel day in lives of bourgeois German family of 4. Hidden quirks the point; but too slow & opaque.   ** 1/2
FOURTH STATE, THE  (2012, d. Dennis Gansel)  *** 1/2
FOXCATCHER  (2014,  d. Bennett Miller)  *** 1/4
FRACTURE  (2007, d. Gregory Hoblit) Clever story, acting tour de force. Gosling is a star.  *** 1/4
FRAILTY   (2002, d. Bill Paxton)    ***    
Frame 394  (2016, short,  d. Rich Williamson)  *** 1/2
FRAME BY FRAME  (2015,  d. Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli)  ** 3/4
FRAMED  (2003, d. Daniel Petrie, Jr.)  (V.) TNT tv movie about NYC cop (Rob Lowe) vs. classy mob squealer (Sam Neill).  Predictable.  * 1/2
FRANCE BOUTIQUE  (2004, d. Tonie Marshall) Fast paced but empty comedy about the people doing a French cable tv shopping channel.  **
FRANCES HA  (2013, d. Noah Baumbach) ***
FRANCOFONIA  (2016,  d.  Alexander Sokurov)  W/O
FRANK AND LOLA  (2016,  d. Matthew Ross)  **
FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY  (2005, d. Robert Rodriguez) Super stylish pop-art graphic novel the way it should be filmed. But I was bored.  ** 1/2
FRANK THE RAT (2009,  d. Jim Cozza) *** 1/4
FRANK  (2014,  d. Lenny Abrahamson) **
FRANKENWEENIE (2013, d. Tim Burton) V. ** 1/4
FRANKIE AND ALICE  (2010, d. Geoffrey Sax) Split personality story told much better before. Halle Berry's acting seemed calculated as Oscar bait. * 3/4
FRANTZ  (2017,  d. François Ozon)  *** 3/4
FREAKY FRIDAY  (2003, d. Mark Waters) Enjoyable, but empty change-of-identity comedy with some nice acting by Jamie Lee Curtis & Lindsay Lohan. ** 1/2
FREDDY GOT FINGERED   (2001, d. Tom Green)    *  
FREE AND EASY  (2017,  d. Jun Geng)  ** 1/4
FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS  (2013, d. Shola Lynch)  *** 1/2
FREE CHINA:  THE COURAGE TO BELIEVE  (2013, d. Michael Perlman)  * 1/4
FREE FALL  (2013, d. Stephan Lacant)  *** 1/2
FREE RADICALS  (2003, d. Barbara Albert) Interconneced year-in-the-life story of capricious fate. Confusingly written and edited, but nicely directed.  ** 3/4
FREE RANGE  (2013, d. Veiko Ounpuu, Estonia)   3/4*
FREE THE MIND  (2013, d. Phie Ambo)  ** 1/2
FREE WORLD, THE  (2016,  d.  Jason Lew) ***
FREEBIE, THE  (2010, d. Katie Aselton)  ** 3/4
FREEDOM RIDERS (2010, d. Stanley Nelson) V. Ultimately involving, uplifting docu about '61 bus riders to South who broke Jim Crow.  Why wasn't I one?!  *** 1/4
FREEDOM TO MARRY,  THE  (2017,  d. Eddie Rosenstein)  *** 1/2
FREEDOM WRITERS  (2008, d. Richard LaGravenese)V. Surprisingly moving true story of teacher vs. gangs. *** 1/4
FREEWAY  (2012, d. Christophe Sahr) **
FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS (Französisch für Anfänger)  (2007, d. Christian Ditter) ***
FRENCH GIGOLO, A (Cliente) (2009,  d. Josiane Balasko) *** 1/4
French it up!  (2015,  d. Alice Vial & Sabrina B. Karine)  short film  ** 3/4
FRENCH KISSERS, THE (Les beaux gosses)  (2010, d. Riad Sattour) ** 1/4
FREQUENCY  (2000, d. Gregory Hoblit)    ** 1/2    
FRESH AIR (Friss levegö)  (2007, d. Agnes Kocis and Andrea Roberti) ***
FRIDA   (2002, d. Julie Taymor)    *** 1/4 
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS  (2004, d. Peter Berg) One of the all-time great sports films, wonderfully directed and edited (great music, too). Thornton & Lucas Black shine.  *** 1/2
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS  (2004, d. Peter Berg) V.+ Even more impressive on video, certainly the best sports film I've ever seen and the best edited film of the year.  *** 3/4
FRIEND OF MINE, A  (2007, d. Sebastian Schipper) *** 1/4
FRIEND, THE (Der Freund)  (2008, d. Micha Lewinsky, Switzerland) *** 1/4
FRIENDS AND FAMILY   (2001, d. Kristen Coury)  ** 
FRIENDS FOREVER (2012, d. Stefan Henszelman) V. '87 Danish coming-of-age film about a straight hi-school boy accepting his gay friend. Culturally significant, well acted.  ***
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (2012, d. Will Gluck) V. Wanted to hate this rom-com which tries too hard to be unconventional. Timberlake is weak; but script won me over. ** 3/4
FRIENDS WITH KIDS (2012, d. Jennifer Westfeldt) Adult rom-com, nicely played by great cast; but dialog misfires & leads' chemistry isn't convincing.  ***
FRIENDS WITH MONEY  (2006, d. Nicole Holofcener) Ensemble film, well observed, nicely acted...ending left me wanting more. ***
FROM AFAR  (2016,  d. Lorenzo Vigas)  ** 3/4
FROM BEGINNING TO END (d.  Aluizio Abranches) + 2nd time (with horrible DVD temp.mix print) not quite as good; but still startlingly controversial & sexy.  ***
FROM BEGINNING TO END  (2010, d. Aluizio Abranches)  *** 1/4
FROM HELL   (2001, d. The Hughes Brothers)    * 1/4
FROM THE EDGE OF THE CITY  (2000, d. Constantine Giannaris)    ** 1/2  
FROM THE LAND OF THE MOON (Mal de Pierres)  (2017,  d. Nicole Garcia)  ** 3/4
FROM TIME TO TIME  (2010, d. Julian Fellowes)  *** 1/2
FRONT LINE, THE (2011, d. Jang Hun, Korea)  *** 1/2
FROST/NIXON  (2008, d. Ron Howard) Surprisingly fascinating middlebrow film, with a career perf. by Longella.  *** 1/2
FROZEN CITY  (2007, d. Aku Louhimies) ** 1/4
FROZEN DAYS (Yamin Kfuim)  (2006, d. Danny Lerner) ** 3/4
FROZEN RIVER  (2008, d. Courtney Hunt) *** 1/2
FROZEN  (2013, d. Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee)  **
FROZEN   (2005, d. Juliet McKoen) Mysterious, sort of pointless English film with Shirley Henderson as a woman mourning her lost, presumed dead sister.  ** 1/2
FRUITVALE STATION  (2013, d. Ryan Coogler)  ** 1/4
FUCK MY LIFE  (2011, d. Nicolás López)  ***
FUCK MY WEDDING  (2012, d. Nicolas López)  ** 3/4
FUCK UP  (2013, d. Oystein Karlsen)  ** 3/4
FUGITIVAS   (2001, d. Miguel Hermoso)  ***
FUGITIVE PIECES   (2007, d. Jeremy Podeswa) ***
FÜHRER EX  (2012, d. Winfried Bonengel) V. Involving, violent '02 German flick about 2 political rebels in '80s GDR. Neo-nazi played by Christian Blümel terrifying & real. ***
FULL CIRCLE  (2013, d. Zhang Yang)  ** 1/4
FULL FRONTAL   (2002, d. Steven Soderbergh)    ***   
FULLTIME KILLER   (2001, d. Johnnie To and Wie Ka-Fai)  * 3/4
FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING, THE  (2016,  d. Rob Burnett)  *** 1/4
FUNKYTOWN  (2011, d. Daniel Roby)  *** 1/4
FUNNY PEOPLE (2009, Judd Apatow) Well written & acted dramedy; could have benefited from tightening, but much genius is on display here.  *** 1/2
FUREVER  (2013, d. Amy Finkel)  ** 1/2
FURIOUS 7  (2015, d. James Wan)  ** 3/4
FURY  (2014,  d. David Ayer)   *** 1/2
FUSE  (2004, d. Pjer Zalica) A confusing, but effective satire about post-war reconciliation in Bosnia.  ** 3/4
FUTURE LASTS FOREVER  (2012, d. Özcan Alper)  **
FUTURE WEATHER  (2012, d. Jenny Deller)  ** 3/4
FUTURO BEACH  (2014, d. Karim Aïnouz)  *** 1/2
G.B.F.  (2013, d. Darren Stein)  *** 1/2
G.I. JOE: RISE OF COBRA  (2009,  d. Stephen Sommers) Truly dreadful, bombastic, empty-headed actioner which wastes every actor, tho the f/x are pretty good.  * 1/2
GABRIELLE  (2006, d. Patrice Chéreau) Edwardian film of manners; pretty, talky and boring with good perfs by Isabelle Huppert & Pascal Greggory. **
GABRIELLE  (2013, d. Louise Archambault, Canada)  *** 1/4
GAGARIN'S GRANDSON  (2007, d. Andrey Panin) ** 1/2
GAHAN WILSON:  BORN DEAD, STILL WEIRD  (2013, d. Steven-Charles Jaffe)  ** 3/4
GALAPAGOS AFFAIR, THE:  SATAN COMES TO EDEN  (2014,  d. Dayna Goldfine & Dan Geller)  *** 1/4
GAMBLER  (2006, d. Phie Ambo) ** 1/2
GAMBLER, THE  (2014,  d. Rupert Wyatt)  * W/O
GAMBLER, THE  (2014,  Lithuania,  d.  Ignas Jonynas)  Grisley stuff about a group of irresponsible hospital staff.  Too weird, I walked.  W/O
GAME CHANGE (2012, d. Jay Roach) V. Julianne Moore & esp. Ed Harris are quite good in this political evisceration. Docu feel with actual news footage. ***
GAME CHANGE  (2014,  Jay Roach)  TV movie examining McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as VP. Julianne Moore is fine. *** 1/4
GAME OF THRONES (2012, d. various) V. Season #1 on Blu-ray. Spectacular epic production, perfectly cast, event programming at its best.  ****
GAMER (2009,  d. Neveldine & Taylor) F/x galore can't save this future death game film from its ridiculous over-the-top (but predictable) premise.  **
GAMES OF LOVE & CHANCE   (2005, d. Abdellatalfi Kechiche) Teenagers in the projects in Paris, variation of Romeo & Juliet...talkiy but fun.  ** 3/4
GAMING INSTINCT (Spieltrieb)  (2014, d.  Gregor Schnitzler)  ** 1/2
GANGS OF NEW YORK   (2002, d. Martin Scorsese)    *** 1/2
GANGSTER NO. 1  (2000, d. Paul McGuigan)    ***  
GANGSTER SQUAD  (2014, d. Ruben Fleischer)  **
GARAGE DAYS  (2003, d. Alex Proyas) Familiar rock film about a garage band trying to get established in Australia. Sometimes clever direction, clichéd. ** 1/4
GARAGE  (2007, d. Lenny Abrahamson) ***
GARBAGE DREAMS (2009,  d. Mai Iskander) ** 3/4
GARBO THE SPY  (2010, d. Edmon Roch) *** 1/4
GARÇON STUPIDE  (2005, d. Lionel Baier) ** 1/2
GARDEN IN THE SEA (2012, d. Thomas Riedelsheimer) V.  Beautiful docu of building an undersea monument in the Sea of Cortez. Straightforward & a little boring. ** 1/2
GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS, THE  (2003, d. Vittorio De Sica) V. Gorgeous, subtle, inscrutable. Jews in facist Italy, more thwarted love than political.  ***
GARDEN PARTY  (2008, d. Jason Freeland) ***
GARDEN STATE  (2004, d. Zach Braff) Likable young man comes home to N.J. when his mother dies and finds himself. Inventive details, I just like this film.  ***
GARDEN, THE  (2008, d. Scott Hamilton Kennedy) Infuriating docu about a disputed S. Central L.A. parcel of land which is political dynamite. *** 1/2
GARDENER, THE  (2013, d. Mohsen Makhmalbaf)  ** 1/4
GARDENERS OF EDEN  (2015,  d. Austin Peck & Anneliese Vandenberg) *** 1/2
GARPASTUM  (2006, d. Alexey Guerman) ***
GASLAND (2010, d. Josh Fox) V. Yet another effective, scary, muckraking docu about horrendous enviromental affects of drilling & fracking (natural gas in this case).  ***
GASLAND PART II  (2013, d. Josh Fox)  *** 3/4
GATE, THE  (Le Temps des aveux)  (2015,  Regis Wargnier)  *** 1/2
GATEKEEPERS, THE (2012, d. Dror Moreh) V. 6 Israeli spymasters (heads of the Shin Bet) tell "all" in this bleak, controversial, horrifying docu. Important revelations, if mostly dry, big-heads.  *** 1/2
GAUDI AFTERNOON   (2001, d. Susan Seidelman)  ** 3/4
GAY DAYS (Hazman Havarod) (2010, d. Yair Qedar) *** also short film THE LIBERATION OF GRIFFITH PARK (2010, d. Matt Spero)  *** 1/2
GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS, A:  THE AMINA PROFILE  (2015,  d. Sophie Deraspe)  ***
GAY HOLLYWOOD  (2003, d. Jeremy Simmons) V. Doc. notable since I'm acquainted with 2 of the subjects. Dustin Lance Black is a personal fave.  ** 3/4
GAY LIVES (2008, short program, various directors) (average:  ** 1/2)
GAY SHORTS  (2005, d. various) 6 quite ordinary to poor gay short films.  Only "Postmortem" and "Just Pray" were worth watching.   **
GAYBY  (2012, d. Jonathan Lisecki)  *** 1/4
GEBIRTIG  (2003, d. Lukas Stepanik, Robert Schindel) Austria AFF.  Drama about present day Holocaust participants.  ** 1/2
GEMINIS  (2005, d. Albertina Carri) ** 3/4
GEMMA BOVARY  (2015,  d.  Anne Fontaine)  *** 1/4
GENERAL, EL (2009,  d. Natalia Almada) * 3/4
GENERAL, THE  (2016,  d. Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman) *** 1/2
GENERATION IRON  (2013, d. Vlad Yudin)  ***
GENERATION WAR Part 1  (2014, d.  Philipp Kadelbach)  *** 1/2
GENERATION WAR Part 2  (2014, d. Philipp Kadelbach)  ****
GENIUS WITHIN: INNER LIFE OF GLENN GOULD (2010, d. Hozer & Raymont) V. Extraordinary live footage makes for an especially fascinating bio docu. *** 1/2
GENIUS  (2016,  d.  Michael Grandage)  *** 1/2
GENOVA  (2008, d. Michael Winterbottom) ***
GENTE DE BIEN  (2015,  d. Franco Lolli)  * 1/4
GEOGRAPHY CLUB  (2013, d. Gary Entin)  ** 1/2
GEORGE MICHAEL - A DIFFERENT STORY  (2006, d. Southan Morris) *** 1/4
GEORGE WASHINGTON   (2000, d. David Gordon Green)    ** 3/4  
GEORGIA O'KEEFFE (2010, d. Bob Balaban) V. Despite convincing perfs by Joan Allen & Jeremy Irons, sappy Lifetime tv movie is unwatchable.    W/O
GERMAN DOCTOR, THE  (2013, d. Lucia Puenzo, Argentina)  *** 1/4
GERONTIPHILIA  (2014, d.  Bruce LaBruce)  *** 1/4
GERRY  (2003, d. Gus Van Sant) Boring existential drama about 2 dumb guys metaphysically lost in the desert.  Great steady-cam.  **
Get a Horse!  (2014, d. Lauren MacMullan)  *** 1/2
GET HIM TO THE GREEK (2010 d. Nicholas Stoller) Surprisingly tender rock-n-roll road-trip farce from Apatow factory. Jonah Hill & Russell Brand have great chemistry. *** 1/4
GET LOW  (2010, d.   Aaron Schneider) Fine acting (Duval, Bill Murray & Lukas Black shine here) authentic period; but slender true story fails to live up to promise.  ** 3/4
GET ME ROGER STONE (2017,  d. Daniel DiMauro,, Morgan Pehme, Dylan Blank) *** 1/2
GET OUT  (2017,  d. Jordan Peele)  * 3/4
GET OVER IT   (2001, d. Tommy O'Haver)    **  1/4 
GET WELL SOON!  (Bon Rétablissement!)  (2015,  d.  Jean Becker)  *** 1/4
GETT:  THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM  (2014,  Israel,  d. Ronit  & Shlomi Elkabetz)  *** 1/2
GETTING GO, THE GO DOC PROJECT  (2014, d. Cory Krueckeberg)  *** 1/4
GETTING HOME (Luo ye gui gen)  (2007, d. Zhang Yang) *** 1/4
GETTING MY BROTHER LAID   (2002, d. Sven Taddicken)  * 1/2
GETTING TO THE NUTCRACKER  (2014,  Serene Meshel-Dillman)  ****
GHOLAM  (2017,  d. Mitra Tabrizian)  * 1/2
GHOST DOG:  THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI  (2000, d. Jim Jarmusch)    ***
GHOST WORLD   (2001, d. Terry Zwigoff)    *** 1/2 
GHOST WRITER, THE (2010, d. Roman Polanski) Since I'd read the book, few surprises; but Polanski knows how to construct an effective thriller. *** 1/4
GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, THE  (2013, d. Liz Marshall)  ***
GHOSTS OF CITÉ SOLEIL  (2006, d. Leth & Loncarivic) V. Scattered docu; a Haitian City of God. Rappers in the slums get screwed. ***
GIDEON'S ARMY  (2013, d. Dawn Porter)  *** 1/2
GIE  (2005, d. Rira Riza) ** 3/4
GIFT TO STALIN, THE  (2009,  d. Rustem Abdrashev) *** 1/2
GIFT, THE  (2003, US doc. d. Louise Hogarth)  Important documentary about some gays, especially the young, who purposely contract HIV.  *** 1/2
GIFT, THE   (2001, d. Sam Raimi)    **    
GIFTED  (2017,  d. Marc Webb)  *** 1/4
GIGANTIC (2010, d. Matt Aselton) V. Strange mumblecore romantic comedy. Dano is stolid & Zooey D. wacky.  Sort of annoying, but likable.  ** 1/2
GIGLI  (2003, d. Martin Brest) An embarrassing film for all, especially Affleck and Brest. Tacky, squicky, homophobic; but Justin Bartha a find.  1/2*
GIGOLOS, THE  (2005, d. Richard Bracewell) ** 1/2
GIMME DANGER  (2016,  d.  Jim Jarmusch)  *** 1/2
GIMME THE LOOT (2012, d. Adam Leon)  ** 1/2
GIRL BY THE LAKE, THE (La Ragazza del Lago)  (2008, d. Andrea Molaioli) ** 1/2
GIRL CUT IN TWO, A (La fille coupée en deux)  (2007, d. Claude Chabrol) ***
GIRL FROM MONACO, THE  (La fille de Monaco)  (2008, d. Anne Fontaine) ** 1/4
GIRL FROM PARIS, THE  (2003, France d. Christian Carion) +  Lovely movie about a woman who forsakes the city and buys and runs a mountain farm.  *** 1/2
GIRL IN THE CAFÉ, THE  (2005, d. David Yates) V. Bill Nighy is great as a financial dweeb. But simplistic politics sink this Richard Curtis written romance. ** 1/4
GIRL IN THE PARK, THE  (2007, d. David Auburn) *** 1/4
Girl in the River, A:  The Price of Forgiveness (2015,  d. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy)
GIRL IS MINE, THE  (2007, d. Virginie Wagon) ***
GIRL MOST LIKELY  (2013, d. Shari Springer Berman)  * 1/4
GIRL NEXT DOOR, THE  (2004, d. Luke Greenfield) I expect to like it; but instead I was offended by the ridiculous plot, though Olyphant and Hirsch were good. * 3/4
GIRL ON THE BRIDGE (La fille sur la ponte)  (2000, d. Patrice Leconte)  ** 1/2
GIRL ON THE TRAIN, THE (La fille du RER) (2009,  d. André Téchiné) *** 1/4
GIRL ON THE TRAIN, THE  (2016,  d. Tate Taylor)  * 1/4
GIRL RISING  (2013, d. Richard Robbins)  *** 3/4
GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST, THE  (2010, d. Daniel Alfredson) Fitting ending to fine trilogy. Interesting simplifications from the book. Well thought out. *** 1/4
GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, THE (2010, d.  Daniel Alfredson) Having read the book, this is an amazingly faithrul & skilled adaptation of a complex story.  *** 1/2
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING  (2003, d. Peter Webber) Cinematography worthy of Vermeer; but the film's story was like watching paint dry. **
GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO  (2011, d. David Fincher) For me the story was too familiar. But like Zodiac, nobody does epic thrillers as well as DF. *** 1/4+
GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE (2010, d. Niels Arden Oplev) *** 1/2
GIRL WITHOUT HANDS, THE  (2017,  d. Sébastien Laudenbach)  * 3/4
GIRL, THE (2013, d. David Riker)  ***
GIRL, THE  (2014, d. Julian Jarrold) *** 1/4
GIRLFIGHT  (2000, d. Karyn Kusama)    *** 1/2    
GIRLS CAN'T SWIM (2002, d. Anne-Sophie Birot)   ** 
GIRLS IN THE BAND, THE (2013, d. Judy Chaikin)  *** 1/2
GITS, THE  (2005, d. Kerri O'Kane) Compelling counterpoint to Malfunkshun, a docu about a Seattle punker lead singer who was raped & murdered. ***
GIVE ME YOUR HAND (2009,  d. Pascal-Alex Vincent) ***
GIVER, THE  (2014,  d. Phillip Noyce)  ** 3/4
GIVING IT UP (2009,  d. Frank Ruy) ***
GLADIATOR   (2000, d. Ridley Scott)    ***  1/4
GLADIATORS OF ROME  (2013, d. Iginio Straffi)  * 1/4
GLAMOUR   (2000, d. Frigyes Gödrös)  ** 3/4
GLASS CASTLE, THE  (2017,  d. Destin Daniel Cretton) 
GLASS HOUSE, THE   (2001, d. Daniel Sackheim)    **    
GLASS MAN, THE (2012, d. Cristian Solimeno)  * 3/4
GLASS: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts  (2008, d. Scott Hicks) Inherently intersting if overlong docu about composer. ***
GLEANERS AND I, THE   (2001, d. Agnès Varda)    *** 1/2    
GLEASON  (2016,  d. Clay Tweel)  *** 3/4
GLEN CAMPBELL:  I'LL BE ME  (2014,  d. James Keach)  *** 1/2
GLI INDESIDERABILI  (2003, d. Pasquale Scimeca) Confusing gangster film. Desires to be Once Upon a Time in America and fails utterly. Vincent Gallo OK * 1/4
GLICKMAN  (2013, d. James L. Freedman)  ***
GLORIA  (2013, d. Sebastián Lelio, Chile) *** 1/2
GLORIOUS 39 (2010, d. Stephen Poliakoff) ***
GLORY ROAD  (2006, d. James Gartner) Solid, typical sport docudrama with great Josh Lucas perf, raised 1/4 star by the real-life end credit interviews.  *** 1/4
GLUE   (2006, d. Alexis Dos Santos) ** 1/2
GMO OMG  (2013, d. Jermey Seifert)  *** 1/4
GO FURTHER  (2004, d. Ron Mann) Entertaining doc. about Woody Harrelson emulating Kesey's Prankster bus in a trip & bike ride for the environment.  ** 3/4
GO GRANDRIDERS  (2013, d. Hua Tian-Hao)  ** 1/2
GO TIGERS!   (2001, d. Kenneth Carlson)  ****
GO WEST  (2006, d. Ahmed Imamovic) ***
GO   (2001, d. Isao Yukisada)  *** 1/4     
GOAL II:  LIVING THE DREAM  (2008, d. Jaume Collet-Serra) I'm not into soccer; but this is one sports film which satisfies. Kuno Becker!, Nivola, Hauer, Dillane, great f/x. ***
GOAL! THE DREAM BEGINS  (2006, d. Danny Cannon) Totally clichéd, predictable script; but damn, this film rocked my world. Kuno Becker!  ** 3/4
GOAT  (2016,  d. Andrew Neel)  ** 3/4
GOATS (2012, d. Christopher Neil) Nice indie coming-of-age, prep school film with original characters, fine cast & superb photography. Graham Phillips one to watch. *** 1/4
GOD HELP THE GIRL  (2014,  d.  Stuart Murdoch)  ** 3/4
GOD IS GREAT, AND I'M NOT  (2002, d. Pascale Bailly)    ** 3/4 
GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM  (2017,  d.  Jedd and Todd Wider)  *** 3/4
GOD LOVES UGANDA  (2013, d. Roger Ross Williams)  *** 1/4
GODS AND GENERALS  (2003, d. Ronald Maxwell) Civil War epic, centered on Stonewall Jackson.  Well made; but not as good as Gettysburg..  ** 3/4
GODS OF EGYPT  (2016,  d. Alex Proyas)  **
GOD'S OWN COUNTRY  (2017,  d. Francis Lee)  *** 1/2
GODSEND  (2004, d. Nick Hamm) Almost a good film, sort of a secular Omen, effectively and darkly shot, directed & acted.  But can't surmount its ridiculous premise. **
GO-GETTER, THE (2009,  d. Martin Hynes) V.  Typical indie road flick, but a good vehicle for Lou Taylor Pucci.  ** 1/2
GOING CLEAR:  SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF  (2015, Alex Gibney)  *** 1/4
GOING SOUTH  (2010, d. Sebastien Lifshitz)  ** 3/4
GOING THE DISTANCE  (2010, d.  Natalie Burstein) Strange mixture of raunchy guy and emotional chick flick & doesn't quite gel as either despite amiable cast. ** 1/2 
GOING THRU SPLAT: STEWART STERN  (2005, d. Jon Ward) Conventional docu about embittered ex-film screenwriter, only occasionally interesting.  ** 1/4
GOLD  (2014, d. Niall Heery)  ** 1/2
GOLD  (2014, d. Thomas Arsian)  ** 3/4
GOLDEN BOWL, THE   (2001, d. James Ivory)    ***   
GOLDEN COMPASS, THE  (2007, d. Chris Weitz) Great f/x, muddled script.  **
GOLDEN DOOR, THE  (2006, d. Emanuele Crialese; Italy) ***
GOLDEN ERA, THE  (2014,  Hong Kong, d. Ann Hui)  *** 1/4
GOLDSTONE  (2017  d.  Ivan Sen)  *** 1/4
GOLTZIUS AND THE PELICAN COMPANY (2013, d. Peter Greenaway) **
GOMORRA  (2008, d. Matteo Garrone; Italy) ** 3/4
GONE (2012, d. Heitor Dhalia) Well done strong-damaged-young-women in peril thriller; but so predictable that it really didn't need to be made.  ** 1/2
GONE BABY GONE  (2007, d. Ben Affleck) Nicely directed.  Story too  far-fetched; but Casey Affleck especially fine. *** 1/4
GONE GIRL  (2014,  d. David Fincher)  ** 3/4
GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS  (2000, d. Dominic Sena)    ** 1/2    
GONE WITH THE WOMAN  (2007, d. Peter Naess) Norway Academy foreign film submission ***
GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN (2012, d. Michael Akers) V. 2003 film about an affair between an amnesiac & a ranger who saved him from suicide. Slow & poorly acted. **
GONZO:  THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON  (2008, d. Alex Gibney) *** 1/2
GOOD BOY!  (2003, d. John Robert Hoffman) A sweet and inoccuous kids film, with some tacky effects, but mostly successful on the level it was intended.  ***
GOOD BOYS  (2005, d. Yair Hochner)  * 3/4
GOOD BYE, LENIN!  (2004, d. Wolfgang Becker) A political satire about the Wall and German unification which is amusing and affecting. *** 1/4
GOOD FOOD  (2008, d. Melissa Young & Mark Dworkin) **
GOOD GERMAN, THE  (2006, d. Steven Soderbergh) Glorious B&W cinematography doesn't disguise ambiguous plot & lack of involvement. ** 1/2
GOOD GIRL, THE    (2002, d. Miguel Arteta)    ***    
GOOD GUY, THE (2010, d. Julio DePietro) Corruption & sexual hi-jinks among young Wall Street traders? Here well done & creepy. Bryan Greenberg rules. *** 1/4
GOOD HANDS   (2002, d. Peeter Simm)  ***   
GOOD KILL  (2015,  d. Andrew Niccol)  ** 3/4
GOOD LAWYER’S WIFE, A  (2004, d. Im Sang-soo) Very sexy drama about the corrosive effects of marital infidelity by a lawyer & his wife.  ***
GOOD MORNING, NIGHT  (2006, d. Marco Bellocchio) Impressionist docudrama of Aldo Moro kidnapping. Talky & political.  ** 3/4\
GOOD NEIGHBORS  (2011, d. Jacob Tierney) Diverting, predictable urban bad neighbor flick spoiled by terribly written, truncated 3rd act. Baruchel fine here.  **
GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK  (2005, d. George Clooney)  *** 1/2
GOOD NIGHT TO DIE, A  (2003, d. Craig Singer) Arty,  ironic thriller about 2 hit men and their destiny.  Good cast, but pretentious.  * 3/4
GOOD NIGHT, THE  (2007, d. Jake Paltrow) Totally forgettable story about a shlub who lives a vivid dream life.  **
GOOD OL' FREDA  (2013, d. Ryan White)  ** 3/4
GOOD SHEPHERD, THE  (2006, d. Robert De Niro) Absorbing, well achieved CIA story, but Matt Damon seems too young & callow for role.  ***
GOOD SON, THE  (2007, d. Joseph Rubin)V. Elija Wood, great kid actor...Culkin ok.  Convincing film, except for unlikely ending.  ** 3/4
GOOD THIEF, THE  (2003, d. Neil Jordan) Based on Bob le flambeur which was infinitely better.  Atmospheric caper film with large holes.  * 3/4
GOOD TIME  (2017,  d.  Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie)  *** 1/2
GOOD YEAR, A  (2006, d. Ridley Scott) The French do this sort of romantic comedy of terroir much better (e.g. Rohmer's Autumn Tale).  ** 1/2
GOOD YEAR, A  (2008, d. Ridley Scott) V.+ Minor Scott film; but Provence and Russell Crowe are lovely.  ** 3/4
GOOD  (2008, d. Vicente Amorim) A misguided but fairly involving Holocaust film about a "good" German SS man & his Jewish buddy. ** 1/2
GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY  (2008, d. Sergio Leone) 195 min. extended version is *long*, but visual feast; Eli Wallach steals the film. *** 1/2
GOODBYE DRAGON INN  (2003, d. Tsai Ming-Liang) Weirdly paced allegory? ghost story? shaggy dog story? Tsai's most formal exercise in boredom as style.  ***
GOODBYE FIRST LOVE!  (2012, d. Mia Hansen-Love)  ** 3/4
GOODBYE MOTHERS  (2008, d. Mohammed Ismail; Morocco) ** 3/4
GOODBYE  (2012, d. Mohammad Rasoulof)  ** 1/2
GOODNIGHT MOMMY (Austria)  (2015,  d. Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala)   *** 1/2
GOOK  (2017,  d. Justin Chon)  *** 1/4
GOOSE FEATHER  (2005, d. Ljubisa Samardzic; Serbia) Psychologically iffy, soapy melodrama about a peasant who loves one woman but marries another rich one. ** 1/4
GORBACIOF  (2011 d. Stefano Incerti) * 3/4
GORDOS  (2010, d. Daniel Sánchez Arévalo)  *** 1/4
GORE VIDAL:  THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA  (2014,  d. Nicholas D. Wrathall)  *** 1/4
GOSFORD PARK   (2001, d. Robert Altman)    *** 3/4    
GOTHIKA  (2003, d. Mathieu Kassovitz) Kassovitz stories tend towards supernatural claptrap. Excellent acting & direction overcome ridiculous plot.  ***
GOYA IN BORDEAUX   (2000, d. Carlos Saura)    * 1/4 
GOYA'S GHOST  (2007, d. Milos Forman) ***
GRACE IS GONE  (2007, d. James Strause) Subtle, well crafted & acted (especially the girls): mom killed in war.  *** 1/4
GRAFFITI ARTIST, THE  (2004, d. James Bolton)  Slow, hypnotic digital video about a young, gay graffiti artist who befriends another boy & tags the NW. ***
GRAN GATO, EL  (2004, d. Ventura Pons) Doc. about songwriter in vein of Shadow of Motown & Buena Vista Club.  Good music.  ***
GRAN TORINO  (2008, d. Clint Eastwood) The gran curmudgeon as sassy as ever.  Neatly plotted if a tad obvious.  ***
GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, THE  (2014, d. Wes Anderson)  *** 1/4
GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, THE  +  (2015,  d. Wes Anderson)  *** 1/2
GRAND CENTRAL  (2013, d. Rebecca Zlotowski)  **
GRAND SEDUCTION, THE   (2014, d. Don McKellar)  ***
GRAND SONS (2012, d. Ilan Duran Cohen) V. Touching cinéma verité-ish story: relationship between young gay man & the mildly dotty grandmother who raised him. ***
GRAND VOYAGE, LE  (2005, d. Ismael Ferroukhi) Involving, picturesque road pic of father & son driving Paris to Mecca. ***
GRANDE ÉCOLE  (2005, d. Robert Salis) V. Empassioned film about young people's sexual obsessions. Arty bi-sexual frontal nudity a plus. ** 3/4
GRANDMA  (2015,  d. Paul Weitz)  *** 1/2
GRANDMASTER, THE  (2013, d. Wong Kar Wai)  ***
GRANDPA IS DEAD (2009,  d. Soxie H. Topacio; Philippines) *
GRASSROOTS  (2012, d. Stephen Gyllenhaal) Sporadically funny political comedy. Aced city of Seattle, double bogied transportation policy. Joel Moore too frenetic. **
GRAVE DECISIONS  (2007, d. Marcus H. Rosenmüller) ** 1/2
GRAVEHOPPING  (2006, d. Jan Cvitkovic) **
GRAVITY  (2010, d. Maximilian Erlenwein)  ***
GRAVITY  (2013, d. Alfonso Cuarón)  *** 3/4
GRBAVICA  (2006, d. Jasmila Zbanic; Bosnia & Herzegovina) *** 1/4
GREASE LIVE  (2016,  Thomas Kail, Alex Rudzinski)  *** 1/4
GREAT BEAUTY, THE  (2013, d. Paolo Sorrentino, Italy)  ***
GREAT BUCK HOWARD, THE  (2008, d. Sean McGinly) ** 3/4
GREAT DEBATERS, THE  (2007, d. Denzel Washington) Better than I expected. Predictable, but moving.  ***
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (2012, d. Brian Kirk) V.  Nicely staged, if too concised, version of the novel. Fine acting, but Gillian Anderson was over the top.  ***
GREAT FLOOD, THE  (2014,  d. Bill Morrison)  **
GREAT GATSBY, THE  (2013, d. Baz Luhrmann)  ***
GREAT INVISIBLE, THE  (2014,  d. Margaret Brown)  ** 1/4
GREAT MUSEUM, THE  (2014, d. Johannes Holzhausen)  ** 1/4
GREAT NEW WONDERFUL, THE  (2006, d. Danny Leiner) 5 post-9/11 NY stories of ordinary people in search of meaning.  ** 1/2
GREAT PASSAGE, THE  (2013, d.  Ishii Yuya, Japan)  *** 1/4
GREAT RAID, THE  (2005, d. John Dahl) ***
GREAT WATER  (2005, d. Ivo Trajkov) Nicely directed and acted drama about a dying Macedonian politician recalling his youth. ***
GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED, THE  (2005, d. Bill Paxton)  ***
GREEDY LYING BASTARDS  (2013, d. Craig Scott Rosenbraugh)  *** 1/4
GREEN BUTCHERS, THE  (2004, d. Anders Jensen)  Dutch black comedy about a couple of losers who make a macabre go of a new butcher shop.  ** 3/4
GREEN DRAGON   (2002, d. Timothy Linh Bui)    ** 3/4   
GREEN HAT  (2005, d. Liu Fendou) Quirky dramedy about 3 inep bankrobbers & a cuckolded cop with marital impotence. Amusing, but confusing, script.  * 3/4
GREEN PRINCE, THE  (2014,  d. Nadav Schirman)  ** 3/4
GREEN ROOM  (2016,  d.  Jeremy Saulnier)  ** 3/4
GREEN YEARS, THE  (2013, d. Victor Saville)  ** 3/4
GREEN ZONE (2010, d. Paul Greengrass) Offensively political, overwrought and never believeable. Makes one appreciate The Hurt Locker all the more.  **
GREENBERG  (2010, d. Noel Baumbach) Stiller's character is so unsympathetic that it skews an otherwise interesting, familiar & authentic L.A. story.  ** 3/4
GREENFINGERS   (2001, d. Joel Hershman)    ** 1/2    
GREY ZONE, THE   (2002, d. Tim Blake Nelson)    **** 
GREY, THE  (2012, d. Joe Carnahan) V.  ***
GRID, THE  (2004, d. Mikael Salomon)V. Mini-series about a multi-national war on terrorism involving the CIA, NSC, FBI, MI-5 & MI-6. Gripping, with some fine performances. ***
GRIFFIN AND PHOENIX   (2006, d. Ed Stone) **
GRILL POINT   (2002, d. Andreas Dresen)  **
GRIMM LOVE  (2007, d. Martin Weisz) ** 1/2
GRIND (2012, d. Casey La Scala) V. Medicre 2003 skateboard exploitation flick with (in retrospect) A-list cast. Mike Vogel's debut & he lights up the screen. ** 1/4
GRIZZLY MAN  (2005, d. Warner Herzog) *** 1/2
GROCER'S SON, THE (Le Fils de l'épicier)  (2008, d. Eric Guirado) *** 1/4
GRÖNHOLM METHOD, THE (El Metodo Grönholm)  (2005, d. Marcelo Piñero) ***
GROOMSMAN, THE  (2006, d. Edward Burns) *** 1/4
GROUND TRUTH, THE  (2006, d. Patricia Foulkrod) V. Docu of plight of returning Iraq vets. More than I wanted to know, but vital.  *** 1/4
GROWN UPS (Les grandes personnes) (2009,  d. Anna Novion) ** 1/4
GROWN UPS  (2010, d. Dennis Dugan) Silly, poorly directed comedy about 5 families, almost redeemed by its insightful grasp of current American values.  ** 1/4
GUARD, THE  (2011, d. John Michael McDonagh) The "other" McDonagh bro even improves on In Bruges. Is there an auteur theory for brothers?  *** 1/2
GUARDIAN, THE  (2006, d. Andrew Davis) Nicely scripted action flick; both Costner & Kutcher are fine. Storm f/x top of line. ***
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY  (2014,  d. James Gunn)  **
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY:  VOL. 2  (2017,  d.  James Gunn)  * 3/4
GUARDIAN'S SON  (2007, d. Dimitis Koutsiabassakos) ** 3/4
GUESS WHO  (2005, d. Kevin Sullivan) Unfunny, borderline offensive...but Ashton Kucher actually desplays some talent for timing & star quality.  ** 1/2
GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS, A  (2006, d. Dito Montiel) Truish life Mean Streets.  Great cast, indie at its best.  *** 1/2
GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS, A  (2008, d. Dito Monteil) V.+ Great cast, life as art.  *** 1/4
GUIDE, THE   (2014,  Ukraine,  d. Olis Sanin)  ***
GUILT TRIP, THE (2012, d. Anne Fletcher)  * 1/4
GUILTY (Présumé coupable) (2012, d. Vincent Garenq) *** 1/2
GUILTY, THE  (2004, d. Anthony Waller)V. Totally contrived murder mystery thriller with a good cast, Bill Pullman and Devon Sawa especially.  ** 1/2
GUN HILL ROAD  (2011, d. Rashaad Green)  ** 1/2
GUN IN EACH HAND, A  (2013, d. Cesc Gay)  ** 3/4
GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH (2009,  d. Damien Chazelle) **
GUYS, THE  (2004, d. Jim Simpson) An emotional, talky film about FDNY coping with 9/11. Anthony LaPaglia great, Sigorney Weaver also pretty good.  ** 1/2
GYPSY CARAVAN  (2007, d. Jasmine Dellal) ***
H  (2003, S. Korea  d. Lee Jeong-hyuk) Serial killer melodrama with the creepiest villains since Hannibal Lector.  Very much in the same vein as Cure.  ***
HABITANTE INCIERTO, EL (The Uninvited Guest)   (2007, d. Guillem Morales) V. ***
HACHIKO:  A DOG'S STORY (2009,  d. Lasse Hallstrom) ** 3/4
HACKER WARS, THE  (2014,  d. Vivien Lesnik Weisman)  ***
HACKSAW RIDGE  (2016,  d. Mel Gibson)  ** 1/2
HADZA:  LAST OF THE FIRST, THE  (2014,  d. Bill Benenson)
HAEMOO  (2014,  South Korea,  d.  Shim Sung-bo)  ** 1/2
HAIKU TUNNEL   (2001, d. Jacob & Joshua Kornbluth)    ***    
HAIL  (2012, d. Amiel Courtin-Wilson)  3/4*
HAIL, CAESAR!  (2016, d. Joel and Ethan Coen)  ***
HAIL, CAESAR!  (2017,  d. Joel & Ethan Coen) +  ** 3/4
HAIRSPRAY LIVE!  (2016,  d.  Alex Rudzinski, Kenny Leon)  * 1/2
HAIRSPRAY  (2007, d. Adam Shankman) *** 1/2
HALF LIFE OF TIMOFEY BEREZIN, THE   (2006, d. Scott Z. Burns) *** 1/4
HALF NELSON  (2006, d. Ron Fleck) *** 1/4
HALF OF A YELLOW SUN  (2014, d. Biyi Bandele)  *** 1/4
HALF-LIFE  (2008, d. Jennifer Phang) **
HALIMA'S PATH  (2014, d.  Arsen Anton Ostojc)  *** 1/2
HAMILL  (2010, d. Oren Kaplan) *** 1/4
HAMLET  (2000, d. Michael Almereyda)    ** 1/2    
HANA & ALICE  (2005, d. Shunji Iwai) Intermittantly clever & interesting, quirky film about two teenage girls & their crush on a reserved boy.  ** 1/2
HANA  (2006, d. Hirokazu Kore-eda) ** 3/4
HANCOCK  (2008, d. Peter Berg) Ridiculous premise, reasonably good f/x. Superhero with a human face; but I strongly disliked script.  * 1/2
HANDMAIDEN, THE  (2016,  d. Park Chan-wook)  ** 1/2
HANDS OF STONE  (2016,  d. Jonathan Jakubowicz)  *** 1/2
HANDS OVER THE CITY  (2015,  d. Francesco Rosi)  **
HANDSOME DEVIL  (2017,  d. John Butler)  *** 1/2
HANGING OFFENSE  (2004, d. Guillame Nicloux) Atmospheric, puzzling thriller about possible murders and the woman Colombo-like detective on the case. ***
HANGOVER, THE (2009,  d. Todd Phillips) One of those great bad comedies:  earned laughs, surprising plot development, fresh acting by 4 comic actors. *** 1/4
HANNA (2011, d. Joe Wright) Wow!  Exciting filmmaking, great score!, Run Lola Run with a dash of Welles & Kubrick, fabulous editing, Wright scores again!  *** 3/4
HANNA RANCH  (2014,  d. Mitch Dickman)  ** 1/2
HANNIBAL RISING  (2007, d. Peter Webber) Now just an ordinary slasher/revenge genre pic, though Gaspard Ulliel is a very interesting actor.  **
HANNIBAL   (2001, d. Ridley Scott)    **  1/4 
HANSEL AND GRETEL (2009,  d. Yim Phil-sung) W/O
HAPPENING, THE  (2008, d. M. Night Shyamalan) Good acting (Betty Buckley's classic camp), ridiculous script (plot holes to spare).   **
HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI  (2016,  Finland,  d. Juho Kuosmanen)  *** 1/4
HAPPILY EVER AFTER  (2005, d. Yvan Attal) Ironically titled, interesting enough film about 2 married guy & single friend and their failing relationships. ** 3/4
HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS, THE   (2002, d. Takashi Miike)    * 1/2
HAPPY ACCIDENTS   (2001, d. Brad Anderson)    ***    
HAPPY AS ONE  (2006, d. Vanessa Jopp) ***
HAPPY CHRISTMAS  (2014,  d. Joe Swanberg)  *** 1/2
HAPPY ENDINGS  (2005, d. Don Roos) Somewhat sprawling, well observed black comedy of 21st century families with a brilliant perf by Maggie Gyllenhaal *** 1/2
HAPPY EVENT, A  (2012, d. Rémi Bezançon) ***
HAPPY FAMILY  (2010, d. Gabriele Salvatores) *** 1/4
HAPPY FEET TWO  (2011, d. George Miller)  Loved the original; but this sequel adds nothing and was a confusing mess.  * 3/4
HAPPY FEET  (2006, d. George Miller) Simply wonderful 3-D animation combined with a timeless, appealing story.  A triumph.  *** 3/4
HAPPY HOUR  (2003, d. Mike Bencivenga) Anthony LaPaglia doing a Leaving Las Vegas dramatic turn, well acted but ultimately derivative.  ** 1/2
HAPPY TIMES   (2002, d. Zhang Yimou)    ** 1/2    
HAPPY VALLEY  (2014,  d. Amir Bar-Lev)  *** 1/4
HAPPY, HAPPY  (2011, d. Anne Sewitsky)  *** 1/4
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY  (2008, d. Mike Leigh) Formless, well acted character study centered around a happy-go-lucky young woman and her angst ridden driving teacher.  ** 3/4
HARD CANDY  (2006, d. David Slade) ***
HARD DAY, A  (2014,  d.  Kim Seong-Hoon)  ** 1/2
HARD GOODBYES:  MY FATHER  (2003, Greece/Germany   d. Penny Panayotopoulou) Slight story about young boy in denial about his father's death.  ** 1/4
HARD PILL  (2005, d. John Baumgartner) ***
HARD WORD, THE   (2003, Australia/Great Britain  d. Scott Roberts)  Delightful caper film.  ***
HARDBALL   (2001, d. Brian Robbins)    ** 1/2    
HARI OM  (2005, d. Bharatbala Ganapathy) Another travelog, this one better, though also contrived:  French girl roving thru India with a rickshaw driver.  ** 1/2
HARMONY LESSONS  (2013, d. Emir Baigazin)  *** 3/4
HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE  (2004, d. Danny Leiner) Silly teen farce with too many stupid bathroom & fag bashing jokes...but fun anyway.  ** 1/4
HAROLD AND LILLIAN:  A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY  (2017,  d. Daniel Raim) *** 1/2
HARRY & SNOWMAN  (2016,  d. Ron Davis)  ** 3/4
HARRY AND MAX  (2004, d. Chris Munch) Brutally honest, well written story of 2 boy-band brothers with incest overtones. Bryce Johnson is a major find!  *** 1/4
HARRY AND MAX  (2004, d. Christopher Munch) + Still one of the most truthful & insightful films about boybands and gay life in general. Better the 2nd time. *** 1/2
HARRY POTTER #3  (2004, d. Alfonso Cuarón) Darker, better directed; but still relatively uninvolving. Maybe I should read the books.  ** 1/2
HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 (2010, d. David Yates) Impeccably made, designed, acted. Fine f/x.  But for me a long, one-note, loud bore.  ** 3/4
HARRY POTTER 5  (2007, d. David Yates) *** 1/4
HARRY POTTER 8 (2011, d. David Yates) Non-stop, propulsive action. Total immersion into the story, really splendid f/x, solid acting. Best Potter flick; but sort of predictable. *** 1/4
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBE OF SECRETS   (2002, d. Chris Columbus)    ***   
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE  (2005, d. Mike Newell) ***
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (2009,  d. David Yates) Series marking time; but excellent script and f/x make it worthwhile.  *** 1/4
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE   (2001, d. Chris Columbus)    ** 3/4   
HARSH TIMES  (2006, d. David Ayer) Tough action film with scintillating acting and superreal dialog. Bale is a phenom.  ***
HART'S WAR   (2002, d. Gregory Hoblit)    ** 1/2   
HARVARD MAN   (2002, d. James Toback)    ** 1/4 
HARVEST OF EMPIRE (2012, d. Getzels & Lopez) V. Informative docu explaining & justifying Latino immigration from various troubled countries. Lengthy & a little didactic. ***
HATE CRIME  (2005, d. Tommy Stovall) *
HATEFUL EIGHT, THE  (2015,  d. Quentin Tarantino)  *** 1/4
HAUTE CUISINE  (2013, d. Christian Vincent)  *** 1/2
HAVA NAGILA (THE MOVIE)  (2013, d. Roberta Grossman)  *** 3/4
HAVANASTATION  (2011, d. Ian Padrón, Cuba)  ** 1/4
HAVEN  (2006, d. Frank E. Flowers) Good actors in a mess of a film about Cayman Island life and dire financial schemes. **
HAVRE, LE  (2011, d. Aki Kaurismaki, Finland)  ** 1/2
HAWAII  (2015,  d. Marco Berger)  *** 1/2
HAWAII, OSLO  (2004, d. Erik Poppe) Norway AFF: slick, complex multi-strand drama of a group of Oslo residents as they play out one character's portentious dream.  ***
HAWKING  (2013, d. Stephen Finnigan)  *** 1/2
HAYFEVER  (2011, d. Laura Luchetti)  ** 1/4
HAYWIRE (2012, d. Steven Soderbergh) Somewhat repetitive action flick with a fine cast and a kick-ass female protagonist. The boys were fine, too.  ***
HE KNEW HE WAS RIGHT  (2005, d. Tom Vaughan) Psychologically modern Trollope novel of 4 Victorian relationships given average Masterpiece Theater treatment. ** 1/2
HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT  (2003, d. Laetetia Columbani) Clever thriller about a woman literally crazy about a cardiologist.  ***
HE NAMED ME MALALA  (2015,  d. Davis Guggenheim)  ***
HEAD GAMES (2012, d. Steve James) V. At times shocking indictment of sports & dementia causing brain injuries, especially kids. Slightly too long; but makes its point!  *** 1/4
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS  (2004, d. John Duigan) Old fashioned big WWII romance, a tear jerker that didn't jerk but never bored. Theron fine; but Townsend too callow for role. ** 3/4
HEAD OVER HEELS   (2001, d. Mark Waters)    ** 
HEADHUNTERS (2012, d. Morten Tyldum) Norwegian thriller where antihero is chased by implacable evil. Fun, provocative, stylish; story maybe too slick. *** 1/4
HEADING WEST  (2011, d. Nicole van Kilsdonk)  ** 1/2
HEADLESS WOMAN, THE (2009,  d. Lucrecia Martel) ** 1/2
HEAD-ON  (2004, d. Fatih Akin) Off center love story about troubled German Turkish couple.  Good film, but not as good as rep.  *** 1/4
HEADSHOT (2012, d. Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Thailand)  *** 1/4
HEAL THE LIVING  (2017,  d. Katell Quillévérê)  *** 3/4
HEALING  (2014,  d. Craig Monahan)  ***
HEARING IS BELIEVING  (2017,  d. Lorenzo DeStefano)  *** 1/2
HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS, THE  (2004, d. Asia Argento) Mind blowing adaptation from life of a young boy being raised by his disaster of a mother.  *** 1/2
HEART OF A DOG  (2015,  d. Laurie Anderson)  *** 3/4
HEART OF A LION  (2014, d.  Dome Karukoski)  ***
HEART OF ME, THE   (2003, Great Britain/Germany   d. Thaddeus O'Sullivan) Unabashed weepy romance about 2 sisters in love with the same man.  ***
HEART OF THE BEAR, THE  (2001, d. Arvo Iho)  *** 1/4  
HEARTBEAT DETECTOR   (2008, d. Nicolas Klotz) ** 1/4
HEARTBEATS  (2010, d. Xavier Dolan) ***
HEARTBREAKER (L'Arnacoeur)  (2010, d. Pascal Chaumeil)  ** 1/2
HEARTS IN ATLANTIS   (2001, d. Scott Hicks)    **    
HEARTSTONE  (2017,  d. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson)  *** 1/2
HEAVEN   (2002, d. Tom Tykwer)    *** 1/2   
HEAVENLY NOMADIC  (Kyrgyzstan)  (2015,  d.  Mirlan Abdykalykov)  *** 1/4
HEAVENS BLUE (Tengri)  (2008, d. Marie Jaoul de Poncheville; Kyrgyzstan) *** 1/4
HEAVEN'S BURNING  (2005, d. Craig Lahiff)V. Russell Crowe & Japanese chick in a corkingly over-the-top (a la Robert Rodriguez) violent road pic from Oz. ***
HEDGEHOG (Le hérisson)  (2010, d. Mona Ashashe)  *** 3/4
HEDI  (2017,  d.  Mohamed Ben Attia)  *** 1/4
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH   (2001, d. John Cameron Mitchell)    ***
HEIGHTS  (2005, d. Chris Terrio) + Second time to watch this one. Superbly well done. Another great Glenn Close role.   My kinda film!  *** 1/2
HEIGHTS  (2005, d. Chris Terrio) Multi-character 24 hours in the lives of N.Y. arty types. Superbly well done.  My kinda film!  *** 1/2
HEIR TO AN EXECUTION  (2003, d. Ivy Meeropol)V. Doc. Rosenberg's grandaughter searches for the truths of family's past. Moving, well made, informative. ***1/2
HEIST   (2001, d. David Mamet)    ** 3/4   
HEIST: WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM? (2012, d. Causey & Goldmacher) V. Another cautionary docu: nice graphics & correct message. But so much lecturing by big heads? *** 1/4
HELI  (2013, d. Amat Escalante, Mexico)  *** 3/4
HELICOPTER MOM  (2014, d. Salomé Beziner)  *
Helium  (2014, d. Anders Walter)  ***
HELL AND BACK AGAIN (2011, d. Danfung Dennis) V. Weirdly edited docu of marines in Afghan. & one wounded man's scary life after coming home. ** 1/2
HELL HOUSE   (2002, d. George Ratliff)    ***   
HELL ON EARTH: THE FALL OF SYRIA AND THE RISE OF ISIS (2017, d. Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested) *** 3/4
HELL OR HIGH WATER  (2016,  d. David Mackenzie)  *** 1/2
HELL  (2006, d. Danis Tanovic) *** 1/2
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (2009,  d. Guillermo del Toro) Bombastic fantasy with del Toro's nightmarish imagery, but a soporific, predictable plot. **
HELLION  (2014, d. Kat Candler)  *** 1/4
HELLO DESTROYER  (2017,  d. Kevan Funk)  ** 1/4
HELLO GOODBYE (2009,  d. Graham Guit) ** 1/2
HELLO I MUST BE GOING  (2012, d. Todd Louiso)  *** 1/2
HELP, THE  (2011, d. Tate Taylor) Beautifully acted, somewhat pat and predictable, but ultimatelly affecting story. Olivia Spencer just about steals the picture.  *** 1/4
HEMEL  (2012, d. Sacha Polak)  * 1/2
HENERAL LUNA  (Philippines)  (2015,  d.  Jerrold Tarog)  ** W/O
HENRY OF NAVARRE  (2010, d. Jo Baier)  ***
HENRY POOLE IS HERE  (2008, d. Mark Pellington) Luke Wilson in a film totally without irony doesn't compute.  * 1/4
HENRY VIII  (2004, d. Pete Travis) V. Abridged PBS version of British series with an interesting Ray Winstone perf. Pop history, but too short to be meaningful.  ** 1/4
HER MAJESTY   (2002, d. Mark J. Gordon)  * 1/2
HER MINOR THING  (2005, d. Charles Matthau) Silly romantic comedy with a trite, predictable story but nice production values. * 1/2
HER  (2013, d. Spike Jonze)  *** 3/4
HERBLOCK:  THE BLACK & THE WHITE  (2013, d. Michael Stevens)  ** 3/4
HERE (2012, d. Braden King) Aimless travelog (Armenia) + love story with pretensions of indie cred. But Ben Foster is wonderful & vistas were beautiful.  ** 1/2
HERE ON EARTH  (2000, d. Mark Piznarski)    ** 1/2    
HEREAFTER (2010, d. Clint Eastwood) Superbly written & crafted film, subtle, mature, moving and emotionally fulfilling...especially the twin boys' story.  *** 3/4
HEREAFTER (2012, d. Clint Eastwood)V+ Still one of the best films ever, incredibly moving, brilliantly written and acted, and Clint's score is special. An upgrade. ****
HERENCIA   (2002, d. Paula Hernandez)  ***
HERMANO  (2011 d. Marcel Rasquin; Venezuela) *** 1/2
HERO  (2003, d. Zhang Yimou) China AFF.  Huge marshall arts epic in Crouching Tiger vein.  Gorgeous & well made; but cold.  ***
HERO, THE  (2017,  d. Brett Haley)  *** 1/4
HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU (2009,  d. Ken Kwapis) Attractive cast, but clichés abound in this all too clever rom-com about coupling. ** 1/2
HESHER (2012, d. Spencer Susser) V. Strange, compelling coming of age flick, boy loses mom, dad depressed, & a hippie sociopath comes to rescue. Gordon-Levitt great. ***
HEY, HAPPY!  (2001, d. Noam Gonick)    0* 
HI, TERESKA   (2002, d. Robert Glinski)  ***
HIDALGO  (2004, d. Joe Johnston) Entertaining western variant, true (if transparently enhanced) story of a mustang competing with thoroughbred Arabians. ** 3/4
HIDDEN (Caché)   (2005, d. Michael Haneke) *** 1/2
HIDDEN BLADE, THE  (2006, d. Yoji Yamada) *** 1/2
HIDDEN DIARY  (Mères et filles)  (2010, d. Julie Lopes-Curval) *** 1/4
HIDDEN FACE  (2008, d. Bernard Campan) * 1/4
HIDDEN FIGURES  (2016,  d.  Theodore Melfi)  ** 1/4
HIDDEN HILLS  (2014, d.  Dan Steadman)  1/2*
HIDDEN LOVE (L'amour caché)  (2007, d. Alessandro Capone) * 3/4
HIDEAWAY (2010, d. François Ozon)  *** 1/2
HIDING AND SEEKING  (2004, d. Menachem Daum) V. Enormously moving docu about a family of Holocaust survivors and their reconciliation with the past.  *** 3/4
HIGH CRIMES    (2002, d. Carl Franklin)    **   
HIGH FIDELITY  (2000, d. Stephen Frears)    *** 1/2    
HIGH GROUND (2012, d. Michael Brown) V. Inspirational docu: ex-soldiers with PTSD & other disabilities climb a Himalayan peak. Bios, repetitive; but climb beautiful & moving. *** 1/2
HIGH LANE (Vertige)  (2010, d. Abel Feray) ***
HIGH ROAD  (2011, d.  Matt Walsh)  ** 
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3  (2008, d. Kenny Ortega) Surprisingly good, fun and frothy.  High energy, ok score, great choriography make for a diverting experience.  ***
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL  (2006, d. Kenny Ortega) V. By far the best musical of the last year is a Disney TV film. Zac Ephron can move & even lip sync. ***
HIGH SUN, THE  (Croatia)  (2015,  d. Dalbor Matanic)  *** 1/4
HIGH TENSION  (2004, d. Alexandre Aja) Vividly graphic and gory mass-murder horror thriller, well made, but based on a cheat which compromises it.  ***
HIGHER FORCE, THE (2009,  d. Olaf de Fleur Johannesson) * 3/4
HIGHER FORCE, THE  (2008, d. Olaf de Fleur Johannesson) Silly Iceland comedy which went nowhere for 45 minutes so I walked.  W/O
HIGH-RISE  (2016,  d. Ben Wheatley)  ** 3/4
HIGHWAY  (2005, d. James Cox) V. Messy, faintly homoerotic '02 road movie with stoned out Jake Gyllenhaal & Jared Leto looking fine.  * 3/4
HIJACKING, A (2013, d. Tobias Lindholm) *** 1/2
HIMALAYA   (2001, d. Eric Valli)    ***   
HINDENBERG, THE  (2006, d. Robert Wise) V. Fairly good old fashioned disaster flick. F/x sort of lame. ** 1/4
HIPPOCRATES: DIARY OF A FRENCH DOCTOR  (2015,  d. Thomas Lilti) *** 1/4
HIPPOPOTAMUS, THE  (2017,  d,  John Jencks)  *** 1/2
HIPSTERS  (2010, d. Valery Todorovsky) *** 1/2
HIS MOTHER'S EYES (Les Yeux de sa mère) (2011 d. Thiery Klifa) *** 1/4
HIS SECRET LIFE ("Ignorant Fairies")   (2001, d. Ferzan Ozpetek)  *** 1/2
HIS WAY (2011, d. Douglas McGrath) V. Docu about Jerry Weintraub.   Interesting life, big stars, unconventioinal mogul, boringly made documentary. ** 1/2
HISTORY BOYS, THE  (2006, d. Nicholas Hytner) Yorkshire Dead Poets Society with a fine, literate script. Totally absorbing.  *** 3/4
HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, A  (2005, d. David Cronenberg) *** 1/2
HIT AND RUN  (2012, d. Dax Shepard) Another adrenalin rush flick, only badly over-written with ocean size plot holes & reprehensible characters (exc. Kristen Bell). * 1/2
HIT AND RUNWAY    (2001, d. Christopher Livingston)    *** 1/4
HIT SO HARD  (2011, d. David Ebersole)  ** 1/4
HIT, THE  (2003, d. Stephen Frears) V. 1984 noir with superb performances.  Wonderfully nihlistic & typical of later Frears. *** 1/4
HITCHCOCK (2012, d. Sacha Gervasi)   ** 1/4
HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT  (2015,  d. Kent Jones)  ****
HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY  (2005, d. Garth Jennings) Banal, arch as only the Brits can. I was incredibly bored, even with the great f/x. * 1/2
HOAX, THE  (2007, d. Lasse Hallstrom) Competent, but predictable and not involving.  ** 1/2
HOBBIT, THE:  BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES  (2014,  d. Peter Jackson)  *** 1/4
HOBBIT, THE:  THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG  (2013, d. Peter Jackson)  ** 3/4
HOBBIT:  AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, THE  (2012, d. Peter Jackson) *** 3/4
HOCKNEY  (2016,  d. Randall Wright)  *** 3/4
HOLD MY HEART (2003, d. Trygve Allister Diesen) Norway AFF.  Drama about father who kidnaps estranged young daughter.  *** 1/4
HOLDING THE MAN  (2016,  d. Neil Armfield)  *** 3/4
HOLDING TREVOR (2012, d. Rosser Goodman) V.+ I overrated this at OUTFEST in 2007; but it still is a well acted, realistic & tender slice of young modern gay life in L.A. *** 1/4
HOLDING TREVOR  (2007, d. Rosser Goodman) *** 1/2
HOLES  (2003, d. Andrew Davis) It's sort of churlish to complain about a bad script with such a feel-good movie.  Shia LaBeouf is great.  ** 3/4
HOLIDAY, THE  (2006, d. Nancy Meyers)  I loved every minute of this chick flick despite its flaws. *** 1/4
HOLLARS, THE  (2016,  d. John Krasinski)  ** 3/4
HOLLOW MAN   (2000, d. Paul Verhoeven)    *  3/4
HOLLYWOOD ENDING   (2002, d. Woody Allen)    ***    
HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE  (2003, d. Ron Shelton) Cop flick where quirky cops are more interesting than the case. Shelton better director here than writer.  ** 1/2
HOLLYWOODLAND  (2006, d. Allen Coulter) TV director's style more suited to noir. Fine cast (esp. Brody & Affleck) good script!  ***
HOLY GIRL, THE  (2005, d. Lucrecia Martel) Turgid and pointless drama about the effect on a teen girl of an almost molestation by a married older man.  * 1/2
HOLY HELL  (2016,  d. Will Allen) *** 3/4
HOLY LOLA  (2005, d. Bertrand Tavernier) Just about the same movie as John Sayles' Casa de los babys except in Cambodia. Too protracted and long.  ** 1/2
HOLY MAN: THE USA VS. DOUGLAS WHITE (2012, d. Jennifer Jessum) V. Another docu re-creating a horrendous miscarriage of justice, Lakota Medicine Man falsely imprisoned. *** 1/2
HOLY MOTORS (2012, d. Leos Carax)   *** 1/4
HOLY ROLLERS  (2010, d. Kevin Tyler Asch)  ***
HOME (2009,  d. Ursula Meier) ***
HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD, A  (2004, d. Michael Mayer) Extraordinarily well made, literate gay film which nails its '60s-'80s eras. Great acting.  *** 3/4
HOME CARE (Czech Republic)  (2015,  d.  Slavek Horak)  *** 1/4
HOME OF DARK BUTTERFLYS, THE  (2008, d. Dome Karukoski;  Finland) ** 3/4
HOME OF THE BRAVE  (2004, d. Paola di Florio) V. Well made docu, informative & emotionally powerful about civil rights martyr Viola Liuzzo & her surviving family.  *** 1/2
HOME OF THE BRAVE  (2006, d. Irwin Winkler) Powerful affects-of-war film about current Iraq soldiers.  Too on point, but well acted. ** 3/4
HOME SONG STORIES, THE  (2008, d. Tony Ayres; Australia) *** 1/4
HOMEGROWN  (2004, d. Stephen Gyllenhaal) V. Authentic '98 pot growing paranoia movie thriller/comedy with good cast (Ryan Phillippe is fine).  ** 3/4
HOMELESS TO HARVARD  (2003, d. Peter Levin) (V) Lifetime tv movie (Thora Birch) about girl who surmounts incredible odds to get an education.  ** 3/4
HOMESICK (Koti-ikävä)  (2006, d. Petri Kotwica) Superb, raw Finnish film about a teenage boy committed to a mental institution, similar plot to Manic. *** 1/4
HOMESMAN, THE  (2014,  d.  Tommy Lee Jones)  ** 3/4
HOMME DE SA VIE, L'   (2006, d. Zabou Breitman) *** 3/4
HONEY (Bal)  (2010, d. Semih Kaplanoglu;  Turkey)  ***
HONEY  (2003, d. Bille Woodruff) Is there a cookie-cutter factory for recycled plots like this? Ok music & dancing don't make up for terrible direction. * 1/4
HONEYDRIPPER  (2007, d. John Sayles) Good music, but very predictable.  ** 3/4
HONOR FLIGHT (2012, d. Dan Hayes) V. Sentimental docu of WWII veterans flown to D.C. to tour memorials & family appreciations etc. Too saccharine for me; but uplifting anyway.  **
HOOKED (2009,  d. Adrian Sitaru) ** 1/2
HOOKED  (2011, d. Pavel Sanayev)  ***
HOOLIGAN SPARROW  (2016,  d. Nanfu Wang)  *** 1/4
HOOT  (2006, d. Wil Shriner) Ernest flick from teen book. Interesting young actors, but lacking directoral spark. * 3/4
HOPE ETERNAL  (2008, d. Karl Francis; United Kingdom) ** 1/2
HOPE SPRINGS  (2012, d. David Frankel) Fine, adult script, superb acting, straightforward direction. I wanted to love it....got the emotional heart; but too predictable. ***
HORAS DEL DIA, LAS  (2004, d. Jaime Rosales) Boring (cf. Bruno Dumont) film about the boring quotidien life of a boring shopowner with one little quirk.  **
HORIZON OF EVENTS, THE  (2006, d. Daniele Vicari) ** 3/4
HORIZONS  (2016,  d. Eileen Hofer)  **
HORNBLOWER: DUTY  (2003, d. Andrew Grieve)V. #8, not quite up to #7. Still, this series is best thing ever to happen on high seas, despite Russell Crowe.  ***
HORNBLOWER: LOYALTY ( 2003, d. Andrew Grieve) V.  #7 in the series, and one of the best. Ioan Gruffudd was born to play this role.  *** 1/4
HORNET'S NEST, THE  (2014,  d.  Christian Tureaud, David Salzberg)&n