March 2012by raadadz | created - 01 Apr 2012 | updated - 06 Apr 2012 | Public
All the feature-length films I've seen in March. I also saw Oliver Stone's Looking for Fidel, but IMDB doesn't seem to have it listed.
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1. Laura (1944)
Passed | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.
Votes: 39,608 | Gross: $4.36M
While most of the film is a triumph of plot and atmosphere, it starts disintegrating towards the end, largely due to the increasing emphasis on a harebrained romantic angle. [B+]
2. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime.
Votes: 200,437 | Gross: $58.01M
Some snappy editing, scoring, and directing make what could have been an entirely forgettable movie something more. [B-]
3. The Hit List (2011)
R | 90 min | Action, Thriller
A disgruntled man creates a hit list with a stranger during a drunken night out and must then race to try to save those he marked for extermination as the bodies begin to pile up and all fingers point to him.
Just as *beep* as you'd expect it to be, and then some. [F]
4. Higher Ground (2011)
R | 109 min | Drama
A chronicle of one woman's lifelong struggle with her faith.
Votes: 2,895 | Gross: $0.84M
A fascinating effort, although not an entirely successful one. For a film more matter-of-fact and complex than most movies about faith, it's startlingly closed-off when it comes to its characters.
5. High Noon (1952)
PG | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, Western
A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.
Votes: 92,293 | Gross: $9.45M
Admirably straightforward but ultimately too earnest to lend credibility to its heavy-handed political agenda. [B-]
6. Battle Royale (2000)
Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
Obnoxiously stupid. Trying to have its cake and eat it too, Battle Royale tries to be an over-the-top film about child murder and a Serious Political Movie at the same time. Needless to say, it fails miserably at both. [D]
7. Point Break (1991)
R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.
Votes: 144,465 | Gross: $43.22M
One of the slickest, most adrenalin-pumping action movies of the '90s, if not ever. [A-]
8. The Take (2007)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After he's shot during a heist in East L.A., an armored truck driver wrestles with rehabilitation and tracking down the man who committed the crime.
It never decides if it wants to be a complicated story of a man slowly going insane or a simple revenge pic, cannibalizing itself in the process of its own indecision. [C-]
9. The Bang Bang Club (2010)
R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History
A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.
An amazingly unmemorable film. [D-]
10. Naked (1993)
Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama
Parallel tales of two sexually obsessed men, one hurting and annoying women physically and mentally, one wandering around the city talking to strangers and experiencing dimensions of life.
Votes: 31,282 | Gross: $1.77M
Mike Leigh at his finest. Funny, brilliantly cynical, and downright lyrical, Naked offers one of the finest portraits of contemporary England. [A]
11. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A debonair, adventuresome bank executive believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man.
The screenplay is just an increasingly weak series of excuses for McQueen and Dunaway to display their sexual chemistry, which would be fine if they had any. Over the course of the film, it becomes clear that McQueen is more interested in himself than in his airheaded costar. [C+]
12. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.
Votes: 136,763 | Gross: $17.84M
Nothing short of great. Don't be put off by the casting of Sandler or the mess that was Magnolia (Anderson's previous effort). I can't think of another recent American film that displays such boundless charm and exuberant beauty. [A+]
13. Freaks (1932)
Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.
Running at a slim 60-plus minutes, it's more a quick, forgettable curio than a fully-fledged film. [C]
14. Assassination Games (2011)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Two assassins agree to work together as one tries to avenge his wife and the other collect a reward for a job.
Shamelessly derivative and cheap, Assassination Games is one of those movies you watch then completely forget about. Van Damme is still a badass, though. [D]
15. The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance
When his family goes away for the summer, a hitherto faithful husband with an overactive imagination is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.
Votes: 31,637 | Gross: $12.00M
Billy Wilder's filmmaking prowess is nowhere to be found here; it's nothing more than a lazy excuse for Monroe to wiggle across the screen. [C]
16. Rampart (2011)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama
Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival.
Votes: 22,377 | Gross: $0.97M
Really disappointing. I loved Moverman's last film, The Messenger, but Rampart is too unfocused to effectively capture any of that film's bittersweet humanity. [C]
17. Le Beau Serge (1958)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama
After long absence, a man returns to his hometown only to find his best friend has become an alcoholic.
It's a film about growing up, it's a film about hometowns. It's about small town vs. big city. It's about social perceptions and memory. It's genteel and sophisticated while being unabashadly and unpretentiously emotional. It's nothing short of brilliant. [A]
18. Dead End (1937)
Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
The lives of a young man and woman, an infamous gangster and a group of street kids converge one day in a volatile New York City slum.
Unequivocally awful. The astonishingly bad acting is outweighed only by Wyler's shallow and condescending characterization of the lower classes. [D+]
19. My Joy (2010)
Not Rated | 127 min | Adventure, Drama
A few days in the life of truck driver Georgi, which seems to be a never-ending nightmare, a spiral of violence and abuses of power.
Votes: 2,083 | Gross: $0.01M
A dense and sometimes oblique film, but never boring. Seamlessly weaving brutal and surreal vignettes that span decades, My Joy creates an astonishing and refreshingly original look of Russian society.
20. The Football Factory (2004)
R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
An insight on the gritty life of a bored male, Chelsea football hooligan who lives for violence, sex, drugs & alcohol.
Little more than just another Guy Ritchie knockoff, but still fun while it lasts. [C+]
21. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
R | 110 min | Drama
The emotional intricacies of a polyamorous relationship between young artist Bob and his two lovers: a lonely male doctor and a frustrated female office worker.
The story of two people teetering on the edge of inevitable heartbreak, Sunday Bloody Sunday flawlessly captures the ups, downs, and flatlines of impending tragedy. Much like David Lean and Noel Coward did 25 years before with Brief Encounter, Schlesinger creates a love story that never forgets the relative mundanity of its characters but never sells them short, embracing the everyday beauty and tragedy found in every human relationship. [A+]
22. This Sporting Life (1963)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport
Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.
Gorgeous photography, smooth direction, and a knockout performance by notorious hellraiser Richard Harris all lend this quintessentially British film a whiff of greatness. [A]
23. Dark City (1950)
Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.
Something of a cop out; it's as if halfway through the film the makers of the film realized they had a thoroughly despicable protagonist and threw in every tired movie shortcut to make him sympathetic. [C]
24. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, Western
After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio to be captured but Rio escapes and searches for Dad in California.
A pleasant surprise. While it's not a classic, it is more engaging and ambiguous than I expected.
25. Intacto (2001)
R | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
An enigmatic tale of four incredibly lucky people whose lives are intertwined by destiny are subject to the laws of fate. They discover that they cannot afford to be without luck as they ... See full summary »
Votes: 12,391 | Gross: $0.30M
Entirely forgettable, Intacto's novel premise only serves to make the film more intriguing at the time. [C]
26. Hotel California (2008)
95 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When TROY turned on crime boss DMITRI DEBARTOLLA he was forced to leave Los Angeles and lay low in Miami. After two years, and the loss of his leg in a shootout with a Cuban crime syndicate... See full summary »
One of those post-Tarantino pics that seems to think that inserting the word '*beep*' between every two syllables distracts the audience from inane and inconsequential dialogue. [F]
27. Stagecoach (1939)
Passed | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.
My first Ford. The character dynamics are wonderfully fleshed out, never succumbing to the temptation of caricature or cliche. I could've done without the unearned sentimentalism at the end, but that's really a minor complaint. [A-]
28. The Yellow Sea (2010)
R | 136 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the attempt to kill a professor goes wrong, a series of violent events are triggered which force a taxi driver to run for his life.
The needlessly convoluted setup is really just prep for some memorable action sequences, which, in the end, can't redeem a soulless and otherwise turgid movie. [C]
29. The Naked Spur (1953)
Passed | 91 min | Thriller, Western
A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers.
James Stewart seems a bit out of his element (that may have been the point) in a Western with a few great moments. [B+]
30. 21 Jump Street (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.
Votes: 487,270 | Gross: $138.45M
Fun, surprisingly heartfelt Odd Couple flick. [B-]
31. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror
A man's uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.
Votes: 482,419 | Gross: $13.54M
Wright, Pegg and co. are so gleefully reverent of their movie icons it's contagious.
32. Cape Fear (1962)
Passed | 106 min | Drama, Thriller
A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.
Mitch's bravura performance and a terrifically developed sense of dread power this noir-tinged picture. [B+]
33. No Way Out (1950)
Passed | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A black doctor is assigned to treat two white racist suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.
It's hard to trash a movie with such good intentions, but No Way Out is, frankly, nothing short of incompetent, and in the end, too timid to handle such explosive material (the black man is relegated to a role sitting uneasily between top billing and second fiddle. [C]
34. Tower Heist (2011)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
When a group of hard-working guys find out they've fallen victim to their wealthy employer's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.
Votes: 127,233 | Gross: $78.05M
Though occasionally very funny, it's kind of a half-assed job on everybody's part. [D]
35. Immortals (2011)
R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.
Votes: 155,068 | Gross: $83.50M
A bizarre pop art fixture, but more importantly, a blast of a B-movie. [B-]
36. The Spiral Staircase (1946)
Approved | 83 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions"; one night during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced.
A valiant attempt at a murder mystery/social commentary fails on both counts. [C]
37. Gun (I) (2010)
R | 82 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A drama set in the world of gun-running.
Jesus *beep* Christ they don't get worse than this. Incompetent on every level imaginable, but not even in an inadvertantly funny way. [F]