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These articles are all at least a month old.  Newer articles are on the main Calendar page.  Click the boxed dates to read the articles.

Ratings are on a scale of 0 to 24.  The scale used to be 0 to 10, so books written about before 2012 may have only had their ratings adjusted by formula and not by hand (hence all the 2s, 5s, 8s, etc.)  The scale works as follows:

PRO
24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16
pro
15 14 13 12 11 10
mixed
9 8 7 6 5 4
con
3 2 1
CON
0

An asymmetrical 0 to 24 scale may not be intuitive, I realize.  But as a rule of thumb: a double-digit score means I liked it, while a single-digit score… less so.  Also, as you might expect, scores from many years ago may not be very reliable, so do check the dates.

(These articles are also linked from my Letterboxd page.)

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2020.0516
8  Nymphomaniac
2020.0414
8  Gone Girl
2020.0330
5  Clue
2020.0229
10  Snowpiercer
2020.0221
7  Inherent Vice
2020.0217
0  Stranger by the Lake
2019.1228
10  Two Days, One Night
2019.1211
9  Boyhood
2019.0806
10  Temple Grandin
2019.0625
8  Dead Again
2019.0625
9  Hamlet
2018.0321
16  The Prestige (second article)
2018.0211
8  Never Let Me Go
2017.1204
10  The Grand Budapest Hotel
2017.1009
9  Under the Skin
2017.1003
4  The Amazing Spider-Man 2
2017.0929
10  Guardians of the Galaxy
2017.0911
9  Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2017.0709
8  The Deer Hunter
2017.0630
16  Taxi Driver
2017.0517
17  Monty Python and the Holy Grail
2017.0515
14  2001: A Space Odyssey
2017.0215
15  The Bridge on the River Kwai
2017.0128
12  A Face in the Crowd
2017.0122
9  The Searchers
2016.1223
11  Rear Window
2016.1212
10  Young & Beautiful
2016.1105
8  Ender's Game
2016.1010
10  Thor: The Dark World
2016.1007
6  Iron Man Three
2016.0926
12  Frozen
2016.0818
10  Nebraska
2016.0718
10  No
2016.0710
8  Blue Jasmine
2016.0704
6  Spring Breakers
2016.0315
8  12 Years a Slave
2016.0224
4  The Great Gatsby (1974)
2016.0224
3  The Great Gatsby (2013)
2016.0215
8  All Is Lost
2016.0126
6  Computer Chess
2016.0119
14  Gravity
2016.0111
5  Like Someone in Love
2016.0109
8  Blue Is the Warmest Color
2016.0104
2  Upstream Color
2015.1230
12  Her
2015.1213
8  Before Midnight
2015.1129
8  Frances Ha
2015.1028
9  The Wolf of Wall Street
2015.0927
9  Inside Llewyn Davis
2015.0913
6  The Amazing Spider-Man
2015.0911
7  Brave
2015.0908
3  The Dark Knight Rises
2015.0906
8  Argo
2015.0906
5  Life of Pi
2015.0825
8  The Cabin in the Woods
2015.0812
10  Lincoln
2015.0728
1  Cosmopolis
2015.0718
7  Looper
2015.0517
7  It's Such a Beautiful Day
2015.0515
5  Django Unchained
2015.0504
4  The Loneliest Planet
2015.0504
1  The Turin Horse
2015.0429
6  The Master
2015.0331
5  The Deep Blue Sea
2015.0226
12  Moonrise Kingdom
2015.0217
8  Holy Motors
2015.0131
8  The Artist
2015.0128
9  Sleeping Beauty
2015.0128
4  The Sleeping Beauty
2015.0123
5  We Need to Talk About Kevin
2014.1221
7  Shame
2014.1219
5  Take Shelter
2014.1217
10  Moneyball
2014.1214
5  Tuesday, After Christmas
2014.1213
8  Martha Marcy May Marlene
2014.1103
9  Meek's Cutoff
2014.1023
7  Cloud Atlas
2014.0808
11  Melancholia
2014.0805
6  Drive
2014.0804
3  L'Apollonide: Memories of the Brothel
2014.0225
11  Certified Copy
2014.0124
14  Margaret
2014.0112
10  A Separation
2014.0105
7  The Tree of Life
2013.0915
6  The Avengers
2013.0826
8  The Cement Garden (second article)
2013.0818
8  Captain America: The First Avenger
2013.0430
10  Thor
2013.0415
4  Iron Man 2
2013.0415
17  Iron Man
2013.0407
6  Hulk
2013.0407
5  The Incredible Hulk
2012.1231
4  Elizabeth: the Golden Age
2012.1231
6  Elizabeth
2012.1204
7  Big Night
2012.1202
7  The People vs. Larry Flynt
2012.1120
4  Hamlet
2012.1120
2  Romeo + Juliet
2012.1106
8  Sling Blade
2012.0903
13  Fargo
2012.0707
4  Chungking Express
2012.0610
6  The English Patient
2012.0603
10  Secrets & Lies
2012.0603
11  Lone Star
2012.0531
9  Breaking the Waves
2012.0429
7  127 Hours
2012.0429
7  Shutter Island
2012.0219
9  Inception
2012.0128
11  True Grit
2011.1225
5  Everyone Else
2011.1224
15  Carlos
2011.1206
2  The Haunting
2011.1125
2  Mother
2011.1125
6  Beowulf
2011.1108
14  The Social Network
2011.1002
8  Black Swan
2011.0925
7  Winter's Bone
2011.0915
9  Dogtooth
2011.0618
14  Tangled
2011.0516
15  Watchmen (second article)
2011.0514
8  The Road
2011.0514
5  The Time Traveler's Wife
2011.0511
5  Niagara, Niagara
2011.0511
5  Phoebe in Wonderland
2011.0504
4  Humpday
2011.0102
3  Afterschool
2011.0102
15  Julia
2010.1217
9  The Hurt Locker
2010.1212
5  Duplicity
2010.1212
5  Hunger
2010.1212
3  A Serious Man
2010.1209
16  Summer Hours
2010.1123
2  Coraline
2010.1123
9  Up
2010.1123
8  Fantastic Mr. Fox
2010.1114
7  Jackie Brown
2010.1114
6  Inglourious Basterds
2010.1020
11  Bull
2010.1015
8  Amistad
2010.1006
Get Lamp
2010.0809
3  Gattaca
2010.0731
10  Ponette
2010.0731
2  As Good as It Gets
2010.0524
5  The Ice Storm
2010.0510
5  Avatar
2010.0407
8  The Game
2010.0322
9  Boogie Nights
2010.0304
11  The Late Shift
2009.1209
7  Titanic
2009.1128
7  Irma Vep
2009.1110
6  Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
2009.1110
10  L.A. Confidential
2009.1030
11  Your Friends & Neighbors
2009.1030
13  In the Company of Men
2009.1015
6  Rounders
2009.1015
6  A Civil Action
2009.1013
7  The Spanish Prisoner
2009.1013
2  Dark City
2009.1006
14  The Celebration
2009.0924
15  The Big Lebowski
2009.0923
5  The Truman Show
2009.0916
2  Hana-bi
2009.0916
11  Happiness
2009.0911
15  Buffalo '66
2009.0904
8  Rushmore
2009.0828
8  Run Lola Run
2009.0828
14  Limbo
2009.0823
5  Out of Sight
2009.0823
2  The Limey
2009.0820
11  Existenz
2009.0820
11  Go
2009.0815
5  Boys Don't Cry
2009.0815
5  The Talented Mr. Ripley
2009.0804
0  American Beauty
2009.0729
5  The Winslow Boy
2009.0729
5  The Straight Story
2009.0718
14  Election
2009.0713
5  The Blair Witch Project
2009.0701
5  Toy Story 2
2009.0701
5  Toy Story
2009.0628
14  Fight Club (second article)
2009.0625
19  Eyes Wide Shut (second article)
2009.0621
19  Being John Malkovich
2009.0616
5  Cast Away
2009.0616
2  The House of Mirth
2009.0616
8  You Can Count on Me
2009.0613
5  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2009.0602
5  Juno
2009.0602
2  Donnie Darko
2009.0527
2  Audition
2009.0524
A.I. (second article)
2009.0524
The Man Who Wasn't There (second article)
2009.0524
Ghost World (second article)
2009.0524
Mulholland Dr. (second article)
2009.0523
11  The Remains of the Day
2009.0513
2  In the Mood for Love
2009.0508
5  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2009.0503
8  Milk
2009.0503
2  Let the Right One In
2009.0421
5  Burn After Reading
2009.0421
5  Happy-Go-Lucky
2009.0418
5  Synecdoche, New York
2009.0412
2  Paranoid Park
2009.0325
2  Tropic Thunder
2009.0325
Iron Man (first article)
2009.0324
8  The Dark Knight
2009.0320
11  Batman Begins
2009.0320
0  Batman & Robin
2009.0316
8  Rachel Getting Married
2009.0308
2  Silent Light
2009.0306
Watchmen: The IMAX Experience
2009.0305
11  WALL-E
2009.0301
11  4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
2009.0301
2  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
2009.0221
5  Water Lilies
2009.0129
5  The Best Years of Our Lives
2009.0122
5  Roger Dodger
2009.0122
8  Gangs of New York
2009.0122
8  Time Out
2009.0119
2  Across the Universe
2009.0118
14  Brazil
2009.0114
2  The Lord of the Rings
2009.0106
14  25th Hour (second article)
2009.0105
5  The Secret Lives of Dentists
2009.0105
5  Spirited Away
2008.1229
11  Capturing the Friedmans
2008.1229
5  My Kid Could Paint That
2008.1229
0  Irreversible
2008.1221
5  Vera Drake
2008.1215
8  Hero
2008.1214
8  Before Sunset
2008.1214
8  Before Sunrise
2008.0730
2  Syndromes and a Century
2008.0718
8  The Squid and the Whale
2008.0714
8  Caché
2008.0712
2  Tropical Malady
2008.0712
14  Brokeback Mountain
2008.0710
2  The New World
2008.0708
8  The War Zone
2008.0619
5  Marie Antoinette
2008.0611
11  No Country for Old Men
2008.0607
5  There Will Be Blood
2008.0605
5  Superman II
2008.0605
2  Superman
2008.0605
2  Raiders of the Lost Ark
2008.0605
2  Superman Returns
2008.0531
2  Old Joy
2008.0526
0  Top Gun
2008.0526
0  Transformers
2008.0523
2  Children of Men
2008.0324
14  Nineteen Eighty-Four
2008.0321
5  Yi Yi
2008.0308
14  Memento (second article)
2008.0227
8  Exotica
2008.0206
11  Manhattan
2008.0131
2  The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
2008.0119
2  Woman in the Dunes
2008.0110
11  Yojimbo
2008.0103
2  The Good German
2007.1227
8  North by Northwest
2007.1224
0  The Night of the Hunter
2007.1221
5  A Star Is Born
2007.1217
2  Atonement
2007.1205
11  Zodiac
2007.1127
5  Flags of Our Fathers
2007.1127
8  Letters from Iwo Jima
2007.1120
2  Brief Encounter
2007.1111
2  The Lady Eve
2007.1103
11  The Queen
2007.1103
11  The Last King of Scotland
2007.1028
23  Pleasantville (second article)
2007.1026
5  The Departed
2007.1023
2  Only Angels Have Wings
2007.1022
11  Perfume
2007.1020
5  Death Proof
2007.1019
The Prestige (first article)
2007.1019
2  The Illusionist
2007.1012
21  The Sweet Hereafter
2007.0820
8  Cashback (short)
2007.0820
0  Cashback (feature)
2007.0731
8  Goodfellas
2007.0704
8  Sideways
2007.0328
5  Les Anges exterminateurs
2007.0319
8  An Inconvenient Truth
2007.0304
11  Ran
2007.0225
5  Laura
2007.0217
5  This Film Is Not Yet Rated
2007.0206
11  They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
2007.0102
8  United 93
2006.1225
8  Talladega Nights
2006.1225
2  Anchorman
2006.1224
0  Borat
2006.1212
5  Proof
2006.1105
11  Rain Man
2006.1030
5  Les filles ne savent pas nager
2006.0916
16  Tron (second article)
2006.0904
5  Where the Truth Lies
2006.0811
5  Mrs Henderson Presents
2006.0726
5  Flightplan
2006.0630
8  Munich
2006.0416
5  Capote
2006.0416
8  Kinsey
2006.0401
8  Primer
2006.0322
16  Fail-Safe
2006.0318
2  The Last Man on Earth
2006.0318
8  On the Beach
2006.0313
14  Grizzly Man
2006.0310
20  Dr. Strangelove
2006.0226
8  C.S.A.
2006.0225
11  Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea
2006.0206
8  Sky High
2006.0206
2  The Incredibles
2005.1229
18  Groundhog Day
2005.1229
11  Broken Flowers
2005.1205
5  Crash
2005.1201
2  The Aristocrats
2005.1101
5  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
2005.1101
16  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2005.0807
14  March of the Penguins
2005.0730
11  The Aviator
2005.0730
2  A Mighty Wind
2005.0730
5  A Shock to the System
2005.0730
8  Howl's Moving Castle
2005.0628
8  Grave of the Fireflies
2005.0617
5  Y Tu Mamá También
2005.0614
17  Contact
2005.0521
8  Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
2005.0518
8  Princess Mononoke
2005.0518
11  Office Space
2005.0518
8  The Quiet Earth
2005.0429
5  9 Songs
2005.0425
14  Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
2005.0425
0  Waking Life
2005.0425
5  Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring
2005.0321
5  Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
2005.0227
8  The Royal Tenenbaums
2005.0210
5  The Brown Bunny
2005.0206
5  Saved!
2005.0206
5  Best in Show
2005.0206
5  Billy Jack
2005.0102
0  Garden State
2005.0102
11  Napoleon Dynamite
2004.1112
5  The Shape of Things
2004.1101
8  Searching for Bobby Fischer
2004.1024
8  Kill Bill
2004.0904
14  Clockwatchers
2004.0807
22  Three Colors: Red
2004.0806
16  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2004.0801
16  Three Colors: White
2004.0717
16  Three Colors: Blue
2004.0610
8  Touching the Void
2004.0527
5  Spartan
2004.0527
8  Wag the Dog
2004.0521
5  21 Grams
2004.0521
11  Threads
2004.0402
5  Dancer in the Dark
2004.0321
5  Gerry
2004.0317
11  Spellbound
2004.0302
14  Lost in Translation
2004.0302
5  Bad Santa
2004.0117
14  The Day After
2004.0107
5  Thirteen
2003.1225
11  This Boy's Life
2003.1225
8  Casualties of War
2003.1016
8  Intolerable Cruelty
2003.1005
16  Dogville
2003.0921
18  Ed Wood
2003.0921
2  The Hours
2003.0829
8  Logan's Run
2003.0829
8  Soylent Green
2003.0826
11  The Shawshank Redemption
2003.0808
2  Ocean's Eleven
2003.0717
8  Ken Park
2003.0717
5  The Rules of Attraction
2003.0717
8  Punch-Drunk Love
2003.0704
Pleasantville (first article)
2003.0629
2  The Matrix
2003.0622
11  Winged Migration
2003.0611
25th Hour (first article)
2003.0607
11  Amadeus
2003.0514
8  Nurse Betty
2003.0514
8  Adaptation
2003.0425
Tron (first article)
2003.0422
11  Far From Heaven
2003.0317
5  Saving Private Ryan
2003.0317
8  Three Kings
2003.0317
5  Black Hawk Down
2003.0215
14  Requiem for a Dream
2003.0206
2  Spider-Man
2003.0129
16  Mulholland Dr. (first article)
2003.0128
8  Unbreakable
2003.0128
8  Heist
2002.1222
5  Training Day
2002.1222
16  Bully
2002.1215
14  Ghost World (first article)
2002.1013
Apartment Story
2002.0405
11  Panic Room
2002.0218
5  Amélie
2002.0114
Fight Club (first article)
2002.0110
Eight films by Atom Egoyan
2001.1227
8  Magnolia
2001.1213
8  Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
2001.1107
8  The Man Who Wasn't There (first article)
2001.1003
Eyes Wide Shut (first article)
2001.0821
5  The House of Yes
2001.0821
The Cement Garden (first article)
2001.0709
11  Snatch
2001.0702
8  A.I. (first article)
2001.0630
5  Sexy Beast
2001.0319
Memento (first article)
2001.0107
8  Traffic
2000.1230
8  O Brother, Where Art Thou?
2000.1223
8  State and Main


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