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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.

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


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