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

Ratings are on a scale of 0 to 24. The scale used to be 0 to 10, so movies 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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2016.03158  12 Years a Slave
2012.04297  127 Hours
2017.051514  2001: A Space Odyssey
2004.05215  21 Grams
2003.061125th Hour (first article)
2009.010614  25th Hour (second article)
2009.030111  4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
2005.04295  9 Songs
2009.10156  A Civil Action
2017.012812  A Face in the Crowd
2005.07302  A Mighty Wind
2014.011210  A Separation
2010.12123  A Serious Man
2005.07305  A Shock to the System
2007.12215  A Star Is Born
2001.07028  A.I. (first article)
2009.0524A.I. (second article)
2009.01192  Across the Universe
2003.05148  Adaptation
2011.01023  Afterschool
2016.02158  All Is Lost
2002.02185  Amélie
2003.060711  Amadeus
2009.08040  American Beauty
2010.10158  Amistad
2007.03198  An Inconvenient Truth
2006.12252  Anchorman
2002.1013Apartment Story
2015.09068  Argo
2010.07312  As Good as It Gets
2007.12172  Atonement
2009.05272  Audition
2010.05105  Avatar
2004.03025  Bad Santa
2009.03200  Batman & Robin
2009.032011  Batman Begins
2015.12138  Before Midnight
2008.12148  Before Sunrise
2008.12148  Before Sunset
2009.062119  Being John Malkovich
2011.11256  Beowulf
2005.02065  Best in Show
2012.12047  Big Night
2005.02065  Billy Jack
2003.03175  Black Hawk Down
2011.10028  Black Swan
2016.01098  Blue Is the Warmest Color
2016.07108  Blue Jasmine
2010.03229  Boogie Nights
2006.12240  Borat
2009.08155  Boys Don't Cry
2015.09117  Brave
2009.011814  Brazil
2012.05319  Breaking the Waves
2007.11202  Brief Encounter
2008.071214  Brokeback Mountain
2005.122911  Broken Flowers
2009.091115  Buffalo '66
2010.102011  Bull
2002.122216  Bully
2009.04215  Burn After Reading
2006.02268  C.S.A.
2008.07148  Caché
2006.04165  Capote
2013.08188  Captain America: The First Avenger
2008.122911  Capturing the Friedmans
2011.122415  Carlos
2007.08200  Cashback (feature)
2007.08208  Cashback (short)
2009.06165  Cast Away
2003.12258  Casualties of War
2014.022511  Certified Copy
2005.110116  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2008.05232  Children of Men
2012.07074  Chungking Express
2004.090414  Clockwatchers
2014.10237  Cloud Atlas
2016.01266  Computer Chess
2005.061417  Contact
2010.11232  Coraline
2015.07281  Cosmopolis
2005.12055  Crash
2009.06135  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2004.04025  Dancer in the Dark
2009.10132  Dark City
2007.10205  Death Proof
2015.05155  Django Unchained
2011.09159  Dogtooth
2003.100516  Dogville
2009.06022  Donnie Darko
2006.031020  Dr. Strangelove
2014.08056  Drive
2010.12125  Duplicity
2003.092118  Ed Wood
2009.071814  Election
2012.12314  Elizabeth: the Golden Age
2012.12316  Elizabeth
2016.11058  Ender's Game
2004.080616  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2011.12255  Everyone Else
2009.082011  Existenz
2008.02278  Exotica
2001.1003Eyes Wide Shut (first article)
2009.062519  Eyes Wide Shut (second article)
2006.032216  Fail-Safe
2010.11238  Fantastic Mr. Fox
2003.042211  Far From Heaven
2012.090313  Fargo
2009.11106  Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
2002.0114Fight Club (first article)
2009.062814  Fight Club (second article)
2007.11275  Flags of Our Fathers
2006.07265  Flightplan
2015.11298  Frances Ha
2016.092612  Frozen
2009.01228  Gangs of New York
2005.01020  Garden State
2010.08093  Gattaca
2009.03012  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
2004.03215  Gerry
2010.1006Get Lamp
2002.121514  Ghost World (first article)
2009.0524Ghost World (second article)
2009.082011  Go
2007.07318  Goodfellas
2005.06288  Grave of the Fireflies
2016.011914  Gravity
2006.031314  Grizzly Man
2005.122918  Groundhog Day
2012.11204  Hamlet
2009.09162  Hana-bi
2009.091611  Happiness
2009.04215  Happy-Go-Lucky
2003.01288  Heist
2015.123012  Her
2008.12158  Hero
2015.02178  Holy Motors
2005.07308  Howl's Moving Castle
2013.04076  Hulk
2011.05044  Humpday
2010.12125  Hunger
2009.103013  In the Company of Men
2009.05132  In the Mood for Love
2012.02199  Inception
2010.11146  Inglourious Basterds
2015.09279  Inside Llewyn Davis
2003.10168  Intolerable Cruelty
2009.11287  Irma Vep
2013.04154  Iron Man 2
2016.10076  Iron Man Three
2013.041517  Iron Man
2009.0325Iron Man (first article)
2008.12290  Irreversible
2015.05177  It's Such a Beautiful Day
2010.11147  Jackie Brown
2011.010215  Julia
2009.06025  Juno
2003.07178  Ken Park
2004.10248  Kill Bill
2006.04168  Kinsey
2014.08043  L'Apollonide: Memories of the Brothel
2009.111010  L.A. Confidential
2007.02255  Laura
2007.03285  Les Anges exterminateurs
2006.10305  Les filles ne savent pas nager
2009.05032  Let the Right One In
2007.11278  Letters from Iwo Jima
2015.09065  Life of Pi
2016.01115  Like Someone in Love
2009.082814  Limbo
2015.081210  Lincoln
2003.08298  Logan's Run
2012.060311  Lone Star
2015.07187  Looper
2004.030214  Lost in Translation
2001.12278  Magnolia
2008.020611  Manhattan
2005.080714  March of the Penguins
2014.012414  Margaret
2008.06195  Marie Antoinette
2014.12138  Martha Marcy May Marlene
2014.11039  Meek's Cutoff
2014.080811  Melancholia
2001.0319Memento (first article)
2008.030814  Memento (second article)
2009.05038  Milk
2014.121710  Moneyball
2017.051717  Monty Python and the Holy Grail
2015.022612  Moonrise Kingdom
2011.11252  Mother
2006.08115  Mrs Henderson Presents
2003.012916  Mulholland Dr. (first article)
2009.0524Mulholland Dr. (second article)
2006.06308  Munich
2008.12295  My Kid Could Paint That
2005.010211  Napoleon Dynamite
2005.05218  Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
2016.081810  Nebraska
2011.05115  Niagara, Niagara
2008.032414  Nineteen Eighty-Four
2008.061111  No Country for Old Men
2016.071810  No
2007.12278  North by Northwest
2003.05148  Nurse Betty
2000.12308  O Brother, Where Art Thou?
2003.08082  Ocean's Eleven
2005.051811  Office Space
2008.05312  Old Joy
2006.03188  On the Beach
2007.10232  Only Angels Have Wings
2009.08235  Out of Sight
2002.040511  Panic Room
2009.04122  Paranoid Park
2005.042514  Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
2007.102211  Perfume
2011.05115  Phoebe in Wonderland
2006.022511  Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea
2003.0704Pleasantville (first article)
2007.102823  Pleasantville (second article)
2010.073110  Ponette
2006.04018  Primer
2005.05188  Princess Mononoke
2006.12125  Proof
2003.07178  Punch-Drunk Love
2009.03168  Rachel Getting Married
2008.06052  Raiders of the Lost Ark
2006.110511  Rain Man
2007.030411  Ran
2016.122311  Rear Window
2003.021514  Requiem for a Dream
2009.01225  Roger Dodger
2012.11202  Romeo + Juliet
2009.10156  Rounders
2009.08288  Run Lola Run
2009.09048  Rushmore
2005.02065  Saved!
2003.03175  Saving Private Ryan
2004.11018  Searching for Bobby Fischer
2012.060310  Secrets & Lies
2001.06305  Sexy Beast
2014.12217  Shame
2012.04297  Shutter Island
2007.07048  Sideways
2009.03082  Silent Light
2005.03215  Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
2006.02068  Sky High
2015.01289  Sleeping Beauty
2012.11068  Sling Blade
2001.070911  Snatch
2003.08298  Soylent Green
2004.05275  Spartan
2004.031711  Spellbound
2003.02062  Spider-Man
2009.01055  Spirited Away
2016.07046  Spring Breakers
2005.04255  Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring
2000.12238  State and Main
2010.120916  Summer Hours
2008.06055  Superman II
2008.06052  Superman Returns
2008.06052  Superman
2008.07302  Syndromes and a Century
2009.04185  Synecdoche, New York
2014.12195  Take Shelter
2006.12258  Talladega Nights
2011.061814  Tangled
2017.063016  Taxi Driver
2015.09136  The Amazing Spider-Man
2005.12012  The Aristocrats
2015.01318  The Artist
2013.09156  The Avengers
2005.073011  The Aviator
2009.01295  The Best Years of Our Lives
2009.092415  The Big Lebowski
2009.07135  The Blair Witch Project
2017.021515  The Bridge on the River Kwai
2005.02105  The Brown Bunny
2015.08258  The Cabin in the Woods
2009.100614  The Celebration
2001.0821The Cement Garden (first article)
2013.08268  The Cement Garden (second article)
2009.05085  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2015.09083  The Dark Knight Rises
2009.03248  The Dark Knight
2004.011714  The Day After
2015.03315  The Deep Blue Sea
2017.07098  The Deer Hunter
2007.10265  The Departed
2008.01312  The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
2012.06106  The English Patient
2010.04078  The Game
2008.01032  The Good German
2016.02244  The Great Gatsby (1974)
2016.02243  The Great Gatsby (2013)
2011.12062  The Haunting
2005.11015  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
2003.09212  The Hours
2009.06162  The House of Mirth
2001.08215  The House of Yes
2010.12179  The Hurt Locker
2010.05245  The Ice Storm
2007.10192  The Illusionist
2013.04075  The Incredible Hulk
2006.02062  The Incredibles
2007.11112  The Lady Eve
2007.110311  The Last King of Scotland
2006.03182  The Last Man on Earth
2010.030411  The Late Shift
2009.08232  The Limey
2015.05044  The Loneliest Planet
2009.01142  The Lord of the Rings
2001.11078  The Man Who Wasn't There (first article)
2009.0524The Man Who Wasn't There (second article)
2015.04296  The Master
2003.06292  The Matrix
2008.07102  The New World
2007.12240  The Night of the Hunter
2012.12027  The People vs. Larry Flynt
2007.101914  The Prestige
2007.110311  The Queen
2005.05188  The Quiet Earth
2009.052311  The Remains of the Day
2011.05148  The Road
2005.02278  The Royal Tenenbaums
2003.07175  The Rules of Attraction
2017.01229  The Searchers
2009.01055  The Secret Lives of Dentists
2004.11125  The Shape of Things
2003.082611  The Shawshank Redemption
2015.01284  The Sleeping Beauty
2011.110814  The Social Network
2009.10137  The Spanish Prisoner
2008.07188  The Squid and the Whale
2009.07295  The Straight Story
2007.101221  The Sweet Hereafter
2009.08155  The Talented Mr. Ripley
2011.05145  The Time Traveler's Wife
2014.01057  The Tree of Life
2009.09235  The Truman Show
2015.05041  The Turin Horse
2008.07088  The War Zone
2009.07295  The Winslow Boy
2015.10289  The Wolf of Wall Street
2008.06075  There Will Be Blood
2007.020611  They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
2004.01075  Thirteen
2001.12138  Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
2003.122511  This Boy's Life
2007.02175  This Film Is Not Yet Rated
2016.101010  Thor: The Dark World
2013.043010  Thor
2004.052111  Threads
2004.071716  Three Colors: Blue
2004.080722  Three Colors: Red
2004.080116  Three Colors: White
2003.03178  Three Kings
2009.01228  Time Out
2009.12097  Titanic
2008.05260  Top Gun
2004.06108  Touching the Void
2009.07015  Toy Story 2
2009.07015  Toy Story
2001.01078  Traffic
2002.12225  Training Day
2008.05260  Transformers
2003.0425Tron (first article)
2006.091616  Tron (second article)
2009.03252  Tropic Thunder
2008.07122  Tropical Malady
2012.012811  True Grit
2014.12145  Tuesday, After Christmas
2003.01288  Unbreakable
2007.01028  United 93
2010.11239  Up
2016.01042  Upstream Color
2008.12215  Vera Drake
2004.05278  Wag the Dog
2005.04250  Waking Life
2009.030511  WALL-E
2009.0306Watchmen: The IMAX Experience
2011.051615  Watchmen (second article)
2009.02215  Water Lilies
2015.01235  We Need to Talk About Kevin
2006.09045  Where the Truth Lies
2003.062211  Winged Migration
2011.09257  Winter's Bone
2008.01192  Woman in the Dunes
2005.06175  Y Tu Mamá También
2008.03215  Yi Yi
2008.011011  Yojimbo
2009.06168  You Can Count on Me
2016.121210  Young & Beautiful
2009.103011  Your Friends & Neigbors
2007.120511  Zodiac
2002.0110Eight films by Atom Egoyan


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