Friday, August 14, 2009

What’s Out: From the critics’ notepad

District 9 (Neill Blomkamp)

"District 9, with a chump-change budget of $30 million, soars on the imagination of its creators. This baby has the stuff to end the movie summer on a note of dazzle and distinction."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

District 9 is an amazing movie, one that will sweep you up emotionally and intellectually, that will give you plenty to think over and even more to marvel at. It's an achievement that needs to be seen to be believed, and once it's seen it's guaranteed to be beloved.”
-Devin Faraci, CHUD

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (Neal Brennan)

“As anyone who has seen Robert Zemeckis’ 1980 cult classic Used Cars or John Landis’ fascinating 2003 documentary Slasher can attest, the milieu of used car salesmen can inspire great comedy but the funniest thing about The Goods is that the presence of James Brolin pretty much ensures that Barbra Streisand will have to sit through it at least once.”
- Peter Sobczynski,

“The movie gores many sacred cows, insulting families, capitalism, sexual responsibility, political correctness and smoking bans, with glee if not originality.”
- Colin Covert, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Time Traveler’s Wife (Robert Schwentke)

“If you allow yourself to think for one moment of the paradoxes, contradictions and logical difficulties involved, you will be lost. The movie supports no objective thought.”
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki)

“Far more upbeat than much of Miyazaki’s oeuvre, limned in bright pastel colors where even destruction is golden, Ponyo possesses an almost demonic childish energy and a delight in form stronger than reason or narrative.”

- Ronnie Scheib, Variety

BEST BET(S): Ponyo with your kids. District 9 without your kids. The Goods if you don't have kids/are desperate.

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