April 2011

Films seen in April 2011.
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1.
Scream (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Somewhat overrated, but still quite clever and enjoyable. [B-] ” - raadadz
 
2.
Memories of Murder (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead... (131 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ One of the very best films to come out of South Korea recently; a touching, powerful masterpiece. [A+] ” - raadadz
 
3.
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial... (89 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ This movie is either truly masterful or colosally unimportant; a decision I've yet to make. [No Comment] ” - raadadz
 
4.
Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun. (86 mins.)
Director: Jason Eisener
“ It lives up to its title and then some; few movies are as shamelessly fun. [B] ” - raadadz
 
5.
Shaft (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter. (100 mins.)
Director: Gordon Parks
“ Truth be told, it's more interesting as a piece of American film history than as a serious attempt at moviemaking. [C] ” - raadadz
 
6.
Win Win (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
“ Immensely powerful and compelling, this is easily one of the best films of the year so far. [A-] ” - raadadz
 
7.
Dead Alive (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Though occasionally very good, it's not quite as clever as it would like to be. [C+] ” - raadadz
 
8.
Frontier(s) (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis. (108 mins.)
Director: Xavier Gens
“ A fine, memorable horror flick. [B] ” - raadadz
 
9.
My Bloody Valentine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent. (101 mins.)
Director: Patrick Lussier
“ Standard, by-the-numbers slasher flick. Watch the 1981 original instead. [D] ” - raadadz
 
10.
Micmacs (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. (105 mins.)
“ Boundlessly inventive and nearly perfect, "Micmacs" gives me reason more to love the movies. [A] ” - raadadz
 
11.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts. (84 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Again, this is a film that holds more importance in its place in American film history than it does as a film. [D] ” - raadadz
 
12.
Suspiria (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
“ Another overrated horror flick. [D] ” - raadadz
 
13.
Hatchet (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When a group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare. (85 mins.)
Director: Adam Green
“ What could have been a neat 30-minute short has been awkwardly expanded into a largely forgettable feature-length film. [C+] ” - raadadz
 
14.
The Tourist (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. (103 mins.)
“ Tasteless, boring, and mind-numbingly stupid, "The Tourist" is one of the worst films I've seen in a long while. [F] ” - raadadz
 
15.
I Can't Sleep (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Beautiful Daiga has emigrated from Lithuania to Paris and is looking for a place to stay and work. Theo is a struggling musician... (110 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
“ As much as I love Claire Denis, I couldn't bring myself to love this particular film, mainly because it has no discernible plot or purpose. [C] ” - raadadz
 
16.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts... (139 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
“ A pretentious, trite and overrated film. [D] ” - raadadz
 
17.
Rockaway (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Trane is a decorated war hero just shipped home to the States from Afghanistan after the brutal murder of his wife and child back in Rockaway... (78 mins.)
“ Generic, forgettable action picture. [F] ” - raadadz
 
18.
The Next Three Days (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. (133 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ A mixed bag of tricks, the film is too heavy-handed to be memorable, but still an interesting effort. [C] ” - raadadz
 
19.
Fast Five (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent. (131 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
“ As stupid as they get. [F] ” - raadadz
 
20.
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ Overrated; interesting only for its influence on film. [C] ” - raadadz
 
21.
Super (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills. (96 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
“ I wanted to like this film, but the generally confused tone never really let me. [B-] ” - raadadz
 
22.
Outpost (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In war-torn Eastern Europe, a world-weary group of mercenaries discover a long-hidden secret in an abandoned WWII bunker. (90 mins.)
Director: Steve Barker
“ An unremarkable, uninteresting horror flick. [D] ” - raadadz