April 2012

by raadadz | created - 27 Apr 2012 | updated - 10 May 2012 | Public

All the feature-length films I've seen in April.

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1. Battleground (1949)

Approved | 118 min | Action, War, Drama

7.5
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A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy

Votes: 5,650 | Gross: $10.29M

A workmanlike picture, too mediocre to be called incompetent, but too conservative in style and ideology to be called remarkable. [C]

2. Colombiana (2011)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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45 Metascore

A young woman, after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin.

Director: Olivier Megaton | Stars: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Callum Blue, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 82,237 | Gross: $36.67M

It's a straight-faced, PG-13 take on the femme fatale flick, and nothing short of unwatchable. [F]

3. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

Not Rated | 103 min | Western

7.4
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Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson

Votes: 13,101

Picturesque in a deliberate, Arizona-postcard kind of way, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is Ford at his most overbearingly sentimental. [C]

4. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

8.1
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A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy

Votes: 40,996

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? never really lives up to its promise and it ends up a mean, nasty, and ultimately dull pulp-infused tale of fame lost. [C]

5. 30 Minutes or Less (2011)

R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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49 Metascore

Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else...

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, Aziz Ansari

Votes: 83,381 | Gross: $37.05M

Not all of the jokes work, and Eisenberg feels a bit out of place, but it's funny in a completely disposable way. [C+]

6. Warrior (2011)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Sport

8.2
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71 Metascore

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison

Votes: 372,276 | Gross: $13.66M

The sort of film that tips its hat to subtlety, then punches it in the face. It's one of the most moving studio pictures in recent memory, and Edgerton is nothing short of a revelation. [B+]

7. Mercenaries (2011)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama

3.5
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Andy Marlow, an ex British S.A.S serviceman turned mercenary, is sent into the Balkans after a military coup has arisen to rescue a U.S ambassador and his aide.

Director: Paris Leonti | Stars: Robert Fucilla, Kirsty Mitchell, Robert James-Collier, Danny Sapani

Votes: 1,069

Even as far as direct-to-DVD actioners go, this one's pretty dull. [F]

8. Wings (1927)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.7
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Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

Directors: William A. Wellman, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | Stars: Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston

Votes: 8,986

Wings is the kind of epic no one wants to make anymore. Despite a charisma-free leading man (Gary Cooper is more memorable in five minutes of screentime than Buddy Rogers is in two hours plus), it's a mostly exhilarating, fantastically staged production. [A-]

9. Knuckle (2011)

R | 97 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.8
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65 Metascore

An epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting. This film follows a history of violent feuding between rival clans.

Director: Ian Palmer | Stars: James Quinn McDonagh, Paddy Quinn McDonagh, Michael Quinn McDonagh, Ian Palmer

Votes: 2,574 | Gross: $0.00M

Well, if Warrior was too gentle, I suppose this is the film for you. Like its subjects, Knuckle is a bit rough around the edges and a bit misguided at times. However, it is an intricate and complex look at an escpecially violent tradition.

10. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 164 min | Western

8.5
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80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 244,773 | Gross: $5.32M

I've never been a big fan of Leone's, but this is less a film and more an endurance test. Leone, as usual, falls head over heels imitating the Western heroes of yore, but the result of such labor is a hollow and heavy-handed picture. [D]

11. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

7.5
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When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 51,503 | Gross: $8.75M

Middling Hitchcock. It's, frankly, one of his most unambitious films, an inconsequential yarn that captivates the audience but doesn't leave a lasting impression. [C+]

12. The Fifth Element (1997)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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52 Metascore

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm

Votes: 377,178 | Gross: $63.54M

Silly to no end, The Fifth Element blends the action picture and the sci-fi picture while adding nothing to either. [C]

13. Miss Bala (2011)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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80 Metascore

After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding.

Director: Gerardo Naranjo | Stars: Stephanie Sigman, Noé Hernández, Irene Azuela, Jose Yenque

Votes: 7,362

A stunning neorealist take on the Mexican drug war, Miss Bala is one of the finest and most important films of the 2010's. [A+]

14. Dillinger (1973)

R | 107 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.0
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John Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree across the midwest, but one G-Man is determined to bring him down.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Michelle Phillips, Cloris Leachman

Votes: 3,833

In the era of Bonnie and Clyde, this kind of brawny violence-for-the-sake-of-violence picture seems a bit outdated. [D]

15. Shame (2011)

NC-17 | 101 min | Drama

7.2
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72 Metascore

A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Lucy Walters

Votes: 161,354 | Gross: $4.00M

A gripping, elegaic look at a debilitating addiction. McQueen is an extraordinary director, but at times the production seems too sleek, and the pacing too conventional to tread in the realm of greatness. [A-]

16. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.8
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65 Metascore

Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

Votes: 71,826 | Gross: $34.60M

As far as studio Issue Films go, you could do a lot worse. Mississippi Burning manages to capture the spirit of the South, but more importantly, recognizes that nothing about racism or the act of fighting it is easy or clean cut. That being said, it has an incredibly conventional narrative arc, and towards the end, the characters seem only capable of speaking in platitudes.

17. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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94 Metascore

A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin

Votes: 16,129 | Gross: $0.11M

A terrific blend of many different genres and themes, Elevator to the Gallows ranks as one of Malle's finest films, alongside The Lovers and Murmur of the Heart. [A]

18. Thief (1981)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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78 Metascore

Coming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the Mafia, who has other plans for him.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi

Votes: 18,947 | Gross: $11.49M

Laced with unfortunate late-era Melville sensibilities, Thief is an unmercifully slow and derivative picture. [D-]

19. Hell's Angels (1930)

Passed | 127 min | Drama, War

7.8
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Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.

Directors: Howard Hughes, Edmund Goulding, James Whale | Stars: Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jean Harlow, John Darrow

Votes: 4,082

While some of the aerial battles are filmed spectacularly, the scenes that involve people and not planes are laughably overwrought. [C]

20. Them (2006)

R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller

6.5
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60 Metascore

Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.

Directors: David Moreau, Xavier Palud | Stars: Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen, Adriana Mocca, Maria Roman

Votes: 26,256

An engaging little (it runs a little under 80 minutes) horror film, Them is admirably stripped down, there are no frivolous displays of gore or reflexive humor. [C+]

21. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

7.4
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85 Metascore

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 139,671 | Gross: $33.80M

Gleefully provocative (or indulgent; it's all the same to Brian De Palma), Carrie is remarkable for the impending sense of disaster De Palma creates. [C]

22. Act of Valor (2012)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.5
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40 Metascore

An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

Directors: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh | Stars: Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Rorke Denver

Votes: 61,256 | Gross: $70.01M

The worst new release I've seen this year by a country mile. The action scenes are well filmed, but they mean nothing if the characters are completely indistinguishable. [F]

23. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

8.1
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96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 126,705

The first ever film noir is also one of the best. It's also one of the best cast, with set of players that includes Bogie himself, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor, and Elisha Cook, Jr. [A]

24. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

TV-PG | 89 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker

Votes: 6,108

One of my favorite examples of British "kitchen sink realism", Saturday Night and Sunday Morning compassionately and poetically captures the life of a young man trapped by his society. [A]

25. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.0
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50 Metascore

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Abigail Spencer

Votes: 185,710 | Gross: $100.24M

Rivaling Act of Valor in terms of sheer stupidity, Cowboys and Aliens proves that a film called Cowboys and Aliens can be no fun at all. [D-]

26. The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Adventure, War

7.8
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During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes

Votes: 57,762 | Gross: $45.30M

It has its merits, but The Dirty Dozen is fascinating because it demonstrates a willingness on the part of audiences to accept the flawed antihero a la Bonnie and Clyde, Cool Hand Luke, and Dirty Harry. [C+]