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George Clooney

  • Money Monster (2016)

    Clooney turns into the Money Monster Review by Robert Denerstein: A second-rate critique of the media and the financial system

    Review by Matt Anderson: Money Monster's offers some nifty twists and turns.

  • Hail, Caesar! (2016)

    The Coen Brothers Hail Caesar! Review by Matt Anderson: The Coen Brothers prove they've still got their satirical Midas touch.

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Only enjoyable in bits and pieces, in spite of a great cast

  • Tomorrowland (2015)

    Robertson travels to Tomorrowland Review by Robert Denerstein: Tries to save humanity from itself

  • The Monuments Men (2014)

    Clooney leads The Monuments Men Review by Matt Anderson: The Monuments Men story is oversimplified and the real members are underserved

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Fascinating story deserved better than this movie

  • Gravity (2013)

    Cuarón not bound by Gravity Review by Marty Mapes: Less admirable than 2001, but more exciting

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Makes you feel as if you're floating through space

  • The Descendants (2011)

    Review by Marty Mapes: Clooney holds his tribe together

  • The Ides of March (2011)

    Review by Marty Mapes: Modern-day Game of Thrones

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Wallows in fashionable cynicism

  • The American (2010)

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Takes admirably careful aim, but ultimately misses its target

  • Up in the Air (2009)

    Clooney looks Up in the Air Review by Robert Denerstein: One of the year's best; Reitman's most appealing film to date

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

    Family frustrates the Fantastic Mr. Fox Review by Robert Denerstein: Children, schmildren; adults will be entertained by this witty and detailed adaptation

  • The Men who Stare at Goats (2009)

    Review by Robert Denerstein: Episodic and skimpy story fails to back up quirky premise

    Review by Marty Mapes: Silly psychics make good characters but don't have enough to do

  • Michael Clayton (2007)

    Review by Matt Anderson: Writer/director Gilroy knows what he's doing with his story and it's all part of his own master plan

  • Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

    Pitt fabs up Ocean's Thirteen Review by Matt Anderson: It would certainly be more fun to be in the Ocean gang than to watch them

  • Syriana (2005)

    Clooney, Siddig, and Wright are on the Syriana cheat sheet Review by Risë Keller: A graduate-level lecture hall on oil politicking, Washington law and Middle-Eastern power structures

  • Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

    Strathairn wishes us Good Night, and Good Luck. Review by Marty Mapes: Standing up to bullies is hard, and not everyone who does stays standing

  • Ocean's Twelve (2004)

    Roberts and Clooney are a sixth of Ocean's Twelve Review by Matt Anderson: The biggest con is pulled on unsuspecting audiences being taken for a ride

  • Criminal (2004)

    Reilly, Luna, and Gyllenhaal wonder who's the Criminal Review by Matt Anderson: Fabian Bielinsky, the mastermind behind the original, is no doubt glad he took the money and ran

  • Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

    Clooney and Zeta-Jones inflict Intolerable Cruelty Review by Matt Anderson: The latest film from the Coen brothers is a viciously delightful parable

  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

    Chuck Barris has a Dangerous Mind DVD review by Marty Mapes: Most extra features lack the spark of life, but one gives new appreciation for Clooney as director

    Review by Marty Mapes

  • Solaris (2002)

    Clooney investigates the moral landscape of Solaris Review by Marty Mapes: Solaris is very good, but perhaps only for pensive audiences

  • Ocean's Eleven (2001)

    Soderbergh revives Eleven Review by Matt Anderson: After winning big with Erin Brockovich and Traffic, Lady Luck is still smiling on Soderbergh

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? Review by Marty Mapes: The Coen Brothers' homage to The Odyssey, Sullivan's Travels, and bluegrass

  • The Perfect Storm (2000)

    Review by Marty Mapes

  • One Fine Day (1996)

    Review by Andrea Birgers