12 Years a Slave (2013)
" Knowing the story's outcome does nothing to lessen the potency of what's shown on screen, largely because of the courageous manner in which McQueen holds certain shots as if he's daring us to look away for even a second. "
Last Vegas (2013)
Ender's Game (2013)
" Not having read Card's novel, I couldn't say whether it was truly "unfilmable," but what ended up on the screen is indeed "filmable" in that we've seen these narrative threads countless times before in science fiction cinema. "
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
The Haunted Palace (1963)
The Uninvited (1944)
The Other (1972)
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
" With such titles as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes, the 1960s proved to be a particularly rich decade for science fiction cinema, and Fantastic Voyage stands as one of the period's most imaginative efforts. "
Eyes Without a Face (1962)
The Exorcist (1973)
" A finely crafted thriller that benefits immensely from William Friedkin's controlled direction, William Peter Blatty's thematically fruitful script, Owen Roizman's imaginative camerawork and Dick Smith's startling makeup designs. "
The Eagle Has Landed (2000)
The Counselor (2013)
" Paradise may be a movie paved with good intentions, but between its meandering nature, surface exploration of religion and roster of forgettable characters, it's more like motion-picture perdition. "
Escape Plan (2013)
Psycho III (1986)
Psycho II (1983)
" A person would have to be as crazy as Norman Bates to even think about helming a sequel to Psycho, but the shocking truth is that this intelligent follow-up in no way soils the memory of its classic predecessor. "
Amityville 3-D (1983)
The Amityville Horror (1979)
Captain Phillips (2013)
La Cage Aux Folles (1979)
" Charming and frothy, the movie proves to be about as tame as any old-fashioned bedroom farce, which of course went a long way toward allowing it to be embraced by Americans who generally steered clear of foreign films, gay films, and gay foreign films. "
The Fly (1958)
" The climax ("Help me!") has given many viewers chills while providing others with chuckles -- I'm in the former camp; the primal terror of that situation never fails to move me -- but the rest is efficient in its solemnity. "
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Voyage of the Damned (1976)
Shout at the Devil (1976)
" Despite its interesting premise, the movie -- a graceless and lurching mix of brutal drama (dead babies!), lowbrow humor (Marvin drunk again!) and general daftness (Moore in blackface!) -- runs out of steam long before its bruising 150 minutes are up. "
The Little Mermaid (1989)
" Everything is just right in this cheerful adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale ... In addition to reviving the animated art form, The Little Mermaid also brought melody back to the movies. "
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
" This benefits from Anton Grot's excellent set design but suffers from the decision to make the central character an annoying reporter (Glenda Farrell) who's as much of a hindrance as she is a help to the police. "
From Here to Eternity (1953)
The Big Parade (1925)
" Masterfully directed by King Vidor, this swings easily between comedy, romance and tragedy without missing a beat, and there are numerous set-pieces of enormous power -- even today, the harrowing battle scenes would rank among the best ever put on film. "
" To be frank, it's not Cuarón's best picture, not with Y Tu Mamá También and Children of Men on his resume. Yet what it lacks in sociopolitical heft and laser-point characterizations it makes up for in sheer visual spectacle. "
Enough Said (2013)
" The plot ultimately is just a hanger on which to place Holofcener's typically engaging dialogue, a roomful of gracefully constructed characters, and a superlative turn by the late James Gandolfini. "
Don Jon (2013)
" It's Julianne Moore's character who most allows Don Jon to upgrade from being a humorous and perceptive movie about naughty Internet connections into a heartfelt and perceptive movie about necessary human connections. "
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
" A "10 Best" achievement, thanks to writer-director Anthony Minghella's acute interpretation of Patricia Highsmith's novel, a shooting style that wallows in decadence and danger, and a choice cast completely in sync with the stringent demands of the story. "
The Fugitive (1993)
" Directed for maximum impact by Andrew Davis, this contains enough suspenseful set-pieces, clever red herrings and spectacular stuntwork to satisfy most thriller aficionados, yet what really makes the movie work are the performances by Ford and Jones. "
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
The Devil Bat (1940)
" This pitch-perfect adaptation of John le Carré's best-seller captures the Cold War in all its chilly complexity ... Burton delivers a towering performance that's second only to his turn in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as the finest of his career. "
Scanners II: The New Order (1991)
Only the Valiant (1951)
" Out of the 53 theatrical features Gregory Peck made over a 47-year span, the late, great actor always considered the worst to be Only the Valiant ... But this middling Western isn't awful so much as it's awfully indifferent. "