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Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"I'll be doggoned if 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' isn't a refreshing 'paws' from the run-of-the-mill movies that often serve as family entertainment"

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

2 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"How can you not love any sequel which, right from the beginning, warns viewers that it won't be quite as good as the original?"

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

3 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Fans of director Wes Anderson, here's what you've been waiting for since you saw 'Moonrise Kingdom.' 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is another comedy with quirky characters and oddball encounters."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

4 74%

Oculus (2014)

"Yes, 'Oculus' is worth seeing by horror fans who are tired of excessive gore and paint-by-the-numbers haunted house films."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

5 41%

Divergent (2014)

"Although 'Divergent' has understandably attracted a great readership, as did its predecessor, 'The Hunger Games' series, this new 'young adult' tale has a much weaker presence on the big screen "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

6 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"It's not about winning a big game and it's not about an underdog team getting its one chance. 'Draft Day' is an enjoyable sports movie that isn't about football per se. It's about the politics of what goes into selecting players for a team. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

7 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"How 'The Raid 2' ever earned an R rating is beyond me. I've seen NC-17 fare that wasn't half this graphic. This is one of the most violent films ever made. (Think Martin Scorsese and Sam Peckinpah to the 10th power.) "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

8 21%

Son Of God (2014)

"Its roots as a television series are obvious, and it's a long way from the likes of 'Ben-Hur' or 'The Greatest Story Ever Told.' Still, 'Son of God' has a couple of sequences that make it an above-average picture."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

9 77%

Noah (2014)

"It's certainly not the sometimes-whimsical Bible story that's told to so many children. Director Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' is a drama about a tormented man determined to do God's bidding and about people who are ravaging the earth."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

10 46%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"What did Colton Burpo experience? 'Heaven is for Real,' based on the best-selling book 'Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back,' is a gentle, heartfelt movie that allows viewers to decide for themselves."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

11 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"I salute you, 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.'"

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

12 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"An intriguing concept that devolves into a somewhat silly adventure tale, 'Transcendence' is overly long and contrived."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

13 89%

Bears (2014)

"Although bears most certainly can be adorable creatures, 'Bears,' the latest Disney documentary to celebrate Earth Day, turns the cuteness level up a bit too high."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Linda Cook

14 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"If Mark Wahlberg stars as an interesting character, the movie has a fighting chance at the box office - and this one became a hit."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Linda Cook

15 55%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"Proof that "January junk" no longer applies to every January release."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Linda Cook

16 18%

Devil's Due (2014)

"'Devil's Due' is pretty much a found-footage version of the classic 1968 Roman Polanski movie 'Rosemary's Baby.'"

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Linda Cook

17 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"No film aficionado should miss 'Nebraska.'"

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Linda Cook

18 22%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

"Vanessa Hudgens proves that she's a versatile, grown-up performer in 'Gimme Shelter,' an unsettling look at a pregnant teenager who seems to have nowhere to run."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Linda Cook

19 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"For those of you expecting another PG-13 romantic comedy, take note that 'That Awkward Moment' is rated R. This means it may or may not be a good date movie, depending upon your sweetheart's tolerance for f-bombs."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Linda Cook

20 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"'Captain Phillips' wasn't the only see-worthy vessel of 2013. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Linda Cook

21 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"Smart and hilarious, with writing as brilliant as the colors of Lego blocks, 'The Lego Movie' is wowing winter-worn audiences of all ages."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Linda Cook

22 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Part 'Hogan's Heroes' and part 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'The Monuments Men' shifts its tone too often to tell a consistent tale."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Linda Cook

23 68%

About Last Night (2014)

"Sexy, witty and romantic, 'About Last Night' is a remake of the 1986 Edward Zwick film adapted from David Mamet's 'Sexual Perversity in Chicago,' a stage play. The 1986 movie and this one both are rated R, but this one has more steam in its dialogue."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Linda Cook

24 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"Everyone is curious about remakes while simultaneously asking 'Why remake a perfectly good movie?' With 'RoboCop,' the answers are a little easier to figure out than with a lot of other reimagined tales."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Linda Cook

25 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"'Winter's Tale' (not to be confused with Shakespeare's play) is a beautiful mess."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Linda Cook

26 ——

Titans Of The Ice Age 3D ()

"This is one of the best uses of computer-generated imagery, or CGI, you'll ever see. And the 3-D technique makes the animals seem even more alive in 'Titans of the Ice Age 3D,' which is wonderfully narrated by Christopher Plumme"

Posted Feb 17, 2014

Linda Cook

27 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"A character study of a guy who sabotages himself at every turn, along with one of the best soundtracks this year, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' is another superb Coen Brothers film."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Linda Cook

28 94%

Her (2013)

"The latest film directed by Spike Jonze begs the question: Is touch a necessary sense for love?"

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Linda Cook

29 3%

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

"When awfulness reaches a certain point, it achieves unintentional hilarity. "

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Linda Cook

30 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"Better than average but far from the high quality of the book on which it is based, 'The Book Thief' is an above-average film about ordinary German citizens trying to survive World War II."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Linda Cook

31 19%

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013)

"Here's the simple truth: If you like the character of Madea, who is filmmaker Tyler Perry in drag, you will like Perry's 'A Madea Christmas.' If you don't, or if you haven't 'met' Madea yet, then this probably isn't for you."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Linda Cook

32 24%

Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

"As I gazed, slack-jawed, at the fantastic visuals of wWalking With Dinosaurs,' I could not fathom how it came to be paired with the hideous, low-brow dialogue. And then I think I figured it out."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Linda Cook

33 14%

47 Ronin (2013)

"Sometimes, less is more. How I wish that '47 Ronin' had foregone so much CGI and relied more on adventure and star-crossed love as the ronin - samurai warriors without a master - seek revenge upon a powerful and ruthless man."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Linda Cook

34 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Even more entertaining than its predecessor, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continues J.R.R. Tolkien's journey with fleshed-out characters and action sequences that will bring fans back to their beloved Middle Earth."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Linda Cook

35 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' is even cleverer and more outrageous than its predecessor."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Linda Cook

36 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Mary Poppins didn't just float in on the wind to make an appearance on the big screen. Hers was a 20-year struggle, and that challenge is depicted in 'Saving Mr. Banks,' the story of Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Linda Cook

37 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Scorsese's solid 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' based on the true story of a white-collar criminal's excesses, would have been even better if it weren't so ... excessive."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Linda Cook

38 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"'American Hustle' is smart, sophisticated and slick. Director David O. Russell has been nominated for the Academy Award for both last year's 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'The Fighter,' and he's bound to earn at least a nod again this year."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Linda Cook

39 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' is not the old James Thurber short story brought to the big screen. It's important to make that clear. "

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Linda Cook

40 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"'Grudge Match' is just about what you'd expect: an average movie that's an excuse to pair Sylvester Stallone with Robert De Niro in a sort of 'Rocky vs. Raging Bull' picture."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Linda Cook

41 38%

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

"This expands the 'Paranormal Activity' universe quite a bit, in an entertaining way. The franchise, which appeared to be losing its grip in the fourth movie, isn't running out of steam yet."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Linda Cook

42 42%

Homefront (2013)

"Nobody would know what Sylvester Stallone fans want from a Stallone action movie better than Sly himself."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Linda Cook

43 92%

Philomena (2013)

"The true story of 'Philomena' hits so close to my own past that I couldn't leave the theater without tears."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Linda Cook

44 89%

Frozen (2013)

"'Frozen' is one of the most solid family films of 2013. And here it is, just in time for the holiday season - perfect timing on Disney's part."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Linda Cook

45 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"This isn't exactly the story of Ron Woodroof, nor is it the story about the ghastly politics involved in the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. Still, 'Dallas Buyers Club' rings true as a glimpse back at a time when desperate people took desperate measures."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Linda Cook

46 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Full of action, drama and romance, 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' is every bit as entertaining as its predecessor. A 'link' movie, to be sure, but strong on its own, "Catching Fire" is certain to continue to do just that at the box office."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Linda Cook

47 68%

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

"I never thought I'd see a faith-based, R-rated movie, but here it is in 'The Best Man Holiday,' a sequel to a movie from 14 years ago. It does have an R rating, but its characters all have a deep, abiding faith. "

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Linda Cook

48 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Some movies are 'must-see,' but '12 Years a Slave' goes beyond that to 'deserves to be seen' status. The film, which tells a true story, is a rarity that pulls no punches about the hellishness of slavery. "

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Linda Cook

49 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"James Gandolfini will be missed. He could play a brute, as in 'Killing Them Softly,' or, as he does here in 'Enough Said,' a lovable, albeit flawed, regular guy. Either way, you cared about the characters into whom the late Gandolfini breathed life."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Linda Cook

50 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"What a letdown. 'The Counselor' is a rambling mess with a talented cast that's far superlative to its tedious screenplay."

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Linda Cook

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