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Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 64%

Epic (2013)

"I remember, not so very long ago, when most of the protagonists in children's movies were male. The change in recent years has been, well, 'Epic.'"

Posted May 31, 2013

Linda Cook

2 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"Bigger! Dumber! Louder!"

Posted May 31, 2013

Linda Cook

3 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"It doesn't offer as many surprises as its predecessors. But it ties things up neatly - just as it should. I can see the boxed set now with all three movies and a bottle of aspirin attached!"

Posted May 31, 2013

Linda Cook

4 98%

Mud (2013)

"A sublime coming-of-age film, 'Mud' would be the offspring if 'Stand By Me' and 'Cape Fear' reproduced."

Posted May 13, 2013

Linda Cook

5 35%

Peeples (2013)

"A Tyler Perry in producer-name only, 'Peeples' is an uneven comedy with a few laughs and no surprises."

Posted May 13, 2013

Linda Cook

6 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"What a handsome fellow is that old sport "Gatsby.""

Posted May 13, 2013

Linda Cook

7 55%

The Company You Keep (2013)

"Talk about timing. Whether it's good or bad remains to be seen."

Posted May 2, 2013

Linda Cook

8 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"It's right there in the credits: We'll be seeing more of Tony Stark! "

Posted May 2, 2013

Linda Cook

9 79%

42 (2013)

"Solid and heartfelt, '42' is less the story of Jackie Robinson than the story of how those around him reacted to the man who broke the color barrier for Major League baseball."

Posted Apr 20, 2013

Linda Cook

10 4%

Scary Movie 5 (2013)

"The only thing scary about 'Scary Movie 5' is the thought of a sequel."

Posted Apr 20, 2013

Linda Cook

11 57%

The Power Of Few (2013)

"I had never heard of screenwriter/director Leone Marucci before. But you can bet I will remember his name after seeing 'The Power of Few.'"

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Linda Cook

12 74%

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

"An entertaining experience, whether you see it in 3-D or 2-D, 'Rise of the Guardians' is an enjoyable adventure for all ages."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Linda Cook

13 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"No, he doesn't demonstrate a lot of 'Terminator'-style moves.But, hey, he doesn't have to. Schwarzenegger, now in his mid-60s, just needs to tote some weapons, seek revenge and utter a few one-liners, which is exactly what he does in 'The Last Stand.'"

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Linda Cook

14 61%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"'Jack Reacher' is a lot smarter than you've been led to believe by the ads."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Linda Cook

15 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"If you're familiar with the true story on which 'The Impossible' is based, you'll know a little about the finale. In case you don't, I'm not going to spoil this real-life disaster movie about the effects of the 2004 Pacific tsunami on a family of five. "

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Linda Cook

16 18%

Parental Guidance (2012)

"If 'Parental Guidance' is the drivel that's passing for family fare this winter, then it's best to just keep your family warm and entertained at home."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Linda Cook

17 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"I suppose the phrase 'serious romantic comedy' sounds like a paradox. But that's exactly what 'Silver Linings Playbook' is: an intelligent, edgy dark comedy with romance at its core. "

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Linda Cook

18 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"Part-blaxploitation film, part-spaghetti Western and all-Tarantino, 'Django Unchained' comes charging at its audiences with guns a-blazin'. It's not quite up to par with 'Reservoir Dogs' or 'Pulp Fiction,' but it's still Tarantino - enough said."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Linda Cook

19 41%

Parker (2013)

"It's above-average because of its fascinating cast. 'Parker' will come as no surprise to fans of Jason Statham's other R-rated actioners. It's the assemblage of this ensemble piece that's a pleasant surprise."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Linda Cook

20 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"Uneven in tone and full of action, "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" is an above-average fever dream of a movie that's a grownup nod to a grim fairy tale."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Linda Cook

21 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"One of the finest movies of the year is a thriller about the tracking and, finally, slaying of Osama bin Laden."

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Linda Cook

22 32%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"Will it win any awards for 2013? Well, no. But 'Gangster Squad,' a shoot-'em-up nod to pulp thrillers, will provide solid entertainment for fans of crime dramas."

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Linda Cook

23 65%

Mama (2013)

"Creepy and strangely compelling, 'Mama' isn't the junky horror flick you might expect."

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Linda Cook

24 70%

Les MisÚrables (2012)

"A gorgeous film if not quite a classic, "Les MisÚrables" is a beautiful interpretation of the stage production based on the Victor Hugo novel. Not surprisingly, it's a sight to see, and it's directed by Tom Hooper, who helmed 'The King's Speech.'"

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Linda Cook

25 4%

Movie 43 (2013)

"It's tough to know how to begin addressing this swill of a so-called comedy."

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Linda Cook

26 28%

Broken City (2013)

"Some corrupt politicians will stop at nothing to be elected."

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Linda Cook

27 ——

Meerkats 3D ()

"Want to experience drama? Danger? Action? And superlative cuteness? Look no further than 'Meerkats 3D,' a marvelous National Geographic documentary "

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Linda Cook

28 12%

Alex Cross (2012)

"It doesn't take a detective to determine it's not the fault of Tyler Perry that 'Alex Cross' is subpar."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Linda Cook

29 24%

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

"The chills are centered at the end of 'Paranormal Activity 4.' Even more creepy is the "cute factor" of little kids that permeates most of the movie. Although the franchise may be running out of steam, this segment is more than mediocre."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Linda Cook

30 21%

Taken 2 (2012)

"Yeah, 'Taken 2' is pretty much the same movie that 'Taken' was. Like its predecessor, it's preposterous and over-the-top. And, boy, is this actioner ever just plain fun."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Linda Cook

31 96%

Argo (2012)

"A brilliant thriller that's based on a historical incident, 'Argo' is one of the best films of 2012."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Linda Cook

32 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"Raw, unrestrained and sympathetic without giving in to melodrama, 'The Sessions' is about a man facing a physical challenge who decides he wants to become intimate with a woman."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Linda Cook

33 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"Daniel Day-Lewis is picture-perfect as 'Lincoln.'"

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Linda Cook

34 ——

Country School: One Room - One Nation ()

"Let me share with you one of the Quad-City area's greatest secrets: Two of the best filmmakers in the United States are right here in our own backyard."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Linda Cook

35 73%

Big Miracle (2012)

"This is, well, huge."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Linda Cook

36 17%

The Watch (2012)

"Even though this script is cheap and often tiresome, I have to hand it to Vince Vaughn: I never get tired of seeing him onscreen."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Linda Cook

37 68%

Ted (2012)

"Raunchy, intentionally offensive and full of warm fuzzies (including its title character), 'Ted' is one of the funniest movies for grownups that's come along in years."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Linda Cook

38 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"It's more about memory than anything. If you recall the original, you're going to wonder why this remake was developed. If you don't, you'll wonder what the big deal is about this so-so actioner."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Linda Cook

39 51%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

"Sure, your kids will think it's funny. But if they've seen many movies, they're going to know they're looking at lowbrow jokes that are cheap and easily written - the kind of stuff kids tell each other in the halls at school."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Linda Cook

40 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"Whether you like 'The Bourne Legacy' depends on what you think about 'link' movies."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Linda Cook

41 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"It's a satire of the election process and it also lampoons we the people ... you know, us voters."

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Linda Cook

42 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"Even a weak Woody Allen script is better than so many other less witty projects. 'To Rome With Love' is proof of that."

Posted Jul 20, 2012

Linda Cook

43 51%

Savages (2012)

"Were it not for its arguably messed-up finale, 'Savages' would be one of director Oliver Stone's most enjoyable crime dramas."

Posted Jul 20, 2012

Linda Cook

44 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"The only thing that saddens me about this little gem of a movie is that it may not be seen by anyone."

Posted Jul 20, 2012

Linda Cook

45 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"More solid, at least, than the ice on which its characters float, 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' is a fun fourth installment of the popular franchise that has charmed its fans for years."

Posted Jul 20, 2012

Linda Cook

46 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"It rises above other sequels and its predecessors."

Posted Jul 20, 2012

Linda Cook

47 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"I don't know that this re-boot was necessary. But it certainly has legs. "

Posted Jul 3, 2012

Linda Cook

48 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

" Yeah, "Monster Ballads" is blasting out here on my iPod. And I'm not ashamed to admit it. I'll bet I'm among thousands of viewers who just saw "Rock of Ages" and simply had to listen to some more 1980s-era tunes."

Posted Jun 23, 2012

Linda Cook

49 20%

That's My Boy (2012)

"It's hard to believe that Adam Sandler's latest movie is worse than the awful 'Jack and Jill.' This one actually takes crude, sex-focused humor to a new, lower level than its predecessors in a film that will appeal only to his die-hard fans."

Posted Jun 23, 2012

Linda Cook

50 79%

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

"Colorful, bright and wickedly smart in spots, 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' is an animated romp that will entertain adults and children, pop-culture fans and opera buffs in a wide swath of action and comedy."

Posted Jun 23, 2012

Linda Cook

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