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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

The Way (2011)

"Emilio Estevez directs a road-trip movie with a different twist: The characters are all walking. 'The Way' refers to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a Catholic pilgrim's journey that reaches 550 miles across France and northern Spain. "

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Linda Cook

2 6%

Battle of the Year (2013)

"If director Werner Herzog can do it with 'Rescue Dawn' and 'Little Dieter Needs to Fly,' why can't director Benson Lee?"

Posted Sep 28, 2013

Linda Cook

3 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"Profane, shocking, and absolutely hysterical, 'This is the End' is one of the most creative comedies to come along in years."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Linda Cook

4 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"I'm not sure this is the end of Richard Linklater's 'Before' trilogy. It's perfection just as it is, but then again, Linklater has nine more years to work on the sequel."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Linda Cook

5 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"Why Michael Bay tried to make a dark comedy out of a heinous true crime is beyond me."

Posted May 2, 2013

Linda Cook

6 7%

The Big Wedding (2013)

"Vulgar, witless, and an insult to its stars and its audience."

Posted May 2, 2013

Linda Cook

7 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"Mystical and endless as the number pi, 'The Life of Pi' works on a number of levels, all of them enchanting."

Posted Feb 3, 2013

Linda Cook

8 41%

Parker (2013)

"'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

9 38%

Here Comes the Boom (2012)

"An average made-for-TV-type movie that makes its way onto the big screen, 'Here Comes the Boom' doesn't pack much of a punch."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Linda Cook

10 5%

Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

"I can't imagine anyone who hasn't played the video game who would give a shout-out to the 'Silent Hill' sequel."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Linda Cook

11 49%

The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)

"Oh, how 'The Man With the Iron Fists' longs to be 'Kill Bill.' It isn't, but its environments, blood-letting and martial arts, along with an interesting score and soundtrack, make no bones about its filmmakers being Quentin Tarantino devotees."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Linda Cook

12 78%

Flight (2012)

"This may be the most heavy-duty, and finest, Oscar-worthy performance yet from Denzel Washington."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Linda Cook

13 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Don't worry. You won't be the only grownup seeing 'Wreck-It Ralph.' And if you want to take your family, you will be laughing just as hard as the younger viewers."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Linda Cook

14 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"Oh, my, what a cheat is in store for viewers of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.'"

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Linda Cook

15 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Even die-hard Sean Connery fans will have to admit there's another actor who can portray James Bond when they see 'Skyfall.'"

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Linda Cook

16 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"Wow. Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep in an Ingmar Bergman film!"

Posted Aug 15, 2012

Linda Cook

17 54%

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

"It's nice to see Seuss on the loose on the big screen again."

Posted Apr 21, 2012

Linda Cook

18 42%

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

"It lost me at the bees. 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' is kinda/sorta based on the writings of Jules Verne, in a similar vein as its predecessor, 'Journey to the Center of the Earth.' "

Posted Feb 25, 2012

Linda Cook

19 53%

Safe House (2012)

"A solid thriller, 'Safe House' isn't extraordinary. But it's a safe bet for those who enjoy 'Bourne'-type espionage movies. "

Posted Feb 25, 2012

Linda Cook

20 29%

The Vow (2012)

"Oh, was there ever an opportunity here. But it's easier to go the traditional route, I guess, than make waves. "

Posted Feb 25, 2012

Linda Cook

21 18%

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

"What an unholy mess is 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,' in which a man who made a deal with the devil roams the earth in search of bad guys. "

Posted Feb 25, 2012

Linda Cook

22 57%

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

"It's a nifty enough film that's entertaining but not comparable to the original 'Star Wars.' "

Posted Feb 11, 2012

Linda Cook

23 26%

Underworld Awakening (2012)

"he vampires and werewolves are at it again. No, Twihards, you haven't missed another "Twilight" episode. This is indeed part of a franchise, but a far different, more violent one. "

Posted Feb 11, 2012

Linda Cook

24 46%

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012)

"s it a movie about loss? Definitely. Is it a movie about 9/11? Sort of. Will you reach a for a tissue while you watch "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?" Probably."

Posted Feb 11, 2012

Linda Cook

25 93%

Beauty and the Beast (2012)

"I admit it: I wrote this more than 20 years ago. But, like " Beauty and the Beast" itself, I think it stands the test of time. "

Posted Feb 11, 2012

Linda Cook

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Die Weiße Rose (The White Rose) (1982)

"First, of course, is the message of the movie. Actually, I should say the history that the movie contains: The true story of Sophie Scholl, a young German woman who was a student during the 1940s. "

Posted Feb 11, 2012

Linda Cook

27 51%

The Iron Lady (2012)

"Although this is an interesting movie, the character outshines the screenplay. That's not surprising considering that Meryl Streep is earning acclaim for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 'Iron Lady.' "

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Linda Cook

28 33%

Joyful Noise (2012)

"Sort of a homespun 'Glee' for audiences with walks of faith, 'Joyful Noise' is truly that, featuring a soundtrack that's infectious. And believe it or not, this gospel-tinged musical covers almost all genres, from Paul McCartney to Kirk Franklin. "

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Linda Cook

29 51%

Contraband (2012)

"t's not the Tom Cruise vehicle that's playing in the auditorium next door. Still, 'Contraband' is an entertaining heist flick. Based on an Icelandic movie, it's an enjoyable exercise in eluding capture."

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Linda Cook

30 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"With gorgeous animation and action typical of its director, Steven Spielberg brings a comic strip to the big screen - in 3-D, no less. 'Tintin' has a lot in common with 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and other fanciful Spielbergian adventures. "

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Linda Cook

31 6%

The Devil Inside (2012)

"Gentle reader, be prepared for a shock."The Devil Inside" is pure fiction. I know about the advertising campaign and that it's supposed to be based on a true story, but it's not. It has a screenwriter, director and everything, even professional actors. "

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Linda Cook

32 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" will leave its mark on you. Dark, brutal and intriguing, this version is as troubling and memorable as its Swedish counterpart. Its disturbing tone begins in the opening credits and continues to the last frame."

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Linda Cook

33 77%

War Horse (2011)

"A grand spectacle of a movie, War Horse' is an epic about loyalty, friendship and the horrors of war. Based on a marvelous book, Spielberg delivers a sweeping adventure that will become an instant classic among those who love old-fashioned storytelling. "

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Linda Cook

34 84%

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

"Based on a true story about the iconic Marilyn Monroe, "My Week with Marilyn" depicts the actress at her most gorgeous and most frustrating."

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Linda Cook

35 66%

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"We Bought a Zoo," based on a true story, is an outstanding show that could, and should, bring in herds of viewers. It centers on a man who really did buy a zoo with 200 animals, on his children and on the staff that became their second family."

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Linda Cook

36 44%

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

"'Reach for the skies' has a whole new meaning now. The science-fiction Western 'Cowboys & Aliens' is an entertaining, genre-blending romp. It's a serious movie, too - a drama with comedic moments - and that makes it all the more exciting. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

37 78%

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

"Competent and smart, 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' is anything but. Because it features an ensemble of people who can't quite get love straight, it reminds me a little of 'Love, Actually.' "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

38 22%

The Smurfs (2011)

"Once in awhile, a movie sets me searching for its origins. That's what 'The Smurfs' did. I guessed this movie wasn't quite what their creator had in mind - and I was right. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

39 60%

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011)

"Time to get your Gleek on! If you understand that sentence, you'll probably want to see this show. If you're scratching your head, maybe it's time you became acquainted with a television series that's a bona fide phenomenon. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

40 45%

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

"A raunchy heist comedy with a pace as fast as its dialogue, '30 Minutes Or Less' will have you laughing out loud. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

41 61%

Final Destination 5 (2011)

"Does clever writing a horror movie make? I think it does. And if you do too, then set your GPS for 'Final Destination 5,' one of the best of the dark-humored, grisly components in the franchise about people meeting their demise in bizarre ways . "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

42 76%

The Help (2011)

"Brimming with believable, likeable women characters and set against the turbulence of Mississippi in the 1960s, 'The Help' is almost as good as Kathryn Stockett's novel. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

43 58%

La Rafle (2012)

"'La Rafle' was a hit in France, and now you have a chance to see what Europe was raving about last year. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

44 24%

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

"It would be barbaric to say this is the worst movie of the year. That certainly isn't the case. 'Conan the Barbarian' is, however, a second-rate remake, no more and no less. It's a far cry from the 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger film. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

45 72%

Fright Night (2011)

"Just because it's more than 25 years old doesn't mean a movie needs to be remade. The 1985 movie 'Fright Night' is still enjoyable and quite entertaining. Now here's an above-average remake that adds a few changes, along with 3-D."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

46 36%

One Day (2011)

"An average romantic dramedy, 'One Day' tips its hand so early in the game that you won't be a bit surprised by anything that ensues. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

47 22%

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011)

"Clever and strange, 'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D' is a psychedelic action movie that will boggle and entertain the minds of adults and kids alike. If you like wordplay, you will like it all the more for the witty dialogue. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

48 67%

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

"Another fish-out-of-water story, 'Our Idiot Brother' never really makes a huge impact. It contains a few laughs certainly, but it's not one of the outstanding entries in this year's adult comedy genre."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

49 58%

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)

"Every week, it seems, I watch a remake, or a 'reimagining,' of a feature film that didn't need to be remade. Now here's a remake of, I swear, a made-for-TV movie (starring Kim Darby, incidentally) from the 1970s. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

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