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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 27%

Colombiana (2011)

"A fast-paced tale of revenge, 'Colombiana' is a better-than-average actioner made all the more interesting by its female lead. Zoe Saldana ('Star Trek' and 'Avatar') follows the path of 'Hanna' and 'Salt' as a tough-as-nails assassin. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

2 24%

Apollo 18 (2011)

"Movies with 'found footage' have become quite popular since the advent of 'The Blair Witch Project.' The authentic feel adds to the horror element as these movies unfold. (One great example is 'The Last Exorcism,' a sadly under-seen movie.)"

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

3 14%

Seven Days In Utopia (2011)

"Because of Dad and Deb, I could not detest this strange, good-hearted, sloppy movie. Dad discovered a passion for golf late in life. My dear friend Deb, too, speaks often about the challenge of the game, which has touched her profoundly. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

4 17%

Shark Night 3D (2011)

"This is a pretty bad movie that (I think) knows it's a pretty bad movie. What keeps it from being even worse and entering into the useless 'torture porn' genre is its PG-13 rating, which teeters on the brink of 'R' territory throughout. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

5 77%

The Debt (2011)

"Spy stories can pack a powerful punch if the motive is right. And that is exactly the case in this well-wrought thriller based on 'Ha-Hov,' which opened the 2010 Jewish Film Series in the Quad-Cities. The American version is nearly as compelling. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

6 84%

Contagion (2011)

"I'm not making this up: I had a coughing fit during 'Contagion.'Luckily, I was sitting at the very back of the theater, so I was less likely (I hope) to add to the tension unfolding on the screen. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

7 83%

Warrior (2011)

"Not far removed from its true-to-life counterpart 'The Fighter,' 'Warrior' is about two men who decide to enter a mixed martial arts competition for two very different reasons."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

8 0%

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)

"Putrid and completely unfunny, 'Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star' is a torturous exercise for a viewer. I can't count the times I wanted to walk out of this ghastly excuse for a movie. Still, I stayed with it. I just couldn't bring myself to leave."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

9 93%

Drive (2011)

"Action and smarts don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. But director Nicolas Winding Refn ('Bronson') deftly blends them in 'Drive,' a phenomenally entertaining movie that employs a haunting soundtrack, clever direction and entertaining characters. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

10 90%

The Lion King (2011)

"Yes, it's a Disney film. But if you're a grown-up, don't let that stop you from sinking your teeth into 'The Lion King.' There's more depth, humor and dignity to this show than you'll see at almost any other movie so far this year. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

11 41%

Straw Dogs (2011)

"It was a different era, a different time in American culture. Sam Peckinpah's 1971 'Straw Dogs' arguably has become a classic. It was a controversial film when it was released because of its depiction of a sexual assault. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

12 17%

I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

"A serviceable comedy about women who want to 'have it all,' 'I Don't Know How She Does It' takes a look at a working mother who faces the challenge of balancing her career and her family."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

13 82%

Dolphin Tale (2011)

"When I write the "Cookie Awards" in my annual Oscar-season column for the Quad-City Times, I always include this category: Most Embarrassing Crying Spell. There is no question which movie will 'win' the award. I bawled when I watched 'Dolphin Tale.' "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

14 25%

Killer Elite (2011)

"Even die-hard De Niro fans may be disappointed in his choice this time around. 'Killer Elite' does indeed present an ensemble of terrific actors trying to kill each other. Problem is, this adds up to a serviceable actioner but nothing more."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

15 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"A highly detailed, fascinating slice of baseball history, 'Moneyball' will appeal to both sports aficionados and those (like yours truly) who are not. This is the true story of how a manager met the challenge of a small budget and beat the odds."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

16 23%

What's Your Number? (2011)

"Sometimes, underneath a film's 'R' rating for sexual content and foul language, lies a core of sweetness and warmth. Unfortunately, for the unsuspecting viewer who is used to the quality of, say, Judd Apatow comedies, this is not one of those films."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

17 6%

Dream House (2011)

"This is the kind of thing that happens when there is a squabble about who controls a movie. Director Jim Sheridan bickered with studio over how scenes in this thriller should be shot, and scenes were redone after test audiences reacted negatively. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

18 93%

50/50 (2011)

"Dark humor, smart characters and a script with a heart make '50/50' one of the best films of the year. You'll take some emotions with you when you leave the theater."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

19 60%

Real Steel (2011)

"'Real Steel' about an estranged son and his father, a man who's been beaten down by repeated failures, a needy boy who finds something he can believe in, and, of course, it's a sports movie, too, because it's sort of a metallic 'Rocky.'"

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

20 85%

The Ides of March (2011)

"It's politics. How many times do we say that in our work lives or in reference to an organization with which we are involved? "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

21 71%

Footloose (2011)

"It's taken me a long time to come to grips with this cinematic weakness - or maybe it's a blessing. I like dance movies, especially if the music is bouncy and it makes the characters happy. That's an infectious film sequence for me. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

22 35%

The Thing (2011)

"This is the third time I've watched the John W. Campbell Jr. story 'Who Goes There?' unfold. I have to admit the monster in this one is the most disgusting and thereby the most fascinating of all three."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

23 24%

The Three Musketeers (2011)

"You might mistake the sound of swashbuckling for what it really is: Alexandre Dumas spinning in his grave. Much closer to 'Pirates of the Caribbean' lite than it is to 'The Three Musketeers,' this makes a mess of the classic Dumas tale. "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

24 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"ay what you will about his personal life: Tom Cruise is a genuine movie star. He's extremely talented and his timing is impeccable. Just watch him in his latest outing as special agent Ethan Hunt in 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.' "

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Linda Cook

25 7%

New Year's Eve (2011)

"Garry Marshall, how could you? You have made a mockery of a movie that bears the name of my birthday. I take this as a personal affront."

Posted Dec 17, 2011

Linda Cook

26 88%

Margin Call (2011)

"In what could arguably be called - sadly - a season of consumerism comes "Margin Call," a realistic, dialogue-driven drama about the unraveling of an investment bank within 24 hours."

Posted Dec 17, 2011

Linda Cook

27 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"A dramedy directed by the same hands that helmed "Sideways," "The Descendants" is one of the year's best movies. It's a grownup look at loss and betrayal, with terrific performances and memorable characters you'll root for, warts and all."

Posted Dec 17, 2011

Linda Cook

28 21%

The Sitter (2011)

"Profane and for grownups only, 'The Sitter' is a raunchy fish-out-of-water story that's hilarious at times. Don't let the title fool you: This is extremely R-rated, as well it should be, and certainly isn't appropriate for children. "

Posted Dec 17, 2011

Linda Cook

29 94%

Hugo (2011)

"Please, please, please don't think you need to be a child to see this incredible movie. Indeed, "Hugo," a smart, classy film that deserves to be watched on the big screen in 3-D, will find a special place with grownups who love movie art and history."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Linda Cook

30 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"Dear Muppets: Thank goodness you're back. And thank goodness for the pens of Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, who wrote this brilliant screenplay to get you back on the big screen where you belong."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Linda Cook

31 91%

Arthur Christmas (2011)

"Here's hoping this becomes another family Christmas classic deserves. A veddy British take on the "monarchy" of Santa, this is an inventive, sweet-natured adventure about the importance of delivering a gift to the one child who was missed by Santa."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Linda Cook

32 46%

Happy Feet Two (2011)

"If the original, Academy-Award-winning "Happy Feet" left you with your toes tapping, then you'll leave this one with happy feet, too."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Linda Cook

33 24%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"It won't disappoint the legions of "Twihards" who turned out for midnight Friday shows at theaters all across the country, including the Quad-Cities."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Linda Cook

34 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"An intriguing story about a man who was at odds with himself and, in fact, his country at times, "J. Edgar" paints a portrait of the first director of the FBI."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Linda Cook

35 35%

Immortals (2011)

"There's a story of revenge here, along with some nods to the classic myths of Greek gods and goddesses, as well as a pretty spiffy concept for the Minotaur. Mostly, though, this is a bloodbath."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Linda Cook

36 3%

Jack and Jill (2011)

"Fetching a pail of water would be more entertaining than watching this torture."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Linda Cook

37 70%

Friends With Benefits (2011)

"With dialogue that's whip-smart and characters who are not far behind, "Friends With Benefits" is sophisticated grownup fun."

Posted Aug 3, 2011

Linda Cook

38 35%

Larry Crowne (2011)

"I can't begin to tell you how bland this movie is."

Posted Jul 18, 2011

Linda Cook

39 14%

Zookeeper (2011)

"know, I know, the idea of talking animals is nothing new. But Kevin James helps make the concept funny, at least in spots (pun intended) during "Zookeeper." The movie certainly offers up some laughs, and it has a heart for animals as well. "

Posted Jul 18, 2011

Linda Cook

40 69%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

"I'm not kidding when I tell you I have worked for a reasonable facsimile of each of the 'Horrible Bosses' depicted in this grownups-only movie. "

Posted Jul 18, 2011

Linda Cook

41 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"The magic isn't over. Far from it."

Posted Jul 18, 2011

Linda Cook

42 90%

Winnie the Pooh (2011)

"A sweet ode to the works of A.A. Milne is "Winnie the Pooh," a beautifully animated tale that brings the beloved characters back to the big screen again."

Posted Jul 18, 2011

Linda Cook

43 19%

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011)

"Full color, body excretions, shouting and not much else, "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" is dull as a summer spent indoors."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Linda Cook

44 82%

Super 8 (2011)

"This is old-school storytelling. And it just plain feels good to experience it."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Linda Cook

45 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"What an enchanting movie - almost as enchanting as its location."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Linda Cook

46 26%

Green Lantern (2011)

"The screenplay isn't as bright as those of other superhero films. But "Green Lantern" isn't a dim bulb of a movie, either."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Linda Cook

47 18%

The Art of Getting By (2011)

"Teenage angst tales have been told better than in "The Art of Getting By," a story that's easily predictable if you have seen many coming-of-age movies."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Linda Cook

48 48%

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

"If Mom was still alive, she would be as mad as a wet hen. Or maybe a dry penguin."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Linda Cook

49 45%

Bad Teacher (2011)

"And you thought Santa was bad."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Linda Cook

50 39%

Cars 2 (2011)

""Cars 2" is a solid vehicle for Pixar."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Linda Cook

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