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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

Frank (2014)

"There's a perseverance to "Frank" that's also uplifting, a true spirit of unity among the damaged."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Tom Long

2 63%

May In The Summer (2014)

"You believe in these people, you care about them and their struggles. And in the end, you wish them all the best."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Tom Long

3 64%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"There's a lot of talent up on screen put to no grand use."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Tom Long

4 37%

The November Man (2014)

""The November Man" is a sturdy-enough addition to the action spy (as opposed to the thoughtful spy) canon. It shoots straight, runs fast and is thoroughly, almost convincingly, paranoid."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Tom Long

5 94%

CODE BLACK (2014)

"It sticks halos (probably well-deserved) atop the heads of its doctors, it goes for poignant moments without being all that poignant and ends up bemoaning without seriously suggesting any concrete paths to improvement."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Tom Long

6 8%

Are You Here (2014)

""Are You Here" doesn't feel all there."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Tom Long

7 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"The movie winds up folding under the weight of its own heavy tone, itself another victim of the darkness and nihilism of Sin City."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Adam Graham

8 78%

Land Ho! (2014)

""Land Ho!" is an indie oddball of a movie that wanders about with two seniors looking to squeeze a bit more out of life. The squeezing is gentle but affirming, just like the film."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tom Long

9 69%

What If (2014)

""What If" flies by on the instant and lasting chemistry between leads Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Tom Long

10 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Brendan Gleeson delivers a typically towering yet warm performance in "Calvary." Too bad the movie's something of a mess."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Tom Long

11 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

""The Expendables" series deserves a movie as muscular as its stars. For now, "The Expendables 3" isn't it."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Adam Graham

12 32%

The Giver (2014)

""The Giver" offers more than just the standard clamorous post-apocalyptic claptrap that fuels far too many films these days."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Tom Long

13 64%

A Five Star Life (2014)

"One of those rambling European films with little plot but lots of atmosphere ..."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Tom Long

14 49%

I Origins (2014)

"Cahill spends the entire film bringing a sense of wonder to the desperately rational Ian, and if the film takes on a glow toward the end, that glow feels well-earned."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Tom Long

15 20%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"There's enough turtle power to please kids and fans of the original series."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Adam Graham

16 21%

Into The Storm (2014)

"As disaster movies go, "Into the Storm" is fairly disastrous itself."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Tom Long

17 65%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"Awards material it's not, but the movie knows its intentions and audience, and cooks everything up into a satisfying meal."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Adam Graham

18 48%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"There are virtually no laughs to be had in this movie, though it's dressed up as a romantic comedy. It mostly resembles an overlong lecture on the power of reason and man's need for escape."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Tom Long

19 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

""Guardians of the Galaxy" has wit, energy and zaniness to spare. It will pop your corn and leave you hungry for more."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Tom Long

20 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"Boseman is at times mesmerizing, living up to the gargantuan task of playing the American soul legend. If only the movie were as good as he is."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Adam Graham

21 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Linklater has crafted what may be the most ingenious film of the century here and given it a tone like no other ..."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Tom Long

22 65%

Lucy (2014)

""Lucy" may be scientific hogwash, but it does raise all sorts of questions you rarely find in a shoot-out flick."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Tom Long

23 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Hoffman brings a balance of fierce obsession and weary resignation to the role, and ends on a howling note that's so deeply human it brings shivers."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Tom Long

24 44%

Aftermath (2014)

"This is the story, understand, of a group of people taking shelter in a basement following a nuclear holocaust. It's pretty clear right from the start that all or most of them will die. Good times."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Tom Long

25 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Sex is treated first as brainless imperative, then as acrobatic duty, then as desperate consequence - it's never sexy in any way."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Tom Long

26 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

""Wish I Was Here" sets up some big moments but doesn't follow through on them, emotionally or otherwise. Like its title implies, it's absent at its own party."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Adam Graham

27 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

""The Purge: Anarchy" is more in line with what people going to a "Purge" movie would want out of a "Purge" movie."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Adam Graham

28 24%

Third Person (2014)

"Even if the story begins to melt into itself, at the end it's still fascinating to watch Haggis move his players."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Tom Long

29 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"The visual look of the apes themselves is what brings it all home. Seeing is believing, and the magic of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is that it is so easy to believe."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Tom Long

30 59%

Hellion (2014)

"The acting overall is strong, but Paul, still testing the waters after "Breaking Bad," is extraordinarily controlled."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Tom Long

31 14%

Rage (2014)

"It's hard to say this is the worst film Nicolas Cage has ever made - there are just too many contenders to choose from. But it's near the bottom."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Tom Long

32 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

""Earth to Echo" recalls - but doesn't live up to - films like "Super 8" and "Stand By Me," stories of youth, innocence and the Summer That Changed Everything."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Adam Graham

33 24%

Tammy (2014)

"[McCarthy] has the potential to be so much more. She can't be a whole lot less than she is in "Tammy.""

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Tom Long

34 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

""Evil" doesn't shy away from grisly images. But the scares don't last ..."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Adam Graham

35 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"This is brilliant, bizarre, fearless filmmaking."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Tom Long

36 83%

Begin Again (2014)

""Begin Again" sets out to be a feel-good movie and, despite such obvious intentions, it thoroughly succeeds."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Tom Long

37 89%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Slate is adept with biting remarks and self-deprecation, and she balances Donna somewhere between flightiness and innocence."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Tom Long

38 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Seriously, the next movie should just be called "Transformers: Hammer to the Skull.""

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Tom Long

39 95%

Ida (2014)

"In the end, Ida has to confront where she's come from, decide who she is and who she wants to be. Then again, don't we all?"

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Tom Long

40 76%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"It may leave you asking: Why did I just watch that old guy's birthday tape?"

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Tom Long

41 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

""Jersey Boys" hits the high notes with ease, and offers the low ones for contemplation."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Tom Long

42 66%

The Rover (2014)

"Writer-director David Michod ("Animal Kingdom") likes his violence, but what he's really offering here is an odd bond between two severely damaged men who have little in common beyond the damage."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Tom Long

43 64%

The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Last Ship sets sail on a strong premise. The question is whether it will be able to stay on course. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Tom Long

44 85%

Night Moves (2014)

""Night Moves" is a study of murky actions, fuzzy ideals and wrong moves for righteous reasons."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Tom Long

45 53%

Citizen Koch (2014)

"The sad thing is, there are so many unexplored areas here that do deserve films, including a serious investigation of the Kochs."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Tom Long

46 60%

The Grand Seduction (2014)

"It's all very sweet. And a big stretch."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Tom Long

47 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"There's no real reason "22 Jump Street" should work. Yet it does."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Tom Long

48 76%

Lucky Them (2014)

"Collette, as amazing as she can be when given something to work with, can't lift this limp story through sheer will."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Tom Long

49 45%

All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

"Essentially the very thing it wants to make fun of."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Tom Long

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