Detroit News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Somehow it's all very entertaining and weird and fitting, with Detroit looking like a place any vampire would be happy to be."

Posted May 2, 2014

Tom Long

2 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"Every time one of her photos flashes on the screen, the woman's genius is undeniable."

Posted May 2, 2014

Tom Long

3 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"A riveting revenge thriller written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and built around a singular performance by Macon Blair."

Posted May 2, 2014

Tom Long

4 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"At times the movie takes on a light, nearly silly attitude; at others, it's all heavy mystery or life and death; and then when the action scenes hit, it's mainly the equivalent of visual screeching."

Posted May 1, 2014

Tom Long

5 26%

Brick Mansions (2014)

"Director Camille Delamarre does a sloppy job of piecing everything together, and nobody on screen seems invested in what is going on. The feeling from the audience is mutual."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Adam Graham

6 59%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"You don't so much care where Dom is going as how he's getting there, and he's getting there loud."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Tom Long

7 85%

Joe (2014)

"It's young Sheridan's Gary who makes the film work, with his mix of earnest ambition, stubborn courage and hopeful endurance. He gives "Joe" the honesty it needs."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Tom Long

8 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"A direct descendant of Nicolas Roeg's classic "The Man Who Fell to Earth," "Under the Skin" is the kind of movie people will be talking about, and dissecting and puzzling over, for years."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Tom Long

9 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"The question of whether we're too tied to technology and when or if it will prove our downfall is undoubtedly important and probably somewhat pressing. It certainly deserves a better movie than "Transcendence.""

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Tom Long

10 91%

Bears (2014)

"There are grittier nature documentaries out there, but "Bears" is simple and effective, and delivered with that friendly Disney touch. Its intent is to make you say, "awww," and it does its job well."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Adam Graham

11 99%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"It leaves you wondering about how many artists are working on such wild dreams these days, and hoping it's more than you think."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Tom Long

12 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"It's very weird, given, but it's also effective."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Tom Long

13 74%

Oculus (2014)

""Oculus" is haunting because it messes with your head. That's where the ghosts are."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Tom Long

14 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Two and-a-half hours may seem like a lot for an Indonesian crime saga, but "The Raid 2" has a sweeping scope that justifies its running time. And it will knock you out."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Adam Graham

15 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"When you don't just have commercials before the movies, but the movies themselves have become commercials, something has gone wrong."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Tom Long

16 42%

The Face of Love (2014)

"Old age, romance, grief, delusion and desperation all intersect in "The Face of Love," a far-fetched tale that nevertheless manages to be affecting."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Tom Long

17 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

""Elaine Stritch" is filled with bluster and memories, blunt outbursts and funny moments. But more importantly, it is filled with honesty."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Tom Long

18 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

""Nymphomaniac: Vol I" is crazy. It's funny, it's lewd, it's disturbing, it's odd, it's extremely graphic, it's brutal. And if you can handle all that, it's pretty good."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Tom Long

19 25%

Goodbye World (2014)

"Obviously, the potential for shifting tones here is great; unfortunately, those tones shift rather erratically."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Tom Long

20 44%

In the Blood (2014)

"Carano is an impressive woman, but she's no Meryl Streep; and even Streep couldn't make a movie this by-the-numbers look like anything more than it is: violence with interruptions."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Tom Long

21 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"In "Winter Soldier," amidst the chaos, our hero learns to be wary of the modern world. Welcome to the 21st century, Cap."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Tom Long

22 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

""The Lunchbox" doesn't offer easy solutions, but it is filled with keen observations. All meals should be this satisfying."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Tom Long

23 20%

Sabotage (2014)

"Horror movie-gruesome and pumped up like a 'roid rage, "Sabotage" is an abrasive, ugly exercise in macho nonsense."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Adam Graham

24 77%

Noah (2014)

"For the most part, it works."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Tom Long

25 54%

Breathe In (2014)

"Felicity Jones, who is actually 30, makes Sophie both irresistible and real, a somewhat open book of wonder and innate wisdom."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Tom Long

26 95%

Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014)

"The world painted by directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon GroB is almost relentlessly grim, and even the giggles of two schoolgirls get drowned."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Tom Long

27 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

""Budapest" is pretty much an old-fashioned screwball comedy garishly dressed. It's goofy, eccentric and often downright silly. There are many scenes that would have worked in a "Three Stooges" movie."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Tom Long

28 83%

On My Way (2014)

"Writer-director Emmanuelle Bercot certainly hits a lot of notes along the way, playing neither dark nor light in full, traipsing through family dysfunction and betrayed love with both mortality and a smile ever overhead."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Tom Long

29 47%

Blood Ties (2014)

"The performers carry on - Owen is particularly good - but this bird doesn't fly."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Tom Long

30 64%

Bad Words (2014)

"This is twisted, funny stuff."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Tom Long

31 41%

Divergent (2014)

"Fans of the book will likely be pleased. More importantly, people who don't know a thing about the books may get swept up, as well."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Tom Long

32 74%

Enemy (2014)

""Enemy" is quietly and effectively eerie except when it's idiotic. Oh, well."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Tom Long

33 78%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"In the center, of course, is Bell, still right on target with the wisecracks and attitude that made "Mars" work."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Tom Long

34 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Honestly, Aaron Paul, what were you thinking?"

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Tom Long

35 21%

Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

"By the time the film gets to its ridiculous stretch of an ending, we've all seen the great fun to be had with drugs while also learning of their danger. How convenient. How empty."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Tom Long

36 53%

Jimmy P. (2014)

"Honestly, it's hard to see why "Jimmy P." was ever made."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Tom Long

37 10%

The Bag Man (2014)

"A noirish kill fest stocked with offbeat characters, lots of gunplay, unlikely plot turns and a lavishly coiffed Robert De Niro."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Tom Long

38 41%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

""300: Rise of an Empire" is a bloodbath and not much else."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Tom Long

39 98%

The Rocket (2014)

"It follows a search for personal salvation while painting a portrait of Laotian life that's both revealing and relatable."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Tom Long

40 53%

Adult World (2014)

""Adult World" is a coming-of-age story in which the starting age seems to be approximately 9. As a result, it just doesn't work."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Tom Long

41 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"When Jiro dreams, "Wind" soars; when he comes down to earth, the film can feel a bit stiff and murky. But then, that may be the point."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Tom Long

42 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"Unexpectedly dazzling."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Tom Long

43 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

""Non-Stop" spends so much time trying to outwit the audience it ends up outwitting itself."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Tom Long

44 11%

Barefoot (2014)

"It's all thoroughly, intentionally lightweight, and the film's final 10 minutes is a rush of highly unlikely smiley face resolutions. Still, Wood somehow makes it work as well as it can."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Tom Long

45 91%

Omar (2014)

"A story of love and betrayal set against political tumult and violence in Palestine, "Omar" is both classic and painfully present in its concerns."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Tom Long

46 53%

Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014)

"Thin, intense and yet somehow cool, Kinnaman is on his way to stardom, and it's easy to see how these movies gave him lift off. This is a tough, crackling crime story, well-executed and tense throughout."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Tom Long

47 87%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"Koreeda's film never feels gimmicky; he uses the situation to examine both nature and nurture while dealing with ties that simply can't be broken. "Like Father, Like Son" ponders the meaning of family."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Tom Long

48 29%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"Just sit back and enjoy. "3 Days to Kill" is big dumb fun anchored by a good actor's refusal to take himself too seriously."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Tom Long

49 41%

In Secret (2014)

"For those who want sweeping, "In Secret" offers all the essentials - unbridled passion, deceit, fate so unkind, a classically creepy mother and grand tragedy."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Tom Long

50 97%

The Selfish Giant (2013)

""The Selfish Giant" is a story of dependence, damage and desperation, told with grit and grimy frankness. It's also a portrait of friendship born of need and emptiness, on the road to nowhere."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Tom Long

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