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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 7%

The Big Wedding (2013)

"It never feels real, and its only saving grace is that it clocks in at a mercifully short 90 minutes, which is just about the amount of time you need to realize you never want to see these characters ever again."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Adam Graham

2 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

""Pain & Gain" brings the pain, but it's difficult to see the gain."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Tom Long

3 98%

Mud (2013)

""Mud" unfolds at its own pace, revealing its story in slivers. The performances are outstanding, especially from Sheridan, who plays tough, sweet, vulnerable and confused with equal conviction."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Adam Graham

4 62%

Nicky's Family (2013)

"Too much time is spent with survivors or Winton speaking to schoolchildren, or revisiting the place where this or that happened. Why not just talk to Winton himself?"

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Tom Long

5 45%

Home Run (2013)

"It's preaching the gospel of a 12-step recovery program with a heavy helping of Jesus for guidance. And the corn can get pretty high ..."

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Tom Long

6 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"Mostly, it's solemn intonations of bad poetry over open-field twirling scenes and long serious looks of love, tenderness and cosmic understanding."

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Tom Long

7 ——

Pawn (2013)

"Hostage dramas have conventions; if "Pawn" skirts too close to them at the end, and has too many characters, it still keeps the game interesting."

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Tom Long

8 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"Kosinski offers plenty of action here, and he lets the plot reveals bleed out slowly (explanations keep coming right to the end). Yes, a great deal is derivative, but it's fast-moving derivative."

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Tom Long

9 79%

42 (2013)

"If anybody deserves to be portrayed as noble, it's Jackie Robinson."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Tom Long

10 65%

Starbuck (2013)

"This is froth, but it's good froth."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Tom Long

11 93%

Room 237 (2013)

"The results can range from enlightening - Kubrick did like to mess with things - to embarrassing. But it's never dull. "Room 237" shines."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Tom Long

12 80%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

""Pines" is hardy stuff, but it's at its toughest when Gosling's on screen."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Tom Long

13 68%

Trance (2013)

"Dawson walks through this film with majestic confidence while McAvoy is constantly inches from a full breakdown. And Boyle keeps that tension mesmerizing."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Tom Long

14 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"Raimi set the bar high, and if Alvarez can't quite rise to his level, he overcompensates by drowning everything in blood. It's overkill, but in this case that's not such a bad thing."

Posted Apr 5, 2013

Adam Graham

15 95%

West of Memphis (2012)

"It's not a new story, true, but "West of Memphis" makes it both extremely personal and universally painful."

Posted Apr 5, 2013

Tom Long

16 55%

The Playroom (2013)

"You have your basic family psychodrama, except there's no real heat either downstairs or up."

Posted Apr 5, 2013

Tom Long

17 7%

Tomorrow You're Gone (2013)

"The makers of "Tomorrow You're Gone" were definitely going for a specific something with the film. The question is - why?"

Posted Apr 5, 2013

Tom Long

18 36%

Family Weekend (2013)

"The unconventional dysfunctional family has now become a Hollywood convention. It is familiar to a fault."

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Tom Long

19 28%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"No go, "Joe.""

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Tom Long

20 8%

The Host (2013)

"A goofball teenage sci-fi romance, "The Host" is an End of Days parable that seems like it was written at a slumber party."

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Adam Graham

21 98%

Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)

"Ginger Baker has been revealed as a major talent, an innovator and an unlikely survivor. And a not very nice guy."

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Tom Long

22 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"A half hour, four hours, two days after walking away from it you might still flashback to its seductive, neon-lit, dayglow world."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Adam Graham

23 70%

The Croods (2013)

"This movie not only has its heart in the right place, it has its brain in the right place."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Tom Long

24 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

""Olympus Has Fallen" goes through plenty of familiar motions, but does them well enough that it gets away with it. There's a reason movies like this die hard."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Adam Graham

25 38%

Admission (2013)

"When in doubt, ma'am, just ask yourself: What would Tina Fey do?"

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Tom Long

26 93%

The Gatekeepers (2013)

"The film and its talking head participants paint the picture in both broad strokes and fine detail."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Tom Long

27 43%

On the Road (2012)

"It's not a wreck of a movie; it's not a sleek race car either. But there's heat to be felt here."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Tom Long

28 80%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"Fanning, so ethereal yet fragile in "Somewhere" and so instinctive in "Super 8," was actually younger than her character while filming this, but she brings so much combined innocence and authority to the role, it's never noticeable."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Tom Long

29 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

""The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" isn't incredible, but it's a nicely performed bit of programmed Hollywood hilarity."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Tom Long

30 43%

The Call (2013)

"Yes, it's cheese, but it's good cheese."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Adam Graham

31 87%

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013)

""Happy People" seems to strain toward the notion that harsh nature makes for a pure heart. And perhaps it does for some. But all?"

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Tom Long

32 82%

Like Someone in Love (2013)

"Maybe it all serves a purpose, but a movie about empty people doesn't necessarily have to feel empty itself."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Tom Long

33 69%

Stoker (2013)

"None of it is life-changing, but it is effectively eerie. Stylishly spooky, even."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Tom Long

34 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

""Oz the Great and Powerful" will likely dazzle family audiences while satisfying movie purists. Somewhere over the rainbow there may be a more magical movie, but this will certainly do."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Tom Long

35 69%

Greedy Lying Bastards (2013)

"The film makes its case well. The problem, though, is it seems a bit late."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Tom Long

36 94%

Lore (2013)

""Lore" is not a pretty story, but it is a good and sadly believable one."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Tom Long

37 91%

Caesar Must Die (2013)

"There's an intensity and emotional accuracy to the performances that's just stunning, particularly Striano's Brutus, as he longs for death and release."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Tom Long

38 61%

John Dies at the End (2013)

"Director Don Coscarelli isn't especially smooth or coherent, and he leans on weird for weird's sake."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Tom Long

39 46%

The Sweeney (2013)

"Maybe it worked in the '70s; it's too worn to work these days. Ray Winstone needs to find better rocks to chew on."

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Tom Long

40 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

""Jack the Giant Slayer" seems more likely to be "Jack the Giant Bomb.""

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Tom Long

41 96%

Brooklyn Castle (2012)

"There's a general spirit of triumph and perseverance to "Brooklyn Castle" that's inevitably uplifting."

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Tom Long

42 56%

Snitch (2013)

"When the list of the year's most eminently forgettable films is drawn up at the end of 2013, "Snitch" will likely be near the top."

Posted Feb 22, 2013

Tom Long

43 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"Classic, rousing entertainment loaded with both humor and poignancy."

Posted Feb 16, 2013

Tom Long

44 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"All Die Hard movies lack sense -- that's a given. This one lacks personality. And that's unforgivable."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Tom Long

45 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"The best thing that can be said about "Safe Haven" is there is a cute romance in there somewhere."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Adam Graham

46 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"In the end, "Beautiful Creatures" is lacking in the one element it most needs: magic."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Tom Long

47 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"In some ways the film is more traditional than you think it will be, becoming a psychological puzzle piece. But Soderbergh lays the puzzle out so neatly, you can't help but be engrossed."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Tom Long

48 93%

Amour (2012)

"In many ways it's the best horror film I've ever seen. At the same time, it's hard to recommend; I believe I will be struggling to forget this film as long as I live. I doubt I'll succeed."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Tom Long

49 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"You'd have to be a zombie not to enjoy it."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Tom Long

50 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"Is it fun? Sure, some of the time. Is it good? That's a stretch. Does it tap the potential of these three actors? Fuggedaboutit."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Tom Long

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