Newark Star-Ledger

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 25%

The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)

"The movie's a bit like the ones Flynn had to settle for at the tail end of his career, slightly out-of-control narratives in which poor, dissipated Errol was brought in to add some shaky pathos."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Stephen Whitty

2 64%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"A loose, cynical kidnapping caper set, literally and emotionally, in the `70s - right down to its main-title typography - it's a small treat."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Stephen Whitty

3 44%

The Calling (2014)

"Basically this is the story of some major talents having to make do, once again, with a minor film. And that's a crime too, if not quite a sin."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Stephen Whitty

4 37%

The November Man (2014)

"Some like it cold. And that seems to be Brosnan's aim here - showing us someone who enjoys his license to kill so much, he's forgotten some of his reason to live."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Stephen Whitty

5 97%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"A heartbreaking movie - the story of two people who love each other, who are devoted to each other, who only want to live together in quiet happiness."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Stephen Whitty

6 89%

To Be Takei (2014)

"What made and makes Takei a powerful spokesman is obvious in the film."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Stephen Whitty

7 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"The movie's all just broads and mugs and gats and gore."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Stephen Whitty

8 17%

Jersey Shore Massacre (2014)

"I felt like I needed to take a shower before I went back inside my house."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Stephen Whitty

9 39%

If I Stay (2014)

""If I Stay" only left me nearly comatose - and very eager to walk into the white light of the lobby."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Stephen Whitty

10 91%

The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007)

" Wowzers. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

11 100%

The Sopranos: Season 5 (TV, 2004)

" Overall, there were a focus and a consistency to this season that we haven't seen since the first year. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

12 100%

The Sopranos: Season 4 (TV, 2002)

" After a finale like this, it's going to be an achingly long wait until season five. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Alan Sepinwall

13 85%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"The celebrity mimicry and the shouted jokes still can't conceal how stale around the edges the concept is getting."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Stephen Whitty

14 41%

Life After Beth (2014)

"A nicely strange, and often strangely fun movie - and, unlike most of the summer's comedies, a film with some brains. Even if it only wants to eat them."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Stephen Whitty

15 32%

The Giver (2014)

"In a too-crowded world of young-adult franchises, mostly it succeeds best at providing only what its villains so fervently desire - unsurprising, unrelenting sameness."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Stephen Whitty

16 59%

Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)

"In the end, the movie seems to be as much about James Cameron as anything else."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Stephen Whitty

17 69%

What If (2014)

"Even if the movie feels headed in a predictable direction, it's fun to follow it, and even if the characters sound a little interchangeable, it's still amusing to hear them speak."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Stephen Whitty

18 65%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"It's the movie version of comfort food. Except even in comfort food there's a difference between something made from scratch, and something that comes out of a box. And "The Hundred-Foot Journey" still tastes of powdered cheese."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Stephen Whitty

19 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"The script doesn't just leave things unsaid but unnoticed, and the film's conclusion isn't much more than a half-hearted well, yeah, whatever."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Stephen Whitty

20 25%

4 Minute Mile (2014)

"Even if the story itself has been around the track a couple of times, veterans like these know how to bring it safely home."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Stephen Whitty

21 89%

Calvary (2014)

"You have a movie about faith that doesn't seem to have any in its own ability to hold our interest. But it does have Gleeson."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Stephen Whitty

22 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"The movie knows that junk art is still art, that no one is more in need of something to speak for them than the inarticulate - and with that it takes the secret pull of comic geekdom and elevates it to a kind of bittersweet, obsessive romanticism."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Stephen Whitty

23 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"To put music and race aside, and then try to tell the story of James Brown, is to climb into the ring with both hands tied behind your back."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Stephen Whitty

24 48%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"A movie which proceeds logically, but not always laughingly, from careful setup to dutiful complications to unsurprising denouement."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Stephen Whitty

25 65%

Lucy (2014)

"For Besson devotees who sat stoically through "The Lady" (or patiently during that endless "Arthur and the Invisibles" series) "Lucy" is a trippy return to form - to mind-twisting stories, to rocket-propelled camerawork, to eyes-wide-open dreams."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Stephen Whitty

26 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"The story unfolds slowly, with the filmmaker's own fascination with process at center stage."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Stephen Whitty

27 18%

And So It Goes (2014)

"Adequate perhaps for a matinee on a dull weekday - but only if the senior discount applies."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Stephen Whitty

28 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

""Wish I Was Here" is a welcome, if belated, second chapter in a filmmaker's career. I just hope we don't have to wait another 10 years to see what he thinks about life as a forty-something ..."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Stephen Whitty

29 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

""The Lottery" without the poetry, "Death Wish" without the Bronson, "The Return of the Archons" without the Archons, it's just nasty and brutish."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Stephen Whitty

30 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

""Sex Tape" doesn't seduce, it doesn't surprise and it certainly doesn't satisfy. It only leaves you feeling a little taken advantaged of, as you take your walk of shame back to your car - and hoping you never hear from it again."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Stephen Whitty

31 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"There are enough silly jokes and simple excitement here ... to keep the youngest ones interested, and a few mild puns to occasionally make the adults smile."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Stephen Whitty

32 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"A marvelous, minimal epic of a movie ..."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Stephen Whitty

33 78%

Land Ho! (2014)

""Land Ho" is a sneaky delight, built out of small smiles and little incidents."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Stephen Whitty

34 22%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"There's not much meat here - just a slightly smart setup without any followthrough."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Stephen Whitty

35 93%

Closed Curtain (2014)

"In a way, "Closed Curtain" is, of and by itself, precisely what Panahi is stubbornly insisting on - the right to make films the way he wants to make them and to say the things he wants to say, without any interference from anyone."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Tom Wright-Piersanti

36 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"I never ceased to amaze at the man's work ethic (he saw, and covered, hundreds of movies a year, filing stories even the week of his death). And I marveled at the grace with which he navigated his final, immensely challenging years."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Stephen Whitty

37 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"At least the title is honest. The whole movie's an echo - of something better and far more original, now bounced back at us, more and more quietly, until it finally fades away."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Stephen Whitty

38 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"It's all cliched, of course, and has been since "The Exorcist" ... but it's still effective, perhaps more so with anyone who, like our hero cop, comes from the world of scented smoke and altar boys."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Stephen Whitty

39 100%

The Sopranos: Season 1 (TV, 1999)

" It shouldn't work, yet somehow it does... It's an absurdist comedy about criminal behavior and suburban life that gently mocks its targets while taking its characters and their emotions seriously. "

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Vinessa Erminio

40 24%

Tammy (2014)

"The real problem with the movie is simple - it's just not funny enough, and too worried about making McCarthy's usual hilarious supporting character into a woman sympathetic enough (that is, bland enough) to be the heroine."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Stephen Whitty

41 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's pretty grim stuff - but quite engrossing and worth your time, thanks to intense performances by Justin Theroux and Christopher Eccleston. "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Vicki Hyman

42 92%

Bound By Flesh (2014)

"They were just people - which is why their story may not be that unique, and may even hide a few lessons for everyone."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Stephen Whitty

43 77%

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

"[It] leaves us wanting more - more on Bulger's childhood, more on the Irish gangs, more on the awful crimes themselves."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Stephen Whitty

44 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"For the longest time "Snowpiercer" rushes forward, like the bullet train itself - sleek and swift and unstoppable. And it takes us along for the ride."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Stephen Whitty

45 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"I never stopped smirking as I watched the movie. But I would have traded all of it for half-a-dozen genuine smiles."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Stephen Whitty

46 83%

Begin Again (2014)

"There's something charming, even comforting about its predictability, and sweet about its tone."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Stephen Whitty

47 43%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"Had he seen his own bio backstage, you can't help but feel he would have fussed with it a bit more before sending it out so unadorned."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Stephen Whitty

48 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"One-hundred-and-sixty-five minutes. Think about that."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Stephen Whitty

49 60%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's intriguing to watch such a familiar story in a setting so foreign to most of us, but the political realities raised by the show are oversimplified and unnuanced, Arab Spring 101. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Vicki Hyman

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