Washington Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is both a great sequel and a great movie -- a film that expands brilliantly on its already strong source material, and makes a case for itself as the best movie of the summer."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Peter Suderman

2 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"This is one unnecessary sequel I'm glad to see."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Peter Suderman

3 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"The movie's rather sweet when it's not too busy being disgusting -- perhaps too much so."

Posted May 29, 2014

Peter Suderman

4 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"Miss Jolie is wonderful, and it's a good thing: She's forced to carry the entire weight of the film."

Posted May 29, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

5 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"[Singer] has an intuitive feel for the fundamentals of the comic-book movie and its flawed fantasy characters. Under his direction, these pulpy, larger-than-life creations become both tragic and relatable."

Posted May 23, 2014

Peter Suderman

6 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"It's louder, bigger, and more exquisitely crafted than its cheap-thrills predecessors, but at least in the old days, you knew that, underneath the rubber costume, there was a real human being inside."

Posted May 16, 2014

Peter Suderman

7 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"For a sports movie with no real action, Million Dollar Arm manages to be captivating, in a cornball kind of way. Not that sentimentality is a drawback in a baseball movie."

Posted May 16, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

8 50%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"Mr. Eastwood has raised the cranky-old-man cliche to an art form. As in Gran Torino, he's able to balance a hidebound exterior with a more nuanced inner life. It's not an easy trick to pull off, and Mr. Eastwood appears to do it effortlessly."

Posted May 12, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

9 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"Moneyball makes the case that deeper math made the game more exciting, not less, by giving clever underdogs a chance. In the end, it all adds up."

Posted May 6, 2014

Peter Suderman

10 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Their story is too jumbled and overstuffed to manage, and the dialogue has all the grace of Mr. Giamatti's giant metal rhinoceros suit. It takes any hint of subtext and literalizes it."

Posted May 2, 2014

Peter Suderman

11 23%

The Other Woman (2014)

"The Other Woman has a bit of an identity crisis. Is it a life-affirming story of women bonding under adverse circumstances, or a gross-out revenge comedy about infidelity?"

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

12 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Instead of playing to Mr. Depp's talents, Transcendence lurches toward the kind of muddled techno-thriller bilge that invariably infects other movies that try to visualize the inner workings of computer networks."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

13 59%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"The experience of watching Dom Hemingway bears a surprising resemblance to the experience of being harangued by a madman for 90 minutes."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Peter Suderman

14 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"For a sports movie, there isn't that much to cheer for in Draft Day."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

15 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Mr. Evans does a wonderful job of integrating the performances of his more experienced actors with those of the trained martial artists."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

16 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"In tone and attitude The Winter Soldier often feels as much like a spy movie as a superhero film: It's grimmer and more intimate, more paranoid and conspiratorial."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Peter Suderman

17 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"This isn't the best Muppets movie ever. But, as usual, it's a lot of fun for young and oldish alike."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Kelly Jane Torrance

18 41%

Divergent (2014)

"There are more than a few predictable genre elements. Yet the acting is so engaging, they're easy to glide over."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Kelly Jane Torrance

19 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"For all the fancy and fun, this is one of Mr. Anderson's most serious and cerebral films."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Kelly Jane Torrance

20 21%

Son Of God (2014)

"This production seems too big for television but too small for movie theaters."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Meredith Somers

21 59%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Sure, it's still a silly, formulaic movie -- but it's a silly, formulaic movie starring Liam Neeson. And that makes all the difference in the world."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Peter Suderman

22 28%

Pompeii (2014)

"Spoiler alert: At the end of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius blows its top and wipes out the ancient title city. There's fire, and flooding, and lots of people die. The problem with the movie is that it doesn't happen fast enough."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Peter Suderman

23 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Writers like Mark Helprin give us comfort in our search. Mr. Goldsman's best quality might be his understanding of this subtle point -- even if his movie is, at times, rather less than subtle."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Kelly Jane Torrance

24 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"The screenplay by Adam Cozad and David Koepp repeatedly strains against its own logic to keep Ryan at the center of the action."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

25 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"Ridiculous, and ridiculously entertaining, is what the series has always strived for. But it's only now that Mr. Lin's confidence and execution have caught up with his ambitions. Looks like sixth time's a charm."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Peter Suderman

26 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Inside Llewyn Davis is probably the duo's most fully realized cinematic achievement to date, and Llewyn himself is the most fully human character they have yet contrived."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

27 89%

The World's End (2013)

"The World's End" would be worth watching just to see some of the finest underrated British actors going through hijinks together."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Kelly Jane Torrance

28 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"At this point, predictable but enjoyable superhero movies are something that Marvel Studios has pretty well nailed down."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Peter Suderman

29 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"He might know little about today's technology, but Woody Allen has made a funny and knowing film about the other ways we live now."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Kelly Jane Torrance

30 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"If you appreciate kinetic, intelligent commercial thrillers, then stop reading this review and make plans to see Side Effects."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

31 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"There's nothing new or original about it, but it's entertaining enough, and one can't help but respect the craft that went into making something catchy out of component parts stolen from others."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Sonny Bunch

32 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"The movie really belongs to Miss Thompson, who plays Travers with a mix of steel and fragility that lends emotional heft to the scenes from the past."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

33 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"The Desolation of Smaug often feels more like a video game than a movie, with digital elements that wouldn't look out of place on an Xbox."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Peter Suderman

34 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"These picturesque skies and haunting details imbue Nebraska with a sense of the eternal that lends significance to Woody's quest, binding it up with the struggles of his family, his town and his part of the country."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

35 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Lawrence stages the games with occasional bursts of visual flair, and the large cast of supporting players all do excellent work. But their efforts cannot overcome our nagging sense that, like all the game's players, we've been here before."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Peter Suderman

36 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

"Zombies really are everywhere, aren't they?"

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Peter Suderman

37 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"A star-studded comedy about childhood friends reconnecting as septuagenarians, Last Vegas makes for breezy, heartwarming viewing."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

38 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"That's the fundamental problem with Ender's Game: It tries to please both diehard fans and newcomers alike, but ends up failing both."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Peter Suderman

39 35%

Salinger (2013)

"In its compulsion to establish dramatic tension, the film stumbles, with tacky re-enactments, reductive visual juxtapositions and portentous music."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

40 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"The film is filled with finely composed shots that show both the beauty and the ugliness of Saudi Arabia, inside and out."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Kelly Jane Torrance

41 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"As a pasty nerd who spends most days typing on a computer, I can assure you it is just not all that interesting to watch."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Peter Suderman

42 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"12 Years a Slave is a punishing but essential movie about the power of the individual to persevere in soul-crushing circumstances. It's also the most compelling, well-wrought and well-acted filmed depiction of American slavery I've ever seen."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

43 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"Despite a second act that lags a bit, Machete Kills should satisfy the bloodlust of its target audience."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

44 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Part of what makes Muse such a frightening and believable villain is that, without ever excusing his actions, Mr. Greengrass and Mr. Ray highlight the third-world economic incentives that drive his criminality."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Peter Suderman

45 97%

Gravity (2013)

"There are few movies that genuinely deserve to be described as breathtaking, and in the future I suspect that the word will apply to an even smaller lot. That's because Gravity sets the bar for cinematic spectacle so high."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Peter Suderman

46 83%

Blue Caprice (2013)

"Blue Caprice is compelling and dislocating precisely because it's such a little novella of a film, weirdly out of proportion to the impact of the events it documents."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

47 89%

Rush (2013)

"Despite occasional misfires, it's steady, well-executed and, from time to time, unexpectedly powerful."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Peter Suderman

48 29%

The Family (2013)

"The Blakes more often than not do have grounds for their rages, but they have a tendency to mete out disproportionate punishment, and the more violent The Family gets, the less funny it is."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

49 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"It's a film that has a perfect title, because in the end, it's very clear that every character is a prisoner of his or her own doing."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Ed Symkus

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