Washington Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 55%

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

2 63%

Draft Day (2014)

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

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Adam Mazmanian

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 40%

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

7 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

8 22%

Son Of God (2014)

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

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Meredith Somers

9 60%

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

10 24%

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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 95%

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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 75%

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

22 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

23 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

24 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

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

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Peter Suderman

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 89%

Rush (2013)

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

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Peter Suderman

36 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

37 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

38 38%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"It's easily the worst and most worthless movie I've seen all year, and I doubt it will have much competition."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Peter Suderman

39 58%

Riddick (2013)

"The best compliment I can pay Riddick is that it's not an epic, and doesn't try to be. Bigger is not always better."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Peter Suderman

40 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"The performances are so wrenching and so honest that it feels at times as though the story is unspooling live, in real-time."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

41 30%

Austenland (2013)

"Austenland is serviceable as a romantic comedy, but mordantly funny and surprisingly literary as a satirical romp through Austen fandom."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

42 75%

The Grandmaster (2013)

"Like Mr. Wong's earlier movies, The Grandmaster is a slow film. Unlike those, it never settles into the hypnotic rhythm it aims for."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Peter Suderman

43 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"It's engaging in some ways and repulsive in others. I'm not entirely sure whether to praise it or condemn it, and I'm not sure the filmmakers know which they would prefer either."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Peter Suderman

44 72%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"It's an ambitious project that encapsulates its epic sweep inside a personal journey."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

45 27%

Jobs (2013)

"As I watched Jobs... I was reminded of the company's immense influence on technology, the economy and especially my own life. Sadly, this was not because of the movie, but because of the iPhone I kept discreetly checking the time on."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Peter Suderman

46 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Damon is charming, as always, but he doesn't have the grit to pull off a tattooed slum-dweller. Sharlto Copley, on the other hand, makes the summer's most engagingly ferocious villain."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Peter Suderman

47 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"Mr. Nolan's franchise certainly will help cement Batman's place in the pop-culture canon for years to come."

Posted Aug 3, 2013

Peter Suderman

48 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"There are more than a few explosions in "2 Guns," but what really ignites this schlocky, good-natured action comedy are the easygoing performances from its charismatic lead actors."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Adam Mazmanian

49 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"The particulars are less important than the clever way the movie combines tones and genres -- it's part Samurai film, part Japanese crime movie, part sci-fi superhero epic."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Peter Suderman

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