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Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"A wonderfully assembled film that depicts Harris Glenn Milstead as a performer, show business trouper and a dear friend to many. It's a divine documentary."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

John Wirt

2 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Even if it's an especially bleak Coen brothers film, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a great example of their particular cinematic gifts."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

John Wirt

3 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"The uplifting turn of the story likely is complete fiction, but it's heart-tugging, joyful fiction, lifted to the highest heights by a lovely song or two and Thompson's career-capping performance."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

John Wirt

4 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Regardless of its fine cast and stylish execution, the shallow "American Hustle" sells sparkle and hustle. "

Posted Dec 20, 2013

John Wirt

5 88%

The Punk Singer (2013)

"A more fawning than illuminating documentary about the Bikini Kill and riot grrrl movement co-founder. "

Posted Dec 13, 2013

John Wirt

6 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"A visual feast and a hell of a dragon set within a thin story. "

Posted Dec 13, 2013

John Wirt

7 42%

Homefront (2013)

"Action-drama "Homefront" has screenwriter Sylvester Stallone's touch written all over it. Director Gary Fleder keeps things moving."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

John Wirt

8 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Following Disney animation tradition, the sparkling "Frozen" features a pair of princesses and dozens of charming non-human characters."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

John Wirt

9 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"McConaughey pulls his character's unlikely alliances off with a truthful mix of newfound tolerance and common-sense grit."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

John Wirt

10 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"Teen actress Adèle Exarchopoulos, more than anyone or thing, makes "Blue is the Warmest Color" glow."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

John Wirt

11 28%

Charlie Countryman (2013)

"Not a homerun, but Shia LaBeouf never lets his reckless passion fail."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

John Wirt

12 68%

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

"There's much heart and humor in "The Best Man Holiday" but also jolts from laughter to tears in the blink of a false eyelash."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

John Wirt

13 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"This sequel gets a slow short before becoming worlds more entertaining than its 2011 predecessor."

Posted Nov 9, 2013

John Wirt

14 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Awards-worthy work by director Paul Greengrass and leading man Tom Hanks. "

Posted Oct 31, 2013

John Wirt

15 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"British director Steve McQueen and American screenwriter John Ridley adapt Solomon Northup's meticulous slave narrative into a masterpiece of clear-eyed historical drama."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

John Wirt

16 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Rather than rouse passions, the film's sterile sci-fi action and Earthly melodrama foster a grim, cold feeling."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

John Wirt

17 52%

Thérèse (2013)

"'Thérèse' is as emotionally distant as its heroine"

Posted Oct 3, 2013

John Wirt

18 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"A touching romantic comedy that doesn't take the easy way out. "

Posted Sep 29, 2013

John Wirt

19 89%

Rush (2013)

"A movie that reminds us what a great storytelling medium film can be."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

John Wirt

20 14%

Baggage Claim (2013)

"Packs light and plays it safe. "

Posted Sep 29, 2013

John Wirt

21 30%

Austenland (2013)

"A romantic comedy disaster, in costume. "

Posted Sep 13, 2013

John Wirt

22 35%

Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013)

"Thornton, Duvall, Bacon, Hurt and LaNasa part of a rich ensemble taking a trip in 'Jayne Mansfield's Car.' "

Posted Sep 13, 2013

John Wirt

23 83%

Prince Avalanche (2013)

"The two principal characters' interactions and extended conversations deftly blend comedy and poignancy."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

John Wirt

24 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"Backup singers step into the light in a great music documentary. "

Posted Aug 30, 2013

John Wirt

25 63%

One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

"The film doesn't earn a place among the great music documentaries, but it presents its stars in 3D immediacy that likely will inspire screams and sighs wherever movies are shown. "

Posted Aug 30, 2013

John Wirt

26 80%

Crystal Fairy (2013)

"Writer-director Sebastián Silva takes viewers on a physical, spiritual, hallucinogenic journey. He's a marvelous filmmaker and storyteller."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

John Wirt

27 89%

The World's End (2013)

"After briefly catching comic lightning, the fun fades. Actor-screenwriter Simon Pegg and director-screenwriter Edgar Wright paint their characters into a pub corner."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

John Wirt

28 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"The best of The Butler contains moving, powerful moments."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

John Wirt

29 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"Not in the same class as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Sea of Monsters nevertheless is a passable late-summer action-fantasy-adventure for younger audiences."

Posted Aug 12, 2013

John Wirt

30 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"An impressive launch for the film's young writer-director and a signal that the movie's leading man will be a major presence in American film."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

John Wirt

31 92%

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

"With Nothing Can Hurt Me, Big Star, the Vincent van Gogh of rock music, gets a documentary worthy of its legend."

Posted Jul 26, 2013

John Wirt

32 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"A sweet and sour summer song of a movie, it's one of this season's best reasons to go to the movies."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

John Wirt

33 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"More fun than a sequel has a right to be."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

John Wirt

34 66%

Tiger Eyes (2013)

"Tiger Eyes' characters are so obvious as to be underlined and color-coded."

Posted Jul 13, 2013

John Wirt

35 65%

The Heat (2013)

"A funny new take on one of Hollywood's biggest clichés."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

John Wirt

36 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"The tone varies wildly but there's still some fun to be had and the movie's massive budget shows up on the screen."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

John Wirt

37 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"Gru and his minions in a sequel that doesn't run out of gas."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

John Wirt

38 68%

World War Z (2013)

"Despite some slow spots and incongruities, Pitt and his zombie movie win the day."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

John Wirt

39 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"Saying Monsters University isn't nearly as fun and fresh as its predecessor is letting this low-achiever off lightly."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

John Wirt

40 74%

The East (2013)

"A intense, smartly cast drama about anti-corporation vigilantes and the young woman who infiltrates their inner circle. "

Posted Jun 14, 2013

John Wirt

41 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Man of Steel plays like two movies in one. One film is the familiar story of Earth's invasion by merciless aliens. The other, better movie is about a young man discovering his identity and purpose."

Posted Jun 14, 2013

John Wirt

42 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"The outrageous This Is The End takes an early lead in the summer movie comedy sweepstakes."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

John Wirt

43 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"There's flash, energy and an exciting chase sequence. There's also much to do about magic tricks that aren't so enchanting. "

Posted Jun 7, 2013

John Wirt

44 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"There's depth and realism in the way Frances Ha shows aspiration versus reality."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

John Wirt

45 38%

The Purge (2013)

"Renders fictional class warfare and fictional misguided government policy as a shocking jolt of entertainment."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

John Wirt

46 51%

At Any Price (2013)

"Dennis Quaid gives a deep performance of a shallow farmer who's obsessed with success. But the script for this unfocused, distraction-saddled heartland drama needed more cultivation. "

Posted May 31, 2013

John Wirt

47 94%

Lore (2013)

"Saskia Rosendahl succeeds in a demanding role set amidst a bleak post-war landscape. "

Posted May 17, 2013

John Wirt

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Where Y'At (Hello) ()

"Fifteen five-minute movies and one concept are packed into this cinematic love song to New Orleans. The results are, inevitably, mixed, but the flavor of the city, from accents to attitudes, is distilled."

Posted May 10, 2013

John Wirt

49 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"The movie flies by in an entertaining flash. "

Posted May 3, 2013

John Wirt

50 79%

42 (2013)

"An earnest biopic that misses the ball. "

Posted Apr 12, 2013

John Wirt

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