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Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"A small film featuring three wily, veteran screen thespians in a storyline based in loyalty and friendship, Stand Up Guys is, in its offbeat and often warm way, a killer little movie."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

John Wirt

2 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"An entertaining, if not particularly longed for, return for the 65-year-old action icon."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

John Wirt

3 88%

Tchoupitoulas (2012)

"At 80 minutes, the film feels a bit long. That's probably an example of the filmmakers' affection for their subjects, both the Zanders brothers and New Orleans."

Posted Jan 11, 2013

John Wirt

4 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"The movie is most alive when Bill Murray's Roosevelt and Samuel West's King George VI retreat from the crowd and talk man to man. "

Posted Jan 11, 2013

John Wirt

5 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"An edge-of-your-seat ride through recent history featuring a great performance at its center. "

Posted Jan 11, 2013

John Wirt

6 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"Difficult to watch but difficult to turn away from, The Impossible makes shattering impact."

Posted Jan 4, 2013

John Wirt

7 52%

Promised Land (2013)

"Cinematically well-crafted and -acted, Promised Land nonetheless is a shallow exploration. "

Posted Jan 4, 2013

John Wirt

8 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"During its rocky road to becoming a fractured love story, Silver Linings Playbook and its great ensemble cast run a funny, conflict-mined, even suspenseful path. It's a total winner."

Posted Dec 28, 2012

John Wirt

9 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"Tarantino's spaghetti western of the American South is an untamed blast of stylishly rendered, outrageous entertainment."

Posted Dec 28, 2012

John Wirt

10 70%

Les Misérables (2012)

"Likely to be this year's biggest inspiration for tears shed in movie theaters, Les Misérables is a suitably tender, sad and stirring adaptation of the beloved stage musical."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

John Wirt

11 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"In his next movie, maybe writer-director Judd Apatow will integrate comedy and drama more smoothly or, at least, cushion the ride enough to prevent whiplash."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

John Wirt

12 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"Helen Mirren, playing opposite Anthony Hopkins, does the movie's best acting work as Hitchcock's right-hand woman. "

Posted Dec 16, 2012

John Wirt

13 51%

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)

"Earns its stripes as one of those bad movies that's so bad it's good, in its bad way."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

John Wirt

14 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"A promising start. "

Posted Dec 14, 2012

John Wirt

15 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"It's a pleasure to watch Pitt work in dialogue-rich, subversively comic film noir."

Posted Dec 7, 2012

John Wirt

16 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"The actors' passion overrules the filmmakers' artifice."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

John Wirt

17 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"Surprisingly funny and touching."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

John Wirt

18 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"Breaking Dawn - Part 2 isn't the best Twilight Saga movie, but it does contain the best Twilight battle. "

Posted Nov 16, 2012

John Wirt

19 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"Lincoln lives, vividly, in Daniel Day-Lewis' performance."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

John Wirt

20 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"A smashing new Bond adventure for the superspy's 50th anniversary year. "

Posted Nov 16, 2012

John Wirt

21 78%

Flight (2012)

"Washington, already the winner of two Academy Awards, does more exceptional work in Flight. "

Posted Nov 10, 2012

John Wirt

22 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"Ralph and his new friends offer much action and adventure, but the movie scores most of all with its poignant scenes and the relationships among its characters. "

Posted Nov 10, 2012

John Wirt

23 84%

Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

"Even if comedian Mike Birbiglia doesn't have more stories worth telling on film, he's done one movie that sneaks up on an audience and earns its attention."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

John Wirt

24 96%

Argo (2012)

"A funny trip to Hollywood and gripping escape from Tehran."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

John Wirt

25 93%

Looper (2012)

"A just about brilliant sci-fi crime-drama-thriller mostly set in the years 2044 and 2074. Rian Johnson is a rare director who creates entertainment with depth."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

John Wirt

26 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"A heartwarming, funny tale about a boy and his reanimated dog. "

Posted Oct 5, 2012

John Wirt

27 81%

Pitch Perfect (2012)

"A fun, young musical comedy boosted by Anna Kendrick's straight-woman chemistry and multiple amusing supporting characters."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

John Wirt

28 85%

The Master (2012)

"An early contender for multiple Oscar nominations. "

Posted Sep 28, 2012

John Wirt

29 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"Matthew McConaughey gives an intensely wry performance while director William Friedkin applies his old-master craftsmanship to a brutal, ugly story. "

Posted Sep 21, 2012

John Wirt

30 50%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"Trouble with the Curve isn't one of those sports movies that inspires audiences to stand up and cheer. Yet the interior challenges Gus and Mickey face, and Eastwood and Adams' well-gauged performances, make the game worth watching."

Posted Sep 21, 2012

John Wirt

31 31%

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

"Containing almost no story, Resident Evil: Retribution shows the series' video-game origin more than ever."

Posted Sep 21, 2012

John Wirt

32 99%

Finding Nemo (2003)

" A great blend of storytelling and technology. "

Posted Sep 16, 2012

John Wirt

33 82%

Bill W. (2012)

"A beautifully assembled documentary that reveals the purposefully low-profiled co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous."

Posted Sep 14, 2012

John Wirt

34 22%

The Words (2012)

"One of those thoughtful films that arrives after a summer of sequels and superheroes."

Posted Sep 14, 2012

John Wirt

35 70%

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

"Far smarter and original than the phony, empty romantic comedies Hollywood usually churns out."

Posted Sep 8, 2012

John Wirt

36 40%

The Possession (2012)

"Much better than it needs to be given its late-summer horror flick placement."

Posted Sep 8, 2012

John Wirt

37 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"Margot is silly and annoying, but three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams' makes her conflicted character believably real. Meanwhile, contrivances, indie-film clichés and overall misery make the movie an unhappy dance marathon. "

Posted Aug 24, 2012

John Wirt

38 57%

Sparkle (2012)

"A few exceptional musical performances don't mitigate an otherwise stale melodrama. "

Posted Aug 24, 2012

John Wirt

39 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"Even without Jason Bourne and the corresponding Matt Damon, it's a well-cast and well-done continuation of the series. "

Posted Aug 17, 2012

John Wirt

40 64%

The Campaign (2012)

"The challenge of crafting a political satire based on a political system that's already a clown circus may have been too much for the filmmakers. Yet when this slash-and-burn comedy scores, it's convulsively funny."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

John Wirt

41 83%

Your Sister's Sister (2012)

"Even amidst the excessive chatter, Emily Blunt shines most of all. "

Posted Aug 3, 2012

John Wirt

42 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"When it's over, there's not much worth recalling. "

Posted Aug 3, 2012

John Wirt

43 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Magic and realism meet in this transporting, immersive tale set in the wilds of south Louisiana. "

Posted Jul 20, 2012

John Wirt

44 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"Featuring complex characters and a densely orchestrated, escalating series of menacing events, it's a grand-slam finale. "

Posted Jul 20, 2012

John Wirt

45 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"A diverting visit to the Eternal City, as opposed to a romantic adventure in Paris. "

Posted Jul 13, 2012

John Wirt

46 51%

Savages (2012)

"Despite the high-stakes mission, the movie never feels like more than a game. Savages does not immerse."

Posted Jul 13, 2012

John Wirt

47 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"For all the titillation the stripping scenes may have for the film's core audience, Magic Mike also has a well-told story worth telling."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

John Wirt

48 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"A stale re-launch. "

Posted Jul 6, 2012

John Wirt

49 68%

Ted (2012)

"Gives the usual R-rated raunchiness featuring men and boys behaving badly a magical twist."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

John Wirt

50 56%

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

"A modest, mismanaged tale of the apocalypse."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

John Wirt

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