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Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"Despite its mostly frantic pacing and considerable ambition, it lacks true entertainment value because the aforementioned dilemma is not presented as a dire situation for the viewer."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

David Kaplan

2 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"It's a tremendous expose into this disturbing and unconscionable institution."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

3 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"The filmmakers strangely decided to introduce the film with a brief appearance by Ejiofor to proclaim the movie's value. That, along with the pre-Oscar buzz, was perhaps too much to live up to."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

David Kaplan

4 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"If you don't like outrageous lopping off of heads and splitting of torsos, then don't see "Machete Kills". "

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

5 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"The bludgeoning can only go so far, and after the first hour, I'm thinking enough already."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

David Kaplan

6 22%

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

"The two most important things about "Romeo & Juliet" are Romeo and his Juliet --- or who is portraying them. While Douglas Booth, who is incredibly handsome, makes a wonderful Romeo, Hailee Steinfeld is underwhelming as Juliet. "

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

7 22%

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

"'Tis a pity, but this lavish and exquisite production of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" is marred by the very questionable casting of Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet. "

Posted Oct 11, 2013

David Kaplan

8 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

""Captain Phillips" is a true action-packed drama. It's so real that you can almost smell the grime and grit in the small life boat. "

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

9 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Hanks' final scene, while being debriefed after his rescue by Navy SEALs, is palpably as emotional and disquieting as any several minutes recorded on film. "

Posted Oct 11, 2013

David Kaplan

10 49%

Parkland (2013)

"Exactly what was the mood in Dallas prior to John F. Kennedy's stop there in 1963? He wasn't liked much, which was the point behind the visit. Lest we forget, "Parkland" reminds us that these things are true."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

11 49%

Parkland (2013)

"For those of us who vividly remember those four days in November 1963 as if it were yesterday, "Parkland" is a fascinating retelling of one of the darkest times in America. "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

David Kaplan

12 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Despite my few misgivings, I must admit that "Gravity" is an amazing experience."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

13 97%

Gravity (2013)

""Gravity" is an instant contender for Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards. And the buzz around Bullock as a possible Best Actress nominee is legitimate and well-founded. "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

David Kaplan

14 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"If you can handle the porn, go see this movie, if for nothing else than to experience how very talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt truly is. "

Posted Sep 28, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

15 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Joseph Gordon-Levitt has firmly cemented his place among Hollywood's elite."

Posted Sep 28, 2013

David Kaplan

16 89%

Rush (2013)

"Howard and his cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle do a marvelous job of showcasing this fast and furious sport. "

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

17 89%

Rush (2013)

"If you're not a fan of Formula One or any other form of auto tracing --- as I am not --- it doesn't matter. Howard's movie is tense, thrilling and funny, and extremely well acted. "

Posted Sep 27, 2013

David Kaplan

18 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"Everyone in this cast shines. "

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

19 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"The late actor's final screen appearance is proof of his versatility in front of the camera."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

David Kaplan

20 35%

Salinger (2013)

"Salerno's depiction is intriguing and distinctly engaging. "

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

21 35%

Salinger (2013)

"Whether you have read "The Catcher in the Rye" before, or forgotten what you read years ago, or never picked up the book at all, this documentary may compel you to find a copy."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

David Kaplan

22 82%

Prisoners (2013)

""Prisoners" is a gripping movie experience with enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

23 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Told in explosive, spine-tingling fashion with extraordinary performances from an all-star cast."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

David Kaplan

24 29%

The Family (2013)

"Everything about "The Family" is stereotypical and predictable. "

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

25 29%

The Family (2013)

"The Blakes are hardly sympathetic figures, so when their lives are threatened, I began to silently root for their demise, if it promised to hasten the movie's end."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

David Kaplan

26 75%

The Grandmaster (2013)

""The Grandmaster" is just that --- grand --- and masterful. Wong Kar Wai's odyssey has paid off handsomely. "

Posted Aug 31, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

27 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"Though tense and well acted, "Closed Circuit" misses the mark on a few fronts. "

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

28 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"The film will never reach classic status like "All The President's Men" or "The Falcon and the Snowman", but it's well orchestrated by director John Crowley. "

Posted Aug 29, 2013

David Kaplan

29 30%

Austenland (2013)

"I really wish I could report that "Austenland" is funny, delightful and romantic, instead of silly, overacted and disappointing, but, unfortunately, I cannot. "

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

30 89%

The World's End (2013)

"A delightfully original premise for a laugh-out-loud movie. "

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

31 89%

The World's End (2013)

""The World's End", albeit borrowing somewhat from past movies, is as original as it is funny."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

David Kaplan

32 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"This film will find its audience, no doubt, but here's hoping the stunts on display find no copycats."

Posted Aug 17, 2013

David Kaplan

33 26%

Planes (2013)

"Since Disney and Pixar are now one and the same, the head honchos must have thought rehashing a proven formula would be a good idea. Not so much ---"

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

34 26%

Planes (2013)

"This is not an animated film that adults will find very intriguing."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

David Kaplan

35 68%

Elysium (2013)

""Elysium" is simply one of the worst films of the year, with derelict dialogue and a sound track that is like nails on a chalkboard."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

36 68%

Elysium (2013)

"When the best parts of a science fiction film are its set designs, that's not a good thing. "

Posted Aug 9, 2013

David Kaplan

37 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"Director Rawson Marshall Thurber doesn't take any risks, but sometimes, you just need a good laugh."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

38 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"It's worth it to suffer through every Adam Sandler clunker if just occasionally a clever script like "We're the Millers" comes along."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

David Kaplan

39 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

""Blue Jasmine" is a real dramatic treat, one that is destined to become a classic. "

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

40 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Woody writes and directs, but does not appear in his own movie. Instead, he has imbued Blanchett's character, Jasmine, with all the neurotic, distraught and unstable tendencies that Allen usually reserves for himself."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

David Kaplan

41 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"This is a total package, as far as Marvel comic characters go. And, seriously, a buff Jackman without a shirt --- how can you go wrong?"

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

42 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"The good in this film only slightly outweighs the tiresome."

Posted Jul 26, 2013

David Kaplan

43 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"This fantastic glimpse into the lives of background singers, old and new, directed by Morgan Neville, is completely mesmerizing. "

Posted Jul 13, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

44 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"It is a total pleasure, a rare treat, to listen and watch old footage of these indispensable performers belt out their melodies and harmonies. They are truly pioneers that helped shape the world of music for generations to come."

Posted Jul 13, 2013

David Kaplan

45 7%

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

"There are NOT enough adjectives in the English language to describe this vile, disgusting excuse for a movie. If I can stop even one person from paying to see this crap, then I have done my job!"

Posted Jul 13, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

46 7%

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

""Grown Ups 2"... will be hard to top as worst film of 2013, and is an instant contender for most worthless movie of the decade."

Posted Jul 13, 2013

David Kaplan

47 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"Though the acting in "A Hijacking" is superb, the film is strictly a "follow-the-dots" offering. This is not entertainment. It is another overwhelmingly depressing foray into corporate greed. "

Posted Jul 8, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

48 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

""A Hijacking", if eligible, is an early contender for Best Foreign film at the 2014 Academy Awards."

Posted Jul 8, 2013

David Kaplan

49 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"Sam Rockwell deserves consideration for a Best Supporting Actor nomination --- he is that good. "

Posted Jul 7, 2013

David Kaplan

50 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

""The Lone Ranger" is perfect summer entertainment, though not for small children. Step away from the picnic table and get to a movie theater."

Posted Jul 4, 2013

Jeanne Kaplan

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