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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Though a spotty second half reveals its limitations, this story of one man's crusade against the virus soars thanks to the stellar performances of its two leads."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Brian Juergens

2 92%

Philomena (2013)

"An amiable and quietly infuriating true-life drama cut from the same durable cloth as its exceptional central character."

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Brian Juergens

3 81%

G.B.F. (2014)

"A smart and frothy teen farce for anyone who has ever felt that the flag they've been waving has wrapped itself around their throat and is cutting off their air supply."

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Brian Juergens

4 97%

Gravity (2013)

"A gonzo, gorgeous, brilliantly executed nightmare of a film."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Brian Juergens

5 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Gordon-Levitt has delivered a lively, timely, and decidedly adult look at love and sex that is both uncommonly mature for a first-time director and very fresh."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Brian Juergens

6 69%

The Happy Sad (2013)

"It may have the trappings of your everyday NYC indie, but it stands apart for exploring love and lust in a world where sexuality and race aren't the sources of the drama."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Brian Juergens

7 23%

The Canyons (2013)

"This dud is too busy pointing fingers at the people it thinks are ruining Hollywood to realize that the dream factory goes down one bad movie at a time - including this one."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Brian Juergens

8 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"It never met a haunted house cliche it didn't like, but Wan mercilessly piles on the uncanny events, gradually escalating the pitch from creepy to freaky to utterly bananas."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Brian Juergens

9 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"By no means a jaegerbomb, but not the TKO some of us may have expected from our beloved visionary. Adjust expectations and enjoy the big, dumb brawl."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Brian Juergens

10 82%

Laurence Anyways (2013)

"This frequently brilliant epic does more than make us understand the challenges faced by trans people and those who love them - it makes us feel those challenges ourselves."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Brian Juergens

11 98%

Call Me Kuchu (2013)

"A heartbreaking portrait, a brutal wake-up call and a testament to how the actions of a few brave souls can create change."

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Brian Juergens

12 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Part Superman, part Superman II, part Thor and part Dieux du Stade calendar shoot"

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Brian Juergens

13 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"A bug-eyed, elbows-akimbo art deco migraine that gives one the horrifying sensation of being trapped at a theme party thrown on a cruise ship."

Posted May 9, 2013

Brian Juergens

14 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"While it's no classic, casual fans of well-staged action, decently-rendered CGI, and stature-indiscriminate sausage parties might want to check it out."

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Brian Juergens

15 38%

The Guilt Trip (2012)

"While doting mothers may go for its gentle, corny brand of apron string S&M, there's not much there for the rest of us to enjoy. "

Posted Dec 19, 2012

Brian Juergens

16 65%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"While the 48fps reads very much as "American soap opera" in the early scenes, it's quite effective in the rousing, vertigo-laced action sequences. Messy, but worth a look."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Brian Juergens

17 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"This is not a movie, it is a manifesto. A gonzo, breathtaking, and deeply humane celebration of the underserved, the undervalued, and the oppressed."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Brian Juergens

18 90%

Gayby (2012)

"A fresh, breezy take on modern gay life and platonic love delivered with disarming enthusiasm and genuine wit. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Brian Juergens

19 99%

How to Survive a Plague (2012)

"This astonishing assemblage of archive material from the ground zero of the AIDS crisis is more than a history lesson - it is a rousing, essential study of human survival. "

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Brian Juergens

20 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"A breezy, slyly noncholant romp through the world of male strip revue. The bold men of Mike leave it on the floor ... and by "it" I mean "your panties"."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Brian Juergens

21 96%

In the Family (2012)

"More than just a carefully-crafted exercise in naturalism and restraint - Family is a beautiful, bold, and staggeringly moving film."

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Brian Juergens

22 29%

Struck by Lightning (2013)

"An unexpectedly serious-minded comedy that sets itself apart from other teen fare by tackling adolescent ambition without the safety net of irony or sarcasm."

Posted May 18, 2012

Brian Juergens

23 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"By refusing to go either full-on melodrama or pure sendup, they've sentenced the original show's characters to an eternity of being upstaged by ugly lampshades. "

Posted May 18, 2012

Brian Juergens

24 34%

Battleship (2012)

"A deafening, seizure-inducing, patently ridiculous full-length military ad co-directed by Michael Bay and a trash compactor. Worst of all, it's also a hell of a lot of fun."

Posted May 18, 2012

Brian Juergens

25 63%

Going Down In La-la Land (2012)

"Going Down doesn't stray far from the Hollywood Cautionary Tale formula - but credit for making a downward spiral feel as gritty as a mid-afternoon trip to Pinkberry."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Brian Juergens

26 51%

The Iron Lady (2012)

"As a biography, it's a ridiculous mess - but as entertainment, this bizarre jukebox biopic built around the expectedly brilliant Streep is a qualified guilty pleasure."

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Brian Juergens

27 71%

Carnage (2011)

"Thanks to a few nice comic turns and a crisp final 10 minutes, this comedy of bad manners just barely manages to rise above its own calculated chaos."

Posted Dec 16, 2011

Brian Juergens

28 7%

New Year's Eve (2011)

"NYE, the #1 reason I hate you is because I'm going to look like a total a**hole when I have to admit to my mother that yes, I saw you, and I thought you were terrible. "

Posted Dec 9, 2011

Brian Juergens

29 79%

Shame (2011)

"A handsome movie about a handsome guy with serious issues and a Platinum card. It's kind of like American Psycho without the body count. (Or the sense of humor.)"

Posted Dec 2, 2011

Brian Juergens

30 95%

Making the Boys (2010)

"An entertaining and compelling reason to either reconsider the polarizing work or to experience it for the first time with due regard for its original context."

Posted Nov 22, 2011

Brian Juergens

31 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"Two hours spent with the man are such a chore that it's hard to imagine why lifelong confidants Tolson and Gandy suffered his toxic, rapid-fire company for entire decades."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Brian Juergens

32 69%

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

"Would it be too much to ask for an all-NPH spinoff? I think he's more than earned it. Otherwise, definitely an improvement over the abysmal Guantanamo installment."

Posted Nov 4, 2011

Brian Juergens

33 34%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"The Hangover Part II is, for the most part, an exceedingly hacky comedy."

Posted May 26, 2011

Alonso Duralde

34 64%

Dare (2009)

"Unlike so many films that paint a rosy picture of adolescence for adults with fuzzy memories, Dare has the courage of its convictions."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Alonso Duralde

35 61%

Death at a Funeral (2007)

"Despite a final half hour that's full of laughs, Death takes so long getting its farce gears moving that the audience becomes comatose with anticipation of mirth that is too late in coming."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Alonso Duralde

36 14%

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)

"While it's very easy to eviscerate Chuck and Larry from an activist point of view, all one really has to do to slam the flick is look at the lazy, contrived writing and the traffic-cop direction by frequent Sandler accomplice Dennis Dugan."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Alonso Duralde

37 100%

Small Town Gay Bar (2007)

"While we're used to seeing movies about young men and women leaving their hometowns behind to live their lives openly in a big city, Gay Bar shows us the people who have decided to stay in their hometowns but still stake out the life that they choo"

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Alonso Duralde

38 85%

A Single Man (2009)

"Whether viewers embrace its aesthetic as part of Ford's worldview or get annoyed by the fashion-spread-ishness of A Single Man's look, there's no denying the emotional impact of this superb adaptation."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Alonso Duralde

39 18%

Valentine's Day (2010)

"I had always thought of Love Actually, this movie's obvious antecedent, as a pleasant diversion, but next to Valentine's Day, it's a cerebral epic on par with Robert Altman's Nashville."

Posted Feb 12, 2010

Alonso Duralde

40 26%

Land of the Lost (2009)

"An aggressively weird, suitably uneven and decidedly un-kid-friendly keg-stand of nostalgia for those unable to scrub the fever-dream of a series from their memories."

Posted Jun 4, 2009

Brian Juergens

41 24%

Little Ashes (2009)

"Likely has an audience out there, but I'm not it, nor are most of the people who will be checking it out for its much-hyped casting of Pattinson as a gay-experimenting Dalí."

Posted May 8, 2009

Brian Juergens

42 78%

Outrage (2009)

"A well-documented cautionary tale that should spark broader discussion of the integrity of those making our laws, and the larger implications of living a closeted life."

Posted May 7, 2009

Brian Juergens

43 ——

Pedro ()

"Lacks the polish, star power or distinct voice of brother-in-arms Milk, but pays earnest tribute to a man who shattered preconceptions about gays and people with AIDS."

Posted Mar 31, 2009

Brian Juergens

44 84%

I Love You, Man (2009)

"Butch and Sundance ended their hetero romance in a shower of bullets, but here it's something to celebrate - a straight love story that doesn't leave anyone out in the cold."

Posted Mar 19, 2009

Brian Juergens

45 94%

Milk (2008)

"Equal parts sweetness, melancholy and rage, Milk is a wonderfully immersive, warts-and-all journey into the gay community at a vital moment in civil rights history."

Posted Nov 25, 2008

Brian Juergens

46 100%

The Boys in the Band (1970)

"Unapologetic, ambitious, wonderfully vibrant, and more than deserving of a second chance from those who found it to be an unfair look at the lives of gay men in the 1960s."

Posted Nov 11, 2008

Brian Juergens

47 62%

Cthulhu (2008)

"An assured, creepy effort that skillfully integrates gay themes and characters into a straight-up horror story."

Posted Oct 30, 2008

Brian Juergens

48 74%

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

"A charming tour through a wonderfully authentic New York City landscape that takes full advantage of the magic that the city offers to everyone, regardless of sexuality."

Posted Oct 3, 2008

Brian Juergens

49 62%

Hamlet 2 (2008)

"If you're not offended easily and like good camp you'll love Hamlet 2, a joke-a minute lampoon of tortured artists with a finale that shouldn't be missed."

Posted Aug 20, 2008

Brian Juergens

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