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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 89%

Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013)

"Everything you ever wanted to know about Hava Nagila but were afraid to ask, except:: 'What's the deal with the ritual of raising a chair in the air like you don't care?'"

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Kam Williams

2 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"A sumptuous cinematic feast!"

Posted Feb 17, 2013

Kam Williams

3 67%

Porfirio (2013)

"Porfirio's own perverse bid, via an eager filmmaker, to impress us that he may be disabled and feeling on the emasculated side. But some in-your-face unsimulated sex can still show the world what a macho stud in bed he can be. The pleasure is all his."

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Prairie Miller

4 93%

Amour (2012)

"A poignant tale of undying love!"

Posted Feb 4, 2013

Kam Williams

5 67%

Lawless (2012)

"An over-the-top indulgence in sadism strictly recommended for folks with a stomach for gangster fare so gruesome as to border on the cartoonish."

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Kam Williams

6 57%

Sparkle (2012)

"A must-see, between Whitney's sentimental Swan Song and charismatic Carmen Ejogo's coming out party. "

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Kam Williams

7 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"Everybody gets to see the light on fast forward, with happy endings all around in the absence of just about anything to warrant those radical personality transformations. Even as the dynamic performances tend to serve as cover for shallow storytelling."

Posted Nov 18, 2012

Prairie Miller

8 67%

Price Check (2012)

"The latest stinging entry into the reality check stream of movies tackling the financial fallout of the Great Recession in one way or another. But too bad it's an entry into the stream of movies with buffoonish bashing of powerful women as well."

Posted Nov 12, 2012

Prairie Miller

9 94%

The Sessions (2012)

"John Hawkes and Helen Hunt generate an endearing chemistry, here, turning in a couple of virtuoso performances deserving of serious consideration come Oscar season."

Posted Nov 11, 2012

Kam Williams

10 94%

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

"A brilliant biopic which elicits an emotional response that's the epitome of schadenfreude!"

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Kam Williams

11 51%

Savages (2012)

"An unsettling vision of America degenerating into a lawless dystopia like a latter-day Wild Wild West. "

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Kam Williams

12 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"A riveting relaunch of one of Marvel Comics' most beloved superheroes!"

Posted Nov 6, 2012

Kam Williams

13 100%

The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965 (2012)

"Revisits a time when 'satisfaction' was more about rebel labor of love music than media attention, before it all became corporatized. Along with a discomfort with fame once upon a time, that has now ironically evolved into anxiety when one is without it."

Posted Oct 30, 2012

Prairie Miller

14 100%

High Ground (2012)

"PTSD documentary provides a poignant portrait of wounded Irag and Afghan War vets as they scale Himalayan mountain. "

Posted Oct 28, 2012

Kam Williams

15 53%

Simon and the Oaks (2012)

"A sensitive character study chronicling the considerable challenge of coming-of-age Jewish with the specter of the Third Reich lurking just over the horizon. "

Posted Oct 22, 2012

Kam Williams

16 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"A compelling character study not to be missed, if only to witness a gutsy, career performance delivered by the ever-improving Channing Tatum. "

Posted Oct 20, 2012

Kam Williams

17 21%

Madea's Witness Protection (2012)

"Madea goes mainstream!"

Posted Oct 20, 2012

Kam Williams

18 12%

Alex Cross (2012)

"Slipping out of his comfort zones for a bit as both Madea and director of his own movies, Tyler Perry tries on a new persona for size in Alex Cross as, well, Morgan Freeman. Sort of."

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Prairie Miller

19 78%

Flight (2012)

"The crash sequences are nothing less than visually and viscerally electrifying. Along with Denzel's complex portrayal of a boozed up cokehead caught up in a complicated moral quandary, that is simultaneously dramatically explosive and nuanced."

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Prairie Miller

20 71%

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)

"Most provocative is the online communique networking in pursuit of information liberation and global justice, precipitating Occupy movements and the Arab Spring uprising. And as much of a surprise to the Anonymous collaborators as viewers of this movie."

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Prairie Miller

21 13%

Hotel Noir (2012)

"Though the kooky tale could have been more focused with fewer punchlines, all that seems to be missing is the dame called toots perhaps remarking to her latest possible infatuation: Is that a Kalashnikov in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me."

Posted Oct 8, 2012

Prairie Miller

22 33%

Butter (2012)

"If anyone thinks Obama's statement about rural whites in this country clinging to their guns and religion as the hands down, way over the top winning quote in riling up the rubes, they haven't seen this movie buttering up the blue states."

Posted Oct 1, 2012

Prairie Miller

23 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"A manipulative faith-based tall tale intimating the question, can the bells and whistles of a Hollywood movie make you believe in God? Time to put out a call for the separation of Church and Hollywood. The Verdict: Richard Parker, you're no Moby Dick."

Posted Sep 29, 2012

Prairie Miller

24 26%

2016: Obama's America (2012)

"As questionable as right wing D'Souza's lack of unbiased assertions, is the seeming lack of anyone out there who can rise above being either a red state or blue state movie critic, when it comes to political documentaries in such a divided nation."

Posted Sep 22, 2012

Prairie Miller

25 83%

El Edificio De Los Chilenos ()

"A chronicle of motherhood, mass resistance and the sacrifice of children. Candid, ironic and replete with raw feelings, the film vividly poses solemn questions about the price of struggle for dreams, but without ever quite relinquishing political hope."

Posted Sep 9, 2012

Prairie Miller

26 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"An unusual love triangle materializing between dodging bullets, and radically redefining the doctor patient relationship, seemingly ensues between Weisz, Renner and his chems. Giving a whole new meaning to the notion of action thriller shoot 'em ups."

Posted Aug 8, 2012

Prairie Miller

27 94%

Meet the Fokkens (2012)

"To what degree the seductive senior siblings for sale are leveling with audiences is up for grabs, but certain truths vividly come into play. Namely, their refusal to act old, along with challenging the cultural norms of what it means to be beautiful."

Posted Jul 30, 2012

Prairie Miller

28 90%

Family Portrait In Black And White (2012)

"The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe, anyone? But where the film leads as if by chance in a surprising second direction, is an ideological conflict running parallel to racial issues. Namely, this mom's post-Soviet longing for allegiance to the collective."

Posted Jul 15, 2012

Prairie Miller

29 90%

The Fairy (2012)

"A delightful genre-blending adventure that's part romantic romp, part escapist fantasy, part slapstick comedy, and part song-and-dance musical. "

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Kam Williams

30 71%

Never Stand Still (2012)

"Modern dance appreciated as a sacred endeavor enabling one to fly above the fray, if not literally, at the very least, vicariously. "

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Kam Williams

31 43%

American Reunion (2012)

"An underwhelming last gasp of an expiring franchise strictly for diehards inclined to laugh a final time at a plethora of recycled slapstick, potty humor and graphic sight gags."

Posted Jul 8, 2012

Kam Williams

32 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"What does amaze along the way, with comical pit stops like Peter's sudden yen for pigging out on quite frozen mac and cheese, is the distraught young male world of powerless patriarchs and bad dad role models. Sometimes I feel like a fatherless child."

Posted Jul 2, 2012

Prairie Miller

33 21%

Madea's Witness Protection (2012)

"Perry sustains an infusion of tangy wit, as he mines the cultural and economic but primarily racial disconnects and divides of this nation. With a charmingly sweet and sour, more buoyant than boisterous Perry this time around, playfully at the helm."

Posted Jun 30, 2012

Prairie Miller

34 70%

Dark Horse (2012)

"Somewhat of a sinister Hyde to Woody Allen's Dr Jekyll, counting inner aura and image, Solondz taps into pervasive suburban despair that could qualify as one of Dante's Circles of Hell, by way of the Long Island Expressway. Love In The Time Of Hepatitis."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Prairie Miller

35 29%

The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

"A solemn poetic tale, but not without moments of tenderly wrought humor resisting the consuming darkness. Owing to the film's always truthful, naked emotion, and the depth and richness of Freeman's performance and of Virginia Madsen's as well."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Prairie Miller

36 98%

The Artist (2011)

"A silent love song that anyone who adores film can nonetheless hear, loud and clear!"

Posted Jun 25, 2012

Kam Williams

37 85%

21 Jump Street (2012)

"A hilarious and charming action comedy. Think Superbad meets Revenge of the Nerds!"

Posted Jun 25, 2012

Kam Williams

38 25%

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

"The gods must be on steroids!"

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Kam Williams

39 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"A cast of familiar but never tedious Woody characters sprung from his humble, neurotic imagination, that he is never shy about sharing. And seemingly eager as always to engage the audience as his personal metaphorical shrink. Woody takes a guilt trip."

Posted Jun 19, 2012

Prairie Miller

40 80%

Attenberg (2012)

"Bittersweet, Greek coming-of-age drama about an inexperienced young woman who explores bisexuality while caring for her terminally-ill father. "

Posted Jun 16, 2012

Kam Williams

41 31%

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds (2012)

"Another compelling Tyler Perry parable delivering a priceless message about what really matters most."

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Kam Williams

42 4%

Virginia (2012)

"Religious zealots and nonbelievers alike run amok, as discussions abound about post-mortem polygamy and romance materializing in outer space in the afterlife This, as erotic police handcuffs and Mitt Romney intimations kick in. Sex, Lies and Mormons."

Posted May 16, 2012

Prairie Miller

43 57%

The Dictator (2012)

"Sacha mixes rowdy with ridiculously regal as the cuddle-deprived dictatorial jaded stud, fleeing for his life to Brooklyn. And discovering via the new and different boyish babe Anna Faris, sexual self-entertainment and how erotic hairy armpits can be."

Posted May 14, 2012

Prairie Miller

44 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"Stylishly surreal, gleefully macabre and visually daring with a trippy Depp/Green sex scene kicking in, this generation gap vampire romp runs on youthful rebellion in perpetuity. In other words, don't trust anyone over two hundred. Twilight on acid."

Posted May 9, 2012

Prairie Miller

45 29%

Girl In Progress (2012)

"A plot with a far too self-conscious main character functioning more as tour guide than dramatically spontaneous protagonist. And a narrative running on a perpetually pouting young teen's social calendar checklist, dragging its way to the finish line."

Posted May 8, 2012

Prairie Miller

46 48%

The Perfect Family (2012)

"Religion butts heads mercilessly with romance in this ironically titled dysfunctional family values dramedy. But the premeditated plot points are simply too blatantly stacked against traditional matrimonial tribes, in favor of idealized same sex unions."

Posted May 5, 2012

Prairie Miller

47 97%

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

"Notions of class, cultural, ideological and emotional violence - or perhaps a little of each - take on vastly difference meanings in this sensitively woven French Canadian journey through Algerian exile, student angst and outsider alienation "

Posted Apr 29, 2012

Prairie Miller

48 71%

The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)

"This newest addition to economic hard times romantic comedy cinema, is a small indie gem that like its title, is a bountiful, bittersweet offering of delicately crafted imagination and ideas."

Posted Apr 17, 2012

Prairie Miller

49 43%

American Reunion (2012)

"Thinly drawn grossout geeks, with a backdrop of bland bottle blonde bimbos. While stealing the show is Eugene Levy doing his own memory lane thing, high on clandestine reefer and hallucinating the lunacy and lingo of the love generation. You go, Dad."

Posted Apr 9, 2012

Prairie Miller

50 26%

L!fe Happens (2012)

"A kind of Sex And The City: The Next Generation, the movie is a combo vivacious, tart, sweet and sassy 21st century sex romp that impresses with female screen sensibility on the edge. And its own wild opinionated take on roommates, romance and rubbers. "

Posted Apr 8, 2012

Prairie Miller

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