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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 32%

As Above/So Below (2014)

"Dear horror movies, ENOUGH WITH THE GODDAMN SHAKY-CAM!"

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Rob Vaux

2 60%

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

"For a movie so obsessed with the line between reality and make-believe, it never knows which side it wants to be on."

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Rob Vaux

3 53%

Red Dawn (1984)

"Red Dawn knows what it wants to say; it just has a hard time saying it, and too often it goes for the easy score instead of really delving into the possibilities of the scenario."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Rob Vaux

4 72%

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

"A one-film franchise that never was, too daft and marvelous to expand any further."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Rob Vaux

5 20%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"When you walk in braced for a howler, the occasional good point feels like an unexpected surprise, and even the worst moments are more "been there, done that" than "holy cow this stinks!""

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Rob Vaux

6 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Nothing ruins a good movie more than calling it a great one, and while Guardians of the Galaxy is good, no one will mistake it for a high point in the MCU."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Rob Vaux

7 65%

Lucy (2014)

"Lucy is either the dumbest smart film or the smartest dumb film I've ever seen. "

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Rob Vaux

8 73%

Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

"The kind of movie you saw on video when it was still forbidden fruit and loved it, only to find it much uglier with the rose-colored glasses removed."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Rob Vaux

9 81%

The Neverending Story (1984)

"Something dark, entrancing and even a little special. "

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Rob Vaux

10 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Even if it doesn't offer anything truly memorable, no one will suffer any permanent damage to sit through it."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Rob Vaux

11 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"The Purge films are resolutely trash, but they can be great trash if you let them, and they really do tug at the fundaments of our psyche."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Rob Vaux

12 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"We're seeing the beauty of simplicity at work here: good storytelling married to interesting characters and meaty concepts."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Rob Vaux

13 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Life Itself inspires not only those of us who followed [Ebert's] work, but anyone who's looked tough times in the face"

Posted Jul 4, 2014

Rob Vaux

14 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Deliver Us from Evil can't escape the clichés and silliness that the subgenre inevitably holds, though for a while, director Scott Derrickson convinces us that something better is in the works. "

Posted Jul 4, 2014

Rob Vaux

15 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"The thumbs down comes reluctantly, and had audience motion sickness not gotten involved, it might have done much better for itself."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Rob Vaux

16 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"It's big, dumb and ugly, but you can also avoid it pretty readily if you want. "

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Rob Vaux

17 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Easily one of the best science fiction films of the year."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Rob Vaux

18 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"A beautiful dream that helps us deal with the slings and arrows of our banal real world with a little more pluck."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Rob Vaux

19 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"What could have been a two-hour episode of the TV show suddenly morphs into a real and substantive story, all with only the basic concept to lead the way."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Rob Vaux

20 84%

Gremlins (1984)

"Dante thrives in the spaces between comfort and terror: that mischievous place where you're never quite sure if the monsters are kidding or not."

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Rob Vaux

21 97%

Ghostbusters (2014)

"Ghostbusters thrives on the fine line between taking it all seriously enough to be scary, then poking fun at it in the most creative ways possible."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Rob Vaux

22 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Edge of Tomorrow earns props for marching to a different beat in an increasingly homogenized cinematic culture, and for treating its notions with the same respect it asks from the audience."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Rob Vaux

23 78%

Star Trek III - The Search for Spock (1984)

"Not many Trekkies would list The Search for Spock as their first viewing choice, but it rarely lets you down."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Rob Vaux

24 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"It's a lot of effort for very little payoff, something its sinister protagonist is far too awesome to allow."

Posted May 30, 2014

Rob Vaux

25 84%

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

"This movie is batshit insane."

Posted May 26, 2014

Rob Vaux

26 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"The Winter Soldier still rules the Marvel roost this year, but the Merry Mutants over at Fox refused to concede the crown without a fight."

Posted May 23, 2014

Rob Vaux

27 49%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"Sooner or later, you have to serve up something more compelling than an abattoir. For Wolf Creek 2, that's the only purpose of the exercise."

Posted May 16, 2014

Rob Vaux

28 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"Like its monstrous hero, it moves pretty slow, but when it finally gets where it's going... look out."

Posted May 16, 2014

Rob Vaux

29 39%

Firestarter (1984)

"Firestarter wasn't great, but everyone involved survived... as you will if you ever feel the need to give it another look. "

Posted May 13, 2014

Rob Vaux

30 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Neighbors knows the difference between clever and merely tasteless, and brings some solid notions to bear that lend the humor some surprising weight."

Posted May 9, 2014

Rob Vaux

31 86%

Sixteen Candles (1984)

"High school is high school no matter what the date, and Hughes ensures that the constancies of that age remain unchanged."

Posted May 5, 2014

Rob Vaux

32 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Garfield makes a terrific Spidey, and director Marc Webb guides him through the film's elephantine structure with energy and good humor. "

Posted May 2, 2014

Rob Vaux

33 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Bad, but not uninteresting."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Rob Vaux

34 26%

Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter (1984)

"Considering how long these movies kept going and how many of them there were, it's strange that only this one had everything in its proper place."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Rob Vaux

35 48%

Rio 2 (2014)

"Colorful, blandly inoffensive, test marketed to within an inch of its little life, and set upon the world with a resounding "you could do worse!""

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Rob Vaux

36 74%

Oculus (2014)

"The strongest horror movie since Cabin in the Woods and a testament to what this genre can do in the hands of a real expert."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Rob Vaux

37 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Sometimes, the biggest heroes don't need to bash the bad guys. They need only stand up and say 'this isn't right.'"

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Rob Vaux

38 64%

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

"As long as they stay in the jungle, this Tarzan may be one of the very best versions of the character you're likely to see."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Rob Vaux

39 87%

Romancing the Stone (1984)

"This may be a lark, but grown-ups need those too and the lack of pandering to teenage sensibilities helps it stand apart from other adventure films of the era. "

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Rob Vaux

40 77%

Noah (2014)

"The Right is dumping on it for its pro-environmental message, which is kind of like condemning the story of Christ for being too sympathetic to the poor."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Rob Vaux

41 41%

Police Academy (1984)

"The movie had its moment in the sun, somebody made a lot of money from it and then it vanished. Mercifully so in most ways, but not without leaving at least a little whiff of younger, happier days behind. "

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Rob Vaux

42 41%

Divergent (2014)

"Divergent has a few things going for it, but the bulk of its interesting material appears to be on back order. "

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Rob Vaux

43 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"The gang's still got it. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Rob Vaux

44 92%

Splash (1984)

"Line up a row of Howard's films and ask someone to choose. Chances are, their hands will fall to Splash as often as any other"

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Rob Vaux

45 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"Mr. Peabody and Sherman won't score much in the originality department, but everything else? Aces across the board."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Rob Vaux

46 38%

Children of the Corn (1984)

"Send it to the cornfield, Anthony. That's where it belongs, after all. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Rob Vaux

47 22%

Need For Speed (2014)

"It certainly understands its purpose in life, and goes about it with the flair and pizzazz one expects from a modest bit of entertainment."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Rob Vaux

48 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"I'm pretty sure someone quotes Vince Lombardi in the middle of it all."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Rob Vaux

49 98%

Repo Man (1984)

"It's kind of a road movie and kind of a science fiction movie and kind of a look at those unsung heroes who repossess cars amid the haze of serious drug use. "

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Rob Vaux

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