Authors

Windy City Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 24%

Tammy (2014)

"An amiable but rather thin road comedy."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Richard Knight

2 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Ironically, as the credits are rolling, Eastwood finally deigns to elevate the music and the energy to a level that the preceding 132 minutes could have desperately used."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

3 91%

The Case Against 8 (2014)

"The fight for marriage equality has never been more thrillingly recorded than in this at turns exciting and deeply moving film."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

4 27%

Burning Blue (2014)

"Describing Burning Blue as a gay variation on Top Gun with heart and soul ( and one with more than a dash of Brokeback Mountain thrown in for good measure ) just about sums up its appeal perfectly."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

5 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"The picture has the energy of a classic cliffhanger serial and really zips along, skipping from one plot point to the next."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

6 93%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"The collaboration between Murphy and Kramer seemed like a natural from the moment it was announced, and now we have the proof of that sensible decision -- in all its incendiary, heart-wrenching magnificence."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

7 90%

Big Joy (2014)

"As spritely put together as its subject -- another winning aspect of this charming look at the life of a free spirit whose life and work are an important part of queer history."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

8 100%

God Loves Uganda (2013)

"A vitally important film that hopefully will also serve as a reminder to the U.S. LGBTQ movement that complacency about our hard-won freedoms is far from being a global thing. Far from it."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

9 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"You either agree to partake in the beer pong of a plot before laying down your money or stay home."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

10 36%

The Quiet Ones (2014)

"Things certainly do go bump in the night--and the day and the morning and at just about every other possible moment that Pogue can toss in an amped-up sound effect to scare the pants off his hopefully susceptible viewers."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

11 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"A crafty little thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat--in all the ways that are good and familiar. "

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

12 93%

Child's Pose (2014)

"Child's Pose, in addition to featuring [its] sensational mother-son act, is a fascinating look into a corrupt society that is at times equally jaw-dropping."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

13 50%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"Director Liza Johnston elicits some very affecting performances from her talented actors but these are in service to [Wiig's] rather colorless character whose blossoming is a bit hard to fall for."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

14 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"I will pay $50 to anyone who can prove that one single audience member worldwide texted "OMG, this plot is fantastic!" at any point during or after the movie."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

15 65%

Bad Words (2014)

"Bateman...is one of those actors whose immense warmth can't be concealed no matter how disagreeable the character and he manages...to keep the fraying edges...forgivable."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

16 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"The ultimate reason why [it] feels fresh and vibrant [is because] it harkens so far back in movie history to find its inspiration that it proves the old "everything old is new again" maxim is true."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

17 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"A fidgety movie that because of its star wattage, great subject matter and shoehorned-in random jaunty moments sometimes entertains but never really satisfies."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

18 58%

Reaching for the Moon (2013)

"Baretto's movie, which is sensual and emotionally intense, benefits from [its] traditional approach and I don't think audiences who love to revel in this kind of movie will mind it, either."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

19 ——

Pit Stop (2013)

"One of those small miracles that cinemaphiles justly revel in and it's a supreme addition to the queer-cinema canon. "

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

20 94%

Her (2013)

"A lyrical, deeply felt movie with a surprisingly gentle spirit."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

21 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"[An] ultimately hollow exercise in movie excess."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

22 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"New Hollywood motto: Never act with kids, dogs or Streep--when she's in Mommie Dearest mode, that is."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

23 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"A perfectly realized period piece, so gorgeously shot it looks almost painterly but it's so god-awful grim and...so tightly focused on such a disagreeable character that I greeted its fade out as the equivalent of the end of a migraine headache."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

24 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"An entertaining but bloated, starry, Grand Hotel-sized con artist caper that looks, sounds and feels like Scorsese without a smidgen of the electricity he effortlessly brings to his pictures."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

25 100%

Six By Sondheim ()

"A rich portrait of this great treasure of the American musical."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

26 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"A familiar and very satisfying collision of art versus commerce or lowbrow, mainstream taste...versus highbrow sophistication. "

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

27 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"A loving biographical portrait that encompasses the legendary icon's rise to infamy while touching on the emotional complexities of its subject."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

28 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Lawrence is the rare female action-movie lead who carries on the fierce tradition of Sigourney Weaver in the Alien franchise -- easily the best and most enduring "special effect" this movie juggernaut has to offer eager audiences."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

29 92%

Philomena (2013)

"Dench and Cooper could do this stuff in their sleep and keep us entertained, which they do, but it's the nuanced twists and turns in both the characters and the story that elevate the picture beyond the familiar. "

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

30 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"A welcome addition to the queer movie canon."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

31 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"A very well-made film that gives us a peek into the formation of several future gay icons."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

32 49%

Carrie (2013)

"Perhaps the biggest flaw in this remake has to do with the ethereal beauty of its leading lady."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

33 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"Another welcome entry in the ongoing revival of horror movies that rely on character and setting rather than shock and gore to chill audiences to the marrow."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

34 90%

Valentine Road ()

"A deeply thought-provoking documentary."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

35 97%

Gravity (2013)

"One of the greatest man-versus-nature movies in cinematic history."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

36 76%

Concussion (2013)

"A very subtle, sophisticated take on modern relationships driven, naturally, by [Robin] Weigert's nuanced, hard edged performance."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

37 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"It's in movies like the ribald but surprisingly endearing sex comedy Don Jon that Gordon-Levitt has connected best with audiences."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

38 35%

Passion (2013)

"Like late-period Hitchcock, you hang in there because there's enough zing left on the screen to let you know you're watching a real filmmaker at work-but the payoffs never really come and certainly the movie never lives up to its title."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Richard Knight

39 30%

Austenland (2013)

"Although...mostly a nice, light, little trifle, it's ultimately half a soufflé at best-one that never quite rises to the occasion."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Richard Knight

40 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"A large-scale, middle-of-the-road work that is entertaining and moving in the way that many other movies about the struggle for race equality have been."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Richard Knight

41 24%

The Canyons (2013)

"Schrader's idea of a modern-day noir has promise but Ellis' script lets him down and leaves the actors adrift with no scenes to play."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Richard Knight

42 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"Ironically, even a movie about Linda Lovelace's rather sad life uses her more for her body than her character."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Richard Knight

43 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"The standard action sequences pile up, interspersed with Wolverine's mooning about in a funk because he's lost the will to live."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Richard Knight

44 93%

Still Mine (2013)

"A bittersweet winner-driven by the strong performances and sharply observed nuances in both McGowan's script and direction."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Richard Knight

45 21%

Girl Most Likely (2013)

"A lot more entertaining than the majority of its critical raspberries would suggest. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Richard Knight

46 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Flawed though it is by overstating the obvious, Fruitvale Station is also sensitively acted and well-intentioned."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Richard Knight

47 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"An Overlook Hotel-sized creepshow that is genuinely frightening."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Richard Knight

48 83%

Laurence Anyways (2013)

"Suzanne Clement gives one of those legendary, no-holds-barred performances that announces the arrival of a sensational new screen presence."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Richard Knight

49 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"The entertainment factor it delivers is as high and pixilated as it's whacked-out, crazy characters."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Richard Knight

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile