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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"A superior sequel. (The film) takes a welcome, lighter approach than its immediate predecessor and wisely puts the Muppets front and center again."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

2 77%

Noah (2014)

"In addition to recognition of his latest film's technical achievements, (director Darren) Aronofsky deserves more credit than he has received from believers thus far for making a serious, unabashedly religious epic."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

3 55%

Dune (1984)

"Underrated, especially for devotees of the book. An impressively faithful if necessarily streamlined adaptation, though heavy on industrial-looking art direction and grotesque makeup effects."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

4 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"Fascinating. (The film) helps to illuminate the tension-fraught dance between ambition and commerce that endures in Hollywood to this day."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

5 ——

Tennessee Queer (2014)

"A somewhat dated and preachy but well-intentioned dramedy. That the film, shot in 2012, strikes me as dated at times is actually a very good thing."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

6 63%

Bad Words (2014)

"A bit rough around the edges directorially/technically and the screenplay's crudeness is strained at times, but I enjoyed the story and performances."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

7 ——

Southern Baptist Sissies (2014)

"To call it stagey is an understatement, since it is simply a filmed version of a performance of (Del Shores') play. As such, it is also overlong at 138 minutes without the benefit of an intermission and comes across as preachy and pedantic."

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

8 34%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"The best combination of scares, comedy, romance, eye-popping special effects and good ol' sass since 1990's "Ghost." At any rate, its a lot better than 1996's "The Frighteners.""

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

9 24%

Pompeii (2014)

"An overly-familiar story directed with some style but no particular flair. Kiefer Sutherland seems to be having fun doing his best Laurence Olivier impression."

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

10 45%

The Pretty One (2014)

"Given its morbid, somewhat clichéd premise, I was pleasantly surprised by "The Pretty One." While no classic, it is both refreshingly quirky and more sensitive than expected. "

Posted Feb 22, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

11 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"This endlessly inventive toy-inspired comedy is brilliantly designed and animated, even if it goes on a little too long and gets a bit treacly toward the end."

Posted Feb 22, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

12 ——

Hawaii (2013)

"(The story) is dragged out a little to long at 105 minutes. The final 10 or so minutes, when the film's enigmatic title finally makes sense, are great though and the long-awaited romantic payoff is nice."

Posted Feb 16, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

13 ——

Ignasi M. ()

"(The title subject) has a sharp intellect and quick wit, so Pons wisely sits back and lets him do most of the talking on a variety of topics. It took me a little time to get into the film's rhythm and approach."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

14 ——

Gerontophilia ()

"Bruce LaBruce (working with co-writer Daniel Allen Cox) gets downright cuddly with this impressive, still outré romance. I'm very interested to see what reactions the film receives once it gets broader play."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

15 ——

Cupcakes ()

"Easily director Eytan Fox's lightest and most purely enjoyable film to date. Sure, its lightweight but its also good to see Fox take a break from heavier fare."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

16 90%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"One of the ten best films of 2013 and two best foreign language films of 2013 (paired with "Aftermath")."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

17 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"One of the ten best films of 2013."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

18 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"One of the ten best films of 2013."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

19 97%

Gravity (2013)

"One of the ten best films of 2013."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

20 72%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"The best film of 2013 (paired with "12 Years a Slave")."

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

21 76%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Reliable director Peter Berg, a great all-male cast and spectacular photography by Tobias A. Schleissler are compromised by Berg's excessively action-leaning screenplay."

Posted Dec 21, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

22 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"The most overrated film of 2013. An implausible, relentlessly heart-tugging tale. It isn't a bad movie, but it also isn't a legitimate awards contender."

Posted Dec 21, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

23 ——

Triple Crossed ()

"Ambitious, not always successful but genuinely intriguing."

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

24 ——

Remington And The Curse Of The Zombadings (2013)

"Despite its low budget, the film features fun visual effects and accomplished zombie makeup, as well as some lovely cinematography of Philippine countrysides. Worth watching despite the film's sometimes rough edges and moments of questionable humor."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

25 ——

Noches de espera (Longing Nights) (2013)

"Tries way too hard to be provocative. Virtually all of it has been seen and done before in better films, with the exception of (transgender prostitute) Aitana's affecting storyline."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

26 64%

Geography Club (2013)

"While the lead performances are pretty amateurish, the film benefits from a terrific supporting cast. Current high school students will likely find the film relatable and enjoyable."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

27 ——

All The Light In The Sky ()

"Lovely."

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

28 73%

In the Name Of... (2013)

"A somewhat unfocused but still compelling expose."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

29 92%

Philomena (2013)

"(The film's) central story of regret, love and forgiveness is strong, as are the cast members' performances, but the film could have been much stronger with a more nuanced script that doesn't veer so uneasily between comedy and drama, black and white. "

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

30 79%

Aftermath (2013)

"Entirely engrossing and intelligent, apart from a couple of scenes where (one character) runs alone into the dark woods when he hears mysterious noises. "Aftermath" serves as a testament to all those attempting to atone for humanity's sins of the past."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

31 88%

Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014)

"The cast's performances are uniformly excellent. (Writer-director Denis) Cote has crafted a memorable study of romantic need and attachment."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

32 80%

Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) ()

"What I consider (writer-director Xavier Dolan's) best film to date. Dolan's direction gets downright Hitchcockian (Gabriel Yared's "Psycho"-esque music score drives this home as well."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

33 95%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"Darkly comic and ironic in true French style yet sexier and surprisingly compassionate. I was disappointed by the film's unresolved ending but it is well worthwhile until then. Prudish viewers, however should steer clear."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

34 ——

Waterberry Tears ()

"Unique both for its realistic look at the politics of Spanish-speaking migrant communities as well as its cast of local, non-professional actors. Definitely worth seeking out."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

35 100%

The Square (2013)

"A mostly riveting film startling in it's you-are-there immediacy. The film and its participants give viewers many reasons for hope in lasting change."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

36 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Excellent. Matthew McConaughey gives an impressively unselfconscious, award-worthy performance as perhaps the most anti-heroic of all the antiheroes who have ever appeared on the silver screen."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

37 74%

Blood Brother (2013)

"Beautiful. John Pope's sun-dappled cinematography, like (subject Rocky) Braat himself, strives to find the loveliness in their impoverished surroundings."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

38 82%

Bridegroom (2013)

"Monotonous, self-serving and downright mawkish. True, no one should have to go through what Shane Bitney Crone has gone through to keep his late potential husband's memory alive...but no one should have to watch it in such excruciating detail either."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

39 ——

The Paw Project (2013)

"An insightful but one-sided and somewhat overwrought indictment of the growing practice of cat-declawing."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

40 ——

Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro (2013)

"Captures well (if in sometimes blandly straightforward fashion) the hopes, frustrations, sacrifices and ultimate success (its subjects) experienced."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

41 100%

God Loves Uganda (2013)

"A disturbing expose. While not as powerful as the recent "Call Me Kuchu," with whom it shares several commentators, this is a valuable companion piece."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

42 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"A disappointingly familiar tale of unrequited gay love. (The film's) strong opening and closing sections don't provide me quite enough incentive to recommend it other than to the most ardent fans of (Daniel) Radcliffe and/or the Beat writers."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

43 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"A masterful achievement and a must-see for adults. This movie is undeniably strong stuff that illustrates all too well how our slave history remains the most American horror story of all."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

44 63%

Broadway Idiot (2013)

"Vibrant & colorful. The documentary emphasizes the positive and tends to gloss over any backstage tensions. Still, it is a fine testament to a great modern musical."

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

45 57%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"Cheekily bizarre, sly and audacious if imperfect. Some of (director Randy) Moore's critiques are clearer than others and he tends to over-emphasize the sexual innuendo."

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

46 ——

Turtle Hill, Brooklyn (2013)

"An observant, melancholy-tinged comedy. Director Ryan Gielen takes a welcome low-key approach to the film's more dramatic moments, while the mostly unknown cast members are effective and engaging."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

47 94%

After Tiller (2013)

"Wrenching yet illuminating. The film reveals the complex circumstances, emotions and practical aspects behind the (third-trimester abortion) procedure."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

48 75%

Out in the Dark (2013)

"The best gay-themed films I've yet seen this year."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

49 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"An unusually thoughtful, even compassionate, and well-done horror tale."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Fr. Chris Carpenter

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