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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 44%

Aftermath (2014)

"This dramatic thriller has a potent premise...but suffers from poor acting by the majority of its no-name cast. The lone exception to this is former bad boy Edward Furlong, who is most effective as a redneck expectant father."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

2 75%

La Bare (2014)

"While (director Joe) Manganiello takes a generally straightforward, positive approach to his subject(s), he does show a bit of the dark side. Anyone interested in the art and/or commerce of male stripping will surely enjoy it."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

3 97%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Interview with Alfred Molina"

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

4 0%

I Am Happiness on Earth (2014)

"(Director Julian) Hernandez provides loads of sexy scenery but not much sense. The film is heavy on slow, sensual storytelling that more often than not demands viewers' intuition rather than offer clearly delineated characters and relationships."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

5 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"It takes a good hour for (director James) Gunn to find the proper blend of comedy and seriousness. Once it hits its stride, though, the movie offers undeniable pleasures and unexpected emotional heft."

Posted Aug 9, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

6 100%

Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014)

"Beautifully modulated. Offers a remarkably uncensored glimpse into a very significant life through creation, exile and its inevitable yet noble end."

Posted Aug 9, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

7 ——

Eroddity(s) ()

"Sadly, talented though he is, (writer-director Steven) Vasquez is no Rod Serling. Generally awful acting."

Posted Aug 9, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

8 ——

Man At Bath (Homme Au Bain) ()

"Not uninteresting, but the film falls disappointingly short of providing complete satisfaction."

Posted Aug 9, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

9 ——

Letter To Anita ()

"Interesting bio of trailblazing lesbian educator-activist Dr. Ronni Sanlo that is unfortunately marred by the oddly journalistic employment of out actress Meredith Baxter. Still, Sanlo's inspiring life shines through the directorial excess."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

10 ——

Back on Board: Greg Louganis ()

"Offers little that is new to anyone who has read (Louganis's) autobiography or seen the TV movie adapted from it. Not particularly interesting or well made."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

11 ——

I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole ()

"An eye-opener. (Director Jim) Tushinski's film accomplishes what the best documentaries do, informing and entertaining in spades. "

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

12 33%

Last Weekend (2014)

"Lovely. Features an award-worthy performance by the never-disappointing Patricia Clarkson that fully utilizes her sensitivity, comic timing and other distinctive acting gifts."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

13 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Few of the screenplay's class-struggle elements are new, and they are driven home in some scenes with a very heavy hand. However, the cast, visual conceptualization, production design and art direction are so strong that these criticisms are fairly minor."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

14 89%

To Be Takei (2014)

"Excessively flattering but still recommended. The doc is a must for Trekkies/Trekkers, younger Japanese Americans, and gays everywhere."

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

15 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"(The film) boasts lively, engaging editorial style but is also a tad overlong and redundant in spots. It is most revealing, at times excruciatingly so, of Ebert's final hospital visits prior to his death."

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

16 80%

Violette (2014)

"A chilly but not uninteresting biography of the tortured, bisexual writer Violette Leduc, played by a fully committed Emmanuelle Devos."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

17 75%

The Last Sentence (2014)

"An unusually balanced, seemingly unbiased biopic. The cast can't be faulted in any way."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

18 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"One of the best, most intelligent, most exciting and surprisingly funny special effects-laden epics I have seen in several summers. A model of cinematic craftsmanship from page to screen. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

19 ——

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story ()

"An endearing life story. Wonderfully nostalgic but also heart-wrenching at times for anyone who grew up with the support of PBS's Children's Television Workshop."

Posted Jun 14, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

20 97%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Nothing if not timely. Molina and Lithgow are both excellent. (Ira) Sachs' no-nonsense, naturalistic style of directing also serves the film well. Should not be missed."

Posted Jun 14, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

21 89%

Test (2014)

"A potent and sexy drama. The film's period soundtrack offers a great nostalgia fix."

Posted Jun 14, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

22 79%

Before You Know It (2014)

"The documentary doesn't make growing old (especially as gay men) something to look forward to exactly, but it goes a way in helping to demystify or de-stigmatize it."

Posted Jun 14, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

23 54%

The Signal (2014)

"Captivating and engrossing...(but it) becomes too derivative by the end as well as a head-scratcher for viewers. "

Posted Jun 14, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

24 ——

Breaking Through (2014)

"Reveals so clearly how far LGBT Americans have come (politically) since the 1970's. Indeed, the pro-LGBT content gets a little repetitious in the extended director's cut."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

25 86%

The Jewish Cardinal (2014)

"Very well written. Laurent Lucas gives a powerhouse performance. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

26 27%

Burning Blue (2014)

"Emotionally gripping and features some stunning shots of Navy jets in action."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

27 94%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"(Larry) Kramer's screenplay powerfully retains Ned's anger but the scenes where Ned exhibits it tend to get repetitive. The film boasts great performances though and lovely directorial touches that make it well worth the nearly 30 year wait."

Posted May 24, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

28 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"After a protracted and largely disconnected first act, the movie catches fire and hardly lets up. The special effects are stunning."

Posted May 24, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

29 96%

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979)

"Herzog, cinematographer Jorg Schmidt-Reitwein and production designer Henning von Gierke conjure a near-endless stream of arresting images."

Posted May 16, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

30 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Despite the number of villains and conspiracies at work in the screenplay, they actually aren't what makes this film overlong and wearying. A leaner script and/or more judicious editing re: (Peter & Gwen's) relationship would have made a better movie. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

31 ——

Truth (2014)

"Initially engrossing but ultimately off-putting. The only real reason to watch it is (actor Sean Paul) Lockhart. He is especially good here during his character's angry, unhinged moments."

Posted May 9, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

32 33%

Stage Fright (2014)

"Starts out promisingly as "Friday the 13th" meets "Glee," complete with musical numbers...(but) sadly becomes way too serious as well as excessively gory."

Posted May 9, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

33 45%

All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

"A possible cult classic in the making. Its nice to see a movie, especially of the horror genre, where the ladies are the smart and strong characters."

Posted May 9, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

34 95%

Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (Stairway to Heaven) (1946)

"Beautifully directed, designed (especially the massive, working escalator that links Heaven and Earth), photographed and acted, it is a must-see for both classic and contemporary film buffs."

Posted May 3, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

35 94%

Gojira (1956)

"Beautifully restored 2014 version titled "Godzilla: The Japanese Original" screened. Despite the film's obvious and dated special effects, it remains a potent metaphor. "

Posted May 3, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

36 38%

The Great Gatsby (1949)

"An interesting, film noir-ish take on the novel. The screenplay takes some liberties with the source material but (Alan) Ladd gives an exceptionally sensitive performance as the lovelorn millionaire. Excellent supporting cast."

Posted May 3, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

37 63%

The Sacrament (2014)

"Those who watch (this film) expecting a supernatural element in keeping with (the director's) previous films will be disappointed, but the movie is no less chilling since it is thoroughly grounded in reality and history."

Posted May 3, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

38 100%

The Returned: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Creepy-cool. Much more complex and interesting (not to mention sexier) than ABC's current, virtually identical "Resurrection." "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

39 ——

American Translation ()

"The movie doesn't really offer anything new or original in terms of plot. Watching the beautifully brooding Pierre Perrier, though, is well worth the price of a rental or purchase."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

40 91%

The Final Member (2014)

"An odd but interesting documentary. More than anything to do with biology or sexuality, (the film) is most revealing of our human desire for immortality."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Fr. Chris Carpenter

41 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

42 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

43 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

44 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

45 ——

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

46 65%

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

47 ——

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

48 33%

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

49 29%

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

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