Vanity Fair

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 79%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's a bunch of hokey writing presented in packaging that's too slick for the material. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Richard Lawson

2 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"This is not exactly a profound film, but it addresses its weighty themes with striking clarity and narrative nuance. "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Richard Lawson

3 80%

Begin Again (2014)

"There is an air of fantasy to the film, but there's far less cheap sentimentality than one might expect."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Richard Lawson

4 23%

Tammy (2014)

"It's hard to bear any ill will toward this peculiar movie. Its stumbling is almost endearing, and more than a few jokes land beautifully."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Richard Lawson

5 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Something truly special, a unique and bracing science-fiction film that stirs both heart and mind."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Richard Lawson

6 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"In striving for nothing but "more"-more explosions, more robot slo-mo scenes, more up-shorts shots of 19-year-old girls-the movie becomes devoid of anything."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Richard Lawson

7 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This is a show about longing to be chosen, ordained, blessed, counted, seen. And though its flaws keep it mostly rooted down here on Earth with us, its brief moments of near transcendence definitely make it worth a watch. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Richard Lawson

8 21%

Third Person (2014)

"The sense that the director has written himself into all this moodiness only adds to the silliness."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Richard Lawson

9 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"It's an oddly factless piece of historical reenactment, and feels a bit mushy and insubstantial because of it."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Richard Lawson

10 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"The movie features a good, though eventually tiring and self-defeating, gag about the inherent lameness of sequels."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Richard Lawson

11 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Look out for a mighty deluge of teen tears flooding multiplexes this weekend, which will be well-earned by this clever, attractive, sad little movie."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Richard Lawson

12 100%

Pride (2014)

"You are a dirty liar if you aren't a tiny bit moved at the end."

Posted May 24, 2014

Jordan Hoffman

13 89%

Clouds of Sils Maria ()

"Ms. Stewart [in] the best role of her life"

Posted May 23, 2014

Jordan Hoffman

14 88%

Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) ()

"'Two Days, One Night' is all about the fight, and winning it with kindness and righteousness."

Posted May 21, 2014

Jordan Hoffman

15 15%

The Captive ()

"[A] film too absurd to take seriously, but too strange to ignore."

Posted May 16, 2014

Jordan Hoffman

16 100%

Mr. Turner (2014)

"'Mr. Turner' feels like a perfect summation of Leigh's career. Bold, beautiful and a little cranky. Also, importantly, not to everyone's taste."

Posted May 15, 2014

Jordan Hoffman

17 10%

Grace Of Monaco ()

"The film traces Kelly's path from being a fairy tale bride to being a put-upon wife who gleefully defers her dreams to maintain her ingrate husband's status."

Posted May 14, 2014

Jordan Hoffman

18 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Whatever the cause, within the context of Neighbors, a raucous comedy with a sharp edge, Efron's newfound darkness works pretty well."

Posted May 8, 2014

Richard Lawson

19 88%

Chef (2014)

"A warm and witty little comedy about appreciating the simple things in life, Favreau's new film is also the rare one to get the zeitgeist just right."

Posted May 8, 2014

Richard Lawson

20 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Aside from the sparkling Garfield and Stone, Webb's movies benefit from a fine eye for casting. Here, Foxx does a good stammering, thwarted nerd before transforming into the raging villain."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Richard Lawson

21 23%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Melissa Stack's script is loose and improvisatory, and genuinely clever in a few places, allowing Diaz and Mann ample room to bumble around amusingly."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Richard Lawson

22 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Transcendence is an engaging enough "What if?" that happily reminded me of days spent curled up with a good Michael Crichton book."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Richard Lawson

23 87%

Under the Skin (2014)

"This is a movie that at its most sensitive is about loneliness, and at its bleakest and most searching is a look at the mechanics of sexual predation. "

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Richard Lawson

24 77%

Noah (2014)

"Isn't it wonderful that a director who was handed a $160 million studio budget had the temerity to aim for something this big, this sweeping?"

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Richard Lawson

25 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The Winter Soldier isn't overly existential, but the way it teases at those deeper questions allows Evans to give his performance a welcome bit of shading."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Richard Lawson

26 41%

Divergent (2014)

"With action scenes that can't raise a pulse, an expectedly chaste romance, and plodding, formulaic expansion of its mythology, Divergent has the drab sogginess of something reheated."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Richard Lawson

27 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"It's rare that a movie like this should be longer, but a little elongating might help this clipped, B-grade thriller resonate a little deeper."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Richard Lawson

28 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"All the cutesiness in the world can't really make what was beginning to happen in 1930s Europe remotely charming, as Anderson seems to want to do."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Richard Lawson

29 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Frankly, I'm not really sure we need to see another straight cis man dissect female sexuality for us, at least not in these terms."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Richard Lawson

30 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"It's enjoyable enough at first, being back in Ron's wild world, but Anchorman 2 quickly begins to feel like too much of yesterday's news."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Richard Lawson

31 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"It's a well pedigreed and quirkily tailored film that will likely find its fair share of devoted fans. That said, a slight warning for those eager to run out to their local indie haus after work tonight: The movie's a total downer."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Richard Lawson

32 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Though a heavily beefed-up version of what happens in the book, the scene still manages to conjure up some of the primal thrills that Tolkien's novel has provided for generations of young readers."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Richard Lawson

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