Houston Chronicle

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 71%

Natural Selection (2012)

"The loser junkie and the chaste Christian lady make an odd couple, in an odd film, but the oddity gives way to an effortless, persuasive charm. They give us something to believe in."

Posted Mar 30, 2012

Amy Biancolli

2 77%

The Other F Word (2011)

"These cute little domestic interludes give The Other F Word a light humor and large awwwww factor that's unavoidable, understandable and entirely un-punk."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Amy Biancolli

3 24%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and the upcoming Part 2 were both directed by Dreamgirls' Bill Condon, who keeps the lunacy moving apace."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Amy Biancolli

4 78%

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)


Posted Nov 17, 2011

5 46%

Anonymous (2011)

"The digitally wrought period settings are simply gorgeous."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Amy Biancolli

6 84%

Puss in Boots (2011)

"Puss in Boots prances along on three basic truths. One, cats are funny. Two, vain Spanish cats in high-heeled musketeer boots are even funnier. Lastly, booted, vain Spanish cats voiced by a breathy Antonio Banderas are flat-out hilarious."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Amy Biancolli

7 33%

Texas Killing Fields (2011)

"The characters will be familiar to fans of police procedural shows and TV movies."

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Lana Berkowitz

8 40%

The Big Year (2011)

"Its charms are as small as its singing feathered friends, but they're real enough, and gentle enough, to lift it and give it flight."

Posted Oct 14, 2011

Amy Biancolli

9 100%

Luther: Season 2 (TV, 2011)

" Luther, whose brilliance has been likened to Sherlock Holmes, returns. "

Posted Sep 28, 2011

Greg Morago

10 41%

Straw Dogs (2011)

"[It] doesn't bring anything new to the table."

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Amy Biancolli

11 17%

I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)

"Spiffy-looking, well-intentioned but ultimately witless."

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Amy Biancolli

12 14%

Seven Days In Utopia (2011)

"Supporting bits, like the saintly love interest played by Deborah Ann Woll, function more as archetypes than flesh-and-blood characters in a lively story."

Posted Sep 8, 2011

Amy Biancolli

13 58%

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)

"The film looks good, it sounds great (Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders' score is full of darkly murmuring woodwinds), and Madison is a pip of a lead."

Posted Sep 1, 2011

Amy Biancolli

14 95%

The Guard (2011)

"Crisp, acid-tongued and sharply acted, it's the sort of exercise in tangy Celtic cynicism that's become one of the Emerald Isle's most reliable imports."

Posted Aug 19, 2011

Amy Biancolli

15 63%

Another Earth (2011)

"In emphasizing poetry over plot, mood over mechanics, Another Earth fails to answer the most pressing question of all: Umm, why haven't the tides been affected?"

Posted Aug 12, 2011

Amy Biancolli

16 60%

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011)

"The layers of artifice are many, but they always are; the original show has never aspired to be anything but a cheeky, tuneful and multicultural spin on hoary high school stereotypes."

Posted Aug 12, 2011

Amy Biancolli

17 25%

The Change-Up (2011)

"Pee-pee humor abounds in The Change-Up. There's also a lot of poo-poo humor. And ta-ta humor."

Posted Aug 10, 2011

Amy Biancolli

18 76%

The Help (2011)

"A splendid entertainment -- a film that makes us for root for the good guys, hiss at the bad and convulse in laughter when good wreaks vengeance with a smile."

Posted Aug 10, 2011

Amy Biancolli

19 79%

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

"Scrawny Steve is such a guileless and likeable little dude that his sweetness endures long past the super-sizing."

Posted Jul 22, 2011

Amy Biancolli

20 96%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)

"Well done, Harry! You've saved the best for last."

Posted Jul 13, 2011

Amy Biancolli

21 85%

A Better Life (2011)

"It's straight, true and heartbreaking, a masterstroke of raw emotional minimalism."

Posted Jul 1, 2011

Amy Biancolli

22 36%

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

"Bay provides his usual Bayisms: bloated close-ups, manly slo-mo, visual hyperbole and glamour shots of a hot babe standing amid the wreckage."

Posted Jun 28, 2011

Amy Biancolli

23 86%

Submarine (2011)

"An exercise in briny Welsh Weltzschmerz that tracks the inner and outer worlds of a confused teenage boy."

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Amy Biancolli

24 45%

Bad Teacher (2011)

"The best lines were harvested for the trailer -- so if you've seen that, you've seen it all."

Posted Jun 24, 2011

Amy Biancolli

25 18%

The Art of Getting By (2011)

"Even slumped over Camus, Highmore's a charmer -- and he carries the movie well on his slim shoulders."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Amy Biancolli

26 26%

Green Lantern (2011)

"Half-campy, half-compelling."

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Amy Biancolli

27 76%

Rejoice & Shout (2011)

"Footage from that golden era still makes Rejoice & Shout worthwhile, from the groups that created variations on the barbershop quartets to competing ensembles from the South that were formed at schools for the blind. It is moving stuf."

Posted Jun 9, 2011

Andrew Dansby

28 19%

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011)

"[A] canned piece of so-called family entertainment, which slathers on the bright colors and peppy eccentricity but fails to capture the books' childlike voice and essential, grumbling charm."

Posted Jun 9, 2011

Amy Biancolli

29 77%

In A Better World (2011)

"Susanne Bier's latest meditation on grief and the boundaries of family -- which won this year's foreign-film Oscar -- is a tough piece of work, subtle in some ways, obvious in others, viscerally affecting throughout."

Posted Jun 3, 2011

Amy Biancolli

30 87%

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"Uneven, occasionally silly -- true, but it's still an improvement over 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand."

Posted Jun 2, 2011

Amy Biancolli

31 34%

The Hangover Part II (2011)

"Despite all the similarities, despite the same madcap plotting and hysterically unhinged comic filth, The Hangover Part II veers into much darker territory."

Posted May 25, 2011

Amy Biancolli

32 38%

Skateland (2011)

"Like so many other films set in the Reagan era, Anthony Burns' directorial debut fails to acknowledge the lingering and pervasive angst that shaped anyone growing up in the late Cold War."

Posted May 20, 2011

Amy Biancolli

33 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"A film of great hilarity, humanity, idiosyncrasy and grade-A, eyebrow-singeing raunch."

Posted May 12, 2011

Amy Biancolli

34 56%

Jumping the Broom (2011)

"True, the script overreaches, crammed with too many characters, subplots and stereotypes. But at least it's trying. And at least there isn't a phony in the bunch."

Posted May 6, 2011

Amy Biancolli

35 77%

Thor (2011)

"The visuals are breathtaking without it, all swirling cosmic nebulae and mythic cityscapes of the Norse-god capital Asgard."

Posted May 6, 2011

Amy Biancolli

36 36%

Prom (2011)

"They're a ridiculously cute pair and ridiculously at odds over this whole prom thingy, which is, by its very nature, ridiculous. So the ridiculous quotient is extremely high."

Posted Apr 29, 2011

Amy Biancolli

37 74%

The Big Uneasy (2010)

"The Big Uneasy, a damning new look at the onset and effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is agitating by design."

Posted Apr 29, 2011

Amy Biancolli

38 71%

African Cats (2011)

"Anyone with a fondness for bambinos of any species should melt at the sight of mamas with nuzzling cubs."

Posted Apr 22, 2011

Amy Biancolli

39 72%

Rio (2011)

"The humor's a little strange, and the action's a little frenetic, but all of it whooshes past in a swirl of tropical color and pseudo-South American bonhomie."

Posted Apr 14, 2011

Amy Biancolli

40 27%

Your Highness (2011)

"The chief problem with Your Highness is its lack of imagination -- its misuse and overuse of language and visual riffs that are only marginally amusing at best."

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Amy Biancolli

41 94%

Win Win (2011)

"Giamatti excels as the weak-kneed Mike, nicely working his gift for inner conflict and outer bumbling. As his wife, Amy Ryan is a ballast of unflinching moral certitude."

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Amy Biancolli

42 48%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011)

"Rodrick Rules marks an improvement on the original Wimpy Kid, but it still has a mean streak a mile wide."

Posted Mar 24, 2011

Amy Biancolli

43 70%

Limitless (2011)

"The visuals are giddy, illustrating Eddie's high with fun house lenses, over-exposed colors, supersonic edits -- and, when side effects kick in, dizzying flights through the streets of New York."

Posted Mar 17, 2011

Amy Biancolli

44 83%

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

"Lincoln is smart, juicy entertainment, but it's the kind of straight-up legal drama that hinges entirely on crafty storytelling and across-the-board solid performances."

Posted Mar 17, 2011

Amy Biancolli

45 10%

Red Riding Hood (2011)

"Red Riding Hood is just another movie about a girl pining for a boy, defined by a boy, held back by a boy. And that's not pretty."

Posted Mar 10, 2011

Amy Biancolli

46 88%

Rango (2011)

"The film itself is a magically strange hybrid, a spoofy computer-animated Western acted out by anthropomorphic desert creatures."

Posted Mar 3, 2011

Amy Biancolli

47 28%

Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

"very last joke in the movie -- verbal gags, visual gags, musical cues, camera moves -- is crushingly literal."

Posted Mar 3, 2011

Amy Biancolli

48 35%

The Grace Card (2011)

"Movie goers likely will look over The Grace Card's entertainment value to focus on this simple prescription for how to gracefully love your neighbor."

Posted Feb 25, 2011

Kate Shellnut

49 7%

Immigration Tango (2011)

"A minor, sometimes likable romp through miscellaneous narrative clichés, all of them rendered with the snug medium shots and predetermined character arcs that are coin of the realm on the tube."

Posted Feb 18, 2011

Amy Biancolli

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