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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 57%

Chicago PD: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I enjoyed Chicago P.D. The new NBC procedural breathes enough to feel like it isn't a procedural at all. "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Tim Molloy

2 69%

Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" Despite the occasional creakiness and lapses into melodrama Downton Abbey remains a show to watch, notable for its dreamy production values and the real depth of feeling it portrays between the classes. "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Diane Garrett

3 36%

Intelligence: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The attempt to ground the show in reality feels unnecessary and not fun, because nothing here is all that unbelievable. "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Tim Molloy

4 38%

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

"While it's exciting to see a hit series take on an almost entirely Latino cast as just a matter of course, the new zigs only barely balance out all the familiar zags."

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Alonso Duralde

5 55%

Interior. Leather Bar. (2014)

"Uses the notorious Friedkin movie as a starting point for a discussion about identity, perception, an actor's mask and the fear and power of on-screen sexuality. "

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Alonso Duralde

6 57%

Justin Bieber's Believe (2013)

""Believe" feels earnest but superficial, a next-chapter look at a star who hasn't come enough to terms with where he's come from to contemplate where he is, or where he's going."

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

7 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"Go watch Rocky and Raging Bull again. Because, as they say at closed-casket funerals, it's better to remember them as they were."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Alonso Duralde

8 24%

Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

"an insufferable family adventure whose impressive animation is consistently undercut by cartoonish self-awareness."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

9 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"A terrific and fascinating movie, but it stops short of masterpiece territory. "

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Alonso Duralde

10 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"It's a constant barrage of joke-joke-joke, but they're all gags that take place in the moment and are immediately shoved aside for the next one. Nothing builds. There are no setups for later payoffs."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Alonso Duralde

11 19%

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013)

"Perry seemed to be holding his nose and trudging through the disappointing Madea's Witness Protection, but this time Madea has her groove back, and she's a riot."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Alonso Duralde

12 50%

Some Velvet Morning (2013)

"Doesn't reinvent man-vs.-woman theater, but it's a twisty and vitriolic barb-fest that should please audiences in the mood for respite from holiday cheer."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Alonso Duralde

13 61%

Hours (2013)

"Hours has a great B-movie premise, but at 97 minutes, the strain of keeping the story going, and throwing more obstacles in Nolan's way, starts to show."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Alonso Duralde

14 34%

Swerve (2013)

"You've got your duplicitous blonde, a briefcase full of money, the hapless patsy, the angry cop, the loose cannon and the speeding train. Everything's so in order that you could doze off and catch up with the plot within seconds of reawakening."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Alonso Duralde

15 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Eschewing the kitchen-sink minutiae of the first installment, Peter Jackson creates a rousing, immersive sequel that offers the same sort of sweeping action - and emotional engagement - that helped the "Rings" films become a cultural phenomenon."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

16 17%

Twice Born (2013)

"Sergio Castellitto's film projects a tumultuous love story against the backdrop of the Bosnian War for independence, and then seems unaware that the foreground overshadows it in the worst possible way."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

17 65%

Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Check out Darabont's new limited-run series, Mob City, to see how a show can burn slowly and brightly at once. "

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Tim Molloy

18 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

"Had The Last Days on Mars had the sort of artistic ambitions that matched the level of its cast, or if it had fully committed to being a fun, trashy, sci-fi monster movie, it'd be a more interesting watch. "

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Alonso Duralde

19 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Has the kind of throbbing pulse, wicked snap and sheer moviemaking bravado that makes it one of a very few films that can be mentioned in the same breath as Goodfellas."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Alonso Duralde

20 42%

Oldboy (2013)

"Lee's failure to choose between movie-ness and deeper meaning leaves the concept under-explored, which is why his version of "Oldboy," in part and as a whole, is momentarily gobsmacking but never quite as resonant as it should be."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

21 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"The period detail is exquisite, down to the last antimacassar, but the storytelling is so inert that the furnishings steal the focus. "

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Alonso Duralde

22 92%

Philomena (2013)

"Even if the film eventually forces a singular perspective on the material, the actors' chemistry absolves any number of narrative sins."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Alonso Duralde

23 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"This isn't the cute, accessible period piece that some audiences might be expecting, but the Coens once again prove that their seemingly random and chaotic chord progressions lead somewhere wonderful."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Alonso Duralde

24 68%

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

"We all have our favorite flavors of seasonal schmaltz. The kind that The Best Man Holiday serves up was, for me at least, too hard to swallow."

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Alonso Duralde

25 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Berg sets up the cathartic moments we're used to in movies like this, but then he pulls out the rug, reminding us that the cavalry doesn't always miraculously show up in time to save the day."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Alonso Duralde

26 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"Offers comedy and sentimentality in equal doses and, unfortunately, equal efficacy -- the jokes, the characters and the situations aren't very funny, and the would-be heart-tuggery is mostly embarrassing."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Alonso Duralde

27 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Dismiss it as a popcorn movie if you must, but at least they've bothered to serve it with real butter and truffle salt."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Alonso Duralde

28 64%

12-12-12 (2013)

"It's what 12-12-12 doesn't do that makes it so disappointing, from the truncated musical segments to the fact that, a year later, the movie doesn't bother to show how the Robin Hood Foundation spent the millions of dollars raised by the benefit."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Alonso Duralde

29 53%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Yes, the working class is bearing the brunt of an inequitable economic system, and yes, the treatment of our returning soldiers from the last decade of war has been disgraceful, but the film has nothing of substance say about any of this."

Posted Nov 10, 2013

Alonso Duralde

30 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"It's up to this generation's greatest screen actress to find the honesty and the power amongst all the showboating: I'm referring, of course, to Margo Martindale."

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Alonso Duralde

31 33%

Best Man Down (2013)

"There were many directions in which writer-director Ted Koland could take this story - dead guy at the wedding, new marriage tested by extreme circumstances, a friend's hidden life - but none of his choices are remotely interesting."

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Alonso Duralde

32 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"If Labor Day teaches us anything, it's that the line between a prestige-soaked year-end awards bait movie and a Lifetime original with a title like My Captor! My Lover! is blurry at best. "

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Alonso Duralde

33 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"What could have merely been a studio's love letter to itself winds up being a meditation on the power that art has for artists as a way to exorcise the past."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Alonso Duralde

34 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Given that it's a Disney cartoon, you probably already know how it ends, but what's interesting about Frozen is that you may not predict how they're going to get there. And for children's animation, that's a wilder ride than we usually get."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Alonso Duralde

35 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"'Airplanes are beautiful dreams' is a phrase reprised throughout Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, and the same could be said about Miyazaki's films."

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Alonso Duralde

36 18%

Free Birds (2013)

"Even setting aside the film's disregard for time-travel paradoxes and genocide metaphors -- trust me, you don't want to wade into either of those -- Free Birds just isn't funny. "

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Alonso Duralde

37 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"A thoroughly contrived and artificial bonbon that gives four screen legends of a certain age the opportunity to chase skirts and punch out guys a third of their age."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Alonso Duralde

38 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"The film seems complicit in his "don't hate the player, hate the game" attitude about doping which fails to justify his own metastasized dishonesty, and especially the vindictiveness with which he destroyed the lives and livelihoods of his opponents."

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

39 89%

The Walking Dead: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014)

" I don't want a zombie show with small, lyrical moments. "

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Tim Molloy

40 56%

Reign: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The CW series does a fairly effortless-looking job of combining a 16th-century setting with a fluid, modern dynamic. "

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Tim Molloy

41 52%

Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The fact that Dracula is now a Victorian Steve Jobs adds to the confusion in the Dracula update, which I enjoyed watching, but which I think is doomed. "

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Tim Molloy

42 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Ultimately as much a polemic as tentpole entertainment, "Ender's Game" is a rare example of filmmaking with a scalpel at a scale that usually demands a hatchet."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

43 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"When the three-act structure gets shoved to the side for fun and games, Bad Grandpa delivers some of the heartiest laughs I've had all year."

Posted Oct 23, 2013

Alonso Duralde

44 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Thor: The Dark World delivers the goods - action, otherworldly grandiosity, romance, humor - above and beyond its predecessor. "

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Alonso Duralde

45 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Alternately a poetic tale of personal affirmation and a plainspoken metaphor for tenacity in the face of meager hope, "Nebraska" is not just a beautiful or great film but an essential one for our time."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

46 49%

Carrie (2013)

"It doesn't do anything strikingly wrong; it's just unnecessary."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Alonso Duralde

47 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"for two guys who have both fought their way out of tougher, stupider, higher-concept ideas than this one, and looked better while doing it, "Escape Plan" suggests they may be trapped more by the past than any sort of tangible prison."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

48 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"A captivating look at an American literary giant in those years before he was ready to howl."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Alonso Duralde

49 70%

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

"Even with new cooks in the kitchen, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a completely delicious dish, as it adds a handful of great new ingredients to a familiar recipe."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Todd Gilchrist

50 94%

Her (2013)

"If, like me, you've admired Jonze's ambitions more than you've responded to his results, you may find that Her puts his means and his ends on more equal footing. He shoots for the moon and, this time, hits it."

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Alonso Duralde

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