Daily Film Fix

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"A sequel that ups the action while still retaining the emotional gravitas that marks the best cinematic epics."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

2 10%

America (2014)

"Ironically, in presenting the argument against Zinn and others by attacking what D'Souza terms indictments of America, he takes a page directly out of the Zinn playbook. AMERICA asks one very important question: what's been left out of the history books?"

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

3 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"It is eye-rolling, but Wahlberg and Tucci keep things fun and lively. Don't expect to be moved dramatically in any significant way, however. The relationships and dialogue are written poorly and only act to weakly stitch action set-pieces together."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

4 66%

The Rover (2014)

"The central performances are excellent if not capable of being too finely cut given the meandering, dare I say roving, narrative."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

5 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Dreamworks sure knows HOW to make a sequel: just add more dragons! "

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

6 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"The first two acts are excellent, but the film loses steam as the action slows and the story becomes ever more familiar and less inventive."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

7 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"As action-packed as it is, the quiet moments work best and, like 2011's First Class, the superhero universe of the X-Men is a cut above its comparatively cheesier brethren."

Posted May 23, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

8 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"If audiences endorse this reboot of the Godzilla tale, we may see a franchise. But if this is a one-off, it is a worthy one, Godzilla has been given his due."

Posted May 16, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

9 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"A problem of tone, it moves from emotion to emotion carelessly. And it is impossible to suspend disbelief when absolutely everything is visibly branded with the Sony logo."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

10 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"...possesses a lot of the same handsome camera work that seamlessly melded with special-effects in Nolan's "Inception" for which Pfister won the Oscar. It is the story and in particular the film's closing act that lets the entire production down."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

11 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"As the film moves into its final act, it gets a little too familiar, even a bit baggy. We're reminded that at its core this franchise of films is just a bunch of aw-shucks fun."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

12 41%

Divergent (2014)

"Like a Great Illustrated Classics adaptation of a lesser comic book, Divergent delivers a dystopian plot with mechanical precision but lacks the nuance and art that usually marks outstanding source material."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

13 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"When describing a film about golf years ago, I remember the late great film critic Roger Ebert talked about the Zen of the game. Need for Speed could have used a little metaphysical Zen."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

14 41%

In Secret (2014)

"Not romantic enough, not nearly sexy enough, and not thrilling enough to be considered a thriller, In Secret is easy on the eyes but does little for the heart."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

15 49%

RoboCop (2014)

"Hardly a better film than the one that inspired it, ROBOCOP (2014) is still the best handling of the material since 1987."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

16 94%

Her (2013)

"The problem with the film is the inherent limitation imposed by the story and visual scope. At times, HER is like the HOBBIT without the dragon."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

17 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"...a hell of a good film."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Jonathan W. Hickman

18 76%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Less a cautionary tale and more of a how-to manual... Many sequences take on a sophomoric quality reminiscent of two guys in a bar trying to impress each other with wild stories of depraved drunken debauchery."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

19 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"A winner... With its PG rating and whimsical approach, MITTY is a treat for families this holiday season."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

20 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"The movie ironically but, perhaps, indirectly, points out that Walt Disney believed his own hype. In contrast to Travers stark view of the real world, Disney looked at the world through animated rose-colored glasses."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

21 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"Gibney tries in vain to get to the heart of the story. Probing questions get answered, but most viewers won't be satisfied."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

22 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"My 12 year-old and I had a ball. The drama and exposition take a backseat to thrilling action sequences with eye-popping visuals."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

23 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Sexless and relatively bloodless, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is about as good a follow-up to the 2012 hit as one could possibly imagine."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

24 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"...more than just a film resting on gimmickry. It is really a solid narrative and one that connected intimately with me. "

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

25 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"There's just a little in this movie for everyone. And such scattershot fun is more than enough to tide us over until Captain American returns next year."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

26 18%

Free Birds (2013)

"Perhaps the best that can be said of "Free Birds" is that it makes the turkey the hero of Thanksgiving once again. It's just too bad that the film is written as though viewers have only bird brains."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

27 35%

The Counselor (2013)

"One of the biggest problems is that the film gives us no one to root for--we could care less about anyone in the film. The story meanders randomly from character to character, and there are a lot of them, without any meaningful connective tissue."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

28 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Director McQueen's now signature techniques are on full display here. In Ejiofor, McQueen finds another gifted actor that embraces hard and emotive story-telling."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

29 83%

The Short Game (2013)

"There is little heavy lifting here but a whole lot of fun to be had."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

30 97%

Gravity (2013)

"At a scant 90 minutes, director Alfonso Cuarón's dramatic mystery/science-fiction/thriller will absolutely enthrall most viewers. I was riveted."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

31 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"This time around the lessons learned from the first film seem to be largely forgotten and the script strains to find credible motivators to get Kick-Ass and Hit Girl back into their latex."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

32 68%

Elysium (2013)

"...the prevalence of the F-bomb does not add one thing to the story and only cheaply gives us any sort of gritty realism that quickly evaporates during the film's sequences on Elysium."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

33 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Exciting and stylish director del Toro's loving send up of the monster movie wears its cheesy veneer as well as the gargantuan armor surrounding the film's robotic heroes. I give it a "FIX" rating."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

34 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"I give RANGER a maginal "Fix" rating. I kind of liked it, especially that thrilling opening sequence that cannot be matched by the spaghetti Western comedy that follows."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

35 67%

World War Z (2013)

"Not the best zombie movie ever made, but one of the best of the genre. You get zombie transformations, cities overrun by fast-moving undead, a family story with heart, plenty of good zombie kills, and some pseudo-science thrown in for nerds like me."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

36 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"While it gets a "fix" rating for what it gets right, the film is uneven and exhausting. Clearly, the success of Marvel's "The Avengers" has had an indirect and unfortunate impact on the once classic narrative."

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

37 38%

The Purge (2013)

"The Purge is satire done so broadly that the audience might forget that it is trying to comment on something with weight and meaning."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

38 34%

The Internship (2013)

"You can smell how desperate the guys are to make us laugh again, and it's just not a funny odor."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

39 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"An embarrassing parody of the first 5 films..."

Posted May 25, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

40 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"Carruth's complex and muted thriller is exquisitely made and acted. It's a film that challenges the viewer provoking fine existential questions."

Posted May 18, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

41 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"The movie trades on the continuing Marvel film universe without expanding it in any appreciable way. Ultimately, you will have had enough of Tony Stark when this one ends and that's not how Tony would want it."

Posted May 3, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

42 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"What starts out as an irreverent comedy with action elements turns into lurid, unpleasant masochistic viewing. "

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

43 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"Without an appealing, charismatic lead, this remake is pretty vacant."

Posted Apr 5, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

44 ——

The Missing Piece: Mona Lisa, Her Thief, the True Story (The Missing Piece: The Truth About the Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa) ()

"...humorous and touching, a mystery worth watching."

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

45 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"...a triumph warts and all."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

46 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"Jack the Giant Slayer has no business being on the big screen, and I suspect as audiences get a whiff of the schlocky approach, it won't be there very long."

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

47 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"...expertly built around a story that just can't match the superior technical details. For most, none of that will matter. It is a cut above most of what is new and available on VOD and will make passable, if unnerving, date night viewing."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

48 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"While it is entertaining and well-paced in that pre-Sandy Hook kind of way, it might be impossible to actually enjoy. And if you do enjoy the film, you might be ashamed to share this fact on your Facebook page."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Jonathan W. Hickman

49 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"...writer/director Quentin Tarantino may have managed to deliver one of the most unflinchingly realistic depictions of slavery in the Old South to ever grace the screen. QT's vision is ugly and twisted and filled with all kinds of evil."

Posted Dec 24, 2012

Jonathan W. Hickman

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