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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 35%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"... bigger, slicker and better directed than the earlier installments ... the opening rescue mission, obviously inspired by 'Runaway Train,' brings out the mad demolition expert in us."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Glenn Lovell

2 21%

Into The Storm (2014)

"... latest Storm of the Century doubles as bonding experience and first date (Callies is literally swept off her feet) ... Those who go looking for airborne cows a la 'Twister' will be disappointed. "

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Glenn Lovell

3 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"... retro space opera plays more like a bad spoof of a 'Star Wars' spoof ‒ and even then it's closer to 'The Adventures of Pluto Nash' than 'Spaceballs.'"

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Glenn Lovell

4 ——

The Calling (2014)

"More than 'Fargo' meets 'Se7ven' ... Sarandon's portrayal of the surly, embittered small-town police chief is so assured and nuanced, we'd welcome a Hazel Micallef mystery franchise."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Glenn Lovell

5 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"Papa's got a secondhand bag? ... As self-consciously arty and formulaic as it sometimes is, the film stays with you thanks to Chadwick Boseman's shrewd, powerhouse performance ... "

Posted Aug 3, 2014

Glenn Lovell

6 64%

Lucy (2014)

"French action ace Besson comes full circle ... a bravura blend of sci-fi, comic-book action, National Geographic cutaways ... like watching the primeval forest scenes from 'Tree of Life' spliced into 'Taken.'"

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Glenn Lovell

7 58%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"How do you take your dystopian nightmares? Sunny side up or hardboiled? If you're taste runs to the latter, you're a "Purge" person."

Posted Jul 20, 2014

Glenn Lovell

8 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"S&M dance or feminist tract? Late career breather ... or Polanski answering his harshest critics? A cagey two-hander with tour-de-force turn by the sexy Seigner."

Posted Jul 12, 2014

Glenn Lovell

9 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"... a fairly monotonous sci-fi adventure ... Serkis and Kebell peering out from beneath digitized fur and prosthetics impart far more emotion than their human counterparts. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Glenn Lovell

10 15%

Rage (2014)

"... a pulp-y, no-nonsense vigilante number that sounds like it was scripted by a computer program ... Say what you will about Cage, he gives the viewer his money's worth in tics and mad-dog froth."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Glenn Lovell

11 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"The ultimate cineaste to the end, Ebert saw himself as James's collaborator rather than as his compliant subject ... Fascinating, engaging, and life-affirming ‒ without being in the least mawkish."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Glenn Lovell

12 85%

Borgman (2014)

"Itinerant crooks or satanists? This bizarre import has the feel of a fever dream. Characters, most especially the eponymous gardener, float through the narrative as if in a Dr. Caligari-induced haze. "

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Glenn Lovell

13 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"... easily the squirreliest crime saga since 'Killing Them Softly' ... edgy, suspenseful, cathartic ... Sam Shepard has his juiciest role in far too long."

Posted May 26, 2014

Glenn Lovell

14 86%

In Fear (2014)

"... young couple takes a very wrong turn. UK helmer Lovering tightens the screws the old-fashioned way, through atmosphere and suggestion ... (It) possesses a bleakly funny Pinter-esque quality."

Posted May 25, 2014

Glenn Lovell

15 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"You'll have little patience with this fact-based indie, especially if you're a fan of HBO's 'True Detective' series, which also deals with ritualistic slayings. The difference? A little something called edge."

Posted May 18, 2014

Glenn Lovell

16 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"Gawd-zero ... Take a lesson, Hollywood. Light-years ahead of this $160-million boondoggle ‒ the jittery, zero-budget 'Cloverfield.'"

Posted May 17, 2014

Glenn Lovell

17 48%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"With apologies to Nicole Kidman and Crocodile Dundee, Australia's new No. 1 export is Mick Taylor, the ruddy-faced psycho with the muttonchops and maniacal snort-laugh."

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Glenn Lovell

18 77%

Noah (2014)

"Baby, the rain must fall! ... Noah's climactic transformation from knife-wielding crazy to loving grandfather was obviously inspired by Ethan Edwards' change of heart in 'The Searchers.'"

Posted Mar 30, 2014

Glenn Lovell

19 93%

Child's Pose (2014)

"... both acerbic character study and understated indictment of Romania's justice system and entitled inner circle ... Like Angela Lansbury in 'Manchurian Candidate,' Gheorghiu's mother remains oblivious to the damage she has wrought. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Glenn Lovell

20 44%

In the Blood (2014)

"Carano's newlywed with a dark past ‒ think Jeanne Moreau in 'The Bride Wore Black' meets Michelle Yeoh -- kicks some serious butt ... One of the best payback thrillers since 'Death Wish' and 'First Blood.' "

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Glenn Lovell

21 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"... an airborne game of cat-and-mouse ... 'Non-Stop' comes with as many suspects as passengers. Think of it as 'Ten Little Indians' at 30,000 feet."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Glenn Lovell

22 44%

Almost Human (2014)

"It's gruesome, sure, but Begos is hardly your run-of-the-mill grue merchant. He knows how to tighten the screws and, with a tip of the hat to 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' ensnarl us in an ever-widening web of paranoia."

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Glenn Lovell

23 78%

Big Bad Wolves (2014)

"Quite a find for genre buffs -- a horror entry that's at once unnerving, sardonic and, in a sick way, almost playful ... Sholem Aleichem by way of Stephen King, anyone?"

Posted Jan 18, 2014

Glenn Lovell

24 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"The battle sequences are as grueling, as excruciating, as the running gunfights in 'The Wild Bunch.' Indeed, in places 'Lone Survivor' feels more like a revisionist western than a war movie."

Posted Jan 11, 2014

Glenn Lovell

25 17%

Open Grave (2014)

"... another genre head-scratcher from López-Gallego, who last brought us 'Apollo 18' ... It won't impress the more literal-minded fans of 'World War Z' or 'The Crazies.' "

Posted Jan 4, 2014

Glenn Lovell

26 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"... overlong, repetitive, and like 'The Departed' too often partakes of self-parody ... It's almost as if Scorsese, in his rush to sate every sophomoric urge, ceded the reins to shock-jock Howard Stern. "

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Glenn Lovell

27 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

"... fairly elemental sci-fier from UK that, during its creepier moments, will remind genre buffs of Hammer's top-drawer Quatermass series. "

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Glenn Lovell

28 53%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"... cried out to be a tough, stripped-down exploitation number on the order of such B classics as 'First Blood' and 'Rolling Thunder.' Unfortunately, Cooper had something more ambitious in mind. "

Posted Dec 7, 2013

Glenn Lovell

29 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"... a sequel that, for once, doesn't coddle its target audience ... Lawrence's quick-draw archer is, if anything, more intense and single-minded, all glowering charisma. "

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Glenn Lovell

30 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"... unrelievedly downbeat, but provides McConaughey with his juiciest role yet, that of a good ol' boy hustler/AIDS advocate ... Leto can start honing his Oscar acceptance speech. He's that good."

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Glenn Lovell

31 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"Don't be put off by the ridiculous R rating. This is definitely a film to be shared with your teens and preteens. Think of it as a warm up to the next installment of 'The Hunger Games.'"

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Glenn Lovell

32 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"... an excellent reminder of why even our best novelists should be discouraged from writing for the screen ... a ludicrous, laughably over-the-top attempt to one-up 'No Country for Old Men.' "

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Glenn Lovell

33 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"... a bracing nautical adventure. Think 'Old Man and the Sea' by way of 'The Perfect Storm' ... Redford in a revelatory performance, maybe his best ever."

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Glenn Lovell

34 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"Stallone continues on the comeback trail ... a brawny action thriller that benefits from decent CG effects and shrewd supporting turns by Schwarzenegger and, as the sadistic warden, Jim Caviezel."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Glenn Lovell

35 49%

Carrie (2013)

"In the age of social media and cyber-bullying, 'Carrie' feels more timely than it did in the '70s ... Unlike the anemic, waif-like Spacek, Moretz is empowered by her witch-y telekinetic powers."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Glenn Lovell

36 97%

Gravity (2013)

"In terms of old-fashioned, cliffhanger thrills, Gravity leads the pack this year. It plays like an extended version of the 'Open the pod-bay doors, HAL' sequence in Kubrick's '2001.'"

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Glenn Lovell

37 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Splattered with his captors' blood, Phillips in the end is at loss for words; he seems as shame-faced as he is relieved ... a fascinating metaphorical comment on U.S. firepower and Third World bullies."

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Glenn Lovell

38 35%

Passion (2013)

"This slant is as melodramatic and obvious as the original was meticulous and surprising ... De Palma being De Palma, the remake is awash in self-referential tropes, including the false endings a la 'Carrie.'"

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Glenn Lovell

39 24%

The Canyons (2013)

"Lohan, whose caked-on, tear-streaked mascara brings to mind Divine, is the very personification of the lost soul ... It may be early to talk comeback, but this is easily her best work in years. "

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Glenn Lovell

40 68%

World War Z (2013)

"Silly isn't a word one usually associates with the Zombie Holocaust, but that's the adjective that leaps to mind ... Forster flinches, turns away from the carnage, the equivalent of being afraid of your own shadow."

Posted Jun 23, 2013

Glenn Lovell

41 38%

The Purge (2013)

"True to its title, "The Purge" is an unpleasant experience with no one to care about or root for. What you expect to happen happens. Like most home-invasion thrillers, it's more nauseating than frightening."

Posted Jun 10, 2013

Glenn Lovell

42 11%

After Earth (2013)

"... neither a terrible sci-fi'er nor a very good one. It's a capably handled escape with above average CG effects. Adolescent boys looking for a Saturday afternoon time-killer could do worse."

Posted May 31, 2013

Glenn Lovell

43 85%

Sightseers (2013)

"What starts out as a sunny, funny getaway soon turns hilariously dark, a fusion of tabloid sensationalism and social satire ... a royal hoot, the funniest British import since 'Shaun of the Dead.' "

Posted May 30, 2013

Glenn Lovell

44 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"Straight-faced and frantic, like a grim, south-of-the-border thriller by Oliver Stone ... this sequel is about as funny as Tabasco sauce on a paper cut."

Posted May 26, 2013

Glenn Lovell

45 48%

Black Rock (2013)

"... a feminist reworking of 'Most Dangerous Game' and 'Deliverance,' with the friends soon stripped down and armed, like a tribe of Amazonian huntresses ... has the visceral appeal of early Kathryn Bigelow. "

Posted May 22, 2013

Glenn Lovell

46 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"... best Iron Man yet thanks to Shane Black, who pushes characterization, clever plot twists, not computer effects ... Downey, for a change, drops his guard, shows the heart beneath the armor"

Posted May 18, 2013

Glenn Lovell

47 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"Let the summer movie sweepstakes begin! Funny, reverent, suspenseful, heartfelt, chock-full of dazzling effects. Easily one of the best in the durable franchise!"

Posted May 17, 2013

Glenn Lovell

48 73%

Simon Killer (2013)

"... a sexy, edgy character study that slowly draws you into its web even as it unnerves you ... a hybrid of 'The Talented Mr. Ripley" and, for its steamy lovemaking, the X-rated 'Last Tango in Paris.' "

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Glenn Lovell

49 94%

Blancanieves (2013)

"... lusty and heartfelt, fiery flamenco and spirited country jig. Don't go expecting a Disney-fied fable. Berger seasons with S&M and the kind of macabre touches you'd expect in vintage Browning or Bunuel. "

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Glenn Lovell

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