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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 95%

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

3 45%

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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 76%

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

8 18%

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

9 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

10 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

11 52%

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

12 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

13 94%

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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 23%

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

23 67%

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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 68%

Trance (2013)

"... a flashy time-killer, a hodgepodge of trompe l'oeil ruses that add up to your standard noir mystery, only tricked-out in the latest in digital effects."

Posted Apr 13, 2013

Glenn Lovell

34 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"... an all-out, balls-to-the-wall fright fest with allusions to The Exorcist, early Cronenberg, REC and Texas Chainsaw Massacre ... Raimi sans the laughter."

Posted Apr 5, 2013

Glenn Lovell

35 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"Like his old man, the younger Miyazaki favors limited character animation and luscious water colors. Unfortunately, he lacks his father's storytelling skills. "

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Glenn Lovell

36 88%

The Silence (2013)

"If you're in the mood for an offbeat police procedural, this should be on your must-see list ... Who would have thought something this unrelievedly grim could be, at its dark heart, about unrequited love?"

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Glenn Lovell

37 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

"One of the best actioners in years, Olympus couldn't be more timely. Who would have guessed that as things heat up with Pyongyang, Hollywood would step up with such an effective piece of anti-North Korean propaganda? "

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Glenn Lovell

38 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"Without YouTube's David Blaine vid there wouldn't be a 'Burt Wonderstone' ... You don't have to be a Houdini to escape this enthusiastically tasteless comedy. Just put one foot in front of the other ..."

Posted Mar 16, 2013

Glenn Lovell

39 43%

The Call (2013)

"... this claustrophobic little shocker starts out with promise but soon falls prey to idiotic plotting. It winds up as a lesser variation on 'Silence of the Lambs' ... Sorry, wrong number."

Posted Mar 16, 2013

Glenn Lovell

40 38%

Dead Man Down (2013)

"... a dour little crime thriller that, in the end, proves more infuriating than intriguing. A pity. Oplev remains a talent to watch. He certainly deserves another shot. "

Posted Mar 10, 2013

Glenn Lovell

41 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"... beautifully designed, nicely acted by James Franco as the titular mountebank, and, best of all, it boasts some of the nimblest integration of live action and CG creatures we've encountered."

Posted Mar 9, 2013

Glenn Lovell

42 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"Most of 'Jack' unfolds like a bad roadshow production of The Mouse That Roared ... In Gargantua, however, the fantasy loosens up and for a wee bit feels like LOTR as restaged by Monty Python."

Posted Mar 5, 2013

Glenn Lovell

43 39%

Dark Skies (2013)

"... a bland blend of UFO procedural and the original Amityville Horror ... You can't fault Stewart for attempting a more atmospheric, Ray Bradbury approach to the genre. Too bad he, like Mrs. Barrett, is slamming his head against a sliding door."

Posted Feb 24, 2013

Glenn Lovell

44 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"Mirror reflections, claustrophobic shots, off-center framing are used as effectively here as they were in Rosemary's Baby to suggest creeping paranoia. ... Soderbergh's most assured work since Traffic."

Posted Feb 9, 2013

Glenn Lovell

45 46%

Bullet to the Head (2013)

"Stallone is back with a vengeance. As Jimmy Bobo, New Orleans hitman, he scores his most efficient adrenalin rush since First Blood ... Combines Eastern Promises violence and the buddy banter of 48 HRS."

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Glenn Lovell

46 61%

John Dies at the End (2013)

"Coscarelli's most ambitious venture yet ... the ultimate freak-out, a breathless succession of non-sequitur imaginings. Whether you buy into it will depend on your tolerance for such mind-games. "

Posted Jan 27, 2013

Glenn Lovell

47 19%

Texas Chainsaw (2013)

"The equivalent of filmic road kill ... An abridged version of the original, rendered in bad 3D, serves as a pre-credit set-up and makes us long for the real deal."

Posted Jan 26, 2013

Glenn Lovell

48 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"Wirkola seems to have been aiming for something campy and irreverent. A melding of 'Princess Bride' and 'Witches' perhaps? He misses badly, thanks to the leaden, cliché-riddled script"

Posted Jan 26, 2013

Glenn Lovell

49 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"Kindergarten Cop has been demoted to daycare ... Basically a spaghetti Western outfitted with assault rifles and rocket-launchers, 'Last Stand' should satisfy the Schwarzenegger faithful."

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Glenn Lovell

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