After Earth (2013)
The Hangover Part III (2013)
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. "
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
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.' "
"... 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. "
Evil Dead (2013)
From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)
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? "
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? "
"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 ... "
The Call (2013)
Dead Man Down (2013)
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
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. "
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. "
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. "
John Dies at the End (2013)
Texas Chainsaw (2013)
The Last Stand (2013)
"'Mama' is at its scariest when it plays in the shadows and employs Val Lewton shock cuts to make the girls fairly explode into the frame ... Sadly, by story's end a strong sense of CG-laced déjà vu sets in. "
Gangster Squad (2013)
"... a bang-up job of interweaving arty visuals. dour backstory, in-jokes, and, for the series faithful, heartfelt comings and goings ... Bardem is the best (read most twisted) franchise baddie since Heath Ledger's Joker. "
Wake in Fright (2012)
"This outrageously overlooked masterpiece is a wake-up call to film scholars who will now have to rethink what came first ‒ this film or Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs," which basically charts the same territory? "
The Good Doctor (2012)
"... a tale of quiet obsession ... one of those queasy little thrillers, like One-Hour Photo, that'll have you talking back to the screen, shouting, 'No, he wouldn't possibly do THAT!' And then he does. "
"... the best Michael Cimino film not directed by Cimino ... a richly appointed family saga that doles out heartland mythology, old-time religion, star-crossed romance and thick, gooey swaths of the red stuff. "
The Tall Man (2012)
The Apparition (2012)
Premium Rush (2012)
Total Recall (2012)
"the heavy-lidded Farrell makes perfect sense as the futureworld Rip Van Winkle ... the robot army could have marched in from a 'Star Wars' clone. I'd gladly trade it for an exploding Fat Lady and a Johnnycab. "
The Watch (2012)
"... a quasi-rip-off of an infinitely funnier kick-ass Brit comedy 'Attack the Block' ... Costco and Trojan get so many plugs, it joins 'Mac & Me' as the feature-length equivalent of an infomercial. "
"... a major disappointment. 'Alien' fans aren't looking for arty sci-fi or answers to 'the most meaningful questions asked by mankind'; they're looking for something primal, like a cattle prod to the back of the neck. "
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
"... puts the grim back into Brothers Grimm ... Theron is at her best in the early scenes, when she depends on angry scowls and ear steam. She's less effective in banshee mode, screeching, 'I need her heart!' "
Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
"In keeping with some of the better Wrong Turn chillers of recent vintage, the dimwit wayfarers in 'Chernobyl Diaries' break every rule known to horrordom and are, therefore, ripe for catastrophe. Goody, goody. "
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
"The Main Event is pretty much what you'd expect ‒ noisy, overlong, wall-to-wall CG effects and arcane superhero lore ... Yes, it's all fairly formulaic, but on a Wow! scale never before experienced. "
The Road (2012)
Dark Shadows (2012)
The Raven (2012)
"While not as ambitious or romantic as V for Vendetta ‒ the saga of Edgar and Emily never rises to the level of tragic operetta ‒ 'The Raven' benefits from its breathless pacing and stylish camerawork. "
The Three Stooges (2012)
"... fitfully amusing, the Farrellys on their best behavior ... We certainly can't quibble with the casting. These guys are so close to the originals I thought I was watching the Stooges digitally resurrected. "
4:44 Last Day on Earth (2012)