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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The movie has many quiet, insightful moments that lend gravity to the situation, as well as some clever fish-out-of-water character definition."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Burl Burlingame

2 63%

Bad Words (2014)

"It's just too damn amiable to be outrageous, and if it ain't outrageous, it's a swing-and-a-miss at the premise. Not good when playing in Pee Wee League."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Burl Burlingame

3 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

""Need For Speed" is actually based on a best-selling video game, and it certainly has video-game tropes throughout. Video-game players may feel their thumbs reacting unconsciously."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Burl Burlingame

4 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"It's a testosterone-dripping fantasy about blood lust, baby. The characters are based on real people and real events. The mode of storytelling is pure mythology. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Burl Burlingame

5 ——

Beyond Paradise (1998)

"Anyone who remembers kill-haole day in school will identify with "Beyond Paradise." But there aren't many for whom kill-haole day was the defining moment in their lives."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Burl Burlingame

6 33%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"An impossibly sexy operative shows up from the Agency - maybe it's a modeling agency? - and Fausts him a bargain: Kill some bad guys and she'll give him some magic beans ..."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Burl Burlingame

7 48%

RoboCop (2014)

""RoboCop" was released more than a quarter-century ago. Two sobering things about this juicy remake are how little has changed since then - and how much of it has come true."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Burl Burlingame

8 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"In order to sell the film to disinterested modern audiences, Clooney adopts a wisecracking, ironic tone that is surface-level entertaining."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Burl Burlingame

9 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Are we being played? Oh, yeah. Just because the time and place of a film takes place within personal experience doesn't mean it's not a historical epic."

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Burl Burlingame

10 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Corporatist propaganda of the highest order, as the Disney juggernaut congratulates itself on the half-century anniversary of "Mary Poppins.""

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Burl Burlingame

11 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Yes, there was a time when folk music was cool - the artists considered themselves direct conduits to the roiling, engaging psychology of the nation."

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Burl Burlingame

12 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"There are a dozen dwarves, and they all have names that sound like power tools, and their motivation ... well, let's just call them the Ferengi of Middle Earth."

Posted Dec 14, 2013

Burl Burlingame

13 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"A high-concept situation, and potentially a complex, fascinating study of how family and children shape a life for both good and ill. His life has become a Benetton ad."

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Burl Burlingame

14 93%

This Is Martin Bonner (2013)

"A lovely film makes use of fundamental Christian belief, and of lonely men in their autumn years, and of second chances forced upon us, subjects not generally celebrated in Hollywood."

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Burl Burlingame

15 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Of course, it's a true story, at least the kind of true story that Hollywood wishes it could have made up."

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Burl Burlingame

16 ——

Pig Death Machine ()

"Everything here is undercut by deliberate anti-gloss, as if the laws of coherence are too plebeian for the self-imagined lofty artiness of the filmmakers."

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Burl Burlingame

17 89%

Rush (2013)

"Howard pulls off a dramatic switcheroo in "Rush." He presents characters in competition, one a golden god, the other a repellent Ratso - and by the end, we root for Ratso. "

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Burl Burlingame

18 72%

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (2008)

"Miley might not become another Britney, if she keeps away from those way-cute Jonas boys. They look like trouble. I think they've actually experienced hormones."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Burl Burlingame

19 98%

Blackfish (2013)

"In many ways, "Blackfish" is a horror film in which we discover that we have met the monster, and the monster is us."

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Burl Burlingame

20 26%

Planes (2013)

"Visually, "Planes" aircraft characters owe a huge debt to cartoonist Hank Caruso, who's been doing this stuff for decades ... As a movie, "Planes" is pretty meh."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Burl Burlingame

21 25%

Pearl Harbor (2001)

"There's a certain symbolic symmetry here. The Navy and Walt Disney have teamed up on the production, and both view history as something to be managed and exploited. "

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Burl Burlingame

22 59%

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

"Prior to "Tora!" movies showing the attack were jingoistic propaganda; afterwards, the attack was an excuse to indulge in Hollywood's fascination with American self-loathing."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Burl Burlingame

23 ——

The Land Of Eb ()

"A rare, extraordinary film that celebrates the dignity of hard work, as well as the tenuous connections of cultural legacy in a fragmented community."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Burl Burlingame

24 67%

The Road (2012)

"... Enough rattling thrills for the date-night crowd, and enough story and character for older film buffs to chew on. The ride home afterwards might require your high beams."

Posted May 11, 2012

Burl Burlingame

25 95%

Marley (2012)

"The film never shows us Marley in a complete performance. It's hard to understand the magic of a man whose most awesome moments are reduced to edited snippets."

Posted Apr 20, 2012

Burl Burlingame

26 88%

Titanic (2012)

"It is, simply, a great film, a throwback to classic filmmaking, and more than that, an experience with unusual resonance to the world of today."

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Burl Burlingame

27 ——

Dancing Queen (2012)

"Rom-com fantasy that dips precariously into real feeling late in the reels, and because leads Hwang Jung-Min and Um Jung-Hwa have real talent for empathy, we're carried along."

Posted Mar 30, 2012

Burl Burlingame

28 22%

October Baby (2012)

"Heavily vested in its peculiarly glossy agitprop that, like Saint Sebastian, it invites the arrows of kneejerk derision. Too bad, as the film has really lovely performances."

Posted Mar 22, 2012

Burl Burlingame

29 51%

John Carter (2012)

"Great fun as we endure scrape after scrape in this wild, near-hallucinatory landscape, and director Stanton finds the right balance of cheerful solemnity and cheeky humor."

Posted Mar 12, 2012

Burl Burlingame

30 64%

Tomorrow, When the War Began (2012)

""Tomorrow" is less realistic than "Red Dawn," if you can wrap your head around that without making it pop off."

Posted Feb 23, 2012

Burl Burlingame

31 42%

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

"Hey, it moves right along. It rockets on a certain goofy bliss. Never mind the filmmakers have clearly never read the original Verne/Stevenson/Swift books beyond cover blurbs"

Posted Feb 9, 2012

Burl Burlingame

32 ——

All's Well Ends Well 2012 (2012)

"Nothing subtle about the production, which operates as a Cantonese Three Stooges on a neon-colored bender. Which means you often laugh out loud, and then wonder why you did."

Posted Feb 6, 2012

Burl Burlingame

33 ——

Big in Bollywood ()

"A funny, insightful meditation on the trappings of fame, and the key word there is "trap." Also helps explain the foreign excitement of Bollywood to American audiences."

Posted Jan 26, 2012

Burl Burlingame

34 40%

Red Tails (2012)

"A canny homage to a certain genre of film, the aerial adventure story, a type that was popular when airplanes were considered marvelous machines and not merely flying buses."

Posted Jan 25, 2012

Burl Burlingame

35 56%

The Viral Factor (2012)

"A monster rush of muscular action sequences, tepidly glued together with rapidly evaporating logic. Secret agent Man's brain turns to mush, and it spreads to the audience."

Posted Jan 24, 2012

Burl Burlingame

36 41%

The Flowers of War (2011)

"What we have here is a movie that believes it is a massive and glorious heroic epic, when it's really a backlot melodrama."

Posted Jan 19, 2012

Burl Burlingame

37 ——

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

"This is defiantly old-fashioned, high-value entertainment with a glamorous, talented cast. You used to see this sort of thing all the time from Hollywood."

Posted Jan 12, 2012

Burl Burlingame

38 77%

War Horse (2011)

"A tearjerker finale suggests that Joey has the power of restoring sight to the blind. Oh, the noble creatures that make us see ourselves as we really are!"

Posted Dec 28, 2011

Burl Burlingame

39 ——

Living In Seduced Circumstances ()

"OK, it's a low-budget Misery. It's made with technical panache and an interesting palette, however, and the actors are up to the challenge."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Burl Burlingame

40 33%

Arirang ()

" Arirang is insufferable, and it's approaching torture to sit through it. Although we do wish Ki-Duk would climb out of his hole and get on with his life."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Burl Burlingame

41 84%

The Forgiveness of Blood (2012)

"We start out hoping that new freedoms will start to cancel out age-old blood feuds, and wind up simply wishing that a cease-fire can be maintained."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Burl Burlingame

42 50%

The Journals Of Musan (2011)

"A journey through a world of moral and ethical conundrums makes a sobering couple of hours, and also a lively discussion afterwards for amateur Christian theologians. "

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Burl Burlingame

43 92%

Senna (2011)

"While this documentary is unreeling, we're definitely along for the ride. But there's no aftertaste, except for that of burnt metal."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Burl Burlingame

44 100%

Semper Fi: Always Faithful (2012)

"Semper Fi: Always Faithful carefully follows the conduct of this case, which is largely unknown by the general public. It is superbly constructed without being preachy."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Burl Burlingame

45 ——

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2012)

"A hagiographic valentine constructed by overly excited fanboys. Lee's imprint on popular culture deserves better and deeper than this."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Burl Burlingame

46 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"A large patch of the movie's social contract are the Hawaiian notions of 'aina, malama and pono. It joins the short list we aren't embarrassed to screen for malahini."

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Burl Burlingame

47 80%

Littlerock (2011)

"A neatly plotted, observational film about being on the outside looking in, and on the inside looking out."

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Burl Burlingame

48 81%

Red Dog (2012)

"Miners are telling Red Dog stories, and so it's essentially a series of personal flashbacks that grow larger with the retelling, exactly the way mythology gets kickstarted."

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Burl Burlingame

49 75%

Leave it on the Floor (2013)

"Clearly not aimed at a mass audience, who, even if they're open to gay issues, may be turned off by on-the-cheap production values and self-conscious "acting" by principals. "

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Burl Burlingame

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