Kansas City Star

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 62%

Lucy (2014)

"The film's tone shifts so drastically, as if Carl Sagan suddenly replaced John Woo as director."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Jon Niccum

2 14%

And So It Goes (2014)

"The plot has the odor of sitcom conventions, but it's less cloying than you might think."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Jon Niccum

3 54%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

""Anarchy" expands the setting and the social commentary, resulting in a fierce thriller that roars with contemporary relevance."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Jon Niccum

4 77%

You're the Worst: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's Gretchen and Jimmy's repartee, their unrelenting need to voice their awful thoughts, that makes Worst worth watching. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Sara Smith

5 56%

Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" But thanks to its excellent cast, led by Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as Russ and Lina, Married rises above its cliched setup. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Sara Smith

6 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The lack of visual creativity is just one of many reasons why The Strain, despite being nauseating, isn't scary. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Sara Smith

7 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

""Dawn" isn't just a rousing summer sequel, it's a testament to Hollywood's fundamental ability to make something from nothing."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Jon Niccum

8 23%

Tammy (2014)

"If ever McCarthy can find the right balance between these brief revelatory scenes and the overloaded gags of her improvising insults and knocking things off shelves in a huff, she might actually make a real movie."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Jon Niccum

9 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The Leftovers has an inherently depressing premise that fascinates in its first few hours. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Sara Smith

10 65%

The Rover (2014)

"The violent, nihilistic and tedious revenge drama emerges as this year's standard for meaningless."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Jon Niccum

11 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

""Think Like a Man Too" ultimately rests on the charm of its cast, an appealing mix of 30- and 40-somethings. Had this been a batch of 20-year-olds, the movie might have come across more crass, more frat party."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Jon Niccum

12 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"This is a movie that is constantly ahead of the audience, where smart characters do smart things to thwart a seemingly smarter menace."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Jon Niccum

13 97%

Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Luckily for us, as the show moves further afield from [Piper's] origin story, it reminds us again and again of that awful truth Piper still can't quite accept: that it's not all about her. "

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Sara Smith

14 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"What helps the picture work - and makes some of the unnecessarily graphic bits easier to forgive - is the interaction between the two leads."

Posted May 29, 2014

Jon Niccum

15 61%

Crossbones: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" [Lowe and Blackbeard's] dynamic evokes the tense partnership between Al Swearengen and Sheriff Bullock in Deadwood. "

Posted May 26, 2014

Sara Smith

16 88%

Chef (2014)

"Few movies are better suited for a dine-in theater."

Posted May 22, 2014

Jon Niccum

17 14%

Blended (2014)

"It's nice that "Blended" showcases the natural wonders of South Africa, but writers Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera seem to have forgotten what century it is."

Posted May 22, 2014

Loey Lockerby

18 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"The novelty has somewhat worn off after we've been bombarded by six previous "X-Men"/"Wolverine" efforts and umpteen other Marvel flicks. But the talent has never been better than in this rousing adventure."

Posted May 22, 2014

Jon Niccum

19 74%

Godzilla (2014)

""Godzilla" fully embraces its blockbuster stature, using high production values, cavernous sets and convincing special effects to create a monstrously entertaining experience."

Posted May 15, 2014

Jon Niccum

20 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Charming and compelling, even when you know what pitch is coming."

Posted May 15, 2014

Jon Niccum

21 79%

Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Penny Dreadful is a smart, self-referential Dracula vs. the Wolf-Man vs. Frankenstein concept delivering the scares, chills and laughs that summer TV needs. "

Posted May 12, 2014

Sara Smith

22 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"What actually resonates is the relationship between Rogen and Byrne. They completely nail the love/hate dynamic of new parents who view their 30s as both a fresh chapter and a death sentence."

Posted May 8, 2014

Jon Niccum

23 5%

'Til There Was You (1997)

"'Til There Was You is a rarity -- a film in which absolutely nothing works. Nothing. Not one redeeming performance. Not one convincing moment. Not one solid laugh."

Posted May 5, 2014

Robert W. Butler

24 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"One must go back to the Joel Schumacher "Batman" fiascos to find a director more disconnected from his superhero source material."

Posted May 1, 2014

Jon Niccum

25 23%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Few movies have gone off the rails on a crazy train more disastrously than this comedy."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Jon Niccum

26 91%

Bears (2014)

"Whether adventurous Scout is getting his claw stuck in a clam or the fuzzball siblings are riding on the back of their mom as she fords a river, the movie is crammed with memorable images. "

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Jon Niccum

27 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Even when ensconced in a traditional shoot-'em-up, the film still kicks around some heady ideas. If only there were some underlying momentum to energize such poetic, intellectual flourishes. "

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Jon Niccum

28 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"More characters, more montages, more singing, more dancing, more preaching - it's certainly more exhausting."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Jon Niccum

29 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"an entertaining mosaic that has more in common with "The Social Network" than "Any Given Sunday.""

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Jon Niccum

30 74%

Oculus (2014)

"What it has going for it is a slow, steady build-up of tension, leading to a final act that makes up in pure intensity what it lacks in originality."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Loey Lockerby

31 88%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"How you feel about it will depend on how much creative debasement you can stand to watch."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Loey Lockerby

32 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The lack of green-screen laziness makes the red, white and blue workmanship pop out that much more."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Jon Niccum

33 20%

Sabotage (2014)

"This is not wink-wink "Commando"-type violence; this is an immersive, documentary-style barrage of exploding heads, torture, guttings and graphic crime scenes - like a drug cartel home movie."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Jon Niccum

34 77%

Noah (2014)

"It rivals "Battlefield Earth," "Showgirls" and other touchstones of bad modern cinema. But it's the kind of bad that only a mad genius like Aronofsky can muster."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Jon Niccum

35 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"Admittedly, "Muppets Most Wanted" doesn't deliver the emotional impact or nostalgic tug of the beloved 2011 reboot. The delights reside in the dippy details, from the absurdist flourishes to the self-referential asides."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Jon Niccum

36 41%

Divergent (2014)

"A satisfying dystopian adventure but not much else."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Loey Lockerby

37 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"For a film about racing, it takes a looooong time to locate the finish line."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Jon Niccum

38 41%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

""Empire" proves that no decapitation can be too slow and no disemboweling too implied."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Jon Niccum

39 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"Peabody may be the embodiment of intellect, but it's his sweet soul that comes across strongest in the film."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Jon Niccum

40 ——

Jayhawkers ()

"Willmott offers a creative and intriguing look at Lawrence in the 1950s."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Loey Lockerby

41 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Neeson proves crucial at turning the wildly implausible "Non-Stop" into a slick, gripping crowd-pleaser."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Jon Niccum

42 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"With his vivid, gorgeous visuals - the film was nominated for an animation Oscar - and his penchant for dark fantasy, Miyazaki takes a straightforward tale and gives it an unexpected sideways kick."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Loey Lockerby

43 36%

Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" NBC isn't shy about axing shows that get off to a shaky start, and Growing Up Fisher might suffer that fate if it doesn't quickly find something to do with this family. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Sara Smith

44 76%

About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Walton and Stockham are a seamless comedy team straight out of the gate. Their banter is more salty and cynical than sappy, but that's how it gets to you. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Sara Smith

45 68%

About Last Night (2014)

""About Last Night" is dirty, sexy and, for the most part, a lot of fun."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

David Frese

46 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Its high production values are in constant competition with its cheeseball special effects."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Jon Niccum

47 85%

House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" if House of Cards, which already has been approved for a third season, wants to retain its punch, it's time for someone to take Frank down a notch. "

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Sara Smith

48 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"What could have emerged as a highbrow spin on "The Dirty Dozen" is instead turned into a flat, disjointed snoozer. "

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jon Niccum

49 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"For a film based on a product tie-in, the filmmakers admirably concoct a movie that never sells out."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jon Niccum

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