Kansas City Star

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 89%

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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 71%

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

6 84%

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

7 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

8 22%

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

9 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

10 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

11 40%

Divergent (2014)

"A satisfying dystopian adventure but not much else."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Loey Lockerby

12 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

13 42%

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

14 78%

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

15 ——

Jayhawkers ()

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

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Loey Lockerby

16 59%

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

17 88%

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

18 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

19 77%

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

20 69%

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

21 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

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

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Jon Niccum

22 88%

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

23 33%

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

24 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

25 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"The erratic drama is best enjoyed for its camp value. There are some unintentionally funny moments in the "nobody puts Baby in a corner" league."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Jon Niccum

26 50%

Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)

"Sometimes slasher flick, sometimes courtroom drama, this Lizzie is a cynically dark, shamefully fun account of an all-American crime."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Sara Smith

27 22%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

""Gimme Shelter" strives to be a gritty drama about an abused teen struggling to find a better life. But it comes across more as a calculated vehicle for a former teen idol to find better roles."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Jon Niccum

28 58%

Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Black Sails is exactly like the 18th-century Caribbean pirates it brings to life: dirty, amoral and worth stomaching only when there are no women around. "

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Sara Smith

29 47%

Flowers in the Attic (2014)

"Lifetime goes there, then backs away from the issue immediately, making for some scenes that add nothing to the story but brief bouts of nausea."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Sara Smith

30 11%

The Nut Job (2014)

"The tonal clangs that thwart "The Nut Job" are exemplified during the screwy end credits. Out of nowhere, an avatar of international pop star Psy emerges and starts dancing alongside the cast to his so-two-years-ago hit "Gangnam Style.""

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Jon Niccum

31 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"You may not remember much about "Ride Along" in a few days. But you won't forget the confident, boisterous Hart. He won't let you."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Jon Niccum

32 87%

True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The taut script and spot-on dialogue takes us on a '90s noir roller coaster ride of Shakespearean tragedy with fearless literary aspirations, delivered by two actors at the top of their game. "

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Sara Smith

33 69%

Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" This season's repetitive tropes, recycled conflicts and predictable heartbreak are not worth the trouble this time around. I watched it, so you don't have to. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Sara Smith

34 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"There's hardly a frame in this sour drama where you won't catch Streep "acting." Rolling her eyes. Gesturing wildly. Cackling. She might as well be carrying a shotgun the whole movie to fire after every sentence."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Jon Niccum

35 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

""Lone Survivor" illustrates for a new generation the difficulty our young women and men face in fighting an enemy that wears no uniform, marches under no flag and calls no country home."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

David Frese

36 94%

Her (2014)

"Like the OS1, the plot of "Her" is always evolving in unpredictable ways."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Jon Niccum

37 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"There's a certain hollowness to Scorsese's rags-to-riches-to-plea-bargaining tales. A hangover quality. It's less noticeable in "Wolf" because of the sheer force of DiCaprio's portrayal."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Jon Niccum

38 30%

Grudge Match (2013)

""Grudge Match" could have been a cash-grab disaster. Instead, it's sort of respectable."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Jon Niccum

39 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"It provides a simple (maybe simplistic) wake-up call for those dreamers too apprehensive, too comfy, too set in their ways."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Jon Niccum

40 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"Some of the film is shallow and rushed, but when it stops to take a breath, it offers a context for the news stories that have come in the wake of Mandela's recent death."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Loey Lockerby

41 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"The project is well-cast and sharply assembled. But like a lot of recent Disney projects, it's more professional than inspiring."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Jon Niccum

42 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"It's both fresh and familiar, comedy and tragedy, straightforward narrative and think-piece parable. It's also one of the best films of the year."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Jon Niccum

43 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Though the maneuvering almost descends into tedium at times, Russell has created a dense and operatic portrait in which nothing is as it seems."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

David Frese

44 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"This movie is so lazy it might as well star Adam Sandler."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Jon Niccum

45 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"From the twisted darkness of Mirkwood Forest to the sparkling beauty of a giant gold statue, Jackson makes sure viewers feel as if they've stepped into another world (with or without 3-D). Plus, it has a spectacular dragon. Who doesn't love that?"

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Loey Lockerby

46 61%

Bonnie & Clyde: Season 1

" Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch are pretty great as Bonnie and Clyde, despite a just-servicable script to explain how Clyde won Bonnie's anxiety-ridden, artistic heart: through her scrapbook. "

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Sara Smith

47 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"The film plays like a meandering art-house piece until the seen-it-a-million-times finale, which offers up the kind of primal justice that those yahoos in the audience who haven't already fallen asleep will likely appreciate."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Jon Niccum

48 92%

Philomena (2013)

"The spotlight shines on the script and characters, and Frears couldn't have two better collaborators."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Loey Lockerby

49 89%

Frozen (2013)

""Frozen" has all the allure of a snow globe. It whips up a grand, wintry beauty, but it does little else. And there are dozens of other Disney globes just like it."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Jon Niccum

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