Willamette Week

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 59%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"The results are so delightful you can't help hoping Law lets his hairline recede and gym membership expire."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Deborah Kennedy

2 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"The lack of clarity is part of the film's appeal. Under the Skin stubbornly refuses to explain itself, letting Johansson's voluptuous body do the talking."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Deborah Kennedy

3 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"Batra allows Ila and Sajaan's relationship to develop slowly and subtly, like an old photograph, and the tender humor adds exactly the right amount of spice to what is already a delicious mix of melancholy and hope. "

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Deborah Kennedy

4 99%

Gloria (2014)

"A triumph of quiet beauty and subtle storytelling that, if you like that sort of thing, will haunt you for days."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Deborah Kennedy

5 83%

Rich Hill (2014)

"Made with the slickness of Clint Eastwood's 'It's Halftime in America' commercial and about as substantive."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Michael Nordine

6 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"The performances are first-rate -- Fiennes and Jones are stellar, as are Kristin Scott Thomas as Nelly's mother and Tom Hollander as playwright Collins -- and the score and period details are sumptuous. But the film still drags."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Deborah Kennedy

7 88%

The Discoverers (2014)

"The Discoverers has, at least for the first half, the deft and funny touch of indie road hits Little Miss Sunshine and About Schmidt. Once in the woods, however, it takes a sharp left onto the beaten path."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Deborah Kennedy

8 89%

The Drop (2014)

"You're always wondering whether there's something slightly off about Bob, or maybe even a brutality to him that he's working to keep at bay. You fear for him once things get going, but also for anyone who pushes him too far."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Michael Nordine

9 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Amazingly, no one gets lost in the shuffle. The Avengers are an all-star team, and directing The Avengers is like coaching one: Half the work is ego management. Of all he accomplishes here, Whedon's greatest achievement is the balance of his script."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Matt Singer

10 49%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Much of this reads as wish fulfillment for Allen, who's spent half a century detailing his fear of mortality. No one, after all, wants to believe in nothing."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Michael Nordine

11 2%

Getaway (2013)

"Little more than a 90-minute chase scene, this film is targeted directly at the Fast & Furious crowd, but it has only one expensive car to smash up instead of many dozen."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Richard Grunert

12 42%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Braff claims to have turned to Kickstarter to avoid financier interference, but nothing in Wish I Was Here feels out of the norm for an Indiewood production."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Michael Nordine

13 84%

Coherence (2014)

"The questions Byrkit raises about the intermingling of previously separate realities may be more inspired than some of the answers that his out-of-their-depth characters stumble upon, but the implications are quietly terrifying nonetheless."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Michael Nordine

14 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"[Apatow] makes responsibility and commitment funny; no mean feat."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Aaron Mesh

15 24%

Tammy (2014)

"If you've seen one Melissa McCarthy movie, you've seen them all."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Michael Nordine

16 83%

Northern Light (2014)

"You feel as though you've been given the keys to a town that trusts you to look around at your own pace and turn off the light on your way out. And the longer you stay, the less you feel like leaving."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Michael Nordine

17 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Its recursive conceit often seems poised to devolve into a cheap gimmick, but, much like Cage, it consistently makes slight course corrections that keep it feeling fresh."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Michael Nordine

18 50%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"It is a funny world in which everyone always witlessly says what they mean, every life episode is dubiously calculated for your favorite character's benefit, and every incompetent person is also morally repellent and physically grotesque."

Posted May 12, 2014

Matthew Korfhage

19 79%

42 (2013)

"42 is a hackneyed, cookie-cutter film that manages to tell us absolutely nothing about a turning point in American history."

Posted May 7, 2014

AP Kryza

20 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"Does a great job of masking how little it has to say about the bloodshed it deals in."

Posted May 2, 2014

Michael Nordine

21 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"In moving between the smaller story of tragic lovers and a greater fable about the dangers of playing God, Pfister's film jackknifes jarringly, with characters inexplicably switching allegiances and fundamentally flipping their ideals halfway through."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

AP Kryza

22 94%

The History Of Future Folk (2013)

"It plays out as a simple, sweet story of two alien lifeforms who discover that falling in love and playing the banjo is a better mission than intergalactic genocide. And that's a message I think we can all get behind."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Ruth Brown

23 84%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"The most interesting thing about The Unknown Known is how seemingly unrevealing it is."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Michael Nordine

24 90%

Alphaville (1965)

"Its melding of classic Hollywood archetypes and a terrifying future was ahead of its time when it was released. Five decades later, filmmakers are still trying to catch up."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

AP Kryza

25 87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"Far From Heaven should create a wider audience for Haynes, long considered one of America's leading independent directors."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Steffen Silvis

26 65%

Bad Words (2014)

"Remember that scene in Billy Madison where Adam Sandler makes fun of a second-grader because she can't spell "couch"? Bad Words is kind of like that, only 90 minutes longer."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Michael Nordine

27 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"That almost none of this makes real-world sense isn't a problem. What is a problem is that much of it isn't even consistent with its own internal logic."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Michael Nordine

28 94%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"Hitchcock by way of Cruising."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Michael Nordine

29 95%

Gabrielle (2014)

"It isn't entirely free of sugar, and by the end loses sight of the qualities that initially made it so engaging."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Michael Nordine

30 93%

Child's Pose (2014)

"Deftly examines loss, dependency, and the delicate bonds that hold families together."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Michael Nordine

31 91%

12 O'clock Boys (2014)

"With so many advocacy documentaries on screens of late, Nathan's unwillingness to take a side is refreshing."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Ruth Brown

32 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"There's no burger phone, but Reitman makes up for it with the most patently absurd baking sequence you'll ever see."

Posted Jan 29, 2014

Michael Nordine

33 93%

The Past (2013)

"Farhadi all but perfects the art of making mountains out of molehills."

Posted Jan 29, 2014

Michael Nordine

34 97%

The Hurt Locker (2009)

"The Hurt Locker is horrifying. It's hopeless. I want to go see it again."

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Aaron Mesh

35 96%

Argo (2012)

"By not pandering sentimentality, Affleck has managed a task that, like its subject, seems impossible: He's taken what others would have turned into farce and emerged with one of the year's best pictures."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

AP Kryza

36 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Berg clearly has nothing but reverence for the armed forces, but that admiration renders him incapable of portraying anything dispassionately."

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Michael Nordine

37 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"The seniors' climactic bout might be the most dispiriting scene to unfold in a boxing ring since a broken-down Mike Tyson surrendered to Kevin McBride back in 2005."

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Curtis Woloschuk

38 98%

Blackfish (2013)

"Plainly, it's an advocacy film. And it's a brilliant one -- nail-biting, upsetting, maddening and at times even uplifting,"

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Ruth Brown

39 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"Let's be clear: This is a popcorn flick. The CGI effects are laughable, and it takes a while to adjust to the willfully cheeseball tone, but once it clicks, it's irresistible. In this world, all you need is love. And sometimes a shotgun."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Kelly Clarke

40 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"It's basically a high-budget take on an old-school samurai flick, with Wolverine as the ronin. And it's as awesome as it sounds."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

AP Kryza

41 96%

Cutie And The Boxer (2013)

"It's a deeply affecting yet keen-eyed portrait of the struggles of art, love and life."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Rebecca Jacobson

42 89%

The World's End (2013)

"Wright is one of the most original and energetic filmmakers out there, and paired with Pegg and Frost's expert rapport and a highly charismatic cast, there is no limit to what the team can tackle."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

AP Kryza

43 14%

47 Ronin (2013)

"A curious folly, albeit an almost endearingly sincere (and strange) one that seems to revere its legendary source material as much as it distorts it."

Posted Dec 25, 2013

Michael Nordine

44 92%

Philomena (2013)

"After the film ends, it's Philomena's story that sticks. Director Stephen Frears and company should be given credit only for staying out of the real Philomena's way."

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Mitch Lillie

45 79%

Quartet (2013)

"While Hoffman seems very aware he's gently closing the book on an entire generation of entertainers, he nonetheless allows them to do what they've always done best: be entertaining."

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Matthew Korfhage

46 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"It's engaging and gut-wrenching -- without diving into an abyss of emotional torture in the name of entertainment."

Posted Dec 21, 2013

AP Kryza

47 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"Faced with an opponent desperately clinging to the last vestiges of his reputation, Gibney uncharacteristically fails to fully pull back the curtain."

Posted Dec 21, 2013

Curtis Woloschuk

48 72%

Go For Sisters (2013)

"Few other filmmakers could handle this material with such an even hand."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Michael Nordine

49 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Sharing in Llewyn's struggle is more than worth the accompanying sorrow."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Michael Nordine

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