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Movies With Butter

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

Rich Hill (2014)

"A movie that will leave you feeling shaken, heartbroken, and probably pretty damn grateful. Not an easy watch by any means, but perhaps a necessary one."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Jeff Giles

2 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"The whole thing comes zipping and bamming out in a rainbow-hued orgy of sci-fi, action, comedy, drama, and (trust me on this) throat-lumpening pathos. It shouldn't work at all, not for a moment, but it does -- and Gunn makes it look easy."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Jeff Giles

3 88%

Willow Creek (2014)

"If the end result can't help but disappoint in a number of ways, it's still quite a bit better than one would really have any right to expect."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jeff Giles

4 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"The sharp script makes ineffectual carnage pretty hilarious, with laughter due in part to the fact we've seen so much of Tom Cruise in BS battle mode there's something cathartic about watching him die on a loop. "

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

5 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"Consider Maleficent an old story told at least partially anew, and fairly captivatingly in the bargain."

Posted May 30, 2014

Jeff Giles

6 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"For a movie that sends an enormous cast hurling around the world and across time, X-Men: Days of Future Past does a pretty darn impressive job of never losing sight of its plot."

Posted May 23, 2014

Jeff Giles

7 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"One of the few obvious would-be franchise starters that actually gives the audience a reason to hope for something even better the second time around."

Posted May 16, 2014

Jeff Giles

8 88%

Chef (2014)

"Lodged somewhere between Jimmy Kimmel's "Mean Tweets" segment and Ratatoulle, this family movie (with a few too many f-bombs) has become a high speed commercial success before it's even hit theaters and the way it's uncompromising will blindside you."

Posted May 6, 2014

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

9 72%

Palo Alto (2014)

"Gia Coppola has taken the hazy danger of the well-heeled teen into another era of whatever-glam."

Posted May 6, 2014

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

10 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"Manhattan's economy is forcing one florist's head down-and Woody Allen figures that head might as well land in a soft place."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

11 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Aims to prove you can't spell "meaningless" without M-E-N."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

12 76%

Anita (2014)

"Anita is not just a film about an activist who made a difference, it's a model of transforming struggle into a more meaningful future."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

13 78%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"It's a fun, light watch, with just enough laughs, twists, and beautiful people to keep a viewer engaged for precisely 107 minutes before wafting back into the cloud."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Jeff Giles

14 84%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"It's entertaining until it isn't, and when it isn't, that's because any movie that takes an honest look at the horrible events covered by this film probably shouldn't be entertaining."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Jeff Giles

15 ——

Soap Life ()

"Whether you're a dedicated soap watcher, a lapsed fan, or someone who's turned up their nose at the daytime dial, Soap Life is worth watching."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Jeff Giles

16 90%

A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014)

"Very sweet, and not in a cloying way; if anything, its exceedingly low-key charms are a blessed relief in a genre that too often relies on aggressively gauzy nostalgia."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Jeff Giles

17 69%

No God, No Master (2014)

"Strathairn delivers even canned lines like they're fresh from the vine, and Ray Wise, as one of two characters without an accent, is again brilliant at being the most duplicitous man you can't beat with common sense or a stick. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

18 86%

Run & Jump (2014)

"This is familiar stuff, but in between the rusty narrative framework, Run & Jump boasts a big, beautiful heart."

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Jeff Giles

19 64%

Old Goats (2014)

"With nowhere to go and no real urgency to get there, it's ultimately more of a dull disappointment than the flash of tender insight it should have been."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Jeff Giles

20 10%

The Nut Job (2014)

"Like The Italian Job but terrible."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

21 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Would resemble a senior version of Valley of the Dolls if it had even a smidge of desiccated glamor (a la Sunset Boulevard) or really any justification for the addictions on display-but such moralizations are void here. "

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

22 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"The most impressively cultivated tension director Jason Reitman's made to date."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

23 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"A surprisingly apologetic celebration of Papa Walt and the herculean effort required to bring Mary Poppins to screen. "

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

24 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Wolf of Wall Street is a cinematic amphetamine. It moves at break neck speed for almost three hours and after, you'll leave the theater wanting the gym."

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

25 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"The most exciting thing about David O. Russell's operatic-comedy American Hustle is how every piece of it double plays us. "

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

26 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Delightful."

Posted Nov 11, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

27 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Dallas Buyer's Club doesn't want your love, it wants your respect and all the work's on the screen."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

28 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"As an actor, Redford feels impenetrable which may be why it's easy to project yourself onto him, but the title, like the protagonist, stands like a dare to reverse fate."

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

29 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"A parable about the fragility of the middle class."

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

30 73%

Zero Charisma (2013)

"A surprisingly thoughtful look at nerd psychology, as well as a subtle indictment of the sort of gleeful ironic detachment that triggers reflexive scorn in the presence of unabashed passion."

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Jeff Giles

31 56%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"A movie that's more interesting than entertaining."

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Jeff Giles

32 30%

Last Love (2013)

"At its most crucial moments, the movie feels arbitrary; you watch people doing things, and rather than be affected by those actions in any way, all you can do is wonder why they're happening."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Jeff Giles

33 97%

Gravity (2013)

"No matter what kind of film fan you might be, Gravity offers 91 of the most unforgettable minutes you're likely to spend at a theater anytime soon."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jeff Giles

34 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Sexy, insightful and maybe a little twee, Don Jon is about to hit its demographic like a toy commercial on Saturday Morning. "

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

35 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Gravity to spare and performances to talk about...worth a risk, even if you're prone to nightmares."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

36 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"The way Holofcener redeems tiny tragedies from the wastebasket and gives them a saltbath in sidelong humor is a gently heroic gesture."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

37 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"Whether or not you've even heard of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, or Lynyrd Skynyrd, this is one lovely testament to the the power of the human heart."

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Jeff Giles

38 83%

Blue Caprice (2013)

"It's just a movie, but it might also be a warning."

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Jeff Giles

39 48%

All Is Bright (2013)

"You don't feel like anyone's better off at the end of this film, and none of the characters seem to have learned much of anything. It's just a dark interlude in their lives that ends with a sigh and a shrug."

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Jeff Giles

40 90%

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013)

"They say information wants to be free, but after watching this delightful documentary, I'm not so sure -- I think what it might really want is to be wanted."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Jeff Giles

41 48%

Parkland (2013)

"Embracing ambiguity in a story of this magnitude is plain cowardly."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

42 35%

Touchy Feely (2013)

"Shelton's gift is her naturalism."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

43 2%

Getaway (2013)

"It's as if the director saw a Paul Greengrass fight and figured excitement is the result of confusion and loud noises."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

44 31%

Adore (2013)

"Depicted believably, painfully, and poignantly, we could reread this as a horror story-this could be the Winter Romance Caroline Schumacher (Cindy Grover) pined for in Network, and she's fortunate she missed it."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

45 68%

I Declare War (2013)

"Anyone with even the faintest memory of their middle-school years should come away feeling bittersweet recognition -- and maybe even a little shaken up, too."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Jeff Giles

46 100%

Rewind This! (2013)

"Even if you grew up during the VHS era, you may never have connected the dots between the format's '80s home invasion and the entertainment marketplace we live in now -- an evolution Rewind This! traces in fascinating fashion."

Posted Aug 28, 2013

Jeff Giles

47 93%

This Is Martin Bonner (2013)

"If you consider yourself any kind of film fan, I can't recommend This Is Martin Bonner highly enough."

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Jeff Giles

48 35%

Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013)

"Bereft of momentum or purpose, it just sort of putters around on the narrative byways for a couple of hours until it coasts to a stop."

Posted Aug 25, 2013

Jeff Giles

49 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"Even though you might look at Drinking Buddies' poster and blanch at the memory of rental fees lost to low-grade exercises in '90s indie cinema, it's actually got a lot more going for it."

Posted Aug 21, 2013

Jeff Giles

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