Movies With Butter

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 57%

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

2 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

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

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

3 77%

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

4 77%

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

5 83%

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

6 ——

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

7 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

8 63%

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

9 84%

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

10 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

11 11%

The Nut Job (2014)

"Like The Italian Job but terrible."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

12 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

13 33%

Labor Day (2014)

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

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

14 79%

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

15 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

16 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

17 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)


Posted Nov 11, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

18 94%

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

19 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

20 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

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

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

21 71%

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

22 56%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

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

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Jeff Giles

23 36%

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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 83%

Blue Caprice (2013)

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

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Jeff Giles

30 45%

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

31 89%

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

32 49%

Parkland (2013)

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

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

33 35%

Touchy Feely (2013)

"Shelton's gift is her naturalism."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

34 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

35 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

36 71%

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

37 100%

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

38 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

39 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

40 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

41 30%

Austenland (2013)

"Jennifer Coolidge's accent goes from Australian to pirate in six seconds and the paid cast members sidestep her errors like turds on a hunting green...If only it were funnier. "

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

42 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Beset with enough wonky stepping stones to undermine its use as a political rabble rouser. "

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

43 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"If you buy Sudeikis as a black-marketeer (he's an Ivy League stripper at best) maybe you'll buy Helms as a killer whale collecting king pin."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

44 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"Operatic and heartbreaking."

Posted Aug 5, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

45 80%

Europa Report (2013)

"If the sum is rather less than its parts, those parts are often more entertaining than you might expect."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Jeff Giles

46 ——

Charles Bradley: Soul Of America ()

"Aside from making you want to dance, sing, hug Charles Bradley, and buy all his records, the movie makes you think. This is an important film -- and one that treats the viewer to a damn fine soundtrack in the bargain."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Jeff Giles

47 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"This is the closest to Eric Rohmer Allen's ever got."

Posted Jul 24, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

48 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"It's glorious and a reminder that the scares of a haunted house are visceral and, like Chucky, live on the cusp of childhood, frivolous and frightening."

Posted Jul 22, 2013

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

49 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"For much of its running time, Wan gets a lot of mileage out of toying with the audience's expectations using subtle feints followed by jump-in-your-seat jolts."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Jeff Giles

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