Schmoes Know

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 64%

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

"A film with lots of funny situations that the entire family can enjoy, and with an 82 minute running time it tidies up quick. "

Posted Oct 14, 2014

Mark Ellis

2 23%

Dracula Untold (2014)

"Universal is hoping this will be the dawn of a new age for their classic monster franchises...but after seeing "Dracula Untold", my guess is Frankenstein and the Mummy won't be returning calls anytime soon."

Posted Oct 14, 2014

Mark Ellis

3 47%

The Judge (2014)

"Some of the subplots feel a bit "August: Osage County" for dudes, and the film nay fall short of it's stars' considerable pedigree...but "The Judge" is still a solid film that entertains throughout it's 2-plus hour running time. "

Posted Oct 14, 2014

Mark Ellis

4 47%

The Judge (2014)

"The film clocks in at a beefy two hours, twenty minutes run time...it's too long for a film that otherwise has a very engaging story with two great lead performances. "

Posted Oct 14, 2014

Kristian Harloff

5 31%

Annabelle (2014)

"A pleasant surprise at the movies this weekend...and in the household of evil dolls, she wears the pants. "

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Mark Ellis

6 85%

The Good Lie (2014)

"It never shies away from the horrors of war-torn parts of Africa, yet it is also able to deftly change gears to have a sense of humor and keep us engaged throughout this emotional whirlwind. "

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Mark Ellis

7 96%

Whiplash (2014)

"A story that rarely breaks tempo, and it's incredible performances will no doubt be marching into award ceremonies in the coming months."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Mark Ellis

8 62%

The Equalizer (2014)

"Denzel's performance and the film's high-voltage action premise make it one to watch this fall season."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Mark Ellis

9 74%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

""The Boxtrolls" took years of blood, sweat and clay to come to life...and I'm happy to report it was all worth it."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Mark Ellis

10 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"Perry, Patrick Harris and others all join Affleck and Pike with tremendous performances. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross once again create the perfect score to accompany Fincher's mood. "

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Mark Ellis

11 74%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

"While the film contains some scary images and dark moments that could frighten the very little kiddies, this film should entertain a wide swath of the public as the humor is easily relatable to multiple generations."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Kristian Harloff

12 96%

Whiplash (2014)

"A story that is engaging throughout, and the music is perfectly employed...but it's Teller and especially Simmons who make this one of the must-see films of 2014."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Kristian Harloff

13 85%

The Good Lie (2014)

"The most powerful scenes might be the gut-wrenching trek the Sudan people must make in search of a safer land than their war-torn home, and it adds a depth that separates "The Good Lie" from most other cinematic experiences."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Kristian Harloff

14 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"A terrific multi-layered thriller that is sure to be ranked near the top of the list for best films of the year."

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Kristian Harloff

15 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"The acting is solid, but inevtiably "The Maze Runner" doesn't feel that satisying to complete."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Kristian Harloff

16 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"It's ending may feel underwhelming, but the fun of a maze is never in it's completion, right? "

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Mark Ellis

17 67%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"Although the overall tone of "A Walk Among the Tombstones" takes itself too seriously, it's always great to see Liam Neeson threaten a baddie on the phone. Thankfully, the rest of the movie doesn't suck, either."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Mark Ellis

18 67%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"It excels at being a dark, gritty tale of vengeance...and it's at least something to get the fall movie season back on track. "

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Kristian Harloff

19 22%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"I think kids can get on board with most of what this latest edition offers; as a lifelong fan of the franchise I only wish that the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" got to be in their own movie more."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Kristian Harloff

20 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Gunn has helped take a relatively unknown property and made a film that will surely help blast these incredible characters to a level of fame that will spread across the galaxy."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Kristian Harloff

21 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"What could have at least been a fun, eyeball-popping natural disaster flick instead becomes an exercise in what not to do with a summer movie."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Kristian Harloff

22 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Although I had fun, this franchise has overstayed its welcome. "

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Kristian Harloff

23 93%

Frank (2014)

"Fassbender proves his range whether he's a mutant wearing a helmet...or a quirky lead singer wearing a mask."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Kristian Harloff

24 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Bravo James Gunn; he took a lesser-known comic book and spun it into the most entertaining ride I've had all year."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Mark Ellis

25 22%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"The film isn't without it's flaws, but the gamble to use CGI/performance capture to bring the turtle boys to life pays off, and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is a solid opening to what hopefully becomes another series of fun summer films."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Mark Ellis

26 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

" There's a some silly fun to be had with the sheer scope of the weather involved...but "Into the Storm" just can't muster enough force to be fresh."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Mark Ellis

27 20%

Let's Be Cops (2014)

""Let's Be Cops" should be the last time anyone thinks of impersonating a police officer...hopefully it's first of many big-screen team-ups between it's stars."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Mark Ellis

28 35%

The Giver (2014)

"Even though "The Giver" doesn't feel as original as it's source material deserves, it's still a credible film that should rise above most of it's competition."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Mark Ellis

29 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"I'll still be the first in line for another installment, but I'm hoping that "The Expendables 3" can be like that weaker episode of "The A-Team"...fun but let's get it right next time."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Mark Ellis

30 93%

Frank (2014)

"The film slowly gets away from quirky and gets darker and darker, but never loses it's comic sensibilities. "

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Mark Ellis

31 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"It's an acheivement unlike anything I've seen before, so I gotta go big: 5/5 Schmoes for "Boyhood". To paraphrase another Linklater film...your first priority of the summer should be to see this movie. (Then lay back and crank some Foghat.)"

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Mark Ellis

32 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"A masterpiece of the highest order! Get to a theater near you to witness it first hand. If no one will drive you, I'm sure there's an ape on a horse nearby."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Mark Ellis

33 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Led by motion-capture pioneer Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbel, these performances should make a serious case for Oscar consideration. These are real actors that are able to express depth of emotion just like their all-human counterparts. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Kristian Harloff

34 66%

The Rover (2014)

"This role proves Pattinson has serious acting chops. He's mesmerizing, as is Guy Pearce: always a versatile actor who nails every look, glance, and eye twitch."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Mark Ellis

35 66%

The Rover (2014)

"The Rover is not meant for everyone, but it's worth consideration if you don't mind getting lost in David Marchad's bleak Australian future for a couple hours."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Kristian Harloff

36 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"It's a film with some very sad moments and will definitely ellicit more tears than probably any movie this summer, but it's also one of the best this season has to offer."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Kristian Harloff

37 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Yes you might cry, but you'll also find a lot to be happy about and thankful for with "The Fault in Our Stars"."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Mark Ellis

38 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"Like most evil villains in movies, "Maleficent" had all the tools to be very good...and it instead went down the wrong path."

Posted May 30, 2014

Mark Ellis

39 49%

Maleficent (2014)

" Overall though, "Maleficent" just can't muster much magic with it's arresting new take on the classic villain. This isn't the scariest creature in movie history anymore, it's just a woman who should've known better than to trust a guy."

Posted May 30, 2014

Kristian Harloff

40 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"A fresh premise, engaging chemistry and incredible sci-fi action make it the surprise movie of the summer. "

Posted May 28, 2014

Mark Ellis

41 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"It's "Aliens" meets "Groundhog Day" meets "Starship Troopers" meets "Source Code", and each of those films' best traits are expertly deployed into "Edge of Tomorrow". "

Posted May 28, 2014

Kristian Harloff

42 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"Comedy is certainly subjective, but as a fan of MacFarlane's other work I found "A Million Ways to Die in the West" a comedy misfire."

Posted May 28, 2014

Kristian Harloff

43 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

""X-Men: Days of Future Past" uses fantastic storytelling and mesmerizing action to become the greatest film any mutants - teenage or otherwise - have ever been a part of. "

Posted May 23, 2014

Mark Ellis

44 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Quite simply, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" ensures the legacy of the "X-Men" movies being among the best franchises the comic books have to offer."

Posted May 23, 2014

Kristian Harloff

45 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"I'm happy to report that scenes like Jaws emerging from the ocean and John McClane leaping off of Nakatomi plaza may now welcome a new VIP into their club: Godzilla, party of one. "

Posted May 12, 2014

Mark Ellis

46 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"As great as the ending is, I just can't help but think that I wanted more."

Posted May 12, 2014

Kristian Harloff

47 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"The climax and resolution gave me hope for the future of this franchise, but as for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" it might have to settle for being just another good blockbuster this summer."

Posted May 8, 2014

Mark Ellis

48 72%

Palo Alto (2014)

"This film is an accurate, if not wholly engaging, depiction of young life at a cross-roads. Whether anyone made it across is not the point...it's that there was an effort made to at all."

Posted May 8, 2014

Mark Ellis

49 88%

Chef (2014)

"The perfect summer movie to spell you in between blockbusters...it's not a "popcorn movie", but make sure you have something to eat during this one."

Posted May 8, 2014

Mark Ellis