Patheos

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 32%

The Giver (2014)

"An ambitious film that addresses what it means to be human. It unabashedly appeals to our better natures. In a world addicted to irony, it is unapologetically sincere. Adults as well as children should go see this fantastic film."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

2 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"'Get On Up' makes you feel, rather than tells you about, the groove that ran through the life of James Brown. This is not a movie about The Black Man, it is a movie about a black man. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

3 89%

Calvary (2014)

"This priest cuts through false motives, calls people on their baloney, talks to them straight, loves them despite themselves. Sort of like his Lord. No wonder they want to kill him. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

4 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"The very things that others love, the meandering, unfocused essences of the movie, were the things that I disliked. Variety is the spice of life, right?"

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

5 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"No good roles for women in movies, you say? Hudson's Sarah consciously and joyfully embraces her midlife transition to matriarch of a family. She is up to the task. I wish there were more like her."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

6 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"A story about real peacemaking that manages to both instruct and delight in classic fashion. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

7 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"The storyline of Earth to Echo may seem familiar, but don't let that stop your kids from enjoying this sweet, child-driven adventure."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

8 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"A story about daring to love in the face of death, well, it's really all our stories if we are brave enough."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

9 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"By the second half of the film, I was utterly invested in these characters and their relationship, even though Cage is the only one who "remembers" all their experiences together."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

10 32%

Windtalkers (2002)

"From the fluttering flags to James Horner's shamelessly manipulative music, this is more like a patriotic "Heritage Moment" than a film about actual people."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

11 91%

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

"Watching these actors work together is a real treat, and they more than make up for the script's deficiencies."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

12 48%

Star Trek Generations (1994)

"The one major drawback to this film is its summary dismissal of Captain Kirk from the Star Trek universe. The torch that is supposedly being passed between generations here is little more than a fizzled matchstick."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

13 63%

Priest (1995)

"The makers of Priest claim that their film is meant to be a catalyst for change within the Catholic church, but their confrontational approach does more harm than good to their cause."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

14 94%

Central Station (Central do Brasil) (1998)

"Central Station tells a familiar story, but it makes use of its setting in an original and thoughtful way."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

15 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"It lacks the irony of "Shrek" and "Wicked." And that's a good thing. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

16 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Everything you want in a time-traveling, mutant-filled, disco-styled, over-the-top, effects-filled extravaganza."

Posted May 23, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

17 18%

Moms' Night Out (2014)

"While the gender roles here may be a bit archaic, I actually found myself thinking that the film went out of its way to show at least some diversity among its characters."

Posted May 21, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

18 94%

Her (2013)

"'Her' reduces love to a purely intellectual pursuit. The body is oddly irrelevant, the soul absent, reproduction abandoned. The result is dehumanizing. And yet fascinating."

Posted May 16, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

19 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"This monster may not reflect terror and grief over nuclear war, but he sure is fun to watch. And you can bring the kids!"

Posted May 16, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

20 89%

Locke (2014)

"This film explores manhood in a way few do: The jaw-clenched man determined to do the right thing, the man set in his course who will not be swayed, the man who has taken his own measure and who cares only for that measure."

Posted May 2, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

21 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Mostly lightweight, but the most interesting part of the movie is Jamie Foxx as Electro. This villain embodies black rage, more Malcolm X than mutant."

Posted May 1, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

22 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"The main thing that stayed with me on the trip home after seeing the film was the characters themselves, who are believably vulnerable, resourceful, devious and empathetic as the story demands."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

23 46%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"Things get sticky when the film changes the actual content of Colton's visions, and the lessons that both Colton and his father draw from those visions."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

24 20%

Legion (2010)

"There are so many things that could have been done with this premise that the movie simply doesn't do. Doesn't even think of doing."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

25 63%

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

"If only good intentions were enough. The newest film in the series offers us more of the same - and indeed, it offers us too much more."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

26 89%

Spider-Man (2002)

"Raimi, working from a screenplay credited to David Koepp, powerfully captures the moral issues at stake as Peter grows into the web-slinging super-hero."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

27 63%

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

"These bad-boy auteurs will have to discover some new ideas if they don't want to end up as terminally soulless as the monsters who stalk their movie."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

28 14%

Four Rooms (1996)

"An utterly lackluster production that most involved would be wise to keep out of their portfolios. The only director to come out of this mess looking good is Rodriguez."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

29 88%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"Raises a host of fascinating questions about the nature of justice and vengeance, and how these things are understood in both the Jewish and Christian traditions."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

30 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"The film sets up a conflict but can't decide whose side it's on -- which makes for a curiously subversive bit of entertainment but also leaves the story feeling quite muddled, especially in its final moments."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

31 17%

God's Not Dead (2014)

"A sloppily written, badly argued, unevenly acted film about a first-year college student who tries to prove the existence of God within weeks of setting foot on campus."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

32 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"In a nutshell, for all its digitally-enhanced, disaster-movie bombast, Pompeii is a fairly boring, predictable and uninspired little film."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

33 13%

The Bible: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Instead of coming away changed, the viewer comes away feeling good about a story of "change." And that is not quite the same thing. "

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

34 50%

Samson and Delilah (1949)

"The film cannot avoid the broad contours of Samson's story, of course, but it does tweak things in ways that make Samson look a little more heroic."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

35 69%

About Time (2013)

"The film matures from a mere romcom into something older and wiser, as Tim and his dad have some heart-to-hearts that end up becoming lessons for all of us in how to live."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

36 97%

Gravity (2013)

"The fact that the film touches on spiritual themes at all is worth noting, and makes this film just a little bit more than the thrill ride that all the ads have promised."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

37 77%

Noah (2014)

"But the fascinating thing about this film is how utterly different it is from the Bible movies that came before it. Aronofsky has not revived the genre so much as he has utterly transformed it."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Peter T. Chattaway

38 65%

Bad Words (2014)

"Perhaps Jason Bateman serves his edgy audience by bringing them a redemption story in their own language. Perhaps he crosses lines that shouldn't be crossed. Perhaps both."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

39 41%

Divergent (2014)

"She's nothing like Bella, that vampire-girlfriend, and this romance is nothing like Twilight."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

40 77%

Noah (2014)

"It's the kind of movie that Christians, indeed everyone, should want Hollywood to make."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

41 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"It works on all levels: as a fun, funny movie to enjoy with family, as a commentary on the conformity of society and its lack of creativity, as an ode to human connections, and even, if you squint just right, an exploration of the nature of God."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

42 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"A powerful telling of a true story that reminds us there is a qualitative difference between America and the evils we fight at such great cost. This devastating movie will make you proud."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Rebecca Cusey

43 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"Enough quirky, charming moments, as Walter travels the odd corners of the world, to elevate the film to something enjoyable. It has its own sense of delight."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Rebecca Cusey

44 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"It's not ok to make three hours of graphic sex, epic drug binges, and general debauchery as boring as it is in The Wolf of Wall Street."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Rebecca Cusey

45 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"On paper, American Hustle should be the movie of the year and sweep the Oscars, but its supreme promise fades once the lights go down in the theater. It's good, not great."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Rebecca Cusey

46 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Memo to schoolchildren planning on watching Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy in lieu of reading the novel for your book report: Don't. You could read the book in less time than watching the movies."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Rebecca Cusey

47 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Created by Disney, lauding Walt Disney, about the creation of a Disney classic, it has much the same effect as a trip to Disneyland: It's a heartwarming, sweet, kind, and fantastical ride that works best if you never wonder what's behind the curtain."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Rebecca Cusey

48 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Like the road trip that fills the bulk of the story, it's a ride that feels awkward and even pointless at first, but one you're sure glad you took by the end."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Rebecca Cusey

49 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"This movie makes you believe in revolution."

Posted Nov 20, 2013

Rebecca Cusey

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