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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"Swanberg has a pleasing command of screen elements and a clear bond with his actors. Happy Christmas is a nice addition to his leisurely but sincere oeuvre."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

2 17%

Very Good Girls (2014)

"Girls reveals plenty of potential, but nothing gels as Foner imagines, making the feature appealing and honest, but only periodically."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

3 40%

Beneath (2014)

"Unable to choose between the horrors of a mine disaster and a ghostly force using the living as puppets. It's disappointing to realize that either direction will yield few thrills."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

4 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"DeMonaco might think he has his finger on the pulse of America with The Purge, but with characters this threadbare and, at times, quite moronic, he's actually making a strong case for this gruesome futureworld. "

Posted Jul 19, 2014

Brian Orndorf

5 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Tape doesn't contain many laughs, even less heat, leaving the viewer with the sight of Segel and Diaz trying to turn a DOA script into the farce it has no interest in becoming. "

Posted Jul 19, 2014

Brian Orndorf

6 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Kids will likely be charmed by anything that's mechanical and has a face, yet the sequel manages to engage older viewers as well, slowly but surely becoming a more appealing franchise than the one that inspired its creation."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

7 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"A disastrous, insufferable movie that bungles emotion at every turn, coating everything in a toxic glaze of self-importance."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

8 18%

Video Games: The Movie (2014)

"Unwilling to jeopardize his access, Snead turns into a salesman. I'd rather hear more about the creation of Pitfall."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

9 ——

Animal (2014)

"Simmons is a capable helmer, presenting a few choice moments of bloodshed and intimidation to make a pile of clichés sit upright for a change. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

10 18%

Tarzan (2014)

"A perfect mute-button movie, better seen than heard."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

11 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Criticisms are few with such bravely measured work, and Dawn succeeds at moving this tale of discord and leadership along, continuing to refuse the invitation to mimic the narrative path of the original series."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

12 17%

Ironclad: Battle for Blood (2014)

"Attempting to cover up production constraints, English makes Battle for Blood visually worthless at times, which doesn't help the picture's ongoing fatigue as it gradually runs out of shock value and fascinating characters."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

13 59%

Hellion (2014)

"Raw and poignant, capturing the bursting aggression of early teenage years and the mummifying trance of grief. It's often heartbreaking and periodically frightening. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

14 22%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"It's partly a big goof and partly a study of hopelessness, keeping A Long Way Down stuck in neutral when it comes to truly exploring its dramatic potential."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

15 54%

Road to Paloma (2014)

"Retains a rich cinematic personality and satisfying performances, keeping just enough emotion on the front burner to help follow the hunt. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

16 43%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"There are numerous questions left unanswered at the end of Yves Saint Laurent, which seems afraid to tackle its subject head-on, mixing vague professional triumphs and tests of skill with human weaknesses."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

17 56%

Made in America (2014)

"Doesn't have the screentime to truly address the nation's woes, but it manages to capture despondency and a building sense of hope through the unification of sound."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

18 100%

A Brony Tale (2014)

"The payoff is just lovely, helping to revive A Brony Tale when it needs it the most, returning focus to the primal release of a man who's terribly excited about group of cartoon ponies and their shared adventures."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

19 ——

L'Éden et après (Eden and After) (1970)

"True to Robbe-Grillet's cinematic approach, it's cold to the touch, but for a low-wattage freak-out, Eden and After achieves its vague goals."

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

20 ——

Sugar Cookies (Love Me My Way) (1973)

"Entertaining in a B-movie way, offering a steady stream of threatening behavior and spastic seductions to help ease an awkward Vertigo-inspired plot into place. "

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

21 ——

Inspector Lewis: Season 7 (TV, 2013)

" Odd at times, but rarely does Inspector Lewis fail when it comes to tinkering with the puzzle of murder, delivering a satisfactory season of slippery suspects and personal inventory. "

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

22 91%

Omar (2014)

"Doesn't provide easy answers as it builds its pressure cooker environment, putting primary attention on the personalities involved, allowing for a human perspective as it details acts of breathless survival and suffocating paranoia."

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

23 100%

Cousin Jules (2013)

"A simple picture, but beautifully symbolic and endlessly fascinated with its subjects, looking to impart an appreciation for routine and its rhythmic elements, questing to manufacture screen poetry along the way. "

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

24 83%

The Escape Artist: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Retains flavor and tension, and while it's unclear where the whole endeavor supposed to travel after the end credits, it's strong enough to support a single interaction with Will Burton and his newly reformatted mind for justice. "

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

25 ——

Home Before Midnight (1979)

"Even when Home Before Midnight insists on banality, it remains just engaging enough to keep watching the downfall of these two dim characters. "

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

26 ——

House of Mortal Sin (The Confessional) (2006)

"In the end, there are more pros than con with House of Mortal Sin, but Walker feels constipated with this effort, unsure if he wants to court controversy or make a cracking chiller. "

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

27 ——

L' Isola degli Uomini Pesce (The Island of the Fishmen) (Screamers) (Something Waits in the Dark) (1979)

"Genre addicts might feel a little let down by the picture's eventual restraint, but what the feature lacks in sustained aggression, it makes up for in tolerable escapism. "

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

28 65%

Cannibal Holocaust (1979)

"Rough, but it's an interesting type of sensationalism from a (thankfully) bygone production era. It's not a film to be enjoyed, but it certainly offers a singular genre bite that's impressively gonzo. "

Posted Jul 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

29 ——

School Dance (2014)

"It's not actually a film, but a 77-minute-long cry for help from a network talent show host and Disney personality who's desperately trying to shed his squeaky clean image."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Brian Orndorf

30 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Evil falters as a police saga and a horror show, finding Derrickson once again flailing with surefire genre elements, laboring to build just one true moment of suspense."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

31 83%

Begin Again (2014)

"Sincerity is missing, replaced by routine and miscasting, and while the songs are pulled off with polish, the rest of the screenplay flounders, hunting for emotional harmony that's never truly believable. "

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

32 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Rich in theme and artistry, Snowpiercer is spellbinding, offering those hungry for big screen anarchy a story that actually provides stakes, causalities, and a paralyzing sting of remorse."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

33 24%

Tammy (2014)

"It's a mess, but a periodically amusing mess thanks to a sturdy line-up of co-stars. I'll give McCarthy this much: she knows how to surround herself with talent. "

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

34 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"A layered look at experience and acceptance from a most eloquent man, and while it indulges an inevitable sense of sadness, it manages to capture the essence of the subject in surprising ways. "

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

35 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Nicely performed by its young cast and features motivations that tease a compelling mystery to come. It eventually falls apart under scrutiny, but its target demographic should get a kick out of it. "

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

36 41%

Premature (2014)

"Even with all its shortcomings, that there's a film out there that uses masturbation as a time travel device is something to celebrate."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

37 11%

Heatstroke (2014)

"Strangely unadventurous, dependent on cliché to connect the dots, refusing the invitation to create a genuine nail-biter in an exotic location. The feature isn't directed, it's merely survived. "

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

38 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Much like the other installments, if you leave the theater without a headache, you've disappointed the producers. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

39 69%

They Came Together (2014)

"The production has a clear goal for the humor here, and they execute everything with a freewheeling attitude. And there's Poehler in a suit of armor. That's always welcome too."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

40 30%

Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2014)

"That I'm actually interested in where the story is headed now is a testament to the picture's ability to engage and periodically disgust. Just keep those expectations down. Way down."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Brian Orndorf

41 76%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"A breezy, riveting sit, sold with humor and passable candor as this nobody who was actually somebody becomes known by everybody."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Brian Orndorf

42 70%

Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014)

"The Passion of the German Runaway."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Brian Orndorf

43 80%

Violette (2014)

"While pacing is sometimes an issue, the emotional textures of the effort are stunning, with Devos digging into the abyssal feeling of dissatisfaction that forced the writer to gut herself to ultimately find peace."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Brian Orndorf

44 22%

Radio Free Albemuth (2014)

"Perhaps for Dick purists, this movie will settle in without disruption, but it certainly doesn't welcome outsiders, preferring tattered credibility to needed accessibility."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Brian Orndorf

45 71%

A Coffee in Berlin (2014)

"Despite Schilling's dutiful effort to embody a man who's trying to slip out of view, A Coffee in Berlin runs out of inspiration, and even the Woody Allen adoration isn't enough to bring it back to life."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Brian Orndorf

46 55%

The Signal (2014)

"Eubank makes up for occasional cinematic stasis with a convincingly mysterious viewing experience that successfully sustains interest all the way to the final frame. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Brian Orndorf

47 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"If the first movie was an irritating, poorly managed tale of people in love, Think Like a Man Too is straight-up obnoxious. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

48 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"Although the movie often goes cross-eyed trying to figure out how to slip out of scenes, it retains joy and a rich sense of curiosity, brought to life through three terrific lead performances."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Brian Orndorf

49 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"Thankfully, there's real depth of feeling and playful perversion shared between Seigner and Amalric, who give already unusual material a wicked spin."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Brian Orndorf

50 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Eastwood has created a cartoon to preserve the Broadway contact high, missing the vitality of the creative process and the combustible personalities involved with some of the biggest hits in rock and roll history."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Brian Orndorf

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