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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014)

"Nicely acted and emotionally genuine, the picture doesn't necessarily demand attention, but it earns appreciation through its delicate, nicely observed handling of sensitive issues. "

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

2 36%

Just a Sigh (2014)

"Sigh doesn't capture the senses in a compelling manner, but its elusiveness is actually effective, requiring an audience willing to give up on reason to take on the mysteries of attraction. "

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

3 21%

Stay (2014)

"I can't imagine what type of picture there would be without Quinn and Schilling's commitment, but their professional investment helps to save a mediocre movie from becoming just another bland soul-searching drama."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

4 25%

A Simple Wish (1997)

"Not even Short can make A Simple Wish memorable, often looking as though he's merely surviving the work, stripped of his killer instinct. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

5 42%

Big Fat Liar (2002)

"It's a feature best viewed on mute. Or not at all. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

6 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Imagine a blend of The Muppet Movie, Mel Brooks, and Where's Waldo? and you're halfway to the carnival ride viewing experience Anderson delivers with this gem. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

7 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"It's loud and slick, but Need for Speed promises more than it can deliver, trying to expand on simple charms when all anyone truly wants is a joyride."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

8 17%

The Single Moms' Club (2014)

"Insulting, but that's par for the course with Perry, who can always be counted on to misinterpret his own plots. "

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

9 21%

Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

"Good work remains despite obvious obstacles, though it's disheartening to see the production settle for less when closing out this entertaining feature, diminishing the few highlights it delivers."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

10 83%

Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014)

"Against all odds, they've managed to succeed where many efforts fail, returning the tension and peculiarity of the premise for another go-around of telekinetic terror. "

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

11 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

"Refusing insincerity, demanding attention, and committed to the art of performance, Stritch's life seems tailor-made for a documentary."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

12 95%

Child's Pose (2014)

"Raw and frighteningly authentic, the feature has a causal immorality that's fascinating to watch unfold. "

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

13 65%

U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2014)

"Provocative, though it never builds to astonishing peaks of illness. Instead, it remains somewhat faithful to the crime, which is just crazy enough to keep the feature intriguing."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

14 84%

Teenage (2014)

"Mesmeric work, informative and engaging, allowing an understanding of juvenile appetites as they were shaped through decades of dismissal and war."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

15 44%

The Face of Love (2014)

"Posin almost nails the subtlety of temptation, delivering an hour of compelling, provocative drama. He doesn't stick the landing, which ends up the most important element of this interesting effort. "

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

16 12%

The Right Kind of Wrong (2014)

"Teeming with mismanaged ideas, but Kwanten's blank slate approach crushes the picture's hope for lasting appeal."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

17 23%

Shirin In Love (2014)

"Love almost seem ashamed of its heritage, electing shed its personality to make a movie we've all seen a hundred times before. "

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

18 83%

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

"After all, it's not every day that one encounters a sensitive tale of sisterhood that also contains an element of cannibalism. For that alone, the movie deserves respect. "

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Brian Orndorf

19 52%

Far and Away (1992)

"Away isn't for cynics, providing an authentic rush of experience that makes the effort feel huge, even when it details the smallest interests of the heart. "

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

20 84%

Mysterious Skin (2005)

"Contains a few flat notes of community participation, but Araki locates all the necessary surges of hopelessness and misguided desire, ending victorious in his quest to adapt Scott Heim's provocative novel. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

21 ——

Blood Letter ()

"A feast for the eyes with its dazzling colors, far off locations, and vivid costuming. Just make sure you have a pen and a pad handy to keep characterizations in check. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

22 79%

Bethlehem (2014)

"Despite a few hiccups in pace and tone, Bethlehem is a forceful, convincing picture, seizing a specialized tension that promises interesting work from Adler in the future."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

23 91%

12 O'clock Boys (2014)

"There's no balance of perspective, but what the feature lacks in fullness it makes up for in pure energy, extracting a sense of life in motion as its influence by a false sense of security."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

24 68%

Visitors (2014)

"Challenging work but also soothing and richly exploratory, acting as a continuation of Reggio's filmmaking interests with a newfound sense of digital liberation."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

25 25%

Awful Nice (2014)

"Delivers a steady stream of laughs and an accurate depiction of sibling rivalry, contributing to a funny, freewheeling effort that's missing focus, but finds an unusual personality of its own. "

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

26 10%

The Bag Man (2014)

"Grovic is lucky to have the professionals around, as this shabby mystery has little to offer audiences besides unintentional laughs. "

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

27 78%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"If only there was a WABAC machine for screenwriting."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

28 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Provides a more inventive, wrecked viewing experience, trusting in the tenets of violence and heroism to craft a rousing blitz of war zone mayhem, with Murro delivering on the challenge one squirting neck wound at a time."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

29 ——

Detective Downs ()

"Mildly comedic, unexpectedly sexual, and fantastically entertaining, Detective Downs is a tonally secure gem. "

Posted Mar 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

30 ——

That's the Way of the World (2006)

"World has much to share on the topic of corruption and the burn of self-preservation, articulated with a wonderfully combative atmosphere and a distinct groove."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Brian Orndorf

31 ——

Flavia, la Monaca Musulmana (The Heretic) (The Rebel Nun) (Flavia, Priestess of Violence) (1974)

"Heretic can be crude with bizarre flashes of brutality, but it remains potent and thought-provoking, reflecting on a bound existence with unusual patience and respect for its audience. "

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Brian Orndorf

32 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"Rises is as fascinating as the rest of Miyazaki's work. It lacks magical creatures and lush realms, but it retains a personal perspective and fascination with exploring a changing world."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

33 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Despite a crackerjack premise and a decent first hour of suspense, Non-Stop abandons the art of surprise to magnify its menace, losing the promise of clandestine evildoing to play up Neeson's knighthood."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

34 34%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"Unnecessary overkill, either explaining things or destroying things as it inspects the titular character's powers. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

35 48%

Stalingrad (2014)

"At the very least, the bigness of the movie is diverting, showing the world that Russia can create just as much noise at the multiplex as its competition. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

36 8%

Chlorine (2014)

"Derivative and unresponsive, Chlorine tanks every idea it submits, incapable of achieving the pathos it sets out for itself, lost to filmmaking limitation and thematic inertia. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

37 11%

Barefoot (2014)

"There was once a time when director Andrew Fleming made fantastic films."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

38 ——

Someone Marry Barry (2014)

"The dismal writing featured here makes the Farrelly Brothers look like Oscar Wilde. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

39 19%

HairBrained (2014)

"Often caught trying too hard, forcing the feature into positions that fail to extract the simple joys of the premise and its idiosyncratic lead character. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

40 33%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"Desperate to be something, 3 Days to Kill chooses to be everything, resulting in an extraordinarily confused feature that's all over the map in terms of tone and execution. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

41 33%

Date And Switch (2014)

"In place of authentic emotion and searing personal communication, there's cliche and passivity, plasticizing the kindly nature of the picture to a point where all the tension begins to resemble a bad sitcom."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

42 ——

The Hungover Games (2014)

"Stolberg doesn't try nearly hard enough, content to get by on the basics of sophomoric behavior and point-and-shout joke construction. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

43 24%

Pompeii (2014)

"With characters this drippy and dramatics this deadly, you'll end up rooting for the volcano to win."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

44 80%

If You Build It (2014)

"At its core, If You Build It isolates the power of a hands-on education and consideration for the greater good."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

45 45%

The Art of the Steal (2014)

"Surprises are intended but rarely matter in the long run, as writer/director Jonathan Sobol finds the rhythm of the piece in its set-up, watching rumpled characters plan out their bad behavior with the aid of tart banter and slick editing. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

46 52%

Adult World (2014)

"A nice shot of reality could've saved Adult World, as the details of desperation are far more compelling than the rusted mechanics of a numbing coming-of-age story."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

47 56%

Knights of Badassdom (2014)

"Something went horribly wrong in the translation. Although spirited at times, Badassdom takes on familiar targets, while its escalation of oddity is forced when it isn't confusing."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

48 86%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"A thoroughly satisfying effort that always finds the truth of the moment, ignoring the ease of melodrama. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

49 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"Imagine if Star Wars was the cinematic adaptation of Bridget Jones's Diary, and that's as close as co-writer/director Shana Feste gets to the source material here. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

50 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Goldsman won an Academy Award for screenwriting for his work on A Beautiful Mind. He also wrote Batman & Robin."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

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