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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 19%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"A major upgrade in technology, viewed throughout the feature in frenetic action sequences, but the screenwriting isn't up to the challenge, trying to merge classic Turtle interactions with Bay's customary event movie coldness. "

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

2 79%

Land Ho! (2014)

"Funny, saucy, and periodically sincere enough to launch a perfectly engaging movie with the barest of ingredients. "

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

3 47%

About Alex (2014)

"Delivers a few surprisingly competent performances and a dollop of honesty as it plays a convincing game of grand theft movie. "

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

4 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"Has a mighty roar when it comes to scenes of mass destruction, the rest is insufferable, pinned between a paint-by-numbers screenplay and a feeble storytelling trend that only encourages filmmaking laziness. "

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

5 67%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"Certainly feel-good and mouth-watering, yet it's missing original spices and a smooth editorial flow, trying too hard to hit all the reassuring moments without ever establishing penetrative conflict to begin with."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

6 11%

The Damned (2014)

"There's little to dig into once formula takes over, leaving the effort predictable. Shrieking and bloody, but predictable. "

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

7 ——

The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2009)

"With every revelation that could give the Dowdles something to play with, they head right back into the basement, convinced audiences would rather watch close-ups of throat-slittings and teary yelps of pain."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

8 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"It's balanced work and enormous fun, giving all the brand name superheroes a run for their money now that Marvel has cleared a path for the little guys to shine on the big screen."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Brian Orndorf

9 89%

Calvary (2014)

"McDonagh explores this village of secrets with tremendous care and craftiness, and provides Gleeson with another stellar opportunity to deliver striking work."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Brian Orndorf

10 79%

Get On Up (2014)

"A profoundly flawed feature, but it retains an irresistible subject, with Brown's insanity and adversity making an energetic leap to the big screen. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Brian Orndorf

11 51%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Represents one of the writer/director's down years, where the inspiration isn't quite there and his habitually sharp timing is off."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Brian Orndorf

12 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Perhaps the saddest episode of Pee-Wee's Playhouse."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Brian Orndorf

13 ——

My Man Is a Loser (2014)

"It's all very tired and uninteresting, but worse, it's depressingly predictable, as Young brings nothing new to the material, afraid to challenge clichés with a fresh POV on matters of the heart."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Brian Orndorf

14 25%

4 Minute Mile (2014)

"Has the capacity to explore some compelling areas of doubt, but the screenplay by Josh Campbell and Jeff Van Wie goes overboard in an attempt to secure tears."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Brian Orndorf

15 14%

Louder Than Words (2014)

"Frustrating to watch, as Louder Than Words does feature some promising conflicts that suggest a more profound film is on the way. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Brian Orndorf

16 0%

Behaving Badly (2014)

"One of the worst pictures of 2014, a tribute to Risky Business made by people who only read the synopsis on the back of the DVD box. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Brian Orndorf

17 60%

Hercules (2014)

"Bloated, tonally wonky effort that hits all the summer popcorn entertainment highlights but, in the end, it feels like empty calories, lacking the spirit of power and heroism that's defined this character throughout history. "

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Brian Orndorf

18 66%

Lucy (2014)

"Appealingly insane, with esoteric and professorial touches that all but guarantee it a healthy future as a cult film once heads stop spinning and all refunds are completed."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

19 18%

And So It Goes (2014)

"In a picture about people, it's telling that the most poignant detail included here concerns a real estate transaction."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

20 88%

Siddharth (2014)

"Not the easiest sit, but Siddharth rewards the brave with a study of pained determination and portrait of Indian life that offers a few surprises. "

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

21 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"As sluggish, or perhaps concentrated is the more accurate description, Man is, it does stick its landing, paying off semi-stasis with shocking dramatic accuracy."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 58%

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

26 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

27 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

28 44%

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

29 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

30 ——

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

31 17%

Tarzan (2014)

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

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 21%

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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 100%

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

40 ——

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

41 ——

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

42 ——

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

43 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

44 100%

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

45 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

46 ——

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

47 ——

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

48 ——

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

49 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

50 ——

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

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