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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 14%

Rage (2014)

"Absurdity, with Cage going through the motions, mentally working through his grocery list."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Brian Orndorf

2 42%

The Human Race (2014)

"Instead of a grandly ghoulish dash for survival, the movie revels in ghastly behavior with a mouthbreathing concentration that's as irritating as it is worthless."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Brian Orndorf

3 84%

Coherence (2014)

"The results aren't exactly compelling, but writer/director James Ward Byrkit does have a superb way of ratcheting up the suspense and mystery of the story, making it the rare movie that actually improves as it unfolds."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

4 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

"A briskly feminine, staunchly independent, deliciously coarse effort, Obvious Child plays like a lost track from Exile in Guyville."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

5 83%

Witching and Bitching (2014)

"When de la Igesia is firing on all cylinders, he brings wonderful verve to the screen, always securing the entertainment value of the work while tinkering with its gruesome particulars. It's a wickedly funny movie."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Brian Orndorf

6 55%

Ping Pong Summer (2014)

"While there are substantial shortcomings to the picture, it knows how to have a good time, playing with teen cinema conventions as it checks off its laundry list of references and sense memories. "

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Brian Orndorf

7 33%

Lullaby (2014)

"The effort eventually goes for the throat with its hysterical ending, and while the production aims to offer catharsis, it's best to use such overbearing manipulation as time to remember what Levitas gets right."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Brian Orndorf

8 61%

The Grand Seduction (2014)

"After all, there are not many movies that feature scenes of phone sex that you could bring your grandmother to, making the endeavor's startling approachability something to savor. "

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Brian Orndorf

9 85%

Ivory Tower (2014)

"What director Andrew Rossi has here are 45 powerful, incisive minutes of information. The rest of Ivory Tower is lost to repetition and substantial padding to reaching a 90 minute run time. "

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Brian Orndorf

10 86%

Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014)

"It's not a filling cinematic meal, but juicy morsels of candor and a chance to acquire a deeper appreciation for Vidal's epic ego are worth the price of admission. "

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Brian Orndorf

11 30%

I Am I (2014)

"Isn't bold work, but it's interesting when it finds true intimacy, masterminding a few suspenseful moments of poor judgment and bruised hearts that hold attention. "

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Brian Orndorf

12 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"It takes a little more than a new address and a Vietnamese Jesus to present the film with its own identity, and it's a shame the sequel barely makes an effort to expand the series beyond a few cosmetic changes."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Brian Orndorf

13 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"It's good enough to have these wonderful characters back on the screen, but the production has managed to renew purpose and construct fresh objectives without tarnishing the blinding spirit of the original movie."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Brian Orndorf

14 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"The adaptation has its problems, but it also retains refreshing dignity, never dipping into hysterics to extract feelings it hasn't earned. "

Posted Jun 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

15 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Despite some quibbles, Edge of Tomorrow delivers the goods with ferocity and a funny bone, capturing intensity through the colorful details of involuntary rehearsal."

Posted Jun 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

16 76%

Lucky Them (2014)

"Collette is stuck in neutral, forced to make funny faces when the screenplay is unable to provide dramatic guidance, which is a frequent event in this ineffective picture. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Brian Orndorf

17 25%

I'll Follow You Down (2014)

"Mehta doesn't summon the most riveting tale with I'll Follow You Down, but his intentions are pure, striving to rework the subgenre from a more human standpoint. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Brian Orndorf

18 89%

Willow Creek (2014)

"It's smaller in scope and horror ambition, which automatically makes it more enjoyable than most of its brethren, creating a mix of local color and camping disaster that's basic but frightfully effective."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Brian Orndorf

19 85%

Borgman (2014)

"It's a disturbing feature, flirting with incomprehensibility at times, but its way with mounting unpleasantness is frequently masterful, tilted with moments of dark comedy. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

20 52%

Trust Me (2014)

"Dramatically, Trust Me goes from stability to seppuku. It's the kind of picture that could be shut off at the hour mark and nothing would be missed. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

21 93%

The Dance of Reality (2014)

"A wonderfully surreal journey into memory and misery, jam-packed with all the oddity and incongruity Jodorowsky is known for, still kicking with mischief after all this time away from moviemaking. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

22 32%

Anna (2014)

"Going for the abyssal revelations of the mind, the picture stumbles to an ending, unable to focus on what passes for pure conflict in this woozy story. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

23 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"Plays directly to MacFarlane's fascination with poo-poo, pee-pee humor, without ever moving beyond the basics of sophomoric gags to transform into the raging farce it sporadically hints at becoming. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

24 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"Doesn't retain scale, coming off more animated than its inspiration. Despite a phantasmagoria of colors and creatures, this is not a feature that inspires awe, only impatience. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

25 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"Mickle awakens as a formidable moviemaker with Cold in July, in full command of his storytelling talents with this meaty endeavor."

Posted May 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

26 94%

Ida (2014)

"Beautifully crafted all around, keeping Ida engrossing as it explores screen stillness, putting its faith in the power of subtle revelations as a means of suspense. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

27 56%

The Big Ask (2014)

"Beatty and Fishman botch their third act payoff, but The Big Ask remains a compellingly exploratory odyssey into desperate acts of communication, with a side of sexual awkwardness. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

28 63%

Filth (2014)

"While the feature isn't as cohesively anarchic as it imagines itself to be, it works in fits, boosted by a triumphantly face-rubbing lead performance from James McAvoy. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

29 50%

Age of the Uprising (2014)

"Come to it with a certain moviegoing flexibility, and the effort will expose a wealth of technical triumphs and emotional substance."

Posted May 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

30 94%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"Absolutely retains its significance, it's the execution from director Ryan Murphy that's worthy of dismissal, allowing a heavy-handedness to drive the provocative material into frustrating repetition. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

31 10%

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

"Brooklyn isn't heartbreaking, heartwarming, or funny. Instead, it's unbelievably awkward, and when it isn't artificial it's wrongheaded."

Posted May 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

32 ——

Parts Per Billion (2014)

"There's sadness everywhere, as the end of humanity collides with private matters, yet the production only truly concentrates on relationship woe, imagining that viewers will be pulled in by such a personal touch."

Posted May 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

33 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"With some careful retcon work and a rich understanding of mutant appeal, Singer has returned excitement and sophistication to the series, reemerging with a defined plan of attack in this sweeping sequel."

Posted May 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

34 88%

Chef (2014)

"Charmingly affectionate, playful, and gorgeous, making one wish Favreau would just remain here, making movies about people being funny and real in interesting environments. He's simply terrific with this stuff."

Posted May 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

35 89%

Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014)

"Although it never holds much interest in emphasis, it's a striking, riveting feature that showcases Fleischner as a refreshingly observant talent. "

Posted May 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

36 14%

Blended (2014)

"For fans of Barrymore and Sandler's previous cinematic encounters, this latest effort isn't up to snuff, losing the sweetness and friendly playfulness that elevated their past screen adventures."

Posted May 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

37 ——

Forev (2014)

"It's unremarkable, without a firm grasp on intimacy, but Forev doesn't offend, providing a decent display of comedy as it manages the shell-shocked responses of twentysomethings in love."

Posted May 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

38 72%

Palo Alto (2014)

"It's wonderfully shot, with moments of rawness, but Coppola can't shake the suffocating been-there, done-that atmosphere of the film. "

Posted May 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

39 86%

Bright Days Ahead (2014)

"Lead performance from Fanny Ardant is superbly measured, bringing an interesting internalization to an occasionally, but not crushingly, routine look at the power of flirtation. "

Posted May 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

40 ——

Countess Dracula (1971)

"Basics are covered well by Sasdy, who delivers an interesting take on this devil's pact plot, wisely emphasizing Pitt's allure, his cinematic weapon that gives Countess Dracula the bite it deserves. "

Posted May 16, 2014

Brian Orndorf

41 ——

Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond (2014)

"It's certainly engaging, with tremendous songs powering the presentation. It simply lacks depth and bravery, threatening to slip into infomercial mode at any moment. "

Posted May 16, 2014

Brian Orndorf

42 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"There is might and fury to Godzilla that's often amazing to behold, but its limitations and weird storytelling choices throttle the escapism, while the titular Goliath merely makes an extended cameo in his own picture. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Brian Orndorf

43 86%

The Immigrant (2014)

"Gorgeously executed and incisively acted, depicting the isolation of the American Dream with a pure concentration on desperation and manipulation, gifted a sepia glaze to sell the step back in time. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Brian Orndorf

44 81%

The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014)

"Weekend does a fine job avoiding expectations, while the cast is simply perfect, managing pathos and punchlines with superb timing and feeling."

Posted May 15, 2014

Brian Orndorf

45 62%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Strength of personality keeps the feature grounded, and while the effort plays to the rafters at times, it often earns its fuzzy feelings."

Posted May 15, 2014

Brian Orndorf

46 75%

Chinese Puzzle (2014)

"Chinese Puzzle manages to sustain the mischief Klapisch started over a decade ago, making this update charming and funny when it's not pursuing artificial conflicts. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Brian Orndorf

47 34%

God's Pocket (2014)

"It's difficult to celebrate the picture's triumphs when there's just as much to criticize, yet Slattery doesn't embarrass himself, showing storytelling promise."

Posted May 15, 2014

Brian Orndorf

48 47%

Blood Glacier (2014)

"Doesn't have a rich imagination, and while its locations are gorgeous, nearly saving the viewing experience, the mayhem contained within is lukewarm at best. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Brian Orndorf

49 83%

Belle (2014)

"Belle feels like sitting through the rehearsal process of a Broadway play that's in serious need of work."

Posted May 15, 2014

Brian Orndorf

50 8%

Don Peyote (2014)

"To write that this is the most appealing Fogler has been on-screen to date doesn't mean much, but as scattergun, super-freak-out cinema goes, Don Peyote is almost patiently weird enough to work. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Brian Orndorf

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