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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 99%

Gloria (2014)

"A casual atmosphere that sneaks up on the viewer, and the reward for such patience is the opportunity to spy a seasoned character realized onscreen with refreshing honesty. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

2 58%

The Returned (2014)

"Doesn't overwhelm, but it manages a smart tone of dread mixed with panic, reviving stale elements by attacking the subject matter from an unusual point of view. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

3 53%

Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014)

"Much like the original film, there's genuine emotion mixed in with the carnage, always concentrating on the internalized rumble of the participants as they face a grim future. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

4 70%

About Last Night (2014)

"There's not a single human moment in the entire feature, which always hunts for a joke or sitcom conflict to get by, imagining the game of love as a tiresome CBS comedy pilot. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

5 53%

Jimmy P. (2014)

"Solid work from stars Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric lubricate the movie's hunt for understanding, but overlength tends to erase the effort's achievements in the end. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

6 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"It's odd to watch this RoboCop sputter, especially when armed with hindsight and a significant budget. It doesn't revive the old metal-stomping, gleefully acidic magic, and it doesn't create any of its own."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

7 63%

Nurse 3-D (2014)

"Nurse doesn't carry all the way to the end. It's salacious, macabre, and visually competent, but as a B-movie fireworks display, it mostly launches duds."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

8 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Best appreciated for its small achievements and grace notes...Men can be a frustrating sit, especially when it becomes clear that greatness rests just outside its reach. "

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

9 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"A total hoot, with blockbuster levels of excitement and a handle on playfulness that makes most recent family entertainment offerings feel painfully inert and monotonous."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

10 10%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"Exposition: The Movie."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

11 25%

Welcome to the Jungle (2014)

"The basics are covered acceptably, making it an ideal rental for a lonely Saturday night or for Van Damme addicts looking to see their favorite splits-master make a funny or two with surprising skill."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Brian Orndorf

12 43%

Cold Comes The Night (2014)

"Derails in the end, trying to neatly wrap-up a picture that demands a more sophisticated conclusion, but the basics sustain allure, especially when they're competently performed."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Brian Orndorf

13 77%

After the Dark (2014)

"Doesn't end convincingly, but the opening two acts are stimulating enough to carry the viewing experience, capturing the cutthroat nature of endurance and the brutal reality of judgment in desperate times."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Brian Orndorf

14 5%

The Outsider (2014)

"Miller fights to create panic out of nothing, employing a bland leading man and a repetitive sense of violence to snap this snoozer awake."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Brian Orndorf

15 78%

Big Bad Wolves (2014)

"A semi-masterful suspense picture that blends the violent appetites of Chan-wook Park and Quentin Tarantino, pouring such delectable disease into a film that's hypnotic, even as it details unimaginable suffering. "

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Brian Orndorf

16 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"Comfort food filmmaking with a few rough edges, ideal for those who prefer to get lost at the movies, discovering strange sensuality and sturdily built drama. "

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Brian Orndorf

17 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"When That Awkward Moment isn't funny, it's painfully confused, attempting to celebrate louts as lovable, while female characters are disposable, treated as mere decoration in this allegedly romantic comedy. "

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Brian Orndorf

18 70%

Love Is In The Air (2014)

"A sugared ending doesn't dissolve the rest of the effort, which is appealing enough to remain patient with, even when it mistakes sabotage for sincerity."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Brian Orndorf

19 95%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"The film submits a magnificent escalation of concern and characterization that supports the entire effort. The long road to a climatic payoff is well worth the wait."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Brian Orndorf

20 56%

At Middleton (2014)

"There are flaws to be dealt with, yet At Middleton retains a great deal of charm due to work from leads Garcia and Farmiga, who look like they're having the time of their lives in this indie production."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Brian Orndorf

21 0%

Best Night Ever (2014)

"This is an awful picture from start to finish -- a cruel cinematic joke perpetrated by two filmmakers who've turned failure into daily business."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Brian Orndorf

22 41%

Here Comes the Devil (2013)

"Has mood but no real presence, making the movie a grab bag of lustful encounters and skin-ripping gore, while submitting the most vaginally-inspired imagery of the film year. "

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Brian Orndorf

23 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"Just because he's the end product of a mad scientist experiment, built with the remains of dead bodies, doesn't mean he can skimp on the abdominal crunches."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

24 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"Sumptuously made, with stellar performances from Fiennes and Felicity Jones, Woman stuns with its cinematographic beauty and batters with its mournful examination of increasing isolation. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

25 77%

Enemies Closer (2014)

"A reasonably engaging B-movie, benefiting from Van Damme's nutty performance and Hyams's dedication to cinematic economy. Surprises are few, outside of the eye-roll count, which is unexpectedly low. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

26 23%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

"It's too bad the picture isn't more layered and invested in the particulars of self-improvement, as 100 minutes of vague details and inert drama erase the lasting authority of this confused effort."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

27 ——

Cottage Country (2013)

"Moments of delicious insanity, but screenwriter Boxen can't sustain the frantic tone, leaving the feature top heavy instead of building to a devastatingly funny and frightful conclusion. "

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

28 13%

Reasonable Doubt (2014)

"A mindfield of idiocy and neglect in this poorly executed thriller. Truthfully, everyone is to blame. Only Howitt had the right idea to peel his name off the finished product."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Brian Orndorf

29 18%

Devil's Due (2014)

"Stale, derivative, and largely uneventful, testing the patience of moviegoers as directors Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett elect to conjure a sense of rehearsed reality, only to skip any justification for the images on the screen."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Brian Orndorf

30 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"Carries itself confidently as an actioner, reworking the titular analyst to fit a tech-heavy world, with director Kenneth Branagh excited to stage a global nightmare for our hero to conquer. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Brian Orndorf

31 47%

Raze (2014)

"Raze is strong stuff, but also briskly paced and interested in the psychological ramifications of such unrelenting brutality. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Brian Orndorf

32 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"It's not like Cube and Hart deserve better, but they should have something significant to play with. Story doesn't even try to energize the work, adding another dud to his increasingly inescapable filmography."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Brian Orndorf

33 11%

Back in the Day (2014)

"Rosenbaum's intent seems pure enough, but his concepts for comedy and intimacy leave much to be desired, making the picture difficult to understand as it weaves through heartfelt confessions and fart jokes."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Brian Orndorf

34 11%

The Nut Job (2014)

"The feature flatlines quickly, desperate to do anything that might trigger a reaction out of the audience. Considered, thoughtful screenwriting has no place here."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Brian Orndorf

35 26%

Jamesy Boy (2014)

"Although it aims to dissect a trail of poor decisions and establish a horizon of self-awareness, Jamesy Boy lacks dramatic muscle and a credible lead performance. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Brian Orndorf

36 33%

Freezer (2014)

"McDermott having a grand old time here as a Willis-style wiseass, while the production organizes levels of punishment for the leading man, creating a passably entertaining B-movie."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Brian Orndorf

37 81%

G.B.F. (2014)

"Shallow work, self-conscious to the extreme, better off with a production headspace that's considerate with the issues it raises, more about a human touch than overly processed dialogue and hypocritical characterizations."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Brian Orndorf

38 36%

Summer in February (2014)

"A period excursion into unnecessary suffering, leaving a wide open opportunity for gloriously pained performances and a steady dispensing of anguish, but Summer in February just doesn't register as intended. "

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Brian Orndorf

39 3%

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

"Painfully derivative and miscast up the wazoo, this effort to return mythical majesty to the multiplex triggers more yawns than cheers. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Brian Orndorf

40 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Consistently surprising, enchantingly vicious, and thematically profound, August: Osage County is a rough sit, but one that rewards with a shotgun blast of emotion that's riveting to watch. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Brian Orndorf

41 44%

Wrong Cops (2013)

"Doesn't have structure, but there are laughs, especially for viewers on the prowl for weird stuff from a helmer who's become quite skilled at concocting ludicrousness."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Brian Orndorf

42 94%

Her (2014)

"Jonze has something spectacular here, but he's all too eager to bury the movie in unnecessary pauses, with a glacial pace hurting the picture's ambition to find a climatic place of catharsis. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Brian Orndorf

43 94%

The Past (2013)

"The push to climax the feature on a note of revelation feels forced, slathered on a film that's just fine simmering with the family, picking up on nuanced emotions and overdue outbursts."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Brian Orndorf

44 38%

Black Coffee (2014)

"Projects personality and integrity, submitting a warm relationship drama with a few good laughs and a desire to inspire viewers, trying to make the world a better place. It's hard to argue with such a friendly objective."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Brian Orndorf

45 28%

The Truth About Emanuel (2014)

"For those with more interest in the mental decay of trauma and troubling defense mechanisms, Emanuel steps carefully and finds the occasional note of profundity to articulate the awakening taking place."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Brian Orndorf

46 78%

The Banshee Chapter (2014)

"Although it doesn't push the limits of horror as far as it could, the feature offers a mildly unnerving journey into the abyss of the brain, dialing up the creep-out factor as it investigates a nightmare rooted in reality."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Brian Orndorf

47 ——

Nostrum (Psychotica) ()

"A creatively barren, moronic exercise in threadbare horror craftsmanship, painfully unprofessional and uninspired for 78 incredibly tedious minutes of screen time. "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

48 ——

The Beach Girls (1982)

"Just amiable enough to entertain, though a steady finger on the fast-forward button is recommended to slip past the moldy vaudeville routines that pass for a sense of humor here. "

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Brian Orndorf

49 50%

Beyond Outrage (2014)

"Kitano still packs a punch these days, deftly blending extended dialogue sequences with harrowing moments of hostility, crafting a worthy follow-up to an unexpectedly engrossing picture."

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Brian Orndorf

50 18%

Open Grave (2014)

"Perhaps next time a little more faith in the power of visuals and performance would do the trick. Anything but another 100 minutes of dull characters sharing their inner monologue would be preferable."

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Brian Orndorf

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