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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 27%

As Above/So Below (2014)

"The Dowdles aren't strong storytellers when it comes to spooky tales of agony, with As Above, So Below another creative failure for a filmmaking duo who appear to be specializing in mediocrity."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

2 36%

The November Man (2014)

"As enjoyable an actor as Brosnan is, sometimes his taste in screenplays boggles the mind. "

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

3 47%

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014)

"Only appreciable as pure cinematic craftsmanship, and it's a gorgeous movie, teeming with inventive compositions and wild lighting."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

4 93%

Frank (2014)

"A diverting but vaguely penetrative picture that's so concerned with idiosyncrasy, it's missing consistency. "

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

5 0%

The Prince (2014)

"Aggressive but hopelessly thin, The Prince hopes to dazzle viewers with famous faces, which act as a rodeo clown while the rest of the picture trots out snoozy underworld and revenge clichés in a most uninspired script. "

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Brian Orndorf

6 44%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Instead of fanning the franchise flames, A Dame to Kill For tosses a wet blanket on the fun, stumbling with a plodding follow-up that's missing the insanity and most of the grim highlights that made the original so memorable."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Brian Orndorf

7 81%

The One I Love (2014)

"Characters are defined perfectly, while heroic editing from Jennifer Lilly generates a cracking pace, awakening the comedic potential of the piece and its eventual slide into uncertainty."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Brian Orndorf

8 90%

To Be Takei (2014)

"A hilarious and heartfelt documentary by Jennifer M. Kroot that explores the strange magic that surrounds the icon, and how he's used his fame to support his causes."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Brian Orndorf

9 36%

If I Stay (2014)

"Mistaking control for adoration, If I Stay makes Twilight look like a Gloria Steinem manifesto. "

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Brian Orndorf

10 18%

When The Game Stands Tall (2014)

"Tune in tomorrow for another episode of As the Football Spirals."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Brian Orndorf

11 59%

A Five Star Life (2014)

"Well-acted and shot, the picture isn't likely to knock anyone's socks off, but on a scale of measured, intimate storytelling, it manages to articulate a sense of regret critical to the overall effort. "

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Brian Orndorf

12 40%

The Possession of Michael King (2014)

"Conventional horror that doesn't scare or provoke thought about the afterlife. It's a brick of clichés, repellent characterization, and bad acting."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Brian Orndorf

13 48%

Le Chef (2014)

"If you laugh, Le Chef is working. If you cringe, it's best to walk out and request a refund."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Brian Orndorf

14 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"It's amusing and exciting, even when it's stupid. If you enjoyed Barney and the crew's previous theme park stunt show, there's little reason to worry about the quality of their latest assignment."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

15 46%

Life After Beth (2014)

"Wisely avoids obvious surges in intensity to balance relationship habits with oncoming disaster, generating a movie that's grotesque and broad, but somehow relatable in its understanding of human need."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

16 35%

The Giver (2014)

"The screenplay is stiff and literal, while direction from Philip Noyce is confused, unable to conquer genuinely poor acting and make sense out of this funereal futureworld adventure."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

17 7%

Septic Man (2014)

"A solidly built no-budget picture that will likely appeal to those already in the mood for a disgusting time at the movies -- brave people who prefer their slow-burn cinematic nightmares to be caked in human waste."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

18 69%

What If (2014)

"Eventually dances to a familiar beat of cliché to provide warmth, crippling whatever ambition it was once eager to share. "

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

19 72%

Alive Inside (2014)

"Delivers significant emotion with a uneasy topic, finding a rich sense of hope in the seemingly hopeless inevitability of aging."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

20 70%

Ragnarok (2014)

"The feature doesn't run out of gas, but here's a rare occurrence where characterizations and performances are so engaging, it's a disappointment when they pause to engage in pure cinematic pursuits."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

21 71%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"Miller brings in syrupy indignation to fuel Dinosaur 13, diluting the picture's power as a chilling reminder of powermad government types and the persistent corruption that infests the U.S. legal system. "

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

22 83%

Rich Hill (2014)

"Yextures of pain are vivid, but the overall effect of Rich Hill isn't nearly as passionate as one would expect from the subject matter."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

23 85%

Abuse of Weakness (2014)

"Huppert's performance single-handedly preserves interest in Abuse of Weakness, elevating the picture's askew mystery with a valuable sense of determination and, at times, despair."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Brian Orndorf

24 20%

Let's Be Cops (2014)

"It's just. awful. for most of its run time, content to squirm and squeal instead of explode with absurdities"

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

25 43%

Step Up: All In (2014)

"When the characters dance, they don't speak, and when they don't speak, Step Up has the potential to be diverting entertainment."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

26 22%

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

27 80%

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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 No Score Yet

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

33 91%

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

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 63%

Mood Indigo (2014)

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

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Brian Orndorf

38 No Score Yet

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

39 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

40 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

41 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

42 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

43 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

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 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

48 19%

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

49 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

50 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