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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 ——

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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 13%

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

8 ——

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

9 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

10 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

11 ——

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

12 ——

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

13 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

14 87%

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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 44%

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

20 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

21 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

22 33%

The House on Sorority Row (1983)

"Creative particulars are unexpectedly tight, with writer/director Mark Rosman investing in suspense over pure exploitation, though the basics in nudity, bloodshed, and screamy panic are covered. "

Posted May 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

23 ——

Les Démons (She-Demons) (The Demons) (The Sex Demons) ()

"Demons is memorable, with a specific visual approach and strange sense of evil that keeps it moving along for its entirely excessive two-hour run time."

Posted May 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

24 93%

A Touch of Sin (2013)

"It's a strikingly shot picture with some genuine dramatic weight, but as an overall piece of understanding, the movie leaves too much obscured, keeping the viewer in the dark despite some incredibly intimate acts of deliberation. "

Posted May 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

25 67%

Mr. Selfridge: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" The second go-around for Harry Selfridge and the commerce gang reeks of desperation, eschewing thoughtful, significant conflicts to become a turn-of-the-century Days of Our Lives. "

Posted May 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

26 100%

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

"It's a total physical transformation that's often stunning to behold, selling effective make-up effects and behavior extremes with real gusto. "

Posted May 10, 2014

Brian Orndorf

27 18%

Moms' Night Out (2014)

"Ugly sexism in what's trying to be a harmless feature, pandering to the female audience with a mean-spirited attitude toward men and their habitual boobery. "

Posted May 9, 2014

Brian Orndorf

28 89%

Locke (2014)

"Although it might sound like unbearable directorial showmanship, Locke is a crisply defined drama that delivers on suspense and a swirling storm of heartache. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

29 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Neighbors is a blunt instrument, which will be appealing to some, but when one steps back and considers the possibilities of the premise, the disappointment is crushing. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

30 ——

Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (2013)

"It's easy to dismiss the softball screenwriting, but there's a definite speed to the picture that's encouraging, sprinting through bits of awful humor in an irreverent manner befitting these stoner superheroes. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

31 16%

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

"It's noticeably different, yet Legends of Oz feels strangely familiar, unwilling to push design elements far enough to shake off the Redbox rental vibe it creates."

Posted May 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

32 82%

The Double (2014)

"It's a fantastic looking picture, but images are the only memorable element of this psychological puzzler, which works extremely hard to register as mischief. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

33 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"Although director Atom Egoyan has a commendable approach, Devil's Knot is overwrought and, frankly, feels like old news. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

34 47%

All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

"It's how this fury interacts with lighter material that poses a problem, with McKee and Sivertson perhaps too entranced with their own creation to fully appreciate how uneven it is. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

35 12%

Walk Of Shame (2014)

"As for Banks, the sparkle she typically brings to funny business is missing, often caught struggling to summon enthusiasm for Brill's flaccid screenwriting. "

Posted May 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

36 20%

Warrior King 2 (The Protector 2) (2014)

"A feature best suited for the fast-forward button, where viewers can race to the best parts without having to deal with what passes for suspense in this ridiculous follow-up."

Posted May 1, 2014

Brian Orndorf

37 81%

Whitewash (2014)

"A specialized viewing experience for more adventurous audiences, but Whitewash is accomplished, darkly humorous, and features a focused turn from actor Thomas Haden Church, showing rare commitment here. "

Posted May 1, 2014

Brian Orndorf

38 31%

Bad Johnson (2014)

"Johnson has an adequate sense of humor, providing some hilarious punchlines here and there, but miscasting is the tight leash that keeps the film from truly inspired madness."

Posted May 1, 2014

Brian Orndorf

39 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"A mediocre follow-up to the mediocre original, with the production's speed to explore spin-off possibilities damaging the dramatic potential of The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

Posted May 1, 2014

Brian Orndorf

40 34%

Stage Fright (2014)

"With the horror genre always chasing repetition to secure hits, it's nice to see a feature that's a little loopy and imaginative, delivering the goods with some hostility and a sense of humor. "

Posted May 1, 2014

Brian Orndorf

41 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"It's special work, intelligent and measured, reviving the possibilities of the subgenre. Saulnier establishes himself as a major talent with Blue Ruin. "

Posted May 1, 2014

Brian Orndorf

42 36%

The Quiet Ones (2014)

"Whiffs on true terror, caught between a habitual need to artificially jolt the viewer and a languid pace, unable to increase pressure in a manner that would benefit the chilling intentions of this misfire. "

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Brian Orndorf

43 88%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"Twins is approachable and meaningful, confronting an impossible darkness with a generous flow of humanity. It's a beautiful picture."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

44 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"It's a Linklater picture all around, treating an impossible cinematic mission with all the urgency of a leisurely conversation. Boyhood sinks in slowly instead of demanding attention."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

45 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Fans of Jarmusch might have the upper hand here, but Only Lovers Left Alive remains accessible and, frankly, it's the best movie he's made in years."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

46 78%

The Machine (2014)

"Machine retains a dynamic presence, with interesting futureworld ideas sharply realized by writer/director Caradog W. James, who submits quite a cinematic vision for next to no production money. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

47 73%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"It's an interesting picture, even when it doesn't reach any particularly volatile peaks, remaining exploratory without the usual cooling period of condemnation."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

48 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"There are so many unappealing ingredients to The Other Woman, it's difficult to remember what exactly works in the picture."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

49 51%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"Doesn't have a personality of its own, in dire need of a more robust collection of laughs and a few less painfully contrived subplots. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

50 26%

Brick Mansions (2014)

"Dismal, appallingly shot and edited, and cast with the least interesting actors around, it's clear that this carnival ride of flips, jumps, and gentrification should've remained a distant European memory. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

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