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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 ——

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

5 ——

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

6 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

7 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

8 55%

Interior. Leather Bar. (2014)

"The effort is stronger, more effective as an inspection of backstage planning and the reins of phobia, isolating and confronting modern prejudices via the reverse engineering of old ones."

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Brian Orndorf

9 39%

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

"The production is serving cinematic leftovers at a time when they should be thinking of reinvention, returning the punch to Paranormal Activity for an audience that deserves the effort."

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Brian Orndorf

10 33%

A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2014)

"It's polarizing work that carries immense creativity and sharp sense of humor, burrowing into the spinning mind of a destructively phobic man during an intense period of suspicion. "

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

11 78%

Big Ass Spider! (2013)

"It's a lively, slick little film with a clear ambition to revive the thrills and chills of the subgenre, with particular attention to consistency and gaiety. "

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Brian Orndorf

12 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"There's editorial slackness here that Scorsese hasn't displayed in years, lost in a tornado of actor tics and improvisations that transform sections of movie into Apatowian indecision. "

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Brian Orndorf

13 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"It's the most elaborate piece of mediocrity in the 2013 film year. "

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Brian Orndorf

14 30%

Grudge Match (2013)

"Unfortunately, its studio comedy roots are too powerful to pull, keeping the feature in a position of persistent mediocrity it can't punch its way out of."

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Brian Orndorf

15 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"The feature is surprisingly honest and welcomingly underplayed, generating an understanding of the Mandelas instead of blindly celebrating their accomplishments. "

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Brian Orndorf

16 13%

47 Ronin (2013)

"It's a mute-button movie, with passages of gorgeous cinematic craftsmanship. It's too bad the rest of the effort blocks the view."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Brian Orndorf

17 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Despite early glimpses of respect to the responsibility of duty, Lone Survivor would rather flex its matinee muscles instead of dissecting the true drive of military service and its unbearable demands of sacrifice."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Brian Orndorf

18 33%

The Octagon (1980)

"It's ambitious work but not always successful, with director Eric Karson biting off a little more than he can chew when it comes time to build momentum with such a top-heavy film. "

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Brian Orndorf

19 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"A bizarrely still, tortured caper, the feature offers exceptional performances and a coarse script, yet attention always manages to return to its visual impression, calling up the decade in the strangest ways. "

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Brian Orndorf

20 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"The view is blocked by repetitive pathos and overlength, missing the true electricity generated by the actors and the headstrong characters they're beautifully portraying."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Brian Orndorf

21 89%

White Reindeer (2013)

"A delight, with a sharp script of surprises and a finely bewildered lead performance from Anna Margaret Hollyman contributing to an amusing, vaguely horrifying journey into psychological paralysis."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Brian Orndorf

22 25%

Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)

"The grand push and pull of life is scrubbed out of Walking with Dinosaurs, replaced with a trite, dull effort that's utterly confused about what it wants to be. Your kids deserve better."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Brian Orndorf

23 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Quirk and harmony only take the feature so far, keeping the movie inert and repetitive as it meanders to a close, leaving behind a half-realized psychological profile and a bustling world of talent left unexplored."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Brian Orndorf

24 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Despite nearly a decade between installments, Anchorman 2 has managed to stay classy, and while the sequel doesn't best the original, it satisfies as both a comedy and a long overdue homecoming."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Brian Orndorf

25 ——

La Resa dei conti (The Big Gundown)(Account Rendered) (1966)

"It's a wonderful film, rich with style and loaded with surprises, with a fluid storytelling touch that brings substance to a genre that's often concerned solely with appearance."

Posted Dec 14, 2013

Brian Orndorf

26 19%

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013)

"No amount of seasonal cheer and supporting turns from former Facts of Life stars is going to steer the sleigh to satisfaction. Even for a Tyler Perry movie, this feature seems excessively cheap and lifeless. "

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Brian Orndorf

27 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"It's still enjoyable fantasy fun, but The Desolation of Smaug has difficulty coughing up reasons for its extended run time and legion of characters. And this is only the midway point in the story. "

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Brian Orndorf

28 61%

Hours (2013)

"Represents a change of pace for the performer, who delivers some of his best work in this odd thriller, which somehow transfers the bomb-on-a-bus concept of "Speed" to an infant-on-a-incubator ride of suspense and heartbreaking stakes."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Brian Orndorf

29 20%

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

"Doesn't overwhelm in the least, but it retains a certain dependability and a sharp pace, finding some energy to well-worn genre routine."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Brian Orndorf

30 71%

Go For Sisters (2013)

"An absorbing picture with two exceptional performances from LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross, who bring sublime presence to an effort that often needs their conviction. "

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Brian Orndorf

31 55%

Post Tenebras Lux (2013)

"It's a picture one could walk away from for a period of time and the movie wouldn't notice. "

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Brian Orndorf

32 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Might feel too abrasive for some, but for those who enjoy their tales of revenge served cold, garnished with the death of the American Dream, Out of the Furnace is satisfyingly bleak and compellingly irritable."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Brian Orndorf

33 83%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"While it could be dismissed as basic schadenfreude, The Armstrong Lie cuts deeper, revealing a huckster who honestly believed his own fiction. "

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Brian Orndorf

34 20%

Expecting (2013)

"Editorial compromises soon eat away at the viewing experience, changing what appears to be a deeply felt journey of empowerment into a soggy parade of wackiness and hazily defined subplots. "

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Brian Orndorf

35 18%

Twice Born (2013)

"Castellitto clings to the Duraflame fires within for Twice Born, a handsomely crafted but empty feature hoping to recreate Eastern European horror and soap opera intimacy."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Brian Orndorf

36 20%

A Perfect Man (2013)

"It's a confusing, awkward picture, though Man has its fair share of compelling incidents. Just not nearly enough of them to make the effort shine. "

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Brian Orndorf

37 42%

Oldboy (2013)

"The darkness of Oldboy has been diluted, leaving the feature with the curdled consistency of a lesser Stallone vehicle while Lee directs with alarming passivity."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Brian Orndorf

38 ——

The Pom Pom Girls (Palisades High) (1976)

"Obvious and determined shortcomings aside, the feature does a fine job itemizing the dilemmas of '76, developing into a beguiling snapshot of the way things once were. "

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Brian Orndorf

39 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"A special film with a rich sense of character, developing the director's fascination with average people taking unexpected chances with their routine lives."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Brian Orndorf

40 92%

Philomena (2013)

"Dench is extraordinary, performing at such a level of emotional communication, it's startling to witness, making a simple, minor mystery riveting as she commands the screen with her subtlety."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Brian Orndorf

41 42%

Homefront (2013)

"As junky, B-movie entertainment with an emphasis on explosions, the feature is passably entertaining, submitting a decent amount of growly escapism and chewy performances. However, Homefront doesn't live up to its potential."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Brian Orndorf

42 89%

Frozen (2013)

"There's undeniable charm to be found in the movie, which features wonderful singing, dazzling animation, and some cheeky Nordic humor, helping to enliven what's often a disappointingly routine picture. "

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Brian Orndorf

43 48%

Black Nativity (2013)

"Straightforward but convincing, Black Nativity is refreshingly restrained, making it a nice counterpoint to other, noisier holiday entertainment."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Brian Orndorf

44 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"It's exceptional work from Servillo, matched well with Ferilli, whose visual contribution to the film is profoundly sensual. "

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Brian Orndorf

45 90%

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)

"Despite its obvious shortcomings, The Meaning of Life also happens to be devastatingly funny at times, hitting a few beats of silliness with traditional Python precision."

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Brian Orndorf

46 96%

High Plains Drifter (1973)

"Mysterious, sporadically comical, and classically Eastwood, High Plains Drifter is a wholly satisfying revenge saga that's askew enough to surprise as it exercises known elements. "

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Brian Orndorf

47 80%

Twins of Evil (2013)

"It's well performed, adequately eerie (with terrific lighting), superbly scored, and filled with enough heaving bosoms to pass muster. At the end of the day, that's all one can truly ask of a B-level fright film. "

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Brian Orndorf

48 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"It's stunning to find just how little meaning and emotion has accumulated, leaving Delivery Man insignificant, unfunny, and uncomfortably artificial."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Brian Orndorf

49 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"Surprise is a valuable weapon in this otherwise familiar tale, keeping viewers alert enough to make it through this overlong but sincere coming-of-age saga. "

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Brian Orndorf

50 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Renewed purpose to this part two, finding Catching Fire skillfully communicating beats of unrest and despair, locating a way to help the ongoing franchise settle in as an energizing story of an underground uprising. "

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Brian Orndorf

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