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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 ——

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

3 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

4 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

5 100%

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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 ——

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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 45%

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

14 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

15 20%

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

16 80%

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

17 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

18 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

19 33%

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

20 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

21 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

22 100%

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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 48%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"A did-anyone-ask-for-this? sequel that manages to improve on its predecessor, but I'm not entirely sure that could be classified as a positive reaction. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

31 81%

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014)

"Lingers instead of investigates, shaping Affair into something routine when the primal experience of life lived on an alien landscape is more fascinating, especially with these unique personalities and tempestuous time period."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brian Orndorf

32 71%

The Bletchley Circle: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Instead of stroking suspense, the show starts and stops in fits, never finding a thrilling stride that unites the mysteries and deepens characterizations. Let's hope that Anna isn't on a permanent vacation. "

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

33 ——

The Making Of A Lady (2014)

"The intent of the production is clear, but the execution is hopelessly mangled, leaving a picture that commences with dignity and concludes as an absolute mess. "

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

34 ——

Murder on the Home Front (2014)

"The investigative interests and murderous happenings are better suited for a shorter program, where the natural pleasures of a criminal hunt can avoid the fatigue of dramatic padding. "

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

35 55%

Mallrats (1995)

"Retains enough Smith-isms to help navigate all potholes in execution. Flawed, yes, but Mallrats has its charms when it isn't shoving its hand up its own hindquarters."

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

36 83%

The War Wagon (1967)

"Handled with care, allowing plenty of room to explore western traditions and allow the leading men an opportunity to trade barbs and suspicions as they attempt to out barrel-chest each other (spoiler: Douglas wins)."

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

37 50%

Rooster Cogburn (1999)

"For those on the hunt for something agreeable, feature two acting legends, there are worse ways to spend 108 minutes. After all it's not every day one gets to see Katharine Hepburn man a Gatling gun. "

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

38 86%

Joe Kidd (1972)

"It's lesser Eastwood (and Leonard and Sturges), but it's impossible to squash the spirit of the work, which carries the film far enough to satisfy basic needs from the genre, making it a lark, but a convincing one. "

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Brian Orndorf

39 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"Always a pleasure to simply stare at, but it leaves much to be desired, with Turturro endeavoring to make the screen's first comedy that intentionally avoids comedy."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Brian Orndorf

40 8%

A Haunted House 2 (2014)

"Wayans sets comedy and possibly his race back at least 50 years with A Haunted House 2. "

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Brian Orndorf

41 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Glacially paced endeavor that's miscast and mopey, abandoning intriguing ideas on the suction of omnipresent technology to conjure a pedestrian love story that features the occasional blip of suspense. "

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

42 58%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"Riding the material like a rodeo cowboy, Jude Law's starring performance is a true sight, often saving the picture from cliche with his magnificent impression of a human wrecking ball. "

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

43 66%

The Railway Man (2014)

"Acting as another exploration of post-war anguish, The Railway Man has valuable insight into the process of forgiveness, making it a worthy sit, even when it feels incomplete. "

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

44 89%

Bears (2014)

"Bears is entertaining, suitably suspenseful, and amusing, boosted by Reilly's enthusiasm and the natural appeal of its stars."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

45 46%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"Fluff that doesn't rise to the potential of its themes and questions, playing softball with the concept of faith instead of drilling into the meaning of submission and its often uncomfortable relationship with reason."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

46 50%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"The picture doesn't quite add up to anything in the end, but parts work as intended, with Wiig's subtle performance a great asset to director Liza Johnson. "

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

47 43%

Make Your Move (2014)

"A fantasy with dance and PG-13 sensuality, making it easily digestible, but its familiarity is deflating, making the movie feel about as impulsive and energetic as a dance step diagram."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

48 79%

Afflicted (2014)

"Lee and Prowse clearly have filmmaking abilities, but Afflicted doesn't feel complete. It's more of a cinematic sharpening stone than a deeply considered merging of genre and style."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

49 7%

Authors Anonymous (2014)

"Stars Chris Klein and Kaley Cuoco, and is directed by a woman who was once the casting director for MVP: Most Valuable Primate."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Brian Orndorf

50 74%

Oculus (2014)

"It's a ghost story, and remains true to its roots with an eerie ending, but after such an intense, determined introduction, the way the feature just trails off instead of storms off feels disappointingly anticlimactic."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Brian Orndorf

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