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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

At Berkeley (2013)

"Admittedly a long haul, though it never bores, always invested in teaching dynamics, student concerns, and bureaucratic hand-wringing, triumphantly providing a you-are-there viewing experience."

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Brian Orndorf

2 67%

Sunlight Jr. (2013)

"Instead of reflective, Sunlight Jr. feels calculated -- 90 minutes of cinematic flagellation without the expected profundity. "

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Brian Orndorf

3 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"The ensemble generates a deep feeling for intelligence and weakness, gifting Kill Your Darlings moments of understanding, crisply tended to by Krokidas."

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Brian Orndorf

4 85%

Spinning Plates (2013)

"Mercifully, this is not a Food Network-style itemizing of idiosyncrasy, but an emotional understanding of inspiration and financial struggle."

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Brian Orndorf

5 68%

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

"All over the map, zipping from melodrama to slapstick with unnerving speed, finding the production trying to come across as a Tyler Perry knockoff, complete with Christian influences, broad antics, and unreasonable conflicts."

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Brian Orndorf

6 8%

Diana (2013)

"Hirschbeigel says she's a miracle, the screenplay leans toward monster. I wish the film was interesting enough to make a case for both possibilities."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Brian Orndorf

7 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Comes across just as exciting and good-natured as its predecessor, once again finding the bulky, hardware-hurling superman in the thick of intergalactic war, only this time finding just as much hostility emerging from his love life. "

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Brian Orndorf

8 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Meaningful and explosively performed, Dallas Buyers Club is an oddly inspirational picture that has a little more on its mind than a late-in-the-film-year victory lap. "

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Brian Orndorf

9 95%

Birth Of The Living Dead (2013)

"What works here is enthusiasm, enjoying a wealth of appreciation presented to a worthy production, reinforcing its status as a groundbreaking picture that reverberates to this day."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Brian Orndorf

10 97%

Let The Fire Burn (2013)

"Mesmerizing and provocative, Burn creates an unnerving atmosphere of troubling decisions on both sides of the conflict, permitting the viewer to understand the thought process that went into the explosive endgame."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Brian Orndorf

11 79%

Aftermath (2013)

"Tackling an impossibly bleak subject, Pasikowski infuses the effort with passion and tragedy, making the work come alive onscreen. "

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Brian Orndorf

12 33%

Best Man Down (2013)

"Perhaps there's a different cut of Best Man Down out there somewhere, one that's patient and sincere. In its current state, the movie seldom penetrates, playing like a highlight reel of initial intentions."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Brian Orndorf

13 11%

Paris Countdown (2013)

"Aims to be a slick piece of action entertainment, but there's little imagination beyond the age of the lead characters, and while the feature is mercifully simplistic, it's rarely engaging, even as a violent distraction. "

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Brian Orndorf

14 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"Working only with a sinking boat, a willing star, and the open water, and the helmer is able to create one of the most suspenseful, striking features of 2013. "

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Brian Orndorf

15 69%

About Time (2013)

"Unpredictable and heartbreaking, About Time is a wonderfully executed effort, smart with its scripting and parting messages on the value of being present. "

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Brian Orndorf

16 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"The helmer has quite an advantage with his stellar cast, unleashing four pros on threadbare script, using their natural gifts to make the viewing experience as pleasant as possible. "

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Brian Orndorf

17 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Rich with details, 12 Years a Slave is an accomplished effort, yet McQueen is distracted by the weave work of story, failing to find art in agony. "

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Brian Orndorf

18 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Ambitious and exceedingly well designed, "Ender's Game" is mummified in the drama department. It's absolutely cold to the touch, with clumsy scenes sapping power from the material's thought-provoking commentary on war."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Brian Orndorf

19 90%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"The same bedroom liberation and vaginal alchemy could be communicated with a little more taste and economy, but that's not Kechiche's style. He wants the audience to feel every second of the work. "

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Brian Orndorf

20 18%

Free Birds (2013)

"It's simply a sloppy, unlikable picture, missing its madcap, time-jumping intentions by a country mile."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Brian Orndorf

21 36%

Last Love (2013)

"Caine is terrific here, making Last Love and its ultimate third-act nosedive palatable, even profound during a few scenes of intimate soul searching. "

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Brian Orndorf

22 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"Certainly crude, but it's also riotously funny at times, with a bizarre calmness about it that's immensely appealing, toning down the cruelty to play some old-fashioned pranks on a semi-suspecting public. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Brian Orndorf

23 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"It's a dark film, offering unsettling images and uncomfortable situations, and it has moments of greatness, just not enough of them to generate a riveting sit. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Brian Orndorf

24 76%

Concussion (2013)

"It's an unexpected deviation from the norm, sold with intelligence and intimacy."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Brian Orndorf

25 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"Isn't a mess, but it's indirect, irritatingly so, wasting a tempting premise on half-baked emotions and aimless moments of distress that should be far more penetrating than they actually are. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Brian Orndorf

26 48%

Zaytoun (2013)

"The movie means well enough, yet Zaytoun doesn't do enough to upset expectations, trusting in the power of warm orchestral strings and softening demeanors to coax the viewer into a deceptive comfort zone. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Brian Orndorf

27 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"Looks to dazzle the viewer with aggressive acting and whip-crack globetrotting intrigue, yet director Bill Condon feels like he's dog paddling with material that demands an emphatic front crawl."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Brian Orndorf

28 91%

The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013)

"It's a captivating story and a sturdy, informative documentary, managing to find a fresh perspective of experience for one of the most famous men in the world."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Brian Orndorf

29 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"Breeze to watch, easy to digest, but there's a nagging feeling that it could've been something special had the production slashed its own brake lines."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Brian Orndorf

30 49%

Carrie (2013)

"Playing it safe to appeal to a generation that hasn't been exposed to this tale of telekinetic woe, the new Carrie is much like the old Carrie, only now the mayhem is more hard drive-based than wonderfully, inventively practical. "

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Brian Orndorf

31 22%

Paradise (2013)

"Sentiment doesn't adhere, but the simplicity of the picture is agreeable, with Cody refusing to make the film laborious just to add weight. "

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Brian Orndorf

32 38%

Chinese Zodiac (2013)

"May disappoint fanatics on the hunt for something new from the superstar, but it's harmless work with intermittent thrills, delivering the basics with surprising polish and speed."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Brian Orndorf

33 50%

A.C.O.D. (2013)

"Has a few moments that shine, but the rest is shockingly leaden and clumsy, feeling around for a heart it hasn't earned and for laughs that seldom arrive. "

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Brian Orndorf

34 68%

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013)

"That Bruce could muster anything even remotely engaging about this subject is a clear testament to his filmmaking skill."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Brian Orndorf

35 67%

Corruption (Carnage) ()

"Satisfactorily plotted, with superb performances from Cushing and Lloyd, who manage to elevate the unseemly appetites of the script with class, turning cheap theatrics into an absorbing depiction of manipulation."

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Brian Orndorf

36 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"Teases for future war remain, yet the first sequel doesn't color outside the lines, presenting itself as dependable mischief with a giddy sense of humor and a satisfying appreciation for B-movie bedlam."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Brian Orndorf

37 80%

Dark Blood (1993)

"It's fascinating to watch the feature after all these years of rumors and leaked clips, finally able to grasp the last images of River Phoenix before his untimely death. For that alone, Dark Blood is worth a look."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Brian Orndorf

38 22%

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

"Frustratingly, Romeo & Juliet ends up playing it safe, trying to remain faithful to the spirit of Shakespeare's work while defacing it in a most cordial manner."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Brian Orndorf

39 83%

Blue Caprice (2013)

"The tension and slow poisoning of rational thought is riveting to watch, allowing the feature to find its footing as a depiction of significant exploitation viewed through a horrifying true crime lens."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Brian Orndorf

40 28%

Ass Backwards (2013)

"This is a feature that opens and closes with shots of women urinating. No amount of high-beam comedic work is going save a picture that doesn't have much imagination to begin with."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Brian Orndorf

41 8%

CBGB (2013)

"Unenlightening and overworked, the effort turns the raw energy of a movement into a Saturday morning cartoon, counting on a soundtrack of classics to carry the viewing experience. "

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Brian Orndorf

42 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"The soulfulness of the Muscle Shoals sound and surroundings is readily apparent from the opening minutes, and director Greg Camalier does an admirable job rifling through interpersonal conflicts and band breakthroughs."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Brian Orndorf

43 ——

The Citizen (2013)

"It's ridiculous, but Kadi seems determined to stay in this comfort zone, trusting in the banality of melodrama to communicate simple ideas on life, love, and the pursuit of happiness."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Brian Orndorf

44 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"A riveting picture, but one that seems like a safe choice for Greengrass, presented in a way that's familiar to those already intimate with his work."

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Brian Orndorf

45 ——

Night Train to Terror (1985)

"Feels like sitting through a horror film festival with a heavy finger resting on the fast-forward button, zooming to all the grisly goodies before it's on to the next sinister story. "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Brian Orndorf

46 82%

Laurence Anyways (2013)

"For every sublime moment the movie has to offer, there's a cinematic dead zone of indulgence that wipes it away, generating a frustrating, occasionally intolerable sit. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Brian Orndorf

47 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Delivers an exquisite you-are-there head rush, making it one of the most technically sophisticated pictures of the last decade. Gravity is not easily flushed from the system after a viewing. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Brian Orndorf

48 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"A sublime documentary that asks the renowned helmer, proud artist, and part-time madman to walk the audience through his vision for the greatest cinematic epic that never came to be. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Brian Orndorf

49 81%

Grand Piano (2014)

"The pandering finale is a minor dent in an otherwise crisply executed thriller, guaranteeing that any future night at the local orchestra will never feel innocent again. Not even piano playing is safe from lunatics."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Brian Orndorf

50 9%

Runner Runner (2013)

"The opening teases discomfort and desperation, only to end as easily as a network television drama. Now where's the risk in that?"

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Brian Orndorf

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