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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 12%

The Right Kind of Wrong (2014)

"Teeming with mismanaged ideas, but Kwanten's blank slate approach crushes the picture's hope for lasting appeal."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

2 23%

Shirin In Love (2014)

"Love almost seem ashamed of its heritage, electing shed its personality to make a movie we've all seen a hundred times before. "

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Brian Orndorf

3 73%

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

"After all, it's not every day that one encounters a sensitive tale of sisterhood that also contains an element of cannibalism. For that alone, the movie deserves respect. "

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Brian Orndorf

4 50%

Far and Away (1992)

"Away isn't for cynics, providing an authentic rush of experience that makes the effort feel huge, even when it details the smallest interests of the heart. "

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Brian Orndorf

5 84%

Mysterious Skin (2005)

"Contains a few flat notes of community participation, but Araki locates all the necessary surges of hopelessness and misguided desire, ending victorious in his quest to adapt Scott Heim's provocative novel. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

6 ——

Blood Letter ()

"A feast for the eyes with its dazzling colors, far off locations, and vivid costuming. Just make sure you have a pen and a pad handy to keep characterizations in check. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

7 77%

Bethlehem (2014)

"Despite a few hiccups in pace and tone, Bethlehem is a forceful, convincing picture, seizing a specialized tension that promises interesting work from Adler in the future."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

8 91%

12 O'clock Boys (2014)

"There's no balance of perspective, but what the feature lacks in fullness it makes up for in pure energy, extracting a sense of life in motion as its influence by a false sense of security."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

9 69%

Visitors (2014)

"Challenging work but also soothing and richly exploratory, acting as a continuation of Reggio's filmmaking interests with a newfound sense of digital liberation."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

10 25%

Awful Nice (2014)

"Delivers a steady stream of laughs and an accurate depiction of sibling rivalry, contributing to a funny, freewheeling effort that's missing focus, but finds an unusual personality of its own. "

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

11 10%

The Bag Man (2014)

"Grovic is lucky to have the professionals around, as this shabby mystery has little to offer audiences besides unintentional laughs. "

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

12 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"If only there was a WABAC machine for screenwriting."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

13 41%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Provides a more inventive, wrecked viewing experience, trusting in the tenets of violence and heroism to craft a rousing blitz of war zone mayhem, with Murro delivering on the challenge one squirting neck wound at a time."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Brian Orndorf

14 ——

Detective Downs ()

"Mildly comedic, unexpectedly sexual, and fantastically entertaining, Detective Downs is a tonally secure gem. "

Posted Mar 2, 2014

Brian Orndorf

15 ——

That's the Way of the World (2006)

"World has much to share on the topic of corruption and the burn of self-preservation, articulated with a wonderfully combative atmosphere and a distinct groove."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Brian Orndorf

16 ——

Flavia, la Monaca Musulmana (The Heretic) (The Rebel Nun) (Flavia, Priestess of Violence) (1974)

"Heretic can be crude with bizarre flashes of brutality, but it remains potent and thought-provoking, reflecting on a bound existence with unusual patience and respect for its audience. "

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Brian Orndorf

17 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"Rises is as fascinating as the rest of Miyazaki's work. It lacks magical creatures and lush realms, but it retains a personal perspective and fascination with exploring a changing world."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

18 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Despite a crackerjack premise and a decent first hour of suspense, Non-Stop abandons the art of surprise to magnify its menace, losing the promise of clandestine evildoing to play up Neeson's knighthood."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

19 33%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"Unnecessary overkill, either explaining things or destroying things as it inspects the titular character's powers. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

20 47%

Stalingrad (2014)

"At the very least, the bigness of the movie is diverting, showing the world that Russia can create just as much noise at the multiplex as its competition. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

21 8%

Chlorine (2014)

"Derivative and unresponsive, Chlorine tanks every idea it submits, incapable of achieving the pathos it sets out for itself, lost to filmmaking limitation and thematic inertia. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

22 11%

Barefoot (2014)

"There was once a time when director Andrew Fleming made fantastic films."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

23 ——

Someone Marry Barry (2014)

"The dismal writing featured here makes the Farrelly Brothers look like Oscar Wilde. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

24 19%

HairBrained (2014)

"Often caught trying too hard, forcing the feature into positions that fail to extract the simple joys of the premise and its idiosyncratic lead character. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Brian Orndorf

25 29%

3 Days To Kill (2014)

"Desperate to be something, 3 Days to Kill chooses to be everything, resulting in an extraordinarily confused feature that's all over the map in terms of tone and execution. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

26 30%

Date And Switch (2014)

"In place of authentic emotion and searing personal communication, there's cliche and passivity, plasticizing the kindly nature of the picture to a point where all the tension begins to resemble a bad sitcom."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

27 ——

The Hungover Games (2014)

"Stolberg doesn't try nearly hard enough, content to get by on the basics of sophomoric behavior and point-and-shout joke construction. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

28 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"With characters this drippy and dramatics this deadly, you'll end up rooting for the volcano to win."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

29 81%

If You Build It (2014)

"At its core, If You Build It isolates the power of a hands-on education and consideration for the greater good."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

30 44%

The Art of the Steal (2014)

"Surprises are intended but rarely matter in the long run, as writer/director Jonathan Sobol finds the rhythm of the piece in its set-up, watching rumpled characters plan out their bad behavior with the aid of tart banter and slick editing. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

31 53%

Adult World (2014)

"A nice shot of reality could've saved Adult World, as the details of desperation are far more compelling than the rusted mechanics of a numbing coming-of-age story."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

32 55%

Knights of Badassdom (2014)

"Something went horribly wrong in the translation. Although spirited at times, Badassdom takes on familiar targets, while its escalation of oddity is forced when it isn't confusing."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Brian Orndorf

33 87%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"A thoroughly satisfying effort that always finds the truth of the moment, ignoring the ease of melodrama. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

34 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"Imagine if Star Wars was the cinematic adaptation of Bridget Jones's Diary, and that's as close as co-writer/director Shana Feste gets to the source material here. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

35 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Goldsman won an Academy Award for screenwriting for his work on A Beautiful Mind. He also wrote Batman & Robin."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

36 99%

Gloria (2014)

"A casual atmosphere that sneaks up on the viewer, and the reward for such patience is the opportunity to spy a seasoned character realized onscreen with refreshing honesty. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

37 58%

The Returned (2014)

"Doesn't overwhelm, but it manages a smart tone of dread mixed with panic, reviving stale elements by attacking the subject matter from an unusual point of view. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

38 53%

Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014)

"Much like the original film, there's genuine emotion mixed in with the carnage, always concentrating on the internalized rumble of the participants as they face a grim future. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

39 68%

About Last Night (2014)

"There's not a single human moment in the entire feature, which always hunts for a joke or sitcom conflict to get by, imagining the game of love as a tiresome CBS comedy pilot. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

40 53%

Jimmy P. (2014)

"Solid work from stars Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric lubricate the movie's hunt for understanding, but overlength tends to erase the effort's achievements in the end. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

41 49%

RoboCop (2014)

"It's odd to watch this RoboCop sputter, especially when armed with hindsight and a significant budget. It doesn't revive the old metal-stomping, gleefully acidic magic, and it doesn't create any of its own."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Brian Orndorf

42 63%

Nurse 3-D (2014)

"Nurse doesn't carry all the way to the end. It's salacious, macabre, and visually competent, but as a B-movie fireworks display, it mostly launches duds."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

43 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Best appreciated for its small achievements and grace notes...Men can be a frustrating sit, especially when it becomes clear that greatness rests just outside its reach. "

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

44 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"A total hoot, with blockbuster levels of excitement and a handle on playfulness that makes most recent family entertainment offerings feel painfully inert and monotonous."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

45 10%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"Exposition: The Movie."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Brian Orndorf

46 25%

Welcome to the Jungle (2014)

"The basics are covered acceptably, making it an ideal rental for a lonely Saturday night or for Van Damme addicts looking to see their favorite splits-master make a funny or two with surprising skill."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Brian Orndorf

47 43%

Cold Comes The Night (2014)

"Derails in the end, trying to neatly wrap-up a picture that demands a more sophisticated conclusion, but the basics sustain allure, especially when they're competently performed."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Brian Orndorf

48 77%

After the Dark (2014)

"Doesn't end convincingly, but the opening two acts are stimulating enough to carry the viewing experience, capturing the cutthroat nature of endurance and the brutal reality of judgment in desperate times."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Brian Orndorf

49 5%

The Outsider (2014)

"Miller fights to create panic out of nothing, employing a bland leading man and a repetitive sense of violence to snap this snoozer awake."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Brian Orndorf

50 78%

Big Bad Wolves (2014)

"A semi-masterful suspense picture that blends the violent appetites of Chan-wook Park and Quentin Tarantino, pouring such delectable disease into a film that's hypnotic, even as it details unimaginable suffering. "

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Brian Orndorf

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