L.A. Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 62%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"Is the true enemy this all-testosterone Lord of the Flies clan? Nah, faulting your fellow kids is so 1950s. For the millennials, adults gotta be to blame"

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Amy Nicholson

2 29%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"Hector and the Search for Happiness isn't trying to be funny. It's unfashionably earnest, the sort of dopey pound mutt you feel guilty for not showering with love. "

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Amy Nicholson

3 93%

The Guest (2014)

" The Guest transcends the genre with characters who could have come out of a more serious movie. When they're in peril, we actually care."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Amy Nicholson

4 50%

The Pirates (2014)

"Nothing exposes the pettiness of man's foibles quite like the beauty of the natural world, which almost always loses out in the end."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Michael Nordine

5 82%

Tracks (2014)

Posted Sep 13, 2014

Michael Nordine

6 88%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

Posted Sep 13, 2014

Michael Nordine

7 ——

108 Stitches (2014)

"Its utterly predictable narrative and lazy sexism make for a toxic combination, but at least you won't have to feel bad about laughing anyway."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Michael Nordine

8 61%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

"If Eleanor disappeared any more from her own movie, everything between the credits would be a black hole."

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Amy Nicholson

9 ——

The Olivia Experiment (2014)

"The performances are overdrawn and the writing is facile; maybe the hetero male-jock and faux-lesbian eye candy will be enough for you."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Ernest Hardy

10 7%

The Identical (2014)

"Elvis slash fiction that could have been written by a spinster church organist."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Amy Nicholson

11 71%

Forrest Gump (2014)

"So afraid to dredge up debate that when Forrest is handed a mic at an antiwar rally, someone unplugs the speakers so we can't hear him - fitting for a movie with nothing to say."

Posted Sep 3, 2014

Amy Nicholson

12 76%

The Congress (2014)

"Like its actress, it's an ambitious knockout that doesn't quite live up to its potential"

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Amy Nicholson

13 92%

Insomnia (2002)

"In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

John Powers

14 97%

Chicken Run (2000)

"What gives this movie its oddly strong grip on a viewer's heart is a physical tenderness inseparable from the nature of claymation."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

F.X. Feeney

15 46%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Eva Green is sexy, funny, dangerous and wild - everything the film needed to be - and whenever she's not on screen, we feel her absence as though the sun has blinked off. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Amy Nicholson

16 92%

Frank (2014)

"In small movements - the twitch of a hand, a wobble under a door frame, a beer and straw held uselessly by his painted mouth - Fassbender gives us glimpses of what Frank's isolating genius has cost him. "

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Amy Nicholson

17 93%

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

"If Steven Spielberg's emotional intelligence matched his visual genius, his harrowing, passionately felt and honorably flawed new film might qualify for one of the greatest American movies ever made about World War II."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Ella Taylor

18 94%

The Truman Show (1998)

"In the end, Weir's movie is more a capitulation than a challenge to television, and a vulgar one at that. Truman turns out to be more Burbank than he is True-man."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Ella Taylor

19 ——

NightLights (2014)

"There are moments in director David Midell's NightLights that play like PSAs, but that earnestness is paved over by wonderfully affecting performances."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Ernest Hardy

20 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"At this point, the Expendables have formed and reformed so many times they're like the world's most macho wife swap, the action version of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Amy Nicholson

21 35%

The Giver (2014)

"The Giver is more simple and raw than the rest of today's teen dystopias that try to cram in unnecessary backstory and love triangles. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Amy Nicholson

22 97%

The Iron Giant (1999)

"The Iron Giant's theme of fear of the unknown is craftily balanced against the power of innocent imagination."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

F.X. Feeney

23 44%

Step Up: All In (2014)

"Reuniting, or really, introducing, the gang is a gimmick. It's also self-destructive-cramming in all these characters chokes up the plot, and who watches a Step Up for the plot? "

Posted Aug 9, 2014

Amy Nicholson

24 19%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"If you thought Michael Bay had forgiven Megan Fox for saying he was "like Hitler," this new April O'Neil role is proof he hasn't."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Amy Nicholson

25 100%

Burning Bush (2014)

"Just because Eastern Bloc period pieces are almost always stately and elegiac doesn't mean a largely compelling movie like this shouldn't still manage to surprise us once or twice over the course of four hours. "

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Michael Nordine

26 89%

Calvary (2014)

"With his patchwork red-and-gray beard grown long and his hair draped over his ears, Gleeson resembles an ancient mammoth, and it's quickly clear that his parishioners wish he were extinct"

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Amy Nicholson

27 66%

Lucy (2014)

"Feigns depth, but what lingers is Besson's regressive belief that even the most intelligent woman on earth can't figure out how to get her way without a miniskirt and a gun"

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Amy Nicholson

28 17%

Ironclad: Battle for Blood (2014)

"Battle for Blood is ultimately too accurate a subtitle; this film is a bloodbath, and not an edifying one in the slightest."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Michael Nordine

29 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Mood Indigo is bitter candy, a heartbreaker that uses sugar as a trap. "

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Amy Nicholson

30 79%

Land Ho! (2014)

"Land Ho! feints toward pathos and perversity, only to decide that it's better off giving us abridged, postcard emotions. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Amy Nicholson

31 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Savvily, and perhaps cynically, seeks to be the first to surf what I fear will be the new cinematic language: automatic Google Glass."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Amy Nicholson

32 27%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Luckily for Derrickson, this devil hates light bulbs, causing Ralph to spend countless scenes wandering around in the dark waiting to be startled by a cat."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Amy Nicholson

33 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"The movie's crammed with useless nuts and bolts, the storytelling equivalent of a mechanic who lifts the hood of your car and says, "That's everything, fix it yourself." "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Amy Nicholson

34 70%

Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014)

"A revenge flick where the hero refuses vengeance. We want that catharsis, but if Tore ever stopped turning the other cheek, he'd lose the only thing he has left: forgiveness"

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Amy Nicholson

35 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"A formulaic romantic comedy cranked up to 11, loud enough to make the audience hear the distortion."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Amy Nicholson

36 24%

Third Person (2014)

"His cast is terrific but it's embarrassing to watch them embrace Haggis' screaming nonsense, like walking in on Laurence Olivier in the bathroom"

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Amy Nicholson

37 17%

Wild Wild West (1999)

"The credits for Wild Wild West are mostly exemplary, and yet the screenplay is swill."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Manohla Dargis

38 42%

The Human Race (2014)

"By the time half the contestants have been offed you may be less interested in who will win than when it will all be over."

Posted Jun 15, 2014

Michael Nordine

39 92%

The Return To Homs (2014)

"Derki's refusal to feel powerless as his country falls apart proves heartening."

Posted Jun 15, 2014

Michael Nordine

40 66%

The Rover (2014)

"Pattinson appears to have picked the role precisely because it will send his Twilight fans screaming out of the theater"

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Amy Nicholson

41 39%

Armageddon (1998)

"Most of the time, Armageddon simply makes your head hurt."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Manohla Dargis

42 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Slate fits the role so well that her persona already seems fully formed, like Athena bursting from the skull of Louis C.K."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Amy Nicholson

43 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Walks a tricky tightrope: We chuckle when Rita shoots Cage like a fallen racehorse so the day can restart, but every time he jolts back to life we feel for his gulping, startled agony."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Amy Nicholson

44 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"The most unromantic take on the Wild West since John Wayne in The Searchers vowed to kill his niece."

Posted May 28, 2014

Amy Nicholson

45 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"A demonized witch is a feminist icon? Hardly. It hinges on a man, as though the sheer power of being rejected by one dude is enough to make any girl nuts. "

Posted May 28, 2014

Amy Nicholson

46 25%

Pearl Harbor (2001)

"There's no dismissing the film, if only because it offers another long, loud example of how Hollywood remains the hagiographic spinmeister of American war history."

Posted May 27, 2014

Ella Taylor

47 ——

The Fatal Encounter (2014)

"Trying to find where the line is drawn between those we might consider right and wrong proves more compelling than the bevy of swordfights meant to solve their problems once and for all."

Posted May 23, 2014

Michael Nordine

48 13%

Blended (2014)

"In the world of this sitcom love story, men are from Mars and women should be from a defiled menstrual tent far enough away that Adam Sandler won't have to hear them talk about tampons."

Posted May 23, 2014

Amy Nicholson

49 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"It's like discovering your box of Milk Duds is really chocolate-covered vitamins."

Posted May 22, 2014

Amy Nicholson

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