L.A. Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 13%

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

2 60%

Mood Indigo (2014)

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

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Amy Nicholson

3 77%

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

4 49%

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

5 29%

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

6 17%

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

7 68%

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

8 69%

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

9 22%

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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 65%

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

14 39%

Armageddon (1998)

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

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Manohla Dargis

15 87%

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

16 90%

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

17 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

18 49%

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

19 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

20 ——

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

21 14%

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

22 92%

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

23 ——

How We Got Away With It (2014)

"More approachable as a clinical deconstruction than a conventional narrative."

Posted May 16, 2014

Michael Nordine

24 44%

A Night In Old Mexico (2014)

"It's hard not to wonder if Duvall got passed over for a role in Last Vegas and, not to be outdone by that snake Kevin Kline, decided to make the Western version instead. "

Posted May 16, 2014

Michael Nordine

25 ——

Broken (2014)

"There's the letter of the law, and then there's the complex range of visceral reactions to tragedy."

Posted May 16, 2014

Michael Nordine

26 88%

Chef (2014)

"With its gags about Twitter and food truck-triggered flash mobs, in 10 years it'll feel as dated as the '80s nouvelle cuisine in American Psycho. "

Posted May 7, 2014

Amy Nicholson

27 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Byrne is the movie's MVP, thanks to a script that does what few comedies allow: let the wife earn some laughs. "

Posted May 7, 2014

Amy Nicholson

28 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"As an action film - which, in small bursts, it is - Blue Ruin is disquieting and raw, like Commando turned inside out. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Amy Nicholson

29 95%

Ran (1985)

"Less a director's return to form than an essay in solipsism and self-pity run amok."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Chuck Wilson

30 52%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"As progressive as it might feel for fat guys, losers and salsa stalwarts, it's rotten for women"

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Amy Nicholson

31 51%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"The buttoned-up, buttoned-lipped Wiig seems to have landed in the Midwest from Mars, as though, like David Bowie before her, she's The Maid Who Fell to Earth"

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Amy Nicholson

32 ——

Fray (2014)

"The flaws fall away once you see the look in Justin's eye as the person interviewing him for a job at a dairy bar says the establishment turns into 'kind of a battlefield' during the summer."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Michael Nordine

33 84%

Joe (2014)

"Joe is Cage's periodic reminder that he's one of his generation's great talents. Perhaps he's reminding himself."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Amy Nicholson

34 33%

The Players (2014)

"The rare omnibus film that isn't just a mixed bag--it very nearly succeeds at being uniformly bad."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Michael Nordine

35 ——

On the Other Side of the Tracks (2014)

"At least they never argue over which radio station to listen to."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Michael Nordine

36 76%

8 Mile (2002)

"What saves all this from being purely conventional is the filmmaker's keen sense of Rabbit's essential solitude as an artist, even when surrounded by friends."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

John Powers

37 40%

A Farewell to Fools (2014)

"That loneliest of creatures: the comedy that inspires almost no laughs."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Michael Nordine

38 59%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"Going bald is the best thing that ever happened to Jude Law."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Amy Nicholson

39 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The first Marvel film in forever that doesn't climax with our heroes mowing down a generic horde of non-human nobodies. "

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Amy Nicholson

40 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Though the flick's best scenes are pared-down bouts, Evans wrestles with (and loses to) his impulse that bigger is better, that 35 corpses are more effective than one."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Amy Nicholson

41 92%

Memento (2000)

"If nothing else, Memento is a savvy comment on the queasy uncertainties of the postmodern condition, in which history goes no further back than yesterday's news."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Ella Taylor

42 41%

Divergent (2014)

"I beg of you, teenage girls who may yet make Divergent a box office hit. We can't avoid the future - dystopian or not - but we can at least prevent regrettable fad tattoos."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Amy Nicholson

43 16%

The Single Moms' Club (2014)

"This is How Stella Got Her Groove Back for the Pop-Tart crowd, a wish-fulfillment weepie that narrowly clears Perry's low bar, thanks mostly to Wendi McLendon-Covey and Cocoa Brown"

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Amy Nicholson

44 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Not to be a killjoy, but if filmmakers are going to embed pixel mayhem in the photo-real world, then they're inviting us to ask if this shit is sociopathic. "

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Amy Nicholson

45 ——

Monster (2014)

"A caricature of mental illness."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Michael Nordine

46 ——

Junk (2014)

"Though the result is uneven, it also feels genuine."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Michael Nordine

47 ——

Tabloid Truth (2014)

"Just as prone to sensationalism as the scandalous tipsheets it lambasts."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Michael Nordine

48 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"For once, Anderson will let his airless snow globe be shaken and dropped, and in this case crudely glued back together by Communism, coyly referred to as the time of "common property""

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Amy Nicholson

49 81%

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"Wes Anderson is an authentic original -- an eccentric and heretical talent."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Manohla Dargis

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