L.A. Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

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

2 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

3 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

4 ——

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

5 35%

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

6 31%

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

7 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

8 41%

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

9 21%

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

10 100%

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

11 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

12 64%

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

13 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

14 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

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

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Amy Nicholson

15 75%

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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 39%

Armageddon (1998)

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

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Manohla Dargis

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 ——

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

33 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

34 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

35 ——

How We Got Away With It (2014)

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

Posted May 16, 2014

Michael Nordine

36 41%

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

37 ——

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

38 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

39 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

40 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

41 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

42 51%

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

43 50%

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

44 ——

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

45 86%

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

46 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

47 ——

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

48 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

49 40%

A Farewell to Fools (2014)

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

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Michael Nordine

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