Philadelphia Daily News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Something wickedly delicious this way comes. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Ellen Gray

2 83%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" It's the fetishizing of the visual, not lack of action, that leaves me impatient. But for now, we're on a plane and Weiner's in the cockpit... I don't know where we're going and neither do you. Might as well sit back and enjoy what's left of the ride. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Ellen Gray

3 72%

Oculus (2014)

"The movie's game of gotcha grows wearying, or at least it did to me."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Gary Thompson

4 54%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"There are moments in "Cuban Fury," lots of them, when you wish it had been about an old Plymouth making taxi runs in Havana."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Gary Thompson

5 55%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"The movie itself seems to crash ... settles for sentimentality ..."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Gary Thompson

6 49%

Rio 2 (2014)

"The "Rio" movies seem to me a little too conventional in terms of story and especially in terms of character - never have animated movies had such a serious dearth of funny sidekicks."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Gary Thompson

7 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"In extending the reach of his concept, Evans feels like he's reaching, and after 2 1/2 hours of mayhem, you may be homesick for the appealing simplicity of the original."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Gary Thompson

8 100%

Raising Hope: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Raising Hope knows how to leave its audience laughing. And maybe just a little teary. But in a good way. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ellen Gray

9 98%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Where reading each subsequent book - five of the planned-for seven have been published - left me increasingly dispirited, Game of Thrones remains an exhilarating ride. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ellen Gray

10 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The movie's a bit overstuffed with action - even though the sequences themselves are abbreviated with staccato editing that condenses and quickens the martial-artsy fight scenes. Compensating for this is the movie's cheeky relevance."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Gary Thompson

11 61%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"At times 1970s frat-smoker funny, other times a little too obviously designed to provoke our middle-class sensibilities."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Gary Thompson

12 82%

Rob the Mob (2014)

"The movie is full of quirky, usually worthwhile digressions (Andy Garcia has an expansive part as a mob boss) that add to its offbeat tone, further abetted by interesting musical choices and a very nice score by Stephan Endelman."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Gary Thompson

13 56%

Legends of the Fall (1994)

"A weird melodramatic epic -- Bonanza crossbred with the kind of novel that uses Fabio on the cover."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Gary Thompson

14 76%

White Men Can't Jump (1992)

"The verbal interplay between the characters appears to be intentionally improvised, but the scenes come off as cumbersome and off-kilter."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Gary Thompson

15 81%

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

"The brain-assaulting sci-fi second half of Flight of the Navigator is made palpable by Cramer, who deftly conveys anguish during the first half. Now, he wants to go home and his gung-ho attitude makes every dumb effect exciting."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Joe Baltake

16 79%

Seven (Se7en) (1995)

"For all of the portentous atmosphere, Seven runs on a routine cop-show plot."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Gary Thompson

17 96%

GoodFellas (1990)

"GoodFellas is a movie that savagely and thoroughly obliterates romanticized notions of the Mafia."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Gary Thompson

18 68%

Surviving Jack: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Jack offers a view of equal partners in a hot marriage, one that isn't all about the kids (even if the show mostly will be). "

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Ellen Gray

19 58%

Blast from the Past (1999)

"Blast from the Past is a cute idea that delivers a few good scenes, but not enough to make the movie consistently entertaining."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Gary Thompson

20 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"For the most part there's nothing pleasurable about it."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Gary Thompson

21 40%

Divergent (2014)

"The movie, for all of it's post-apocalyptic themes, is at bottom a love story, and Woodley and James are good together."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Gary Thompson

22 72%

The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Yes, it's a CW series, but one that poses enough lifeboat-ethics issues to keep a freshman philosophy class busy for months. "

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Ellen Gray

23 66%

Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's at its best - if not necessarily its funniest - when Em and Doll are struggling to find a balance between their childhood selves and the more demanding adults they've become. "

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Ellen Gray

24 61%

Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Crisis ... takes kids in jeopardy, class conflict and adolescent (and national) insecurity and stirs them into a surprisingly effective thriller. "

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Ellen Gray

25 21%

Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

""Better Living" never seems to know how seriously to take Doug's downward spiral - we get mixed signals on its commitment to its black-comedy potential. And the resolution feels wishy-washy."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Gary Thompson

26 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"I wonder about the potential audience for this movie."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Gary Thompson

27 38%

Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Believe doesn't do nearly enough to stand out, beyond some very pretty blue butterflies and a declaration that only the bad guys will be carrying guns. "

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Ellen Gray

28 52%

Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The first two episodes depart considerably from Motts' book, which I'm inclined to think is a good thing. I'm just not sure where Resurrection will be going instead. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Ellen Gray

29 100%

7 Boxes (2014)

"A low-budget but inventive Paraguayan thriller about a delivery boy mixed up with gangsters."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Gary Thompson

30 73%

Sirens: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Maybe a little edgier than USA's usual fare - though the porn episode's not till next week - Sirens has fun with the people working a tough job and benefits from guest shots by people like Jean Smart and Leary-show veteran Lenny Clarke. "

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Ellen Gray

31 0%

Saint George: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Like many a sitcom male, [George Lopez] may have outsized expectations. Based on the penis- and fat-joke-ridden pilot - titled "Won't Get Fooled Again" - I'm keeping mine pretty low. "

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Ellen Gray

32 65%

The Red Road: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I'm probably not the ideal viewer right now for The Red Road... Still, I'm not unintrigued. "

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Ellen Gray

33 94%

Dark Days (2000)

"The virtue of Dark Days is that it provides a forum for its subjects, who turn out to be funny, charming, acerbic, annoying, callous, kind and, ultimately, fully human. The movie's other quality -- a dewy romanticism -- is both an asset and a detriment."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Gary Thompson

34 88%

Platoon (1986)

"Platoon is not the definitive Vietnam statement that Stone may have intended, or that others are already claiming it to be. But it is a powerful document about that sad war, and a riveting piece of moviemaking."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Ben Yagoda

35 78%

Braveheart (1995)

"Mel Gibson's Braveheart is a rousing, romantic battle epic featuring a cast of thousands, many without heads or arms."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Gary Thompson

36 97%

The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" The stakes are higher than ever. And the wigs even crazier. "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Ellen Gray

37 36%

Mixology: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Even those used to keeping up with the Kardashians may struggle to remember who's who from week to week. But maybe that's what the beer goggles are for? "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Ellen Gray

38 25%

Mind Games: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There's the germ of an interesting idea, if not much of a business plan, in Mind Games, which messes with our heads right from the start by making Zahn, not Slater, the brother who's off his meds. "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Ellen Gray

39 67%

Dallas: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" The decades-long Barnes-Ewing feud draws in some new players, and I find myself unexpectedly interested again. "

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Ellen Gray

40 24%

Pompeii (2014)

""Pompeii"stays unoriginal until the very end, when it finally does something unexpected and, in doing so, becomes a disaster movie that's not a complete disaster itself."

Posted Feb 23, 2014

Gary Thompson

41 36%

Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I'm already charmed, though, by Growing Up Fisher, thanks to J.K. Simmons' performance as the blind father (and lawyer) Mel Fisher. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Ellen Gray

42 77%

About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" [Al madrigal's] hilarious with [Minnie] Driver in a later episode that gave me hope that the series is headed in a funnier, less predictable direction. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Ellen Gray

43 88%

House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Maybe it's best to treat it like a box of chocolates. A piece (or three) at a time? Still delicious. "

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Ellen Gray

44 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"A story sprinkled with snow and fairy dust."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Gary Thompson

45 61%

About Last Night... (1986)

"Odious."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Joe Baltake

46 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"The movie has a baseline competence, but it's predictable, dull and utterly lacking in the sort of man-melts-into-machine, electric sheep-ish poetry that elevated the original."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Gary Thompson

47 88%

RoboCop (1987)

"It proceeds from a vision, and it takes that vision seriously. It ends up being moving -- and for a comic book of a movie, that's no small achievement."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Ben Yagoda

48 93%

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

"This gifted ensemble works hard to make Hannah and Her Sisters the best movie of the year so far, perhaps the best that Allen has ever made."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Joe Baltake

49 91%

High Fidelity (2000)

"The virtues of High Fidelity are that Rob owns up to his obvious shortcomings, and that Cusack's performance has a self-deprecating edge that muffles the pops and scratches of Rob's personality."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Gary Thompson

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