San Francisco Examiner

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 59%

Lucy (2014)

""Lucy" is constantly playful and awestruck. Besson... genuinely seems moved by the capability of humans to do good."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

2 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Tatum can be naturally funny on-screen, but Hill makes him doubly so, emphasizing his slow-to-awareness takes on one end, and his physical prowess on the other."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

3 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"In a summer season filled with its own time loops (i.e. sequels, reboots, etc.), "Edge of Tomorrow" beats the clock."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

4 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"MacFarlane's "Million Ways" has an equal affinity for both the laughs and the Western landscape."

Posted May 30, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

5 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Anderson and his crew build an impeccable, elaborate world that is opulent and breathtaking, yet somewhat silly."

Posted May 29, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

6 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Director Nicholas Stoller's first feature, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," created a deft balance of characters and laughs, but in "Neighbors," that balance is off."

Posted May 9, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

7 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"[This] version of Peter Parker, again played by Andrew Garfield, is incapable of suppressing his feelings. He's by turns jubilant, heartbroken, cocksure and tormented, and he's never boring."

Posted May 3, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

8 44%

Walking With The Enemy (2014)

"It is faithful enough to history to bring alive horrible memories to those among the few lucky survivors who were children at the time."

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Janos Gereben

9 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"The whole of "Transcendence" feels more in tune with computers than it does with people. It has some intelligence of the artificial kind, but it could have used some heart."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

10 77%

Noah (2014)

"Add Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" to the list of Bible-themed film epics ranging from magnificent to stuffy to silly."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

11 100%

7 Boxes (2014)

"The closure, like much of this film, superbly blends the cynical and the sunny."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Anita Katz

12 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"On a pure gut level, "Non-Stop" cooks up some terrific, swift suspense, and it's all rooted in that appealing, hangdog face of Neeson's. "

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

13 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"It's tempting to proclaim this final work as something career-capping, but in reality it's a disappointingly minor effort."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

14 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

""The Lego Movie" easily could have been a corporate commercial full of enticements for kids to buy toys, but it's not. Free-flowing and energetic, it's as fun as actual play."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

15 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"[The] moments of inspiration are too few. "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" feels like it should have applied for a desk job."

Posted Jan 18, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

16 93%

A Touch of Sin (2013)

"Unique and brilliant."

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Jeffrey M. Anderson

17 76%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Most impressive for its reckless, monstrous motion, fueled by energy exciting and rotten."

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

18 48%

Black Nativity (2013)

"A bittersweet Christmas movie with a strong black cast."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

19 68%

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

"The enormously appealing characters still generate genuine warmth and laughs."

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

20 97%

Gravity (2013)

"[The] director's last effort was another great science-fiction movie, "Children of Men," which was borne of ideas. This one celebrates sensation. And it deserves to be one."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

21 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Gyllenhaal's tattooed, twitchy Loki proves equally satisfying, a loner with a troubled past and one of those dogged cops who make the genre enjoyable."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Anita Katz

22 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"The good news is that this cast - including Pink aka Alecia Moore, in her first serious movie part - bring pulsating, organic life to their every moment. "

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

23 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"Three years ago, Matthew Vaughn's crazy, wild "Kick-Ass" was shocking. It's a quality that is not duplicated in the new "Kick-Ass 2," which feels arbitrary and unnecessary."

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

24 86%

Computer Chess (2013)

""Computer Chess" is open to many interpretations, and it's great that Bujalski doesn't explain any of them. In a summer filled with numbingly repetitive entertainment, here's an extraordinary movie that invites viewers to think."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

25 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Blanchett gives her best-ever performance, moving Jasmine back and forth on moody waves. She can be difficult company, but she's so fully fleshed out that she eventually earns compassion."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

26 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"Despite the padding, "The Lone Ranger" moves extremely well, capturing many of the qualities that made "Pirates of the Caribbean" so much fun."

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

27 56%

Snitch (2013)

"Its smaller, quieter moments instill hope that Johnson can stretch even further and become worthy of much stronger material."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

28 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"What "Man of Steel" does have are several good ideas that never really pay off."

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

29 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"Carrey is the movie's ace up its sleeve. He's at his frighteningly manic best. If the Academy ever considered awards for comedies released in March, Carrey certainly deserves one."

Posted May 3, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

30 93%

Room 237 (2013)

""Room 237" could become an essential companion piece to "The Shining" from now on. For those who see both, it will be impossible to think about one without the other."

Posted May 3, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

31 98%

Mud (2013)

"The setting, characters and situations in "Mud" are fully formed and fully satisfying."

Posted May 3, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

32 70%

The Croods (2013)

"The incredible, surprising design - the vibrant colors, imaginative shapes and textures that make up the prehistoric world - is the movie's real star."

Posted May 3, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

33 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"A bit like Tony Stark himself, "Iron Man 3" crackles with personality and humanity, not caring what people may think."

Posted May 3, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

34 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"It's a movie to be purely explored, felt and intuited. "To the Wonder" is an example of filmmaking of the highest degree, placing Malick alongside Bresson, Kubrick and Antonioni."

Posted Apr 16, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

35 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"The movie's success comes from the sheer joy and personality Raimi brings to it. Even working on a gargantuan scale, he's still making the movies he loves, the ones he wants to see. He doesn't pander to viewers, but invites them to join the fun."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

36 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Bigelow has created the best film of 2012."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

37 10%

Dr. Seuss - The Cat in the Hat (2003)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Jeffrey M. Anderson

38 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Happily, despite all the technical details, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is exciting, tantalizing and satisfying."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

39 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"The mix works, thanks to Murray. In a presidential mode, he creates tension and then effortlessly diffuses it. He's also a great comedian, working the room and turning everyone around to his side. He's got my vote."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

40 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"Steven Spielberg, one of America's best directors, makes the movie come alive; watching it is like eavesdropping on history."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

41 94%

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012)

"Vreeland's attention to detail, her love of new and exciting images, her devotion to and ability to identify, that ethereal thing called style, come across loudly and clearly."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Leslie Katz

42 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"Having gone back to his original notes and sketches, [Burton] seems to have rediscovered his passion for filmmaking."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

43 85%

The Master (2012)

""The Master" is intelligent, ambitious and cause for celebration - but not quite the masterpiece suggested by all the buzz."

Posted Sep 21, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

44 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

""Cosmopolis" is a deeply subversive, deeply intelligent movie for grown-ups. Brilliant."

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

45 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"It addresses the darkness in everyday life, acknowledges the pain, and fights back."

Posted Aug 22, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

46 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"It's a mostly unnecessary addition to the smart, exciting "Bourne" trilogy."

Posted Aug 22, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

47 72%

Klown (2012)

"[It's] ridiculously raunchy yet also remains relatively heartfelt."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Joseph J. Airdo

48 92%

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

"Unfolds with urgency. Its intense focus is on events of given moments, rather than events of history."

Posted Jul 14, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

49 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"A crushing, but breathtaking, look at romance - the kind rarely, if ever, portrayed in movies."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Jeffrey M. Anderson

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