St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 35%

The November Man (2014)

"Although "The November Man" shows us some attractive people in motion, the cumulative effect leaves us neither shaken nor stirred."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Joe Williams

2 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"As in the first film, there are judicious stabs of color ... And Alba is a showstopper in a fringed cowgirl outfit. But nine years wiser, we know that pretty things aren't always worth killing for."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Joe Williams

3 39%

If I Stay (2014)

"The settings and supporting roles suggest that "If I Stay" started out as someone's passion project, but the final product only requires its star to sleepwalk through buckets of schlock."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Joe Williams

4 31%

Intruders: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" If you like horror at all, you may find Intruders riveting. I did, despite all the time spent watching through barely open eyes. "

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Gail Pennington

5 77%

Land Ho! (2014)

""Land Ho!" is a tepid little movie that goes almost nowhere, and if I had to sit in that rental car for one more boob joke, I'd rather jump into a volcano."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Joe Williams

6 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Both the comedy and the violence are watered down by a dark melancholy."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Joe Williams

7 89%

Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" By the end of Episode 2, you're likely to be so invested in the characters, you'd stick with them forever, just as book readers have. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Gail Pennington

8 57%

Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The series works best as sort of a modern-day Mission: Impossible. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Gail Pennington

9 48%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Largely thanks to the intoxicating scenery and the gorgeous natural-light cinematography, "Magic in the Moonlight" does weave its a spell, resurrecting the spirit of sturdier and more inventive movies by the same conjurer."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Joe Williams

10 65%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"Although the outcome is as predetermined as a prix-fixe menu, the storytelling is as smooth as goose-liver pate through a pastry nozzle."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Joe Williams

11 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"Not all of it makes sense, but for disaster movie fans, "Into the Storm" has enough destruction to go around."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Kevin C. Johnson

12 83%

Rich Hill (2014)

"Perhaps the saddest thing about the film is the thought that nobody raised in Rich Hill could have made it."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Joe Williams

13 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This is one riveting drama. Even when my eyes were closed, I didn't want to look away. "

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Gail Pennington

14 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"The closest thing to a lived life that fictional cinema has yet produced."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Joe Williams

15 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"If Chadwick Boseman's turn as Jackie Robinson last year in "42" made him a star, his flashy performance in James Brown biopic "Get On Up" adds another layer of shine."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Kevin C. Johnson

16 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"If you're old enough to remember when sci-fi and comic books were fun, "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be your new favorite movie. If you're not, it will set a standard for everything you see."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Joe Williams

17 54%

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

"In other words, if you're in the Sharknado fan club, you'll probably like the sequel. If not, you'll probably ignore it and watch something else. In either case, enjoy."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Gail Pennington

18 89%

Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Manhattan... is as exciting as the history that inspired it "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Gail Pennington

19 17%

And So It Goes (2014)

"If cranking out this kind of mediocre, head-scratching blarney is the only option available to Hollywood veterans like Reiner, we have some friendly advice: Open a haberdashery."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Joe Williams

20 65%

Lucy (2014)

"With such an empty core, it's hard to love "Lucy," but it's also hard to change the channel when it promises wisdom with just a spoonful of Vitameatavegamin."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Joe Williams

21 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

""A Most Wanted Man" is the rare film that will remain on your mind long after you've left the theater."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Calvin Wilson

22 49%

I Origins (2014)

""I Origins" has the genetic markers of a formulaic supernatural thriller, and it's marred by some muddy metaphysics and fuzzy science, but the beauty is in the details."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Joe Williams

23 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

""Venus in Fur" is a stellar achievement."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Joe Williams

24 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"For audiences seeking shelter from superhero carnage, "Wish I Was Here" is a lovely place to be."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Joe Williams

25 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Without the kindling of character development, "Planes: Fire and Rescue" is no smoldering success, but if Disney's flight plan is to share Pixar's airspace, it's getting warmer."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Joe Williams

26 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

""The Purge: Anarchy" is a dirtied-up breath of fresh air, an old-school exploitation movie that does what it sets out to do."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Kevin C. Johnson

27 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This is actually the calm before a terrifying storm in The Strain, which promises to reinvent our idea of vampires and make them scary again. Scary as opposed to sexy, as in "True Blood," and chillingly gruesome. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Gail Pennington

28 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"The most metaphorically and morally evolved film of the bunch."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Joe Williams

29 97%

Life Itself (2014)

""Life Itself" completes the circular conversation between the movies, the man and the masses."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Joe Williams

30 24%

Third Person (2014)

""Third Person" doesn't lack for ambition, and it's nice to see Neeson in the kind of role that he excelled at before he morphed into an action star. But the film may have some folks wishing they'd bought a ticket to "Transformers 4" instead."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Calvin Wilson

31 83%

Begin Again (2014)

"Doggedly indie but unpretentious, "Begin Again" is one of the best movies I've seen about the music industry and the ways it changes people whose paths diverge."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Joe Williams

32 24%

Tammy (2014)

"McCarthy and first-time director Falcone must have assumed that tossing a drunk and a dunce into a Cadillac would negate the need for a motive or even a script."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Joe Williams

33 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"In an homage to such "cinema of cruelty" classics as Andy Warhol's real-time "Sleep," Bay allows the film to run for almost three hours and abandons all pretense of a plot."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Joe Williams

34 85%

Ivory Tower (2014)

""Ivory Tower" makes a persuasive case that the gravest epidemic that's spreading from college campuses isn't student-loan debt but attention-deficit disorder."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Joe Williams

35 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Sorry, partisans, but there's nothing obvious about "Obvious Child.""

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Joe Williams

36 38%

Taxi Brooklyn: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's just another police procedural, and prime time already has plenty of those. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Gail Pennington

37 43%

Young & Hungry: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Young & Hungry is nicely paced, and even in the first episode, the humor is character-driven. It's as uncomplicated, and tasty, as a good grilled cheese. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Gail Pennington

38 69%

Mystery Girls: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The show (co-created by Spelling) is standard-issue cable sitcom, with acting that's too broad (Garth is the exception here) and a laugh track that's loud and awkward. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Gail Pennington

39 60%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The first episode of Tyrant... is both exotic (the cultural elements surrounding the wedding are fascinating) and unfortunately trite, to the point of embracing stereotypes about the Middle East that some early viewers have found offensive. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Gail Pennington

40 64%

The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The writing is clunky and the acting is almost universally stiff. The characters need to be much more engaging to keep us from wanting to jump overboard from The Last Ship. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Gail Pennington

41 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"The worst thing about this multifaceted failure is the two-time Oscar winner behind the camera. Where there ought to be a director, there's nothing but an empty chair."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Joe Williams

42 53%

Citizen Koch (2014)

"Most of the movie is a backgrounder on the Citizens United case, in which a deeply divided Supreme Court opened the door to truckloads of campaign cash from tycoons and corporations."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Joe Williams

43 66%

The Rover (2014)

"A sterling example of the new Australian noir."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Joe Williams

44 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"The film keeps many of the same parts of the first one's winning formula, beginning with Hart himself."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Kevin C. Johnson

45 100%

Defiance: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Defiance... has already proven itself as a futuristic Western full of political analogies and soap opera twists. "

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Gail Pennington

46 40%

Dominion: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The plot of Dominion, unfortunately, veers between simplistic and unfathomable. "

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Gail Pennington

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Spanish Lake (2014)

"This is a fascinating story ... But as a movie, "Spanish Lake" misses the opportunity to include other voices."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Joe Williams

48 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"A self-aware sequel has to hop over hurdles to keep from swallowing its own tail, but the sharp writing and tag-team antics lift "22 Jump Street" to a high level."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Joe Williams

49 94%

Ida (2014)

"A film with meat and bones sorely lacking in heart."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Mark Matousek

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