St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 53%

The New Normal: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" There's enough good in the first episode to make me hope the show can grow into a comedy half as strong as the show that clearly inspired it, "Modern Family." "

Posted Sep 10, 2012

Gail Pennington

2 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"The rapid dialogue is dry and mannered, like a David Mamet play, there's virtually no story and Cronenberg's visual scheme is cold and claustrophobic."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Joe Williams

3 77%

Samsara (2012)

"A world of wonders without a guide or an agenda, "Samsara" rewards a leap of faith."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Joe Williams

4 22%

The Words (2012)

"The fatal flaw of this screenwriting term paper is that Cooper's character is a boring jerk we're supposed to regard as a nice guy who made an honest mistake."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Joe Williams

5 89%

Compliance (2012)

"A disturbing, fact-based look at the ways in which people can be bullied into bowing to the demands of authority figures."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Calvin Wilson

6 70%

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

"To its credit, "Celeste and Jesse Forever" wants to be more than a formulaic farce. It succeeds to the extent that the neighbors keep up with Jones."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Joe Williams

7 67%

Lawless (2012)

"The fire that stokes the story is violence. Yet despite some gruesome images and the psychotic fervor of Rakes, it's a frustratingly slow boil."

Posted Aug 28, 2012

Joe Williams

8 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"Watching "Killer Joe" to the bitter end is like playing the Pick 6 lottery and getting three of the numbers right. You don't win anything, but you still think you're smarter than all those other idiots."

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Joe Williams

9 95%

The Imposter (2012)

""The Imposter" is one of the best films of the year."

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Calvin Wilson

10 85%

Easy Money (2012)

"Although this Swedish vehicle is thoughtfully engineered and has some vivid streaks of color, it could use a jump start to escape the vanilla ice."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Joe Williams

11 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"It continually spins its wheels or even goes in reverse, backtracking to previous points to load new information."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Joe Williams

12 49%

Hit & Run (2012)

""Hit and Run" isn't a catastrophe, but it leaves loose ends and a more adventurous map by the side of the winding road."

Posted Aug 21, 2012

Joe Williams

13 90%

The Well-Digger's Daughter (2012)

""The Well-Digger's Daughter" is perhaps a bit too sentimental. But the performances are so heartfelt that its occasional excesses are easily forgiven."

Posted Aug 17, 2012

Calvin Wilson

14 87%

ParaNorman (2012)

""ParaNorman" has plenty of rambunctious thrills to give the kiddies goosebumps, while older connoisseurs of stop-motion animation will appreciate the Laika studio's inventive visuals."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Joe Williams

15 94%

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

"Although it's a guilty pleasure, "The Queen of Versailles" is artful enough that both the prosecution and the defense could invoke it when the peasants cry "Off with their heads!""

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Joe Williams

16 57%

Sparkle (2012)

"Energetic, colorful and packed with strong performances and musical numbers good enough to get by, "Sparkle" beams brightly."

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Kevin C. Johnson

17 33%

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

"Kids are too smart to fall for it, and any grown-up who thinks that "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is funny or heartwarming has a head made out of cabbage."

Posted Aug 14, 2012

Joe Williams

18 93%

Elena (2012)

"In different hands, "Elena" might have been a noir thriller, but this serving of cinematic borscht is as cold as a Russian winter."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Joe Williams

19 92%

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

""Farewell, My Queen" is a layer cake of royal pleasures, rote protocols and revolutionary politics. For skeptics who thought this story had grown stale, let them eat their words."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Joe Williams

20 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"It bodes well for the future of the franchise that Renner and Wesiz share not only a gripping predicament but something more important: chemistry."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Joe Williams

21 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"Only an audience as constipated as these characters could mistake this lukewarm stream of pablum for a hard nugget of truth."

Posted Aug 7, 2012

Joe Williams

22 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"Sparklingly entertaining."

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Calvin Wilson

23 70%

Dark Horse (2012)

"With champion bloodlines from Walken and Farrow, "Dark Horse" could have been a contender, but it gets so skittish about trodding a familiar path that it pulls up lame."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Joe Williams

24 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"The richly constructed first hour is so superior to any feat of sci-fi speculation since "Minority Report" that the bland aftertaste of the chase finale is quickly forgotten."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Joe Williams

25 88%

Neil Young Journeys (2012)

"On its own terms, "Neil Young Journeys" is an enjoyable concert film of a solo show in Toronto, interspersed with memories of his Canadian boyhood."

Posted Jul 27, 2012

Joe Williams

26 17%

The Watch (2012)

"If this movie wanders into your neighborhood, the only watch that will hold your attention is the timepiece on your wrist."

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Joe Williams

27 88%

Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2012)

""Pink Ribbons, Inc." is a colorful indictment of corporate infestation, but it's missing a prescription."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Joe Williams

28 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

""Beasts of the Southern Wild" is a film to get lost in."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Calvin Wilson

29 5%

30 Beats (2012)

"Where the original play "La Ronde" was a social satire about the transmission of venereal disease, "30 Beats" is a sickly stepchild."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Joe Williams

30 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"Spoiler alert: "The Dark Knight Rises" will earn a billion dollars, be the subject of more master's theses than "Citizen Kane" and win the Academy Award for best picture."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Joe Williams

31 71%

Natural Selection (2012)

"In the evolutionary spectrum of cinema, "Natural Selection" is like the duck-billed platypus, pretending to be warm-blooded but more than a little fowl."

Posted Jul 13, 2012

Joe Williams

32 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"In a world where family flicks are split between the inspired and the insipid, it's time to let Manny and his mates drift out to sea."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Joe Williams

33 93%

Turn Me On, Dammit! (2012)

"True, the film deals with sex. But at heart, it's really about romance."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Calvin Wilson

34 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"In the end, Woody Allen and Rome go together like corned beef and gelato."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Joe Williams

35 78%

Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

"Surely there are more interesting subjects, but Perry manages to pull it off here, coming off completely likable and real, never insufferable and fake."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Kevin C. Johnson

36 51%

Savages (2012)

"After decades of digging beneath the surface, Stone understands the synthesis of good and evil in a way that weekend savages cannot."

Posted Jul 3, 2012

Joe Williams

37 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"From the first image of sensory awakening to the final acceptance of adult responsibility, it pulses with the warm blood of a very human hero."

Posted Jul 2, 2012

Joe Williams

38 55%

People Like Us (2012)

"Pine and the always-watchable Banks make the best of a bad screenplay, but "People Like Us" gives us nothing that we can relate to."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Joe Williams

39 82%

A Cat in Paris (2012)

"Like a cat nap, it gives us a brief, refreshing dream with little to remember."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Joe Williams

40 68%

Ted (2012)

"The plot is simply a shaky frame on which to hang drug and sex jokes and numerous pop-culture references."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Joe Holleman

41 83%

Your Sister's Sister (2012)

"This is a smart, moving film that's also very, very funny."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Calvin Wilson

42 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"It's guilty of some sleight-of-hand hokum, but in pulling the rug from under the norm, "Magic Mike" turns a trick."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Joe Williams

43 100%

Awkward: Season 2 (TV, 2012)

" New Jenna, as she calls herself, seems strikingly more together than the Jenna I loved last year, and I kind of miss her klutzy chaos. She even looks a bit too polished. Go ahead, girl -- grow up. Get it together. But keep it real. "

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Gail Pennington

44 78%

Brave (2012)

""Brave" is easy to like but hard to love, a feel-good fable with the latest bells and whistles."

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Joe Williams

45 56%

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

"The problem with this nice-try comedy is the nice-guy protagonist."

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Joe Williams

46 94%

I Wish (2012)

"Like a train, "I Wish" is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush."

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Joe Williams

47 52%

Where Do We Go Now? (2012)

"With elements of a musical, a melodrama and a multicultural romance, "Where Do We Go Now?" is as hard to define as the crossroads region where it's set."

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Joe Williams

48 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

""Safety Not Guaranteed" is eccentric enough to get mistaken for an uplifting fantasy, but it's Plaza who belongs in the penthouse."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Joe Williams

49 35%

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

""Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is a blast, the best action movie of the summer."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Joe Williams

50 93%

Gerhard Richter Painting (2012)

"Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us."

Posted Jun 15, 2012

Joe Williams

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