St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

""Thor: The Dark World" spreads enough of the love to co-stars, set designers and special effects personnel to make us forget that the hero is just a glorified quarterback from somebody else's favorite team."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Joe Williams

2 69%

About Time (2013)

"There's a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Joe Williams

3 100%

The Returned: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The Returned, in French with subtitles, is beautiful, riveting and above all thought-provoking. "

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Gail Pennington

4 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"A blandly sanitized spectacle."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Joe Williams

5 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"Injecting a dose of dumbed-down nostalgia into a certain smash comedy about four dudes on the loose in Sin City, this arthritic exercise should be called "The Combover.""

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Joe Williams

6 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"One of the best and most courageous films of the year."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Calvin Wilson

7 52%

Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Unfortunately, this Dracula isn't fun at all. It's not really scary, either, although it does spill a lot of blood. What it is, unfortunately, is dull, and that flaw could be fatal. "

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Gail Pennington

8 93%

Mother Of George (2013)

"Serious cinema of the globalist sort."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Joe Williams

9 35%

The Counselor (2013)

"In its cross-cultural breadth, director Ridley Scott's smart and violent film merits comparison to Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," but the dialogue delivered by the stellar cast is incomparably McCarthy's."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Joe Williams

10 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier augments the talking heads with unusually evocative vistas ..."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Joe Williams

11 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"There are very few good movies about journalism, and even fewer about computers. "The Fifth Estate" succeeds on at least the latter count."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Joe Williams

12 49%

Carrie (2013)

"The new movie won't overshadow the superior original, but that was never the point. On its own merit, "Carrie" is a bloody good time."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Kevin C. Johnson

13 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"This delightful debut feature by a Saudi woman named Haifaa Al-Mansour uses a bicycle as a metaphor for freedom within a social circumference."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Joe Williams

14 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"When a celebrity chef like Rodriguez is just going through the motions, we can smell that the grindhouse fad is way past its expiration date. It's time to put a fork in it."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Joe Williams

15 61%

The Summit (2013)

""The Summit" is an impressive achievement, but there's a good reason to ask whether cameras are turning the planet into a playground for the reckless rich: because it's there."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Joe Williams

16 22%

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

"Shakespeare's play evokes the poetry of undying love, but this "Romeo and Juliet" is prosaic."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Joe Williams

17 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Freighted with weighty issues, "Captain Phillips" is a film worth debating."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Joe Williams

18 88%

Let Me In (2010)

"With its mix of true-blood romance and full-moon madness, Let Me In should hasten the twilight of the twerpy pretenders."

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Joe Williams

19 33%

Super Fun Night: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Super Fun Night is neither super nor fun. It does air at night, so the title isn't completely deceptive. "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Gail Pennington

20 48%

Parkland (2013)

"While pretending to avoid controversy, debut director Peter Landesman continually steps out of bounds."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Joe Williams

21 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Even as it looks to the heavens, "Gravity" is bound to earth, where the beauty is in the details."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Joe Williams

22 86%

The Patience Stone (2013)

"With a piercing edge, "The Patience Stone" is a cry from behind the veil, where a suffocating woman weaves a new life of her own design."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Joe Williams

23 4%

We Are Men: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" We Are Men...didn't make me laugh. But it did inspire one strong feeling -- the urge to run. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Gail Pennington

24 73%

Populaire (2013)

"It's neatly formatted, but if there's a message in the margins of this manuscript, "Populaire" doesn't spell it out."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Joe Williams

25 14%

Baggage Claim (2013)

"Paula Patton puts on the well-worn shoes of Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts, ending up with a predictable vehicle perhaps best left in lost and found."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Kevin C. Johnson

26 96%

Enough Said (2013)

""Enough Said" is a precious little jewel of a movie."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Joe Williams

27 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"[Gordon-Levitt's] skills as an actor, and those of co-stars Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, keep us watching, even as public-place modesty makes us want to look away."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Joe Williams

28 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"Here's a toast to the cast and crew: "Drinking Buddies" is a three-dimensional movie that doesn't require beer goggles."

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Joe Williams

29 86%

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Joss Whedon, who directed The Avengers, and his team make a point of giving all kinds of viewers a reason to enjoy the show. "

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Gail Pennington

30 35%

Salinger (2013)

"This documentary reconstructing the life of the ultimate cult author is like a three-act thriller, and the character at the center of the story is a mute man of mystery."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Joe Williams

31 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

""Thanks for Sharing" is redeemed by a reasonably honest script and strong performances."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Joe Williams

32 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"It's preposterous schlock masquerading as art."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Joe Williams

33 0%

Dads: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Dads is so unfunny that we have plenty of time to contemplate how distasteful the show really is. "

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Gail Pennington

34 88%

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The winner is Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a smart and funny series (from Dan Goor and Mike Schur of Parks and Recreation) starring Andy Samberg. "

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Gail Pennington

35 33%

Ring of Fire ()

"Ring of Fire is a better than average Lifetime movie that will leave viewers hand-clapping, singing along and maybe sniffling a little."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Gail Pennington

36 93%

Top of the Lake: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The more we learn about Robin, the more interesting she is, and Moss is really outstanding here as a character shaped by a past we gradually learn about. "

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Gail Pennington

37 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

""Short Term 12" may sound like confinement, but it's a redemptive and even funny film that invites us to stay and grow."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Joe Williams

38 94%

Last Tango in Halifax: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" It's a sweet, touching story, a little pokey at first, but increasingly involving. "

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Gail Pennington

39 30%

Austenland (2013)

"A mildly surprising and completely heartwarming ending casts a glow over the previous 96 minutes of "Austenland" but can't wipe out all regrets for what might have been."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Gail Pennington

40 79%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"This Sundance-sanctioned, love-on-the-run melodrama is indie filmmaking of a deliberately timeless sort."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Joe Williams

41 75%

The Grandmaster (2013)

"Whereas many kung-fu movies are a feast that leaves us weary with sensations, the tastefully bittersweet "Grandmaster" puts us in the mood for more."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Joe Williams

42 63%

One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

"A tour documentary that's so streamlined, it could only have been produced by a machine."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Joe Williams

43 29%

Ghost Shark (2013)

"Unfortunately, Ghost Shark... is no Sharknado."

Posted Aug 28, 2013

Gail Pennington

44 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"A light garnish of greater-good propaganda is supposed to make this potboiler palatable for contemporary audiences, but "Closed Circuit" is really a reheated leftover."

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Joe Williams

45 89%

The World's End (2013)

"An arrested-development comedy that develops into something else altogether."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Joe Williams

46 92%

In a World... (2013)

"It's not only a fresh and funny spoof of the movie business, it represents a real-life triumph within it."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Joe Williams

47 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"This coming-of-age movie should appeal to smart, sensitive young people who haven't been exposed to the better examples of the genre."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Joe Williams

48 74%

You're Next (2013)

"The family's reactions and fights for survival are played for laughs just as often as shock, and the horror/comedy blend pays off."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Kevin C. Johnson

49 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"The forced mash-up of "Forrest Gump" and "The Remains of the Day" leaves a bit too much machine oil on the shag carpet, but Whitaker is there to clean it up."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Joe Williams

50 29%

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

"To stand out in a crowded marketplace, a sequel can't just kick ass - it has to blow minds."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Joe Williams

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