Dallas Morning News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 65%

The Railway Man (2014)

"Makes its targets clear: redemption, love, healing, handkerchiefs."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Chris Vognar

2 49%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"Heaven Is for Real is the kind of movie that will give faith-based filmmaking a good name."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

David Martindale

3 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"Charmingly glib, packed with moments that demand grace under pressure, Draft Day is prime Costner turf."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Chris Vognar

4 77%

Noah (2014)

"It captures the torment of one chosen as an instrument by a vengeful Old Testament God, and it breaks a story of cosmic dimensions into brutally human terms."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Chris Vognar

5 100%

Big Men (2014)

"The constant machinations can get a little confusing. Thankfully, Boynton, a dogged reporter, manages to keep the story on a human scale."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Chris Vognar

6 40%

Divergent (2014)

"Hey, we gotta kill time between Hunger Games installments somehow. Why not Divergent?"

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Chris Vognar

7 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Playing an Old World charmer with clipped diction and a deliciously foul mouth, Fiennes, making his debut with Anderson's stock company, falls into lockstep with the filmmaker's unmistakable universe."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Chris Vognar

8 49%

RoboCop (2014)

"The new RoboCop has just about no interest in being the old RoboCop, and for that we can be thankful."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Chris Vognar

9 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"When you realize it's not coming together, your first impulse is to ask: What happened?"

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Chris Vognar

10 68%

Love & Air Sex (2014)

"A fun, naughty little frolic that knows the timeless rules of break-up-to-make-up comedy."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Chris Vognar

11 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"In compressing Maynard's deeply internal book into the necessarily visual film format, Reitman strips the story of nearly all of the book's barely repressed sexual heat, and hence most of its impact."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Joy Tipping

12 94%

Her (2014)

"A stinging romance for our solipsistic techie-centric times."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Chris Vognar

13 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Every scene of 12 Years a Slave, and almost every shot, conveys some penetrating truth about America's original sin."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Chris Vognar

14 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"[Russell] seems to be having obscene amounts of fun, which becomes contagious very quickly."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Chris Vognar

15 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"When the Coen brothers commit to something, there's no half-stepping. Every street corner bristles with authenticity. Every song lands exactly where and how it should."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Chris Vognar

16 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Beneath Banks' crass self-aggrandizement lies a pretty charming portrait of two overly proud people butting creative heads. Yes, charming. That's what Disney does, and it does it well enough to turn even this condescending pap into something palatable."

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Chris Vognar

17 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"A silly sequel to the 2004 Will Ferrell breakout comedy, this new chapter manages to make some smart satirical hay in the course of its stupidity."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Chris Vognar

18 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"Go ahead. Soak up the Beauty. It's one of the best films of the year."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Chris Vognar

19 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Peter Jackson, take a fire-breathing bow."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Chris Vognar

20 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"We're in the steady hands of Paul Greengrass, a director fully aware that convincing crisis stories involve conflicting interests and passions."

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Chris Vognar

21 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Grimy and unapologetically melodramatic, Furnace pounds out a steady beat of pulp, violence and possible redemption among folks who have seen better days."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Chris Vognar

22 48%

Black Nativity (2013)

"Powered by an infusion of gospel and hip-hop that cleverly bridges gaps between generations and values."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Chris Vognar

23 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"Pretty visuals give an unexpectedly painful twist to other parts of the story."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Nancy Churnin

24 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Nebraska is the work of a great director hitting his stride."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Chris Vognar

25 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"The movie, based on a true story, shows how empathy has the power to destroy intolerance where it stands."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Chris Vognar

26 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"The first narrative film portrait of the white-blond cyber bad boy feels undercooked and overwrought, haphazardly written and overdirected."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Chris Vognar

27 ——

Seasons of Gray (2013)

"It's a simple story effectively told, as Seasons of Gray manages to sidestep the problems that hamper most faith-based films: poor production values, amateurish acting and heavy-handed writing."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

David Martindale

28 49%

Parkland (2013)

"There are 8 million stories in this naked tragedy. Parkland is content to tell parts of some of them."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Chris Vognar

29 97%

Gravity (2013)

"An existential action movie that unashamedly embraces the sensation of awe."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Chris Vognar

30 92%

Inequality For All (2013)

"The film is as much about Reich as income inequality, a topic he has written and talked about for decades. You'll learn why he's 4 feet 10.5 inches tall and why he became active in social politics."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Sheryl Jean

31 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"A gorgeous but manipulative thriller that wants you to ponder Big Questions as it sends a shiver down your spine."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Chris Vognar

32 68%

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013)

"The film ends with more questions than answers - perhaps that's the point."

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Sheryl Jean

33 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt conveys the sinister swirl of persecution more vividly than any film I can remember."

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Chris Vognar

34 79%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"On its own terms, Saints conjures a mood of stoic obsession at the service of a tale older than the Hill Country dirt it calls home."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Chris Vognar

35 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Blanchett excels at every turn, from the haughty airs and headstrong sense of entitlement to the fragile and inevitable disintegration that made the hair on my arms stand up."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Chris Vognar

36 41%

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

"This film hits its stride in a way the first one never did."

Posted Aug 6, 2013

Nancy Churnin

37 91%

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

"It feels thorough, and very affectionate. It just needs more of a narrative hook, a through-line from start to finish that can enhance the story for those not yet in the club."

Posted Jul 30, 2013

Chris Vognar

38 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"The Wolverine represents a strain of faux gravitas that squeezes nearly all the fun out of blockbuster moviemaking. Here we have multimillion-dollar proof that slow and unsure can be just as dull as hyperkinetic chaos."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Chris Vognar

39 94%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Fruitvale is easy to see as something more than a movie - a diagnosis, perhaps, or a part of that sticky vortex we call the zeitgeist."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Chris Vognar

40 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"The Way, Way Back features seasoned actors Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney and Amanda Peet, but they offer only support to a story that 16-year-old Canadian Liam James carries to the point of stealing."

Posted Jul 4, 2013

Michael Granberry

41 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"How do you tell a story about a bad guy who is no longer a bad guy? Despicable Me 2 embraces the dilemma and adds new ones."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Nancy Churnin

42 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"Loaded with stirring anecdotes and even richer music, Twenty Feet also makes for a fascinating study in ego sublimation."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Chris Vognar

43 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"Director Dan Scanlon and his creative team pay exquisite attention to each delicious detail, including young Mike's retainer that gleams each time he grins."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Nancy Churnin

44 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"A little cheekier than most Coppola films, its subjects fish in a barrel of barbed laughs."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Chris Vognar

45 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"The movie can't decide if it wants to be a particularly thoughtful brand of superhero saga or a deafeningly generic summer action movie. So it ends up being both, to the detriment of it and us."

Posted Jun 11, 2013

Chris Vognar

46 66%

Tiger Eyes (2013)

"Remarkably, the story, adapted by Blume with her son, director Lawrence Blume, seems as fresh, painful and poignant as when she wrote it."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Chris Vognar

47 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"How (Jesse and Celine) try to rekindle that flame is what drives Midnight, a film that feels so authentic it's like overhearing a conversation you're not sure you should be hearing. "

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Cary Darling

48 34%

The Internship (2013)

"A feature-length chunk of product placement masquerading as a comedy of teamwork and aspiration."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Chris Vognar

49 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"Stories We Tell is just the latest reminder of nonfiction film's current, endlessly innovative state. That's a story worth savoring."

Posted May 30, 2013

Chris Vognar

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