Dallas Morning News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 45%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"A benign, gently naughty and rarely unpleasant dramatic comedy, the movie benefits from the kind of cast that can cover a lot of warts and keep the cookie cutter churning along."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Chris Vognar

2 70%

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

"Dolphin Tale 2 is a slow-moving anomaly, delivered when most kids' films tumble over one another to see which can deliver the thrills faster and funnier."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Nancy Churnin

3 86%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"Where comedy provides the tonic in so many films, it's the hint of reality that pushes in at the edges and changes the pace here. These guys are funny. But they know their longer trip will continue once the last plate of pasta is empty."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Chris Vognar

4 79%

Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

"The animated lemurs make kids laugh in Madagascar, but the real-life ones in Island of Lemurs: Madagascar should enthrall and inspire even the youngest."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Nancy Churnin

5 46%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"If only the characters didn't have to talk."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Chris Vognar

6 19%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"Cowabunga, dudes."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Nancy Churnin

7 69%

What If (2014)

"In the absence of novelty, execution becomes vital, and What If hits its marks with wit, consistency and even a bit of visual inventiveness."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Chris Vognar

8 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"It avoids the predictable narrative arc - hardscrabble youth, rise to fame, descent into drugs, etc. - by scrambling the Brown chronology and shooting for a more thematic organizing structure marked by smart transitions."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Chris Vognar

9 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"A rather sad movie about the potential futility of doing good, or at least taking the difficult path, in a complicated world."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Chris Vognar

10 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"To say Boyhood wouldn't be that special if it were shot in a conventional manner is kind of like saying that elephant in the zoo wouldn't be so big if it weren't so big."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Chris Vognar

11 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes wisely weaves a tale of the flaws in human and simian natures. It also manages to say a thing or two about the hollowness of most summer blockbusters."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Chris Vognar

12 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Incisive, graceful and, yes, deeply empathetic."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Chris Vognar

13 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"Begin Again is corny, improbable and generally a great deal of fun."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Chris Vognar

14 75%

La Bare (2014)

"It's hardly an essay on gender politics, but read between the lines and you'll find some interesting contrasts."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Chris Vognar

15 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"The whole thing is very smart and sweet, as are the performances."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Chris Vognar

16 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"You can almost smell the meatballs Frankie's mother cooks for dinner."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Nancy Churnin

17 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

"A foul-mouthed comedy with an immature heroine has treated a thorny issue with remarkable candor."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Chris Vognar

18 86%

Night Moves (2014)

"The film builds its stakes with a methodical reverence for the natural world that the trio seeks to protect."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Chris Vognar

19 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"The movie is witty and alive and only very occasionally maudlin."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Chris Vognar

20 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"The tag line alone - "Live. Die. Repeat." - guarantees $30 million at least on opening day. It will deserve every penny."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Robert Wilonsky

21 90%

Alphaville (1965)

"It's so archly intellectual that you fear it might splinter if you poke it in the ribs. It's also endlessly playful in its worship of American movie tropes, and deeply resourceful."

Posted May 29, 2014

Chris Vognar

22 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"The down-for-anything cast, along with a handful of welcome cameos, can't prop up its weakest link: Seth MacFarlane."

Posted May 29, 2014

Robert Wilonsky

23 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"Hall couldn't have picked a better role to definitively launch his post-Dexter career."

Posted May 22, 2014

Joy Tipping

24 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"The movie earns its keep with inspired one-off moments that showcase a mischievous sense of humor."

Posted May 22, 2014

Chris Vognar

25 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"If you're into superlatives - and who isn't? - Godzilla conjures the most jaw-dropping giant monster sequences since the original King Kong."

Posted May 15, 2014

Chris Vognar

26 81%

The Hornet's Nest (2014)

"We're not suggesting that this film is going to drive A-list actors and directors out of the war-movie business. But The Hornet's Nest might push them to change what they do in the name of realism."

Posted May 8, 2014

David Martindale

27 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Unfortunately, concise comedy gives way to desperation less that halfway through, and we're left with the spectacle of adults embracing extreme immaturity just because they can."

Posted May 8, 2014

Chris Vognar

28 94%

Gojira (1956)

"It's a terse, lean terror with a big, swinging tail."

Posted May 8, 2014

Chris Vognar

29 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"When Garfield conceals Peter's confused-angry- betrayed scowl beneath that shiny red mask, Spider-Man 2 summons the giddy derring-do of the best Iron Man offerings. It's a good movie that could have been great."

Posted May 1, 2014

Robert Wilonsky

30 66%

The Railway Man (2014)

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

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Chris Vognar

31 46%

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

32 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

33 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

34 100%

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

35 41%

Divergent (2014)

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

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Chris Vognar

36 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

37 48%

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

38 32%

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

39 67%

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

40 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

41 94%

Her (2013)

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

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Chris Vognar

42 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

43 93%

American Hustle (2013)

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

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Chris Vognar

44 94%

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

45 80%

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

46 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

47 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

48 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

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

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Chris Vognar

49 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

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