Dallas Morning News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Doonby (2013)

"Ultimately, it's the polarizing ending that will have moviegoers talking long after they see it."

Posted Feb 24, 2012

David Martindale

2 ——

Deep in the Heart (2012)

"A well-meaning tale of descent and redemption flatter than a Lone Star prairie."

Posted Feb 16, 2012

Chris Vognar

3 99%

A Separation (2011)

"To say the piercing Iranian film A Separation is about divorce is a bit like saying The Wizard of Oz is about a pair of slippers."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

Chris Vognar

4 53%

Safe House (2012)

"It's pretty good."

Posted Feb 9, 2012

Chris Vognar

5 66%

The Woman in Black (2012)

"If there is a single haunted house or ghost story cliché that goes unexploited in The Woman in Black, I'd be surprised."

Posted Feb 2, 2012

Joy Tipping

6 56%

Albert Nobbs (2012)

"Men in drag are usually played for laughs. Women passing as men? Expect a tragic twist."

Posted Jan 26, 2012

Chris Vognar

7 79%

The Grey (2012)

"This gritty, relentlessly intense survival tale easily gets dibs on "feel-cold" movie of the year."

Posted Jan 26, 2012

Joy Tipping

8 46%

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012)

"[It] gets far too cute."

Posted Jan 19, 2012

Chris Vognar

9 80%

Haywire (2012)

""I don't wear the dress," explains Mallory Kane as she ponders the details of her next job. If she did, she'd probably strangle someone with it."

Posted Jan 19, 2012

Chris Vognar

10 33%

Joyful Noise (2012)

"Joyful Noise works best when the screen is filled with music, or when stars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are slinging spirited one-liners at each other."

Posted Jan 12, 2012

Mario Tarradell

11 71%

Carnage (2011)

"Skillfully acted by Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet, [it's a] compact verbal slugfest."

Posted Jan 12, 2012

Chris Vognar

12 94%

Pariah (2011)

"Adepero Oduye is excellent as a Brooklyn teen coming to terms with her sexual identity in this gritty film"

Posted Jan 5, 2012

Chris Vognar

13 98%

The Artist (2011)

"The Artist is charming as all get-out, a delightful little movie about the movies."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Chris Vognar

14 77%

War Horse (2011)

"The scope and craft are dazzling."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Chris Vognar

15 75%

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

"The Adventures of Tintin can be a delight to look at, even if motion capture isn't your particular cup of animation tea."

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Chris Vognar

16 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

"Projects and directors are rarely better matched than The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and David Fincher."

Posted Dec 19, 2011

Chris Vognar

17 60%

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

"This new outing matches the original Sherlock in wit, action and the bromance between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law."

Posted Dec 15, 2011

Joy Tipping

18 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"The literal and figurative high point of Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol comes at about the halfway point, in and around the tallest building in the world in Dubai."

Posted Dec 15, 2011

Chris Vognar

19 80%

Young Adult (2011)

"The comedy of discomfort, so long defined by Curb Your Enthusiasm and its ilk, gets a new hue with Young Adult."

Posted Dec 15, 2011

Chris Vognar

20 100%

The Interrupters (2011)

"Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra used to instigate Chicago street violence. Now they live for nipping it in the bud, block by treacherous block."

Posted Dec 8, 2011

Chris Vognar

21 79%

Shame (2011)

"[A] graphic and spontaneous portrait of a spiraling sex addict."

Posted Dec 8, 2011

Chris Vognar

22 78%

Melancholia (2011)

"A severe and ecstatic work of art."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Chris Vognar

23 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"No fourth wall is safe in The Muppets, and that's a great piece of news."

Posted Nov 23, 2011

Chris Vognar

24 46%

Happy Feet Two (2011)

"It's hard to resist a children's movie where two comic krill named Will and Bill toss off a reference to existential angst one minute and make really bad wordplays, as in "Goodbye, krill world" and "one in a krillion," the next."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Nancy Churnin

25 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"Alexander Payne has been gone so long, it's easy to forget just how good he is. With The Descendants, the director's first feature since 2004's Sideways, he reminds us what we've been missing."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Chris Vognar

26 24%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"If you insist on seeing the entire, seemingly never-ending 117 minutes, though, you're going to spend at least 87 of those minutes bored out of your mind."

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Joy Tipping

27 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"Within the sprawling biopic that is J. Edgar beats the heart of a love story."

Posted Nov 10, 2011

Chris Vognar

28 81%

The Skin I Live In (2011)

"Pedro Almodóvar wows with the meticulous visual design of his films, but sometimes his narrative architecture is every bit as dazzling."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Chris Vognar

29 68%

Tower Heist (2011)

"Eddie Murphy reignites his inner firecracker in Tower Heist, a middling comedy caper that can't match its star's focus."

Posted Nov 3, 2011

Chris Vognar

30 91%

Nuremberg (2010)

"Enter Sandra Schulberg, who has, with loving care and rare diligence, fully restored her father's film."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Michael Granberry

31 90%

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"Masterful."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Chris Vognar

32 46%

Anonymous (2011)

"The very qualities that fuel the historical hokum of Anonymous -- over-the-top royal intrigue and incest, violent literary backstabbing, frothing conspiracy -- also happen to make for wild entertainment."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Chris Vognar

33 92%

Take Shelter (2011)

"The movies have long been mad about the onset of madness."

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Chris Vognar

34 82%

Incendiary: The Willingham Case (2011)

"Highly engaging."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Chris Vognar

35 71%

Footloose (2011)

"Give credit to Craig Brewer, the filmmaker behind the new Footloose, for realizing a new step was in order."

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Chris Vognar

36 71%

Margaret (2011)

"How do you assess a movie when you know it's been edited down against the filmmaker's stern will? That's the dilemma created by Margaret."

Posted Oct 6, 2011

Chris Vognar

37 85%

The Ides of March (2011)

"The Ides of March, George Clooney's despairing political drama set against the backdrop of a bruising Ohio Democratic primary, presents us with a most unsentimental education."

Posted Oct 6, 2011

Chris Vognar

38 93%

50/50 (2011)

"Emotionally honest even when it's going for big laughs and filled with lived-in visual detail, it's raunchy and touching without ever being crude or mawkish, a small, sharp comic jewel with a big heart."

Posted Sep 29, 2011

Chris Vognar

39 83%

Prime Suspect: Season 1 (TV, 2011-2012)

" Bello's performance as the weather-beaten Timoney, swabbing her emotional scars with alcohol, nicotine and invective, is easily the highlight of the fall television season. "

Posted Sep 22, 2011

Glenn Garvin

40 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"Smart, minor-key entertainment."

Posted Sep 22, 2011

Chris Vognar

41 93%

Drive (2011)

"The first half of Drive unfolds like a romantic reverie."

Posted Sep 15, 2011

Chris Vognar

42 74%

Shaolin (2011)

"An ambitious, almost epic drama that devotes as much time to introspection as it does to combat."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Gary Dowell

43 84%

Contagion (2011)

"[A] curiously inert new thriller from Steven Soderbergh."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Chris Vognar

44 77%

The Debt (2011)

"Rather than focus on the evil of the Nazi villain, it wallows in the collective regret of three Israeli Mossad agents who in 1966 let the bad guy slip away when they had him in their clutches."

Posted Sep 1, 2011

Michael Granberry

45 86%

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

"The Man Who Fell to Earth today plays like a movie that fell from the sky, origins unknown."

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Chris Vognar

46 67%

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

"Welcome to the world of Ned, an eternally sunny realm where everyone is greeted as an old friend and everything will always work out fine, even when it doesn't."

Posted Aug 25, 2011

Tom Maurstad

47 24%

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

"Dull and uninvolving, Conan the Barbarian occasionally verges on escaping its rut, but never makes good on the promise. It's busy without having energy, a loud, lackluster mess."

Posted Aug 18, 2011

Gary Dowell

48 71%

The Future (2011)

"Miranda July's second feature is beguiling, quietly funny and finally very sad in a way that sneaks up on you before becoming clear as the Los Angeles skies beneath which it's set."

Posted Aug 18, 2011

Chris Vognar

49 60%

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011)

"Even the totally Gleeked-out, most ardent fans of Fox's hit television show Glee may find that the franchise's latest endeavor leaves little to sing about."

Posted Aug 11, 2011

Joy Tipping

50 61%

Final Destination 5 (2011)

"An anemic installment in the decade-old series that seems content with giving viewers more of the same."

Posted Aug 11, 2011

Gary Dowell

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