Dark Horizons

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"The formula is officially stale."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Gary Dowell

2 19%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"his is an impressive, action packed film with some terrific humor and an expectedly hokey plot that is both to its benefit and detriment. "

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Josh Hylton

3 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"Into the Storm is a mess and with so many great films to see in theaters right now, why waste your time with it?"

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Josh Hylton

4 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"One of the most pleasant surprises of a mixed-bag movie summer, Guardians of the Galaxy is something akin to Star Wars on Quaaludes."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Gary Dowell

5 66%

Lucy (2014)

"It does succeed at being a very, very dumb movie about being very, very smart - for whatever that's worth."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Gary Dowell

6 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"It's a rare sequel - animated or otherwise - that expands the story of its predecessor without rehashing it, and an even rarer family-oriented film that manages to be fun and mature without being condescending to its audience. [It] does both."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Gary Dowell

7 66%

The Rover (2014)

"There's a lack of articulation in [Michod's] story that there's little in the way of a theme to make The Rover compelling. That's frustrating, because a movie this nihilistic and driven should be about something."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Gary Dowell

8 27%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Deliver Us from Evil gets more mileage from its hybrid premise than one would expect, by it quickly goes adrift in before coming to rest with an anti-climactic thud of a conclusion."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Gary Dowell

9 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Snowpiercer is a rare movie that respects the audience's intelligence, subtly mining Titanic (in a good way), The Wizard of Oz, and Runaway Train for tropes."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Gary Dowell

10 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"This is the second worst of the films, rising only slightly above 2009's Revenge of the Fallen."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Josh Hylton

11 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Some of [characters'] recklessness is so reminiscent of imbecilic television personalities that, by the end of the film's 2 hour 15 minute runtime, they can get a bit grating, which is enhanced by a story that gets progressively heavy-handed as it goes on"

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Josh Hylton

12 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"The jokes are fresh and more often than not manage to produce some big laughs."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Josh Hylton

13 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Ambitious and epic in scale and intimate in execution, X-Men: Days of Future Past seal[s] the deal on the slow-burn comeback started by clever prequel X-Men: First Class and pulpy spin-off The Wolverine."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Gary Dowell

14 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"While I'm sure fans will find something to appreciate, I personally found this to be the worst comedy since Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2 and easily one of the worst of the year."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Josh Hylton

15 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Rarely have I ever had to fight so hard to hold back from sobbing uncontrollably in a theater as I did with The Fault in Our Stars."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Josh Hylton

16 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Liman takes the movie's "Groundhog Day meets Independence Day" premise (adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel All You Need is Kill) and runs with it a way that makes it more compelling than it theoretically should be."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Gary Dowell

17 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"Godzilla has always been a slice of B-movie hokum, and it still is. This time, it's quality hokum worthy of our inner nine-year-olds."

Posted May 23, 2014

Gary Dowell

18 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"I'd love to see a movie with these two paired up again, one that doesn't rely on cruelty to garner laughs."

Posted May 23, 2014

Josh Hylton

19 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2 throws everything at the wall to see what sticks, but most of it just goes "splat." It is an exhausting experience, and one that feels far less than amazing."

Posted May 13, 2014

Gary Dowell

20 74%

Oculus (2014)

"An atypical horror movie that could have been great but instead settled for mediocrity and recycled tropes, Oculus is a frustrating near-miss. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Gary Dowell

21 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"It's not a perfect film, but damn its close."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Garth Franklin

22 22%

Need For Speed (2014)

"While the film is easy to look at, it's not easy to watch. "

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Josh Hylton

23 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Granted, you don't go into this sort of thing expecting originality - or even coherence - but geez, a bit more effort would have been nice. Instead, we get a Z-grade knock-off of a B-grade cult film with half the style and none of the flair."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Gary Dowell

24 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"If the idea of Liam Neeson being Liam Neeson-y on a plane appeals to your senses, have at it. It's not great, but you could do worse."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Josh Hylton

25 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"Pompeii is a hot mess of a movie well before Mt. Vesuvius erupts."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Gary Dowell

26 95%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"It's about as magical and wondrous a movie as I've seen with more laughs per minute than any movie in recent memory. The LEGO Movie is an absolute delight."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Josh Hylton

27 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"The idea of a RoboCop is a silly one that the original film nevertheless proved could be something more. The best thing one can say about this 2014 reboot is this: it exists."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Josh Hylton

28 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"It's not their best-in fact, it hardly even feels like a Coen brothers movie at all-but its majestic musical numbers and fantastic performances elevate this well above the humdrum lesser filmmakers churn out."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Josh Hylton

29 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Though it's not a bad movie (it is Scorsese, after all), The Wolf of Wall Street is surprisingly off-putting, overlong and morally skewed."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Josh Hylton

30 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"It still has a good amount of heart to it, particularly from the delightful Wiig who somehow manages to create an interesting and empathetic character out of thin material."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Josh Hylton

31 94%

Her (2013)

"[Jonze's] latest, the futuristic sci-fi romance, Her, is another film of unrivaled excellence, one that taps into ideas and themes in the way only the mind of Mr. Jonze can. It is hands down the best American movie of 2013."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Josh Hylton

32 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"The Monuments Men positions itself to make a grand commentary on the importance of art and its preservation - and then says little on the topic."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Gary Dowell

33 55%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"The nauseating repetition will cause frustrating exhales. The fast cutting frenetic chase sequences feel like they were left on Paul Greengrass' cutting room floor. "

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Blake Howard

34 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"As hokey and tone-deaf as it is implausible, this sloppy romance drama makes for one long, hard slog."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Gary Dowell

35 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"The movie is wholly an actors' vehicle, and the cast is largely superb, though Mulroney, Breslin, and especially McGregor are underused."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Gary Dowell

36 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"It's not perfect... but this is a major step up from Berg's previous travesty. This is actually quite good."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Josh Hylton

37 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"Despite a couple of legitimate laughs, it's largely unwatchable."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Josh Hylton

38 69%

Supernatural: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2006)

" I have to admit this was not one of my favorite pilots that was picked up this year, but it does have some small potential. "

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Garth Franklin

39 68%

Elysium (2013)

"It must be said that Blomkamp proves himself to be a capable storyteller, maintaining a gripping pace peppered with impressive, inventive, and often bloody action sequences. Elysium itself is a fantastically rendered place, and one used sparingly. "

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Gary Dowell

40 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"The real enjoyment here comes when Shane Black's sensibilities take over during the middle hour."

Posted May 12, 2013

Garth Franklin

41 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"Handsomely directed, often beautiful, full of impressive action, what it is in desperate search of is a good story - something it never finds."

Posted May 12, 2013

Garth Franklin

42 5%

The Cold Light of Day (2012)

EDIT

Posted Jan 22, 2013

43 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Repetitive and pointless action scenes fill out an already bloated runtime, but not to the level of indulgence that we saw on 'King Kong'."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Garth Franklin

44 61%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"An efficient mesh of a 1990s John Grisham-esque thriller procedural with a 1970s vigilante movie. A confident and well-paced crowd pleaser."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Garth Franklin

45 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Aptly demonstrates you can have a blockbuster of thematic depth and emotional significance that is still loads of fun."

Posted Nov 3, 2012

Garth Franklin

46 28%

Bel Ami (2012)

"The film is far too concerned with its 'costume' and not nearly enough with its 'drama'."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Garth Franklin

47 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Perfectly serviceable in its own right, but frustratingly never reaches beyond the adequate."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Garth Franklin

48 32%

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008)

EDIT

Posted May 15, 2012

49 34%

Battleship (2012)

"This so-called tribute to the Navy is about as welcome as a post-shore leave shipwide outbreak of the clap."

Posted May 15, 2012

Garth Franklin

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