Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"... it's nice to dream, and Jodorwosky certainly offers up a wondrous image of what might have been."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Jeff Meyers

2 20%

Transcendence (2014)

"While there are hints of interesting ideas lurking along the narrative's periphery, the implausible leaps in logic, inept plotting and sloppy sense of time and scope defeat any opportunity for impact. "

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Jeff Meyers

3 44%

The Face of Love (2014)

" For all the hard-fought realism, brilliant performances, and the feelings stirred up by the themes of mortality and late-life romance, there is the inescapable silliness of the central conceit. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Corey Hall

4 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"...the movie remains oddly watchable, even if an underlying tale in which millionaires are going to get richer a little faster may have trouble making it onto the highlight reel these days. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Corey Hall

5 77%

Noah (2014)

" Aronofsky's grand, crazy vision is filled with more awe and reverence than a traditional snoozefest like Son of God, and, in its fun, flawed and chaotic way, Noah is a popcorn flick about the endless wonders of the universe and of the human soul. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Corey Hall

6 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"By the time you emerge from The Raid 2's mind-boggling, show-stopping and utterly exhausting succession of brawls, gun battles, car chases and martial arts showdowns, you'll feel as bruised and battered as Iko Uwais' inexpressive character Rama. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

7 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"As pretentious and provocative as he is personally invested, von Trier remains an attention-seeking eccentric who might be seeking a kind of agonized attempt at atonement. Or maybe he's once again laughing derisively at his audience and critics."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

8 59%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"It's as if von Trier is incapable of nuance, declaring every action, every thought and thematic observation, with on-the-nose bluntness. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

9 71%

Oculus (2014)

"There is a sad darkness that lurks beneath the awkward plotting. Flanagan's film may not haunt his audience the way he hoped, but it still finds a way to disturb. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

10 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"It's a film that forces us to consider what the complicated surfaces of humanity really cover up. The answer is both beautiful and awful to behold. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

11 90%

Fa Yeung Nin Wa (In the Mood for Love) (2001)

"While one may be less than happy with the film's narrative turns, Wong Kai-war remains one of those intrinsically visual directors whose work needs to be seen, not described."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Richard C. Walls

12 88%

Amélie (2001)

"Jeunet superbly uses the film's comedic aspects to illuminate the characters, and his occasional flights of fancy only enhance Amélie's magical aura."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Serena Donadoni

13 76%

8 Mile (2002)

"8 Mile wins because it doesn't try to impress you with mega-stars and made-up stories. Instead, it tells a simple story of trial, error and triumph."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Khary Kimani Turner

14 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The film's blend of top-notch action, well-timed humor, engaging leads and cleverly resonant plot makes it a superior all-around movie than the nonsensical rollercoaster ride that was The Avengers. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Jeff Meyers

15 87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"A takeoff on Douglas Sirk's overwrought, color-saturated 1950s melodramas that rises above its camp roots and converts artifice into art."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Erin Podolsky

16 22%

Sabotage (2014)

"...just as Sabotage settles into any kind of character groove, it devolves into more generic action, more silly shocks and a twist ending that's as anti-climactic as it is nonsensical. "

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Jeff Meyers

17 41%

Divergent (2014)

"The hazy message, that you need to join a club, and only then think independently, is confused, and hardly the cynical dystopian satire of Orwell or Huxley. "

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Corey Hall

18 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Like Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums, Fiennes seems both in sync and immune to Anderson's fastidious nature. It's a tour-de-force performance that should earn an Oscar nomination but will most likely be overlooked in favor of more sober portrayals."

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Jeff Meyers

19 63%

Bad Words (2014)

"... this black comedy wannabe ends up plucking at the heartstrings when it should be going for the jugular."

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Jeff Meyers

20 58%

Blast from the Past (1999)

"Ultimately, this is a culture clash movie between two eras of American life. Without advocating a complete return to innocence, Blast From the Past is a gentle reminder of what Americans may have lost by growing so jaded."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Serena Donadoni

21 90%

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"A moody, atmospheric study in paranoia and tension."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Jeff Meyers

22 25%

Wicker Park (2004)

"These four characters bounce off each other, slowly revealing motivations and desires and deceptions, providing a mildly entertaining, but ultimately shallow, experience."

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Dan DeMaggio

23 89%

Rushmore (1998)

"It's somehow fitting that in this Maxcentric universe, Rushmore exists as a satirical comedy, full of dry wit and adolescent absurdities, and a bittersweet valentine to manipulative misfits who actually find the love they deserve. "

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Serena Donadoni

24 55%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"There's no doubt that Anderson is an inventive filmmaker bursting with ideas. The problem is that he hasn't found a powerful story to contain them."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Jeff Meyers

25 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"Here Anderson, like his heroes, learns the real adventure is in getting deliriously lost."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Corey Hall

26 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"Adorned with all the adolescent fetishes of his previous films, its stop-action animation world suits Anderson, allowing him to create the perfect playground for his deadpan sense of humor and relentless examination of familial anxiety."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Jeff Meyers

27 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"... a very by-the-numbers affair, but one that delivers cheesy shocks and jolts with the predictability and efficiency of a veteran flight crew doling out ginger ale and tiny bags of pretzels. "

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Corey Hall

28 22%

Son Of God (2014)

"...as good as any film edited together from segments of a History Channel miniseries can be expected to be, which is to say it's utterly terrible. "

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Corey Hall

29 53%

Jimmy P. (2014)

"It may not always treat psychology with the sophistication it deserves, but it at least acknowledges that it's an imperfect method of personal understanding. "

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Jeff Meyers

30 10%

The Bag Man (2014)

"Cusack and De Niro never quite embarrass themselves, but the material is clearly beneath their talents."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Jeff Meyers

31 81%

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"The Royal Tenenbaums is Anderson's crowning achievement."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

James Keith La Croix

32 94%

Dark Days (2000)

"Marc Singer's camera hustles and chills along with them all, documenting their lives in black-and-white as high-contrast as the days above to the nights below."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

James Keith La Croix

33 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"The Wind Rises, in its own mysterious, inimitable ways, is a fitting farewell for a director committed to the power of creativity."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Corey Hall

34 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"Miyazaki's animation is as exquisitely wondrous as ever. But it's curious that he feels so much for a man who seemed to feel so little."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Jeff Meyers

35 88%

Titanic (2012)

"It's a technically magnificent and emotionally wrenching experience."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Serena Donadoni

36 24%

Pompeii (2014)

"It's Titanic meets Gladiator, but not as good as either. If you don't have time to read the rest of the review, that should do you just fine."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Jeff Meyers

37 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Composed with all the subtlety of a jack-hammer, this over-narrated fantasy seems incapable of grandeur or magic, reducing its ideas, visuals and performances to kitsch."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Jeff Meyers

38 10%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"I can't speak for Richelle Mead's novels, but I'm assuming they read like the instruction manuals for a role playing game: there are both too many, and not enough, rules."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Corey Hall

39 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"The Lego Movie's desire to inveigh against social conformity turns into a plea for collectivism. It's a message that will inevitably send the blood pressures of FOX News pundits through the roof."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Jeff Meyers

40 94%

The Past (2013)

"Farhadi not only has a gift for complicated and elegantly crafted human drama, he understands the way people think and feel, the way they make choices and are forced to live with the consequences of those choices. "

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Jeff Meyers

41 48%

RoboCop (2014)

" Instead of being a subversive action flick about the callous indifference of a growing corporate hegemony, it seems like the product of one."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Jeff Meyers

42 60%

Dream with the Fishes (1997)

"It isn't nearly as compelling or profound as it's meant to be."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Serena Donadoni

43 51%

Cherish (2002)

"With all the time spent watching stir-crazy manacled Zoe viewing too much TV and listening to too much Human League, you can't help but feel like you're under house arrest too."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Anita Schmaltz

44 92%

The Departed (2006)

"[The Departed] showcases Scorsese's trademark themes of sin, betrayal and redemption. It's a carefully calibrated and detailed film that takes its time establishing the characters' complex histories."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Jeff Meyers

45 93%

About a Boy (2002)

"About a Boy is truly a love story, with dialogue and a story line that's both pop and universally timeless, which is gold for moviegoers."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Anita Schmaltz

46 76%

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

"A Beautiful Mind reveals only glimpses of the dark story beneath its sunny imagery, but the performances carry enough weight for it to stand for something."

Posted Feb 4, 2014

Serena Donadoni

47 88%

American Beauty (1999)

"In their scathing portrayal of middle-class anxiety, screenwriter Alan Ball and director Sam Mendes create an average Joe determined to unearth the carefully buried truths of his life."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Serena Donadoni

48 94%

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

"As unapologetically entertaining as Boyle's winking tale about fate is, it brings with it recognition of India's worst social ills."

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Jeff Meyers

49 94%

No Country for Old Men (2007)

"The cinematic American West is vast enough for us to fill with our imaginations, taking a simple shadow play and transforming it into an eternal campfire tale."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Serena Donadoni

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