Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Life Itself is at its most compelling when it tackles Siskel and Ebert's contentious professional marriage. Their rivalry is a fascinating stew of insecurity, resentment, respect, and co-dependence. "

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Jeff Meyers

2 89%

Calvary (2014)

"McDonagh isn't always successful at juggling his disparate impulses, leaving his film to tonally lurch from one scene to the next. But damned if he shouldn't be praised for trying."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Jeff Meyers

3 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Linklater sculpts drama out of time, demonstrating that the fleeting moments we experience day in and day out are actually telling the story of our lives."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Jeff Meyers

4 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"A fitting showcase for Philip Seymour Hoffman's tousled talents ... and a sad epitaph of a title for one of Hollywood's most talented character actors. "

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Jeff Meyers

5 6%

Babylon A.D. (2008)

"Babylon A.D. is a plodding incoherent fiasco, though an oddly compelling one."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Corey Hall

6 7%

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

"[A] witless, clueless and utterly pointless sequel to a comedy that pulled in boatloads of cash, but was beloved by absolutely no one."

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Corey Hall

7 18%

Trippin (1999)

"As the credits roll into oblivion, James Thurber's ghost puts out his cigarette. There's another movie he could've written!"

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Dayana Stetco

8 10%

Woo (1998)

"Initially, Woo seems every bit the fun dating film that's guaranteed to give urban 20-somethings their six bucks of fulfillment. Unsurprisingly, it's no more than that, although at times its tenuous jokes add up to a bit less."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Forrest Green III

9 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Whenever the comedy loses steam and the emoting gets too much, the movie queues up another indie-emo-fueled montage to fill the emotional gaps. What would Zach Braff be without the Shins?"

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Jeff Meyers

10 10%

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

"I Dreamed of Africa fails on so many levels that it's hard to even give it credit for the one area in which it excels."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Paula Farmer

11 10%

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

"This flawed film carries within it a rich and complex performance from Basinger."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Serena Donadoni

12 8%

My Boss's Daughter (2003)

"My Boss's Daughter is a stinker from start to endless finish."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Erin Podolsky

13 6%

The Last Airbender (2010)

"Nothing here is helped by M. Night Shyamalan's bizarre casting choices."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Corey Hall

14 85%

Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969)

"There's cool and then there's Jean-Paul Belmondo. No one ever made being bored look so exciting, and the effortlessly graceful and impossibly hip actor gave the mid-'60s nouvelle vague a needed macho punch."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Corey Hall

15 8%

Almost Heroes (1998)

"There's a difference between a stupid movie and a movie populated by stupid characters, and director Christopher Guest shows that distinction with Almost Heroes."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Serena Donadoni

16 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Reeves' deliberately charts a queasy path toward disaster rather than indulging in the moronic fist-pumping kineticism of Michael Bay. When was the last time you saw an action film that inspired a desire for peaceful coexistence?"

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Jeff Meyers

17 60%

Hellion (2014)

"Candler's plotting is predictable and her characters should be substantially deepened, but her ability to capture the rage of male adolescence and the numbness of grief is nothing less than superb. "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Jeff Meyers

18 5%

The Avengers (1998)

"Everything that the spy spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery played for laughs, The Avengers treats with earnest, deadly seriousness. This is a mixed blessing."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Serena Donadoni

19 90%

Knocked Up (2007)

"What makes most of Knocked Up work is its ability to squeeze big laughs out of real-world situations."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Jeff Meyers

20 85%

Borgman (2014)

"Borgman falls somewhere between Boudu and Rasputin in the canon of family interlopers, an instinctual manipulator who can pinpoint vulnerability with laser precision."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Serena Donadoni

21 ——

1982 ()

"[Tommy] Oliver hits all the familiar notes in unfamiliar ways, focusing on the impact of violence and exploitation."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Serena Donadoni

22 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"...while it's refreshing to be reminded that, for many women, the issue of abortion is not necessarily an emotional and religious land mine of self-loathing and doubt, it's important not to overstate Obvious Child's daring. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Jeff Meyers

23 17%

Wild Wild West (1999)

"Handcuffed to this blockbuster of all blockbusters and sprawled in our reclining seats, we pass the time counting familiar scenes from other movies."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Dayana Stetco

24 94%

Ida (2014)

"Majestic in its ability to dwell in silence, this is a film that sticks with you long after the lights come up. And like the work of Ingmar Bergman, it's unafraid to shoulder the full weight of a tragic past on a defiantly uncertain future. "

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

25 19%

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

"Mostly it's punch-your-face loud."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Jeff Meyers

26 39%

Armageddon (1998)

"Of course, the special effects are dazzling."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Forrest Green III

27 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Comparisons to Harold Ramis' beloved and profoundly humane Groundhog Day are misguided. Edge of Tomorrow doesn't have a humanistic pixel in its digitally bloated body."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jeff Meyers

28 99%

L.A. Confidential (1997)

"While not reaching the twisted heights of the superbly sinister Chinatown, L.A. Confidential is smart, complex and engrossing."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Serena Donadoni

29 ——

Wild in the Streets (2012)

"Colorful residents, nifty archival footage and narration by actor Sean Bean, who grew up less than 30 miles from Ashbourne, help provide context for Baxter's energetic exploration of what may be the oldest ongoing sports rivalry on Earth."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Jeff Meyers

30 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"They could have just called it A Million Jokes Die in the West So That Six May Work. "

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Corey Hall

31 85%

Borgman (2014)

"It's the kind of movie where no one behaves like a real person ought to and a lot of the plot doesn't make sense but you can't help but be pulled into its eerie, off-kilter web of menace."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Jeff Meyers

32 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"The story doesn't dot every 'i' and cross every 't' - but it certainly makes every ridiculously sinister turn stick. "

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Jeff Meyers

33 93%

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

"What follows will knock you silly, upending every single concept of storytelling that you're probably used to."

Posted May 30, 2014

Dan DeMaggio

34 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"Oh, what could have been. While Disney seems to understand that girl power can mean big box office (see Frozen), they still seem unable to fashion female characters that boast true complexity, agency and independence."

Posted May 29, 2014

Jeff Meyers

35 25%

Pearl Harbor (2001)

"Bay seems temperamentally incapable of holding a shot for much more than five seconds."

Posted May 27, 2014

Richard C. Walls

36 88%

Chef (2014)

"...the essential difference between Favreau's low-budget debut Swingers and this back-to-basics passion project is, ironically enough, hunger. "

Posted May 27, 2014

Jeff Meyers

37 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"Equal parts ingenious, muddled, exciting and predictable, Godzilla ultimately seems at war with itself, wanting to deliver thematic substance and artistic wit but beholden to big budget expectations."

Posted May 16, 2014

Jeff Meyers

38 48%

Bad News Bears (2005)

"Having cast a knowing eye on teen debauchery in Dazed and Confused and coaxed a stellar performance out of Jack Black in School of Rock, the director is just the man to launch a surprise spitwad attack in the current culture wars."

Posted May 13, 2014

Michael Hastings

39 44%

Walking With The Enemy (2014)

"Walking With the Enemy is one of those cinematic conundrums critics face: encountering a should-be-told story in a should-be-avoided movie. "

Posted May 10, 2014

Jeff Meyers

40 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"In spite of the numbing effect of this chaotic claptrap, the movie is still blessed with an incredible super power: the chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone "

Posted May 10, 2014

Corey Hall

41 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"As incredible as the photographs are and as intriguing as Maier's background is, the film left me feeling uneasy about the manner in which her life and work is being exploited."

Posted May 10, 2014

Jeff Meyers

42 82%

Fed Up (2014)

"The film's real strength is actually in Katie Couric's refined news-anchor delivery, and her skill, charm, and celebrity likely opened some doors."

Posted May 10, 2014

Corey Hall

43 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Rogen continues to toke bongs and crack jokes about dongs, all in an increasingly desperate attempt to extend immaturity into infinity. Maybe it's just me, but having initially been a fan I've grown weary of his pot fueled antics."

Posted May 10, 2014

Corey Hall

44 46%

For Love of the Game (1999)

"Far more horrifying than Evil Dead, Sam Raimi's attempt at making a sports-oriented romance strikes out, forfeits and loses three times before its two hours and 10 minutes are up."

Posted May 8, 2014

Norene Cashen

45 65%

Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch) (2005)

"Nick Hornby's novels have produced two terrific examples of the genre: High Fidelity and About A Boy. Unfortunately, this latest adaptation is strictly a minor league affair."

Posted May 7, 2014

Jeff Meyers

46 97%

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (2000)

"Former Detroiter Kempner infuses her portrait of Hank Greenberg with such a joie de vivre that it's a delight for the already converted and nonsports fans alike."

Posted May 7, 2014

Serena Donadoni

47 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

48 19%

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

49 42%

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

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