Orlando Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 65%

The Railway Man (2014)

"The Railway Man is uneven, choppy and unimpactful at times, but the slow pacing and melodrama work fairly well and build to an interesting, competent climax."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Cameron Meier

2 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"The Lunchbox is honest and touching, and features a pitch-perfect performance by Khan, whom American audiences might remember from Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Cameron Meier

3 ——

Winter In The Blood ()

"There are worthwhile scenes, and the mood is occasionally affecting, but it doesn't come together as a singular piece overall, and that's too much to overlook."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Rob Boylan

4 ——

Powerless ()

"This film is like The Wire, Cops and The Walking Dead adopted an Indian baby."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Brendan O'Connor

5 ——

No No: A Dockumentary ()

"Director Jeff Radice's skillful interviews are ably underpinned with original music by Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz and killer music supervision by Randall Poster."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Jessica Bryce Young

6 75%

Moebius ()

"You may find an infectious artsiness in its decision to not have any spoken dialogue."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Adam McCabe

7 ——

Medeas ()

"Moves with the fluidity of impressionistic portraiture, weaving from reflections in mirrors and ripples of water a sometimes horrifying (though always engaging) patchwork of subtle innuendo."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Billy Manes

8 ——

Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture ()

"Pray's film, though not as weighty or groundbreaking - no pun intended - as its subject, nevertheless does a good job of presenting both art and artist ..."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cameron Meier

9 ——

Last I Heard ()

"Rodriguez's film would be nothing without Sorvino, as the veteran actor seems born to play this part."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cameron Meier

10 ——

The Kill Team ()

"The Kill Team makes us face the scary truth about the bloodbaths in Iraq and Afghanistan: The only thing that differentiates the Kill Team from many other infantry units is the simple fact that they were caught."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Fred Lambert

11 ——

Forev (2014)

"Instead of fully exploring the vulnerability and fragility of the characters, Forev offers too many ridiculous, unfunny scenarios on the way to a somewhat honest and effective ending."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cameron Meier

12 ——

Finding Neighbors (2013)

"Writer-director Ron Judkins' movie is so tone deaf, badly paced, poorly scored and amateurishly acted that the only thing you'll be finding is the door when you walk out early from this clunker of a dramedy."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cameron Meier

13 ——

Crimes Against Humanity ()

"We're all familiar with the genre of black comedy; Crimes Against Humanity makes up its own twist on the genre - perhaps it could be called black farce?"

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Jessica Bryce Young

14 ——

Copenhagen ()

"Hansen is the film's only redeemable quality; it's a shame that she is wasted on this pointless search."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Rob Boylan

15 ——

Before You Know It ()

"At times it just seems like people you know hamming it up for the camera."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Billy Manes

16 ——

After Winter, Spring ()

"This is one part of traditional farming that needs to die, but the doc rarely editorializes, and it deserves credit for that."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cameron Meier

17 ——

Yellow ()

"I overheard fellow critics describe Yellow as a vastly entertaining train wreck. Well, this is one train I'd like to be on - just give me a seat belt."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cameron Meier

18 97%

Ernest & Célestine (2014)

"Despite the rumors of its demise, 2D hand-drawn animation isn't dead. In fact it's becoming vital again in Europe, and this is a brilliant example of what it could be again."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Rob Boylan

19 96%

Goldfinger (1964)

"All the tropes are genre highs, from the iconic title song to the archetypal cool car to the endlessly quotable sadistic one-liners."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Steve Schneider

20 100%

The Babadook ()

"The tension is real, the scares are genuine and the end product is a classic horror masterpiece that deserves a place among the greats."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Adam McCabe

21 ——

American Jesus (2014)

"You begin to find yourself wondering how this qualifies as an actual movie, as opposed to a mere travelogue to eccentricity. But then the hammer swings down."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Steve Schneider

22 40%

Divergent (2014)

"With her performance as Tris Prior in Divergent, [Woodley] rescues and then raises up a film that could have been an utter disaster."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Sam Allard

23 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"In typical Wes Anderson fashion, its impeccable design and je ne sais quoi will win you over."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Cameron Meier

24 55%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"Anderson needs to diversify his bag of tricks A.S.A.P. -- unless he wants to exhaust his audiences' good will by cycling them through the same dreary spirals of ennui as he does his characters."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Eric Allen Hatch

25 88%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"Let's just say it gives you an appreciation for Vermeer, optical device or not, as well as for Jenison, who stuck with the project for five full years."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Callie Enlow

26 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"A mysterious, sensual prism through which to view our own shortcomings and longings."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Cameron Meier

27 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"This movie is just an exercise in bloodletting."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

David Reidel

28 25%

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 26, 2014

Jeff Meyers

29 22%

Son Of God (2014)

"Pilate predicts that, following his death, Jesus will be forgotten in a week. Though those words proved preposterously untrue, they somehow seem fitting for this film."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Cameron Meier

30 94%

The Past (2013)

"On paper, the complications sound like plot points in a melodramatic soap opera. But under Farhadi's direction and in his cast's more-than-capable hands, this knotty family drama never feels false or manipulative."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Jeff Meyers

31 45%

In Secret (2014)

"Olsen uses her big eyes well, conveying Thérèse's inner torment with a slow burn until her eyes seem ready to burst from her head."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

David Reidel

32 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"This is fun for no one."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

33 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"It's a beautiful and melancholy tale told in a deliberate, intelligent style but, regrettably, lacking in urgency and passion thanks to writing and performances that often keep us at arm's length."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Cameron Meier

34 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"While it's obvious he means well - Berg clearly reveres these soldiers - he doesn't seem all that interested in depicting who they were as men. Heck, Die Hard's John McClane was a more fully sketched character than any of these real-life action heroes."

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Jeff Meyers

35 98%

The Artist (2011)

"The Artist is at turns funny, heartbreaking, thrilling and a visual marvel with only the aid of Ludovic Bource's sublime score to guide our reactions."

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Justin Strout

36 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"There's no cat, and the roof may not be made of tin, but it's plenty hot thanks to Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts."

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Cameron Meier

37 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"The sweetest and most magical film of the year."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Cameron Meier

38 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Likeable and engaging despite its overly long running time, sloppy screenplay and rambling structure."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Cameron Meier

39 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Writer/director Shane Black... brings sharp snarky humor and some welcome psychological depth to the Iron Man franchise, which faded in an exhausting second installment after the exhilarating original."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Seth Kubersky

40 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"Months of Frances' life pass in minutes, yet those minutes feel like an eternity, thanks to non-action and uninspired editing."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Cameron Meier

41 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"Payne just doesn't make bad movies. Until now."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Cameron Meier

42 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"There are so many pitfalls, and it seems like every TV movie version of the story falls into all of them at the same time. But in Short Term 12, writer-director Destin Cretton manages to skillfully step over all of them."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Rob Boylan

43 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Bro, it comes down to this: if you can't turn the brain meat off and sit back and enjoy Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba beating the crap out of some monsters then, dude, you're the monster."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Rob Boylan

44 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"Emotionally moving but messy, it survives thanks to its superb songs, great cinematography and insightful anecdotes - in spite of its lack of a satisfactory conclusion."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Cameron Meier

45 84%

Good Ol' Freda (2013)

"Not everyone will view it as an informational feast, but Beatle fans will eat it up like jam butties."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Cameron Meier

46 89%

Frozen (2013)

"Gone are many of the story's complexities and its spiritual overtones, replaced by an odd mix of drama, music and comedy designed to entertain the kids and distract the adults from the mediocrity."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Cameron Meier

47 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"It's just humanity at its most basic."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Cameron Meier

48 94%

I Am Divine (2013)

"An affectionate, even triumphant bio of Waters' immortal leading "lady.""

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Steve Schneider

49 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Despite some unexpectedly great performances by the novice actors playing the Somali pirates, especially group leader Muse (Somali-native Barkhad Abdi), the film belongs to Hanks."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Cameron Meier

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