San Diego Union-Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"A clumsy mess of supernatural hooey that conveniently shifts its rules and reasoning whenever the story needs a shove in the direction of its inevitable showdown."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Alison Gang

2 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"Although he can still kick it into gear when the situation demands it, it's not entirely clear if it's McClane, Willis, or maybe the franchise itself that's barely mustering up the strength to carry on."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Alison Gang

3 100%

24: Redemption (2008)

"Welcome back, Jack."

Posted Feb 6, 2013

Jane Clifford

4 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"A thoughtful little buddy caper comedy that wisely exploits the audience's natural affection for its aging stars."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Alison Gang

5 100%

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action (2013)

"A delightful set of films spanning genres, styles and the globe in just one outing."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Alison Gang

6 95%

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animation (2013)

"A delightful set of films spanning genres, styles and the globe in just one outing."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Alison Gang

7 95%

West of Memphis (2012)

"Nearly overwhelms you with hopelessness, if not an adrenaline rush of rage - even if you're familiar with the case."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

Alison Gang

8 98%

56 Up (2013)

"Apted possesses the unsettling ability to shape perceptions of their lives and personalities from inside an editing suite, a fact that the members of his flock begin to recognize at varying points throughout their adult years."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

Alison Gang

9 94%

The Rabbi's Cat (2012)

"It's a movie that packs all its ideas in beautifully animated doses, filled with Northern African music and landscapes. It may get clunky, but it's easy to get lost in its loveliness."

Posted Jan 18, 2013

Nina Garin

10 32%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"Ruben Fleischer's gleefully grisly shoot-'em-up is just one more chapter in the epic love story between Hollywood, guns and gratuitous violence."

Posted Jan 11, 2013

Alison Gang

11 93%

Amour (2012)

"Haneke treats Georges and Anne with absolute respect, never pandering to sentiment or cliché and most assuredly not sugarcoating the experience of walking one's partner through suffering, toward death. "

Posted Jan 11, 2013

Alison Gang

12 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"The suspense comes not from how we ultimately bring down bin Laden, but how Maya - and what remains of America's fraying do-gooder conscience - fares in the process."

Posted Jan 3, 2013

Alison Gang

13 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"It's not much of a stretch to call Tarantino's entertainment-oriented brand of revisionist history tacky, if not deeply offensive, but the energy and audacity with which he executes it is undeniable."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Alison Gang

14 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"It's great that Apatow isn't afraid to dig deep to mine the uglier sides of matrimony, but his unusual personal connection to the material and the cast...is somewhat off-putting."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Alison Gang

15 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Jackson's risky creative choices have drained Bilbo Baggins' adventure of its magic."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Alison Gang

16 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

""Hitchcock" marks the first time Hopkins and Mirren have appeared together on-screen, and it's as fun to watch as you'd imagine."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Alison Gang

17 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"For all the guys who get whacked in gloriously grisly and stylized ways, there wasn't one moment when I cared even slightly who came out of it alive."

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Alison Gang

18 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"Even during Pi's bleakest moments lost at sea, Lee's artistry gives us something at which to marvel"

Posted Nov 24, 2012

Alison Gang

19 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"Wow, is it fun."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Nina Garin

20 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"It's Kushner the playwright who moves "Lincoln" from uncanny historical re-enactment to near-mythic memorial."

Posted Nov 16, 2012

Alison Gang

21 92%

Skyfall (2012)

""Skyfall" is as much a joyful trip down memory lane as it is a 21st-century Bond adventure."

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Alison Gang

22 78%

Flight (2012)

"In an outstanding, raw performance, Washington never strays from Whip's rough road of addiction and psychological turmoil."

Posted Nov 2, 2012

Alison Gang

23 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"With all that Cloud Atlas throws at you over the course of three relatively swift hours, something is bound to stick."

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Alison Gang

24 84%

Smashed (2012)

"Despite the youth of its main characters, "Smashed" doesn't deliver much that's new to the sobriety genre."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Alison Gang

25 96%

Argo (2012)

"Take away the regrettable late-1970s fashion and facial hair and director Ben Affleck's "Argo" is one timely, taut thriller."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Alison Gang

26 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"The one thread that does run through Daniels' wildly fluctuating, self-indulgent film is a preoccupation with pointless perversity."

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Alison Gang

27 92%

Nashville: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" I'm a little gun-shy about going nuts over Nashville after just one episode. But dad-gummit, it's really fun! And sexy! And smart! So I'm going back out on that limb anyway. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Karla Peterson

28 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

""Frankenweenie" is Burton boiled down to his wonderfully weird essence, coated with warm nostalgia for his early days as a filmmaker and his childhood as an artsy loner stuck in the suburbs."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Alison Gang

29 83%

Elementary: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" What sounds like a gimmicky attempt to capitalize on the Holmes mania unleashed by the BBC's Sherlock turns out to be a perfectly respectable procedural that could eventually be something more. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Karla Peterson

30 81%

The Mindy Project: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Best of all, the debut episode had the relaxed feel of a show that knows what it's doing. "

Posted Sep 25, 2012

Karla Peterson

31 84%

Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

"It's not the most novel character arc in the world, but sometimes a story doesn't need to break new ground. Sometimes it's enough for it to feel comfortable, maybe even familiar, and make you smile."

Posted Sep 14, 2012

Alison Gang

32 22%

The Words (2012)

"It's Cooper who's the biggest casualty, forced to deaden his surefire spark to accommodate his dud of a character."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Alison Gang

33 56%

Bachelorette (2012)

"An unexpected and bitterly funny take on the misery of the modern, maladjusted woman."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Alison Gang

34 55%

For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

"Quirky, hilarious and inexplicably charming."

Posted Aug 31, 2012

Nina Garin

35 67%

Lawless (2012)

"A steady, though rather lifeless backwoods crime drama."

Posted Aug 29, 2012

Alison Gang

36 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"If it didn't star the universally beloved Gordon-Levitt, "Premium Rush" would quietly fall in the category of late-summer time killer for teenagers. "

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Alison Gang

37 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"A bittersweet, quietly hilarious buddy caper that deserves to be the sleeper hit of the summer."

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Alison Gang

38 95%

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

"Ultimately, for Rodriguez, musical redemption transcends the greed and soul-sapping breaks he encountered."

Posted Aug 17, 2012

George Varga

39 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"Friedkin creates a twisted work of trailer-park noir that both surprises and horrifies, and gives us one more reason to call 2012 the year of McConaughey."

Posted Aug 17, 2012

Alison Gang

40 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"For a film with Jason Bourne's DNA, this is the slow one in the family."

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Alison Gang

41 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"A refreshing romantic comedy for the smart set. "

Posted Aug 3, 2012

Alison Gang

42 94%

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

"A tragicomic indulgence of schadenfreude with the sophistication of a Kardashian reality show."

Posted Jul 27, 2012

Alison Gang

43 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"There's no doubt that fans of the legendary Nolan trilogy will find a finale that satisfies."

Posted Jul 20, 2012

Alison Gang

44 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Zeitlin's grainy, hypnotic feature film debut offers a child's fantastical perception of life at nature's edge."

Posted Jul 13, 2012

Alison Gang

45 88%

Neil Young Journeys (2012)

"Demme's visual attention to detail is matched by the film's impeccable sound quality."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

George Varga

46 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"Even at 76, Allen maintains his grueling pace of releasing one film a year, which doesn't allow much time for finely tuned scripts, robust character development or visual finesse."

Posted Jun 29, 2012

Alison Gang

47 78%

Brave (2012)

"It's disappointing that the team of writers, including Andrews and Chapman, failed to redefine what it means to be a heroine in big-budget animation."

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Alison Gang

48 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"The film feels much like where it came from, modern-day Broadway - a formerly grimy section of New York City that's been scrubbed clean and thoroughly Disneyfied."

Posted Jun 15, 2012

Alison Gang

49 73%

Prometheus (2012)

""Prometheus" may go overboard on the existential inquiry, but it's still an epic ride."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Alison Gang

50 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Exactly what you expect from Anderson, and also dangerously close to overstaying its welcome."

Posted Jun 8, 2012

Alison Gang

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