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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

The Guest (2014)

"Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett have fashioned a sly, entertaining tip of the hat to '70s-era John Carpenter films that also works on its own terms as crafty popcorn entertainment that never devolves into parody."

Posted Sep 16, 2014

Cary Darling

2 50%

The Pirates (2014)

"While The Pirates has its moments -- as when Yeo-wol and Jang bond late in the film -- little of it is compelling as comedy, drama or action. About the only thing The Pirates steal is time."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Cary Darling

3 89%

The Drop (2014)

"With the arrival of The Drop, a disturbingly dark little thriller that wears its tension like a badge, the fall film season has arrived with a deadly bang."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Cary Darling

4 14%

Innocence (2014)

"There's not much of a payoff, as this tepid film telegraphs its mild punches from several miles away."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Cary Darling

5 92%

Frank (2014)

"Both Llewyn [Davis] and Frank may embody the spirit of the difficult musician, but Frank...is a more empathetic and engaging character, making Frank, the movie, a more bleakly funny yet ultimately touching film."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Cary Darling

6 78%

Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)

"Kundo is not the best film of its type, but it's an entertaining amalgam. "

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Cary Darling

7 80%

The One I Love (2014)

"A clever amuse-bouche of a movie built around a conceit that can't be talked about in any detail...Let's just say it might have been something worthy of a Twilight Zone episode if Rod Serling were an indie filmmaker in the 21st century."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Cary Darling

8 46%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is like Paris after the zombie apocalypse: beautiful to look at but not a living soul in sight."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Cary Darling

9 33%

The Giver (2014)

"It's the latest in the long line of movies made from novels set in a dystopian future where a young person has heroism thrust upon their slim shoulders...Yet, taken on its own, it's a well-made and effectively told morality tale."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Cary Darling

10 78%

Land Ho! (2014)

"A road-trip movie about a couple of guys nearing the end of life's road, Land Ho! is a sweetly simple tale that underscores what we already know but too often forget: Adventurism and finding your bliss are not just for the young."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Cary Darling

11 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Sadly, the most expendable thing about The Expendables 3 is the movie itself."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Cary Darling

12 47%

About Alex (2014)

"Taste, talent and lineage only go so far when nearly every line feels like it's from a script, not life. There's not a single surprise in this 96 minutes of millennial moaning."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Cary Darling

13 25%

4 Minute Mile (2014)

"It's a moving, if occasionally heavy-handed, sports drama that deserves a wider audience than it is probably going to find in its limited release. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Cary Darling

14 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"As directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy never takes itself seriously and it's often a visual and musical treat. The Runaways' Cherry Bomb and David Bowie's Moonage Daydream? Yes, please."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Cary Darling

15 57%

EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014)

"Though not a great documentary and essentially a colorful, 3D commercial for Electric Daisy Carnival, it works as both an introduction to a subculture many may be unfamiliar with and as a beat-heavy scrapbook for those who were there."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Cary Darling

16 66%

Lucy (2014)

"This goofily enjoyable but ultimately forgettable techno-thriller plays like a cross between Transcendence and La Femme Nikita with a bit of Hong Kong-style action and low-rent 2001-era Stanley Kubrick thrown in for good measure."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Cary Darling

17 89%

Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Even though we know how this story ends - with mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki - it's the journey that holds our interest. "

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Cary Darling

18 53%

The Lottery: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There are some provocative ideas that can be explored. "

Posted Jul 21, 2014

David Martindale

19 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"The real sex tape that [the characters] Jay and Annie are chasing all over town might have at least had some instructive value. The movie Sex Tape that Jason and Cameron have made can't even make that claim."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Cary Darling

20 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"So, while it's tempting to say that nothing happens in Boyhood, that would be wrong. What happens is everything."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Cary Darling

21 84%

Coherence (2014)

"At once a suspenseful mind game and a wily mash-up of surreal quantum physics theories, this low-cost thriller proves that something approaching brilliance is not just a function of budget. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Cary Darling

22 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Yes, it's Hollywood at its most manipulative. Still, Heston would hate to hear this...but, at least from a moviegoer's perspective, the coming ape-ocracy may be nothing to fear and something to champion after all. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Cary Darling

23 82%

Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Charming and subtly hilarious. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Cary Darling

24 86%

The Bridge (FX): Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Season 1 got better as it went along; Season 2, which starts out stronger, looks like it will be a more-than-worthy continuation of a series that still needs work, but is definitely worth watching. "

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Robert Philpot

25 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"In different hands, Snowpiercer might have been just another generic action movie. Yet with South Korean director Bong Joon-ho at the helm, it's instead something more off-kilter and more disturbingly satisfying."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Cary Darling

26 59%

Hellion (2014)

"Though it may seem as if it's heading in the direction of being a feel-good movie Hellion doesn't go down that predictable road. It is more authentic than that, and that is indeed something to feel good about."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Cary Darling

27 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"There's only one thing anyone really needs to know about [this] exercise in robot-on-robot violence: at nearly three hours, it's the longest "Transformers" yet. Any mention of the leaden dialogue [and] wooden acting...would just be piling on. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Cary Darling

28 66%

The Rover (2014)

"A beautifully shot post-apocalyptic fever dream that might have worked as a short but is inconsequential as a feature film."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Cary Darling

29 47%

All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

"While there are some effective moments early on - especially when Maddy confronts star player Terry (a suitably charming yet threatening Tom Williamson) - [the film] sinks under the weight of predictable plotting and cheap special effects. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Cary Darling

30 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Remember that feeling when you realized The Hangover II was A sequel that has as many laughs as a Texas spring has tornadoes. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Cary Darling

31 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"It's refreshing to see teenage relationships handled with grace and depth...Director Josh Boone stays out of the way stylistically and lets the considerable naturalistic chemistry between Elgort and Woodley be the draw."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Cary Darling

32 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"To paraphrase an old dictum: Directors who don't learn from history - like their hapless heroes in sci-fi movies - are doomed to repeat it. But, in [Doug] Liman's case, that has turned out to be not such a bad thing. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Cary Darling

33 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"If there were a shootout in the Hollywood comedic corral between...Blazing Saddles, and the new kid in town, A Million Ways to Die in the West, it's not even a contest. Brooks' classic would chase the upstart out of town with a backside full of lead. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Cary Darling

34 86%

Cold in July (2014)

" A gritty, sweaty and entertaining little slice of Texas noir."

Posted May 24, 2014

Cary Darling

35 75%

Chinese Puzzle (2014)

"A deliciously sweet confection of cinematic froth that lives up to its predecessors' sense of romantic fun."

Posted May 24, 2014

Cary Darling

36 72%

Palo Alto (2014)

"While it shows Coppola has talent, it's also as aimless as her characters' self-absorbed, self-medicated, joyless lives."

Posted May 24, 2014

Cary Darling

37 88%

This Is Where We Live (2013)

"It's sharply written, and moving without being mawkish, painting a portrait of people that we feel like we know."

Posted May 22, 2014

Cary Darling

38 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"There are many superhuman feats on display in the latest installment in the X-Men saga, Days of Future Past. Time travel. Saving the world from big, angry robots. A beautifully restored 1973 Buick Riviera. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Cary Darling

39 81%

The Hornet's Nest (2014)

"The moving documentary The Hornet's Nest is a boots-on-the-ground look at America's war in Afghanistan."

Posted May 16, 2014

Cary Darling

40 49%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"As well made as it is, it would be great to see what McLean could do if he were free from genre conventions and could put his many talents to use in a movie not built around beheadings and dismemberments."

Posted May 15, 2014

Cary Darling

41 88%

Chef (2014)

"Chef is lightweight, and could be seen as just a blatant attempt to cash in on the whole food-truck phenomenon, but it's so engaging that it really doesn't matter. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Cary Darling

42 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"The reboot perfectly illustrates the problem that has long haunted mediocre monster movies. When the big, scaly guys are on screen, it's a fun thrill ride. But when the humans are at the center of the action, things get scary - and not in a good way."

Posted May 15, 2014

Cary Darling

43 83%

Belle (2014)

"There's the occasional false note. The proto-abolitionist Davinier has been given dialogue that verges on the preachy. But this is a small quibble in a story of 250-year-old pride and prejudice that resonates today."

Posted May 9, 2014

Cary Darling

44 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"The performances are solid. Rogen does his usual, husky-boy geek thing while Efron seems more comfortable as a dreamboat than as a doctor in last year's Parkland. It's the script that lets them down."

Posted May 9, 2014

Cary Darling

45 89%

Locke (2014)

"Of course, the idea of setting a film around a person trapped in a confined space (Buried) or open space ( Gravity) can seem like a gimmick. But when it's done well, as it is here, it's something else: a cinematic joyride."

Posted May 1, 2014

Cary Darling

46 44%

Walking With The Enemy (2014)

"Sometimes awkward and melodramatic, the debut film from director Mark Schmidt nevertheless derives strength from its little-known true-life story of Holocaust heroism."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Cary Darling

47 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"In his first film as director, acclaimed cinematographer Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) has made a movie that predictably looks good but has little substance beneath its shiny, digitally enhanced surface."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Cary Darling

48 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Certainly, The Raid 2, a glorious head-butt of a movie, is not for the squeamish...but for those who prefer some slam in their cinema, it delivers. "

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Cary Darling

49 94%

Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" There are signs that Silicon Valley will grow into something a bit more broad-based. [There] are inspired moments that show Silicon Valley has the potential [to] be much more than The Big Bang Theory with more tech jargon and cruder sex jokes. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Cary Darling

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