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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 18%

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

2 80%

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

3 96%

Silicon Valley: Season 1

" 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

4 45%

In the Blood (2014)

"Carano, a former mixed-martial artist, won't be vying for an Oscar any time soon but she can more than hold her own as an action star. She deserves a bigger canvas on which to show off her skills. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Cary Darling

5 20%

Frankie & Alice (2014)

"Frankie & Alice feels like a film that might have been groundbreaking 40 years ago but has cable-TV movie of the week written all over it in 2014."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Cary Darling

6 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"If Captain America: The Winter Soldier is indeed an augur of things to come during this special-effects-laden summer, maybe it won't be such a painful season after all."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Cary Darling

7 55%

Breathe In (2014)

"Doremus' beautifully shot, naturalistic style means there are no soap-opera hysterics, and he gets strong performances from all involved...But it's hard to get over the fact that Jones, who was born in 1983, is far too old to play a high school student."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Cary Darling

8 22%

Sabotage (2014)

"Director David Ayer has made two of the best films about the tough lives of cops -- Training Day and End of Watch -- but his streak ends with the very violent and ultimately forgettable Sabotage."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Cary Darling

9 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"Rather than fine-tune the narrative engine, the filmmakers hit the gas with not much more in the tank than sumptuously photographed car porn, robbing what could have been a high-toned B-movie of any punch."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Preston Jones

10 ——

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1

" The pilot is definitely intriguing, helped along by solid writing and a good cast, including a cantankerous Toby Huss. "

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Cary Darling

11 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Artemisia may ultimately have lost the war in this clash of civilizations, but she wins our hearts."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Cary Darling

12 10%

The Bag Man (2014)

"By the time the intricate plot and not particularly satisfying payoff are revealed at the film's end, many viewers will feel like they were the ones left holding the bag."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Cary Darling

13 34%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"Odd Thomas is an engagingly lightweight and occasionally visually inventive film that should appeal to Koontz fans and anyone else open to his whimsical approach to horror."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Cary Darling

14 89%

Omar (2014)

"The somber Omar isn't as controversial as Paradise Now but it too gets behind the TV news bulletins to discreetly put a human face on what is often just more electronic noise. Sometimes it's the quietest voices that are really the loudest."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Cary Darling

15 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Non-Stop [is] an efficiently made exercise in airplane claustrophobia that takes off well enough but then crash-lands in the third act under the weight of its red herrings, improbability and plot twists."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Cary Darling

16 24%

Pompeii (2014)

"Pompeii has as much to do with realism and history as the average gas station has with gourmet cuisine and fine dining. If you're hankering for something substantive, you'll leave hungry."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Cary Darling

17 ——

A Stranger In Paradise (2014)

"Boccia (who also co-wrote with three others) displays a keen visual sensibility that, despite the film's low budget, gives it a palpable energy. It will be intriguing to see what he does next."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Cary Darling

18 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"It's unfortunate, then, that this RoboCop reboot shrugs off the pointed satire too soon, devolving into just another big action vehicle - even if it's a well-made, entertaining one at times."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Cary Darling

19 5%

The Outsider (2014)

"The Outsider doesn't break the action movie mold in any way but it is an efficient little, low-budget crime thriller that has the good sense to not overstay its welcome."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Cary Darling

20 73%

The Attorney (2014)

"The Attorney features a powerful, energetic performance by Woo-Seok."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Cary Darling

21 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"The Monuments Men - with its shifting tone between light comedy and drama - rarely gets the viewer invested enough to really care what happens to them. And that's unfortunate, because it really is a fascinating footnote in history. "

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Cary Darling

22 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"That Awkward Moment is pleasant enough, and it has some inspired moments, but they don't add up to anything that pushes the boundaries of the genre."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Cary Darling

23 23%

Gimme Shelter (2014)

"Hudgens captures both the defiance and fear of a girl at this crossroads. Her performance elevates what's often a trite and heavy-handed script."

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Cary Darling

24 38%

Life of a King (2014)

"Gooding gives a strong performance, but viewers might be better off seeking out the...documentary Brooklyn Castle, which focuses on the championship chess team at an inner-city New York middle school."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Cary Darling

25 94%

The Past (2013)

"While not as powerful as [A Separation] ,The Past nevertheless is a fascinating, slow-burn depiction of a relationship in crisis."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Cary Darling

26 100%

Breaking Bad: Season 3 (TV, 2010)

" With its sense of place, its spare dialogue and its oddball peripheral characters, Breaking Bad is the closest that TV comes to the best Coen brothers movies. That's pretty high praise. "

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Robert Philpot

27 87%

True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Its dreariness makes it a bit of a slog, and a risk - viewers don't seem to be taking to these downbeat dramas as much as they used to. "

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Robert Philpot

28 94%

Her (2014)

"A lonely young man falls head over keyboard in love with his computer's operating system...It's not just any operating system, but one designed to be empathetic with humans, and has Scarlett Johansson as its Siri-with-sex-appeal voice. Who could resist?"

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Cary Darling

29 49%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"For much of its first half, during which visuals replace vision, Walter Mitty stumbles down a rabbit hole of technological triumph. But then something unexpected happens: It turns into a sweetly engaging blockbuster."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Cary Darling

30 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"Elba may not look...like the South African leader, but his sheer presence makes you believe he is channeling him. Still, [it] falls frustratingly short as a cinematic experience, trying to cram too much of Mandela's colorful life into too little time."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Cary Darling

31 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"So it's a relief and a pleasant surprise that Wall Street, despite some missteps and the need for an editor, mostly manages to live up to the interest generated by its kinetic trailers and the heavy hand of hype."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Cary Darling

32 35%

Kirstie: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Kirstie is TV Land's latest comedy original that, in the tradition of Hot in Cleveland, has one foot in the present and the other firmly cemented in the past. "

Posted Dec 13, 2013

David Martindale

33 65%

Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Frank Darabont has done something extraordinary. "

Posted Dec 13, 2013

David Martindale

34 62%

Ja'mie: Private School Girl: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" What at first seems weird, awkward and discomfiting - a grown man hanging out with teenagers - evaporates by the second or third episode as Lilley becomes consumed by his character. "

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Cary Darling

35 42%

Night Train To Lisbon (2013)

"Night Train to Lisbon is a handsomely crafted, well-acted love story within a love story, even if it doesn't engage as much as it should."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Cary Darling

36 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"It has everything a viewer would expect when Hollywood goes blue-collar...But Furnace is saved by a couple of surprises and mostly by the performances from its big-ticket cast."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Cary Darling

37 49%

Black Nativity (2013)

"It doesn't matter that not all of the songs are memorable or that the performances are of varying success, the warm-hearted Black Nativity feels tailor-made to fit with the good tidings of the season."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Cary Darling

38 42%

Homefront (2013)

"Jason Statham and James Franco squaring off over meth with a script by Sylvester Stallone? Sounds like a guilty pleasure, right? Unfortunately, the result is a rather rote action thriller that only comes alive during the well-staged fight scenes. "

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Cary Darling

39 83%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"While there are no new explosive revelations in The Armstrong Lie - and, at just over two hours, it's a touch too long - it's still a mesmerizing cautionary tale."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Cary Darling

40 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Though the romantic triangle provides the story's heart, it's the film's take on media as social control (Stanley Tucci returns as the unctuous TV host), sharp sense of action, and smart peformances that give Catching Fire its soul."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Cary Darling

41 56%

Killing Kennedy (2014)

"The least-well-known of the movie's four principal actors, he's [Will Rothhaar] the least weighed down by his own familiarity, and he gives an empathetic but intense portrayal of the increasingly obsessive Oswald."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Robert Philpot

42 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"The simplistic Dallas Buyers Club is worth seeing, if for no other reason than McConaughey's transformative and touching performance."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Cary Darling

43 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"But the much talked-about 12 Years a Slave is more than a beautifully shot art piece. It's history made violently real. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Cary Darling

44 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"Those sounds you hear are the sighs of relief from Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. Runner Runner is no longer 2013's worst thriller."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Cary Darling

45 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"The Fifth Estate is also as current as a news feed, filling in the disputed facts about Assange's life beyond the headlines and chronicling the revolution that has upended the media landscape in the last decade."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Cary Darling

46 38%

Chinese Zodiac (2013)

"Lackluster, slow and with only hints of the combo of kineticism, kung fu and comedy that was part of Chan's appeal in the first place, Chinese Zodiacdoesn't do justice to the actor's filmic heritage."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Cary Darling

47 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"With Captain Phillips, Greengrass doesn't disappoint, injecting the story with a sense of nervous energy and creeping claustrophobia. The movie manages to be both tense and suspenseful, even though the world knows how it ends. "

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Cary Darling

48 9%

Runner Runner (2013)

"Do Affleck and Timberlake, who together should have enough cash to make Midas jealous, need a payday this badly? That's the only real mystery at the heart of Runner Runner, a dull, slow-jog of a thriller that's less whodunit than why bother. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Cary Darling

49 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"The film is deserving of its position as a pioneer. It's a heartfelt, touching peek into the day-to-day life of a culture Westerners rarely get to see."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Cary Darling

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