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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 54%

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

4 61%

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

5 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

6 56%

The Lottery: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

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

Posted Jul 21, 2014

David Martindale

7 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

8 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

9 85%

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

10 91%

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

11 85%

Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Charming and subtly hilarious. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Cary Darling

12 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

13 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

14 60%

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

15 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

16 65%

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

17 50%

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

18 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

19 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

20 90%

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

21 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

22 86%

Cold in July (2014)

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

Posted May 24, 2014

Cary Darling

23 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

24 71%

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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 48%

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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 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

33 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

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 44%

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

39 21%

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

40 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

41 54%

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

42 20%

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

43 22%

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

44 79%

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" 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

45 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

46 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

47 33%

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

48 91%

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

49 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

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