Miami Herald

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 16%

And So It Goes (2014)

"A movie as generic as its title, And So It Goes is about a cranky old man who gets to know and help a child in need and becomes a happier, better person. Yes, I know. I gagged a little when I wrote that, too."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Connie Ogle

2 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Boyhood understands the tumult of childhood and adolescence as well as it does the hurdles and satisfaction of raising children."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

3 90%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"A Most Wanted Man has a veracity most spy thrillers lack, and the suspense is of the intellectual, not visceral, kind."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

4 83%

O Lobo atrás da Porta (Wolf at the Door) ()

"Despite its thriller veneer, A Wolf at the Door is more of an examination of adultery and its consequences, both on the married couple and the outsider who comes between them."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

5 40%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"If I were one of the generous and optimistic contributors to Zach Braff's Kickstarter campaign to fund Wish I Was Here, I'd ask for my money back. All of it."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Connie Ogle

6 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"The cinematic equivalent of herpes."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Connie Ogle

7 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Life Itself reminds you how unpredictable Ebert's tastes: He loved Benji the Hunted and tore Scarface and Blue Velvet apart. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

8 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Watching an army of apes riding horses heading into battle is undeniably cool, but that's the only thing the movie gives you: Neat eye candy. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

9 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"In the thick of summer, while Hollywood is busy cranking out cookie-cutter superhero movies and giant robot sequels, along comes Snowpiercer to show everyone how it's done."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

10 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"To say that Age of Extinction is the best installment in the money-minting Transformers franchise is like saying the best episode of The Love Boat was the one that had Charo in it: The praise is so faint, it's close to meaningless."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

11 65%

The Rover (2014)

"The Rover is so intentionally vague and shapeless, it doesn't leave much of an imprint other than Pattinson's odd, melancholy performance. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

12 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"Freed from its ties to the source material - the first film was inspired by a Steve Harvey self-help book - Think Like a Man Too borrows liberally but in a definite PG-13 fashion from The Hangover, hitting on every required Vegas touchstone."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Connie Ogle

13 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"What makes Jersey Boys work is its Rashomon device of letting each member of the group tell part of the story from his point of view. And it's all woven together by those familiar, catchy songs."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Christine Dolen

14 71%

Palo Alto (2014)

"A pale imitation of the early novels of Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote about young ennui and aimlessness from the inside out. "

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

15 83%

Witching and Bitching (2014)

"A swift, dark and nasty horror comedy that occasionally dances into territory deemed taboo by American filmmakers."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

16 55%

The Signal (2014)

"The Signal is too ambitious for its own good, but it is still a pleasure to watch."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

17 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"There's something going on at the edges of the frame in practically every scene of 22 Jump Street, a testament to the care and attention to detail directors Lord and Miller bring to this potentially silly material."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

18 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"One of the most beautiful animated films ever made."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

19 93%

The Dance of Reality (2014)

"The Dance of Reality, which deserves a place alongside Amarcord as a fantastical take on coming of age, is the work of a wise and experienced old soul with the passion and curiosity of a young man."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

20 84%

Night Moves (2014)

"In Night Moves, Reichardt keeps her characters close and up front, so when differences arise in their ranks and signs of vague trouble arise, the suspense starts to mount."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

21 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"The Fault in Our Stars is a heart-breaker for sure, but it's also a sweet, romantic film full of sudden warmth and humor. It gets everything right about being young and in love for the first time."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Connie Ogle

22 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Why do invading extra-terrestrials always bring with them the single thing that can wipe them out? Couldn't they have hid it on Jupiter or something?"

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

23 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"There are enough laughs scattered throughout A Million Ways to Die in the West that while you're watching it, the movie seems like a passable comedy. By the time you get home, though, you can barely remember the jokes. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

24 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"In a movie crammed with special effects, Jolie is the most startling and wondrous of all."

Posted May 28, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

25 58%

Heli (2014)

"A depiction of how violence and corruption, when left unchecked, taints saints and sinners alike, sparing no one."

Posted May 28, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

26 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"The Immigrant is the fourth collaboration between Gray and Phoenix, and it's their most fruitful to date."

Posted May 22, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

27 26%

The Love Punch (2014)

"The movie, which feels like something made back in the late 1960s or early '70s, is so relentlessly silly it's hard to watch without a lot of eye-rolling."

Posted May 22, 2014

Connie Ogle

28 14%

Blended (2014)

"Blended isn't Sandler's funniest movie or his best, but it is a big step up from the dregs he's been churning out."

Posted May 22, 2014

Connie Ogle

29 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"This is the best, most entertaining and mature comic-book Hollywood franchise currently in existence."

Posted May 22, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

30 31%

God's Pocket (2014)

"In an attempt for restrained, matured respectability, the picture makes even murder seem dull."

Posted May 15, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

31 88%

Chef (2014)

"Jon Favreau's charming comedy about a chef trying to carve out a living accomplishes exactly what it needs to: It makes your stomach growl, your mouth water and your brain vow to track down the nearest medianoche."

Posted May 15, 2014

Connie Ogle

32 83%

Belle (2014)

"Belle presents an interesting history lesson, one that had significant repercussions, but some of the developments in this storyline turn out to be woefully convenient."

Posted May 15, 2014

Connie Ogle

33 89%

Locke (2014)

"As intriguing as Hardy is to watch, the picture can't overcome its cinematic-stunt vibe."

Posted May 15, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

34 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"The movie is warm and sweet and surprisingly short of speeches extolling the magic of baseball while still reminding us why our national pastime always looks so appealing in the movies."

Posted May 15, 2014

Connie Ogle

35 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"In Godzilla, director Gareth Edwards sets out to revive something that has practically disappeared from big-budget Hollywood spectacles: A sense of awe. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

36 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Even vampires get the blues."

Posted May 8, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

37 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"A wan gloss on a horrific nightmare."

Posted May 8, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

38 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"Neighbors is rude, brazen and merrily offensive, and the movie mines the homoerotic undertones of fraternities to fine (if lowbrow) comic effect. But Efron, of all people, gives the film a curious edge."

Posted May 8, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

39 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Even though the ride is bumpy, the final destination is more than worth the effort."

Posted May 1, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

40 23%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Goofy, ridiculous, with more gross-out humor than is strictly necessary but still funny. It falls into the category of Girlfriend Films - as in, go with your girlfriends and leave your date/partner/spouse at home with the PlayStation or the NBA playoffs."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Connie Ogle

41 99%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"Jodorowsky's Dune gives you a good sense of what might have been, and judging by what we see, the picture might have accomplished what the director ultimately intended: "To mutate young minds.""

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

42 51%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"Short fiction can be a marvelous blueprint for film and revisiting Nobel Prize-winner Munro's story in this era of "catfishing" makes a lot of sense: People are no less desperate for connection than they ever have been."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Connie Ogle

43 76%

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014)

"The focus of the film may be the deadly dangers of illegal border crossings, but its true subject is ordinary people and the things they'll do for the ones they love."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

44 58%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"Dom Hemingway is often viciously funny, and every time you think the movie has run out of steam, Shepard spins things in a new direction, keeping the energy from flagging (including one of the most startling car crashes I've ever seen in a film)."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

45 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Aside from a few scenes where he's walking around in a suit, Depp could have shot in his living room while instant-messaging his agent about the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie. "

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

46 86%

Joe (2014)

"Cage surprises you with his portrayal of a man who doesn't care whether the world likes him but discovers he's capable of taking an interest in someone who desperately needs help but can't bring himself to ask."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

47 74%

Oculus (2014)

"As Oculus builds toward its gruesome (but not unexpected) finale, the characters get lost in a series of hallucinations and flashbacks that don't amount to much other than eat up screen time."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

48 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Every time you think The Raid 2 can't possibly top itself, writer-director Gareth Evans goes "Oh, yeah? Watch THIS." "

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

49 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"A last-minute twist (and an intentionally limp finale) implies von Trier intended the whole 4 1/2-hour series as a kind of high-minded goof, and so should you - provided you can keep from looking away during the tougher scenes."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Rene Rodriguez

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