San Jose Mercury News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 18%

Transcendence (2014)

"While its discussions about supercomputers, transcendence and god complexes send red flags flying about the near future, the story's mainframe is faultily wired and in need of repair."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Randy Myers

2 83%

Joe (2014)

""Joe" ties up the audience emotionally."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Tony Hicks

3 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"If success for "Draft Day" is being entertaining, and pumping up an audience to the point that some viewers will start dreaming about being an NFL general manager, it scores."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Tony Hicks

4 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"It advances the story and respects mythos of its comic book creations, yet isn't averse to taking risks and moving it into bolder directions."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Randy Myers

5 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"It's not filmmaking at its best, but it certainly does a credible job in telling a story that needs telling."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Tony Hicks

6 40%

Divergent (2014)

"For a film about a defiant young heroine discovering she's a renegade nonconformist at heart, "Divergent" sure colors within the lines of the young-adult dystopian literature's playbook."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Randy Myers

7 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"Bell, as charming and witty as ever, smoothly steps back into the role she was made to play."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Chuck Barney

8 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"A sobering message movie that still know hows to tickle us with a goofy ski chase that is joyously and purely Wes Anderson through and through."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Randy Myers

9 83%

Teenage (2014)

"[Director Matt Wolf] has transformed Jon Savage's book into a visionary cinematic statement."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Randy Myers

10 22%

Son Of God (2014)

"What this well-intentioned film lacks in poise and polish, it makes up for in what faith-based audiences so hungrily seek: a passionate and compassionate interpretation for family viewing that portrays the Christ story with reverence."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Randy Myers

11 70%

About Last Night (2014)

"In a genre that avoids risk-taking, "About Last Night" is a breath of fresh air, a fun "date" movie that is as satisfying -- at least temporarily -- as a rebound boyfriend. Sometimes that's all you need in a movie."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Randy Myers

12 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

""The Monuments Men" has many good intentions. It's just unfortunate that it didn't have more spirit and a steady sense of what it should be."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Randy Myers

13 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"Even though "Awkward" has its moments, it winds up lagging behind more daring endeavors on TV right now. The film industry had better keep up."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Randy Myers

14 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"Reitman ... has made a film that is unapologetic in its aim to rip your heart from your chest. And "Labor Day" does just that. Resistance is futile."

Posted Jan 29, 2014

Tony Hicks

15 100%

The Girls in the Band (2013)

""The Girls in the Band" is a story of perseverance and passion - and is recommended viewing for basically every music fan."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Jim Harrington

16 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Cluttering this adaptation with so many identifiable actors and zooming in on them for Nora Desmond-like close-ups detracts from Letts' wounding blitz of sentences."

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Randy Myers

17 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Whether he's on the phone luring someone to send him a check for a dicey investment, or flopping around the floor after ingesting too many quaaludes, DiCaprio hits the jackpot."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Randy Myers

18 94%

Her (2014)

"Jonze is an adventurous filmmaker who's never afraid of falling flat on his face and whose risks often pay off. In "Her" he is a wise observer for a modern conundrum."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Randy Myers

19 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"Superior acting aside, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" feels like a film you watch because you should, not because you want to."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Tony Hicks

20 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"There's not much of a plot to speak of, just a piercing, evocative sense of a time and place and the characters contained within it."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Randy Myers

21 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Even with a freewheeling style, "Hustle" is never aimless. All that flash, sass and canny sense for detail hit the jackpot ..."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Randy Myers

22 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Even if this comes off like an ad for Disney, it's convincing and contains some of Disney's patented magic -- especially with a predictable, yet effective, emotional ending."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Tony Hicks

23 75%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Even though "Smaug" clocks in at a seat-squirming length -- more than 2 1/2 hours -- it rarely feels padded."

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Randy Myers

24 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Ultimately, there just isn't enough of a story to support all that talent on screen."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Tony Hicks

25 89%

Frozen (2013)

"It's just dazzling fun that shows that Disney can still deliver."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Tony Hicks

26 49%

Black Nativity (2013)

"It's a sweet-natured tale that goes down smoothly, and Lemmons ("Eve's Bayou") has done an admirable job of putting a contemporary spin on the beloved Hughes seasonal favorite from the '60s."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Randy Myers

27 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"One of this year's best and most thought-provoking blockbusters."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Randy Myers

28 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"Fortunately for Percival, he cast the right actors to guide us through this tricky terrain."

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Tony Hicks

29 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"It's like the Disney/Marvel machine has worked up such a giant head of steam releasing comic book movies that nobody has bothered to notice that some of the movies aren't very good."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Tony Hicks

30 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"The screenplay by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack doesn't yield to pat pronouncements or solutions, refusing to turn Woodroof into a huggable savior, even when his views about gays shift."

Posted Nov 5, 2013

Randy Myers

31 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

""Ender's Game" truly captures the spirit and intensity of what is one of the most popular sci-fi stories of all time."

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Tony Hicks

32 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"This is not medicine for America to swallow; it's filmmaking of the highest caliber."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Randy Myers

33 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"The action is all but blatantly telegraphed, even as McCarthy keeps shuttling his characters around from Amsterdam to Mexico."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Randy Myers

34 89%

Torn (2013)

"It does something a lot of better-financed Hollywood movies don't: It makes you think."

Posted Oct 23, 2013

Tony Hicks

35 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"In lesser hands, his character's ordeal might have been portrayed with big punctuation marks and dramatic flourishes. Redford's reactions are honest, in tune with a man of the sea."

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Randy Myers

36 49%

Carrie (2013)

"For all its cheesy '70s vibe, De Palma's movie far better captured the primal, almost "Lord of the Flies" nature of the high school experience, the sheer terror of being a social outcast. That's what really gave the "Carrie" myth such staying power ..."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Karen D'Souza

37 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

""The Fifth Estate" accomplishes its intent: offering some insight into an important milestone in history and prompting viewers to question and debate what they have just witnessed. Unfortunately, it takes too long to get there."

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Tony Hicks

38 63%

Broadway Idiot (2013)

"In all, the film features too many interviews with folks saying the same things (summary: "We didn't know this was going to work") and too much behind-the-scenes material, but not enough music. "

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Jim Harrington

39 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

""Captain Phillips" will grab and hold your attention from its first few minutes to its startling conclusion."

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Charlie McCollum

40 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

""Muscle Shoals" is filled with great stories, characters and songs -- and, really, what else could you want from a music documentary?"

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jim Harrington

41 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Nearly everything about "Gravity" feels right, from its appropriate but compact running time to its satisfying conclusion."

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Randy Myers

42 89%

Rush (2013)

"You spend at least half the movie on the edge of your seat, and not just because you're rooting for someone to win or lose."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Tony Hicks

43 81%

Don Jon (2013)

""Don Jon" is hardly as slick as its main character fancies himself, and that's OK. After all, as Gordon-Levitt's movie takes great pains to illustrate, what we constitute as perfection often proves to be a deceptive illusion."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Randy Myers

44 78%

Metallica Through the Never (2013)

"It's a damn fine concert movie and a musical thrill ride. Period."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

Tony Hicks

45 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"A movie about disease and addiction should be messy and unruly. And while it happens so quickly and piles on a lot of drama, it's essential for audiences to venture right into that horrible center."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Randy Myers

46 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"This is a powerful, engrossing film that transcends the normal constraints of its genre and is worth your investment of both time and attention."

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Charlie McCollum

47 65%

Vegas: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" It's a crime that this retro show bored me so much. "

Posted Sep 9, 2013

Ardua Harris

48 12%

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

"Hollywood has more than enough high-caliber young adult lit to mine. Filmmakers should tap into richer human stories. We mere mortals would dearly appreciate it."

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Randy Myers

49 89%

The World's End (2013)

"The movie never makes fun of geek tropes, but it does indulge in rapid-fire pop culture allusions that go so bloody fast you need to see it twice to catch them all."

Posted Aug 21, 2013

Karen D'Souza

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