San Jose Mercury News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 61%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"In the overall Allen pantheon, "Magic in the Moonlight" falls somewhere in the middle. There is enough to recommend it."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Randy Myers

2 99%

Boyhood (2014)

""Boyhood" is a cinematic gift, a compassionate and sometimes amusing drama about growing up that extracts truths out of what appear to be life's most random moments."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Randy Myers

3 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"You have good guys and bad guys on both sides. The audience isn't meant to root for apes vs. humans as much as for certain characters. It's one of the film's best qualities."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Tony Hicks

4 23%

Tammy (2014)

""Tammy" is all over the map. But mostly in a good way."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Randy Myers

5 97%

Life Itself (2014)

""Life Itself," filmmaker Steve James' moving tribute to America's most popular film critic, serves as a poignant reminder of what a distinguished journalist and courageous man he was."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Randy Myers

6 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"The moviemakers tell us there's a bond between these characters, but they don't really show us. Nor do Green and Gayden give us many moments that we'll remember."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Tony Hicks

7 23%

Third Person (2014)

"Haggis has written and directed better films than "Third Person," and I bet he'll make even better ones in the future."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Randy Myers

8 86%

Violette (2014)

"Few films have conveyed with such understanding about how a creative soul taps into all that interior turmoil and then somehow shape these thoughts into artful prose that can scald and heal."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Randy Myers

9 94%

Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Rectify is the rare TV drama that favors understatement and an unhurried pace. It's the anti-Scandal. "

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Chuck Barney

10 65%

The Rover (2014)

"The scarcity of expository background took me a few minutes to adjust to. But part of "The Rover's" mission is to keep us off-kilter; making us question and seek out answers about what's happened before."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Randy Myers

11 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

""22 Jump Street" realizes its main goal is to be ridiculously fun and that to do so it must be utterly ridiculous, as well as in on the joke."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Randy Myers

12 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Wise and sometimes funny, delicately reminding us to live and love honestly and fully, while we all still have that gift."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Randy Myers

13 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Liman eschews the not-so-subtle "we're-killing-our-planet" message of similar films to let his movie progress without preaching. Edge of Tomorrow manages to keep us interested while not insulting our intelligence."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Tony Hicks

14 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"If MacFarlane was hoping to make a new generation's "Blazing Saddles," he failed amid an avalanche of dumb."

Posted May 28, 2014

Tony Hicks

15 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"These unique characters and performances breathe life into the moody world Mickle creates in this vivid, shocking thriller that sticks with you long afterward."

Posted May 28, 2014

Randy Myers

16 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Days of Future Past toys with history, but stays true to its outsider roots, expressing them with conviction and a sense of narrative sure-footedness. Even better, it's timeless fun, a summer movie that engages and entertains us in equal measures."

Posted May 21, 2014

Randy Myers

17 71%

Palo Alto (2014)

"While "Palo Alto" might not point the teen genre into revolutionary new directions, it does achieve a major goal: Putting its talented filmmaker and cast on the cinematic map."

Posted May 14, 2014

Randy Myers

18 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"This is the "Godzilla" fans have been waiting for, and any other big budget summer action flick will be hard-pressed to equal the fun."

Posted May 13, 2014

Tony Hicks

19 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"If you're looking for "Neighbors" to join "Animal House" in the annals of great frat house comedies, expect to be disappointed. "Neighbors" isn't even on par with "Revenge of the Nerds.""

Posted May 8, 2014

Tony Hicks

20 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"You sense a struggle playing out on the screen, as the movie tries too hard to please comic book fans, to one-up the action of the first film and to advance the story."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Randy Myers

21 19%

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

22 86%

Joe (2014)

""Joe" ties up the audience emotionally."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Tony Hicks

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 41%

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

27 78%

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

28 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

29 79%

Teenage (2014)

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

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Randy Myers

30 21%

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

31 68%

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

32 32%

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

33 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

34 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

35 100%

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

36 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

37 76%

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

38 94%

Her (2013)

"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

39 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

40 94%

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

41 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

42 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

43 74%

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

44 53%

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

45 89%

Frozen (2013)

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

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Tony Hicks

46 48%

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

47 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

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

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Randy Myers

48 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

49 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

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