San Jose Mercury News

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"It's decent popcorn entertainment -- just fine for the summertime, but nothing more than that."

Posted May 1, 2013

Charlie McCollum

2 76%

Maron: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" There is promise here. We'll keep it in the rotation for now. "

Posted Apr 30, 2013

Curt Wagner

3 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"The mix of gee-whiz gadgetry and the day-to-day routineness of Jack and Victoria's lives is interesting enough, but the film is too glacially paced for it to work."

Posted Apr 17, 2013

Randy Myers

4 79%

42 (2013)

"If you want a sense of a true all-American hero, this film is a fine place to start."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Charlie McCollum

5 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

""The Sapphires" is a bit like a puppy you're trying to house break. It may have its bad cinematic moments but it's just so darn appealing that you have to love it."

Posted Mar 26, 2013

Charlie McCollum

6 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

"There's no reason to overthink this. Just leave your brain at the lobby and enjoy 2013's most entertaining thriller yet."

Posted Mar 20, 2013

Randy Myers

7 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"There's no question that you will laugh at times throughout "Burt Wonderstone." But if you are looking for something truly magical, you will come away disappointed."

Posted Mar 13, 2013

Charlie McCollum

8 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Oz the Great and Powerful is entirely serviceable family entertainment. Problem is, serviceable doesn't quite cut it when you're talking about the magical land of Oz."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Randy Myers

9 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"This grotesque world is imaginatively, magically rendered with heavy stone architecture and a dreary lack of adornment. It's such an intriguing place that you wouldn't mind staying a bit longer."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Randy Myers

10 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"A doozy of a Hitchcockian thriller with Jude Law, Rooney Mara and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Effects is a go-for-broke valentine to '80s cinematic psychological potboilers."

Posted Feb 7, 2013

Randy Myers

11 63%

The Carrie Diaries: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Robb is instantly appealing as a 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw in The Carrie Diaries, a fun and frothy Sex and the City prequel that dares to imagine what its beloved leading lady was like before she started dating Mr. Big and having cosmos with the girls. "

Posted Jan 14, 2013

Chuck Barney

12 32%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"As they'd say back in the day: Sweetheart, give me rewrite."

Posted Jan 9, 2013

Randy Myers

13 93%

Amour (2012)

"A wrenching film that is sure to bring tears -- a lot of tears -- to your eyes and manages, in many ways, to affirm that love is worth sharing and life is worth living even in the most final of days."

Posted Jan 9, 2013

Charlie McCollum

14 70%

Les Misérables (2012)

"It's hard to resist the movie's wrenching sense of intimacy."

Posted Dec 12, 2012

Karen D'Souza

15 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"In a bit of irony, Bilbo Baggins says at the end of the movie: "I do believe the worst is behind us." We can only hope so."

Posted Dec 11, 2012

Charlie McCollum

16 75%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"The scenes between Pitt and Gandolfini are the highlights of "Killing," with the two actors pivoting off each other with the ease and precision of gymnasts."

Posted Nov 28, 2012

Randy Myers

17 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

"Hitchcock once famously said that a good filmmaker should always "always make the audience suffer as much as possible." I don't think he meant the kind of suffering "Hitchcock" inflicts on its audience."

Posted Nov 27, 2012

Charlie McCollum

18 12%

Red Dawn (2012)

"Remaking an old film is rarely a good idea, but sometimes the idea is so spectacularly bad that the reasoning behind it defies all comprehension."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Charlie McCollum

19 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"With "Life of Pi," Lee outdoes himself visually, without a doubt setting a new standard for 3-D, a technology Hollywood has mostly abused with crass recklessness."

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Randy Myers

20 49%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

"Rather than repeat past mistakes by handling author Stephenie Meyer's supernatural love story with kid gloves, this "Twilight" cuts loose and is as playful as a puppy."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Randy Myers

21 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

""Playbook" walks a tightrope in how it portrays mental illness -- deriving humor out of its characters' actions while demonstrating just how deep-rooted their problems are."

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Randy Myers

22 22%

Malibu Country: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" ABC is trying to bring TGIF back, but this show has none of the charm of Family Matters or Boy Meets World. "

Posted Nov 10, 2012

Ardua Harris

23 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"One of the finest historical dramas ever committed to film. It's a triumph for Spielberg, Kushner and, most of all, Day-Lewis."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Charlie McCollum

24 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"This is a brilliant reboot of the canon, mixing a sense of melancholy, the shock of changing times and the darkness of loss with thrillingly staged chase and fight scenes and clever references to all that has come before."

Posted Nov 6, 2012

Charlie McCollum

25 86%

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

"It's a fine piece of moviemaking that has a little something for kids who don't remember when games were played in arcades and adults who will delight in the tweaking of a bygone era."

Posted Oct 31, 2012

Charlie McCollum

26 31%

Chasing Mavericks (2012)

""Chasing Mavericks" ... trained its glossy, big-budget Hollywood lens on the surfing culture and did something unheard of: It got it right."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Mark Conley

27 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

""Cloud Atlas" is a film where the creators' admirable reach exceeds their grasp. You may be getting six films for the cost of one, but it may not really be worth the price."

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Charlie McCollum

28 100%

The Waiting Room (2012)

""The Waiting Room" doesn't have [the] answers, but it does tap into the heart and soul of what's so critically at stake."

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Randy Myers

29 26%

Emily Owens, M.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Gummer gives Zooey Deschanel a run for her money in the adorkable department. You can't help but root for her. And it's nice to see the CW with a little diversity in its casts. "

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Ardua Harris

30 92%

Nashville: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" My interest is piqued enough to watch another episode. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Ardua Harris

31 86%

Arrow: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Amell is definitely easy on the eyes, and the angst-filled relationship between his and Katie Cassidy's characters shows promise. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Ardua Harris

32 96%

Argo (2012)

"Affleck captures not just the way we looked and acted during this era, but vividly brings history to life."

Posted Oct 9, 2012

Randy Myers

33 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"If dark and twisted is how you like your Burton movies, you're in luck."

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Randy Myers

34 58%

666 Park Avenue: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" O'Quinn (aka Locke) brings the right level of creepiness to his devilish role, while Taylor and Annable are appealing as the young lovers. "

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Ardua Harris

35 31%

Made in Jersey: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Montgomery is captivating but she's trapped in a forgettable show. "

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Ardua Harris

36 93%

Looper (2012)

""Looper" is a superior genre film, an engrossing thriller that engages not only the senses, but our minds as well, just as good sci-fi should do."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Randy Myers

37 77%

Last Resort: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" I'm not sure I'll tune into this one again. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Ardua Harris

38 83%

Elementary: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Jonny Lee Miller gives Sherlock some interesting tics, but this version of Watson is too dour. "

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Ardua Harris

39 32%

The Neighbors: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" Modern Family has nothing to worry about. "

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Ardua Harris

40 81%

The Mindy Project: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" That concept is dated, and this series will feel more dated (if it makes it past its first season) with all its pop culture references. "

Posted Sep 25, 2012

Ardua Harris

41 18%

Partners: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Love the concept but the comedy falls flat. I wasn't invested in either couple "

Posted Sep 24, 2012

Ardua Harris

42 50%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

""Trouble with the Curve" may not be the Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, but it's a fine afternoon or evening at the ballpark."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Charlie McCollum

43 85%

The Master (2012)

"The first time watching is like breezing past a piece of beautiful art, being stunned, uncertain and intrigued by it. The second time can only encourage more interpretation, reflection and understanding."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Randy Myers

44 23%

The Mob Doctor: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" This is a case of an appealing lead with a concept that lets her down. "

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Ardua Harris

45 90%

Keep the Lights On (2012)

"Sachs makes us feel the struggle as he exposes raw, complex emotions while avoiding clichés."

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Randy Myers

46 53%

The New Normal: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013)

" From the first scene, I was hooked. "

Posted Sep 10, 2012

Ardua Harris

47 22%

The Words (2012)

"It becomes preoccupied with exploring its fiction vs. reality theme and connecting the dots of its many plot strands at the expense of character development."

Posted Sep 6, 2012

Randy Myers

48 50%

Coma: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" The new version struggles to find and maintain momentum. "

Posted Sep 3, 2012

Rich Heldenfels

49 84%

Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

"It is a likable, warm film that brings a welcome reassurance: Even if you fail spectacularly as a comedian or as a human being, it really can turn out OK in the end."

Posted Aug 30, 2012

Charlie McCollum

50 76%

Premium Rush (2012)

"A snappy, fast-paced thriller that provides a genuine rush to close out the summer. Even if you prefer four wheels over two, you're in for a pulse-pounding time."

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Randy Myers

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