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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 56%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"The proper Purge film that should have been made in the first place."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Michael Dequina

2 23%

Tammy (2014)

"With the laughs being fairly sporadic, Falcone's generally slack pacing is laid bare and the movie as a whole feels all the more meandering, try though McCarthy might to enliven the proceedings."

Posted Jul 19, 2014

Michael Dequina

3 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"It is frankly pointless to knock its quintessentially Bay aesthetic of massive mayhem and the equally shameless broad corniness of its humor, for all of that is clearly what the film was meant to be and dutifully delivers."

Posted Jul 19, 2014

Michael Dequina

4 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"Theron's endearing rapport with MacFarlane the actor helps smooth over whenever MacFarlane the writer/director goes a little overboard with his penchant for toilet humor."

Posted Jun 7, 2014

Michael Dequina

5 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"So much is going on here, yet nothing of consequence feels like it's *happening*."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Michael Dequina

6 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"How ironic--and disappointing--it is, then, that a film focused on one of the big bads for the ages is just about completely drained of menace or palpable danger."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Michael Dequina

7 13%

Walk Of Shame (2014)

"Banks is one fierce talent more than able to carry a film all on her own, and here's hoping the next starring vehicle makes for a much smoother and consistent ride."

Posted May 28, 2014

Michael Dequina

8 23%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Mann is the one who practically makes the picture, winning most of the laughs with her expert timing, quirky delivery, and general go-for-broke abandon."

Posted May 27, 2014

Michael Dequina

9 11%

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

"The cast is directed to often scream at each other at the top of their lungs, making the would-be comic material all bark with little-to-no bite."

Posted May 27, 2014

Michael Dequina

10 43%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"The remarkably unconvincing framework makes the expected rom-com bickering feel all the more artificial and forced, which is a shame when Binoche and Owen's chemistry is anything but."

Posted May 26, 2014

Michael Dequina

11 14%

Blended (2014)

"Doesn't feel so much blended than most crudely and sloppily thrown together with minimal exertion and even less thought."

Posted May 26, 2014

Michael Dequina

12 ——

Kochadaiiyaan 3D (2014)

"The virtues and achievement of Ashwin's sincere, go-for-broke ambition manifests in not easily discounted ways--not least of which is the ever-commanding presence and conviction of South Indian cinema's singular Superstar."

Posted May 26, 2014

Michael Dequina

13 ——

Kochadaiyaan ()

"The virtues and achievement of Ashwin's sincere, go-for-broke ambition manifests in not easily discounted ways--not least of which is the ever-commanding presence and conviction of South Indian cinema's singular Superstar."

Posted May 26, 2014

Michael Dequina

14 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Captures the true essence of what has made and will make the X-Men's uncanny popularity survive and thrive in days of future and past."

Posted May 23, 2014

Michael Dequina

15 51%

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

"The audience's attachment to and investment in these people lend powerful intimacy to the large scale epic trappings."

Posted May 23, 2014

Michael Dequina

16 89%

Locke (2014)

"Tom Hardy makes a very compelling case that he could indeed make a spoken word interpretation of the white pages absolutely riveting viewing."

Posted May 20, 2014

Michael Dequina

17 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Achieves a certain emotional authenticity even as the viewer anticipates exactly which heart string will be plucked and how."

Posted May 19, 2014

Michael Dequina

18 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"Even if this Godzilla doesn't work on every level, it at least suggests that these filmmakers and this new series are well on their way to getting it completely right."

Posted May 18, 2014

Michael Dequina

19 16%

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

"Being an effective virtual babysitter isn't the same as being a satisfying entertainment."

Posted May 14, 2014

Michael Dequina

20 18%

Moms' Night Out (2014)

"Less outrageously hilarious than it is predictably silly, if harmlessly so."

Posted May 14, 2014

Michael Dequina

21 67%

Flex Is Kings (2014)

"Cuts deeper than the dance flick norm."

Posted May 12, 2014

Michael Dequina

22 ——

2 States (2014)

"The next evolution of earnestly old-fashioned family-oriented melodramas, respecting the classic traditions and ideals while infusing them with more contemporary and therefore real world-relevant and relatable sensibilities."

Posted May 10, 2014

Michael Dequina

23 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"With the studio seemingly more interested in mini-Marvel-esque universe building than basic storytelling, I'll be bracing myself for another underwhelming, rather than amazing, Spider-Man."

Posted May 10, 2014

Michael Dequina

24 88%

Chef (2014)

"It's all about the all-around personality--and a distinct and appealing one indeed manifests in Favreau's writing and direction as well as, more importantly, the performances and chemistry."

Posted May 9, 2014

Michael Dequina

25 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"The fearlessly energetic Byrne is ready to have a breakout comic starring vehicle to call her own."

Posted May 9, 2014

Michael Dequina

26 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"Costner reminds just why he was, at one point in time, one of the most popular movie stars in the world, for his natural, flawed everyman relatability has never more effectively used in recent memory."

Posted May 2, 2014

Michael Dequina

27 26%

Brick Mansions (2014)

"Belle's balletic badassery and RZA's amusingly eccentric criminal cooking connoisseur only go so far to enliven an underwhelming whole."

Posted May 1, 2014

Michael Dequina

28 ——

From The Rough (2014)

"Henson's performance goes a long way toward selling the uniqueness and importance of Starks and her story--which Bagley almost appears determined to flatten out in the most cookie-cutter-familiar way possible. "

Posted May 1, 2014

Michael Dequina

29 68%

About Last Night (2014)

"Hart and Hall are downright lovable, their individual live wire comic energies even further elevated in the face of a formidable foil--and that resulting charge also translates into an appropriately volatile and exciting erotic electricity."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Michael Dequina

30 100%

Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen Of Pointe A La Hache (2014)

"Powerfully shines a much-needed and -deserved spotlight on a generations-old culture on the verge of extinction."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Michael Dequina

31 78%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"Such an appealing heroine makes it easy for anyone, existing fan or not, to be entertained by this yarn."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Michael Dequina

32 ——

Gulaab Gang (2014)

"Any celebration of women's brains gets lost in the glorification of their brawn."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Michael Dequina

33 16%

The Single Moms' Club (2014)

"The title not only succinctly sums up the basic premise, but the totality of Perry's development of it."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Michael Dequina

34 ——

Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014)

"What initially begins as an appealing and rootable pair of characters, both individually and together, devolves into two rather selfish people who perhaps deserve each other for the wrong reasons."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Michael Dequina

35 41%

Divergent (2014)

"All the flashy digital bells and whistles one would equate with such a scenario are kept at a startling minimum--but such a back-to-basics approach thus forces one to pay attention to the actual substance of the story and characters."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Michael Dequina

36 20%

Sabotage (2014)

"Ayer ramps up the four-letter-word-laden trash talking to a degree of obnoxious self-parody, with what should merely be comic enhancement keeping the main mystery hook from gaining traction and building tension."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Michael Dequina

37 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"A solid example of meat-and-potatoes popcorn filmmaking--befitting that most meat-and-potatoes of comic book heroes."

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Michael Dequina

38 100%

Gunday (2014)

"Seemingly disparate elements go on to organically weave together into a coherent whole as a buddy/action/crime dramedy, with some exuberant production numbers as infectious icing on the proverbial cake."

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Michael Dequina

39 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"That Hammer Girl uses *both* ends of her hammer equally when going about her bloody business shows how Evans consistently goes that extra mile."

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Michael Dequina

40 25%

Goodbye World (2014)

"Its foremost concerns of personality and ideas ring true."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Michael Dequina

41 72%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"Does leave a lingering impression--but more due to the nagging feeling that it never quite connects than to Jonze actually meeting his grandiose thematic ambitions."

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Michael Dequina

42 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"Wants to be nothing more than (yes, bad pun straight ahead) a bloody good time, and director Ruben Fleischer delivers exactly that with gusto."

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Michael Dequina

43 19%

Firewall (2006)

"There's only so much Ford's ever-game efforts can do to dress up dreck."

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Michael Dequina

44 7%

Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

"We actually don't see very much killing at all--except, maybe, that of the careers of Morrissey and Stone."

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Michael Dequina

45 94%

An Education (2009)

"Carey Mulligan announces herself as a major name to watch."

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Michael Dequina

46 58%

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"Light and disposable entertainment to be sure, but that trademark dry Gervais wit keeps the proceedings engaging enough."

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Michael Dequina

47 27%

Charlie Countryman (2013)

"Trite indie-hipster exercise in blending romance, violence, and quirk."

Posted Jan 26, 2014

Michael Dequina

48 48%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"Some colorful character turns cannot make up for the charisma void at the center that is Martin."

Posted Jan 25, 2014

Michael Dequina

49 8%

Post Grad (2009)

"Ho-hum stuff."

Posted Jan 25, 2014

Michael Dequina

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