Arizona Republic

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 43%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"This is a great cast, but with the few exceptions they simply serve the effects."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

2 18%

When The Game Stands Tall (2014)

"The game footage is outstanding, very realistic. Even when the outcome of games is never in question - which is often - it's still exciting to watch."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

3 42%

Life After Beth (2014)

"This is a talented comedic cast, but in the second half of the film they don't get to do a lot that's funny."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

4 41%

If I Stay (2014)

"Almost everything in the film feels either forced or false, so the tears aren't earned."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

5 86%

To Be Takei (2014)

"Like its subject, "To Be Takei" is very likable."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Penny Walker

6 98%

A Summer's Tale (2014)

"There's a purity to the experience of watching a film so naturalistic, like living in someone else's life for two hours."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

7 38%

The Possession of Michael King (2014)

""The Possession of Michael King" is more scary than original."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

8 83%

Rich Hill (2014)

"There's no judgment or condescension in the film's treatment of its subjects, nor is there any attempt to dissect any societal shortcomings."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

9 65%

A Five Star Life (2014)

"There is a warm naturalness to the dialogue, and Buy is wonderfully evocative."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Randy Cordova

10 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Sylvester Stallone gets the band back together in "The Expendables 3" and even tries to play a new tune. To little avail, alas."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

11 32%

The Giver (2014)

"This isn't a terrible movie. It just falls flat, in almost every way. It exists and not much else."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

12 70%

Alive Inside (2014)

"Equal parts heart-wrenching and heart-lifting ..."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

13 15%

Let's Be Cops (2014)

"A ridiculous comedy whose greatest sin is one of omission: a lack of humor. And that's a hard one to forgive."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

14 46%

About Alex (2014)

"They wonder what happened to them, how they got so serious, never stumbling on the obvious answer: YOU GREW UP, YOU DOPES."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

15 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Gleeson is remarkable in one of the best roles for one of the finest character actors around, who is finally, with this and McDonagh's last film, "The Guard," getting his shot at lead roles."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

16 65%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"There's comfort food and there are comfort movies. In Lasse Hallstrom's "The Hundred-Foot Journey," you get a full helping of both. And guess what? It's all very comforting."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Randy Cordova

17 70%

What If (2014)

"Radcliffe is delightful, showcasing a sly, winning comedic style. Kazan's charms are a bit more twee (her character is also more undefined), but the warmth and energy between the two is undeniable."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Randy Cordova

18 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

""Into the Storm" plays like a special-effects demonstration in search of a movie, but you have to give it to the filmmakers: They take no half-measures."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

19 20%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"It's just kind of a mess, as unfocused and immature as the four mutant turtles at its core. Stuff happens, stuff blows up and this is probably a good time to mention that Michael Bay produced the film."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

20 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"It's not always pretty, and it's not always exciting, but you genuinely don't know from one moment to the next how these characters will behave."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

21 48%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"It used to be that Woody Allen's failures were more interesting than most filmmakers' successes, but his latest offering is depressing proof that this no longer the case."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Kerry Lengel

22 46%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"A visually sumptuous - and perhaps languidly paced - tale that immerses the viewer in a deeply atmospheric world."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Penny Walker

23 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"The inspiration I kept coming back to, with all the stop-motion absurdity and gleeful surreal trappings, is Pee Wee Herman."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

24 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"Boseman nails Brown's idiosyncratic style of speaking, and, although no one is Brown, he has some pretty swell dance moves."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

25 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Really, "woo-hoo!" just about covers it."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

26 54%

The Fluffy Movie (2014)

"Iglesias makes his strongest impact when he sticks to material that is extremely personal."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Randy Cordova

27 61%

Hercules (2014)

"Give "Hercules" this much: It knows what it is."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

28 77%

Land Ho! (2014)

"The road-trip comedy is well-traveled territory, especially in indie films. But there's something unexpectedly refreshing about "Land Ho!""

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Henry Molski

29 20%

Come Back To Me (2014)

"It's far too predictable and obvious to be truly scary."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

30 49%

I Origins (2014)

"How much you enjoy "I Origins" may well depend on whether you think lines like "Maybe the eye really is a window to the soul" are cliched."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

31 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Smart and filled with twists, as you might expect, if a little on the slow side. (OK, a lot on the slow side.)"

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

32 17%

And So It Goes (2014)

"There is very little on the screen to capture your attention."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

33 65%

Lucy (2014)

""Lucy" is insane, makes very little sense, doesn't stand up to scrutiny and is an absolute blast."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

34 22%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"Tackles the topic of life-ending despair with all the delicacy and grace of a Hallmark greeting card."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

35 60%

Hellion (2014)

"Not that inarticulate characters can't be compelling if they are written with subtlety, acted with insight and, most of all, framed by a directorial vision, but "Hellion," despite a promising debut from Wiggins, falls short in at least two of the above."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Kerry Lengel

36 58%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"You'd expect the sequel to be an improvement based on production values alone, and you would be right, but not by much."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Kerry Lengel

37 19%

Sex Tape (2014)

"For a movie filled with amateur porn, sex toys, cocaine and Cameron Diaz's butt, "Sex Tape" is awfully tame."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

38 100%

Underwater Dreams (2014)

"Has a few weak points but still manages to convey a satisfying underdog tale." EDIT

Posted Jul 17, 2014

39 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Braff struggles with shifting tones while mismanaging his own character. It's easier to appreciate the effort than it is to enjoy the film."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

40 99%

Boyhood (2014)

""Boyhood" is not just a great movie, it's a landmark achievement in film."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

41 52%

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

""Half of a Yellow Sun" winds up being one of those movies in which a pesky event of great historical import keeps getting in the way of a soap-opera romance."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

42 77%

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

""Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger" takes all of our accumulated experience of places like "Southie" and makes it real. Terrifyingly, frustratingly real."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

43 85%

Ivory Tower (2014)

"What makes "Ivory Tower" interesting is how it looks at not just the debt but the causes behind it, and other problems besetting higher education."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

44 62%

Heli (2014)

"Although it obviously is made with some skill, it also is unrelentingly dire."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Randy Cordova

45 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"The haunted-house lighting is a perfect match for the claustrophobic intimacy of this two-hander - and camouflage, perhaps, for the fact that "Venus in Fur" remains more play than film."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Kerry Lengel

46 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"A sequel to a reboot that makes a solid franchise stronger."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

47 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"A portrait of Ebert that is funny, moving, sad, harrowing and ultimately uplifting."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

48 9%

America (2014)

"Throughout the film, we see D'Souza walking through American landmarks, gravely studying them, deep in contemplation. It brings to mind the old joke about the government: Trust me. I'm here to help."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

49 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"The movie is never boring. The atmosphere is decidedly unsettling and a viewer will jump a few times. Even the acting is fairly solid."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Randy Cordova

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