Arizona Republic

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 62%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"Wes Ball's film version of the popular young-adult novel by James Dashner never makes much sense. Perhaps it would make more if you have read the book, but until they start handing out free copies before the movie starts, that cannot be a requirement."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

2 66%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"Scott Frank's atmospheric thriller is a step up from Neeson's usual shoot-'em-ups. Not a giant leap, but a step up nonetheless."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

3 61%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

"The emotions these people feel, the moments of grief, of anger, of love and of clarity they experience, feel both real and recognizable."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

4 40%

Tusk (2014)

"This is a movie worth seeing."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

5 93%

The Guest (2014)

"To note that "The Guest" is not for everyone is to belabor the obvious. But for fans of smart, well-made horror, it's a treat."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

6 36%

Last Weekend (2014)

"The characters flutter about, argue and flirt, but they are simply too bland and vacuous to make much of an impression."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Randy Cordova

7 71%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"It's adorable. It's also very thin."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

8 60%

My Old Lady (2014)

"One finds oneself wishing to spend many a dinner with Smith and Kline as conversation partners, as their banter is both humorous and razor-edged."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Penny Walker

9 45%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"It all falls flat. Not completely - there is simply too much talent involved for the film to fail completely. But man, what could have been ..."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

10 ——

108 Stitches (2014)

"108 Stitches wants to be a gross-out comedy in the Van Wilder or Old School tradition, but A) it isn't funny, and B) it isn't gross."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Randy Cordova

11 88%

The Drop (2014)

""The Drop" could have been an ordinary crime drama, but it's elevated by extraordinary performances."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

12 70%

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

"It's worth wading through some sugary-sweet human drama, and the occasional wooden line delivery, for that intimate look at nature."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

13 99%

Starred Up (2014)

"It's almost as difficult to sit through "Starred Up" as it is satisfying to watch it."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

14 0%

Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (2014)

"We get it, we get it: Capitalism is good, government is bad. But "Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?" is worse."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

15 40%

Fort McCoy (2014)

""Fort McCoy" is an obvious labor of love. That doesn't make it a good movie, but it's a nice sentiment all the same."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

16 ——

Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados) (2014)

"An evocative portrait of a time and a place and also a subtly rewarding character study of three ordinary people in search of that extraordinary dream, a taste of freedom."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Kerry Lengel

17 52%

Frontera (2014)

"The actors are compelling, and the issue is, of course, always worth discussion. It's not a great movie, but, if nothing else, Frontera is worthwhile on those fronts."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

18 30%

The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)

"Kevin Kline makes a terrific Errol Flynn. He just picked the wrong movie to prove it."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

19 11%

The Longest Week (2014)

"It takes effort to turn a movie with a cast as appealing as the one in "The Longest Week" into a grating exercise in narcissism, but writer and director Peter Glanz proves up to the task."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

20 62%

May In The Summer (2014)

"Ultimately you're left with a drama so contained, it can be neatly wrapped up in single sentences of passed-on wisdom."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

21 7%

The Identical (2014)

"Elvis Presley made some bad movies, but let's give the King his due: He never made anything as outright awful as "The Identical.""

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Randy Cordova

22 27%

As Above/So Below (2014)

"Once the characters go underground, things start happening. Not scary things, mind you, but things."

Posted Aug 31, 2014

Randy Cordova

23 63%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"Mostly, it's fine. The acting is fine. The writing is fine. The story is fine. There are a few laughs."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

24 92%

Frank (2014)

""Frank" is a true original, a film that heads in one direction only to veer off in another, yet never loses sight of where it's going."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

25 86%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"Ever been on a trip with absurdly witty people who constantly one-up each other, to the point that it's either hilarious or exhausting?"

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

26 80%

The One I Love (2014)

""The One I Love" is an odd, unsettling and ultimately satisfying movie."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

27 35%

The November Man (2014)

"Nothing fresh is being brought to the table, but it's a sufficient bit of fun for anyone who longs for the days of Brosnan's spy swagger."

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

28 46%

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

29 17%

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

30 40%

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

31 37%

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

32 90%

To Be Takei (2014)

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

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Penny Walker

33 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

34 40%

The Possession of Michael King (2014)

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

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

35 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

36 59%

A Five Star Life (2014)

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

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Randy Cordova

37 33%

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

38 35%

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

39 71%

Alive Inside (2014)

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

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

40 20%

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

41 47%

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

42 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

43 67%

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

44 69%

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

45 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

46 19%

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

47 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

48 50%

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

49 43%

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

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