Arizona Republic

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 50%

The Fluffy Movie (2014)

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

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Randy Cordova

2 61%

Hercules (2014)

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

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

3 75%

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

4 20%

Come Back To Me (2014)

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

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

5 50%

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

6 90%

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

7 16%

And So It Goes (2014)

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

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

8 58%

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

9 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

10 59%

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

11 57%

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

12 18%

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

13 100%

Underwater Dreams (2014)

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

Posted Jul 17, 2014

14 40%

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

15 99%

Boyhood (2014)

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

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

16 51%

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

17 79%

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

18 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

19 58%

Heli (2014)

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

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Randy Cordova

20 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

21 91%

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

22 97%

Life Itself (2014)

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

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

23 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

24 30%

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

25 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Although there is plenty to think about here, it's best not to overthink it. Just hang on and enjoy the ride."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

26 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"The cast is, to a person, so likable and chummy that you want everyone to succeed. And the songs are hook-laden, easygoing numbers that are genuinely enjoyable."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

27 23%

Tammy (2014)

"Equal parts funny and heartfelt - but also less than the sum of its parts."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

28 85%

Korengal (2014)

"Those of us who haven't served on active duty can't know what it's like. Taken together, "Restrepo" and "Korengal" brings us about as close to the experience as we can, or would want, to get."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

29 86%

Violette (2014)

"Yes, her capacity for such deeply wretched feelings is necessary to her art; the film succeeds at convincing us of that. But it doesn't inspire a lot of sympathy for a woman who is so clearly the author of her own misery."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

30 54%

EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014)

"There's certainly a lot of eye candy to enjoy, from the 3D screensaver graphics in the opening credits to the endless parade of six-pack abs and jiggling underbutt."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Kerry Lengel

31 84%

Night Moves (2014)

""Night Moves" is an unexpected pleasure, offering more than what we expect and taking its time to deliver."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

32 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"If you like ear-piercing explosions and bizarre spaceships and wooden dialogue that serves simply to get from one action scene to another, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" delivers on all fronts."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

33 65%

The Rover (2014)

"You might call it a morality play, if there were any morality to speak of at play."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

34 63%

The Grand Seduction (2014)

"Thanks to its cast, "The Grand Seduction" turns out to be, if not exactly groundbreaking, at least agreeable, comfortable fun."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

35 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"This is a knowing film, and a liberating one."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

36 55%

Citizen Koch (2014)

""Citizen Koch" is undisciplined and depressing, yet still strangely worthwhile."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

37 76%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"Yes, there is some gravity in the film, but mostly it's the rock-and-roll story of a rock-and-roll life (even though one of his favorite clients was Canadian folk singer Anne Murray)."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

38 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

""Jersey Boys" is a good movie, and the performances are first-rate."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

39 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"It's the PG-13 version of "The Hangover," and more than anything, that's just boring."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

40 50%

Trust Me (2014)

"There's a fine tradition of acerbic movies that skewer Hollywood: Think "Sunset Boulevard," "The Player" and "What Just Happened," to name a few. The dark-humored "Trust Me" is a worthy addition to the list."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Randy Cordova

41 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"It's a well-written rom-com with rascally charm, a modest story of an awkward Brooklyn girl making a go of life."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

42 55%

The Signal (2014)

"There is no doubting Eubank's talent at bringing a story, one he co-wrote, to the screen."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

43 74%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"This is a different kind of coming-of-age story."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

44 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"What makes it all work is the chemistry between Hill and Tatum, which in turn, of course, is a rich source of the film's humor."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

45 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"It seemed as if there was nowhere new to go after the first film, but this is a richer story that dares to go darker and is thus more rewarding."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

46 ——

Song Of The New Earth ()

"The filmmaker's seeming lack of skepticism makes for rough going if you don't buy into Kenyon's vision."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Randy Cordova

47 75%

Chinese Puzzle (2014)

"The film flits from one subplot to another and not in that delightfully freewheeling European kind of way."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Barbara VanDenburgh

48 63%

Filth (2014)

""Filth" lives up to its title and then some, but a no-holds performance by James McAvoy is reason enough to watch."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

49 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

""Edge of Tomorrow" repeats itself without being repetitive, takes itself seriously while providing some laughs and offers plenty of action without short-changing us on the intelligence front."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Bill Goodykoontz

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