Arizona Republic

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

Harvest of Empire (2012)

"As an analysis of the causes of migration, it is one-dimensional and unconvincing. But as a social history of Latinos in America, it is provocative and fascinating."

Posted Feb 28, 2013

Kerry Lengel

2 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"The film is like a big Disneyland ride, full of wonder and myth."

Posted Feb 27, 2013

Randy Cordova

3 71%

Bless Me, Ultima (2013)

"The lyrical book is filled with touches of magical realism. On the other hand, the movie is sorely lacking in both magic and realism. It's all very empty and blah."

Posted Feb 26, 2013

Randy Cordova

4 56%

Snitch (2013)

"For all its lunkheadedness, "Snitch" is a shockingly deeper, less action-oriented affair than one would expect ..."

Posted Feb 21, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

5 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"Empowerment and powerlessness become entangled in a coming-of-age myth that could prove appealing to young women for many sequels to come."

Posted Feb 13, 2013

Kerry Lengel

6 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

""Safe Haven" plays out less like a love story than it does a two-hour audition tape Julianne Hough commissioned to land a lucrative lip-gloss-modeling contract."

Posted Feb 13, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

7 15%

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013)

"A movie that doesn't really seem to have any reason to exist, other than maybe to give writer and director Roman Coppola and star Charlie Sheen something to do for a few weeks."

Posted Feb 13, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

8 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"While some of the sequels have been entertaining enough, "A Good Day to Die Hard" signals that it may be a better day for John McClane to retire."

Posted Feb 13, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

9 93%

Amour (2012)

"Trintignant perfectly captures the resolve that eventually borders on obsession, as the woman he loves gradually, maddeningly, disappears before his eyes, and he does whatever he can to prevent it, though he knows it's impossible."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

10 100%

Masquerade (2012)

"There are plenty of antecedents for the story, like "The Prince and the Pauper" and "Dave." But what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in Lee's performance."

Posted Feb 7, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

11 93%

Barbara (2012)

"Hoss is fantastic. Barbara is ice cold at the start, understandably so. Yet Hoss makes her sympathetic."

Posted Feb 7, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

12 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"The film's few chuckles can be chalked up to the sheer comedic charisma of McCarthy and Bateman."

Posted Feb 7, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

13 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"It starts out as one type of film and ends up as another, and manages the transition seamlessly."

Posted Feb 6, 2013

Randy Cordova

14 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"In the end Stevens, probably wisely, just gets out of the way and lets the old guys have a ball."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

15 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"No, it's not the best zombie film, but it may well be the cutest."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

16 46%

Bullet to the Head (2013)

"An unapologetic rock 'em, sock 'em rumble of exploding squibs and bourbon bottles, the film could just as easily have been titled "Guns, Boobs and Booze.""

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

17 100%

Sound City (2013)

"I didn't jump out of my chair and pump my fist till 24 minutes in."

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

18 95%

West of Memphis (2012)

"Berg's film is as much an indictment of the state of Arkansas' legal system as it is the prosecution."

Posted Jan 24, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

19 79%

Quartet (2013)

"Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut is simply an old-fashioned charmer, relying on the considerable talents and charms of its seasoned British cast to win you over."

Posted Jan 24, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

20 65%

Mama (2013)

"The atmosphere is appropriately creepy, and there are some starts, if not outright scares. But it just gets stupid."

Posted Jan 17, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

21 28%

Broken City (2013)

""Broken City"? More like "Broken Movie.""

Posted Jan 17, 2013

Randy Cordova

22 32%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"Bits and pieces here and there entertain. But it never really comes together in a satisfying way, and given the talent involved, that adds up to a big disappointment."

Posted Jan 9, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

23 70%

Not Fade Away (2012)

"There are plenty of laughs along with the melodrama as the band and its members struggle through young adulthood."

Posted Jan 3, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

24 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

""Zero Dark Thirty" is a great movie, an astonishing achievement on nearly every level."

Posted Jan 3, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

25 18%

Parental Guidance (2012)

"Thanks to Crystal and Midler playing comfortable versions of the personas we've come to know, it's actually better than you would guess."

Posted Dec 25, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

26 70%

Les MisÚrables (2012)

"If you like your musicals enormous, over the top and bang-on-the-head manipulative, "Les Miserables" is the movie for you."

Posted Dec 25, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

27 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"The name of the movie is "Django Unchained," but for all practical purposes it might as well be called "Tarantino Unleashed.""

Posted Dec 25, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

28 81%

The Impossible (2012)

""The Impossible" is one of those movies that's good, but leaves you with the nagging feeling that it could have been better."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

29 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"There is something about two broken people trying to create something whole between them that is endlessly appealing to movie audiences."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

30 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"We aren't used to comedies that make us squirm like this. That doesn't mean they aren't worth our time. This Is 40 is."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

31 38%

The Guilt Trip (2012)

"It zigs when you expect it to zag. It's perceptive and thoughtful as it swerves around potholes that easily could have broken an axle."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Randy Cordova

32 61%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"It's intended to expand a popular fiction franchise into film, but the workmanlike direction of Christopher McQuarrie, although sporadically entertaining, may doom this flick to one-off status."

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Kerry Lengel

33 93%

The Central Park Five (2012)

"You'll notice something odd as you watch and your anger rises at the injustice of it all: The anger of the wrongly convicted does not."

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

34 ——

The New Juarez (2012)

"While the film is certainly interesting, and Minn has greatly improved as a storyteller and director, it may have benefited from the passage of a little more time."

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

35 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"They're a fun bunch, these Roosevelts and their friends. But even in this crowd, fun's just not enough."

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

36 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"It all just takes so long."

Posted Dec 12, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

37 87%

The Matchmaker (2012)

"A different kind of coming-of-age story, one infused with the lingering horrors of the Holocaust."

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

38 43%

Waiting For Lightning (2012)

"A kind of "Behind the Music" for the skateboard set (only without much input from the main songwriter, as it were)."

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

39 95%

Sister (2012)

""Sister" avoids sentimental indulgence. There's no room for wallowing in this spare, almost ascetic exercise ..."

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Barbara VanDenburgh

40 4%

Playing for Keeps (2012)

"Not only is it not funny and not particularly romantic, it treats women like idiots."

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

41 47%

The Comedy (2012)

"The joke, I guess, is that there's nothing funny about "The Comedy.""

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Barbara VanDenburgh

42 89%

Starlet (2012)

"The film is about as indie as indie movies get, with a homemade, washed-out look that drives home the genuineness of the performances."

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

43 62%

Hitchcock (2012)

""Hitchcock" is, well, fun. More fun than good, really."

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

44 84%

Dragon (2012)

"What it lacks in plot development, it gains in sheer momentum and an outstanding performance."

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

45 74%

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

"There's more "wow" factor involved than genuine charm. It's fun-enough once, but repeat visits won't be necessary."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

46 12%

Red Dawn (2012)

"Could be fun, you might think. No. Bad acting and worse dialogue quickly put an end to that notion."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

47 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"If the story, based on the popular novel by Yann Martel, can't quite keep pace with the look of the film (and, alas, it can't) it will take you awhile to notice."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

48 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"Knightley and Law are what salvage Wright's interesting stab at something different, taking an interesting, if flawed, experiment and turning it into something better than it probably ought to be."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

49 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"For a movie that seems at times to have no idea what it's trying to do, "Silver Linings Playbook" is compulsively watchable."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

50 65%

This Must Be The Place (2012)

"The cast ... is outstanding, dragging the offbeat story through the occasional look-at-me distractions."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

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