Arizona Republic

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 97%

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

"Using archival footage dating back to Ai's adventures in the New York art world in his 20s, Klayman traces his evolution as a creator and as an activist."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Kerry Lengel

2 55%

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

"Taken on its own terms, "The Bourne Legacy" is a pretty good action thriller."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

3 94%

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

""The Queen of Versailles" is funny, sad, infuriating, instructive. It's the American Dream inflated to ridiculous extremes, until it bursts."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

4 64%

The Campaign (2012)

""The Campaign" is a good idea with no place to go."

Posted Aug 9, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

5 74%

Hope Springs (2012)

"Thanks to tremendous performances from Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep, "Hope Springs" is a charming film."

Posted Aug 7, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

6 51%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

"Either they're getting better as they go along, or they're wearing me down."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

7 79%

Ruby Sparks (2012)

"So much more satisfying than the cut-rate romantic comedy that it could have been."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

8 73%

Klown (2012)

"Think of all the gags you think might go too far, and then watch as N°rgaard takes them even further."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

9 8%

The Babymakers (2012)

"Even those with the lowest enjoyment threshold for knuckle-dragging comedies will be hard-pressed to find joy in this impotent misfire from director Jay Chandrasekhar."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Barbara VanDenburgh

10 29%

Red Lights (2012)

"A lot of talent comes up empty in "Red Lights," a thriller that doesn't thrill."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

11 84%

Total Recall (1990)

"It's not a masterpiece, but it is a fast-moving thriller, one worth revisiting (and, evidently, remaking)."

Posted Aug 1, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

12 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"It's big and it's loud, but ultimately not much more than that."

Posted Aug 1, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

13 97%

Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)

"For all of Kessler's annoying traits, he did get results. Perhaps a different approach wouldn't have yielded a film as satisfying as "Paul Williams Still Alive.""

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

14 94%

I Wish (2012)

"What's so remarkable about the happiness the film brings is its simplicity."

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

15 41%

The Last Ride (2012)

"James does a fine job of portraying a na´ve youth whose eyes slowly open to glimpse both the pleasures and the pain of living."

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Kerry Lengel

16 17%

The Watch (2012)

"If you want a descriptive term, "disappointment" should cover it."

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

17 88%

Neil Young Journeys (2012)

"Like Young, Demme often takes an iconoclastic route. This is in part a concert film, yes, but not a traditional one."

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

18 42%

Step Up Revolution (2012)

"She's a rich daddy's girl! He's from the wrong side of the tracks! They bridge their socio-economic gap through the power of dance! Rinse, repeat."

Posted Jul 26, 2012

Barbara VanDenburgh

19 ——

The Runway (2012)

"The eccentric characters and wacky story line are merely camouflage for a movie with a heart that's pure Hollywood."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Kerry Lengel

20 5%

30 Beats (2012)

"It means to be an interconnected story, in which one coupling leads to another in increasingly ridiculous fashion, until you're not only no longer interested, you're grinding your teeth, hoping it will end."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

21 98%

Oslo, August 31st (2012)

"Te movie seems more like a searing portrait of self-discovery and realization, with the understanding that not everything you learn about yourself will be pleasant."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

22 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"If the film is not quite the achievement "The Dark Knight" was -- and maybe that's the real question -- it's still a fitting end to a very ambitious series."

Posted Jul 17, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

23 29%

The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

"It's earnest, predictable and disposable."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Kerry Lengel

24 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"It's unlike any film you've seen."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

25 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

"If uncompromising honesty is the quality you seek for a film, Michelle Williams is your go-to star."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

26 93%

Elena (2012)

"It's a sort of slow-boil Russian noir, if that genre exists, and if it doesn't, it does now."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

27 37%

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

"They keep pumping out more "Ice Age" movies, as if it were some sort of "Rocky" for kids or something, and if they never reach the heights of the best animated fare, they chug along efficiently."

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

28 43%

To Rome with Love (2012)

"A film that sometimes comes off as an intersection of tangents, but it also gives rise to moments of joyous whimsy."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Kerry Lengel

29 74%

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012)

"Even as small movies go, it's tiny, with a budget to match. But it's got a big heart."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

30 78%

Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

"I'm not sure what I was expecting from "Katy Perry: Part of Me," but I know it wasn't this: a pleasant surprise."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

31 51%

Savages (2012)

"While making such movies as "JFK" and "Natural Born Killers," Stone seemed fearless, both in what he put on screen and how he put it there. A lot of that spirit returns here."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

32 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Watching Garfield swinging through New York or toying with criminals after he captures them is reason enough to welcome another telling of the tale."

Posted Jul 1, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

33 21%

Madea's Witness Protection (2012)

"Tyler Perry doesn't have to make sense, or a have a point. He's laughing all the way to the bank."

Posted Jul 1, 2012

Kerry Lengel

34 ——

The Highest Pass (2012)

"It's nice that these people found peace on their motorcycles on top of the world. But for the rest of us, it never really gets off the ground."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

35 55%

People Like Us (2012)

"Though it's just a Christmas tree away from being a holiday special, the stellar cast wrings just enough genuine emotion out of a stale premise to make it mostly sweet."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Barbara VanDenburgh

36 89%

OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie (2012)

"It feels like a journey of self-discovery; Clayman constantly reminds us of how difficult that journey is."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

37 92%

Headhunters (2012)

""Headhunters" is an absurd amount of grisly fun, which is a good thing, since, looked at in any great detail, it probably doesn't hold up all that well."

Posted Jun 28, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

38 68%

Ted (2012)

"The one-note joke plays out longer and better than you might expect, at least for a while. But not forever."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

39 80%

Magic Mike (2012)

"Like any good strip tease, the film has a way of clouding your judgment. Though it may not have you throwing dollar bills at the screen, it is likely to leave a smile on your face."

Posted Jun 27, 2012

Barbara VanDenburgh

40 35%

Lola Versus (2012)

"It's such a mopey, navel-gazing affair that even Gerwig has a hard time saving it."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

41 35%

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

"The problem with movies based on a single joke is that a single joke is rarely funny enough to sustain the running time of a feature-length film. And with "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the whole joke is in the title."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Barbara VanDenburgh

42 56%

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

"I liked "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," the notes it hit, the questions it asked. And if Scafaria is guilty of playing on emotions, at least she's good at it."

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

43 78%

Brave (2012)

""Brave" is either a welcome throwback to old-time animated fairy tales -- albeit one with all the latest high-tech advantages -- or a stalling pattern for Pixar."

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

44 52%

Where Do We Go Now? (2012)

"It is, at times, a charming reprieve from the usually dour cinematic explorations of Middle Eastern conflicts."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Barbara VanDenburgh

45 60%

Otter 501 (2012)

"You have to give the producers of "Otter 501" points for trying something different, even if it's not ultimately all that successful."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

46 91%

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

"A charming movie that blends comedy, romance and science fiction -- not necessarily the most obvious combination of genres, but one that director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly manage with assured ease."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

47 20%

That's My Boy (2012)

"I know, when Sandler's not trying he's an easy target, and he's not trying here. But honestly, this is one of those movies you feel stupider just for having sat through. I think I'm already worse at math."

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

48 41%

Rock of Ages (2012)

"To truly enjoy it, you must be willing to pretend that some of the songs from one of the worst periods of the rock era -- the late 1980s -- are inspirational anthems instead of commercial pabulum."

Posted Jun 13, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

49 28%

Bel Ami (2012)

"It's based on Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel, but an old-school must-see-TV sitcom has more depth."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

50 4%

Virginia (2012)

"A strong cast can't save "Virginia," Dustin Lance Black's film about a schizophrenic mom in a small Virginia beach town."

Posted Jun 7, 2012

Bill Goodykoontz

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