Arizona Republic

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 14%

The Time Being (2013)

"A brittle, pompous drama about artists and the price they pay for inspiration."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Randy Cordova

2 87%

Computer Chess (2013)

"It approaches its subjects not with the gleeful, madcap hilarity of a Christopher Guest mockumentary ("Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind"), but with the calculated precision of lines of code."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

3 70%

Cockneys vs Zombies (2013)

"[Hoene] set out to make a funny, fast-moving gross-out zombie flick, nothing beyond that, and he has succeeded with style."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

4 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"It isn't always easy to watch. It isn't exactly fun (although parts are funny). Blanchett's performance sometimes overpowers the story. But it's an essential work in Allen's later canon."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

5 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"It's a film that is absolutely hard to watch. It's also a film that absolutely should be seen."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

6 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"You could do far worse than watch Washington and Wahlberg bicker for a couple of hours, pausing every now and then to plug somebody."

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

7 14%

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

"What is it with the Smurfs? Why do people like them? Why have people always liked them?"

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

8 80%

Crystal Fairy (2013)

"Writer and director Sebastian Silva based his film on his own experiences but allows his actors so much space and time that you feel as if you could be watching home movies."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

9 94%

The History Of Future Folk (2013)

"It is so charming and sweet ... and the songs are so winning that it is impossible not to fall for it."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

10 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"Mikkelsen's performance is what makes a good movie even better."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

11 52%

The To Do List (2013)

"The film is flush with done-to-death gross-out gags, bodily fluids serving as too many punch lines. Yes, girls can dish out F-bombs and body objectification as well as the boys can, but that shouldn't be the whole joke."

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

12 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"It's a good effort. Just not an entirely successful one."

Posted Jul 24, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

13 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"It's an unpleasant way to pass a couple summer hours."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

14 93%

Still Mine (2013)

""Still Mine" offers James Cromwell a rare shot at a leading role, and he makes the most of it."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

15 83%

Laurence Anyways (2013)

"It's all too much, really, including its 21/2-hour-plus running time. But it's also engrossing, an ultimately tender story of a transsexual's transformation over 10 years and its effect on him and the people around him."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

16 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"It's not that overwrought violence and human depravity are unfit grist for art, but without a compelling plot and a modicum of character development, all this film has to offer is a repugnant prurience and heavy-handed atmospherics."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Kerry Lengel

17 21%

Girl Most Likely (2013)

"There is a trick to playing downtrodden, borderline-pathetic characters without putting off the audience. Kristen Wiig has mastered it."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

18 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"There is a fine line between silly dumb fun and out-and-out stupidity, and "Red 2" crosses it one time too many."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

19 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"James Wan proves himself to be moving quickly up the ranks of terror auteurs. The timing, pacing and character movement are outstanding. And it's scary as hell."

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

20 67%

Turbo (2013)

"There's certainly no harm in seeing "Turbo." Competent, pretty funny in places, awfully nice to look at, that sort of thing." EDIT

Posted Jul 16, 2013

21 92%

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

"Don't think of "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" as a sad tale. Cautionary, maybe. Mostly it's a celebration of a great band making great music, if only for a short time."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

22 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

"So light and inconsequential it may as well not exist. It makes you want to yank that annoying exclamation point out of the title, because it doesn't deserve it."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Randy Cordova

23 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"A movie that feels like a greatest-hits montage of summer coming-of-age films."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

24 7%

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

"It's hard to imagine another comedy coming along this year that is this abrasive and free of laughs. It's like everyone involved intentionally tried to create a horrible movie."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Randy Cordova

25 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"It's big and loud and kind of dumb and predictable. The difference is that, in del Toro's hands, it's meant to be."

Posted Jul 10, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

26 7%

Just Like A Woman (2013)

"This well-intentioned buddy-road-trip flick lacks the danger, the drama and the sex appeal that most moviegoers will be looking for."

Posted Jul 4, 2013

Kerry Lengel

27 63%

Byzantium (2013)

"The story drags a bit, bouncing back and forth in time in a manner that is sometimes useful, sometimes not. Overall, though, it's an intriguing addition to the genre."

Posted Jul 4, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

28 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"Music documentarian Morgan Neville uses a mix of live interviews and archival footage to let the singers, and their music, tell their stories of vocal triumph and thwarted ambition."

Posted Jul 4, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

29 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"Neither directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, nor screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul try to hide much. Which isn't to say there aren't some laughs."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

30 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

""The Lone Ranger" is a frustrating exercise in overkill, a kind-of, sort-of interesting idea buried in summer-movie excess."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

31 64%

Unfinished Song (2013)

"Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave would be captivating reading the nutrition label on a bag of crisps, so it's no surprise that they elevate "Unfinished Song"..."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

32 21%

Copperhead (2013)

"Aside from the PBS-re-enactment music, the film's primary problem is that it lacks a clear central plot."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Kerry Lengel

33 84%

100 Bloody Acres (2013)

""100 Bloody Acres" is gory good fun."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

34 49%

Redemption (2013)

""Redemption" doesn't have the chutzpah to let loose and be as dumb as it needs to be, so it instead bores the audience comatose with long stretches of sad-face Statham putzing around an apartment to justify the too-brief bursts of giddy bone-breaking."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

35 65%

The Heat (2013)

"It's disappointing that "The Heat" doesn't do more than take an established film template - in this case, the buddy-cop flick - throw in a Tarantino-size helping of F-bombs, cast a couple of women and call it a day."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

36 50%

White House Down (2013)

"The dialogue sometimes clunks. But the film also delivers the requisite thrills and action, and with strong, likable actors filling up the lead roles, it's the kind of exciting, escapist fare designed for summer viewing."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Randy Cordova

37 ——

The Haunting of Helena (2013)

"It doesn't offer anything new to the genre, but chugs along pretty well until the plot holes begin to pile up."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

38 22%

Rushlights (2013)

"They say it isn't nice to kick a dog when it's down. But man, there are a lot of dogs in "Rushlights"..."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

39 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"It's fun while it lasts, but ultimately forgettable, kind of like the people they stole from."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

40 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"No matter what movie or television show he is making, Whedon is a master of wit, of clever wordplay that doesn't just entertain but crackles with knowing energy."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

41 78%

Monsters University (2013)

""Monsters University" is one of those movies that has absolutely no reason to exist, but once you've seen it, you're kind of glad it does."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

42 68%

World War Z (2013)

"Even as big-budget blockbusters go, this is a hard movie to connect with."

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

43 74%

The East (2013)

"It is a smart, well-acted drama, and another chance for Marling to exercise her unique talents, creating intriguing characters on the page and the screen."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

44 85%

Sightseers (2013)

"It's not a perfect blend, but Ben Wheatley's film is different enough - on second thought, let's just call it what it is: weird - to warrant your attention. Your admiration, even."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

45 82%

Shadow Dancer (2013)

"These are characters for whom true belief in a cause has probably become impossible; they know how much that costs. Marsh does a compelling job of illustrating that for the rest of us."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

46 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"If you like your summer-movie explosions huge, "Man of Steel" delivers. But it seems as if it might have delivered even more than a glorious noise."

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

47 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"It's apocalyptically dirty. And it's hilarious."

Posted Jun 11, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

48 75%

The Kings of Summer (2013)

"Sometimes, a movie just has a magic about it, something that makes you look past implausibility and plot holes and whatever other shortcomings it may have and leaves you feeling good just for having seen it."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

49 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"What a great movie."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

50 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"At once an awkward mingling of two complex life stories and a gripping, necessary look at how information is gathered, shared and, yes, stolen."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

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