Arizona Republic

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 38%

The Purge (2013)

""The Purge" is one of those unimaginative horror flicks that depend on skreeky music and sudden appearances to startle, but never actually frighten, the audience."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Kerry Lengel

2 34%

The Internship (2013)

"A too-long, one-note affair, predictably following the patterns of any fish-out-of-water comedy you can think of."

Posted Jun 5, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

3 49%

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013)

"As a sociological exercise, it's like another culture. As a film, it's like science fiction, a visit to Planet Obscenely Wealthy. It is weirdly compelling."

Posted May 30, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

4 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

""Now You See Me" is a movie about magic, but its most astonishing trick is how little mileage it gets out of a stellar cast."

Posted May 30, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

5 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are both fine actors, but you'd be hard pressed to sit engrossed in a conversation between any actors that goes on for more than a couple of minutes. Usually. But not here."

Posted May 30, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

6 11%

After Earth (2013)

"Some of "After Earth" is intriguing, if you ignore the premise and the story and the direction and much of Jaden Smith's performance. Other than that..."

Posted May 30, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

7 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"Perhaps the most annoying thing about the movie: The final scene sets up yet another sequel."

Posted May 23, 2013

Randy Cordova

8 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"Like Gerwig's performance, it's natural, it's realistic, perfectly believable."

Posted May 23, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

9 71%

Dead Man's Burden (2013)

"It's a strong debut for Moshe, who, with the exception of some of the oater dialogue, shows both a reverence for and a knowledge of the genre that's intriguing."

Posted May 23, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

10 64%

Epic (2013)

"Epic? More like meh."

Posted May 23, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

11 87%

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"A raw, uncomfortable examination of a family torn apart by two parents who love their daughter only half as much as they love themselves."

Posted May 23, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

12 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"At least this time it seems like they're trying. A little, at least."

Posted May 22, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

13 82%

Something in the Air (2013)

"Every kid believes the world around him is changing in ways it hasn't before; for these kids, it really was. Or had."

Posted May 16, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

14 75%

Pieta (2013)

"For all its cringe-inducing horror, "Pieta" is visually restrained, striking visceral blows with psychological precision while making little use of gore."

Posted May 16, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

15 66%

The Iceman (2013)

"Why would anyone want to watch something so determinedly downbeat, so unerringly serious? Because of the performances, Shannon's in particular."

Posted May 16, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

16 ——

Disobedience (2013)

"It seems petty to quibble with a movie that brings a tale this incredible to more people."

Posted May 16, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

17 48%

Black Rock (2013)

"Maybe it's a parody?"

Posted May 16, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

18 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"I thought it was really fun, an inventive, surprising rethinking of some of "Star Trek's" most hallowed inventions, but I'm not wedded to the source material as gospel. Trekkies will think it's a desecration. So, pick your side."

Posted May 15, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

19 35%

Aftershock (2013)

"The ending is sick enough to make it almost worth the wait. Key word: almost."

Posted May 9, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

20 51%

At Any Price (2013)

"A viewer is constantly aware of how much everyone is striving. It's the cinematic equivalent of a stranger who trips all over themselves in an effort to become your new best friend."

Posted May 9, 2013

Randy Cordova

21 42%

Midnight's Children (2013)

"Faithfully adapted from Salman Rushdie's award-winning 1981 novel, the movie feels both too packed and too slight, overflowing with vivid details but lacking the structure to support their weight."

Posted May 9, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

22 35%

Peeples (2013)

"The elements are all there. They're just thrown together in haphazard fashion. A funny scene here, an attempt at a touching scene there, toss, repeat randomly, the end."

Posted May 9, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

23 54%

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)

"It most disappoints as a thriller, the flashbacks and voiceovers and romantic entanglements so dominating the proceedings you forget that someone is bound and gagged in real time."

Posted May 9, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

24 68%

The We and the I (2013)

"All of the kids are good in their roles, mostly as characters one assumes resemble themselves. And as any actor will tell you, playing yourself is one of the toughest gigs around."

Posted May 9, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

25 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"DiCaprio has aged into roles like this with a certain grace. He carries himself with the self-confidence Gatsby would, but also manages the shade of doubt, that it's all false bravado."

Posted May 8, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

26 79%

No Place On Earth (2013)

"The film is not without its flaws, but the story it tells is both terrifying and inspiring."

Posted May 2, 2013

Kerry Lengel

27 84%

Kon Tiki (2013)

"Unfortunately, sharks and whales aren't the stars of the film, so the movie is a pretty humdrum affair when it focuses on humans, even when actors are playing characters based on real people."

Posted May 2, 2013

Randy Cordova

28 73%

Simon Killer (2013)

""Simon Killer" is a beautifully made look at ugliness and brutality, the kind of oxymoronic exercise that fascinates some and repels others."

Posted May 2, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

29 ——

Midget Zombie Takeover (2013)

"A horrible movie, an amateurish-looking disaster that makes you wonder if it isn't some kind of in-joke, a stunt to see how bad a movie can be and still find its way into theaters."

Posted May 2, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

30 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Downey is as funny as ever, if not more so. He ensures that Iron Man 3 is a solid installment in the franchise, and helps to make it seem, at least for a time, that it might be something more."

Posted May 1, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

31 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"A thing of great beauty, but not much more."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

32 69%

Renoir (2013)

"One would expect a film about French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir to look beautiful, to be shot in warm, sumptuous colors. And one would not be disappointed in Gilles Bourdos' "Renoir.""

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

33 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"You can't thread a needle this fine with a script filtered through Bay's puerile id."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

34 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"I loved it."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

35 98%

Mud (2013)

"Once writer and director Jeff Nichols' film about love, lies and loss gets going, it never really stops."

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

36 77%

It's a Disaster (2013)

"You certainly wouldn't want to spend your last moments with this bunch, but a couple of hours watching them is enjoyable enough."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

37 69%

Disconnect (2013)

"As cautionary tales go, "Disconnect" is a pretty good one, but it's not really a whole lot more than that."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

38 42%

Leonie (2013)

"It hits all the expected beats of a thoroughly vanilla biopic as an aging Leonie reflects on her unconventional life via plodding voiceover while doddering through a forest collecting berries."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Barbara VanDenburgh

39 45%

The Lords of Salem (2013)

"You get the idea that "The Lords of Salem" would be a lot scarier if you could tell what was going on."

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

40 54%

Oblivion (2013)

""Oblivion" may not live up fully to its grand ambitions, but it isn't for lack of trying."

Posted Apr 17, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

41 93%

Room 237 (2013)

"It's nuts, in the best possible way."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

42 68%

Trance (2013)

"If you're going to champion style over substance, you'll want Danny Boyle providing the style."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

43 55%

The Company You Keep (2013)

"The navel-gazing grows obnoxious, especially as the people on screen seem more like archetypes than characters."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Randy Cordova

44 79%

42 (2013)

"Helgeland has given us an impressive introduction to one of the most important men in U.S. history. But you can't help wanting more."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

45 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"Whether you think it's a good movie will depend largely upon your stomach for gruesome violence. Then again, if you are going to see a movie called "Evil Dead," you're probably going to be OK."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

46 80%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"Fine, fine, it's an epic. Now let us up for air, please."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

47 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"It's pure joy."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

48 91%

Beyond The Hills (2013)

"It is a haunting movie, dealing with superstitions, possession, even exorcism, one in which Mungiu poses no easy answers, because there are none to be found."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

49 68%

Wrong (2013)

"The key to making a movie like this work is for the characters to invest themselves completely in the weird little universe Dupieux has created for them, and they do."

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

50 80%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"Fanning is nearly perfect as Ginger navigates choppier waters than most teens have to. There is not a false note in her performance; no matter how melodramatic things become, everything about Ginger remains genuine."

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Bill Goodykoontz

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