Minneapolis Star Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

Zombieland (2009)

"For rambunctious laughs, you can hardly beat Zombieland, a pedal-to-the-metal mix of ghoul gore, smartmouth humor and filmmaking savvy."

Posted Sep 22, 2014

Colin Covert

2 87%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"The Skeleton Twins is quietly smart, sweet but never syrupy. It should erase any doubt that its two stars, who rose to success as cut-ups, also have dramatic chops."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

3 60%

My Old Lady (2014)

"If sad, fearful adult lives wrecked by depression, divorce, disappointment, adultery, addiction and family dysfunction are your thing, "My Old Lady" is pour vous."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Claude Peck

4 60%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

"Lacks the chemistry and cohesion to make us give a hoot about any of the people portrayed by a stellar cast."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

5 100%

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter ()

"Odd, mystical, strikingly original ..."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

6 53%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"Maybe "The Zero Theorem" doesn't add up to much on paper, but, particularly for Gilliam fans, it's infinitely watchable."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Rob Nelson

7 43%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"The audience-appeal strategy seems to have been: Throw a bunch of gags along with a can't-miss ensemble cast up on screen and hope at least a few stick. They do, even if the overall effect is loosey-goosey."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

8 39%

Tusk (2014)

"Kevin Smith's "Tusk" is an odd animal indeed, a movie that morphs early from stoner comedy to stoner horror flick and then, as if stoned, declines to evolve any further."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Rob Nelson

9 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"Is there room at the multiplex for yet another entry in the young adult/dystopia/survival genre? Those who hunger for more could do worse than "The Maze Runner," based on the first book in James Dashner's trilogy."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Cynthia Dickison

10 27%

Lost in Space (1998)

"The film is set 60 years from now, yet its vision of the future is badly dated."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

Colin Covert

11 70%

The Notebook (2014)

"Not a movie for those who insist on happy resolutions, "The Notebook" is instead a study in how the nihilistic worldview that clouds the collective Eastern Europe sensibility came to be."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

12 ——

The Starfish Throwers (2014)

"The doc stands above typical do-good fare by artfully drawing the viewer into the motivations and experiences of each of the three."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

13 83%

A Master Builder (2014)

"Surprisingly engaging ..."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

14 30%

The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)

"This final-days biopic ... hasn't much to raise it above straight-to-DVD caliber save the performance of Kevin Kline in a role he was born to play."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

15 80%

The One I Love (2014)

""The One I Love" is a weird but gutsy exploration of what happens when we alternately idealize and find fault with our romantic partners."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

16 7%

The Identical (2014)

""The Identical" has grand ambitions, but they fall flat amid a muddled message and a strong whiff of righteousness."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

17 98%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"The movie, which feels a bit like a mashup of Woody Allen and Mike Leigh, succeeds on its simple story and its lead actors."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Claude Peck

18 44%

Houdini: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Adrien Brody falls short of making history's greatest magician reappear in Houdini, an ambitious two-part miniseries that tries too hard to capture every aspect of a full life "

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Neal Justin

19 77%

A Letter to Momo (2014)

"Scene after gorgeously hand-drawn scene offer a visual feast, but two hours of it is a bit too long."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

20 62%

May In The Summer (2014)

"The vibe is like that of a Lifetime movie that happens to be set in Amman rather than American suburbia. Just sub in camel sightings in place of white-tailed deer."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

21 92%

Frank (2014)

"A quirky, utterly engaging film that manages to be amusing, dark, surprising and poignant without wasting a single one of its 95 minutes."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

22 64%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"Despite its sluggish intervals, "Life of Crime" satisfies in the end, just when you fear it'll peter out."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

23 92%

Insomnia (2002)

"Like Memento, it invites viewing over and over again."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Colin Covert

24 97%

Chicken Run (2000)

"Run to Chicken Run. This clay-animation comedy is the most entertaining animal story since Babe."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Jeff Strickler

25 37%

If I Stay (2014)

""If I Stay" just barely makes the B honor roll, despite a fine job by dark-indie darling ChloŽ Grace Moretz in her mainstream breakout performance."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

26 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

""Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is worth the watch if you expect nothing more than disparate comic-strip frames of action. But nine years in coming, this follow-up ultimately fizzles."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

27 59%

A Five Star Life (2014)

"Its refreshing conclusion is more suited to ambiguous European sensibilities than the all-American desire for happy endings or at least concrete resolutions ..."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

28 59%

Finding Fela! (2014)

"At its best, the film manages the trick of constructing a modern myth while simultaneously deconstructing it - on one level, this is a story about how to tell a story. Plus, it's got a great beat and you can dance to it."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Tim Campbell

29 41%

Life After Beth (2014)

"A quirky spirit pervasive throughout and great supporting cast, including Anna Kendrick, make it a semi-satisfying "zomb-edy.""

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

30 93%

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

"The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, and breaks new ground in content and style. It merges some of the most realistically disturbing battle footage ever included in a feature film with a touching human story."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Jeff Strickler

31 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"So much star power packed together in one place hasn't produced such a cheesy result since the recording of "We Are the World.""

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

32 97%

The Iron Giant (1999)

"While youngsters will enjoy the film on one level, it reaches out to adults on a completely different plane. They will see an allegory about power and politics and the danger of allowing either to run roughshod over humanity."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Jeff Strickler

33 79%

Land Ho! (2014)

"It's like being subjected to a 90-minute vacation slide show by someone you don't care about."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Colin Covert

34 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"This semi-improvised indie accomplishes its modest goal, which is to explore the way a vexing relationship between in-laws can yield unexpected personal growth and warm bonds of affection."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Colin Covert

35 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

""Into the Storm" quickly spirals downward into a vortex of vapidity."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

36 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"What sounds like a strained miscalculation turns out to be one of the most shamelessly enjoyable pranks ever pulled by a multibillion-dollar entertainment conglomerate. This is what happens when blockbuster filmmaking sits on a whoopee cushion."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Colin Covert

37 51%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"You may have memorized jokes from Allen's other films. This one will have you quoting the scenery."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Colin Covert

38 98%

A Summer's Tale (2014)

"The best films leave space for viewers to interpret the action. Here Rohmer insists on it."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Colin Covert

39 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"This is a fatalistic fable about aging and loss disguised in ultra-zany wrapping paper."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Colin Covert

40 79%

Get On Up (2014)

""Get on Up" is loud, proud, funky, soulful, sweaty, emphatic and sometimes a little hard to understand, just like its subject, James Brown."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Colin Covert

41 4%

Serving Sara (2002)

"The spectacularly bland comedy Serving Sara offers us a TV actor and a fashion mannequin in lieu of actual movie stars."

Posted Jul 26, 2014

Colin Covert

42 60%

Hercules (2014)

"Dwayne Johnson, perhaps the only actor around who can look superhuman and self-deprecating at once, wears the title role like a custom tailored lion skin."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Colin Covert

43 48%

I Origins (2014)

"The film doesn't rush to solve the mystery of whether Ian the skeptic is discovering a new realm of spiritual activity or merely grasping at coincidence and magical thinking."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Colin Covert

44 88%

Siddharth (2014)

"Like Vittorio De Sica's "The Bicycle Thief," the film uses downbeat themes to make a point about this particular society and life in general."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Colin Covert

45 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

""A Most Wanted Man" is not a guns-and-motorcycles spy story but a shadowy walk down a dark alley."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Colin Covert

46 66%

Lucy (2014)

"The film, repeating a widespread myth, asserts that the rest of us muddle through on just 10 percent of our cranial horsepower. Besson's target audience seems to be somewhere lower than that."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Colin Covert

47 10%

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

"Basinger handles her role capably, but is absurdly miscast as an Italian, and French actor Perez fails to create credible chemistry with his co-star."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Colin Covert

48 44%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"There's a valid comedy-drama in the story of a man who can't tell if his lifelong ambition is a true passion or a pipe dream, but Braff prefers facile life lessons and slow-motion hugging to tough questions."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Colin Covert

49 92%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"Like "Carnage," "The Pianist," "Rosemary's Baby" and more, Roman Polanski's latest is a creepy exploration of claustrophobia and perversity that should not be missed."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Colin Covert

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