Chicago Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 50%

Flamenco (2014)

"A superb, impassioned concert film."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Michael Wilmington

2 43%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"The movie's painless. It's OK. And with this cast, OK is disappointing."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Michael Phillips

3 39%

Tusk (2014)

"Good trash or stupid trash? I'd say roughly half and half."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Michael Phillips

4 61%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)

"For me Chastain's unerring honesty is the only element keeping "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" above the realm of pure affectation."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Michael Phillips

5 93%

The Guest (2014)

"For much of its running time, "The Guest" plays an interesting guessing game with the audience."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Michael Phillips

6 95%

Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)

"Andersen's inspired ruminations about his city as a filming location and as a repository for other filmmakers' daydreams and nightmares."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Michael Phillips

7 88%

The Drop (2014)

"With actors as interesting as Hardy, Gandolfini and Rapace, at least the cliches in "The Drop" have a fighting chance of holding your attention alongside the odd severed limb."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Michael Phillips

8 88%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"Some weeks at the movies are like this. You settle for wonderful actors doing some wonderful acting with scripts that support those efforts even as they limit them."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Michael Phillips

9 3%

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

"The first sequel to 1995's highly successful Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Annihilation adds little to the development of the saga except for a truckload of martial arts sequences and a whole mess of bigger and louder special effects."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

John Petrakis

10 85%

Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)

"The film works on two levels: as a portrait of a private, bitter and streetwise man, and as a major musical talent performing with obvious delight."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Gene Siskel

11 85%

Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)

"Whatever the grammatic contortions of its title, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock `n` Roll offers a compelling portrait of a hardened veteran of the business called show. "

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Dave Kehr

12 89%

Light Sleeper (1992)

"Light Sleeper is emblematic of an era, and is recommended on that basis and on the excellent quality of it acting."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Gene Siskel

13 89%

Light Sleeper (1992)

"For all of Schrader's capacity for spectacular self-laceration and spiritual agony, Light Sleeper finds him able for the first time to express a certain peacefulness, and the effect is delicate and discreet."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Dave Kehr

14 100%

Incident at Oglala (1992)

"A fascinating, comprehensive and disturbing film-fortified by Maryse Alberti`s striking photography of the ruggedly beautiful land-that is both exhaustive and exhausting."

Posted Sep 6, 2014

Clifford Terry

15 40%

Life After Beth (2014)

"Baena co-wrote "I Heart Huckabees" and while he has a sense of humor, the jokes here tend to be meager and tend to dribble on."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Michael Phillips

16 30%

The Last Of Robin Hood (2014)

"The latest of Kline's period pictures that wastes no time in dashing your expectations."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Michael Phillips

17 7%

The Identical (2014)

"The script is so determined to deliver an upbeat message of faith and love, it forgets to be interesting."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Michael Phillips

18 80%

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

"For many, a little of this joking will go a long way; devoted fans, however, will wish for a double-bill. Count me closer to the latter group."

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Gene Siskel

19 67%

Maverick (1994)

"[Maverick] succeeds, just barely, on the good will of its stars and the sumptuousness of its Western locations."

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Gene Siskel

20 67%

Maverick (1994)

"This movie doesn't have the wry kick of the TV show at its best. Too rich, too loaded, Maverick may have misplayed its cards, kept its eyes on the pot instead of the players. In movies, as in poker, you can't always trust a pat hand."

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Michael Wilmington

21 89%

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

"Midnight Cowboy moves beyond realism into an archetypal tale of the Big City destroying dreamers. Joe and Ratso, like Of Mice and Men's George and Lenny, are quintessential failed, lower-class, buddy-dreamers."

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Michael Wilmington

22 96%

Charulata (1964)

"Film masterpieces, like our heart's desire, shouldn't elude us forever; Charulata is an experience every movie-lover should share."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Michael Wilmington

23 92%

Bound By Flesh (2014)

"Likely to stay with you forever."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Rick Kogan

24 ——

Too Late for Tears (Killer Bait) (1949)

"The movie failed to find much of an audience in its own time. It looks a little better every year."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Michael Phillips

25 92%

Frank (2014)

"A functioning, funny, weirdly touching fable of artistic angst and aspiration, a meditation on fame and its terrors and the metaphoric usefulness of masks and huge fake heads."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Michael Phillips

26 98%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Many, I suspect, will be moved to tears by "Love Is Strange," which Sachs earns the hard way: not by amping up the dramatic situations, but by grace notes and quiet spells cast by all the right actors."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Michael Phillips

27 ——

Deadwood: season 3 (TV, 2006)

" Watching Deadwood is like stepping into the pages of a juicy Victorian novel. Every scene teems with an enthralling, fully realized vision of life, the kind of jostling pageant of humanity on display in the most satisfying works of Dickens or Trollope. "

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Maureen Ryan

28 ——

Deadwood: Season 2 (TV, 2005)

" This richly textured, extraordinarily acted show is a classic in the making, compelling even to those who might not necessarily be fans of the western genre. "

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Maureen Ryan

29 69%

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

"As long as the movie refuses to commit itself, it is a truly creepy, nerve-jangling experience."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Dave Kehr

30 69%

Jacob's Ladder (1990)

"[Robbins' and Pena's] scenes together are the highlight of the film, so natural, so bright. That's why we're willing to invest a lot of time in what turns out to be a terribly overwrought plot."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Gene Siskel

31 90%

Angels in America: Season 1 (TV, 2003)

" While Nichols can be charged with making Angels less comic and energetic and more sentimental in spots, Kushner's achievement feels very much at home in its new skin. "

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Michael Phillips

32 79%

Land Ho! (2014)

"As a performance showcase it's intriguing simply because Eenhoorn and Nelson barely belong to the same species, so different are they in demeanor."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Michael Phillips

33 87%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"If Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon were even 7 percent less amusing, "The Trip to Italy" would have no reason to exist, even with its casually gorgeous scenery and shattering close-ups of seafood pasta fresh out of the kitchen."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Michael Phillips

34 80%

The One I Love (2014)

"Moss and Duplass are just about perfect in it, never begging for audience sympathy, merely working inside their characters for audience empathy. But this strikes me as a short film that has been blobbed out, uncertainly, to feature length."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Michael Phillips

35 46%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"I'm not sure what mood I'd have to be in to truly enjoy "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." But I'm not in it."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Michael Phillips

36 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"Cutler is selling a certain kind of product with "If I Stay," but he sells it honestly and well."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Michael Phillips

37 97%

Babe (1995)

"Here's the summer's sleeper for kids and their parents, a terrific picture that takes a lot of risks and makes them all pay off in a charming story about a pig who fancies himself a sheepdog -- or sheep-pig."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Gene Siskel

38 97%

Ghostbusters (1984)

"On balance, Ghostbusters is a hoot. It's Murray's picture, and in a triumph of mind over matter, he blows away the film's boring special effects with his one-liners."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Gene Siskel

39 96%

The Fugitive (1993)

"Working from a tight script by Jeb Stuart and David Twohy, director Andrew Davis has fashioned a crackling, intelligent thriller."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Clifford Terry

40 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"The latest in the continuing saga of Sylvester Stallone's mission to provide a work week or two to as many of his old pals as possible."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Michael Phillips

41 35%

The Giver (2014)

""The Giver" gives off an air of wearying familiarity, without much in the way of design wiles or cinematic wonder beyond the spectacle of Streep competing for her share of the movie against her own hair."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Michael Phillips

42 92%

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

"Best of all, though, the level of tension in the film is palpable because we can`t figure out how Arnold is going to terminate the Terminator."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Gene Siskel

43 91%

The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007)

" Too many Season 6 stories on this once-great show are stone-cold boring, insignificant or glaringly obvious. Too many times this season, I've looked at my watch during an episode, wondering when it would be over. That shouldn't happen. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Maureen Ryan

44 69%

What If (2014)

"Why did the film's charms elude me? I felt arm-twisted by "What If," for all its tossed-off verbiage and wisecracking."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Michael Phillips

45 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Gleeson carries the film with wonderful, natural authority. He's a little better than the movie itself, which is glib to a fault."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Michael Phillips

46 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"A good deal of screenwriter John Swetnam's dialogue sounds like auto-corrected exposition, designed to reveal nothing in the way of character."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Michael Phillips

47 31%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

"I don't think my negative reaction is a case of a parent forgetting the sort of mindless entertainment that he himself enjoyed as a child; rather the turtle fights are more depressing than joyful."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Gene Siskel

48 31%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

"One finds in them the same unabashed enjoyment of color and movement, of spectacular athletics and outrageous stunts, that animates the Hong Kong action cinema as a whole and makes it so superbly entertaining."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Dave Kehr

49 41%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990)

"The cynicism of the motion picture industry will be apparent to any child who is exposed to the many product plugs for a nationwide pizza delivery company."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Gene Siskel

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