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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 36%

The November Man (2014)

"Brosnan is past 60; his director Roger Donaldson is just shy of 70. If you'd like to see a movie about the limitations of being young and inexperienced, this is it."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Richard von Busack

2 88%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"Inglourious Basterds is almost as deliriously entertaining as a remixed Hitler tantrum."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Richard von Busack

3 89%

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

"Here, Williams has a chance to do some of the most integral, gentle and praiseworthy acting of his career. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Richard von Busack

4 48%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"You never know where Allen's mind is with this comedy. He's rarely seemed so distracted. For some reason, this piffle turns out to have a ponderous undercarriage. "

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Richard von Busack

5 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Far more lively than anything in the last three Star Wars; it's far closer in the constellation to the jokey heroism of Joss Whedon's Serenity than George Lucas's New Age sky-piloting. "

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Richard von Busack

6 97%

Notorious (1946)

"Notorious is in the world of film noir but not of it; it's a tough and dark film that's also one of the finest women's pictures ever made."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Richard von Busack

7 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"Get On Up revels in the energy of James Brown, as played with intense concentration and excitement by Chadwick Boseman. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Richard von Busack

8 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Boyhood proves we're never the same people that we were when we were children. And it also proves what the old people always sighed about: "They grow up so fast." "

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Richard von Busack

9 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"Venus in Fur isn't quite as demented as Polanski's earlier comedies, but it's an invigorating walk through the maze of fantasy-in a realm where 50 Shades of Gray is wreaking havoc, it has relevance, and brains."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Richard von Busack

10 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Sometimes a plodder, he was never a phony. The eminent critic Cyril Connolly wrote that the phrase "I read you but I don't agree with you" is a politer way of saying "I know you but I don't like you." It'd be hard not to like Ebert after seeing this. "

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Richard von Busack

11 24%

Tammy (2014)

" There's much to encourage here, anyway. Tammy is likely to be Bechdel Test champ of the year, and Sarandon is pretty much priceless as the out of control, Oxycontin-popping gran. "

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Richard von Busack

12 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Beyond the Jersey metaphysics, there's something deep and tangy and downbeat here, countering the hysterical ebullience of the tunes. At heart, it's a musical about overwork and debt. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Richard von Busack

13 53%

Citizen Koch (2014)

"Deal and Lessin's documentary isn't an anatomy of the so-called Kochtopus, nor is it a study of the Koch's business empire. A better title for this documentary might be "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Wisconsin." "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Richard von Busack

14 66%

The Rover (2014)

"Ridiculously stark. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Richard von Busack

15 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"Director Moodysson revels in the way his young cast alternate between being children and adults, back and forth like a lenticular image. The film is irresistible--conveying the pleasures of being a spiky nuisance in a maddeningly calm society. "

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Richard von Busack

16 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"Cold in July is not deep, but it's built, and all around it looks like it was made by artisans who knew what they were doing."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Richard von Busack

17 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"The comic relief never wears out the dramatic relief, and vice versa. It is low. Come for the sheep whizzing in MacFarlane's face-we're even now for "We Saw Your Boobs." Stay to see Theron handling a battering husband rather aesthetically. "

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Richard von Busack

18 68%

Closer (2004)

"The heart isn't a fist any more than the hand is a foot, and anyway there's no fist so tight that doesn't unfold into an open hand sometime. The movie is like a comedy someone dipped in a solvent."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Richard von Busack

19 88%

Chef (2014)

"On one level, harmless food porn. On another, a rant about an artist (Jon Favreau) who gets slammed by the Internet. A movie that looks like an indie, is packaged like an indie, but which is a softball televisionistic feel-good whine."

Posted May 21, 2014

Richard von Busack

20 73%

Godzilla (2014)

"Solemn and too cautionary to get much pleasure from inundating or bulldozing tourist wonderlands. The giant reptile has convincing density and rage...a warning against mankind's foolish presumption that CG is better than the best miniature work."

Posted May 14, 2014

Richard von Busack

21 72%

Palo Alto (2014)

"The drawback is the usual one: a standard young-adult novel view of adults as predatory, clueless, patronizing, grotesque...yet the director evokes that terrible time of waiting around, locked out of childhood and adulthood alike. "

Posted May 14, 2014

Richard von Busack

22 73%

Neighbors (2014)

" Animal House is considered a classic for a dozen or so routines, but there's more vigor and force here-Neighbors may be the ultimate frat-house comedy."

Posted May 9, 2014

Richard von Busack

23 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"The action sequences were thought out, anyway.Director Marc Webb was likely hoping for something as off the cuff as the banter between Tony and Pepper in the Iron Man films for the film's romance. It doesn't work. When Peter isn't blocked, he's babbling."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Richard von Busack

24 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"An ultimately enrapturing love story, set on the border of gentility and decadence...Even before the fangs show in the half-smiles, the movie luxuriates in the charm of good-looking actors doing very little. This is Jarmusch's warmest work"

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Richard von Busack

25 83%

On My Way (2014)

"It's a playful, loose film with no queening allowed. "

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Richard von Busack

26 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Pretty damned bad, and another example of 2014 CG used to animate 1974's science fiction ideas. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Richard von Busack

27 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

" The people who made Captain America: The Winter Soldier, including the directors Anthony and Joe Russo, understood their calmly uncomplicated hero better than the people who made Man of Steel understood the similarly square Superman. "

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Richard von Busack

28 62%

Young Adam (2004)

"Watching this film, one gets the sense of a once-arresting book that couldn't get arrested today. "

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Richard von Busack

29 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"After two rousing acts of the rise of the workers, the movie starts to go a little haywire. There's no good visual way in a movie to make a hunger strike look anything but petulant and passive-aggressive."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Richard von Busack

30 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Mostly delightful. It can give you the foreboding you feel when encountering the word "artisanal," but otherwise this nested story of Central European skullduggery seems to have more of a spine than anything he's made since Fantastic Mr. Fox. "

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Richard von Busack

31 99%

Gloria (2014)

"See it now, and see it before the inevitable insufferable American remake."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Richard von Busack

32 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"It honors the labor of an artist as well as the inspiration that can't be copied even in an age of mechanical reproduction. "

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Richard von Busack

33 75%

Ransom (1996)

"Ron Howard leads the film dispassionately and unimaginatively, with too much faith in the merits of the talky script, although Ransom almost has a subject for a moment, flashing a little class conflict just like actresses used to flash a little stocking."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Richard von Busack

34 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"Fiennes' Dickens has blood in him: if it's cold blood, it's still blood. There's enough going on in The Invisible Woman to demonstrate that Fiennes isn't just an actor to admire, but a director to watch. "

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Richard von Busack

35 94%

The Past (2013)

"A morally complex mystery, without a detective to stand outside the drama and identify the one truly guilty party. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Richard von Busack

36 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Jordan Belfort has just made a distinguished director his latest mark. We sat through Scorsese's Tibetan Buddhist stage for this?"

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Richard von Busack

37 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Fast and loose but it could be fast and looser. Through voice-over, withheld info, shaggy dog stories and flywheel-spinning actor's exercises, Russell keeps yanking the plot back like a balloon salesman grabbing fleeing merchandise."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Richard von Busack

38 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Inside Llewyn Davis isn't cuddly, but it's loaded with soul. And it's one memorably harrowing look at an artist pushed to the point of oblivion by scorn, misfortune and the iron hand of the market. "

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Richard von Busack

39 86%

Un Conte de NoŽl (A Christmas Tale) (2008)

"A Christmas Tale's more universal qualities should be apparent to anyone who has survived a Christmas, and God help us, here comes another one."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Richard von Busack

40 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Shockingly exciting."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Richard von Busack

41 75%

The Grandmaster (2013)

"One of the best films of 2013. Wong is a Chinese director who sees China as exotic: he presents the 1930s Paramount version of China, with orchids, opium, crimson lipstick and satin slippers.as he is by the dangerous Hong Kong of the early 1950s"

Posted Aug 28, 2013

Richard von Busack

42 89%

The World's End (2013)

"It has resonance-the violence and destruction addresses the questions that bedevil every maudlin old drinker. Why is every town getting to look the same? Why do formerly fun-loving friends become dour middle-aged middle-managers?"

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Richard von Busack

43 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"These bizarre images distract from the question at the center of the film: whether it was film-watching itself that carried the seed of all this cruelty. "

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Richard von Busack

44 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

" Jasmine is rich material for Blanchett...but then there's the dull compliments Allen's characters pay the city: "It's so Mediterranean," they exclaim. "If you can't fall in love here, you can't fall in love anywhere." "

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Richard von Busack

45 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"A puzzling mix of Meatballs and '70s loco parentis drama, with authentic loco parents."

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Richard von Busack

46 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"As Grant, Michael B. Jordan's stunning good looks and immaculately restrained acting affects even those who don't want to be manipulated-who want to watch this story with unfogged eyes. "

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Richard von Busack

47 21%

Girl Most Likely (2013)

"An odd, slightly off movie that's bound to be mistaken for a bad one, Girl Most Likely is a showcase for the superb comic talents of Kristen Wiig."

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Richard von Busack

48 90%

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013)

"The splendid feats and dazzling card magic direct our attention away from the inner life of a large, glowering and cryptic figure. You learn a lot from Jay, and yet he keeps his mystique."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Richard von Busack

49 63%

Byzantium (2013)

"This extremely elegant fantasy has roots in a plausible situation: maybe vampires don't exist, but there has been a child or two raised by a wolf...how do such children get their experience into words, get past the shame? Who will believe them? "

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Richard von Busack

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