MetroActive

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 99%

Gloria (2014)

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

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Richard von Busack

7 88%

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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 95%

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

14 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

15 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Shockingly exciting."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Richard von Busack

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 94%

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

22 20%

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

23 89%

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

24 62%

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

25 85%

Dirty Wars (2013)

"Scahill is a brave, dogged reporter, and he deserves to flaunt his angst. "

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Richard von Busack

26 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"The film gives us mature romance and acid youthfulness aligned-well worth sighing over."

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Richard von Busack

27 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

""Frances Ha makes a star out of Gerwig, and she's the kind of star we need: a goofy one we can feel tender about but never underestimate." "

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Richard von Busack

28 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Man of Steel is not a graceful movie, in form or subject. It is about things getting smashed. The finale is a month of Sept. 11ths. "

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Richard von Busack

29 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"Three times the enervation...but Jeong has achieved the performance artist's dream of using nudity as a weapon and the immigrants' dream of using pidgin English to put the well-spoken in their place. "

Posted May 23, 2013

Richard von Busack

30 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"The best tear-pumpers are the simplest: the passing mention of a starship called the USS Bradbury, or Kirk helplessly extending his arm to a crewman falling past him to his death. "

Posted May 17, 2013

Richard von Busack

31 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"He's introduced with a cloudburst of fireworks over his King Ludwig/Thomas Kincaid castle while "Rhapsody in Blue" crescendos; add in the zizzing of shooting stars a la Tinkerbell, and it's obvious that Lurhmann thinks of Gatsby as Walt Disney. "

Posted May 9, 2013

Richard von Busack

32 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"As always in director/co-writer Shane Black-and this goes back to his cantaloupe-testicled actioners of the 1980 like The Last Boy Scout: Why waste energy mocking a convention that it might be better to do without in the first place? "

Posted May 3, 2013

Richard von Busack

33 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"If you have the ability to ignore Affleck, To the Wonder is a visual stunner, with a surprising transcendental enthusiasm for everything."

Posted Apr 21, 2013

Richard von Busack

34 81%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

""It's up to the actors to figure this out, and they try...but The Place Beyond the Pines displays a strange paternalistic streak.""

Posted Apr 21, 2013

Richard von Busack

35 91%

Beyond The Hills (2013)

"When the ill and unstable Alina returns to the monastery, just so she can be with her beloved, Beyond the Hills becomes a species of those exorcism movies that audiences gorge on, only done with a realism and ambiguity usually missing from the genre. "

Posted Apr 9, 2013

Richard von Busack

36 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"As in so many Studio Ghibli films, the tension is between renovation and cherishing of tradition.The movie is staged during a beautifully chosen moment of transition-the months right before the Tokyo Olympiad. "

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Richard von Busack

37 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"This Is 40 (40 minutes too long, that is) is getting at something, but it doesn't get there by 40 miles-not more than 40 people outside L.A. will understand it. This is not a refinement of the frat-pack comedy as much as a tombstone for a subgenre."

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Richard von Busack

38 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Indulges Cheneyian fantasies complete with the bad-movie scene of the prisoner's defiance: "You're just a garbage man in the corporation," shouts the Arab who needs a lesson in manners from the Ph.D. (in torture?) who is racking him."

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Richard von Busack

39 46%

Bullet to the Head (2013)

"The film could be summed by its product placement for Bulleit Bourbon, treated like a rare luxury when it's actually $20 a bottle at Trader Joe's; director Walter Hill serves this inexpensive, everyday material with a serious flourish."

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Richard von Busack

40 31%

Emperor (2013)

"If you can't take this movie for history, what may it be taken as? As romance it's not believable. Much of the history is censored, including the rumored "Operation Blacklist" involving the pressure from above to clear the names of the royal family."

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Richard von Busack

41 93%

Barbara (2012)

"An intelligent, mature love triangle...It also functions as a tense, rarefied thriller about escape from a police state, as well the kind of medical procedural drama audiences gorge upon. "

Posted Mar 19, 2013

Richard von Busack

42 64%

Cosmopolis (2012)

"Cosmopolis is something like the anti-matter version of Atlas Shrugged."

Posted Aug 24, 2012

Richard von Busack

43 ——

Around the Bay ()

"This remarkably talented newcomer make a compelling story out of well-chosen images and unsaid, unheard or overheard words."

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Richard von Busack

44 96%

Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004)

"Plagues and Pleasures is the best kind of short vacation; you get to lounge with some interesting people, plus you get to learn a little something about the local environment and what can be done to keep it going."

Posted Nov 14, 2007

Richard von Busack

45 100%

North by Northwest (1959)

Posted Sep 2, 2006

Jimmy Aquino

46 83%

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)

"In a movie in which the color is muted as close to black-and-white as possible, this bride is radiantly blue."

Posted Sep 27, 2005

Richard von Busack

47 30%

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

""The last great Universal Frankenstein movie, despite the overstuffed title.""

Posted Sep 27, 2005

Richard von Busack

48 73%

Stand and Deliver (1988)

""The greatest John G. Avildsen movie John G. Avidlsen never made. Olmos is far more understated than the average tough-teacher is in this kind of film.""

Posted Sep 27, 2005

Richard von Busack

49 ——

Dung fong tuk ying (Eastern Condors) (1987)

Posted Sep 27, 2005

Richard von Busack

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