Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 23%

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

4 54%

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

5 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

6 65%

The Rover (2014)

"Ridiculously stark. "

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Richard von Busack

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 74%

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

13 71%

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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 83%

On My Way (2014)

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

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Richard von Busack

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 99%

Gloria (2014)

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

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Richard von Busack

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 76%

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

29 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

30 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

31 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

32 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Shockingly exciting."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Richard von Busack

33 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 he is by the dangerous Hong Kong of the early 1950s"

Posted Aug 28, 2013

Richard von Busack

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 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

40 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

41 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 do such children get their experience into words, get past the shame? Who will believe them? "

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Richard von Busack

42 85%

Dirty Wars (2013)

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

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Richard von Busack

43 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

44 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

45 55%

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

46 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

47 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

48 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

49 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

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