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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"The best of this summer's blockbuster movies. It is amazing. The most entertaining, exciting, provocative and powerful of all the Apes films."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Pete Hammond

2 77%

Noah (2014)

"Magnificent. Truly epic in its scope and ambition. It stays with you long after you leave the theatre. This 'Noah' is unlike any other film of its kind - an intimate and stirring new take on a biblical story we only thought we knew."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Pete Hammond

3 35%

The Counselor (2013)

"What went wrong? I am sad to say, the script by Cormac McCarthy. It just doesn't work. And who can even follow this thing? It starts out under the sheets and quite frankly should have stayed there."

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Pete Hammond

4 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"Coming of age movie about the Beat Generation. Daniel Radcliffe as poet Allen Ginsberg continues to divorce himself from his Harry Potter roots standing out in a fine ensemble."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Pete Hammond

5 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"Robert Redford gives the performance of his life in this one man show brilliantly directed by J.C.Chandor. It's a towering achievement for both of them."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Pete Hammond

6 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Brutal, harrowing, powerful and exceptionally well-acted. Worth seeing but not for those with weak stomachs. Director Steve McQueen doesn't spare the viewer."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Pete Hammond

7 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"Smart,intelligent that plays like a current 'All The President's Men' , a journalistic thriller with lots of pertinent questions but no real answers."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Pete Hammond

8 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"I was shocked but this Sly/Arnold combo package flick is far more entertaining as an action film than you might expect. Thanks to a clever twist, it's actually a lot of fun."

Posted Oct 19, 2013

Pete Hammond

9 50%

A.C.O.D. (2013)

"I really wanted to like this film because its cast is generally terrific in everything they do , but only Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara really stand out here. A near-miss and sadly blah comedy that should have been smarter."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Pete Hammond

10 48%

Parkland (2013)

"Docudrama about the JFK assasination from different points of view of people on the sidelines has its moments but ultimately falls short of its potential. Still if you are into this subject as the 50th anni nears you may want to go."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Pete Hammond

11 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Paul Greengrass has made a hell of a white knuckle thriller out of a story in which most people know the ending going in. Tom Hanks' best performance in years."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Pete Hammond

12 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey set the standard for films about space exploration. Until Now. But this one focuses on the human element and boy, are you in for a mind trip with Gravity. The cinematic achievement of the year."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Pete Hammond

13 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"It's a romantic comedy about sex addiction but somehow it pulls off the premise. Director Stuart Blumberg takes some unlikely material for the genre and makes it work."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Pete Hammond

14 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"The ads say 'at last a movie for adults' and this time the advertising is not lying. A wonderful grown up movie. Gandolfini and Louis Dreyfus are terrific together."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Pete Hammond

15 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"A romantic comedy with edge. Joseph Gordon Levitt makes an impressive writing and directing debut. Scarlett Johansson is terrific."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Pete Hammond

16 14%

Baggage Claim (2013)

"A lame comedy that looks like it was made - and belongs - in the 60's. Despite a game cast this movie is broad without being even remotely believable."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Pete Hammond

17 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"This is about as intense as movies can get. Superb performances and great direction will keep you on the edge of your seat."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Pete Hammond

18 89%

Rush (2013)

"One of the best films this year - or any year. Certainly the finest film about auto racing I've seen because it focuses on the human element."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Pete Hammond

19 70%

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

"With more puns than any one movie should be allowed, this is a decent sequel that should appeal to the younger members of the family."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Pete Hammond

20 75%

The Grandmaster (2013)

"Wong Kar Wai is one of the world's great filmmakers and his first foray into the realm of martial arts is definitely worth seeing , even if at times confusing. Gorgeous to watch and beautiful action sequences make up for the wobbly script."

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Pete Hammond

21 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"Human drama doesn't get much better treatment in the movies than this enormously affecting and beautifully acted independent film . A masterpiece."

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Pete Hammond

22 89%

The World's End (2013)

"The first 30 minutes had me hooked but when it turned into an over-the-top mashup of a sci-fi alien invasion flick you lost me, guys. Geeks will flock but so what?"

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Pete Hammond

23 59%

The Frozen Ground (2013)

"We've seen a lot of serial killer movies but this intriguing true story is well-acted and involving enough to be worth a shot."

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Pete Hammond

24 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"Amanda Seyfried is terrific as the most famous porn star of all time. The quality of the acting is impressive. Seyfried and Sharon Stone as her mother should be considered for year end awards."

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Pete Hammond

25 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are at their best, a fun screen team and something a little lighter in the dog days of summer."

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Pete Hammond

26 14%

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

"Smurftastically stupid. Here's a sequel to a movie we didn't care about the first time around. It's enough to make you blue."

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Pete Hammond

27 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Hugely disappointing follow-up to director Neil Blomkamp's brilliant District 9. An intriguing premise evaporates into mindless sci-fi action. Jodie Foster gives the worst performance of her career."

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Pete Hammond

28 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"Not just a great history lesson but also a fine character study of a man who witnessed the entire Civil Rights movement through his job as a Butler in the White House. The acting is superb right down the line."

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Pete Hammond

29 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"A corporate thriller that offers juicy roles for Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Not terribly original but entertaining."

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Pete Hammond

30 27%

Jobs (2013)

"Terrific. Ashton Kutcher gives the performance of his career. A fascinating,surprising and intriguing warts-and-all look at one of the greatest innovators of our time. Get on line now."

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Pete Hammond

31 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"Terrific and scary-as-hell horror movie more in the spirit of psychological classics like The Innocents or the original 1963 The Haunting."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Pete Hammond

32 51%

The To Do List (2013)

"Forgettable movie about a college-age girl trying to make up for lost time sexually may be just a 'to do' lister for that demo and no one else."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Pete Hammond

33 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Woody Allen gets serious with this searing portrait of a woman under the influence and a remarkable performance from Cate Blanchett."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Pete Hammond

34 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"If you liked Red , you'll like this nicely pitched sequel. It doesn't break new ground but it's good mindless summer fun with a great cast."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Pete Hammond

35 67%

Turbo (2013)

"A snail with the need for speed turns into the best animated film I have seen all year. We may have seen this all in Ratatouille but it still seems fresh as a slug."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Pete Hammond

36 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"A refreshing , almost film noirish reboot of the Wolverine franchise that uses its Japan locations to good advantage. Jackman is a great action star."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Pete Hammond

37 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"Easily one of the best movies you will see all year. It's funny and grabs the heart. Sam Rockwell deserves an Oscar nomination."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Pete Hammond

38 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Powerful and disturbing.Michael B. Jordan is brilliant. It shows us we can't change the past but with movies like this perhaps we can make a better future."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Pete Hammond

39 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"The most spectacular visual effects of the year. Del Toro is a master. May be the greatest monster movie I have ever seen."

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Pete Hammond

40 65%

The Heat (2013)

"The screen team of the season , Bullock and McCarthy , deliver a sizzling hot summer comedy. Over the top , but undeniable fun."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Pete Hammond

41 50%

White House Down (2013)

"Wasn't it just two months ago we watched the White House go up in flames in Olympus Has Fallen? This is the same thing, but even more absurd and ridiculous. An ace cast can't save it though Tatum makes a fine action star."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Pete Hammond

42 67%

World War Z (2013)

"Zombies are hotter than ever and now it's Brad Pitt's turn. Much better than its troubled production history would indicate , World War Z is epic and fun."

Posted Jun 23, 2013

Pete Hammond

43 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"Pixar has done it again. Literally. Monsters University has loads of laughs and heart."

Posted Jun 23, 2013

Pete Hammond

44 38%

The Purge (2013)

"The premise is intriguing but the movie is pretty disgusting. If it really had something to say about violence in our society okay, but it's just there for entertainment so beware."

Posted Jun 15, 2013

Pete Hammond

45 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"Want a feel-good movie this summer? Have I got the DOCUMENTARY for you!"

Posted Jun 15, 2013

Pete Hammond

46 34%

The Internship (2013)

"Google my words: it's a winner. It may not be as great as Wedding Crashers but this re-teaming of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson was worth the 8-year wait."

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Pete Hammond

47 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"Sofia Coppola's sly comment on the vapidness of pop culture and a group of teens lost in transition points out our obsession with fame and gets it all right."

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Pete Hammond

48 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"This movie makes Superbad and Pineapple Express look like child's play. Outrageous and undeniably hilarious, but how did it not get an 'NC 17'?"

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Pete Hammond

49 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"The attempt to do something different and a bit darker is admirable but this Superman doesn't fly, it just assaults the senses. Where's the fun?"

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Pete Hammond

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