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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Somber but not humorless, "Only Lovers Left Alive" plays to a languid but involving rhythm that is its own."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Dustin Putman

2 8%

A Haunted House 2 (2014)

"It becomes apparent after only moments that the filmmakers are once more happy to reach for the lowest common denominator, slapping together an icky non-stop barrage of bodily functions, racial stereotyping and rancid epithets and call it a comedy."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Dustin Putman

3 19%

Transcendence (2014)

""Transcendence" is much too lofty a title for a film that is rarely, if ever, transcendent."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Dustin Putman

4 59%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"A 106-minute game of cat and mouse where no one is safe, Greg McLean's second installment is fearless in the depths it plunders, very, very nearly matching the original in terms of its disturbing vitality and ultimate prolonged urgency."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Dustin Putman

5 67%

Chances Are (1989)

"[Blu-ray Review] Worthy of being rediscovered by fans of any of the actors or '80s comfort-food movie enthusiasts in general, "Chances Are" earns a recommendation."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Dustin Putman

6 67%

Chances Are (1989)

"[Blu-ray Review] Worthy of being rediscovered by fans of any of the actors or '80s comfort-food movie enthusiasts in general, "Chances Are" earns a recommendation."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Dustin Putman

7 48%

Rio 2 (2014)

"A misguided sequel that seems meandering and carelessly thrown together with no attention paid to its mixed messaging and detrimental alteration in location. "Rio 2" takes a property that was already on the mediocre side and cuts it at the knees."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Dustin Putman

8 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"Any movie that engages its viewer on a topic he or she is normally not interested in is doing something right. And so, despite an array of plot contrivances and strained storytelling banalities around the periphery, "Draft Day" grew on me."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Dustin Putman

9 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"At the risk of classifying a work so thrillingly unclassifiable in its unrivaled vision, "Under the Skin" is an instantaneously quintessential 21st-century masterpiece in science-fiction and horror."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Dustin Putman

10 70%

Oculus (2014)

"The buzz, it turns out, has overinflated a film with a riveting structure and not much else going for it."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Dustin Putman

11 50%

Stage Fright (2014)

"For an enthusiast of horror and Broadway like myself, it is disappointing to root for "Stage Fright" and keep getting let down by the scattershot results."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Dustin Putman

12 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"There is the feeling that the expansive world of this ongoing Marvel saga is no longer spinning its wheels, but headed somewhere potentially fresh and exciting."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Dustin Putman

13 46%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"First and foremost, a vehicle for Kristen Wiig's transformative range as an actor. "Hateship Loveship" is a low-key gem."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Dustin Putman

14 73%

The Pirate Fairy (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] A congenial animated feature that grown-ups can enjoy and little ones will be over the moon about. The A/V perks are top-shelf and the bonus content is brief but nonetheless illuminating to the filmmakers' intentions."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Dustin Putman

15 73%

The Pirate Fairy (2014)

"A congenial animated feature that grown-ups can enjoy, parents will appreciate for its valuable themes, and little ones will be over the moon about."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Dustin Putman

16 77%

Noah (2014)

"Aronofsky has missed the boat on fulfilling this story's full potential. In terms of money spent and talent procured, this is a major creative fiasco in the annals of big-screen turkeys."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Dustin Putman

17 ——

Winnie the Pooh - Springtime with Roo (2004)

"[Blu-ray Review] Lovers of all things Pooh will undoubtedly want to own this Blu-ray release, while children in the single-digit range will now have another go-to title to watch every Easter."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Dustin Putman

18 ——

Winnie the Pooh - Springtime with Roo (2004)

"[Blu-ray Review] Lovers of all things Pooh will undoubtedly want to own this Blu-ray release, while children in the single-digit range will now have another go-to title to watch every Easter."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Dustin Putman

19 29%

Alien Abduction (2014)

"A found-footage knock-off of "The Blair Witch Project" that grows more shameless by the minute."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Dustin Putman

20 22%

Sabotage (2014)

"Does not cover all that much fresh territory, but the film commands attention by taking the material to its extremes. Director David Ayer brings seat-jolting tension and savagery to the otherwise subjectively familiar."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Dustin Putman

21 34%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] "Odd Thomas" is imperfect, to be sure, and tonally all over the place. Fortunately, director Stephen Sommers makes it work. Hopefully the Blu-ray will give the film at least some of the attention it deserved."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Dustin Putman

22 34%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"Even if "Off Thomas" would have likely had a more fruitful life on the small screen, it is still an enjoyably fast-paced way to spend 96 minutes—with a few additional surprises up its sleeve. "

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Dustin Putman

23 31%

Beneath (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] Well shot and technically competent. It's also a bit of an insult to the viewer's intelligence."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Dustin Putman

24 31%

Beneath (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] Well shot and technically competent. It's also a bit of an insult to the viewer's intelligence."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Dustin Putman

25 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"[Blu-ray Review] Most audiences will be delaying their kite-flying in lieu of gathering around their home theater screen. Chim Chim Cher-ee, indeed! Recommended."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Dustin Putman

26 73%

Enemy (2014)

"A bravely imaginative, startlingly unnerving, freakily mesmerizing puzzle-box mindbender."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Dustin Putman

27 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"It is a near impossibility to stop from smiling during "Muppets Most Wanted," the charming feel-goodness of its spirit spreading to viewers like a particularly enchanting airborne virus."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Dustin Putman

28 40%

Divergent (2014)

"A cogent testament to its overall success: when the movie ends, the urge lingers to find out what will happen next."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Dustin Putman

29 63%

Bad Words (2014)

"The gusto with which "Bad Words" embraces its title cannot be discounted, but the film never equips itself as successfully as it wants to."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Dustin Putman

30 36%

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

"[Blu-ray Review] An amalgamation of satire, conventional box-checking and fright tactics, "The Slumber Party Massacre" is smarter than most naysayers give it credit."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Dustin Putman

31 36%

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

"[Blu-ray Review] An amalgamation of satire, conventional box-checking and fright tactics, "The Slumber Party Massacre" is smarter than most naysayers give it credit."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Dustin Putman

32 19%

The Jungle Book 2 (2003)

"[Blu-ray Review] A minor work from the Mouse House, but Disney enthusiasts will still want to pick up this high-definition package for the stupendous picture and lossless audio upgrade. They know who they are, and for them this Blu-ray comes recommended."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Dustin Putman

33 19%

The Jungle Book 2 (2003)

"[Blu-ray Review] A minor work from the Mouse House, but Disney enthusiasts will still want to pick up this high-definition package for the stupendous picture and lossless audio upgrade. They know who they are, and for them this Blu-ray comes recommended."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Dustin Putman

34 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"If "Veronica Mars" gets one thing right—and, let's be serious, it gets a lot of things right—the most lasting impression is the one it leaves its viewers with."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Dustin Putman

35 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"It is okay, even desired, that movies like "Need for Speed" embrace a popcorn-munching frivolity and sense of fun, but there still needs to be an underlying accountability for its subject matter and onscreen figures meant to be rooted for."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Dustin Putman

36 83%

Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014)

""Patrick" isn't one for necessarily spinning its wheels, but it too often hurts itself by jumping the rails into insanity."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Dustin Putman

37 87%

In Fear (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] "In Fear" is an oft-frightening film that stays with you. One of the most accomplished genre offerings of the last few years, it is a must-own for horror fans and suspense enthusiasts."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Dustin Putman

38 87%

In Fear (2014)

""In Fear" is an oft-frightening film that stays with you. One of the most accomplished genre offerings of the last few years, it is a must for horror fans and suspense enthusiasts."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Dustin Putman

39 89%

Frozen (2013)

"[Blu-ray Review] Decked to the nines with top-flight A/V credits, "Frozen" on Blu-ray will be one that even casual high-def collectors will want to own. It isn't just recommended, but a must-have."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Dustin Putman

40 78%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"This swirling, pun-heavy time-traveling farce gets its smartly written part-wacky/part-sweet tone exactly right."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Dustin Putman

41 42%

Homefront (2013)

"[Blu-ray Review] Dynamically directed, legitimately suspenseful as the climax plays out, and consistently captivating for all 102 minutes."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Dustin Putman

42 42%

Homefront (2013)

"[Blu-ray Review] Dynamically directed, legitimately suspenseful as the climax plays out, and consistently captivating for all 102 minutes."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Dustin Putman

43 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Has what it takes to bring a sense of awe back to modern audiences no longer easily impressed with fantastical, effects-driven sights."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

Dustin Putman

44 33%

Haunt (2014)

"A humdrum, even irritating slog that, safe to say, won't be giving anyone a sleepless night."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Dustin Putman

45 5%

The Outsider (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] For hardcore action fans or those who like one of the main cast members, the Blu-ray of "The Outsider" is worth a rental at best. All others need not apply."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Dustin Putman

46 5%

The Outsider (2014)

"Embraces its disposable B-movie leanings, but remains mediocre even under these modest prospects."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Dustin Putman

47 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Looking for a better movie in the same vein? Try 2005's "Flightplan," 2005's "Red Eye," or even 2006's "Snakes on a Plane," and treat this disappointing entry as the afterthought it finally becomes."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Dustin Putman

48 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

"Irresistibly brash and deeply moving, "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" is a vanity-free portrait of a phenomenal artist."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Dustin Putman

49 84%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"A jet-black, vaguely satiric but never jokey crime thriller. Enthralling, wince-inducing and purposefully unpleasant."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Dustin Putman

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