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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 33%

As Above/So Below (2014)

"Delivering a more riveting journey than ultimate destination, the film excels as a fantastical, thick-tensioned mood piece with an eye for the deliciously, preternaturally unknown. It also happens to be damn scary."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Dustin Putman

2 44%

Aftermath (2014)

"No one will be anointing "Aftermath" a feel-good triumph anytime soon, but there are flashes of unanticipated sensitivity and disquieting inspiration that cannot be denied."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Dustin Putman

3 40%

The Possession of Michael King (2014)

"When a premise is juicy enough and the accompanying script is good enough, it can go a long way in smoothing over certain irksome deficiencies. For that matter, so can a host of legitimately earned scares."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Dustin Putman

4 17%

Jersey Shore Massacre (2014)

"Distinctly unimaginative in its third act but competently made nonetheless, "Jersey Shore Massacre" should divert viewers under the right circumstances. Otherwise, this is pretty disposable fare."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Dustin Putman

5 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"Spotty and slipshod, an unsteady, mostly vacuous excursion that not only shines a light on how much better "Sin City" did it, but virtually erases from memory with each passing scene."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Dustin Putman

6 39%

If I Stay (2014)

""If I Stay" overcomes its more hackneyed embellishments and mawkish dialogue for a sensitively composed tale where themes of sacrifice, understanding and courage ring identifiably, piercingly true."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Dustin Putman

7 36%

The Quiet Ones (2014)

"There is a lot to admire as the film embraces a pleasing brand of old-school chills over modern-day, pop-culture hipness."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Dustin Putman

8 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Bloated at 126 minutes, its long-windedness a letdown for a franchise that has yet to capture a confident, clip tone and rhythm. The further it goes, the more it falls victim to this lugubriousness."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Dustin Putman

9 89%

Bears (2014)

"Not without its contrivances as it caters to younger audiences, "Bears" is a nonetheless earnest, adorable real-life adventure."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Dustin Putman

10 32%

The Giver (2014)

"For a motion picture taking place within a population suffocated by its own sameness, "The Giver" dazzles and provokes as a rallying cry in favor of the irreplaceable messiness and beauty that life has to offer."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Dustin Putman

11 39%

Step Up: All In (2014)

""Step Up: All In" is so divorced from anything resembling reality that it is astonishing to behold. The best advice, though, would be to avoid beholding it."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Dustin Putman

12 20%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"In spite of the movie's shortcomings, there is an eager-to-please quality to the whole of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" that is difficult to resist."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Dustin Putman

13 41%

Life After Beth (2014)

"Cloaking tragedy in a veil of humor without compromising the truth of its thematic eulogy to love and loss, the film runs the gamut of emotions. It's droll. It's mournful. It's adorable, and surreal, and eerily burrows its way under the viewer's skin."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Dustin Putman

14 21%

Into The Storm (2014)

"A junk-food thriller with skillfully believable special effects and a lurchingly ham-fisted script, one that commands attention and spurs resulting groans in equal measure."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Dustin Putman

15 18%

Tarzan (2014)

"There is much to admire in "Tarzan," but no lingering emotional through-line to this particular telling."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Dustin Putman

16 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"A vivaciously crowd-pleasing space adventure. Of all of Marvel's many Phase I and Phase II projects tackled, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is, to date, the most alive with imagination and wonder."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Dustin Putman

17 48%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"With "Magic in the Moonlight," Woody Allen appears to have made a movie just to make one, bringing to it little of the passion, urgency and inspiration that separates his superior efforts from his second-rate fillers."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Dustin Putman

18 65%

Lucy (2014)

"A movie of tireless ideas and exciting stylistic panache."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Dustin Putman

19 61%

Hercules (2014)

""Hercules" did right by casting Dwayne Johnson in the lead, but then lets him and the audience down. This is overpriced, distinctly unsatisfying Hollywood schlock without a trace of bite."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Dustin Putman

20 ——

Curtains (1983)

"The closer one peers into the weird and macabre pleasures of "Curtains," the more its technical mastery and subtextual implications reveal themselves."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Dustin Putman

21 45%

All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

"What keeps the movie energetic and resounding comes down to the astute performances from its actresses and the almost aching reality they bring to a premise both silly and ultimately tragic. Whether they're dead or not, growing up can be hell."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Dustin Putman

22 10%

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

"Tonally and creatively messy, and filled with entirely too much shouting. In the case of "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn," less would have been much, much more."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Dustin Putman

23 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Gloriously animated with a preference for woodsy, mountainous landscapes (just make sure it is seen in the 2D format where the colors shine their brightest), "Planes: Fire & Rescue" outdoes itself when stacked next to the underwhelming "Planes.""

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Dustin Putman

24 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"A fitting companion piece that doesn't simply repeat the formula of its predecessor. Each are worthy of discussion and debate, both of them socially conscious, politically loaded allegories that just so happen to also pass for genre fare."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Dustin Putman

25 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"There are a handful of solid laughs sprinkled throughout, but the assumption is that bigger and better jokes are yet to come. They never do."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Dustin Putman

26 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"It is nothing short of stunning to watch "Boyhood" unfold. Richard Linklater's magnum opus offers more than what one has any right to expect from a film while simultaneously illuminating the infinite boundaries to which cinema is capable of going."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Dustin Putman

27 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"For all of Caesar's complexity, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" lacks intimacy and personality in all that surrounds him."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Dustin Putman

28 29%

SX_Tape (2014)

"It is difficult to become fully absorbed in goings-on when the characters keep having to deal with plummeting IQs."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Dustin Putman

29 ——

Killer Legends (2014)

"An eerie, insanely watchable documentary, "Killer Legends" was tailor-made for true-crime enthusiasts and folklore buffs."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Dustin Putman

30 40%

Lake Placid (1999)

"An old-hat but somehow still fresh horror-comedy that wins its audience over by the personalities onscreen."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Dustin Putman

31 58%

Rigor Mortis (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] Lacking in scares and suspense, the picture throttles its audience with visual effects and evocative imagery, but never gets to the heart of the characters."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Dustin Putman

32 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Flawlessly, heartbreakingly captures the joy, the fallibility and the transcendence of one's ever fleeting existence. Roger Ebert may no longer be here, but his impact and legacy will endure."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Dustin Putman

33 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

""Snowpiercer" is a rich, ravishing experience, a motion picture dripping in social consciousness and thematic intricacy without becoming preachy or losing sight of its other purpose as a rousing, robust entertainment."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Dustin Putman

34 24%

Tammy (2014)

"As much as Melissa McCarthy is a presence worth watching in almost anything, it is difficult to get too excited about the low-key, wishy-washy "Tammy.""

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Dustin Putman

35 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"A sci-fi adventure with more interest in the truths of being thirteen years old than in its otherworldly storyline, the project's sincerest moments are not surprisingly skewed toward the former coming-of-age material."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Dustin Putman

36 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"A grisly thriller composed of talent on both sides of the camera, but the material rarely rises above lukewarm."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Dustin Putman

37 17%

Final Terror (1985)

"[Blu-ray Review] "The Final Terror" has been entirely unavailable in the U.S. since the days of VHS, but it fully earns the right to be rediscovered on Scream Factory's outstanding Blu-ray release."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Dustin Putman

38 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

""Transformers: Age of Extinction" isn't a "good" movie by any conventional standards, but as nothing more than empty, stupid, sometimes dazzling spectacle it provides exactly what audiences who flock to this series will be looking for."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Dustin Putman

39 70%

Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014)

"One of the most enraging films to come around in some time, a picture of very real, uncompromisingly savage horrors."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Dustin Putman

40 49%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] RLJ Entertainment's Blu-ray release of "Wolf Creek 2" is top-notch on the A/V front and comes with an excellent 52-minute documentary, to boot. Highly recommended for all horror buffs."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Dustin Putman

41 53%

Blood Ties (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] A good film that could have been great with a little extra fine-tuning on the screenwriting and editing fronts. Now that the picture is looking and sounding as great as can be on Lionsgate's Blu-ray release, it is worth checking out."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Dustin Putman

42 53%

Blood Ties (2014)

"A familiar crime yarn of strained familial bonds, but it manages to find an emotional truth and urgency in between the editorial streamlining of its various story threads."

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Dustin Putman

43 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Are there some strong performances and the occasional potent moment? Sure. The problem is that there is no joy or liveliness to what's been put in front of the camera."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Dustin Putman

44 85%

Borgman (2014)

"To watch the boundlessly unpredictable "Borgman" unpeel one disquieting layer at a time is to be simultaneously invigorated, terrified and humbled by the vastness of its macabre ambition."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Dustin Putman

45 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] "Ernest & Celestine" will bewitch children and grown-ups alike, a none-too-soon respite from the typically louder, busier animated features Hollywood tends to produce. This Blu-ray release is excellent on every level. Buy it."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Dustin Putman

46 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] "Ernest & Celestine" will bewitch children and grown-ups alike, a none-too-soon respite from the typically louder, busier animated features Hollywood tends to produce. This Blu-ray release is excellent on every level. Buy it."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Dustin Putman

47 78%

The Machine (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] A provocative genre indie with striking imagery and a performance of riveting complexity delivered by Caity Lotz. XLrator's Blu-ray release is light on bonus content, but this HD presentation is still undisputedly the way to see it."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Dustin Putman

48 78%

The Machine (2014)

"The first hour's setup of "The Machine" is better than the threadbare guns-blazing action payoff, but the exceptionally fine work of Caity Lotz commands attention."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Dustin Putman

49 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"The loopy, satirical commitment with which [the filmmakers] have approached this second part gives it a slight edge over its predecessor. A likable, unapologetically R-rated slice of lunacy but a hair's width away from something greater. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Dustin Putman

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