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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 89%

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

2 58%

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

3 59%

Lucy (2014)

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

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Dustin Putman

4 63%

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

5 ——

Curtains (1983)

"[Blu-ray Review] Packed with quality special features on top of an already awe-inspiring A/V presentation, Synapse Films' "Curtains" Blu-ray should be an essential addition to everyone's collection. A MUST-OWN."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Dustin Putman

6 ——

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

7 50%

All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] Image Entertainment's Blu-ray release looks fabulous. Horror fans expecting something that is genuinely scary will be at a loss, but those who like a little blood-drenched darkness to their absurdist humor should eat it up."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Dustin Putman

8 50%

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

9 11%

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] Very few complaints to be had about the HD treatment. Features are pretty frivolous, leaving the film to defend itself. Fine performances from Williams & Kunis almost save the day - for fans it might be worth checking out."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Dustin Putman

10 11%

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

11 43%

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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] "Under the Skin" stands unforgettably on its own as a modern insta-classic, one that grows and deepens with each new viewing. The Blu-ray isn't merely recommended, it is an essential purchase."

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Dustin Putman

16 91%

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

17 29%

SX_Tape (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] Might be of interest for horror fans or anyone who is curious about Bernard Rose's latest effort. For them, a rental is in order. All others can probably skip this trip to the asylum."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Dustin Putman

18 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

19 ——

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

20 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

21 58%

Rigor Mortis (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] "Rigor Mortis" exhibits attractive A/V specs, but doesn't offer anything substantive in the way of bonus content. Asian cinema enthusiasts could do much worse and might want to check the film out as a rental."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Dustin Putman

22 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

23 33%

Stage Fright (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] Features are an extensive, quality lot. Taking this and its excellent audio and visual attributes into account, the Blu-ray of "Stage Fright" is a top-notch package worth checking out. Recommended."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Dustin Putman

24 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

25 94%

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

26 23%

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

27 49%

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

28 30%

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

29 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

30 17%

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

31 68%

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

32 48%

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

33 47%

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

34 47%

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

35 54%

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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 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

40 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

41 85%

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

42 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"By taking its time in the 4 years since the 1st movie, Dreamworks has mounted a superior 2nd installment, one that gives heretofore untapped personality to its characters and an extra shot of heart to the touching, age-old tale of a Viking and his dragon."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Dustin Putman

43 31%

Lullaby (2014)

"Culminating in the endurance of memories and hope for the future, "Lullaby" strikes an unforced, resonating chord. It is so much more than just a sad tale."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Dustin Putman

44 69%

Visitors (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] Cinedigm's Blu-ray release of "Visitors" is a splendid visual and aural experience with a number of quality bonus features delving into the picture's conception and making."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Dustin Putman

45 69%

Visitors (2014)

"Entrancing, reminding of a thought-provoking media art exhibit exemplifying the antithesis of Hollywood moviemaking."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Dustin Putman

46 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"Doesn't hit every target or land every joke, but Steve Coogan's enthusiasm for the role—and the project as a whole—proves infectious."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Dustin Putman

47 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] A fitting introduction to the man, the myth, the legend (in his own mind). Magnolia's Blu-ray release earns a recommendation, but fans of Coogan's work in particular should feel confident in an instant purchase, sight unseen."

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Dustin Putman

48 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] "Non-Stop" in high definition will be worth a gander for action-movie buffs and fans of the film. Everyone else can probably pass."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Dustin Putman

49 22%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"[Blu-ray Review] Anyone who can't get enough of the case of the West Memphis Three will likely want to see it for him or herself, but the film is worth no more than a rental."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Dustin Putman

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