Ann Hornaday

Ann Hornaday

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Baltimore Sun , Journal News (Westchester, NY) , Washington Post
Total Reviews:
1244

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1244
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/4 93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " With a Luminist's attention to light, water, shadow and smoke, Miyazaki creates an epochal story born of history, myth and Shinto animism." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3.5/4 92% Philomena (2013) " At its core, this clever, wrenching, profound story underscores the tenacity of faith in the face of unfathomable cruelty." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2.5/4 49% Black Nativity (2013) " By the time the film reaches its biblically inspired dreamscape of a climax, "Black Nativity" qualifies as equal parts surreal and stirring." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/4 78% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " Despite its austere beauty, elegant triptych-like structure and faultlessly disciplined performances, "Camille Claudel 1915" still raises more questions than it answers ..." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
17% Angels Sing (2013) " Despite the story's tenuous rigging and too-obvious sentimentalism, the actors give it grounding and warm appeal -- and really, who couldn't fall for the rictus-grinned Lovett playing the wacky Christmas-crazy neighbor?" — Washington Post
Posted Nov 21, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Fans of "The Hunger Games" should find "Catching Fire" a superlative advancement of the franchise." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2.5/4 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " "The Best Man Holiday" possesses all the strengths and weaknesses of banal, high-gloss mainstream entertainment: It's boringly, bracingly, gratifyingly conventional. No shame in that game." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2/4 67% How I Live Now (2013) " "How I Live Now" is a showcase for Ronan to prove that she's capable of more than pristine, angelic roles." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 7, 2013
4/4 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " McConaughey delivers the performance of his career, characterized not just by an astonishing physical transformation but by a wellspring of deep compassion and fearlessness." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3/4 79% Office Space (1999) " Imagine a live-action version of Dilbert, or In the Company of Men reconceived as a lighthearted romp, and you get the idea of Office Space, the auspicious live-action debut of Mike Judge." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 4, 2013
3/4 94% After Tiller (2013) " "After Tiller" does viewers the great service of providing light where there's usually only heat, giving a human face and heart to what previously might have been an abstract issue or quickly scanned news item." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 31, 2013
4/4 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " A great movie." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1.5/4 34% The Counselor (2013) " "The Counselor" must have looked great on paper, but you can't believe a word of it." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 24, 2013
4/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " Redford brings the watchfulness that has served him so well to every moment of "All Is Lost," infusing what is already a perfectly entertaining adventure with rich veins of symbolism and meta-meaning." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/4 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " A story that's essentially a bunch of guys looking at computer screens - a challenge that Condon wrestles with uneven success." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 17, 2013
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " McQueen doesn't go in for a lot of flash edits or self-conscious visual flourishes to put viewers at ease; rather, he invites the audience to sit with him as he gazes, amazed, at man's inhumanity to man ..." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 17, 2013
4/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Yet another Greengrass masterpiece. And it reveals why there have been so many: Behind the director's dispassionate, unfailingly rigorous lens lies an enormous, unfailingly compassionate heart." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 10, 2013
95% Peeping Tom (1960) " Almost forty years later, Powell's audaciousness, satirical wit and dazzling color sense still crackle with life." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Oct 5, 2013
1.5/4 9% Runner Runner (2013) " "Runner Runner" is a bummer. Bummer." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2.5/4 49% Parkland (2013) " Methodically and with generally unfailing good restraint, Landesman re-creates the grief surrounding the crime and the confusion of Oswald's capture and subsequent murder." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 3, 2013
4/4 97% Gravity (2013) " "Gravity" must be seen in theaters to be appreciated; the prospect of watching this movie on anything less than a 40-foot screen is tantamount to listening to Beethoven through a tin can and a string." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2.5/4 83% Blue Caprice (2013) " "Blue Caprice" doesn't offer the sense of catharsis or closure, let alone new information, that makes it more than a cold, if disciplined, directorial exercise." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/4 14% Baggage Claim (2013) " Glossy, flossy and blithely secure in its own cheerfully fake worldview, "Baggage Claim" bypasses the intellect entirely, happy to satisfy on a silly, screwball, wish-fulfillment level." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/4 96% Enough Said (2013) " Feisty, funny, fizzy and deeply wise, "Enough Said" sparkles within and without, just like the rare gem that it is." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/4 82% Prisoners (2013) " A grade-A genre exercise - but it's a genre predicated on specious reasoning and promiscuous, pseudo-sacrificial suffering." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2013
1.5/4 31% Adore (2013) " "Adore" at its core is a bore, nothing more." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/4 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " "Short Term 12" is that rare movie gutsy enough to tell the truth about love: that it's not a poetic longing or a magical-thinking happy ending, but a skill. And, the film suggests, we all have the capacity to learn it." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2/4 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " Rife with convenient coincidences, predictable plot contrivances and breathtakingly perfunctory revelations." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 28, 2013
3/4 92% In a World... (2013) " [Bell's] smart, enjoyable writing-directing debut in which she finally, deservedly stars." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 15, 2013
4/4 94% Museum Hours (2013) " "Museum Hours" is every bit as masterfully conceived and executed as the art works that serve as the film's lively cast of supporting characters." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/4 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " "Kick-Ass 2" can't decide what it wants to be when it grows up: a vessel for unhinged vengeance and destruction or a meta-critique of those same impulses." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2.5/4 86% Computer Chess (2013) " It's impossible not to see "Computer Chess" as both a humble, low-fi ode to evanescence and the deceptively cute baby picture of the digital disrupters who will soon bestride the Earth." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3/4 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " "Prince Avalanche" is a work of eccentric but often profound beauty. That old Green magic, it seems, is back." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/4 68% Elysium (2013) " Blomkamp's admirable if obvious egalitarianism too often devolves into simplistic wish-fulfillment. Still, his formidable visual imagination is on full display." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 8, 2013
1.5/4 47% We're The Millers (2013) " The laughs may come in fits and starts, usually by way of sight gags and set pieces, but they do come. And then they go." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2013
3/4 97% Chicken Run (2000) " Chicken Run isn't just chock-full of references to classic prison-break movies and some witty inside Hollywood jokes, but is filled with a secret ingredient sadly missing from its super-digitized, merchandise-driven counterparts: heart." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/4 92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " By now we expect this level of performance and narrative competence from a Spielberg film. But what makes Saving Private Ryan a watershed is its emotional maturity." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3/4 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Blanchett owns this movie as thoroughly as her character owns her delusions." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 1, 2013
1.5/4 64% 2 Guns (2013) " "2 Guns" feels like it's all been done before, whether by John Woo, Michael Bay or any number of their CGI-happy clones." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 1, 2013
—— The Typewriter (In the 21st Century) (2013) " Lockett has made a valuable and persuasive film that keenly balances instruction and celebration." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3.5/4 98% Blackfish (2013) " It's hard to imagine anyone coming out of this movie and not swearing off the next vacation trip to Orlando, San Antonio or San Diego. " — Washington Post
Posted Jul 25, 2013
3/4 93% The Hunt (2013) " Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen delivers an astonishingly restrained and expressive central performance in The Hunt, an engrossing psycho-social drama by Thomas Vinterberg." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 25, 2013
4/4 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " Whatever you call it, The Act of Killing is a must-see." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 25, 2013
4/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " In naturalistic and unforced strokes, he allows Grant to exist as a complex, even contradictory human, inviting the audience simply to sit with his life, his loss and what they both meant." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 19, 2013
1/4 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " The most objectionable thing about Only God Forgives isn't that it's shocking or immoral, but that it's so finally, fatally dull." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 19, 2013
2/4 20% Girl Most Likely (2013) " Kristen Wiig delivers another adorkable star turn in 'Girl Most Likely,' which works until it doesn't." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 18, 2013
—— My Neighbourhood " ...Opens a wide, largely hidden world." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 11, 2013
—— Inocente " [Inocente], with her fabulously painted face and indomitable spirit, qualifies as pure joy in human form." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 11, 2013
1/4 36% The Hot Flashes (2013) " Even though it earns an R rating for profanity and some risque material, it's too meek and mild-mannered to qualify as brave, or even slyly subversive." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 11, 2013
2.5/4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " That humanistic touch is pure del Toro, and it makes all the difference in Pacific Rim, whose own whirring, glowing heart doesn't belong to any machine but to the director himself." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 11, 2013
2.5/4 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " A coming-of-age drama that manages some genuinely surprising turns despite the formulaic road it travels." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 5, 2013
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