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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Let's Be Cops (2014)

"The viable chemistry between these two leads keeps the ball in the air, even when the balls land elsewhere in strained homophobic gags." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 20, 2014

Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)

"...has the careful polish of a campaign ad and the imposed narrative of your average National Geographic special." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 14, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"By this point in the season, there's something to be said for generic bombast that at least has the courtesy to come in under two hours." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Aug 13, 2014

Hercules (2014)

"Ratner has fashioned an adequate action-adventure around Johnson's horse-heaving he-man, a hero who's still larger than life even after the legend has supposedly been stripped away." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 30, 2014

Get On Up (2014)

""You look backward, you're dead," Brown warns his audience early on, and sure enough, whenever the narrative does just that, it threatens to lose its flicker of life." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 30, 2014

Sex Tape (2014)

"Director Jake Kasdan struggles to mine the panicky high-concept premise for three acts' worth of story, let alone 90 minutes of laughs." ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jul 17, 2014

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"The story has a welcome sense of continuous momentum, and what's more, DeMonaco has a better handle on both his skewering of the entitled upper class and the righteous anger of the targeted lower class." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 16, 2014

Coherence (2014)

"...grounds a mounting sense of paranoia among a set of credibly flawed relationships before doling out its eerie revelations with care." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 9, 2014

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Despite the shaky-cam aesthetic, Dave Green's first feature still makes for a brisk, appealing adventure capably anchored by four young actors." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 2, 2014

Begin Again (2014)

"It's no Once - hell, it's not even Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist - but if one is willing to accept the poppy indulgence of it all, Begin Again is equally easy on the eyes and ears. In other words, it's the Maroon 5 of movies." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jul 2, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

""You can't keep spending money on junk to make new junk!" Tanned teen Tessa pleads with her pops. Clearly, she doesn't realize she's in a Michael Bay movie..." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 27, 2014

Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014)

"...evocative of Lars von Trier's similarly unflinching Dogville and equally bound to start some conversations among those willing to stomach it." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 25, 2014

Jersey Boys (2014)

"A story about pop that doesn't boast any of its own." ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jun 25, 2014

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"...a more frantic, less funny reunion pic that proves whatever happens in Vegas will happen in just about every movie set there." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 18, 2014

Devil's Knot (2014)

"...feels more like a stiff book report than a sobering account of an all-American tragedy." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2014

The Signal (2014)

"...a bit like seeing a Nike commercial make a drunken pass at its friend's manga collection while the X-Files DVDs watch from across the room; it may not make much sense, but at least it's never boring." ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Jun 11, 2014

Wild Tales (2015)

"Ideally structured and often wickedly dark." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 29, 2014

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

"As one movie, it may not be a groundbreaking look at relationships, but what remains is an unusually delicate American drama." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 29, 2014

Maps to the Stars (2015)

"Moore delivers the film's most consistently, fascinatingly insecure performance, embodying an entire industry's desperation and determination within the fraying persona of a nearly-there has-been." ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 29, 2014

Mommy (2015)

"The outsized gestures often land with genuine emotion." ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 29, 2014

Lost River (2015)

"Any five minutes of the film would be well-suited to a cool music video, with only the last fifteen minutes or so threatening to become genuinely, giddily unhinged." ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 28, 2014

Two Days, One Night (2014)

"For a proven talent, this is an especially intimate showcase, and Cotillard rises to the occasion." ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 23, 2014

The Rover (2014)

"...doesn't deliver the same kind of genre-rattling excitement as most similar efforts, but from scene to scene, moment to moment, it's an enthralling watch." ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 21, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"This 'toon doesn't lack heart amid all the high-flying antics, but it may have benefited from a heartier dose of imagination." ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 21, 2014

The Captive (2014)

"By the end, one wonders less about whether certain characters will survive this ordeal and more about whether certain careers can." ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 20, 2014

Foxcatcher (2014)

"Foxcatcher skillfully thrives on that tension of the calm before the storm..." ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 19, 2014

Mr. Turner (2014)

"A slowgoing yet rich showcase for veteran character actor Timothy Spall." ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 16, 2014

Grace Of Monaco (2014)

"Grace seems to think that well-applied glamour can save the world; alas, Olivier Dahan's film makes a poor case for the same." ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 14, 2014

Faults (2015)

"A strangely funny, often eerie accomplishment." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Mar 24, 2014

Space Station 76 (2014)

"As a repressed blowhard whose every suicide attempt is thwarted by the station's safety protocols, the boorish, mustachioed Wilson is hilarious in ways that his prior performances had only barely suggested." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Mar 24, 2014

Fort Tilden (2015)

"Co-writer/directors Bliss and Rogers thread the navel-gazing needle with remarkable wit, as if channeling Sofia Coppola's After Hours." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Mar 24, 2014

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

"The lore of Hercules has spanned centuries, yet it's unlikely to ever see a more generic treatment on film than that of Renny Harlin's overblown origin story." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 23, 2014

Chef (2014)

" its best when demonstrating its creator's talents rather than having characters explicitly expound on them." ‐
Posted Mar 8, 2014

RoboCop (2014)

"At least offers something resembling ideas of morality and mortality in the guise of a silly shoot-'em-up, even if those ideas are eventually given short shrift." ‐
Posted Feb 12, 2014

A Field in England (2014)

"A challenging piece of work to be sure, due for eventual midnight-movie cultdom." ‐
Posted Feb 10, 2014

The Monuments Men (2014)

"A frustratingly flat film that drifts from moment to moment with a curious lack of urgency and an overbearing sense of self-importance." ‐
Posted Feb 7, 2014

Frank (2014)

"Endearing enough to plaster a smile on any face hiding beneath its own ever-grinning facade." ‐
Posted Feb 3, 2014

Locke (2014)

"Tom Hardy owns this taut, telling character study." ‐
Posted Jan 30, 2014

The Babadook (2014)

"An impressively chilling exercise in old-school restraint." ‐
Posted Jan 28, 2014

Boyhood (2014)

"Linklater's third masterpiece in the past decade should only affect anyone who's ever been someone else's sibling, child, parent, lover or friend." ‐
Posted Jan 27, 2014

They Came Together (2014)

"A very fast, often very funny riff on a very tired Hollywood formula." ‐
Posted Jan 26, 2014

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"Plenty enjoyable for fans of the first one, but by the end, it also has the consistency of reheated comfort food." ‐
Posted Jan 24, 2014

The Raid 2 (2014)

"A spectacular crescendo of ultraviolence that re-defines overkill." ‐
Posted Jan 23, 2014

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"...laden with enough truth to make you wish it had been better, more restrained, more disciplined, more trusting in its own emotional sensitivity to spare us all manner of dorky detours." ‐
Posted Jan 22, 2014

Camp X-Ray (2014)

"If nothing else, it suggests that Kristen Stewart may escape the prison of Twilight" ‐
Posted Jan 19, 2014

Big Bad Wolves (2014)

"A masterfully queasy blend of dark humor and darker humanity." ‐
Posted Jan 15, 2014

Lone Survivor (2014)

"The film effectively assaults its audience almost as aggressively as its subjects." ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2014

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

"The first half is such an agreeably raucous reunion that we hate to see a pesky thing like terminal illness ruin all the fun." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 15, 2013

Here Comes the Boom (2012)

"Ultimately, the film is much too derivative to stand (and deliver) on its own, but at its best moments, it proves amiably average, chiefly due to James' natural charms." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 15, 2013

Some Velvet Morning (2013)

"Anyone game to watch two effortlessly volatile and vulnerable performers trade barbs for 83 minutes ought to give this due consideration." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2013