Before Midnight (2013)
The Conjuring (2013)
"Director James Wan, best known for creating the Saw franchise, delivers his finest work to date. Instead of relying on the graphic, slasher-style techniques that made Saw a hit, Wan turns to old-fashioned suspense, and the payoff is big."
The Heat (2013)
"There's no getting away from the fact that The Heat is lightweight and derivative, but its formulas have been freshened just enough to make it fun. With Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock on board, that's enough."
Pacific Rim (2013)
"The plot is well designed considering how silly the movie really is. Credit that to Guillermo Del Toro. He obviously put a lot of though into the picture, but it's still a basic action film, and the selling point is giant robots battling giant monsters."
This Is the End (2013)
"The best thing about This Is the End is playing "spot-the-celebrity" in the early frames. Do this, and you'll find everyone from Jason Segel to David Krumholtz. If all that talent were put to better use, the film might have been worth watching."
The Frozen Ground (2013)
The Big Wedding (2013)
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
"[Jon M.] Chu is a stylish director, and it's fun to watch him blow things up. He also paces the material furiously. For awhile, this strategy works. But, as with most movies that don't have any substance, the pomposity and spectacle grow tiresome."
Ginger & Rosa (2013)
Bullet to the Head (2013)
Evil Dead (2013)
The Gatekeepers (2013)
"What's a romantic comedy to do when it is neither romantic nor comedic? When that film is Admission, it plunges forward drunkenly, hoping to overcome its inadequacies with goodwill created by the cast."
The Host (2013)
The House I Live In (2012)
"Americans have long celebrated justice and freedom, but director Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In forces viewers to look closely at political policies that have turned the nation into the No. 1 jailer in the world. "
21 And Over (2013)
"There's a reason 21 & Over feels like a low-rent, teen version of The Hangover. It was written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the two scribes who created the comedy blockbuster. Only this time, they're out of new ideas."
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
"Although a fairy tale, the movie is presented as a big-budget, special-effects blockbuster that plays as much like Clash of the Titans as a Disney cartoon. That places a lot of limitations on audience."
"[Director Rick Roman] Waugh is self indulgent in his approach to the material, and the dialogue occasionally bogs in preachy rhetoric. Once one moves beyond these annoyances, Snitch works as a simple and enjoyable action thriller."
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
"[Director Tommy] Wirkola attempts to balance his over-the-top gore with gags, but the jokes often fall flat. The characters aren't very compelling either, and that's a problem in a film built around action."
Dark Skies (2013)
Identity Thief (2013)
"Very little about Identity Thief is original. After a brief introduction that leads to Sandy and Diana travelling across the country together, viewers are saddled with a story that's essentially a road movie with an Odd Couple twist."
Warm Bodies (2013)
A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
After Earth (2013)
The Internship (2013)
The Hammer (2007)
Nancy Drew (2007)
Day Watch (2007)
Evan Almighty (2007)
Knocked Up (2007)
"There's value in films about supernatural heroes and bigger-than-life villains, but the ones that stick with us feature characters we can relate to. Apatow has given birth to that sort of film, and he should be a very proud papa."
Year of the Dog (2007)
28 Weeks Later... (2007)
"A good deal better than the average Hollywood horror film, but 28 Weeks Later doesn't have the inventiveness, originality or intelligence that made its predecessor one of the top horror pictures of the past five years."
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
"Forest Whitaker's intense, studied performance shows Amin not only as a madman responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of his countrymen, but as a charismatic figure capable of winning hearts and minds"
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Charlotte's Web (2006)
Rocky Balboa (2006)