Romeo and Juliet (2013)
"Please steer away your loved ones from this tone-deaf travesty, this misbegotten farrago, this offensive, rank, charmless, near-lifeless, anti-romantic twaddle, a classic tale 'told by an idiot.' Want to know what I really think?"
"Moves us closer to an art-house/blockbuster hybrid paradigm that could be Hollywood's salvation...a survivalist adventure that captures the primal terror of present death while exploring the will or won't to live."
Runner Runner (2013)
"The odds of hitting a 'runner runner' flush (in Texas Hold 'Em) are 'roughly four percent.' Coincidentally, those are the same odds you'll be satisfied with your purchase of a ticket to Runner Runner."
Enough Said (2013)
Stand by Me (1986)
Afternoon Delight (2013)
"Feels rather 'been there, done that' for a movie that keeps (idly, as it turns out) threatening to turn transgressive. Still, by putting utility player Hahn front and center, Soloway earns instant good will."
Short Term 12 (2013)
"As violent, macho fantasies go, this one is surprisingly engaging, a throwback to '80s sci-fi actioners like Predator in its striking visual approach...its juicy pulp dialogue...and its unabashed hard-"R" gusto."
Kon Tiki (2013)
"With a man-against-the-elements adventure like this one, the emphasis is, and should be, largely on spectacular depiction of the environment, and [the] directors...make use of the biggest budget yet afforded to a Norwegian film... [Blu-ray]"
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
The Grandmaster (2013)
Closed Circuit (2013)
"Despite breathless proclamations about 'the biggest, most high profile murder case in British history' and timely trappings of closely held government secrets threatening to come to light, it all turns out to be rather boilerplate."
The World's End (2013)
Killing Season (2013)
"Comes full up with heavy-handed signifiers, from Ben's choice of reading (Hemingway...) to a hammered motif of lapsed Christianity (the climax takes place in a rotting church) that underlines the theme of living with the sins of the past. [Blu-ray]"
The Spectacular Now (2013)
"A mature film about immature people, tenderly performed by its young leads and skillfully adapted, by (500) Days of Summer screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, from Tim Tharp's YA novel."
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
"Despite admirable work from Whitaker and Winfrey, Lee Daniels' The Butler is nearly crushed by its own symbolic weight and its contrivance of a central character arc from keeping one's head down to learning to stand up."
"For all its apocalyptic fate-of-the-world theatrics, this...[adaptation of] the 2011 graphic novel Flashpoint by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert...has an emotional core to give purpose to its crazy amounts of mayhem. [Blu-ray]"
"A highly personal tale of undergrown men and overgrown boys experiencing the growing pains of love turned unrequited, and the realization that nothing-not freedom, not security, not innocence, not love-lasts forever. [Blu-ray]"
Lord of the Flies (1963)
Wild Bill (2011)
"With a concept and influences consciously in mind; fine performances by Creed-Miles, Poulter, and Williams; and approving cameos...Fletcher is able to put his best foot forward in this creditable debut."
The Driver (1978)
"Hill has remained a steadily stylish presence in the idiom of action cinema. His genres of concern tend to be the Western and the urban crime drama, and the twain meet in neo-noir The Driver. [Blu-ray]"
In the Family (2012)
"There's a tough-mindedness there that's admirable, even if it's preaching to a mall-multiplex choir. But one wishes Blomkamp were less concerned with his Halo-style run-and-gunning and more interested in the subtler repercussions..."
We're The Millers (2013)
2 Guns (2013)
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Still Mine (2013)
The Wolverine (2013)
Girl Most Likely (2013)
20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
"Neville does a good job of highlighting songs that are especially characterized by backup singers, like Lou Reed's 'Walk on the Wild Side,' and introducing us to some of the 'unsung' talent that made those hits possible. "
I'm So Excited! (2013)
"A perverted comedy of manners, with the characters spilling drinks, secrets, and sperm...but coming more from a place of 'I'm going to make my dolls kiss. Won't that be naughty?' than one of productive social satire."
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
The Lone Ranger (2013)
Unfinished Song (2013)
"If you're an inveterate softie looking to hydrate your eyes, yes...can't bear the thought of missing good work by Redgrave and Stamp, maybe...low tolerance for having your intelligence insulted (or dreadful renditions of "Love Shack"), it's a definite no."
The Heat (2013)
Fill the Void (2013)
The Bling Ring (2013)
"True crime with a dash of social satire...Coppola remains mesmerizingly stylish, but...The Bling Ring winds up being skin deep: superficial characters portrayed superficially in a shallow-pool reflection of shallowness."
Monsters University (2013)
Much Ado About Nothing (2013)