Big Stone Gap (2015)
"Sure, the script can be simpler than a diner menu. And at times the nostalgia seems manufactured like the goodies at a Cracker Barrel gift shop, but...Big Stone Gap proves to be...a nice change of pace from the summer popcorn-movie season."
"Godzilla has run the gamut from campy action star hissing at throngs with poorly dubbed English to an even bigger joke - cough, hack, the 1998 monstrosity - to this sweet reinvention. Size doesn't matter. Acting matters. Writing matters. Cranston matters."
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
"Despite layers of borrowed source material, retread inspiration and Tobey Mcguire's red and blue voodoo doll, The Amazing Spiderman 2 manages to deliver a mostly fresh and enjoyable - if not quickly forgettable - superhero flick."
The Guard (2011)
"For 90 minutes, it could be a super-sized Hallmark Channel flick. The ape revolution teased in the trailer, all 30 minutes of it, is an afterthought. There are scrap-booking conventions with more action."
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
"It's a bucket of maraschino cherries and whipped cream after no supper. It's a two-plus hour climax without an ounce of foreplay. A fireworks grand finale without a single sparkler cooling off in Uncle Joe's Pabst can."
Larry Crowne (2011)
"It wants to be a subtle, inspirational message to those undergoing tough times. Even his name - half schmucky, half regal-ish - shows that second chances really happen! (Just ask Lonnie Millionbucks and Jerry Diamonde). The upshot? Meh."
"Michael Bay's third "Transformers" installment in four years is a rambling mess of bastardized news reel footage, over-stylized CGI talking toy jousts, and light-hearted scenes with the comedic timing of Dick Cheney's pacemaker."
The Tree of Life (2011)
"I admire The Tree of Life - in the same way I admire the white-haired lady in the Guinness Book of World Records with 28-foot fingernails. By the way, after "The Tree of Life," you'll probably have to cut your nails, just saying."
Super 8 (2011)
The Hangover Part II (2011)
"It isn't so much a sequel as it is a translation, a translation for those who prefer to drink up their humor garnished with a groin kick and a mid-coitis choke instead of a wink and a nod. Bottoms up. "
"If the rest of the popcorn movie entries exceed expectations on this level, then the forthcoming shirtless hero worship season might give me washboard abs - "Conan," "Captain America" and "Sinbad" are yet to come. "
In A Better World (2011)
Scream 4 (2011)
"You know a movie franchise has lost its pop culture clout when it goes from creating the most popular Halloween accessory to successfully tracing the arc of Courteney Cox and David Arquette's failed marriage."
Your Highness (2011)
Source Code (2011)
Of Gods and Men (2011)
Sucker Punch (2011)
Casino Jack (2010)
"Hollywood is getting obsessed with the growing financial porn genre, where white-collar criminals get fluffed by accounting firms and the slow-motion perp walk is the new money shot. They're exploitative, best watched alone, and let's admit it...hot."
Barney's Version (2011)
Battle: Los Angeles (2011)
"Alien invasion flick "Battle: Los Angeles" is basically a $100,000,000 recruitment video for the Marines that will help the Corps fill its ranks with gawky gamers who like laughably bad movies. Semper sigh."
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
"When Facebook friends, credit histories and text message logs expose our every - and dictate 99 percent of our decision-making- "The Adjustment Bureau" has a point. Now you have a better excuse for losing your car keys than early-onset Alzheimer's."
Cedar Rapids (2011)
The Company Men (2011)
"It's the kind of movie that rich, disconnected Hollywood filmmakers make about the recession, thinking they're committing some altruistic act of empathy for a nation struggling to pay the mortgage on its second home in Nantucket."
Just Go with It (2011)
"There are fewer kicks to the groin (there are still a lot) and the potty humor is kept to a minimum, relatively speaking, of course. Metaphorically speaking, someone lit a match in Adam Sandler's bathroom."
"The strong 3D visuals create a suffocating sense claustrophobia that makes you feel like you're locked in a closet at the DMV. But the characters are cardboard creations and the writing is less engrossing than faded cave drawings. "
Another Year (2010)
"Another Year is two-plus hours of heavy dialogue and heavier uncomfortable silences. But if you can muddle through the tense moments, the pay-off is seeing one of the best written movies of the year. "
Blue Valentine (2010)
No Strings Attached (2011)
Made in Dagenham (2010)
The Green Hornet (2011)
Season of the Witch (2011)
"It will probably be the worst reviewed movie of the year, it may break up couples mid-date night, and fraternities are sure to use it in tandem with contraband beverage Four Loko for Hell Week hazing. But come on, it's not that bad."
Little Fockers (2010)
"I'm guessing there will be a fourth and a fifth "Meet the Parents" sequel: "Stepfockers," and "Tween Fockers" or maybe even "As Long as She's Your Second Cousin, You Can Still Focker." Who knows, or cares."
The King's Speech (2010)
"In a 24-hour news cycle, it's hard to believe a man with the elocution of a Pet Rock could be crowned King of the World. But at a time when the phonograph was high-tech and British figureheads weren't doing karaoke with Elton John, it could happen."
Black Swan (2010)
"Black Swan isn't the feel good movie of the year. Heck, you may need to pop three Zolofts afterward and go to a happy place. But at least your personal potential rock bottom will plummet several hundred feet afterward."
How Do You Know (2010)
"Sometimes it's more jock than jocular. Occasionally, the camera lens lingers on Owen Wilson's crooked schnoz or Reese Witherspoon's prudish grimaces a bit too long. But it's is never too cute, except in omitting the question mark from its title."
The Tourist (2010)
The Warrior's Way (2010)
127 Hours (2010)
"Someone please chop down Tony Robbins' beanstalk. Then sic a shark to "hug" Dr. Phil. And spill a scalding bowl of Chicken Soup for the Soul in the stupid chef's lap. Finally, America has a real deal, down-to-earth motivational icon."
Inside Job (2010)
"I want to prank call Alan Greespan. I want to hire a barista to cold cock a former Lehman Brothers exec who retired at 42. Put down your plastic forks. Pick up your pitchforks. And follow me! We're marching on Washington, errrr, Wall Street. Same thing..."
Morning Glory (2010)