"Murnau deftly balances the changes in tone, going from a deep foreboding to complete bliss, and using Expressionistic techniques like forced perspective, wonky set design, and long shadows to project a huge range of emotion."
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
"A cynical, nasty satire about humans regressing to infantile levels. I would love for it to be the final, insane word on indecent power-hungry Wall Street behavior, but you and I both know that probably won't be the case, so trust me, it's okay to laugh."
American Hustle (2013)
"Very similar to LOTR with lots of walking montages and an identical central conflict--the corrupting temptation of the ring and a call to courage for a hobbit. Far from the journey then, it's individual moments that elicit the greatest pleasure."
All Is Lost (2013)
"The key ingredient to the film's success is Redford's vulnerability. He's trying so desperately to stay alive that he has few moments for reflection, but they register - and all without the aid of dialogue."
Out of the Furnace (2013)
All Is Bright (2013)
White House Down (2013)
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
"Through a rich, grueling portrait of the machinery of institutionalized slavery, it asks us to examine the rotten core of slavery and how it permeates our entire culture, not just to ponder life in the 1840s."
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
"After a good 20 minutes of laborious setup, the film finally moves forward. When it does, it's the charisma of the actors (especially Tom Hiddleston) and the film's sense of humor that keep it afloat."
How I Live Now (2013)
Muscle Shoals (2013)
"It posits that the spirit of community forged by the musicians that created this music was part of its magic, and listening to it in the movie, it's hard to argue. The records they created defined an entire genre and hold up today as completely timeless."
Ender's Game (2013)
"Hood balances Ender's ascension in the military -- filled with conventional but exciting montages about beating the odds -- with scenes that, although all-too-obvious, challenge the morality of his situation."
A Woman Under the Influence (1975)
Only God Forgives (2013)
Embrace of the Vampire (2013)
The Counselor (2013)
"Inevitability is a theme foreshadowed and then played out in grisly fashion throughout The Counselor, which is crammed with so much nihilistic philosophizing that it makes the fatalistic tirades of Killing Them Softly seem like Fried Green Tomatoes."
"As a technical achievement, it's unparalleled...and its depiction of courage leaves a lasting impression. The little triumphs are always tempered by huge moments of melancholy and doubt, because there's always more harrowing danger just around the corner."
Captain Phillips (2013)
"...too long and doesn't hold up the tension or danger long enough. Hanks lends his Phillips some emotional heft, but the typical heroics of the Hollywood thriller seem out of place in this style of presentation."
"The racing scenes are dizzying. Quick-take point-of-view shots alternate from various spots inside the car and on the track, while engines roar away. The stakes for each race are clearly set out, and the result is thrilling."
"Swims in the murky waters of moral complexity, content to skim the surface without engaging fully with the questions it raises...delivers a disappointingly convoluted mystery plot in an attempt to give the audience what it thinks it wants."
Killing Season (2013)
"It wants to be a war-is-Hell 'coming home' story, but it ends up playing like a cheap action flick starring two men who are obviously too old to be running through the woods beating the living crap out of each other. "
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
The Act Of Killing (2013)
West of Memphis (2012)
"A documentary that distills 19 years of a witch hunt, a grass roots movement, lost leads, confusion, countless appeals, and hope into one remarkable movie that is hellbent on setting the record straight. "
Magic Magic (2013)
2 Guns (2013)
The Wolverine (2013)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)
"a tedious, underwhelming cash grab if there ever was one - a cynical attempt to use the iconic bent-over-backwards image of a possessed girl and the name recognition of the first movie to swindle people out of their money. "
"Classic film language has been fixed since the 20th century and modern film language can be so frenetic that it's refreshing to see a daring filmmaker creating tension and dread out of slow-paced, deliberate choices rather than quick-cut chaos. "
Wild Strawberries (1957)
World War Z (2013)
A Hijacking (2013)