Evil Dead (2013)
An Affair of the Heart (2012)
"Although it veers dangerously into whitewash territory several times, the movie wears its heart on its sleeve, which is appropriate for a film full of Springfield's poppy hard-rock music and the unbridled enthusiasm of his loyal fans."
Safety Last! (1923)
Rolling Thunder (1977)
"The connection to an emotional truth is key to its success, because as the plot starts moving and the elements of the violent revenge flick start rearing their head, the movie feels grounded in Rane's reality."
Pacific Rim (2013)
"It has enough bombast and vigor for 100 summer movies, but it also has a firm grasp on what makes genre storytelling work, and it's del Toro's true love and respect for Kaiju that holds Pacific Rim up, even in its most predictable moments."
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
"There is a lot of hollow talk about codes of honor and some really corny dialogue and delivery, but the light tone and breakneck pace make these things easy to forgive. Lin has become a top-flight action director."
"Besides being a stirring portrait of a youth culture in crisis, the film is very charming and accessible - especially for anyone that's experienced teen alienation...at once a snapshot in time and a timeless piece of cinema."
This Is the End (2013)
"Because its transplanted the egotistical and childish behavior normally reserved for Team Apatow's lovable manchild characters onto the actors themselves, it feels dangerous. For awhile, it feels like anything can happen, and its thrilling. "
Medium Cool (1969)
"Despite the 1968 conflict(s) dating the film to a very specific time and place in American history, there's nothing that can't be applied to what's going on today, especially with the new relevance of video images on computers and handheld devices."
The Last Ride (2012)
Man of Steel (2013)
Now You See Me (2013)
"A slick piece of populist entertainment [with] an extra layer of fun guesswork built in because its characters are constantly explaining how magic tricks and misdirection work, essentially giving you the answers while daring you to figure it out ..."
Pain & Gain (2013)
"His slow-motion prowess and action-film chops add a surreal element, but Bay's camera leers at the world the same way his characters do. He wants to celebrate his "heroes" at the same time he's making fun of them, but his delivery gives him away. "
The Great Escape (1963)
"Each group of characters get their own riveting planning sequences, all skillfully told. This is one "heist" film where knowing the details of how the escape is supposed to go down before it happens only strengthens the suspense further."
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
"Do we boldly go where no man has gone before? From a plot standpoint, the answer is a resounding no, but that doesn't mean that its is a boring retread of past storylines. It's an energetic, thrilling mash-up of past storylines."
The Hangover Part III (2013)
"Phillips knew enough not to remake the same situation a third time, but this strategy, revealed even more of his limitations. Without a fantastic high concept to hold everything together, he is truly lost. "
Iron Man 3 (2013)
"In the midst of various plot threads with varying degrees of contemporary relevance, Black pulls off a crazy plot twist a little more than halfway through the film that's truly inspired and solidifies it as a comedy. "
Naked Lunch (1991)
"A challenge if you're expecting a forward-moving plot but there's also more than enough pitch-black humor and straight-faced madness to lighten the mood, especially since Burroughs' strange lingo and vicious knack for language are intact."
"Plot holes and mismanagement of suspense aside, it fails because it establishes an interesting premise and then abandons its characters as soon as things get complicated in favor of a typical save the world-type action story. "
The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)
"Roger Ebert once said, 'It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it,' and that applies 100 percent to this movie, a haunting film that makes something new out of the tradition of sprawling epic tragedies told in linear fashion."
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
"I was prepared for the expected amount of flag-waving nonsense in this film, but one sequence with a Cobra member posing as the President of the United States is so offensive, it seems like it was an outtake from Team America: World Police. "
"It illuminates the human condition and gives you plenty of time to think. It is the nature of nature to show no mercy, but mercy is inherent to the nature of human beings, even when it seems buried under loads of suffering."
Dead In France (2013)
"Neither funny nor thrilling, and it is frustratingly, singlemindedly bent on cheap thrills and faux-clever dialogue and situations that are so contrived and hackneyed that Troy Duffy probably threw them out while making Boondock Saints II."
"Everything that happens after it lets its abrasive character off the hook is completely predictable, but movies with this kind of pervasive silliness don't exist for their unpredictable plot lines-in fact they rely on predictability. "
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
The Kid with a Bike (2012)
Chicken with Plums (2012)
"...an admirable trip down the rabbit hole of a lonely man's mind and inspiration, but it loses its way about halfway through the movie and feels like a series of inspired, lovely short films, held together by the barest of threads."
Small Apartments (2013)
"This subject matter is ripe for sentimentalization, but Haneke resists it at every turn, opting instead for unflinching honesty. It is the economy of theme paired with the subtle richness of character that make Amour so powerful."
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
"There are many themes running through The Tin Drum: resistance against an unkind world, the need for acceptance, the horrors of romance and war, and the final idea that growth is inevitable and unfortunately, necessary."
Purple Noon (Plein soleil) (1961)
"Clément's strategy is to film Ripley's actions with little editorializing and the film is both laid-back and taut at the same time, especially in the second half of the film as the stakes get higher and it becomes more of a thriller. "
"It isn't very scary, but it does pile a bunch of really tasteless twists on towards the end that make no sense and it almost becomes a comedy. On one hand, is a failure as a horror film, but as an exercise in desperation, it's kind of a hoot"
Zero Dark Thirty (2013)
"What makes Zero Dark Thirty such a fascinating film is that it plays both as an engaging procedural thriller and a serious examination of the country's moral compass. It is already doing what great movies do-starting conversation."
Not Fade Away (2012)
"Because its more about intertwining themes than it is about obvious plot and conflict, it has melancholic energy. It revels in the mystery, appreciation, and ultimately creation of art-from a guy who was empowered and inspired by rock himself."
This is 40 (2012)
Django Unchained (2012)
"As an entertaining revenge flick with roots in exploitation films and spaghetti westerns, Django Unchained succeeds. But it never rises above its genre to become a real, affecting emotional experience. "
Jack Reacher (2012)
"Gradually, 'Jack Reacher' overcomes its eerie early parallel to the most recent awful public shooting and becomes what it is - a skillfully plotted, disposable mystery that may serve as a launching pad to a new franchise for Tom Cruise."
"Lawless features a unique villain and several great supporting actors, but none of them are able to rise above what is pretty standard crime movie material with nothing really new added to the mix. "
Les Misérables (2012)
"Despite some minor missteps, watching it feels like welcoming an old friend into your home. He may ramble a bit and slightly overstay his welcome, but hanging out with him reminds you of why you're friends in the first place."
Hope Springs (2012)
Men in Black III (2012)