Last Days of Disco (1998)
"Not only are the characters in The Last Days of Disco embarrassingly earnest about their love for spectacular nightclubs and thumping dance music, but they're also completely transparent about their desires, even when they think they're being clever."
"You get the feeling that you're eavesdropping on real conversation rather than the polite chit-chat you might expect at actual events, and seeing those aristocratic tendencies fall away to reveal scared human beings is part of the movie's infinite charm."
Project X (2012)
"It wants to be the ultimate party movie, but its mean-spirited nastiness, dedication to shock-value humor, and lack of any kind of base-level humanity proves that it's really the ultimate teensploitation film."
Mirror Mirror (2012)
"The tone is campy and fun, although Roberts is better with the lighthearted dark comedy side of her role. Still, the script is light and witty, poking a lot of fun at itself and the visual artistry is absolutely gorgeous to look at."
The 39 Steps (1935)
"Surprisingly fast-paced for a 1935 film, full of twists and turns, and when the unlikely couple becomes handcuffed together and are forced to pretend they are married, it really kicks into high gear. Donat and Carroll have chemistry to burn."
21 Jump Street (2012)
"Co-written, produced by, and stars Jonah Hill, who took exactly the right attitude towards the movie: He and his costar Channing Tatum embraced the stereotypes, laughed at themselves, and came up with a surprisingly funny film."
The Convincer (Thin Ice) (2012)
Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
"It's an uncomfortable marriage of sentimental genre conventions and real-life tragedy shown with graphic detail. It does bring you inside the main character's internal struggle, but doesn't seem focused enough as it sways into action film territory."
"For those of you that are big fans of the cult comedy hit Wet Hot American Summer, Meatballs is the summer camp movie it parodied the most, even though Meatballs had a bigger heart and was strictly PG."
In Darkness (2012)
"The main thrust of the film mines the familiar territory of Schindler's List for sure, but In Darkness distinguishes itself by mixing strong characterizations of the families living underground with lots of suspense and claustrophobia."
"If it stumbles a bit, it's during an ending where the movie over-explains its themes, but that ending is also surprisingly emotional - and the multimedia animation technique and subtle use of 3D are pretty remarkable."
The Campaign (2012)
Total Recall (2012)
"... ignores all the fun and takes itself very seriously, but doesn't have the richness of ideas to back it up. In the end, the new Total Recall doesn't improve on the old one, it just waters it down."
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
"I'm going out on a limb here: I actually think the movie might work well as a dark comedy on subsequent viewings. I certainly laughed at all kinds of 'wrong' moments, mostly because of Hardy's outrageous accent."
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
"With its multicultural casting and "uplifting" message about how the people that support you in your life are your real family, Ice Age 4 is "progressive" and positive while somehow being completely forgettable."
"When Sacha Baron Cohen goes over the top with his brand of boundary-pushing offensive humor, it's because he's pointing out hypocrisy. When MacFarlane goes over the top, he's just laughing at people for being who they are. There's a difference."
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Rock of Ages (2012)
The Organizer (1963)
"Roberto endures and escapes one random set of dire circumstances after another without feeling contrived or stopping for cheap sentimental tricks. He even makes a certain selfish choice, but at the time, after what he's been through, who could blame him?"
Dark Shadows (2012)
"Some scenes seem to exist in their own universe entirely, having no bearing on the rest of the plot. If this is supposed to be some sort of satirical comment on the original TV show, which was famously erratic, then it was a bad choice. "
Late Spring (1949)
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
The Dictator (2012)
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
"It treats its characters with respect and it doesn't downplay their relationship troubles. Even in the midst of some pretty raunchy humor, there is a lot of heart and it doesn't feel like someone is pulling the strings-the emotion actually feels earned."
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
"In a shrewd move by writer/director Joss Whedon (no stranger to a directing an ensemble), each superhero is given his or her moment of inner turmoil, a moment of doubt and serious danger, and a moment to shine that spotlights their own unique talent."
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
"All the meticulous buildup leads to a hugely satisfying payoff. Despite all its ironic detachment, it has tons of laughs, some truly jaw-dropping moments, and a couple scenes of unexpected poignancy that make it more than a parody movie."
The Three Stooges (2012)
"So lighthearted and good-natured it's almost impossible to resist completely. A couple of the sequences come close to hilarity, but if the last reel would have taken the slapstick to dizzying idiotic heights, it would be a solid movie all around."
"Jolie never shies away from the horrors of war, with scene after scene of ethnic cleansing and war atrocities, but it suffers from an emotionally distant script and some weird editing that make the film's languid pace even more noticeable."
The Sitter (2011)
"Beyond the simple idea that Gods intervened in humans' lives on a regular basis, there isn't a lot of interesting stuff to chew on in the script. It moves from one amazingly framed camera setup to the next with no forward motion or feeling of consequence."
A Dangerous Method (2011)
American Reunion (2012)
"Seeing as how this is essentially a teen comedy about guys in their early 30s, some of the laughs are kind of creepy and uncomfortable, but the directors have tons of genuine affection for the characters."
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
The Hunger Games (2012)
World on a Wire (2011)
Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)
The Skin I Live In (2011)
"There are two iron wills in this movie. What's shocking is the lengths that each character goes to. A seriously campy tone almost undercuts the seriousness of the story, and it has its fair share of uncomfortable and shocking laughs."
London Boulevard (2011)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)