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Rating Title/Year Author
2/4 Taken 3 (2014) Frank Ochieng Let's face facts...we all were Taken in by this pseudo punchy action yarn that no longer generates the destructive heat it once punctuated with carefree confidence. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/5 Face (2002) Nick Schager The director seems all too cognizant of her pedestrian script's inability to express more than superficial pathos EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/5 Homicide (1991) Paul Brenner a high wire neo-noir that bravely incorporates the urban thriller with the crazy twist of religious conversion and the saving/condemning of a divided soul. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
3.5/5 Dust (2007) Paul Brenner In the end, Bitomsky equates dust with life and death and the infinite EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2016
Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015) Chris Barsanti ...a fair-minded expose that is decades overdue. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2016
The Second Mother (2015) Chris Barsanti ...Muylaert's film, a quiet kind of modern classic, is less fascinated by the power play and ritual than it is by the people who are inhabiting those roles, and hoping, ever so softly, to transcend them. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2016
3/5 Chinese Roulette (1976) Christopher Null It just doesn't work. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2015
4/5 () Christopher Null So much legal craziness that you'll soon agree the whole system is totally out of whack. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2013
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Paul Brenner With her wide and expressive eyes, eyes that lock onto the spectator, conveying both hope and despair in the same instant, Falconetti delivers one of the most sublime and gripping of film acting performances. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2013
All About Eve (1950) Pete Croatto Screenwriting students, you have your Bible. Movie lovers, you have a film that is impervious to the rigors of time, not to mention an inspiration for every prime-time soap opera. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2013
Hamlet (1948) Christopher Null This Hamlet, a Best Picture winner, unfortunately stands as one of the stagier productions of the famous play. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2013
2.5/5 Friday the 13th (1980) Bill Gibron Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
1.5/5 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) Jesse Hassenger Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3.5/5 Capricorn One (1978) Keith Breese Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3.5/5 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Don Willmott Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3.5/5 Where Do We Go Now? (2011) Chris Barsanti ...When [Nadine Labaki] screams, "You're just animals!", it's to mourn every life snuffed out for worshipping the wrong way or belonging to the wrong group. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2012
4/5 Bernie (2011) Chris Barsanti ...it's good to know that Richard Linklater had some Hitchcock in him. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2012
2.5/5 I Wish (2011) Chris Barsanti ...[Hirokazu Kore-Eda] has the people and the mood, just not the story. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2012
3/5 Dark Shadows (2012) Bill Gibron ...a 'shadow' of its former self, still fun and fascinating but a bit of a letdown for those on the original Barnabas bandwagon. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2012
3.5/5 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) Bill Gibron The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel may not be capable of living up to every word in the title, but it does make for one engaging escape, no matter your age. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2012
4/5 Marvel's the Avengers (2012) Jason McKiernan A slam-bang comics-inspired blast where the superhero collective fuses seamlessly and works marvelously. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2012
2.5/5 First Position (2011) Chris Barsanti ...crowd-pleasing but ultimately dissatisfying EDIT
Posted May 3, 2012
3/5 The Connection (1961) Chris Barsanti Exhausting and occasionally juvenile, The Connection is, nevertheless, an experience. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2012
3.5/5 Safe (2012) Bill Gibron Safe may not be as bugnuts insane as the Crank films, but it does pack a similar wallop. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2012
2.5/5 The Raven (2012) Bill Gibron ...a by-the-book spook show EDIT
Posted May 2, 2012
4/5 Sound of My Voice (2011) Chris Barsanti But for a conclusion that arrives long before the audience is ready for it to be over with, this would have been the runaway indie hit of the year. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2012
3/5 The Five-Year Engagement (2012) Bill Gibron This should have been a lot better. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2012
3.5/5 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) Jesse Hassenger The lovingly crafted sight gags are plentiful and the lightly Pythonesque dialogue is cleverer than your average live-action comedy. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2012
5/5 Headhunters (2011) Jules Brenner With the twists of a cyclone and humor that on occasion edges close to farce, it's a knife-cutting satire that's not above a bellylaugh. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2012
2/5 The Moth Diaries (2011) Bill Gibron Sex, blood, and death may be the givens of any Dracula-inspired fright film. The Moth Diaries skimps on all three. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2012
3/5 Chimpanzee (2012) Jason McKiernan Like all Disneynature films, Chimpanzee is a mixed bag, but it fulfills its role in the natural selection of the Hollywood box-office. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2012
3.5/5 Think Like a Man (2012) Bill Gibron This feather-light confection may lack true insights, but it does offer a lot of heart -- and humor. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2012
2.5/5 The Lucky One (2012) Jason McKiernan The film is at least good-natured and occasionally charming, less flagrantly offensive than many recent tear-jerkers. Yes, I am damning with faint praise. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2012
3.5/5 Damsels in Distress (2011) Chris Barsanti Dadaism for the preppie set. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2012
3.5/5 Goodbye First Love (2011) Chris Barsanti ...shows -- in bright colors and dark, gusting squalls -- what it is like to be swept away by overwhelming, and often unrealistic, feelings. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2012
2/5 The Three Stooges (2012) Bill Gibron Tthis is a strange combination of homage and hack-job that never rises above its otherwise obvious intentions EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2012
2/5 Lockout (2012) Bill Gibron By borrowing a bit too liberally, it ends up drowning in its own demented designs. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2012
4.5/5 The Cabin in the Woods (2011) Bill Gibron The Cabin in the Woods stays strictly within the preset motion picture mandates. If two years on the shelf results in something this fun and refreshing, then all movies should be left to age. This one has matured magnificently. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2012
2/5 The Hunter (2011) Chris Barsanti In this unfocused and highly antidramatic film, Dafoe is measured for a role that requires him to be empathic and exceedingly normal; it doesn't fit. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2012
1.5/5 ATM (2012) Bill Gibron ...a vaguely interesting idea for a scary movie made dull and derivative EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2012
2/5 Keyhole (2011) Chris Cabin Keyhole offers no promise of landing on solid ground or breaking through the atmosphere. It's a perpetual acid-trip comedown. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2012
4/5 Habemus Papam (2011) Chris Cabin We Have a Pope is a film concerned deeply with how religious doctrine stresses a disconnect from human experience and, by extension, the very notion of humanism. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2012
2.5/5 Wrath of the Titans (2012) Bill Gibron ...the worst kind of creative hodgepodge. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2012
1.5/5 Dark Tide (2012) Jesse Hassenger Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2012
3.5/5 Womb (2010) Chris Cabin One of the more effectively eerie chamber dramas to come around so far this year, perhaps because its chosen "chamber" exists on an otherworldly plane. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2012
4/5 Mirror Mirror (2012) Bill Gibron The real surprise, however, is the sly self-referential tone that never takes itself too seriously, leaving the viewer capable of laughing at the lovely ludicrousness of it all. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2012
3.5/5 The Island President (2011) Chris Barsanti What just might be the scariest movie of the year doesn't feature skyscraper-crushing robots or species-annihilating bacteria. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2012
3/5 Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) Josh Bell Entertaining and informative, whetting the appetite for a more in-depth exploration of Corman's body of work. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2012
2.5/5 October Baby (2011) Bill Gibron Instead of taking the WWJD pronouncements and beating us over the head with them, Guy goes for the truth and takes us there, teary eyed EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2012
4/5 The Deep Blue Sea (2011) Chris Cabin the work of a British master EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2012