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Rating Title/Year Author
B Rock Dog (2016) Nell Minow Bodi is a likeable hero and it is fun to see his cheery optimism paired with the burned-out, cynical Angus. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2017
B Mr. Church (2016) Nell Minow Eddie Murphy gives a thoughtful, nuanced, sensitive performance in a film that suffers from a too-predictable script and suffers even more from very bad timing. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2016
B The Third Testament (2010) Nell Minow Its mosaic, documentary-style story-telling gives it an immediacy that makes its more amateur elements feel like further proof of its authenticity. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2016
B+ The Armor of Light (2015) Nell Minow This is a powerful film, all the more so because it struggles with its subjects to find common cause. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2015
B+ Truth (2015) Nell Minow Asserts its ambitions with its title and goes on to explore the very nature of truth and our willingness or ability to uncover and recognize it. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2015
D Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) Nell Minow An endless barrage of bullets and bazookas EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2015
D Godzilla (1998) Nell Minow Yhe movie sorely misses the quirky charm of "Independence Day's" Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum and the story never captures the heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2014
F Because I Said So (2007) Nell Minow This movie manages to be offensive and yet dull and predictable, as phony as a Kate Spade sidewalk knock-off bag and as unoriginal as the ready-for VH1 soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2014
B+ War of the Worlds (2005) Nell Minow The story is affecting, the action scenes are thrilling, the issues are resonant. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2013
B+ Despicable Me 2 (2013) Nell Minow wonderfully imaginative and fun with a masterful use of 3D and breathtaking precision-timed action sequences that are both exciting and hilarious. And there are minions. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2013
B+ Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Nell Minow This story is in the most literal sense, close to home. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2013
C Broken City (2013) Nell Minow It's too bad to see top talent slumming in an underwritten, under-thought, under-whelming piece of multiplex fodder. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2013
C- This Is 40 (2012) Nell Minow Asks us to care about the concerns of people who obsess about the most superficial and selfish problems, with no sense at all of how shallow and unappealing they are. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2012
A- Skyfall (2012) Nell Minow James Bond goes home in every sense in this ravishingly entertaining entry in the series. Five decades later, it all of a sudden feels fresh, fun, and utterly engaging. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2012
A- Brooklyn Castle (2012) Nell Minow There is much of what you expect -- gifted kids, dedicated teacher, tense anticipation, thrilling victories. The characters are endearing and their stories are stirring. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2012
C- Alex Cross (2012) Nell Minow The 6'5″ Perry's most believable moment is when his character has to reach something from a high shelf. That feels real. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2012
A- Argo (2012) Nell Minow Affleck is no longer one of Hollywood's most promising new directors - he has arrived. This film works on every level. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2012
C Here Comes the Boom (2012) Nell Minow Kevin James is so gosh-darned likable that he can make up for a lot of sub-par material, but not even he can make this tiresome effort work. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2012
B+ Frankenweenie (2012) Nell Minow A deliciously ghoulish story. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2012
B Pitch Perfect (2012) Nell Minow The musical mixes are terrific and Kendrick proves she is a real movie star but the mash-up with low comedy keeps tripping up the movie's momentum. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2012
B- Won't Back Down (2012) Nell Minow What should have been a rousing, feel-good, "inspired by a true story" film benefits from strong performances but suffers from a palpably skewed point of view. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2012
B+ Looper (2012) Nell Minow As with his brilliant and ground-breaking "Brick," also starring Gordon-Levitt, writer/director Rian Johnson has an engaging and compelling way of mixing genres. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2012
B+ The Master (2012) Nell Minow A metaphor about post-WWII America, overwhelmed by its own success, audacious, overconfident, careless, struggling between head and heart, past and future, body and soul. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2012
B Trouble With the Curve (2012) Nell Minow "Trouble with the Curve" pitches softballs to power hitters. It has major league players and a bush league script. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2012
B Liberal Arts (2012) Nell Minow Lovely moments like the classical music discussion, a genuinely moving passion for the written word, and nuanced performances may make you smile mistily about being 19. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2012
D Last Ounce of Courage (2012) Nell Minow This is bigotry masquerading as leadership, thuggery claiming the banner of freedom, braggadocio pretending to be strength. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2012
C The Words (2012) Nell Minow There are some random parallels between the stories and some sophomoric exchanges about truth and art, and then it does not end - it just stops. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2012
B Lawless (2012) Nell Minow Pearce, in gloves and slicked-down hair parted in the middle, is one of the best villains of the year. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2012
B- The Expendables 2 (2012) Nell Minow The over-the-hill gang engages in various shoot-outs punctuated by lame wisecracks that refer to their iconic roles. Guess whether someone says, "I'll be back." EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2012
B+ Premium Rush (2012) Nell Minow Director and co-writer David Koepp, like his hero, pares everything down to the essentials, and that means removing the brakes. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2012
C Thunderstruck (2012) Nell Minow This "Freaky Friday" with basketball keeps throwing airballs. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2012
C Hit & Run (2012) Nell Minow The script is slapdash and haphazard, seemingly thrown together based on whichever of their friends was available for a day of shooting. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2012
B Sparkle (2012) Nell Minow Some intriguing themes about the racial conflicts of the era are raised almost in passing while the soapy parts of the story drag on. But the musical numbers raise the roof. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2012
B+ ParaNorman (2012) Nell Minow "ParaNorman" expertly balances scary and funny elements of the story, with a surprisingly heartwarming conclusion. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2012
B The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) Nell Minow This sweet, whimsical, bittersweet tale is one of the summer's nicest surprises. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2012
B+ Hope Springs (2012) Nell Minow Streep and Jones are pure magic. The fear, the longing, the tenderness of these characters are beautifully illuminated in performances of exquisite understanding. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2012
C The Campaign (2012) Nell Minow This is one of those campaigns when you wish the ballot had an option for "none of the above." EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2012
B The Bourne Legacy (2012) Nell Minow Renner is a superb choice for an action hero, with easy charisma, intelligence, and mad fighting skills. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2012
B- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) Nell Minow With each movie, the franchise becomes better at milking the formula that causes 4th graders to cringe with delight. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2012
B Total Recall (2012) Nell Minow It honors the earlier version, sometimes directly, sometimes with a cheeky twist and includes a bit of existential rumination about memory, identity, and redemption. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2012
C- The Watch (2012) Nell Minow They didn't bother to write it; you shouldn't bother to "Watch" it. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2012
B+ Step Up Revolution (2012) Nell Minow The dancing just gets better with every entry. This one leads off with a cheeky flash mob that is so joyously kinetic even the cars leap up to get into the act. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2012
B+ Ruby Sparks (2012) Nell Minow It plays with the very notion of the girl whose job in the movie is to be the life force. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2012
B+ The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Nell Minow The "Dark Knight Rises" title applies equally to both hero and villain in this story. This is like a chess game where all the pieces are black. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2012
B+ Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) Nell Minow Gutt (Peter Dinklage) and Sid's granny (Wanda Sykes) are welcome additions to the cast, adding vitality and flavor to a cast whose conflicts have subsided in the previous chapters. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2012
C Savages (2012) Nell Minow Stone's re-re-re-treading of the same issues that have pre-occupied him since he was fighting in Vietnam - drugs, corruption, military, power - is tired. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2012
A- Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Nell Minow Exquisitely lyrical, poetic in tone and epic in scope. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2012
B+ The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Nell Minow Exhilaratingly vertiginous. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2012
B- To Rome With Love (2012) Nell Minow Allen's s real art form is the perpetual production schedule...It plays like a first draft, or even a handful of random notes grabbed at random from a drawer. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2012
B Magic Mike (2012) Nell Minow What takes this out of the category of fluff is the way the story is unaffectedly located in the reality of the economic struggles of the area and our time. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2012