Vampire Academy (2014)
"It doesn't build its world as deftly as 'Hunger Games' and can't compete with 'Mean Girls'' smart wit, but 'Vampire Academy' does manage to find a place for itself as a silly yet enjoyable variant. "
Somewhere Slow (2014)
The LEGO Movie (2014)
Run & Jump (2014)
Jamesy Boy (2014)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
"Gary Ross did the hype justice by kicking off the series with a highly effective adaptation and now Francis Lawrence builds upon that success by taking the budget boost and funneling it into top talent, stunning visuals and an all-consuming experience. "
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
White Reindeer (2013)
Tricked: The Documentary (2013)
Sweet Talk (2013)
Out of the Furnace (2013)
Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey (2013)
"While not without moments of breathtaking natural beauty, this eco-postcard otherwise suffers from too scattershot a focus and too stodgy a tone to sustain interest over even its brief running time. "
Cold Turkey (2013)
The Motel Life (2013)
"A bruised, purple plum of a drama that mostly connects as a mood piece about the muddy rut of low self-esteem, and belief that life offers no better circumstances beyond just day-to-day subsistence. "
Running From Crazy (2013)
"A delicate, openhearted work that throws open the shutters on a famously troubled family, making a powerful statement about some of the more forthcoming mental health conversations we as a society should be having. "
Big Sur (2013)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
"Easily one of Marvel's most entertaining films. It's got action, adventure, heart and some of the best superhero movie comedy. There are logic issues, but the film is such a joy and thrill that the pleasure of the illusion leaves no room for misgivings. "
The Book Thief (2013)
"It celebrates love and life in one sequence and takes it all away in the next, only to come back around to give your heart yet another bruising, but it always does so with purpose, making the film a well-earned flood of emotion. "
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
"The script has a couple interesting ideas at its core, but the film doesn't really have the resources to convincingly pull off its period piece flashbacks, or even sustain tension for long stretches. "
Ender's Game (2013)
Enzo Avitabile Music Life (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Birth Of The Living Dead (2013)
The Network (2013)
"Orner exhibits a deep and sincere passion for her surrogate subjects and what she clearly believes to be the balm of this unique 'edu-tainment,' a fact which helps offset a somewhat jumbled editorial vision. "
All Is Lost (2013)
"Watching a man try to survive a mid-sea disaster is compelling, but watching a man try to survive a mid-sea disaster in an effort to live for something would have been exponentially more compelling. "
"Commingling tabloid frenzy, familial roots, underdog uplift, racial identity and nose-to-the-grindstone doggedness, Linsanity is a film with lots on its mind but a solid vision as to the interwoven elements of Lin's astounding tale. "
About Time (2013)
"Time travel functions as a highly entertaining and amusing component, but it's also embedded in a barrage of tremendously honest and relatable drama that makes the film a deeply affecting experience, worth taking with you well after the credits roll. "
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Captain Phillips (2013)
"The ultimate true tragedy-to-film adaptation. Rather than ride the "wow, this really happened" wave to an explosive finish, Greengrass' representation is so absorbing in and of itself, you won't have an ounce of energy left for that until well after. "
Don Jon (2013)
GMO OMG (2013)
The Secret Lives Of Dorks (2013)
American Made Movie (2013)
And While We Were Here (2013)
"Imagine a boring, gender-swapped, totally arty and pretentious version of the travelogue-mini-film-within-a-film focusing on Kip Pardue's character from The Rules of Attraction, except strung out on Benadryl instead of methamphetamine. "
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
Best Kept Secret (2013)