Big Bad Wolves (2014)
Lone Survivor (2014)
Open Grave (2014)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
"... overlong, repetitive, and like 'The Departed' too often partakes of self-parody ... It's almost as if Scorsese, in his rush to sate every sophomoric urge, ceded the reins to shock-jock Howard Stern. "
The Last Days On Mars (2013)
Out of the Furnace (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
How I Live Now (2013)
The Counselor (2013)
All Is Lost (2013)
Escape Plan (2013)
Captain Phillips (2013)
"Splattered with his captors' blood, Phillips in the end is at loss for words; he seems as shame-faced as he is relieved ... a fascinating metaphorical comment on U.S. firepower and Third World bullies."
"This slant is as melodramatic and obvious as the original was meticulous and surprising ... De Palma being De Palma, the remake is awash in self-referential tropes, including the false endings a la 'Carrie.'"
The Canyons (2013)
World War Z (2013)
"Silly isn't a word one usually associates with the Zombie Holocaust, but that's the adjective that leaps to mind ... Forster flinches, turns away from the carnage, the equivalent of being afraid of your own shadow."
The Purge (2013)
"True to its title, "The Purge" is an unpleasant experience with no one to care about or root for. What you expect to happen happens. Like most home-invasion thrillers, it's more nauseating than frightening."
After Earth (2013)
The Hangover Part III (2013)
Black Rock (2013)
"... a feminist reworking of 'Most Dangerous Game' and 'Deliverance,' with the friends soon stripped down and armed, like a tribe of Amazonian huntresses ... has the visceral appeal of early Kathryn Bigelow. "
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Simon Killer (2013)
"... a sexy, edgy character study that slowly draws you into its web even as it unnerves you ... a hybrid of 'The Talented Mr. Ripley" and, for its steamy lovemaking, the X-rated 'Last Tango in Paris.' "
"... lusty and heartfelt, fiery flamenco and spirited country jig. Don't go expecting a Disney-fied fable. Berger seasons with S&M and the kind of macabre touches you'd expect in vintage Browning or Bunuel. "
Evil Dead (2013)
From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)
The Silence (2013)
"If you're in the mood for an offbeat police procedural, this should be on your must-see list ... Who would have thought something this unrelievedly grim could be, at its dark heart, about unrequited love?"
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
"One of the best actioners in years, Olympus couldn't be more timely. Who would have guessed that as things heat up with Pyongyang, Hollywood would step up with such an effective piece of anti-North Korean propaganda? "
"Without YouTube's David Blaine vid there wouldn't be a 'Burt Wonderstone' ... You don't have to be a Houdini to escape this enthusiastically tasteless comedy. Just put one foot in front of the other ..."
The Call (2013)
Dead Man Down (2013)
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
Dark Skies (2013)
"... a bland blend of UFO procedural and the original Amityville Horror ... You can't fault Stewart for attempting a more atmospheric, Ray Bradbury approach to the genre. Too bad he, like Mrs. Barrett, is slamming his head against a sliding door."
Side Effects (2013)
"Mirror reflections, claustrophobic shots, off-center framing are used as effectively here as they were in Rosemary's Baby to suggest creeping paranoia. ... Soderbergh's most assured work since Traffic."
Bullet to the Head (2013)
"Stallone is back with a vengeance. As Jimmy Bobo, New Orleans hitman, he scores his most efficient adrenalin rush since First Blood ... Combines Eastern Promises violence and the buddy banter of 48 HRS."
John Dies at the End (2013)
Texas Chainsaw (2013)
The Last Stand (2013)
"'Mama' is at its scariest when it plays in the shadows and employs Val Lewton shock cuts to make the girls fairly explode into the frame ... Sadly, by story's end a strong sense of CG-laced déjà vu sets in. "
Gangster Squad (2013)
"... a bang-up job of interweaving arty visuals. dour backstory, in-jokes, and, for the series faithful, heartfelt comings and goings ... Bardem is the best (read most twisted) franchise baddie since Heath Ledger's Joker. "
Wake in Fright (2012)
"This outrageously overlooked masterpiece is a wake-up call to film scholars who will now have to rethink what came first ‒ this film or Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs," which basically charts the same territory?"