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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
1.5/4
2
3.5/4
3
2/4
Labor Day (2014)
The erratic drama is best enjoyed for its camp value. There are some unintentionally funny moments in the "nobody puts Baby in a corner" league.
Posted Jan 30, 2014
4
5
2/4
"Gimme Shelter" strives to be a gritty drama about an abused teen struggling to find a better life. But it comes across more as a calculated vehicle for a former teen idol to find better roles.
Posted Jan 23, 2014
6
7
2/4
The Nut Job (2014)
The tonal clangs that thwart "The Nut Job" are exemplified during the screwy end credits. Out of nowhere, an avatar of international pop star Psy emerges and starts dancing alongside the cast to his so-two-years-ago hit "Gangnam Style."
Posted Jan 16, 2014
8
2/4
Ride Along (2014)
You may not remember much about "Ride Along" in a few days. But you won't forget the confident, boisterous Hart. He won't let you.
Posted Jan 16, 2014
9
2/4
There's hardly a frame in this sour drama where you won't catch Streep "acting." Rolling her eyes. Gesturing wildly. Cackling. She might as well be carrying a shotgun the whole movie to fire after every sentence.
Posted Jan 9, 2014
10
3/4
"Lone Survivor" illustrates for a new generation the difficulty our young women and men face in fighting an enemy that wears no uniform, marches under no flag and calls no country home.
Posted Jan 9, 2014
11
4/4
Her (2013)
12
3.5/4
There's a certain hollowness to Scorsese's rags-to-riches-to-plea-bargaining tales. A hangover quality. It's less noticeable in "Wolf" because of the sheer force of DiCaprio's portrayal.
Posted Dec 24, 2013
13
2.5/4
Grudge Match (2013)
"Grudge Match" could have been a cash-grab disaster. Instead, it's sort of respectable.
Posted Dec 24, 2013
14
3.5/4
15
3/4
Some of the film is shallow and rushed, but when it stops to take a breath, it offers a context for the news stories that have come in the wake of Mandela's recent death.
Posted Dec 24, 2013
16
3/4
The project is well-cast and sharply assembled. But like a lot of recent Disney projects, it's more professional than inspiring.
Posted Dec 19, 2013
17
4/4
18
3.5/4
19
1.5/4
20
3/4
21
1.5/4
The film plays like a meandering art-house piece until the seen-it-a-million-times finale, which offers up the kind of primal justice that those yahoos in the audience who haven't already fallen asleep will likely appreciate.
Posted Dec 5, 2013
22
3/4
Philomena (2013)
The spotlight shines on the script and characters, and Frears couldn't have two better collaborators.
Posted Nov 26, 2013
23
2.5/4
Frozen (2013)
24
3/4
Nebraska (2013)
25
2/4
Oldboy (2013)
Copley gives the year's worst performance. The South African actor portrays "The Stranger" with the kind of showy effete glee usually reserved for mustachioed villains who tie women to train tracks in silent movies.
Posted Nov 26, 2013
26
3/4
An even darker, grittier film than 2012's "The Hunger Games," as it builds slowly to its exciting conclusion and deftly sets up the next installment in the series.
Posted Nov 21, 2013
27
3/4
"Dallas Buyers Club" breaks no new ground, but the AIDS-themed biopic stomps over the old ground quite effectively.
Posted Nov 21, 2013
28
2.5/4
"The Best Man Holiday" provides the ensemble with enough laughs and commotion to keep this wedding reunion enjoyable, even though a cheese ball third act threatens to annul the entire enterprise.
Posted Nov 14, 2013
29
2.5/4
Keeping a hammer-swinging god grounded in a world we can relate to isn't easy, but thanks to good performances, solid effects and great pacing, Taylor and his cast have nailed it.
Posted Nov 7, 2013
30
2.5/4
Ender's Game (2013)
incorporates intriguing morality debates into a space adventure about young recruits fighting intergalactic bugs. But it's very serious. Almost joyless. It's like "Starship Troopers" minus the campy humor and wanton nudity.
Posted Nov 1, 2013
31
4/4
32
3/4
Wadjda (2013)
The spunky Wadjda offers a familiar story in an unfamiliar setting.
Posted Oct 31, 2013
33
3/4
"The Counselor" becomes a rough viewing experience. Challenging, even.
Posted Oct 24, 2013
34
2/4
leans on goofy sight gags, unbridled edits, look-at-me camera moves and pounding techno music to liven up scenes of people typing on laptops.
Posted Oct 17, 2013
35
3.5/4
[Hanks] is susceptible to hokiness when handed lesser material such as "The Terminal" and "The Da Vinci Code." Here, he is exactly what he needs to be: credible.
Posted Oct 10, 2013
36
4/4
Gravity (2013)
"Gravity" opens with a bravura sequence that is a genuine jaw-dropper. A game-changer. A paradigm of the sheer potency cutting-edge cinema can muster.
Posted Oct 3, 2013
37
2.5/4
Don Jon (2013)
The result is a bit confused but shows a genuine talent at work.
Posted Sep 26, 2013
38
3/4
"Cloudy 2" is witty and vibrant, full of strange sights and nifty punch lines. But it also has some cogent things to say about our "enterprising" society that are anything but cloudy.
Posted Sep 26, 2013
39
3.5/4
Rush (2013)
These men and their intertwining tales are so compelling that even viewers completely unfamiliar with the sport will get caught up in this slick and stirring drama.
Posted Sep 26, 2013
40
4/4
Hey, Dorothy actually has freckles in IMAX. Glinda's floating sphere is mesmerizing. The flying monkeys are creepier than ever. The Lollipop Guild even more disturbing - are these guys having a seizure?
Posted Sep 19, 2013
41
2.5/4
Prisoners (2013)
The final third has more in common with three-card monte street hustle than nuanced character drama.
Posted Sep 19, 2013
42
2/4
Austenland (2013)
The contemporary cult that's developed around English novelist Jane Austen is plundered for cheap laughs in "Austenland." Unlikely that this phony and often phoned-in romantic comedy will enjoy any cult status of its own.
Posted Sep 12, 2013
43
2/4
Getaway (2013)
Even video game designers come up with better story lines than this.
Posted Aug 29, 2013
44
3/4
Blue Jasmine (2013)
45
3/4
Hilarious, wistful and eventually bizarre ...
Posted Aug 22, 2013
46
3/4
It's less like watching a movie and more like eavesdropping on what goes on between a boyfriend and a girlfriend when parents aren't around.
Posted Aug 22, 2013
47
2.5/4
You're Next (2013)
What had been a chaotic free-for-all becomes a butt-kicking crowd-pleaser once the hero surfaces to take charge.
Posted Aug 22, 2013
48
3/4
"The Butler" benefits greatly from Whitaker's subtle, grounded performance, which seems to bring every other cast member down-to-earth, including big stars playing historical icons.
Posted Aug 15, 2013
49
2.5/4
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Despite its genre-busting origin, this is simply good guys vs. bad guys material. And credit to "Kick-Ass 2," you desperately root for the good guys to win.
Posted Aug 15, 2013
50
1/4
Aftershock (2013)