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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
Draft Day (2014)
an entertaining mosaic that has more in common with "The Social Network" than "Any Given Sunday."
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2
2.5/4
Oculus (2014)
What it has going for it is a slow, steady build-up of tension, leading to a final act that makes up in pure intensity what it lacks in originality.
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3
2/4
How you feel about it will depend on how much creative debasement you can stand to watch.
Posted Apr 3, 2014
4
3.5/4
5
2.5/4
Sabotage (2014)
This is not wink-wink "Commando"-type violence; this is an immersive, documentary-style barrage of exploding heads, torture, guttings and graphic crime scenes - like a drug cartel home movie.
Posted Mar 27, 2014
6
1.5/4
Noah (2014)
7
2.5/4
Admittedly, "Muppets Most Wanted" doesn't deliver the emotional impact or nostalgic tug of the beloved 2011 reboot. The delights reside in the dippy details, from the absurdist flourishes to the self-referential asides.
Posted Mar 20, 2014
8
2.5/4
Divergent (2014)
A satisfying dystopian adventure but not much else.
Posted Mar 20, 2014
9
2/4
For a film about racing, it takes a looooong time to locate the finish line.
Posted Mar 13, 2014
10
1.5/4
"Empire" proves that no decapitation can be too slow and no disemboweling too implied.
Posted Mar 6, 2014
11
2.5/4
Peabody may be the embodiment of intellect, but it's his sweet soul that comes across strongest in the film.
Posted Mar 6, 2014
12
3/4
Jayhawkers (2014)
Willmott offers a creative and intriguing look at Lawrence in the 1950s.
Posted Mar 6, 2014
13
2.5/4
Non-Stop (2014)
Neeson proves crucial at turning the wildly implausible "Non-Stop" into a slick, gripping crowd-pleaser.
Posted Feb 28, 2014
14
2.5/4
With his vivid, gorgeous visuals - the film was nominated for an animation Oscar - and his penchant for dark fantasy, Miyazaki takes a straightforward tale and gives it an unexpected sideways kick.
Posted Feb 27, 2014
15
2.5/4
"About Last Night" is dirty, sexy and, for the most part, a lot of fun.
Posted Feb 13, 2014
16
2/4
Its high production values are in constant competition with its cheeseball special effects.
Posted Feb 13, 2014
17
1.5/4
18
3.5/4
19
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
20
21
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
22
23
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
24
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
25
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
26
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
27
4/4
Her (2013)
28
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
29
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
30
3.5/4
31
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
32
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
33
4/4
34
3.5/4
35
1.5/4
36
3/4
37
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
38
3/4
Philomena (2013)
The spotlight shines on the script and characters, and Frears couldn't have two better collaborators.
Posted Nov 26, 2013
39
2.5/4
Frozen (2013)
40
3/4
Nebraska (2013)
41
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
42
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
43
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
44
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
45
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
46
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
47
4/4
48
3/4
Wadjda (2013)
The spunky Wadjda offers a familiar story in an unfamiliar setting.
Posted Oct 31, 2013
49
3/4
"The Counselor" becomes a rough viewing experience. Challenging, even.
Posted Oct 24, 2013
50
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