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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
1/4
Aftershock (2013)
2
2.5/4
Elysium (2013)
Despite some terrific action scenes, "Elysium" is held back by its predictable plot, questionable casting and overly glossy presentation. It feels like an enormous missed opportunity.
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3
2.5/4
This all leads to yet another Hollywood showdown between heroes and a towering digital menace. What once seemed awe-inspiring is now exhaustingly commonplace.
Posted Aug 6, 2013
4
3/4
5
2/4
2 Guns (2013)
"2 Guns" is a smidgen off-target.
Posted Aug 1, 2013
6
2/4
The Smurfs 2 (2013)
Better than it needs to be but still not very good.
Posted Jul 30, 2013
7
4/4
The story draws power from the simple rhythms of a day spent with family, friends and strangers.
Posted Jul 25, 2013
8
3/4
By minimizing the goofy superhero side of the character, Mangold maximizes the action hero. The Wolverine succeeds when it emphasizes the human in superhuman.
Posted Jul 25, 2013
9
3/4
10
3/4
Wan builds suspense until it's almost unbearable, then adds a little more, just to make sure the audience is as terrified as the characters.
Posted Jul 18, 2013
11
3/4
The characters in "The Way, Way Back" end up exactly where we expect them to, and it's a genuine pleasure to watch them get there.
Posted Jul 18, 2013
12
2.5/4
Red 2 (2013)
It's touchy balancing humor and deadly covert missions without one smothering the other, but "RED 2" does a capable job.
Posted Jul 18, 2013
13
3/4
Turbo (2013)
Takes a fundamentally dopey idea - a snail competing in the Indy 500 - and converts it into an enjoyable adventure with plenty of get-up-and-escargot.
Posted Jul 16, 2013
14
1.5/4
Pacific Rim (2013)
Hard to fathom that a movie filled with 2,500-ton stars can carry so little weight.
Posted Jul 11, 2013
15
3/4
Parts James Bond flick, "Get Smart" episode and Pixar-esque family adventure, "Despicable Me 2" introduces fresh challenges for its crusty hero.
Posted Jul 2, 2013
16
2.5/4
The movie takes a more old-fashioned approach to thrills. It appears to showcase as many stuntmen as it does digital compositors.
Posted Jul 1, 2013
17
2.5/4
The Heat (2013)
It's not much of a movie - too many spare scenes keep the plot from moving forward, distending an already bloated two-hour running time - but it's a fun ride bolstered by an "anything goes" edge.
Posted Jun 27, 2013
18
3/4
World War Z (2013)
Riveting, smart and cohesive, the movie is equally comfortable operating in scenes grand or intimate.
Posted Jun 20, 2013
19
3/4
It's as much a damning deconstruction of a coveted lifestyle as it is a travelogue of beautiful people doing bad things.
Posted Jun 20, 2013
20
3/4
As clever and fully realized as its predecessor, if not quite as original.
Posted Jun 20, 2013
21
3/4
Whedon's work is fluid and fast-paced, with an obvious love for Shakespeare's intricate language - no surprise from a man famous for great dialogue.
Posted Jun 20, 2013
22
2/4
Man of Steel (2013)
"Man of Steel" is visually spectacular but, for the most part, emotionally distant. It's just another $200 million superhero movie and another wasted opportunity.
Posted Jun 13, 2013
23
2.5/4
Its wild and hilarious elements don't cancel out its smug and lazy ones.
Posted Jun 10, 2013
24
3/4
The Purge (2013)
The movie offers an allegory for how real-world problems inevitably make their way to everyone's block, no matter how they are shielded against or ignored.
Posted Jun 6, 2013
25
3/4
After Earth (2013)
Director Shyamalan gets the most out of the Smiths, sometimes simply staying out of their way. He also keeps things moving briskly with a story that eschews exposition in favor of flashback glimpses.
Posted May 30, 2013
26
27
3/4
Epic (2013)
The action sequences are frequent and exceptional, from zooming aerial battles to comedic chases involving Bomba's three-legged pet pug.
Posted May 23, 2013
28
Phil Spector (2013)
As we're treated to another nonsensical, repetitive soliloquy about the victimization of a violent millionaire, it's worth noting that the Wall of Sound required an echo chamber.
Posted May 22, 2013
29
2.5/4
The film delivers scant few laugh-out-loud moments, but it's never boring.
Posted May 22, 2013
30
3/4
Kon Tiki (2013)
The film unfolds with earnest majesty, characterized by sweeping camera moves (shot by Geir Hartly Andreassen) and orchestra swells. But the sheer beauty also creates distance.
Posted May 16, 2013
31
3/4
This is the same Enterprise crew we've known for 40-plus years, but they're just different enough to pop a few surprises on you.
Posted May 15, 2013
32
2.5/4
No one will ever accuse Luhrmann of just going through the motions. This production is teeming with cinematic moxie, especially compared to its best-known predecessor: the lethargic Robert Redford/Mia Farrow version from 1974.
Posted May 9, 2013
33
1.5/4
It's a movie packed with purportedly smart characters making the sort of absurdly contrived decisions that haven't been seen since "Three's Company" went off the air.
Posted Apr 26, 2013
34
2/4
Pain & Gain (2013)
"Pain & Gain" is good enough to be disappointing, which represents some kind of progress for Bay.
Posted Apr 25, 2013
35
2.5/4
Oblivion (2013)
So much creativity went into the visual design that apparently little was left when crafting the plot.
Posted Apr 18, 2013
36
37
3/4
42 (2013)
38
3/4
"Jurassic Park" is such an impressive technical achievement that it seems churlish to note that it accomplishes this at the expense of more substantive elements.
Posted Apr 4, 2013
39
2.5/4
A movie with enough melody and camaraderie to cover up its lack of originality.
Posted Apr 4, 2013
40
2/4
Evil Dead (2013)
It's never truly scary, but it is spectacularly disgusting, so if that turns you on, prepare to be thrilled beyond measure.
Posted Apr 4, 2013
41
2/4
On the Road (2012)
If the movie weren't so visually eloquent at evoking post-war America, it might prove unbearable.
Posted Mar 28, 2013
42
1.5/4
The Host (2013)
It offers viewers the choice of Team Hokey or Team Absurd.
Posted Mar 28, 2013
43
2/4
Admission (2013)
'Admission' probably began with a clear artistic vision but was compromised along the way. The messy result offers glimpses of greatness dragged down by scenes that are bafflingly tone-deaf.
Posted Mar 21, 2013
44
2/4
Stoker (2013)
A beguiling debacle that in its best case scenario might achieve cult status ... or could just as easily fade into obscurity.
Posted Mar 21, 2013
45
3/4
The Croods (2013)
The kooky Cage, representing the voice of authority for a change, creates a marvelous character. He's part Mr. Incredible, part Homer Simpson; he's a great warrior limited by his own inflexibility.
Posted Mar 21, 2013
46
2/4
In a film about people who perform death-defying stunts, the last thing you want to inspire is a yawn.
Posted Mar 14, 2013
47
2.5/4
A long but enjoyable family adventure that is as noisy as it is clever.
Posted Mar 7, 2013
48
3.5/4
49
3/4
Snitch (2013)
An engrossing balance of drama and thriller, "Snitch" introduces a minefield of compromised morality, where every action taken or not taken could lead to a worse predicament for its hero.
Posted Feb 21, 2013
50
2/4
Safe Haven (2013)
The film offers an already weird hybrid of love story and police procedural. But the closing creates head-scratching moments that even the cast doesn't quite know how to handle.
Posted Feb 13, 2013