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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
2.5/4
Don Jon (2013)
The result is a bit confused but shows a genuine talent at work.
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
2/4
Getaway (2013)
Even video game designers come up with better story lines than this.
Posted Aug 29, 2013
8
3/4
Blue Jasmine (2013)
9
3/4
Hilarious, wistful and eventually bizarre ...
Posted Aug 22, 2013
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
1/4
Aftershock (2013)
15
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
16
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
17
3/4
18
2/4
2 Guns (2013)
"2 Guns" is a smidgen off-target.
Posted Aug 1, 2013
19
2/4
The Smurfs 2 (2013)
Better than it needs to be but still not very good.
Posted Jul 30, 2013
20
4/4
The story draws power from the simple rhythms of a day spent with family, friends and strangers.
Posted Jul 25, 2013
21
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
22
3/4
23
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
24
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
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
3/4
As clever and fully realized as its predecessor, if not quite as original.
Posted Jun 20, 2013
34
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
35
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
36
2.5/4
Its wild and hilarious elements don't cancel out its smug and lazy ones.
Posted Jun 10, 2013
37
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
38
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
39
40
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
41
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
42
2.5/4
The film delivers scant few laugh-out-loud moments, but it's never boring.
Posted May 22, 2013
43
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
44
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
45
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
46
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
47
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
48
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
49
50
3/4
42 (2013)