Cinephiled

Cinephiled is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): James Rocchi, Jeff Vice
Rating Title/Year Author
1.5/5 Blended (2014) Jeff Vice A mess of nearly epic proportions, the film sees Barrymore trying to wrest control away from a bored, listless Sandler, who, at this point in his career, seems other either unwilling or unable to turn off/turn down his inner moron. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2014
4.5/5 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Jeff Vice Thrilling, heady and not just a little funny, it's easily as good as Singer's other X-films, and rivals the best of the Marvel-based movies to date. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2014
3/5 Million Dollar Arm (2014) Jeff Vice (In)the subsequent hour or so, it gradually reveals just enough charm to overcome its many deficiencies, mostly in the storytelling department. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2014
3.5/5 Godzilla (2014) Jeff Vice "(The)antithesis of recent, 'action-porn' hits like last year's 'Man of Steel,' which had less emotion and depth of character than your average video game." EDIT
Posted May 13, 2014
2/5 Last Vegas (2013) Jeff Vice "(It) could have been and probably should have been more accurately titled 'Jokes about Elderly Aches, Pains and Complaints: The Movie.'" EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
3/5 Thor: The Dark World (2013) Jeff Vice "A decided improvement in the balance department. Not only do we get more in the way of humor, we get more convincing, exciting action, as well as a few welcome surprises." EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
3/5 About Time (2013) Jeff Vice "It's just so overflowing with ideas and characters that the main point it's trying to make nearly eludes it." EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Jeff Vice "Surprisingly balanced, in terms of the way it treats its characters and concepts." EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Jeff Vice "(There) seems to be more action this time around. It's much more thrilling and is, again, pertinent, necessary action. And the character moments just work better in this installment." EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
2/5 Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) Jeff Vice "(A)beautifully animated but plot-thin kids film that borrows heavily in the story department from both the Land Before Time and Ice Age movies, as well as various Disney animated classics." EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
2/5 Grudge Match (2013) Jeff Vice "(Not only) is this sports comedy poorly timed, it has more than just a whiff of desperation, both on the part of its remaining cast and the filmmaker." EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 The Wind Rises (2013) Jeff Vice "(The) good news is that the film is a flawed but still very enjoyable flight of fancy." EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
1.5/5 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Jeff Vice "(An) action-fantasy that's far more fun to parody and poke fun at than it is to go back and watch." EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
2.5/5 Need for Speed (2014) Jeff Vice "However, the auto racing action-thriller meanders so much and takes so long to get its character and situations where they're going you'll be tempted to call it 'Need for Judicious Editing' instead." EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 The Raid 2 (2014) Jeff Vice "If you're able to withstand its extreme assault on your senses (at least visually), the thrilling, action-packed film is definitely worth a look." EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
1.5/5 Oculus (2013) Jeff Vice "This allegedly supernatural horror movie takes so much time getting to the actual "horror" elements - all in the name of supposed character and story "progression" - that it may bore even the most easily frightened of audiences to tears." EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
3/5 Cuban Fury (2014) Jeff Vice "Luckily, (Nick Frost has) still got enough charm to make most of us overlook the more far-fetched and dumber story elements. And surprisingly, he's fleet of foot enough to be able to pull off some pretty tricky moves and sequences." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 Bears (2014) Jeff Vice "And luckily, the movie does gets out of its own way (eventually) and tells a somewhat engaging, 'true-life' nature tale." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 Fading Gigolo (2013) Jeff Vice "But given that so few movies these days give any substantial screen time to talented, but supposedly "aging" character actors like (John) Turturro and Liev Schreiber, you can't help but appreciate it a little more." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
2/5 Transcendence (2014) Jeff Vice "'Transcendence' winds up being in the position of being the first - but certainly not the last - big disappointment of the 2014 Summer Movie Season." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
Brick Mansions (2014) Jeff Vice "Frankly, there are a lot of actors who have a lot of worse 'last films' on their credits." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
1.5/5 Rio 2 (2014) Jeff Vice The plot ... borrows very heavily from some of Ben Stiller's live-action hits, in particular a trio of comedies that, like this would-be 'series,' also worse and more crass as the follow-up films were churned out in assembly line fashion." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
4.5/5 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Jeff Vice "'The Winter Soldier' not only satisfies with its plentiful action scenes, it also offers some intriguing commentary on the current political and world climate, and turns out to be a sterling character piece." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
1.5/5 The Other Woman (2014) Jeff Vice "This film, on the other hand, seems so desperate for laughs that you can practically see the flop sweat appear on its performers as they flail from one obnoxiously, uncomfortable scene to the next." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
2/5 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Jeff Vice "It's as if the lessons that were learned by the widely loathed, 2007 'three-quel' Spider-Man 3 were lost on the filmmakers and studio, who are condemned to repeat those mistakes of the past." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
1/5 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) Jeff Vice "Aside from giving some very talented people so little to work with, perhaps the film's biggest crimes are its crimes against cinema and literature." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
3.5/5 Neighbors (2014) Jeff Vice "When the film does work, which it does with the more comic aspects, it's uproariously funny." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2014
Blue Ruin (2013) James Rocchi With its strong and singular sense of itself adding realness -- and real art -- to what could have been another revenge thriller, Blue Ruin stands apart. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2014
3.5/5 Muppets Most Wanted (2014) James Rocchi "Most Wanted" continues the new-school adventures of the Muppets with good humor, good intentions and strong filmmaking, and hopefully won't be the last time we see this iteration of these characters on the big-screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2014
3/5 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) James Rocchi "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" teaches a older pop-culture dog some new tricks, and if the results need a little refinement, it's still fun to watch the attempt. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2014
1/5 RoboCop (2014) James Rocchi Every time RoboCop even approaches an intriguing idea, it immediately drops it to go looking for the next shiny object to bat at; it's a mess of dug-up parts with no animating spark of life. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2014
2/5 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) James Rocchi A little real human feeling and a lot of real-world filming would do more for both Anderson's career and audience than yet another of his seemingly endless, seemingly fruitless clockwork comedic contraptions EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2014
5/5 The LEGO Movie (2014) James Rocchi Subversive and thrilling, winking occasionally from a clear-eyed intelligent point-of-view, The Lego Movie turns what could have been an effort in bland branding into a film as classic and complex as the enduring, simple plastic blocks that inspired it. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2014
1/5 That Awkward Moment (2014) James Rocchi That Awkward Moment is mostly a scary study in misplaced gender equity - namely, that you can now try to sell young men clueless, bland, boring romantic-comedies, too. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2/5 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) James Rocchi A tepid warm-up for Cold War leftovers, you can sum up both the worst and best thing about Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in one sentence: Your dad is going to love it. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/5 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) James Rocchi he Secret Life of Walter Mitty isn't an awful film, and its heart is in the right place even as it moves around the globe; it's just that Stiller's version of Walter Mitty's secret life needs a little more life in it. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2013
1/5 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) James Rocchi I enjoyed maybe 8 of the thousand gags hurled at me in Anchorman 2, and yet two hours of its Whac-a-Mole hyperactivity felt like a steep price. And if some films are clogged with cameos, this one has arteriosclerosis. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2013
5/5 Her (2013) James Rocchi Her is a story of both the next step in human progress and the eternal quest to find someone to love ... told with humor, beauty, strangeness and charm. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/5 The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) James Rocchi The Wolf of Wall Street is a fun, frantic, messy blast of a party; too bad the very real and very important question of who pays the tab and who cleans up the mess never comes into play. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3/5 Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) James Rocchi Llewyn Davis is part of a long line of unlucky Coen characters ... and while it feels, to be sure, like a theme, it also feels a little threadbare and worn at this point. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2013
4/5 American Hustle (2013) James Rocchi While you have to admire American Hustle for its willingness to work hard and play harder, it's also hard to not notice that all of its frantic efforts don't really go anywhere new. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3/5 Homefront (2013) James Rocchi "Homefront" neither stoops below nor strains above being what it is; it's an acceptable action-thriller, a high-protein and high-fat release at a time when more virtuous, leafy and fibrous films crowd the theaters in the season before Oscar madness. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/5 Oldboy (2013) James Rocchi Oldboy is too violent and strange for mass audiences, while the select few who've seen Park's film will recognize Lee's work as a beat-for-beat remake that adds almost nothing new while building to the same climax. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) James Rocchi We've been promised an inferno, but Catching Fire smolders for so long that when it finally does burst into burning right before the final shot, the blaze matters. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2013
4/5 Go for Sisters (2013) James Rocchi In a film landscape where we're not just asked but actually trained to confuse activity with drama and velocity with direction, you should go see Go for Sisters not because you owe it to Mr. Sayles but rather, really, because you owe it to yourself. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2013
1/5 Ender's Game (2013) James Rocchi Ender's Game is, essentially, ludicrous, as if someone thought the big problem with great, real war films like Paths of Glory or A Bridge Too Far was that they didn't star enough pre-teen kids and pause for a few games of Space Quidditch. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2013
1/5 The Counselor (2013) James Rocchi The Counselor is all cars and stars and meaninglessness - or, paraphrase the song of the moment, bloodstains, bespoke suits and cheetahs on a jeweled leash. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2013
4.5/5 All Is Lost (2013) James Rocchi It would be one thing if All is Lost merely pulled you in with a firm grip and true skill; what's even more impressive is what it says to you once it has you in its grasp. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2013
4/5 Gravity (2013) James Rocchi Once the hype and hysteria descend from orbit, it'll be nice to have Gravity simply be what it is - an exciting, accomplished and flawed film from a director willing to take risks in the name of discovery. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2013