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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
Jackass 3 (2010)
Suck it, Avatar.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
2
Red (2010)
The low-key character comedy gets buried under all the pyrotechnics.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
3
I'm fighting the urge to just cut-and-paste from my older reviews of Allen's late-career output, as that seems to be how he writes his screenplays these days.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
4
Let Me In (2010)
An awful lot of trouble to go to just because some people don't like reading subtitles.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
5
A giddy, two-hour rush of hot-blooded vertiginous dialogue and cucumber-cool cinematic curlicues.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
6
Overlooks some larger issues regarding systemic poverty and social inequities, while the tricky matter of private funding is elided altogether.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
7
These characters are all writerly quirks, never once behaving remotely like recognizable human beings.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
8
Catfish (2010)
Is is all a stunt staged for the cameras? If so, then why isn't it more interesting?
Posted Apr 28, 2015
9
The Town (2010)
I don't know if you've heard this already, but Ben Affleck happens to be from Boston.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
10
The American (2010)
A lush canvas of verdant riverbanks and dim, foreboding streets at night. The anxious stillness gets under your skin.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
11
It's not a particularly well-made documentary, but it doesn't need to be.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
12
Ultimately feels more like a collection of cool anecdotes than a story.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
13
Artful to a fault, straining so hard for Shakespearean import it saps whatever life and energy there was to be had in this familiar, low-stakes tale.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
14
My goodness, there's an awful lot of acting going on here.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
15
Don Jon (2013)
A barn-door broad burlesque of Joisey stereotypes and holy-cannoli accents. It's Saturday Night Fever drawn in crayon.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
16
A maddeningly incomplete portrait of the champ on the defensive, where he was never at his best.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
17
Prisoners (2013)
I was shocked to learn this is an original screenplay and not an adaptation. Everything about the story stinks of a crappy novel someone bought at an airport.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
18
The Family (2013)
The movie is a curious mess, but the cast is having a grand old time.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
19
Riddick (2013)
Diesel's a guy who orders everything with extra cheese. Especially his dialogue.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
20
Mistaking smug self-awareness for satire, the film attempts to skewer yuppie privilege while accidentally wallowing in it.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
21
Getaway (2013)
This is the antithesis of craftsmanship.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
22
Here is a movie overflowing with compassion, warmth and good humor.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
23
Passion (2013)
Delirious, exquisite trash.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
24
Please stop it with the goddammed chicks twirling through fields of sun-dappled what already.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
25
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
The problem isn't that Kick-Ass 2 is tasteless and immoral. The problem is that it isn't funny.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
26
The excitement comes from watching the director's rude energy chafe up against the constraints of a traditional Oscar-bait biopic.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
27
A warped phantasmagoria of denial that is essential viewing, even though it's almost impossible to watch.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
28
Tossing aside everything that had made it distinctive, the film's final segment retreats to a generic industrial space for weightless computer generated destruction. Such a shame, as this was almost a real movie.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
29
The summer of cokehead Michael Cera continues.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
30
It's a gentle film, with deep reservoirs of empathy and understanding. And so terribly sad.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
31
Pacific Rim (2013)
Dumb fun done smart.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
32
The weirdest summer blockbuster to come down the pike in eons. I have no idea who this movie was made for, but I'm glad that I saw it.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
33
I had a great night out. Unfortunately, I know Kevin Hart can do better.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
34
The best Die Hard movie since Speed.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
35
Just thrilling. Watching this movie feels like finally giving credit where it's overdue.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
36
Antonioni watches too much TMZ in Sofia Coppola's detached portrait of hollowed-out youth culture.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
37
Man of Steel (2013)
The plot's sci-fi gobbledygook gets awfully unwieldy, and I wish the colors had popped instead of settling for such dreary realism. But this is a movie with a big heart, just like its hero.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
38
Probably the most self-indulgent wank in movie history, yet on occasion it's hilarious.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
39
The previous two pictures were preoccupied with romantic ideals, but this is the real love story. So funny and so wise, it's about how happily ever after is harder than it looks.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
40
Audacious, playful and sometimes quite sad. It's also beyond self-indulgent and wears a little thin over the long haul. But still, what a dazzling debut.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
41
What began as a searching personal journey ends as narcissistic family therapy masturbation.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
42
A singularly unpleasant experience drenched in so much anger and frustration that the film almost becomes interesting. Almost.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
43
Fast Five was the best John Woo movie John Woo never made. Fast & Furious 6 aims to top it.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
44
Frances Ha (2013)
The camera loves her. Probably because the director does, too.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
45
Peeples (2013)
Modest in aspiration, Peeples is by no means a must-see movie, but it's awfully charming all the same.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
46
Based on a book that's not particularly well-suited to movies, the film is a chintzy, 3-D muddle in which Leonardo DiCaprio happens to be amazing.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
47
There's nothing to hang onto here. Most scenes last only two or three minutes, and events don't accrue so much as they just pig-pile on top of one another.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
48
A movie about the liberating power of words that bends over backwards to paste flashy images on top of sentences that already speak for themselves.
Posted Apr 28, 2015
49
Probably the first Ken Loach film you could call 'jaunty.'
Posted Apr 28, 2015
50
It feels like a relic from another time, which isn't exactly a bad thing.
Posted Apr 28, 2015