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Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
A+
Gravity (2013)
You can't exactly call Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity the best film of its kind, because it has no kind: It stands alone as an extraordinary balance of 3-D effects, heroes-in-jeopardy storytelling and emotional depth.
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2
B+
Enough Said (2013)
The result is one of the most honest recent comedies about romances that flourish, marriages that totter and the difficulties of raising children with the right blend of respect, discipline and support.
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3
B
Prisoners (2013)
By the end, the filmmakers have slightly lost sight of the journey on which they began. Yet the trip they've taken, fueled by Jackman's rage and Gyllenhaal's doggedness and the complicitous uneasiness of Davis and Howard, has plenty of dramatic power.
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4
B-
Getaway (2013)
Hawke compensates with a vivid, ferocious performance that doesn't go over the top.
Posted Aug 30, 2013
5
A-
The spectacular performance comes from Woodley, last seen as the rebellious daughter of George Clooney in The Descendants. She embodies every shy girl in high school whose inner beauty makes her sparkle.
Posted Aug 23, 2013
6
B-
You're Next (2013)
Just as I was starting to think of it as a "motiveless psychos terrorize rich family" movie (a la The Purge), it gave me good reasons to watch.
Posted Aug 23, 2013
7
B+
The movie belongs mostly to Whitaker, who can convey affection, sadness and disapproval while scarcely raising his voice or an eyebrow.
Posted Aug 16, 2013
8
B-
Elysium (2013)
In an era when so few big-budget directors have anything to say, Blomkamp still runs ahead of most of that pack.
Posted Aug 8, 2013
9
C
Planes (2013)
It draws the narrowest bead on a target audience of any film in recent memory: Elementary school-age boys may well be delighted, but it offers not a scintilla of stimulation for anyone else.
Posted Aug 8, 2013
10
2.5/4
It's attractive and easy to slip into, but [Allen] didn't put enough thought into the design, and it soon falls apart.
Posted Aug 3, 2013
11
B-
Pedro Almodóvar crammed actors he's worked with over the years into a movie so wacky it defies analysis.
Posted Aug 2, 2013
12
B
2 Guns (2013)
This isn't the kind of gangster movie where we root for the least disgusting cockroach to step on the others; we can respect the guys whose point of view we share.
Posted Aug 1, 2013
13
C-
The film has a desperation about it: Writers Mark Bomback and Scott Frank and director James Mangold hurl plot point after plot point at us as if they were boring themselves and afraid to bore us as well.
Posted Jul 26, 2013
14
B
It doesn't yank on your heartstrings, though you'll be touched gently at last. It doesn't insult your intelligence. (Indeed, it presumes you have some left.)
Posted Jul 18, 2013
15
C
Pacific Rim (2013)
Director Guillermo del Toro, master of thoughtful horror in the Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone, gives himself over entirely to his inner 11-year-old.
Posted Jul 11, 2013
16
B+
The franchise has enough zip and humor to be worthwhile.
Posted Jul 2, 2013
17
D+
A reboot of The Lone Ranger that metaphorically drags this noble story -- and literally drags its title character -- through a steaming heap of horse droppings.
Posted Jul 2, 2013
18
B
Emmerich has always handled action scenes capably.
Posted Jun 27, 2013
19
B
I think the trilogy has come to its natural conclusion: However you interpret the ending, we've spent enough time with these two people.
Posted Jun 13, 2013
20
B
Man of Steel (2013)
When the movie sticks with this storyline, or with the science-fiction elements of his trip to Earth and his purpose here, it's a compelling new look at one of the most famous origin stories in comics.
Posted Jun 13, 2013
21
C-
The Purge (2013)
Whom do we root for, when both the family under assault from murderous hooligans and the hooligans themselves behave like idiots?
Posted Jun 7, 2013
22
A-
Now You See Me can't quite claim to be the ideal crime drama -- that would be The Usual Suspects, which justly won an Oscar for its script -- but it's only one level down.
Posted May 30, 2013
23
C
After Earth (2013)
M. Night Shyamalan has directed movies that are surprising, hokey, suspenseful, sentimental, clever, touching or cheesy. But until After Earth, he hadn't made any that are dull from end to end.
Posted May 30, 2013
24
C-
At Any Price (2013)
25
B
The humor in the dialogue, always droll and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, relies mostly on Quinto's ability to give deadpan line readings.
Posted May 17, 2013
26
B
In the House (2013)
It's partly real and partly a fable, full of events that might have happened or could never have happened, with intrigues that defy us to take them seriously.
Posted May 15, 2013
27
B+
DiCaprio captures all sides of Gatsby: the hardness of the swindler, the softness of the man who needs a confidant, the foolishness of a dreamer who invests in a dead dream.
Posted May 9, 2013
28
B
Iron Man 3 (2013)
By the time innumerable suits of armor were flying through the air, instantly assembling and disassembling themselves around Tony Stark while he was running and jumping, I was worn out. But the ride up to then had been a jolt of continuous pleasure.
Posted May 2, 2013
29
C-
Trying to hold onto any part of it is like trying to catch meringue in a baseball glove.
Posted Apr 26, 2013
30
C
Oblivion (2013)
The film comes from a comic book, looks like a video game and doesn't bother us with complications.
Posted Apr 18, 2013
31
C+
Trance (2013)
Trance stumbles around like a blind rat in a maze with no cheese at any exit: Whatever conclusion it reaches will leave us dissatisfied.
Posted Apr 12, 2013
32
C-
Admission (2013)
Doris Day will be 89 in two weeks, which makes her exactly half a century too old to play the lead in Admission. That's a pity, as perhaps only she could have done it justice -- if it had been made in 1958.
Posted Mar 22, 2013
33
B-
What we get here is Oz the Amiable and Unthreatening ...
Posted Mar 7, 2013
34
3.5/4
Polished, thoughtful and touching.
Posted Feb 16, 2013
35
3.5/4
The Artist (2011)
Had The Artist been made 75 years ago, it might have been brushed aside as melodrama. Today, its affection for a lost past strikes the right note of wistful nostalgia.
Posted Feb 15, 2013
36
3/4
Like the title character, the makers of The Rabbi's Cat follow their noses wherever a new scent leads. Their eternal curiosity buoys this Cat, then impairs it somewhat, but redeems it by the end.
Posted Feb 15, 2013
37
2.5/4
Writer-director Richard LaGravenese introduces characters and loses track of them, builds toward a mildly daring ending and backs cravenly away from it, even seems to contradict himself ...
Posted Feb 13, 2013
38
2.5/4
McCarthy, who has been wackily funny in supporting parts, will be the revelation for most of us: Not only can she carry a lead, but she handles heartfelt moments of joy and sorrow.
Posted Feb 7, 2013
39
3.5/4
Amour (2012)
The superb Trintignant and the Oscar-nominated Riva -- who would win, in a just world -- embody once-vigorous people in inevitable decline.
Posted Feb 7, 2013
40
3/4
Warm Bodies (2013)
What Levine does have is a gently gruesome way of amusing us, converting the uneasiness of a wooer from another species into the everyday anxieties of a young man around a girl he likes.
Posted Jan 31, 2013
41
3/4
Quartet (2013)
Hoffman and Harwood aren't afraid to show us old people who are rude, demanding, unreasonable and foolish, though the final overall mood remains blissful.
Posted Jan 24, 2013
42
3/4
Mama (2013)
43
1.5/4
It begins as energetic, clichéd nonsense and ends as irritating, clichéd nonsense.
Posted Jan 10, 2013
44
3.5/4
Zero Dark Thirty, like the mission that inspired it, commands respect, admiration, even awe in places for the logistical nightmares that had to be overcome to get it done. But it's a hard movie to love.
Posted Jan 10, 2013
45
1.5/4
People get high or get cancer or get carried away to mental institutions and hospitals, but we know too little about them to care.
Posted Jan 4, 2013
46
2.5/4
The film bounces jauntily along, it's never less than handsome to look at, and the actors all do fine jobs.
Posted Jan 4, 2013
47
3.5/4
As fine as [Watts] and Ewan McGregor are as the parents, Tom Holland stands out as eldest son Lucas, a slightly sullen teen who learns to put other people before himself.
Posted Jan 4, 2013
48
1.5/4
This is 40 (2012)
The movie that's meant to be [Apatow's] most personal turns out to be his most dully generic.
Posted Dec 21, 2012
49
3/4
Jackson imposes a sense of grandeur but mostly loses Tolkien's sense of fun.
Posted Dec 13, 2012
50
3.5/4
Arcel directs with sympathy for all three of the main characters and doesn't make pure villains of the others.
Posted Dec 7, 2012