Dark Horizons

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 71%

Oculus (2014)

"An atypical horror movie that could have been great but instead settled for mediocrity and recycled tropes, Oculus is a frustrating near-miss. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Gary Dowell

2 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"It's not a perfect film, but damn its close."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Garth Franklin

3 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"While the film is easy to look at, it's not easy to watch. "

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Josh Hylton

4 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Granted, you don't go into this sort of thing expecting originality - or even coherence - but geez, a bit more effort would have been nice. Instead, we get a Z-grade knock-off of a B-grade cult film with half the style and none of the flair."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

Gary Dowell

5 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"If the idea of Liam Neeson being Liam Neeson-y on a plane appeals to your senses, have at it. It's not great, but you could do worse."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Josh Hylton

6 24%

Pompeii (2014)

"Pompeii is a hot mess of a movie well before Mt. Vesuvius erupts."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Gary Dowell

7 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"It's about as magical and wondrous a movie as I've seen with more laughs per minute than any movie in recent memory. The LEGO Movie is an absolute delight."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Josh Hylton

8 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"The idea of a RoboCop is a silly one that the original film nevertheless proved could be something more. The best thing one can say about this 2014 reboot is this: it exists."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Josh Hylton

9 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"It's not their best-in fact, it hardly even feels like a Coen brothers movie at all-but its majestic musical numbers and fantastic performances elevate this well above the humdrum lesser filmmakers churn out."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Josh Hylton

10 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Though it's not a bad movie (it is Scorsese, after all), The Wolf of Wall Street is surprisingly off-putting, overlong and morally skewed."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Josh Hylton

11 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"It still has a good amount of heart to it, particularly from the delightful Wiig who somehow manages to create an interesting and empathetic character out of thin material."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Josh Hylton

12 94%

Her (2014)

"[Jonze's] latest, the futuristic sci-fi romance, Her, is another film of unrivaled excellence, one that taps into ideas and themes in the way only the mind of Mr. Jonze can. It is hands down the best American movie of 2013."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Josh Hylton

13 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"The Monuments Men positions itself to make a grand commentary on the importance of art and its preservation - and then says little on the topic."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Gary Dowell

14 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"The nauseating repetition will cause frustrating exhales. The fast cutting frenetic chase sequences feel like they were left on Paul Greengrass' cutting room floor. "

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Blake Howard

15 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"As hokey and tone-deaf as it is implausible, this sloppy romance drama makes for one long, hard slog."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Gary Dowell

16 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"The movie is wholly an actors' vehicle, and the cast is largely superb, though Mulroney, Breslin, and especially McGregor are underused."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Gary Dowell

17 76%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"It's not perfect... but this is a major step up from Berg's previous travesty. This is actually quite good."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Josh Hylton

18 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"Despite a couple of legitimate laughs, it's largely unwatchable."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Josh Hylton

19 69%

Supernatural: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2006)

" I have to admit this was not one of my favorite pilots that was picked up this year, but it does have some small potential. "

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Garth Franklin

20 68%

Elysium (2013)

"It must be said that Blomkamp proves himself to be a capable storyteller, maintaining a gripping pace peppered with impressive, inventive, and often bloody action sequences. Elysium itself is a fantastically rendered place, and one used sparingly. "

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Gary Dowell

21 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"The real enjoyment here comes when Shane Black's sensibilities take over during the middle hour."

Posted May 12, 2013

Garth Franklin

22 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"Handsomely directed, often beautiful, full of impressive action, what it is in desperate search of is a good story - something it never finds."

Posted May 12, 2013

Garth Franklin

23 5%

The Cold Light of Day (2012)

EDIT

Posted Jan 22, 2013

24 65%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"Repetitive and pointless action scenes fill out an already bloated runtime, but not to the level of indulgence that we saw on 'King Kong'."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Garth Franklin

25 61%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"An efficient mesh of a 1990s John Grisham-esque thriller procedural with a 1970s vigilante movie. A confident and well-paced crowd pleaser."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Garth Franklin

26 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Aptly demonstrates you can have a blockbuster of thematic depth and emotional significance that is still loads of fun."

Posted Nov 3, 2012

Garth Franklin

27 28%

Bel Ami (2012)

"The film is far too concerned with its 'costume' and not nearly enough with its 'drama'."

Posted Jul 6, 2012

Garth Franklin

28 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"Perfectly serviceable in its own right, but frustratingly never reaches beyond the adequate."

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Garth Franklin

29 32%

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008)

EDIT

Posted May 15, 2012

30 34%

Battleship (2012)

"This so-called tribute to the Navy is about as welcome as a post-shore leave shipwide outbreak of the clap."

Posted May 15, 2012

Garth Franklin

31 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"There may be weightier, deeper or richer films this year - but there probably won't be any that are as much fun."

Posted May 5, 2012

Garth Franklin

32 82%

Goon (2012)

"It is easily the best hockey movie since Miracle, for whatever that's worth."

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Scott Mendelson

33 67%

Friends With Kids (2012)

EDIT

Posted Apr 10, 2012

34 78%

Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

EDIT

Posted Apr 10, 2012

35 41%

Silent House (2012)

EDIT

Posted Apr 10, 2012

36 27%

Seeking Justice (2012)

EDIT

Posted Apr 10, 2012

37 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

EDIT

Posted Mar 13, 2012

38 16%

Priest (2011)

EDIT

Posted Mar 13, 2012

39 64%

Predators (2010)

EDIT

Posted Mar 13, 2012

40 25%

Act of Valor (2012)

"It's exhilarating at first, but the running gun battles eventually become repetitive, and since so little has been invested into developing the characters, there's a limited feeling of jeopardy."

Posted Feb 28, 2012

Gary Dowell

41 85%

Chronicle (2012)

"Chronicle is a thoughtful and empathetic story of three disparate teens who end up with special powers and how it does or does not change them."

Posted Feb 21, 2012

Scott Mendelson

42 32%

Man on a Ledge (2012)

"Man on a Ledge flirts with B-movie greatness but comes up short thanks to the far-fetched plot device used to power a clunky hybrid of heist flick/Hitchcockian wrong-man thriller."

Posted Feb 21, 2012

Gary Dowell

43 80%

Haywire (2012)

"Standard spy-fi fare presented in a very atypical style."

Posted Jan 24, 2012

Gary Dowell

44 6%

The Devil Inside (2012)

"A non-starter that could have been at least a good B-grade horror flick if it had been made with little more conviction."

Posted Jan 10, 2012

Gary Dowell

45 96%

The Muppets (2011)

"The Muppets is a celebration of all things Muppets -- filled with fun, laughter and moments of pure joy."

Posted Jan 3, 2012

Tom Brennan

46 35%

Larry Crowne (2011)

EDIT

Posted Dec 20, 2011

47 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"Proves that there's still a lot to be said for formulaic action when it's handled with such aplomb. The best in the series thus far."

Posted Dec 8, 2011

Garth Franklin

48 43%

J. Edgar (2011)

"A fascinating portrayal of a truly complicated and often unlikeable man."

Posted Nov 29, 2011

Tom Brennan

49 68%

Tower Heist (2011)

"The film is armed with an amazing cast, and while not the greatest heist story ever told, the bottom line is that Tower Heist is a lot of fun."

Posted Nov 15, 2011

Tom Brennan

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