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Rating Title/Year Author
B- The Devil's Daughter (1991) Brian Orndorf Urgency is lacking here, but the film is not without genre charms, delivering creepy interactions and kooky sequences with periodic flourish. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2018
B Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Brian Orndorf Brevity is a friend to McKay, but as experimentations go, reworking known elements to manufacture a new perspective on all the monkey business, and the "Super-Sized R-Rated Version" remains a mirthful and mischievous vision. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2014
A Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Brian Orndorf It's first-rate work from Bigelow and Boal, who treat the tale with conviction and knowledge, yet never lose sight of its inherent alarm, packaging a combustible narrative into one of the best pictures of 2012. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2013
A Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) Brian Orndorf Promoted as a prequel to Twin Peaks, but it was actually Excalibur pushed through the heart of a phenomenon, leaving the faithful to grieve, while newcomers were left baffled, or in my case, ravenous for more. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2012
B- Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) Brian Orndorf With his wild, thinning hair and general look of disease, Cage's interpretation of Jack's desperation is a total hoot, bravely unglamorous and consistently agitated. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2012
D- Pet Sematary Two (1992) Brian Orndorf Pet Sematary II looks like a feature that quickly slipped out of Lambert's control, and she decided to drive the production into the ground out of spite. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2012
D+ Cosmopolis (2012) Brian Orndorf Cronenberg seems like he has something specific, possibly devilishly satiric in mind, but his screen instincts are numb, constructing a feature that lurches from scene to scene. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2012
D- The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992) Brian Orndorf A terrible picture, absent rhythm and purpose, straining hard to remain charismatic and mysterious while it engages in pure nonsense, crudely arranged by Moyle in a career-killing feature. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2012
D Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) Brian Orndorf The drama never catches fire, cycling through the same beats of uncertainty and blame to a point of screen stasis. The opening driving montage of Manos: The Hands of Fate has more of a filmmaking zip. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2012
C+ Rapid Fire (1992) Brian Orndorf It's not a great picture by any means, yet there are highlights in Rapid Fire worth savoring, most centered on Lee's martial art choreography. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2012
D Stay Tuned (1992) Brian Orndorf Simply crashes upon takeoff, going nowhere in a hurry, sniffing around for pop culture overkill and domestic depression insight it never makes a genuine play to explore. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2012
B- Single White Female (1992) Brian Orndorf Turns out both of these women are mentally damaged, adding a nice little purple-nurple to the script, giving the actresses something with a little more bite to play with. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2012
C- Raising Cain (1992) Brian Orndorf In a world where Redacted exists, Raising Cain isn't De Palma's least effective picture, but it's damn near close, purposely unreasonable and shockingly leaden all the way. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2012
A Unforgiven (1992) Brian Orndorf It's a somber feature, but one of extraordinary character development, bundled into a compelling story of men facing their sins in a most brutal, pitiless manner. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2012
B- Bebe's Kids (1992) Brian Orndorf Rough around the edges and careless with plot, but Bebe's Kids maintains personality throughout, doing justice to the memory of Harris and his most unusual stand-up creation. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2012
C Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) Brian Orndorf Buffy isn't funny or scary, it's just mediocre, slowly losing interest in itself as Kuzui runs out of imagination. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2012
C+ Death Becomes Her (1992) Brian Orndorf Highly amusing, but there's nothing to the feature beyond cheap thrills and a few laughs. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2012
C- Mom and Dad Save the World (1992) Brian Orndorf Director Greg Beeman fashions a toothless feature, though one with an undeniable pace and, well, Kathy Ireland in tiny outfits. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2012
C Mo' Money (1992) Brian Orndorf It's a shame. A low down dirty shame. Or maybe I'm thinking of another Wayans family member. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2012
A- The Queen of Versailles (2012) Brian Orndorf It makes sense to find the director unwilling to walk away from such as a fascinating couple, resulting in a superb documentary and a powerful statement on the ugliness and delusion of greed. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2012
B+ Trishna (2011) Brian Orndorf Trishna rewards with its observational qualities, while promoting Pinto as an actress worth paying attention to. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2012
B+ 360 (2011) Brian Orndorf Meirelles keeps the film humming along, braiding these strangers into a single display of yearning, albeit a craving that takes the occasional unsavory turn. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2012
B Juan of the Dead (2011) Brian Orndorf A little too slight to fill out a feature-length run time, yet it's spunky enough to entertain and occasionally horrify, though it's not always the zombies that induce the most revulsion. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2012
B- Extraterrestrial (2011) Brian Orndorf Never quite the feature most will expect it to be, Extraterrestrial is a charming submission of low-fi scripting, using a colossal development in universal happenings to reinforce the quirks and hazards of love. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2012
D+ 30 Beats (2012) Brian Orndorf Unfortunately, the filmmaker mistakes inertia for sensuality, keeping the material in a frustrating state of paralysis. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2012
C- Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992) Brian Orndorf Boots away a warm familial dynamic to chase tedious villain shenanigans, forgetting what made the first picture so successful. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2012
C A Stranger Among Us (1992) Brian Orndorf Stuck with a permanently detached lead actress who juggles snappy cop jargon and sex appeal with all the concentration of pothead. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2012
C- Why Stop Now? (2012) Brian Orndorf Isn't very funny or poignant, drifting somewhere in between while the actors make the best out of a lackluster storytelling situation. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2012
B Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Brian Orndorf To appreciate Beasts one must relax their expectations, allowing the feature's sputtery sense of momentum to generate a feeling of detachment and parental love. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2012
C+ Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) Brian Orndorf Feels like more of a pause than a true sequel, leaving hope that the producers will be able to steer the franchise back to more fertile creative ground before extinction finally arrives. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2012
C- The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) Brian Orndorf Sometimes it's difficult to remember that Reiner once directed This is Spinal Tap. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2012
C- Cool World (1992) Brian Orndorf Cool World isn't difficult to watch (there's too much insanity floating around to be bored), it's just impossible to digest, absent any grounded activities that could elevate the viewing experience past weirdo cartoon diarrhea. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2012
C- Universal Soldier (1992) Brian Orndorf There's a decent bit of escapism in here somewhere, but Emmerich doesn't possess the finesse to make the material rampage as it should. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2012
B- The Pact (2012) Brian Orndorf A satisfying ghost story without leaning too hard into trends. It's not a deliciously overwhelming feature, but The Pact has modest vision worth a look. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2012
D Savages (2012) Brian Orndorf Coarse and half-asleep, Savages is a waste of Stone's time and energy, falling back on tired habits of provocation best left buried with his 1994 sensorial blast, Natural Born Killers. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2012
C- To Rome With Love (2012) Brian Orndorf That's the miracle of this filmmaker. Woody Allen will make the occasional stinker, but he's always a year away from his next masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2012
A Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Brian Orndorf An exceptional feature on every level of execution, also displaying a rare sensitivity to Stone that he would spend the rest of his career trying to bury in violence and experimentation. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2012
B Boomerang (1992) Brian Orndorf The cop-out conclusion doesn't dilute the playfulness the Hudlins are always interested in providing. I only wish they had the opportunity to work with Murphy again. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2012
A A League of Their Own (1992) Brian Orndorf Marshall's finest hour as a filmmaker, capturing audience-pleasing moments with assurance, while also paying careful attention to the vulnerabilities of the characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2012
C+ The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Brian Orndorf Much of The Amazing Spider-Man has been seen before, in a better film with a more delirious director, making this unofficial remake puzzling. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2012
B Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012) Brian Orndorf A flashy, enlightening time capsule of Perry's career. It's no concert film, but more of a backstage laminate, permitting fans access to the singer and her turbulent year of mega-stardom. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2012
F Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection (2012) Brian Orndorf A picture that finds Perry channeling the comedies of Jerry Lewis. At least Lewis in his later years of performing. Like The Day the Clown Cried. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2012
C- Magic Mike (2012) Brian Orndorf Soderbergh pulls out every trick in the book to make Magic mean something beyond its parade of shaved backs and tanned buttocks, but it's a lost cause, endeavoring to bring meaning to material best appreciated for its surface appeal. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2012
B People Like Us (2012) Brian Orndorf The trick of Us is making the audience not mind the unnatural delay, supplying characters dimensional enough to ignore their odd lack of common sense. The picture has that power. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2012
B+ Ted (2012) Brian Orndorf Avoids pitch-black comedy, selecting a more rascally tone that toys with Boston brute behaviors (served with wicked good accents) and the undeniable magic of a bong-sucking teddy bear that has sex with women. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2012
B+ Your Sister's Sister (2011) Brian Orndorf Perfectly fine somewhere between the humor of discomfort and that brutality of the truth, sustaining its feel for family and the bond between loved ones with sure feel for splattery screen communication. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2012
A- Last Ride (2009) Brian Orndorf The performances are marvelous, expressing an enormous reservoir of suspicion and grief without bleeding into melodrama, preferring to expose naked emotion through looks instead of fidgety gestures. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2012
B Unlawful Entry (1992) Brian Orndorf Unlawful Entry does a tremendous job provoking the viewer with crude elements of bullying. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2012
D+ Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) Brian Orndorf The feature doesn't have the twinkle in its eye to accurately blend SuperLincoln with TrueLincoln into a loving, ax-swinging whole. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2012
B- Brave (2012) Brian Orndorf It still entertains and there's enough animated detail here to stay invested in the screen antics, but it's far from the sorely needed fairy tale reimagining the opening promises. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2012