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Rating Title/Year Author
The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006) Molly Freeman The best one of all - and surely we can all agree on this one - is The Year Without A Santa Claus. On top of being an animated Christmas special, it's also a musical with songs like I Could Be Santa Claus and Blue Christmas. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Happy Feet (2006) Brian Marder Miller's labor of love which he'd deliberated over for some time encompasses all the kiddie messages we've come to expect while managing to toss in the rare animation curveball: ecological themes. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Someone Like You (2001) Hollywood.com Staff Someone Like You clearly tries to go beyond the typical romantic comedy but its failure to do so is all the more painful to watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
3.5/4 The Others (2001) Guylaine Cadorette The Others is that rare film which scares without blood and gore relying instead on intelligent story telling and never ending tension. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 I Am Bolt (2016) Aramide Tinubu A thrilling and warm documentary of a young man whose name is already in the history books. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2016
4/5 Moana (2016) Aramide Tinubu In addition to the music, animation and storyline, Cravalho and Johnson are wonderful together. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/5 The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Aramide Tinubu I'm not so removed from my teenage years that I've forgotten the struggles and the anxiety that comes along with being a teenager... The Edge of Seventeen gave me that exact same feeling. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
The Girl on the Train (2016) Aramide Tinubu It's no Gone Girl, but it's not half bad either. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2016
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Aramide Tinubu Bridget Jones's Baby delivers a feel-good romcom with just the right amount of refreshing comedy, a sprinkle of slapstick and a whole lot of quirkiness. And of course, the soundtrack is perfection. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2016
4/5 Doctor Strange (2016) Aramide Tinubu The film is a strangely bizarre and brilliant departure from what we usually see from Marvel, and that's why I adored it. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2016
Elektra (2005) Matthew Reynolds The problem is Elektra is not among the most compelling of characters. She doesn't have enough humanity and the story not enough depth to sustain us between fight scenes. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2015
2.5/5 Kick-Ass 2 (2013) Michael Arbeiter A total failure of a movie? Hardly. But in its will to reinvent and experiment anew with everything we discovered in the original, we'd have to call Kick-Ass 2 effectively powerless. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2015
American Beauty (1999) Robert Nuñez It took a British stage director to create the ultimate movie about the American family. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2015
5/5 12 Years a Slave (2013) Michael Arbeiter Yes, we've all been enlightened unto the depletive hell that was the era of American slavery. But perhaps never, at least through cinema, have we been placed so vividly among the human beings who suffered through it. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3.5/5 The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Julia Emmanuele The weight of the film, however, rests squarely on Woodley's shoulders, and she does an excellent job as Hazel, balancing her sharp wit and sheer determination with the right amount of frailty and fear. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2015
3/5 A Most Wanted Man (2014) Michael Arbeiter Ultimately, we are welcome to marvel at A Most Wanted Man, but it'd be nearly impossible to revel in it. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/5 Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Michael Arbeiter It seems to know what we've all been forgetting since 1985: science fiction can be funny, blockbusters can be kooky, and Tom Cruise can, and should, be a jackass. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/5 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Michael Arbeiter In the absence of definitive work done in our heroing couple, a pair rich in fibers but relegated to broad strokes and easy quips in this turn, most of it amounts to a fairly good spy thriller, not an ace-in-the-whole neo-superhero masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2015
5/5 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Michael Arbeiter Even more impressive than what Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has to say is how it goes about saying it. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 The LEGO Movie (2014) Michael Arbeiter From scene one, The Lego Movie is maniacal in its comic delivery. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2015
4/5 Starred Up (2013) Michael Arbeiter The power of this movie is in its lack of interest in the dramatic and its preference, instead, of the humane. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2015
5/5 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Michael Arbeiter No matter who you are, this movie will charm your dandy pants off and then some. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3.5/5 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Michael Arbeiter Although it might lack in the flare of some of its big screen comic book competitors, Days of Future Past does have plenty of "cool stuff" in its arsenal. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4.5/5 Snowpiercer (2013) Michael Arbeiter Snowpiercer's ultimate victory is how palatable it makes its unbelievably weird material. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2015
5/5 Boyhood (2014) Michael Arbeiter Its complete submission to those nothings, mediums, beautiful portraits of life's fabric is what makes Boyhood unprecedented. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4/5 Frozen (2013) Hans Morgenstern Frozen, the new animated film by Disney earns its charms the honest way: with smart writing and heartfelt performances. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2014
4.5/5 Whiplash (2014) Michael Arbeiter Andrew's story breathes and moves like a song -- a jazz number, naturally -- which renders every turn, reveal, and twist of perspective a tremendous showstopper. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 Gone Girl (2014) Michael Arbeiter It's all very frightening, all too provocative, and all one mess of a good time. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Michael Arbeiter Throughout this technical haze, Guardians carries forth with more spirit than anything Marvel has put out to date. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2014
3.5/5 Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) Michael Arbeiter Founding itself on the values of seizing responsibility and setting sail out into the world, the saccharine, sleepy sequel could actually be a pretty valuable experience for young viewers. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2014
To Be Takei (2014) Michael Arbeiter There is a whole lot of Takei in between the early days of Sulu and the current era of hashtagged witticisms, and that is vast middle section is chronicled in the new documentary To Be Takei. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/5 The One I Love (2014) Michael Arbeiter The One I Love fails to make the most of its interesting, dense concept. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/5 The Expendables 3 (2014) Michael Arbeiter Off to the side of the top-heavy bulk, these elements make up the real victory of Expendables 3: the fun is in the weird. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2014
0.5/5 Grown Ups 2 (2013) Michael Arbeiter The single consistent throughline Grown Ups 2 seems to have, in fact, is its bigotry. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2014
4/5 Godzilla (2014) Michael Arbeiter Edwards' creature design is dazzling, his deus ex machina are riveting, and the ultimate payoff to which he treats his audience is the sort of gangbusters crowd-pleaser that your average contemporary monster movie is too afraid to consider. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2014
The Discoverers (2012) Matt Patches The Discoverers gets lost in woods of indie land at times, with a few of its asides feeling arbitrary and reaching jokes, but Schwarz assembled the perfect cast to tell his story. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2014
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2013) Matt Patches Even if the characters aren't fully conceived, the perspectives are. With Stand Clear, Fleischner has delivered a great "New York movie," because he shows us his New York. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2014
4.5/5 Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013) Michael Arbeiter Hide Your Smiling Faces gives us something touching, tremendous, and new. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2014
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Brian Salisbury The acting is superb all around. The script is lovely, good spirited and perfect viewing for the Christmas season. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3/5 Ender's Game (2013) Michael Arbeiter Ender's Game works just fine for anyone looking to float free from the world for two hours. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2013
4/5 Nebraska (2013) Hans Morgenstern Payne does not resort to sentimental hokum but offers a poignant portrait of aging with the burden of regret. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2013
5/5 Short Term 12 (2013) Michael Arbeiter From the get-go, the movie has you, anchoring you down to its sad and beautiful world and demanding that you carry with you all of the incredible thoughts and feelings it has to offer. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2013
Scenic Route (2013) Aly Semigran Scenic Route is a movie that crawls under your skin and stays there for a while, thanks largely in part to its haunting ending. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3.5/5 White House Down (2013) Michael Arbeiter White House Down is as much fun as you might want it to be. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2013
8.7/10 Man of Steel (2013) Matt Patches If the word "epic" has lost its meaning, 'Man of Steel' forcefully redefines it. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2013
2/5 After Earth (2013) Matt Patches Think The Happening, plus bloodthirsty baboons. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2013
2/5 Only God Forgives (2013) Matt Patches Like 'Drive,' the soundtrack's character is the best performance in the film. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2013
3.5/5 The Bling Ring (2013) Matt Patches The film plays like the material its criticizing - an artful "E! True Hollywood Story." EDIT
Posted May 17, 2013
2.5/5 Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Matt Patches Instead of reminding us why we love the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Into Darkness floods the screen with spectacle and relies on memories of the past to fill in the blanks. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2013
2.5/5 The Great Gatsby (2013) Matt Patches DiCaprio's Gatsby takes the movie's breath away, forcing Luhrmann to put aside his song and dance infatuation for dazzling performances in the heightened world he's created. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2013