Minneapolis Star Tribune

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 7%

A Haunted House 2 (2014)

"Unapologetically stupid. Proudly stupid. Aggressively stupid."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Colin Covert

2 59%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"The title character of this florid crime comedy could be an escapee from a Tarantino script, all flashy character traits and verbal overkill."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Colin Covert

3 79%

Watermark (2014)

"At 92 minutes, the production is stately, unhurried yet crisply focused, never overstaying its welcome."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Colin Covert

4 88%

Bears (2014)

"The movie reduces magnificent, savage animals to the dimensions of a squabbling but loyal human family."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Colin Covert

5 65%

The Railway Man (2014)

"The story, based on Lomax's memoir, is compelling. Jonathan Teplitzky's insipid screen version doesn't do the rich material justice."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Colin Covert

6 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"In his first, and likely last, outing as a director, cinematographer Wally Pfister delivers a garbled, dispiriting, pseudo-cerebral non-thriller."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Colin Covert

7 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Wrap a snowmobile suit around that thin skin of yours, and relish one of the best darn series of the year. "

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Neal Justin

8 71%

Oculus (2014)

""Oculus" is not just a howling good horror film. It's a terrific film by any standard - a smart, character-driven, original hair-raiser that creeped the socks off me with no cheap scares."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Colin Covert

9 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"Don't worry if you're not a hard-core gridiron fan - Costner's cool charisma and the universal nature of office politics make this accessible anyway."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Colin Covert

10 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"This may be the most pleasurable 83 minutes you will spend in a theater this year."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Colin Covert

11 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

""Under the Skin" is original to the highest degree. Is it a great film? I'm not convinced. Are there moments of greatness in it? Quite a few."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Colin Covert

12 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"The film never stints on kinetic, carefully choreographed mayhem, from a mud-drenched prison-yard riot to a next-level car chase that sets a new standard for automotive assault and battery."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Colin Covert

13 84%

Joe (2014)

"The characters are rich and round with human contradictions. Joe, despite his police rap sheet and outlaw temperament, has a core of tenderness and humor."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Colin Covert

14 59%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"This episode includes so many lavish close-ups of bloody flesh that it seems as if Von Trier is making a "Saw" film."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Colin Covert

15 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"Employing a mix of lively talking-head interviews and trippy animation based on Jodorowsky's sketchbooks and storyboards, Frank Pavich's documentary paints a tantalizing picture of the movie that might have been."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Colin Covert

16 45%

In the Blood (2014)

"The script is smarter than it has to be, weaving a web of island corruption that's consistently surprising and moderately plausible, with rounded, juicy characters."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Colin Covert

17 97%

Ernest & Célestine (2014)

"The unlikely cross-species friendship of Celestine the mouse and Ernest the bear teaches a gentle lesson about irrational intolerance in this French animated charmer."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Colin Covert

18 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

""Captain America: The Winter Soldier" takes a flying leap off the basic premise of superhero movies and sails away in unexpected, crowd-pleasing directions."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Colin Covert

19 74%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"It's a balanced and honest look at young sexuality, and thankfully never didactic in its approach."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Erik McClanahan

20 ——

O Lobo atrás da Porta (Wolf at the Door) ()

"It never comes undone, thanks in large part to writer/director Fernando Coimbra's stylistic flashbacks and the unfolding of terrifying scenarios."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Jim Brunzell III

21 ——

Las brujas de Zugarramurdi (Witching and Bitching) ()

"Not high art by any means, but it is pretty entertaining if you like a good slice of crazy horror-movie fun once in awhile."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Kara Nesvig

22 ——

Wicker Kittens ()

"The characters in this short-'n'-sweet documentary are straight outta "Fargo," in the best sense."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

23 82%

Jigoku de naze warui (Why Don't You Play in Hell?) (2014)

"It's a movie that feels perfectly at home in 2014, but wouldn't feel out of place in any other decade."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Kara Nesvig

24 ——

When Jews Were Funny (2014)

"Zweig's movie is equal parts witty and provocative ..."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Rob Nelson

25 ——

Violette ()

"Not since Jane Campion's "Angel at My Table" has there been such a moving and meticulously crafted period biopic about a tortured feminist writer who deserves wider recognition."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

26 ——

Ugly ()

"Don't expect a Hollywood ending - there's no one to champion among this sorry lot of soulless connivers."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

27 100%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"British comedians and dueling partners Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back in this witty and incisive follow-up to "The Trip.""

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Colin Covert

28 100%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"In the same way that "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" redefined Jim Carrey, this affecting and poignant drama-with-laughs shatters your expectations of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Colin Covert

29 82%

Salvo ()

"It's not the tale, but the telling of it, that distinguishes this Sicilian drama."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Campbell

30 ——

Sagrada - el misteri de la creacio ()

"The only mystery here is why, even for architecture geeks, this documentary is duller than watching stucco dry."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

31 98%

The Rocket (2014)

"In some ways, it feels like a throwback to many '80s teen movies, where everything comes down to a competition at the end, and the hero will finally get the chance to prove his worth."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Erik McClanahan

32 67%

R100 (2014)

"To call this Midnight Movie entry "not for everyone" is understating it. But connoisseurs of weird, twisted sex comedy will revel in its transgressive, audacious mischief."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Colin Covert

33 65%

Proxy (2014)

"Genre mashups are tough to pull off, but "Proxy" mostly does it."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Erik McClanahan

34 100%

The Overnighters (2014)

"The film features stunning third-act revelations that compel viewers to rethink its characters' actions and motivations."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Colin Covert

35 ——

My Sweet Pepper Land ()

"The film's outcome may be predictable, and its framework decidedly retro, but the themes are anything but, including a healthy dose of feminism."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Campbell

36 85%

Mystery Road ()

"As a straight-up, "Law & Order"-esque criminal investigation, it's watchable. But lingering shots and half-baked racial commentary overstate the importance of "Mystery Road.""

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Jay Boller

37 100%

Metro Manila (2013)

"The movie works as a contemporary look at desperation in crime-riddled Manila, but it's also as deliciously old-fashioned as the late '40s-era film noir "Kiss of Death," and nearly as entertaining."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Rob Nelson

38 ——

Ya tozhe khochu (Me Too) ()

"A darkly pleasing, sometimes surreal parable shot through with thoroughly Russian attitude - and humor."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

39 ——

The Kill Team ()

""The Kill Team" is emotionally heavy; as you watch, you feel conflicted about Winfield's role and about your own perception of right and wrong."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Kara Nesvig

40 36%

Just a Sigh (2014)

""Just a Sigh" charms, with its scenes of street musicians, philosophical debates and headstrong romance, as much as it poses dilemmas of fate and desire."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Marci Schmitt

41 100%

Ilo Ilo (2014)

"Young actor Koh Jia Ler's brave performance recalls "The 400 Blows," he's that great."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Tim Campbell

42 67%

Heli ()

"The imagery is equal parts ugly and beautiful as the tale descends into a nightmare most could never conceive."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Erik McClanahan

43 ——

Harmony Lessons ()

"Baigazin's pacing, restraint and eye for depicting both internal and geographic desolation add up to a transfixing tragedy."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Kristin Tillotson

44 60%

Google and the World Brain ()

"Ben Lewis' cautionary documentary about Google's efforts to digitize all the world's books is well-intended but poorly focused."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Colin Covert

45 100%

Gangs of Wasseypur ()

"Kashyap's direction is ferocious and mesmerizing, deftly balancing hundreds of characters, story lines and bloodshed that never apologizes or slows down."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Jim Brunzell III

46 60%

For No Good Reason (2014)

"Nothing special, but enjoyable nonetheless."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Erik McClanahan

47 ——

The Forgotten Kingdom ()

"Director Andrew Mudge's expansive film combines death, romance, poverty, mysticism, philosophy and friendship while holding steadfast to its realism; it sticks with you."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Jay Boller

48 ——

For A Woman (2014)

"Director Diane Kurys paints an evocative, witty portrait of love, longing, ideology and desolation in post-World War II France."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Marci Schmitt

49 ——

Flashback Memories ()

"The effects of this beautifully unique hybrid of music and cinema are exhilarating and unforgettable."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Rob Nelson

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