Q Network Film Desk
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
"its action sequences have a real sense of grit and danger due to their pre-CGI use of actual city locations and stuntpeople lighting themselves on fire, jumping out of buildings, and hanging on the outside of speeding cars"
The Uninvited (1944)
"ends with what has to be the cheesiest, most inexplicably silly image of any film this year, a desperate stab at giving this retread a memorable exit that only confirms how utterly unnecessary and inferior a remake it is"
All Is Bright (2013)
Don Jon (2013)
I Married a Witch (1942)
Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) (1978)
"has a steady, accumulating power, and while it ranks high among Bergman's dramas, it is not quite a masterpiece, at least not on the level of Cries and Whispers (1972) and Scenes From a Marriage (1973), his signature films of the period. "
"nothing if not a technical tour de force, possibly one of the greatest examples in recent years of how far cinematic technology can take us into experiences-both visceral and emotional-that most of us are unlikely to ever encounter"
"Hemsworth and Brühl make Hunt and Lauda into memorable figures, and it is telling that, by the end, I genuinely wanted them to like each other, but still appreciated the fact that they maintained their air of mutual animosity. "
The Family (2013)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
The Hot Flashes (2013)
Touchy Feely (2013)
The World's End (2013)
"the first part of the movie is so good--so knowing and funny and raucous and even bittersweet in its depiction of male arrested development--that all the sci-fi silliness that runs rampant in the second part feels derivative and unnecessary"
"One of the greatest joys of watching Ray's best films is the way he uses the "simplicity" of his cinematic style to convey the deepest of human emotions and leave us with a sense that the world might someday become a better place. "
You're Next (2013)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Lord of the Flies (1963)
Pacific Rim (2013)
The Lone Ranger (2013)
"Stuck with a character they can't really transform or darken, they instead turn him into a galloping joke in a white hat and black mask, which makes it extraordinarily difficult to care about his exploits, no matter how inventively staged they might be."
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
"Everything that is good about it-including those wonderfully nattering minions who have even more screen time and play a bigger role in the narrative-is what was good in the first film, so there isn't any sense of growth or expansion"
The Heat (2013)
"McCarthy delivers her profanity-laced lines with an aggressive force that feels amazingly natural, and her put-downs and insults derive a particularly strong comic vibe by bouncing off Bullock's pinched straight-woman routine."
Monsters University (2013)
"The inventive world-making and comic inversion of expectations regarding the relationship between humans and monsters is dulled because it is forced into a college comedy formula, which eliminates virtually all potential for surprise"
World War Z (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)
"While expertly rendered by the film's army of special effects artists, the violence feels simultaneously bloated and empty, yet another exercise in wide-scale cinematic decimation without any sense of humanity or the weight of its loss."
Things to Come (1936)
Safety Last! (1923)
"The climb has both comic and dramatic weight because it is both a thrilling exercise in physical humor and a thematically rich evocation of the pressures men feel to succeed, lest they be viewed as less than a man"
The Purge (2013)
"doesn't spend enough time with the characters to give us much insight beyond the bare necessities, so their eventual devolution into primordial self-protection feels more like genre machinations than psychological intrigue"
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Shadow Dancer (2013)
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Gate of Hell (Jigokumon) (1954)
Iron Man 3 (2013)