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Rating Title/Year Author
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) Stephen Farber But I'm a Cheerleader, tries to be outrageous and inflammatory but falls pitifully flat. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
7/10 Applause (2009) Stephanie Zacharek As a showcase for its star, the Danish actress Paprika Steen, it's still rewarding in its own quiet, jarring way. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2016
Gone Girl (2014) Drew Taylor David Fincher's Gone Girl is an absolute masterpiece; a uniquely American rumination on marriage and modern society and one of the very best, most thrilling experiences you'll have going to the movies this year. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2014
5/5 Get On Up (2014) Pete Hammond Get on out to 'Get on Up', a superb and edgy biopic of the Godfather Of Soul, James Brown. Chadwick Boseman is possessed by the spirit and demons of the man and may be Oscar bound. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2014
5/5 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Pete Hammond The best of this summer's blockbuster movies. It is amazing. The most entertaining, exciting, provocative and powerful of all the Apes films. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4.5/5 Noah (2014) Pete Hammond Magnificent. Truly epic in its scope and ambition. It stays with you long after you leave the theatre. This 'Noah' is unlike any other film of its kind - an intimate and stirring new take on a biblical story we only thought we knew. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2/5 The Counselor (2013) Pete Hammond What went wrong? I am sad to say, the script by Cormac McCarthy. It just doesn't work. And who can even follow this thing? It starts out under the sheets and quite frankly should have stayed there. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2013
3/5 Kill Your Darlings (2013) Pete Hammond Coming of age movie about the Beat Generation. Daniel Radcliffe as poet Allen Ginsberg continues to divorce himself from his Harry Potter roots standing out in a fine ensemble. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2013
5/5 All Is Lost (2013) Pete Hammond Robert Redford gives the performance of his life in this one man show brilliantly directed by J.C.Chandor. It's a towering achievement for both of them. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2013
4/5 12 Years a Slave (2013) Pete Hammond Brutal, harrowing, powerful and exceptionally well-acted. Worth seeing but not for those with weak stomachs. Director Steve McQueen doesn't spare the viewer. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2013
4/5 The Fifth Estate (2013) Pete Hammond Smart,intelligent that plays like a current 'All The President's Men' , a journalistic thriller with lots of pertinent questions but no real answers. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2013
3.5/5 Escape Plan (2013) Pete Hammond I was shocked but this Sly/Arnold combo package flick is far more entertaining as an action film than you might expect. Thanks to a clever twist, it's actually a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2013
2.5/5 A.C.O.D. (2013) Pete Hammond I really wanted to like this film because its cast is generally terrific in everything they do , but only Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara really stand out here. A near-miss and sadly blah comedy that should have been smarter. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3/5 Parkland (2013) Pete Hammond Docudrama about the JFK assasination from different points of view of people on the sidelines has its moments but ultimately falls short of its potential. Still if you are into this subject as the 50th anni nears you may want to go. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2013
5/5 Captain Phillips (2013) Pete Hammond Paul Greengrass has made a hell of a white knuckle thriller out of a story in which most people know the ending going in. Tom Hanks' best performance in years. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2013
5/5 Gravity (2013) Pete Hammond Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey set the standard for films about space exploration. Until Now. But this one focuses on the human element and boy, are you in for a mind trip with Gravity. The cinematic achievement of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3.5/5 Thanks for Sharing (2012) Pete Hammond It's a romantic comedy about sex addiction but somehow it pulls off the premise. Director Stuart Blumberg takes some unlikely material for the genre and makes it work. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2013
4/5 Enough Said (2013) Pete Hammond The ads say 'at last a movie for adults' and this time the advertising is not lying. A wonderful grown up movie. Gandolfini and Louis Dreyfus are terrific together. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2013
4/5 Don Jon (2013) Pete Hammond A romantic comedy with edge. Joseph Gordon Levitt makes an impressive writing and directing debut. Scarlett Johansson is terrific. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2013
1.5/5 Baggage Claim (2013) Pete Hammond A lame comedy that looks like it was made - and belongs - in the 60's. Despite a game cast this movie is broad without being even remotely believable. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2013
4.5/5 Prisoners (2013) Pete Hammond This is about as intense as movies can get. Superb performances and great direction will keep you on the edge of your seat. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2013
5/5 Rush (2013) Pete Hammond One of the best films this year - or any year. Certainly the finest film about auto racing I've seen because it focuses on the human element. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2013
3/5 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) Pete Hammond With more puns than any one movie should be allowed, this is a decent sequel that should appeal to the younger members of the family. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2013
3/5 The Grandmaster (2013) Pete Hammond Wong Kar Wai is one of the world's great filmmakers and his first foray into the realm of martial arts is definitely worth seeing , even if at times confusing. Gorgeous to watch and beautiful action sequences make up for the wobbly script. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2013
5/5 Short Term 12 (2013) Pete Hammond Human drama doesn't get much better treatment in the movies than this enormously affecting and beautifully acted independent film . A masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2013
2.5/5 The World's End (2013) Pete Hammond The first 30 minutes had me hooked but when it turned into an over-the-top mashup of a sci-fi alien invasion flick you lost me, guys. Geeks will flock but so what? EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2013
3/5 The Frozen Ground (2013) Pete Hammond We've seen a lot of serial killer movies but this intriguing true story is well-acted and involving enough to be worth a shot. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2013
4/5 Lovelace (2013) Pete Hammond Amanda Seyfried is terrific as the most famous porn star of all time. The quality of the acting is impressive. Seyfried and Sharon Stone as her mother should be considered for year end awards. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2013
3/5 2 Guns (2013) Pete Hammond Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are at their best, a fun screen team and something a little lighter in the dog days of summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2013
2/5 The Smurfs 2 (2013) Pete Hammond Smurftastically stupid. Here's a sequel to a movie we didn't care about the first time around. It's enough to make you blue. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2013
2/5 Elysium (2013) Pete Hammond Hugely disappointing follow-up to director Neil Blomkamp's brilliant District 9. An intriguing premise evaporates into mindless sci-fi action. Jodie Foster gives the worst performance of her career. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2013
4/5 Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Pete Hammond Not just a great history lesson but also a fine character study of a man who witnessed the entire Civil Rights movement through his job as a Butler in the White House. The acting is superb right down the line. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2013
3/5 Paranoia (2013) Pete Hammond A corporate thriller that offers juicy roles for Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Not terribly original but entertaining. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2013
4/5 Jobs (2013) Pete Hammond Terrific. Ashton Kutcher gives the performance of his career. A fascinating,surprising and intriguing warts-and-all look at one of the greatest innovators of our time. Get on line now. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2013
3.5/5 The Conjuring (2013) Pete Hammond Terrific and scary-as-hell horror movie more in the spirit of psychological classics like The Innocents or the original 1963 The Haunting. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2013
2.5/5 The To Do List (2013) Pete Hammond Forgettable movie about a college-age girl trying to make up for lost time sexually may be just a 'to do' lister for that demo and no one else. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2013
4.5/5 Blue Jasmine (2013) Pete Hammond Woody Allen gets serious with this searing portrait of a woman under the influence and a remarkable performance from Cate Blanchett. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/5 Red 2 (2013) Pete Hammond If you liked Red , you'll like this nicely pitched sequel. It doesn't break new ground but it's good mindless summer fun with a great cast. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2013
4/5 Turbo (2013) Pete Hammond A snail with the need for speed turns into the best animated film I have seen all year. We may have seen this all in Ratatouille but it still seems fresh as a slug. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3.5/5 The Wolverine (2013) Pete Hammond A refreshing , almost film noirish reboot of the Wolverine franchise that uses its Japan locations to good advantage. Jackman is a great action star. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2013
5/5 The Way, Way Back (2013) Pete Hammond Easily one of the best movies you will see all year. It's funny and grabs the heart. Sam Rockwell deserves an Oscar nomination. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2013
4/5 Fruitvale Station (2013) Pete Hammond Powerful and disturbing.Michael B. Jordan is brilliant. It shows us we can't change the past but with movies like this perhaps we can make a better future. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2013
4.5/5 Pacific Rim (2013) Pete Hammond The most spectacular visual effects of the year. Del Toro is a master. May be the greatest monster movie I have ever seen. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3.5/5 The Heat (2013) Pete Hammond The screen team of the season , Bullock and McCarthy , deliver a sizzling hot summer comedy. Over the top , but undeniable fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2013
2/5 White House Down (2013) Pete Hammond Wasn't it just two months ago we watched the White House go up in flames in Olympus Has Fallen? This is the same thing, but even more absurd and ridiculous. An ace cast can't save it though Tatum makes a fine action star. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/5 World War Z (2013) Pete Hammond Zombies are hotter than ever and now it's Brad Pitt's turn. Much better than its troubled production history would indicate , World War Z is epic and fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2013
3.5/5 Monsters University (2013) Pete Hammond Pixar has done it again. Literally. Monsters University has loads of laughs and heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2013
2.5/5 The Purge (2013) Pete Hammond The premise is intriguing but the movie is pretty disgusting. If it really had something to say about violence in our society okay, but it's just there for entertainment so beware. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2013
5/5 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) Pete Hammond Want a feel-good movie this summer? Have I got the DOCUMENTARY for you! EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2013
3/5 The Internship (2013) Pete Hammond Google my words: it's a winner. It may not be as great as Wedding Crashers but this re-teaming of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson was worth the 8-year wait. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2013