Aaron Bartuska's Movie Ratings - Rotten Tomatoes

Movie Ratings and Reviews

Comet
Comet(2014)
½

A decent effort that would've been so much better if it just stopped trying to be so cool.

Daredevil
Daredevil(2003)

The director's cut rating

The Dirties
The Dirties(2013)
½

The gut-wrenching climax will have you regretting how much you laughed throughout the rest of the film. Who would've thought a found-footage comedy about a school shooting could work?

All Cheerleaders Die

So stupid. So so so so stupid.

LOL
LOL(2012)

A movie about teenagers that doesn't understand anything about teenagers.

Ghoulies
Ghoulies(1985)
½

A ridiculously boring horror movie that is devoid of any scares.

Killers
Killers(2010)

There's some fun to be had with the premise, but in the end it ends up being just another rom com.

Silent Hill: Revelation

I'm one to base my reviews not on how good the movie may be, but on how much I enjoyed watching it. Silent Hill: Revelation may be a terrible, terrible movie when it comes to dialogue, special effects, acting, and jump scares, but I constantly found myself having tons of fun, regardless of how bad the movie was. From the mannequin scene to the cheesy 3D, this film is probably the campiest I've ever seen. Just don't go into it expecting an amazing movie and I'm sure you'll have a good time.

Evan Almighty

The great cast makes this biblical mess bearable. But, be warned: the amount of failed attempts at humor in the writing of this film will have you laughing for all of the wrong reasons.

Would You Rather
½

A true gem of a horror film that forces its' audience to put themselves into the characters' positions. Almost every actor gives their all, making this a genius piece of art that is not for the squeamish.

Papillon
Papillon(1973)
½

A good enough prison escape drama. Hoffman and McQueen are phenomenal, but it is difficult to overlook the overly long run time and the awkward national geographic-type nudity.

The Woman in Black
½

It's a plot we've all heard: Helpless guy (or gal) trapped in a house with a ghost. But this film had a hint of originality to it that made it stand out slightly. The ending is heartwarming, but predictable.

From Beyond
From Beyond(1986)
½

It promises sensuality, insanity, and gore, and that's exactly what it delivers. A decent semi-sequel to Re-Animator.

Child's Play 3
½

Probably the strongest out of the original trilogy, dishing out tons of blood, scares, and campy fun. Chucky is scarier than ever.

Marley & Me
Marley & Me(2008)

A surprisingly good adaptation that doesn't attempt to force the tears out of you, but instead lets them come naturally. Wilson and Aniston both give fantastic performances.

National Lampoon's Van Wilder

I don't know about any other critics, but this movie has taught me some life-long lessons.

The Bling Ring

While it doesn't delve deep into the lives of the protagonists, The Bling Ring has an immense amount of social commentary. The dialogue and acting may seem bad, but its just the way teenagers talk. Also, Emma Watson gives a noteworthy performance, a complete 180 from her usual character.

Pretty in Pink

A great teen movie, much thanks to a hilarious and often heart-breaking performance by Jon Cryer and a great script by John Hughes.

Adaptation
Adaptation(2002)
½

Jonze and Kaufman do it again with yet another amazingly original script. All three lead characters are interesting enough to support the 114 minute span of the film and Cage has finally proven to me that he can be a fantastic actor if playing the right role (or in this movie's case, roles).

Primer
Primer(2004)
½

I will admit, it took a large amount of research after viewing this film to understand what I had just witnessed. You will definitely not understand this film with the first viewing. But, if you're anything like me, once you understand it you will be extremely impressed with director/writer/actor Shane Carruth and how much work and time went into coming up with this indie sci-fi masterpiece. This film should also serve as a great example for aspiring filmmakers everywhere, as it is better than most big-budget sci-fi films while working on a budget of $7,000.

Footloose
Footloose(1984)

A highly enjoyable 80's film, with some minors setbacks (the female acting, etc).

Footloose
Footloose(2011)
½

Surprisingly, the story is told better for a new generation. The lead is a decent replacement for Bacon, and the rest of the cast, especially Quaid, is fantastic. Hell, the dancing may even be better in this one!

Mud
Mud(2013)
½

Jeff Nichols proves once again that he is a director to keep an eye on. Mud creates characters who are all dealing with real life problems, grounding them and allowing, if not forcing, the audience to relate. The story is expertly paced, advancing significantly with every trip to the island. The film is full of great performances, but McConaughey and Sheridan steal nearly every scene they're in. Once every subplot is concluded, you will leave satisfied.

The Midnight Meat Train

The Midnight Meat Train is cheesy in all of the right ways. Great performances by every lead and ridiculous amounts of gore give this film all the potential to be an entertaining horror flick, but the arthouse aspects mixed throughout bring the film to a whole new level, making it seemingly untouchable in the horror genre.

Please Subscribe: A Documentary About Youtubers
½

Maybe it's just because I myself am a Youtuber, but I found the "incomplete" version of Please Subscribe enjoyable and (again, maybe because I'm part of the YT Community) occasionally tear-jerking.

The Perfect Host
½

Perfectly paced and cast, this thriller is one for the books. David Hyde Pierce gives an absolutely chilling performance.

The Giant Mechanical Man
½

One of the oddest romantic comedies I've seen, but that doesn't stop it from being greatt. I found myself impressed by the amount of heart and familiar faces.

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files
½

An incredibly well made documentary about one of America's most infamous serial killers. Not only do the three interviewees have extremely interesting stories to tell, the narrative is filmed in such a chilling way that it is the most disturbing form of simple film-making I have ever seen. This documentary makes the story of Dahmer feel even more gruesome by leaving many things up to the viewer's imagination, even though the story is well known.

Peluca
Peluca(2003)

Sure, this is just a shortened version of Napoleon Dynamite, but they are both great.

Dear Jack
Dear Jack(2009)
½

Truly heartwarming. Maybe I'm biased due to the fact that Andrew is one of my favorite musicians, but I still feel that this movie will touch anyone who has the pleasure of seeing it.

Attack the Block

Attack the Block takes an unique setting, an interesting and hilarious mix of characters, and many, many frightening villians and puts them all together, giving audiences a fun experience they weren't expecting.

Battle Royale

An undeniably well-made foreign film that arguably set the stage for one of the biggest franchises in current cinema. If you're looking for blood, you'll find plenty of it here.

The Raid: Redemption

Talk about well shot action sequences! The Raid is one of the best action films to ever have graced the screen. It refrains from shaky cam and instead decides to show every movement that takes place. The actors are incredibly talented, the fight scenes are expertly choreographed, and the movie as a whole is an incredible experience.

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine provides a very simple plot that is bearable due to extremely interesting characters portrayed by excellent actors, a cordial script, and subdued social commentary.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A near perfect example of what horror should be.

The Guilt Trip
½

The Guilt Trip has enough charm and heart to act as a good comedy, but watching this more than once seems unlikely.

Dead Silence
Dead Silence(2007)
½

Even though its my least favorite Wan/Whannell horror team-up, Dead Silence still manages to creep the hell out of me with its amazing soundtrack, chilling story, and endless amounts of dolls. Also, I must admit these guys surprised me with a twist again. They are the masters of twist endings. All in all, if you're in for some good but not great horror, then check this one out.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

The Town That Dreaded Sundown has a lot of original ideas, an obvious passion for the original, and some seriously impressive visuals, but these factors are unfortunately overshadows by lazy editing and obvious plot twists.

Night of the Comet
½

Where Night of the Comet fails in remaining interesting, violent, and unpredictable, it succeeds by having undeniably funny moments, impressive set pieces, and a unique batch of villains. The film can best be described as the zombie movie John Hughes never directed.

Zodiac
Zodiac(2007)

Zodiac is a well-crafted work by Fincher that refuses to let the gruesome details of the Zodiac killer's murders get in the way of the story that is being told. Ruffalo, Gyllenhaal, and Downey Jr. all give outstanding and dedicated performances as the real life people responsible for trying to solve this mystery. It's a long ride made bearable by outstanding attention to detail, near-flawless acting, skillful direction, and a story that keeps the audience guessing.

Gravity
Gravity(2013)

Though the screenplay is nothing noteworthy and by the third act the repetitive story line begins to seem tedious (even at a mere 90 minutes), the visuals are an outstanding accomplishment on the technical side of film-making.

Fantastic Four

As far as an incomplete product goes, this ain't that bad. There are a lot of glimmers of what could've been a great movie in here, and there is no doubt that it would have been miles better if the studio hadn't stepped in. Still, even if it didn't live up to its full potential, there is still fun to be had.

Gigli
Gigli(2003)

It's more interesting than bad...

Saw 3D
Saw 3D(2010)

Tobin Bell is fantastic in his three or so minutes of screen time and it's great to see Cary Elwes back in the franchise, but both of their cameos are annihilated by the otherwise terrible acting, irrelevant death scenes, plot holes, and a ridiculous and completely disappointing conclusion. I pray for another sequel someday just so I can get my mind off of this piece of garbage.

Scary Movie 5

I have a confession to make: I like the first four Scary Movies. They are guilty pleasures for me. They are all freaking masterpieces compared to this piece of junk. Honestly, this feels like one of those crappy independent films that comes in eight movie packs at K-Mart. Sure, there are a bunch of cameos to set it apart from the other imitators, but it feels nothing like the previous movies in the franchise. First problem: It isn't funny. I think I laughed a total of two times in the whole movie. Second problem: It feels rushed. It seems as if every scene is set up only for the punchline, which is rarely funny. Like that stupid toilet in the closet gag. What was up with that? Third problem: The film reeks of laziness. It literally feels as if half of the scenes in this film were shot weeks before the release, just to make it feel fresh and new. Honestly, how else would they have parodied Evil Dead if it was released in theaters a week before this was released? Overall, this is a new low, even for the long list of parody movies put out by these guys. Surprisingly, the parody Mama is scarier than the CGI one from the actual film!

Unbroken
Unbroken(2014)
½

It's half a really good, well-directed film and half a really bad, repetitive film.

A Serbian Film
½

An arthouse porno that contains a surprisingly intriguing plot and fantastic character development, but is eventually spoiled by relentless brutality. That being said, I will most likely never have the stomach to revisit the film, which is a very high compliment by my standards.

Rent
Rent(2005)
½

Loses quite a bit from the transition from stage to screen (if you want to see the real worthwhile version of Rent, watch the 2008 final performance), but still manages to be entertaining.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
½

The definition of a cash grab, hopefully the finale will be better.

It Follows
It Follows(2015)
½

Aside from some pacing issues in the second act, It Follows is a masterful horror film with unmatchable atmosphere and one of the best horror soundtracks in years.

Premium Rush
Premium Rush(2012)

Gordon Levitt and Shannon give their all to this so-so script saved by its unique action sequences and rigorous pacing.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

While one can't help but wish all of these great actors were in a film more worthy of their performances, the second film in this Spiderman reboot series is surprisingly a lot of fun. Sure, the music choices suck and Sony should keep their product placement far away from the movies they put out, but if these factors are overlooked, there is a good time to be had.

Devil's Due
Devil's Due(2014)

Though Devil's Due does continue to showcase some of the potential that the directors previewed in their 'V/H/S' short through its masterfully paced scares and unique special effects, the characters are far too dumb and some situations feel too staged to make this latest horror film a total win.

Hot Girls Wanted
½

Though occasionally inspired, Hot Girls Wanted often begins to feel like an MTV special, making it harder and harder to take seriously.

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Okay, let's get a few things out of the way here. I like this movie... for what it's worth. For example, I do not like the acting from everyone other than Laser. I also do not like the moments in this film when its primary goal is to shock the audience. These scenes are often ridiculous and overbearing. However, I cannot deny the fact that The Human Centipede (First Sequence) was shot beautifully and often had me entertained, even if some moments were off-putting. Tom Six seemingly knows what he wants to convey through his films and there's no doubt in my mind that he accomplishes what he wants. If you are still undecided as to whether or not you want to view this film, see it for Laser's chilling and truly disturbing performance.

Divergent
Divergent(2014)

It seems as though the standard for Hollywood today is to throw money at any film adaptation of a popular young adult novel that might make a profit. Most of these films center around an innocent lead character born into a supernatural or futuristic world who is forced to overcome many obstacles, almost always finding love along the way. The craze started with the Harry Potter franchise, which was later succeeded by box office hits such as Twilight, The Hunger Games and their countless sequels. But now that the romantic spark of Bella and Edward has died down and the next visit to Panem isn't due until late 2014, teenage audiences have been left searching for another young adult movie train to hop onto (members of Dauntless should be informed that this pun was intended). Lucky for them, the search is over with Divergent, a film in which the performances and premise are almost too good for the reputation its arrogant critics are bound to give it.

In Divergent, Tris is played by the immensely talented Shailene Woodley (she starred in the young adult adaptation of The Spectacular Now and audiences can watch her again later this year on the big screen in yet another young adult adaptation, The Fault in Our Stars). Tris lives in a world where everyone is separated into groups, or factions, and she has finally gotten to the age where she must wear the Sorting Hat and find out whether she belongs to Gryffindor... correction: Tris must consume a serum that will recommend to her which of the five factions she should join: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Erudite, or Dauntless. When her results come up as unclear, she discovers that she is a Divergent and is considered a threat to the society of future dystopian Chicago. Instead of listening to her results, Tris joins Dauntless and begins jumping off of buildings for fun. This is where she meets a well-built and tough man, Four (I Am Number Four, anyone?), who also enjoys jumping off of buildings for fun. He cuts her ear with a knife in one of their early encounters, which would obviously lead to Tris falling head over heels for him. When the two realize that their feelings are shared, they team up to fight against the leader of Erudite, played by Kate Winslet, and stop her from killing everyone in Tris' original faction, Abnegation.

There were two groups of people, or factions, in the crowd when Divergent was screening in the theater: there were the audience members who truly wanted to analyze the film and see what all the craze was about, and then there were the teenage girls that giggled and cheered when they looked up from their cell phones to see Theo James take his shirt off. People who are part of the latter group will love the parts of this movie they look up to see regardless. But if audiences really want to see a quality film, they still may find some aspects to enjoy here. For example, the performances from an A-list cast are outstanding. Shailene Woodley and Theo James gave their all to their performances both through physical training and emotional line-delivery. Kate Winslet portrayed a villain whose path no one would like to cross. Even though the performances were exceptional, the characters did not seem as well developed as they could've been. This should be an easy fix though considering the next two sequels already have release dates.

Neil Burger's direction of the action sequences is very well executed. He avoids jerking the camera around aimlessly as so many current directors do to make choreography easier and instead allows the audience to see what they want to see. The adapted screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor is nothing special, but it did the job of compressing the 496 page book into a 150 minute runtime. Though some of the testing sequences were poorly done due to an overuse of cheesy special effects, they are easy to overlook seeing as they only take up a good five or so minutes of the final runtime.

Divergent is not a perfect film, but it leaves ample room for questions to be answered and characters to be developed further in future entries, and it undoubtedly lives up to its name when being compared to other films of the genre. For those who just cannot wait until next March to see the sequel, a trailer for The Maze Runner, the newest young adult adaptation, was conveniently played before every Divergent screening. Be prepared to push through heaping crowds of adolescents to purchase tickets.

The Theory of Everything
½

Great performances but I would probably never watch it again.

Locke
Locke(2014)

Tom Hardy gives one of the best performances of the year (up their with Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler) in Locke. It is 85 minutes of a guy driving around in a car and at no point did I get tired of the gimmick. Remarkable.

ThanksKilling
½

This has become a Thanksgiving classic for me.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Let's get this out of the way: the 9/11 subplot of this movie is a cash grab. The movie's main plot would've been exactly the same if all 9/11 elements were wiped out of it, minus the fact that it probably wouldn't have been a tearjerker (it wasn't one for me, but I can imagine it was for many other viewers). Now that that's said and done, I was looking forward to Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close because it was the second film adaptation of author Jonathan Safran Foer's work, which I usually love. Also, with a cast that included Hanks, Bullock, Sydow, and Goodman, I was practically sold. Not to mention the Best Picture nomination almost ensured that I was going to like this movie. The supporting actors were good, but all of their performances were smothered and subverted by Horn's annoying and almost unwatchable performance. If the character was written as a bratty kid then Horn may just be the greatest actor in the world. Even if that is the case, an unenjoyable lead character usually leads to an unenjoyable movie. That is the case with this one. I'll give it this: the oxymoron part was pretty cool, even if it only took up about a minute of this overly long film. And, oh god, the tambourine.

Intruder
Intruder(1989)
½

Interesting kills, awesome cinematography, a twist ending, and a bunch of Evil Dead stars make this film one of the better slasher movies of the many that flooded the 80's.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year
½

A satisfying end to the wonderful teen trilogy.

High School Musical 2

A film that surpasses the original in music, comedy, and emotion. Sets the bar for TV movies to come.

Megan Is Missing

An unrealistic and poorly acted portrayal of a very serious topic.

Jesus Camp
Jesus Camp(2006)

Quite possibly the most frustrating documentary you will ever watch in your life. The editing elevated this doc to a whole new level, allowing the clips to speak for themselves while also allowing the directors to remain mostly unbiased.

Creep
Creep(2015)

Mark Duplass's perfect comedic timing elevates Creep above most other films in the tired found footage genre.

At The Devil's Door
½

This movie is two things a horror film should never be: boring and not scary.

Insidious: Chapter 3
½

These films are just being made for the fans at this point and, being one of those fans, I loved it.

Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids(2011)

Cedar Rapids is short on laughs, but in the end it is elevated by its amount of heart.

Good Will Hunting

If Van Sant didn't have my complete attention and trust before, there's not a doubt in my mind that he does now. Good Will Hunting is directed with care, written intelligently (showing potential for the other films Affleck would go on to make), and acted incredibly. Some of the best scenes are no cut monologues in which the actors give some of the most outstanding performances I've ever seen. Will Hunting is a talented but troubled character who needs to get on his feet, not only for himself, but for the sake of his burnt out friends and desperate professor. He is constantly fighting himself and others because of the decisions he is forced to make, allowing the audience to feel his pain with every word. There is a realness to Damon's chemistry with Williams, Driver, and Affleck that cannot be forced or practiced, and this is probably some of the best work done by any of these actors.

Keith
Keith(2008)

I'm a sucker for these types of movies, but that doesn't mean they're great at all.

Captain Phillips
½

Tom Hanks gives an exceptional performance, one that was at least worthy of an Oscar nod (c'mon academy, really?!). The whole film is extremely tense and suspenseful, most notably the final act. My one and only complaint is that it seems to drag on a bit without enough substance to fill its run time.

Death Sentence

Cheesy as hell, but a whole lot of fun.

The Pact
The Pact(2012)
½

Very good, could've been a lot better.

White Bird in a Blizzard
½

Though it could've benefited from a better script, White Bird in a Blizzard is a hypnotic, strange, and darkly hilarious coming of age film that is a lot more enjoyable than it deserves to be.

The Lazarus Effect
½

Genre clichés are present, but stunning visuals and likable characters sell the unique, albeit far-fetched, plot.

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
½

7.6/10: If you don't think about it too much and just have fun, this movie is the perfect model of what a summer blockbuster should be.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
½

The plot is seemingly normal. Two guys take a late night road trip to White Castle. But Harold and Kumar run into many setbacks and hilarity ensues. A fantastic film that birthed our generation's two most famous stoners.

Friday the 13th Part 3
½

The creative kills, 3-d gimmick, and addition of the hockey mask all surprisingly work in this third entry.

Friday the 13th Part 2
½

This sequel to the surprise hit might be scarier than its predecessor.

They Came Together
½

6.8/10: They Came Together looks messy, cheap and slapped together. Just like almost every other romantic comedy to come out in the past decade. It makes me wonder whether or not the sloppiness of this film was intentional. Either way, I did not laugh at any other movie of 2014 as much as I did They Came Together and it deserves a recommendation just for that.

The One I Love

9.5/10: The One I Love is the most unique movie of 2014, grounded by realistic and dedicated performances from Duplass and Moss. Do yourself a favor and see it, but make sure you go into it blind.

The Amazing Spider-Man
½

7.4/10: This unnecessary Spiderman reboot is saved from being a CGI-filled mess by the performances of Stone and Garfield.

Godzilla
Godzilla(2014)

6.7/10: The newest version of Godzilla is competently made and a lot of fun, but the masterful work of Edwards as a director and Cranston as a supporting actor can not hide the fact that this is just another generic monster/apocalyptic flick.

Boyhood
Boyhood(2014)
½

8.9/10: I really liked it, and I can only imagine liking it more and more as I grow older.

Goon
Goon(2012)

A bloody, explicit, yet heart-warming gem of a sports movie. Scott gives one of his best performances.

Identity Thief

Being a fan of Horrible Bosses, I was looking forward to another Seth Gordon/Jason Bateman team-up. With this excitement came very high expectations. Even though Bateman was great (as usual), the film often tried to mix action into the tired road trip genre, which could've been used to benefit it, but instead left the final product an uneven mess. This being said, there are occasionally funny moments, mostly due to the chemistry of the two leads and the surprising amount of cameos.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig's scenes, and all of the cameos, are what make this film great. Otherwise it would've been EEEEHHHHHHHHHH. Also that little kid is awesome.

Christmas With the Kranks

A decent little Christmas flick that has unforgivable flaws but is full of the spirit of the season; I'd say check it out, despite the horrid reviews.

The Blind Side
½

Bullock and Aaron both give inspired performances. This being said, they are the only factors that kept this from being a Lifetime or Hallmark film.

The Last Exorcism
½

A breath of fresh air for the tired found footage genre. Yes, there are many exorcism movie clichés in this, but they are made up for with the brilliant ending.

ABCs of Death 2

A for Amateur: 3/10
B for Badger: 5/10
C for Capital Punishment: 7/10
D for Deloused: 8/10
E for Equilibrium: 2/10
F for Falling: 4/10
G for Grandad: 10/10
H for Head Games: 4/10
I for Invincible: 5/10
J for Jesus: 5/10
K for Knell: 9/10
L for Legacy: 1/10
M for Masticate: 6/10
N for Nexus: 7/10
O for Ochlocracy: 8/10
P for P-P-P-Scary: 7/10
Q for Questionnaire: 5/10
R for Roulette: 10/10
S for Split: 10/10
T for Torture Porn: 2/10
U for Utopia: 7/10
V for Vacation: 10/10
W for Wish: 3/10
X for Xylophone: 7/10
Y for Youth: 9/10
Z for Zygote: 10/10

V/H/S: Viral
V/H/S: Viral(2014)

The most disappointing end to a trilogy of all time.

Halloween - The Curse of Michael Myers (Halloween 6)
½

This rating is for the theatrical cut, the Producer's Cut gets about a 3/5.

Halloween III - Season of the Witch
½

A great little film that suffers due to its name.

Saw
Saw(2004)

A great suspenseful gem of a horror film.

ParaNorman
ParaNorman(2012)

Though it does not live up to the film that everyone was comparing it to (Coraline), Paranorman has its great moments. The adult humor is great, but it comes with an equal amount of painfully childish humor. The soundtrack is a great homage to 80s horror. The plot and animation are both great, and the actors do a swell job.

Leprechaun: Origins

This is the PERFECT example of a "dark and gritty" reboot taking it way too far. The original Leprechaun films are horrible, everyone knows that. But they are self aware in a way that makes them enjoyable to watch and holiday classics in my opinions. There is not a single one of them I would not rewatch. So, based on how much of a guilty pleasure the franchise is to me, I was very excited to hear about a reboot. I thought if done right, it could be fun and cheesy. Hornswoggle got me a little worried, considering a Leprechaun movie isn't a Leprechaun movie without Warwick Davis. But I was still willing to give it a shot. Upon watching it, I realized something. This film was bad, but not just bad. Bad by Leprechaun standards. This film does EVERYTHING wrong. Every horror movie cliche in the book is in this film. The characters are so disposable that it's annoying. Nothing at all is explained. It is secluded in a part of Ireland that probably isn't even in Ireland. And worst of all, the most insulting thing about this film: Leprechaun is a monster with Predator vision. He does not crack jokes, he barely has a face, he isn't scary, he isn't even amusing. It is useless having Hornswoggle play him because his face and voice aren't even put to use. Everything about this movie is dumb. And when our leading lady yells out the famous line ("Fuck you Lucky Charms"), it doesn't excite; rather, it just gives a bittersweet reminder of how much film has gone downhill. Skip this one at all costs. AND THE IS NO ORIGIN. STOP HAVING SUCH STUPID MOVIE NAMES. JUST STOP.

The Upper Footage

By far the worst movie of 2014, and one of the worst movies I've ever seen in all of my years of cinema going. I found out about this little flick because the official Twitter account followed me (you know a movie is gonna be great if it makes an direct attempt to get you to watch it). I followed back, thinking "hey, why not, I'll support a little indie film." As I read more and more into it, I became incredibly interested. The reviews were raving, comparing it to some of the best found footage movies. Every fan-based review of it was also very positive, leading me to believe that it must be pretty good if EVERYONE is talking about it. So, I got pretty pumped. The idea of this being the "first film experience of its kind" compiled of supposedly real footage of a young woman's death was intriguing to me. I guess I'm sick and twisted, but I was sold. Well, I just watched what is being called one of the most important films of our generation. This brings me back to a little flick called 'Megan is Missing.' Marketed towards scared parents and teens, this film aimed to scare people out of talking to strangers on the internet. All it made me do was laugh. It was my second least favorite movie up until that point. Now it's my third. To be completed honest, Megan is Missing is a masterpiece compared to this and I would watch it any day because it is entertaining. All 'The Upper Footage' is is a bunch of pretentious young upper class city kids snorting coke and saying some of the most racist, homophobic and sexist things you can imagine. Oh, but it's alright, because it's a MOVIE and we're not SUPPOSED to like these characters! Well, you can't market your movie as a real thing and then use the excuse that it's just a film to say whatever the hell you feel like. And if the characters are unlikeable from the start, NOTHING IN THE MOVIE MATTERS. I had no sympathy for a single character throughout this whole movie. I did not care one bit what happened to anyone. So, the "plot" is that a girl named Jackie parties with a bunch of idiots and dies, so they have to hide the body. It is a lovely adventure full of domestic violence, f-bombs in every sentence, out of place fast food stops, and... that's about it, because literally NOTHING happens in this entire movie. There is a four minute long shot of hair. Only hair. There's is a whiny blonde spitting out phrases like "I wanna go home" and "I don't wanna be here" in the most annoying high pitch voice you can imagine for the entire last half of the film. If this sounds good to you, by God you are going to love the hell out of this film. Needless to say, I have unfollowed the Twitter account. The Upper Footage is probably the most unpleasant film I have ever had the displeasure of sitting through and I would recommend it to absolutely no one. It actually pains me to see this getting praise. If this is considered a good film, there is a part of me that almost wants to stop being a film critic.

Moonrise Kingdom

A charming coming-of-age story that has the style that most new movies lack.

Friday Night Lights

One of the greatest sports movies ever made, not only because of the fantastic game shots that make audiences feel like they are on the field, but because of the emotional depth of most of the characters. Also, Explosions in the Sky does a phenomenal job at scoring the film.

The Cabin in the Woods
½

Truly a unique horror film. The quirkyness of Scream and the campyness of Evil Dead come together in this original horror/comedy film to make it one of the greatest movies of 2012.

Heaven Is for Real
½

Disclaimer: This rating was determined without influence of religious views.

Monsters
Monsters(2010)
½

Monsters is more interested in exploring its world and the characters that inhabit it than focusing on its extraterrestrial creatures, making it an emotional journey that surpasses most popcorn entertainment.

A Resurrection
½

A decent low budget thriller with a great cast (Michael Clarke Duncan shines as always in his last performance). The writing is lacking, and some of the unknown actors need to work on their line delivery, but for the most part, this should entertain the majority of horror viewers who can take it for what it is.

Dead Before Dawn 3D

There is plenty of cheesy horror fun to be had with Dead Before Dawn, that is, if you can overlook its low budget restraints and occasional poor acting.

Pontypool
Pontypool(2009)

The first half of this "zombie" flick builds a lot of tension in a masterful way, but it all leads to a hilariously confused finale.

Best Worst Movie

A celebration of everything that makes movies so much fun to watch.

Troll 2
Troll 2(1990)

Believe the hype. It is probably the worst movie of all time, and definitely the worst sequel of all time.

The Purge: Anarchy
½

This film is exactly what the first one should've been. It's as good as a premise like this could allow it to be.

The Croods
The Croods(2013)

It borrows from many previous films and refuses to develop any of its characters in a new or fresh way, but The Croods will be endless fun for the kids and the parents who are dragged along may find themselves chuckling every once in a while.

Year One
Year One(2009)

The fantastic cast does their best with a so-so script.

The Social Network

This film shows how great of a director Fincher is. He is able to make a story of two college kids who create a website into one of the most compelling I've ever seen told through a film. Everyone involved gives great performances, the soundtrack is breathtaking, and the movie is a beautiful work of art. Just do yourself a favor and see it if you haven't yet.

Red Lights
Red Lights(2012)
½

A thriller with an outstanding cast and some impressive cinematography, but a far too confusing premise to keep its audience interested.

Under the Skin
½

Under the Skin is a visually stunning science fiction experience with a simplistic but compelling story and a showcase performance by Scarlett Johansson. Even though quite a bit more could've been done with the plot, this film marks Glazer as a talent to watch.

Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom)

Salò has quite a lot to say about the fascism that took place in Pasolini's homeland of Italy during World War II. While its message is important and controversial, it is placed alongside crude dialogue and recurring distasteful acts performed by the actors. The film's aim to shock and draw attention to itself often dulls down what the director is trying to convey, but it is impossible to deny his powerful imagery and perfect pacing.

Lucky Bastard
½

The first half of Lucky Bastard is better than it probably deserves to be given the crude subject matter and dialogue because it offers insight into an industry that is frowned upon by most. However, the latter half is less insightful and more inhuman, leaving a dirty taste in the viewers' mouth and squandering what could have been a welcome addition to the found footage genre.

Second Glance

Though there are many funny moments that come from the heavy-handed Christian messages, Second Glance has too many boring moments to be considered "so bad it's good."

Bio-Dome
Bio-Dome(1996)
½

It is one of the worst movies of all time. And even though I am able to acknowledge that it is so, I still find myself cracking up and loving it. I don't..... I don't know.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
½

This is the oddest sequel in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise because it is absolutely nonsensical. Jokes fall flat, Freddy somehow travels over to the real world without being pulled out, and the gay undertones are creepy as anything. Yet... it's still kinda fun.

A Lot Like Love

A cute rom-com, passing only because of the chemistry between the leads. Some people hate it, some people take it for what it is and love it. I'm part of the latter group.

Phone Booth
Phone Booth(2003)

An incredibly claustrophobic thriller grounded by gripping performances and the talented side of Schumacher's directing that he rarely decides to display.

A Nightmare on Elm Street
½

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a horror remake that is not superior to the original but is passable because of brings enough new it attempts to bring to the table. Many people hate it and I can't say I blame them but I personally appreciate a remake that tries to breathe new horrifying life into a franchise that has become a joke and a horror icon that has become a household name.

Foodfight!
Foodfight!(2012)

Foodfight is not only the worst CGI film I have ever seen, but the most confusing movie-going experience I've ever had. Why was this film made? Why are so many celebrities involved? Why are there so many sexual innuendos in a children's film? And most importantly, why did this film cost millions of dollars to make when it looks scrapped together in a couple of hours by an aspiring digital arts student? Instead of giving its viewers answers, the film dishes out unfunny puns and endless fight scenes. For the amount of blood, sweat and tears put into this production, it surprised me how little I cared. There are absolutely no redeeming factors to this little flick.

Fright Night
Fright Night(2011)
½

One of the few remakes that vastly improves upon its source material, Fright Night benefits from its great performances and secluded feel. The special effects could use some work, but it is easy to overlook the film's few flaws when the experience is so much fun.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Goblet of Fire is my personal favorite of the Harry Potter films due to the matured performances and genuinely horrifying scenes.

Re-Animator
Re-Animator(1985)
½

Re-Animator is one of the most creative, disturbing and hilarious horror films of its time. Combs' dark performance is perfect alongside the ridiculous amount of gore and sex this film has to offer. It is, in my opinion, the greatest horror cult classic of all time.

28 Days Later
½

Danny Boyle's directing talent is put to use in a welcome addition the zombie genre. 28 Days Later provides gore-thirsty viewers with characters to care about and a story with a surprising amount of social commentary, something not so common today in the horror genre. On top of that, Boyle's influential choice to allow his zombies to run made the creatures into a much more real and horrifying threat.

Saw IV
Saw IV(2007)
½

Saw IV is the Saw film that made the franchise into what people know it for today: nothing but under-developed characters and endless gore. While it occasionally entertains, the bad overpowers the good, a feeling that will become all too familiar in the latter films in the franchise.

Halloween
Halloween(2007)

While it is far from the remake fans of the franchise could've hoped for, Zombie's vision of the Myers tale manages to maintain the festive feeling of the original films. If only the film didn't rely so much on gore for scares...

Sinister
Sinister(2012)
½

Sinister would be a perfect horror film if it weren't burdened by one or two ridiculous scenes. The atmosphere is unnerving, the performance by Hawke is genuine, and the snuff films provide some of the most chilling moments ever to grace the screen. Without the couple of unforgivable scenes included, this film could've gotten a perfect score.

Freddy vs. Jason

Freddy vs Jason is the slasher film to end all slasher films. It is pure cheesy popcorn fun and is not to be taken seriously by any means. Even though much of the film disappoints, it is easy to forgive any flaws when the two notorious killers finally duel on screen. One can only hope for more horror icon brawls like this in the future.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)
½

The Hangover is not a perfect film by any means, but as far as raunchy comedy goes, it hits the nail on the head. The perfect cast provides nonstop laughs and its perfect pacing keeps audiences emerged as the characters retrace their steps.

Fright Night
Fright Night(1985)

Fright Night is a hilarious and horrifying cult classic that beats most of today's vampire films by a landslide. It may not be as great as one might expect based on its hype, but it sure is a fun time, campy acting and all.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
½

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is a cute movie about a couple brought together by indie rock. The music is definitely the strong point of this film, but the plot is entertaining enough to keep audiences engulfed.

The Exorcist
The Exorcist(1973)

The most horrifying film of its time still holds up today because of its incredible performances and groundbreaking special effects. The Exorcist is the type of film that really knows how to get under your skin, from the eerie score to the head-spinning visuals.

Paul
Paul(2011)
½

The fact that Paul is more slapstick than the other works of Pegg and Frost oddly works in the favor of its science fiction plot. The outstanding cast is the only reason this live action film about a CGI animated alien worked in the end.

Due Date
Due Date(2010)

While it is by no means up to par with what audiences would expect from the director of The Hangover, Due Date passes thanks to the chemistry between its polar opposite leads.

Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College

First we got Ghoulies, and no one cared. Then we got Ghoulies II, which was a slight improvement, but nothing to write home about. Finally we got Ghoulies III, a film that not only pokes fun at college life, but also at the movie franchise it is a part of. Though it is by no means a well-made or well-acted film, it sure is a good time. And then, of course, we got Ghoulies IV...

Casa de mi padre
½

Though it can be tedious and devoid of laughs at points, Casa de mi padre is a parody that works because of the charm and hilarity of its cast.

Rain Man
Rain Man(1988)
½

Rain Man is a road trip movie that distinguishes itself from other titles in the genre because of its enormous amount of heart. Both Hoffman and Cruise give showcase performances that elevate the film to a level it might not have been on if other leads were handed the reins.

Killjoy 3
Killjoy 3(2010)
½

A far better film than both previous entries, but still not that good, Killjoy 3 introduces new Hellraiser-like characters and a more complex plot. But the acting still sucks and it's all still pretty ridiculous.

Killjoy 2: Deliverance from Evil

This movie accomplishes the seemingly impossible: it's bad even by Killjoy standards. The first film offers far more in the way of entertainment than this devastating sequel can. The dialogue was horrible, but that still doesn't excuse the fact that it is inaudible half of the time due to lazy sound editing. At least the later films are filmed with quality better than 240p.

Salinger
Salinger(2013)

It's a passable documentary about J.D. Salinger the person, not J.D. Salinger the writer.

My Amityville Horror

Though it brings up no new evidence to support the Amityville case, Daniel Lutz's story is an interesting one. The ending is fantastic, making the audience doubt everything they had heard throughout the rest of the movie. However, a satisfying ending does not make up for a repetitive narrative and random guitar solos. Interesting, but not captivating.

The Purge
The Purge(2013)
½

Aside from some insanely disturbing imagery and a few good performances, The Purge exchanges its cerebral premise for a occasionally gleeful but mostly tedious home invasion flick.

Captain Eo
Captain Eo(1985)

Full of enough 80's cheesiness to make it worth going out of your way to see during your Disney vacation.

Hairspray
Hairspray(2007)
½

Vibrant colors, catchy tunes, interesting characters, and an important message are just some examples of everything this second film adaptation of Hairspray has to offer.

Twilight
Twilight(2008)
½

An enjoyable film for what it's worth. It's great to remember this when you think of the downward spiral the series has fallen into.

Planet of the Apes

What used to be an excellent display of intriguing social commentary has been replaced with mindless action and a horrible ending.

Jesus Christ Superstar
½

One of the few biblical movies that is easy to sit through. This film does what many others don't dare to do: makes the story of Jesus Christ fun.

The Passion of the Christ

Whether you are catholic or not, you cannot deny that this film was beautifully shot and acted (by Jim Caviezel).

Maniac
Maniac(2013)
½

One of the smartest slasher films to come out in recent memories. Elijah Wood gives an outstanding performance as the barbaric lead character whose eyes we see through. It is certainly flawed due to its excessive gore, but it's better than most genre films that have been coming out lately.

Planet of the Apes
½

Though it's sometimes difficult to overlook the often silly special effects and costumes, the social commentary in Planet of the Apes is fantastic and it spawned one of the most iconic film franchises of all time.

Garden State
Garden State(2004)

Braff's observational style of direction, down to earth screenplay, and honest performance make Garden State a film to see. Plus the soundtrack is absolutely fantastic.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Poking fun at the likes of Criss Angel and David Blaine, this dated comedy does nothing for the careers of Carell or Carrey, or magicians, for that matter. Though there are a couple of laughs, they are too scarce to satisfy fans of the genre of comedy.

Nebraska
Nebraska(2013)
½

Alexander Payne does it again with a simplistic story and some of the realest characters you'll see in modern film. Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk give impressively restrained performances, a nice change of pace given the massive number of comedic roles each of them have done. And you might as well just give June Squibb her Oscar now.

Upstream Color
½

And I thought Primer was confusing. The only thing I can really say about this movie is that I think I liked it, but there's no way I can really be sure.

The First Time

Though the characters are overly attractive and it has the several unavoidable trappings that come with rom coms, the dialogue between the two leads feels surprisingly natural.

Her
Her(2013)

Anything I could possibly write about this masterpiece of a film would not do it justice. Her is by far the best film of 2013.

Signs
Signs(2002)

This is the single movie that made me who I am today. It made me fall in love with the magic of film-making and even though it does have its flaws, in my eyes, it is a perfect movie.

The Last Airbender
½

If anyone, including fans of the cartoon, could find anything to appreciate in this boring and self-indulgent mess of a film, I'd be shocked.

The Happening

The Happening is the best comedy of all time hands down. I was so completely entertained throughout that it is impossible for me to give it a bad review.

Only God Forgives
½

Only God Forgives is just as compelling as Drive, yet only as satisfying as watching paint dry.

Doubt
Doubt(2008)
½

A extremely talented cast makes a completely uninteresting story bearable.

Chuck & Buck
Chuck & Buck(2000)
½

Being part of the early stages of digital film-making, the crappy presentation of Chuck & Buck almost adds to the creepiness of it. Every single thing about this movie is terrifying, though subtle. Mike White plays an extremely damaged character whose child-like emotions keep him from being social with many people. His performance is probably one of the creepiest I've ever seen. The film does a great job of practically tormenting you with obnoxious songs about fun, unsettling behavior from the lead, and a filming method that makes you feels as if you shouldn't be watching the film at all, like you're intruding.

Insidious: Chapter 2
½

Insidious Chapter 2 has everything you could possibly want in a horror sequel. The jumpscares are more frequent and in your face than the first film and the humor is easier to notice, but none of that takes away from it being a suspenseful and intriguing mystery. Patrick Wilson gives an outstanding performance reminiscent of The Shining's Jack Torrence, and the rest of the returning cast also does extremely well. Though the tie-ins and references to the first film may diminish a little of what made the original so scary, they are so clever and interesting that I couldn't help but appreciate them. This is the second time I've come out of a theater as excited as could be, and the first time was for the original Insidious. James Wan and Leigh Whannel can seemingly do no wrong.

Nobody Walks
Nobody Walks(2012)
½

After watching Nobody Walks, I realized that my opinion of every character changed completely from the beginning to the end. Martine, played by the wonderful Olivia Thirlby, is the main character of the film, made out to be a creative and sweet artist. John Krasinski, or Peter, is made out to be the faithful husband. Julie (Rosemarie DeWitt) is made out to be the clueless wife. Kolt (Ennenga), the nerdy inexperienced daughter. But as the film progresses, we find out that Martine is actually the "bad guy," Peter is not so faithful, Julie is well aware of what is going on, and Kolt is not nearly as innocent as she seems. This movie sucks you in, tells you a story that you wish you could change, and then spits you back out again. It forces you to watch the terrible things going on in this household, providing a unique experience that I completely fell in love with. Some of the acting could use work, but the sound editing, mumblecore roots, and experimental filming style provide a pleasurable viewing. Not everyone will have the same opinion as me on this one, but if you are open-minded, give it a shot.

Scrooged
Scrooged(1988)
½

By far the most unique and hilarious interpretation of a Dickens story I've ever seen.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty works in a lot of ways. Unfortunately, it is brought down by numerous product placements and a surprisingly and unusually horrible performance by Adam Scott.

Lost In Translation
½

There is plenty of beauty in the simplicity of Bob and Charlotte's relationship, and that beauty is nearly matched by Sofia Coppola's delicate direction.

Grown Ups 2
Grown Ups 2(2013)

When a movie starts off with a deer pissing on the main character's face, what can you really expect from the rest of it?

Grown Ups
Grown Ups(2010)
½

There are a few chuckles to find here, but even the scarce laughs leave you feeling guilty for wasting your time on such a ridiculous movie.

Silver Bullets
½

Though it offers very interesting behind the scenes footage of making a horror movie, Silver Bullets adds up to an incredibly confusing and weird conclusion.

Getaway
Getaway(2013)
½

If the writing and the editing weren't so bad, Getaway could've been a good movie. Still, it didn't hurt to sit back and watch Ethan Hawke in the middle of a bunch of mindless action in a film that put GoPros to good use.

Somebody Up There Likes Me
½

The chemistry between Offerman and Poulson is undeniably funny, but Somebody Up There Likes Me is without an enthralling story or any eminent style.

This Is Not a Film
½

A cute little love story, not much more than that.

Uncle Kent
Uncle Kent(2010)
½

Conversations about masturbation, interactions with a cat, a hamburger penis, a threesome, and a relationship that goes nowhere are all apparently factors that go into making a great film according the Joe Swanberg. I beg to differ. I initially thought I was a huge Swanberg fan, but now I'm starting to think he may be a very hit or miss director.

Slither
Slither(2006)
½

It is the merely invisible line between horror and comedy that makes this movie a cult classic. Roger Corman would be proud.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Definitely my new favorite Christmas movie, and probably one of the best Christmas movies, right up there with classics like A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation. I will never think of Santa in the same way again.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
½

In the movie's defense, there was no way it could've been better than this based on the source material.

Pay It Forward

The ending is horrible, but Pay It Forward is worth a viewing based on the outstanding performances alone.

The Impossible
½

The Impossible has some of the most intense and accurate tsunami sequences in film history while maintain tremendous heart and astonishing visuals. Naomi Watts gives an amazing performance and Samuel Joslin is pretty awesome at acting for his age.

Room 237
Room 237(2013)

Room 237 does have quite a bit of interesting information for its audience to ponder, but most of that is smothered by idiotic and far-fetched theories. However, the plausible theories are eye-opening and the ridiculous ones are hilarious to watch (or listen to). Then again, the more I think about the ridiculous theories, the more they begin to make sense. Even though they aren't even remotely possible... Hey, it's The Shining.

The Imposter
The Imposter(2012)

One of the best documentaries in recent memory, with an outstanding narrative and an amazing story. This is a truly terrifying movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.

New Year's Eve
½

I almost convinced myself that I enjoyed this film because of the star-studded cast, but then I realized that if all of the characters were played by unknowns, the incoherent script probably wouldn't have caught anyone's attention. Oh, and Ludacris can't act for his life.

Curse of Chucky

Curse of Chucky isn't a great film. It's probably not even a good film. But the mere fact that it brought new life to the series and paid homage to the earlier films made it an entertaining watch.

The Trouble With Angels
½

Hey, I have a scathingly brilliant idea! Maybe if I pray to God enough he'll give me these two hours of my life back!

Seven (Se7en)

Se7en provides the greatest ending to any movie in cinema history by far. That alone is reason enough to watch it.

Igby Goes Down

Igby Goes Down is an example of how to put a star-studded cast to good use. Culkin gives a distinguished performance because he understands the dark humor and knows the right amount of emotion to put into a scene. An all-around decent film.

High Fidelity
½

Wow, wow, WOW, this film is outstanding. I wish I had known that it was based on a book by Nick Hornby because then I wouldn't have been skeptical going in. But, oh my god, this is good. John Cusack gives a career-defining performance as a lonely dude who tells the audience about all of his ex-girlfriends. And that's probably the coolest part. Cusack constantly breaks the fourth wall in one of the coolest movie narratives I have ever seen. Jack Black also gives an amusing performance and it is entertaining to see different females celebrities as Rob's many former lovers. The constant music references, the appearance by The Boss, and the conversation about Evil Dead II topped it off for me, making High Fidelity an instant classic. It feels like an 80's film set in the 21st century.

Kids
Kids(1995)

This is an important film, that's for sure. It may be too real for some people to stomach, but everyone should watch it. A controversial, beautiful, disturbing, and risky film that leaves you with a dirty feeling.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

I do not think Life of Pi is the masterpiece critics make it out to be. It's not a bad movie by any means; however, it isn't as life-changing as its self-indulgent plot makes the audience think it would be. The special effects truly are amazing and a landmark of cinema, but the story and acting are contemptible. Ang Lee's film is definitely worth a watch, just not worthy of the tremendous praise it has received.

Prom
Prom(2011)
½

Hey, it's enjoyable for the kids film that it is. A high school movie that is entertaining while maintaining a PG rating is an impressive achievement by my standards.

Rubber Johnny

If I told you I understood Rubber Johnny, I'd be lying. But I'd also be lying if I told you I didn't enjoy the hell out of it.

Children of the Corn
½

Though it is more true to the story from the mind of Stephen King, more than half of this movie spends its time introducing us to the endless amounts of problems this couple has. Plus, the story works better with a happy ending.

The Five-Year Engagement
½

There are many laughs to be had with The Five-Year Engagement, even if it does drag during its [longer than] two hour runtime. This outstanding cast of sitcom stars (and Emily Blunt) show that they are able to support a movie on their own, even with a so-so script. Segel and Blunt have great chemistry, while Pratt and Brie have hilariously and deliberately bad chemistry. But, most audiences, including myself, may not be able to withstand the lengthy ride (for a comedy at least). But hey, Tim Heidecker is in it.

Hugo
Hugo(2011)
½

I was a huge fan of the book a few years ago, and this film adaptation takes every good thing about Selznick's novel and improves upon it vastly. The whole cast is great, including (my personal favorite) Chloe Grace Moretz. The elements of youth and adventure blend perfectly with the homage to cinema. Don't skip this one because you think it's a kid's film.

Gerry
Gerry(2003)
½

Gerry, the first film in the Death Trilogy, is yet another Van Sant success. Filmed with extreme care and having some of the most beautiful visuals I've ever witnessed in cinema, plus a familiar but captivating plot, this is another masterpiece from the near perfect director. Casey Affleck and Matt Damon give outstanding performances.

The Devil's Carnival

The set pieces, the costumes, the lighting; everything is technically great about this film. But once you delve into The Devil's Carnival, the confusing story, boring and repetitive songs, and one hour run-time make you wonder why the crew went through all the trouble of making things look so good.

Click
Click(2006)
½

One of the last great Sandler comedies. Not only is it hilarious, Click also has a tremendous amount of heart and a surprisingly tear-jerking scene towards the end.

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach features a seamless blend of stop-motion and live-action scenes, talented voice acting, a unique plot, and an energetic soundtrack. The only complaint you'll have leaving this movie is that it wasn't longer.

Despicable Me
½

The animation and voice acting are spot on, but the story is boring and the comedy is nearly non-existant.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2)
½

It was just way too boring for me, and I truly believe the only reason this film was any sort of success was because of the X-Files name.

Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned

I'm all for independent filmmaking. It allows for many unknown talents to make something that could potentially put them on the map. Sorry, Brian Thomson, but you are as far off the map as a person can be and you will stay there for the rest of your life. Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned is terrible. The title is terrible, the acting is terrible, the effects are terrible, the non-existent plot is terrible, the writing is terrible, the direction is terrible, the soundtrack is terrible, hell, THE NUDITY IS TERRIBLE. There is literally nothing remotely good about this film. Please stay away from this film, whether you are looking for a horror movie, a comedy, or an independent talent. I will admit I did laugh a lot throughout, but that's only because I have an odd sense of humor. In other words, I was laughing at everything wrong about this film. I can say that I enjoyed seeing Lloyd Kaufman as a transvestite.

Fat Slags
Fat Slags(2004)

I am still having a bloody 'ard time figuring out whether this is the worst film of all time or the best. Everything is so over the top, it has to be one of those "so bad it's good" movies, right? That's what the creators were going for, right?! Well if they were, they succeeded on many levels. But if all of the awkwardly unfunny humor, annoying accents, and irrelevant subplots were accidental, which I'm pretty sure they were, this movie is pure garbage. The people behind this film seem to think that if you take two fat leads who are oblivious to everything going on around them, you automatically have comedy gold. Sorry, Ed Bye and company, that's just not how it works. Seriously, unless you are hanging out with friends or are completely wasted, do not watch this film. You will hate every single second of it. [insert unnecessary fart noise and plastic boob flash here.]

Motorama
Motorama(1992)
½

Motorama has a cool concept: a 10-year-old driving around trying to win the big bucks. It even goes out of its way to create its own states, providing a pretty confusing but interesting experience. But even though it has some positives, this is a road trip movie that ironically goes nowhere. Also, marketing tip: don't advertise Drew Barrymore if she's only in five seconds of your film. Audiences will hate you.

Extract
Extract(2009)
½

The charm of an indie movie with the comfort of familiar faces doesn't seem to cut it for Mike Judge's latest. The script just isn't all that good.

Kabluey
Kabluey(2007)
½

This is probably the stupidest film ever. Scott Prendergast makes the stupidest films (and short films, see The Delicious) ever. But I love them. And I love this. It's a flawed masterpiece.

Kung Pow! Enter the Fist
½

I can understand why people hate this movie, but I think I may like it for the reasons other people hate it. Seriously, taking actual martial arts movies, dubbing them terribly, and inserting yourself into them; Steve Oedekerk, you are a genius (I forgive you for Evan Almighty). If liking this movie means I have a lowbrow sense of humor, then so be it.

42
42(2013)
½

It may not be the best baseball movie of all time, but 42's amazing cinematography, incredible acting, and inspiring story make it a success.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Talk about an AMAZING sequel. The CGI is unbelievable, the acting is great, the story is interesting. This is the movie that sets the standards for sequels to come.

Julien Donkey-Boy

For newcomers it may seem like a bunch of unrelated clips put together to give the audience motion sickness, but for fans of Korine, this film is an instant hit. There is a lot you can take away from this film, but I feel like everyone's interpretation will be different. Bremner gives an amazing performance, as do the rest of the cast, the rapping albino, and the little blind girl. But be warned: this film is not for everyone. Actually, there's probably only a handful of people who will think it's even half-decent. I was one of those people.

Daylight
Daylight(1996)
½

Did I enjoy myself while watching it? Yeah, sure. Would I ever rewatch it? Probably not. And that's really what it comes down to. This big budget Hollywood disaster movie serves its purpose, but won't go down in history as a classic. It was cool to see young Danielle Harris in something other than the Halloween movies, though.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)

No doubt the scariest film of all time, made by the most versatile and talented director in cinematic history.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows(2012)

With such a talented cast and director, top of the line visuals, and a classic TV show as a resource, the fact that this film was a failure makes it one of the biggest disappointments of 2012. Moretz is the highlight.

The Final Cut
½

There's nothing all too special about this sci-fi thriller, other than the idea that in the future humans will have cameras implanted in their heads capable of recording their entire lives.

Mr. Woodcock
Mr. Woodcock(2007)
½

What went wrong here? Why didn't the directing talents of Gillespie, the charm of Scott, and the hilarity of Thornton add up to make a perfect comedy? The secret to this deadpan (but not in a good way) comedy is the piss-poor writing by two guys who have since gone on to do nothing. Hell, Thornton and Scott were actually worried about this film ending their careers WHILE it was being filmed! That's got to tell you at least one thing: do NOT see Mr. Woodcock.

Date Movie
Date Movie(2006)

Take every romantic comedy you've ever hated and add a talented female lead to the picture and you've got Date Movie, a parody film saved only by Alyson Hannigan's presence.

Epic Movie
Epic Movie(2007)

Just like every movie put out by "2 of the 6 writers of Scary Movie," the gags throughout are extremely hit or miss, with hit being the more infrequent outcome.

Scary Movie 4

Some of the gags work, but more than often they fall flat. Maybe next time these guys make a parody movie (which we all know there will be more) they should try parodying movies that are worth parodying. That being said, I did love this movie when I saw it in the theater at age eight.

Scary Movie
Scary Movie(2000)
½

The film that started it all... Scary Movie has many funny moments. The problem is that most of these funny moments are dragged out to embarrassing lengths until all of a sudden they become obnoxious. Also, parodying the Scream films, which were already parodies of the horror genre to begin with, probably wasn't the best idea.

The Help
The Help(2011)

Aside from outstanding and memorable performances, The Help has Lifetime and Hallmark written all over it.

An American Haunting

Nothing about this movie is remotely scary, just dull and boring. Stay far away from this snooze-fest.

The American Scream
½

I am an aspiring "home haunter," so it's a given I was very interested in the topic of this movie. The American Scream lived up to every one of my expectations. It shows the hardships of building, organizing and perfecting every inch of a homemade haunted house and, to my surprise, focuses on why people do it. Though the common answer is to scare people, we are given a much deeper look into the lives of the people who make these haunts and how much they sacrifice, financially and personally, to make their dream come true.

The Last Song
½

The worst Sparks adaptation. Uninspired acting by everyone involved, to the point where the whole movie is almost laughable.

Baby's Day Out

A seriously funny film that suffers from the undeniably boring subplot of the family in search of their child.

Waiting
Waiting(2005)

The film offers many funny though immature moments, but the problem is that none of them tie together to form a visible plot.

Kick-Ass
Kick-Ass(2010)
½

The title doesn't lie: this is the definition of a kick-ass film. Awesome special effects, unique characters, hilariously unnecessary profanity, and gallons of blood make this one of the best superhero movies to date. Also, Chloe Moretz is amazing as Hitgirl.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

So, yeah.... I must have a soft side for these films. I'm fully aware that they are bad and don't come close to matching the quality of the books, but there was something about the cheesy CGI and deadpan acting from everyone other than the leads that kept me immensely immersed and entertained.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

An enjoyable adventurous ride that fans of the book will hate but average movie-goers will be entertained by.

Be Kind Rewind
½

A great Gondry film that manages to be hilarious and heartfelt at the same time.

The Science of Sleep
½

The dream sequences of this film are fantastic, but the scenes that take place in the real world bring more boredom to the table than many of Gondry's other works. Still, that's not to say this movie is terrible; it's far from that.

Supernatural Activity

Greating lighting, great camera quality, and at least their hearts were in the right place. Okay, that's it, I'm done trying to compliment this film. Good lighting and quality are nothing without a worthwhile story, interesting characters, etc. It's a parody movie that isn't remotely funny. If you want to laugh, go watch Megan is Missing.

Funny Games
Funny Games(2008)

Funny Games is a shot for shot remake of an arthouse horror movie that allows the criminals to have COMPLETE control. However, this shot for shot remake has much better actors than the original. Be warned: this film is extremely depressing.

I Love You Beth Cooper

I'm always up for watching a high school movie, and even with all of its cliches, I Love You Beth Cooper is one of the better ones. For every joke that falls flat, there is another that works.

Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf(1985)
½

I'm a sucker for 80s films and, even though this one is not even close to being good, I still find myself somewhat enjoying it for what it is: cheesy.

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Though not nearly as much fun as the first one was, this sequel does not come without its fair share of laughs and quotable lines.

Godzilla
Godzilla(1998)

This film just doesn't know when to end. For me, it ended right when the CGI mess came up from the depths of the Hudson.

The Proposal
The Proposal(2009)
½

A romantic comedy that works on many levels, mainly due to the two leads' chemistry.

The Blair Witch Project

One of the scariest films of all time because of how much it leaves up to your imagination.

Sideways
Sideways(2004)
½

The perfect cast displays heartbreaking emotions in this character study.

Trainspotting

Though some parts are slow and seem out of place, Trainspotting gets its point across with some truly disturbing content and good acting. The fact that it seems to take drug use very lightly occasionally works in its favor, but at other times smothers the lessons there are to be learned.

Fallen
Fallen(1997)
½

Two great actors and a cool premise are all let down by the bad writing and uninspired direction.

Natural Born Killers
½

Oliver Stone has created one of the purest forms of social commentary in cinematic history. It's not just relentless violence; it's so much more.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
½

Yes, there are some funny moments and some cool kills, but the 3-d doesn't work, the story is a joke, and Freddy is no longer scary. Hell, they kill him off in such a half-assed way that even die-hard fans wouldn't be able to take it seriously. My favorite part of this movie was Johnny Depp's ten second cameo; 'nuff said.

Friday the 13th, Part VI - Jason Lives
½

By far the best Friday the 13th film, due to its self-awareness and relentless gore.

Friday the 13th, Part V - A New Beginning

This sequel has the same problem as Jason goes to Hell: THERE IS NO JASON.

Friday the 13th

It might not have maintained its shock value over the past three decades, but Friday the 13th is still a fun time.

Jason Goes to Hell - The Final Friday
½

What's the point of having a movie where the title character only has 20 minutes of screen time?

Friday the 13th
½

It has its fair share of scary moments, but wastes far too much time on sex and pointless plot development.

Side Effects
Side Effects(2013)
½

The acting is spot on, the direction is smart, and the second half of the film is full of twists that make the audience wonder who is right and who is wrong, eventually leading to a satisfying conclusion.

Shock Treatment

Shock Treatment does a great job at providing a dream-like experience, but it's better if not held to the standards of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Spy Hard
Spy Hard(1996)

Though this film has a great opening sequence by Weird Al and a hilarious performance by Leslie Nielsen, both are let down by an only occasionally entertaining script.

Paranormal Activity 4
½

What you get when you put a former hilarious True Jackson VP star, an attractive female lead, the filmmakers behind the last PA sequel and Catfish, and a successful horror franchise together? A surprisingly bad movie. The amount of scares in this fourth entry of the Paranormal Activity series is next to none. Being a fan of the other films, I went into this one with high expectations and came out with a feeling of disbelief and disappointment. Hopefully the next PA film will step things up a notch, but there's a slim chance of that happening now that they killed off the cool boyfriend.

Dan in Real Life
½

A small, simple film that is brought to life by its talented cast, laid-back score, and discernible heart. Carell is outstanding as usual, and Cook gives a surprisingly lovable performance.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

A beautifully filmed look into southern life from the viewpoint of a six year old girl, played flawlessly by Wallis.

Texas Chainsaw

This is an excellent attempt at reviving the franchise. The film pays homage to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, showing that the filmmakers' hearts were in the right place. The choice to make Leatherface a hero of sorts was a risky one, but one that also benefited the villain's legacy by showing the audience a more human side of him. Though it doesn't come close to matching the original in terms of disturbing content and originality, it's a pretty damn good sequel. That is, if you can get over the fact that the main character should technically be about 10 years older than she is.

Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood
½

Though significantly better than the previous entry in the franchise (by the way, why is there a franchise about a killer leprechaun?), Back 2 Tha Hood is full of stereotypes, 'ninjas,' and other ridiculous things. It's actually pretty entertaining, but not in a good way.

American Wedding
½

American Wedding has the trademark embarrassing moments of the series, but the absence of certain cast members makes this a so-so sequel.

Paranormal Activity 2
½

The idea of security cameras is creative and the way it ties in with the original film is outstanding, but this sequel pales in comparison to the original.

The Innkeepers
½

I understand that Ti West was trying to make a film reminiscent of old horror, but The Innkeepers ended up being a boring, dialogue-driven ride up until the final act.

Grave Encounters
½

A found footage film that starts off extremely well, but soon takes a turn for the mundane by replacing real scares with CGI ghosts.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

The worst of the original franchise, mainly due to it's ridiculous plot and sloppy editing. Even with this being said, it's a Halloween film, and Michael Myers never fails to entertain, even in his weakest moments.

Ghoulies II
Ghoulies II(1988)

I seem to have a soft side for horror movies taking place in a carnival, but Ghoulies II's entertainment value is only passable. Even with it's numerous flaws, I'd pick this over the original Ghoulies any day.

The Final Destination

A rehash of the first three films with nearly nothing new to offer. Also, the title is meaningless, because the fifth entry was released in 2011.

Apollo 18
Apollo 18(2011)

I applaud the man who fooled the Weinstein Company into making a found footage movie about a space shuttle launch to the moon that never took place. He must be laughing his ass off.

Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (Van Wilder 2)
½

A movie that strands its two talented leads (Penn and Cohan) with an unfunny script. Stick with the first one.

Vampires Suck
½

Though it has occasional laughs, Vampires Suck fails due to the fact that it is worse than the material it is trying to parody.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring has a large amount of truly chilling moments and great direction by James Wan. Unfortunately, the script lacked some of the charm Wan's partner, Leigh Whannel, most likely would've brought to it. Infrequent flaws aside, the old school horror feel of the film works in its benefit and adds to the horrifying realness of the Warren's story.

The Grudge 3
The Grudge 3(2009)

The best of the trilogy, The Grudge 3 shows how much better the first two films could've been if they weren't aiming for a PG-13 rating.

The Grudge 2
The Grudge 2(2006)

The nonsensical plot, terrible acting, and distracting CGI make this sequel's scares almost laughable. Still, The Grudge 2 does not come without some freaky moments.

The Lucky One

Though the acting and writing are bland, the war sequences are impressive and the chemistry between the two leads will likely satisfy Nicholas Sparks fans.

Hatchet
Hatchet(2006)
½

Hatchet tries so hard to surprise audiences with the wittiness of 'Scream' that it ends up with the equivalent humor of the 'Scary Movie' franchise. However, Victor Crowley is a truly terrifying villain, portrayed by none of than the great Kane Hodder. Cameos by Robert Englund and Tony Todd were also pleasant additions. But, in the end, Adam Green's intriguing and respectable story is one of the few movies I've seen that ultimately suffers due to its self awareness.

The Bodyguard
½

A cheesy 90's drama that slows down in the middle but makes up for it with the ridiculously huge final act.

Vegas Vacation

Even though this is TECHNICALLY a Vacation movie, there is nearly nothing about it that resembles the brilliance of the previous entries in the series. Sure, it has its moments, but they are far more scarce than they should be.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

The best Vacation movie there is. Probably the best Christmas movie there is, too.

August Rush
August Rush(2007)

Why this film gets bad reviews is beyond me. Aside from a few instances of sloppy editing and poor writing, this film is flawless. Amazing cinematography, talented actors, and breathtaking music make this an outstanding sophomore film for director Kirsten Sheridan.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
½

Jim Carrey plays one of the coolest characters in comedy history and he alone carries this film.

Halloween
Halloween(1978)

This indie masterpiece has gone on to inspire every horror film that came after it in some way, SHAPE, or form. Truly terrifying visuals, outstanding acting by the one and only Donald Pleasance, untouchable direction by John Carpentar, and one of the most perfect scores in cinematic history make this movie a classic.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Nicholson shines in this movie with one of his greatest performances alongside his portrayal of Jack Torrance in The Shining. Everyone should see this movie.

The Shawshank Redemption

Probably the closest to perfect a film can be. Anyone who appreciates anything about cinema will love this movie. It deserves every bit of credit it gets.

The Grudge
The Grudge(2004)
½

The unique storytelling style and creepy imagery are a plus, but they are ultimately let down by poor acting and mindless CGI.

The Truman Show

The fact that The Truman Show is so aware of what audiences today want to see, it is able to flip reality television on its head, resulting in an incredibly smart and funny comedy.

The Alphabet Killer
½

A beautifully shot film that had every opportunity to be good. Sadly, the lack of violence and plot development in The Alphabet Killer will put you to sleep almost instantly. Also, holy full-screen.

Stephen King's 'Silver Bullet'
½

A less than special 80's werewolf film.

Rings
Rings(2005)

A much better film than the sequel, filmed in a Requiem for a Dream paced style.

Killjoy
Killjoy(2000)

Imagine Tyler Perry remaking "It" with the change he has in his pocket. That gives you a pretty good idea of what Killjoy is.

Trash Humpers

The home movie feel to Trash Humpers is what makes it one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen in my entire life, even with the unforgivable lack of plot. The footage feels real... it feels as if I, the viewer, am invading the privacy of the main characters. It is grimy art that for some reason I appreciate greatly. If you cannot appreciate the art of this film, then it plays out as a damn good comedy. Either way, throughout l felt angry, scared, depressed, nauseous, uncomfortable, and sympathetic. Harmony, you've done it again.

Argo
Argo(2012)

Every once in a while, a film comes along that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat throughout the entire run time. Argo provides that rare tense experience and expands upon it by adding a fantastic cast, stunning cinematography, and inspired direction by Ben Affleck. Even though everything included in the film isn't 100% factual, if viewers can get over certain infrequent aspects of the film being incorrect, they are in for quite a ride.

Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever(2002)
½

This film is amazing because it is able to be seriously funny and seriously scary at the same time. Also, Rider Strong is awesome.

V/H/S/2
V/H/S/2(2013)
½

I love these movies to death. Unlike the first VHS, every single short in this second installment scared me. Each one was well crafted, beautifully shot, and creepy enough to keep me petrified for all 95 minutes (yes, i was still in shock during the credits). Hopefully these films keep coming and keep improving as time goes on because horror fans will be in for a treat. Only one complaint... why'd the puppy have to die?

American Movie

A fantastic documentation of the many struggles and setbacks that come with making a film, especially one in the horror genre.

Parental Guidance
½

I get it. Grandparents are old. They don't understand technology. They are baffled by the way kids act "now-a-days." This may have been funny when it was brought up in just about every sitcom of the past decade or two, but not funny enough to sit through an entire movie that relies solely on shoving "old school vs new school" jokes down the viewer's throat at any given opportunity. Honestly, infrequent movie-goers will probably love this film because it takes no chances, giving them what they're used to seeing (every element has been done to death in movies that came before). Also, this film is as oblivious to modern technology as its main characters. Houses cannot talk. If you are still undecided as to whether or not you should see this film, the substitute for the word penis is "special place" and Tony Hawk, the biggest sell-out in recent memory, has a cameo. But, in the end, audiences are guilted into liking Parental Guidance because of its attempts at putting tears in their eyes due to nostalgia and warmth. For me, the only logical reason to see this film is for Billy Crystal.

Scary Movie 3

Probably the only entry of the endless stream of parody films that is worth watching.

Super
Super(2011)

A black comedy that cleverly mixes social commentary with excessive violence, interesting characters, and, to my surprise, a lot of heart. This is easily one of the best superhero movies of 2010.

Seed of Chucky
½

Loses almost everything Bride of Chucky had going for it by adding so much humor that viewers are basically smothered by it. Also, who the hell is Redman?

Bride of Chucky
½

The franchise gets even campier, adding humor and another doll to the mix without losing everything that made the original trilogy so good.

Child's Play
Child's Play(1988)

A decent horror flick that birthed an infamous cinema icon. Though the kills are infrequent, they are terrifying when they occur.

Child's Play 2
½

Though most of the film is slow-moving, the final act provides a large amount of scares.

Liar Liar
Liar Liar(1997)
½

This is Carrey in his comedic prime. Even with all of the raunchy humor, the film offers a large amount of heart.

Darkman
Darkman(1990)
½

Cheesy, over the top fun.

The Loved Ones
½

Crammed with loads of gore and nudity, this movie will satisfy any horror-lover.

Caddyshack
Caddyshack(1980)

For every funny moment, there is an equally boring moment. Fortunately, outstanding performances somewhat make up for the occasional slow segments.

Piranha
Piranha(1978)
½

There's not much wrong about this Jaws rip-off; the problem is, there's not much right about it either. Still a decent sophomore film for Dante.

Horrible Bosses
½

Beautifully shot, hilariously acted and perfectly cast, Horrible Bosses proves that a comedy can often outshine any flaws that come with having a ridiculous plot by providing endless laughs.

Sleepaway Camp
½

Though the disturbing twist ending is outstanding, it cannot fully make up for the film's lack of good acting and special effects.

Happy Gilmore

An outrageously goofy comedy that works on almost every level. This is Sandler in his prime. The film also includes an admirable amount of product placement.

Drive
Drive(2011)

An outstanding film that accomplishes a goal that most action films can only dream of, effortlessly blending relentless action sequences and stylistic imagery without sacrificing good story-telling.

The Hangover Part II

A decent sequel to the comedy hit. It provides endless laughs if you can manage to overlook the fact that it is a complete rehash of the original.

Silver Linings Playbook
½

The oddball attributes of the characters in this film take anyone watching on a heartfelt journey. Cooper, Lawrence, and DeNiro play their parts flawlessly.

Zero Dark Thirty
½

An extremely well shot, paced, and cast film that portrays the Bin Laden crisis perfectly. The last half hour of this outstanding work of art will have you constantly on the edge of your seat.

Being John Malkovich

If I tried to summarize or even give my opinion on this film, I would fail completely. The only way to truly get a feel for what this film is is to view it yourself.

National Lampoon's Vacation
½

A hilarious family road trip that goes from bad to worse almost instantly, providing viewers with constant slapstick entertainment.

Farce of the Penguins

A waste of an outstanding cast, a good idea, and a large amount of penguin footage.

High School Musical

I'm a sucker for this trilogy. Always have been, always will be.

Detention
Detention(2012)
½

Probably one of the weirdest films I've ever seen, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This is a movie that I can understand why so many people hate it, but I can't stop myself from loving it. Cleverly mixing random humor with out-of-place gore with modern stereotypes, this film is a welcome addition to the horror-comedy genre. Even though it borrows heavily from Scream, Donnie Darko, and about every John Hughes movie, it is able to make these aspects feel unique and fresh. But be warned, it may take more than one viewing to understand (if there's anything to understand at all).

Winter's Bone
½

My attention span hated this movie, but Jennifer Lawrence provides some eye candy and a great performance.

Cloverfield
Cloverfield(2008)

An outstanding found footage experiment that borrows many aspects from classic monster movies and mixes them together to conduct a truly terrifying experience. This film has the early talents of Matt Reeves, who went on to direct Let Me In, and Drew Goddard, who went on to direct The Cabin in the Woods, and both bring everything they have to the table. The result is a literal roller-coaster ride of a movie, except scarier.

The Last Exorcism Part II
½

While Bell is outstanding in her second performance of the series, the film recycles generic scares and stale circumstances, making this an unnecessary addition to the exorcism genre. Stick to the first one.

Scream
Scream(1996)

One of the greatest horror movies ever made, and definitely the smartest. This film reinvented teen slasher films and made them what they are today. An outstanding cast of fresh, young faces for the time, great direction by Wes Craven, and a flawless screenplay by Kevin Williamson add up to make the perfect modern horror movie. A must-watch for all movie critics and fans.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)
½

What was supposed to be a visual and surreal experience didn't quite live up to the hype for me. Still, Harrison Ford is at his best. Maybe when I see the cut Ridley Scott prefers I will enjoy it more.

Just Go with It

A much more amusing comedy than I originally expected. It was an average Adam Sandler comedy up until Dave Matthews came in and blew it out of the park.

The Messengers
½

A movie with a promising start but a terrible ending. Kristen Stewart is at her best in this, showing us the glimmer of potential that was smothered by her later films.

The ABCs of Death

I was really looking forward to this movie. I am a huge fan of anthologies, and with V/H/S, which I loved, having come out not too long before this, I could barely stand the wait. And now it's here. And I am severely let down. The first half of the film is absolutely terrible. I truly believe I could've found short films of better quality on the internet rather than sitting through this half of the film. Luckily, the second half picks up some of the slack, making this a less than decent addition to the long list of horror anthologies existent in the cinematic world. The letters I enjoyed were H, L, O, Q, R, T, U, and X. Most of the others were either boring, incredibly stupid, or on the brink of being pornos. I would also like to state that I was incredibly disappointed by the laziness of Ti West's short when I have come to love all of his other work. So, in conclusion, you will most likely find at least one thing you like about this film, but is it worth it to sort through the rest of the garbage?

The Grey
The Grey(2012)

I was not expecting this movie to be as exciting and powerful as it was. Liam Neeson gives one of his most outstanding performances in this story of survival. But not only is he great; every other actor plays their character extremely well. On top of the acting, Joe Carnahan's direction and Marc Streitenfeld's score make this film an amazing experience.

Wrong Turn
Wrong Turn(2003)
½

Horror fans will be very satisfied with this "Hills Have Eyes" copy-cat due to its' excessive gore and terrifying villains; however, average movie-goers will find it tired and hardly entertaining. Me being a member of both audiences, I was stuck in the middle.

Beyond Re-Animator
½

An entertaining sequel, but nothing outstanding. It may be a little more tongue-in-cheek than the original, displaying a battle between a mouse and a penis, but everything that is wrong about this film is made up for by Jeffrey Combs' inspired performance.

Evil Dead
Evil Dead(2013)

This is probably the best horror remake of the past decade. This film delivers exactly what its fans wanted: blood, blood, and more blood. Average movie-goers will not be able to appreciate the practical effects and the dark humor, but fans of the amazingly well-done franchise will be ecstatic. Jane Levy gives a terrifying performance that could be compared to Linda Blair's in The Exorcist. Director Fede Alvarez really understood this audience and knew how to translate their wants into a near-perfect remake. And, if you felt that there was something missing throughout the movie, the surprise after the credits will be sure to satisfy you.

Flight
Flight(2012)

Zemeckis' long-awaited return to live-action film-making starts off amazingly with one of the most powerful crash scenes in recent cinema memory, but as we are continuously exposed to the unfortunate truths of Whip's life, the film takes a nosedive (pun intended) into bland and stretched-out story-telling. Luckily, Washington's powerful performance makes the experience of Flight worth sitting through at least once.

The Dilemma
The Dilemma(2011)
½

Scarce funny moments and a boring premise make this film almost unbearable to sit through.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
½

Catchy tunes and great acting will keep you entertained (and often confused) throughout the film, but the fantastic final act is what really makes the Rocky Horror experience worth it.

Paranoid Park
½

A beautifully shot work of art with a great plot and mediocre acting due to the lack of professional actors. Gus Van Sant continues to show that he is one of the most talented directors in the business today.

Insidious
Insidious(2011)
½

This is one film that always excites me. The first time I saw it in the theater was one of the greatest movie watching experiences I've ever had. The whole audience was screaming at the scary parts, laughing after the scary parts, and cheering throughout the final act. I have watched it many times since, and it still holds up as one of the horror films that determine how I judge other horror films. Wan and Whannell never seem to let me down.

Stealing Sinatra

A decent crime movie with a great cast, this film will most likely end up impressing people who went into it with average expectations.

Orphan
Orphan(2009)

A generic horror flick with annoying leads and a ridiculous twist ending.

Red Riding Hood

This Twilight rip-off manages to fool itself into thinking that an attractive lead woman, a love triangle, and Gary Oldman make for a good film.

The Nativity Story

A terrible adaptation of a story that has been adapted far too many times.

Side by Side
Side by Side(2012)
½

This star-studded documentary whips out many of the film industry's biggest names today to discuss whether or not people are ready to accept the digital age that may be sneaking up on us a little too quickly.

V/H/S
V/H/S(2012)
½

An extremely disturbing and impressive take on the found footage genre. "Amateur Night" and "Tuesday the 17th" are outstanding, closely followed by "10/31/98" and "Second Honeymoon." "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger" felt as if it didn't bring it all to the table as the others did. Overall, a very fun, campy movie.

House at the End of the Street
½

This movie does a great job at exercising every horror cliche in the book. Here are the reasons this thing was a mess: it was devoid of any style, terribly written, sloppily edited, and not even remotely scary, the defining factor of a horror film. Not to mention the "twist" ending was visible since the start. Jennifer Lawrence is the only redeeming factor of this film.