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Earth (Disneynature's Earth) (Planet Earth)

A beautifully crafted, significant documentary.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)

Man of Steel has been criticized for being bombastic. Is it? Hell yes, but spectacularly so.

Up in the Air

Up in the Air is a great american movie.

Bee Movie
Bee Movie(2007)

It really isn't funny.

Sound of My Voice

Having only seen Sound of My Voice once, I am not sure if its aggressive ambiguity works or not. One thing is for sure though: it's a compelling mystery.

Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights is astonishing; not only is it a film of great depth, but it is also an exhilarating piece of pure entertainment.


A masterfully directed, very suspenseful thriller.

Burn After Reading

It's hilarious and hugely entertaining, but definitely one of the Coen brothers' weaker films.


42 tells its story well, and it has the look and feel of a good old-fashioned baseball movie, but it takes no risks.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Into Darkness is a worthy addition to the Star Trek franchise.

Everything Must Go

Depressing, bleak, and not very funny at all, Ferrel gives an unlikable performance in this downer of a movie.


Magnolia is an ambitious, well written, wonderfully acted piece of work full of compelling stories and characters from the great Paul Thomas Anderson.

The Great Gatsby

DiCaprio is sensational. the film itself is a glorious mess.


What's so remarkable about Mud is that it works as two films: a riveting thriller, and an emotional metaphor about a woman's control over a man.

Moulin Rouge!

An enthralling musical.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

Iron Man 3: exhaustingly ridiculous or ridiculously exhausting? Either one will do.

The Place Beyond The Pines

The Place Beyond The Pines, in its daring ambition and beautifully complex characters... soars.

The Ides of March

An intelligent, compelling political thriller.

Margin Call
Margin Call(2011)

The film is too in love with itself.


Aronofsky's brilliant direction truly does get you inside the mind of someone going insane, but while that is an admirable thing, I can't say it didn't drive me insane as well.

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D is a tremendously exciting experience.


I found it hilarious, fresh, and surprisingly moving.

Jeff Who Lives at Home

It's a weird film, it's but sweet and funny enough


Everything in once is beautifully real.


Ambitious and visually marvelous, but bloated and poorly executed.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High

I misunderstood the film on first viewing. This is a hilarious, brilliant movie.

Fast Five
Fast Five(2011)

An okay fast and furious movie is still pretty much worse than anything out there.

Room 237
Room 237(2013)

Room 237 is a fascinating and intriguing documentary.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Mindless, soulless, and laughably so.

The Hunger Games

Visually dazzling, breathtaking action, and fine acting from Lawrence, The Hunger Games is an impressive technical achievement. Though the premise is just absurd, and the film is unnecessarily brutal and difficult to sit through and enjoy. A fine film for what it was, but I hated what it was.

Gosford Park
Gosford Park(2001)

Well written, acted, and directed, Gosford Park is a well done film. That doesn't mean I enjoyed it. It's story never really gripped me.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows(2012)

Dark Shadows works for about 20 minutes, then it all goes downhill. Depp becomes irritating, the story never really goes anywhere special, its jokes fall flat, and all that's left are it's impressive visuals. Dark Shadows is a real disappointment, and Tim Burton has created another visually striking but emotionally empty film.


Argo had me in it's grip during its tense, electrifying, yet often hilarious first act, lost me for a while in its at times slow moving, less exciting second act, then glued me to my seat in its thrilling final third. It's not perfect, but overall I'll say that I highly recommend you see Argo. It's a smart, suspenseful, fun ride.

Night at the Museum

The film's CGI filled visuals grow tiresome, and it's such a disappointing execution to such an inventive idea.

The Other Guys

The Other Guys is one of the funniest movies to come around in a very, very long time.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

While often very funny, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is still just a formulaic, predictable comedy.

Dan in Real Life

Nothing memorable here, but it's charming and somewhat touching.

Employee of the Month

One of the stupidest movies to come around in a long, long time.

August Rush
August Rush(2007)

"August Rush" does nearly everything wrong.

The Help
The Help(2011)

The Help has got some great performances, but aside from that I found it overly sentimental, cheesy, cliche'd, with one eye on the camera and one eye on the oscars. It didn't feel real.

How Do You Know

How Do You Know was written and directed by James L. Brooks. There are moments where we are aware of that, but most of the time we forget.

Tower Heist
Tower Heist(2011)

After a promising start, characters disappear, jokes start to fall flat, and we start to realize how utterly ludicrous the movie really is. I have no problem with dumb fun if it's executed properly, but "Tower Heist" is just a big ol' mess.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

Abrams has taken Star Trek to another level. This is one of those movies you have to experience rather than just watch.

The Ant Bully

Imaginative and warm hearted.

The Breakfast Club

Quite possibly the greatest high school movie of all time.

Rocky Balboa
Rocky Balboa(2006)

I found it overlong and unexciting.

Easy A
Easy A(2010)

It's nearly perfect.

The Karate Kid

A surprisingly decent remake of the the 1984 classic showcases talent from Jaden Smith.

The Tree of Life

An overrated, self indulgent, endless bore.


A talky, brainy, powerful epic, centered on a performance for the ages.

Galaxy Quest
Galaxy Quest(1999)

A little too bizarre for it's own good.

Good Will Hunting

Beautifully written and nakedly heartfelt.

Side Effects
Side Effects(2013)

A bit preposterous, but still a fun, twisty-turny, suspense-filled mystery. Steven Soderbergh, we'll miss you.


Superbly done, impeccably written, and brilliantly acted. Am I glad I saw it? Yes. Will I ever see it again? No. It's not by any means enjoyable.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt delivers his best performance yet in this funny, tear jerking gem.

500 Days of Summer

A whimsical. sweet, sad, beautiful gem of a film.

The Aviator
The Aviator(2004)

Leonardo DiCaprio gives a performance for the cinema history books.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Kubrick's sci-fi classic, I believe, is the greatest cinematic achievement of all time.

Eyes Wide Shut

Haunting, hypnotic, mysterious, and brilliant. Eyes Wide Shut is definitely some kind of masterpiece, even though I feel like I need to see it multiple times to fully comprehend it's meaning.

There Will Be Blood

A flat out masterpiece. Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" just might be one of the greatest american movies ever made.

Not Fade Away

David Chase's first feature film brilliantly captures the musical tone of the 60's, and the feeling of being a teenager trying to make it big. It's overlong, imperfect, but one of the most meaningful films I've seen all year. It all feels so real.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

The emotional power of this film... is unlike anything you've ever experienced. It's a movie everyone needs to see. A true beauty.

Les MisÚrables

Despite the very miscast Crowe, Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les Miserables will break you heart, and make you stand up and cheer. It's a movie so big, so bold, it's almost impossible not to appreciate. A sensational achievement to say the least.

Shark Tale
Shark Tale(2004)

It features dazzling visuals, but other than that, Shark Tale is unfunny, and unoriginal. I don't recommend seeing it.

Lost In Translation

Sofia Coppola shows much talent in a film that's largely admirable rather than enjoyable.

A Separation
A Separation(2011)

This is a truly transcendent film.

Zero Dark Thirty

"Zero Dark Thirty" is filmmaking at it's very best. It pins you to your seat, and Chastain is nothing short of oscar-worthy. This is one hell of movie.

Captain America: The First Avenger

The character of Captain America has no heart to it. We don't see him learn how to use his superpowers, train, or really truly become a superhero. He's like a guy on superhero steroids, who just automatically knows how to fight like a total badass. It really just doesn't work.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is simply miraculous. It's visually extraordinary, and emotionally affecting.


A super smart, compelling, eerie film.

Waiting for Guffman

Ingenious.... and outrageously hilarious.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

It's entertaining, but it lacks the intelligence and memorable characters of the original. By the way, Shia Labeouf is not a good actor.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Michael Bay... Please stop making movies.

Mean Girls
Mean Girls(2004)

Not only the ultimate chick flick, but a brilliant depiction of High School.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Overlong but immensely fascinating.


The film has a bleak tone that's undeniably off putting, but I appreciated the heartfelt messages and wonderful performances.


Very unsettling, very haunting. And very, very good. The fact that it's a true story makes it all the more disturbing. With strong direction from Zobel, a solid script, and a cast that delivers.... "Compliance" is an effective thriller.


What an Inventive, ambitious, powerful film this is.

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

The whole ensemble is outstanding (notably Christian Bale and Melissa Leo) and The Fighter is an inspirational, emotional roller coaster ride that may have you standing up and cheering.


This is an obnoxious, predictable waste of time and money.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a delightfully pleasant surprise. A romantic comedy that works and makes almost all the right decisions. It's touching, hilarious, not flawless, but what a rarity these days for a film like this.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Harmless, but god, what a stupid movie this is.

Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man is an exceptional film because it doesn't make any wrong choices. It could've been cheesy, but instead it's inspirational and uplifting.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Not by any means bad, but honestly... who cares?

Pay It Forward

The worst kind of movie. An unforgettably bad one.

Silver Linings Playbook

"Silver Linings Playbook" is so smart, sharply written, and filled with such brilliant performances, it just might make your heart sing.

Casino Royale

Craig is extraordinary, and Casino Royale kicks ass.


Flawed and overrated, but still a fun time and a fine Bond film.


A sweet, fine, forgettable children's movie. Which is frustratingly disappointing considering that this is a pixar film.


This mind bending puzzle of a film is one of the best sci-fi movies in years and surely one of the most original films I have ever seen.

Taken 2
Taken 2(2012)

Laughably atrocious.

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

Irresistibly silly, sweet, and fun.


Following is a very clever crime film, told in an odd, confusing way... but that's what makes it clever. It all comes together in the end. A compelling directorial debut from Christopher Nolan.

The Girlfriend Experience

Emotionally distant but deeply fascinating, featuring an utterly brilliant performance from Peter Zizzo.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Perks has affecting moments and it's filled with fine performances, but it depicts high school in a way we've all seen before. It's cheesy, cliched, poorly written, awkwardly paced, and a lot of the time you just wanna smack your forehead at how unrealistic it all is.

The Master
The Master(2012)

This is a film that defines provocative. It challenges it's audiences and leaves questions unanswered. It doesn't mean to entertain us. It mesmerizes us. It's a masterpiece of filmmaking and an acting tour de force. Gorgeously shot in 70mm with the two best performances of the year, The Master is a fascinating, engrossing, spellbinding work of art.

Where the Wild Things Are

A beautiful film that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Marley & Me
Marley & Me(2008)

Moving but depressing, funny but tear-jerking, but flawed in the sense that we never see Marley as the type dog the film sets her out to be: loving and loyal. Yes she's sweet, but she's a poorly trained, irritating dog that doesn't do much to please her masters. We never get to see the side of her that really makes her worth writing about.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Great special effects and action sequences don't make up for the laughable performances in the final installment of the Star Wars saga.

Kramer vs. Kramer

...My favorite film of all time.


All I can say about Battleship is that there are many realistic looking explosions.

My Week with Marilyn

A brilliantly acted, wonderfully entertaining film.

The Room
The Room(2003)

Devastatingly unintentionally funny, Tommy Wiseau's The Room is the best worst movie ever made.


Paranorman is visually breathtaking, frightening, at times very funny and quite moving. The animation is out of this world... the story... not so much. It's an acceptable story but nothing special, and the humor sometimes is a bit awkwardly timed, but it's smart dialogue, memorable characters, and beautiful animation make up for it's flaws. Sure Paranorman is nothing incredible, no it isn't as good as "Coraline", but it is nevertheless great fun.

A Walk on the Moon

A predictable, flawed, cheesy film. Although it's beautifully acted, at times emotionally affecting and quite powerful.

The King of Comedy

Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis give fantastic performances in this darkly funny, deeply unsettling, brilliant film.

War Horse
War Horse(2011)

War Horse is an intense, very moving journey of a young boy's love for his horse. It's not overly sentimental and it's sure to touch the hearts of Spielberg fans and movie lovers in general. Beautifully shot by the oscar winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski and wonderfully composed by the great John Williams, it's a visually sensational and emotionally powerful film. Even if it's nothing compared to the play that inspired it.

The Adventures of Tintin

flawed, at times tedious and trite, but Tintin is still a beautifully animated fun adventure.

The Outsiders

Laughably bad, adapted from a truly great novel. With a very talented cast, The Outsiders is surprisingly poorly acted. But it is also terribly paced, and badly written. I'm shocked to see that this is a Coppola film. A rare, major misfire.

The Dilemma
The Dilemma(2011)

Mildly entertaining, but The Dilemma is overlong, uneven, and utterly ludicrous with very cheesy slapstick humor. Just plain stupid.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Visually impressive, along with a few funny moments, but overall Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a ridiculous big mess of a movie. It goes on forever and it's filled with bland performances.

My Cousin Vinny

Pesci and Tomei are at the top of their game with My Cousin Vinny, a laugh riot from start to finish.


An interesting premise with a solid first act, but after that Limitless gets ridiculous. Dumb, silly, and overall very limited.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Chipwrecked is one of the worst movies of 2011. With no creativity or originality, it's not enjoyable for anyone past kindergarten. It's cliche'd and unfunny and pretty much brainless. It's really just plain annoying. These aren't chipmunks you want to hug or pet and comfort, you wanna just punch them in the face.

Just Go with It

The title makes it sound like the movie already knows how bad it is. Though unfortunately i couldn't go with it. Sandler continues his run of vomit worthy films.


RV is a terrible movie that never works, mainly because it's very unoriginal and it just tries way too hard.


Brad pitt delivers an unforgettable performance in Moneyball, an intelligent, soulful, funny, touching, stimulating film. It's the best movie of 2012.

Marvel's The Avengers

The Avengers is everything you would hope it to be. Fun, exciting, epic, and often times hilarious. Not only that, but it's most impressively extremely well balanced. With about 6 major characters, they all are equally involved in the film. It's smart and absolutely thrilling and It's the most fun you'll have at the movies all summer.


Though visually exhilarating with dazzling action sequences, Inception is brought down by being overly confusing, having no depth to it's characters to get you to root for them or not, and DiCaprio and Cotillard have no chemistry what so ever. It's admirable, and a feast for the eyes, but as a whole a big mess. A great idea executed to less than satisfying results.


Stripes has a hilarious first act, but after that it gets ridiculous, outrageous, stupid and just not very funny.

The King's Speech

It's predictable, and never really goes anywhere you wouldn't expect, but Tom Hooper's great direction and David Seidler's wonderful script come together perfectly. Plus every performance in the film is flawless. The King's Speech will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even cheer.

The Kids Are All Right

Everything in the film feels real. The characters, the choices they make, the emotions they depict, it allows the audience to relate to what happens and how everyone reacts. There was not one moment that I found unrealistic. Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right" is a beautifully written, superbly acted, funny, moving piece of filmmaking. It's one of the very best movies of 2010.


James Cameron's Avatar one of the most visually spectacular films you'll ever see. Though Avatar is certainly not flawless. Cameron tells his story well, but it's a story we've all heard before. It also features very cheesy dialogue that will have you rolling your eyes at times. Though we can forgive those flaws, because along with it's breathtakingly beautiful visuals, Avatar is absolutely thrilling. It's thunderously exciting and overall an unforgettable experience.

The Future
The Future(2011)

Extremely bizarre, at times very confusing, but in it's own quiet way, powerful.


Impeccably written, with a great cast and memorable characters, Adaptation succeeds on many different levels. Though above all, it's wholly original, and every bit of it is brilliant.

Princess Mononoke

Beautiful to look at, it certainly is something to admire. Miyazaki is a true artist, but I found Princess Mononoke overlong and a bit sloppy with it's storytelling. I got lost at times and when I knew what was going on, I wasn't near the edge of my seat. Though it really is hard to turn away from it's dazzling visuals.

Midnight in Paris

Gorgeously shot, wonderfully written, directed, and acted, Midnight In Paris is a humorous, heartwarming comedy that will put a big smile on your face once it ends. Woody Allen has made his best movie in years, and Midnight In Paris is one of 2011's best films.


Terribly acted, badly written and sometimes unintentionally funny... Twilight is a terrible movie. I won't be tuning in for any of it's sequels.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Unfunny, childish, poorly written, and bad. When is Nicolas Cage gonna stop?


Quirky, fresh, with great performances all around,(especially Ellen Page) Juno is a funny, bright, touching comedy that works so well.


Bowfinger is absolutely hilarious. With a clever script, and Martin and Murphy at their very best, it never falls flat.

American Beauty

Brilliantly written, remarkably acted, and beautifully shot along with a great score from Thomas Newman that works perfectly, American Beauty is just about flawless.

The Green Hornet

It's certainly entertaining, a lot of fun, very funny at times with some memorable characters, but overall the Green Hornet suffers from over the top action and an excruciatingly overlong running time.


Very original, very funny, very dark, and very brilliant.

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)

Tron Legacy's got some great visuals and a cool soundtrack....yeah that's it.


Wanderlust has it's moments, but it's completely forgettable, and it has far too many plot holes. Even if the premise is ridiculous itself, it could've worked a lot better, especially with it's two charming leads.

Knight & Day
Knight & Day(2010)

Very hit and miss, not as good as it could've been, and filled with plot holes. The likable Cruise and Diaz and their decent chemistry aren't enough to save this disappointing summer comedy/action flick.

To Rome with Love

Nothing compared to the marvelous "Midnight In Paris" and although a bit messy, Allen's newest film is fun, funny, charming, and good enough to satisfy his fans. Me being one of them.

J. Edgar
J. Edgar(2011)

I found J. Edgar to be emotionally captivating, fascinating, and brilliantly acted by DiCaprio and Hammer. It's not flawless, but it's very underrated.


Predictable, messy, and at times quite silly. Salt has some cool action sequences and a memorable performance from Jolie, but not much else.

Dr Seuss' The Lorax

It's mediocre script, cheesy songs and annoying characters get on your nerves eventually. The Lorax is really just very bad. Casting Danny Devito as the title character may be the worst of it's many flaws, making the cute fuzzy heartfelt creature sound like a grumpy old man.

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

Fun, old fashioned, wonderfully acted, occasionally brilliant and a joy to watch, The Artist will leave you widely grinning. It's a real crowd pleaser.

Win Win
Win Win(2011)

It's smart script, great characters and performances really make Win Win a real winner.

21 Jump Street

Disappointing and not nearly as funny as I had hoped. This is an oddly paced, frustratingly hit and miss comedy that just wasn't as good as it could have been. 21 Jump Street has it's moments, but not much else.

The Social Network

It has become one of my favorite films, and it will probably become an American classic. Brilliantly written and masterfully directed, Sorkin and Fincher are a dream team for cinema. Not to leave out the spellbinding performance by Jesse Eisenberg, and the breakthrough performance by Andrew Garfield. With great acting across the board, an incredible script, and beautiful direction, The Social Network is flawless, and the best film of 2010.

Punch-Drunk Love

It proves that sandler can act and that Paul Thomas Anderson has got great talent, but I found Punch Drunk Love annoying at times, and I didn't buy Sandler and Watson. Some will love it, and I admired some of it, but I didn't enjoy it very much.


Eye rolling and cliche'd, Burlesque's great cast isn't enough to save this poorly written, cheesy piece of junk.


Incredible special effects, but Transformers is made of stone. It's got no heart and soul. No story, poorly acted, and really just stupid. Just great effects aren't enough to keep me entertained for nearly 2 and a half hours.

Spirited Away

It's magical, touching, creepy, and incredibly imaginative. Miyazaki has created an unforgettable work of art. It's a masterpiece.


It's dark, too scary for little kids, but it's great for tweens and equally enjoyable for their parents and other grown ups. I love animated films that take risks, and this is one of them. Coraline is one of the most visually stunning films that has come along in years. The stop motion animation from Laika studios is absolutely gorgeous. But it also has a very imaginative story, smartly written by Henry Selick adapted from Neil Gaiman's book, Coraline just about works on every level. It's pure magic.

The Descendants

The Descendants is a very humane film. You get invested in the lives of these characters and get to care about what they do and what happens to them. You don't get that a lot these days in movies. Beautifully written and acted, it's a moving tearjerker that is one of 2011's very best.


Visually exhilarating and emotionally satisfying, Hugo is an unforgettably magical experience that is one of the best movies of 2011.

Moonrise Kingdom

A beautiful film. Moonrise Kingdom is unique, whimsically funny, well acted, and gorgeously shot. A very sweet and moving love story that is the best movie of 2012 thus far.


Funny, incredibly touching, and very original like most of their movies, "Up" is pixar's best film yet.


Smart, well written and hilarious, Ratatouille is a real treat.


An awful film. Russel Brand gives effectively funny performances in a supporting role. As a lead he is exhaustingly irritating and over the top. Most of all this movie is unnecessary, and completely forgettable. Poorly written with eye rolling slapstick humor, this is a remake that never works, unlike the hilarious original. One of the worst of 2011.

The Dark Knight Rises

Dark, disturbing, tense, smart, thrilling, well acted, and enormously satisfying. "The Dark Knight Rises" is an ambitious and emotional action-packed thrill ride that just might be the best of the trilogy.


This isn't your usual hit and miss comedy. Macfarlane is spot on with his jokes and I must admit Ted isn't for everyone, but it is undeniably hysterically funny and thus far the best comedy of 2012.