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Schlockier than a Rolox watch, this Carrie will have panphobes howling with laughter.
Posted Oct 18, 2013
Don Jon (2013)
Gordon-Levitt's cracking directorial debut depicts porn/sex addiction infinitely more realistically -- and rollickingly -- than 2011's absurdly-overrated snoozefest Shame.
Posted Sep 27, 2013
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Bravo Jim Carrey, bravo. Refusing to promote your work in Kick-Ass 2 is the wisest career move you've ever made.
Posted Aug 16, 2013
What form of British-ish accent is Foster attempting exactly? A Razzie-worthy performance.
Posted Aug 12, 2013
The Conjuring (2013)
Thank God I live in newish construction.
Posted Jul 19, 2013
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
The Minions' decision to go solo next year is the smartest move since The Simpsons severed their relationship with Tracey Ullman.
Posted Jul 3, 2013
The Bling Ring (2013)
A stick-thin expose of a gaggle of brats obsessed with snatching Prada purses and Alexander McQueen shoes from celebs' high-up-in-the-hills chateaus.
Posted Jun 26, 2013
World War Z (2013)
We've seen it all before and seen it done far, far better. E.g., 28 Weeks Later, the Holy Grail of the zombie-contagion genre.
Posted Jun 20, 2013
The East (2013)
Marling and Batmanglij pull punches as things come to a close, opting for a more pacifist resolution than their fictional insurrectionist group would certainly espouse.
Posted Jun 14, 2013
The Internship (2013)
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's cinematic reunion renders the Google-glorifying, Revenge of the Nerds ripoff irresistibly likable -- make that +1-able.
Posted Jun 7, 2013
Though Epic walks a woefully-worn, save-the-planet path, it manages to feel fresh, even when drawing inspiration directly from Alice in Wonderland, Avatar and The Lord of the Rings.
Posted May 21, 2013
The Iceman (2013)
Getting to see Shannon boogie to Blondie is enough to warrant a stay of execution.
Posted May 17, 2013
The Great Gatsby (2013)
A visually-stunning, theatrically-showy spectacle that's as lavishly grandiose as one of Gatsby's grotesquely over-the-top shindigs.
Posted May 10, 2013
To The Wonder (2013)
Malick's profound message permeating throughout: Living in Oklahoma blows.
Posted Apr 11, 2013
The film's sensory experience is too alluring to resist, Boyle salvaging his unduly swirly story with a slathering of his shimmering, sumptuous aesthetics.
Posted Apr 9, 2013
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Administers exhilaration without a Michael Bay level of enervation.
Posted Mar 29, 2013
The Sapphires (2013)
The most affable, innocuous outing ever set in a war zone.
Posted Mar 27, 2013
The Croods (2013)
The Croods is the most entertaining film of the year thus far -- a Neolithic knockout.
Posted Mar 21, 2013
Admission doesn't just misfire, it flatlines.
Posted Mar 20, 2013
West of Memphis (2012)
I would have preferred Jackson's clinically-presented project display a bit more reverence for the three young lives that were brutally taken some twenty years ago.
Posted Mar 18, 2013
If The Incredible Burt Wonderstone were a real Vegas show, its rightful home would be amongst the rubble of an imploded casino.
Posted Mar 13, 2013
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
The film's CGI'd talking monkey is more alive than Franco. And it totally looks fake.
Posted Mar 7, 2013
Dripping with mood but deprived of dynamics, Stoker fails as an overall film yet wonders with the wizardry of the man behind the cam.
Posted Mar 1, 2013
Escape From Planet Earth (2013)
A surprisingly well-produced effort that fills the recent vacuum of family films without totally sucking.
Posted Feb 18, 2013
A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
A bombastic onslaught of smashed-up machinery and king-sized explosions that adequately sates your neanderthalic needs.
Posted Feb 14, 2013
Beautiful Creatures (2013)
A supernatural spell of boringness smothers it all.
Posted Feb 12, 2013
Side Effects (2013)
Its big twist is telegraphed so soon after its start, there's zero shock value and zero suspense as the film plods towards its pathetically pat ending.
Posted Feb 6, 2013
Warm Bodies (2013)
It's hard to beat a brain-eating scene with John Waits' "Missing You" blaring in the background, the '80s ode to the forlorn has never sounded so grotesquely poignant.
Posted Jan 22, 2013
Broken City (2013)
A tedious, needlessly-convoluted clunker.
Posted Jan 18, 2013
Haneke addresses the ravaging effects of aging in a starkly intimate way but Amour oddly lacks affectivity. Something that should be overflowing with emotion is strangely as sterile as Georges and Anne's Parisian apartment.
Posted Jan 16, 2013
Gangster Squad (2013)
It's the premium cast that redeems the project.
Posted Jan 11, 2013
Zero Dark Thirty (2013)
While it's executed with the same level of meticulous precision as the raid itself, you can't help but wonder if Bigelow could have compressed things just a bit.
Posted Jan 11, 2013
The Impossible (2012)
The Impossible is immersive only when it's fully immersed.
Posted Jan 3, 2013
Les Misérables (2012)
This is filmmaking of the most opulent order -- par excellence.
Posted Dec 25, 2012
This Is 40 (2012)
Teetering between tepidly humorous and totally unfunny, Judd Apatow's crazy long crudefest plays like bits and pieces of a stand-up routine that would get a comedian booed off the stage.
Posted Dec 19, 2012
Packed with crescendos and crap-outs, Peter Jackson's mega-bloated beginning to Bilbo Baggins' pilgrimage across Middle-earth to Lonely Mountain both awes and bores.
Posted Dec 12, 2012
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Everything about the loaded-with-lowlives crime flick is elongated, extended to the very precipice of its expiration date.
Posted Nov 29, 2012
Mirren's "I am woman, hear me roar" nuclear weapon-level unloading on her hubby is a contender for the strongest acting moment this year - time stops, jaws drop when she unleashes it.
Posted Nov 28, 2012
Life of Pi (2012)
Serving up 2012's single most awe-inspiring stanza of cinema, Ang Lee's Life of Pi is a thing of beauty - a gorgeously presented piece of art.
Posted Nov 22, 2012
Red Dawn (2012)
Shockingly tolerable and surprisingly entertaining.
Posted Nov 19, 2012
Anna Karenina (2012)
Breaking down the walls - literally - Wright has served up a silver screen stunner. Cue the standing ovation.
Posted Nov 15, 2012
Day-Lewis doesn't play Abraham Lincoln, he is Abraham Lincoln in a performance that will have you seriously questioning if what you're watching is a documentary shot in the 1860s.
Posted Nov 9, 2012
With the onset of the sublime Skyfall, Daniel Craig officially wrests the title of "Best Bond Ever" from Connery, the British bulldog delivers a brilliant, bulldozing performance in a cinematic spectacular more streamlined than one of his Tom Ford suits.
Posted Nov 6, 2012
The only thing Zemeckis could have done to make Flight more of a chore to sit through beyond its stunning opening sequence, have a kid kick your seat-back for the protracted remainder of the flick.
Posted Oct 30, 2012
The Sessions (2012)
For the entire endeavor to emotionally register, you must buy into the romance that purportedly blossoms between Hawkes and Hunt. I didn't, not for a second.
Posted Oct 26, 2012
Winstead's performance is sure to be remembered come awards season, it packs more punch than a bottle of Bacardi 151.
Posted Oct 25, 2012
Cloud Atlas (2012)
The Wachowskis' monumentally ambitious sci-fi time-hopper demands a superhuman level of dedication and patience but the payoff isn't worth the labor required to endure its nearly three-hour runtime.
Posted Oct 24, 2012
A luminous triumph that may just remind you why our hearts leap when the lights go down in a movie theater.
Posted Oct 22, 2012
Take Shelter (2011)
While Take Shelter isn't by any means perfect - writer/director Jeff Nichols could use a refresher course on editing - it's a powerful film, displaying a devolvement into insanity that ultimately proves to be quite visionary.
Posted Oct 22, 2012
Margin Call (2011)