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Title Year Rating Rank Review
12 Years a Slave20131001(full review)
AVENGERS, The20121001(full review)
Boyhood20141001(full review) - In bringing this epic story to the big screen and taking a moving picture of life itself, Richard Linklater truly seizes this moment in cinematic history by letting the moment seize us. It's a spectacular motion picture that simultaneously turns life into art and art into life.
Captain America: Civil War20161001(full review) - Delivering a cinematic showdown for the ages full of superheroes of all stripes, the Russo brothers have put together an instant classic that joins the pantheon of outstanding comic book movies.
Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The20081001(full review)
Dark Knight, The20081001(full review)
Die Hard19881001(full review)
Dog Day Afternoon19751001(full review)
Fighter, The20101001(full review)
Glengarry Glen Ross19921001(full review)
Godfather, The19721001(full review)
Goodfellas19901001(full review)
Impossible, The20121001(full review)
Insider, The19991001(full review)
Jurassic Park19931001(full review)
La La Land20161001(full review) - Chazelle ultimately creates his own anachronistic world that will suck in just about any moviegoer with its unrelenting charm — his own "la la land" of sorts that showcases several seasons of life.
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring20011001(full review)
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King20031001(full review)
Lord of the Rings: Two Towers20021001(full review)
Matrix, The19991001(full review)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl20151001(full review) - If Wes Anderson and John Hughes were to have collaborated on a film, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl would have been the wacky, entertaining byproduct of their efforts.
Moonrise Kingdom20121001(full review)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story20161001(full review) - Effectively making the case that all Star Wars movies don't have to be about the Skywalker family, Edwards introduces us to a new family, the Ersos. He explores beautiful, new worlds. He peels back layers of A New Hope we thought we all knew so well and gives us a film that feels like the first half of Episode IV in style and narrative.
Silver Linings Playbook20121001(full review)
Sound of Music, The19651001(full review)
Spider-Man 220041001(full review)
Terminator19841001(full review) - With pulse-pounding action sequences, endless suspense, and one incredible story, this sci-fi thriller blazes a bloody trail into the annals of cinematic history.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day19911001(full review) - Terminator 2: Judgement Day is certifiably the ultimate action movie. Without a shadow of a doubt, James Cameron's sci-fi masterpiece perfected the formula for the modern big budget blockbusters of today.
The Hateful Eight20161001(full review) - The Hateful Eight is an old school film grandly envisioned and executed in a way that only Quentin Tarantino can. It's one damn good movie that may just be an instant classic.
The Revenant20151001(full review) - Epic, gorgeous, and riveting in every way, The Revenant is undoubtedly a tree with strong roots. Thanks to Iñárritu, this revenge flick is brought to life in stunning vibrancy, and nature is the auteur's weapon of choice.
Vertigo19581001(full review)
Wild Tales20141001(full review) - Szifron meticulously crafts each entry in his anthology to yield a huge comedic payoff.
Wizard Of Oz, The19391001(full review)
Wolf of Wall Street, The20131001(full review)
Breakfast Club, The19859935(full review)
Bridge of Spies20159935(full review) - I've been hesitant to say this in 2015 so far, but I'm ready to pull the trigger. Bridge of Spies might just be the best damn movie of the year.
Brooklyn20159935(full review) - Crowley makes a period piece that functions as a feel-good movie but maintains the emotional depths of a more serious affair.
Forrest Gump19949935(full review) - What I will say about the film is that it's a fantastical adventure from director Robert Zemeckis filled with the best kind of movie magic. To borrow a phrase from our titular character, this movie is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 220119935(full review)
Intouchables20119935(full review)
Nocturnal Animals20169935(full review) - Nocturnal Animals is a beast of a movie. With just his second feature film now under his belt buckle, sophomore director Tom Ford has made it clear that he is a heavy hitter who intends to play ball this awards season.
Psycho19609935(full review)
Rear Window19549935(full review)
Black Swan20109844(full review)
Blade Runner 204920179844(full review) - I’ve got nothing but praise for Blade Runner 2049. Creatively refreshing, boldly throwback, and utterly glorious, Denis Villeneuve’s sequel is a stylistic and visionary cinematic feast that lives up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 original in every way.
Cloud Atlas20129844(full review)
Dark Knight Rises, The20129844(full review)
Gravity20139844(full review)
Interstellar20149844(full review) - Challenging mankind and Hollywood alike to aim a bit higher and reach for the stars, director Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is a sprawling, awe-inspiring cinematic adventure that pushes the bounds of blockbuster filmmaking.
Les Miserables20129844(full review)
Moneyball20119844(full review)
The Big Short20159844(full review) - Blending some of the best elements of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and J. C. Chandor's Margin Call, the finance-themed comedy drama from Anchorman director Adam McKay serves up both irreverent humor and gut-wrenching drama in perfect doses.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona20089844(full review)
Whiplash20149844(full review) - Paying homage to jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Jo Jones, and Buddy Rich. Chazelle pulls out all the stops to create this gripping yet comedic cinematic experience that will reel moviegoers in for the duration of its all too brief runtime.
A Most Violent Year20149755(full review) - Delivering a poignant, brooding drama, director J. C. Chandor continues along this path of proving himself on all fronts. His latest piece of cinema is a dark, intense film that in many ways is reminiscent of The Godfather movies. Like Francis Ford Coppola's most enduring works, A Most Violent Year is a potent film in which the rich dialogue supersedes all else.
A Separation20119755(full review)
Alien19799755(full review)
All Is Lost20139755(full review)
Amour20129755(full review)
August: Osage County20139755(full review)
Batman (Keaton)19899755(full review)
Batman Returns19929755(full review)
Birdman20149755(full review) - One has to be very comfortable in their own skin to make a movie that, in a sense, makes a mockery of their life's work. It takes a certain artistic fortitude to do this, especially on the 25th anniversary of the individual’s crowning achievement. With this in mind, I've got nothing but respect for Michael Keaton suiting up as Birdman.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier20149755(full review)
Carnage20119755(full review)
Carol20159755(full review) - Written based on strong source material from Highsmith, directed nimbly by Todd Haynes, and acted beautifully by the superb cast on hand, this adaptation is not a high-flying drama full of bravado performances or heavy-handed direction. It's a much more understated affair that subtly tackles the persecution of the era that our lead characters endure to share a kind of romance that was uncommon at the time, at least in the public sphere.
Casino Royale20069755(full review)
Chef20149755(full review)
Compliance20129755(full review)
Creed20159755(full review) - A knockout from the opening credits, Creed surpassed every expectation I had for it. Ryan Coogler rises to the occasion in his second feature film and delivers one compelling boxing drama.
Dead Poets Society19899755(full review) - There's no other film that embodies every English major's love for the art of weaving words into poems quite like Peter Weir's 1950s-set period drama. It's an undeniably passionate film.
Enough Said20139755(full review)
Ex Machina20159755(full review) - Ex Machina is undoubtedly an homage to those sci-fi films of the past that showcase this clash of man and self-aware machines. Unlike other films that bake this theme into expansive worlds with lots of colorful characters, Ex Machina boasts a far more intimate film.
Fences20169755(full review) - Delivering an intimate affair that feels like a stage production on the big screen that captures the challenges husbands and wives face and the struggles fathers and sons create, Fences is an engrossing motion picture that winds the clock back and showcases what America really was for people of color when it was supposedly great.
Fruitvale Station20139755(full review)
Ghostbusters19849755(full review) - If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! This classic blockbuster stands as one of the funniest, zaniest films to have ever entered a multiplex. Some thirty years later, it remains a beloved piece of cinematic history.
Gimme the Loot20139755(full review)
Gone Girl20149755(full review) - Stylistically at the top of his game, Fincher doesn't miss a beat. His brilliance shines most, however, in his casting decisions. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike couldn't be better for the lead roles. In fact, Fincher turns what I consider to be their fatal flaws as actors into real strengths that elevate the film to greatness.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 220179755(full review) - Chock full of Easter eggs from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and general pop culture lore, infused with a vibrancy that matches the groovy soundtrack, and assembled with a charismatic, offbeat cast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an unmistakably American movie.
Heat19959755(full review)
Hell or High Water20169755(full review) - More than just a heist thriller set in the middle of nowhere in the Lone Star state, this compelling film layers in the decimation of small town America, the financial turmoil belying predatory lending practices, and the overt racial bias that has become a way of life for some. Under the direction of Mackenzie, Hell or High Water accomplishes all of this and so much more.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The20139755(full review)
Inception20109755(full review)
Indignation20169755(full review) - Poignant, hilarious, and sensual are just a few of the words I can use to describe longtime producer James Schamus's first time behind the camera in the director's chair for Indignation. This little indie is a phenomenal movie that really comes out of nowhere and knocks moviegoers' socks off.
Inside Llewyn Davis20139755(full review)
Inside Out20159755(full review) - Running the gamut of emotions, Docter does something that defines the best films by capturing that lightning in a bottle called movie magic. On top of this, we have a delightful and beautiful animated short with James Ford Murphy's musical Lava kicking things off.
Jane Eyre20119755(full review)
Kings Speech, The20109755(full review)
Lethal Weapon 219899755(full review)
Life Itself20149755(full review) - Life Itself is a machine of empathy about the life and times of Roger Ebert, a soldier of cinema.
Like Crazy20119755(full review)
Looper20129755(full review)
Mad Max: Fury Road20159755(full review) - It's safe to say that we can't afford to wait another thirty years for director George Miller to craft the next installment in the Mad Max franchise. This post-apocalyptic thriller is a breath of fresh air at the mainstream box office. It's something different. It's something inventive. It's something throwback.
Manchester by the Sea20169755(full review) - A gut punch that really taps into the human element of cinema in a way that most recent films have failed to do, Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea is an emotional rollercoaster that feels pretty familiar to anyone who has simply lived. The human element here cannot be overstated.
Margin Call20119755(full review)
Master, The20129755(full review)
Matrix Revolutions, The20039755(full review)
Mommy20149755(full review) - Despite its rather soft title, Mommy is a fierce drama that serves as the ultimate test of a mother's love.
Mr. Holmes20159755(full review) - Mr. Holmes is an outstanding motion picture that uses the greatest fictional detective of all time to demonstrate the struggles of old age in a dignified way.
Much Ado About Nothing (2013 Joss Whedon)20139755(full review)
Oldboy (Oldeuboi - Korea)20039755(full review)
Planet of the Apes (1968)19689755(full review)
Polisse20119755(full review)
Room20159755(full review) - Dominated by two incredible performances from Brie Larson and her younger pint-sized co-star Jacob Tremblay, this potent drama delivers on so many levels. It's simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting to watch this situation unfold as a young mother tries to shield her son from the horrors of the confined, ultra-insular world in which they live.
Saving Mr. Banks20139755(full review)
Selma20149755(full review) - Sometimes films about the past illuminate the present.
Sicario20159755(full review) - I've got nothing but love for Sicario. This is the first truly great movie of the fall movie season.
Silence20169755(full review) - Amidst the storm that's brewing in America (possibly golden showers in the forecast), it's a time when the idea of a Muslim ban or registry floats around from our newly inaugurated Tweeter-in-Chief. To have a vicious, unrelenting film about religious oppression arrive at this moment is a cinematic reminder that history has the unfortunate tendency of repeating itself.
Skyfall20129755(full review)
Snowpiercer20139755(full review) - Borrowing elements from films past and offering something new and fresh, Snowpiercer is audacious filmmaking at its best.
Social Network, The20109755(full review)
Spectacular Now, The20139755(full review)
Spider-Man20029755(full review)
Super 820119755(full review)
The Jungle Book20169755(full review) - I've got nothing but love for Jon Favreau's live action adaptation of The Jungle Book. Delivering a rousing adventure that pays homage to its animated predecessor in every way, it's everything for which we could have hoped in a live action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's tales.
The Martian20159755(full review) - Boldly envisioned, meticulously crafted, and beautifully executed, this film finds Scott in rare form.
Titanic19979755(full review)
Tree of Life, The20119755(full review)
True Grit (2010)20109755(full review)
Way Way Back, The20139755(full review)
We Need to Talk About Kevin20119755(full review)
Wedding Crashers20059755(full review)
X-Men: Days of Future Past20149755(full review)
X2: X-Men United20039755(full review)
Zero Dark Thirty20129755(full review)
Zootopia20169755(full review) - Beautifully imagined, poignantly acted, and politically resonant, Zootopia gets a sober rating. Adult moviegoers, I'll understand if you need to imbibe an alcoholic beverage or two before the movie. No one else will know. It's your word against yours.
A Bigger Splash201593127
Batman Begins200593127(full review)
Bridesmaids201193127(full review)
Captain Phillips201393127(full review)
Descendants, The201193127(full review)
Drive201193127(full review)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them201693127(full review) - David Yates was the man behind the camera for half the Harry Potter franchise, and he's just what the doctor ordered to usher in the beginning of this new franchise. It's a reintroduction to the world of witchcraft and wizardry, but Yates makes Fantastic Beasts feel more like something wholly new.
Hidden Figures201693127(full review) - I've got nothing but love for Hidden Figures. Director Theodore Melfi's historical comedy-drama does what the best films do. It teaches moviegoers something they probably never knew before the theater darkened and the film began.
Iron Man200893127(full review)
Lethal Weapon198793127(full review)
Mary Poppins196493127(full review)
Midnight in Paris201193127(full review)
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol201193127(full review)
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation201593127(full review) - Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to get to the box office this weekend. The Impossible Mission Force (IMF) is back on the scene. Agent Ethan Hunt is back in action. You can disavow any notion that this newest entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise is just another noisy, explosive blockbuster in the barrage of summer movies we've seen.
Perks of Being a Wallflower, The201293127(full review)
Prisoners201393127(full review)
Short Term 12201393127(full review)
Usual Suspects199593127(full review)
War Horse201193127(full review)
10 Cloverfield Lane201688146(full review) - From start to finish, 10 Cloverfield Lane is really something special, something unforgettable. For his feature film debut, Dan Trachtenberg knocks it out of the park.
127 Hours201088146(full review)
50/50201188146(full review)
Aliens198688146(full review)
Anomalisa201588146(full review) - Smartly written, acted, and directed, Anomalisa is an animated film that runs counter to most other fare in its genre in this respect. It's simply on a different level.
Ant-Man201588146(full review) - For his part as Scott Lang and one of the two titular characters, Paul Rudd follows in the footsteps of Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man and Chris Pratt's Star-Lord by finding his funny bone. He's the chill slacker who shrinks to become the hero he was born to be.
Arbitrage201288146(full review)
Argo201288146(full review)
Arrival201688146(full review) - Grandly envisioned, subtly executed, and beautifully acted, Arrival is by far the most thought-provoking science fiction film to grace the big screen this year.
Awakenings199088146(full review) - This movie could have been a typical something that fails to capture the beauty and tragedy of this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence in another director's hands. Instead, Awakenings is an atypical something that demonstrates the tremendous will of the human spirit in Marshall's hands.
Beasts of the Southern Wild201288146(full review)
Before Midnight201388146(full review)
Belle201488146(full review)
Big Hero 6201488146(full review) - With this beautifully animated Marvel Comics adaptation, directors Don Hall and Chris Williams offer moviegoers an exciting adventure in a world full of colorful, heroic characters.
Bourne Supremacy200488146(full review)
Bourne Ultimatum200788146(full review)
Butler, The (2013 F Whitaker by Lee Daniels)201388146(full review)
Captain Fantastic201688146(full review) - Nimbly directed by Matt Ross, elevated by a heavenly blissful score, and beautifully acted by a cast of talented actors, the symbolism-drenched character study Captain Fantastic is, well, pretty fantastic.
Crimson Peak201588146(full review) - Chock full of disgusting chills, well-crafted plot twists, and thoroughly developed characters, Crimson Peak boasts something that horror films rarely do these days — a strong story worth telling that's not just about ghosts or demons.
Dallas Buyers Club201388146(full review)
Die Hard: With a Vengeance199588146(full review)
Doctor Strange201688146(full review) - It's a really impressive feat for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be able to reinvent itself year after year and again and again while maintaining consistent entertainment value and a cohesive mega franchise. Boldly dark, reliably funny, and visually inventive, director Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange takes the MCU in yet another direction and delivers a healthy dose of that rarefied beauty known as movie magic.
Edge of Tomorrow201488146(full review)
Ghostbusters201688146(full review) - Despite the overabundance of sexist haters and franchise purists, this reboot succeeds on three fronts — charting a new course with lovable characters, honoring the legacy of the pop culture phenomenon that Ghostbusters was, and serving up endless comedic fun for old and new fans alike.
Godzilla201488146(full review)
Good Morning, Vietnam198788146(full review) - It's like the stand-up comedian in him comes roaring out and he pulls energy from this imaginary crowd in the studio with him. It's like director Barry Levinson winds Williams up and just unleashes him on camera.
Great Beauty, The201388146(full review)
Hacksaw Ridge201688146(full review) - Emotionally resonant, morally poignant, and historically relevant, Hacksaw Ridge is undoubtedly the best war movie to grace theaters in years.
Her201388146(full review)
Iceman, The201288146(full review)
Iron Man 3201388146(full review)
It Follows201488146(full review) - It Follows offers moviegoers a taste of the ultimate STD.
Jack Reacher201288146(full review)
Jackie201688146(full review) - Nuanced, fragile, and flawed, this portrayal of Jackie Kennedy is the best performance Natalie Portman has given since Black Swan and a reminder that she is one of the premier actresses of our age. It will likely be regarded as the best performance of the year.
Kid with a Bike, The201188146(full review)
Kingsman: The Secret Service201588146(full review) - With all its gadgets, stylized fight sequences, and self-aware dialogue, Kingsman: The Secret Service is one lovable ode to the spy movies of old.
LEGO Movie, The201488146(full review)
Little White Lies201088146(full review)
Logan201788146(full review) - While I'm not sure quite where it sits on the extremely convoluted timeline of the X-Men franchise, I do know that Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine stands tall amongst his solo outings.
Martha Marcy May Marlene201188146(full review)
My Week with Marilyn201188146(full review)
No201288146(full review)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes201188146(full review)
Robot and Frank201288146(full review)
Rush (2013)201388146(full review)
Serpico197388146(full review)
Spotlight201588146(full review)
Spring Breakers201388146(full review)
Still Alice201488146(full review) - In this emotionally intricate turn on the big screen as this fragile butterfly, thespian Julianne Moore does indeed master the art of losing.
Superman II (Donner cut)198088146(full review)
Take Shelter201188146(full review)
Testament of Youth201488146(full review) - Testament of Youth is an exquisite motion picture that really makes you feel the pain and suffering of war. It's a film full of romance and ambition from the start. As the film progresses, each tragedy that comes Vera's way is beautifully rendered on the big screen.
The Attack201388146(full review)
The Birds196388146(full review)
The Giver201488146(full review) - The Giver has arrived in theaters exactly when it was fated to do so. Author Lois Lowry says so herself.
The Imitation Game201488146(full review) - The Imitation Game is a history lesson all should see.
Town, The201088146(full review)
X-Men200088146(full review)
X-Men: First Class201188146(full review)
Avengers: Age of Ultron201584205(full review) - The film's greatest asset is not the action, the comedy, or even its glut of new characters. It's the villainy. It's Ultron. James Spader's persona reminds me quite a bit of Hugo Weaving's performances as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy with an extra shot of menace. Popping up everywhere with money quotes on the inevitability of his peacekeeping mission, Spader oozes with malice in every move he makes and every step he takes.
Battle of the Sexes201784205(full review) - Showcasing the ugly side of chauvinism and what a few courageous women did to challenge it for all the public to see, Dayton and Faris blend comedy, competition, and commotion to craft one engaging piece of cinema.
Blue Is the Warmest Color201384205(full review)
Blue Jasmine201384205(full review)
Blue Valentine201084205(full review)
Bourne Identity200284205(full review)
Carrie (1976)197684205(full review)
Danny Collins201484205(full review) - Danny Collins is a well written, intriguing comedy drama that packs equally comedic and dramatic punches.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes201484205(full review) - Marked by outstanding motion capture special effects, rich performances from its robust cast, and an engaging storyline that expands on the success of its predecessor, this new foray into the world of apes has invigorated the sleepy summer box office.
Fisher King, The199184205(full review) - The Fisher King is not quite the best film in Williams's filmography, but it features some fiercely entertaining performances from Williams, Bridges, Ruehl, and Plummer. Terry Gilliam wrangles this impressive cast together and weaves an absurd yet beautiful film somehow full of magical fantasy and piercing drama.
Flight201284205(full review)
Grand Budapest Hotel, The201484205(full review)
Hugo201184205(full review)
Ides of March201184205(full review)
In the Land of Blood and Honey201184205(full review)
Live Free or Die Hard200784205(full review)
Raid: Redemption, The (Serbuan maut)201184205(full review)
Real Steel201184205(full review)
Sapphires, The201284205(full review)
Sessions, The201284205(full review)
Side Effects (2013)201384205(full review)
Sing Street201684205(full review) - I rarely recall occasions in the movies when I just want to get up and dance. I'm not talking about tapping my feet or bobbing my head. I'm talking about a genuine desire to just get up and move to the groove. Begin Again was one of these occasions nearly two years ago. Now, Sing Street is that movie this year.
Star Trek (2009)200984205(full review)
The Lunchbox201384205(full review)
The Theory of Everything201484205(full review) - In the iconic role of Stephen Hawking, Eddie Redmayne gives what may one day be considered a career-defining performance. Redmayne looks like Hawking. He moves like him. He has that defiant glow about him just like Hawking.
Wonder Woman201784205(full review) - All I can say now that this moment in cinematic history is finally here is that it's about damn time. Earnest, gritty and glorious, Wonder Woman is the first truly great installment in the DCEU.
World War Z201384205(full review)
21 Jump Street201280232(full review)
A Dangerous Method201180232(full review)
A Walk Among the Tombstones201480232(full review) - I'll be the first to admit that A Walk Among the Tombstones is a genre flick. Unlike the best of thrillers, it goes by the standard crime thriller playbook. That being said, Scott Frank and Liam Neeson do the predictable thing exceptionally well.
Amazing Spider-Man, The201280232(full review)
American Hustle201380232(full review)
Artist, The201180232(full review)
Being Flynn201280232(full review)
Beyond the Lights201480232(full review) - Marked by raw and tender emotion, Beyond the Lights is a touching tale of two lovers who are dancing monkeys caged by their parents and professions alike. Despite offering a fairly predictable narrative, Gina Prince-Bythewood delivers a highly enjoyable film in Beyond the Lights.
Black Mass201580232(full review) - Black Mass has renewed my faith in Johnny Depp.
Celeste And Jesse Forever201280232(full review)
Christine201680232(full review) - Campos employs many cinematic devices to craft an unabashedly throwback film that's both piercing and personal. At the center of it all, we have one immensely compelling performance from actress Rebecca Hall.
Chronicle201280232(full review)
Contagion201180232(full review)
Coriolanus201180232(full review)
Deadpool201680232(full review) - From the outrageously funny opening credits to one of the best post-credits clips in years, Deadpool is irreverent to perfection.
Deep Blue Sea, The (Rachel Weisz)201180232(full review)
Detachment201180232(full review)
Dom Hemingway201480232(full review)
Don Jon201380232(full review)
Dr. No196280232(full review)
Eddie the Eagle201680232(full review) - Ladies and gentlemen, the eagle has landed.
Elysium201380232(full review)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes197180232(full review) - Escape from the Planet of the Apes is a well-written and well-directed sequel that gives the Planet of the Apes franchise a fresh start.
Eye in the Sky201680232(full review) - For his part as Lieutenant General Frank Benson, Rickman makes the politics of this story as savory and entertaining as the situation unfolding on the ground. In his final lead role, he's the Alan Rickman we know and love stealing one scene after another with one of the film’s most intriguing characters.
Florence Foster Jenkins201680232(full review) - It takes someone this good in order to purposefully be that bad, and there's no one better on the big screen than cinematic legend Meryl Streep.
Focus201580232(full review) - Smith may not deliver the box office gold he once could, but he's still delivering the quality.
Frances Ha201380232(full review)
Frank201480232(full review) - It's a relentlessly inventive film that somehow manages to oscillate between frivolity and seriousness with ease.
Gangs of New York200280232(full review)
Get On Up201480232(full review) - Chadwick Boseman doesn't miss a beat. He walks and talks like James Brown. He effortlessly slides across the dance floor with fancy footwork like James Brown. He's got soul and is superbad like James Brown.
Get Out201780232(full review) - With the snap, crackle, and pop of an eerie, old school thriller yet the sensibilities of a woke director, Jordan Peele's Get Out is a plain and simple knockout.
Goldfinger196480232(full review)
Grandmaster, The (2013)201380232(full review)
Great Expectations201380232(full review)
Hello, My Name Is Doris201680232(full review) - Hello My Name Is Doris is a letter to casting directors everywhere that says get Sally Field back on the big screen while she's still able to do it.
Help, The201180232(full review)
Hitchcock201280232(full review)
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The (2012)201280232(full review)
Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The201480232(full review) - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is undoubtedly the best of The Hobbit trilogy. While it has nothing on The Lord of the Rings films, it does offer director Peter Jackson a chance to do what he does best, make war
Hunger Games, The201280232(full review)
I Origins201480232(full review) - I Origins is an intelligently crafted sci-fi drama that ultimately embraces my worldview by making the case for the merits of both scientific study and faith in a higher power. It's a fascinating film that taps into the wonders of science and the marvels of the human anatomy.
In a World...201380232(full review)
In the House201280232(full review)
Insomnia200280232(full review)
Internship, The201380232(full review)
Into the Woods201480232(full review) - Into the Woods is a fitting adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical. It's the lone light in an otherwise dark Christmas season at the box office.
Iron Man 2201080232(full review)
John Carter201280232(full review)
Kill the Messenger201480232(full review) - Featuring a stellar ensemble that delivers the goods, Cuesta's Kill the Messenger is one taut thriller that brings a national sin back to the forefront that should have never been forgotten.
Killer Joe201180232(full review)
Killing Them Softly201280232(full review)
Knocked Up200780232(full review)
Lincoln201280232(full review)
Love & Mercy201580232(full review) - A musical heavyweight whose career went sideways thanks to drug addiction, mental illness, and abuse by his doctor is the stuff of which biopics are made. The proof is in the pudding because director Bill Pohlad concocts one delightfully quirky film in Love & Mercy.
Macbeth201580232(full review) - Though largely staying true to the source material in a relatively traditional way, Kurzel gets points for style.
Machete201080232(full review)
Man On A Ledge201280232(full review)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom201380232(full review)
Matrix Reloaded, The200380232(full review)
Melancholia201180232(full review)
Men, Women & Children201480232(full review) - While I think the film could pack a little more punch and crescendo a bit more as it climaxes, it's an entertaining film where there's never a dull moment. Jason Reitman explores the side of individuals that don't come out in day-to-day life.
Midnight Special201680232(full review) - There is no denying that Midnight Special is a fascinating film. The creative science fiction mythology at the core of the movie, the endearing performances from our lead actors, and direction from Jeff Nichols that oscillates between tender and thrilling all make this film something worth seeing on the big screen.
Monsieur Lazhar201180232(full review)
Mrs. Doubtfire199380232(full review) - Mrs. Doubtfire is undoubtedly one of my favorite childhood movies. With Robin Williams and his talented supporting cast at the top of their game comically, a premise that was far more novel at the time (though one can make thematic comparisons to older films like Some Like It Hot), and fun, clever direction from Chris Columbus, this wholesome film hits the spot.
Nebraska201380232(full review)
Neighbors201480232(full review)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising201680232(full review) - Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is the rare comedy sequel that I dare say is better than the original. Shamelessly irreverent, relatively original, and endlessly hilarious, Nicholas Stoller's second foray into this franchise is the kind of comedic gold needed to kick the summer blockbuster season into gear.
Noah201480232(full review)
Nymphomaniac201380232(full review)
Oblivion201380232(full review)
Obvious Child201480232(full review)
Only Lovers Left Alive201480232(full review)
Oz: The Great and Powerful201380232(full review)
Past, The201380232(full review)
People Like Us201280232(full review)
Philomena201380232(full review)
Prometheus201280232(full review)
Puss in Boots201180232(full review)
Race201680232(full review) - He simply delivers a rousing sports drama while elegantly tackling the social themes of the era — namely Aryan supremacy, anti-Semitism, and Jim Crow. It's really a job well done by Hopkins at a time when less than stellar movies typically arrive at the box office.
Raid 2: Berandal, The201480232(full review)
Rampart201180232(full review)
RED 2201380232(full review)
Results201580232(full review) - Quirky, low key, and oddly enough romantic, Results is that movie for me.
RoboCop198780232(full review)
Ruby Sparks201280232(full review)
Rust and Bone201280232(full review)
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen201180232(full review)
Sausage Party201680232(full review) - Rude and crude with a plethora of sex jokes, this raucous affair centers on the amusing antics and shenanigans of these living foods. The real story here, however, is the immense creativity that drives the film.
Sixteen Candles198480232(full review)
Skin I Live In, The (La piel que habito)201180232(full review)
Sleepless in Seattle199380232(full review)
Smashed201280232(full review)
Southside With You201680232(full review) - Simple, elegant, and heartfelt, Southside With You is an earnest romantic comedy that captures the beginnings of our First Family with an unmistakable grace and dignity.
Spectre201580232(full review) - After 53 years of MI6, I'm sure it's challenging to conjure up new and inventive narratives each time around. That being said, Spectre has a copycat problem. As many longtime Bond viewers are sure to notice, the latest Bond film borrows quite a bit from a certain 1964 film and to a lesser extent other 007 films long gone.
Spy201580232(full review) - It’s a rare and precious thing to find a comedy with a full tank of laughs.
St. Vincent201480232(full review) - St. Vincent is a fun film that's about finding good and beautiful human beings in the unlikeliest of places. It's a funny reminder that saints are sinners too.
Steve Jobs201580232(full review) - Offering all the typical underpinnings of an Aaron Sorkin-penned screenplay and touting a robust cast led by one of the great actors of his generation, Boyle's latest film delivers the goods with one intriguing and engaging exploration of Jobs and the people that played key roles in his life.
Suffragette201580232(full review) - One of the failures of Danny Boyle's recent Steve Jobs is that it localizes a grand story without conveying its larger-than-life nature. Sarah Gavron doesn't make the same mistake with her period piece Suffragette.
Superman197880232(full review)
Taken200880232(full review)
Ted 2201580232(full review) - The thunder buddies for life are back, and they seem to be ready-made for 2015. From Deflate Gate's Tom Brady to Taken 3's Liam Neeson, the flood of perfectly timed pop culture references says it all.
That Awkward Moment201480232(full review)
The Birth of a Nation201680232(full review) - Nate Parker is no saint given all that we've heard of him in the media as of late, but his first time in the director's chair for a feature film is certainly a strong outing. There is no doubt that this is a bloody film that gets deep into the brutal particulars of the institution of slavery.
The Drop201480232(full review) - It's a damn good movie. More importantly, it's the right swan song for James Gandolfini. Don't get me wrong. His romantic comedy with Julia Louis-Dreyfus Enough Said was phenomenally sweet, but the crime genre is home for Gandolfini. If we've got to say goodbye to this treasured actor for the final time, there's no genre more fitting.
The Equalizer201480232(full review) - While Washington has made both exceptional and mediocre thrillers over the years, The Equalizer doesn't quite land in either bucket. Still, it's much closer to exceptionalism than mediocrity.
The Lady in the Van201580232(full review) - The greatest comedy-dramas can turn on a dime from gut-busting humor to gut-wrenching heartaches. Director Nicholas Hytner's The Lady in the Van fits this bill.
The Lobster201580232(full review) - I have to give director Yorgos Lanthimos credit for crafting something immensely imaginative in The Lobster and somehow packaging that in a dystopian sci-fi thriller. Color me impressed because this is one strong piece of cinema with a sick, twisted sense of humor.
The Nice Guys201680232(full review)
The Other Son201280232(full review)
The Skeleton Twins201480232(full review) - The Skeleton Twins is a surprisingly amusing and touching exploration of depression and suicide. With solid production value and strong performances from the cast, the film makes a compelling yet funny case that suicide can tear families apart, especially when children are involved.
The Witch201580232(full review) - The Witch might just be the start of another good year in the horror genre in the wake of last year's breakouts It Follows and Crimson Peak.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy201180232(full review)
To Do List, The201380232(full review)
To Rome with Love201280232(full review)
Total Recall (1990)199080232(full review)
Trainwreck201580232(full review) - In a summer movie season full of superheroes, dinosaurs, spies, and terminators, Trainwreck certainly serves as strong counter-programming for those of us who need a break.
Trance201380232(full review)
Trishna201280232(full review)
Trumbo201580232(full review) - Trumbo is a well-timed film that’s all about the freedom of speech. More specifically, the freedom to think, vote, and believe as one chooses is the central theme of the film. With the backdrop of the cinematic history behind Roman Holiday, The Brave One, and Spartacus, director Jay Roach hammers on this theme throughout the film with a stylized, darkly humorous approach that generally hits the spot.
Wadjda201380232(full review)
While We're Young201480232(full review) - While We're Young is a mixed bag of humorous goodies revolving around life and how to live it to the best of one's ability regardless of age .
You're Next201180232(full review)
Your Sisters Sister201180232(full review)
Youth201580232(full review) - In Youth, Paolo Sorrentino stays within his lane and does what he does best. With his trademark eye-popping aesthetics, yet another leading artist plagued by an unmistakable emptiness, and his usual oddball energy, Sorrentino certainly returns to the big screen in grand style.
A Late Quartet201275357(full review)
About Time201375357(full review)
Barbershop: The Next Cut201675357(full review) - It's safe to say that the razors are still sharp at Calvin's Barbershop.
Begin Again201475357(full review) - As a guy in my twenties who has steered away from the subpar music landscape of today, I wholeheartedly believe that the industry has gone to hell. A film for music aficionados, the sugary Begin Again shows us the path to find the new pearls of this endangered art today.
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The201175357(full review)
Cabin in the Woods, The201175357(full review)
Calvary201475357(full review) - There haven't been too many films that I would consider to be genuinely macabre this year, but Irish drama Calvary fits the bill. It’s a dark, dark whodunit that explores the inner savage within us all.
Crazy, Stupid, Love201175357(full review)
Dear White People201475357(full review) - While I believe the conversation the film broaches is an important one, there's something about it that's lacking.
Fast Five201175357(full review)
Five-Year Engagement, The201275357(full review)
Friends with Benefits201175357(full review)
Hot Tub Time Machine201075357(full review) - Chock full of sharp witty pop culture references, hilariously self-loathing characters, and plenty of raunchy slapstick humor, Pink's zany time travel adventure is one tough comedy.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, The201475357(full review) - As President Snow says in the film, it is the things we love most that destroy us. For studios today, that's the almighty dollar. That's exactly why Part 1 of Mockingjay is only filler material on the road to the finale.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, The201575357(full review) - Setting aside my issues with this crystal clear cash grab, Mockingjay – Part 2 is a grim, thrilling conclusion to the tumultuous tale of Katniss Everdeen.
Incredible Hulk, The (Edward Norton)200875357(full review)
Laggies201475357(full review) - Less about growing up and more about growing apart, Laggies tackles the interesting subject of friendship and how certain friends are only in our lives for a season. Yet again, I have a film on my hands that resonates with me on a personal level.
Loving201675357(full review) - Politically relevant, historically significant, and emotionally resonant, Jeff Nichols's Loving is one impressive piece of cinema. It does have a few lulls, but it is nonetheless impressive on the whole.
Mud201375357(full review)
Pitch Perfect201275357(full review)
Pitch Perfect 2201575357(full review) - Between the Barden Bellas and Das Sound Machine, it may just be impossible to avoid the blissful melodic harmony this second Pitch Perfect offers time and time again.
Place Beyond the Pines, The201375357(full review)
Pride201475357(full review) - Pride is a cute, charming little film. Harkening back to the 1980s, enlightening moviegoers with a piece of British history, and bringing with it plenty of humor from across the pond, Pride is a surprisingly soulful film bursting with energy and a zest for life.
RED201075357(full review)
Safety Not Guaranteed201275357(full review)
Shame201175357(full review)
Ted201275357(full review)
Terminator Genisys201575357(full review) - Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and these foreigners make one hell of a good impression with Terminator Genisys. Like the box office sensation Jurassic World, this fifth trip into the war between machines and mankind is built around a certain nostalgia factor.
The Purge: Election Year201675357(full review) - As Chris Tucker put it in Silver Linings Playbook, DeMonaco decides to black it up in this third Purge movie.
22 Jump Street201470386(full review)
42201370386(full review)
Adventures of Tintin, The201170386(full review)
Amazing Spider-Man 2, The201470386(full review)
Bernie201170386(full review)
Captain America: The First Avenger201170386(full review)
Central Intelligence201670386(full review) - It's nonsensical at times. It's formulaic at others. Regardless, Central Intelligence is entertaining as hell at all times.
Company You Keep, The201370386(full review)
Conjuring, The201370386(full review)
Daddy's Home201570386(full review) - It's in the same sweet spot as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's comedy vehicle Sisters.
Don't Think Twice201670386(full review) - Unabashedly tackling the world of shows like Saturday Night Live and Second City, Don't Think Twice sheds some interesting light on the journey to greatness in the world of improv.
East, The (2013)201370386(full review)
Everest201570386(full review) - Everest is certainly entertaining, but I can never quite get behind the concept. It's not about suspending my disbelief but simply accepting the dumb things that some of the film's characters (and presumably some of the real life figures behind this tale) do.
Fast And Furious200970386(full review)
Fast And Furious 6201370386(full review)
Foxcatcher201470386(full review) - Foxcatcher is one intense thriller that's got plenty of film critics fawning all over it. There's just one tiny problem. I'm not one of them.
From Russia With Love196370386(full review)
Hanna201170386(full review)
Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The (2013)201370386(full review)
Hope Springs201270386(full review)
In Secret201470386(full review)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit201470386(full review)
Jurassic World201570386(full review) - In Jurassic World, corporations find a way.
Kids Are All Right, The201070386(full review)
Lethal Weapon 3199270386(full review)
Lights Out201670386(full review) - If you have a childlike fear of the dark that's persisted well past its expiration date, I would politely suggest that you consider watching a softer film this weekend.
Locke201470386(full review)
Man of Steel201370386(full review)
McFarland USA201570386(full review) - In the lead role of Jim "Blanco" White, Kevin Costner once again gives us the same Kevin Costner we've seen a million times. This time, it's scrappy old coach Kevin Costner. That being said, his shtick works in this particular movie to decent comedic effect.
Million Dollar Arm201470386(full review)
Now You See Me201370386(full review)
Quartet201270386(full review)
RoboCop201470386(full review)
SALT201070386(full review)
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The201570386(full review) - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a film that can be characterized by its peaceful setting, its heartfelt narrative, and its impressive collection of veteran British thespians. Fortunately for us, the same can be said of its sugary sequel despite its predictable nature.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World201270386(full review)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows201170386(full review)
Sisters201570386(full review) - Raunchy, amusing, and even family-themed at times, the Jason Moore comedy is a thoroughly entertaining vehicle for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler that is sure to find its niche at the box office this holiday season.
The Conjuring 2201670386(full review) - Serving up a second dose of old school frights in The Conjuring 2, James Wan really pays attention to the details here to create this supernatural period piece.
The Gambler201470386(full review) - It pains me to watch some of the bets made in The Gambler.
The Hundred-Foot Journey201470386(full review) - The Hundred-Foot Journey has a slow opening act, but it quickly recovers. When it does so, we get one endearing flick with some mouthwatering dishes.
The Magnificent Seven201670386(full review) - Though this remake is far from magnificent, I must say that I did enjoy the cinematic experience. There’s something special about a western.
The Night Before201570386(full review) - The Night Before is one entertaining romp that gets the party started right during this holiday movie season.
The Rover201470386(full review)
The Visit201570386(full review) - Reminiscent of older horror films half a century ago stylistically while simultaneously embracing the current undying trend of the mockumentary scary movie, Shyamalan's The Visit blends the better elements of the horror genres of the present and yesteryear to make a rather potent thriller.
The Walk201570386(full review) - I feel like I'm about to rewrite my review of Everest. If I'm a risk-averse individual who sees no merit whatsoever in climbing Mount Everest for the hell of it, you can only imagine what I think about walking a high-wire in the most dangerous location fathomable.
Top Gun198670386(full review)
War Dogs201670386(full review) - Todd Phillips apparently has a love affair with Brian de Palma's Scarface.
Warm Bodies201370386(full review)
Warrior201170386(full review)
Wedding Ringer, The201570386(full review)
What We Do in the Shadows201470386(full review) - What We Do in the Shadows is one fun romp. Directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement offer a fresh take on traditional bloodsuckers with their thoroughly entertaining mockumentary comedy.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot201670386(full review) - Oscillating between lighthearted comedy and intense drama, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot may just offer a worthwhile change in pace for Fey on the big screen.
Wild201470386(full review) - When I'm out in nature getting some fresh air, great thoughts just come to me. That's why I get Cheryl Strayed’s need to get out and smell the roses. I just don't agree with the idea of Strayed walking a thousand miles to clear her head. That's a bit excessive to say the least.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno200870386(full review)
300: Rise of an Empire201465.6441(full review)
Afternoon Delight201365.6441(full review)
As Above, So Below201465.6441(full review) - I must say that I enjoyed As Above, So Below more than I thought I would. Despite the fact that it's a found footage horror film that plays on many of the popular styles and techniques of the niche genre, there's something refreshing about this horror movie.
End of Watch201265.6441(full review)
Fast And The Furious (2001)200165.6441(full review)
For a Good Time, Call...201265.6441(full review)
If I Stay201465.6441(full review) - Director R. J. Cutler clearly has one sole objective, to try to make his audience shed some tears. Not particularly in need of a good cry, I can see right through this.
Premium Rush201265.6441(full review)
Quantum of Solace200865.6441(full review)
Rise of the Guardians201265.6441(full review)
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The201365.6441(full review)
Song For Marion201365.6441(full review)
Sound of My Voice201265.6441(full review)
We Bought a Zoo201165.6441(full review)
We Have a Pope201165.6441(full review)
2 Fast 2 Furious200361456(full review)
2 Guns201361456(full review)
30 Minutes Or Less201161456(full review)
A Christmas Story198361456(full review)
A Most Wanted Man201461456(full review) - If this is to be Hoffman's final starring role, it's not a terrible note on which to close. However, it's not a great one either.
A Night to Dismember198361456(full review) - It may be that I'm attempting to savor every second of one of Robin Williams's final appearances on the big screen. It may also be that I'm looking for something rather sugary in the face of an utterly depressing slate of Christmas movies over the coming week. Either way, it's an amusing little romp that appeals to my inner child.
A.C.O.D.201361456(full review)
Act of Valor201261456(full review)
Adjustment Bureau201161456(full review)
Age of Adaline, The201561456(full review) - Lively manages to give us a girl with a refined grace yet a keen awareness of the world around her. It's an intriguing performance that mixes an old soul with young energy.
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa201461456(full review)
Alien Resurrection199761456(full review)
At Any Price201261456(full review)
Austenland201361456(full review)
Bad Teacher201161456(full review)
Bad Words201461456(full review)
Batman Forever199561456(full review)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes197061456(full review)
Big Eyes201461456(full review) - I won't go shouting to the mountaintops about Big Eyes, but I will say that it's a decent drama from Tim Burton that's solid entertainment on a quiet afternoon.
Bourne Legacy, The201261456(full review)
Byzantium201261456(full review)
Café Society201661456(full review) - Lacking creativity and originality, Café Society is a totally predictable romantic comedy that doesn't stray out of Allen's comfort zone.
Casa De Mi Padre201261456(full review)
Chappie201561456(full review) - Johannesburg might as well be Old Detroit. Tetravaal is in fact OCP rebranded. There's no doubt in my mind that Moose is the ED-209 enforcement droid from back in the day. While it's hard to deny that Chappie is one entertaining sci-fi thriller, it's even harder to deny that it's a wholly unoriginal film that copies from past sci-fi greats.
Colombiana201161456(full review)
Conan the Barbarian (2011)201161456(full review)
Concussion201561456(full review) - Emotion is the weapon of choice in Concussion for director Peter Landesman and his star Will Smith. While the film is certainly entertaining and illuminating when it comes to football and the damage it’s doing to our fellow citizens in the name of profit, any real thought will cause your perception of the film to fall apart.
Dead Man Down201361456(full review)
Deliver Us from Evil201461456(full review) - With director Scott Derrickson pulling all the typical strings of a horror movie and putting together a rather routine supernatural flick, Deliver Us From Evil breaks no records. It's just the best of some barely decent horror movies this year.
Die Hard 2199061456(full review)
Dolphin Tale 2201461456(full review) - Dolphin Tale 2 is a little too wholesome for my taste. With better performances and better direction overall, the film could have been something more. Still, it’s entertaining.
Drinking Buddies201361456(full review)
DUFF, The201561456(full review) - On the one hand, it's a decently entertaining romp that plays to its strengths and tries to modernize the teen comedy. On the other hand, it's simply anything but the next great coming-of-age movie.
Earth to Echo201461456(full review) - This is a movie you can predict in its entirety based on the theatrical trailers alone. There's nothing revolutionary or groundbreaking about this film that adult moviegoers will find worthwhile.
Epic201361456(full review)
Farewell, My Queen201261456(full review)
Furious 7201561456(full review) - For me, Fast Five was and still is the high point in the franchise. As entertaining as Furious 7 is, it can't reach the heights of the fifth installment or its predecessor Fast & Furious 6.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation201361456(full review)
Ginger And Rosa201261456(full review)
Grey, The201161456(full review)
Hall Pass201161456(full review)
Happy Feet Two201161456(full review)
Heaven Is for Real201461456(full review)
Holy Motors201261456(full review)
Horrible Bosses201161456(full review)
How I Live Now201361456(full review)
Hysteria201161456(full review)
I Give It A Year201361456(full review)
Ice Age: Continental Drift201261456(full review)
Identity Thief201361456(full review)
Immortals201161456(full review)
In the Heart of the Sea201561456(full review) - Whale movies historically don't get the job done. With Master and Commander meeting Free Willy here in In the Heart of the Sea, Ron Howard's latest film isn't exactly bucking the historical trend.
Insidious Chapter 3201561456(full review) - On many occasions, I've ranted about the dumb things characters do in horror movies. They often invite death with their idiocy. Quinn Brenner joins the ranks of stupid victims with her debut in Insidious: Chapter 3.
Last of Robin Hood, The201361456(full review) - The Last of Robin Hood is a decent film. It really is. It's just not anything special, and that's a shame.
Last Stand, The201361456(full review)
Lawless201261456(full review)
Lethal Weapon 4199861456(full review)
Lola Versus201261456(full review)
Lone Survivor201461456(full review)
Lore201261456(full review)
Love & Friendship201661456(full review) - Love & Friendship is most definitely a showcase of the ageless Kate Beckinsale's acting prowess. Charismatic, sharp-witted, and perfectly guarded, Beckinsale is at the tip top of her game.
Love is All You Need201261456(full review)
Magic in the Moonlight201461456(full review) - I don't profess to be an expert in Allen's personal life. Putting what I know aside and judging the film dispassionately, however, I have to say that Magic in the Moonlight could use a little more magic.
Mama201361456(full review)
Man with the Iron Fists, The201261456(full review)
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates201661456(full review) - In the case of Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, greatness is an elusive creature, but entertainment value is clear and present.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman201461456(full review)
My Brother the Devil201261456(full review)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb201461456(full review)
Nightcrawler201461456(full review) - Sure, there are plenty of intense, disastrous developments served up with a side of extra gore, but that's not enough. Nightcrawler lacks a certain potency or depth that would take it to the next level.
Non-Stop201461456(full review)
Nymphomaniac: Volume II201361456(full review)
Oculus201461456(full review)
Paranormal Activity 3201161456(full review)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones201461456(full review)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides201161456(full review)
Project Almanac201561456(full review) - While the premise of teens building a time machine is certainly engaging, the rock star life depicted in Project Almanac is less becoming of a thriller and more akin to Hot Tub Time Machine. It works for the film up to a point, after which it just doesn't.
Promised Land201261456(full review)
Purge, The201361456(full review)
Rum Diary, The201161456(full review)
Run All Night201561456(full review) - Liam Neeson does what he does best, shoots quickly and moves slowly.
Safe201261456(full review)
Safe House201261456(full review)
Savages201261456(full review)
Save The Date201261456(full review)
Scary Movie200061456(full review)
Sleepwalk With Me201261456(full review)
Spider-Man 3200761456(full review)
Starbuck201161456(full review)
Starlet201261456(full review)
Stoker201361456(full review)
Suicide Squad201661456(full review) - Unmistakably flawed yet undoubtedly entertaining, Suicide Squad is the movie for which you just can't help but root.
Superman Returns200661456(full review)
Thanks for Sharing201361456(full review)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby201461456(full review) - Simply put, there's nothing to draw us into Benson's directorial debut.
The Fate of the Furious201761456(full review) - No longer one of the street racing movies of yesteryear, The Fate of the Furious self-identifies as a spy caper. Jetting from one exotic location to another like a 007 flick, director F. Gary Gray takes the action around the globe in grand fashion.
The Finest Hours201661456(full review) - Showcasing the awesome power of Mother Nature is essential to establish the dangerous setting of the film, but it's only going to take the narrative so far. Instead of focusing on the emotional tale of heroism, the crafty maneuvers the seamen of the SS Pendleton employed to survive, or the emotional love story at hand, Gillespie goes for the big budget moments showcasing the deadly storm.
The Homesman201461456(full review) - By all rights, The Homesman should have been a grand cinematic experience marked by outstanding performances. As fate would have it, the film is just decent. It's nowhere near good enough to justify the stellar ensemble cast it sports.
The Intern201561456(full review) - This weekend's The Intern won't win any awards. It won't do wonders at the box office. It won't be beloved by critics. What Nancy Meyers's comedy will do is offer a fun, lighthearted romp featuring two heavyweight actors and a lovable supporting cast.
The Interview201461456(full review) - Setting aside the politics of The Interview, I must say that the film starts as one promising satire. As the runtime drags, the film quickly devolves from amusing social commentary to a poorly conceived gag reel on North Korea.
The Invisible Woman201361456(full review)
The Iron Lady201161456(full review)
The Judge201461456(full review) - Boasting a nearly two and a half hour runtime and never diverging from the legal drama playbook, the film is one long reminder that there's always a dud in the awards season.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.201561456(full review) - Though I have my gripes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is not the worst movie that's come my way this summer.
The Railway Man201461456(full review)
The Signal201461456(full review)
Think Like a Man201261456(full review)
This Is Where I Leave You201461456(full review) - I could go on and on talking about how the cast members give endearing, entertaining performances. However, we've got a case in which a good cast meets a bad film in This Is Where I Leave You. It is Shawn Levy's responsibility to drive this film towards a cohesive vision that can stand on its own apart from Jonathan Tropper's source material.
This Means War201261456(full review)
Thor: The Dark World201361456(full review)
Tower Heist201161456(full review)
Trouble with the Curve201261456(full review)
Two Days, One Night201461456(full review) - Two Days, One Night has an absolutely preposterous premise. It's the Survivor of the job market whereby the audience already knows who has been voted off the island.
Underworld: Awakening201261456(full review)
Upside Down201261456(full review)
Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters201461456(full review)
Veronica Mars201461456(full review)
Wanderlust201261456(full review)
What If201461456(full review) - What If is not the movie that's going to reinvigorate the romantic comedy genre. It is the movie, however, that will teach you about the heart attack in a loaf known as Fool's Gold and will entertain you along the way.
Wolverine, The201361456(full review)
Woman in Black, The201261456(full review)
X-Men: The Last Stand200661456(full review)
Young Adult201161456(full review)
Damsels in Distress201156.6579(full review)
Dark Shadows201256.6579(full review)
Gangster Squad201356.6579(full review)
Jupiter Ascending201556.6579(full review) - An ambitious sci-fi flick, Jupiter Ascending reaches for the heights of an epic space opera but becomes a Jerry Springer spinoff in space.
Mr. Turner201456.6579(full review) - Gorgeous shots and grunts don't make a movie of this length, and parts of Turner's tale are torturously boring.
Planes201356.6579(full review)
The Danish Girl201556.6579(full review) - I have just one question that pretty much sums up my thoughts on The Danish Girl. Where are the Danish accents?
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day201452586(full review) - Channeling the positivity to which Steve Carell's Ben Cooper often refers, director Miguel Arteta uses the same old playbook for Disney family flicks.
Alien 3199252586(full review)
Beautiful Creatures (2013)201352586(full review)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes197252586(full review) - By jokingly comparing the plight of African-Americans to that of the apes on several occasions, J. Lee Thompson turns a subversive racial metaphor into an insult.
Dracula Untold201452586(full review) - If Dracula Untold is to be the prologue for Universal's Monsterverse that begins with The Mummy in 2016, I'm thoroughly disappointed.
Dredd 3D201252586(full review)
Expendables 3, The201452586(full review) - Like its predecessors, this outdated action flick is incontrovertible evidence that it's time for these elder action stars to step aside for the next generation. After all, half the cast is knocking on death's door. These guys look more like they need canes than guns.
Girl Most Likely201352586(full review)
Hotel Transylvania201252586(full review)
Hulk (Eric Bana)200352586(full review)
Hyde Park On Hudson201252586(full review)
I’ll See You in My Dreams201552586(full review) - During its runtime of 92 minutes, the indie film doesn't seem to have anything to really say or convey to moviegoers.
Jem and the Holograms201552586(full review) - Chock full of cheesy ideals that belong on fortune cookies and boasting an undercooked narrative, the film adaptation of the 80's cartoon and toy line is less than impressive.
Joy201552586(full review) - Joy is a sloppy film that lacks cohesiveness in every sense of the word.
Out of Africa198552586(full review)
Ride Along201452586(full review)
The Boss201652586(full review) - The Boss has one redeeming quality, and her name is Melissa McCarthy. The popular comedian delivers the goods from her end with a solid, charismatic performance befitting the film's title. That being said, everything else around her is a hot mess.
The November Man201452586(full review) - Sure, The November Man is an amalgamation of the 007 and Bourne series. There's no arguing with the fact that we have a former Bond and a former Bond girl getting chased throughout an international hotspot by the CIA. Still, playing off other notable franchises does not make one an instant success.
The Overnight201552586(full review) - Despite solid performances from its downright lovable cast, the erotic indie comedy veers left every time it should go right.
The Purge: Anarchy201452586(full review) - The Purge: Anarchy is a film with a lot of potential. It could have righted some of the wrongs of its predecessor and served up some high-brow horror. It could have been the top horror movie of this bland year. Instead, it's another mediocre film that misses the mark.
Think Like a Man Too201452586(full review)
Under the Skin201452586(full review)
Woman in Gold201552586(full review) - Curtis doesn't really do this meaty story justice. His cast is what's fueling the film, and that's just not enough.
Beyond the Hills201247.6609(full review)
Deadfall201247.6609(full review)
Hector and the Search for Happiness201447.6609(full review) - I don't profess to be an expert on happiness. Still, I would expect to walk out of Hector and the Search for Happiness overcome with joy or some other emotion. After all, the film is all about self-examination and should make moviegoers think on what puts a smile on each of their faces.
Homefront201347.6609(full review)
Insidious Chapter 2201347.6609(full review)
Labor Day201447.6609(full review)
Peeples201347.6609(full review)
Riddick201347.6609(full review)
The Boxtrolls201447.6609(full review) - Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi offer us an original, intriguing premise with a beautifully crafted world, but that's not enough. The film has to be infused with humor, silliness, and the vibrancy that attracts youths. Instead, The Boxtrolls is a bland affair from the start.
The Huntsman Winter's War201647.6609(full review) - Trying to capture the audience Snow White and the Huntsman conjured some four years ago, The Huntsman: Winter's War doesn't exactly hit its mark.
The Immigrant201347.6609(full review)
This Must Be the Place201147.6609(full review)
10 Years201143621(full review)
21 and Over201343621(full review)
3 Days to Kill201443621(full review)
47 Ronin201343621(full review)
Admission201343621(full review)
After Earth201343621(full review)
All Is by My Side201343621(full review) - Every music legend knows that if you put on a show for your longtime adoring fans, you damn well better play the hits. The same principle applies to musical biopics.
American Reunion201243621(full review)
Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)201343621(full review)
Anna Karenina201243621(full review)
Battleship201243621(full review)
Bel Ami201243621(full review)
Black or White201543621(full review) - I’m just going to rip the Band-Aid off because there is no way in hell I’m going to endorse a film with a stereotypical black mom named Wee Wee. Black or White serves up a bounty of stereotypes that would even give Lifetime a bad name.
Bodyguard, The199243621(full review)
Book Thief, The201343621(full review)
Broken City201343621(full review)
Change-Up, The201143621(full review)
Chasing Mavericks201243621(full review)
Clash of the Titans (2010)201043621(full review)
Closed Circuit201343621(full review)
Contraband201243621(full review)
Cosmopolis201243621(full review)
Cowboys & Aliens201143621(full review)
Crystal Fairy And The Magical Cactus201343621(full review)
Daredevil200343621(full review)
Dark Skies201343621(full review)
Draft Day201443621(full review)
Evil Dead (2013)201343621(full review)
Expendables 2, The201243621(full review)
Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close201143621(full review)
Family, The201343621(full review)
Fantastic Four201543621(full review) - We spend the bulk of Fantastic Four working our way up to the events on Planet Zero in the Negative Zone. This means we spend the bulk of the film watching a rather drab science project being carried out by a bunch of young adults with attitude problems.
Fifth Estate, The201343621(full review)
Fun Size201243621(full review)
Get Hard201543621(full review) - Mayo and Chocolate just aren't a dynamic duo.
God's Pocket201443621(full review) - The right movie quote can say everything about the film in which it is uttered with just a few brief words. In the case of John Slattery's God's Pocket, the opening quote above says everything about the simple people in this sad little town. Unfortunately, that's not exactly saying much about the movie.
Gone201243621(full review)
Great Gatsby, The (2013)201343621(full review)
Green Lantern201143621(full review)
Grudge Match201343621(full review)
Guilt Trip, The201243621(full review)
Horrible Bosses 2201443621(full review)
I, Frankenstein201443621(full review)
Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The201343621(full review)
Independence Day: Resurgence201643621(full review) - While I like everyone else certainly enjoy the spectacular visuals of the Earth getting ripped a new one all over the Atlantic Ocean, there's no emotional heft or grandeur to the apocalypse befalling mankind once again.
Into the Storm201443621(full review) - Without a strong narrative, well-developed characters, or a coherent message, the film amounts to nothing more than big budget mediocrity to the tune of $50 million.
J. Edgar201143621(full review)
Jane Got a Gun201543621(full review) - Not the brutal, no holds barred western I expected, this period piece dabbles in romantic drama with a less than interesting take on the tale at hand.
Jason Bourne201643621(full review) - Jason Bourne is a spy movie devoid of purpose and entertainment value. The latest installment in this storied franchise misses the mark.
Jeff, Who Lives At Home201143621(full review)
John Wick201443621(full review) - I'm in stark disagreement with them and am flabbergasted by the notion that John Wick is considered by many to be good entertainment. It's a mediocre action thriller that rests on the shoulders of far better action movies.
Kill Your Darlings201343621(full review)
Killer Elite201143621(full review)
Last Vegas201343621(full review)
Lone Ranger, The201343621(full review)
Lovelace201343621(full review)
Mechanic, The201143621(full review)
Miss Julie201443621(full review) - While class distinctions and love triangles certainly complicate the film's central romance, it's director Liv Ullmann’s relentlessness in exploring every aspect of her leads' perverted feelings in painstaking detail that ultimately makes Miss Julie a weird one.
Monuments Men, The201443621(full review)
New Year's Eve201143621(full review)
No Good Deed201443621(full review) - When Colin fools Terri once by getting back up, shame on him. When he fools her twice, shame on Sam Miller and his screenwriter Aimée Lagos.
Not Fade Away201243621(full review)
Now You See Me 2201643621(full review) - Nowhere near as entertaining as the original, Now You See Me 2 is derivative of its predecessor in every way.
Odd Life of Timothy Green, The201243621(full review)
Oldboy (2013 Spike Lee)201343621(full review)
On the Road201243621(full review)
Pain And Gain201343621(full review)
Palo Alto201343621(full review)
Paperboy, The201243621(full review)
Paranormal Activity 4201243621(full review)
Parental Guidance201243621(full review)
Poltergeist201543621(full review) - Poltergeist just happens to be the very brand I associate with marathons on Syfy back in the day, not with a franchise ready to be brought back to life on the big screen. Unfortunately for me and for plenty of other moviegoers, I was right.
Pompeii201443621(full review)
Project X201243621(full review)
Raven, The201243621(full review)
Red Dawn (2012)201243621(full review)
Ricki and the Flash201543621(full review) - There's only one way I can articulate my thoughts on Ricki and the Flash, and that's by borrowing from Uncle Kracker. Free my soul. I wanna get lost from Ricki's rock and roll. I just wanna drift away.
RoboCop 2199043621(full review)
Scary Movie 3200343621(full review)
Silent House201143621(full review)
Smurfs 2, The201343621(full review)
Something Borrowed201143621(full review)
St Elmo's Fire198543621(full review)
Stand Up Guys201343621(full review)
Step Up200643621(full review)
Step Up All In201443621(full review) - There's no attempt by Trish Sie to actually make a compelling feature film. It's just about turning the dance into a spectacle that outweighs the negative aspects of otherwise poor filmmaking. Dance moves simply aren’t enough, however.
Straw Dogs (2011)201143621(full review)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)201443621(full review) - Not surprisingly, I'm not exactly shell-shocked about the new turtles that have come knocking at the box office. These heroes in a half shell have no turtle power.
The Girl on the Train201643621(full review) - I am no fan of The Girl on the Train. Lacking the thrills and suspense needed to propel a whodunnit of this nature to greatness, Tate Taylor's adaptation of the novel of the same name by author Paula Hawkins dwells instead in mediocrity.
The Grand Seduction201343621(full review)
The Lazarus Effect201543621(full review) - The Lazarus Effect opens strong but becomes the Lucy of horror movies somewhere in the middle. The movie gets lost in grand ideas about what drives Zoe into her awkwardly depicted reign of terror upon her friends and loved ones.
The Oranges201243621(full review)
The Quiet Ones201443621(full review)
The Sitter201143621(full review)
To the Wonder201343621(full review)
Tomorrowland201543621(full review) - With an aimless narrative, a cast that doesn't quite gel on screen, and a message of hope that just doesn't resonate, Tomorrowland is indeed a misstep for the venerated studio.
Total Recall (2012)201243621(full review)
Transcendence201443621(full review)
True Story201543621(full review) - There's an intriguing story to be told about Mike Finkel and Christian Longo here in True Story. In the hands of director Rupert Goold, however, it's just not told.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, The201243621(full review)
Unfriended201543621(full review) - Somehow, I can't quite appreciate a kill on the same level when it's buffering on screen.
Vow, The201243621(full review)
Watch, The (2012)201243621(full review)
We're The Millers201343621(full review)
When the Game Stands Tall201443621(full review) - It's clear where I stand on When the Game Stands Tall. The film lacks creativity, originality, and purpose.
White House Down201343621(full review)
Wish I Was Here201443621(full review) - Wish I Was Here has a lot of heart, but it's lacking so much more.
Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, The201543621(full review)
Won't Back Down201243621(full review)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine200943621(full review)
X-Men: Apocalypse201643621(full review) - Bloated in its attempt to conclude a trilogy, begin a new one, honor key storylines in past films, and introduce the two most powerful figures in the mutant-verse within a two hour span, Bryan Singer's latest foray into the X-Men franchise is poorly written and poorly executed.
Zookeeper201143621(full review)
Kick-Ass 2201338.6733(full review)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon201138.6733(full review)
Larry Crowne201134735(full review)
The Gunman201534735(full review) - Inconsistency is the name of the game for The Gunman.
Loneliest Planet201129.6737(full review)
The Details201229.6737(full review)
Albert Nobbs201125739(full review)
Alien vs Predator200425739(full review)
Aloha201525739(full review) - No one wants their romantic comedy with a side of nuclear warfare. Moreover, the consistently relaxed, upbeat tone that defines Aloha just doesn't fit here. It suffices to say that Crowe’s script brings all these disparate themes and stories together and offers a lesson in how not to make a movie.
Annabelle201425739(full review) - Time flies during the best of films and stalls during the worst of them. For Annabelle, the clock stopped completely.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice201625739(full review) - The greatest gladiator match of all time Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not. Simply put, it’s not the great answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Brick Mansions201425739(full review)
Delivery Man201325739(full review)
Devil's Due201425739(full review)
Dumb and Dumber To201425739(full review) - Nothing good can come of a film like Dumb and Dumber To. The days of childish slapstick humor of this nature are long gone. Just look what happened a couple of years ago in The Three Stooges. It was a hot mess. With half-baked humor that's underwhelming at its best and revolting at its worst, Dumb and Dumber To succumbs to the same fate.
For Greater Glory201225739(full review)
Free Birds201325739(full review)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra200925739(full review)
Hot Tub Time Machine 2201525739(full review) - Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is certainly not the great white buffalo of raunchy comedies. It's more akin to the vulture snacking on road kill in the dead of night.
I'm So Excited!201325739(full review)
Jersey Boys201425739(full review)
Jurassic Park III200125739(full review) - Jurassic Park III is unnecessary. It's completely and absolutely unnecessary.
Kiss of the Damned201225739(full review)
Let's Be Cops201425739(full review) - Let's Be Cops is one colossal let-down devoid of humor or anything else that would spark a viewer's interest. The curse of August movies strikes again.
Lockout201225739(full review)
Love the Coopers201525739(full review) - For a cast this impressive, there is no excuse for Love the Coopers to be the meandering mess that it unfortunately is.
Lucky One, The201225739(full review)
Moms' Night Out201425739(full review)
Need for Speed201425739(full review)
One for the Money201225739(full review)
Parker201325739(full review)
Red Riding Hood201125739(full review)
Ride Along 2201625739(full review) - Trying to step halfway into the realm of action comedies like Rush Hour or Bad Boys and halfway into the world of video games, Ride Along 2 fails wholly on both fronts and does anything but find its funny bone.
RoboCop 3199325739(full review)
Silent Hill: Revelation201225739(full review)
Sinister201225739(full review)
Son of God201425739(full review)
Sucker Punch201125739(full review)
Superman III198325739(full review)
Taken 2201225739(full review)
The Last Witch Hunter201525739(full review) - Allergic to meaningful narratives, developed characters, and general common sense, this witch-themed action flick marks a big misstep for Vin Diesel.
Winter's Tale201425739(full review)
Your Highness201125739(full review)
Good Day To Die Hard, A201320.6776(full review)
Paranoia201320.6776(full review)
Step Up 2: The Streets200820.6776(full review)
Wrath of the Titans201216779(full review)
A Haunted House 2201411.6780(full review)
A Thousand Words201211.6780(full review)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter201211.6780(full review)
Batman And Robin199711.6780(full review)
Bling Ring, The201311.6780(full review)
Catwoman200411.6780(full review)
Chernobyl Diaries201211.6780(full review)
Counselor, The201311.6780(full review)
Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The200611.6780(full review)
Final Destination 5201111.6780(full review)
Getaway (2013)201311.6780(full review)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance201111.6780(full review)
Grown Ups201011.6780(full review)
Grown Ups 2201311.6780(full review)
Haunted House, A201311.6780(full review)
Jack and Jill201111.6780(full review)
Last Exorcism Part II, The201311.6780(full review)
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The201311.6780(full review)
Movie 43201311.6780(full review)
Only God Forgives201311.6780(full review)
Pan201511.6780(full review) - Pan lacks the quintessential ingredient of a fantasy film (or any film for that matter) — movie magic.
ParaNorman201211.6780(full review)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2201511.6780(full review) - Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is the rare film that makes me angry just thinking about it.
Pixels201511.6780(full review) - The cast of Pixels is either underwhelming or overwhelming. There's no middle ground.
Red Tails201211.6780(full review)
Scary Movie 2200111.6780(full review)
Scary Movie 4200611.6780(full review)
Scary Movie 5201311.6780(full review)
Seventh Son201511.6780(full review) - It's a film devoid of intrigue, suspense, and grandeur — all the essential ingredients for a big screen extravaganza of this nature.
Step Up 3D201011.6780(full review)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace198711.6780(full review)
Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)201311.6780(full review)
Thats My Boy201211.6780(full review)
The Legend of Hercules201411.6780(full review)
Three Stooges, The (2012)201211.6780(full review)
Tim and Erics Billion Dollar Movie201211.6780(full review)
Twilight200811.6780(full review)
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Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The201011.6780(full review)
Twilight Saga: New Moon, The200911.6780(full review)
Zathura: A Space Adventure200511.6780
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