Frances Ha (2013)
Brims with funny ideas both verbal and visual that are finely tuned by Baumbach and his cast, and sharply edited...
Nothing new, but given its solidly built kids' adventure, I'm not going to, y'know, look down on it.
The Hangover Part III (2013)
Less like a movie and more like a contractual obligation.
The Iceman (2013)
The main selling point here—and it's a considerable one—is Shannon, who shows new shadings in the role of Kuklinski...
Stand Up Guys (2012)
The awfulness of the narrative is plain to see, and yet...no one can say
Stand Up Guys
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Smart or...dumb? Yes, and...fun to hang around with for a couple of hours.
Shanghai Noon (2000)
Though the film nakedly seeks a wide audience through conventional plotting and characterization—and despite being (like most action movies) guy-centric—
provides good, clean 'family' fun.
Shanghai Knights (2003)
This innocent, sixties-style, big-budget comedy-romance-action-adventure romp is solid family entertainment that would make any self-respecting kid's jaw drop for a good two hours.
Star Trek: The Next Generation—The Best of Both Worlds (1990)
As good as, if not better than, any of the feature films that would later star the
Star Trek: The Next Generation—Season Three (1989)
Not only did the third season mark a quantum leap in non-niche popularity for the series, but a greater consistency in the show's writing and execution that meant a precipitous drop in fan complaints.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Luhrmann approaches the story and directs his actors in ways that hold them at a distance from us: the overkill plays less as bold art and more as lack of trust in the source material.
In the House (2013)
Inviting photography and a relentless pace complement Claude's unfolding narrative, but the big thrills are in the deftly drawn characters...and the incisive satire...
At Any Price (2012)
Works best when it sticks close to Henry, whose broad grin fails to mask a growing desperation. Quaid not only makes a believably corn-fed patriarch, but he captures the mien of one who is slowly ceding his soul...
Perhaps it's damning
with faint praise to call it agreeable, but Gilles Bourdos' film...shows an admirable restraint, quiet simplicity, and lush pictorial beauty.
The Pink Panther (1964)
All the ingredients for a great evening at the movies: lively music, eye-catching scenery, larger-than-life comic set pieces, suave men and beautiful women, and odd-man-out Clouseau, played to perfection by the one and only Peter Sellers.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
The most satisfying cinematic experience we've had at the multiplex thus far this year, and largely through its disinterest in playing along with movie trends.
Evil Dead (2013)
There are two types of people in the world. Those who should under no circumstances see the horror sequel/reboot
and those who just
Day-Lewis...wears well the weariness of the office and Lincoln's puckish yet subdued sense of humor, scaling the man closer to life-size than Mount Rushmore monumental.
From Up on Poppy Hill (2013)
Sunny days, blue skies, and rippling blue waters lined with greenery...Plain nice, and there's nothing wrong with that.
The Host (2013)
Do not consume
before operating heavy machinery. Side effects may include spontaneous coma or fits of giggling.
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John Cho, Alice Eve & Simon Pegg—
Star Trek Into Darkness
[Pegg:] Kirk is emotionally compromised from the start of this film. You know, he's driven by something other than sense. He's driven by vengeance. And Scotty really is absolutely right to stand up to him...
Dennis Quaid & Ramin Bahrani—
At Any Price
[Quaid:] It’s like a process of osmosis...I was thrown into the place, and I was just trying to soak in as much as I could from the farmers, from the feel of the place where we were at...
Robert Wagner & Robert Osborne—
The Pink Panther
[Wagner:] Blake...had it in his mind. But he used a lot of what happened and what the actors would bring to it...the thing with the hook on the door and me going around and all that—the sweater...all things that came up as we went along.
None of us are doing peer-reviewed stuff on the things that we believe; we’re just sort of swallowing whatever gets published in
, or whatever, which is not a horrible thing, but...we obviously don't know everything.
The Place Beyond the Pines
When I saw
Gospel According to St. Matthew
, I started getting heart palpitations...It was the best movie I had ever seen...I had to crawl up to the projection booth and call my girlfriend and have her take me to the hospital.
Life of Pi
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
My role, I think, as much as the book, is provide a platform so people can talk about the irrational.
I've never done heroin, but heroin addicts say it's always trying to chase the euphoria of that very first hit...For a filmmaker...that first movie is such a grand exhilarating adventure, and you're always just trying to replicate that.
I feel, for any storyteller, anyone making any piece of art, the more specific you can be, and the more truthful detail you can imbue into what you're doing, the more universal your story becomes, oddly.
Then She Found Me
That positive, enthusiastic outlook, combined with the topic of sex, seemed like a great thing to be able to play.
I stumbled across this article, 'On Seeing a Sex Surrogate.' And...it was a bit like a 'burning bush' experience; it had a profound emotional impact on me. And I thought: if I could reproduce that, in a film, then I would be making a good film.
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