Celluloid Junkie - 2713 Film Rankings
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|88 T9||13th (2016) - Sep 06, 2017
"13th is a harrowing and vital film. It provokes thought by playing the images and ideas that so often our society, especially the government, wants to keep undercover. It is a stylish and important trip through the darkness of our history that raises maybe more questions than answers. It's occasionally a bit liberal with the facts, as most documentaries with an agenda can be, but when it shows the unedited deaths of black men and women in the last year, it's tough to argue with."
|90 T10||Captain Fantastic (2016) - Apr 21, 2017
"Captain Fantastic is a weird, wild, wonderful, life-affirming, and beautiful film. Always keeping you on your toes, the film navigates the twists and turns of an oddly reclusive family brought back into touch with what most people know as reality by an unexpected tragedy. The film is full of astounding performances from a great child cast, but Viggo is the heart and quiet soul of this film, giving one of his career best performances."
|86 T7||12:08 East of Bucharest (2006) - Apr 19, 2017
"An inventive film that at first look seems to be a rather mundane drama about a small, insignificant town in rural Romania. However, as the film ramps up to its second half, a mostly single shot tour-de-force of subtext and character motivation, the film becomes so much more, as a discussion about Romanian history begins to peel back layers of its participants, revealing raw insides."
|85 T6||Café Society (2016) - Apr 19, 2017
"Most of Woody Allen's films feel like vignettes frozen in time and this is no different. While it doesn't hold quite the thematic weight of the director's earlier work, it's fun to see a new generation of actors navigating Allen's wordplay, particularly Jesse Eisenberg who appears to have absorbed Allen's signature tics and stammers."
|35 T1||12 Rounds (2009) - Apr 18, 2017
"Plays like a late night made-for-TV movie, complete with plot holes and wooden characters galore. The film doesn't know whether it wants to be a tense thriller, crime puzzler, or revenge drama, so it tries unsuccessfully to be all three. What results is paper-thin characters who simply run from action scene to action scene and shout tired one-liners at each other. Cena is charismatic but given little do do and the other characters are forgettable at best. Also, lots of stuff blows up."
|40 T1||The Brothers Grimsby (2016) - Apr 14, 2017
"This movie is absolutely terrible. Baron Cohen continues to reach for new ways to shock people, but, this time, he abandons his usual sly wit that has provided acerbic undercover social commentary in his past films, and goes for straight gross-out humor for the sake of gross-out humor. None of it works and though the film is earnestly acted, it's dumb, confusing, and convenient."
|82 T4||12 Angry Men (1997) - Apr 14, 2017
"Pretty much a rehash of the original film and play, though it's a little rougher around the edges and injects some intriguing themes of social class and race into the proceedings. That doesn't mean it's any less enjoyable, however, as a masterclass of young and old actors are allowed to play off each other in the film's claustrophobic setting and each actor is given a moment in the spotlight."
|83 T5||The BFG (2016) - Apr 13, 2017
"It should come as no surprise that Spielberg's sense of pace and ability to pull emotion and simple beauty out of even the most mundane shot elevates this film above its somewhat tepid screenplay. The film has moments of magic and some admirable performances, but its climax is a bit underwhelming and the coming of age story isn't as transcendent as ET or AI, or even the film's literary source material."
|80 T4||11:14 (2003) - Apr 09, 2017
"11:14 definitely executes a creative concept well, expertly blending a number of contrasting storylines together. The low-key, anytown USA setting allows the viewer to focus on the character interactions, and the elements of black humor threaded throughout are enjoyable. Overall, though, plot machinations aside, I found the film's purpose and storylines kind of empty and stale."
|77 T3||Bad Moms (2016) - Apr 09, 2017
"I wanted to like this movie so badly, but it just doesn't work well beyond a few funny scenes and a cobbled together moralistic tribute to moms that feels out of place, considering the tone of the rest of the film. The cast is likable and has amazing chemistry and you can tell that some of the film's best jokes are likely improv, but the film wastes a lot of its good will on a tired and somewhat aimless plot and characters that are more caricatures than 3-D characters."