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Brian has written 12 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2013.

  • Despicable Me 2

    Despicable Me 2

    ★★★

    Kinda equal parts cute and boring. Like the first one, which grew on me. Maybe this one will too.

  • The Croods

    The Croods

    ★★★

    Sunday morning chill with the boys. They love it. Familiar but sweet and well done.

  • A.C.O.D.

    A.C.O.D.

    ★★★

    Like so many of this year's Sundance comedies it doesn't have a third act but unlike so many of this year's Sundance comedies, it's pretty funny. No one can deliver a line like "You're pissing on our love parade" like Catherine O'Hara.

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

    ★★★

    Visuals smother characters and theme like too much sauce. Full review at RogerEbert.com.

  • A Single Shot

    A Single Shot

    ★★★

    Great performances throughout but a little too familiar and, man, it's a lesson that more is less when it comes to one of the most aggressive and oppressive scores of the year. At one point, it sounds like someone is killing a cat.

  • Afternoon Delight

    Afternoon Delight

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Hahn is truly great here and there are a lot of smart truths about sexuality, marriage, and suburban ennui but I HATE the fact that the third act hinges on its female leads getting drunk. Still, enough to like to recommend. It could have been great though...

  • Lilo & Stitch

    Lilo & Stitch

    ★★★

    The boys like it...

  • Passion

    Passion

    ★★★

    A notable return of De Palma's style trumps miscast leads and his inability with dialogue. The ballet-murder split-screen virtually justifies its existence on its own.

  • Bruce Springsteen: Springsteen & I

    Bruce Springsteen: Springsteen & I

    ★★★

    A nice fan letter to a great artist. The director should have edited the clips a little more tightly but some of the archival footage is fantastic, especially an early, powerful "Thunder Road."

  • 42

    42

    ★★★

    Unabashedly sentimental to a fault for sure but Boseman is quite good and some of the attempts at heartstring-pulling connect.

  • Hummingbird

    Hummingbird

    ★★★

    Damn. So close. There's a lot more to like than most Jason Statham movies and he gives his best performance in years but the script is cluttered and unfocused. Taken scene by scene, it's really not bad. It's when one tries to consider it as a whole that it disappoints.

  • The Burning

    The Burning

    ★★★

    Undeniably generic attempt to capitalize on the slasher/Friday the 13th craze of the day but with a darker, more effective tone than most of its now-forgotten peers. Better than I remembered.