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Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic

  1. 20 Feet From Stardom 2013 Music documentarian Morgan Neville uses a mix of live interviews and archival footage to let the singers, and their music, tell their stories of vocal triumph and thwarted ambition. full review
  2. Bad Milo! 2013 This movie is about a monster that crawls out of a man's butt and starts killing people. full review
  3. Computer Chess 2013 It approaches its subjects not with the gleeful, madcap hilarity of a Christopher Guest mockumentary ("Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind"), but with the calculated precision of lines of code. full review
  4. Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 All the standard spooks pop up: creepy baby toys, a piano that plays itself, a lady in white roaming the house, predictable jump-scares galore. full review
  5. Man of Tai Chi 2013 Like Reeves' wooden dialogue, it's fun despite not being very good. full review
  6. Nicky's Family 2013 The story is good enough to tell itself, and the filmmakers should have let it. full review
  7. Olympus Has Fallen 2013 "Olympus" has a strictly director-for-hire vibe; anyone with access to a Roland Emmerich movie or two (namely "Independence Day") and a mad-libbed action script could have churned out something similar. full review
  8. Paranoia 2013 "Paranoia" is ostensibly a thriller, but there's nothing remotely thrilling about it. The slick, plodding bore is as exciting as watching somebody else tap out text messages. full review
  9. Pieta 2013 For all its cringe-inducing horror, "Pieta" is visually restrained, striking visceral blows with psychological precision while making little use of gore. full review
  10. Populaire 2013 "Populaire" is catnip for a certain breed of twee Francophile. full review
  11. Prince Avalanche 2013 The movie feels like there wasn't a script. Like Green just handed Rudd and Hirsche two pairs of overalls, a few bottles of grain alcohol and set the cameras rolling as they bromanced it out over a weekend in the woods. full review
  12. Rushlights 2013 They say it isn't nice to kick a dog when it's down. But man, there are a lot of dogs in "Rushlights"... full review
  13. Short Term 12 2013 An authentic drama couched in character that never stoops to manipulation. full review
  14. Sweetwater 2013 It bludgeons with intent, even dabbling in some "Deadwood"-level verbal shock-and-awe; without wit or intelligence, it's merely baroque affectation playacting at depth. full review
  15. Unfinished Song 2013 Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave would be captivating reading the nutrition label on a bag of crisps, so it's no surprise that they elevate "Unfinished Song"... full review
  16. What Maisie Knew 2013 A raw, uncomfortable examination of a family torn apart by two parents who love their daughter only half as much as they love themselves. full review
  17. The Babymakers 2012 Even those with the lowest enjoyment threshold for knuckle-dragging comedies will be hard-pressed to find joy in this impotent misfire from director Jay Chandrasekhar. full review
  18. Bully 2012 Heartbreaking as these stories are, "Bully" is too narrow in scope to be anything approaching definitive. Most notably absent from the film are the bullies themselves. full review
  19. Butter 2012 "Butter" is funny in spots, but it's so preoccupied with landing below-the-belt cultural jabs that it misses the opportunity for laying out biting social commentary. full review
  20. The Cup 2012 Even the most ardent lover of feel-good biopics would have a hard time backing this horse. full review
  21. Detropia 2012 A fascinating portrait of a 21st-century post-industrial hellscape. full review
  22. General Education 2012 Defiantly humorless, the comedy is little more than a grab-bag of familiar high school-film cliches populated with bland characters played by barely-there actors. It was clearly a labor of love for no one. full review
  23. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 2012 A quiet, narratively layered period drama with a focus squarely on character. full review
  24. Last Ounce of Courage 2012 Bookended by a pair of Ronald Reagan quotes, "Last Ounce of Courage" is pure preaching-to-the-choir poppycock. full review
  25. Little Red Wagon 2012 Even the cheesiest inspirational flicks have to be populated with characters who have something at stake. Conflict is the heart of good storytelling, and "Little Red Wagon" is conflict-free to the point of catatonia. full review

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