Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

  1. After the Dark 2014 This ambitious teen-oriented fantasy is like taking a university philosophy course in The Twilight Zone. full review
  2. Big Bad Wolves 2014 This mesmerizing revenge thriller is filled with surprising plot twists and generous doses of mordant humor. full review
  3. And While We Were Here 2013 Unfortunately, this tale of an illicit romance between an unhappily married woman and a younger man traffics in far too many genre cliches, beginning with its idyllic locale. full review
  4. Assault On Wall Street 2013 This zeitgeist-tapping revenge fantasy doesn't deliver enough guilty pleasures. full review
  5. Best Kept Secret 2013 This deeply moving but thankfully unsentimental doc is both inspiring and depressing. full review
  6. Bounty Killer 2013 It's all utterly silly and derivative but also undeniably entertaining. full review
  7. The Brass Teapot 2013 This dark comedy's clever premise is too thin to sustain its feature-length running time. full review
  8. Bridegroom 2013 This deeply moving documentary will melt the heart of anyone who sees it. full review
  9. Call Me Kuchu 2013 This alternately harrowing and inspirational doc puts a human face on the fight for gay rights in Uganda. full review
  10. Come Out And Play 2013 Despite its familiar genre trappings, this nastily efficient horror film delivers genuine chills. full review
  11. Dorfman in Love 2013 Sara Rue delivers a charming and funny turn in this otherwise hopelessly formulaic rom-com. full review
  12. Hatchet III 2013 This horror sequel delivers the explicitly bloody mayhem genre fans crave. full review
  13. Hating Breitbart 2013 Lacking the objectivity or contextual analysis to more fully examine the important issues it raises, it's a minor chapter in an unfinished story. full review
  14. A Haunted House 2013 This parody of Paranormal Activity and other found-footage horror films too often substitutes raunch for wit. full review
  15. Hava Nagila: The Movie 2013 This richly entertaining documentary relates the history of the ubiquitous song that has been covered by everyone from Lena Horne to Elvis. full review
  16. I Do 2013 Uneven comedy/drama tackles hot button issues like gay marriage and immigration. full review
  17. InAPPropriate Comedy 2013 This painfully unfunny assemblage of would-be comedy sketches manages to make Movie 43 look good in retrospect. full review
  18. Jug Face 2013 Creepy atmospherics enliven this idiosyncratic chiller. full review
  19. Love Sick Love 2013 This darkly comic horror tale strains too hard for both laughs and shocks. full review
  20. Movie 43 2013 An awesome array of talent doesn't prevent this witlessly profane anthology of comic shorts from being an utter disaster. full review
  21. The Network 2013 Although at times resembling a promotional video, this documentary provides a vivid illustration of Afghanistan's changing social dynamics. full review
  22. Nicky's Family 2013 Although suffering from cheesy historical reenactments, this inspirational Holocaust-themed documentary recount a story that deserves to be more widely known. full review
  23. The Playroom 2013 Sensitively wrought family drama told from the children's perspective. full review
  24. Rising From Ashes 2013 This feel-good sports doc brings a little-known story to compelling life. full review
  25. Texas Chainsaw 2013 In-your-face 3D and a half-hearted attempt at psychological complexity add little to this umpteenth Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie. full review
  26. Upside Down 2013 Despite its undeniably clever conceit and visuals, this love story set in twin worlds remains earthbound. full review
  27. You Will Be My Son 2013 Niels Arestrup delivers an award-caliber turn as a malevolent patriarch in this gripping melodrama. full review
  28. 16 Acres 2012 This alternately amusing and heartbreaking documentary coherently chronicles the endles process of rebuilding Ground Zero. full review
  29. 30 Beats 2012 This umpteenth variation on Schnitzler's classic play La Ronde fails to arouse. full review
  30. An Affair of the Heart 2012 Minor curio about Rick Springfield's devoted fan base has less weight than a VH1 Behind the Music special. full review
  31. Any Day Now 2012 Depictions of custody battles have become a cinematic staple, but few register with the heartfelt emotion of Any Day Now. full review
  32. Assassin's Bullet 2012 This psychologically tinged thriller about a mysterious female assassin won't erase memories of La Femma Nikita. full review
  33. ATM 2012 This ATM-set horror film fails to dispense sufficient thrills. full review
  34. Ballplayer: Pelotero 2012 Hard-hitting sports doc examines the darker side of the recruitment of young baseball players in the Dominican Republic for the major leagues. full review
  35. The Beat Hotel 2012 Impressionistic documentary about the temporary Parisian home of the Beat writers fails to justify its full-length running time. full review
  36. Bringing Up Bobby 2012 Milla Jovovich delivers an over-the-top peformance in this melodramatic tale of an immigrant con artist and her juvenile delinquent son. full review
  37. The Collection 2012 This sequel to 2009's The Collector features enough gratuitous carnage to satisfy hardcore horror fans, if few others. full review
  38. Dark Tide 2012 This toothless shark thriller lacks B-movie fun. full review
  39. Detachment 2012 Harrowing depiction of the American educational system features a superb performance by Adrien Brody. full review
  40. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey 2012 This uplifting rock doc will provide inspiration to countless karoake singers. full review
  41. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 Anchoring the film as much as his character does his family, Burns displays such an affable screen presence that one is able to overlook the film's hoarier aspects. full review
  42. Generation Um... 2012 Meandering and affected, this tedious character study is as aimless as the lives it depicts. full review
  43. Hitler's Children 2012 Haunting documentary about the descendants of top Nazi leaders struggling to endure their horrific legacy. full review
  44. In Our Nature 2012 Beautifully observed characterizations and fine performances enliven this sometimes static drama about an unexpected family reunion. full review
  45. Last Ounce of Courage 2012 This religious-themed drama about a small-town mayor's personal crusade against "the war on Christmas" is about as subtle as the character's name -- Bob Revere. full review
  46. A Little Bit Of Heaven 2012 Kate Hudson dies prettily in this tone-deaf dramedy about a woman finding love while suffering from colon cancer. full review
  47. Madea's Witness Protection 2012 Even such potentially amusing comic set-pieces as when Madea goes through airport security, with predictably chaotic results, feel awfully half-hearted. full review
  48. The Magic of Belle Isle 2012 Shamelessly schmaltzy and predictable from first moment to last, Rob Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle nonetheless manages to conjure a certain spell. full review
  49. October Baby 2012 [An] earnest, faith-based drama, which lacks sufficient entertainment value to make its message go down more palatably. full review
  50. One Day On Earth 2012 The film's 104 minutes ambitiously packs in a huge amount of evocative imagery that well conveys the diversity of life on the planet. full review
  51. The Runway 2012 Irish villagers rally to the aid of a stranded Colombian pilot in this quirky comedy. full review
  52. Silent Hill: Revelation 2012 Silent Hill is not a place you want to go, and that applies for moviegoers as well as this videogame adaptation's characters. full review
  53. The Skinny 2012 The large ensemble deliver mainly endearing performances and the tech elements are solid despite the obvious budget. full review
  54. Soldiers of Fortune 2012 A talented cast is wasted in this sub-par, umpteenth variation on The Dirty Dozen. full review
  55. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You 2012 This cliche-ridden coming of age story is as painfully awkward as its troubled teen protagonist. full review
  56. Storage 24 2012 This low-budget Alien knock-off set in a London self-storage facility inspires more claustrophobia than chills. full review
  57. Struck by Lightning 2012 Chris Colfer's Glee appeal is AWOL in this strained dark comedy about a high school misfit. full review
  58. Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2012 Where's Madea when you need her? full review
  59. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 2012 Superbly choreographed and filmed action sequences enliven this ultra-violent B-movie. full review
  60. Until They Are Home 2012 A well-meaning but pedestrian documentary that deals with gut-wrenching subject matter. full review
  61. What A Man 2012 Notwithstanding its slavish adherence to familiar genre conventions, the film nonetheless makes for reasonably fun viewing, thanks to its off-kilter humor and the chemistry exhibited by Scheweighofer and Kekilli. full review
  62. Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day 2012 This tawdry, faith-based kidnapping melodrama has a lot to atone for. full review
  63. Apollo 18 2011 This space-set, "found footage" horror flick never lifts off. full review
  64. The Chaperone 2011 This lame WWE produced family comedy isn't likely to turn wrestling star Paul "Triple H" Levesque into a household name. full review
  65. First Position 2011 First Position overcomes its predictable elements thanks to the inherent visual drama of watching children strain their bodies to the limit in obsessive pursuit of their goals. full review
  66. Going Down In La-la Land 2011 A young acting hopeful finds that things are tough in Tinseltown in this not exactly revelatory gay-themed drama. full review
  67. Magic Trip 2011 The backstory behind the film is as compelling as the events it depicts. full review
  68. The Reunion 2011 There's one thing to be said about WWE Studios -- they're consistent. Every one of their movies designed to showcase their stable of popular wrestling stars has been a critical and commercial disaster. full review
  69. Revenge of the Electric Car 2011 This fascinating sequel provides a surprisingly upbeat prognosis on the transition to electric vehicles. full review
  70. Snowmen 2011 A surprisingly effective debut effort from writer-director Robert Kirbyson. full review
  71. Surviving Progress 2011 This cautionary documentary makes a strong case that our technological advances are in fact dooming us. full review
  72. Chain Letter 2010 By-the-numbers horror flick is about as welcome, and entertaining, as a real chain letter. full review
  73. Freakonomics 2010 Like the source material, it's ultimately less than the sum of its parts -- an assemblage of moderately interesting human interest stories that don't carry much weight on the big screen. full review
  74. Knucklehead 2010 full review
  75. A Little Help 2010 Ultimately, the film is best appreciated as a welcome big-screen starring vehicle for Fischer, who expertly navigates the comedic and dramatic demands of a role that keeps her onscreen for virtually the entire running time. full review
  76. Smash His Camera 2010 The notorious tabloid photographer finally gets his due. full review
  77. Best Worst Movie 2009 Somewhere, Ed Wood must be smiling.
  78. Fireproof 2008 While hardly sophisticated in its approach and certainly not polished in its technical elements, the film does get its heartfelt message across with undeniable sincerity.
  79. Pathology 2008 A particularly nasty slice of medical-themed horror, Marc Scholermann's film is the sort of thriller in which the tenderest scene depicts an autopsy.
  80. Alone with Her 2007 For all its technological ingenuity, however, the film is ultimately a fairly routine stalker thriller that soon becomes repetitive in its contrivances. And the footage, necessarily shot on digital video, is not particularly easy to watch.
  81. Before the Rains 2007 Lacking the emotional power necessary to fuel its contrived plot elements, the film is a minor entry in the Merchant Ivory canon.
  82. Confessions of a Superhero 2007 A detailed portrait of these societal eccentrics, which, while not neglecting their obvious personal problems, is clearly sympathetic.
  83. Dreaming Lhasa 2007 A static and awkward effort that never quite comes to life.
  84. For the Bible Tells Me So 2007 While the film is unlikely to sway anyone whose mind already isn't made up, it provides plenty food for thought in its examination of biblical doctrine on same-sex love and how it resonates to this day.
  85. Super High Me 2007 Features comedian Doug Benson expanding a bit from his stand-up act to strained results.
  86. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama 2006 Part history lesson and part profile, the film presents a concise, cogent account of recent Tibetan history as well as an engrossing onscreen conversation with one of the world's great spiritual leaders.
  87. The Benchwarmers 2006 They hide these things for a reason, folks.
  88. Choking Man 2006 Overburdened with disorienting stylistic devices and contrived plot elements that reduce the psychological depth to which it aspires.
  89. I'm Reed Fish 2006 The relentless quirkiness of the proceedings proves wearisome, and the bizarre structural conceit is not enough to compensate for the overly familiar characterizations and story line.
  90. Lonely Hearts 2006 Concentrating as much on the detectives investigating the case as on the killers, Lonely Hearts fails to show off its impressive cast at their best.
  91. Trailer Park Boys: The Movie 2006 Unlikely to reap success on these shores.
  92. The Treatment 2006 The smart screenplay and the terrific performances more than compensate for the lack of freshness.
  93. 49 Up 2005 A deeply moving meditation on the natural evolution of existence.
  94. Cowboy Del Amor 2005 The film doesn't quite manage to sustain interest for the duration of its 86-minute running time.
  95. The Devil's Miner 2005 While political and social context is kept to a minimum, the darkly poetic images they capture speak volumes about what the miners go through.
  96. The Fog 2005 Add one more to the list of unnecessary horror remakes.
  97. Forgiving Dr. Mengele 2005 This tale of one survivor determined not to let those horrific experiences define her is moving enough to make Forgiving Dr. Mengele a worthy addition to the ever-growing canon of Holocaust-related films.
  98. Mind the Gap 2005 An overly ambitious, overly complex and overly long opus that bites off more than it can chew.
  99. Old Joy 2005 Old Joy is another minimalist exercise that is at once visually stunning, quietly insightful and more than a little hard to endure.
  100. The Outsider 2005 Quite entertaining.
  101. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price 2005 Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price lacks the cinematic panache to elevate it above the level of agitprop. But its all too relevant dissection of its subject is well worth paying attention to.
  102. You're Gonna Miss Me 2005 There's an undeniable fascination to watching the extensive footage of Erickson, whose yowling, manic vocals on display in the extensive archival performance footage contrasts dramatically with scenes of him in more recent times.
  103. Agnes and His Brothers 2004 The film's outrageousness would be more palatable if leavened with more wit, or if the characterizations possessed more nuances.
  104. Fidel 2002 Sacrifices the value of its wealth of archival foot-age with its less-than-objective stance.
  105. Paid in Full 2002 It does offer an uncommon thoughtfulness that makes it far less exploitative or sensationalistic than most examples of its genre.
  106. Secret Things 2002 An artistically ambitious exercise that enables audiences to be simultaneously teased erotically and intellectually.
  107. Virgil Bliss 2001 An overly familiar scenario is made fresh by an intelligent screenplay and gripping performances in this low-budget, video-shot, debut indie effort.
  108. Presque rien (Come Undone) 2000 Lives up to its title with its deliberately confusing fractured narrative style and elliptical storytelling.
  109. Diamond Men 2000 As with so many other recent indie films he has appeared in, it is Forster who truly shines.
  110. The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick 2000 Dick's unconventional life and career and his often brilliant work deserve better treatment and more comprehensiveness than they receive here.

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