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Scott Bowles, USA Today

  1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2013 A more sure-footed shoot-'em-up that finds some heart, wit and perhaps enough momentum to spawn a formidable action franchise. full review
  2. The Hot Flashes 2013 This comedy deserves credit for taking a decided viewpoint - and delivering a heartfelt if occasionally misguided message. full review
  3. Paranoia 2013 Were it the sum of its formidable parts, Paranoia might give good movies an inferiority complex. full review
  4. Scenic Route 2013 It begins with energy, dulls in the middle stretches but redeems itself with a final destination that makes the trip feel worth it. full review
  5. The Short Game 2013 Like its half-pint stars, The Short Game stands on the cusp of brilliance. full review
  6. Side Effects 2013 The movie descends into a TV-grade police procedural, with twists so sharp and a plot so convoluted you may need meds to clear your head. full review
  7. Stand Up Guys 2013 It's been a long time since a movie wasted as much talent as Stand Up Guys, a film that aims to be a geezer Goodfellas but whose execution is a misfire. full review
  8. Arbitrage 2012 Arbitrage overcomes some pulpy plot twists and a little anti-corporate sermonizing to become a brisk tale of a financial wizard whose sins have returned to collect a debt. full review
  9. Assassin's Bullet 2012 Think the Bourne franchise meets the Bond franchise, without the wit or action. full review
  10. Blue Like Jazz 2012 Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith. full review
  11. Butter 2012 Butter is a film more enamored of its premise than interested in making it work. full review
  12. Decoding Deepak 2012 While Decoding offers some tantalizing insights into the celebrity guru, the movie, at its core, is playing out daddy issues as the filmmaker wonders aloud about whether his dad has gotten too big for his britches. full review
  13. The Hunger Games 2012 Like the select participants of its savage sport, The Hunger Games stands triumphant, if scarred and a bit wobbly from the contest. full review
  14. Marley 2012 Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat. full review
  15. Side by Side 2012 Alas, if you're someone who enjoys movies as, say, a two-hour escape, you may find this documentary on the death of film at digital's hands a bit too inside baseball. full review
  16. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 2012 Universal soldiers, it seems, never die, even if they deserve a slow and deliberate farewell. full review
  17. The Company Men 2010 It's simple stuff, but the movie's heart is in the right place. full review
  18. Legendary 2010 For a movie with a star wrestler at the center of it, Legendary doesn't pack much of a punch. full review
  19. You Kill Me 2007 Surely there aren't many emotionally fragile mobster stories left in the Hollywood arsenal. But at least Kill is a pretty good shot with the laughs. full review

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