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Sean O'Connell, Washington Post

  1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 2013 Kids will chuckle, for sure. But parents who were pleasantly surprised by the original film's intelligence will miss Lord and Miller's guiding hands, as what once felt so funny now leaves a stale taste. full review
  2. Filly Brown 2013 A routine music business cautionary tale, the film shuffles its decks ever so slightly by casting a Latino actress as its lead, but doesn't do enough to shed the exasperating confines of the star-is-born genre. full review
  3. Home Run 2013 The strongest scenes take place in dingy hotel rooms, on a deserted farm or in the rehab sessions. It's during these moments that "Home Run" swings for the fences, and often connects. full review
  4. Lost And Found In Armenia 2013 A broad, silly, dated and insensitive mistake of a movie. full review
  5. Paranoia 2013 Screenwriters Jason Dean Hall and Barry Levy swipe plot twists from the film adaptations of best-selling author John Grisham's novels. full review
  6. The Smurfs 2 2013 I found "The Smurfs 2" to be more enjoyable and far less obnoxious than [the original]. This, of course, is like saying having a cavity filled is preferable to a root canal, but in the dog days of the summer blockbuster season, beggars can't be smurfers. full review
  7. The Trials Of Muhammad Ali 2013 Balanced. It shows us just enough of Ali in his prime so that we understand how much he lost when he refused to serve in Vietnam. full review
  8. V/H/S/2 2013 After a lackluster start, V/H/S/2 shifts into a higher gear -- and vastly improves over its 2012 predecessor. full review
  9. Dredd 2012 This, finally, is the Dredd movie comic book readers have been anticipating. full review
  10. The House I Live In 2012 An absorbing, disturbing sit. full review
  11. Forks Over Knives 2011 As it stands, "Forks" is an interesting and informative health lecture that's sandwiched into a dry, repetitive documentary. full review
  12. Seven Days In Utopia 2011 Russell's spoon-feeding of motivational nuggets turns to full-blown shoveling in the film's final minutes... full review
  13. Biutiful 2010 Watching Bardem occupy, embrace and ultimately own a multifaceted role like the one he plays in "Biutiful" is a rare treat, and an absolute joy. full review