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The Wait (2014)


 Waiting for Forever (2011)

Why Rachel Bilson agreed to this film, I will never know. Bordering on melodrama the entire film, there is no part of this film that feels natural. The relationships are forced and changes of heart are glazed over as if changing your negative emotions toward someone were easy. The flip-book style opening credits and accompanying heartfelt song were the best parts of the film, by far.


The Walk (2015)


A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)



 Walk the Line (2005)


 A Walk to Remember (2002)



WALL-E (2008)


 Wall Street (1987)

Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen are at the pinnacle of their careers in Wall Street, making one wish they could stay young forever. Gordon Gekko remains one of the most highlighted roles of Douglas’ career.


 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

Absolutely the best sequel I have seen in a long time. Shia LaBeouf finally shows his true potential in this serious yet subtle exhibition. We know Shia can play the light, action parts but here we get to see him perform in a role filled with pure confidence. Michael Douglas revisits his award winning performance as Gordon Gekko and proves that after 23 years, this was still his role and easily another award worthy portrayal of Mr. Gekko.


Wanderlust (2012)

Wanderlust fails to set itself apart from any similar comedies, but with Paul Rudd’s unique brand of humor, the film finds a way to stay somewhat comical. Aniston works just fine in her role, but with the complete lack of plausibility in the other characters, a transparent plot, and overly frustrating situations facing Rudd’s character, this film remains average at best.


Wanted (2008)


A War (Krigen) (2016)


The Ward (2011)

“Tired” is all I can say for John Carpenter’s latest film, The Ward. It relies too heavily on recycled horror plot points and scares, piggy-backing on similar films (and much better films) that came before it. The film fails to commit to a certain distinction, not coming off creepy enough for today’s horror, but not scaring enough to be considered in line with “old’ horror. Also, Amber Heard sticks out like a bright shade of red in a box of grey and blue, not fitting the genre or period what-so-ever.


War Dogs (2016)



War Horse (2011)

With the horse situated more as a transitional piece between its human counterparts, there are moments where you actually forget that its a horse and see it is as just another character. Lagging in the front, the film finally picks up when it gets past the “Black Beauty”-like childishness and starts getting darker and more severe. The war elements are masterfully crafted and there are some truly touching moments. Though the marketing almost killed this film, the Spielberg touch kept it alive.


Warm Bodies (2013)

Helped mainly by its quirky script, well-rounded soundtrack, and talented performers in Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, “Warm Bodies” rises slightly above its obscure subject matter of a zombie falling in love with a human and produces a comical and heartfelt film. Not quite as innovative as you’d hope it would be and not stylish enough to reach the ranks of “Zombieland”, Jonathan Levine’s heart is in the right place and the passion he has shows clearly through dynamic voice-over narration and the rich quality of the images on screen. The fact of the matter is, there are just too many implausibilities required to overcome for one’s mind to be allowed completely over to the filmmakers vision, including but not limited to talking zombies, the ability for a dead heart to suddenly come back to life with no complications to that person, and the mere thought of a woman falling in love with a dead piece of rotting human meat, though none of this is the actors’ faults, who play their roles with ease. There was something big missing from “Warm Bodies” and although I cannot place my finger on it, it was solely missed.


War Of The Worlds (2005)


Warrior (2011)

For all the crap I gave this film for appearing too much like The Fighter and too unoriginal, I am not ashamed to say that this film completely blew me away. Call the plot-line cliche, but there are many levels working in this film and each fight has specific meaning and captivates in a different fashion. Nick Nolte kills emotionally in this film, bringing me to tears on several occasions as the sobering father. The conflicts feel authentic, Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton give two of the best performances, and this is the sleeper hit of the year.


 The Warrior’s Way (2010)

Placing the art of the Samurai and kung-fu in the era of the Western is such a great concept. The visuals of this film had me hoping for so much more with action sequences few and far between. Though Kate Bosworth is gorgeous, she and her character ring false when placed together, leaving Geoffrey Rush solely the best part of the film. The Good, The Bad, The Weird is a far superior film in this very interesting genre.


War Witch (2013)

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, “War Witch” steps into the world of the Democratic Republic of Congo where the young Komona, played by Rachel Mwanza, astonishes as a kidnapee of the rebels and forced into the life of soldier. With a powerful mix of heartbreak, love, and lightheartedness, this Canada-made film not only brings up certain pertinent issues, but entertains from start to finish. Mwanza’s performance blows you away, as she sets the bar incredibly high for nonprofessional and professional actresses alike, much more than say Quvenzhané Wallis from “Beasts of the Southern Wild” despite the five year age difference. “War Witch” is hauntingly beautiful with strong visuals to back up strong emotions, with gritty landscapes and impeccable depictions of the dead, painted all in white and looming over the main character. This film is the true meaning of a coming-of-age story and with that comes one of the best foreign films of the year.


The Watch (2012)

“The Watch” finds a way to blend science fiction and comedy almost seamlessly, with some great comedic showings from Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn. Despite a lack of comedy in the opening of the film and too much relying on Ben Stiller as the lead, “The Watch” is visually stunning for a comedy, including some spectacular alien prosthetics and visual effects.


Watchmen (2009)

If you can get passed the 3 hours you must devote to this movie, it is quite enjoyable. The story gets a little twisted and confusing but overall is comprehensible. Not sure if the end is worth the means, with the ending lacking. Otherwise, there were some amazing shots, amazing acting, and sweet concept. Now I just gotta finish the graphic novel.


 The Waterboy (1998)


 Water for Elephants (2011)

Water for Elephants does not go for cheap thrills. The film negates the Hollywood sense of a love story, following in line with great romantic period pieces like The Notebook. The plot progression feels natural and unforced. Christoph Waltz adds the perfect hint of born performer and business man, mixed with masochist. Witherspoon and Pattinson pull off the romantic aura, but the change of heart is the only part of the film that feels rushed. Who knew the circus was a perfect backdrop for a romance?


Watu Wote: All of Us (short) (2017)


The Way Back (2011)

The scenery of this film is amazing. The cast, however star-studded it is, appears thrown together at times. Farrell and Harris are the big names, yet they are often tossed to the side to focus on lesser knowns. Saoirse Ronan was by far my favorite part of the film, which is odd because I normally do not care for her. The story is rather overdone, but for the most part, this is a pretty good film.


 Wayne’s World (1992)



W.E. (2012)

Besides a stylish and evocative piano number, Madonna’s latest directing project falls flat, and hard. With a repetitious and unexplained connection between Abbie Cornish’s character and Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson, the film tends to be more about violence towards women and a biographical look at the relationship between King Edward’s VIII and Mrs. Simpson than anything emotionally connectable. The film bores to the point of exhaustion and feels too much like a big budget flop.


The Weather Man (2005)


We Can’t Live Without Cosmos (short) (2014)


Wedding Crashers (2005)

A perfect mix of comedy and love story. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn make a great team and Rachel McAdams is stunning as always.


 The Wedding Planner (2001)


The Wedding Ringer (2015)


 The Wedding Singer (1998)


Welcome To Me (2015)


 Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

“Welcome to the Rileys” is nothing flashy, but it does have heart. Who knew that Kristen Stewart’s acting career would peak as a sixteen year old, fowl mouthed stripper? It appears that Melissa Leo is the “go-to” lady for stellar performances lately and even James Gandolfini is subtly moving in his mellow on the outside, restless on the inside performance. The leading roles come off entirely lifelike and genuine, making you feel as though you are a part of an authentic moment of these character’s lives and that is why this film ends up working so well.



We Own The Night (2007)

Way not what I thought it would be. Definitely could have made this movie better by myself. No real conflict throughout and every things resolved way too easily. Wish it would have lived up to its standards. Sweet cast and concept though. Brother vs. brother!


West Side Story (1961)

 


Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

A little too over-the-top for my liking, Wet Hot American Summer provides an early glimpse into the careers of some of the top comedic actors around today.



What Happened, Miss Simone (2015)


What Happens In Vegas (2008)

Standard romantic comedy. Man meets girl. They get married and hate each other. After fighting to get the other to cheat, they fall in love but a seed planted during the competition forces them apart. I missed the beginning of the film, but didn’t feel like I missed much. Oh well. I don’t believe this wasn’t the worst romantic comedy but I’m just sick of them recycling storylines.


What If (2014)

Similar to the chemistry between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in “500 Days Of Summer”, Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan come off completely natural together in the romantic comedy “What If,” especially with their cynical, off-beat, back-and-forth banter. Kazan continues to grab the torch as the adorable and approachable love interest that Deschanel used to be as Radcliffe moves further and further away from his “Harry Potter” roots. Despite being a love story that has definitely been told before, as this perfect couple is kept apart by an existing relationship, leading Radcliffe’s character to constantly question what to do as he falls more and more for the unavailable Kazan, the writing and supporting cast (Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park) are different enough to keep this feeling fresh.


What Lies Beneath (2000)

“Tired” is all I can say for John Carpenter’s latest film, The Ward. It relies too heavily on recycled horror plot points and scares, piggy-backing on similar films (and much better films) that came before it. The film fails to commit to a certain distinction, not coming off creepy enough for today’s horror, but not scaring enough to be considered in line with “old’ horror. Also, Amber Heard sticks out like a bright shade of red in a box of grey and blue, not fitting the genre or period what-so-ever.



What’s Your Number? (2011)

Saved mainly by Chris Evans as the next door neighbor-slash-love interest and Anna Faris looking better than ever, with some impressive comedic timing, this comedy is allowed to be raunchy and R-rated, with only the predictable romantic comedy plot structure to hold it down.


What We Do In The Shadows (2015)


 What Women Want (2001)


When A Stranger Calls (2006)

If I discovered anything from “When A Stranger Calls”, it is that inside me lives a vast hatred for the sound of a ringing phone. Amidst a chorus of those rings is an attempt at a home invasion thriller that sees a babysitter answering the phone to heavy breathing, casual threats, and fellow classmates playing jokes. Camilla Belle plays the role of innocent babysitter just fine, but remains a blank canvas that is never quite painted in. With poor decision after poor decision, I found myself cheering for Tommy Flanagan to finish her off, or to at least finish me off, so that I would not have to watch any more of this sordid cat and mouse thriller. One thing that never fails to amaze me is how ill-prepared these serial killers are for a female that will fight back, regardless of how small and weak they are.



When Marnie Was There (2015)


When The Game Stands Tall (2014)


 Where the Heart Is (2000)

Dated and blatant, Where The Heart Is basically tries too hard and mish-mashes far too many events and ideas into one film. A critic said it best when he referred to it as “a great big ol’ commercial for the Wal-Mart”.


Whip It (2009)

Truth be told, it was not the actors or the storyline that attracted me to the film, it was the trailers lined with the song “Pork & Beans” by Weezer. In fact, the idea of Drew Barrymore interacting with a film more than just ungracefully gracing the screen sent shivers down my spine.


Whiplash (2014)


Whisky Tango Foxtrot (2016)


 White Chicks (2004)


White Earth (short) (2013)


White God (2014)



White Material (2010)


 Whiteout (2009)


White Rabbit (2013)


 The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009)

The children, by far, out-act the adults in The White Ribbon..
Though the film did not come through on Oscar night, the film still feels award winning and will continue to be one of the best foreign films I have ever seen.


Whitey: United States Of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)


Why Him? (2016)


Wicker Park (2004)

I cannot express enough how touching and deeply thought out this film is. The performances are perfect all around, especially from Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger and the plot, though structurally challenging as it may present itself, is worth the second or third viewing to soak in all the film’s maze-like qualities. Wicker Park is truly the most heartfelt film I feel I have ever seen, with each music choice placed perfectly throughout to evoke emotion from every action and reaction. One of my all-time favorite films.


Wild (2014)


Wild Tales (2015)


 Wild Target (2010)

Without Emily Blunt, “Wild Target” would hardly be enjoyable. Not even sure what to compare the film to. An average action film, an average comedy, and a very below average romantic film. Just average in general.


 Wild Wild West (1999)


Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)


Win A Date With Tad Hamilton (2008)

Topher Grace is meant for show business. I can’t believe he had to be coaxed into becoming an actor. That being said, he totally saved this movie and made it a little more than a chick flick. It could be the fact that I was a grocery store manager for awhile and I can relate, I truly liked this film for the story and dialogue, but nothing else. Kate Bosworth is definitely easy on the eyes. This film was the first thing I watched on my high definition tv. It was absolutely amazing. BUY AN HD TV!!!


The Wind Rises (2014)


Wind River (2017)


 The Winning Season (2010)

Rockwell turns this otherwise beaten-to-death-story into a memorable film full of several perfect moments including a nice balance between comedy and drama. Emma Roberts also shines in the midst of a no-name female cast.


Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom (2015)


 Winter’s Bone (2010)

By far deserving of winning Sundance. Jennifer Lawrence delivers a performance that actresses twice her age have never accomplished and John Hawkes produces my favorite performance of any actor of 2010. Great film with such an eerie tone. Truly original.


Winter’s Tale (2014)


 Win Win (2011)


Wish I Was Here (2014)

Like him or not, Zach Braff has a definite acting and directing style that pairs nicely with independent filmmaking. With most critics not finding any redeemable qualities in his character, I, for one, found an authenticity to his portrayal, allowing the performance to come from a real place. Unlike “Garden State”, Braff takes “Wish I Were Here” to a much more rich and fulfilling level. Where “Garden State” had quirk and off-beat humor, “Wish I Were Here” has reoccurring themes that provide humor, plus a strong narrative arc that allows for an emotional resonance. What “Wish I Were Here” does share with “Garden State” is a soundtrack full of powerful popular music from bands like The Shins, Radical Face, Badly Drawn Boy, and Bon Iver, which take the sentimental moments to an entirely different level.


The Witch (2016)


 Without a Paddle (2004)


 The Wolfman (2010)

The only reason I enjoyed the film was for the acting. Hopkins, Blunt, Del Toro, and Weaving were a great cast for this setting. The story on the other hand was a rip off of the original and where it strayed it lacked. The Wolf scenes were kind of laughable and the end fight was hilarious instead of suspenseful and thrilling… I was more drawn by remembering the original with Lon Chaney Jr. and how this one matched, but not worth another viewing as far as I’m concerned.




The Woman (2011)

Acting was done well, but overall, it just missed its target. I was never like “Wow! This movies amazing.” Had some funny parts and cool imagery as they drove through the nothingness, but otherwise was miss-able. The ending was laughable when they come upon the colony. Will Arnett wasn’t even trying to be funny and I laughed so hard when I saw him in the film. Ha.


The Woman In Black (2012)

Much better than anticipated, the costume and set design sell this film above all else. The Woman In Black is a nod to old school horror which is fitting as the film was produced by Hammer Productions, a staple in horror cinema in the early to mid-1900’s. The suspense in this film is palpable, capturing the viewer with veering cameras, silent moments crescendo-ed by “jack-in-the-box” scares, and eery settings filled with unfamiliar and unsettling set pieces. Daniel Radcliffe straddles the line between well-cast and misplaced, capturing the essence of the brooding figure all while appearing much too young to fill this role properly, especially in comparison to the rest of the cast. Beyond the repetitious nature of the film, I much prefer an old school throwback film like The Woman In Black over the gory, unintelligible horror flicks of today.



Wonder (2017)


Wonder Woman (2017)


Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)


The Words (2012)

As much as “The Words” is a rehashing of films and stories that came before it, this literature drama still poses a set of important and thought-provoking questions about morality. Personally, I was engulfed in the film, which could have easily been a painstakingly straightforward drama, yet instead takes a much more layered approach to the storytelling process. I was easily able to put myself in Bradley Cooper’s shoes and ask the same tough questions he faced. Although some of the twists of the plot are telegraphed well before their “reveals”, the acting is high caliber enough to carry the film through all of its endings, or lack thereof.


The World Is Not Enough (2013)

“The World Is Not Enough” never revolutionizes the character of James Bond or his surroundings, but it does exemplify many of the reasons we’ve come to love this franchise, with on-par action sequences, plenty of shifting plot-points, a credible villain in Renard (Robert Carlyle), and two beautiful Bond Girls in Elektra (Sophie Marceau) and Christmas Jones (Denise Richards).


The World Of Tomorrow (short) (2015)





Wrath Of The Titans (2012)

You don’t go to these films to be told a rewarding story or come out feeling like a better person. You go to these films to see creatures and battles that you can’t see anywhere else, and that’s exactly what Wrath of the Titans is. Ninety-nine minutes of pure Greek epicness. Though the plot may be weak and the motives lacking, the graphics are amazing and the mythology is still there. The best part of Wrath is that it gives the audience a taste of the battles here and there, leading to the epic battles that will follow, especially in regards to the new god, Ares, the god of war. I thoroughly enjoyed myself through this film.


Wrecked (2011)

Adrien Brody has proven time and time again that he can carry a film, even low budget films, but in Wrecked, there is no salvaging the void plot and impossibly slow pacing. Brody does just fine reflecting the appropriate emotions, but with zero dialogue and constant dream sequences, this film lacks anything to keep hold one’s attention. Recreating a realistic car crash aftermath may sound impressive, but when you sit and watch it play out on screen, it is like watching grass grow.


 

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

Clever in all the right ways, “Wreck-It Ralph” is Disney’s answer to the end of the “Toy Story” franchise. With new and exciting characters in a mix with familiar video game faces that all will recognize, like Sonic the Hedgehog and Pacman, there is a quirky charm to “Wreck-It Ralph” that entertains for its entire run-time. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman both prove that their voice acting might just top their live-action acting, with strong vocal performances from both. Enjoyable for all age groups, this quaint animated feature reaches a level I didn’t expect it to reach.


A Wrinkle In Time (2018)


Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007)

Acting was done well, but overall, it just missed its target. I was never like “Wow! This movies amazing.” Had some funny parts and cool imagery as they drove through the nothingness, but otherwise was miss-able. The ending was laughable when they come upon the colony. Will Arnett wasn’t even trying to be funny and I laughed so hard when I saw him in the film. Ha.


 Wrong Turn (2003)