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44% The Calling (2014) " A serial-killer saga that squanders its sturdy cast via torpid scripting and a nonstop stream of clich├ęs." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 28, 2014
69% The Notebook (2014) " [A] sobering wartime drama ..." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 26, 2014
C 60% Winter In The Blood (2014) " Cursed with a vague, rambling script and an equally indistinct lead performance, the film is a scattershot series of vignettes about self-definition that, ultimately, never coheres into a lucid whole." — AV Club
Posted Aug 21, 2014
0% I Am Happiness on Earth (2014) " ...Hernandez merely revels in his own pretentiousness, staging one dully limp encounter after another with self-conscious camerawork and absurdly stilted drama that renders the entire project a pseudo-porny slog." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 15, 2014
—— Found (2014) " ...Found refuses to dig deeply into its chosen themes and consequently finds little reason - outside of servicing genre fans' gore fetishism - to exist." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 14, 2014
36% Child Of God (2014) " ...the film makes its primary point so early on that it soon finds itself with nothing much to say - and, consequently, winds up becoming little more than a tedious and meandering bit of psycho-hillbilly performance art." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 31, 2014
C 30% Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2014) " Cabin Fever: Patient Zero ditches the nasty allegory of Eli Roth's original and Ti West's studio-butchered first sequel for far duller, standard-issue conventions." — AV Club
Posted Jul 31, 2014
67% The Almost Man (2014) " Too slight to register as anything more than a stunted-adolescent trifle." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
18% And So It Goes (2014) " And So It Goes never goes quite far enough, in any direction." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 25, 2014
1/5 44% Aftermath (2014) " Awash in exposition-heavy dialogue, punctuated by the occasional Wizard Of Oz reference, the film provides no meaningful background on its characters, and even less drama." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 17, 2014
71% Alive Inside (2014) " Compellingly conveys how music - so intimately wedded to our emotions, and experiences - can help the severely ill elderly reconnect with themselves." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 15, 2014
18% Video Games: The Movie (2014) " Video Games: The Movie opens with a barrage of statistics before segueing into a sketchy history lesson-cum-industry promotion." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 15, 2014
64% A Five Star Life (2014) " Tognazzi shoots her material with stately grace but a distinct lack of energy, which is also true of Buy's composed but inert lead performance." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 15, 2014
63% Mood Indigo (2014) " An excessively whimsical romance that's undone by cartoonish performances and direction by Michel Gondry that practically bludgeons viewers via cutesy formal trickery." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 15, 2014
54% Road to Paloma (2014) " A one-note on-the-lam saga that's primarily notable for its simplistic celebration of the outlaw life through endless shots of writer/director/star Jason Momoa in sunset silhouette." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 9, 2014
56% Made in America (2014) " A feature-length commercial for the Jay-Z brand." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2014
11% Heatstroke (2014) " A cheeseball B-movie about a woman and a girl combating arms dealers in the African desert that fails to generate suspense, excitement, or even unintentional B-movie laughs." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 3, 2014
87% Exhibition (2014) " A film that's all airy, abstract pretentiousness." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
54% Miss Lovely (2014) " Florid direction, lurid atmosphere, and reckless passions all contribute to the intoxicating deliriousness of Miss Lovely, a thriller set in 1980s India's B-movie industry." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
59% Hellion (2014) " An affecting rural Southern drama about a delinquent teen's descent into misery and mayhem that distinguishes itself from the indie pack through precise direction and superb lead performances by Aaron Paul and newcomer Josh Wiggins." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 12, 2014
63% Heli (2014) " The story of a rural, working-class Mexican family torn apart by the drug trade, this indie is a gripping and increasingly horrifying descent into violence and despair." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 12, 2014
B+ 71% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " [Gerster] affects a hanging-out mood that melds the slacker cool of Jim Jarmusch's 1984 film, Stranger In Paradise, to the dry, jazz-scored, melancholy-tinged comedy of early Woody Allen." — AV Club
Posted Jun 12, 2014
33% Lullaby (2014) " Rarely has the terminal seemed as interminable as it does in Lullaby, writer-director Andrew Levitas's tedious saga of a family reuniting at the deathbed of their paterfamilias." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
3.5/4 69% Policeman (2014) " Israel's fractured psyche is plumbed via narrative splintering in Policeman, Nadav Lapid's compelling drama about his homeland's burgeoning social unrest." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3.5/5 52% Trust Me (2014) " A smart, sardonic, unpredictable morality play that gets the little things right." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 5, 2014
—— DSKNECTD (2014) " A film as clumsy as the spelling of its title." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
85% Night Moves (2014) " Led by a superbly composed performance from Jesse Eisenberg, Kelly Reichardt's portrait of three eco-terrorists intent on blowing up an Oregon dam thrillingly melds understated political inquiry and slow-burn suspense." — Film Journal International
Posted May 27, 2014
42% Words And Pictures (2014) " Amid its silly contrivances, the romance Words and Pictures manages to tap into middle-age regret, bitterness, and fears that the promise of youth has passed." — Village Voice
Posted May 20, 2014
B+ 100% God's Horses (2014) " Ayouch film casts a sharp gaze on tragedy, and the larger socio-economic issues that beget fanaticism." — AV Club
Posted May 14, 2014
1.5/5 32% Anna (2014) " [...] When it isn't head-smackingly obvious, is clumsily rushed and incoherent." — The Dissolve
Posted May 12, 2014
23% Devil's Knot (2014) " A dull retelling of the original 1994 West Memphis Three trial that brings nothing new to the table but underwhelming performances and a wishy-washy refusal to state an opinion about the real killer's identity." — Film Journal International
Posted May 8, 2014
20% Warrior King 2 (The Protector 2) (2014) " Eschews repugnant gore for a sly goofiness that makes Jaa come across like a real-life Looney Tunes character." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2.5/4 —— Dior and I " It proves an increasingly superficial affair, especially given that the director's attempts at suspense are largely facile and Raf Simons's creative process is barely investigated. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2014
1.5/4 —— Preservation " Chockablock with instances of characters not shooting, running, attacking, or sneaking away when they can or should, this thriller comes off like the world's most rigged game." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2014
67% Beneath The Harvest Sky (2014) " A film that ultimately comes across like the formulaic stepson of Frozen River, Winter's Bone, and countless other rundown-rural-community character studies." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 24, 2014
72% The German Doctor (2014) " Puenzo dramatizes her material with an overcooked sense of import that generates scant suspense, even once Israeli agents close in on their Nazi prey." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
64% For No Good Reason (2014) " For No Good Reason details the famed wild-man cartoonist's career with a stylistic daring that doesn't quite match its subject's, but is nonetheless in keeping with his unconventional spirit." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
78% The Machine (2014) " The Machine brings little new to the subject save for an ominously ambiguous conclusion about the consequences of making computers more advanced than their human masters." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
2/4 —— Champs (2014) " An unfocused mishmash that thrives only when it fixates on footage of actual bouts." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2014
19% Tasting Menu (2014) " A mushy concoction that's not only unfulfilling, it's gag-worthy." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
83% Kid Cannabis (2014) " Nate comes across as an insufferably arrogant twerp stupid enough to believe there's loyalty in the underworld." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
83% Soft In The Head (2014) " A concise and blistering indie that captures a sense of volatile madness via sharp handheld aesthetics and a commanding lead performance from Sheila Etxeberria." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 16, 2014
74% Oculus (2014) " A cleverly executed mind game that generates scares via structural ingenuity, Oculus suggests a world coming terrifyingly unmoored from its bearings." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
C+ 80% Watermark (2014) " Unfortunately, while the documentary's points are clear, its desire to articulate them primarily through contrasts neuters some of its persuasiveness." — AV Club
Posted Apr 3, 2014
44% In the Blood (2014) " A grim, formulaic saga in desperate need of some genuine B-movie fury and flair." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 2, 2014
82% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) " At times a tad too oblique for its own good, Hide Your Smiling Faces nonetheless casts a potent spell, delivering a disquieting portrait of masculine rage and fear over lives perched on the precipice of an abyss." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 25, 2014
50% Blumenthal (2014) " Fisher's filmmaking, aside from a couple scenes ... that are nicely composed in long-take two-shots, is too consistently flat to make the material spark." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2014
79% The Raid 2 (2014) " ...The Raid 2 proves to be one of the most repugnant spectacles in recent memory, and one made all the more unpleasant by its epic pretensions." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/5 76% Anita (2014) " Hill comes across as a figure of tremendous resolve and courage." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 18, 2014
83% Patrick: Evil Awakens (2014) " It's a techno-thriller of brain-dead proportions ..." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
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