Authors

Time Out New York

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 81%

To Be Takei (2014)

"The doc works best as a relationship study, filled with endearing moments of intimate bickering."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

2 78%

The One I Love (2014)

"For a high-concept effort like this one, the literalization of the endgame is a bit of a cop-out."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Tomris Laffly

3 ——

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014)

"It's essential info presented with little imagination."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Keith Uhlich

4 77%

Moebius (2014)

"Such is Kim's plotty momentum that the whole thing feels like an extreme joke made of pained silences, one that somehow strips bare the subtext of overbearing parents."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

5 100%

Level Five (2014)

"By using Laura as an avatar, Marker actually helps us see the visuals and their knotty meanings much more clearly."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Keith Uhlich

6 73%

Jealousy (2014)

"In comparison with near-impenetrable Garrel efforts like Regular Lovers (2005) and Frontier of the Dawn (2008), Jealousy cuts straight to the heart."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Keith Uhlich

7 71%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"In its early scenes, Dinosaur 13 works nearly as well as a certain Steven Spielberg thriller, creating the giddy, ominous mood of past and present colliding in excitement."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

8 43%

Life After Beth (2014)

"It's a lot of heavy lifting for what amounts to "he's just not that into you," mainly because you're as ripe as a cadaver."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

9 100%

Boy Meets Girl (1984) (1984)

"The director's slight uncertainty creates a fascinating tension that works in Boy Meets Girl's favor. You empathize with the characters' struggles even as they are both kept at a critical distance."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Keith Uhlich

10 95%

The Dog (2014)

"For all its eye-opening material, The Dog still feels unfinished, but for students of New York scuzziness, it's an essential addition."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

11 100%

Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014)

"The film rarely leaves the subject's Rome apartment, yet it never feels static."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Keith Uhlich

12 21%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"This is as generic as Hollywood gets."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

13 66%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"The film should have taken a cue from its spice-loving subjects and jacked up the heat."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Christina Izzo

14 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"You have to see this thing."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

15 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"Swanberg is good at futzing with our moment-to-moment expectations, but he can't shape all these well-acted scenes into a satisfying whole."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Keith Uhlich

16 60%

Finding Fela! (2014)

"Gibney tends toward that dutiful doc style that mixes talking heads and archival clips into a flavorless stew -- a bland complement to Fela's zesty on- and offstage presence."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Keith Uhlich

17 68%

Web Junkie (2014)

"Web Junkie glides over its most provocative idea-namely, that Chinese youth, often without siblings due to population control, might be making those attachments the only way they know how."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

18 36%

Child Of God (2014)

"It could have been so much worse; we wish it was a lot better."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

David Fear

19 19%

Sex Tape (2014)

"A tired premise and a sheen of desperate flop sweat tanks this DOA comedy, which plays more like an ancient Playboy doodle than a full-fledged movie."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

20 64%

Lucy (2014)

"The funny thing about all these sub-Matrix shenanigans is that they're genuinely meant to stoke thought and reflection. Frankly, though, few movies have left me feeling as shorn of gray matter."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Keith Uhlich

21 49%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"It's a simple premise that Allen complicates with an illusionist's expertise."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Keith Uhlich

22 88%

The Kill Team (2014)

"The film is weak on its essential indictment, vaguely suggesting a mood of battlefield boredom without quite pinpointing the pathology that would lead military men to squeeze the trigger pell-mell."

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

23 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"For the most part, Gondry's overwrought visions repel real feeling."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Keith Uhlich

24 73%

A Master Builder (2014)

"There's an overall lifelessness to A Master Builder, as if Demme were embalming the Shawn-Gregory stage show rather than making it live onscreen."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Keith Uhlich

25 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Some will find the director's toothless brand of epiphany comforting (and download his mixtape), but the vast majority will find it tired."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

26 77%

Land Ho! (2014)

"Mainly, Land Ho! avoids schmaltz to get at that rarest of male timber: rekindled hearts."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

27 22%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"Everything that transpires onscreen feels wholly inauthentic and calculated for maximum treacle."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Keith Uhlich

28 24%

Tammy (2014)

"They have little feel for the technical side of filmmaking; the imagery is flat and the editing amateurish. Most shots seem held for a beat too long or too short, wreaking havoc with the comic rhythm."

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Keith Uhlich

29 93%

Closed Curtain (2014)

"The journey is often challenging, but the rewards-heady, emotional, provocative and invigorating-are endless."

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Keith Uhlich

30 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"You're either awestruck, dumbstruck or just plain struck in the face."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

31 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Sprung from a 1982 French graphic novel and bearing its era's trickle-down tensions, Snowpiercer is a headlong rush into conceptual lunacy-but you'll love it anyway."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

32 77%

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

"Berlinger needs to give his heavy-metal backdrop music a rest, but this is still one of his most ambitious films, vibrating with the same municipal unease as Chinatown."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

33 69%

They Came Together (2014)

"Everyone involved seems above the rom-com conventions they're satirizing, so anxious to get to each punch line that they let the connective tissue languish."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Keith Uhlich

34 83%

Begin Again (2014)

"False moments far outweigh the genuine ones ..."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Keith Uhlich

35 91%

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

"A movie that preaches to its rafters-raising choir."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Keith Uhlich

36 91%

Norte, the End of History (2014)

"You'd have to go back to Edward Yang's Yi-Yi to find a movie that approaches marathon-length running times yet still makes you wish it were twice as long."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

David Fear

37 97%

A Summer's Tale (2014)

"Think of it as a thriller by Hitchcock-a Rohmer favorite-only with words, not knives, that cut straight to the heart."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Keith Uhlich

38 24%

Third Person (2014)

"The narrative pileup feels like a game of Indiewood channel surfing, toggling between several mediocre options."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

39 85%

Coherence (2014)

"[Byrkit's] premise has Bu˝uelian potential, but too often he settles for the shocks of a Twilight Zone episode."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

40 97%

CODE BLACK (2014)

"There's too much gloopy piano music underscoring the interviews ..."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

41 80%

Violette (2014)

"It's a movie about coming to peace with solitude, leagues beyond most biopics."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

42 85%

Ivory Tower (2014)

"Crucial stuff."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

43 60%

Hellion (2014)

"Features a fair share of forced drama ..."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Keith Uhlich

44 65%

The Rover (2014)

"There's a purity to the utter lack of rationale here; this, combined with Mich˘d's way with a landscape, makes for a passable guy-picture masquerading as something deep."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Joshua Rothkopf

45 54%

The Signal (2014)

"Things quickly fall apart, with a pileup of sub-Rod Serling narrative twists, a choppy action sequence heavy on the Michael Bay slo-mo and a sequel-ready climax ..."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Keith Uhlich

46 ——

Where is Where? ()

"Finnish visual artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila's experimental narrative truly pushes forward the possibilities of split-screen cinema."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Aaron Hillis

47 63%

The Sacrament (2014)

"Only Jones seems most at home, striking just the right note of low-key malevolence. You'd follow him anywhere-maybe even into a better movie."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Keith Uhlich

48 54%

Ping Pong Summer (2014)

"There are retro touches that children of the '80s will smile at (remember smelling the liner notes of cassettes?). But ultimately, those are too few and far between."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Carla Sosenko

49 98%

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

"William Wyler's powerful, if cumbersome prestige picture ..."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Keith Uhlich

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