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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 77%

A Letter to Momo (2014)

"It's (... ) remarkable since it's a tender, sweet film that softly explores the resolution of loss on levels that parents and children both will understand, enjoy and savor. "

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Emily S. Mendel

2 59%

A Five Star Life (2014)

"Margherita Buy very much deserved the [Italian Oscar (R)] she won for her role ... And although [it] can be slow at moments, in its own way, it's an important film about women, and should be seen."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Emily S. Mendel

3 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"...the movie actually drags a bit in between songs. Lacking is the dramatic staging and lighting of the musical."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Emily S. Mendel

4 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"...the movie actually drags a bit in between songs. Lacking is the dramatic staging and lighting of the musical. "

Posted Jul 4, 2014

Michael Wade Simpson

5 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

"What might have been merely a sycophantic airbrushed view of Ms. Stritch and her marvelous talents, instead, is a fully candid, unrehearsed, intimate, three-dimensional portrait. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Emily S. Mendel

6 31%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"By trying to follow closely the book on which it is based, no individual dramatic component of the film grabs the viewer. ... And then, there's no satisfying conclusion."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Emily S. Mendel

7 24%

Third Person (2014)

"The plot is disjointed, the dialogue is clumsy, and some of the acting is sub-par (...) yet I wanted to know the film's outcome. "

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Emily S. Mendel

8 82%

The Double (2014)

"Talented director Richard Avoade (Submarine), cinematographer Erik Wilson and the art and set directors have created a riveting authoritarian world. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Emily S. Mendel

9 89%

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014)

""Here, in a few minutes of black-and-white footage, are a gaze, a touch, a few steps and a look out at the audience that create an unforgettable impression. ""

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Michael Wade Simpson

10 88%

Hannah Arendt (2013)

"From watching Hannah Arendt, we learn that it is possible to make a taut, compelling film about intellectuals, their opinions and discourse."

Posted Feb 17, 2014

Emily S. Mendel

11 87%

The Attack (2013)

"We learn that beneath some urbane and sophisticated Israelis lies a cold and hardened heart. We see Palestinians who live to commit terror without regard to its consequences."

Posted Feb 17, 2014

Emily S. Mendel

12 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"There have been many films about the confusion of adolescence and the difficulty of coming out...but he makes the material fresh by understating the subtext while concentrating on the immediate experiences of the characters."

Posted Feb 17, 2014

George Wu

13 93%

The Past (2013)

" Any short-term illusion of being in charge is at the cost of long-term trust and fidelity. The Past stands as a resonate warning to this vicious cycle."

Posted Feb 17, 2014

George Wu

14 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"This is not a film about the good-hearted Christmas-loving Dickens."

Posted Feb 17, 2014

Emily S. Mendel

15 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"For those of us who spend most of our time still dealing with rent and health care, it is a two-hour journey into ideas and emotions we only wish there were time to consider. That's a reason to go to the movies."

Posted Feb 17, 2014

Michael Wade Simpson

16 69%

Visitors (2014)

"Godfrey has said he wants Visitors to be about texture, not text, but it actually feels like the most cerebral of his films and not in a good way, but rather in an overdetermined didactic way. "

Posted Feb 17, 2014

George Wu

17 30%

Austenland (2013)

" ... a frothy summer movie with romance, humor, a dab of social commentary and a happy ending.""

Posted Aug 29, 2013

Emily S. Mendel

18 89%

My Brother The Devil (2013)

"El Housani's freshman effort is certainly visually accomplished, but there's precious little meat on its bones."

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Michael McDonagh

19 68%

The We and the I (2013)

"French director Michel Gondry takes a select group of Bronx teenagers, puts them on a bus, and lets them loose. For some of us, it's a scary ride."

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Beverly Berning

20 94%

Lore (2013)

"Lore and her siblings make a harrowing journey across Germany"

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Les Wright

21 ——

Samy Y Yo (2002)

EDIT

Posted Jan 22, 2013

22 94%

The Rabbi's Cat (2012)

"Sfar's enchanting portrait of a society in which Jews and Muslims live compatibly is a lesson for our time"

Posted Jan 19, 2013

Emily S. Mendel

23 96%

Brooklyn Castle (2012)

" ... a powerful and positive story about dedicated teachers helping kids succeed no matter what their circumstances"

Posted Dec 10, 2012

Emily S. Mendel

24 74%

Hello I Must Be Going (2012)

"I'm of two minds about Hello I Must Be Going. It's a slow-paced movie, and at times, too slow ... Yet the fine actors, especially the emotive-faced Melanie Lynskey and the restrained Blythe Danner, elevate the film well beyond its story line."

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Emily S. Mendel

25 18%

$upercapitalist (2012)

"$upercapitalist" exposes the heady, fast-paced, amoral world of New York/Hong Kong high finance"

Posted Aug 23, 2012

Emily S. Mendel

26 95%

The Imposter (2012)

"Only an extraordinary documentary ... can create such a sense of intrigue, tension and mystery."

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Emily S. Mendel

27 92%

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

" ... a moody, elegant and perceptive film that presents a three-dimensional King and Queen mired in a tornado of their own creation. "

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Michael Wade Simpson

28 88%

Neil Young Journeys (2012)

"Young's joyful revisit to [his hometown] contains some of the best scenes ... as we get a glimpse of a happier, freer Young"

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Emily S. Mendel

29 21%

Elles (2012)

"The shock factor may put off some, especially men who might feel uncomfortable having their sex portrayed with such cruel strokes (including male film critics-this film has been panned by so many of them) ..."

Posted May 28, 2012

Beverly Berning

30 94%

Le Rayon vert (The Green Ray) (Summer) (2011)

"I've seen "Le rayon vert" at least five times, and when I saw it again a few days ago, the beauty of its complex structure struck me once again, combining as it does the rationalism of moral convictions with the almost superstitious belief in fate."

Posted May 20, 2012

Beverly Berning

31 90%

The Fairy (2012)

"perfect timing, improvisational talents and [an] exuberant screenplay turn an absurd comedy into a thoroughly enjoyable absurdist comedy"

Posted May 3, 2012

Emily S. Mendel

32 51%

The Iron Lady (2012)

"Despite Streep's great performance, the film wavers between a touching story about a sympathetic old woman and a cautionary tale of hubris gone wild."

Posted Jan 29, 2012

Emily S. Mendel

33 94%

Hugo (2011)

"Director Martin Scorsese brings us an enchanting Christmas gift ... a marvelously inventive and inspiring 3-D film that has a heartfelt holiday message."

Posted Dec 3, 2011

Emily S. Mendel

34 56%

Seducing Charlie Barker (2011)

"Seducing Charlie Barker may have been made on a skimpy budget, but it's got everything a studio would pay big money for."

Posted Dec 3, 2011

Beverly Berning

35 98%

The Artist (2011)

"The Artist is a crowd-pleaser in the most modern "old-fashioned" sense of the word. "

Posted Dec 3, 2011

Beverly Berning

36 89%

The Descendants (2011)

"Even as Payne's weakest film, The Descendants is still worth seeing"

Posted Nov 18, 2011

George Wu

37 88%

Nora's Will (Cinco dias sin Nora) (2010)

"Nora's Will is character-driven, with universal themes of family, religion, love and reconciliation"

Posted Nov 2, 2011

Emily S. Mendel

38 84%

My Afternoons with Margueritte (2011)

"a small charming film that only the French could create."

Posted Nov 2, 2011

Emily S. Mendel

39 60%

Vincent Wants to Sea! (2011)

"Whether classed as a drama, a comedy, or a road movie, Vincent Wants to Sea is a perennially favorite Hollywood tale."

Posted Jul 7, 2011

Les Wright

40 ——

Christopher And His Kind (2011)

"a powerful evocation of a place lost in time but richly alive in collective gay memory "

Posted Jun 23, 2011

Les Wright

41 62%

Gun Hill Road (2011)

"The downbeat story of Michael, who is trapped half way in the process of coming out as a transgender-identifying person."

Posted Jun 23, 2011

Les Wright

42 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"The Tree of Life is one of those few films that comes along once in a decade with artistic aspirations so enormous, it stands like a giant towering over the movies around it."

Posted May 30, 2011

George Wu

43 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"Woody Allen's latest movie gift ... combines blithe romantic comedy with fantasy, adds a touch of insight and wraps it all up in a beautiful Parisian bow."

Posted May 26, 2011

Emily S. Mendel

44 77%

Thor (2011)

"Thor gets by on humor and on the performances of Hemsworth, Hiddleston, and Dennings ... "

Posted May 18, 2011

George Wu

45 75%

These Amazing Shadows (2011)

"a long commercial promotion for The National Film Registry"

Posted May 18, 2011

Les Wright

46 40%

Henry's Crime (2011)

" ... despite some minor grumbles, I was entertained by Henry's Crime."

Posted Apr 26, 2011

Emily S. Mendel

47 ——

Leviatán (Monster Dog) (The Bite) (2005)

EDIT

Posted Apr 18, 2011

48 ——

Treasure Island (1998)

EDIT

Posted Apr 4, 2011

49 74%

Heartbeats (2011)

"Director Dolan focuses on the fetishes of fashion"

Posted Apr 2, 2011

Les Wright

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