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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

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

2 89%

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

3 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

4 90%

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

5 94%

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

6 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

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

Posted Feb 17, 2014

Emily S. Mendel

7 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

8 68%

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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 94%

Lore (2013)

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

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Les Wright

13 ——

Samy Y Yo (2002)

EDIT

Posted Jan 22, 2013

14 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

15 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

16 73%

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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 89%

The Descendants (2011)

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

Posted Nov 18, 2011

George Wu

29 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

30 84%

My Afternoons with Margueritte (2011)

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

Posted Nov 2, 2011

Emily S. Mendel

31 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

32 ——

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

33 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

34 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

35 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

36 77%

Thor (2011)

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

Posted May 18, 2011

George Wu

37 75%

These Amazing Shadows (2011)

"a long commercial promotion for The National Film Registry"

Posted May 18, 2011

Les Wright

38 40%

Henry's Crime (2011)

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

Posted Apr 26, 2011

Emily S. Mendel

39 ——

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

EDIT

Posted Apr 18, 2011

40 ——

Treasure Island (1998)

EDIT

Posted Apr 4, 2011

41 74%

Heartbeats (2011)

"Director Dolan focuses on the fetishes of fashion"

Posted Apr 2, 2011

Les Wright

42 97%

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune (2011)

" ... a "must see" for those who lived through the turbulent 1960s, and those who today question our country's continuing engagement in foreign wars."

Posted Mar 19, 2011

Emily S. Mendel

43 100%

We Were Here (2011)

" ... the document of record, establishing the public, collective memory of a time and place so many have wanted to forget."

Posted Mar 1, 2011

Les Wright

44 88%

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

" ... a complex, nuanced, darkly amusing, yet poignant film. "

Posted Feb 16, 2011

Emily S. Mendel

45 84%

Nenette (2010)

"Nicholas Philibert's film is a heartfelt and wondrously respectful homage to this magnificent species."

Posted Jan 28, 2011

Beverly Berning

46 71%

Somewhere (2010)

"Sofia Coppola is here to remind us that film is an art form, and "Somewhere" is yet another work of art of her own design."

Posted Dec 23, 2010

Beverly Berning

47 77%

Tiny Furniture (2010)

"With nothing more than a teensy camera and a big talent, Miss Dunham has made a great little movie. This young filmmaker is the real thing."

Posted Dec 12, 2010

Beverly Berning

48 91%

Kings of Pastry (2010)

" ... through highly skilled directing and editing, this documentary comes alive with universal concerns and emotional content. "

Posted Dec 2, 2010

Emily S. Mendel

49 81%

Today's Special (2010)

" ... Aasif Mandvi has whipped up a delicious film, a heart-warmer sans clichés"

Posted Nov 14, 2010

Emily S. Mendel

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