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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

Trumbo (2007)

" ... a beautifully directed and passionate homage to the dignity of one man against the indignity of the times."

Posted Aug 19, 2008

Beverly Berning

2 87%

Frozen River (2008)

"Nothing comes easy in this movie except admiration for its ambitions and accomplishments."

Posted Aug 4, 2008

Harry Chotiner

3 84%

Kabluey (2007)

"This heartfelt film, though a bit uneven, is touching most of the time, funny some of the time, but always original and appealing."

Posted Aug 1, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

4 94%

The Dark Knight (2008)

" ... director Christopher Nolan's much-hyped, long awaited second entry in the Batman franchise is not only fabulous and the best film of the summer, it's possibly the best film of the year, a guaranteed mammoth hit."

Posted Jul 26, 2008

Sura Wood

5 94%

Ne le Dis ŕ Personne (Tell No One) (2006)

"It feels like an American movie, dubbed in French ... Or perhaps, better put, it feels like a bunch of French people trying to act like Americans."

Posted Jul 26, 2008

Beverly Berning

6 94%

Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

"This is Werner Herzog at his best -- a cynic with a big heart, and a nasty wit."

Posted Jul 12, 2008

Beverly Berning

7 No Score Yet

Foyle's War - Set 4 ()

"Christopher Foyle is the quintessential British sleuth ... courteous and articulate, yet steely and determined when pursuing traitors and criminals who obstruct the war effort."

Posted Jul 12, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

8 No Score Yet

Amazing Mrs. Pritchard (2007)

"the entirely entertaining tale of Ros Pritchard's rocket ride from West Yorkshire to 10 Downing Street ..."

Posted Jul 12, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

9 38%

Savage Grace (2007)

"[Savage Grace] is like a Vanity Fair article; it's eye candy, with ... a creepy dysfunctional family drama thrown in to give it added value."

Posted Jul 3, 2008

Beverly Berning

10 86%

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

"Watching Gonzo, it's hard to like Thompson much, but even harder not to be dazzled by his talent."

Posted Jul 3, 2008

Harry Chotiner

11 90%

Note by Note: The Making of the Steinway L1037 (2007)

" ... an engrossing film that makes the process of crafting a piano and the people involved come alive."

Posted Jun 28, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

12 67%

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"The whole thing plays like it's been focus-grouped to death, stripped of any real personality of its own."

Posted Jun 13, 2008

Scott Von Doviak

13 50%

Sex and the City (2008)

"Somewhere along the line, the movie version of Sex and the City got too much Botox injected into the script, and all the life was ironed out of it."

Posted Jun 10, 2008

Beverly Berning

14 84%

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2008)

"Scott Hicks' fascinating new film on Philip Glass ... gives an up-close and very personal view of a man who lives completely inside music."

Posted Jun 10, 2008

Michael McDonagh

15 94%

My Winnipeg (2007)

" ... no one else out there makes movies like this, and it has enough highlights that Guy Maddin fans should still seek it out."

Posted Jun 9, 2008

George Wu

16 89%

Aleksandra (Alexandra) (2007)

" ... at times humorous, at times touching, and unfortunately, at times tedious and distancing."

Posted Jun 9, 2008

Beverly Berning

17 78%

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

"Harrison Ford played a passable Indiana Jones, but he seemed to have lost his joie de vivre ... although it is an enjoyable fast-moving adventure movie ... I'd seen it before."

Posted Jun 8, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

18 96%

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)

"Bigger, Stronger, Faster is not just an impressive first film, it's an impressive film."

Posted Jun 1, 2008

Harry Chotiner

19 100%

Indestructible (2008)

"... a stirring narrative, a movie of epic dramatic force that holds its own with the best of any major work of cinema."

Posted Jun 1, 2008

Beverly Berning

20 96%

Up the Yangtze (2007)

"In personalizing Mao's gargantuan Three Gorges Dam project, Yung Chang enables us to connect emotionally ... with the millions whose homes and livelihoods have been snatched out from under them ..."

Posted May 27, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

21 72%

Stuck (2008)

"The primordial image of [a woman] driving around with half of a man on her hood invokes titters of discomfort ... But director Stuart Gordon ... hasn't a clue what to do with this story."

Posted May 22, 2008

Harry Chotiner

22 No Score Yet

Cranford (2008)

"...based on the entertaining and insightful writings of Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford is simply an all-around pleasure to watch. Don't miss it."

Posted May 22, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

23 No Score Yet

Crime Fiction (2008)

"Amidst the suspense and the send-ups on the literary scene, Crime Fiction interestingly explores the questions of reality, fantasy and morality."

Posted May 22, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

24 95%

No End in Sight (2007)

"No End is Sight is the product of a calmly systematic desire for knowledge, and as such, does not offer solutions, only profound insight."

Posted May 18, 2008

Beverly Berning

25 97%

51 Birch Street (2006)

"If it is the objective of a work of art to hold up a mirror to our own lives, then 51 Birch Street, in all its makeshift craftsmanship, is a great work of art."

Posted May 18, 2008

Beverly Berning

26 50%

Then She Found Me (2007)

"Helen Hunt probably could have made this into a delightful little comedy or a thoughtful drama. But the clumsy mixing of those elements makes for an awkward mess."

Posted May 9, 2008

Harry Chotiner

27 No Score Yet

Sense And Sensibility (MINI-SERIES) (2008)

"Award winning writer Andrew Davies ... has written an adaption that is largely true to the novel yet shines with new vitality."

Posted Apr 30, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

28 No Score Yet

Tudors - The Complete First Season (2008)

" ... an exuberant and engrossing series ... Strong acting, gorgeous sets, beautiful costumes and the fascinating historical period combine to make the series come alive."

Posted Apr 30, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

29 95%

Without the King (2007)

"... the ultimate experience of Skolnik's film is seeing a country that seems about to disappear from the face of the earth."

Posted Apr 27, 2008

Harry Chotiner

30 95%

No End in Sight (2007)

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Posted Apr 21, 2008

31 56%

Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2008)

"Those who find Rumi's wisdom as unknowable as desert sand constantly reshaped by the wind that blows it, will have the same reaction to Bab'Aziz."

Posted Apr 17, 2008

Beverly Berning

32 24%

The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

"With over eight months left in the year, it requires a certain audacity to declare that The Life Before Her Eyes is, and will always be, the absolute worst film of 2008 ..."

Posted Apr 8, 2008

Harry Chotiner

33 89%

The Visitor (2008)

"If McCarthy is the divinity of the universe he creates, its patron saint is Frank Capra ... The primordial truth about Capra's and McCarthy's characters is that if you scratch beneath the surface, just about everyone is decent."

Posted Apr 7, 2008

Harry Chotiner

34 65%

Stop-Loss (2008)

"... if Pierce is going to create a character who has the deep desire ... to resist the military- then she owes it to Brandon to let him be true to himself."

Posted Apr 7, 2008

Harry Chotiner

35 83%

Planet B-Boy (2007)

"After watching this movie, I felt like every nerve ending in my body was shooting sparks. No wonder these boys dedicate their lives to this dance. It's electrifying."

Posted Mar 30, 2008

Beverly Berning

36 59%

Les Chansons d'Amour (Love Songs) (2008)

" ... writer-director Christophe Honoré ... fashions a 14-song musical about love and loss."

Posted Mar 27, 2008

George Wu

37 55%

Married Life (2008)

" ... with its superb cast, its literate screenplay ... and noteworthy direction, [Married Life] is that long overdue adult film we've been waiting for."

Posted Mar 27, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

38 96%

Diva (1981)

"Jean-Jacques Beniex's bold experiment is worth a place of importance in cinematic history."

Posted Mar 22, 2008

Beverly Berning

39 77%

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

" ... a delightful fast-paced romp, full of romance, heart and happy endings."

Posted Mar 22, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

40 77%

Paranoid Park (2007)

"There are certain times in a filmmaker's career when everything comes together in a kind of perfect storm ... For Gus Van Sant, Paranoid Park is that film."

Posted Mar 20, 2008

Beverly Berning

41 86%

The Witnesses (Les Temoins) (2007)

"Andre Techine is a master at taking life experiences and stripping them of sentimentality, leaving us with only the bare-bones honesty of relationships and desire."

Posted Mar 3, 2008

Beverly Berning

42 86%

The Witnesses (Les Temoins) (2007)

"André Téchiné is a master at taking life experiences and stripping them of sentimentality, leaving us with only the bare-bones honesty of relationships and desire."

Posted Mar 3, 2008

Michael Wade Simpson

43 82%

In Bruges (2008)

"As a black comedy, In Bruges is a work of comic genius."

Posted Mar 2, 2008

Beverly Berning

44 94%

The Counterfeiters (2007)

"...the powerful, gripping, yet multifaceted and largely true story of The Counterfeiters is a film not to be missed."

Posted Mar 2, 2008

Emily S. Mendel

45 98%

The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) (2007)

"But not for nothing was it nominated for thirteen Israeli Academy Awards, winning eight, including best screenplay, actor, actress, director, and picture."

Posted Mar 2, 2008

Harry Chotiner

46 92%

Caramel (2008)

"Caramel is a warm, funny and compassionate movie that examines five women who are at very different stages in their lives, each one with a particular problem to work out."

Posted Mar 2, 2008

Beverly Berning

47 70%

The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe) (2007)

"Rivette tells the story at a length any other filmmaker would have halved."

Posted Mar 2, 2008

George Wu

48 62%

Diary of the Dead (2007)

"What undermines the movie is a streak of moralizing undercutting the humor that's a vital ingredient to any good zombie flick."

Posted Mar 1, 2008

Pamela Troy

49 81%

Chicago 10 (2008)

"The Signal is not for the squeamish, but the violence is doled out judiciously and interspersed with moments of mordant, truly biting comedy."

Posted Mar 1, 2008

Pamela Troy

50 81%

Chicago 10 (2008)

"Morgen's film suffers from two fatal flaws: prosaic story-telling and political naivete."

Posted Mar 1, 2008

Harry Chotiner