Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 80%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"An evocative rumination on adolescence... honest, impressionistic portrayal of youthful summertime memories"

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Eric D. Snider

2 63%

Draft Day (2014)

"Draft Day is the cinema equivalent of a steak dinner at a red-banquette place -- a little hokey, a little retro, without a single surprise but not without a few high points. "

Posted Apr 11, 2014

James Rocchi

3 49%

Rio 2 (2014)

"Rio had at least some life to it; Rio 2 feels like hollow, dusty dead-in-the-eyes taxidermy in the name of pure profit. "

Posted Apr 9, 2014

James Rocchi

4 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The best thing in the film is, in fact, its take on Captain America that makes it great, as Evans plays Cap as Jimmy Stewart on steroids..."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

James Rocchi

5 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Funny, if not gut-busting, and well-executed, if not a masterpiece. "

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Eric D. Snider

6 71%

Oculus (2014)

"Much better than a film about a haunted mirror has any right to be. "

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Eric D. Snider

7 73%

The Den (2014)

"The Den still manages to make it feel refreshing within the glut of first-person fright flicks on the market."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Mark H. Harris

8 40%

Divergent (2014)

"From the major Ferris Wheel scene to the zip line strung from high rise rooftops, Divergent the movie is a close match to the book."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Rebecca Murray

9 92%

Journey To The West (2014)

"Characteristically bug-eyed and silly, by turns creative, clever, and exhausting."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Eric D. Snider

10 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"By 20 minutes in, I'd renamed this film 300: Fall of the Dust Particles as director Noam Murro seemed to be fascinated by the effect of having dust float in the air."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Rebecca Murray

11 84%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"if there's one thing Cheap Thrills stands for, it's fun -- sick, demented fun, the kind that hurts the next day."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Eric D. Snider

12 85%

The Congress (2014)

"We've seen all of the film's elements before, but this combination of them is heady and new. "

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Eric D. Snider

13 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

"This hand-drawn, water-colored French-Belgian concoction is a sweetly deadpan delight. "

Posted Feb 15, 2014

Eric D. Snider

14 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Winter's Tale is gorgeously shot and the scenery's absolutely stunning, but the physical beauty on screen is lost in a mushy love story that simply doesn't work."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Rebecca Murray

15 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"Yes it's unnecessary, but at least for the most part it's entertaining."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Rebecca Murray

16 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"The Monuments Men puts off a smug vibe, if you get what I mean, and holds the audience at a distance, not allowing us into this cool club."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Rebecca Murray

17 25%

The Grounded (2014)

"[A] folksy and beautifully shot documentary."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Jennifer Merin

18 96%

Locke (2014)

"A one-man show, dependent entirely on Hardy's performance as a man whose personal and professional lives are in danger of crashing down around him."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Eric D. Snider

19 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"It's still packed with bone-smashing violence, but at 148 minutes, it's packed a lot more loosely."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

Eric D. Snider

20 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"The guys have terrific chemistry, the acting is above average for the genre, and the women are surprisingly fleshed out and not just stereotypical girlfriend material."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Rebecca Murray

21 94%

The Past (2013)

"Sensible and restrained, full of drama but not with histrionics."

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Eric D. Snider

22 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"David O. Russell's American Hustle is slick, surprisingly funny, and actually makes the horrendous styles of the 1970s look kind of appealing."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Rebecca Murray

23 76%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"It doesn't matter whether you are for or against military involvement in Afghanistan; this is a film that captures the bond between those who serve."

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Rebecca Murray

24 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"The film gets by on its cast of fine actors doing charismatic work, and that's enough to recommend it. But it's a shame Wells couldn't capture the extremes of the play -- the hilarious highs as well as the devastating lows. "

Posted Jan 13, 2014

Eric D. Snider

25 100%

More Than Honey (2013)

"More Than Honey is a phenomenally well-researched and thorough study of bees and their complex influence on human civilization, and an in depth investigation of the honeybee colony collapse disorder."

Posted Jan 1, 2014

Jennifer Merin

26 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"The film falls into the trap of reducing a great man's life to a series of plot points."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Eric D. Snider

27 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"[There is] an emotional disconnect that seems downright dangerous in a film about genocide."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Jennifer Merin

28 75%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Unlike An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug leaves audiences excited about the next chapter of the saga."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Rebecca Murray

29 33%

Reaching for the Moon (2013)

"A respectable biopic that's perfectly watchable and charmingly photographed, but that could stand to loosen up a bit. "

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Eric D. Snider

30 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Solid performances from Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson, and Willem Dafoe do save this gritty drama from being completely unworthy of viewing."

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Rebecca Murray

31 92%

Philomena (2013)

"A magnificently acted and gently moving two-hankie drama.... Judi Dench's central performance is unreservedly endearing."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Eric D. Snider

32 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is not only a solid entry in the franchise but stylistically a much better movie than the film that launched the series."

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Rebecca Murray

33 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"Engaging story about bright, inexperienced artists working through their tumultuous formative years."

Posted Nov 16, 2013

Eric D. Snider

34 80%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"A bittersweet, rustic-colored drama... Authentically moving and tender."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Eric D. Snider

35 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"...meticulously made, sporadically captivating, and yet palpably overlong..."

Posted Nov 10, 2013

David Nusair

36 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Thor: The Dark World is a case of so many characters, so little for them to do."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Rebecca Murray

37 100%

Musicwood (2013)

"An excellent and entertaining documentary."

Posted Nov 4, 2013

Jennifer Merin

38 90%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"Paints the whole picture [of young love and heartbreak] with devastating, blissful accuracy."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Eric D. Snider

39 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"It's all style, no substance, and a prime example of how a bad script can shackle a first-rate cast."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Rebecca Murray

40 57%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"Even if it's not great as a movie, it's intriguing as a reflection of an experience familiar to most viewers."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Eric D. Snider

41 49%

Carrie (2013)

"For the most part, this is a solid adaptation of [Stephen] King's work that honors the source material."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Rebecca Murray

42 71%

Zero Charisma (2013)

"A likably blunt glimpse into the geek microcosm.... Funny, uneven story about a misfit among misfits."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Eric D. Snider

43 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Two-time Oscar winner Hanks will most likely find himself busy come the 2014 Oscar season as he gives a brilliant tour-de-force performance in this gripping thriller."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Rebecca Murray

44 83%

Blue Caprice (2013)

"The filmmakers unnervingly convey the killers' methodical yet ultimately random cruelty, and they do it without being exploitative."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Eric D. Snider

45 97%

Gravity (2013)

"A breathtaking film that's visually stunning, emotionally heart-wrenching, and has heart, soul, and even a bit of humor."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Rebecca Murray

46 70%

C.O.G. (2013)

"It's not necessarily the events Sedaris describes that make his essays enjoyable; it's the words he uses to describe them. Without his voice, the story falls flat."

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Eric D. Snider

47 ——

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013)

"...an intriguing yet uneven look at life in a rarely filmed corner of the world."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

David Nusair

48 89%

Rush (2013)

"Easily [Ron] Howard's most visually impressive film, Rush is a turbo-charged action drama that's highly entertaining."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Rebecca Murray

49 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"If you choose this one, know that it'll leave you feeling like you've been through the wringer."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Rebecca Murray

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