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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 73%

Dark Touch (2013)

"Dark Touch employs the sensational trappings of a horror film to explore the real world horrors of child abuse."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Beth Accomando

2 56%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"This is not agitprop. Moore is not promoting a political agenda with Disney as his target. Instead, this is a filmmaker exploring the discrepancy between reality and the fantasy world Disney represents. "

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Beth Accomando

3 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Gravity is what cinema at its best should be - an experience that makes you grip the armrests tightly and slide to the edge of your seat as you become completely consumed by the story on the screen."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Beth Accomando

4 80%

Curse of Chucky (2013)

"Curse of Chucky is actually a good film, head and assorted other body parts above most of the horror films that get released theatrically. So why it's only coming out on DVD and Blu-ray is a mystery... and stupid."

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Beth Accomando

5 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"This documentary reminds us of Divine's audacious and unique impact on both film and American culture. It's also a great way to celebrate the talented actor who gave us Divine."

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Beth Accomando

6 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"Short Term 12 is graced by an elegant simplicity and honesty that makes it one of the best films of the year."

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Beth Accomando

7 94%

Drug War (2013)

"To's film is solidly directed, and brutal and unflinching in its depiction of the drug world at the center of the story."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Beth Accomando

8 89%

The World's End (2013)

"But even with its flaws, The World's End serves up a wild plot, a boisterously engaging ensemble, and a sincere exploration of what friendship is. "

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Beth Accomando

9 81%

Una noche (One Night) (2013)

"Molloy captures the Cuban spirit of energy, resiliency, resourcefulness, and passion. She does an impressive job of blending an intimate story of friends with a meticulously observed portrait of Havana."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Beth Accomando

10 92%

In a World... (2013)

"Bell's character may be stressed and a bit awkward but her direction is smooth and confident. "

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Beth Accomando

11 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Copley's scenes (as well as the ones with Finchtner) are the only moments when the film has any fire in its belly and can hold our interest. "

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Beth Accomando

12 48%

Maniac (2013)

"Khalfoun gives us an unflinchingly brutal film that places the viewer in the role of accomplice with disturbingly effective results. "

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Beth Accomando

13 44%

Gut (2012)

"This is a smart horror film that employs a carefully calibrated and low key style to turn the screws on both the characters and the audience."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Beth Accomando

14 68%

World War Z (2013)

"So let me be up front and clear -- I read and loved Max Brooks' World War Z, and the film opening this weekend should be renamed Brad Pitt Saves the World."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Beth Accomando

15 45%

The Lords of Salem (2013)

"Having the adorable Dee Wallace teamed with Judy Geeson and Patricia Quinn as the revived coven of witches was great. If the film had been about them, the film might have been good."

Posted Apr 20, 2013

Beth Accomando

16 65%

Antiviral (2013)

"Originality is a rare commodity in art, so when something fresh and unexpected comes my way, it's cause for celebration. Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral is cause for celebration. "

Posted Apr 20, 2013

Beth Accomando

17 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"Evil Deadis a good old-fashioned gorefest that maintains a sense of fun, tension, and the all important "ew" factor."

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Beth Accomando

18 61%

John Dies at the End (2013)

"John Dies at the End should carry a drug label warning: caution consumption of this film may induce hallucinations, impair your ability to see the world as you once did, and cause outbursts of uncontrollable laughter."

Posted Feb 15, 2013

Beth Accomando

19 14%

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

"The Moore is less approach announced itself early in an excruciatingly uninventive car chase and then reaffirmed itself with a supreme lack of humor that permeated almost every scene."

Posted Feb 15, 2013

Beth Accomando

20 65%

Mama (2013)

"Mama is not a gross out horror film and it's not trying to terrorize you. But it does deliver an elegantly creepy ghost tale that might subtly insinuate itself into your nightmares."

Posted Jan 19, 2013

Beth Accomando

21 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"The Last Stand is a respectable American debut for Kim Je-Woon but I hope he doesn't get sucked into the Hollywood mill. He's far too good a filmmaker to make strictly formula films."

Posted Jan 19, 2013

Beth Accomando

22 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"I hope Django Unchained will be appreciated for being a complex film delivered under the guise of simple pop entertainment. "

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Beth Accomando

23 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"There are so few directors who can convincingly create a fantasy world that I applaud Jackson for continuing to make Middle Earth a travel destination we still love to visit -- even if the journey is becoming less direct."

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Beth Accomando

24 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"So Skyfall may not be the film you are expecting from the franchise but it's a film that will prove more satisfying with each viewing."

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Beth Accomando

25 100%

Masquerade (2012)

"Director Choo Chang-min delivers a familiar tale with elegant skill and assurance. He proves that if you have a good story, there's no need to gild the lily. "

Posted Oct 20, 2012

Beth Accomando

26 61%

Tai Chi Zero (2012)

"And although disappointed by this first part of the trilogy, there was enough to hold my interest to make me at least willing to give part 2 a chance."

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Beth Accomando

27 83%

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

"I would pay to see this film again if only to hear Walken utter that pivotal "no" at the end of the film."

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Beth Accomando

28 14%

Grave Encounters 2 (2012)

"Grave Encounters 2 disappoints because it cops out to so many current horror clichés and can't seem to come up with anything fresh or original. "

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Beth Accomando

29 18%

Smiley (2012)

"It's nice to see that Gallagher may be trying to tap into something that will talk specifically to his generation but at the same time he's not willing to cop out to all the current horror trends in making his film. "

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Beth Accomando

30 63%

Sinister (2012)

"Sinister does falter but it does so early on and finishes strong so that you leave the theater with the best bits fresh in your mind and the disappointing ones starting to fade. "

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Beth Accomando

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Flamenco, Flamenco ()

"For Flamenco, Flamenco he kicks up the style and visual luster to deliver a film that is so vivid that it stands out in bold relief in ways digital 3D can never compete."

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Beth Accomando

32 87%

Frankenweenie (2012)

"Frankenweenie is like catnip for old school horror fans, we get a whiff of homage and pick up the scent of all the horror references and we go crazy with delight. "

Posted Oct 5, 2012

Beth Accomando

33 79%

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2012)

"Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is another solid rather than flamboyant film from Japan's master of extreme Takashi Miike. "

Posted Sep 2, 2012

Beth Accomando

34 40%

The Possession (2012)

"Bornedal can't find anything to make his story unique. It could have been the dybbuk box but whatever potential for originality lay in that detail has been exorcised out."

Posted Sep 2, 2012

Beth Accomando

35 97%

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

"His willingness to speak out despite severe consequences is inspiring, and his recent silence speaks almost as loudly as his work in calling attention to China's repressive tactics. "

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Beth Accomando

36 30%

Total Recall (2012)

"I would suggest that Original Films change their name to Deja Vu Productions. "

Posted Aug 4, 2012

Beth Accomando

37 82%

Pink Flamingos (1972)

"But what made Waters unique was the joyous quality of his work, the wicked delight he took in trashy obscenity. "

Posted Jul 28, 2012

Beth Accomando

38 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"In The Dark Knight Rises, one character talks about revenge and a slow knife that is patient for satisfaction. That describes Nolan as well. "

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Beth Accomando

39 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

"Trying to describe Beasts of the Southern Wild seems fruitless, like trying to describe the quality of moonlight -- suffice it to say that it's lovely to behold and somehow magical. "

Posted Jul 17, 2012

Beth Accomando

40 68%

Ted (2012)

"Ted is raunchy and funny as you might expect but it's also surprisingly sweet natured. Quite a fun and satisfying first feature from MacFarlane."

Posted Jul 3, 2012

Beth Accomando

41 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"The Amazing Spider-Man reminds me a lot of Let Me In (the American remake of the exquisite Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In) -- neither one's a bad movie yet both are rather unnecessary."

Posted Jul 3, 2012

Beth Accomando

42 78%

Brave (2012)

"Macdonald is a delight to listen to. She is completely engaging and creates a character that's passionate, determined, and smart but also occasionally selfish and short-sighted. "

Posted Jun 23, 2012

Beth Accomando

43 35%

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

"The result is a film that feels more like the ridiculous Will Smith Wild Wild West and less like Bekmambetov's clever Night Watch."

Posted Jun 21, 2012

Beth Accomando

44 73%

Prometheus (2012)

"In a nutshell, the best thing about Prometheus can be summed up in two words: Michael Fassbender. "

Posted Jun 9, 2012

Beth Accomando

45 62%

Lymelife (2008)

"Lymelife captures the look and feel of a very specific era in American life."

Posted May 14, 2012

Beth Accomando

46 37%

Dark Shadows (2012)

"There really isn't acting to speak of because there is no attempt at character development, just character design. Characters only exist as gags, and cheap gags at that."

Posted May 12, 2012

Beth Accomando

47 75%

Sound of My Voice (2012)

"Sound of My Voice is a subtle, low key but smart and provocative work. I am looking forward to what Marling comes up with next since her films always leave you craving more."

Posted May 9, 2012

Beth Accomando

48 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Whedon's The Avengers does what the best films of this genre do: create a fantasy world that you accept as totally real. And then provides a kick-ass good time as well."

Posted May 5, 2012

Beth Accomando

49 92%

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"What follows is what could be described as a clever and wildly fun deconstruction and reassembly of the standard Hollywood horror flick."

Posted Apr 16, 2012

Beth Accomando

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