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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

L'amour est le crime parfait ()

"It's not only the clean air that's transparent; so is the lack of credibility. "

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Kent Turner

2 88%

La cage dorée (The Gilded Cage) ()

"The acting style wavers from the sensitive to the most sitcomish ... What's ham in Portuguese, canastrão?"

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Kent Turner

3 ——

Je Fais Le Mort ()

"Works both as a satire and a mystery"

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Kent Turner

4 ——

Tonnerre ()

"It leaves an impression of the sweet and menacing in equal measure. (And you might think of Taxi Driver.)"

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Kent Turner

5 ——

La Bataille de Solférino ()

"There's not a chance that anyone will nod off. The film singly breaks the festival out of any art-house stupor. "

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Kent Turner

6 90%

Suzanne ()

"What remains within the trim and speedy 94-minute time frame is often riveting. It's like watching a car wreck in slow motion. "

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Kent Turner

7 91%

Kids for Cash (2014)

"Adds considerable behind-the-headlines insight . . . despite the frustrating blank holes that are filled with rage against the machine of injustice."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Nora Lee Mandel

8 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

"Ever the trooper, [Stritch] grabs the audience's attention, which never wanes. There's not one diffident moment. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is the natural-born sequel to her stage show and just as revealing. "

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Kent Turner

9 91%

Omar (2014)

"Fresh take on thrillers and Romeos-and-Juliets set along the Israel/Palestine security wall. . . imbues a social consciousness in a mystery containing an intimate secret."

Posted Feb 22, 2014

Nora Lee Mandel

10 97%

The Last of the Unjust (2014)

"Lanzmann conducts no dry ethics lesson here-it is made of flesh, blood, ghosts, and a fascinating man for the audience to finally judge."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Nora Lee Mandel

11 33%

Mars At Sunrise (2014)

"Attempts to bring experimental cinema to the Israeli occupation and has flashes of innovative success amidst didacticism, confusing imagery [and] Suliman's powerful scenes."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Nora Lee Mandel

12 61%

Generation War (2014)

"Sweeps away most WW2 clichés Americans usually see in movies. . .Key tragedy here is Nazis' dragging down their country by refusal to face reality on the front and at home."

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Nora Lee Mandel

13 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Letts's vipers have been defanged, and there's little indication that their brawling would elicit raucous laughter in its original form. "

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Kent Turner

14 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Most likely, [P. L.] Travers would find this screen version of her life to be obvious and heavy handed."

Posted Dec 15, 2013

Kent Turner

15 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Pitch-perfect tribute to a moment and place at cusp of cultural change from POV of one stubborn man doomed to be passed by. . .brought to life by the charismatic Oscar Isaac."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

16 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"The viewer will watch paint dry and like it. "

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Kent Turner

17 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"Only when it gets personal does The Armstrong Lie pick up speed."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Kent Turner

18 34%

Passion (2013)

"De Palma wallows in the excesses of his cutthroat corporate connivers ... Virtually actor proof, his movie withstands performances that aren't as wild and liberated as his direction."

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Kent Turner

19 86%

At Berkeley (2013)

"A teaching lesson in the thoughtful strengths and the frustrating weaknesses of Wiseman's fly-on-the-wall, observational-over-time technique of documentary filmmaking."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

20 79%

Aftermath (2013)

"Intense thriller exposes the corrosive effect of collective silence and lies over decades. . . Dramatic cinematography keeps contrasting lovely landscapes with nasty doings."

Posted Nov 3, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

21 100%

The Square (2013)

"[E]ngrossingly captures a portrait of society in throes of consciousness-raising. . .what makes this stand apart is the participation of a Muslim Brotherhood youth organizer."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

22 94%

I Am Divine (2013)

"A viewer could suffer whiplash just from how much [Divine] and pop culture changed in the course of 20 years."

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Kent Turner

23 94%

After Tiller (2013)

"Wrenching portrait of life and death decisions where even the definition of "life" is emotionally laden for doctors and pregnant women considering abortion."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

24 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"A gift for the blurry-eyed filmgoer"

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Kent Turner

25 77%

Bethlehem (2014)

"Perhaps most impressively, [director] Adler brings out volatile performances from his non-professional cast."

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Kent Turner

26 84%

Joe (2014)

"The film begins with a beating and doesn't let up."

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Kent Turner

27 94%

Ida (2014)

"Elegantly sparse and absorbing"

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Kent Turner

28 82%

Siddharth (2014)

"Shot on the fly throughout India, Siddharth ... was inspired by a conversation the director had with a Mumbai rickshaw driver, whose son had vanished without a trace. "

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Kent Turner

29 70%

American Promise (2013)

"Raising and educating middle-class African-American boys is seen first-hand, cinema verité style, over 9 years in fitful, occasionally insightful, and intimately revealing."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

30 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"This steadily absorbing man-adrift-on-a-damaged-sailboat saga has possibly the three most suspenseful sequences of the year."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Kent Turner

31 82%

Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013)

"Strong feminist interpretation to tragic thwarted creativity. . .Binoche fiercely embodies extraordinary woman working to act normal surrounded by abnormal and [no] freedom."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

32 8%

CBGB (2013)

"Warm gloss of nostalgia over the rise of the punk music scene in gritty 1970's downtown New York. The spirit of musical and visual energy outweighs fanciful superficiality."

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

33 75%

Out in the Dark (2013)

"Intense intimate look beyond tragic premise of Romeo & Romeo across Israel/Palestine wall. . . Suspense thrillingly builds to options the lovers have [for] romantic optimism."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

34 48%

Zaytoun (2013)

"Visually operatic street scenes, panoply of characters, Dorff brusque to paternal, talented ensemble of Palestinian/Israeli-Arab actors [make] this crossing worth traveling."

Posted Oct 11, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

35 67%

Herb & Dorothy 50x50 (2013)

"A superhero sequel worth seeing. . . [It's a] treat is to see the Vogels [as] active donors [and] how museums have experienced the impressive impact of their unique vision."

Posted Oct 5, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

36 61%

The Summit (2013)

"The Summit joins a small but distinguished canon, which include Jon Krakauer's best-selling Into Thin Air and Kevin Macdonald's gripping documentary Touching the Void."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Kent Turner

37 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"With its twists and turns and at 99 minutes, A Hijacking outsmarts the 132-minute long Captain Phillips."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Kent Turner

38 ——

Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) ()

"The film is quietly observational and, in terms of style, all over the place. The director obviously borrows from the looseness of the early French New Wave."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Kent Turner

39 86%

Abuse of Weakness (2014)

"The physical demands of the role offer a new opportunity for Huppert, who is otherwise on automatic pilot, aloof and disdainful."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Kent Turner

40 46%

Child Of God (2014)

"This is a tough sell, a heavy-duty Southern gothic that makes the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men seem lightweight."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Kent Turner

41 ——

Club Sándwich (Club Sandwich) ()

"A more intimate mother and son relationship is hard to imagine. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Kent Turner

42 89%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Delightfully tart ... you can feel elated and sad at the same time."

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Kent Turner

43 ——

Eastern Boys ()

"Fascinating and suspenseful"

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Kent Turner

44 ——

L'armée du salut (Salvation Army) ()

"Beautifully observed and melancholic"

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Kent Turner

45 ——

The Dog (2014)

"An unexpurgated blast of gay 1970s New York"

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Kent Turner

46 100%

Pelo malo ()

"The most endearing film I saw out of 36 films [at the Toronto International Film Festival] was Bad Hair."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Kent Turner

47 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"Even without the foreknowledge of [Gandolfini]'s recent death, the film has a lingering sense of regret, despite its Hollywood ending. "

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Kent Turner

48 ——

Amazonia ()

"In a visually resplendent French/Brazilian live-action co-production, a scene-stealer little capuchin monkey survives a plane clash and has to learn to fend for himself ... Run, little monkey, run! "

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Kent Turner

49 97%

Gravity (2013)

"High-class hokum 600,000 feet in orbit"

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Kent Turner

50 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"The drooping Spanish moss is about the only visual icon that this film shares with Gone With the Wind."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Kent Turner

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