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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 78%

An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013)

"A superbly unique film-within-a-film"

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Michael Lee

2 73%

Augustine (2013)

"Hand-held camera gives contemporary realism amidst the historically correct costumes and surroundings. . .[but] feminist iconography . . .makes the phenomenon seem a charade."

Posted May 19, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

3 ——

Cape Spin: An American Power Stuggle (2013)

"Just when you're either confused or made cynical by everyone's hypocrisy. . .optimism lifts the critical view to an unusually thoughtful perspective on environmental issues."

Posted May 19, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

4 67%

State 194 (2013)

"The efforts of these cock-eyed optimists are worth being seen so they won't be forgotten under the usual media onslaught of the louder preventers of peace."

Posted May 19, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

5 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"Polley imaginatively fills in the past through a hybrid of documentary and fiction [for] knowing relevance to oral history, testimonial evidence, and what makes a family."

Posted May 19, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

6 69%

Renoir (2013)

"Accompanying the spirited muse of two Renoirs, a gorgeous immersion into nature, family, love, and art in the Côte d'Azur during the summer of 1915."

Posted Apr 6, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

7 80%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"Fanning heartbreakingly expresses hurt with seemingly with every fiber of her being. Her family implodes as much as the world seems about to during those 13 days in October."

Posted Apr 6, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

8 79%

No Place On Earth (2013)

"Curious mystery unfolds with enthralling suspense amidst harrowing details and astonishes in this unique story that's an insightful tribute to the power and spirit of family."

Posted Apr 5, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

9 91%

The Sapphires (2013)

"Irresistibly feel good, sound good movie, wears hearts and social relevance on its sparkly sleeve. . .Fun and racial tolerance amidst war [with] sterling aborigine talent."

Posted Mar 27, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

10 92%

Our Nixon (2013)

"An insular time capsule, and a somewhat snarky tweak, of the country's most complicated president."

Posted Mar 26, 2013

Kent Turner

11 ——

Anton tut ryadom (Anton's Right Here) ()

"And boy, has the director found a compelling story line ... Remarkably, the overall point of view remains sober-it's uplifting, but no Kleenex is necessary."

Posted Mar 26, 2013

Kent Turner

12 ——

Eles Voltam (They'll Come Back) ()

"Though geared for adults, this quiet and enfolding film feels like a remarkably perceptive YA novel."

Posted Mar 26, 2013

Kent Turner

13 82%

Eden (2013)

"The intimate scenes between marginalized individuals feeling out complicated relationships. . .gives unusually poignant insight into those caught up in sex trafficking."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

14 62%

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013)

"A heartfelt verité portrait of American pop rock as a global product, reaching into the slums of Manila, and filling stadiums around the world with happy, smiling people."

Posted Mar 18, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

15 68%

The We and the I (2013)

"Exuberantly finds the universality of adolescence. . . [in] a running theme of. . .peers vs. individual--how 1 plus 1 equals 3, when in groups, they become like someone else."

Posted Mar 18, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

16 79%

Reality (2013)

"The effect of watching this beautifully crafted and sincere film about desire run amok is virtually hypnotic, thanks to the long gilding takes."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Kent Turner

17 95%

War Witch (2013)

"[Despite] so many fictional elements. . . the point of view poignantly emphasizes the special travails of girls within violent societies engaged in constant war."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

18 ——

Mauvaise Fille ()

"The film refuses to embrace even its audience. Take that as praise and a warning."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Kent Turner

19 71%

Le magasin des suicides (The Suicide Shop) ()

"After the success of the irreverent The Book of Mormon, this would be a natural for the stage-Broadway would be so lucky."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Kent Turner

20 ——

Le jour des corneilles ()

"Gorgeously animated ... smart enough for adults and appealing for anyone with abandonment issues. "

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Kent Turner

21 ——

Une Estonienne à Paris ()

"At 84, actress Jeanne Moreau gives out a dangerous and a high-voltage charge in the otherwise sweet and straightforward A Lady in Paris."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Kent Turner

22 ——

Jappeloup ()

"The drama really takes off during the competitions, filmed with an aerobic camera that moves everywhere ... Even if you're not an equestrian, this is a knuckle-biter. "

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Kent Turner

23 89%

Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013)

"Entertainingly traces the origins of the ubiquitous song and how it became worldwide kitsch [but] gets wearyingly redundant like a party that has gone on too long."

Posted Mar 2, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

24 90%

A Place at the Table (2013)

"As moving as the real lives are, for a film clearly intending to be a call for action, hunger cries out for more journalism and not just depressing stories and statistics."

Posted Mar 2, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

25 50%

The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek (2013)

"Picture- and letter-perfect send-up of such serious treatments of history as . . . Ken Burns' Civil War. . . The most chuckles over a history lesson since Mel Brooks."

Posted Feb 25, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

26 27%

Saving Lincoln (2013)

"The innovative look. . .of thrusting actors directly into archival photographs, . .the primary reason to see the film, is particularly striking. . .as visual authenticity."

Posted Feb 25, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

27 93%

Night Across the Street (2013)

"The film's like wandering unescorted in someone else's mind ... It becomes more beautifully melancholic as you remember it."

Posted Feb 12, 2013

Kent Turner

28 94%

Lore (2013)

"In the chaos of 3rd Reich's end. . .contemporizes the look and feel of overwhelmed, exhausted teens sifting through continuing lies and denials of the truths by everyone."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

29 89%

Koch (2013)

"An enjoyable but not very revelatory tribute that has also become a visual obituary."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

30 93%

The Gatekeepers (2013)

"[T]houghtfully examines the difficulties of protecting a democracy from internal enemies. . .with realpolitik towards peace [and] repeated criticism of government leaders."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

31 86%

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives (2013)

"Lengthy documentation of births. . .are fascinating to watch. . .but ends up reinforcing every stereotype. . . of midwifery as more appropriate to hippie lifestyle or Amish."

Posted Jan 30, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

32 95%

West of Memphis (2012)

"Extols the efforts of celebrities to win the release of three innocent men [and is] suspenseful when it's straightforward-the best CSI investigation that money can buy."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

33 78%

La pirogue (2013)

"A key to the realism is tribal and linguistic diversity so often ignored in films about Africans. . memorably captures the staggering determination it takes to go to Europe."

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

34 58%

La Rafle (2012)

"Realistically brings to the screen. . .as visceral, powerful, and ever more awful scenes. . . but the larger historical context comes across as stiff educational recreations."

Posted Jan 16, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

35 93%

Barbara (2012)

"Feels like total immersion into the sights, stresses, and the subtle solidarity among middle-class professionals living in the workers' paradise that Petzold's parents fled."

Posted Jan 16, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

36 98%

56 Up (2013)

"The granddaddy of longitudinal documentaries impressively reaches grandparenthood. . . continuing to reveal as much about the heard (but not seen) Apted as his interviewees."

Posted Jan 16, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

37 70%

Not Fade Away (2012)

"Beautifully captures the impact of the British rock 'n' roll invasion on young teens in the suburbs (I was there). . .But even with accurate details, the film loses its way. "

Posted Jan 16, 2013

Nora Lee Mandel

38 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"The film has recently been slammed, perhaps as backlash to its early critical raves, but on close examination, it's not a work to readily dismiss."

Posted Jan 11, 2013

Kent Turner

39 50%

Fairhaven (2013)

"O'Brien's almost laissez-faire directing allows for the scenes to often go in surprising directions, banking on skillful improvisation by the cast."

Posted Jan 11, 2013

Michael Lee

40 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"Modern day follow-up to Sunrise At Campobello. . .awkwardly grafted on follow-up to King's Speech [that] seems exaggerated. . .with winking FDR [and] insular view of Eleanor."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Nora Lee Mandel

41 98%

Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)

"Lots of surprises and unusual brio. . . in sorting out decades of stories and confusing points of view [with] visual documentation. Very entertaining."

Posted Dec 17, 2012

Nora Lee Mandel

42 79%

Wagner & Me (2012)

"The composer has no better advocate than Fry."

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Kent Turner

43 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"A dazzling looking, amazingly adaptable theater transforms into. . . a busy eyeful of sturm und drang, where the gentler love story of Kitty and Levin outshines the tragedy."

Posted Nov 25, 2012

Nora Lee Mandel

44 98%

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012)

"Deaf victims passionately sign about years of anguish and pleas [but film] rambles. . .around the world [and] confusingly tries to pierce hierarchy to what pope knew when."

Posted Nov 25, 2012

Nora Lee Mandel

45 87%

The Law In These Parts (2012)

"Punctuated with pungent visual and narrative footnotes, comes close to being the Pentagon Papers of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories' legal framework."

Posted Nov 25, 2012

Nora Lee Mandel

46 89%

A Royal Affair (2012)

"It wants to burst out of its corset and get down-and-Dangerous Liaisons dirty ... the political backstabbing becomes less personal and more like a history lesson in fancy dress."

Posted Nov 13, 2012

Kent Turner

47 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"Lincoln may not represent a new gold standard for the president's biography, nor for the biopic itself, but I can say with full confidence that this is the Lincoln biopic against which all others will be judged."

Posted Nov 10, 2012

Michael Lee

48 89%

Starlet (2012)

"Hemingway gives her naïf substance and Johnson turns her crone into a caring mother-figure. . .in surprising ways so their winning poignancy makes up for the fanciful [end]."

Posted Nov 10, 2012

Nora Lee Mandel

49 96%

Chasing Ice (2012)

"Glaciers melt alarmingly fast in exciting story of obsessed pied piper with a camera traveling by boat, copter, and dogsled into the Arctic to download astonishing footage."

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Nora Lee Mandel

50 65%

This Must Be The Place (2012)

"The old country comes to the New World in a magical tale with ancient roots of a prodigal son returning for revenge . . .like a cinematic DeToqueville. . . kooky and lovely."

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Nora Lee Mandel

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