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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"Rithy Panh's cinema is an exemplary case of the imperative to bear witness."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Jonathan Romney

2 90%

It Felt Like Love (2014)

"While there's nothing unusual about seeing a teenager trying to break free of the unindividuated and invisible state of childhood, the way in which it unfolds in Eliza Hittman's debut feature is deeply uncomfortable."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Violet Lucca

3 ——

Die Stadt ohne Juden (The City Without Jews) ()

"The friction between the fantasy [the film] presents and the reality of the fate of Vienna's Jewish citizens is what potentially gives the work its greatest interest today."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Aaron Cutler

4 ——

A Time for Burning ()

"[C]aptures the enduring inflexibility of traditional institutions, and the sustained struggle and personal risk involved in transforming them."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Jared Eisenstat

5 100%

Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime (1968)

"Resnais's interest lies in how [a] steady drip of quotidian moments can be individually parsed and how the steadiness endows the material with dimension and weight."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

David Gregory Lawson

6 ——

The Carey Treatment (A Case of Murder) (Emergency Ward) (1972)

"The Carey Treatment ... belongs to its period more than to all time, but its ineffaceable qualities prove that [Blake] Edwards could never be reduced to quack or hack."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Nick Pinkerton

7 80%

Charlie Victor Romeo (2014)

"Charlie Victor Romeo is rooted in fear and panic, but it's also a deeply empathetic film."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Jordan Osterer

8 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"Apart from its handcrafted visuals, which are as lovely and painstakingly precise as anything in the Ghibli canon, the film feels sapped of conflict and energy"

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Andrew Chan

9 53%

Jimmy P. (2014)

"In warming quite a lot to Jimmy P, it's possible that I've gravitated to what Desplechin's long-term admirers might regard as the wrong film. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Jonathan Romney

10 45%

In Secret (2014)

"Like any adaptation, the film glosses over some of the finer details of the novel, but it preserves the author's moral ambiguity towards his characters."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Emma Myers

11 24%

Pompeii (2014)

"The closing images-of a self-annihilating, all-consuming passion that will be preserved for centuries-[obliterate] the line between the ridiculous and the sublime."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

R. Emmet Sweeny

12 95%

Child's Pose (2014)

"Child's Pose treads a delicate line between social horror and comedy-so much so that, as with Lazarescu, it's not always immediately apparent that the comedy is present."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Jonathan Romney

13 83%

Papirosen (2014)

"A poignant documentary about the legacy of a traumatic past as experienced across four generations."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Morgan Wilcock

14 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"The varied performances yield much kindling for warming the heart, especially the scenes between the two brothers. "

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Morgan Wilcock

15 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Thankfully, the women of the film are what save the movie, bringing something fresh to the table-for Jon, a chance at lasting love, and for us, some seasoned comic chops. "

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Morgan Wilcock

16 87%

Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014)

"Côté and his collaborators have crafted an astounding movie that doesn't care about being adored but that certainly demands to be dealt with."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Dan Sullivan

17 ——

Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley) ()

"Life of Riley isn't for everyone, and I have to admit that it wasn't entirely for me... Resnais is doing something simpler, lighter, and in many ways, more academic and safe."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Jonathan Romney

18 82%

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

"Allen seems uninterested in pushing his material beyond impersonally generic, or even in thinking things through."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

19 88%

The Last Time I Saw Macao (2013)

"[A] deeply alluring contemplation of Macao as reality and myth; an investigation of the locale's past, present, and future; and a fascinating experiment in form ..."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

20 82%

Prisoners (2013)

"Prisoners -- sometimes awkwardly, for the most part persuasively -- does a delicate balancing act between outright nightmare and naturalism."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

21 89%

Rush (2013)

"Rush is pure 'print the myth' stuff -- but since both its heroes really are myths, it gets away with it, with more grace and vigor than you might expect."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

22 92%

A Touch of Sin (2013)

"[A] bracing and unexpected offering from a director we thought we knew."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

23 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"[W]e're carried along not just by the momentum of events, but by the precision with which they're depicted. "

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

24 78%

Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013)

"Camille Claudel 1915 is a film of stark, sober rewards, and possibly Dumont's finest."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

25 64%

Bastards (2013)

"But even if it is merely a sketch or fragment, an elegant offhand gesture, this film is pure Denis and richly unsettling."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

26 91%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Le Week-End's melancholy and sometimes downright bitter disillusionment are plain to see behind the ooh-la-la veneer."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

27 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"[A]rguably delves into country matters more deeply than any precursor in cinema."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

28 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"I can't remember when a film last gave me such a surge of pure pleasure -- no, outright euphoria -- as The Great Beauty."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

29 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"[A]n odyssey into the past, into missed opportunities, and into the complexities of an everyday family of malcontents."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

30 75%

The End Of Time (2013)

"[I]t's about a series of seemingly disconnected topics linked by an abstract idea, and by a certain exploratory spirit."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

31 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Saving Mr. Banks depicts cinema as a perverse nexus of capitalism and psychoanalysis."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

32 94%

Her (2014)

"[A] tender, wry, deceptively modest package -- and the closer you look, the more it reveals itself to be the proverbial Movie For Our Times."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

33 50%

Beyond Outrage (2014)

"What prevails throughout Beyond Outrage is a rigorous, downbeat classicism."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

34 70%

God Help the Girl ()

"It's easy to categorize Murdoch's film as a vanity project, but if it is, it's a very honest one. "

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

35 99%

Gloria (2014)

"Writer-director Sebastián Lelio, whose fourth feature this is, has a confident way of parceling out exuberance and melancholy in a setting of mundane everyday realism."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

36 97%

The Last of the Unjust (2014)

"Lanzmann is a sort of counter-exorcist: instead of dispelling ghosts of the past, he makes sure that haunted sites stay haunted ..."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Jonathan Romney

37 80%

Crystal Fairy (2013)

"The adequate, amber-toned digital look, corny scoring, historically accurate costuming, era-appropriate peopling, and slowly-connect-the-dots storytelling together give the film the competent, stolid feel of a well-made informational video in a museum."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Justin Stewart

38 75%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"Nearly everyone in the film is creaking under the weight of the past."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Max Nelson

39 78%

All The Light In The Sky (2013)

"For a filmmaker whose work is mostly about the overdue onset of adulthood, it makes sense that Swanberg's first film to zero in on the subject of aging is only interested in middle age as the flipside of youth on the existential coin."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Dan Sullivan

40 79%

Bethlehem (2014)

"Unpacked, Bethlehem could easily spread out over an entire TV season, but it's refreshing to be reminded how much can be accomplished in a mere 99 minutes."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Chris Chang

41 78%

Big Bad Wolves (2014)

"In addition to its accomplished visual style and pacing, and its excellent cast, special mention should be made of the writing, particularly the way in which it manages to inject all sorts of comedy into the gaps between the mayhem"

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Chris Chang

42 95%

Child's Pose (2014)

"While lacking the elegant formal conviction of the best Romanian New Wave films, Calin Peter Netzer's Child's Pose is nevertheless a work of sophisticated and affecting storytelling, persuasively enmeshing the fate of individuals with that of society."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Eric Hynes

43 80%

The German Doctor (2014)

"Bado is a compelling and at times magnetic presence, and the film misses her whenever she's offscreen."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Sarah Mankoff

44 99%

Gloria (2014)

"The Chilean director's fourth feature isn't some simplistic tale of uplift but one that honestly depicts someone who is taking emotional risks, having fun, and taking her lumps too."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Nicolas Rapold

45 85%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"While not to be confused with the 1987 Dudley Moore body-swap comedy, Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest drama also undertakes its own kind of identity experiment, one that organically grows into something altogether more poignant"

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Nicolas Rapold

46 88%

A Field in England (2014)

"The strategy is not unfamiliar but, aided by Jim Williams's ethnic ambient score, the fusion is so successful here that it makes the strangeness of mystic Albion come stunningly alive-notwithstanding the playful, ribald storytelling."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Graham Fuller

47 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Designed as one big, sloppy thesp-a-thon, the film adaptation of August: Osage County interprets one of the past decade's most overly hyped dramas with the conviction usually lavished on top-drawer Eugene O'Neill."

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Andrew Chan

48 92%

Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014)

"In Bloom so triumphantly, albeit modestly, transcends its category that it's really quite special."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Jonathan Romney

49 81%

Lenny Cooke (2013)

"That the first half of the film is largely older footage (previously shot for an earlier project by Adam Shopkorn) endows it with wistfulness. No matter how merry the events, they're obviously distant fragments of a broken dream."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Frank Ombres

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