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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 37%

The Great Gatsby (1974)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Widely trashed by a cabal of critics who didn't know a good film when they saw it, Jack Clayton's 1974 rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel beautifully captures its romantic essence and caustic social indictments. "

Posted May 9, 2013

Cole Smithey

2 92%

Bloody Sunday (2002)

"Although originally produced for British television in 2002, Paul Greengrass's vivid depiction of a violent turning point in the so-called Troubles in Northern Ireland was released in the U.S. in theaters."

Posted May 7, 2013

Cole Smithey

3 85%

Sightseers (2013)

"Blacker than the La Brea Tar Pits director Ben Wheatley's dark comedy, about a couple of serial killer lovebirds, is an exquisitely funny movie. "

Posted May 6, 2013

Cole Smithey

4 77%

Venus And Serena (2013)

"...those hoping to better understand the physical and mental struggles that Serena and Venus Williams have gone through in their commitment to tennis, will be richly rewarded. "

Posted May 6, 2013

Cole Smithey

5 ——

Variety (1983)

"Bette Gordon's independent psychological thriller, written by Kathy Acker, is a stunning proto-feminist noir experiment set in the sex shops of 1983 Times Square. "

Posted May 1, 2013

Cole Smithey

6 60%

Kiss Of The Damned (2013)

"Decadence and debauchery are equal parts death and creation in a cool little vampire movie that makes the "Twilight" franchise look like kid stuff. "

Posted Apr 28, 2013

Cole Smithey

7 66%

The Iceman (2013)

"With so many substantial performances under his belt, it's not accurate to tern Michael Shannon's exemplary work here as a "breakthrough performance." It is nonetheless Oscar-worthy. "

Posted Apr 28, 2013

Cole Smithey

8 84%

The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within) (2004)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Alejandro Amenábar's seamless depiction of Ramón Sampedro's battle for his own sense of integrity arrives in refreshing cinematic terms. "

Posted Apr 27, 2013

Cole Smithey

9 50%

At Any Price (2013)

"Yes, it's a cutthroat world out there, and there isn't a damn thing you can do about it, except hide the bodies well. That's the takeaway from "At Any Price." "

Posted Apr 25, 2013

Cole Smithey

10 54%

Oblivion (2013)

"It's not like Tom Cruise hasn't made a great sci-fi movie in his career; "Minority Report" is a masterpiece. "Oblivion," on the other hand, is just what the title portends. "

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Cole Smithey

11 85%

Slap Shot (1999)

""Slap Shot" is a sports movie that revels in details of milieu, plot and character. Smokestacks billow white plumes from a perpetually overcast industrial skyline. Everything is old and weather beaten. Every victory is tainted. "

Posted Apr 22, 2013

Cole Smithey

12 89%

In the House (2013)

"François Ozon's slow-burn comic thriller is a sensitive observation of a global race-to-the-bottom that is devaluing culture in all of its varied forms. "

Posted Apr 21, 2013

Cole Smithey

13 90%

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013)

"They don't call it "magic" for nothing. This movie has plenty of enchantment to spare. Here is the best documentary of 2013, so far. Don't miss it. "

Posted Apr 18, 2013

Cole Smithey

14 77%

It's a Disaster (2013)

""It's a Disaster" wouldn't be a bad choice for the last movie you see before life on Earth comes to a crashing halt. "

Posted Apr 17, 2013

Cole Smithey

15 26%

Erased (2013)

"Liana Liberato is amazing. The child actor who gave a breakout performance in "Trust" (2010) has blossomed into an actress of tremendous range. "

Posted Apr 17, 2013

Cole Smithey

16 98%

Mud (2013)

""Mud" is a boys adventure movie with its heart in the right place. "

Posted Apr 16, 2013

Cole Smithey

17 63%

Unmade In China (2013)

""Unmade in China" is an entertaining personalized account of a director's hardships attempting to work in China's determinedly hostile filmmaking conditions. "

Posted Apr 14, 2013

Cole Smithey

18 ——

Like Water (2012)

"Pablo Croce's filmic portrait of master fighter Anderson Silva is a priceless viewpoint of a gifted but humble athlete working past the height of his powers. "

Posted Apr 13, 2013

Cole Smithey

19 65%

Antiviral (2013)

""Antiviral" is interesting for the first ten or fifteen minutes before it digresses into a slough. Boredom is the death of any movie, and this one will bore you to tears. "

Posted Apr 13, 2013

Cole Smithey

20 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"For a movie that's nothing if not a bloodbath, "Evil Dead" is as dry as the Sahara. "

Posted Apr 13, 2013

Cole Smithey

21 48%

Maniac (2013)

"An irredeemable exploitation horror movie that overplays its subjective POV conceit, "Maniac" will leave viewers cold. "

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Cole Smithey

22 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"Terrence Malick still hasn't made a remarkable film since 1978. That "

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Cole Smithey

23 79%

42 (2013)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Writer-director Brian Helgeland's methodically balanced biopic about revered baseball legend Jackie Robinson manages the near-impossible feat of offering all things to all people."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Cole Smithey

24 68%

Disconnect (2013)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Identity theft, online bullying, and interactive porn sites each play a part in a problematic digital social landscape that "Disconnect" examines in a razor-sharp triptych narrative. "

Posted Apr 7, 2013

Cole Smithey

25 100%

'Breaker' Morant (1980)

""Breaker Morant" is an anti-war film that takes no prisoners."

Posted Apr 3, 2013

Cole Smithey

26 55%

The Company You Keep (2013)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] A movie in search of a story, this Robert Redford-directed flop has all the interest and suspense of a piece of burnt toast. "

Posted Apr 1, 2013

Cole Smithey

27 56%

Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2013)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Fine-tuning the nuances cannibals, rather than zombies, proves modestly rewarding in a dark little comedy that owes more to Roger Corman's "Bucket of Blood" than it does to "Dawn of the Dead.""

Posted Mar 31, 2013

Cole Smithey

28 97%

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

"Simultaneously ethical and unethical, the snappily dressed Verdoux exists as an extraordinary challenge to capitalism's status quo during its seismic swing toward fascism. "

Posted Mar 31, 2013

Cole Smithey

29 93%

Room 237 (2013)

""Room 237" is movie so chunky and sweet you can eat it with a spoon. "

Posted Mar 30, 2013

Cole Smithey

30 38%

Admission (2013)

"An above-average romantic comedy, "Admission" profits considerably from Tina Fey's reliable comic efforts as Portia Nathan, a Princeton University admissions officer approaching an unforeseen midlife crisis. "

Posted Mar 20, 2013

Cole Smithey

31 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"You can't have a comedy about magic without gimmicks, and "Burt Wonderstone" has plenty. It also has panache. "

Posted Mar 9, 2013

Cole Smithey

32 80%

Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella) (1997)

"Roberto Benigni's finest hour arrived in 1997 when the triple-threat writer/director/actor delved deep into Charlie Chaplin territory - see "The Great Dictator" (1940). "

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Cole Smithey

33 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

""Oz the Great and Powerful" misses a wide-open opportunity for nuanced social commentary that the Depression era "Wizard of Oz" so eloquently seized. "

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Cole Smithey

34 31%

Emperor (2013)

"However turgid the storytelling, "Emperor" makes its historic points about a widely unknown 1945 wartime episode that played out in U.S occupied Japan after its surrender. "

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Cole Smithey

35 80%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Writer/director Sally Potter's tantalizing "Ginger & Rosa" is a socially complex coming-of-age movie with teeth. "

Posted Mar 5, 2013

Cole Smithey

36 100%

Angst Essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) (1974)

""Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" is a timeless examination of the insidious effects of prejudice and racism on relationships."

Posted Mar 5, 2013

Cole Smithey

37 25%

Phantom (2013)

"The cinematic offenses committed by the filmmakers of "Phantom" are varied and many. "

Posted Feb 25, 2013

Cole Smithey

38 94%

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

""Two-Lane Blacktop" prompts a dialogue of uncertain expectation with its audience."

Posted Feb 23, 2013

Cole Smithey

39 69%

Stoker (2013)

"Regardless of how beautifully Park Chan-Wook shot the movie, "Stoker" plays like a thin book that's missing more than a few pages. "

Posted Feb 23, 2013

Cole Smithey

40 94%

The Warriors (1979)

"Walter Hill's vibrant 1979 adaptation of Sol Yurick's 1965 novel - based loosely on an ancient Greek story called "Anabasis" - is a classic cinematic record of New York City circa 1979. "

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Cole Smithey

41 81%

Like Someone in Love (2013)

"No filmmaker is above making errors of judgment. Kiarostami makes a big one. "

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Cole Smithey

42 62%

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

"Whether or not you are a fan of Journey's music, Ramona S. Diaz's uplifting documentary about Arnel Pineda's rise from an impoverished Philippian youth to becoming the lead singer for a hugely successful rock band, will charm you. "

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Cole Smithey

43 81%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"An unbalanced dual narrative plays out in Derek Cianfrance's ("Blue Valentine") unsteady attempt to extract universal truths about unintended legacies passed down from father to son. "

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Cole Smithey

44 91%

Caesar Must Die (2013)

"If you're looking for an adventurous thought-provoking film, "Caesar Must Die" more than fits the bill. "

Posted Feb 12, 2013

Cole Smithey

45 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] An imaginative adolescent gothic romance, "Beautiful Creatures" arrives with considerably more camp and intellectual humor than the "Twilight" franchise to which "Creatures" is sure to be compared. "

Posted Feb 11, 2013

Cole Smithey

46 97%

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

"Leone's liberal use of widescreen shots in conjunction with extreme close-ups gives the movie an epic quality that is matched in scope by a skeletal narrative structure that breathes with a poker-faced mood, tone, and personality. "

Posted Feb 10, 2013

Cole Smithey

47 15%

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013)

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Roman Coppola goes so far as to throw in a literal "kitchen sink" as part of his ploy to entertain, but "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" can't even manage to titillate. "

Posted Feb 10, 2013

Cole Smithey

48 55%

The Playroom (2013)

"A chamber piece cousin to The Ice Storm, The Playroom hones in on the mentality of so many irresponsible '70s era parents whose children grew up to be much better people than their parents."

Posted Feb 7, 2013

Cole Smithey

49 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"2013 is Melissa McCarthy's year. "

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Cole Smithey

50 46%

Bullet to the Head (2013)

"Audiences drawn to a movie with such an obvious title as "Bullet to the Head" will get every line of cheesy dialogue, intelligence-defying plot-point, and trashy titillation they're after in this foreshadowed misfire. "

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Cole Smithey

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