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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

The Master (2012)

"THE MASTER is brilliant and/or confounding and/or terrible. It may be talked about for the ages or forgotten in a few years. It may be a masterpiece, and/or it may be empty of content masked by strong moments of acting prowess and visual flare."

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

2 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"Might as well embrace the timeline where, in fact, films of this ambition are still being made, still being presented to that audience quite desperate for respite from a slew of remakes, sequels, re-imaginings and the like."

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

3 90%

Bad 25 (2012)

"Even if you stubbornly refuse to get down with the heavy, heavy grooves on this recording, you may in fact find a new appreciation for both the record itself and the musician behind the headlines."

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

4 35%

Aftershock (2013)

"Certain to generate a slew of lesser imitators, Aftershock manages to shake free from expectations of banality, creating an extremely effective, unsettling experience. "

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

5 36%

The ABCs of Death (2013)

"I'm a big fan of giving artists certain "obstructions" (to borrow from Von Trier) and see what they can come up with, yet the results of this particular experiment are mixed at best."

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

6 77%

The Bay (2012)

"Levinson's film proves something pretty unequivocally - any conceit, any style, be it found footage or shakycam or haunted house or whatever, can be great in the hands of a good filmmaker. "

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

7 ——

The Artifact (2007)

"Artifact remains an interesting film, asking a number of important questions about the commerce of art, and does so in an engaging way. "

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

8 94%

Blancanieves (2013)

"Blancanieves is a beautifully crafted, if not entirely successful throwback to a golden age of filmmaking from nearly a century ago, a lovely excursion back to a previous era. "

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

9 ——

Ghost Graduation (Promoción Fantasma) ()

"From stupid jokes to laugh-out-loud moments, Ghost Graduation provides a terrifically fun time, a supernatural romantic retro comedy that more than lives up to the films of the 80s that inspired it."

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

10 88%

London: The Modern Babylon (2013)

"Temple's fragmented approach bespeaks the very nature of the place he's celebrating. For it seems that only through these wide variety of elements, these individual building blocks making a whole, that we can really get a sense of this remarkable city."

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

11 67%

Lunarcy! (2013)

"Lunarcy! is one of those delightful character piece documentaries, akin to where Errol Morris will go down to some swampy Florida town and meet totally unique, bizarre and obsessive individuals and put them on screen for our edification."

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

12 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"One of this decade's most important and most harrowing documentaries, The Act of Killing is a shattering take on the nature of evil."

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

13 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"When all is said and done, Avengers is all sound and Nick Fury, signifying nothing."

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Jason Gorber

14 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"The movie's climax ... is offensive and way out of place with the straightforward drama that Bayona seems to be aiming for. It simply doesn't fit"

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Kurt Halfyard

15 93%

Amour (2012)

"Michael Haneke wants to remind us all that we are going to die someday, and that the long day's journey into night is probably not going to be a pleasant one"

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Kurt Halfyard

16 43%

On the Road (2012)

"While Salles' film may not be transcendent, it is a rather enjoyable time at the movies."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Ryland Aldrich

17 38%

Chinese Zodiac (2013)

"Jackie Chan resurrects his maverick treasure hunter from the Armor of God series ... only to discover his edge has been replaced by a sickening line of self-aggrandising patriotism"

Posted Dec 21, 2012

James Marsh

18 25%

The Guillotines (2013)

"[The Guillotines] offers a little of everything - action, drama, propaganda, romance - but spread frustratingly thin under a thick glossy sheen."

Posted Dec 21, 2012

James Marsh

19 93%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"Lean, muscular, and shorn of sentimentality, Zero Dark Thirty is consistently absorbing."

Posted Dec 19, 2012

Peter Martin

20 38%

The Guilt Trip (2012)

"Frankly, saying "it could have been worse" about the film fits in nicely with the tone of the entire piece."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Jason Gorber

21 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"Russell handles the shifts in tone extremely effectively, and has sacrificed little of his sardonic edge in crafting something this superficially accessible."

Posted Dec 17, 2012

Jason Gorber

22 95%

West of Memphis (2012)

"By covering much of the same material as the other films, this work lends itself inevitably for direct comparison, and frankly it derives much of its impact from elements covered in detail in the other three works."

Posted Dec 17, 2012

Jason Gorber

23 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"In answer to the film's central question, this is exactly the type of story I like to be told, in all its facets and complexities, and I'm thankful for those that helped in the telling of it."

Posted Dec 17, 2012

Jason Gorber

24 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"This is an almost religiously revered president portrayed as he's never been portrayed on screen before, a tale told with grace and sophistication. If only for this fact alone, Lincoln is a work deserving of praise."

Posted Dec 17, 2012

Jason Gorber

25 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"It does what so few sequels/prequels do, making you hungry for the next of the series, while still making you appreciate very much what has come before."

Posted Dec 17, 2012

Jason Gorber

26 53%

The Girl (2013)

"The Girl splashes Abbie Cornish's fantastic acting, but the film is dead in the water."

Posted Dec 15, 2012

Chase Whale

27 46%

Save The Date (2012)

"A pleasing sophomore feature from Sundance alum Michael Mohan"

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Chase Whale

28 50%

In Our Nature (2012)

"The movie earns high grades for allowing four strong actors to work their way through some basic but interesting obstacles that must of us can relate to in one way or another."

Posted Dec 10, 2012

Scott Weinberg

29 43%

Waiting For Lightning (2012)

"Waiting for Lightning is a true underdog story that will make anyone feel invincible, even for just 90 minutes."

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Chase Whale

30 34%

Deadfall (2012)

"Deadfall flaunts Eric Bana's badassery, but not much else."

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Chase Whale

31 67%

Price Check (2012)

"You can usually count on Parker Posey. That said, it's a real shame to watch her admirable talents dry up in the easily forgettable Price Check."

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Chase Whale

32 5%

Nature Calls (2012)

"Nature Calls is something else for sure, but falls short of fitting into the wild and weird cinematic world Rohal has created."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Chase Whale

33 78%

All The Light In The Sky (2013)

"All the Light in the Sky is a deeply moving and well-written collaboration about some of the blunders and wonders we face in life. "

Posted Nov 6, 2012

Chase Whale

34 94%

Sun Don't Shine (2013)

"Amy Seimetz' feature debut Sun Don't Shine haunts and thrives."

Posted Oct 28, 2012

Chase Whale

35 88%

Middle of Nowhere (2012)

"Middle of Nowhere takes us on a pleasing road of self-discovery."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Chase Whale

36 50%

Pusher (2012)

"A fast-paced, slam-bang-ish, and tightly-coiled neo-noir."

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Scott Weinberg

37 33%

Butter (2012)

"Butter is a sassy movie that spreads charm and laughs. And butter."

Posted Oct 4, 2012

Chase Whale

38 68%

Wrong (2013)

"Writer/director/composer/editor/cinematographer/auteur/weirdo Quentin Dupieux is a guy who pulls the mat right out from under the Hollywood norm and takes bold and colorful chances"

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Chase Whale

39 84%

Smashed (2012)

"Smashed is an honest, somber, and often good-humored portrait of an alcohol addict. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is marvelous."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Chase Whale

40 77%

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (2012)

"You don't need to be knee-deep or even care about skateboarding to fall in love with this film. Bones Brigade: The Autobiography is a masterpiece."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Chase Whale

41 88%

Head Games (2012)

"Required viewing for parents of children who play "hard-contact" sports, to say nothing of those kids themselves."

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Scott Weinberg

42 78%

Killer Joe (2012)

"Sick and twisted in the most interesting ways."

Posted Sep 11, 2012

Scott Weinberg

43 85%

End of Watch (2012)

"A suspenseful, intense, and surprisingly touching ode to America's inner-city peacekeepers."

Posted Sep 8, 2012

Scott Weinberg

44 10%

Branded (2012)

"It's not every day you see an ostensible satire that's never funny on purpose but is frequently hilarious by accident."

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Scott Weinberg

45 56%

Bachelorette (2012)

"Funnier than both Hangover flicks jammed together, and I hope that doesn't read like a DVD blurb. I mean it."

Posted Aug 17, 2012

Scott Weinberg

46 81%

Get the Gringo (2012)

"Might not be a Lethal Weapon-style comeback for Mel the Action Star, but it works well enough as a double feature with Gibson's underrated Payback."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Scott Weinberg

47 71%

Margaret (2011)

"Epic and personal, challenging and strange."

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Scott Weinberg

48 73%

Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) (2006)

Posted Jun 5, 2012

Andrew Mackay

49 92%

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

"Honest and loyal enough for the hardcore fans; smooth and accessible for the newcomer. Stunning action, great character, really funny."

Posted Apr 29, 2012

Scott Weinberg

50 25%

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

"For a film that barely engages the brain at all, it works pretty damn well for the ears and eyeballs."

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Scott Weinberg

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