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Little White Lies

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 93%

The General (1927)

"A hilarious comedy and a thrilling action film. The General has it all."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Philip Concannon

2 77%

Teenage (2014)

"Doesn't tell us all that much, but full of loving grace, nonetheless. A teenage dream, indeed."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Chris Blohm

3 55%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"Chris Pine headlines this post-Cold War spy caper whose pleasures are few and far between."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

David Jenkins

4 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

"Sly and Bobby duke it out in a massively underwhelming geriatric title fight."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Adam Woodward

5 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Cold exteriors and warm interiors combine in the Coen brothers' rhapsodic portrait of a '60s folk singer."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Adam Woodward

6 80%

Crystal Fairy (2013)

"A trip worth taking."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

7 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"An important doc that quietly slips out of mind but that will always be an impressive achievement."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

8 98%

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

"It is both Christian parable and folk tale, with its hymns, homilies, and orphans carried to safety by nature's benevolence; but it is also grounded in the social concerns of its makers."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Mark Asch

9 71%

A Coffee in Berlin (2014)

"Oh Boy opts for blunt caricatures to push its somewhat dour thesis on the inexorable cultural decline of modern Europe."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

David Jenkins

10 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"One of Britain's greatest living filmmakers offers an outraged, intense and artful examination of American slavery."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Ashley Clark

11 94%

After Tiller (2013)

"The story of four women and their attempts to uphold abortion rights in the US makes for compelling, if horrifying viewing."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Rebecca Ellis

12 56%

Bounty Killer (2013)

"This slurry of B-movie hackwork boasts the odd spark of originality amid the full-bore blood-letting."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Chris Blohm

13 100%

The Square (2013)

"The extreme highs and lows of the Egyptian revolution captured in a single, astonishing documentary."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

David Jenkins

14 66%

The Railway Man (2014)

"Lomax's act of forgiveness is unforgettable, and commendably not over-simplified here."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

Thirza Wakefield

15 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Fun, charming, but slight - and way too long and flabby in the girth for such slightness."

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Anton Bitel

16 86%

Kiss the Water (2014)

"An inventively told story without a human heart."

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

17 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"Panh's daring aestheticisation works, transcending the normal genre boundaries confining both personal and political histories."

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Mark Asch

18 59%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"A worthy, if unadventurous biopic of the recently departed South African political icon."

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

19 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"A lost weekend that's unlikely to linger long in the memory."

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Adam Lee Davies

20 50%

Age of the Uprising (2014)

"Not even the great Mads Mikkelsen can salvage this dull period drama."

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Sophie Monks Kaufman

21 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"Ben Stiller's latest directorial effort offers the balmy reassurance of a 'Hang in There, Kitty' poster."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Cormac O'Brien

22 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"There's something powerful lurking in the deep."

Posted Dec 24, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

23 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Lars von Trier's two-part psychosexual epic makes for invigorating, profound and occasionally baffling viewing."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

24 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"It mostly works, even if it starts getting a bit flat during the second act."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Adam Lee Davies

25 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"The best Scorsese film since Goodfellas ... Its excellence in other areas aside, this is plainly among the funniest films of the year -- ribald, riotous, ridiculous."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Calum Marsh

26 97%

The Innocents (1961)

"One of cinema's great ghost stories is also an essay on the psychological realities of film acting."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

David Jenkins

27 90%

Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) (1988)

"A bald-faced act of unalloyed, weapons grade sentimentalism in which humanity is drained of anything with even a passing resemblance to a soul."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

David Jenkins

28 88%

Fill the Void (2013)

"A nuanced kitchen-sink depiction of an Israeli Hassidic community which zeroes in on the dilemma of an 18-year-old girl named Shira."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

29 0%

Tamla Rose ()

"This cheapjack, Liverpool-set music industry saga lacks even passable production values."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

David Jenkins

30 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"One suspects that if it was any other name but Jackson's above the title, we would be baying for the head of which ever journeyman hack had force-fed us this unnecessary volley of (upper-)second division fantasy clichés."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Adam Lee Davies

31 69%

Powder Room ()

"An honest and unvarnished night of realisation on the tiles."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

32 72%

Klown (2012)

"Aside from its standout scenes Klown is underpowered, content to coast on the easy chemistry between its leads."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Jason Ward

33 78%

Big Bad Wolves (2014)

"A feisty, literate torture porn comedy from the makes of the acclaimed horror movie, Rabies."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

David Jenkins

34 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"A bittersweet road movie about the joy and sadness of ageing directed by the great Alexander Payne."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

David Jenkins

35 86%

The Patience Stone (2013)

"A beguiling and perplexing piece of conceptual slow cinema from Iranian director Atiq Rahimi."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

36 38%

A Long Way From Home ()

"A mood piece on socially inappropriate lust with moments of real drama."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

37 ——

Rough Cut ()

"Take a metacinematic trawl through the grindhouse with this impressive British indie feature."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

Anton Bitel

38 89%

Frozen (2013)

"A very decent seasonal Disney feature which amply refreshes a haggard old template."

Posted Dec 5, 2013

David Jenkins

39 84%

Leviathan (2013)

"When we say it's like nothing else you've seen, you've really got to take our word for it."

Posted Nov 29, 2013

David Jenkins

40 60%

N.F.A. (No Fixed Abode) ()

"The painful facts of how vulnerable people crash socially survives shonky craft."

Posted Nov 29, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

41 18%

Free Birds (2013)

"Surely Owen Wilson can do a lot better than a slipshod animation about time travelling turkeys?"

Posted Nov 29, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

42 62%

Day of the Flowers (2014)

"This confusing Cuban/Scottish romantic roadtrip movie does offer some very modest pleasures."

Posted Nov 29, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

43 85%

Dirty Wars (2013)

"Government sanctioned atrocities and journalist Jeremy Scahill fight for top billing in this investigative doc."

Posted Nov 29, 2013

David Jenkins

44 80%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"One of the big shocks of 2013: the Mary Poppins origin story is unspeakably lovely."

Posted Nov 29, 2013

David Jenkins

45 49%

Carrie (2013)

"This glossy modern horror refit is a pale shadow of Brian De Palma's seminal 1976 film."

Posted Nov 29, 2013

Adam Woodward

46 95%

Gone With the Wind (1939)

"The performances of eternally glittering movie stars Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable ... exist in a league of their own, demanding rapt attention in scene after scene."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Sophie Monks Kaufman

47 87%

Computer Chess (2013)

"The spirit of Altman returns! A film to study, pick apart, discuss and debate."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

David Jenkins

48 29%

The Family (2013)

"A disgraced mob family are sent on a Euro vacation in this weak wiseguy satire with Robert De Niro."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Tabi Jackson Gee

49 48%

Parkland (2013)

"As pure docudrama Parkland is a let down. As a tribute to a great political leader it's bordering on insult."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Adam Woodward

50 40%

FLU (2013)

"Korean director Kim Sung-su revives the '70s-style disaster movie, with somewhat iffy results."

Posted Nov 21, 2013

David Jenkins

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