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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 33%

The Giver (2014)

"A very simplistic Dystopia for Dummies - with a bit of Terrence Malick for Dummies thrown in - and inoffensive enough until it devolves into all kinds of stupid."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

2 49%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"A flimsy trifle, but a diverting one. Colin Firth is absolutely hilarious, and the re-creation of the 1920s French Riviera is gorgeous."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

3 97%

20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

"An unclassifably weird hybrid of documentary, fiction, and stream-of-consciousness meditation on the creative life, according to Renaissance man Nick Cave."

Posted Sep 17, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

4 81%

Honeymoon (2014)

"Very effective in creating an unsettling mood, but its horrific, fantastic speculation ends, frustratingly, just when it could have gotten really intriguing."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

5 97%

Pride (2014)

"One of the rare movies that gets absolutely everything right, bursting with happy-tears emotion about solidarity, friendship, and smashing bigotry."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

6 70%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

"There's a fine line between baroque and grotesque... and The Boxtrolls crosses it. Here is a film that actively makes you want to look away."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

7 93%

The Guest (2014)

"'[C]inema is over, man, and there's nothing left but a death spiral of sarcastic self-reference reflecting and refracting around a dismal hall of movie mirrors and taunting us with the echoing emptiness our creatively bankrupt souls.'"

Posted Sep 9, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

8 58%

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

"When it finally collapses under the weight of its own preposterousness, this would-be elegant thriller becomes a cheap retrograde melodrama."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

9 63%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"Low-key black comedy and sporadic horror lazily pop up among the crime drama, but never enough of either to score many zings."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

10 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Color me absolutely astonished that this is genuinely sweet and wholly sex-positive. Unfortunately, it's also completely unfunny."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

11 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"Honest, emotional teen melodrama with a great performance by Chloë Grace Moretz that serves as a beautiful metaphor for the choices that teen girls face."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

12 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

"Beautifully redresses how the realities of women's lives are too often ignored on film... and does so with startling raw power and humor."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

13 92%

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

"An essential - and enraging - documentary about the life, career, and death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, a danger to corporate hegemony whose work could not be allowed to continue."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

14 83%

Rich Hill (2014)

"A portrait of small-town American poverty in which compassion for its subjects is matched only by a caustic undercurrent of rage at the utter collapse of the American dream."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

15 ——

Doctor Who Season Premiere (2014)

"We now have Peter Capaldi to save us from Steven Moffat, who I swear is veering into Michael Bay territory..."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

16 66%

Lucy (2014)

"In this pile of adolescent heavy-metal-deep pseudo-sci-fi philosophy, the meaning of humanity (or lack thereof) depends on how "cool" something looks onscreen."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

17 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"A movie to make you despair of the found-footage conceit (if you weren't already). Suddenly Twister looks like Shakespeare."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

18 27%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"A rote police procedural conducted by a cardboard movie cop investigating a supposedly demonic evil that simply cannot compete with nonsupernatural reality."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

19 46%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"An unnecessary sequel that's empty and arduous, little more than vignettes on vengeance and cruel parades of sociopathic power performed as gleefully ultraviolent shadowplays."

Posted Aug 20, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

20 30%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"A rich white man tours the misery of others to learn about happiness. Yes, it is as offensive as it sounds."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

21 71%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"A bittersweet reminder that while the scientific method may be coolly rational, the people who do science are deeply emotionally caught up in their work."

Posted Aug 13, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

22 35%

Summer in February (2014)

"Real-life historical drama about a Bohemian artists' colony in Cornwall just before World War I ignores their work... to focus on a tediously tragic romantic triangle."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

23 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"There's just no point in even bothering. In the vast conspiracy of stupidity that has overtaken pop culture, the disparagement of this movie by a film critic becomes an endorsement of a sad, twisted sort."

Posted Aug 12, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

24 89%

Calvary (2014)

"[T]he kooky residents of a small Irish village... go search of a black comedy, but get stuck in a dramatic thriller that goes nowhere."

Posted Aug 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

25 34%

God's Pocket (2014)

"The cast is amazing and the film has a certain grim visual beauty. But ultimately there is little here but ugly senselessness."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

26 76%

Welcome To New York ()

"This may be one of the most repulsive movies I've ever seen. It's also an important movie, laying bare the farce that equality and justice become in the face of power, privilege, and money."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

27 96%

Lilting (2014)

"A heartbreakingly lovely film about the seemingly insurmountable distances between us when sharing grief is too painful."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

28 57%

Around The Block (2014)

"Appealing performances, a few tweaks to the clichés of the inspiring-teacher genre, and a sincere desire to counter outrageous racism go a long way toward making this worth a look."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

29 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Delightfully bonkers stop-motion vacuumpunk madness comes to an abrupt halt in this mysteriously truncated version of Michel Gondry's latest romantic whimsy."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

30 13%

A Promise (2014)

"This dreary, drippy period romance is sorely lacking in juicy melodrama and some sizzle among supposed stifled lovebirds."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

31 43%

Step Up: All In (2014)

"A series of amazing music videos featuring astonishingly athletic dancers expressing crazy-hot modern choreography strung together by a flimsy narrative. Kinda like old-school Hollywood musicals were."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

32 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Just another rote space adventure. It's not actively awful, but there isn't a single damn thing in the least bit surprising or memorable about it."

Posted Jul 30, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

33 43%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"This biopic of 'fashion's little prince' offers all the elegant precision of a fashion shoot - it's beautiful, and cold - but lacks a lot of necessary context."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

34 17%

Very Good Girls (2014)

"An almost complete waste of a talented cast, and all to, apparently, convince teenaged girls that sex isn't worth the hassle. Say what?"

Posted Jul 25, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

35 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"A hugely satisfying ode to entrepreneurial creativity, and a glorious love letter to New York City and the art it inspires. I love this movie so much."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

36 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"An inoffensive time-passer for youngsters, but adult genre fans who recall the 80s classics it draws on - E.T. and The Goonies - will be bored."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

37 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"Compulsively watchable. Joe Swanberg is a master of the subtlest of dramatic observation, and his films are unlike anything other filmmakers are giving us right now."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

38 60%

Hercules (2014)

"Grading on the Ratner Curve, this is a positive triumph. The cheesy clichés are at least passingly entertaining. You could do worse."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

39 54%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"Terry Gilliam descends into near self-parody with this mess of a would-be philosophical mind-frak about a mathematical formula for the meaning of life that has little to say."

Posted Jul 21, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

40 58%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"Doubles down on the first film's angry approach to class, inequality, and violence, and once again reflects an image of America that is ugly but only slightly distorted."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

41 95%

Grand Central ()

"French drama about decontamination workers in a nuclear power plant is riveting when it focuses on the details and dangers of the job, less so when it devolves into a sexy working-class soap opera."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

42 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"An extraordinary examination of a remarkable photographer, part portrait unraveled by meticulous detective work, part sharp criticism of the hidebound art establishment."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

43 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"A magnificent science fiction drama, and a beautiful one. Wonderfully radical for the simple fact that it is ruled by principled ideas."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

44 14%

Rage (2014)

"Sporadically hilariously awful, but mostly cheap, amateurish and so distasteful it borders on the vile. Poor Nicolas Cage and his foundering career."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

45 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"An audacious coming-of-age tale unique in the history of cinema; deeply moving and beautifully authentic."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

46 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Hauntingly grim, full of appalling ironies and awful truths. This is most definitely not the feel-good movie of the summer."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

47 ——

Falafel (2007)

"What could have been a diverting but ultimately throwaway movie experience becomes something you just can't shake."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

48 ——

The State Within (2007)

"A riveting BBC political thriller offering one of the most trenchant explorations yet of the sick symbiosis between big government and big business."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

49 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"Arthouse martial-arts action that's incredibly dull even when it's being pornographic about its extreme bloody violence, and doesn't even bother with the nominally original one-location conceit of the first film."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

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