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Flick Filosopher

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 81%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"Electric sexiness and very modern motifs overlie a wonderfully old-fashioned melodrama... a highly gratifying one, if you enjoy a good ol' weep."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

2 53%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"A pungent reek of testosterone stinks up this high-toned apologetic for vigilantism and revenge. Still: great performances!"

Posted Mar 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

3 73%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"A deeply moving melodrama about a subtly subversive black butler at the heart of the White House. You will need Kleenex."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

4 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"A heartbreaking drama about the lingering affects of childhood abuse and neglect, even under the best of curative circumstances."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

5 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"A beautifully observed dramedy about modern friendship and romance; funny, poignant, unforgettable."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

6 95%

Particle Fever (2014)

"A funny, exhilarating, suspenseful documentary about the Large Hadron Collider, and how physics is more akin to philosophy and art than you may have imagined."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

7 33%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"It feels smaller and more rushed - and less plausible - than it should, but Anton Yelchin is charming, and the snappy comic tone sometimes works."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

8 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"Offers nothing by way of suspense, intrigue, or characters who rise even a little bit above the yawningly bland."

Posted Mar 6, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

9 44%

The Art of the Steal (2014)

"One of the most fun heist movies ever, bursting with snappy humor and a twisty cleverness that knows that you know that you are getting conned as much as the mark onscreen."

Posted Mar 5, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

10 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Eva Green stalks this movie with pride and honor, and is almost the only thing worth watching amidst frenetic CGI cartoon battle action and endless ancient carnage."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

11 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"A blend of documentary and memoir that's like a dream and a nightmare, though it's more commendable than actually engaging."

Posted Mar 2, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

12 60%

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"An unfunny 'comedy' full of cheap crudity and punches down at targets who don't deserve it. For some movies there should be hazard pay."

Posted Mar 2, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

13 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

"As a parody of Italian cinema, it's tedious. Except we're supposed to be taking this seriously. As if."

Posted Mar 2, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

14 91%

Omar (2014)

"Palestine's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar is terse, tense suspense drama, and less overtly political than you might expect."

Posted Mar 2, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

15 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"A charming, bittersweet, utterly chaste love affair forged over food and cemented by kindred spirits."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

16 79%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"Wonderfully, sweetly geeky, and full of charm, authentic humor, and the sort of goofy yet intriguing adventures that inspire kiddie curiosity in history and art and science."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

17 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"It's a locked-plane mystery! The text is coming from inside the plane! Well, actually... maybe it isn't? There's a delicious cleverness to this very silly but very entertaining flick."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

18 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"This must-see documentary for any fan of modern pop music introduces us to the extraordinary women you didn't know were behind some of the songs you know by heart."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

19 96%

Cutie And The Boxer (2013)

"A sly, subversive portrait of an artist finally finding her voice... and the 'genius' husband in whose shadow she has long lingered."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

20 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

"Might be the most ridiculously cute movie I've ever seen, in a way that transforms adorableness into something honest and wise and deeply satisfying."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

21 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"Thoughtful tweens and teens interested in history and unusual adventurous stories of kids their own age should love this, but adults may find the lightness of the tone off-putting."

Posted Feb 25, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

22 85%

Dirty Wars (2013)

"An infuriating and depressing look at how American foreign policy and warfare have been transformed in highly undemocratic ways, and a reminder of what real journalism looks like."

Posted Feb 24, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

23 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"Visually ravishing, as you'd expect from Hayao Miyazaki, but there is, disappointingly, no drama and no conflict here."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

24 94%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"As an exercise in style, this minimalist noir erotic thriller is pretty cool. But it loses its way somewhere around the midpoint and never quite finds it again."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

25 48%

Stalingrad (2014)

"Russia's first 3D IMAX spectacle is visually intense - it's set during 'bloodiest battle in human history,' after all - but I never warmed to a story meant to be about human resilience."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

26 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"A leaden, charmless movie that is unable to commit to its own fantasy. So implausible that even Colin Farrell's own Irish accent sounds fake."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

27 58%

The Returned (2014)

"Cuttingly sharp and incisive SF horror; a chillingly polite film about the fascism that rises quickly up in a moment of fearful crisis."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

28 53%

Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014)

"[S]uffers by comparison [to the original]... How Kinnaman plays JW's devastation, as seething, mounting rage, is the best thing about [it]."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

29 85%

Easy Money (2012)

"[A] smart, affecting, slow burn of a movie, a spectacular example of Nordic noir..."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

30 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"As jaunty as Jean Dujardin's beret, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way. It could almost have been rediscovered from the 1940s..."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

31 51%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"The cast is game, and hit the right notes balancing cartoonishness and charm. As sitcom rom-coms go, it's far from the worst one ever offered to us."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

32 96%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"You've seen this all before - it's Toy Story meets The Matrix - just not done in Legos."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

33 47%

The Pretty One (2014)

"Far too blithe and cheery, yet nowhere near madcap and comic enough, for its potentially powerful switched-twins conceit..."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

34 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"Shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters."

Posted Feb 11, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

35 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"No black humor. No satire. No point. But hey, check out the 1987 catchphrases dropped in at random!"

Posted Feb 10, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

36 77%

After the Dark (2014)

"A thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas. Pity it derails itself."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

37 78%

The Patrol (2014)

"A rough experience, bracingly free of the usual macho posturing that characterizes movies about the military, and a compassionate and humane portrait of modern soldiering."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

38 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"The story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either. It's a tale of women being practical because they had to be."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

39 100%

Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films 2014 (2014)

"There is a single thread running through these shorts, and it is deeply existential and irreducibly personal: How do we save ourselves?"

Posted Feb 4, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

40 99%

Gloria (2014)

"A smart, incisive portrait of a woman who lives life on her own terms and doesn't let herself get pushed around."

Posted Jan 31, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

41 4%

I, Frankenstein (2014)

"It's alive! In a technical sense: images flicker on the screen, etc. But it is a soulless, unholy monstrosity. Behold: the movie without a protagonist!"

Posted Jan 31, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

42 22%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"This is like the Mirror Universe, evil-goatee-wearing flip side of Don Jon, a pile of obnoxious, grossout junk."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

43 100%

Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films 2014 (2014)

"The French 'Mr. Hublot' creates an utterly real yet completely fantastical world, a palpable steampunk environment of gorgeous mechanical loveliness."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

44 61%

Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films 2014 (2014)

"My favorite of the five films is the British 'The Voorman Problem,' starring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander in a hilarious and provocative bit of speculative fantasy..."

Posted Jan 29, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

45 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"A gooey nostalgic look back at that time a young boy's mom fell in love with their kidnapper, presented under a sexy sweltering summer haze."

Posted Jan 27, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

46 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Hilarious in the Coens' weird, askew way, but also absolutely crushing. This movie breaks my heart in a hundred different ways."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

47 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"An exuberant rock 'n' roll comedy in which three of the most memorable movie teens ever embrace their adolescent angst and give it screaming voice."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

48 ——

Matterhorn ()

"It had me confounded, in the most delightful way, and left me with a big stupid grin on my face and tears in my eyes."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

49 ——

Doomsdays ()

"I see the harbingers of doom in this 'pre-apocalyptic comedy,' but there's nothing actually funny about it."

Posted Jan 22, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

50 82%

Maidentrip (2014)

"A remarkable story about a remarkable kid, and an incredibly optimistic look one young person making her dreams come true."

Posted Jan 20, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

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