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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 83%

Last Call at the Oasis (2012)

"Startling statistics and memorable personalities that leave a distressing impression--if not complete understanding--of the decline of the world's water supply."

Posted May 3, 2012

Annlee Ellingson

2 36%

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

"The plot, dialogue, action and humor all fly at a wicked pace, but Michael Bay keeps tight control, choreographing the combat especially so that's it's clear and engaging."

Posted Jun 28, 2011

Annlee Ellingson

3 ——

Sex Crimes Unit ()

"Unfortunately, primetime dramas have rendered the film rather dry by comparison, and the filmmaking style, coupled with logistical limitations, keeps the viewer at a distance."

Posted Jun 26, 2011

Annlee Ellingson

4 80%

Familiar Ground ()

"With a synth-pop soundtrack against a dreary winter backdrop, Stephane Lafleur crafts a sharply funny portrait of prosaic life that's not without moments of light and magic."

Posted Jun 26, 2011

Annlee Ellingson

5 85%

The Yellow Sea (2011)

"A seriously exciting film, a pulse-checking visceral experience that will have you questioning when, if ever, you saw car chases and butchering skills quite this inventive."

Posted Jun 23, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

6 98%

The Artist (2011)

"Irresistibly delightful... visually sly... Even if all its dialogue is written on English intertitles, The Artist sings to life, maintaining a brisk rhythm and too much heart to be dismissed as kitsch."

Posted Jun 23, 2011

Aaron Hillis

7 45%

Bad Teacher (2011)

"Bad Teacher isn't really bad enough. The R-rated elements don't jibe with the otherwise PG-13 tone of the film."

Posted Jun 22, 2011

Annlee Ellingson

8 13%

The Big Bang (2011)

"Film noir for physics geeks, The Big Bang ... is a clever, if relentlessly dramatic (despite stabs at levity), existential detective story."

Posted Jun 22, 2011

Annlee Ellingson

9 ——

Escort in Love (Nessuno mi può giudicare) ()

"A familiar scenario packaged in an Italian sitcom sensibility nonetheless exudes charm while touching on some of the more pressing issues of contemporary Western society."

Posted Jun 22, 2011

Annlee Ellingson

10 ——

How to Cheat ()

"How to Cheat commits the viewer to the emotional rollercoaster of the characters in one of the most relevant and eloquent portraits of modern marriage to date"

Posted Jun 21, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

11 ——

Renée ()

"The lasting effect of Renée is undeniable, and the sharing of her story is not only earnest but salient and meaningful."

Posted Jun 19, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

12 ——

Hot Coffee (2011)

"Saladoff's potentially game-changing documentary will knock you backwards and change your perception of what you thought you knew about your civil rights"

Posted Jun 14, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

13 ——

To Be Heard (2010)

"The verite style of the filmmaking refuses to massage the footage and over time reveals the subjects' true realities, egos, compulsions and confidences."

Posted Jun 11, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

14 76%

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012)

"A marvelous and moving work of art we need to talk about."

Posted May 28, 2011

Aaron Hillis

15 49%

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

"A rich, thorny and haunting portrait of female self-searching through self-negation (or more accurately, why liberation cannot be found in passivity) that comes couched in an abstract, psychosexual nightmare."

Posted May 28, 2011

Aaron Hillis

16 93%

Drive (2011)

"A choice ride that turns every corner like it's on rails. Refn is a thrilling composer of clean, widescreen geometry and abstract tableaux, turning Driver's bloody, messy descent into hell into a glowingly lit tapestry of memorable, screen-filling faces."

Posted May 28, 2011

Aaron Hillis

17 78%

Melancholia (2011)

"The best film screened at Cannes ... Visually breathtaking ... The intimacy and rich, award-worthy performances ultimately sell this meditation on overwhelming angst as a supreme, matured step forward for von Trier."

Posted May 28, 2011

Aaron Hillis

18 93%

Midnight in Paris (2011)

"A clever crowd-pleaser... In the surrogate Allen role, the typically zonked Owen Wilson smartly underplays with puppy-dog drollness..."

Posted May 28, 2011

Aaron Hillis

19 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"It's a singularly adventurous film experience that invites intellectual hyperbole, yet its overstretched ambitions also make for Malick's least emotionally satisfying work to date."

Posted May 28, 2011

Aaron Hillis

20 88%

Fubar: Balls to the Wall (2011)

"The sheer madness that is Fubar II will only cement the cult status the Fubar franchise holds over our Northern neighbors. "

Posted May 13, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

21 56%

Septien (2011)

"The limited information that beckons us into the film is finessed with a sort-of mastery. This reviewer was willing to ride into the trauma, wondering if the emotional weather would clear."

Posted May 13, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

22 58%

Scream 4 (2011)

"Scream 4 knows what it is and doesn't create pretense around its efforts. The opening elicits laughter sure to summon the start of summer with a sense of playful slicing."

Posted May 13, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

23 98%

The Loved Ones (2012)

"Delivering what is sure to be a cult favorite, Byrne paces the film's plot points with the poise of a professional, and the result is a brilliant balance of horror, humor, schlock and shtick."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

24 68%

Defendor (2009)

"Despite the film's simplicities and the stereotypes inherent in any superhero flick, the pure intentions of the characters enable the audience to rally around the child-like vigilante."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

25 85%

Blessed (2009)

"The film is gut-wrenching in its honesty, and, while its score might be a touch overwrought, the performances secure the picture's absolute integrity as a work of art."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

26 ——

12th & Delaware ()

"Ewing and Grady keep their opinions, personalities and presence absolutely absent from the documentary, allowing the voices of the subjects to represent both sides of the issues at hand."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

27 89%

Waiting for Superman (2010)

"Superman seems set to start schooling audiences nationwide. Just as The Cove began its Oscar run at Sundance, Guggenheim's tour de force demands similar grades."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

28 100%

Enemies of the People (2010)

"The slow, painful truth is fully revealed in this burning documentary crafted courageously by Sambath and his co-director Lemkin. "

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

29 57%

Bran Nue Dae (2010)

"Even as Bran Nue Dae raises serious indigenous issues - deaths in police custody, land grabs, alcoholism - it never becomes inaccessible to the audience."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

30 100%

Precious Life (2011)

"As a personal story about a fundamentalist family finding strength to accept help from an adversary who challenges their preconceptions, the film is a stirring success."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

31 79%

Small Town Murder Songs (2011)

"Gass-Donnelly displays such consummate confidence with the pacing of the film and the first-class performances of his cast that we must keep watch for whatever the helmer delivers next."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

32 66%

Tamara Drewe (2010)

"Tamara Drewe jovially exploits the premise of a former ugly duckling returning to the bucolic town of her adolescence."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

33 68%

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

"Showing much of the timing and realism that's made him one of the most watchable actors of our generation, Hoffman has crafted a slow-burning, cinematic sojourn in which each of his actors finds the space to stand out."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

34 ——

The Space Between (2011)

"Fine manages to skillfully capture the ashen confusion of the time with understated hopefulness rather than the hysteria that often accompanies cinema's coverage of 9/11."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

35 83%

Caught Inside (2012)

"Catches you on the edge of your seat and holds you there. That you fully believe one man can effectively intimidate an entire crew is a testament to its success."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

36 91%

The Fighter (2010)

"With these heartfelt characters and the conflict they impart on their world and each other, Paramount has picked a film that could bruise the box office. Bale is mesmerizing."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

37 29%

Atletu (The Athlete) ()

"As Bikila, Lakew is a force of nature, so natural in the role that he seems to have been born to play it. "

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

38 ——

Ginny Ruffner: A Not So Still Life (2010)

"Ruffner's work is beautiful and has been captured with stunning clarity, supported by an innovative website at which more of her art can be experienced. "

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

39 88%

The Desert Of Forbidden Art (2011)

"The documentary is as much about Soviet identity in the 1930s as it is about the museum in Nukus, and creates awareness for a legacy largely unknown and not fully appreciated."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

40 99%

Bill Cunningham New York (2011)

"Cunningham is an outgoing introvert in a world of extroverted exhibitionism.To say the film, or rather Bill himself, is endearing, is to say Marcel Marceau was kind of quiet."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

41 66%

Insidious (2011)

"From minute one of the opening credits, you know you're in for an old-fashioned scare. This is the very sort of genre film that should be made by indie filmmakers."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

42 98%

Born To Be Wild (2011)

"The use of IMAX raises educational content to a level of marvel and wonder, and the über-adorable animals make Born to Be Wild 3D worth babysitting your sister's kids."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

43 73%

Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja (2011)

"Corben's formula for finding fun in documentary form is matched by a limited number of filmmakers. Square Grouper is sure to plant wide smiles on many festival faces."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

44 92%

Incendies (2011)

"The performances are honest and engaging, and the unveiling of the story's scorching truths will keep audiences gasping for air."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

45 44%

The Perfect Host (2011)

"A surprising indie film that offers a lot more than it asks, it will certainly exceed expectations... Hyde Pierce is deliciously devilish."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

46 100%

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011)

"Fascinating and informative, Everyday Sunshine is a declarative account of a band whose ability to remain undefined led to their unresolved status today."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

47 60%

Water for Elephants (2011)

"The filmmaker adapted the project without the usual pretense... This is a film for the masses, a little taste of the big top played out with a sense of the fantastic."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

48 96%

Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff (2011)

"McCall deftly captures the cinematographer who made his mark on cinema's landscape for 70 years... if necessity is the mother of invention, perhaps Cardiff is the father."

Posted May 12, 2011

Elliot V. Kotek

49 75%

Everything Must Go (2011)

"Just when Will Ferrell was beginning to wear out his welcome with his buffoonish man-child act, he dials it down to deliver a surprisingly tender and moving turn in the drama Everything Must Go."

Posted May 11, 2011

Barrett Hooper

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