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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"...takes tragedies that have inflamed a nation - from Fruitvale to Sanford, Fla. - and brings them back down to human scale."

Posted Aug 11, 2013

Josh Larsen

2 68%

Elysium (2013)

"...captivated me with its depiction of a not-so-far-off future and the technology that governs it."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Josh Larsen

3 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"...a remarkably precise portrait of a certain sort of high schooler."

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Josh Larsen

4 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"If only this performance was in a different movie, one more at sync with the panic that glints in Blanchett's eyes."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Josh Larsen

5 98%

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

"Tennessee Williams filled the tinderbox. Marlon Brando ignited it."

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Josh Larsen

6 100%

The Invisible Man (1933)

"Alarming, both for the way it allows its antihero to fully fall into madness and for the violence that this fall involves."

Posted Jul 30, 2013

Josh Larsen

7 93%

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

"...makes me wish Allen would get men out of the picture more often."

Posted Jul 30, 2013

Josh Larsen

8 93%

Top of the Lake (2013)

"...less interested in correcting the abusive patriarchy at its center than worming around in the ugliness such a power structure generates."

Posted Jul 28, 2013

Josh Larsen

9 86%

The Conjuring (2013)

"Sometimes a good horror film makes you chuckle."

Posted Jul 24, 2013

Josh Larsen

10 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"If it's possible to overact while barely blinking, Ryan Gosling achieves it."

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Josh Larsen

11 84%

Westworld (1973)

"There is some satire here - the devouring tourist becoming prey - but Crichton just lets the joke sit there, heavy on the screen."

Posted Jul 17, 2013

Josh Larsen

12 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"...never quite tingles your brain the way superior science fiction can."

Posted Jul 14, 2013

Josh Larsen

13 48%

I'm So Excited! (2013)

" "...gleeful self-distraction in the face of impending doom." "

Posted Jul 10, 2013

Josh Larsen

14 55%

Post Tenebras Lux (2013)

"If there's a unifying concept to all of this it's the idea of defilement."

Posted Jul 3, 2013

Josh Larsen

15 74%

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

"...partly another adventure, but its main concern is romantic matchmaking."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Josh Larsen

16 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"Instead of a noble savage, Depp gives us a comic savage - Willy Wonka with a dead bird on his head."

Posted Jul 2, 2013

Josh Larsen

17 65%

The Heat (2013)

"Is it possible that Melissa McCarthy needs to be more abrasive?"

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Josh Larsen

18 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"...a movie of unsure identity and unclear purpose."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Josh Larsen

19 100%

Simón del desierto (Simon of the Desert) (1965)

"It's in the circus that surrounds Simon where we really see Bunuel's dark wit at play..."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Josh Larsen

20 96%

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

"...the movie becomes a giddy, kiddie inversion of time and space."

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Josh Larsen

21 68%

World War Z (2013)

""...a B picture on a massive budget.""

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Josh Larsen

22 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"...high art as a refreshing summer spritzer."

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Josh Larsen

23 93%

Superman (1978)

"...a studio product, certainly, but also something that could have grown from one of Smallville's sun-kissed cornfields."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Josh Larsen

24 56%

Man of Steel (2013)

"The movie opens on Superman's home planet of Krypton, and in a sense it never leaves."

Posted Jun 11, 2013

Josh Larsen

25 79%

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

"The usual pleasures are all here, but the puppeteers seemed especially intent on giving themselves logistical challenges this time around."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Josh Larsen

26 96%

An American in Paris (1951)

"...its defining trait is insistence."

Posted Jun 4, 2013

Josh Larsen

27 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"...the sense of intimacy and urgency that was so palpable in the earlier films is lessened here."

Posted Jun 4, 2013

Josh Larsen

28 100%

Before Sunrise (1995)

"...a bittersweet celebration of romantic frisson - the notion that our most precious moments of connection are often the fleeting ones."

Posted May 28, 2013

Josh Larsen

29 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"...caters to the Gerwig persona while also sanding off the edges of Baumbach's usual bitterness."

Posted May 25, 2013

Josh Larsen

30 98%

Manhattan (1979)

"Has self-flagellation ever been this elegant?"

Posted May 24, 2013

Josh Larsen

31 84%

Leviathan (2013)

"If you get into the rhythm of Leviathan, the experience can be at turns transcendent and overwhelming."

Posted May 22, 2013

Josh Larsen

32 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"Eventually, the formalistic strictures of the documentary fall away and Polley - her entire family, really - is left facing the reality of the past as the cameras roll."

Posted May 22, 2013

Josh Larsen

33 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"J.J. Abrams isn't only resuscitating the franchise. He's improved it."

Posted May 16, 2013

Josh Larsen

34 97%

L'Avventura (The Adventure) (1960)

"Carelessness - physical, emotional, intellectual and relational - is something of a virus in the film."

Posted May 11, 2013

Josh Larsen

35 92%

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit) (Dr. Mabuse, King of Crime) (1922)

"...a bit unwieldy in terms of structure, but it's worth the sit for the eventual flashes of Lang's visual genius."

Posted May 9, 2013

Josh Larsen

36 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"If you're able to make it through the first party scene at Gatsby's mansion, you'll come out on the other side to find a film of surprising restraint and patience."

Posted May 8, 2013

Josh Larsen

37 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"A shrug of a film ... that has the diminutive stature of a DVD extra."

Posted May 1, 2013

Josh Larsen

38 98%

Mud (2013)

"I liked Mud. What's frustrating is feeling as if I could have loved it."

Posted Apr 28, 2013

Josh Larsen

39 50%

Pain & Gain (2013)

"I can't help but wonder if Pain & Gain is the reason Michael Bay was put on this earth."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Josh Larsen

40 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"...works on its own idiosyncratic wavelength, one that isn't alienating, but isn't quite approachable either."

Posted Apr 24, 2013

Josh Larsen

41 72%

Primer (2004)

"Where's Doc Brown when you need him?"

Posted Apr 22, 2013

Josh Larsen

42 96%

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

"In Spielberg, the cosmic has dinner-table consequences."

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Josh Larsen

43 92%

The Shining (1980)

"...above all a movie about spaces, and how few things are more frightening than not knowing which way to go."

Posted Apr 19, 2013

Josh Larsen

44 87%

Lola Montčs (The Fall of Lola Montes) (The Sins of Lola Montes) (1955)

""...lingers as a sensational fever dream.""

Posted Apr 12, 2013

Josh Larsen

45 68%

Trance (2013)

"...most enjoyable for the way each of the three leads offers a twist on classic noir archetypes."

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Josh Larsen

46 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"If To the Wonder is Malick's most personal film, it's also his most tragic."

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Josh Larsen

47 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"...a blatant allegory in which drug addiction stands in for demonic possession (and vice versa)."

Posted Apr 3, 2013

Josh Larsen

48 98%

The Evil Dead (1981)

"...certainly notable as the announcement of an eager talent, but I'd have a difficult time praising the picture as much more than that."

Posted Mar 30, 2013

Josh Larsen

49 100%

The Earrings of Madame De... (Diamond Earrings) (1954)

"...exquisite, both in its lavish craftsmanship and in the way it captures the acute joy (and pain) of romantic love."

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Josh Larsen

50 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"...a fantasy version of Steubenville that does nothing to help us understand the sort of aggression that has become such a dominant part of youth culture."

Posted Mar 25, 2013

Josh Larsen

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