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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 78%

All The Light In The Sky (2013)

"Classic Swanberg, a smart, talky, ambling feature... about getting older, how we're all like the sun: bright, historic, and fading."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

Henry Stewart

2 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Resembles nothing more than an unusually portentous Disney theme-park ride or a video-game cutscene expanded to feature length."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Calum Marsh

3 71%

Newlyweeds (2013)

"Highlights non-hysterically how you can't just get messed up all the time without it catching up with you."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

4 67%

+1 (2013)

"A creepy, philosophically knotty and morally complex science-fiction romance."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

5 77%

Paranoid Park (2007)

"Gorgeous and tragic--like adolescence itself, seen from the remove of age."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

6 97%

Let The Fire Burn (2013)

"The story of madness meeting madness, of systematic American psychosis."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

7 71%

Zero Charisma (2013)

"A both affectionate and cold-eyed portrait of the politics of geekdom and gameplay."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

8 53%

Haunter (2013)

"This inventively structured horror movie is one of the few haunted-house pictures told from the point of view of the ghosts."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

9 67%

Toad Road (2013)

"An elliptical exploration of the emotional landscape of drug abuse that eschews the tired tropes of Sundance-caliber indies; instead, it's a substances-fueled allegory-qua-mystery."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

10 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"I don't remember the last time a movie left me so drained of faith in humanity."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

11 77%

Kid-Thing (2013)

"A portrait of juvenescent loneliness--and of the weird, sad, mean things it makes us do."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

12 78%

ZIPPER: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride (2013)

"It's when Nicholson calls bull---- on politicians that the film is most powerful."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

13 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"The best a romcom could be."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

14 64%

99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013)

"It does a tidy if sometimes manipulative job of synthesizing a clear narrative out of the organized chaos that was Zuccotti Park."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

15 43%

Abigail Harm (2013)

"A fable grounded in emotional realism; it may be mythical, but it still stings like real life."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

16 70%

V/H/S/2 (2013)

"It might not add up to more than the sum of its parts, but, unusually for an anthology film, horror or otherwise, its sum is still considerable."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

17 80%

Crystal Fairy (2013)

"It begins in conflict but doesn't build to a climax; as sometimes happens in life, through shared experience and chemicals, hostility recedes. And in its place emerges friendship."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

18 67%

Les Coquillettes ()

"A trio of silly and charming self-portraits of lovable boy-crazy losers--that, you know, also might just so happen to capture the lifestyle of a generation. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

19 94%

Drug War (2013)

"A masterwork of basic construction, moving forward smoothly and with great, though not flamboyant, style."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

20 71%

Frankenstein's Army (2013)

"Moves like a video game with relentless forward propulsion through a blood-soaked stone factory building guarded by amazing villains."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

21 100%

Nancy, Please (2013)

"A funny, outlandish, and ultimately horrifying portrait of a man who'll do anything else before he'll take responsibility for his shortcomings."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

22 82%

Shadow Dancer (2013)

"A tensely plotted, edge-of-your-seat spy movie; an enjoyable thriller that, if not particularly smart, is at least smartly made."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

23 56%

American Mary (2013)

"If the horror movie is typically about punishing women, this one is the opposite: it's about restoring robbed power."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

24 55%

Hatchet III (2013)

"The bad guy starts to seem like the monstrous embodiment of our worst conceptions of The American South."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

25 40%

The Rambler (2013)

"This surreal roadshow of weirdness charts a highway of American grotesquerie."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

26 33%

Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship (2013)

"Sitcom-ish cinema, with mostly thin characters and groaning gags."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

27 94%

Museum Hours (2013)

"Animated by an appreciation for, and curiosity about, art--how it relates to our own experience while expanding our understanding."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

28 80%

Abus de faiblesse (Abuse of Weakness) ()

"The message in Catherine Breillat's Abuse of Weakness is about the incomprehensibility of the self. It's an autobiographical purging."

Posted Sep 13, 2013

R. Emmet Sweeney

29 ——

A Rubberband Is An Unlikely Instrument (2013)

"Why make a documentary about these people? Honestly, it beats me... but the director has certainly made something beautiful around them anyway, an artful and thoughtful consideration its subjects perhaps don't deserve."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

30 71%

My Amityville Horror (2013)

"Works best not as a ghost story but as a psychological portrait of a man in denial. Danny seems possessed most of all by a need to ascribe to real-world "evil" a fantastical origin, as though he's unable to make sense of the world as it is."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

31 85%

Sightseers (2013)

"The movie isn't really about the environment or the proletariat: it feels more like a rebuke of nostalgia for pastoral England. (Also, tourists are the worst!)"

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

32 75%

Pieta (2013)

"The main character is the monstrous embodiment of unchecked capitalism. How's this for a metaphor: he profits off crippling the working poor with their own machinery!"

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

33 35%

Aftershock (2013)

"Many main characters die, and those who survive them weep... but I don't care, because these people were always as ugly and cruel on the inside as the world now is on the outside."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

34 87%

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"The filmmakers can move Henry James's novel of Victorian decadence to contemporary New York City because the underlying concept is timeless: some people are just really bad parents. "

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

35 45%

The Lords of Salem (2013)

"There seems to be some serious misogyny and Catholicism at the movie's core... But Zombie executes the story with such impressive artistry, an impressionism that borders on abstraction, that the subtext is easy to look past."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

36 68%

Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)

"I haven't laughed more at a movie in years... suggests every life, forever, is meaningless and unfulfilling. So you may as well treat yourself to a couple of yuks. "

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

37 88%

The Silence (2013)

"The story's brutality is at odds with the director's calculated, almost mannered aestheticism... it must be his way of trying to comfort us--lending a little beauty to a place clearly devoid of it."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

38 30%

Gut Renovation (2013)

"The director looks at change in Williamsburg and says it's stupid and she hates it. And so she comes off looking worse than the yuppies she decries."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

39 78%

Red Flag (2013)

"Demonstrates how talking isn't just the tool of the honest man--it's also the bullshitter's."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

40 60%

Almost In Love (2013)

"Gimmicky, but also smartly conceived and executed."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

41 55%

Would You Rather (2013)

"This movie is many things: a ridiculous horror film; a nice little showcase for talented character actors; an indictment of the One Percent; and a grand metaphor for capitalism."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

42 87%

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013)

"The people are happy, sure, but I feel like we're supposed to believe they're happier, too. Just as reasonably, you could say Siberia looks cold, hard, and lonely, and that Herzog is being a bit naive."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

43 86%

Supporting Characters (2013)

"Demonstrates how life is actually more complicated than art: it's not so easily rewritten; characters are not so easily spliced out of the stories of our lives."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

44 100%

My Brooklyn (2013)

"The movie does an excellent job of outlining how gentrification results from city policy... That is, don't hate the hipsters--hate Bloomberg and his real-estate pals."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

45 52%

Promised Land (2013)

"The script's psychological acuity is what makes the movie more than a mere Issue Film--or rather, that makes it a great one."

Posted May 10, 2013

Henry Stewart

46 ——

Sahkanaga (2012)

"You get a sense that what Summerour admires about [the real-life townspeople who don't come off particularly well in his film is] that they at least have the potential to be as beautiful as the Georgian landscapes within which they live."

Posted Dec 16, 2012

Henry Stewart

47 80%

The Sheik and I (2012)

"I hated Zahedi and this movie for most of its running time, seething in my seat at his callous disrespect, his obnoxiousness, the way he seemed to be putting local people's lives and livelihoods at risk for some stupid personal obsession."

Posted Dec 16, 2012

Henry Stewart

48 40%

New Jerusalem (2012)

"A gentle character study, steeped in Southern masculinity, that finds faith, friendship, family, and even an epileptic cat can offer some help toward fighting the fear that keeps us closed off, crying in the bathroom at work."

Posted Dec 16, 2012

Henry Stewart

49 98%

Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)

"The director's smart enough not to wonder how someone so antisocial could be so talented. The movie's point is that Baker's attitude is inseparable from his artistry."

Posted Dec 16, 2012

Henry Stewart

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