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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 98%

Chinatown (1974)

"It's about the 20th century and the American West--and the gross ruling class that built them both. As creation myths go, this one's twisted."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Henry Stewart

2 67%

American Psycho (2000)

"A mockery of Manhattan mores whose teeth have only sharpened since they were first bared--and the most honest Wall Street movie ever made."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Henry Stewart

3 22%

Radio Free Albemuth (2014)

"Notable only for its source material--not for what it does with it."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Henry Stewart

4 84%

Coherence (2014)

"Agatha Christie meets theoretical physics in this strange and gripping mystery in which universes are colliding--or, more aptly, multiverses are overlapping."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Henry Stewart

5 63%

The Sacrament (2014)

"The creepiest thing of all is humanity's capacity for madness: not the armed psychokillers hidden in shadows but the twisted leaders right out in the open--and those troubled and desperate enough to follow them."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Henry Stewart

6 52%

Trust Me (2014)

"As wry, witty, and lovable as its writer-director-star."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Henry Stewart

7 89%

Willow Creek (2014)

"The centerpiece of this found-footage Blair Witch redux is destined for inclusion in horror movie textbooks."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Henry Stewart

8 85%

Night Moves (2014)

"It's a movie about [Obama era] paranoia, its colorful end-credits backgrounds redolent of the 70s, evoking cynical post-Watergate political thrillers."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Henry Stewart

9 94%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"Seeing the show on Broadway in 2011 was gut-wrenching in a way [the] perfectly fine made-for-HBO movie was not."

Posted Aug 5, 2014

Henry Stewart

10 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"Every time you think you know where it's headed, it swerves, busting cliches even as it navigates the sordid milieu of a Jim Thompson book."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

11 89%

Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014)

"Even the beach is unbeautiful, oscillating between ominous and menacing, especially as the film reaches its climax during Superstorm Sandy."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

12 49%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"Maybe 10 years just made the director a dimmer artist? Or maybe he was mocking hacky producers--or even the fans themselves, unfairly demanding more of the same just better."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

13 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"Too often schmaltzy, too on the nose in its dialogue and characterizations, but it does get across the pain that comes from realizing that the world is a complicated, unknowable, incomprehensible place."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

14 100%

Ape (2014)

"Suggests that hard knocks make for better or at least more honest art, as though good delivery comes from life experience--that the craft is earned, not learned."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

15 ——

Marvin Seth and Stanley (2014)

"Even if you're not a man from a Twin Cities Jewish family, you might still find yourself relating to these three failures in work, in love, even in family."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

16 ——

Ballet 422 ()

"Instead of putting the theater out into the world, the director takes the world into the theater."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

17 57%

Proxy (2014)

"An ingenious psychological thriller all about pairing, structured in two parts with the people doubled, the frames halved, and the plot points mirrored."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

18 67%

Go Down Death (2014)

"Feels composed of pieces of REM-sleep visions already forgotten, images mingling with your nightmares and fantasies until it's difficult to separate its impressions from your own subconscious."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

19 88%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"A bit too neat, too self-consciously edgy while reluctant to push the actual boundaries of acceptability."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

20 64%

The Cold Lands (2014)

"Demonstrates how isolationism can breed unproductive paranoia. It might not take a village, but it takes at least one other person. Every child needs a parent and every person needs a friend. That is, no man--not even manboys or little men--is an island"

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

21 65%

U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2014)

"Director and writer come to resemble their characters: like the hero, they're suckers for a good story that fits nearly into existing structures; like the villain, they're storytellers as manipulators, exploiting those narrative forms for their own ends."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

22 55%

Interior. Leather Bar. (2014)

"Like a rough remake of Cruising, the Pacino role a straight actor who infiltrates the set of a gay movie; the filmmakers demystify & thus devilify the sex acts he gazes upon, recontextualizing Friedkin's menacing leather bars as erotic & beautiful"

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

23 44%

Almost Human (2014)

"What's the point of mankind's victory if it's the victors themselves that are--as in just barely--almost human?"

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

24 86%

In Fear (2014)

"Competent and compelling if sorta pointless."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

25 ——

Lonely Sex ()

"Dizzied visuals demonstrate flair and low-budget, Ed Wood-worthy ambition (which I mean as a compliment!)"

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

26 52%

Lucky Bastard (2014)

"Takes that one scene in Boogie Nights, in which Burt Reynolds picks up a guy off the street to have on-camera sex in a limousine with one of his stars, and turns it into a whole movie."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

27 ——

One Day Pina Asked Me (2014)

"Makes the distance of the theater seem suddenly, troublingly, affectingly intimate."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

28 18%

The Wait (2014)

"Mysterious and oblique, like an expressionistic trip through the stages of grief toward discovering coping mechanisms."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

29 58%

Jobriath A.D. (2014)

"Though it documents well just how unready the country was for an uncloseted superstar, it also marginalizes his output--much as the culture did 40 years ago."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

30 18%

Devil's Due (2014)

"Downplays its Christian concerns until the religious overtones become undertones. Instead, the writer and directors embrace the domestic drama at its core."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

31 60%

Towheads (2013)

"Its poignancy derives from the pain of not being great at any art: of being frustrated, maybe even resentful--of wanting something more than being a mom, and fighting to get it."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

32 78%

Big Bad Wolves (2014)

"Even violence that might be just or righteous hardly feels as such in this alternately gruesome and hilarious thriller."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

33 25%

24 Exposures (2014)

"A slapdash genre picture: a mystery that's not particularly mysterious, sexploitation that's not particularly sexy, a thinking-person's drama that's not particularly thoughtful."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

34 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Art throughout the decades has asked us to sneer and jeer at those who would do wrong to a domesticated animal. The Coens instead audaciously ask us to recognize Llewyn's humanity--and still sort of like him anyway."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

35 44%

Cold Comes The Night (2014)

"Woulda been straight to DVD, but Bryan Cranston is in it, fresh off of Breaking Bad..."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

36 45%

Raze (2014)

"There's nothing here but what you bring to it--well, and a solid Zoe Bell performance."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

37 24%

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

"Released in November 1992, it serendipitously predicted the last several electoral terms of New York City history, how we've moved from Bloomberg into the de Blasio era"

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

38 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Northup's story works as a screenplay, as popular entertainment, not just because it offers us a way in but also a way out"

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

39 91%

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013)

"The animations are merely illustrative, not illuminating--a lot of work for very little payoff, the movie in a nutshell."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

40 100%

Brother (1997)

"Imagine if Michael Corleone's pride and joy was his Discman... a youthful portrait of life in Russia after communism"

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

41 ——

Death Weekend (The House by the Lake) (1976)

"A pretty basic I Spit on Your Grave-style setup, but with a clever twist"

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

42 ——

Rituals (1977)

"Vietnam recreated in the hills of North America"

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

43 63%

Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man) (Demons '95) (Of Death, of Love) (1996)

"A poignant and poetic portrait of a provincial person oppressed by his provincialism"

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

44 78%

Monsters University (2013)

"People with passion can still work hard to enter their fields and once there achieve modest success, and those people still have worth in our society."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

45 81%

Lenny Cooke (2013)

"An example at least to teenagers with hoop dreams everywhere about the importance of discipline."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

46 89%

White Reindeer (2013)

"The director humanizes all of his quirky and marginal characters so that they feel like real people and not just narrative pawns who teach a white lady the true meaning of family, or Christmas, or whatever."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

47 ——

Sidewalk Stories (1989)

"A great, lovable, monumental film that should finally get its due."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

48 63%

Dear Mr. Watterson (2013)

"Generic tribute--an instance of mediocrity celebrating genius."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

49 81%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"Sweet, sincerely acted and very moving."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

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