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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 88%

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

3 48%

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

4 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

5 100%

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

6 ——

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

7 ——

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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 86%

In Fear (2014)

"Competent and compelling if sorta pointless."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

16 ——

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

17 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

18 ——

One Day Pina Asked Me (2014)

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

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 60%

Towheads ()

"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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 43%

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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 100%

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

32 ——

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

33 ——

Rituals (1977)

"Vietnam recreated in the hills of North America"

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 ——

Sidewalk Stories (1989)

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

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

39 63%

Dear Mr. Watterson (2013)

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

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

40 81%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"Sweet, sincerely acted and very moving."

Posted May 21, 2014

Henry Stewart

41 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

42 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

43 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

44 67%

+1 (2013)

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

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

45 77%

Paranoid Park (2007)

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

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

46 98%

Let The Fire Burn (2013)

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

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

47 71%

Zero Charisma (2013)

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

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Henry Stewart

48 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

49 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

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