Paste Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen Of Pointe A La Hache (2014)

"The importance of a film like Vanishing Pearls is immeasurable."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Shannon M. Houston

2 79%

Big Ass Spider! (2013)

"The relative lack of filler is another factor that sets Big Ass Spider! apart from other members of its ilk."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Jim Vorel

3 58%

13 Sins (2014)

"The material is fairly B-level, and Stamm is pretty blessed to have Webber and Perlman to keep it from falling down a tier."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Tom Meek

4 90%

Locke (2014)

"While Locke strikes some interesting notes as an exercise in minimalist filmmaking, it fails to deliver the full-fledged symphony that would make it a true triumph."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Geoff Berkshire

5 92%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"Blue Ruin may occasionally be midnight-movie lurid, but not at the expense of deeper questions about vengeance's diminishing returns."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Tim Grierson

6 41%

For No Good Reason (2014)

"There's no questioning the love that Paul and his interview subjects feel about Steadman. But the movie's problem isn't a dearth of adoration -- it's a lack of focus."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Tim Grierson

7 97%

Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" I think it's safe to say that if you enjoyed year one of the show, you'll be very happy with this newest entry in the ever-evolving sage of Sarah Manning and her clone siblings. "

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Mark Rozeman

8 18%

Transcendence (2014)

"A techno-thriller that systematically squanders an interesting concept. Overstuffed but underdeveloped, it mistakes serial incident for dramatic connection."

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Brent Simon

9 63%

Small Time (2014)

"Small Time is an appropriate title for this period piece dramedy, the type of film whose meandering tone and lack of stakes inform savvy viewers of the fact that it's 'inspired by true events' even without benefit of a credits title card."

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Brent Simon

10 21%

Frankie & Alice (2014)

"Admittedly a generously apportioned slice of awards-bait pie, but a well-rendered and engaging psychological drama nonetheless, anchored by two solid performances."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Brent Simon

11 30%

Perfect Sisters (2014)

"Exists in a soupy, unpersuasive middle ground, neither touching the rich, charged atmosphere of Heavenly Creatures, nor aiming for something more darkly comedic or rooted in social commentary."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Brent Simon

12 100%

Dancing In Jaffa (2014)

"Dancing in Jaffa falls into many narratives categories, as a film about the healing power of art, the resilience of the young, and one amazing teacher who transforms a community. That it is a true story, makes it all the more incredible."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Shannon M. Houston

13 52%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"Rooting for Frost is easy, and that goes a long way toward sustaining Cuban Fury's palatability."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Andy Crump

14 94%

I Am Divine (2013)

"Shwarz helps paint a picture of an extraordinary boy who lived so far outside what was considered "normal," he had no choice but to blaze his own trail."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Leland Montgomery

15 59%

Hank And Asha (2014)

"Though the film's leads are engaging and appealing, the contrived plot device of communicating solely through video becomes tiresome after the novelty wears away."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

16 15%

Tasting Menu (2014)

"The lack of true conflict, comedy or even just a hint of spice in this food-themed dramedy leaves viewers feeling unsatiated."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

17 49%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"Though not a film everyone will like, Heaven Is for Real is a perfectly respectable story that does exactly what it sets out to do."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Maryann Koopman Kelly

18 90%

Bears (2014)

"The movie is so slick, so well-crafted and so beautiful, it's easy to forget that it was essentially made out of found footage."

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Leland Montgomery

19 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" While the idea of a Fargo TV series may have had many people saying, "Ah jeez," the new FX series has managed to pull off the nearly impossible. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Amy Amatangelo

20 55%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

""Fading Gigolo" has so much sweetness and amiable comic spirit that it's almost possible to overlook how ludicrous it is."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Tim Grierson

21 86%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" It's too early to tell, too early even to smell the smoke, but in the meantime, we'll wait for things to heat up. Because this is the beginning of something. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Bonnie Stiernberg

22 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"Less a disquisition on beta-masculinity than an engaging extension of the National Football League brand. But it works far more than it doesn't, connecting with pleasure and heart."

Posted Apr 13, 2014

Brent Simon

23 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"Overstuffed and overly demonstrative, Saldanha's sequel is at once perfectly fine and perfectly forgettable."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Brent Simon

24 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Yes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a great action movie -- an immensely enjoyable spy-thriller-flavored film with Bond-worthy flair (and orchestral flourishes). But first and foremost, it's also a great Captain America film."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Michael Burgin

25 59%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"While it's an entertaining ride, thanks largely to Law's commitment and Shepard's comic dialogue, the story becomes too bloated for its own good."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

26 83%

Joe (2014)

"This Southern Gothic story is overwrought and, despite its beautifully decayed deep South setting and flawed characters who might be interesting underneath all their angst, is actually kind of boring."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Jonah Flicker

27 25%

Goodbye World (2014)

"Kind of an incidental apocalyptic drama -- an unusual, distinctively character-rooted hybrid of The Big Chill, The Trigger Effect and Into the Wild."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Brent Simon

28 ——

Continuum: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" It aims to address some of the questions audiences automatically bring to this sort of show. What it doesn't do is complicate or expand the drama. Sometimes, you have to tell the audience no. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Kyle Burton

29 96%

Silicon Valley: Season 1

" Silicon Valley is one of the few satires willing to show how the sausage is made with a startup, including every little stumbling block and wrong turn simply because it is damn hilarious. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Robert Ham

30 100%

Veep: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Whoever her campaign manager will be, the Veep is-for now, at least-primed for a strong run, and Veep for a strong third season. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Evan Allgood

31 98%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" There's no reason to mince words at the start-that was an absolutely fantastic opening episode. It began with two swords, it ended with two swords, and in between it was a near-perfect re-entry into the world of Westeros (and beyond). "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Shane Ryan

32 21%

Stay (2014)

"There are other small triumphs that carry the film."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Shannon M. Houston

33 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"It's a rare feat for a film to successfully convey the voice of the Other. Especially when that voice is an Other to everyone else here on Earth."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Scott Wold

34 29%

Alien Abduction (2014)

"As a horror flick, even one held to the impossibly low standards of the found-footage variety, Alien Abduction fails to thrill or chill."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Scott Wold

35 96%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"Maier may not have been pleased that the world now knows about her, but "Finding Vivian Maier" persuasively argues that the world of photography is the better for it."

Posted Mar 29, 2014

Tim Grierson

36 77%

Noah (2014)

"It's these uneasy shades of gray that make Noah such a compelling movie."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Jeremy Mathews

37 91%

It Felt Like Love (2014)

"The scenes between Lila, Sammy, and Sammy's macho friends feature some of Hittman's most acute dialogue and direction."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Danny King

38 40%

A Farewell to Fools (2014)

"Dreyer's work is still an enjoyable story that ultimately triumphs as sweet little comedy that doesn't make any attempts to shake up the world of historical cinema."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Shannon M. Houston

39 83%

Rob the Mob (2014)

"The problem here is that the film wavers between free-flowing comedic chaos and melodramatic poignancy -- it's much more successful with the former. "

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Jonah Flicker

40 82%

Teenage (2014)

"Wolf reveals himself to be a gifted and intuitive filmmaker, able to make academic connections that are still true to the depth of feeling attached to teenagedom -- of living very seriously, except when absolutely not."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Brent Simon

41 93%

Mistaken for Strangers (2014)

"A lot of rock documentaries are in service of selling a fan base something, but not this one, which is funny, compassionate and incisive about family and art."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Tim Grierson

42 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"Director Diego Luna's muted drama so consciously avoids theatrics that it never really comes to life."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Tim Grierson

43 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"A rigorous, riveting and surprisingly funny cogitation on sexual liberation, gender double standards, love, sociopathy and any number of the filmmaker's other obsessions."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Brent Simon

44 74%

Enemy (2014)

"A woozy, danger-infused rumination on identity that triggers tripwires of panic and sexual compulsion, Enemy is like a cold glass of water to the face of cinematic formalism."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Brent Simon

45 92%

Source Code (2011)

"Source Code takes off with some intense performances and an inventive story that pulls you in and makes you work for the payoff."

Posted Mar 23, 2014

Tim Basham

46 13%

McCanick (2014)

"Unfortunately, this initially rote and ultimately ridiculous cop-on-the-edge drama suffers from too many creative missteps."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Geoffrey Berkshire

47 84%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"First-time filmmaker Katz effectively sets relatable problems as the catalyst to the story before the absurd takes over."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Monica Castillo

48 75%

Night Moves (2014)

"By the filmmaker's understated, incisive standards, "Night Moves" is practically an action movie -- an increasingly intense and troubling one."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Tim Grierson

49 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"The film ends up being just as much of an ode to the Muppets' brand of unbridled delight without having to wax sentimental; in the end, Bobin and Stoller cleverly get to have their cake and eat it, too. And so do we."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Andy Crump

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