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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 100%

Justified: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" Four seasons down, and I still have no damn idea where this show is going to go from week to week. "

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Jack McKinney

2 89%

Doctor Who: Season 8 (TV, 2014)

" I may not have totally warmed to Capaldi as much as I thought I would, but there's definite room here for his character to develop. I'm just glad to have who back in my life. Allons-y and Geronimo! "

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Mark Rozeman

3 42%

BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" BoJack Horseman's premiere episode is an exercise in squandered potential, with uninspired humor and flat dialogue blotting out a strong cast and pedigree. "

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Kevin Zawacki

4 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"As in his previous films, Bird offers up a story with substance."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Tim Basham

5 87%

To Be Takei (2014)

"There isn't much effort here to dig deep beyond the surface story, which is undoubtedly inspirational to many. With a subject as charismatic and likable as Takei, I'm not sure that it really matters."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Matt Shiverdecker

6 96%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"So many films are made up of wonderful scenes with an end result that doesn't really add up to a compelling whole. Love Is Strange pulls off this tricky task with aplomb. It is full of breath-taking beauty, both visual and thematic."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Mark Rabinowitz

7 45%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"When severed heads tumble across the screen like fleshy soccer balls for the umpteenth time, all the visceral thrills of graphic dismemberment fade away. Who knew hyper violence could feel this routine?"

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Andy Crump

8 91%

Frank (2014)

"Director Lenny Abrahamson finds plenty of humor in his band of misfit characters, but the movie doesn't treat their odd behavior as mere fodder for slapstick. The movie's heart lies in its understanding of their fragility."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Jeremy Mathews

9 86%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"While the conceit of Michael Winterbottom's The Trip to Italy is basically a carbon copy of 2010's The Trip, this follow up is no less winning and is actually more charming than its predecessor."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Mark Rabinowitz

10 56%

Coldwater (2014)

"Grashaw draws out fascinating, textured performances from his cast, notably James C. Burns as the retired marine in charge and Nicholas Bateman as a conflicted trustee."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Michael Dunaway

11 9%

After (2014)

"American tragedy serves as underfed underpinning for rote theatrics in After, an unpersuasive ensemble drama that settles into a self-serious glide-path of inanity early on, never to recover."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

12 95%

The Dog (2014)

"A rich dessert served in a slightly too-hearty portion size, The Dog flirts with deeper truths about lives surrendered to the pursuit of fame but never totally punches through."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

13 17%

Very Good Girls (2014)

"Appreciably different and well acted throughout, and sincerely engaging in patches... [but] ultimately succumbs to sigh-inducing artificiality."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

14 54%

Road to Paloma (2014)

"Less a failure of competing or conflicting visions and more just a buffet of poorly executed meanderings."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

15 21%

Affluenza (2014)

"A stilted, utterly phony drama of rich-kid angst that thinks it's saying something about the hidden perils of privilege but is actually just an exercise in wheel-spinning inanity."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

16 88%

The Kill Team (2014)

"A documentary that leans heavily on a viewer's innate interest in tangled philosophical questions of guilt and corrupted innocence."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

17 32%

The Giver (2014)

"Thwaites and Rush have zero chemistry, and their lifeless scenes together undermine the entire film."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Geoff Berkshire

18 34%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Now, it's 2014, and the third iteration has arrived, working itself into such a lather in its attempt to resuscitate the momentum that one can practically smell the flop sweat."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Scott Wold

19 46%

About Alex (2014)

"Ultimately, the portrayals in About Alex are all caricatures that don't really ring true."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Jonah Flicker

20 42%

Life After Beth (2014)

"It's a fun romp, and what it lacks in focus it makes up with integrity."

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Melissa Weller

21 ——

Hell on Wheels: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" The things that made Deadwood so successful-the living, breathing community, and the duality of characters-is what Hell on Wheels is seriously lacking. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Ross Bonaime

22 87%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" You're quickly swept up into this intense and impressive plot, following each step of each character, with deep interest and curiosity. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Robert Ham

23 100%

Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It is unique in its self-reflexive nature, as well its marriage of sitcom, sketch comedy and musical performance "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Maren McGlashan

24 36%

Child Of God (2014)

"For obvious reasons too, it's a tough undertaking to endear sociopaths, serial killers and their ilk as something more, something human."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Tom Meek

25 61%

Finding Fela! (2014)

"The disjointed rhythm of the movie throws off the groove of Fela's story and the musical."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Monica Castillo

26 70%

What If (2014)

"An all-too rare creature: an American indie rom com that can be taken seriously and doesn't leave you wondering where all the real people are."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Mark Rabinowitz

27 44%

The Killing: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" The juxtaposition of Linden and Holder investigating one crime while simultaneously hiding another should suit the show well for its final run. Like I said, I'm happy it's back. "

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Amy Amatangelo

28 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"[It's] the first of the MCU properties that didn't feature a major Marvel character. Surprise, surprise, when you make the most enjoyable space opera romp since The Fifth Element, name recognition just doesn't matter."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Michael Burgin

29 49%

I Origins (2014)

"If I Origins ends up a slog, it's at least occasionally lovely to look at."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Andy Crump

30 49%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"The result is a delightful if slight tale of romance on the Riviera, an upper-middling entry into the canon of Woody Allen that will disappoint the cynics and charm those who like to let a little hope into their lives."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Josh Jackson

31 61%

Hercules (2014)

"The result is a film of which I can't exactly recommend one rush out and see right away, but when one does decide to give it a shot, I think you'll be surprised by how entertaining Hercules actually is. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Christian Becker

32 89%

Calvary (2014)

"When Brendan Gleeson gets together with John Michael McDonagh, magical things happen."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Brent McKnight

33 54%

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

"For the most part, it's a serviceable sequel that tackles a difficult task as best it can by making a film that is several levels more absurd than the first."

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Jim Vorel

34 17%

And So It Goes (2014)

"It's a clichéd premise no doubt, but thankfully Reiner and cast play up the comedic angle and make what could have been a flat, Lifetime weepy something springy and possessed of an intermittent joy."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Tom Meek

35 65%

Lucy (2014)

"It's a startling blast of cinematic zeal and philosophical provocation -- the work of someone fully engaged by the medium."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Geoff Berkshire

36 87%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" Here's signing off on another great Boardwalk season! Looking forward to 1924! "

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Michelle Rafferty

37 88%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 (TV, 2011)

" Season two's finale feels like it opened things up and has removed a lot of the show's more irritating parts along the way. "

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Sean Gandert

38 56%

Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Sun-drenched backdrop aside, Married could never find a home on USA; the show's tone is too cloudy and claustrophobic. That's a good thing. "

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Evan Allgood

39 63%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Imaginative to a fault, whimsical until you say uncle, "Mood Indigo" pushes director Michel Gondry's style of surreal playfulness to its breaking point."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Tim Grierson

40 22%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"The film struggles with a meandering story and superficial characters who do little to elicit compassion from the audience."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

41 100%

Underwater Dreams (2014)

"Underwater Dreams unfurls as a cautious American fable of sorts."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Tom Meek

42 71%

Alive Inside (2014)

"I think it's important to recognize what this film is trying to do: raise awareness about dementia and the mistreatment of patients."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Leland Montgomery

43 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"Braff has always maintained that he chose an alternative route to retain creative control-and the film's final cut seems to vindicate his decision and the faith of the thousands of backers, too."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Christine N. Ziemba

44 50%

Hemlock Grove: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Fortunately, the second season of the series is off to a great start. "

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Liz Ohanesian

45 83%

Rich Hill (2014)

"Their documentary focuses on three young people in Rich Hill, but more broadly Rich Hill is a portrait of poverty and diminished dreams in America's heartland."

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Tim Grierson

46 82%

Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's flush with endearment and sincerity. Somehow, it avoids the saccharine. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Kyle Burton

47 97%

Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" All the tertiary characters and extraneous storylines only served to clutter what was otherwise an excellent season premiere. If only the show would learn to embrace that plateau stage with the knowledge that that's a necessary step towards the big O. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Bonnie Stiernberg

48 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" "Night Zero" kicks off The Strain out with some incredibly cheesy moments, yet the mysterious creatures and inner workings of this breakout are compelling enough to keep watching. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Ross Bonaime

49 83%

Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The pilot is best off when focused on Molly and Ethan and John. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Kyle Burton

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