Paste Magazine

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 92%

Gimme The Loot (2013)

"Much more grownup than it looks, Gimme the Loot is that rare teen-centric film whose brisk pace is unburdened by sentimentality."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Monica Castillo

2 31%

Emperor (2013)

"This is a movie that tries to be that great war film, as well as a star-crossed romance and a political thriller, without really succeeding on any front."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Tyler Chase

3 70%

The Croods (2013)

"It doesn't add up to much more than easily digestible family fare, but this is a caveman's approach to animation -- minimal sophistication with physical aspects that can be breathtaking."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Tyler Chase

4 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"Ultimately, Korine's latest proves a pointless trip through spring break hell."

Posted Mar 22, 2013

Will McCord

5 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"Gorgeously animated, with rich color scapes and detailed mise-en-scène, Goro Miyazaki's sophomore outing incorporates lovely, introspective imagery of, say, a cloud passing in front of the moon or smokestacks shot at a steep angle."

Posted Mar 20, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

6 68%

Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)

"Somebody Up There Likes Me is an entertaining film with a strong artistic exertion and a resilient attention to detail, making for a memorable seventy-five minutes thanks to its outlandish quirk and well-defined characters."

Posted Mar 14, 2013

Caitlin Colford

7 56%

The End of Love (2013)

"Those willing to drift along with it will find a compelling character study about a man coming to terms with himself, his son, and the people who enter their lives."

Posted Mar 14, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

8 88%

The Silence (2013)

"In a field of clichéd psychological crime thrillers, The Silence stands out."

Posted Mar 14, 2013

Jonah Flicker

9 79%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

""Ginger & Rosa" tells its story through a series of understated, deeply evocative scenes. This is a modest, well-observed film."

Posted Mar 12, 2013

Tim Grierson

10 65%

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013)

"An engaging, sweeping overview of Pineda's story, which is buoyed by the cheesy but classic sounds of Journey and Pineda's soft-spoken, humble charm."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Jonah Flicker

11 91%

Beyond The Hills (2013)

"Mungiu's narrative is simple and slow, but necessarily so."

Posted Mar 7, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

12 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Much in the same manner that Raimi's first two Spider-Man movies successfully channeled the vigor and élan of the original comics even while presenting them for modern tastes to devour, his Oz is replete with the spirit and vision of the original film."

Posted Mar 5, 2013

Michael Burgin

13 89%

Koch (2013)

"Barsky gained Koch's cooperation on the film -- the filmmaker interviewed his subject extensively -- yet his portrait of the man shows both his good and bad sides."

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

14 90%

A Place at the Table (2013)

"A Place at the Table makes a strong case that hunger for one is a problem for all."

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Billy Tatum

15 32%

Escape From Planet Earth (2013)

"Escape from Planet Earth is a mildly entertaining examination of intergalactic sibling rivalry that will probably appeal to many younger kids, but not to the parents who have to sit through it with them."

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

16 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"So come for the giants, but, well, also stay for the giants."

Posted Mar 1, 2013

Dan Kaufman

17 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"While the two leads are likable enough, they deserve better, especially McCarthy. Her range is criminally misused here -- it's almost as if someone stole her comedic identity and committed a bad film in her name."

Posted Feb 21, 2013

Tyler Chase

18 37%

Stand Up Guys (2013)

"There's something about Stand Up Guys that's both brilliant and poignant."

Posted Feb 21, 2013

Leland Montgomery

19 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"The relationship between a commoner teacher and regal student provides for enough drama, and the obstacle overcome is both inspiring and unique."

Posted Feb 16, 2013

Josh Jackson

20 100%

Southland: Season 10

" Southland is easily the best cop drama on TV, and it has thrived since being picked up by TNT after NBC abruptly canceled it. "

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Amy Amatangelo

21 46%

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

"Just when you thought you were done with the perennial teenage supernatural romance, it's back!"

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Monica Castillo

22 81%

Like Someone in Love (2013)

"Masterfully beguiling, Like Someone in Love is a little gem of a film that explores how relationships and roles change depending on the needs, circumstances and desires of the people involved."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Will McCord

23 93%

No (2013)

"Bernal plays the creative type perfectly. His big eyes always seem to be seeing things that others don't, and through his calm, methodical demeanor, you can sense the wheels turning in his head."

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Gabrielle Lipton

24 93%

The Gatekeepers (2013)

"Moreh has assembled a thorough, evenhanded and fascinating examination of people and operations straight out of a spy novel."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

25 76%

Community: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" With this first episode in the bag, we know the showrunners can put out a pretty good episode of Community. "

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Sean Gandert

26 94%

Lore (2013)

"Saskia Rosendahl, who plays Lore, is marvelous to watch."

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Jonah Flicker

27 56%

Smash: Seaon 2 (TV, 2013)

" I doubt Smash will make the same mistakes twice. "

Posted Feb 6, 2013

Adam Vitcavage

28 98%

Mud (2013)

"It's a sweet tale that displays plenty of faith in humanity without ever veering into sappiness and always keeping you on the edge of your seat."

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Josh Jackson

29 87%

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013)

"Happy People is an engrossing look at a culture that many viewers have never been exposed to, and as usual, Herzog's even-paced, accented narration is a joy to listen to."

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Jonah Flicker

30 74%

The East (2013)

"Marling is wonderful as always, Alexander Skarsgaard is appropriately mysterious as the leader of the group, and Ellen Page turns in her best performance in years."

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Michael Dunaway

31 80%

The World According to Dick Cheney ()

"Despite the shortcomings of the interview, the film assembles a portrait of the man's life, eventually keying in on his time as vice president to George W. Bush."

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

32 57%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"Escape from Tomorrow isn't awful, but it's the kind of film that makes you wish it were better than it is."

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

33 100%

Sound City (2013)

"It's a sprawling documentary that laments what's been lost in analog recording without ignoring the benefits of technology."

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Josh Jackson

34 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"We Are What We Are is a film that ought to feel like an amusement park terror ride, but instead comes off as a poor attempt at fine art."

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

35 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"As a mild diversion that won't bother either person on a date, one could do far worse."

Posted Feb 5, 2013

Scott Wold

36 70%

C.O.G. (2013)

"The characters are of tedious cardboard and are nearly without interest, wasting the considerable character talents of the likes of Dale Dickey and Dean Stockwell."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Michael Dunaway

37 15%

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

"Just another entry in Bland Fairy Tale Theater, a shapeless riff on those hapless German siblings with the worst parents ever."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Scott Wold

38 67%

Manhunt ()

"Manhunt is a frustrating experience, though not without its rewards."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Michael Dunaway

39 93%

The Gatekeepers (2013)

"The access boggles the mind, and some of the stories are riveting."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Josh Jackson

40 94%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"If you leave the film with dry eyes, you're a hell of a lot stronger than me, or than anyone in the Eccles theater the night I saw the film."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Michael Dunaway

41 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"Upstream Color builds a stunning mosaic of lives overwhelmed by decisions outside their control, of people who don't understand the impulses that rule their lives."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

42 4%

Movie 43 (2013)

"As it turns out, watching actors who are otherwise likable, marketable and capable reduce themselves to this ridiculous pabulum isn't funny. It's depressing."

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Tyler Chase

43 90%

The Americans: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" What I liked most about the drama is that Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are so utterly believable as Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, KGB spies posing as American citizens living in the suburbs of Washington D.C. "

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Amy Amatangelo

44 28%

Broken City (2013)

"Broken City starts and sputters, never blazing a clear path to the redemption for which its characters yearn. All the ingredients are here, but everything just ends up half baked."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

Tyler Chase

45 100%

Resolution (2013)

"As a meditation on horror films, and even film itself, Resolution might be in danger of coming across as pretentious, if it weren't so damned entertaining throughout."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

Scott Wold

46 80%

Crystal Fairy (2013)

"The sparse plot nonetheless provides opportunities for a little self-reflection and some original, dark humor, making the druggy affair a worthwhile trip to the theater."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

Josh Jackson

47 57%

Breathe In (2014)

"Breathe In comes ever so close to pulling an emotionally satisfying romance from what is, at its core, a rather pervy story."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

48 96%

Cutie And The Boxer (2013)

"Heinzerling combines Noriko's drawings with contemporary footage to create a story that isn't only a tale of creative minds, but an honest love story."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

49 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"Hangups, regrets and doubts have have become a greater part of Jesse and Celine's lives, and the film reflects that. But it also reminds us what made the couple such a lovable pair that they could hold our interest for 20 years."

Posted Jan 25, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

50 77%

American Horror Story: Asylum (TV, 2012-2013)

" In general, I'm not buying what the show is selling. American Horror Story: Asylum is about shock value, gore, depravity and the occasional singing number. The show doesn't have a larger message, and you can't convince me that it does. "

Posted Jan 24, 2013

Amy Amatangelo

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