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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 82%

Shadow Dancer (2013)

"Marsh focuses this slowly simmering drama on more universal themes of family, betrayal and decisions that people make that are both right and wrong at the same time."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

2 23%

Violet & Daisy (2013)

"Essentially, the film is Tarantino-ultralite -- just without the crisp dialogue, graphic violence or much of a plot."

Posted Jun 6, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

3 92%

Orphan Black: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The intrigue ratchets up with each of the 10 episodes. "

Posted Jun 5, 2013

Josh Jackson

4 82%

About Sunny ()

"Many viewers will lack the emotional fortitude (or cinematic masochism?) to withstand About Sunny. But for those who can, there is, at the center of its interminable sadness, a beautiful portrait of the sacrifice a mother will make for her child."

Posted Jun 3, 2013

Scott Wold

5 67%

The Killing: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" It was an interesting set-up for the new season, and it's promising so far. "

Posted Jun 3, 2013

Adam Vitcavage

6 93%

Frances Ha (2013)

"Frances Ha is endearing, kind and, in many ways, Noah Baumbach's best movie to date."

Posted May 31, 2013

Joe Peeler

7 93%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"The film is fascinating and provocative, deftly navigating complex personalities and shifting allegiances."

Posted May 31, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

8 42%

The English Teacher (2013)

"Funny and fulfilling, Craig Zisk has created a small, triumphant feature film debut."

Posted May 31, 2013

Shannon M. Houston

9 88%

Fill the Void (2013)

"To fill the void, means to simultaneously gain and lose. For Shira, she is keeping her family together at the cost of her own ambitions. It's a kind of self-sacrifice not seen in American films. Burshtein captures these delicate moments brilliantly."

Posted May 31, 2013

Monica Castillo

10 70%

Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014)

"Tore Tanzt is a hard movie to watch on occasion, but it's powered by some fundamental questions."

Posted May 31, 2013

Tim Grierson

11 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"The stakes may not be particularly high in Only Lovers Left Alive, but that's part of Jarmusch's point."

Posted May 31, 2013

Tim Grierson

12 ——

Max Rose ()

"The Jerry Lewis that's on the screen here is not one you'll want to recall."

Posted May 31, 2013

Tim Grierson

13 62%

Grigris (2014)

"Even if the plotting is a trifle trite, that doesn't mean that Haroun can't find ways to surprise."

Posted May 31, 2013

Tim Grierson

14 86%

The Immigrant (2014)

"Such a beautiful movie -- and so cold, too."

Posted May 31, 2013

Tim Grierson

15 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"The critical consensus from Cannes about Nebraska is that it's "minor Payne." I think it might be more accurate to call it a transitional film, with one foot in his old techniques and one tentatively standing in new ones."

Posted May 31, 2013

Tim Grierson

16 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"A beautiful, wise, erotic, devastating love story."

Posted May 31, 2013

Tim Grierson

17 91%

Venus in Fur (2014)

"Sexual desire, jet-black comedy, kinky mischievousness, an air of tense claustrophobia: It's all there in Venus in Fur, and even if the movie isn't particularly deep, it's a constant playful delight."

Posted May 31, 2013

Tim Grierson

18 62%

Heli (2014)

"For all the horrors Heli reveals about modern-day Mexico, it's stubbornly lacking in insight about the characters that live there."

Posted May 29, 2013

Tim Grierson

19 85%

The Congress (2014)

"Unfortunately, this playful yet serious and occasionally quite moving drama bites off far more than it can chew."

Posted May 29, 2013

Tim Grierson

20 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"It's an intriguing notion, but one wishes Coppola wouldn't pound on this single point for her movie's entire running time."

Posted May 29, 2013

Tim Grierson

21 94%

The Past (2013)

"The Past has all the strengths of a good play-incisive dialogue, effortlessly natural performances, close-quarters intimacy, and a rich sense of themes and intent-so it's little wonder that Farhadi's background is that of a playwright."

Posted May 29, 2013

Tim Grierson

22 73%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"It elevates what could be just another ballad-of-a-hooker drama into something far more mysterious."

Posted May 29, 2013

Tim Grierson

23 87%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"Like Father, Like Son... may be utterly conventional in some ways, but its surging emotional power eventually proves too overwhelming to deny. "

Posted May 29, 2013

Tim Grierson

24 53%

Jimmy P. (2014)

"While a clinical approach doesn't disqualify a movie from being riveting, the straightforward, unflashy style can sometimes be draggy rather than revelatory or engrossing."

Posted May 29, 2013

Tim Grierson

25 93%

A Touch of Sin (2013)

"It's a stunning commentary on why our collective belief in might makes right continues to prevail."

Posted May 29, 2013

Tim Grierson

26 64%

Bastards (2013)

"Don't be afraid of the darkness: [Claire] Denis makes it seductive."

Posted May 29, 2013

Tim Grierson

27 ——

Sarah préfère la course (Sarah Would Rather Run) ()

"What makes Sarah Prefers to Run so touching is that we're not quite sure what the resolution will be for Sarah. She isn't, either. But she just keeps running."

Posted May 29, 2013

Tim Grierson

28 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"There's plenty of ravishing cinema in Only God Forgives, but almost nothing of real life."

Posted May 29, 2013

Tim Grierson

29 78%

Arrested Development: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" There were certainly enough moments of familiar glee to satisfy legions of fans. "

Posted May 26, 2013

Josh Jackson

30 48%

Black Rock (2013)

"The ladies in Black Rock are supposed to be annoying. That's the only conclusion one can draw from their incessant whining, catfighting and drunk flirting."

Posted May 24, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

31 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"With Stories We Tell, actress-turned-director Sarah Polley has proven herself a consummate filmmaker, transforming an incredible personal story into a playful and profound investigation into the nature of storytelling itself."

Posted May 24, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

32 44%

He's Way More Famous Than You (2013)

"While on some level, He's Way More Famous Than You successfully skewers the cult of celebrity and the entertainment business, it ultimately marginalizes itself from the audience because of the un-likability of the leading character."

Posted May 24, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

33 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"Love stories haven't been a big focus in his [Soderbergh] work. But, if it is his final movie, it's worth noting that this is one of his warmest."

Posted May 24, 2013

Tim Grierson

34 71%

Dead Man's Burden (2013)

"Moshé immediately establishes an unforgiving milieu for his moody, minimalist Western."

Posted May 23, 2013

Curtis Woloschuk

35 75%

Pieta (2013)

"Kim has a very specific wringer he intends to usher his pawns through and a particular course he's plotted to it. Consequently, a complex, troubling character study slowly becomes a borderline conventional narrative."

Posted May 17, 2013

Curtis Woloschuk

36 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"For Trekkies, Abrams' film is part two of an extended, mostly pleasurable exercise in alternate reality resonance -- it's like film fan fiction, minus the slash-fic component."

Posted May 17, 2013

Michael Burgin

37 76%

Family Tree: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Like anything Guest does, the show expertly blends pathos into its comedy, and we can't wait to see what hilarious family secret our poor hero uncovers next. "

Posted May 12, 2013

Bonnie Stiernberg

38 74%

Love Is All You Need (2013)

"Overall Love is all you need for a feel-good viewing experience that's enjoyable without feeling superficial."

Posted May 10, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

39 74%

The Source Family (2013)

"There seem to be many missed opportunities for some excitement in a bland film."

Posted May 10, 2013

Joan Radell

40 66%

The Iceman (2013)

"Despite the film's flaws, it's Shannon's take on Richard Kuklinski's duality -- as a brutal, amoral killer who insists on sending his two girls to Catholic school -- that's most fascinating to watch."

Posted May 10, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

41 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"It may never come close to what you've read, but you'll definitely see something new."

Posted May 10, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

42 82%

Something in the Air (2013)

"Part of Something in the Air's charm is that director Olivier Assayas looks at this tumultuous time with a sense of understanding and empathy."

Posted May 10, 2013

Monica Castillo

43 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Though Iron Man 3 is a better constructed film than its predecessor, ultimately it succeeds for the same reason the first two films did -- Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark."

Posted May 3, 2013

Michael Burgin

44 76%

Maron: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" All being said, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed being around someone so self-involved this much. "

Posted May 3, 2013

John Vilanova

45 55%

Post Tenebras Lux (2013)

"If greeted with enough openness and interest, Post Tenebras Lux's seemingly incoherent string of scenes reveals itself as a carefully executed emotional structure that begs for, and rewards, repeated viewings."

Posted May 2, 2013

Joe Peeler

46 79%

42 (2013)

"42 delivers a powerful story, adding one more crucial piece to the puzzle that is American history. But as for a fleshed-out biopic that provides more pieces to the puzzle that was Jackie Robinson, the man? For that, you'll have to wait."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Shannon M. Houston

47 84%

Kon Tiki (2013)

"Hagen's performance shows an unblinking determination that makes every near-death moment more unpredictable."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

48 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"If Shane Carruth's time-traveling debut Primer was about outthinking what you might do in the future, his second movie, Upstream Color, is about deciphering why you feel the way you do right now."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Joe Peeler

49 98%

Mud (2013)

"Mud combines the poignance of a boy coming to terms with life's realities with the excitement of top-notch suspense."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

50 85%

Graceland (2013)

"Take the worst day you've ever had at your job and multiply it by ten. That still probably won't compare with the day that Marlon Villar (Arnold Reyes) is having in Graceland."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Matt Shiverdecker

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