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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"With its muted cinematography and a fairly slow-paced story, The Book Thief isn't the flashiest of potential awards contenders this year, but it's one of the most genuine."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Matt Shiverdecker

2 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"This smart documentary suggests that Armstrong was arresting not despite his monstrous ego and competitiveness but because of those factors."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Tim Grierson

3 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"The movie is a near-perfect capture of a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown without going off the deep end into a farce."

Posted Nov 4, 2013

Monica Castillo

4 8%

Diana (2013)

"Fails to offer much insight into the long-term relationship that, as the movie argues, helped her turn the corner after the dissolution of her marriage to Prince Charles."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Tim Grierson

5 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Despite some feel-good conventionality, Dallas Buyers Club succeeds thanks to its pragmatic view of its rather pragmatic hero."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Tim Grierson

6 ——

No Look Pass ()

"It's a breath of fresh air to see the unadulterated hopes and non-tarnished dreams of a promising talent."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Monica Castillo

7 ——

Apart From That (2006)

"The indie feature works well on several levels, but as it tries to capture the characters' everyday lives, Apart From That gets bogged down in minutiae."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

8 ——

Qwerty (2012)

"The film lacks both romance and laughs, largely due to a clunky script, stilted supporting performances and an unappealing leading character."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

9 9%

Runner Runner (2013)

"Its pedigree may seem like a trump card, but make no mistake -- Runner Runner is bluffing."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Tyler Chase

10 92%

The Revisionaries (2012)

"Scott Thurman's new film The Revisionaries is a postcard from the frontline of America's culture wars."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Leland Montgomery

11 47%

Last Vegas (2013)

"As far as sitcom-cinema goes (and the movie does truly look terrible), you could probably do worse than this -- probably because most sitcom-cinema casts don't allow Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline to share the screen."

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Danny King

12 69%

Mr. Nobody (2013)

"A thoughtful investigation into the different variations of all our lives: the daydreams, the anxious worst-case scenarios, the futile digressions that went nowhere."

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Tim Grierson

13 96%

These Birds Walk (2013)

"You might want to bring a few tissues because it really is that moving."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Ryan Bort

14 35%

The Counselor (2013)

"Stimulating and seductively dark--a smart, challenging neo-noir."

Posted Oct 27, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

15 82%

Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013)

"Art and madness have always coexisted, but Camille Claudel, 1915 is about what happens when you take away the art and stifle a troubled, extraordinary mind."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Jeremy Mathews

16 22%

Paradise (2013)

"Cody's fresh coming-of-age story keeps pulling back from blossoming into something a bit magical."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Norm Schrager

17 49%

Carrie (2013)

"There's nothing really wrong with this iteration of Carrie, it's just that most everything that's right can't be attributed to the production itself."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Dan Kaufman

18 56%

Bounty Killer (2013)

"Pair it with the likes of Machete or Hobo with a Shotgun, and you've got yourself a fantastic way to waste a Sunday afternoon."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Scott Wold

19 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"Ejiofor brings imposing physicality and intimidating intellect to the role, and thus Northup poses a threat to his enemies -- even if they can't articulate it as such."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

20 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"The human drive to survive is what fuels this story of resilience and perseverance."

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

21 100%

The Square (2013)

"The documentary brings calm insight to an impassioned, still-developing historic event, personalizing the dramatic developments without losing a sense of the greater stakes. "

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Tim Grierson

22 58%

Pulling Strings (2013)

"Pulling Strings isn't particularly sharp as either a comedy or a romance."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Abigail Garnett

23 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"The question of who owns knowledge in a world where information is so rapidly and intangibly shared is at this film's heart, but it seems unsure of its position, retreating behind the very smokescreens it seeks to dispel."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Megan Girdwood

24 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"The film works best when the characters' freewheeling creative process is channeled into Krokidas's filmmaking techniques, namely through exhilarating montages, snappy dialogue, and frenetic, charismatic performances."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

John Oursler

25 81%

American Horror Story: Coven (TV, 2013-2014)

" Coven definitely presents plenty of promising elements and characters spanning 200 years to have fun with this season, and the possibilities are literally endless. "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Ross Bonaime

26 100%

Arrow: Season 2 (TV, 2013-2014)

" With "City of Heroes," the creative team has hit the ground running, delivering a fast-paced premiere sure to placate anyone who feared a sophomore nosedive in quality. "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Mark Rozeman

27 88%

The Walking Dead: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014)

" A decent first effort under Scott M. Gimple's new reign. "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Josh Jackson

28 88%

The Walking Dead: Season 4 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It felt like [the zombies] reached a new pitch of terrifying... "

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Shane Ryan

29 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Captain Phillips proves that, while his imitators may do more harm than good, Greengrass himself remains the kind filmmaker cinephiles are lucky to have around."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Mark Rozeman

30 45%

The Tomorrow People: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" They managed to cook up a fairly compelling little show with some great action sequences, and that ended on the right kind of unexpected cliffhanger that has at least one viewer (that would be me) curious to see what happens. "

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Robert Ham

31 94%

After Tiller (2013)

"Compelling, revealing [its] subjects as sympathetic human beings simply by observing and talking to them about their work and their lives."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

32 56%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"The feature debut of writer-director Randy Moore has a juicy cultural totem in its sights, the Disney empire, but it misses more than it hits."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Tim Grierson

33 61%

The Summit (2013)

"The Summit tries to make sense of what happened through this haze of fact and memory, but certain vital questions are left unanswered (through no fault of the filmmakers')."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jonah Flicker

34 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes an assured debut as a writer-director with Don Jon, a cultural critique of the expectations placed on relationships in an environment saturated with media misrepresentations of both women and men."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Annlee Ellingson

35 ——

Trattoria ()

"Trattoria...does an admirable job in capturing the pressures that restaurant owners are often under. But it's missing a key ingredient -- passion."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

36 98%

Let The Fire Burn (2013)

"First-time filmmaker Osder, with masterful editing by Nels Bangerter, has crafted a captivating and taut documentary."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Christine N. Ziemba

37 48%

Parkland (2013)

"This is a meager kind of curiosity, telling us nothing about what the assassination meant historically or culturally."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Vadim Rizov

38 90%

Parenthood: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The show did a nice job balancing the stories, even if some of them weren't that solid. That has always been a plight of the show. "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Adam Vitcavage

39 22%

Sean Saves the World: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" [Hayes is] so high-energy, which is a stark contrast to the rest of the cast, who all seem to have taken a class in delivery from Aubrey Plaza. "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Ross Bonaime

40 78%

Revolution: Season 2 (TV, 2013-2014)

" One thing is certain: Revolution has a different attitude this season. And it's working. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Adam Vitcavage

41 33%

Super Fun Night: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The early prediction is that the show will fail if it doesn't change something. Super Fun Night does have something going for it though. "

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Adam Vitcavage

42 76%

Concussion (2013)

"Weigert is the film's constant saving grace, her fast wit and enormous range suggesting that Abby is aware of the irrationality of her situation -- and yet, no matter what, remains hell-bent on seeing it through to the bitter end."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Danny King

43 60%

Bad Milo! (2013)

"Just when you thought you've seen everything, here's a jaw-droppingly absurd horror comedy."

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Matt Shiverdecker

44 86%

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Without a doubt, S.H.I.E.L.D. achieves what it's set out to do: create a universe that boasts super-personalities-not heroes-while still bringing audiences back the next week with some compelling storytelling. "

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Tyler Kane

45 45%

All Is Bright (2013)

"You laugh neither with nor at these people -- you just hang on and hope their depression doesn't bring you down with them."

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Tim Grierson

46 80%

How I Met Your Mother: Season 9 (TV, 2013-2014)

" Nothing was over-the-top funny, but it was a perfect combination of laughter and sweet moments that really do make up for all of the lackluster episodes in the past few seasons. "

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Adam Vitcavage

47 55%

The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" There's potential there, especially with the possibility of other cameos and modern brands to rework, but considering the talent and their history in some great and important television, there isn't much yet that propels the show beyond mediocre. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Ross Bonaime

48 84%

Homeland: Season 3 (TV, 2013)

" Homeland's third season kicked off with a lot of broken people and a damaged nucleus, but I believe the intrigue and tight storytelling that made the first season such a phenomenon is still in place. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

John Vilanova

49 100%

Eastbound & Down: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" "Chapter 22" might strip too much self-respect away from Kenny, but it leads to a thrilling climax when his true nature returns, and sets up an exciting new season while also wrapping up the loose ends of season three. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Garrett Martin

50 52%

Hello Ladies: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" The execution of every one of these parts is excellent, with no unnecessary exposition or forced situations. "

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Sean Gandert

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