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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

CODE BLACK (2014)

" ...most satisfying when concentrating on the here and now-this patient needs this procedure now-and works less well when it tries to take on bigger issues. "

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

2 92%

Frank (2014)

" ... the Hello Kitty effect: Just as the mouthless Kitty feels like you feel, so the unchanging expression of the plaster head that is Frank's primary feature can reflect whatever feeling you ascribe to it. "

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

3 No Score Yet

President Wolfman (2014)

" ...I would recommend watching it in the company of a group of friends who enjoy bad movies and mind-altering substances. If it's late on a Friday or Saturday night, so much the better. "

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

4 No Score Yet

Quicksand (1950) (1950)

" For most of its running time, it's a better-than-average noir... "

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

5 No Score Yet

Fear in the Night (1947)

" ...stuffed with catchy story elements, beginning with the basic premise of a mild-mannered bank teller...who dreams that he kills someone, then awakens to discover physical evidence suggesting it wasn't just a dream. "

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

6 89%

Metalhead (2015)

" Metalhead is appreciative of metal culture and is also one of the most sensitive films I've seen lately about the contradictory ways people sometimes behave when trying to deal with grief. "

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

7 22%

Into The Storm (2014)

" ...a modest weather-based thriller based on a plot and characters that are pure boilerplate from start to finish. "

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

8 57%

Around The Block (2014)

" Around the Block succeeds at the level of a Lifetime movie. "

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

9 50%

Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagaryû no hi (Real) ()

" Real is an absorbing film but becomes overcomplicated (with a disappointing Twilight Zone-style twist that is both unnecessary and jarring) and goes on about 20 minutes too long. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

10 80%

Inserts (1975)

" ...pure tedium from beginning to end. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

11 No Score Yet

From Vegas to Macau (The Man from Macau) ()

" Screen personas don't come much cooler that Chow Yun-fat's Ko Chun in the "God of Gamblers" series, and the latest installment in the series, From Vegas to Macao, does not disappoint in that regard. "

Posted Aug 3, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

12 No Score Yet

Four Corners ()

" ...tells a gripping story with lots of action, with location shooting by Vicci Turpin (on some streets that it's a good bet you will never see in real life-even the cops don't want to go there) and music by Markus Wormstorm are both real pluses... "

Posted Aug 3, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

13 No Score Yet

Shirayuki hime satsujin jiken (The Snow White Murder Case) ()

" The use of social media as a plot element is the real breakthrough, however-the case is frequently discussed on Twitter, with the tweets almost filling up the screen and obscuring the characters in the story... "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

14 No Score Yet

Monsterz ()

" ...a spin on the theme of mutant humans, but instead of a whole crew of X-Men, there are only two mutants in this story, one evil (Tatsuya Fuiwara) and one good (Takayuki). "

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

15 No Score Yet

The White Storm ()

" [The White Storm] has a surprisingly tender side, with emotionally involving subplots of both the familial and fraternal variety. "

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

16 83%

Giovanni's Island ()

" The animation for Giovanni's Island is hand-drawn, and to call it stunning would be an understatement. "

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

17 No Score Yet

Puzzle ()

" ...the Japanese anticipated the current craze for dystopian YA literature, but made their dystopias much more extreme than anything the American market would bear. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

18 No Score Yet

Let Us Prey (2015)

" ...if the storytelling is a bit loose, it's more than made up for by the splendid cinematography of Piers McGrail and O'Malley's knowing exploitation of horror tropes. "

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

19 83%

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington (2014)

" ...a conventional and straightforward documentary...[but] well done and well worth seeing if you have any interest in either pot or the political process. "

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

20 100%

Detour (1945)

" The world of Detour provides a sharp contrast with the cheerful domesticity and rah-rah jingoism of many Hollywood films of the period ... "

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

21 86%

Desert Riders (2014)

" Sarin achieves remarkable access to the players in this sordid trade, including many former camel jockeys, their parents, camel farmers and trainers, government and NGO officials, and even the traffickers themselves... "

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

22 57%

The Tightrope (2014)

" If watching actors rehearse, and being in the virtual presence of Peter Brook, is not enough to sustain your interest, you will probably want to give it a miss. "

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

23 82%

Maidentrip (2014)

" ...the result is a film that takes you not only around the world, but also in into the world of a young woman on an even greater voyage: into adulthood. "

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

24 84%

Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014)

" ...Antarctica always remains on a human scale, with a low-key soundtrack and no attempts to overwhelm the viewer with the immensity of the continent or the sheer strangeness of its topography. "

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

25 60%

Go Down Death (2014)

" ...it's hard to sustain interest in a film that serves primarily to communicate someone else's belief in their own cleverness. "

Posted Jul 1, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

26 No Score Yet

TINY: A Story About Living Small (2013)

" ...beautifully shot and edited, [with] a natural dramatic structure based on following Smith's attempt to build his own tiny house ... "

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

27 91%

Being Ginger (2014)

" Charm goes a long way, and so does a sense of humor. Fortunately, Being Ginger has plenty of both to spare. "

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

28 57%

American Jesus (2014)

" ...if [Garriga's] portrait of American Christianity is not representative, it certainly is interesting, taking Americans as well as foreigners to many places they have probably not been before. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

29 81%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

" ...an old-fashioned Hollywood melodrama for the modern age. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

30 85%

Cold in July (2014)

" For all the action (and there is plenty) in Cold in July, it's really more of a psychological suspense movie, and the three principal actors are so good that I can forgive the derivative nature of the plot... "

Posted May 31, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

31 92%

The Retrieval (2014)

" ... less a Civil War picture than a road movie and a coming-of-age tale. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

32 84%

It Felt Like Love (2014)

" [Hittman's] offbeat visual style ... helps put you inside the mind of the lead character, for whom nothing is clear. "

Posted May 16, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

33 84%

Dancing In Jaffa (2014)

" ...make[s] you feel that you are visiting the lives of real children and their families, and seeing genuine interactions rather than synthetic moments crammed into a predetermined storyline. "

Posted May 15, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

34 96%

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979)

" Browning got more effect out of a few rats than Herzog gets with thousands, and Klaus Kinski's (Count Dracula) over-the-top makeup and acting, seen in color and with many close-ups, is just too much for anything other than a Hammer Studios film... "

Posted May 13, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

35 No Score Yet

Bayou Blue (2014)

" Instead of trying to ignite outrage or put themselves at the center of the story, Lambert and McMahon have created a calm film about a terrible subject. "

Posted May 11, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

36 40%

The Strange Woman (1946)

" There's only one reason to watch The Strange Woman, but it's a very good reason: to see Hedy Lamarr at her most beautiful and most evil, encapsulating the essence of movie bad girls from Scarlett O'Hara to Rhoda Penmark. "

Posted May 11, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

37 30%

Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014)

" ...ticks off the expected clichés of a war movie as well as elements associated with Abu Ghraib, but so dutifully and superficially that their impact is minimal. "

Posted May 11, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

38 No Score Yet

In God We Trust ()

" ... organized around the testimony of perhaps the ultimate insider, Madoff's personal secretary Eleanor Squillari, who cooperated with the FBI to help trace Madoff's many shady business deals. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

39 No Score Yet

The Great North Korean Picture Show ()

" Lee and Leong were working under some stringent restrictions...so in response, the film sometimes includes commentary in subtitles, detailing what was going on behind the scenes of whatever you are seeing on screen. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

40 No Score Yet

American Commune ()

" ...American Commune is more a nostalgic look back at a time now vanished than it is a critical examination of The Farm, or the "back to the land" movement in general. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

41 84%

Good Ol' Freda (2013)

" ...This is Freda narrating her own story as the no-nonsense Liverpool woman she is...illustrated with lots of archival materials to take the viewer along on her journey. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

42 No Score Yet

Everybody Street ()

" Everybody Street allows the photographers to speak for themselves, and they're quite eloquent in illuminating why (and sometimes how) they do what they do. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

43 No Score Yet

Salma ()

" ...a beautiful film and a celebration of the spirit and dignity of women who have not let themselves be defined by their circumstances. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

44 No Score Yet

Chimeras ()

" ... a quiet, contemplative film, beautifully shot, and willing to raise conflicting ideas without feeling the need to bring them to a resolution. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

45 100%

Gideon's Army (2013)

" While both the structure and most of the content of Gideon's Army are familiar, it does raise a few issues often left out of similar issues docs. One is the fact that many of the defendants are in fact guilty... "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

46 82%

The Double (2014)

" ... the visual elements (cinematography by Erik Wilson, production design by David Crank, art direction by Denis Schnegg) and music (Andrew Hewitt) are a lot of what makes the film work. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

47 No Score Yet

The Road to Fame ()

" ...a film that is often interesting, in a multi-culti sort of way, but also contains a lot of loose ends that make it frustrating to watch. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

48 54%

Hank: Five Years From the Brink (2014)

" Hank is basically a big love letter from Paulson to himself, and it's a mystery to me why Berlinger would lend his talents to such an effort. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

49 86%

Cheatin' (2015)

" ... felt like I was watching a string of loosely connected episodes rather than a feature film. "

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

50 74%

The Congress (2014)

" ...if you're half-distracted all the time, you might be impressed by some of the interesting ideas in this film and be able to ignore what an overall mess it is. "

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Sarah Boslaugh

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