The Playlist

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 64%

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013)

"Quite frankly, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files would have been better if it had a little more meat on its bones."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Drew Taylor

2 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

""It's the genuine article, an engrossing tentpole with serious themes, complex moral conflicts and emotional stakes, and one that doesn't feel as if it was written by committee.""

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

3 73%

Bluebird ()

"Carefully shot, well-observed and featuring terrific performances... "Bluebird" is an affecting and moving examination of family, mothers, connectedness and the ripple effect of tragic consequences."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

4 98%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Overall, it's been a dramatic, but uneven season, and who knows where they can go from here, having upped all the antes that could have possibly been upped. "

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Katie Walsh

5 96%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" The season four finale is gripping and absorbing as is par for the course in the final episodes of this mob drama series, but also tragic and heartbreaking in ways you might not have imagined. "

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

6 84%

True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's a moving and soulful closer to True Detective, which has solidified itself as one of the best shows of the year. Nic Pizzolatto created a rich, intelligent, dangerous but beautifully textured world. "

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

7 100%

Louie: Season 3 (TV, 2012)

" This was (while not the funniest), the best-directed, acted and most profound of the recent run, and we hope it bodes well for C.K. pushing the show into stranger territory in the second half of the season. "

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

8 67%

The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet ()

"[The film] is more twee than the Pinterest board for a Portland wedding. It's more twee than Michel Gondry's Tumblr. It's more twee than Wes Anderson and Zoe Kazan dancing to a C86 mixtape. "

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

9 82%

Witching and Bitching (2014)

"This madcap horror comedy is the typically insane genre gumbo that de la Iglesia regularly puts together for his fanbase, replete with religious blasphemy, slapstick comedy, bawdy sex and inspired, watery gore."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Gabe Toro

10 85%

Ivory Tower (2014)

"A sobering look at the cost of higher education."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Kimber Myers

11 71%

A Coffee in Berlin (2014)

"The [film] consistently reaches for some higher meaning, even managing to inject an unearned bit of pathos into the final reel, offering up slight but pleasant returns."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Mark Zhuravsky

12 42%

The Human Race (2014)

"This is a laughably bad movie, but an amazing drinking game waiting to happen."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Gabe Toro

13 55%

The Signal (2014)

"The Signal may come down to an ending that can't quite rise to meet the power, pleasure and performances of the film that precedes it, but as the striking and exciting work of a young talent worth making noise about, you can hear it loud and clear. "

Posted Jun 13, 2014

James Rocchi

14 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

""We'd happily watch a 'Jump Street' movie every couple of years for the foreseeable future.""

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

15 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"The unpatronizing way their growing pains are portrayed, while not ever losing a sense of perspective and humor is a key element of what makes the film so beguiling..."

Posted May 30, 2014

Jessica Kiang

16 ——

The Tribe ()

"It might sound glib, but it's the literal truth: "The Tribe" left us speechless."

Posted May 30, 2014

Jessica Kiang

17 88%

Elena (2014)

"... a mesmerizing, artful and emotional piece of filmmaking that consistently surprises and awes in its sensitivity and (as Herzog would say)ecstatic truths."

Posted May 30, 2014

Katie Walsh

18 ——

Les Combattants ()

"Heavy on charm and affection for its characters, light on importance...Les Combattants is the age-old tale of attractive young people falling for each other...with just enough pretty scenery and underplayed chemistry to make it worth tagging along."

Posted May 30, 2014

Jessica Kiang

19 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"...in 2014 the Mistress of All Evil is just another victim."

Posted May 30, 2014

Drew Taylor

20 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"It's unclear if boredom is one of the million ways you can die in the west, but it nearly took us out while watching this film."

Posted May 30, 2014

Drew Taylor

21 ——

Pyojeok (The Target) ()

"...Chang's film feels generic and played out."

Posted May 30, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

22 ——

Force Majeure (2014)

"...Force Majeure cleverly and crisply presents a simple truth: we can never know how we might react in a crisis, all we can know is that we'll be judged on it. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Jessica Kiang

23 83%

La chambre bleue (The Blue Room) ()

"Well-acted (especially by Amalric who is extremely compelling), beautifully shot and unimpeachably crafted, it's a graceful rendering of a nasty little story that could have benefited from a little more formal nastiness too."

Posted May 30, 2014

Jessica Kiang

24 ——

Incompresa (Misunderstood) ()

"...Misunderstood is a stronger film when it's being, as it mostly is, fresh, fond and blackly funny, with no ulterior motive save to tell the story of this little girl. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Jessica Kiang

25 ——

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2014)

"It's a film about tone as much as anything, and the gorgeous, pastoral quality of the work here has lingered long past the film's ending. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

26 ——

Maidan ()

"...Maidan is a rewarding experience and an alarmingly important wake-up call for those still in the dark about one of today's most critical situations. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

27 100%

Pride (2014)

"Pride does not push the medium into new territory and was certainly not the most challenging or complex film in Cannes, but it was the one that moved us the most."

Posted May 30, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

28 ——

Fehér isten (White God) ()

"...a triumphantly idiosyncratic film with smarts and visceral impact in equal measure."

Posted May 30, 2014

Jessica Kiang

29 100%

Queen and Country ()

"Queen & Country is hardly reinventing the wheel, but it's charming, evocative and...well-performed..."

Posted May 30, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

30 84%

Leviathan (2013)

"If there was ever any doubt as to Zvyagintsev's position as one of world cinema's foremost auteurs, it's put to rest here. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

31 89%

Clouds of Sils Maria ()

"...'Sils Maria' threads through the peaks and valleys of weighty, interesting topics, but makes no lasting impression on them, insubstantial as a cloud. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Jessica Kiang

32 80%

Delivery: The Beast Within (2014)

"Director Brian Netto and co-writer Adam Schindler have taken the taken both the found footage and reality show genres, and mashed them into one very scary and very entertaining homage to Rosemary's Baby."

Posted May 30, 2014

Katie Walsh

33 55%

The Signal (2014)

"William Eubank and co. dream up several stirring images but without the foundation that would allow us to genuinely care, it's a hell of a calling card for a gifted stylist, but little more. Still, there's no mistaking ambition."

Posted May 30, 2014

Mark Zhuravsky

34 ——

The Republic of Two ()

"First-time feature writer-director Shaun Kosta tackles romance with both reason and heart in mind and you can't help but respect that kind of reach for truth."

Posted May 30, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

35 ——

Tu Dors Nicole ()

"...it's executed with such charm and skill in every gorgeous frame that I walked out completely and totally smitten."

Posted May 22, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

36 100%

Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language 3D) ()

"Is it difficult, abrasive and pretentious? Absolutely. But there are worse things to be than any of those."

Posted May 22, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

37 14%

Blended (2014)

"In the [screwed]-up, fifties sitcom version of real life that Blended presents, single parents are incapable of truly raising their children. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Drew Taylor

38 68%

Jimmy's Hall ()

"No matter how much we may agree with the underlying argument, this is paint-by-numbers political filmmaking, and Loach is better than that"

Posted May 22, 2014

Jessica Kiang

39 100%

Mommy ()

"Subtle it is not, (there are suicide attempts and straitjackets and glassings and excruciating karaoke) but subtlety can suck it when the result is this vibrant and vital."

Posted May 22, 2014

Jessica Kiang

40 ——

Coming Home ()

"Saddest of all...given the film's promising start and world-class director/actor pairing, is the missed opportunity for something of greater depth."

Posted May 22, 2014

Jessica Kiang

41 ——

Snow in Paradise ()

"...[it's] so obnoxiously convinced of both its edginess and depth while doing nothing but trotting out the same Cockney gangster cliches we've seen done better twenty times elsewhere..."

Posted May 22, 2014

Jessica Kiang

42 ——

Bird People ()

"...we just found it too oblique, too delighted with itself, and frankly, too dull, to admire it much. It's probably a good thing that it exists, but it's not for us."

Posted May 22, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

43 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"...Days of Future Past manages to never buckle under the weight of its unbelievable foundations to make for the summer's most satisfying blockbuster so far"

Posted May 22, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

44 27%

The Search ()

"...the film as a whole is tepid and familiar enough that it's hard to even find much to salvage in the acting."

Posted May 22, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

45 88%

Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) ()

"...it couldn't be more uplifting and affecting, and we left the theater with our hearts nearly bursting."

Posted May 22, 2014

Jessica Kiang

46 ——

Hermosa juventud (Beautiful Youth) ()

"...it's decent enough, just thoroughly unexceptional."

Posted May 22, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

47 25%

Lost River ()

"The film is ultimately kind of juvenile and dumb, and there are more moments where you'll roll your eyes rather than inwardly applauding."

Posted May 22, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

48 60%

Futatsume no mado (Still the Water) ()

"...an enthralling coming of age story."

Posted May 22, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

49 100%

National Gallery ()

"...Wiseman's film is the most nourishing example of cinematic brain food you'll have all year."

Posted May 22, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

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