The Playlist

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 63%

Draft Day (2014)

" Thankfully, with Reitman, Costner, and a whole bunch of talented collaborators, Draft Day plays like a champ."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Drew Taylor

2 73%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"[It] doesn't just double down on what didn't work in the first film, it manages to undo some of the good qualities of the original as well. The result is a film that kicks off the summer blockbuster season with a resounding thud."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

3 73%

Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

"...Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, on a purely visual level, is one of the more amazing things you're likely to see in a theater this year. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Drew Taylor

4 50%

L'étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps (The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) ()

"...within this film is the dirty secret that horror movies only sometimes wink towards: that the real fear is in the director as ultimate creator."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Gabe Toro

5 13%

McCanick (2014)

"McCanick may have worked as Chief Wiggum's favorite film in The Simpsons, but as a feature film in the real world it fails to convince, and succeeds only in frustrating."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

6 45%

In the Blood (2014)

""In the Blood" will appeal to fans of "Taken" -- a lone warrior with a set of skills who tears apart a foreign lands to find a loved one. Justice is served, but at a very bloody price."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Chase Whale

7 100%

Buzzard ()

"Buzzard is a quiet, introspective film, but it trumps all generic blockbusters in that it very much is a roller coaster ride, one that thrills, upsets, and makes one queasy, all in surprising ways."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Gabe Toro

8 57%

Breathe In (2014)

"Breathe In may telegraph where it's going late in the game and these irrational decisions might make for some frustrated viewers, but it is without a doubt one of the most emotionally poignant and heartbreaking movies we saw at Sundance last year."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

9 22%

Sabotage (2014)

"...Sabotage is wholly unpleasant, unfocused and downright ugly."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Mark Zhuravsky

10 77%

Noah (2014)

"It is...a grounded journey outwards on ideas of regret, mercy, and revenge, and at 139 minutes the film makes every attempt, coherent or not, to thoroughly address each one."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Charlie Schmidlin

11 90%

A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014)

"The lead teens in particular give the material a realness that may not have been there on the page, and the filmmakers know enough not push the quaint story beyond the safe parameters it operates in. "

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

12 57%

Blumenthal (2014)

"Heralding the arrival of Seth Fisher as a voice to watch, Blumenthal is much like its characters: a frankly funny and original piece of work."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Katie Walsh

13 21%

Stay (2014)

"The knife that tried to half this potato gets stuck somewhere along the way, and by the time we meander towards the foregone conclusion, the fumes force us to turn away and not look back. "

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

14 47%

Blood Ties (2014)

"If anyone watches Blood Ties in twenty years, they would not guess it was a film released in 2014. Of course, the odds on anyone watching something so clichéd and ultimately paper-thin in story and theme are very slim. "

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Gabe Toro

15 ——

Go Down Death (2014)

"This is a unique, strange, unforgettable film, a half-remembered dream that will trouble and beguile the subconscious long after you've moved on."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Gabe Toro

16 ——

Faults ()

"A strangely funny, often eerie accomplishment."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

William Goss

17 ——

Space Station 76 ()

"As a repressed blowhard whose every suicide attempt is thwarted by the station's safety protocols, the boorish, mustachioed Wilson is hilarious in ways that his prior performances had only barely suggested."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

William Goss

18 ——

Fort Tilden ()

"Co-writer/directors Bliss and Rogers thread the navel-gazing needle with remarkable wit, as if channeling Sofia Coppola's After Hours."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

William Goss

19 36%

Just a Sigh (2014)

"As a short, this material would be magnetic, but stretched to feature-length, it's merely "Just a Sigh.""

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Gabe Toro

20 82%

Rob the Mob (2014)

"Carefully balancing stereotypes with tasteful comedy, De Felitta has his three leads and a generally refreshing screenplay to thank for making Rob The Mob a joy to watch."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

21 ——

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night ()

"Watching A Girl Walks Home At Night, you get the impression that you're witnessing something iconic and important unfold before you."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Drew Taylor

22 7%

Maladies (2014)

"...we basically wanted to punch the film in the face."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Jessica Kiang

23 84%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"...it's the hysterical, son-of-Jackass tomfoolery of The Hangover taken to an absurdly nihilistic degree. For the most part it works..."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Drew Taylor

24 100%

Big Men (2014)

"Big Men weighs the balance of serving the common good v. the needs of commerce and government, understanding that historically this has tipped in favor of the latter. Ghana's fate, and perhaps the future of the whole continent, lie in the balance. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

25 ——

Above All Else ()

"It has a lot of strong words to say...but tells them to the converted, rather than attempting to reach across and hear what the enemy might have to say, or how they'll respond."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

26 ——

Harmontown ()

"... it has something to say about fandom, and just people, in general, so the uninitiated shouldn't shy away entirely."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

27 100%

Miele (2014)

"...director Valeria Golino...creates a subdued character study of a young woman's awakening to the brighter side of life."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

28 83%

Teenage (2014)

"Wolf's film is still admirable, and aided by a pretty spot on score by Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, Teenage feels both present and past."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

29 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

""While reasonably engaging throughout, the film can't maintain the highs.""

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

30 ——

Creep ()

"If producer Jason Blum made the found footage horror movie commonplace in the multiplex, then this is a thankful return to art house strangeness and announces, in Brice, a bold new voice in the horror genre; he's scary good."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Drew Taylor

31 90%

It Felt Like Love (2014)

"The film is an intimate and tender look at female sexuality that allows for a feminist interpretation of this scenario that has historically been viewed through a misogynist lens."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Katie Walsh

32 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

""For a movie that insists that sequels are never better than their predecessors, 'Most Wanted' suggests it's possible for them to be equal - well, almost.""

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Todd Gilchrist

33 40%

Divergent (2014)

""The results are decidedly mixed... [but] Burger's film is probably second-best among the YA adaptations that Hollywood has mounted since 'Twilight.'""

Posted Mar 16, 2014

Todd Gilchrist

34 ——

Sequoia ()

"It may be a bit much, but at least the ugly truths aren't totally erased in favor of wrapping up everything nicely in a perfect bow."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

35 83%

What We Do In The Shadows ()

"What We Do In the Shadows is the type of little movie that you watch and feel like you've discovered something really special. It's a total surprise; a silly, scary delight. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Drew Taylor

36 88%

Jimi: All Is by My Side ()

"...a Hendrix movie without the full Hendrix story, seminal Hendrix songs, all in a portrait of a man that doesn't really feel like Hendrix at all. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

37 67%

Leave The World Behind (2014)

"The documentary almost gets there, and should be applauded for its visual boldness and emotional articulateness. Even if you've never attended a rave or thrown your hands in the air, the movie has a singular power. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Drew Taylor

38 43%

The Face of Love (2014)

"...the film ultimately leaves you with an exasperated feeling of watching two Olympic swimmers splash around in the kiddie pool."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

39 100%

Neighbors (2014)

"With Neighbors, we laughed until we ached. Then we laughed some more."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Drew Taylor

40 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"Veronica Mars did something new, but bringing back something old. And even Veronica, with her cool, cynical detachment, would think is pretty cool. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Drew Taylor

41 ——

The Heart Machine ()

"...Wigon has created a thought-provoking debut, even if it doesn't always hit its intended marks. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

42 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

""This is a movie that Vin Diesel himself will pull over to the curb, roll down the window, look above his designer shades and give you a thumbs up for, before screeching off wildly into oncoming traffic.""

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

43 88%

In Darkness (2012)

"Holland's film is extraordinarily generous with its characters in ways that take the story beyond being a historical fable of altruism and endurance."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Alison Willmore

44 42%

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

"Forgettable and only mildly entertaining, 300: Rise of An Empire seals its own fate at the initial story level by being so deeply invested in its own mythmaking and playing it super safe. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

45 79%

Bethlehem (2014)

"As it is, it's a strong and eye-catching debut, but one that doesn't quite mark its ground as the next big thing in Israeli cinema. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

46 34%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"Odd Thomas is a much better film than it's non-release would suggest. Hopefully one day it'll find it's audience and people will appreciate it for something other than just being better than Phantoms. "

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Drew Taylor

47 10%

The Bag Man (2014)

"Watch Cusack and you will see the face of an actor who knows how bad this is, and who must be aware of how far he has fallen. If only he could see the face of the viewer. "

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Christopher Schobert

48 8%

Chlorine (2014)

"The admirable wit that's on display when it comes to subtle motifs and the poignant conclusion that resonates if you let it, regardless of how predictable or not it may seem, are all things that add up to a satisfactory feeling. "

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

49 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Non-Stop isn't exactly a smooth ride, but as far it being the big screen equivalent of an airplane novel, one that you read on the flight and throw away when you get to your destination, it is wildly successful. Just don't think too hard about it. "

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Drew Taylor

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