The Playlist

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 60%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

"Despite some lackluster moments and standard characteristics, Scott Frank has exploited his writing talents to successfully adapt an intriguing personality onto the screen, and create a morally complex enough environment to sustain intrigue."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

2 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

""The Maze Runner," as a film, is free of texture, nuance, or dimensionality. And those wishing for the kind of visceral excitement and subtle socio-political commentary of "The Hunger Games" will be found desperately wanting. "

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Drew Taylor

3 ——

1001 Grams ()

"Lacking the looseness and easy charm of previous efforts, Hamer's "1001 Grams" is a forgettable disappointment. "

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

4 ——

The Smell of Us ()

"With little story, no character development and no insight at all into a world that exists anywhere outside the mind, and perhaps the trousers, of its director, it's going to take weeks of showering to rid ourselves of "The Smell of Us.""

Posted Sep 16, 2014

Jessica Kiang

5 0%

Kill Me Three Times (2014)

"From the electric guitar on the soundtrack to the predictable duplicitous nature of practically every single character, "Kill Me Three Times" kills all the fun by the time you reach the halfway point. "

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

6 ——

Trois coeurs (Three Hearts) ()

"Those willing to invest in the lives of these characters, even if the framework around them directly and without apology guides them toward inevitable tragedy, they will experience a drama of deep, genuine feeling."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

7 ——

Elephant Song ()

" "Elephant Song" isn't so much a bad film as it is exceedingly safe. It brings a stew of potentially challenging themes and ideas, particularly for the time, and backgrounds them for a verbal fight that is never fair or in question from the first word."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

8 11%

No Good Deed (2014)

"Not only did the "twist" they had been endlessly hyping come across as a limp afterthought, but the movie itself is a gruelingly unpleasant slog. "No Good Deed" deserves to be punished."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Drew Taylor

9 80%

Ned Rifle ()

"Hartley has made a smaller piece, one that closes the books on what are some of his finest comic character creations to date."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

10 ——

X+Y ()

"Matthews has made a thoroughly successful switch from documentary filmmaking to emotionally captivating fiction. "X+Y" multiplies your expectations and charms your pants off in a teary-eyed emotional roller coaster full of life's stirring profundities."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

11 ——

Before We Go ()

"If there is anything Chris Evans can take away from "Before We Go," it would be to treat the film as a tremendous learning experience. Making a good film requires more than simply aping the structure and superficial qualities of better movies."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

12 ——

Fight Church ()

"Storkel and Junge largely get it right, taking the viewer into a truly unique, and not oft-documented place, remaining observant of their subjects, but never critical."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

13 ——

Boychoir ()

"Thanks to a few exemplary moments of monumental acting from Dustin Hoffman, truly harmonious singing from the boys, and a graceful score by Brian Byrne, "Boychoir" is, at its best, a comfortable viewing and listening pleasure."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

14 89%

Big Game ()

""Big Game" isn't as witty as it thinks it is, rarely transcends the very movies it wants to knock, and its intentionally hamfisted approach isn't particularly endearing. "

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

15 33%

Cake ()

"Ultimately, a few chuckles can't cover up the fact that this is a character study of a character not worth studying."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

16 ——

Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014)

"It's even hard to recommend "The Revenge Of The Green Dragons" to lovers of B-movie crime action films, because this is a whole different level of mess. Consider yourselves warned."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

17 40%

Hungry Hearts ()

"Certainly not for casual viewing, Costanzo's "Hungry Hearts" cloaks conventional narrative structure with a suspense more in line with Roman Polanski than Alfred Hitchcock, and should leave fans of tense cinema well nourished. "

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

18 100%

The Look of Silence ()

"The film does not stab as deeply at the schizoid moral hypocrisy of the perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide as its peerless predecessor, but offers a poignant, upsetting meditation on the legacy of those killings."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Jessica Kiang

19 89%

99 Homes ()

""99 Homes" is by no means a perfect film, but it can achieve something more precious, and rarer than glossy perfection: it can take you by the shoulders and shake the apathy and complacency away. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Jessica Kiang

20 ——

Squirrels to the Nuts ()

""She's Funny That Way" is manufactured, sweet and unpretentious, but like candy floss, we got tired of it before it was done, and it contains next to no nutritional value. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Jessica Kiang

21 ——

The Cut ()

"The world has waited a long time for a major film that gets to the heart of one of the worst-reported atrocities of the 20th Century. Guess we're going to have to wait a bit longer. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Jessica Kiang

22 ——

Loin des hommes (Far from Men) ()

""Far From Men" never strays far from its western genre roots, except perhaps in its ultimate subtle moral: Nothing, not honor, duty or your personal code, is so important that it trumps the value of your life. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Jessica Kiang

23 ——

Hyena ()

""Hyena" may not be wholly original, but its cancerous tenor positions many of its various talents as ones to watch. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

24 67%

Madame Bovary ()

""Madame Bovary" is an attractively crafted movie that tries to insinuate disillusionment in every shot and frame. But in doing so, the movie feels more precise and calculated, misplacing a vitality that it desperately needs."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

25 ——

Jackie & Ryan ()

"Low on stakes, light on originality, and limp in execution, so little of consequence happens in "Jackie & Ryan" that we'd lost interest long before the film sputtered to a halt. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Jessica Kiang

26 60%

Pasolini ()

"In trying to spell out what was going on his Pasolini's mind, he does his idol's talents a disservice. Ferrara tells us so much more about Pasolini -the filmmaker, the artist, the public figure- when he leaves it to us to imagine what the man thought."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Jessica Kiang

27 ——

Burying the Ex ()

"What we get here is not a reinvention, it's the wholesale reanimation of something that had been buried for a long while. Like the shambling zombie corpse it is, initially we're glad to see it come back to life, but pretty soon it starts to decompose."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Jessica Kiang

28 20%

The Sound And The Fury ()

"Franco probably has eight other things on the go at the moment (among them no fewer than three upcoming directorial features) which could account for why his "The Sound and the Fury" feels like maybe an eighth of a film."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Jessica Kiang

29 57%

Good Kill ()

"When cinema reflects current conflicts, a certain aesthetic typically develops, and "Good Kill," Andrew Niccol's drone strike-era drama, makes a convincing case for the next phase of that evolution."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Jessica Kiang

30 67%

The Face Of An Angel ()

""The Face Of Angel" is best filed in the "also ran" category. The idea of turning a true crime story into a intellectual cinematic exercise is novel, and could be witty and sharp, but 'Angel' never comes across that way. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

31 ——

Welcome to Me ()

"In "Welcome to Me" we are spoiled by the comedic capabilities of Kristen Wiig, an expert doing what she does best. We wouldn't really want it any other way. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

32 64%

St. Vincent (2014)

"Sometimes, a story well told is good enough, and "St. Vincent" is a yarn that will make you genuinely laugh in the right places, even if the punchlines and plot turns are seen coming from a mile way."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

33 70%

Love & Mercy ()

""Love & Mercy" isn't a traditional music biopic. Instead, it's a survival story about a man who fought his own doubts, uncertainty from his own family, and those who used him, to come to a place where music and happiness could co-exist. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

34 33%

Black and White ()

"The film's sentiments are so hollow they wind up doing an injustice to the very real problems that exist in a world where racial inequality and the myriad of concerns the spring from it, are far more complex than simply black and white. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

35 100%

Phoenix ()

""Phoenix"is as much a portrait of a woman longing to find herself again as a portrait of an entire nation longing for a way to re-build. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

36 ——

En chance til ()

"The probing of the gray areas of morality are reminiscent of "Gone Baby Gone," and Andreas' vertigo once he convinces himself to grip the reins of the high horse, open the doors for fascinating debates, even if the questions are slightly belittled. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

37 89%

Eden ()

"If you have enough patience, especially if you find yourself tapping your feet to the beats, you'll discover an emotional journey of a young man's entrance into adulthood. "

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

38 ——

The Keeping Room ()

"As gorgeous and well acted as the film is, "The Keeping Room" can never manage to add up its disparate parts. Barber's attempt to reach for big ideas is admirable, but the movie always feels just beyond his grasp."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

39 100%

The Duke Of Burgundy ()

"A work of immense and intense emotional vigor, sprinkled with fun-loving traits and intellectually stimulating prowess, "The Duke of Burgundy" is the stuff dreams are made of."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

40 83%

Still Alice ()

"Competently directed, and delivered with the expected emotional beats, "Still Alice" achieves its modest goals, but one wishes it had a grander vision."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

41 ——

Adult Beginners ()

"It's not perfect, but as far as feature debuts go, there's very little you can fault "Adult Beginners" for. Slightly pedantic and maudlin at times, with telegraphed metaphors and rushed pacing, it's still hard to call any of these hiccups major flaws."

Posted Sep 10, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

42 100%

Top Five ()

"While Rock calls in a lot of friends for backup on "Top Five," his confidence as a leading man, writer and director had never been sharper. "

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

43 ——

American Heist ()

"Despite the valiant efforts from the two leads, the only thing of value that gets robbed in "American Heist" is our time."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

44 0%

The Forger ()

"Uninspired films utilizing cinematic devices that felt old decades ago are a regrettable part of the cinematic viewing experience, and "The Forger" squarely falls into this category. Even Travolta is better than this."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

45 67%

The Good Lie (2014)

""The Good Lie" is an emotionally dishonest account of a very real, common occurrence involving thousands of people who made their way to the United States in dire circumstances. Those refugees deserve better that this film, and so too do filmgoers."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

46 71%

Time Out Of Mind ()

"Moverman and Gere have made a topical, "issues" based film because of its humanity. Since life isn't tied up with a neat bow, neither does our time here."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

47 20%

Miss Julie ()

"Ullmann's version of "Miss Julie" exists in a special cinematic category; it's toxic, it's hypnotic, and passionately translates Strindberg's genius instinct for enlightening the multi-layered psychological spectrums of human desire for lust and power."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

48 44%

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

"Too bland to be memorable, too painless to hate, the slight "This Is Where I Leave You," is like a forgettable breeze. While ultimately disposable, with nothing insightful to say about family, at least is has the decency not grovel or beg you to love it."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

49 62%

My Old Lady (2014)

"While it may sound tantalizing or intriguing, "My Old Lady" unfortunately never picks up the momentum required from a movie that spends most of its time swirling around three characters."

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

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