The Playlist

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 32%

As Above/So Below (2014)

""As Above, So Below" offers a handful of effective moments and some characters that are fun to watch squirm through muck and bones, but not much more than that, especially when the films spins out of control towards its conclusion."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Drew Taylor

2 93%

Birdman (2014)

"Hubristic, humble, heartfelt and hotheaded, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" is phenomenal. "

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Jessica Kiang

3 56%

Coldwater (2014)

"For a first time feature outing, "Coldwater" is a fine effort from Grashaw, and the setting feels fresh and new. It's an original take on a coming of age, young masculinity tale, but ultimately, it doesn't quite live up to all of its potential"

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Katie Walsh

4 37%

The November Man (2014)

"As far as the spy genre goes, Pierce Brosnan's "The November Man" is more filler than thriller."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

5 60%

The Grand Seduction (2014)

""The Grand Seduction" reeks of a pleasantness that makes for a very soothing watch. The lack of character depth and the contrived plot won't be placing it near any top ten lists, but there are far worse ways to spend two hours in a theatre these days. "

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

6 32%

Anna (2014)

"There is nothing particularly fresh about "Anna," from its script to its direction to its cast."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Christopher Schobert

7 83%

Dormant Beauty (2014)

""Dormant Beauty" is well-written, beautifully performed, and nicely made, if a good 15 minutes overlong. But we couldn't help but feel, given how controversial it proved in advance, that it should've been willing to go a little closer to the edge. "

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Oliver Lyttelton

8 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"You should probably not see "The Fault in Our Stars" with anyone you're trying to impress. You'll either end up a puffy, sniffling mess of tears, or you'll finish the movie dry-eyed and convince that person you're a psychopath."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Kimber Myers

9 53%

Citizen Koch (2014)

"For those who didn't know how flawed and manipulated the act of casting a ballot has become, "Citizen Koch" is a decent primer, but for everyone else long past the tipping point, this is just more evidence for a problem that currently has no solution."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

10 55%

Ping Pong Summer (2014)

"Without a heavy emphasis on heart-shaped nostalgia, "Ping Pong Summer" would be nothing."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Drew Taylor

11 90%

Willow Creek (2014)

""Willow Creek" a canny horror film and a derivative one, but as a reminder of the power of suggestion, the unseen dwarfing even the grandest budgets, prodding our imagination and chills us to the bones."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Mark Zhuravsky

12 33%

Lullaby (2014)

"You'll walk away feeling sombre and slightly downtrodden but, thanks to a handful of strong performances and a strong emotional core, the central debate will linger in your mind, which is exactly what "Lullaby" sets out to do."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

13 59%

Hellion (2014)

""Hellion" just can't quite convince or coalesce its ideas of struggle, pain and fury in a meaningful or new way."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

14 63%

Heli (2014)

""Heli" is a slow, but unrelenting look at one young man's punishing loss of innocence amongst a society that has already decayed beyond understanding."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

15 45%

All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

"McKee and Sivertson aren't interested in laying any groundwork regarding cogent themes or diverse characterization, because there are skulls to be split and blood to be drank."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Gabe Toro

16 100%

Burning Bush (2014)

"Political thriller, procedural, emotional drama and rousing cry for basic human rights and values, "Burning Bush" is a deep investigative look at gross abuses of power in late '60s communist Czechoslovakia and those that fought against it. "

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

17 ——

Uncertain Terms ()

"With a deft touch on storytelling, performance, and tone, Nathan Silver stylishly executes an affecting portrait of the all-too-common troubles that affect many of us in "Uncertain Terms.""

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Katie Walsh

18 30%

I Am I (2014)

"While there are more than a couple moments of tenderness, which most parents and children will be able to relate to, the great intentions "I Am I" may have had with its intimate story of bonding fall far too short."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

19 84%

Coherence (2014)

""Coherence," uneasily explores that valley of rash behavior that movie characters frequently occupy, grounding it in an upsetting truth that suggests these types of pictures are powered by self-loathing."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Gabe Toro

20 ——

Out In The Night ()

""Out in the Night" is a crucially important story that needs to be told and shared with a wide audience, and is a timely tale that fits with the current feminist push back against misogyny and street harassment."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Katie Walsh

21 ——

Man from Reno ()

"Dave Boyle's "Man From Reno" is the type of film where alleyways are home offices, every bar matchbox has an unknown number inside, and if a character enters a bookshop, you better believe old issues of "True Detective" are hanging visibly in frame. "

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Charlie Schmidlin

22 87%

Exhibition (2014)

"It's a very brave and unapologetically cerebral approach to have taken, but it often feels like there's just too little there, too few life rings thrown to the average, non-art-student viewer, to keep us engaged."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Jessica Kiang

23 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

""Jersey Boys" is wall-to-wall fantasyland showbiz, expertly shot and boasting fine performances, but it is in the spirit world between stage and screen where it loses its footing."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Charlie Schmidlin

24 ——

Comet ()

""Comet" is an original and inventive retelling of an age-old and universal truth, one expressed in Kimberly's favorite Roxette song: it must have been love, but it's over now."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Katie Walsh

25 ——

Someone You Love ()

"There's no doubt that with these universal themes, finely executed, and a strong performance by Persbrandt, that the film will continue to resonate."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Katie Walsh

26 92%

The Case Against 8 (2014)

"To call "The Case Against 8" a missed opportunity is inaccurate, because it does accomplish some of its goals. But there is a larger cultural context that isn't quite ignored, but taken for granted."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

27 ——

Cut Bank ()

""Cut Bank" fades into the background while its veteran actors look for ways to keep interested."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Charlie Schmidlin

28 ——

Evolution Of A Criminal ()

"However muddled the line between reality and fiction stands in any documentary, an extra pause for skepticism occurs when the filmmaker steps in front of the camera. "

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Charlie Schmidlin

29 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Like the generic, Hans Zimmer xerox-style score by Steve Jablonsky, and the lightweight, edgeless and comically earnest indie-pop soundtrack songs by Imagine Dragons, 'Age Of Extinction' is oddly anonymous and impersonal. "

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

30 57%

EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014)

""Under The Electric Sky" does a great job of showing the appeal of EDM, and can be an occasionally thrilling document of the musicians who create these infections beats. But on a human level, well, it could have used some more electric participants."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Drew Taylor

31 92%

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

"Aaron Swartz wanted to make the world a better place, and this documentary makes sure you never forget that."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

32 8%

America (2014)

""America" plays out like more of a bullet-point presentation than an actual film, taking each argument he thinks liberal minds are having and dissecting each, cherry-picking anomalies in order to confront some sort of liberal "truth" that doesn't exist."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Gabe Toro

33 24%

Tammy (2014)

""Tammy" is a movie that is painful, pathetic, and more willing to engage in a joke about getting fingered by Boz Scaggs than anything even remotely introspective."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Drew Taylor

34 28%

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

"Underneath the bland cop drama, blander domestic strife, and the pretty rote plot machinations this kind of genre movie requires, there is a pretty interesting subtext and conversation about the weight of guilt, faith and good versus evil."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

35 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"All in all, "Earth to Echo" is passable family entertainment, neither unforgettable nor particularly bad. "

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Drew Taylor

36 ——

10.000 Km ()

"Carlos Marques-Marcet's stirring feature debut "10,000 KM," about a relationship getting tested by long distance, takes a minimal approach in wrestling with the emotional demons borne when a long-term couple get separated for a year."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

37 68%

Me and You (2014)

"A minor effort at best, and disappointingly lacking a sense of energy or intent, "Me And You" is Bertolucci exercising his filmmaking muscles, but not flexing them. "

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

38 ——

Historia del miedo (History of Fear) ()

""History of Fear" displays an almost slavish devotion to the notion put forward most succinctly in its title, attempting to make fear itself the subject of the film, as if it were a tangible entity."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Jessica Kiang

39 80%

Little Accidents ()

"Colangelo opts for unearned resolution, and cuts to neat and tidy black rather than dealing truthfully with the messy consequences that truth-telling can bring. "

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Jessica Kiang

40 14%

Rage (2014)

"Tired, lazy, incongruous, shocking and hilarious in all the wrong places, "Rage" is destined for the graveyard television slot, squeezed between infomercials for mops. Perhaps there is a good drinking game in here somewhere."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

41 91%

Still Life ()

"The inescapably precious "Still Life" doesn't deal in anything as truthful, complex and difficult as empathy; its only currency is pity, and that is the basest coin of all."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Jessica Kiang

42 11%

Heatstroke (2014)

"You wish Evelyn Purcell's action thriller just had a bit more character, and not a budget-cutting location that looked great in front of a camera. "

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Gabe Toro

43 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"It would be lovely for Hollywood to tackle married relationships in a frank and funny manner, exploring where technology fits in and reinforcing the notion that monogamy can be sexy and exciting too. Unfortunately, "Sex Tape" isn't that movie."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Drew Taylor

44 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

""The Purge: Anarchy" takes place in 2023, and the surprise isn't that the American dream has become, "Fend for yourself, leave others behind." No, the surprise is in why this sentiment necessitates the film taking place nine years in the future."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Gabe Toro

45 48%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

""Magic In The Moonlight" is an occasionally delightful, if familiar and sometimes strained comedy."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Rodrigo Perez

46 ——

Mogura no uta - sennyű sôsakan: Reiji (The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji) ()

"In "The Mole Song - Undercover Agent Reiji," Miike may not quite reinvent the wheel, but has a blast with the material, mixing styles and creating something so outlandish it's much easier to roll with it than put up any kind of resistance."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

47 63%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Some will find this romantic fantasy the uber-Michel Gondry text, indulging in all his worst tendencies. But if anything, this is like the head-in-the-clouds fantasist finally closing his beloved sketchbook and facing the rest of the world."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Gabe Toro

48 71%

Alive Inside (2014)

""Alive Inside" contains a tiny revolution within its message, and will likely end up being one of the most important documentaries of the year."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Nikola Grozdanovic

49 ——

The Newburgh Sting ()

""The Newburgh Sting" is a snapshot of something happening all over the country, with the illusion being presented of all kinds of terrorist cells being broken and individuals being tossed in jail."

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Kevin Jagernauth

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