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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

Des étoiles ()

"The ability to survive no matter the odds has rarely felt more immediate and watchable."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Ed Gibbs

2 ——

The Last Impresario ()

"For all the film's shortcomings, White's story does ultimately shine through."

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Ed Gibbs

3 68%

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

"Anderson's gentle parody of westerners who lob into an ancient culture expecting to pick up enlightenment and peace as easily as a shoe shine or over-the-counter painkillers is very funny."

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Michael Adams

4 81%

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"The very precise look of the film, the clever design and camerawork, which create a slightly off-kilter world for the characters to inhabit, is beautifully done."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

David Stratton

5 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"If you see only one black and white film disguised as a road movie this year or next, make it Nebraska."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Lisa Nesselson

6 99%

Gloria (2014)

"What could in less capable hands so easily have been mishandled, lapsing either into patronising comedy or sappy sentimentality, is accorded generous and sympathetic treatment here."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Shane Danielsen

7 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"There are more boring movies than this one. There aren't many more disingenuous."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Shane Danielsen

8 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"This is a near perfect object of 21st century film-technique, the kind of gee-wow-gotcha movie-skill unallied to such apparently insignificant values as story, believability or anything resembling recognisable human behaviour."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Peter Galvin

9 58%

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

"Only when the protagonists' lives are at stake - and bombs drop - does the piece truly come alive, with a sense of much-needed urgency."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Ed Gibbs

10 ——

May In The Summer ()

"This second feature is very watchable, but it lacks a sense of purpose (so prevalent in its predecessor), and any emotional punch or, indeed, pay-off. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Ed Gibbs

11 100%

Life Itself (2014)

"The documentary is both a personal history and a tribute to one of the movies' loudest and most prolific modern champions."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Michelle Orange

12 13%

47 Ronin (2013)

"There's clearly been a lot of money spent and a lot of effort (not least by the Japanese actors struggling with their English dialogue), but the results are lacklustre, stupid and that worst of cinematic crimes -- dull."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Russell Edwards

13 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Martin Scorsese's finest in more than a decade."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Shane Danielsen

14 ——

Happy Valley ()

"Those familiar with the story will find nothing new for large stretches of Happy Valley, and as presented some of the confusions unleashed by the scandal lack the context necessary to extract their significance."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Michelle Orange

15 88%

The Double (2014)

"In his second film, Ayoade's risks (and a wonderfully game cast) suggest a gratifyingly unique sensibility, as playful as it is unsettling."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Michelle Orange

16 100%

Utopia ()

"Despite its flaws in conception and coverage, this is an angry and sorrowful film about an important subject and it's typical of Pilger."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Peter Galvin

17 88%

Dear White People ()

"One of the most vibrant, engaging debuts at this year's Sundance Film Festival."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Michelle Orange

18 92%

Calvary (2014)

"Calvary demonstrates in its shocking, anti-cathartic conclusion that modern faithlessness, whether proud or despairing, amounts to the same thing."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Michelle Orange

19 ——

Words And Pictures (2014)

"An ill-fitting, occasionally awkward yarn that crackles at times (thanks to its charming leads), but struggles to fire. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Ed Gibbs

20 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"A potent mix of uplift and corn. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Peter Galvin

21 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Goldsman clearly doesn't know who he is making this movie for."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Russell Edwards

22 ——

Miss Granny (2014)

"After an hour-and-a-half of near non-stop laughter, this 124-minute film hits squarely on that sore spot where the fear of death, a grief for a misspent youth and the joys of a life we mostly don't appreciate, uneasily co-exist."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Russell Edwards

23 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"It's his grandest plaything to date, his most splendid and glittering toy -- yet for all the ornamentation on display, it's also his most human and humane."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Shane Danielsen

24 100%

Gunday (2014)

"Viewers with increasing concerns that Bollywood's recent action/comedies are far too reliant on tiresome conventions will see this as further proof; for those simply looking for escapism of the highest order, this romp should do just fine."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Simon Foster

25 59%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"Like its vile central character, outback psychopath Mick Taylor, Greg McLean's sequel exists only to indulge in its own pointless sadism."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Simon Foster

26 93%

Mistaken for Strangers (2014)

"Painfully funny and rather moving, as well. Seems destined for cult status."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Ed Gibbs

27 60%

Dream with the Fishes (1997)

"Dream With The Fishes is quite a moving but perplexing film."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Margaret Pomeranz

28 91%

Le Week-End (2014)

"Two glowing central performances and one effervescent support turn are just three of the many reasons to journey to the streets of Paris for Le Week-End, the fourth and arguably best collaboration between director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Simon Foster

29 91%

High Fidelity (2000)

"As a film about males it`s amazingly insightful for women. The soundtrack`s another great plus. I just adored this film."

Posted Feb 10, 2014

Margaret Pomeranz

30 ——

Da nao tian gong (The Monkey King) ()

"[A] massive sense of spectacle overwhelms a somewhat simplistic take on the mystical tale of Simian spirit Sun Wukong, but what an impressive display it proves to be in the hands of director Soi Cheang."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Simon Foster

31 ——

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

"[A] hit-and-miss hybrid, dependent upon goodwill, broad schtick and star power above anything groundbreaking, comedy-wise, to raise a smile. "

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Simon Foster

32 76%

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

"The film's strength is certainly the towering performance of Crowe as Nash; he inhabits the man from the internal organs out and Jennifer Connelly's performance as Alicia is also outstanding."

Posted Feb 4, 2014

Margaret Pomeranz

33 ——

Convict ()

"So much of this Australian caged-man flick is derivative of the 'Grey Bar Hotel' genre that it's less a film about prison life than it is about prison films. But...Convict is a pretty good one."

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Simon Foster

34 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"With his poignant, insightful narration read in French by Randal Douc, Panh tells of his vibrant life before 1975 and increasingly grim existence after that."

Posted Jan 16, 2014

Eddie Cockrell

35 ——

Lan Kwai Fong 3 (Xi Ai Ye Pu 3) ()

"Chin tempers the emptiness of the first film and the obnoxiousness of the second with a warmer outlook and generally more well-rounded character arcs in this third effort. "

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Simon Foster

36 78%

Dhoom 3 (2013)

"Dhoom 3 is populist twaddle of the highest order, and like most blockbusters, somehow manages to be both satisfying and insulting in equal measure."

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Simon Foster

37 75%

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues finds the pair in fine form, charging full-bore into their instantly recognisable brand of improvisational comedy that embraces elements of dada, surrealism and their specialty, scatological bons mots."

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Eddie Cockrell

38 ——

R... Rajkumar (2013)

"A ridiculous stew of lame-brained slapstick, bone-crunching violence and merciless mugging, all set to a bludgeoning musical score by repeat aural offender Pritam Chakraborty."

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Simon Foster

39 ——

Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013)

"Malholtra has clearly left his actors to their own devices and his leading lady offers up enough hair tosses, lippy pouts and come hither glances for a dozen films."

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Simon Foster

40 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"Mystifyingly cryptic yet oddly hypnotic."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Lynden Barber

41 85%

Mystery Road ()

"There is slow burn and then there is Mystery Road, writer-director Ivan Sen's languid, dusty smalltown western set in a Queensland hinterland rife with racial tension, social malaise and organised crime. "

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Simon Foster

42 95%

War Witch (2013)

"With intelligence and deceptive simplicity, Nguyen injects the discombobulating impact of grief, conflict and PTSD (with the added effects of magic milk), to delve deeper than a simple observed account of a soldier's bid for freedom."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Fiona Williams

43 27%

Jobs (2013)

"Matt Whiteley's clumsy script attempts to sync Jobs' personal story with the corporate history of his brand but as any affirmed Android/PC users will gladly tell you, syncing with Apple can be problematic at the best of times. "

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Fiona Williams

44 89%

La cage dorée (The Gilded Cage) ()

"It's hard to fault the film's rousing shout out to hard-working migrant families, but the message gets muddled in the madness. "

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Fiona Williams

45 95%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"This is living history as a surreal pageant."

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Peter Galvin

46 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"Like Fassbender's counsellor, Scott is playing with dark-hearted individuals of whom he has no real understanding. From the outset, he was on a path to a beating and his audience takes the brunt of it."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

Simon Foster

47 63%

Un plan parfait ()

"Those who believe that French cinema invented all that is fun and delicious about movie romances may want to file this insipid, high-concept embarrassment in the exception-that-proves-the-rule basket."

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Simon Foster

48 56%

My Lucky Star (2013)

"(A) candy-floss concoction that is never particularly gripping but certainly delivers slick visuals and an engaging bunch of performances from a committed cast."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

Simon Foster

49 92%

The Turning ()

"A work that maintains a remarkably consistent tone throughout - one of melancholy, regret, and longing. " EDIT

Posted Sep 27, 2013

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