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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 81%

Wild (2014)

"For the most part, though, what we understand about Cheryl is communicated with great care, in a dreamy, frequently witty layering of sound and images, past and present that lingers well beyond the film's stirring final moments."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Michelle Orange

2 78%

Rosewater (2014)

"The result suggests the education of a committed satirist in the art of storytelling."

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Michelle Orange

3 88%

Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) ()

"Billed as a black comedy, Moland is aiming here for the same delicate balance between laughter and violence as the Coen Brothers' Fargo. Trouble is, unlike that film, it's not especially funny."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Shane Danielsen

4 0%

Kill Me Three Times (2014)

"Cue 90 minutes of dutiful twisting and turning, crossing and bloody double-crossing, but not one moment of actual surprise."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Michelle Orange

5 93%

While We're Young ()

"Brooklyn-oriented social satire has already worn quite thin... and While We're Young is in danger of thinning out as well. But the Baumbach touch... goes a long way to smoothing out the film's more canned moments."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Michelle Orange

6 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"Just about everybody in The Immigrant may have misplaced their copy of the Declaration of Human Rights, but a perfectly sung operatic note needs no administrative documents to work its magic."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Lisa Nesselson

7 78%

The Theory of Everything (2014)

"Marsh's constant, reverent attention to the small things saves this film from its tendency toward convention and foreground its astonishing lead performance."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Michelle Orange

8 96%

Ratatouille (2007)

"Pixar has become a brand name you can trust."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Michael Adams

9 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"At 125 minutes, Bridesmaids is unusually long for what is supposedly a raunchy comedy, and that's because the story steadfastly builds characters instead of knocking them down."

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Craig Mathieson

10 88%

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

"A failure so complete that it is infuriating as opposed to merely disappointing"

Posted Aug 23, 2014

Craig Mathieson

11 ——

Love Hotel ()

"Don't panic -- or fall for the film's phony sentimentalism -- Japan's love hotels aren't vanishing just yet and neither will similar lightweight Japan and sex documentaries disappear from the film festival circuit."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Russell Edwards

12 ——

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films ()

"If you're one of those people who still use the phrase, "It's so bad, it's good," then you'll love this."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Russell Edwards

13 ——

Fantail ()

"Overall, despite its charms, the film feels like it is missing a vital part, like a car only running on three wheels."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Russell Edwards

14 47%

I Origins (2014)

"A worthy, thought-provoking follow-up to Another Earth, in which fact and faith square off with increasing complexity and consequences."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Ed Gibbs

15 100%

The Infinite Man ()

"Unafraid of its low budget limitations, The Infinite Man makes splendid use of its three-person cast, revels in its minimalist location and yet never feels constrained."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Russell Edwards

16 78%

Happy Christmas (2014)

"The performances are so believable, and there's such warmth, that you're likely to leave the cinema with a smile and a nod to Swanberg for daring to make such good drama out of simple everyday scenarios."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

17 ——

Når dyrene drømmer (When Animals Dream) ()

"Director Jonas Alexander Arnby has made another excellent contribution to Denmark's soft parade of horror."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Russell Edwards

18 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Like so many elements of this film, this narrative arc is all too familiar. But it's fun to watch it played out with such B-movie gusto."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

19 65%

The French Minister (2014)

"I think what I liked best is the way that Tavernier makes the film about Arthur's sentimental education and the universal tendency to dismiss politics as a triumph of style over substance."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Peter Galvin

20 85%

Predestination (2015)

"It's a thoughtful, ambitious adaptation, whose pieces finally lock into place with a satisfying, if not entirely unexpected click."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Shane Danielsen

21 66%

Lucy (2014)

"It's so easy to pick apart the gaping the plot-holes and scientific flaws in Luc Besson's latest flight of fancy, Lucy. But to get mired down in such details would be to miss out on a whole lot of fun."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

22 100%

Once My Mother ()

"It's incredibly moving."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

23 91%

Still Life ()

"Some may find Still Life too slight on drama and action... But you'd have to have a hard heart to be left completely unmoved by the film's accretion of details of lives left unfinished."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

24 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"In its way, this is the most terrifying horror movie I've seen in a long time; the woods where the kids die are like something out of Evil Dead. I was left angry and wrung out."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Peter Galvin

25 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"It's very much part of a cinematic tradition: heir to the hermetically enclosed, purpose-built steampunk dystopias devised by Terry Gilliam and Guillermo del Toro and Caro & Jeunet."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Shane Danielsen

26 71%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"God Help the Girl marks the writing-directing debut of Stuart Murdoch from Scottish musical duo Belle and Sebastian and it's marvelous in almost every respect."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Lynden Barber

27 100%

Concerning Violence ()

"Armed with a legitimacy as startling as its content, it is a superbly executed document of a pivotal, inevitable era in 20th-century history."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Ed Gibbs

28 17%

Wild Wild West (1999)

"Wild Wild West is a farce that's occasionally funny, often in a rather laboured way, occasionally thrilling and more than occasionally puerile."

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Margaret Pomeranz

29 71%

Léon: The Professional (1994)

"No matter what uncomfortable undercurrents the film gives rise to, Besson's skill with action is inventive and creative (and of course over the top)."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Peter Galvin

30 59%

Finding Fela! (2014)

"Finding Fela! doesn't shy away from the uglier side of Kuti's life, but it does lack the analysis one is craving, and expecting."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Ed Gibbs

31 67%

Kis uykusu (Winter Sleep) ()

"Winter Sleep is stitched together with so much wit and self-aware theatricality, it's abundantly clear how Ceylan really feels about the injured egos of the remotely rich."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

32 100%

Mr. Turner (2014)

"Timothy Spall is a grunting, squinting, po-faced force of nature in Mike Leigh's surprising and charming biography of Romantic landscape painter J.M.W. Turner"

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

33 57%

Party Girl ()

"For most of its running time, Party Girl is a slice of life redemption story, until the ending brings some drama which, though plausible, seems tacked on and unnecessary."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

34 100%

Leviafan (2014)

"17th Century English political philosophy meets 21st Century Russian fury in Andrey Zvyagintsev's bone-rattling epic, Leviathan."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

35 71%

The Homesman (2014)

"It might pass the Bechdel Test, but The Homesman's gender politics are little skewy. "

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

36 90%

Mommy ()

"There are moments of great tenderness in this study of an inextinguishable toxic love."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

37 25%

Lost River ()

"A gruesome fairy tale of evil banks and sunken dreams, Lost River is a fantastically awful misfire from actor turned writer/director Ryan Gosling."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

38 66%

The Rover (2014)

"The desolate parable of brooding outback justice plays out as though Cormac McCarthy has reimagined Mad Max 2 for the 21st century, with late-model cars and breathable-fibre costumes."

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

39 95%

Mary and Max (2009)

"A deliciously sentimental film whose offbeat sensibility manages to keep it out of the realm of schmaltz."

Posted May 30, 2014

Fiona Williams

40 3%

Battlefield Earth (2000)

"From any angle this is a very ill-considered project -- an obvious contender for worst film of the year."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Margaret Pomeranz

41 ——

Des étoiles ()

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

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Ed Gibbs

42 100%

The Last Impresario ()

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

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Ed Gibbs

43 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

44 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

45 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

46 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

47 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

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

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Shane Danielsen

48 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

49 52%

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

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