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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 ——

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

2 ——

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

3 ——

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

4 49%

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

5 ——

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

6 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

7 ——

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

8 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

9 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

10 100%

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

11 64%

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

12 100%

Once My Mother ()

"It's incredibly moving."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rochelle Siemienowicz

13 100%

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

14 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

15 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

16 76%

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

17 100%

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

18 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

19 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

20 60%

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

21 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

22 100%

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

23 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

24 ——

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

25 69%

The Homesman (2014)

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

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

26 100%

Mommy ()

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

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 ——

Des étoiles ()

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

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Ed Gibbs

32 100%

The Last Impresario ()

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

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Ed Gibbs

33 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

34 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

35 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

36 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

37 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

38 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

39 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

40 56%

May In The Summer (2014)

"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

41 97%

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

42 14%

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

43 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Shane Danielsen

44 ——

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

45 83%

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

46 100%

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

47 100%

Dear White People (2014)

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

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Michelle Orange

48 90%

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

49 42%

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

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