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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 75%

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

2 100%

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

3 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

4 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

5 69%

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

6 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

7 100%

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

8 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

9 ——

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

10 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

11 100%

Mommy ()

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

Posted Jun 3, 2014

Fiona Williams

12 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

13 65%

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

14 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

15 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

16 ——

Des étoiles ()

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

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Ed Gibbs

17 100%

The Last Impresario ()

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

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Ed Gibbs

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 53%

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

25 ——

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

26 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

27 12%

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

28 76%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Shane Danielsen

29 ——

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

30 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

31 100%

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

32 100%

Dear White People (2014)

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

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Michelle Orange

33 88%

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

34 43%

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

35 58%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"A potent mix of uplift and corn. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Peter Galvin

36 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

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

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Russell Edwards

37 ——

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

38 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

39 100%

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

40 48%

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

41 91%

Mistaken for Strangers (2014)

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

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Ed Gibbs

42 60%

Dream with the Fishes (1997)

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

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Margaret Pomeranz

43 89%

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

44 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

45 ——

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

46 ——

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

47 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

48 ——

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

49 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

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