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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 76%

Moebius (2014)

"A formalist slice of perversity that never coheres into anything more meaningful than a willful piece of cinematic provocation."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Brent Simon

2 7%

Septic Man (2014)

"A big, messy, arbitrary handful of stupidity and grossness, lacking any sort of unifying gonzo aesthetic or queasy moodiness."

Posted Aug 17, 2014

Brent Simon

3 0%

Among Ravens (2014)

"A yawning, achingingly pretentious turd-burger, through and through."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

4 ——

Giuseppe Makes A Movie (2014)

"Reminiscent of Austin Lynch's short nonfiction series Interview Project and Chris Smith's American Movie. A lively portrait of outsider cinema and the defiant spirit of life as art."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

5 ——

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story ()

"A warm-hearted documentary look at the man behind one of the most beloved and iconic Sesame Street characters of all time."

Posted Aug 16, 2014

Brent Simon

6 48%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"It doesn't come close to being the next "E.T.," but it does pack enough spirit and fun to make it a worthwhile knockoff."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

7 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"The work of a man who needs to do everything in excess - lengthy battles, an absurd amount of low angle shots, painfully blatant product placement, pyrotechnics overload and well over two hours of CGI porn."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

8 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"An unprecedented combination of stunning combat, stylistic eccentricities and dramatic poignancy that is so rich and enthralling, there's no way one viewing will ever be enough."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

9 84%

Coherence (2014)

"There's more suspense in this low budget dialogue-driven sci-fi thriller than many effect-heavy, $100 million+ blockbuster wannabes. "

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

10 ——

The Jazz Funeral ()

"A smart indie effort -- a relaxed, shrewdly observed portrait of the crucible a lot of young men must pass through in entering into a functional, adult, peer relationship with their father."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Brent Simon

11 ——

Being Awesome ()

"Cycles through well-worn clichés of stuck-in-a-rut, cusp-of-thirtysomething frustration, but adds nothing much new or of interest to the emotionally-adrift-guys sub-genre."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Brent Simon

12 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"It's kind of like going to a pet store and being swarmed by puppies; you won't want to leave and when you have to, you'll want to take them all home with you."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

13 70%

Burt's Buzz (2014)

"If there was a film school class about burying the lede, it would be difficult to think of a more fitting example than this aimless doc, which gets to its most essential questions only an hour into its running time or leaves them entirely unasked."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Brent Simon

14 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"It isn't just about letting you have a good cry; it's about inspiring you to appreciate the good in life while you do it. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

15 90%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Vicious aliens, wicked combat and Tom Cruise charm are all good fun, but what's the point when the story makes no sense?"

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

16 52%

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

"A well-intentioned historical drama that gets caught up in the undertow of mawkish melodrama early on, never to fully recover."

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Brent Simon

17 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"When you've got a talented visual effects artist at the helm, iconic source material, an all-star cast and a hefty studio-sized budget to back it all up, there's just no excuse to deliver such a lazy film."

Posted May 30, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

18 ——

Oasis: Definitely Maybe (2004)

"An engaging if incomplete documentary overview of Oasis' debut album that imparts some interesting new slang for drugged-out intoxication ('cabbaged beyond all f-cking belief') while also confirming the Gallagher brothers' feud."

Posted May 29, 2014

Brent Simon

19 100%

Frequencies (2014)

"A fascinating combination of science and romance, and particularly when the balance is in the romance's favor."

Posted May 28, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

20 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Sentinels, good, bad, future, past, who cares? This movie needs more Quicksilver!"

Posted May 23, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

21 ——

Forev (2014)

"There's nothing particularly deep or compelling about these characterizations, and since the film doesn't create its own canted universe a pungent odor of phoniness envelopes an already flimsy conceit."

Posted May 21, 2014

Brent Simon

22 ——

Losing LeBron ()

"This cinematic apéritif is a moderately engaging if also somewhat incomplete emotional survey of a city's psychological health."

Posted May 14, 2014

Brent Simon

23 ——

As High As The Sky (2014)

"The end resting point at which As High As the Sky arrives is a heartfelt one. One merely wishes its path was a bit more deeply carved."

Posted May 10, 2014

Brent Simon

24 80%

Redwood Highway (2014)

"A marginal showcase for fans of the twice Oscar-nominated Shirley Knight that falters by taking the road more frequently traveled."

Posted May 9, 2014

Brent Simon

25 27%

Farmland (2014)

"Doesn't exercise a great deal of editorial discipline in crafting deep narrative through-lines, but steeped enough in feeling to provide a freshmen-level survey class on modern American agriculture."

Posted May 4, 2014

Brent Simon

26 84%

Last Passenger (2014)

"A runaway-train action thriller that coasts along serviceably for a bit before entering Boredom Station, this British-produced rip-off of Speed lacks compelling characterizations."

Posted Apr 24, 2014

Brent Simon

27 89%

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014)

"A hopelessly insular work [that] affirms the talent of its subject, but frustratingly fails to establish a cleanly delineated backdrop or emotional throughline for a general audience."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Brent Simon

28 50%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"Even if the low-wattage hum of her lightly romantic drama eventually peters out, Johnson again proves herself an astute chronicler of human frailty."

Posted Apr 13, 2014

Brent Simon

29 43%

The Anonymous People (2014)

"Leads with its considerable heart, but can't summon the sort of order and focus necessary to convert generalized sympathy into stronger lasting memory or impulse for action."

Posted Apr 12, 2014

Brent Simon

30 40%

A Farewell to Fools (2014)

"An extremely low-boil wartime farce, content to wring quiet smiles and silent laughs, that more or less works as a sort of lightly affected, darkly comedic parable."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Brent Simon

31 43%

In the Blood (2014)

"Saddled with a weirdo, disturbing ending. Still, there's still a certain ramshackle appeal to this starchy, Taken-meets-Turistas revenge flick, which could just as easily be titled Woman on Fire."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Brent Simon

32 25%

Alien Abduction (2014)

"Eschewing more sophisticated and higher-degree-of-difficulty moodiness for lots of panicked thrashing about, this found-footage horror tale is an exercise in well-intentioned tedium."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Brent Simon

33 100%

Big Men (2014)

"A kind of true-life, slow-motion disaster flick for the NPR set [which] throws a spotlight on human fallibility, and all the shades of grey that color the geopolitical world."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Brent Simon

34 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The combination of spectacular stunts and characters with honest human qualities, makes 'The Winter Solider' more than a thrill, but also a story you can believe in."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

35 ——

Happy Camp ()

"Absent a story that generates any sort of clearly defined stakes or rooting audience interest, the movie elicits more of a yawn than any lasting impression."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Brent Simon

36 83%

On My Way (2014)

"A road trip venture crafted especially for Catherine Deneuve, this testy and at times offbeat French import, more ramshackle than pleasingly ambling, never gels in a meaningful manner."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Brent Simon

37 82%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"It's possible for a movie to confirm the innate filmmaking gifts of its helmer while still not quite succeeding as a standalone film. Such is the case with this artful yet frustrating coming-of-age drama, which values tone over incident."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Brent Simon

38 77%

Noah (2014)

"The performances are engaging, the visuals are stunning, and they're both featured within the context of an enthralling narrative, but by going so big, certain lapses were inevitable."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

39 41%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"All of Chavez's charisma comes through."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

40 41%

Divergent (2014)

"It's finally time for 'The Hunger Games' to make some room because the quality of 'Divergent' justifies all of the hype and gives the film a solid shot at becoming a successful franchise-starter, too. "

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

41 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"A lively slice of exploratory nonfiction portraiture [that] serves as a reminder... we can be celebrated for the manner in which we conduct ourselves in noble defeat."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Brent Simon

42 29%

Pompeii (2014)

"If you were hoping 'Pompeii' would ditch the lava in exchange for nonsensical political and romantic melodrama, Paul W.S. Anderson's latest is for you - and probably only you."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

43 54%

Hank: Five Years From the Brink (2014)

"Any film about the global financial crisis that fails to consider subsidized risk, the illegality of credit default swaps, echo-chamber thinking and the like is irresponsible at best and deleterious at worst. And that's Hank."

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Brent Simon

44 0%

Best Night Ever (2014)

"What's right about Best Night Ever begins and ends with its cast, who have a nice rapport. The film, however, settles into a manic groove that is at once nonsensical and familiar."

Posted Feb 15, 2014

Brent Simon

45 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"It's not a true story nor a love story, but rather, the comedy of the year. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

46 70%

Love Is In The Air (2014)

"A cinematic approximation of lives less ordinary -- it has vivacity and enough authenticity to make us believe its sweet fabrications."

Posted Feb 9, 2014

Brent Simon

47 9%

Vampire Academy (2014)

"It doesn't build its world as deftly as 'Hunger Games' and can't compete with 'Mean Girls'' smart wit, but 'Vampire Academy' does manage to find a place for itself as a silly yet enjoyable variant."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

48 50%

Somewhere Slow (2014)

"Puts viewers on a slow train to Posed Self-Actualization, with too many stops along the way."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Brent Simon

49 95%

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"Everything is awesome! Really."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

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