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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 43%

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

2 60%

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

3 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

4 45%

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

5 29%

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

6 100%

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

7 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

8 ——

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

9 79%

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

10 80%

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

11 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

12 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"All of Chavez's charisma comes through."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Harvey S. Karten

13 40%

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

14 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

15 24%

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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 10%

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

21 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

22 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"Everything is awesome! Really."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

23 84%

Run & Jump (2014)

"With a rooted sense of place, Irish import Run & Jump flirts with being a lot of different things, but succeeds in being none of them."

Posted Jan 30, 2014

Brent Simon

24 26%

Jamesy Boy (2014)

"A well-intentioned coming-of-age drama that never pushes past a comfortable orbit of earnestness in search of deeper truths."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Brent Simon

25 56%

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

"This could have been a thoughtful, fresh thrill, but in order for that to have happened, we'd need a compelling mystery that we could be part of, not one that we could watch Jack solve himself."

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

26 39%

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

"It isn't half as scary as three of its four predecessors, but its strong characters and clever story layers do prove the mythology is worth expanding."

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Perri Nemiroff

27 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Gary Ross did the hype justice by kicking off the series with a highly effective adaptation and now Francis Lawrence builds upon that success by taking the budget boost and funneling it into top talent, stunning visuals and an all-consuming experience."

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Perri Nemiroff

28 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"It lets you relish in unparalleled no holds barred debauchery while increasingly disillusioning the fun and games with the nasty reality of the situation along the way."

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Perri Nemiroff

29 94%

Her (2014)

"I wouldn't mind living in Spike Jonez's version of the future, but for now I'm happy to just keep watching 'Her' over and over again."

Posted Dec 29, 2013

Perri Nemiroff

30 89%

White Reindeer (2013)

"Features a nice lead performance... but flat and unimaginative stagings don't much help the argument that White Reindeer is in any way an artful metaphor."

Posted Dec 25, 2013

Brent Simon

31 71%

Tricked: The Documentary (2013)

"Sobering, [but] with a focus that is more anecdotal than comprehensive, Tricked comes off as basically on par with any given television newsmagazine story on the same topic."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Brent Simon

32 40%

Sweet Talk (2013)

"A talky two-hander about romance and sexual desire, and a metaphor for finding north on one's compass, that works more in theory than in practice."

Posted Dec 15, 2013

Brent Simon

33 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Despite stunning visuals, a satisfying score, and three all-in lead performances, "Out of the Furnace" is still bleak, lifeless and excruciatingly slow. "

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Perri Nemiroff

34 42%

Oldboy (2013)

"Despite striking visuals and Josh Brolin's all-in performance, the new 'Oldboy' fails to build a riveting, believable mystery strong enough to support its big twist."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Perri Nemiroff

35 89%

Frozen (2013)

"There's no way you're walking out of 'Frozen' without a pep in your step, massive smile on your face and the desire to build a snowman."

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Perri Nemiroff

36 ——

Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury ()

"A striking Brazilian import [that] marries a moody and evocative rumination on human frailty with animation possessing an uncommon lyricism and beauty."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Brent Simon

37 67%

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey (2013)

"While not without moments of breathtaking natural beauty, this eco-postcard otherwise suffers from too scattershot a focus and too stodgy a tone to sustain interest over even its brief running time."

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Brent Simon

38 20%

Cold Turkey (2013)

"The wound-up bickering of Cold Turkey is all show -- devoid of any attachment to real characters, feelings or problems."

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Brent Simon

39 72%

The Motel Life (2013)

"A bruised, purple plum of a drama that mostly connects as a mood piece about the muddy rut of low self-esteem, and belief that life offers no better circumstances beyond just day-to-day subsistence."

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Brent Simon

40 92%

Medora (2013)

"A measured but emotionally effective gut-punch lament for the death rattle of small town America, as told through the prism of a hapless Indiana high school basketball team."

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Brent Simon

41 59%

Running From Crazy (2013)

"A delicate, openhearted work that throws open the shutters on a famously troubled family, making a powerful statement about some of the more forthcoming mental health conversations we as a society should be having."

Posted Nov 10, 2013

Brent Simon

42 45%

Big Sur (2013)

"Clearly edited to evoke a feeling of slipstream, stream-of-consciousness connection, but little more than a rolling delivery service of smugness, self-destruction, hedonism and pretentiousness."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Brent Simon

43 33%

The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers (2013)

"A deadly dull Zionist booster shot that trades away what benefits in firsthand recollection and access it has through a steady drip of reflexive self-importance."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Brent Simon

44 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Easily one of Marvel's most entertaining films. It's got action, adventure, heart and some of the best superhero movie comedy. There are logic issues, but the film is such a joy and thrill that the pleasure of the illusion leaves no room for misgivings."

Posted Nov 5, 2013

Perri Nemiroff

45 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"It celebrates love and life in one sequence and takes it all away in the next, only to come back around to give your heart yet another bruising, but it always does so with purpose, making the film a well-earned flood of emotion."

Posted Nov 4, 2013

Perri Nemiroff

46 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"It's loaded with quality work, but it's Matthew McConaughey's performance that elevates those elements to make the film an exceptional experience."

Posted Nov 4, 2013

Perri Nemiroff

47 ——

The Impaler (2013)

"The script has a couple interesting ideas at its core, but the film doesn't really have the resources to convincingly pull off its period piece flashbacks, or even sustain tension for long stretches."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Brent Simon

48 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"Gavin Hood's film is like a CliffsNotes version of a book that still reads well."

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Perri Nemiroff

49 69%

Enzo Avitabile Music Life (2013)

"A pencil sketch, and little more. For all the obvious optimism and positive energy that flow from him, Avitabile still remains an elusive figure as rendered here."

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Brent Simon

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