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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 64%

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013)

"Thompson's intention is not to explain the nature of evil but show how it contaminates the rest of us."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Jason Anderson

2 80%

Three Night Stand ()

"Canadian efforts to replicate the blend of raunch, smarts, and heart of the Judd Apatow comedy factory have mostly missed the mark but this savvy rom-com succeeds where others have failed."

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Jason Anderson

3 71%

Blood Brother (2013)

"In spite of his clear love and admiration for Braat, Hoover is also brave enough to consider the ethical questions that arise from any well-intentioned First Worlder's attempts to alleviate suffering on the other side of the planet."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Jason Anderson

4 81%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"A bold, big-hearted Belgian drama about love and loss, The Broken Circle Breakdown is as full of joy and sorrow as any of the bluegrass ballads performed by its central couple. "

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Jason Anderson

5 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Pleasingly old-school, Thor: The Dark World has a greater kinship with the science-fiction movies of the 1950s or even the first Star Wars cycle than the more earthbound adventures of Tony Stark and the rest of Thor's fellow Avengers."

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Jason Anderson

6 56%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"Less provocative for its assault on the false ideals of corporate-controlled family fun than its clever repurposing of many of the same German expressionist and gothic horror tropes that are at the root of much Disney iconography."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Jason Anderson

7 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"As a rugged yet wise exploration of manhood and mortality, All Is Lost gives great Hemingway."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Jason Anderson

8 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"What opens as an often perceptive study of ordinary men struggling to cope with forces beyond their grasp becomes a juiced-up action thriller, full of angry exchanges of bullets and bullet-point dialogue."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Jason Anderson

9 77%

The Dirties (2013)

"Very smart and very dark."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

10 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"The most striking passages deliver a heartily Kubrickian dose of science-fiction erotica but the movie's menacing allure evaporates midway through, followed by the last vestiges of a comprehensible plotline."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

11 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Jim Jarmusch's most lucid, satisfying, and flat-out gorgeous feature since Dead Man."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

12 93%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Though the subject matter inevitably seems a little sexed-up and contrived compared to recent docs like How to Survive a Plague, director Jean-Marc Vallée rarely wastes an ounce of Matthew McConaughey's gusto."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

13 91%

Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)

"The lack of original Hendrix music is a serious hindrance, but director John Ridley is far less interested in any onstage displays of flamboyance than more fraught fragments that point to the artist's inner turmoils and frustrations."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

14 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"There's none of Django Unchained's revenge fantasies or tomfoolery here, only a sober depiction of the cruelty and oppression that defined a long and very ugly chapter of American history."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

15 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"Music docs with untold stories about unsung talents are an increasingly scarce commodity. But Muscle Shoals hits pay dirt with this vivid history of two recording studios that became crucial hotbeds of deep Southern soul and funky rock 'n' roll."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

16 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"Though the influence of Italian neorealism is clear in Wadjda's unshowy style and generosity of spirit, this film remains a singular achievement for all the best reasons."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

17 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"Though the general anxiety level doesn't run quite as high in Enough Said as it did in Holofcener's brilliant 2010 effort, Please Give, there's still a fine balance of the same acerbic humour and messy emotional vulnerability."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

18 48%

Parkland (2013)

"Its scenes of bloodied doctors, panicked aides, and devastated Secret Service Agents are gripping, but Parkland is marred by Landesman's efforts to ensure that the historical importance of every moment is not lost on viewers. "

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

19 80%

Watermark (2014)

"Watermark succeeds both as a rumination on our varied relationship with H2O and as a warning about the perils we'll face when we're down to the last few drops."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

20 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Cuarón is so successful at immersing viewers in the astronauts' environment that Gravity is only marginally hampered by its flaws."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

21 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"An affable if only passably funny effort that reunites Jason Sudeikis with his Horrible Bosses co-star Jennifer Aniston, We're the Millers rides much the same highway as National Lampoon's Vacation did in an earlier era of raunchy road comedies. "

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Jason Anderson

22 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Elysium is yet another badly derivative and poorly engineered contraption in a summer movie season that's already thick as blackflies with 'em."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

Jason Anderson

23 78%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Iron Man 3 displays no shortage of cocky swagger in-between - and often during - the requisite sequences of high-tech 3-D carnage."

Posted May 10, 2013

Jason Anderson

24 67%

I Declare War (2013)

"It's no small feat for the audacity of I Declare War's premise - presenting an afterschool game of war in a way that looks and feels as real to viewers as it does to the youngsters in the thick of it - to be matched by the cunning of its execution"

Posted May 10, 2013

Jason Anderson

25 85%

Graceland (2013)

"Morales's often brutal morality tale has both a grim intensity and a shattering impact."

Posted May 10, 2013

Jason Anderson

26 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"For all of its flash, the movie aims for the utmost sincerity as a grand love story. Alas, Luhrmann doesn't quite have Fitzgerald's finesse when it comes to handling the shift between gilt-edged satire and heart-rending pathos. "

Posted May 10, 2013

Jason Anderson

27 90%

Portrait of Wally (2012)

"The film's troubling take on the moral flexibilities of the art world may also have viewers wondering about the provenance of what they see on museum walls."

Posted May 6, 2013

Jason Anderson

28 55%

The Company You Keep (2013)

"What with a cast that includes Robert Redford, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, and Susan Sarandon, this might've been the most star-studded production of the year had it been made in 1975."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Jason Anderson

29 40%

Tai Chi Hero (2013)

"Like its predecessor, Tai Chi Hero is continually hampered by its thin characters and badly convoluted narrative but at least this time there are more opportunities to savour the many oddball pleasures."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Jason Anderson

30 68%

Wrong (2013)

"Quentin Dupieux's brand of absurdism lands somewhere between the plays of Eugène Ionesco, the looniest sketches of Monty Python, and the most adventurous efforts of the Adult Swim brigade."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Jason Anderson

31 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"Fragmentary to the point of being formless and devoid of any motivation or momentum, it's the first of Malick's works to feel more like a sketchbook than a film."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Jason Anderson

32 71%

My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2013)

"The rare sex farce that is ultimately more adult than it is adolescent."

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Jason Anderson

33 62%

Love, Marilyn (2012)

"Garbus' use of Monroe's own words are plenty wrenching at times but they don't add much to our collective understanding of either the enduring myth or the truth about the damaged woman who existed behind that sexpot façade. "

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

34 62%

Evil Dead (2013)

"For all of his movie's predictability, director Fede Alvarez finds several ways to increase the creep factor, largely by playing the scares straight and sticking to an unabashedly old-school approach. "

Posted Apr 4, 2013

Jason Anderson

35 69%

Stoker (2013)

"As fun as it can be to play this game of spot-the-reference, the movie's too besotted with its own cleverness and stylistic flourishes to generate a genuine sense of risk or menace."

Posted Apr 2, 2013

Jason Anderson

36 8%

The Host (2013)

"Director Andrew Niccol is completely unable to add any depth or elegance to Meyer's pedestrian storytelling and thin characters. We can only presume that those aliens have already gotten hold of his body already."

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Jason Anderson

37 100%

Wake in Fright (2012)

"This tale of sun-baked savagery has lost little of its audacity or ferocity while it languished unseen."

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Jason Anderson

38 91%

Beyond The Hills (2013)

"Such is the rigorous and high-minded nature of Romanian cinema that even a real-life exorcism story can inspire something loftier than a horror movie."

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Jason Anderson

39 28%

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

"The glib humour gives the endeavour an air of self-parody, but not always the fun kind. "

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Jason Anderson

40 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"With its modest story and lack of cute magical furballs, From Up on Poppy Hill is a tad too uneventful and prosaic to match the best of Studio Ghibli but it's lovely all the same."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Jason Anderson

41 64%

New World (2013)

"However familiar its moves may sometimes be, New World continually punches above its weight and that's true even when the screen isn't filled with black-suited extras assaulting each other with knives and baseball bats."

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Jason Anderson

42 48%

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

"Olympus Has Fallen comes off like an entirely unironic attempt to revive the '80s cycle of let's-restart-the-Vietnam-War movies and home-turf variants like Invasion U.S.A. "

Posted Mar 21, 2013

Jason Anderson

43 93%

No (2013)

"No continually impresses for its slyness and savvy -- rarely has such an eyesore been so worth watching."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Jason Anderson

44 ——

Blood Pressure ()

"Director Sean Garrity fashions something tense, steely, and affecting out of a premise that might've yielded an erotic fantasy if the events here weren't so rooted in its suburbanite heroine's mid-life malaise."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Jason Anderson

45 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"Though the best stretches flirt with the mix of cruel-edged comedy and abject despair that was once the forte of the Farrelly brothers, it soon settles for being a rote redemption tale."

Posted Mar 15, 2013

Jason Anderson

46 37%

Dead Man Down (2013)

"Dead Man Down's script falls prey to its own downward trajectory, its unwieldy array of cheap contrivances and half-witted switcheroos amounting to little more than a cut-rate riff on The Departed."

Posted Mar 8, 2013

Jason Anderson

47 56%

Snitch (2013)

"Snitch's storyline has distinct echoes of Breaking Bad but it's hard to say where to place it on the proverbial TV dial due to its sometimes clumsy shifts between Lifetime-style earnestness and a tougher sensibility better suited to FX."

Posted Mar 6, 2013

Jason Anderson

48 80%

Tower ()

"A confident statement of purpose by one of Toronto's most gifted young filmmakers"

Posted Mar 6, 2013

Jason Anderson

49 92%

O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012)

"Neighbouring Sounds might be considered something of a horror movie for Brazil's urban bourgeoisie. One of Filho's most audacious tactics is to package what might've otherwise been an Altmanesque ensemble drama as a sort of existential thriller."

Posted Mar 6, 2013

Jason Anderson

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