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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 78%

Ballet Boys ()

"Only in Norway could filmmakers make such an honest documentary about 14-year-old boys who dream of becoming top ballet dancers."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Rich Cline

2 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn continues to show striking maturity with only his third movie (after Control and The American). Based on the John Le Carre novel, this thriller avoids cliches to become a brilliantly tense spy drama."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Rich Cline

3 88%

Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) ()

"This Norwegian revenge thriller may move at a steady, meandering pace, but it has such a sharp sense of pitch-black Scandinavian humour that it's never dull."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Rich Cline

4 47%

About Alex (2014)

"A riff on the 1983 classic The Big Chill, this ensemble drama's reunion of old friends differs because Alex's suicide fails this time."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Rich Cline

5 97%

Pride (2014)

"Based on a true story, this crowd-pleasing comedy-drama is such a joy to watch that it wears our faces out with all the smiling, laughing, crying and cheering."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Rich Cline

6 70%

The Boxtrolls (2014)

"A triumph on a variety of levels, this staggeringly detailed stop-motion animation has a wonderfully deranged story packed with spirited characters."

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Rich Cline

7 58%

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

"A clever premise can't help but grab the audience's attention as this mystery-thriller plays with ideas of identity and memory, but the simplistic filmmaking makes it feel like a cheat. "

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Rich Cline

8 59%

Finding Fela! (2014)

"While the eventful life of Fela Kuti provides more than enough subject matter for a biographical documentary, award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney weakens the film with a second narrative strand that feels like another movie altogether. "

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Rich Cline

9 67%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"A relentlessly smiley-glowy tone threatens to undo this film at every turn, but it's just about rescued by a spiky script and the adept cast. "

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Rich Cline

10 63%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"Although the plot itself is nothing special, this kidnapping comedy keeps the audience entertained by filling every scene with outrageous characters and twisty interaction."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Rich Cline

11 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"Although it presents itself as a rude sex comedy, this movie is actually a prudish exercise in simplistic moralising."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Rich Cline

12 68%

They Came Together (2014)

"How do you spoof a genre that's already a joke? Filmmakers David Wain and Michael Showalter clearly think the answer is to go for broke with a nonstop barrage of silliness, because some of the jokes are bound to stick."

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Rich Cline

13 65%

Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) ()

"Like the first episode of a finely crafted TV series you won't want to miss, this sharply involving Danish thriller introduces us to the mystery-solving duo of Department Q."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Rich Cline

14 88%

Obvious Child (2014)

"An inventive take on the rom-com genre, this genuinely hilarious film is even more engaging because its characters and premise are unexpectedly honest. "

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Rich Cline

15 86%

Night Moves (2014)

"This may be a slow-burning thriller about eco-terrorists, but it's also directed by Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff), a filmmaker who maintains an oddly aloof perspective while moving at her own steady pace."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Rich Cline

16 91%

Mystery Road (2014)

"This tightly wound drama evokes a strikingly inventive sense of the Wild West in the Australian Outback."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Rich Cline

17 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"Based on the Gayle Forman novel, this teen weepie is wrenchingly emotional and packed with girly fantasies."

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Rich Cline

18 62%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Based on a true story, this is one of those relentlessly uplifting Disney movies that mixes comedy and emotion to inspire and move the audience. "

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Rich Cline

19 95%

Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) ()

"The Dardenne brothers consistently make compelling dramas that win awards, from Rosetta (1999) to The Kid With a Bike (2011), and this drama might be their best yet."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Rich Cline

20 89%

Alleluia ()

"Much more than an unsettling horror movie, this film gets under the skin to play with the audience's emotional response, eliciting dark sympathies with the killers. It's an uncanny trick that Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz does extremely well. "

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Rich Cline

21 70%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"With bouncy pop tunes and a breezy tone, this Scottish musical sometimes feels so weightless that it seems to float right out of existence. At other times it's startlingly dark and moving, touching on earthy emotions and important themes."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Rich Cline

22 69%

What If (2014)

"With his first romantic-comedy, Daniel Radcliffe proves adept at delivering snappy dialogue and generating strong chemistry with his costars, so it's frustrating that the film is never remotely believable."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Rich Cline

23 46%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"It's taken nearly 10 years for filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and graphic novelist Frank Miller to get around to making this sequel, but it was worth the wait because the technical advancements make this second triptych of stories even more visually stunning."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Rich Cline

24 66%

Lucy (2014)

"Luc Besson gleefully combines two of his favourite movie elements - fit women and wildly insane action - in this raucous guilty pleasure."

Posted Aug 27, 2014

Rich Cline

25 30%

Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

"With an approach so saccharine that it makes Eat Pray Love look like an edgy thriller, this heartwarming meaning-of-life odyssey is so relentlessly schmalzy that it quickly annoys anyone with even a tiny spark of cynicism inside them."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Rich Cline

26 71%

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

"Cleverly assembled to tell a complex true story from a hugely engaging perspective, this documentary can't help but spark a sense of righteous rage in the audience. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Rich Cline

27 53%

Blood Ties (2014)

"While the story centres on twisted moral dilemmas, this 1970s-set thriller takes such a hesitant, internalised approach that if never lets viewers under the characters' skin."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Rich Cline

28 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Striking a tone somewhere between the po-faced original and the silly Part 2, this rampaging action nonsense is badly overcrowded and chaotic, but there's plenty of comedy and whizzy stuntwork to keep the audience entertained. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Rich Cline

29 76%

The Congress (2014)

"Fiercely original and wildly ambitious, this provocative drama is often thrilling simply because it's like nothing ever put on-screen. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Rich Cline

30 66%

The Rover (2014)

"While this atmospheric Australian Outback thriller has plenty of edgy action, it's also meandering and arty, refusing to fill in the details until filmmaker David Michod is good and ready."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Rich Cline

31 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Despite the fact that this too-soon spin-off feels like a mere cash-in on the Disney Cars/Planes marketing machine, this sequel is actually a lot more fun than expected. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Rich Cline

32 82%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"With a low-key pace and extremely loose plot, this introspective drama gets deep under the skin as it explores a pivotal summer for two brothers. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rich Cline

33 43%

Step Up: All In (2014)

"Step Up movies are known for their trite, formulaic plots and eye-catching dance set-pieces, and this instalment in the series certainly won't disappoint the fans. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rich Cline

34 0%

Behaving Badly (2014)

"For a comedy that so desperately wants to be rude and sexy, this movie is remarkably timid. It does a great job putting up a front as an anarchic laugh riot, but the genuinely funny moments are few and far between. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rich Cline

35 13%

A Promise (2014)

"When a French filmmaker travels to Belgium to film a German story in English, it's hardly surprising that the resulting movie feels somewhat awkward. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rich Cline

36 62%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"After a string of projects in America (including the masterpiece Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), French filmmaker Michel Gondry returns home to let his manic imagination run wild. "

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rich Cline

37 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"By refusing to follow the usual formula, filmmaker James Gunn has made Marvel's best-yet movie, a summer action-adventure that provides more cinematic fun than the rest of the year's blockbusters rolled into one."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Rich Cline

38 77%

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014)

"Actor-producer Gael Garcia Bernal takes a strikingly complex look at the timely issue of human migration from Central America to the United States, which is rarely depicted with such honest humanity."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Rich Cline

39 86%

Joe (2014)

"Nicolas Cage gives a rare internalised performance in this atmospheric drama, which has a stronger sense of its location than it does of its story."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Rich Cline

40 58%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"After last year's break-out hit thriller, writer-director James DeMonaco is back with the flip-side of the story, which jettisons the irony and and thematic subtlety in favour of in-your-face brutality. "

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Rich Cline

41 60%

Hercules (2014)

"Far more entertaining than it has any right to be, this is a big, messy blockbuster retelling of the Greek myth that thankfully has a sharp sense of humour and some surprising twists up its sleeve. "

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Rich Cline

42 56%

Love Me Till Monday ()

"Refreshingly avoiding the usual romantic-comedy formula, this low-key British film has an enjoyably loose tone even if it sometimes feels rather random in its approach to the story. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rich Cline

43 96%

I Am Divine (2013)

"With an appropriate explosion of humour and colour, this documentary traces the life of a fiercely individualistic actor, digging beneath the surface to explore both his origins and his legacy."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rich Cline

44 14%

Rage (2014)

"Nicolas Cage acts his socks off in this thinly plotted thriller, which is set in the same moral universe as the Taken movies, where mass murder is excusable if your daughter's been kidnapped. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rich Cline

45 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Bigger and even richer than the terrific 2010 hit animation, this sequel is also quite possibly the best action-adventure movie of the year. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rich Cline

46 18%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"With each film in the Transformer saga, Michael Bay makes it clear that all he's interested in are massive metallic special effects bashing into each other and usually exploding. "

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rich Cline

47 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"By shooting this film over 12 years, writer-director Richard Linklater is able to explore family dynamics in an intensely involving way that's never been seen on-screen before."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Rich Cline

48 67%

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared ()

"With echoes of Forrest Gump and Zelig, this jaggedly funny Swedish adventure traces the life of a centenarian who interacts with key figures throughout the 20th century."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Rich Cline

49 100%

The Man Whose Mind Exploded ()

"With sensitivity and a strong sense of humour, this documentary profiles both a strikingly eccentric man and an unusual mental-health issue. "

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Rich Cline

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