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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 57%

13 Sins (2014)

"Even if the premise is tired, this grim thriller holds the attention by focussing on the raw intensity of the characters' personal lives."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Rich Cline

2 100%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson returns to the improv-style charms of his earlier films (like Together and Show Me Love), a welcome break from his more recent grim experimental dramas (see Mammoth or Lilya 4-ever)."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Rich Cline

3 53%

Reaching for the Moon (2013)

"Based on a true story, this Brazilian drama has a lush authenticity as it tells a story that has strong historical relevance even as it sometimes slips into heightened melodrama."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Rich Cline

4 27%

The Love Punch (2014)

"An old-school caper comedy, this goofy romp struggles to surmount its badly contrived screenplay."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Rich Cline

5 89%

Locke (2014)

"A riveting performance from Tom Hardy makes this pseudo-thriller utterly riveting, turning even the most contrived plot elements into punchy drama."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Rich Cline

6 76%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"As with the too-early franchise reboot in 2012, this sequel struggles to balance the demands of a teen romance with a superhero blockbuster. "

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Rich Cline

7 48%

L'étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps (The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) ()

"Deliberately disorienting, this stylish Belgian horror movie will delight fans of Italian giallo as it finds an odd emotional connection even though the surreal plot never quite comes into focus."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Rich Cline

8 80%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"After the linear kick of 2011's surprise Indonesian hit The Raid, Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans is back with an epic-style sequel that sags under the weight of its ambitions."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Rich Cline

9 50%

Khumba (2013)

"When this South African animated adventure embraces its unique setting and characters, it's visually stunning and a lot of fun."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Rich Cline

10 92%

Calvary (2014)

"After the 2011 black comedy The Guard, Brendan Gleeson reteams with writer-director John Michael McDonagh for a darker comical drama grappling with issues of faith and forgiveness. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Rich Cline

11 18%

Honour (2014)

"There's such an important issue at the centre of this British thriller that the film should not be ignored, even if filmmaker Shan Khan strains to turn it into a formulaic thriller."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Rich Cline

12 88%

The Double (2014)

"After his acclaimed drama Submarine, actor-turned-filmmaker Richard Ayoade applies his considerable visual skills to this striking blackly comical adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Rich Cline

13 47%

Rio 2 (2014)

"After the snappy, clever 2011 original, this sequel feels rather lazy by comparison: it's still visually colourful and sometimes witty, but the overcrowded story is all over the place, mixing wacky slapstick and corny satire with a political message."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Rich Cline

14 40%

Divergent (2014)

"Filmmaker Neil Burger is more interested in whizzy visuals and a thorny plot to pay much attention to the characters or larger underlying themes, which leaves the film feeling eerily superficial."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Rich Cline

15 77%

Noah (2014)

"Darren Aronofsky continues to ambitiously experiment with genres in this Old Testament blockbuster, but this is his first real misstep as a filmmaker, as the impressive parts simply don't add up. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Rich Cline

16 80%

Tom ŕ la ferme (Tom at the Farm) ()

"After black comedy (I Killed My Mother), ethereal romance (Heartbeats) and gender-bending drama (Laurence Anyways), eerily gifted 25-year-old Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan turns to Hitchcock for inspiration. "

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Rich Cline

17 0%

Almost Married ()

"There's basically just one joke in this scruffy British comedy, and it's dragged out painfully for the better part of an hour before the script finally clicks into gear."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Rich Cline

18 67%

Afternoon Delight (2013)

"There are some very dark corners in this cheeky comedy, which explores relationships and sexuality in unusually realistic ways."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Rich Cline

19 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"Entertaining and uplifting, this Oscar-winning documentary tells the unknown story of the back-up singers who made classic records so memorable."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Rich Cline

20 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"This is the Marvel movie that divides the fans from the casual filmgoers, as the movies become more like a TV series in which the world is saved from disaster every week."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Rich Cline

21 79%

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

"Where the 2011 reboot felt effortless in the way it recaptured that warmly anarchic Muppets humour, this sequel feels like it's working every step of the way. "

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Rich Cline

22 98%

Starred Up (2014)

"Rising star Jack O'Connell delivers a ripping performance as a young convict with more baggage than you'd think humanly possible."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Rich Cline

23 27%

A Long Way Down (2014)

"With a darkly serious theme and a corny rom-com filmmaking approach, this film never quite comes together into something meaningful. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Rich Cline

24 30%

Svengali ()

"There's enough charming energy in this loose London music scene comedy to keep us entertained, but the plot drives us round the bend by refusing to go anywhere. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Rich Cline

25 33%

Labor Day (2014)

"With one of Kate Winslet's most layered, resonant performances, this film is definitely worth a look, even though the indulgent filmmaking style pushes it perilously close to Nicholas Sparks-style sappiness. "

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Rich Cline

26 47%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"Like Coco Before Chanel, this French designer biopic is far too respectful of its subject to come to life properly as a movie."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Rich Cline

27 25%

Awful Nice (2014)

"While this sibling comedy makes some sharp observations about the push and pull of family relationships, it's also one of those deliberately wacky movies that wears us out with nonstop gags that are utterly unconvincing. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Rich Cline

28 98%

The Rocket (2014)

"Despite some dark edges, this crowd-pleasing Laotian drama is far too heartwarming for its own good."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Rich Cline

29 78%

The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014)

"From Ireland, this looks like yet another Hangover-style stag-night comedy, but the script has surprising depth to it, and even the sillier characters find some resonance as the events spiral into the requisite chaos. "

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Rich Cline

30 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Scarlett Johansson goes off the radar in this low-budget Scottish thriller, which is far more offbeat than anything she's ever done before."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Rich Cline

31 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"Funded by fans, this follow-up to the cult TV show feels a lot like an extended reunion episode. But even those unfamiliar with the series will enjoy the twisty plot and smart dialog, plus the sparky Kristen Bell in the title role."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Rich Cline

32 23%

Need For Speed (2014)

"It's difficult to understand how a movie about fast cars, tough guys and feisty women could be so little fun to watch. But the filmmakers, working from a popular videogame, have managed to make something only a gaming nerd could love."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Rich Cline

33 34%

Odd Thomas (2014)

"After Van Helsing, the first G.I. Joe and the Mummy movies, filmmaker Stephen Sommers just about keeps his excessive action instincts in check for this offbeat supernatural comedy."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Rich Cline

34 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"With a strong cast and striking production values, this thriller is sleek enough to hold our interest even if corporate espionage isn't a very exciting topic for the movies. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Rich Cline

35 5%

The Outsider (2014)

"Blunt and simplistic, there's not a moment in this thriller that feels inspired by anything other than criminal TV shows. "

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Rich Cline

36 54%

The Zero Theorem ()

"Lively and imaginative, this raucous adventure-drama recaptures the ramshackle futurism of director Terry Gilliam's 1985 masterpiece Brazil, throwing a lonely guy into a series of events that get increasingly surreal."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Rich Cline

37 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"Wes Anderson's entertaining filmmaking style clicks beautifully into focus for this comical adventure."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Rich Cline

38 ——

Southern Baptist Sissies (2014)

"A filmed staging of Del Shores' provocative stage play, this movie is an engaging exploration of the point where religion and sexuality collide in the American South."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Rich Cline

39 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"Even though this is an extremely well-made film, it's difficult to know who will enjoy it, as it's far too arty for horror genre fans and much too grisly for arthouse moviegoers."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Rich Cline

40 18%

Ride Along (2014)

"There's a decent premise to this action-comedy, but the filmmakers can't be bothered to put in the effort to actually make it funny or exciting. "

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Rich Cline

41 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"While there's a strong story in here about the power of literature and the fragility of life, this movie takes a far too wistful approach, so it feels like a cheesy bedtime yarn rather than a look at horrors of Nazi Germany"

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Rich Cline

42 59%

Non-Stop (2014)

"With a premise not much more believable than Snakes on a Plane, this slickly made thriller entertains us from start to finish by never flinching once."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Rich Cline

43 95%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"Even though this dramatic thriller is set in a place most viewers will be unable to identify with, filmmaker Alain Guiraudie and his cast draw us in completely."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Rich Cline

44 48%

Stalingrad (2014)

"The massive scale of this film kind of distracts us from the more subtle plotting, obliterating any emotional connection with the thinly written characters. But it looks terrific."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Rich Cline

45 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"The fact that this magical romance has been retitled A New York Winter's Tale in the UK tells you what the filmmakers think of the audience: we can't be trusted to get anything on our own."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Rich Cline

46 87%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"It's hardly surprising that laconic filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers) has created such an inventively offbeat vampire movie, helped hugely by the ace casting of Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as extremely long-term lovers."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Rich Cline

47 76%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"At four hours long, this drama is as confrontational as anything we've seen by Lars von Trier (Melancholia), but it's also perhaps his most humane and hopeful film yet. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Rich Cline

48 38%

8 Minutes Idle ()

"British filmmaker Martin Simon Hewis uses dark humour and visual trickery to overcome what is clearly a very small budget. Even if the comedy feels low-key and uneven, it continually catches us off-guard with inventive touches bringing out deeper themes."

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Rich Cline

49 15%

Endless Love (2014)

"This remake strips away everything that made the 1981 Brooke Shields romance so scandalous. Re-designed for 12-year-old girls, this version of Scott Spencer's novel plays like a dreamy Nicholas Sparks-style fantasy. "

Posted Feb 13, 2014

Rich Cline

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