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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 11%

United We Fall ()

"While a microscopic budget and somewhat misguided premise create constant irritations, this British comedy has such a bone-dry sense of humour that it can't help but keep the audience laughing."

Posted Oct 20, 2014

Rich Cline

2 72%

Palo Alto (2014)

"James Franco's collection of autobiographical short stories is adapted into a remarkably evocative film by Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis. "

Posted Oct 20, 2014

Rich Cline

3 81%

Northern Soul ()

"A drama set around a cultural movement in 1970s Britain, this film captures the period beautifully, but its story is so underdeveloped that it leaves the fresh young cast without proper characters or relationships to play. "

Posted Oct 20, 2014

Rich Cline

4 25%

Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) ()

"From France, this artful drama is designed to stir controversy among viewers, approaching taboo issues in a way that can't help but raise the hackles."

Posted Oct 20, 2014

Rich Cline

5 47%

The Judge (2014)

"This generational drama strains so hard to be serious that it's almost laughable."

Posted Oct 20, 2014

Rich Cline

6 71%

Bjork: Biophilia Live (2014)

"Bjork's fans will adore this film, which captures the last night of her Biophilia world tour with remarkable artistry and an attention to detail. "

Posted Oct 20, 2014

Rich Cline

7 64%

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

"There's nothing wrong with this bright and goofy family comedy, but there's nothing much to it either. "

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Rich Cline

8 74%

Effie Gray ()

"Based on a notorious true story, this film takes a muted approach that matches the Victorian period and attitudes, which somewhat undermines the vivid emotions of the characters. "

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Rich Cline

9 86%

Filmed In Supermarionation ()

"Filmmaker Stephen La Riviere goes out of his way to fill this documentary with the cheeky dry humour of the people who changed television and movies with groundbreaking puppet series like Thunderbirds."

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Rich Cline

10 63%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"There's nothing particularly original or insightful to set this teen-dystopia thriller apart from the crowd, but strong characters will build some anticipation for the next instalment in the franchise. "

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Rich Cline

11 97%

'71 (2015)

"Both an intensely personal odyssey and an exploration of the impact of conflict on communities, this sharply involving thriller marks an auspicious debut for director Yann Demange."

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Rich Cline

12 53%

The Calling (2014)

"Dark and haunting, this Canadian thriller has an offhanded style that balances a grisly mystery with real-life humour, plus characters who are easy to identify with."

Posted Oct 10, 2014

Rich Cline

13 39%

Stephen King's A Good Marriage (2014)

"Slick and haunting, this film delves into the things that hold a marriage together in a way only Stephen King would even begin to attempt. "

Posted Oct 5, 2014

Rich Cline

14 46%

Life After Beth (2014)

"While zombie rom-coms aren't original (see Shaun of the Dead or Warm Bodies), this take on the genre has such a deadpan tone that it feels refreshingly unpredictable."

Posted Oct 5, 2014

Rich Cline

15 100%

Still The Enemy Within ()

"Like a companion piece to the feel-good drama Pride, his documentary was designed to explore the untold story of the 1984 British miners' strike."

Posted Oct 5, 2014

Rich Cline

16 100%

You and the Night (Les rencontres d'après minuit) ()

"Surreal and over-constructed, this offbeat French drama often feels more like a stage play than a movie, with its pointed dialogue and a cast of "types"."

Posted Oct 5, 2014

Rich Cline

17 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"Those who have read the blockbuster novel may be disappointed to know that author Gillian Flynn hasn't changed anything in adapting it to the big screen, so there aren't any surprises along the way."

Posted Oct 5, 2014

Rich Cline

18 60%

Draft Day (2014)

"Essentially this year's Moneyball, but set in American football rather than baseball, this fast-paced drama is brightly made with an especially strong cast."

Posted Oct 5, 2014

Rich Cline

19 40%

Believe Me (2014)

"A knowing, very sharp script gives this comedy a very strong kick as it tells a story about interlopers in America's Christian subculture."

Posted Sep 28, 2014

Rich Cline

20 62%

The Equalizer (2014)

"Little more than a paint-by-numbers action thriller, it's anyone's guess why the filmmakers have bothered to make a connection with the 1980s TV series of the same name."

Posted Sep 28, 2014

Rich Cline

21 83%

Human Capital (2015)

"Sharply well-made and powerfully performed, this Italian drama weaves together three perspectives to explore a mystery that's so involving that it pushes the central theme about the value of a human life into the background."

Posted Sep 28, 2014

Rich Cline

22 67%

Maps to the Stars (2015)

"As it explores Hollywood's inbred underbelly, this film becomes increasingly deranged and also rather dark and creepy, but it's so fiercely entertaining that it's impossible to look away from the screen."

Posted Sep 28, 2014

Rich Cline

23 78%

What We Did on Our Holiday ()

"Although its story easily could have spun right off the rails, this British comedy uses earthy honesty to win the audience over. "

Posted Sep 28, 2014

Rich Cline

24 95%

Ida (2014)

"After two striking British dramas (Last Resort and My Summer of Love) and a clever French mystery (The Woman in the Fifth), filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski returns home to Poland to tell a simple story that bursts with deeper meaning."

Posted Sep 28, 2014

Rich Cline

25 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

26 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

27 85%

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

28 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

29 93%

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

30 74%

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

31 56%

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

32 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

33 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

34 66%

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

35 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

36 69%

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

37 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

38 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

39 85%

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

40 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

41 36%

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

42 61%

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

43 96%

Two Days, One Night (2014)

"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

44 91%

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

45 69%

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

46 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

47 44%

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

48 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

49 36%

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