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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 67%

Memphis (2014)

"Its metabolism may be unfamiliar, but this extraordinary movie has true rhythm, and true life."

Posted Sep 19, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

2 71%

God Help the Girl (2014)

"God Help the Girl's second-act showstopper "Musician, Please Take Heed" probably won't become a "Let It Go"-level cultural phenomenon, but it very much deserves to be. "

Posted Sep 9, 2014

Sherilyn Connelly

3 77%

A Letter to Momo (2014)

"Filmmakers of live-action fare, even that which ostensibly is aimed at adults, could learn a lot from its tact."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

4 100%

No No: A Dockumentary (2014)

"Radice's entertaining film does justice to his complex legacy."

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

5 80%

The One I Love (2014)

"The way we were is hard enough to live up to; harder still is the way we might be."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

6 92%

Frank (2014)

"Though packaged for relative ease of consumption, Frank does manage to investigate the frontier between indie quirk and mental illness, the volatile combination of tortured soul and personality cult. "

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

7 63%

Life Of Crime (2014)

"While Schechter takes the hairpin plot-turns more cautiously than more flamboyant and better-known directors might, at least Bey and especially the humble genius Hawkes get to make this movie very much their own."

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

8 89%

Calvary (2014)

"It's Gleeson who turns McDonagh's self-conscious erudition and defense-mechanism irreverence into something transcendent."

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

9 90%

The Kill Team (2014)

"Daniel Kraus' absorbing documentary The Kill Team demonstrates how badly trying to do the right thing can backfire."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Sherilyn Connelly

10 79%

Land Ho! (2014)

"The filmmakers don't presume to reinvent the recognizably shopworn two-guys-on a-trip scenario. Instead they simply relax into it, as one might gradually and gratefully lower oneself into an arctic hot spring."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

11 43%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"Yves Saint Laurent is at its best when Yves indulges in all the hedonism the 60s and 70s have to offer. Just like real life, movies these days could use more hedonism. "

Posted Jul 2, 2014

Sherilyn Connelly

12 84%

Coherence (2014)

"Byrkit's is an exactingly proportioned blueprint for well-paced cerebral freakouts, downplayed humor, and the humblest of special effects."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

13 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Snowpiercer is one of those rare modern action movies that keeps the audience guessing...it's packed with fascinating ideas and presents a fully fleshed-out universe."

Posted Jun 29, 2014

Sherilyn Connelly

14 57%

EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014)

"There's something slightly queasy-making in how this film summons the tireless piety of a church-recruitment pamphlet to describe what basically amounts to Burning Man as a business model. "

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

15 97%

We Are the Best! (2014)

"Moodysson's gift for lifelike misfit ennui here seems exalted by specific inspiration."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

16 86%

Night Moves (2014)

"Director Kelly Reichardt and writing partner Jon Raymond expand their singularly spartan field guide to off-the-grid Oregonians."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

17 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"'Cold in July' doesn't really add a lot to the canon, but it restores some genre craftiness that's been lost over the years to attrition."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

18 42%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"Their courtship, presumably meant to evoke vintage battle-of-the-sexes screwball wit, instead seems sodden and stiff."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

19 19%

Tasting Menu (2014)

"An unfortunate misfire in the movies-about-feasts milieu."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

20 82%

The Double (2014)

"This movie is visually stylized to within an inch of its life, but there's unity between its people and machinery."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

21 52%

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)

"It's as cozy and self-congratulating as you'd expect from a thing executive-produced and distributed by Spacey."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

22 64%

For No Good Reason (2014)

"Paul's frenetic assemblage strives in vain for the cinematic equivalent of Steadman's splotchy urgency."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

23 83%

Belle (2014)

"Something like 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' crossed with 'Pride and Prejudice.' "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

24 72%

Palo Alto (2014)

"One way Gia Coppola deals with privileges is by recognizing and revealing their limits."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

25 34%

God's Pocket (2014)

"The story mostly just plods along, enlivened neither by actorly plumage of working-class significance nor by occasional shtick in the style of 'Weekend at Bernie's.'"

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

26 97%

Werckmeister Harmonies (2001)

"A mesmerizing eulogy to the waning days of artistic beauty and free speech, and not to be missed."

Posted May 21, 2014

Michael Fox

27 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"In Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton he has a perfectly Jarmuschian pair of actors, each effortlessly lanky, weird, and wise."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

28 89%

Locke (2014)

"Directorially, Knight's austerity can seem at once like audacious confidence and like a lack of visual imagination."

Posted May 2, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

29 36%

Friended To Death (2014)

"It won't kill you to click on a thumbs-up."

Posted May 1, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

30 82%

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014)

"If the movie tends to sprawl a little, that only reinforces its validity; too-tidy packaging might betray the telling, nuanced weirdness of the tale itself."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

31 95%

Particle Fever (2014)

"The fact that Mark Levinson's engrossing Particle Fever was edited by the great Walter Murch gives it a better pedigree than most documentaries."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Sherilyn Connelly

32 83%

Rob the Mob (2014)

"Arianda is warm and sharp and a paragon of cliché avoidance."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

33 55%

Breathe In (2014)

"It does everything it should, except take your breath away."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

34 20%

Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

"Some chemicals, when combined, manage only to become inert."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

35 89%

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014)

"Buirski easily affirms that the dancer's angular sensuality was but one aspect of her enduring creative power."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

36 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"In addition to being a character-driven caper, beautifully designed, it's also an excellent tribute to the act of yearning for a better world."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

37 65%

Bad Words (2014)

"The gangling script shows a compulsion to swerve away from sentimental expectations, but only manages to mire itself in affected anti-cute misanthropy. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

38 24%

Goodbye World (2014)

"It achieves an unfortunate imbalance of breezy banter and airless melodrama."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

39 91%

Mistaken for Strangers (2014)

"It does bring pretense-puncturing hilarity to the expansive sub-genre of rock documentaries."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

40 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"It's a plot thick with friend-foe confusion, freedom-security tradeoffs, and military-industrial complexity."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

41 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"It's no Melancholia, but Lars is still playing with his toys."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Sherilyn Connelly

42 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"We're free to imagine what might have been, and in doing so, Jodorowsky's Dune is fun, occasionally mind-blowing hooey. "

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Sherilyn Connelly

43 97%

Gravity (2013)

"One of the best science fiction movies in years."

Posted Mar 2, 2014

Sherilyn Connelly

44 100%

7 Boxes (2014)

"Ambition and resourcefulness are of the essence in this zippy thriller from the Paraguayan filmmaking duo of Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

45 78%

Teenage (2014)

"As elaborated from punk historian Jon Savage's book, Wolf's pristine pop history assembles archive footage, recreations, and read-aloud diaries from real midcentury teenagers to recount the dubious fabrication of youth culture."

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

46 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"It extends very naturally from Miyazaki's rightly beloved earlier works, which collectively reveal his own refreshingly incorruptible fascination with flying contraptions."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

47 91%

Omar (2014)

"We take Omar's fate to be sealed from the moment he first meets his soft-voiced, salt-and-pepper-bearded, Mandy-Patinkin-on-Homeland-looking interrogator."

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

48 89%

Tim's Vermeer (2014)

"Odd, you may think, that a Penn & Teller film seems so bent on revealing a great magician's secrets, but their evident appreciation of Vermeer, and of Jenison for that matter, only affirms the revelatory power of pure curiosity. "

Posted Feb 21, 2014

Jonathan Kiefer

49 54%

Hank: Five Years From the Brink (2014)

"While you may not walk away fully grokking the subprime market or securitization, you'll get a sense that Paulson probably was the best person to deal with a very bad situation."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Sherilyn Connelly

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