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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

"While the franchise's sentimental mould is inviolable, this sequel has a darker, more satirical edge."

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

2 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"Get On Up comes off like a checklist guide of how not to make a quality biopic."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Adrian Lee

3 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Watching these characters orbit in and out of one another's lives gives a sense of actually watching people -- not canned archetypes, but fully formed people -- get older."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

John Semley

4 88%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"There's no contest. The Dark Knight Rises, which opens next week, is the most hotly anticipated movie of the summer. And yes, it lives up to the hype."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

5 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Pacific Rim is a cut above the standard-gauge heavy-metal blockbuster, with less cynicism, more soul, a wealth of visual detail and a desperate pulse of intelligence beneath the mayhem. But it's still profoundly silly."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

6 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"For such an epic spectacle, it's not burdened by a lot of clutter. It's intellectual complexity seems well-earned, not gratuitous. It's also visually stunning."

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

7 79%

42 (2013)

"A hero without imperfections can be problematic. But Jackie's nobility is more than well-earned, and tarnishing it for the sake of balance would be churlish. Besides, there's enough evil at loose among the white characters."

Posted May 7, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

8 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"Directed by Capote's Bennett Miller, this is one helluva good sports movie. It's a terrific movie, period."

Posted May 6, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

9 77%

Noah (2014)

"Frankly, once I got over the absurd novelty of the rock monsters, and the notion of Noah as a kind of deranged cult leader, I just gave up and gave into it."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

10 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"It's sublime."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

11 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"If you don't mind being suspended for four hours between the Elsinore maze of von Trier's brain, and the sangfroid submission of a woman's body, there are worse ways to spend a cold Sunday afternoon."

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

12 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"In The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson's eighth feature, the director invests his trademark whimsy with spectacular ambition, and the result is the most richly entertaining film of his career."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

13 73%

Enemy (2014)

"Between Gyllenhaal's two characters and their two solitudes, Villeneuve creates some delicious tension, laced with humour, and a sense of latent menace that draws us into a web with no exit."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

14 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Just when you think the story might suffocate in pastel post-modern twee-dom, Anderson will add a a bold stroke of dark comedy or blunt violence."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

15 48%

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

"Like its vain Queen, it's so enamored of its own mirror image that it's hard to see past the style and get lost in the story. But as sheer spectacle, it delivers the goods."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

16 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"It's an action movie of sorts. The story is fired by Tarantino-like bursts of comic action and a brisk, off-kilter wit."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

17 75%

The Road (2009)

"The Road is one of the year's strongest dramas. But it's no picnic, to say the least."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

18 88%

In Darkness (2012)

"Just when you thought you could never watch another drama about surviving the Holocaust, veteran Polish director Agnieszka Holland unearths an astonishing saga from a subterranean past."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

19 82%

Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013)

"If you think you know about this feminist punk group from the media coverage of their trial, and Madonna's flashes of solidarity, that's not the half of it."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

20 99%

Gloria (2014)

"Seeing Gloria makes you realize it's possible to portray middle-aged romance, and sex, without resorting to goofy caricature."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

21 12%

The Right Kind of Wrong (2014)

"The pedigree of the filmmakers is impressive enough that you have to wonder just what went wrong with The Right Kind of Wrong."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

22 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"The meta parody of Machete Kills is a self-congratulating exercise in overkill. Its onslaught of gags try so hard to be outrageous they become banal. It looks like it was way more fun to make than to watch."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

23 22%

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

"To service the cause of bringing Shakespeare to new, young audiences, almost anything is permitted. But destroying the poetry defeats the whole purpose of doing it in the first place."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

24 32%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"The Monuments Men is a far less monumental picture than it pretends to be. It has major flaws. Of course, so did Argo. But it was at least zippy entertainment."

Posted Feb 6, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

25 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"It's easy to see why [Egoyan] would have been attracted to the material, but the result makes one wonder he if encountered a creative roadblock as in intractable as the case itself."

Posted Feb 5, 2014

Brian D. Johnson

26 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

"Fincher has succeeded admirably. His Girl With the Dragon Tattoo improves on both the book and the first movie."

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

27 71%

Footloose (2011)

"It's a rare remake that improves on the original. But the new Footloose does just that. The dancing is better, the drama grittier, the stars sexier -- and the music and the cast are more energetic and diverse."

Posted Oct 18, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

28 77%

A Dangerous Method (2011)

"It unfolds as a loquacious essay on the origins of psychoanalysis -- enlivened by some wry repartee from Viggo Mortensen, who steals every scene as Sigmund Freud, and gets more mileage out of a cigar than anyone since Groucho Marx."

Posted Sep 23, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

29 79%

Shame (2011)

"It's a film that I can't get out of my head: it keeps arguing with my reactions to it."

Posted Sep 16, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

30 90%

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"[Director] Sean Dirkin navigates potentially lurid terrain with a poetic eye."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

31 97%

The Kid with a Bike (2012)

"The hard edges of the drama are beveled with more sentiment than the Dardenne brothers usually allow, but the drama meets their gold standard: it's gripping, visceral and always believable."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

32 85%

The Ides of March (2011)

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

33 63%

Café de Flore (2012)

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

34 62%

We Have a Pope (2012)

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

35 99%

A Separation (2011)

"Director Asghar Farhadi torques each twist of the intricate narrative with jewelled precision. Right under the noses of the theocratic regime, he has made a family drama inlaid with a sly critique of Iran's obdurate patriarchy."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

36 60%

Lucky (2010)

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

37 92%

Il etait une fois le Havre, son port, ses navires ()

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

38 98%

This Is Not a Film (2012)

"With his nose pressed up to the perimeter of his house arrest, Panahi colours within the lines to create a priceless piece of tragi-comic protest."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

39 90%

Footnote (2012)

"With kinetic visuals, a stabbing score derivative of Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann, and some devastating twists, Footnote plumbs the quicksand depths of moral relativism."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

40 78%

Melancholia (2011)

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

41 77%

Take This Waltz (2012)

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

42 94%

Pariah (2011)

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

43 92%

Take Shelter (2011)

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

44 93%

Drive (2011)

"Gosling combines Zen-like grace with psychotic brutality, unleashing a virtually silent performance as an über-cool action hero reminiscent of Steve McQueen."

Posted Sep 9, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

45 36%

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

"I've never seen such a massive volume of stuff (the polite word for) thrown at the screen in all my life. It's like a heavy-metal Jackson Pollack, an action painting on a gargantuan scale."

Posted Jun 30, 2011

Brian D. Johnson

46 17%

Jailbait (2004)

Posted Aug 26, 2006

Brian D. Johnson

47 ——

Green Acres - The Complete First Season (2009)

Posted Dec 10, 2005

Jaime J. Weinman

48 90%

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Posted Jan 15, 2005

Brian D. Johnson

49 72%

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Posted Dec 27, 2004

Brian D. Johnson

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