National Post

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 61%

Hercules (2014)

"This Hercules need bear little resemblance to the classical one."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Chris Knight

2 90%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"Hoffman's accent sounds like no German I've ever heard, but he sticks to it and makes it work by sheer force of will."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Chris Knight

3 58%

Lucy (2014)

"In filmmaking, it's always better to end your story early and be accused of the crime of not using your whole brain than to keep going and be found guilty of it."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Chris Knight

4 16%

And So It Goes (2014)

"For most of the film the tension revolves around whether Oren will manage to sell a house for $8-million or merely $5-million. I was on the back of my seat."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Chris Knight

5 43%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Planes: Fire & Rescue is a diverting if uninspired sequel to an already uninspired propeller-driven Cars spinoff."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Chris Knight

6 91%

Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago (2014)

"[Smith] gets at the essential inward journey of most of her subjects, and she makes the concept of walking 800 kilometres seem remarkably appealing."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

David Berry

7 40%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"The plot, co-written with Braff's brother Adam, seems to have been set up to hit all the beats required of an uplifting, finding-your-way story."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Chris Knight

8 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"The Purge: Anarchy, a brainless followup to last year's The Purge (which was already pretty anarchic), bludgeons whatever goodwill that film might have engendered."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Chris Knight

9 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"The best moments in Steve James' documentary, filmed over the last few months of film critic Roger Ebert's life, are those that are the most candid, the least mediated and the most real. As in the movies, so in life itself."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Chris Knight

10 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Snowpiercer features uneven performances, but gets great mileage from its set design, the sheer audacity of the premise, and the appearance of one of those movie villains who seem able to take lethal punishment without actually dying."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Chris Knight

11 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"The very blatant set-up makes the gags feel a bit like vaudeville punchlines, coming from miles away and that much duller for their inevitability. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

David Berry

12 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Forget 3D; Boyhood reaches out to touch your soul."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Chris Knight

13 82%

Begin Again (2014)

"Carney's latest isn't quite the equal of Once, but who could have twice bottled that lightning?"

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Chris Knight

14 ——

Men of the Cloth ()

"It's still very much worth watching for the time the camera spends in the shops, capturing the slow rhythm of time-consuming, precise and artistic handwork, performed not in romantic locales but dingy rooms and basements."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Nathalie Atkinson

15 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes asks us to allocate our compassion and revulsion equally among its various species. I haven't felt this kind of simian sympathy since the golden age of Roddy McDowall."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Chris Knight

16 43%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"Maybe it's the words' fault, but there's something wrong with this picture."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Chris Knight

17 100%

Manakamana (2014)

"In the hands of Spray and Velez, the journey is far more important than the destination."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Chris Knight

18 83%

Gerontophilia ()

"A charming, only mildly subversive addition to the director's canon."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Chris Knight

19 23%

Tammy (2014)

"There are some good comic scenes in Tammy, mind you, but they don't build into anything larger; the movie is less than the sum of its parts."

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Chris Knight

20 76%

Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

"We get a feast for the eyes and the ears, if not the mind."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Chris Knight

21 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Transformers: Age of Extinction, despite the hopeful ring of finality in the title, is merely another chapter in the saga, and far and away the worst one so far."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Chris Knight

22 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"Tish's original plan to stay in her hotel room and watch TV alone with a glass of wine isn't the worst idea I've heard."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Nathalie Atkinson

23 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"The Obvious Child feels fresh for a number of reasons, not least its straight-on tackling of the abortion issue."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Chris Knight

24 25%

I'll Follow You Down (2014)

"I'll Follow You Down is the thinking person's time travel tale, a philosophical drama that poses a what-if question that carries surprising emotional heft."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Chris Knight

25 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"When it's not too busy talking, Jersey Boys sings."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Chris Knight

26 50%

All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

"The tone shifts as unpredictably as the soundtrack, which goes from a bang to a whisper and back again for no apparent reason."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Chris Knight

27 ——

Silent Retreat ()

"The more answers that tumble out, the more banal it all seems, yet the film's strong start carries it far, and its feminist message -- women deserve to be heard -- is a powerful one."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Chris Knight

28 83%

The Double (2014)

"The result is supremely creepy."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Chris Knight

29 88%

Chef (2014)

"At almost two hours long, Chef is bound to leave some audiences feeling overstuffed."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Vanessa Farquharson

30 ——

The Animal Project ()

"The animal costumes remain the most arresting aspect of The Animal Project. There's nothing sadder than the image of a man in an owl suit who's just been turned down for his offer of a free hug."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Chris Knight

31 76%

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014)

"It's not like every biography needs to be a takedown, but in this case it misses something significantly deeper. Part of why Gordon is so interesting is because he's a bit of a good guy gone bad, or at least living in a dark world."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

David Berry

32 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"Not since Toy Story has an animated movie managed to feel so fresh and vibrant with its second helping."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Chris Knight

33 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"Snyder has done a good job of staying true to the source material."

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Chris Knight

34 20%

WolfCop ()

"A supremely silly, oddly enjoyable concoction from Regina writer/director Lowell Dean."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Chris Knight

35 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"Gray is one of the most deliberate of American filmmakers, capable of turning an underground beating by the cops into a scene of two-toned aesthetic beauty, and never letting a frame go by with deep, moody meaning."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

David Berry

36 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"If you gave Groundhog Day a shot of adrenaline and a trip to the armoury, it might end up looking a little like Edge of Tomorrow."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Chris Knight

37 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Director Josh Boone similarly lets the story play itself out before his camera; he shows without being showy."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Chris Knight

38 81%

Tom la ferme (Tom at the Farm) ()

"More than anything Tom at the Farm is a rippling pool of grief, a dark parable about what it means to accept loss and move on, with the main group of three passing through states of denial, self-abnegation and aggressively bitter confrontation."

Posted May 30, 2014

David Berry

39 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"Cambodia's first-ever nominee for best foreign-language film is part-documentary, part-memoir, and impossible to forget or ignore."

Posted May 29, 2014

Chris Knight

40 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Amongst the flying robots and the claws coming out and the ceaseless wisecracks, there isn't really much of a human story to grab on to."

Posted May 23, 2014

David Berry

41 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"The best thing that can be said about Million Dollar Arm is that it wears its emotions honestly. But as a fan of baseball, I have to say that matchups are always more interesting when you go into that first inning unaware of who's going to win the game."

Posted May 16, 2014

Chris Knight

42 91%

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014)

"In The Fake Case, Danish filmmaker Andreas Johnsen connects with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei after his 81-day solitary confinement for subversion of state power, and deftly portrays a man untrammeled by his opponents."

Posted May 15, 2014

Manori Ravindran

43 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"This may be the exceedingly rare American remake of a movie that is at its best when it isn't trying to engage with the original's legacy."

Posted May 15, 2014

David Berry

44 89%

Locke (2014)

"The extreme contrivance of the scenario extends to a lot of Locke's lines to the people he's on the phone with. It may never leave the car, but it wants to stuff that car full of as much meaning and drama as it can."

Posted May 15, 2014

David Berry

45 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"The result is a freshly minted cult masterpiece, mixing the wonder (and, yes, the occasional slowness) of 2001: A Space Odyssey with the terror of Alien."

Posted May 8, 2014

Chris Knight

46 16%

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

"Unfortunately, the computer-animated Legends of Oz can be charitably described as a pastiche; a better word might be mishmash."

Posted May 8, 2014

Chris Knight

47 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"It lacks some of the left-field comic surprise of last year's This Is The End, but if you're the kind of person who's happy to watch Rogen do his thing, he fits into fatherhood surprisingly well."

Posted May 8, 2014

David Berry

48 94%

Moneyball (2011)

"Writer Aaron Sorkin works best at auctioneer speeds, and some of the best scenes involve Pitt's character working the phones, calling and stalling other teams' managers, trading players like a used-car salesman."

Posted May 6, 2014

Chris Knight

49 86%

Joe (2014)

"It's a classic redemption narrative where the ongoing temptations of violence culminate in a sort of justice."

Posted May 2, 2014

Nathalie Atkinson

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