National Post

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 88%

The Drop (2014)

"Suffice to say that it's packed with tiny, telling details, some of which are relevant but all of which add dimension to the tale."

Posted Sep 12, 2014

Chris Knight

2 50%

The Judge (2014)

"It's a regular crowd-pleaser, with a pair of A-list Roberts -- Downey Jr. and Duvall -- bringing their A game to the story of a smalltown judge accused of murder."

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Chris Knight

3 59%

Finding Fela! (2014)

"Anytime the ersatz Fela and crew are on screen performing numbers, the real Kuti isn't. And that's a shame, since watching the real Kuti onstage is as much concert as political rally and liturgy."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Nathalie Atkinson

4 80%

The One I Love (2014)

"Moss and Duplass do a nice, natural job of putting these characters at odds with each other with neither really spoiling for a fight."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

David Berry

5 20%

Swearnet: The Movie (2014)

"Swearnet is just a ragged, overlong sizzle reel."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Nathalie Atkinson

6 7%

Are You Here (2014)

"What does surprise is that the talented ensemble has to cajole this ungainly movie along even as it changes its mind about whether it wants to be a romantic comedy, a lighthearted bromance."

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Nathalie Atkinson

7 69%

What If (2014)

"This is a classic romantic comedy. Classic, by which I mean, quick-witted, and heartfelt."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Nathalie Atkinson

8 ——

I Dream of Wires (2014)

"The movie is an interesting, sometimes confusing tangle of opinions."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Nathalie Atkinson

9 58%

Coldwater (2014)

"It's a grim but engaging drama and a first feature from writer/director Vincent Grashaw."

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Chris Knight

10 ——

Seņoritas ()

"Seņoritas has its moments, but never really manages to make them more."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

David Berry

11 90%

To Be Takei (2014)

"Kroot manages a light touch with what could be a heavy history of civic activism."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Chris Knight

12 37%

If I Stay (2014)

"Director R.J. Cutler keeps the framing simple and the pacing brisk right up to the final shot, which may catch some audience members unaware."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Chris Knight

13 43%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"The genius of the title remains as inscrutable as ever."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Nathalie Atkinson

14 86%

The Trip To Italy (2014)

"It's a skimpy premise for a movie, but it works because the two men are just so darned funny."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Chris Knight

15 92%

Frank (2014)

"Strong performances from Gleeson and Fassbender -- both deviating from their respective rom-coms and Oscar-baiting dramas -- give us a quirky film about the maddening pursuit of fame."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Manori Ravindran

16 33%

The Expendables 3 (2014)

"Thanks to some of the shoddiest henchmannery this side of Super Mario Brothers, Sly is able to escape and round up the old (figuratively and literally) team, plus a few new recruits."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

David Berry

17 78%

Land Ho! (2014)

"What's great about Land Ho! is also what's so simple about it."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Chris Knight

18 67%

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

"This is also a feel-good foodie film that require a tolerance for watching actors chewing mouthfuls then going into ecstasies, usually without describing much more detail about flavours or how it tastes besides "mmmm, it's delicious.""

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Nathalie Atkinson

19 86%

Night Moves (2014)

"Night Moves marks the most plot-heavy of Reichardt's movies to date, but the director nicely bends the needs of the story to meet her own."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Chris Knight

20 19%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

"Say what you will about the rubber-suited '90s films, at least they explored the dynamic a little."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

David Berry

21 75%

Breastmilk (2014)

"Is breastfeeding bond or bondage? As the documentary Breastmilk examines, the pendulum swings every generation and there is no clear, correct answer."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Nathalie Atkinson

22 54%

The Zero Theorem (2014)

"Gilliam's latest, with a script by first-time screenwriter Pat Rushin, may in fact be about an insane man in a differently insane reality. This makes it a difficult story to grasp, but a wild ride if you can manage to hold on."

Posted Aug 7, 2014

Chris Knight

23 49%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Firth notwithstanding, even as a cinematic bagatelle Magic in the Moonlight is virtually charmless and strangely flat."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Nathalie Atkinson

24 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"We get a lot of what happened to James Brown without a lot of who he was, or even really why he mattered."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

David Berry

25 92%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"What a joy it is to be present at the birth of a new franchise! Like human birth, it's messy and emotional and full of promise. And as long as there are no problems with the delivery, it's a fresh start."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Chris Knight

26 60%

Hercules (2014)

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

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Chris Knight

27 91%

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

28 66%

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

29 18%

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

30 44%

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

31 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

32 42%

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

33 58%

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

34 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

35 95%

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

36 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

37 99%

Boyhood (2014)

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

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Chris Knight

38 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

39 ——

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

40 90%

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

41 42%

Words And Pictures (2014)

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

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Chris Knight

42 100%

Manakamana (2014)

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

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Chris Knight

43 83%

Gerontophilia ()

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

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Chris Knight

44 24%

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

45 79%

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

46 18%

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

47 24%

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

48 88%

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

49 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

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