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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 84%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

" Wendy serves as both detailed portrait and metaphorical expanse. Her pain is specific but also vague, her loss exact and all-encompassing. "

Posted Mar 27, 2015

Cynthia Fuchs

2 81%

Watership Down (1978)

" Although this is an animated film featuring cute rabbits as the main characters, this is far from a children's movie, and considering the violence and horror to be found in this film, it is rather surprising that the MPAA passed it with a PG rating. "

Posted Mar 27, 2015

J.C. Mašek III

3 30%

Get Hard (2015)

" Maybe, in a less enlightened time, Get Hard would seem like a scathing satire. As it plays today, however, it's more embarrassing than entertaining. "

Posted Mar 27, 2015

Bill Gibron

4 88%

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)

" ...a beautiful, chilly odyssey. "

Posted Mar 26, 2015

Chris Barsanti

5 12%

The Gunman (2015)

" Sean Penn tries to better Liam Neeson in the middle-aged ass-kicker action film genre, and fails miserably. "

Posted Mar 20, 2015

Bill Gibron

6 85%

Cinderella (2015)

" The audience already primed for more "happily ever after" will be more than satisfied with the results. Everyone else will wonder what the studio was/is thinking with this strategy. "

Posted Mar 13, 2015

Bill Gibron

7 82%

Nostalghia (1998)

" Tarkovsky's hypnotic framing of Gorchakov's experience is made possible through his signature pacing, extended tracking shots, and slow zooms and focusing. "

Posted Mar 4, 2015

John Oursler

8 76%

House of Cards: Season 3 (TV, 2015)

" Ultimately, House of Cards Season Three is a great continuation of a show that remains deliciously dramatic even with a few glaring flaws. "

Posted Mar 2, 2015

Evan Sawdey

9 86%

Chicago (2002)

" Perhaps someone should have reminded Rob Marshall that framing, camera angles, and edit points have meaning beyond the provision of eye candy to dissipate potential audience distraction. "

Posted Feb 25, 2015

Lesley M. Smith

10 24%

Caveman (1981)

" Caveman will not be for all tastes, and even with the cleverness to be found herein, this isn't exactly what one could call a thinking person's farce. "

Posted Feb 25, 2015

J.C. Mašek III

11 No Score Yet

Mßs Negro QuÚ La Noche (Darker than Night) (2014)

" Mßs Negro Que La Noche is notable for being one of the few horror remake that actually exceeds the quality of the original film and for being one of the few Spanish language horror movies to gain a relatively wide release within the United States. "

Posted Feb 25, 2015

J.C. Mašek III

12 94%

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

" Suffice it to say, it's a masterpiece... and an epic one at that. "

Posted Feb 23, 2015

Bill Gibron

13 80%

Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic (2015)

" Omit the Logic is more likely to omit laughter as it focuses on Pryor's false career starts, drug use, depression, multiple marriages and divorces, his struggles with MS, and the infamous incident in which the comedian set himself on fire. "

Posted Feb 16, 2015

J.C. Mašek III

14 93%

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

" If The Jinx does its job right, by the end of the series, viewers may have their own ideas, not only about Durst's guilt or what he "thinks", but more compellingly, how such problems might be framed and understood. "

Posted Feb 8, 2015

Chris Barsanti

15 25%

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

" There's an escapist summertime space opera buried here somewhere, but Jupiter Ascending's surface is not nearly entertaining enough to encourage us to look for it. "

Posted Feb 6, 2015

Chris Barsanti

16 100%

Friday Night Lights: Season 5 (TV, 2010-2011)

" In the end, Friday Night Lights managed to create striking moments out of the small and intimate... Texas forever, indeed. "

Posted Feb 5, 2015

J.M. Suarez

17 94%

Friday Night Lights: Season 2 (TV, 2007-2008)

" The contemplation of such complex questions makes Friday Night Lights a consistently grown-up show, willing to confront fading dreams and rash decisions without quite losing faith in the unpredictable transcendence of everyday life. "

Posted Feb 5, 2015

Lesley M. Smith

18 94%

Friday Night Lights: Season 2 (TV, 2007-2008)

" The subtlety and restraint of the actors, particularly Chandler and Britton, makes the small moments all the more natural and intimate. "

Posted Feb 5, 2015

J.M. Suarez

19 100%

A Life in Dirty Movies (2014)

" It's almost impossible not to care about this couple as they welcome you into their home, whether or not you're hankering to view any one of their pun-titled adult films. "

Posted Feb 5, 2015

J.C. Mašek III

20 100%

Nashville: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" We'll continue to invest in this sort of sincerity. "

Posted Feb 4, 2015

Amanda Gilroy

21 90%

Friday Night Lights: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007)

" For all the narrative sincerity and good-looking imagery offered by FNL it is most admirable for its insights into the industry models that shape U.S. entertainment, sports, religion, and education. "

Posted Feb 3, 2015

Cynthia Fuchs

22 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

" "The Hangover III" is not so much a comedy as an action movie. A tepid thriller. An unbalanced drama, even. It's none too funny for a black comedy, and it's extra black. "

Posted Feb 3, 2015

Ben Travers

23 88%

Springsteen And I (2013)

" The film uses some concert footage from a variety of shows, but is primarily a fan-made endeavor not focusing on Springsteen much at all. Rather, it's about the fans. "

Posted Feb 3, 2015

Ben Travers

24 89%

Frozen (2013)

" The screenplay becomes a muddled mess, failing to convey who our protagonist is, what we should be hoping will happen, or even what relationships to care about. "

Posted Feb 3, 2015

Ben Travers

25 29%

Grudge Match (2013)

" If you go in with preconceived animosity, you'll find a way to laugh off the movie. The rest of us will embrace the efforts of these aging greats, and appreciate Rocky's creed one more time: it ain't over 'til it's over. "

Posted Feb 3, 2015

Ben Travers

26 14%

Blended (2014)

" "Blended" is a tired attempt to bring back Sandler's waning fan base by attempting to recreate his past successes. "

Posted Feb 3, 2015

Ben Travers

27 100%

My So-Called Life: Season 1 (TV, 1994-1995)

" Ostensibly concerned with the lives of teenagers the show revealed itself to be a greater and more nuanced examination on the interconnectedness of family, friends, time, and place. "

Posted Jan 31, 2015

Kate Spatola

28 23%

Tammy (2014)

" If drama is easy and comedy is hard, then it's no wonder Tammy makes both seem impossible. "

Posted Jan 28, 2015

Ben Travers

29 57%

The X-Files: Season 8 (TV, 2000-2001)

" I've invested so many years in watching The X-Files, that I'm not about to give it up easily. With even a slight promise of something actually happening on the series, I will check it out next week. "

Posted Jan 23, 2015

Tracy McLoone

30 57%

The X-Files: Season 8 (TV, 2000-2001)

" It will take a stroke of genius to sustain the show through another season. "

Posted Jan 23, 2015

Martha Kuhlman

31 57%

The X-Files: Season 8 (TV, 2000-2001)

" The post-Mulder episodes are on the dull side. And the season as a whole is a serviceable study of how quickly a good show can go bad-the fragile nature of good television. "

Posted Jan 23, 2015

Jesse Hassenger

32 No Score Yet

The X-Files: Season 9 (TV, 2001-2002)

" It was a fool's dream to think The X-Files could continue without its founding hero and seeker. "

Posted Jan 23, 2015

Sabadino Parker

33 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

" Ralph Fiennes holds civilization together with little more than his impeccable manners and mustache in Wes Anderson's absurdist dollhouse of a tragicomedy. "

Posted Jan 23, 2015

Chris Barsanti

34 97%

Life Itself (2014)

" Steve James' wonderful documentary invites your emotional, intellectual and political engagements, to share Ebert's own commitment, his excitement about movies, as a part and form of life itself. "

Posted Jan 23, 2015

Cynthia Fuchs

35 89%

Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Over the course of these 12 episodes from the spring of 2013, the show levels out some of its characters and its seriocomic tone, with fewer of the melodramatic swings that capped the second season. "

Posted Jan 21, 2015

Jesse Hassenger

36 No Score Yet

Cheers: Season 8 (TV, 1989-1990)

" We've already endured highs and lows, at least those that can take place in a bar. Still, the show turns to contrived "drama." "

Posted Jan 19, 2015

Nikki Tranter

37 100%

Cheers: Season 1 (TV, 1982-1983)

" The 22 episodes in this season include some of their funniest verbal exchanges and knock-down-drag-out fights. "

Posted Jan 19, 2015

Stephen Tropiano

38 97%

Marvel's Agent Carter: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

" Agent Carter's tone seems right and its lead seems perfect, helping the live-action wing of the Marvel franchise to evolve as it spreads across time into our current entertainment and its future. "

Posted Jan 13, 2015

Daniel Rasmus

39 91%

Locke (2014)

" Tom Hardy's visceral performance in this one-man meltdown packs more drama than a half-dozen multi-character stories. "

Posted Jan 13, 2015

Chris Barsanti

40 90%

A Most Violent Year (2015)

" ... an exceptionally performed but rote drama about family and ethnic loyalties pushed to the breaking point. "

Posted Jan 9, 2015

Chris Barsanti

41 96%

Broad City: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Broad City is a brilliant half hour of comedy that mines familiar and original material in equal parts. "

Posted Jan 8, 2015

J.M. Suarez

42 81%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

" The actors and the basic material ensure that The Fault in Our Stars remains, in its movie form, an affecting love story. "

Posted Jan 6, 2015

Jesse Hassenger

43 88%

Le Week-End (2014)

" Thankfully, Roger Michell's film doesn't linger on... banalities for long. "

Posted Jan 6, 2015

Renie Scolaro Mora

44 65%

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

" The film creates few welcome tensions, between what you recognize and what you don't, between what Scudder must know and what he confronts in a couple of suspects, can be unnerving. "

Posted Jan 6, 2015

Cynthia Fuchs

45 72%

Interstellar (2014)

" This sort of hammering, a determination that you'll "get it", distracts from Interstellar's effort to transport. "

Posted Jan 6, 2015

Cynthia Fuchs

46 73%

Oculus (2014)

" In transitions between matching perspectives or frames, still or in motion, the film posits the blurring of past and present, certainly, but more compellingly, the ways such blurring shapes your sense of self, your trust in your stability and coherence. "

Posted Jan 5, 2015

Cynthia Fuchs

47 89%

Big Hero 6 (2014)

" Excess leads to excitement, and exhilaration, and entertainment. "

Posted Jan 5, 2015

Bill Gibron

48 81%

Beyond the Lights (2014)

" The conventions in Gina Prince-Bythewood's movie are fully functioning, not so much challenged as fine-tuned. "

Posted Jan 5, 2015

Cynthia Fuchs

49 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

" It gets uglier. And as it does, the lessons become more apparent to you, if not to Dwight. "

Posted Jan 5, 2015

Cynthia Fuchs

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