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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 86%

The Kill Team (2014)

"A terrifying example of how easily basic human decency and morality can melt away in the fog of war."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

2 60%

Lucy (2014)

"Does it make sense? Not at all. Is it boring? Not that either."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

3 61%

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

"Can we all stop making excuses for Woody Allen now?"

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

4 93%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" Boardwalk Empire presents a TV program that's so polished and beautifully executed, each episode feels as rich and memorable as its own little Scorsese film. "

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

5 57%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"If it works on you it does so as an exquisitely managed mood piece and an unforgettable visual experience, one that uses fantasy and artifice as a pathway to emotional truth."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

6 39%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"It is sometimes maudlin, sometimes trivial and sometimes very moving, but never less than achingly sincere."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

7 18%

Sex Tape (2014)

"This movie sometimes resembles an R-rated Apple infomercial - Segel actually delivers an enthusiastic monologue about the hi-res camera on the new iPad - but if that was the deal the Cupertino folks need to get their money back."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

8 65%

Alive Inside (2014)

"Dan Cohen's crusade to bring music into nursing homes could be the leading edge of a monumental change in the way we approach the care and treatment of older people, especially the 5 million or so Americans living with dementia disorders."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

9 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"There isn't anything else quite like "Boyhood" in the history of cinema, although that wouldn't matter one-fifth as much if it weren't a moving and memorable viewing experience in the end."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

10 85%

Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Welcome to Sweden is the best show starring a Poehler that's been on in years; it's a trip that took a moment of getting used to, but one I was glad I took. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Darren D'Addario

11 92%

Closed Curtain (2014)

"If you're willing to roll with the tremendous loneliness, sadness and ambiguity of this tender parable about life and art in bizarrely constricted circumstances, it restores Jafar Panahi to us as something more than a noble sacrifice."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

12 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Any film that begins with one of those fake-news montages, where snippets of genuine CNN footage are stitched together to concoct a feeling of semi-urgency around its hackneyed apocalypse, already sucks even before it gets started."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

13 83%

Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" [Extant] promises a messy sort of fun. "

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Daniel D'Addario

14 17%

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Inflated, interminable and incoherent ..."

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

15 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" [The creators] lost their footing, falling headlong into the trap of thinking human suffering is ipso facto fascinating. "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Daniel D'Addario

16 94%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"The best action film of 2014, and probably the best film, period."

Posted Jun 28, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

17 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" I'd be happy to suspend my disbelief indefinitely if the slightest effort were made to convince viewers of why things might look so bleak at this particular moment. "

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

18 81%

Begin Again (2014)

"This is a real love story that's not about consummation or certainty, a variety we've all experienced in real life that only occasionally shows up in the movies."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

19 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Can simultaneously be enjoyed as a fun summer musical set in a bygone era and a Gatsby-style American tragedy about the impossibility of escaping the past."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

20 85%

Coherence (2014)

"Slightly too much like an unfolding mathematical puzzle, although an ingenious one that reaches a chilling conclusion."

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

21 23%

Third Person (2014)

"It's a nifty construction - three parallel and sometimes interlocking love stories, each of them tricky in themselves - and even if you see some of its twists coming, you won't see all of them."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

22 59%

Hellion (2014)

""Hellion" offers a startling and memorable portrait of adolescent life in downscale East Texas suburbia, along with a white-hot breakthrough performance from teenage actor Josh Wiggins."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

23 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Hill and Tatum make a classic and highly successful comedy team, balancing a series of amiable running gags and the most familiar kind of slapstick."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

24 100%

Burning Bush (2014)

""Burning Bush" really isn't intended for American viewers, and you may need to do a little homework or scramble to keep up. Generally speaking, it's highly worth it."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

25 82%

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington (2014)

"A fascinating case study in the promise and perils of ballot-box democracy, and the give-and-take nature of social progress."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

26 88%

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 1 (TV, 2000)

" Curb Your Enthusiasm dials the moral tone back a few years, to when Seinfeld was deftly, hilariously, showing us the dark truths about our baseness as humans and as a society. "

Posted Jun 9, 2014

Joyce Millman

27 100%

The Wire: Season 2 (TV, 2003)

" A richly textured universe unto itself, populated by detectives, drug dealers, longshoremen, politicians and lawyers who have motives so diverse, surprising and complicated, each scene seems to reveal a new layer of depth and complexity. "

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

28 85%

Borgman (2014)

"[An] exceptionally disturbing film ..."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

29 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"For many women who see it - and quite a few men too - it will instantly become a landmark moment in cultural history."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

30 97%

Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" OITNB also offers that just-right modern mix of comedy and tragedy, levity and seriousness, issues and emotions, episodic thrills and overarching narratives, forward motion and back story. "

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

31 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"It has enough plot density to hold your attention for a while, along with a few feints at character development. You might not much notice its fundamental dishonesty and mendacity, except as that odd sick feeling you have later."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

32 55%

Citizen Koch (2014)

""Citizen Koch" is kind of a mess. But it's a mess well worth discovering for yourself - and consider the history of its production and the situation it tries to capture."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

33 100%

The Wire: Season 5 (TV, 2008)

" Once again, Simon does the impossible. He takes themes we've heard a million times - our politicians are corrupt, our schools are failing our kids, our newspapers are being raped by corporate overlords - and he gracefully, subtly realizes them onscreen. "

Posted May 30, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

34 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"Whatever its flaws, "Maleficent" is a family-friendly Disney adventure that offers a relaunched and thoroughly delightful Angelina Jolie ..."

Posted May 30, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

35 84%

Night Moves (2014)

"The influence of early Alfred Hitchcock is all over this movie, translated in unusual and original fashion."

Posted May 30, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

36 100%

The Wire: Season 4 (TV, 2006)

" Somehow, The Wire remains as invigorating as it is disheartening. For all of their flaws, the characters have real, subtle charms that win us over, slowly but surely, until we can't stand to see harm come to any of them. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

37 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"While the whole thing feels weirdly miscalculated to me, "A Million Ways to Die in the West" tweaks the formula just enough, delivers a few laughs and keeps the guest stars coming."

Posted May 29, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

38 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"I basically really enjoyed this movie, even while lamenting that I was enjoying it under mendacious premises and that there was something fundamentally cynical about its elegiac, retrospective tone."

Posted May 22, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

39 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"From Ellis Island to Central Park to middle-class Brooklyn to the crowded streets of the Lower East Side, Gray delivers a gritty, muted portrait of Roaring '20s New York, photographed in monochrome tones by master cinematographer Darius Khondji."

Posted May 22, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

40 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"It's a bracing tonic for the bored palate of the mainstream moviegoer, and one of the most intriguing big-budget breakthrough films since Steven Spielberg made "Jaws.""

Posted May 16, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

41 100%

God's Horses (2014)

""Horses of God" is one of the most forceful entries in a growing body of cinema that interrogates the causes and effects of terrorism, nationalism and fundamentalism in the Arab world."

Posted May 15, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

42 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"Million Dollar Arm is a dithering, uncertain film from an era of dithering uncertainty, when baseball has become a thriving global enterprise but long ago lost its aura of specialness in American life."

Posted May 14, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

43 83%

The Double (2014)

"As a pure head-trip visual and auditory experience it feels like one of the biggest discoveries, and biggest surprises, of 2014."

Posted May 9, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

44 71%

Palo Alto (2014)

""Palo Alto" is a delicate tapestry of suburban gothic, romance and realism, with a surprising sweetness at its core and a wonderful star performance from Emma Roberts."

Posted May 8, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

45 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"This is a funny movie in places, but it'll be a whole lot funnier in the YouTube remix that runs 11 or 12 minutes."

Posted May 8, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

46 84%

24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014)

" It is sort of brilliant that 24: Live Another Day takes place in the UK. "

Posted May 6, 2014

Neil Drumming

47 92%

Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" Louie has a sneaky way of forcing his seemingly slight episodes to Mean Something "

Posted May 5, 2014

Neil Drumming

48 47%

Blood Glacier (2014)

"Yes, this is gruesome Euro-horror about the climate apocalypse and the possible end of life on earth as we know it, but it's also fun for the whole family."

Posted May 4, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

49 94%

Ida (2014)

"Yes, I'm recommending a black-and-white film about a nun and a judge in Communist-era Poland."

Posted May 1, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

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