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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 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

2 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

3 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

4 100%

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

5 48%

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

6 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

7 100%

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

8 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

9 91%

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

10 86%

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

11 73%

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

12 100%

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

13 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

14 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

15 72%

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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"This reboot-sequel with not all that much reason to exist turns out to be about half of a pretty good movie, and generally entertaining throughout."

Posted May 1, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

22 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"It's a brilliant, slow-burning American revenge thriller that hardly puts a foot wrong, a work of startling violence and profound conscience that announces the arrival of an exciting young director."

Posted Apr 27, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

23 24%

The Other Woman (2014)

"For all its faults, there is a kind of genius in the way that it takes the rom-com raison d'etre - the desire to see two lovable people fall in love with each other - and diverts it for its own purposes."

Posted Apr 27, 2014

Noah Berlatsky

24 46%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"This is a big-tent Christian film that wriggles around a lot seeking to accommodate multiple varieties of religious experience, and ends up terminally infected with the virus of postmodern relativism."

Posted Apr 23, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

25 19%

Transcendence (2014)

""Transcendence" is a moronic stew of competing impulses - bad science meets bad sociology meets bad theology ..."

Posted Apr 20, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

26 94%

Gojira (1956)

"While the acting is hit-and-miss and the story jumps around somewhat confusingly, Honda's film is a one-of-a-kind experience all the way through, one that stands the test of time better than I had expected."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

27 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's the kind of thing we've seen before in many a Coen brothers film, yet it never fails to disturb. If the slow roll-out is any indication, there are far more interesting developments to come. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Neil Drumming

28 86%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" Each season is starting to resemble an animated cartoon where the same landscape rolls by over and over again. We've seen a lot of these story lines before. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

29 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"It's shot through with sadness and beauty, with dry humor, with the certainty that even things meant to last forever actually don't."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

30 64%

A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power And Jayson Blair At The New York Times (2014)

"On the most basic level, [Grant] tells a clear and thorough story about the most damaging plagiarism scandal in the history of America's flagship newspaper, and about the ambiguous and troubled individual who sparked it."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

31 75%

Deadbeat: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The show takes two tropes with which we are all extremely familiar - the slacker comedy and the avenging ghost - and lowers the stakes. "

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Neil Drumming

32 94%

Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The fact that [Christopher Evan] Welch can make the most of such an archetype gives us some hope, if not for the future then for the next dozen Sunday nights in the Valley. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Neil Drumming

33 96%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" The season premiere builds to a satisfying climax - especially if you like violence, humor and revenge. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Neil Drumming

34 86%

Under the Skin (2014)

"One of the many startling things about "Under the Skin" is how complicated and distressing a story can be told with almost no dialogue and absolutely no explanation or back story."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

35 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The signal-to-noise ratio on "The Winter Soldier" is all messed up, and the net effect is self-canceling. I enjoyed the movie while I was watching it, or I thought I did, but all that's left is an irritating buzz."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

36 88%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"Let's just say it takes a dim view of human nature that seems well supported by the evidence, and that if you have an appetite for fatalistic, dirty-minded gore you won't be disappointed."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

37 77%

Noah (2014)

"There's so much delusion and so much delight in "Noah" that I have trouble distinguishing one from the other, or determining whether its most outlandish flourishes qualify as mistakes or as strokes of genius."

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

38 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"At nearly 150 minutes, "The Raid 2" is just a hell of a lot of a good thing; in fact it's so much that it stops being a good thing, and tips over into decadent, incomprehensible farrago."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

39 ——

J.C. Chavez ()

"A compelling, impressionistic study of the boxer Julio César Chávez."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

40 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Lars von Trier has buffaloed all of us once again with one of the strangest and least summarizable motion pictures ever made: tragic and hilarious, tightly constructed and miscellaneous."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

41 64%

Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Once the nature of Doll and Em's friction is clear - the source has yet to be revealed - their constant competition becomes predictable and quickly tiresome. "

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Neil Drumming

42 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"Panh blends documentary, personal memoir and eccentric artistic experiment ..."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

43 100%

Big Men (2014)

"Fanon would have said that eventually "the wretched of the earth" will wake up and learn their lesson. If this vivid, compassionate but unstinting film is any indication, Rachel Boynton is not convinced."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

44 95%

Particle Fever (2014)

"The bracing scientific rigor and intellectual derring-do presented in "Particle Fever" are most welcome."

Posted Mar 9, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

45 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"This is one of Anderson's funniest and most fanciful movies, but perversely enough it may also be his most serious, most tragic and most shadowed by history, with the frothy Ernst Lubitsch-style comedy shot through with an overwhelming sense of loss."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

46 100%

Portlandia: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" I've always appreciated the way the show doesn't so much skewer modern society as poke at it from odd angles. "

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Neil Drumming

47 89%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"A work of immense mystery and strangeness, loaded with unforgettable images, spectacular sweeps of color and nested, hidden meanings."

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

48 97%

The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" It took me some time to really get into The Americans. The pilot was bloated. The cinematography is, I believe, deliberately bland. But the acting... is subtle and convincing. "

Posted Feb 26, 2014

Neil Drumming

49 91%

Omar (2014)

"A tender love story, a haunting tragedy and an expertly crafted thriller with flawed, damaged and not entirely likable characters."

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Andrew O'Hehir

50 40%

Cupid: Season 1 (TV, 2009)

" Cannavale and Paulson... don't come close to having Piven's comic timing, and that's a serious impediment. "

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Heather Havrilesky

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