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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 43%

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

"A Dame To Kill For isn't likely to create converts out of those uninterested in the pulpy side of fiction. But it more than earns its keep in terms of lavishing love, mildly ironic as well as pretty damn earnest, on pumped-up noir. "

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

2 100%

Doctor Who: Series 8 (TV, 2014)

" Here we go again. The Doctor has regenerated and, in his Twelfth's iteration, he's older, funnier and even more eccentric than before. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

3 ——

Breathless: Season One (TV, 2014)

" Think Mad Men in London with doctors. "

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

4 32%

The Giver (2014)

"As Jonas, Brenton Thwaites brings thoughtful wonder to the role of a young man who is thrilled and frightened by what he learns."

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

5 90%

The Wrong Mans: Season 1

" A geeky office worker picks up a ringing telephone at the scene of a car crash and sets in motion a crazy-funny mystery. "

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

6 91%

The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007)

" In its brilliant interlocking of complex plot and riveting characters, it is the equivalent of an epic novel or stage classic. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

7 89%

Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" If a desperately romantic escape to a castle's Great Hall or a quaint B&B is your idea of fun, this period-hopping saga may be just your cup of mead. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

8 57%

Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It's all a fairly standard spy-thriller template, but the cast and crew give Legends an edge. Trust Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24) and company to devise a well-plotted mystery. "

Posted Aug 11, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

9 20%

Into The Storm (2014)

"A visually stunning disaster-thriller that ultimately feels cheap with its perverse take on death and gratitude."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Sean Fitz-Gerald

10 89%

Calvary (2014)

"A dark and profoundly funny tale of an institution failing its sheep and its best shepherds."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

11 86%

The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Overall, The Knick is a sublimely addictive ride for which viewers will want to scrub up. "

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

12 78%

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Pace's excellent performance was not enough to make the show rewarding. "

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

13 100%

Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" If Laverne and Shirley had been allowed to discuss particular methods of male sexual gratification or express their real feelings about men not listening when they talk, and liberated from the sitcom mold, they might have ended up here. "

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

14 78%

Get On Up (2014)

"More often, the film skates along the surface of Brown's contradictory character. Now if it skated like Brown's dance moves glided onstage, that really would have been something."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

15 54%

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

"Kind of hilarious. Kind of silly. Mostly a game of spot-the-cameo players and teasing about what moment a certain chainsaw will come in contact with certain bodies."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

16 49%

I Origins (2014)

"With a slew of seemingly random clues unraveling in the pursuit of scientific mystery, Origins becomes gut-punching marvel."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Sean Fitz-Gerald

17 91%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"With his sharp instincts and exhausted wisdom, the character of Gunther offers us a bittersweet reminder of Hoffman's gifts in what is his last completed film."

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

18 89%

Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" A beautifully executed 1940s period drama about the men and women involved in the top-secret Manhattan Project is at once transporting and provocative. "

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

19 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"That [Siskel and Ebert] weren't very nice to each other might be the too-easy takeaway of outtakes of their on-set interactions. James allows that relationship to be more complicated and vital. "

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

20 41%

Wish I Was Here (2014)

"The fruits of writer-director Zach Braff's Kickstarter are here for the general public, and they're at once vibrantly weird, beautiful and thoughtful."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Sean Fitz-Gerald

21 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Vivid and folksy, Fire & Rescue nicely exceeds expectations dampened by last summer's stalled-out Planes."

Posted Jul 18, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

22 93%

Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010)

" The tension between the need to tighten the moral grip and the desire to act out in ever more grandiose, licentious ways gives the drama its pulse and its relevance. "

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

23 97%

Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" After a stunning debut season, Masters of Sex, the brilliantly evocative drama about sex researchers Masters & Johnson, continues to amaze. "

Posted Jul 14, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

24 46%

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

"Much has been documented about Saint Laurent and Bergé in films, books and exhibitions, but Yves Saint Laurent... attempts to show the personal side of the designer and his consort."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Suzanne S. Brown

25 90%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"For all its high-end special effects and its Shakespearean ambitions, Dawn fumbles its emotional moments and forces its action."

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

26 92%

The Sopranos: Season 2 (TV, 2000)

" The second season of The Sopranos begins on a less frothy, slightly more bitter note than the first, but the terrific midlife-crisis mob show continues to generate a buzz. "

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

27 24%

Third Person (2014)

"Plumbing emotional depths, Haggis turns the characters' tribulations onto the viewer: If white is the color of trust -- as Neeson's author writes -- aren't we all a little gray?"

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Sean Fitz-Gerald

28 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"With authentic characters, dialogue and settings, Echo's filmmakers have successfully created a story younger kids and pre-teens growing up in a Millennial and post-Millennial culture can relate to."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Sean Fitz-Gerald

29 24%

Tammy (2014)

"Tammy is a wince-worthy missed opportunity"

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

30 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Save your appetite for something fresh as these "Leftovers" have been warmed too many times. "

Posted Jun 30, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

31 94%

Ida (2014)

"Consider "Ida" the first offering in a summer celebrating Polish cinema and the latest masterpiece in a powerful tradition."

Posted Jun 27, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

32 86%

The Bridge (FX): Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Having seen two hours of season 2, I'm not ready to give up yet, but I'm starting to prioritize TV's darkest hours and wonder if The Bridge will make the cut. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

33 57%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The cinematography is stunning, the music and atmospherics are immersive. With occasional hiccups the acting is mostly subtle. Suspension of disbelief will be required, but Tyrant is worth the effort. "

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

34 82%

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington (2014)

"Portraying emotion and devil's advocacy are this balanced film's strong suits."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Sean Fitz-Gerald

35 53%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Aptly if somewhat awkwardly, Jersey Boys finds its most soulful moment in a movie version of a curtain call. Only it's pretty complicated when a movie's most rousing moment comes as the closing credits roll."

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

36 66%

The Rover (2014)

"Like many a late 21st century Western -- regardless of the land of its origins -- The Rover asks what happens on the downslope of Manifest Destiny? As hot, parched and heated as the atmosphere is, the answers are chilling. "

Posted Jun 20, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

37 83%

The Escape Artist: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" A diabolical villain. A brilliant defense attorney and happy family man. And a clever reading of the law with switchbacks you don't see coming. That's the latest Masterpiece: Mystery! two-parter with David Tennant in a stunning performance. "

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

38 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"How to Train Your Dragon 2 is soaring, emotionally swooping, utterly satisfying fun. "

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

39 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Jump Street knows you know about the predictability and cheapness of sequels and rip-offs -- and in this case, to avoid the downfalls of other summer comedy sagas, embracing that problem might have been the best move for this absurd, unique franchise."

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Sean Fitz-Gerald

40 95%

Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" If it's action you seek, Rectify is a poor choice. But for fine cinematography, great acting and probing character development, you'll want to tune in. "

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

41 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Big movies have their embedded lessons in heroism, but it's nice to have tales of human-scale fortitude."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

42 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Edge of Tomorrow is not as inventive as Rian Johnson's time-bending noir, Looper. Nor is it as surprisingly spiritual as Groundhog Day. But it whirls with energy."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

43 97%

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

" This round is just as addicting as the first, the ensemble rising to the occasion of topping their first outing. "

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

44 61%

Crossbones: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" In Crossbones, low-tech fight scenes are a welcome relief from the customary mind-blowing special effects. Mostly, however, the reason to watch is Malkovich. "

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

45 93%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"Moving, well acted and important for a generation who may be unfamiliar with the source material. But the TV version, also written by Kramer, doesn't have the emotional heft of the play."

Posted May 27, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

46 100%

Hanna Ranch (2014)

"Dickman captures that tension between a person's hopes and the realities they face at a particular moment."

Posted May 23, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

47 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Perhaps more than any other superhero franchise, X-Men captures the overlapping fantasies of being unique yet not alone, and of being a hero but also being saved."

Posted May 23, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

48 83%

Belle (2014)

"Luminous British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw brings a hope and intelligent hunger to Dido. She's loved by her family enough to have a sense of belonging but hemmed in by broader cultural realities to experience moments of unease."

Posted May 16, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

49 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"JB is not the wisest of men and Million Dollar Arm makes no bones about him being a character in need of an upward arc. Even so, the movie never sacrifices the other characters as mere handmaidens to his growth."

Posted May 16, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

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