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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 98%

Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Relax, this 10-part series (on which the Coens have producer credits) deviates in a story sense, but it is true to the spirit and the grim humor of the original. You betcha. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

2 62%

Draft Day (2014)

"The film has its share of entertaining clashes and reconciliations."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

3 90%

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

" The story arcs dare to treat small-town American life in all its solemn complexity. The characters rise above inert cutouts, each following a journey, for better and worse, worth taking. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

4 40%

Cesar Chavez (2014)

"Michael Peńa brings a centered, beckoning beauty to the title character that manages to speak to Chávez nonviolent approach without becoming hagiographic."

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

5 77%

Noah (2014)

"What it lacks is fresh insight from Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel. Yes, it appears Noah was an early environmentalist, but is that enough of a contemporary notion to sustain a two-plus-hour drenching?"

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

6 96%

Silicon Valley: Season 1

" By the end of the second episode, the personalities take off, the humor sharpens and there's no need to reboot. "

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

7 40%

Divergent (2014)

"Directed by Neil Burger, Divergent is a solidly engaging outing. Only one wishes for more."

Posted Mar 20, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

8 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"If a movie can be elegantly zany, this wholly imaginative, assured fable of a legendary concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), his protégé Zero (Tony Revolori) and the murder of a countess, is it."

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

9 66%

Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Think of Doll & Em as a collection of short stories rather than half-hour comedies and it's quite absorbing. "

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

10 89%

Omar (2014)

"Omar is romance and thriller. Of course, trust is at the heart of the matter."

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

11 36%

Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" This isn't a show about the sightless, although Simmons (who is not blind) is terrific at conveying the limits and hurdles. The story is more concerned with the particular challenges of parenting through divorce than with blindness. "

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

12 77%

About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Here's further proof that midseason offers more thoughtful fare a chance to thrive. "

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

13 86%

Bates Motel: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" In Freddie Highmore's depiction of the adolescent Norman, it's possible to see the gears turning in his head, to see the normal development process going hideously off-track, paving the way for what we know becomes of the adult. "

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

14 88%

The Wind Rises (2014)

"At 73, Miyazaki's farewell is many things -- gorgeous, beckoning, compassionate. For better and worse, it soars above child's play."

Posted Feb 28, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

15 88%

House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Kevin Spacey remains a delightful Southern-accented villain as Frank Underwood. "

Posted Feb 19, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

16 100%

The Square (2013)

"Noujaim's film attests to how quickly joyous weeping in the streets gave way to sectarian arguments over the army's role and fissures in promising alliances."

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

17 33%

The Monuments Men (2014)

"Think of them as Inglorious Art Historians. Only this PG-13 entertainment has little of the edge, however complicated, of Quentin Tarantino's 2009 Holocaust revenge flick."

Posted Feb 7, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

18 58%

Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Maybe they were going for "Deadwood on the Beach," with the politics of organizing an unruly bunch the underlying theme. Instead, they got "Spartacus Island," a less-elevated narrative with violence in keeping with the Starz brand. "

Posted Jan 27, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

19 94%

The Past (2013)

"What a teller of domestic truths Asghar Farhadi has become."

Posted Jan 24, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

20 76%

The Invisible Woman (2013)

"Fiennes reveals just what a fiercely energetic force Dickens was. With her fulsome mouth and hazel eyes, Jones offers a convincing mix of youth and precocious awareness."

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

21 87%

True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" In an effort that has the potential to be one of the best and boldest new TV dramas of the year, two film stars exhibit on the small screen the advantage of working in an extended serial. "

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

22 76%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Berg's fine achievement is in relaying that sense of abject danger even as he and his actors honor the utter connection of the men who lost their lives that day."

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

23 97%

Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2014)

" Benedict Cumberbatch is alive and well and in fine form. "

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

24 36%

Intelligence: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Holloway is fun to look at as Gabriel Vaughn, who has a special cyber-function that makes him a walking Google app and helps him solve top-secret intelligence matters. Is he man or machine? Almost Human is better at that conundrum. "

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

25 29%

Killer Women: Season 1

" (Killer Women) is an unsatisfying offering that's difficult to recall an hour after you've watched it. "

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

26 69%

Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013)

" Change continues to make Downton relevant to our lives, letting us in on the variously graceful and resentful ways people deal with the inevitable. "

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

27 94%

Last Tango in Halifax: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" Sweet and dear. It's more sweet than sexy, more dear than exciting. Yet the British import Last Tango in Halifax is an absorbing, sometimes surprising tale of late-in-life romance marked by stunning performances. "

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

28 56%

The Assets: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Not a brilliant effort, but worth a look. "

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

29 92%

A Touch of Sin (2013)

"This masterwork is set in contemporary China, where the gulf between those able to maneuver (or manipulate) the country's economies of change and those left behind or defeated by the seismic shifts widens."

Posted Jan 3, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

30 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"It's hard not to feel there is a better revisit of Scorsese's crime gem already in theaters, David O. Russell's American Hustle."

Posted Dec 26, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

31 95%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Celebrating and mourning a bygone moment, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a tuneful wake intended to arouse us from our slumber to desires worth remembering."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

32 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Director David O. Russell and co-writer Eric Warren Singer grab hold of the FBI's long-time Abscam sting (conducted in the late '70s into 1980) as their kernel of truth, then Jiffy Pop it like mad."

Posted Dec 20, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

33 75%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"For the casual but compelled moviegoer, The Desolation of Smaug is a fine improvement over the first offering. Tolkien aficionados may feel otherwise."

Posted Dec 13, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

34 40%

The Sound Of Music Live! (2014)

"Considering this was the first live musical theater effort for the medium in 50 years, it ranks as a successful curiosity that may inspire a new generation to explore further."

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Joanne Ostrow

35 65%

Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" Darabont certainly proves his love of the period, of pulp fiction and of the dark and moody film technique. "

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Joanne Ostrow

36 49%

Black Nativity (2013)

"It's good to see Hudson in a major film again. As an actress, she's still a work in progress, but she has a commanding gift for depicting vulnerability and strength almost simultaneously."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

37 42%

Oldboy (2013)

"Try as he might, Lee cannot repurpose this empty genre tale to be deeper than it is."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

38 95%

An Adventure in Space and Time ()

"What a wonderful, funny, poignant origin tale for fans of Doctor Who and newcomers alike."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Joanne Ostrow

39 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"In a career-refining performance, Bruce Dern gives us a character in Woody Grant who's hardened by booze, hard to like and -- if his bad-dad tendencies don't cut too close to your bone -- pretty durn amusing."

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

40 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Catching Fire delivers on the grim, roiling promises of the original. "

Posted Nov 22, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

41 72%

Alpha House: Season 1

" Plenty of partisan shenanigans to satirize, like Veep, but, unlike Veep, nothing addictive about it. "

Posted Nov 18, 2013

Joanne Ostrow

42 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"Played with raw, rattling fury and grace by Matthew McConaughey, Woodroof is a tarnished protagonist of the first order."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

43 8%

Diana (2013)

"Diana might have been flawed and scheming and love-starved, but this film doesn't help explain that. Nor does it illuminate the common touch and humanitarian side that endeared her to a global audience."

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Suzanne S. Brown

44 100%

The Returned: Season 1 (TV, 2013)

" The whole creation, by Fabrice Gobert, is first-rate supernatural drama more than a mere horror show. "

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Joanne Ostrow

45 52%

Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014)

" It's scary, all right, but only when you think of what the budget must have been. "

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Joanne Ostrow

46 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"All Is Lost is very much Redford's triumph. His turn isn't pure disappearance so much as a brilliantly human example of cresting and plummeting, cresting and plummeting."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

47 34%

The Counselor (2013)

"Movies can be like undercover cops: They become too enamored of the worlds they explore."

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

48 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"What makes the documentary Muscle Shoals so fine besides a kicking soundtrack? Well first, there's its deep sense of place."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

49 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"Director Bill Condon delivers an intelligent, dynamic, character-centered drama."

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Lisa Kennedy

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