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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 50%

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

2 90%

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

3 88%

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

4 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

5 40%

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

6 43%

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

7 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

8 100%

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

9 48%

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

10 91%

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

11 91%

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

12 23%

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

13 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

14 23%

Tammy (2014)

"Tammy is a wince-worthy missed opportunity"

Posted Jul 6, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 54%

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

21 65%

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

22 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

23 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

24 85%

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

25 94%

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

26 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

27 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

28 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

29 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

30 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

31 100%

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

32 92%

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

33 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

34 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

35 89%

Locke (2014)

"The crises Ivan Locke faces with a tremendous will to do the right thing strike a chord. The mistakes that have him in the driver's seat, but hardly in control, are terribly human and all too familiar."

Posted May 9, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

36 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"As as tensions escalate, Teddy and Peter's partnership proves just as central and perhaps more vulnerable than Mac and Kelly's. Score one for growing up."

Posted May 9, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

37 92%

Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" The humor is often obscure. The flavor ranges from silly to heartbreaking, crazy to profound. The Emmy-winning show's unpredictability is part of the charm. "

Posted May 5, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

38 84%

24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014)

" There are reasons we still love 24, despite the gaps in logic, the repetitious dialogue, the monotonously unrelenting tension and some wooden acting. It's the combination of action and character. "

Posted May 5, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

39 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"The trouble with director Marc Webb's disappointing sequel is it wants to have it both ways: to take seriously human connection and loss and also spin the spectacular and pulpy... Spider-Man 2 never locates that sweet spot."

Posted May 2, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

40 46%

The Comeback: Season 1 (TV, 2005)

" The Comeback is a worthy new configuration - the side-splittingly sad sitcom. "

Posted Apr 29, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

41 23%

The Other Woman (2014)

"Granted it would be nice to have a ladies' night out at the multiplex, but no one need be this desperate."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

42 97%

Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014)

" Sorry to say, the sometimes arbitrary storytelling, the lackadaisical direction, the reliance on coincidence and miraculous plot turns all undermine the drama. Maslany deserves better. "

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Joanne Ostrow

43 46%

Heaven Is for Real (2014)

"One of the finest achievements of director Randall Wallace's smartly crafted family film is the way Todd Burpo becomes the story's most driven and sincere doubter."

Posted Apr 18, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

44 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

45 62%

Draft Day (2014)

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

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Lisa Kennedy

46 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

47 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

48 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

49 94%

Silicon Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" 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

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