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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 93%

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

"Spielberg's latest masterwork, pairing America's director with '90s Everyman Tom Hanks, makes a natural companion piece to his similarly disturbing Schindler's List."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Philip Booth

2 94%

The Truman Show (1998)

"Director Peter Weir has created a strikingly subversive piece of information-age paranoia as visionary as anything Hollywood might manufacture this summer, or this decade."

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Philip Booth

3 89%

Calvary (2014)

"Calvary is full-to-bursting with a raft of idiosyncratic characters and philosophical conflicts and the current crisis in the Church and idiomatic comic dialogue strung along by the script's thriller-like ticking clock. It's also beautifully shot."

Posted Aug 8, 2014

Ray Pride

4 99%

Boyhood (2014)

"Despite the wrinkles in Linklater's time tapestry, he has given us one of the most memorable movies of the year, and probably his own masterpiece."

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Cameron Meier

5 10%

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

"Director Hugh Hudson gives us a Kenya that is dusty, bleak and generally unappealing. Rarely has a movie about Africa aroused so few feelings of escapism."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

George Meyer

6 90%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"A Most Wanted Man is a smart, gripping thriller that carefully navigates its way through subtle twists and delicious ambiguity."

Posted Jul 23, 2014

Cameron Meier

7 15%

Rage (2014)

"Somewhat conspicuously lacks both the ham and the cheese that we've come to expect in the landmark cinema of Nic Cage."

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Rob Boylan

8 5%

The Avengers (1998)

"A merciless and unwarranted mangling of a beloved English institution."

Posted Jul 8, 2014

Steve Schneider

9 87%

Obvious Child (2014)

"It zigs when you expect it to zag."

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Jeff Meyers

10 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"The story doesn't dot every i or cross every t, but it certainly makes every ridiculously sinister turn stick."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Jeff Meyers

11 17%

Wild Wild West (1999)

"Wild Wild West might once have had aspirations of becoming a grand Hollywood entertainment. Along the way, though, it turned into something far more routine, a slick and predictable piece of moviemaking that's ultimately routine and humdrum."

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Philip Booth

12 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Dull Hollywood plot devices can't diminish the overall luminosity of The Fault in Our Stars."

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Ashley Belanger

13 39%

Armageddon (1998)

"Armageddon -- slick, overblown and formulaic to its core -- nevertheless amounts to this season's closest screen equivalent to an apocalyptic thrill ride."

Posted Jun 6, 2014

Philip Booth

14 48%

Maleficent (2014)

"You can't blame Disney for wanting to put a new twist on a classic fairy tale, especially in an effort to show a new side to its most notoriously evil villain. Maleficent is just not a successful way of doing it."

Posted Jun 4, 2014

Dan Hudak

15 88%

Locke (2014)

"Knight's script is taut and tense, ramping up the emotional stress and parceling out details and complications with a surgeon's skill."

Posted May 20, 2014

Jeff Meyers

16 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Perhaps the most astonishing thing is that this movie is as elegant as it is."

Posted May 20, 2014

MaryAnn Johanson

17 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Only Lovers is on par with Jarmusch's Down by Law, which also failed to capitalize on its considerable strengths."

Posted May 13, 2014

Cameron Meier

18 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

""How awful that everything has to be so trivial," Joe says. Maybe life has to be trivial, but movies don't, unless you're a certain Danish director who wants to force his psychosis on the viewing public."

Posted May 13, 2014

Cameron Meier

19 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

""How awful that everything has to be so trivial," Joe says. Maybe life has to be trivial, but movies don't, unless you're a certain Danish director who wants to force his psychosis on the viewing public."

Posted May 13, 2014

Cameron Meier

20 46%

For Love of the Game (1999)

"For Love of the Game's earnestness seems itself like a desperate cry for attention."

Posted May 8, 2014

Theresa Everline

21 23%

Devil's Knot (2014)

"It's unclear what the director, Atom Egoyan, intended to do here. The film has no personality or authorship. There is no arc or drama, only scenes lined up one after another."

Posted May 6, 2014

Rob Boylan

22 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"Each half of the plot is strange and funny in an entirely different way, but the two never mesh as a whole like they might in a novel, so the wildness of this storyline grab bag leaves the stitching far too visible."

Posted May 6, 2014

Rob Boylan

23 94%

Knuckleball! (2012)

"A microcosm of baseball itself, the knuckleball is a cruel, unpredictable thing."

Posted May 6, 2014

Rob Boylan

24 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"Imagining what if can be fun, especially when you consider the talent and vision the cult director envisioned for Herbert's interstellar epic."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Jeff Meyers

25 58%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"I've always been on the fence about Law. For every Gattaca or Closer, there are a handful of The Holidays and Cold Mountains to contend with. But if Dom isn't his best performance, it's certainly his funniest."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Rob Boylan

26 66%

The Railway Man (2014)

"The Railway Man is uneven, choppy and unimpactful at times, but the slow pacing and melodrama work fairly well and build to an interesting, competent climax."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Cameron Meier

27 96%

The Lunchbox (2014)

"The Lunchbox is honest and touching, and features a pitch-perfect performance by Khan, whom American audiences might remember from Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Cameron Meier

28 50%

Winter In The Blood (2014)

"There are worthwhile scenes, and the mood is occasionally affecting, but it doesn't come together as a singular piece overall, and that's too much to overlook."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Rob Boylan

29 ——

Powerless ()

"This film is like The Wire, Cops and The Walking Dead adopted an Indian baby."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Brendan O'Connor

30 100%

No No: A Dockumentary (2014)

"Director Jeff Radice's skillful interviews are ably underpinned with original music by Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz and killer music supervision by Randall Poster."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Jessica Bryce Young

31 77%

Moebius (2014)

"You may find an infectious artsiness in its decision to not have any spoken dialogue."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Adam McCabe

32 ——

Medeas ()

"Moves with the fluidity of impressionistic portraiture, weaving from reflections in mirrors and ripples of water a sometimes horrifying (though always engaging) patchwork of subtle innuendo."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Billy Manes

33 ——

Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture (2014)

"Pray's film, though not as weighty or groundbreaking - no pun intended - as its subject, nevertheless does a good job of presenting both art and artist ..."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cameron Meier

34 ——

Last I Heard ()

"Rodriguez's film would be nothing without Sorvino, as the veteran actor seems born to play this part."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cameron Meier

35 88%

The Kill Team (2014)

"The Kill Team makes us face the scary truth about the bloodbaths in Iraq and Afghanistan: The only thing that differentiates the Kill Team from many other infantry units is the simple fact that they were caught."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Fred Lambert

36 ——

Forev (2014)

"Instead of fully exploring the vulnerability and fragility of the characters, Forev offers too many ridiculous, unfunny scenarios on the way to a somewhat honest and effective ending."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cameron Meier

37 ——

Finding Neighbors (2013)

"Writer-director Ron Judkins' movie is so tone deaf, badly paced, poorly scored and amateurishly acted that the only thing you'll be finding is the door when you walk out early from this clunker of a dramedy."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cameron Meier

38 ——

Crimes Against Humanity ()

"We're all familiar with the genre of black comedy; Crimes Against Humanity makes up its own twist on the genre - perhaps it could be called black farce?"

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Jessica Bryce Young

39 ——

Copenhagen ()

"Hansen is the film's only redeemable quality; it's a shame that she is wasted on this pointless search."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Rob Boylan

40 79%

Before You Know It (2014)

"At times it just seems like people you know hamming it up for the camera."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Billy Manes

41 ——

After Winter, Spring ()

"This is one part of traditional farming that needs to die, but the doc rarely editorializes, and it deserves credit for that."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cameron Meier

42 ——

Yellow ()

"I overheard fellow critics describe Yellow as a vastly entertaining train wreck. Well, this is one train I'd like to be on - just give me a seat belt."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Cameron Meier

43 97%

Ernest & CÚlestine (2014)

"Despite the rumors of its demise, 2D hand-drawn animation isn't dead. In fact it's becoming vital again in Europe, and this is a brilliant example of what it could be again."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Rob Boylan

44 96%

Goldfinger (1964)

"All the tropes are genre highs, from the iconic title song to the archetypal cool car to the endlessly quotable sadistic one-liners."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Steve Schneider

45 100%

The Babadook (2014)

"The tension is real, the scares are genuine and the end product is a classic horror masterpiece that deserves a place among the greats."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Adam McCabe

46 57%

American Jesus (2014)

"You begin to find yourself wondering how this qualifies as an actual movie, as opposed to a mere travelogue to eccentricity. But then the hammer swings down."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Steve Schneider

47 41%

Divergent (2014)

"With her performance as Tris Prior in Divergent, [Woodley] rescues and then raises up a film that could have been an utter disaster."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Sam Allard

48 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"In typical Wes Anderson fashion, its impeccable design and je ne sais quoi will win you over."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Cameron Meier

49 56%

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

"Anderson needs to diversify his bag of tricks A.S.A.P. -- unless he wants to exhaust his audiences' good will by cycling them through the same dreary spirals of ennui as he does his characters."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Eric Allen Hatch

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