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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 75%

Chinese Puzzle (2014)

"French farceur Cédric Klapisch is a maestro of complication, if not complexity."

Posted May 27, 2014

Ray Pride

2 ——

The Story Of Film: Episodes 1 & 2 ()

""The Story of Film: An Odyssey" is charismatic critic, programmer and filmmaker Mark Cousins' avaricious attempt to explain the history of international cinema-to us? To himself?-in a mere 915 minutes."

Posted May 27, 2014

Ray Pride

3 87%

The Immigrant (2014)

"Memories upon memories upon memories upon legend upon lore upon sorrow upon sacrifice and ache: there is much of another time in James Gray's great and tender and sublimely sincere, emblematically cinematic "The Immigrant.""

Posted May 22, 2014

Ray Pride

4 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"The super-slow-motion scenes shot at 3,000 frames a second are the wittiest, and thrilling both for comic invention and simple physical beauty in their tumbling eyefuls. (It's the Rube Goldberg version of the end of Antonioni's "Zabriskie Point.") "

Posted May 22, 2014

Ray Pride

5 95%

Ida (2014)

"Pawel Pawlikowski's hushed, elemental story of a young Polish woman's discovery of her history and herself in the early 1960s as she's about to take vows as a nun shimmers with beauty and detail: it's breathtakingly great."

Posted May 22, 2014

Ray Pride

6 82%

Fed Up (2014)

"I'm not as angry reflecting on the nonfiction jumble "Fed Up" as I was during its slovenly length, but from modest distance, it still feels like a ruinously wasted opportunity, an inconvenient botch."

Posted May 22, 2014

Ray Pride

7 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"Like his subject, Steve James' Life Itself is a piece of work. It's a dense, vivid impression of the Sun-Timesman's will and destiny and a compact feat of determination and legerdemain."

Posted May 21, 2014

Ray Pride

8 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"The 9/11-style attack on London at the film's beginning is followed by backstory upon cover story and bright rhetoric soars and false flags are planted. They darkly wave. Political opportunity is not wasted on ready opportunists."

Posted May 14, 2014

Ray Pride

9 72%

Palo Alto (2014)

"Coppola finds a dreamlike drift to her first feature, suffused and detached, a woozy memory or a memory of a memory of a memory. You were there. You don't remember, really. But that sensation: I was there. So slight and so right."

Posted May 14, 2014

Ray Pride

10 88%

Chef (2014)

"A James L. Brooks movie that James L. Brooks never got around to making. Workplace, extended families, secondary families, love, longing, mild nostalgia, untamable optimism, stuff that makes you want to be a better man, woman, chef or critic. "

Posted May 14, 2014

Ray Pride

11 90%

Big Joy (2014)

"It's a worthy introduction to how much ecstasy Broughton packed into his eighty-five years. "

Posted May 14, 2014

Ray Pride

12 73%

Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014)

"No Buñuel-like, "Belle de jour" surrealism, no enormous political canvas to be drawn and illumined, no reductionist pronouncements of psychology: just large, curious eyes, looking without hurt or hope or damage but also without affect. "

Posted May 14, 2014

Ray Pride

13 73%

Godzilla (2014)

""Godzilla" stays serious-minded and serious-toned about apocalyptic quality of nuclear damage: now, instead of post-Hiroshima, post-Nagasaki, it's post-Fukushima, wary of worldwide flaws in the interconnectedness of the power grid. "

Posted May 14, 2014

Ray Pride

14 64%

For No Good Reason (2014)

"There are many gems of earned wisdom, both spoken and demonstrated through the prowess of the man's process in conjuring his righteous satires, including "There's no such thing as a mistake, it's just an excuse to do something else.""

Posted May 14, 2014

Ray Pride

15 18%

Moms' Night Out (2014)

"They aren't caricatures, per se, but in the behavior-reinforcing fashion of simple sitcom, we see an unflattering portrait of brittle, hostile, hustling, neurotic modern suburban control freaks. Who ought to listen to their man, and the Father."

Posted May 9, 2014

Ray Pride

16 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"The two tease, their grins dazzle. Their flirtation is freighted yet weightless. The melting chemistry between Stone and Garfield? It's gaga-goo-goo dada from the get-go. "

Posted May 2, 2014

Ray Pride

17 96%

Blue Ruin (2014)

"The righting will be bloody, and he will be good at only some of it. Saulnier's work is behaviorally nuanced, vitally designed, framed and cut, blue-to-bruise blue-to-beyond-bruise and even at its leanest moments, rocking with brooding unease. "

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Ray Pride

18 54%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"Its strange flavor lingers, which is why I'd recommend it to those patient enough to contemplate such an earnest, cracked project for its flagrant, fragrant failure."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Ray Pride

19 90%

Dancing In Jaffa (2014)

"Everything comes apart with understated observation, and then together again, with slick, soothing charm: in rumba we trust. As strong tea goes, this one's soothing chamomile. "

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Ray Pride

20 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"Only idiocy could possibly ensue. Coogan knows the role inside out, and some of the biggest of the film's many big laughs come from his full-on physical habitation of the character. "

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Ray Pride

21 83%

On My Way (2014)

"Bercot starts with a role for a mature woman and provides Deneuve one for a great actress to showcase her lowercase gifts and talent for indicating tenderness. "

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Ray Pride

22 93%

Child's Pose (2014)

"A punchy thriller and sweetly bleak tragicomedy. The last shot is as perfectly shaped and beautiful as a freshly forged chisel. Bare your heart."

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Ray Pride

23 77%

Watermark (2014)

"Grave, momentous, lush, threatening, engulfing, the HD imagery surveying the epic scale of bodies of water and the thrash and volume of currents and spill-off is keenly beautiful. "

Posted Apr 25, 2014

Ray Pride

24 56%

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"Semi-surreal science fiction complications, botched horror and bad, flat acting erupt, as well as dad's perverse and lecherous desire for two underaged French girls. "

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Ray Pride

25 97%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"McQueen works from ferocity to felicity. Scenes of body horror bear higher emotional stakes than your average horror film. It's a film of few kindnesses and many graces."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Ray Pride

26 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"About an hour in, though, much hell breaks loose. Greengrass' avid, excitable camera moves begin to match the action, to become the action. "

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Ray Pride

27 85%

We Are What We Are (2013)

"And sometimes we are who we eat."

Posted Apr 22, 2014

Ray Pride

28 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"Present-tense future shock that mashes up an unholy hybrid of movies past and clichés everlasting, notably "The Lawnmower Man" and "An Inconvenient Truth." "

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Ray Pride

29 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

""Silver Linings Playbook" makes comic hay from bipolar illness, early death, sexual adventurism, self-improvement binges, football fanaticism, degenerate gambling and father-son estrangement, as one would expect from latter-day Russell movies."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Ray Pride

30 89%

Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014)

"It's all about love. And neediness. And perhaps the worst possible death you could imagine falling onto deep into the dark woods of Canada. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Ray Pride

31 92%

Skyfall (2012)

"Visual elements draw from a theatrical vocabulary, such as a besorrowed M overlooking gray London at a window slashed with billions of cold tears, match-cut to wounded Bond cascading over a waterfall like a spent package."

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Ray Pride

32 85%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"My eyes were accountably wet from the opening image of cold, unflinching stars in the sky that then twirl to blur under the opening credits until the last, tender, vital gesture, toward life, toward survival, that ends this lovely magnum opus. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Ray Pride

33 84%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"Morris has questions, Rumsfeld has quibbles, and most of what he gets from the man are those infernal little grins that someone must have told him in his youth were very, very cute. He seems to think that he's impish, a mere scamp. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Ray Pride

34 50%

Hateship Loveship (2014)

"If this is a Cinderella story, I'm sorry I went to the ball. A story centered on glorious natural talent Steinfeld? That could have been magic. "

Posted Apr 16, 2014

Ray Pride

35 88%

The Gardener (2013)

"The screen blooms with beauty: Makhmalbaf and his family of fellow filmmakers have always filled their screens with rapturous imagery. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Ray Pride

36 83%

The Unspeakable Act (2013)

"Sallitt dedicates "The Unspeakable Act" to Eric Rohmer, and there is some of the cloistered hush of Salinger's Glass family here, but this fluent film has its own serene yet vivid life. "

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Ray Pride

37 94%

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

"Endlessly subjective to the kids' fantasy of the world around them, a memory in mind compacted from impressions half-glimpsed, Anderson confects and even perfects a headlong heaven's-to-Etsy esthetic, in hothouse glory."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Ray Pride

38 10%

The Bag Man (2014)

"Robert De Niro brandishes an epic white pompadour that looks like a prank on eternal producer Robert Evans."

Posted Apr 13, 2014

Ray Pride

39 98%

The Rocket (2014)

"A vital fairytale about a ten-year-old Laotian boy whose family thinks he's been cursed since birth, "The Rocket" is an unlikely heartwarmer."

Posted Apr 13, 2014

Ray Pride

40 86%

Joe (2014)

"What ought to be bleak is instead a report on the tender dramatic attentions of one of our most generous contemporary filmmakers. "

Posted Apr 12, 2014

Ray Pride

41 51%

Cuban Fury (2014)

"Not to put too fine a point on it, but Rashida Jones' freckles are one of the great, underappreciated special effects of twenty-first-century motion pictures."

Posted Apr 12, 2014

Ray Pride

42 82%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"Carbone has a voice, an eye, and one would guess had a boyhood in a mild wild like the one the brothers eddy through. The elegant, of-course-that's-the-world cinematography is by Nick Bentgen."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Ray Pride

43 89%

Cheap Thrills (2014)

"Katz makes one of the most extraordinary, indecent and glorious feature debuts in memory. It's political cinema, but raucous entertainment first and foremost."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Ray Pride

44 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"It's politically contentious, if not downright rambunctious. Movies like "The Parallax View" aren't being made today, yet Disney-Marvel puts it out there, blunt as ice, the state of privacy politics today."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Ray Pride

45 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"Audiard visits a physicality that isn't necessarily female or male, but of the body, and toward the body, as in Cotillard's wide, lidded eyes when she watches him punching, thumping and bleeding in illegal bare-fisted takedown fights."

Posted Apr 10, 2014

Ray Pride

46 45%

To The Wonder (2013)

"Jane and Neil find themselves brushing against each other in a large field right up next to a herd of brown bison amid rustling grasses, as if grass were ever still when a camera, Malick's camera, is directed its way."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Ray Pride

47 54%

Oblivion (2013)

""Oblivion" has the kind of magpie fecundity you'd hope to find bursting from the pages of une bande dessinée freshly re-inked into English. But as a movie, it's like a terabyte farm of all the films Kosinski has ever steeped in."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Ray Pride

48 84%

Upstream Color (2013)

"The remarkable Amy Seimetz is as central to the film as women in Krzysztof Kieslowski's late films, like Irène Jacob in "Three Colors: Red" and "The Double Life of Véronique" or Juliette Binoche in "Three Colors: Blue." "

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Ray Pride

49 80%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"Much of the night work,especially candlelit, puts "Ginger & Rosa" in the fashion of a memory piece rather than an objective history.But, as in all of Potter's work, it is an estimable and lush solution to the most minimal of budgets."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Ray Pride

50 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"It's Malick-meets-dubstep amid post-"Kids"-skin-and-sin with the costumes of Pussy Riot and a sunset-by-the-sea Britney Spears sing-along by Alien and the girls that is both ridiculous and touching."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Ray Pride

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