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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Jasmine is a cautionary virago for anyone who's ever witnessed a friend unknowingly muttering just within earshot, just within the frame of reality. Jasmine's headlong fall is fearsome, lugubrious, and ultimately, exasperating."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Ray Pride

2 94%

Drug War (2013)

"What the hell: "Drug War" is a taut, minor masterpiece. It felt like watching early Walter Hill for the first time-"The Driver," "Southern Comfort"-and that is a very good feeling indeed. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Ray Pride

3 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"There's so much onscreen, so much suggested but not explored or explained, almost like jam-packed Harvey Kurtzman panels from classic MAD magazines, detailed by the likes of a Romanek or Tarsem. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Ray Pride

4 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"Even as their shadows fall across these walls, the characters are not supermen; they're humans reduced to chiaroscuro. Characterization is even more minimal."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Ray Pride

5 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"Potentially blunt dramaturgy turns to something profound (and not perfumed) in implication. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Ray Pride

6 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"The directorial skills Mangold applied to "Heavy," "3:10 to Yuma" and "Walk The Line" are in evidence, especially in an understanding of the Western's dynamics of quietude, then release."

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Ray Pride

7 63%

The Rise (Wasteland) (2013)

"We're decades past the Kitchen Sink school, this kitchen's sunk. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Ray Pride

8 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"t's a coming-of-age-slash-first-love story, with beguiling leads, a frank, bittersweet script, a lived-in, rustic setting (the outskirts of Athens, Georgia), an intense awareness of class difference and a mood that's all its own. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Ray Pride

9 11%

After Earth (2013)

"There's an extended animated sequence where atop a high hill, Kitai is surrounded by helix swells of grackles and blackbirds, and the camera turns to reveal waves and waves of burly bison. To the wonder, ho! "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

10 38%

The Purge (2013)

"A brute, icy little shocker, "The Purge" is a thriller willing to engage blood as well as tension, with just a little politics. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

11 50%

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

"Mitty doodles and dawdles through the world, swept away by momentary bursts of special-effects fantasy while his life is changed by the presence of a cake made by his mother."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

12 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

""Lone Survivor" thrills, horrifies and also punches home the simple point that individual acts of conscience can save lives, and even change the world. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

13 76%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Terence Winter's adaptation of convicted fraudster Jordan Belfort's memoir is nonstop splat-thwack-four-letter-120-miles-an-hour-f----s----f--- you. To money, to America, to women."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

14 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"Near-comedy, near-tragedy, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is close to great, and in its extremely concrete yet endlessly elusive form, close to perfection. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

15 55%

Some Velvet Morning (2013)

"One revelation leads to another, as well as the expected sexual confrontation, but then there's a moment of gentility, of grown-up understanding, and even, well, tenderness of a weird order. Desire, love? It's all transactional. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

16 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Amy Adams is spectacular, febrile, dramatic, comic, sharp, sarcastic and magnificent to look upon, especially her soaring laughter in an explosive comic-sexual scene set in a nightclub ladies' room stall. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

17 71%

Go For Sisters (2013)

"Even the smallest of the many roles in the cast has some telling detail, and Olmos makes the most of a grumpy bear rousted from his hiding place. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

18 74%

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

"The dragon is battled by dwarf, elf and Hobbit in a semi-decipherable battle of industrial de-evolution. Gold seethes down like the sweetest Caramelo candy bars passed down from the Gods. Oh, the beauty of the fallen, fiscal world. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

19 83%

Laurence Anyways (2013)

"Drenching melodrama, reckless, ravishing. Dolan's style, to some, may seem overheated, flamboyant, baroque, immature, indulgent, extravagant, but it is what it is and what it is, at his keenest moments, is fabulous."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

20 75%

The Grandmaster (2013)

"It is to swoon. Even the buttons on a fine coat are given the emphasis of the whoosh of a blade, the crack of a bone or the scrape and grind and rush of a locomotive. Nothing is relative: all is memory. A dream. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

21 70%

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

"Pro forma, sure, but briskly paced. For the most part, the fight scenes are grounded in physical potential, but there are shots and edits that have simple physical magic to them."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

22 53%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Manly words spoken by manly men: that's one of the dry pleasures of the sturdy burnt-case male melodrama "Out of the Furnace." "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

23 48%

Black Nativity (2013)

"Defiantly simple, like earlier stage pageants based on Langston Hughes' Christmas play, Kasi Lemmons' "Black Nativity" gains power through its directness."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

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24 100%

The Square (2013)

"Jehane Noujaim's ground-level account of the Arab Spring from 2011 to mid-2013 in Cairo's Tahrir Square has heart, wit, poetry and fire. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

25 81%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

""Broken Circle Breakdown" ends with a communal song in a confined space, not a dirge, but with hushed voices raised in envoi, and Groeningen's camera trickles down to pick out one last, final, lasting image. It all comes full circle."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Ray Pride

26 83%

Prince Avalanche (2013)

"The film's gift is that it is utterly grounded and simultaneously otherworldly."

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Ray Pride

27 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"Amanda Seyfried is a game performer, and the Linda-like freckles sprayed across her cheeks, which all and sundry in the film comment on, are fetching."

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Ray Pride

28 92%

Nebraska (2013)

"The sky extends forever across the flat land, never suggesting expanse, but lowering, confinement, pushing small, human figures to the ground. "

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Ray Pride

29 93%

A Touch of Sin (2013)

"I can't imagine a comparable American movie, militating passionately, lyrically over on the economic inequities of American life. It just isn't done. "

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Ray Pride

30 92%

The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013)

"A rock-solid portrait of Ali's passions about faith and conscience, and a stirring case that his political legacy is more important, and will be more lasting, than his days in the boxing ring. "

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Ray Pride

31 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"Lush and bewilderingly rich with portent and moment, Kevin Macdonald's gently wrought apocalyptic-pop teen romance takes place in a deadly near future in the English countryside far from the center of modern war. "

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Ray Pride

32 80%

I Used To Be Darker (2013)

"Jeremy Saulnier's summer-spent cinematography is gentle and nothing shy of exquisite."

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Ray Pride

33 49%

Carrie (2013)

"Peirce's imagery is pungent: the mark of Carrie's bloody palm print on the eggshell blue of her gym teacher's skirt; a slow-motion whirling sateen dervish of a student and her gown in flames."

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Ray Pride

34 93%

All Is Lost (2013)

"once Robert Redford is on screen, his muted, exasperated, hopeful performance is an exemplar of the physical. Our Man seems a man of reckless wealth and expansive estrangement: why is he at sea? Begging the larger question, why are we all at sea?"

Posted Apr 5, 2014

Ray Pride

35 91%

The Great Beauty (2013)

""The Great Beauty" is a great romance: a man and a city and a love that cannot be consummated but which will consume you surely. Somewhere, Baz Luhrmann weeps. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

36 94%

The Past (2013)

"Farhadi's most thrilling gift, which seems innate and intuitive, is in demonstrating how figures move, are framed by frames, reflected by surfaces, going beyond elementary considerations, describing a vital mathematics of humans in motion."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

37 91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"Kechiche captures a staggeringly intense amount of orality: kissing, smoking, talking, spitting, ----ing and eating, oh, such eating. As his game gamine, Adèle Exarchopoulos is sexual, and sexualized, but her embodiment of oral desire is ravishing."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

38 97%

The Selfish Giant (2013)

"The first great fiction film to be released in 2014, Clio Barnard's second feature, "The Selfish Giant," is breathtakingly assured, ruggedly beautiful, moving and justifiably tragic."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

39 94%

Her (2013)

"The only other filmmaker who knows how to make sound, music and moment fit like a fitting of a perfectly suited slipper would be Sofia Coppola. Patience. Trust. "

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

40 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"Benedict Cumberbatch's performance is the knockout, precise, conflicted, mysterioso, wily, his own charm alloyed with the Aussie oddness of Assange."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

41 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"Joe can be as clinical as they come in describing her search to recapture her youthful orgasms. As always with Von Trier, the chill of cogitation rises above the potential for copulation."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

42 75%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"Martin and Gainsbourg are both gentle yet unyielding presences, and Skarsgård offers weary tenderness and many dashes of battiness. It's an essay film, really, with very funny moments."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

43 35%

The Counselor (2013)

"McCarthy and Scott capitalize their themes: this is The End. This is The End of the Road, the End of Civilization, the End of Capitalism. This isn't neo-noir, it's über-noir."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

44 94%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"Classically constructed, as rigid in its construction of suspense as any recent thriller, Alain Guiraudie's "Stranger by the Lake" is a masterful work, uncluttered yet lush, formally mechanistic, yet always surprising."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

45 53%

Adult World (2014)

"Adult World goes all kinds of satisfying places and the lowercase niceties begin with knowing how to use Emma Roberts' eyes, and their bright, darting gaze, which can flick from irritation to consternation to fury just like one-two-three."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

46 69%

Visitors (2014)

"Staring at "Visitors," not only do many things seem unusual, many more seem familiar, paralleled by other artists."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

47 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

" The success of Anderson's admirable ambition is to have elevated anachronism, pastiche, personal passions and larger cultural memory to a heady froth, but one that also knows the butt-end of a rifle."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

48 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"Not a composition of the late, secretive Chicago photographer Vivian Maier is askew or amiss in her vast, breathtaking, even thrilling body of street photography, of which the public has only glimpsed the tip of the iceberg."

Posted Apr 4, 2014

Ray Pride

49 79%

The Raid 2 (2014)

"The abiding melancholy of "The Raid 2″ is that there's no swagger, no bravura, no false, heroic gestures, just desperate remorseless forward motion."

Posted Apr 3, 2014

Ray Pride

50 90%

Alphaville (1965)

"One of [Godard's] most entertaining movies is also one of his most timeless."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Ray Pride

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