Seattle Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

The Kill Team (2014)

"Is the story of The Kill Team singular? That's the unspoken question that hangs over this award-winning documentary, another artifact from the "war on terror.""

Posted Sep 8, 2014

Robert Horton

2 100%

Ilo Ilo (2014)

"That Ilo Ilo is set 10 years before the global financial crisis gives it a small, sad, prophetic power."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Brian Miller

3 79%

Land Ho! (2014)

"One of my favorite films so far this year."

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Brian Miller

4 83%

Rich Hill (2014)

"To address poverty, much less wage war on it, first you've got to describe it. And that is what this small, admirable film does so well."

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Brian Miller

5 80%

As It Is In Heaven (2014)

"For the most part this movie joins other recent cult studies in identifying the apocalyptic simmer that runs beneath current American culture."

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Robert Horton

6 66%

The Rover (2014)

"Rey is dull-witted and childlike, and although Pattinson might be over-busy at times, his twitchy performance makes an effective contrast with his co-star."

Posted Jul 7, 2014

Robert Horton

7 88%

The Discoverers (2014)

"T he Discoverers feels like a lot of indies you've seen before, only milder and more forgiving."

Posted Jun 24, 2014

Brian Miller

8 95%

Particle Fever (2014)

"[The film] serves as a needed reminder of the excitement of science, a practice that need not be left exclusively to nerds. "

Posted Apr 8, 2014

Robert Horton

9 48%

RoboCop (2014)

"So we have a battle between the human spirit and an operating system offering "the illusion of free will"-a metaphor for a sheepish, media-driven America that's rife with possibility but here lacking much conviction."

Posted Feb 12, 2014

Sean Axmaker

10 81%

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

"This is a band you would pay to see on tour."

Posted Nov 27, 2013

Brian Miller

11 71%

The Institute (2013)

"You're unsure if he's a Werner Erhard-style huckster or a Silicon Alley tub-thumper about to do a product launch. That uncertainty mirrors the players' nervous yet giddy involvement."

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Brian Miller

12 61%

Bad Milo! (2013)

"It's funny, it's gross, and it has a few serious things on its mind. Is it any wonder David Cronenberg is thanked in the end credits?"

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Robert Horton

13 53%

The Muslims Are Coming (2013)

"It's all very admirable, but you may find yourself nodding in agreement more than doubled with laughter."

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Brian Miller

14 94%

The History Of Future Folk (2013)

"This is a shaggy, enjoyable, homebrewed sci-fi tale where the costumes and plot resemble one of those lo-fi "sweded" remakes in Be Kind Rewind."

Posted Aug 14, 2013

Brian Miller

15 77%

Somm (2013)

"By the time we get to Dallas for the big exam, we're so invested in these four funny, personable fellows that failure would be shattering for us too."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Brian Miller

16 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"Poppy Hill is more a short story than a feature, almost unbelievably optimistic, but it offers a surprising, innocent window on an era usually associated with nuclear anxieties, cultural neuroses, and juvenile delinquents."

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Sean Axmaker

17 ——

Yoyo (Yo Yo) (1965)

"Between inspired silent-movie sequences and a wry jab at television are an idyllic love story and a romantic portrait of the artist as a young clown."

Posted Mar 24, 2013

Sean Axmaker

18 71%

Bless Me, Ultima (2013)

"[Director Carl] Franklin is sensitive to the way boys interact, bump chests, bicker, and bond-just as he is to how adults justify their hypocrisy and excuse their failures."

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

19 86%

Yossi (2013)

"... an awfully familiar fantasy-for gays and straights alike-about an emotionally repressed older man saved by a young beauty who sees the kind soul and intelligence under the frumpy surface."

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

20 94%

Lore (2013)

"[Director Cate] Shortland directs with an almost hypnotic focus, favoring Lore's immediate experience over the big picture. "

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

21 95%

War Witch (2013)

"Nguyen's compassion and commitment to the issue is admirable, and at its best, War Witch is devastating."

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

22 68%

The We and the I (2013)

"The We and the I is less a film than a social-studies experiment, an after-school project by a bunch of high-school kids exploring that eternal teen tension between the individual and the group. "

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Sean Axmaker

23 67%

I am Secretly an Important Man (2010)

"Important Man sets Bernstein's nasal verse to elegant streetscape montages of the city then and now."

Posted Mar 6, 2013

Brian Miller

24 28%

Backwards (2012)

"Corny and predictable, sure, but Backwards will appeal to a few junior oarswomen around Seattle."

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Brian Miller

25 ——

Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music Part II - With Special Guest Nancy Sinatra (1992)

"... his tortured jokes are accompanied by phony canned laughter, but once he's swinging, Sinatra is his classy old self."

Posted Nov 4, 2010

Sean Axmaker

26 79%

Skeletons ()


Posted Jul 2, 2010

27 89%

Ice People (2008)

"Global warming is the subtext, I suppose, but Anne Aghion's film is really about the gritty, quotidian nature of science."

Posted Apr 29, 2009

Brian Miller

28 81%

Comedian Harmonists (The Harmonists) (1999)

"... a grandly realized and skillfully executed melodrama that seems all too familiar."

Posted Apr 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

29 82%

Children of Heaven (Bacheha-Ye aseman) (1999)

"Majidi... captures the immediacy and essence of kids: proud, emotional, spirited, and disarmingly sincere."

Posted Apr 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

30 ——

Destiny (1998)

"... a rollicking intellectual adventure with the emotional tenor of a melodrama."

Posted Apr 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

31 79%

The Thin Red Line (1998)

"... one of the richest and lushest films ever to emerge from Hollywood."

Posted Apr 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

32 52%

Mighty Joe Young (1998)

"... a frustrating cartoon of a movie..."

Posted Apr 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

33 59%

Living Out Loud (1998)

"... made up of magical moments of revelation that are the film's strength as well as its ultimate weakness."

Posted Apr 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

34 ——

Vampires ()

"It's machismo run amuck in a dusty, dusky Southwestern setting with a Ry Cooder-twinged country blues score. And Carpenter loves it."

Posted Apr 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

35 95%

Touch of Evil (1958)

"...Welles' baroque border-town murder mystery is a wild masterpiece, a sleazy, grimy, jittery, and ultimately dazzling work of cinematic magic."

Posted Apr 30, 2007

Sean Axmaker

36 43%

In the Land of Women (2007)

"Without all the soppy plot devices, Land of Women might have been someplace worth visiting."

Posted Apr 18, 2007

Jessica Grose

37 47%

Miami Vice (2006)

"Where are the babes? The boobs? The bling? The alligators and neon? Grimly determined to rebrand his franchise and rewrite cultural history, Mann has turned Crockett and Tubbs into a solemn pair of nighthawks..."

Posted Jul 28, 2006

Brian Miller

38 68%

Hard Candy (2006)

"Candy sets up the tense situation, builds it up patiently, masterfully, then has no idea where to go with it. At least Page's career has an obvious direction -- up."

Posted Apr 26, 2006

Tim Appelo

39 67%

Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006)

"In the annals of no-sex-please Brit nudie revues, this Oscar hopeful falls between the The Full Monty's Rabelaisian stew and Calendar Girls' charming but thin broth."

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Tim Appelo

40 83%

Keane (2005)

"A psycho-underworld tour de force like Irreversible or The Machinist, impressive as far as it goes (not far), single-minded but without enough on its mind, a gimmick flick."

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Tim Appelo

41 76%

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

"The kids are disastrous, except for Henley. Her irresistible crooked grin is a triumph over British dentistry. She makes Dakota Fanning look like a calculating android."

Posted Dec 9, 2005

Tim Appelo

42 ——

Chronicling Narnia: The C.S Lewis Story (2005)

"A pale echo of the Tolkien trilogy, worse than Cuaron's third Harry Potter film, better than Chris Columbus' first two, and about on a par with Mike Newell's new one."

Posted Dec 5, 2005

Tim Appelo

43 85%

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

"The 1940 version had its flaws, too--who wants to **** Mrs. Miniver? Knightley is a Lizzie for our profane time. "

Posted Nov 28, 2005

Tim Appelo

44 46%

Rent (2005)

"Rent works best as a centaur creation: half-movie, half-play, plunging into theater world in all its mindless, cheesy, sentimental splendor."

Posted Nov 28, 2005

Tim Appelo

45 88%

Tony Takitani (2005)

"Impressively reduces Murakami's hard-boiled word world to a floating-picture world. But like Lish's edits of Ray Carver, it mutes a story that was nearly mute to begin with."

Posted Oct 17, 2005

Tim Appelo

46 88%

Tell Them Who You Are (2005)

"That the two can come to any understanding at all is one of the film's miracles, since -- professional competitiveness aside -- their past is a minefield of unexpressed resentment."

Posted Oct 13, 2005

Sheila Benson

47 28%

Elizabethtown (2005)

"Much of it is not half bad. Some moments achieve the transcendence they ache to find. But it's like a concept album with no concept, Singles with fewer hit singles. "

Posted Oct 13, 2005

Tim Appelo

48 95%

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

"Nick Park is Tim Burton's opposite: his storytelling is smooth, his visual technique jerky. Go for the guy who can tell a story, as Burton has failed to do for 11 years now."

Posted Oct 4, 2005

Tim Appelo

49 60%

Oliver Twist (2005)

"Fails to topple Lean's untoppable version; still one of the best movies of 2005. Startlingly unemotional, but for the stormy torments behind Fagin's overhanging eyebrows."

Posted Sep 26, 2005

Tim Appelo

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