New Yorker

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 85%

Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015)

" In any case, I ate this episode up, from the realistically tender state of Don's marriage onward. This show may be a timepiece. But it's also, for better or worse, a conversation piece. "

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Emily Nussbaum

2 90%

Fa Yeung Nin Wa (In the Mood for Love) (2001)

"So skillfully does the director brings us to a state of breathless expectation that when he refuses to deliver the goods he almost seems to have invented a new form of perversion."

Posted Apr 15, 2014

David Denby

3 ——

Une belle fille comme moi (A Gorgeous Bird Like Me)(Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me) (1978)

"Lafont's antic embodiment of feminine ferocity cuts cleverly against Truffaut's grim vision of a world that both represses and craves it, and the comedy masks the endless round of victimhood."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Richard Brody

4 ——

Summer of Blood ()

"The vestigial desolation of urban waste spaces is nearly a character in the antic action; when the story's gears grind, Tukel gives it a metaphysical kick that lends its final arc an eerie spin."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Richard Brody

5 68%

The Railway Man (2014)

"A morally admirable but dramatically inert case of high-minded reconciliation ..."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

David Denby

6 87%

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

"Has undoubted panache, and wit to spare, especially when Swinton is in the frame."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Anthony Lane

7 ——

Jewel Robbery (1932)

"The erotic edge of looming danger, the sexual charge of a sure and confident touch, the thrilling distinction between true refinement and mere formality electrify this 1932 Hollywood drama ..."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Richard Brody

8 80%

Rhythm Thief (1995)

"A time capsule for the street life of the ungentrified Lower East Side-and the meanness of those streets is the engine of its drama."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Richard Brody

9 92%

Journey To The West (2014)

"Liang's ravishing conceptual film achieves a rare blend of sensuous delight and documentary specificity."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Richard Brody

10 55%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"This vulgar and outlandish locker-room tale is written, directed, and performed by John Turturro with such sincerity, relish, heart, and good humor that it almost sneaks through ..."

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Richard Brody

11 63%

Kurt & Courtney (1998)

"The true circumstances of Cobain's death remain cloudy, but one comes away from the film unnerved by the distance travelled."

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Daphne Merkin

12 100%

The King of Escape (2014)

"[A] bumptious yet tender comedy."

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Richard Brody

13 88%

Amélie (2001)

"How far should we trust a plea for benevolence when it feels like a box of tricks?"

Posted Apr 9, 2014

Anthony Lane

14 76%

8 Mile (2002)

"In the tradition of Rocky and Fever, the movie is a shrewdly engineered piece of proletarian pop -- a story of triumph -- but, like Eminem's enraged lyrics, 8 Mile has its own kind of vile candor."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

David Denby

15 98%

Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014)

" These packed curtain-raisers, like last night's "Two Swords," are rewarding for those who have read the books and somewhat maddening for those who have not, requiring multiple viewings and an open Wikipedia page. "

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Rachel Syme

16 57%

Dom Hemingway (2014)

"Law, saying farewell to his youthful good looks (Dom has scars and a little too much weight), makes this hyper-articulate ruffian the most intricately soulful character in current movies."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

David Denby

17 77%

Noah (2014)

"In a single sequence, Aronofsky combines creationism, Darwinian evolution, original sin, the end of days, and radical environmentalism."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

David Denby

18 60%

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

"The movie, a descendant of such eighteenth-century libertine texts as "Thérèse Philosophe," is less a slice of life than something told and chewed over."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

David Denby

19 96%

Out of the Past (1947)

"Each change of angle and shift of light evokes an inner disturbance; the actors seem to push through the dense shadow as through water, revealing fast people in slow motion ..."

Posted Apr 7, 2014

Richard Brody

20 56%

Legends of the Fall (1994)

"At first, the picture plays like East of Eden with a bonus brother; it gets sillier as it goes."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Terrence Rafferty

21 76%

White Men Can't Jump (1992)

"Harrelson's performance is rich, subtle, and delicately funny. And Snipes is just amazing: everything he does seems to leap off the screen."

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Terrence Rafferty

22 89%

Alphaville (1965)

"It's one of the great cinematic works of romanticism, as well as a sort of filmed revelation of the very essence of science-fiction movies and German silent classics -- their blend of social critique, emotional liberation, and paranoia."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Richard Brody

23 87%

Far From Heaven (2003)

"With tact and care, the movie digs into all the subjects that lay concealed below the surface when Max Ophuls and Douglas Sirk were filming their own melodramas in the nineteen-fifties."

Posted Apr 1, 2014

Anthony Lane

24 40%

Divergent (2014)

"Barely diverting."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Bruce Diones

25 83%

The Unknown Known (2014)

"Morris proceeds with bonhomie and patience in this documentary interrogation of Donald Rumsfeld; the result is a masterwork of political epistemology and dialectical jujitsu."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Richard Brody

26 95%

Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

"An unlikely tale, well told."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Anthony Lane

27 63%

The French Minister (2014)

"The films of Bertrand Tavernier have often been fringed with humor, of a rueful kind; now, in his seventies, and in a rousing rebuke to tranquillity, he has turned to farce."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Anthony Lane

28 85%

Under the Skin (2014)

"Glazer is nothing if not ambitious; the rough edge of naturalism, on the streets, slices into the more controlled and stylized look of science fiction, and the result seems both to drift and to gather to a point of almost painful intensity."

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Anthony Lane

29 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"The new franchise effort from Marvel charges through hyperkinetic chases and combat, though with slightly less finesse than its predecessor, "Captain America: The First Avenger.""

Posted Mar 31, 2014

David Denby

30 92%

Memento (2000)

"The young British writer and director Christopher Nolan, who has every intention of putting us through the mill, doubles his fun by running the whole story backward."

Posted Mar 26, 2014

Anthony Lane

31 80%

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

"Testosterone rises like mist on an early-morning lake in Daniel Patrick Carbone's grimly determined, prettily picturesque first feature."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Richard Brody

32 78%

Història de la meva mort (Story of My Death) ()

"Brings exotic passions of the eighteenth century to furious life."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Richard Brody

33 77%

Veronica Mars (2014)

"The film is an obvious labor of love for all concerned, and the good times are infectious."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Bruce Diones

34 98%

Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)

"A fascinating and depressing documentary about a visionary director and his impossible dream."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Richard Brody

35 77%

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

"A pornographic work of art-obsessive, repetitive, at times remarkably eccentric, but never simple-minded or dull."

Posted Mar 24, 2014

David Denby

36 89%

Rushmore (1998)

"Schwartzman is cautious but stubbornly optimistic, while Murray is possessed by the mania of near-despair... They make the best and most disconcerting odd couple that American movies have produced in a long while."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Anthony Lane

37 99%

The Missing Picture (2014)

"Panh honors the Khmer Rouge's victims while staging the agony and responsibility of memory itself."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Richard Brody

38 91%

Le Week-End (2014)

"It's easy to tire (if not despair) of them, but both lead actors are in fine sparring form, and the story is rescued and revived, just in time, by a delectable cameo from Jeff Goldblum."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Anthony Lane

39 73%

Enemy (2014)

"The movie sticks to you ... and the ending is strange and sudden enough to make you revise, or interrogate, all that has come before."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Anthony Lane

40 ——

Edward, My Son (1949)

"The movie silently shrieks under the pressure of constant, hectic fear."

Posted Mar 17, 2014

Richard Brody

41 92%

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"Visually, the movie is a wonder, with its profusion of detail and exquisitely focussed "performances" by the figurines, whom Anderson frames in images as precisely composed as those in his live-action work."

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Richard Brody

42 88%

Stage Fright (1950)

"Hitchcock conjures a deep-rooted, irony-rich complicity of father and daughter that seems borrowed from the films of Howard Hawks and suggests the inner compass that helps to guard against chasing the wrong man."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Richard Brody

43 84%

Teenage (2014)

"A delightful and substantial provocation, and something of a cheat."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Richard Brody

44 100%

Barabba (Barabbas) (1961)

"Problems of dubbing and pacing and a lack of scene-to-scene variety weigh the movie down, but Christopher Fry's pointed and intelligent free adaptation of Pär Lagerkvist's 1950 novel resists grandiloquence."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Michael Sragow

45 92%

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"The opéra-bouffe plot serves as a strand of bright golden wire on which Anderson hangs innumerable encounters, scampering chases, and an archly decorative style of commentary."

Posted Mar 10, 2014

David Denby

46 81%

The Royal Tenenbaums (2002)

"Each character, as ever, is tucked into a shell of his or her obsessions, and yet the filming itself -- the grace of Anderson's draftsmanship, as it were -- binds the figures together into a team."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Anthony Lane

47 84%

Bottle Rocket (1996)

"[Bottle Rocket] meanders pleasantly, like a road movie, with a seventies-style, anything-goes offhandedness that whisks the audience through the rough spots."

Posted Mar 4, 2014

Bruce Diones

48 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Neeson, who brings enormous conviction to these late-career action roles, moves his big body through confined spaces ... with so much power that you expect him to rip out the seats."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

David Denby

49 96%

The Lego Movie (2014)

"As a rule, movies about toys need to be approached with extreme caution; some of them have been bad enough to count as health hazards. This one is the exception."

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Anthony Lane

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