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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 74%

The East (2013)

"The East doesn't redefine the genre, but a strong cast, polished direction, and absorbing story make it an impressive effort nonetheless."

Posted Jan 24, 2013

Zeba Blay

2 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"The film sheds no new light on Lovelace's ordeal, and indeed seems unwilling or unable to go to deeper and darker places. "

Posted Jan 24, 2013

Zeba Blay

3 68%

Stoker (2013)

"The stylish direction overwhelms the story's mystery with its too-heavy leaning on brooding looks, gothic atmosphere, and vague, circuitous dialogue."

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Zeba Blay

4 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"As their lives have become more complex, so too has the structure and landscape of the narrative. "

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Zeba Blay

5 76%

Concussion (2013)

"First-time writer-director Stacie Passon approaches the subject matter provocatively though never exploitatively, shooting the no-holds-barred sex scenes intimately, rather than with the sole aim of titillation. "

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Zeba Blay

6 54%

Breathe In (2014)

"While Drake Doremus initially lays out an intriguing study of suburban discord, the film's third act strains under the weight of a wearying predictability."

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Zeba Blay

7 32%

A Teacher (2013)

"A little more insight into the motives of the main subject would have strengthened the film and made its ending feel earned. "

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Zeba Blay

8 98%

Call Me Kuchu (2013)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Glenn Heath Jr.

9 ——

LennoNYC (2011)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Kenji Fujishima

10 92%

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Tom Stempel

11 93%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

R. Kurt Osenlund

12 70%

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Tom Stempel

13 71%

The Future (2011)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Sean Axmaker

14 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

R. Kurt Osenlund

15 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"A smartly written, deeply engaging portrait of a movement just about to begin."

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Zeba Blay

16 78%

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Tom Stempel

17 83%

Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Oscar Moralde

18 79%

Quartet (2013)

"Hoffman, of all people, should have respect enough for Smith to give her something meatier to chew on."

Posted Jan 2, 2013

Dan Callahan

19 65%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"The tone of Jackson's latest is, appropriately, much more jovial than that of Rings, which unfolds in an era far more stricken with despair."

Posted Dec 13, 2012

R. Kurt Osenlund

20 ——

Two Orphan Vampires (2004)

"The wonderfully ambiguous ending plunges the girls back into the fuggy marshland of the archetypal feminine, two orphan animas in search of their apotheosis."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Budd Wilkins

21 ——

The Living Dead Girl (La Morte vivante) (1999)

"The film's blood-spattered descent into positively Jacobean tragedy helps to make it one of Rollin's strongest, most disturbing efforts."

Posted Nov 20, 2012

Budd Wilkins

22 95%

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013)

"Tom Bean and Luke Poling's doc is rightfully less than certain of the quality of its subject's output, and no potential excuse for Plimpton's occasionally clunky wordplay is left unmentioned. "

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Joseph Jon Lanthier

23 83%

Persistence Of Vision ()

"One of the least stylistically handicapped documentaries ever produced about animation."

Posted Nov 8, 2012

Joseph Jon Lanthier

24 86%

Shepard & Dark (2013)

"While Radioman involves questionable camaraderie on a weak subtextual level, Shepard & Dark addresses, and acutely analyzes, the way friendship can bend, and occasionally snap, over time. "

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Nick McCarthy

25 67%

Radioman ()

"Like Radioman, the documentary never becomes more than an eccentric, but sadly peripheral, curiosity."

Posted Nov 7, 2012

Nick McCarthy

26 91%

Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2013)

"One can sense the healing power of art simply by basking in his presence, which no amount of irritating directorial interventions can completely undermine."

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Kenji Fujishima

27 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"As much a nail-biting thriller as an experiment in narrative dualism."

Posted Nov 3, 2012

Michał Oleszczyk

28 43%

Clip (2013)

"Though their stories have very little in common, Clip and Death of a Man in the Balkans are both strongly keyed to a nation's modern identity. "

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Ajay Hothi

29 ——

Smrt coveka na Balkanu (Death of a Man in the Balkans) ()

"In a similar conceit to The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Miroslav Momčilović's Death of a Man in the Balkans records the communal reaction to the passing of a recluse. "

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Ajay Hothi

30 ——

Zavtra (Tomorrow) ()

"A pre-title card to Andrey Gryazev's Tomorrow states that the events that follow may or may not have actually occurred in reality. Such an inherent and overt contradiction undermines the documentary's claims to factual accuracy."

Posted Oct 25, 2012

Ajay Hothi

31 78%

Flight (2012)

"That Flight happily dwells within conventional boundaries can be frustrating given the raw and affecting potential of the material."

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Ted Pigeon

32 93%

No (2013)

"An often lighthearted, sometimes inspirational, but ultimately unsettling feature. "

Posted Oct 13, 2012

Elise Nakhnikian

33 79%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"Though Ginger & Rosa is arguably Sally Potter's best work to date, it's certainly the English filmmaker's most accessible. "

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Gerard Raymond

34 91%

Holy Motors (2012)

"No film as full of creative energy and imagination as this one can be said to be entirely nihilistic. "

Posted Oct 10, 2012

Kenji Fujishima

35 91%

Caesar Must Die (2013)

"Both a compelling reading of the Shakespeare play and an affecting humanist document."

Posted Oct 8, 2012

Gerard Raymond

36 81%

Like Someone in Love (2013)

"The emphasis in Like Someone In Love is on the "like" rather than on the "love.""

Posted Oct 7, 2012

Kenji Fujishima

37 87%

Life of Pi (2012)

"For the most part, the sheer sweep of the spectacle carries the day."

Posted Oct 3, 2012

Gerard Raymond

38 93%

Night Across the Street (2013)

"There are moments of genuine mystery in this film, which often feels as if its come to us, as Margolin put it, "from somewhere that is not this life.""

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Elise Nakhnikian

39 ——

Memories Look at Me (2013)

"Memories Look at Me is an unusually personal portrait of family life in China. "

Posted Oct 1, 2012

Elise Nakhnikian

40 60%

Here and There (2013)

"Here and There is as studiously unself-dramatizing as its subject, whose signature song, which functions as the movie's theme, includes the refrain, "I just want to be humble with real people."

Posted Sep 28, 2012

Elise Nakhnikian

41 36%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"Fails to amount to the potential suggested by Bill Murray's nuanced performance."

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Ted Pigeon

42 93%

Barbara (2012)

"Cool, precise, omniscient in its gaze. "

Posted Sep 26, 2012

Kenji Fujishima

43 82%

Laurence Anyways (2013)

"Dolan is smart enough to perceive in bad words and actions the deeper import they betray."

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Calum Marsh

44 65%

Spring Breakers (2013)

"This is a film that should, in theory, offer principally superficial pleasures, and yet somehow its glossy, appealing aesthetics form only one part of a considerably richer work."

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Calum Marsh

45 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"Cloud Atlas is a unique and totally unparalleled disaster."

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Calum Marsh

46 85%

Sightseers (2013)

"Sightseers is probably the straight-up funniest film I've seen this year"

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Calum Marsh

47 88%

The Last Time I Saw Macao (2013)

"Eisenstein once said that if images divide, sound unites, and that's an aphorism I suspect Rodrigues had in mind while crafting this film."

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Calum Marsh

48 20%

Girl Most Likely (2013)

"A dismal, D-grade sitcom stretched out to wafer-thin feature length."

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Calum Marsh

49 55%

Post Tenebras Lux (2013)

"Giving yourself over to Reygadas and trusting him to deliver in the end is rewarding even without a clear-cut roadmap."

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Calum Marsh

50 ——

Three Sisters (2013)

"There's a palpable sense of both anger and sympathy on the part of Wang for the plight of these people, which falls in line with his major topical concerns."

Posted Sep 17, 2012

Jordan Cronk

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