The Hunt (2013)
"What makes The Hunt so affecting is the way [Thomas] Vinterberg jangles the nerves of what first appears to be a strong community of caring neighbors and peels back the cover of civilized behavior to find tribal instincts kicking in. "
"...the kind of film that takes on the Big Subject with modesty and self-reflection, drawing the viewer into the world of the reporters and culture of Boston in 2001 to better understand the scope of everything that's at stake."
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
"... one of the first and arguably the greatest of the Hollywood films to examine the pressures of command and the psychological toll of making life and death decisions for men they come know and care for ..."
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Inside Out (2015)
The Wrecking Crew (2015)
Furious 7 (2015)
Margin Call (2011)
"... digs into the how and why of the market crash, not just in terms of economics but in the culture of Wall Street and the justifications that individuals tell themselves in order to follow the company line."
Goodnight Mommy (2015)
Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)
Miami Blues (1990)
Gosford Park (2001)
"Robert Altman brings his gift for big, sprawling dramas knit with a fine weave of characters and a massive cast up to the task of filling them up with lives to the Merchant Ivory idiom of the manners and manors..."
The Mission (2000)
Lost In Translation (2003)
"Sofia Coppola's sophomore film (following the gently assured The Virgin Suicides) is another exploration of delicate relationships and uncommunicated frustrations, this one in a beautifully composed atmosphere of isolation."
Inside Man (2006)
"It doesn't seem to play to his strengths yet it's a perfect crucible for Spike to explore his pet themes of race and class in the lumpy melting pot of New York City and a great set-up for what he does best..."
Troubled Water (2010)
"There's a lot of talk of God (Jan plays the organ with a passion but can't reconcile a benevolent God with his world) and forgiveness and confession but the film is ultimately about responsibility and accountability, and not just for Jan."
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Batman Begins (2005)
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
About Elly (2015)
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2011)
Stake Land (2011)
The Babadook (2014)
Short Term 12 (2013)
"What could be a portrait of instability and institutional failings, however, becomes quite a moving story of the commitment of two counselors (Larson and John Gallagher Jr.) who came through the foster system themselves and take their jobs very seriously."
The Good Thief (2003)
"A faithful remake, a spirited updating, and a deft, colorful, thoroughly entertaining heist film swimming in character and atmosphere, Neil Jordan's The Good Thief (2002)... may not be his best film, but it is one of his most purely enjoyable."
Best Of Enemies (2015)
"[Mark] Hartley may be irreverent in his approach, but it's clear that he loves this stuff. Electric Boogaloo (which gets its name from one of Cannon's own films) shares that love with the rest of us."
A Hard Day (2015)
"Just as the title suggests, Phoenix is about rising from the ashes, but filmmaker Christian Petzold is more interested than the smudged moral world in the ashes of Germany after World War II than in the promise of the rise."
Time Out Of Mind (2015)
Gangs of Wasseypur (2014)
Drug War (2013)
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
Pumping Iron (1976)
The Cut (2015)
"He's a man traversing the frontier and isolated pockets of humanity (not always welcoming) to find the promised land of family, and Akin and cinematographer Rainer Klausmann find astounding backdrops for his odyssey..."
"This is a Spike Lee film through and through. It features jarring shifts in tone and temperament. It stridently proclaims its message throughout, at times like a revival meeting seeking a call-back, at others a history lesson in verse ..."
The Conformist (1970)
"... a quirky tale of life in the Inglewood hood for three high school geeks with a passion of nineties hip-hip, is lively, snappy, and great fun, even with the threat of violence hanging over them throughout their strange adventure."
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)
"Olivier Assayas wrote this drama about a veteran actress facing a transition in her career after Juliette Binoche, arguably France's greatest and certainly most ambitious actress working today, challenged him to write a film centered on women. "