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  1. Antiviral 2013 Cronenberg achieves a kind of heightened reality that does not resemble the real world but possesses its own internal logic. full review
  2. The Attack 2013 This doleful and nuanced Middle Eastern tragedy is unlike any other recent film from the region in various ways. full review
  3. A Band Called Death 2013 [A] generous, spirited documentary [that captures] one of the strangest and most inspiring of all family stories of tragedy and triumph that this crazy country has produced. full review
  4. Berberian Sound Studio 2013 "Berberian Sound Studio" may be the finest tribute to the old-school cinematic craftsmanship of the sound mixer and Foley artist I've ever encountered. full review
  5. Birders: The Central Park Effect 2013 [A] revelatory little film ... full review
  6. Blue Is The Warmest Color 2013 It's perhaps the first great love story of the 21st century that could belong only to this century. full review
  7. Computer Chess 2013 This profound, peculiar work of genius, this half-comic portrait of the present in embryo within the past, reverberates with hidden meanings and a questing intelligence. full review
  8. Concussion 2013 If you're looking for a marriage movie that's friendly, upbeat and reassuring, I suggest you keep on looking; if you want a startling debut film that merits comparison with Ingmar Bergman, Woody Allen and Nicole Holofcener, here it is. full review
  9. Cutie And The Boxer 2013 "Cutie and the Boxer" is one of the most unsentimental and unstinting portraits of marriage ever brought to the screen ... full review
  10. Drug War 2013 The big budget and big social canvas have called forth one of [To's] best movies, a dense and involving police procedural with a dash of the grotesque and a persistent undertone of doom. full review
  11. Europa Report 2013 If this isn't quite a great movie, it should be an immensely gratifying one for sci-fi fans tired of the conceptual overkill and general dumbness of "Prometheus" or "Star Trek Into Darkness." full review
  12. Hannah Arendt 2013 Once we get to the Eichmann trial and its aftermath, it's mesmerizing. full review
  13. A Hijacking 2013 No mainstream American thriller could ever be made about this subject that resisted simple-minded narrative cliches the way "A Hijacking" does, or that refused to depict its characters as either heroes or villains. full review
  14. Informant 2013 [An] evenhanded and carefully crafted documentary ... full review
  15. The Iran Job 2013 This is a complicated, accessible and heartfelt human drama, one that Obama, Romney and Americans of all political stripes should see ... full review
  16. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files 2013 I'm not sure that director and co-writer Chris James Thompson's film sheds any new light on why Dahmer committed his crimes, but I'm also not sure that anything is gained by trying to look too deeply into such a disordered personality. full review
  17. John Dies at the End 2013 What may be the most freewheeling and imaginative film of Coscarelli's checkered career, loaded with tripped-out mood and nicely balanced between humor, horror and an underlay of genuine sweetness. full review
  18. LUV 2013 Both for good and for ill, "LUV" has a film-school feeling about it, and channels a legacy of fatalistic American crime cinema that includes "Mean Streets" and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre." full review
  19. Narco Cultura 2013 "Narco Cultura" shows us two nations locked in an expensive and destructive war whose only winners are the politicians, police chiefs and drug lords, and whose losers lie in marble tombs and paupers' graves all over Mexico. full review
  20. Newlyweeds 2013 A smoky, jazzy, biting and heartfelt comedy about two young people, one love affair, American life, African-American life, Brooklyn and - oh, yeah - weed. full review
  21. Phantom 2013 "Phantom" has a pulpy B-movie intensity and economy to match its cast of quality character actors. full review
  22. The Punk Singer 2013 Extensive interviews with Hanna then and now are included, along with band mates, friends, mentors and several different critics and journalists. full review
  23. Red Flag 2013 If it's all reasonably familiar indie-comedy terrain, it's delivered at a brisk, economical clip with plenty of laughs, and a series of running gags that keep getting funnier. full review
  24. Room 237 2013 This movie about a labyrinth with a monster at its center is itself a labyrinth, [Ascher] tells us; better leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind you if you hope to get out. full review
  25. Rubberneck 2013 Immediately put me in mind of the classic slow burn of vintage thrillers like Fritz Lang's "M" and Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom"... full review
  26. Simon Killer 2013 A brilliantly orchestrated work of cinema in a grimy, 1970s vein. full review
  27. Something in the Air 2013 It's a terrific film, wonderfully atmospheric and alive ... full review
  28. Upstream Color 2013 What I discern here is the work of a unique visual stylist and collage artist who's creating obsessive-compulsive allegorical puzzles, whose underlying philosophy is deliberately unclear. full review
  29. We Are What We Are 2013 It's a sinister, wistful and even sad portrait of one family that has followed the insanity and bloodthirstiness of American history into a dark corridor with no exit. full review
  30. What Maisie Knew 2013 Intimate, unnerving and entirely addictive. full review
  31. Wrong 2013 As this wry, dry and glittering near-masterpiece proclaims, life is full of wrongness, but also full of mystery and wonder. full review
  32. 360 2012 A mistake from beginning to end. full review
  33. The ABCs of Death 2012 An enormously impressive and massively indulgent cornucopia of 26 short films from all over the world. full review
  34. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry 2012 Ai Weiwei is a crucial figure of East-West cultural communication and contemporary history, whose middle finger extended at the centers of power stands for a rising tide of global discontent. full review
  35. The Ambassador 2012 You'll be fascinated, frustrated and enraged by "The Ambassador," which is something like a bastard reworking of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" staged by Don DeLillo and Sacha Baron Cohen. full review
  36. Ballplayer: Pelotero 2012 A gripping documentary that takes us inside the largely closed world of youth baseball training and recruitment in the Dominican Republic. full review
  37. Brooklyn Castle 2012 What may well be the most optimistic, inspiring and downright thrilling movie released all year ... full review
  38. The Cabin in the Woods 2012 Quite a bit of it is great, and most of it works, and the stuff that clicks is outrageously entertaining and funny, sometimes with surprising depth. full review
  39. Casa de mi padre 2012 Is "Casa de Mi Padre" brilliant or pointless? Indubitably it's both, as Ron Burgundy might put it. full review
  40. Deadfall 2012 [An] atmospheric, suspenseful, snowbound crime thriller with a creepy, sexy undertow ... full review
  41. Detachment 2012 Despite many nameable flaws, [it] is a wrenching and powerful achievement... full review
  42. The Dictator 2012 Although the character of Aladeen seems awfully predictable by Baron Cohen standards, the movie itself veers from one hilarious, absurd and patently offensive setup to the next... full review
  43. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 Burns remains an agreeable presence throughout, and the emotions mostly ring true, even if the comic elements feel overly broad and individual episodes are hit-and-miss. full review
  44. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 2012 With this sober, mournful, gorgeously mounted and marvelously acted drama, Miike connects himself to the greatest traditions of Japanese film and to the period of historical self-examination that followed the debacle of World War II. full review
  45. Holy Motors 2012 It's the coolest and strangest movie of the year, and once it gets its druglike hooks in your brain, you'll never get them out again. full review
  46. How to Survive a Plague 2012 One of the most important documentaries in years or decades ... full review
  47. I Wish 2012 "I Wish" is a wonderful adventure film that's no less thrilling for its modest scale, and a film whose emotional power and intelligence sneak up on you. full review
  48. The Imposter 2012 Rarely has the con game, and the human capacity to believe in improbable outcomes, been taken to such extremes as we see in "The Imposter"... full review
  49. Kill List 2012 This movie is yet another testament to the thriving creativity of the British indie-film scene. full review
  50. Knuckleball! 2012 Immediately leaps near the top of the list of greatest baseball documentaries. full review
  51. Lay the Favorite 2012 Those of us who still venerate Frears as a pioneer of British indie cinema in the '80s pine for him to have higher goals than a ditzy true-crime romp, but maybe that's our problem rather than his. full review
  52. Lore 2012 If "Lore" is an upsetting and uncomfortable film set in a morally bleak landscape, it also offers a guardedly optimistic vision of the possibility of human change. full review
  53. Mansome 2012 It's more first-person journal and travelogue than it is cultural archaeology, and as such it's basically OK. full review
  54. October Baby 2012 The odds that this has happened in the real world approach those of being struck by lightning and eaten by a shark at the same time. With a winning lottery ticket tucked in your swimsuit. full review
  55. The Possession 2012 This is a lugubrious, lovingly crafted B movie, with more than a little 1970s flavor but no arch postmodern attitude. full review
  56. Post Tenebras Lux 2012 A mesmerizing combination of opaque art-house cinema, personal reflection and class-based rural thriller, Mexican director Carlos Reygadas' "Post Tenebras Lux" casts a strange and powerful spell. full review
  57. Red Lights 2012 This movie boasts a few lurid, gothic shocks and culminates in a startling outburst of violence, but it's got nothing to say (beyond the repeated insistence that it's got many dark and troubling things to say). full review
  58. The Revisionaries 2012 An alarming, hilarious documentary ... full review
  59. Safe 2012 From its implacable hero and thoroughgoing cynicism to its electrified pace and fairytale conclusion, "Safe" is both a slavish imitation of cinema gone by and a movie for our time. full review
  60. Skyfall 2012 This is a smashing entertainment, but also one that feels over-engineered and constrained by its origins. full review
  61. The Snowtown Murders 2012 An impressive but exceptionally disturbing feature debut from Australian director Justin Kurzel that pushes the new wave of Aussie crime films up a notch. full review
  62. This Is Not a Film 2012 Any way you slice it, it's a brave and brilliant act of defiance. full review
  63. The Waiting Room 2012 Urgent and upsetting ... full review
  64. Whores' Glory 2012 A daring, novelistic and unforgettable account of the real lives of female prostitutes in three very different countries and social contexts. full review
  65. About Sunny 2011 It's a worthwhile recession-era drama built around a terrific performance. full review
  66. The Adventures of Tintin 2011 Although I personally still find the rubber-faced, pseudo-human figures produced by this technique unsettling, the work done by Spielberg and Jackson's animation teams here is exquisite. full review
  67. Another Happy Day 2011 Levinson's movie is highly enjoyable, if cast in a conventional mold, but I'm fully going on the warpath for Barkin, who has soldiered on through a long period of post-stardom and deserves an Oscar nomination for this role, right now. full review
  68. Bellflower 2011 Sometimes that works well and sometimes it works poorly, but Bellflower is a genuine breakthrough, and after its own profoundly flawed fashion, a work of genius. full review
  69. Buck 2011 A haunting, beautifully told tale about a genuine American original, who survived a childhood of violent abuse to become a leading figure in new-school horse training. full review
  70. Farmageddon 2011 "Farmageddon" isn't memorable cinema... full review
  71. Friends With Benefits 2011 "Friends With Benefits" is often uproariously and profanely funny, and anchored in high-spirited performances from its central duo, who are well matched as comic foils if oddly lacking in erotic electricity. full review
  72. Goodbye First Love 2011 This is a rigorously crafted film steeped in the French tradition, but it's meant to be a sensual and emotional experience, not a verbal or analytical one. full review
  73. Hugo 2011 I have seen the future of 3-D moviemaking, and it belongs to Martin Scorsese, unlikely as that may sound. full review
  74. Leap Year 2011 It's a gripping, mysterious use of no-budget cinema at its finest, and an intimate character study with surprising emotional power. full review
  75. One Lucky Elephant 2011 Both illuminates the bond that can form between humans and animals and also reminds us that we can never quite leap over the gulf of comprehension that lies between us and other species. full review
  76. The Other Woman 2011 "The Other Woman" feels like it's directed at an infernally narrow upper-middle-class urbanite demographic, without being even halfway distinctive enough to attract that particular audience. full review
  77. Our Idiot Brother 2011 It's a warm, intelligent and highly contemporary comedy with just the right amount of edge, a terrific ensemble cast and a big, fuzzy golden retriever ready to knock you down and lick you like a giant lollipop. full review
  78. Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow 2011 Shot in widescreen CinemaScope, Fiennes' film is a mesmerizing spectacle that asserts its own pace... full review
  79. Rapt 2011 Both a compelling character study and a handsomely mounted procedural, at various times suggesting Hitchcock, his French acolyte Claude Chabrol, the sadistic TV series "24" and the action movies of Michael Mann. full review
  80. Revenge of the Electric Car 2011 Fascinating and highly entertaining... full review
  81. Septien 2011 There's an unkillable something at the heart of "Septien," an artistic ambition that's not calculated or cynical, that feels homegrown American but is thoroughly resistant to totalitarian spectacle and the manufactured tides of mass opinion. full review
  82. Trishna 2011 This is one of the best and bravest of recent adaptations of classic literature; if you're even a little bit intrigued, ignore what others say and don't let it pass you by. full review
  83. The Ward 2011 Feels an awful lot like a low-budget knockoff of Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch." full review
  84. Armadillo 2010 A mesmerizing, beautiful and terrifying documentary that can stand among the greatest war movies ever made. full review
  85. Centurion 2010 It offers riveting storytelling, gorgeous cinematography and scenery, loads of gore, and a politically complicated history lesson. full review
  86. Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 2010 As irresistible as the Ashley and Angelina material may be, that stuff is really the icing on Gibney's cake, which is an elegantly told New York fable about a smart, arrogant guy who made a whole lot of the wrong kinds of enemies. full review
  87. The Company Men 2010 As ham-fisted as Wells' dialogue is through much of "The Company Men," the phenomenon he describes is real. full review
  88. Ip Man 2010 Wilson Yip has crafted a gripping, rousing, beautifully structured yarn, built around a calm but charismatic star performance by Donnie Yen and magnificent action sequences choreographed by the legendary Sammo Hung. full review
  89. Monsters 2010 I want to convince you to see it but I don't want to hype it so much that the surprise is ruined. full review
  90. Night Catches Us 2010 Hamilton will no doubt make more polished movies, but this one has unusual atmosphere and emotional depth, and tackles subject matter no mainstream American film would touch without Hazmat equipment. full review
  91. Restrepo 2010 A riveting, you-are-there, deployment to a godforsaken place where United States troops are pinned down by enemy fire almost every day... full review
  92. The Switch 2010 Taken on its own terms, it's a light, sweet, curiously enjoyable misfit romance, whose real star is not Aniston but her magnificently awkward Lothario, Jason Bateman. full review
  93. Tiny Furniture 2010 This is a quirky little comedy, not a film that will change your view of reality or anything, but it's funny, wrenching and sharply observed, with a dispassion that suggests a real artist is at work. full review
  94. Beeswax 2009 This warm, graceful and fundamentally optimistic movie snuck up on me, in the best possible way. full review
  95. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest 2009 A rousing, grueling, almost operatically scaled finale to the series. full review
  96. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2009 As silly and gendered as his boy-fantasy sexual revolution looks in the rear-view mirror, it both sparked and signaled a prodigious sea change in American mores. full review
  97. The Time That Remains 2009 Both a musical construction and a work more concerned with form, light, sound and music than with what its characters say or do. full review
  98. Valhalla Rising 2009 Lots of movies about the Middle Ages can do the mud and blood -- though we sure see a lot of both here -- but in this movie it's like Refn has ripped you out of time and dropped you there. full review
  99. Bronson 2008 Bronson is an explosive, theatrical, fourth-wall-busting project that will strike some viewers (like me) as prodigious and others as unbearably pretentious. full review
  100. The Business of Being Born 2008 No one, male or female, pregnant or childless, who sees The Business of Being Born will ever see the hospital maternity ward as a normal environment again. full review
  101. Chevolution 2008 The Cannes Che, probably a film no one will see again, is a big, sprawling, ambitious mess. It's less a grand-opera mess than a beautifully constructed machine whose parts don't all quite work together. full review
  102. Elegy 2008 It's beautiful, but nobody involved was ever sure what the movie was actually about, or why they were making it. full review
  103. Let the Right One In 2008 A terrific Halloween surprise. full review
  104. Nerdcore Rising 2008 Hilarious and delightful. full review
  105. Tony Manero 2008 A memorably claustrophobic evocation of its time and place, as well as a reminder that the so-called escape offered by pop culture can sometimes be an escape into soul-sucking madness. full review
  106. Before the Rains 2007 So pretty and so utterly lifeless you can almost smell the embalming fluid coming off the screen. full review
  107. Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe 2007 Black White & Gray raises provocative questions but can't answer them, or even frame them with total clarity. full review
  108. Civic Duty 2007 It's a gloomy, intense and effective little picture, without being the least bit original. full review
  109. Confessions of a Superhero 2007 In its own inimitably strange way, Confessions of a Superhero is an inspirational tale. full review
  110. Descent 2007 It's a lot like a '70s exploitation movie, with its determination to seduce and shock the viewer with alternating currents of electrical stimulus, and its weird combination of arty arch-decadence and neo-Victorian moralizing. full review
  111. The Devil Came on Horseback 2007 But The Devil Came on Horseback has galvanized audiences at film festivals around the world precisely because it presents, in its calm, measured fashion and without much ceremony, pictures that nobody really wants to see. full review
  112. The Inner Life of Martin Frost 2007 So far, so good, right? Not really. full review
  113. Munyurangabo 2007 It's raw and rough, but beautifully photographed and classically constructed, with an undercurrent of awful tension and a lyrical sensibility. full review
  114. The Order of Myths 2007 On both sides of the Mobile Mardi Gras divide, people seem to be edging toward a desire for reconciliation, but there remain significant differences about what that might entail. full review
  115. Outsourced 2007 I guess Outsourced is simply too bright and pleasant to become a huge hit, but it's a confident little genre film with near-classic charm. full review
  116. The Pool 2007 A lovely, warm, unforced film that gives you time to get to know its characters and isn't propelled by any artificial narrative conventions, or for that matter by any Dickensian social outrage. full review
  117. The Rape of Europa 2007 All in all, an exciting and terrifying new perspective on an era you probably thought you understood. full review
  118. Steal a Pencil for Me 2007 Michele Ohayon's Steal a Pencil for Me offers a simple human story of dignity, levity and romance -- both unlikely qualities in the chaos and terror of Nazi-era Europe -- and exerts its own special charm. full review
  119. Choking Man 2006 I can think of no earthly reason why this well-made and thoroughly charming New York indie drama from writer-director Steve Barron has been languishing in limbo for two years. full review
  120. Click 2006 The jokes don't come frequently enough in Click, and aren't all that funny. full review
  121. Day Night Day Night 2006 Day Night Day Night has captured viewers' attention around the world for its remarkable craftsmanship, technical command and distinctive vision.
  122. Maxed Out 2006 Given that James D. Scurlock's documentary Maxed Out is a resolutely uncinematic progression of talking heads -- and they're talking about a subject most of us would rather not even think about -- it's a remarkably entertaining film. full review
  123. Saint of 9/11 2006 Tears and emotions flow freely through the film, which successfully captures a little of the original horror and raw, unpoliticized emotion of that beautiful late summer day. full review
  124. Sherrybaby 2006 The wonder of Sherrybaby is that we can admire Sherry's exuberance and evident love of life -- and the extraordinary actress who portrays her -- without really being sure where she's going. full review
  125. This Is England 2006 It's one of the simplest and best re-creations of downscale urban England during the gritty post-punk years ever put on screen, and it's both upsetting and very funny. full review
  126. Unknown 2006 Once the paranoid surrealism of the opening scenes begins to fade, so does the film's inherent interest level. full review
  127. The Wind That Shakes the Barley 2006 This is a classic example of [director Ken] Loach's work with his longtime screenwriting partner Paul Laverty, meaning that it blends colorful scenery with meticulously rendered sociology, straightforward family drama and tendentious political debate. full review
  128. 49 Up 2005 The latest riveting, heartbreaking chapter to one of the supreme creations of documentary filmmaking, the 7 Up series. full review
  129. Commune 2005 Berman captures a way of life that has been curiously influential -- has been imitated, ripped off, ridiculed and demonized -- ever since. full review
  130. Into Great Silence 2005 A rapturous, absorbing experience -- it has no voice-over, no back story or history, no archival footage and no talking heads -- but only if you can surrender yourself to it. full review
  131. Old Joy 2005 Old Joy (adapted by writer Jonathan Raymond from his own short story) is only 76 minutes long, but it has the contemplative power of Buddhist meditation. full review
  132. Darkness Falls 2003 As far as semi-abandoned midwinter Hollywood compost goes, though, Darkness Falls basically brings home the bacon for horror fans. full review
  133. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 The American film of the season -- and maybe of the year, or the last couple of years... full review
  134. Donnie Darko 2001 A stunning technical accomplishment that virtually bursts with noise, ideas and references. full review
  135. Gossip 2000 Its charms, such as they are, are all on the surface -- beautiful faces, beautiful clothes, deluxe interiors and lots of breaking glass -- while its story makes no sense whatsoever. full review
  136. The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 Seeing the film in a crowded theater is a lot more fun than watching it on TV would be, and the crappy, grainy look does create a sort of you-are-there immediacy. full review
  137. Scream 3 2000 Holds up the honor of the franchise nicely. full review
  138. Double Jeopardy 1999 This movie should be exhumed and executed again! full review
  139. The General's Daughter 1999 Its vision of reality seems so stylized, so fake, that I came out of it wondering whether it has the slightest idea what it's talking about. full review
  140. In Dreams 1999 full review
  141. Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 A wildly uneven and sloppily directed movie, full of clashing tones and undigested bits of superior films. full review
  142. Clay Pigeons 1998 Clay Pigeons may not actually be a good movie, but it has many of the ingredients of one. full review
  143. As Good As It Gets 1997 An almost-convincing imaginary universe. full review
  144. Wake in Fright 1971 A legendary and controversial Aussie classic, although it's long been available only in poor-quality video releases. full review

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