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  1. Adore 2013 At Sundance, where the first showing was nearly laughed off the screen, Adore, based on a Doris Lessing novella, was known as Two Mothers. You should know it as something to avoid. full review
  2. Blackfish 2013 Meet a theme-park phenom in the form of the killer whales (orcas in the trade) on view in Gabriela Cowperthwaite's gripping mindbender of a documentary. full review
  3. Blue Is The Warmest Color 2013 Love hurts in Blue Is the Warmest Color. That's why it sticks with you. full review
  4. Crystal Fairy 2013 [This] trippy comic odyssey may not be for everyone. But Crystal Fairy gives off fumes that deliver a indisputable high. full review
  5. The Family 2013 The Family is a comic souffle that never rises. full review
  6. Gimme The Loot 2013 Want a bracing alternative to the usual Hollywood swill? Try Gimme the Loot, a fresh, funky jolt of filmmaking joy. full review
  7. The Grandmaster 2013 You leave this deeply flawed, deeply beautiful film with no doubt that you've seen an indisputable cinematic grandmaster in action. full review
  8. John Dies at the End 2013 It's the ultimate in spoiler titles. And this stoner Ghostbusters, an altered state disguised as a movie, may also add up to a hot cult item if silliness doesn't sabotage the scares full review
  9. Mud 2013 What you do need to know is that the acting is top-tier all the way. McConaughey, on a career roll, is magnificent. full review
  10. Only God Forgives 2013 Where Drive shrewdly mystifies, Only God Forgives stupefies. You can see its gears grinding. But I'll always hang on for a rare talent like Refn. Even when he stumbles, he leaves you eager to see what he's up to next. full review
  11. Parker 2013 A formula action movie that hits its formula marks as if no one expected more. I do expect more. So do Westlake fans. This Parker spits in our collective eye. full review
  12. Passion 2013 I have no objection to DePalma laughing at himself. But his heart's not in it. Neither is his libido. Passion lacks the promise of its title. It's dead inside. full review
  13. Safe Haven 2013 I hate Safe Haven. It's a terrible thing to do to your Valentine. full review
  14. Salinger 2013 Make sure you bring a barf bag when you watch this doc's tacky re-enactments, hear its cheeseball score and endure literary posturings so florid they'd embarrass Baz Luhrmann of The Great Gatsby. full review
  15. Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's 2013 You don't have to be in vogue to enjoy this stylish ride through Bergdorf's. It's a surprise package to die for. full review
  16. Stand Up Guys 2013 Some actors don't need top-shelf material. Just the pleasure of their company is enough. And so Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin turn the insubstantial Stand Up Guys into solid entertainment. full review
  17. 2 Days in New York 2012 Julie Delpy is boundlessly appealing. And Chris Rock is acerbic fun. But the frenzied cross-cultural gags take the piss out of the real subject: how blood ties can turn love into a battlefield. full review
  18. Bachelorette 2012 Dunst, Caplan and Fisher make a delicious trio as they stir up a bitches' brew of revenge against poor Becky (Wilson). Headland can write zingers that would make the cruelest bridezilla blush. full review
  19. Bully 2012 The best social documents on film do more than show you what's wrong in the world - they make it personal. Bully does that with a passion. full review
  20. Butter 2012 Butter wishes it were a Christopher Guest sendup but comes off like a cheap imitation. full review
  21. The Cabin in the Woods 2012 If it's true that you always kill the thing you love, then horror honchos Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have taken an ax to slasher cinema in The Cabin in the Woods and chopped it up for kindling. full review
  22. Casa de mi padre 2012 Ferrell is an hombre loco. Mi gusta. full review
  23. Cosmopolis 2012 If you can get past the psychological density of the source material and the tabloid noise around the star , this mesmerizing mind-bender ought to prove that Robert Pattinson really can act and Director David Cronenberg never runs from a challenge. full review
  24. Detachment 2012 Detachment gets to you. It hits hard. full review
  25. The Devil Inside 2012 From the amateur acting, writing and directing to an ending that is shocking only in its stupidity, The Devil Inside will make you puke for all the wrong reasons. full review
  26. The Dictator 2012 The Dictator starts at outrageous and rockets on from there. Screw the occasional sputter. full review
  27. The Expendables 2 2012 I wanted to like this movie. Really. But this sequel doesn't wear down your resistance; it just wears you out. full review
  28. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 A holiday-themed piece shot through with humor and heartbreak. No bull. And low on sappy. full review
  29. Flight 2012 Flight reminds us of what Washington can do when a role hits him with a challenge that would floor a lesser actor. He's a ball of fire, and his detailed, depth-charged, bruisingly true performance will be talked about for years. full review
  30. Friends With Kids 2012 Westfeldt is the pulse of Friends With Kids, presenting us with life in all of its vibrant, messy sprawl. full review
  31. The Grey 2012 Hold on tight. It's a true call of the wild. full review
  32. Holy Motors 2012 Holy Motors, fueled by pure feeling, is a dream of a movie you want to get lost in. full review
  33. The Imposter 2012 This true story plays like a gripping psychological thriller, offering hard speculation and harder truths. You won't be able to get it out of your head. full review
  34. A Little Bit Of Heaven 2012 full review
  35. Mirror Mirror 2012 Who wants to see a fairy tale that weighs a ton? Mirror Mirror reflects badly on everyone involved. full review
  36. Natural Selection 2012 Credit Pickering's deft script for avoiding the usual cliched speed bumps, though sex and lies are on the menu. full review
  37. One for the Money 2012 Everything in One for the Money rings cringingly false. full review
  38. The Paperboy 2012 This hot mess got booed by the snobs at Cannes, but there's no denying its profane energy. full review
  39. ParaNorman 2012 It's not just Pixar that kicks ass in animation. There's magic in ParaNorman, a small miracle in stop-motion 3D from the wizards at Laika. full review
  40. Safe 2012 The trouble with Safe is that you know where it's going every step of the way. full review
  41. Side by Side 2012 Keanu Reeves is an astute and witty interviewer in Chris Kenneally's vital film. No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side. full review
  42. Silent House 2012 Paranormal Activity has been here before, of course, but Silent House springs tangy new tricks, and Olsen is a primo scream queen. full review
  43. Struck by Lightning 2012 In his screenwriting debut, Glee's gifted Chris Colfer, 22, proves he can lace a line with sass and soul. full review
  44. What to Expect When You're Expecting 2012 The still-born What To Expect... is an all-star dud that could be easily confused with Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, except for the absence of Ashton Kutcher. full review
  45. The Adventures of Tintin 2011 The Adventures of Tintin comes at you in a whoosh, like a volcano full of creative ideas in full eruption... It hits home for the kid in all of us who wants to bust out and run free. full review
  46. Bellflower 2011 Evan Glodell's explosive debut feature is a thing of toxic beauty. full review
  47. Coriolanus 2011 Purists may holler that Fiennes and screenwriter John Logan have cut the Bard's second-longest play into two tense hours onscreen, but the power of the piece is undeniable. full review
  48. Footloose 2011 Footloose 2011 is harmless as far as it goes, but on the dance floor and off it never goes nearly far enough. full review
  49. Hobo With a Shotgun 2011 What's not to like? full review
  50. Our Idiot Brother 2011 Our Idiot Brother comes off as a blueprint for a smart script no one really made. full review
  51. The Perfect Host 2011 The dialogue is witty and spiked with delicious malice. At least it is when Pierce delivers it. It won't spoil the plot to say that he is pricelessly good at taking you places you don't see coming. full review
  52. All Good Things 2010 All Good Things throws so many narrative balls in the air that you may struggle to catch up. It's worth the effort. Jarecki is a master of the telling detail. full review
  53. The American 2010 Still, The American is remote to a fault. Like Jack (George Clooney), it seems in danger of turning to stone. full review
  54. Casino Jack 2010 Golden Globe nominee Kevin Spacey has a ball and then some playing the devil inside Jack Abramoff, the corrupt GOP lobbyist who ran wild during the W. years. full review
  55. Casino Jack And The United States Of Money 2010 full review
  56. Exit Through The Gift Shop 2010 A documentary on the art world may strike you as a yawn. No worries. You'll be laughing helplessly at this one. full review
  57. Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work 2010 Joan Rivers is a comic force of nature, and this no-bull documentary offers a profanely hilarious peek into the 75th year of her life, on the road and off. Fasten your seat belts. full review
  58. Kaboom 2010 Kaboom is an erotic blast of sinful flesh, fun and fantasy that you don't want to stop. full review
  59. Love Ranch 2010 If you've been panting to see Joe Pesci and Dame Helen Mirren get it on, hustle over to Love Ranch. full review
  60. Night Catches Us 2010 Night Catches Us, Tanya Hamilton's first feature as a director, is something to cherish. full review
  61. Restrepo 2010 What we see is explosive, deeply moving and impossible to shake. full review
  62. Tiny Furniture 2010 Tiny Furniture, winner of the SXSW festival's best narrative feature prize, gets under your skin. It's the work of a filmmaker with a stunning future. full review
  63. The Whistleblower 2010 The film swings from melodrama to sermonizing, both blunting the human drama that needs to come to the fore. Weisz holds the ground in a performance of ferocity and feeling. full review
  64. Cairo Time 2009 It's a haunting and hypnotic film. And Clarkson's sublimely nuanced performance is in every way transporting. full review
  65. Crude 2009 Here's a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore. full review
  66. Extract 2009 Right in time for the economic downturn comes Extract, a smart and potently funny workplace comedy about running a small business just as small businesses get routinely run into the ground. full review
  67. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest 2009 Hornet's Nest is talky but indisputably terrific, and it ends in a dazzling display of courtroom fireworks. Rapace is hot stuff in any language. Oscar, take heed. full review
  68. The Limits of Control 2009 With The Limits of Control, Jim Jarmsuch gets tangled up in his own deadpan. full review
  69. The Road 2009 In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true.
  70. Bottle Shock 2008 Bottle Shock is something special: there's magic in it.
  71. Bronson 2008 Tom Hardy is pure dynamite in the role, beefing up 35 pounds to play Britain's most notorious prisoner. full review
  72. Happy-Go-Lucky 2008 No list of the year's best performances should be made without [Sally Hawkins].
  73. Management 2008 Playwright Stephen Belber, in his directing debut, comes close to the sweet spot. He's not there yet. But he'll be worth watching next time. full review
  74. Freedom Writers 2007 Corny? You bet. And worse when the plot veers into the glitz of a Dangerous Minds and the sappiness of a TV After School Special. But the movie, which Swank helped produce by using her clout as a two-time Oscar winner, gets to you.
  75. Hot Rod 2007 The film's low-key Wayne's World vibe takes it only so far. I laughed, then I wished it was funnier, then I just wished it would end.
  76. Phoebe in Wonderland 2007 Let Clarkson and Fanning take you to the rabbit hole of seductive enchantment that defines this movie. full review
  77. There Will Be Blood 2007 There Will Be Blood hits with hurricane force. Lovers of formula and sugarcoating will hate it. Screw them. In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher.
  78. Jackass: Number Two 2006 The new dose of Jackass is way dumber, grosser and gayer (there are more things shoved up male butts than a cowboy could dream of up on Brokeback Mountain, and the guys even sing a homo anthem from La Cage aux folles).
  79. Nacho Libre 2006
  80. Scoop 2006 Scoop is no more than a beguiling trifle. But in the dog days of summer, it's a perk to wallow in inspired silliness.
  81. Sherrybaby 2006 No matter how much grit writer-director Laurie Collyer sprinkles on the surface, the innards of this baby are pure formula.
  82. Casanova 2005 The whimsical plot, involving Casanova's seduction of a cross-dressing feminist, isn't helped by director Lasse Hallstrom's leaden hand.
  83. Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005
  84. Stoned 2005 The herky-jerky editing is meant to indicate tumultuous excitement, switching back and forth in time, but the effect is grating and frustratingly unilluminating.
  85. The World's Fastest Indian 2005 Even a nice chianti couldn't help you wash down this lump of tear-jerking twaddle.
  86. Little Black Book 2004 Treat this sucker like the actors should have done when they read the script: Kick it to the curb.
  87. Mean Girls 2004 Fey subverts formula to find comic gold.
  88. Spanglish 2004 With his unerring eye for characters, even their hidden dark corners, Brooks makes Spanglish a rich blend of humor and heartbreak.
  89. American Wedding 2003 A worn-out gross-out.
  90. Anger Management 2003 Has its moments.
  91. Daddy Day Care 2003 Murphy looks comatose delivering the played-out poopy jokes.
  92. Darkness Falls 2003 Do you really need me to tell you how scary this horror show isn't?
  93. Gigli 2003 The stars display zip chemistry, but seem to find themselves adorable. They're so taken with each other they don't need an audience.
  94. Hollywood Homicide 2003 Action movies that show a real interest in characters and their quirks are so rare that you might be ready to forgive this one its sins of cliche and poky pacing.
  95. The Italian Job 2003 A tricked-out remake of a heist flick that was already flat and formulaic in 1969.
  96. The Missing 2003 Even Cate Blanchett can't save this misbegotten horse opera.
  97. Mona Lisa Smile 2003 Women of the Fifties, rise up in protest.
  98. Party Monster 2003 This film feels fake, forced and indigestible.
  99. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 Buries its treasures -- mainly Johnny Depp in eye shadow and dreads as Captain Jack Sparrow -- in briny cliches.
  100. Something's Gotta Give 2003 Keaton nails every laugh and nuance in this tart, terrific romantic comedy.
  101. Tears of the Sun 2003 Fuqua ... can stage action, but he can't save a trivializing, reactionary script featuring a Hollywood star (read America) as a global savior.
  102. A Guy Thing 2002 If you ever admired Julia Stiles, Selma Blair and Jason Lee -- and who didn't? -- don't watch them crush their careers in this laugh-free romantic comedy from the director of Snow Day.
  103. The Hours 2002 Kidman's acting is superlative, full of passion and feeling.
  104. The Master of Disguise 2002 In just over a minute you can see everything that's wrong with this one-joke farce.
  105. Morvern Callar 2002 Ramsay and Morton fill this character study with poetic force and buoyant feeling.
  106. Panic Room 2002 Foster nails the role, giving a tight, focused performance illuminated by shards of feeling.
  107. The Pianist 2002 A portrait of hell so shattering it's impossible to shake.
  108. Spider-Man 2002 Raimi gives this unapologetic fluff a mind, a heart and a keen sense of fun.
  109. The Sum of All Fears 2002 Affleck merely creates an outline for a role he still needs to grow into, a role that Ford effortlessly filled with authority.
  110. View from the Top 2002 What might fly as a skit on SNL never leaves the runway on the screen as Brazilian director Bruno Barreto and first-time screenwriter Eric Wald set the cast on a desperate search for laughs.
  111. XXX 2002 Cohen ... loads the film with pow.
  112. America's Sweethearts 2001 America's Sweethearts is a balloon, all right -- a lead one.
  113. The Animal 2001 Certainly reeks like something produced from a squatting position.
  114. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2001 Chow reveals astonishing depths. But the revelation is Yeoh.
  115. Donnie Darko 2001
  116. Love the Hard Way 2001 It's a posturing, pandering tale of sexual obsession in thrall to its own overweening self-importance.
  117. Riding in Cars with Boys 2001 The rough edges of Donofrio's life are either ignored or smoothed away, replaced by broad laughs and easy sentiment.
  118. The Shipping News 2001 Some novels need to be left alone. Hear that, Hollywood?
  119. Lara Croft - Tomb Raider 2001 In the department of numbing ineptitude, the pacing runs a neck-and-neck race with the dialogue.
  120. Tomcats 2001 Laced with such rampant misogyny that the laughs stick in your throat.
  121. Zoolander 2001 An oasis of bracing comedy that comes at just the right time, when we're parched for it.
  122. 28 Days 2000
  123. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 2000 It's sledgehammer whimsy, and it's not talking to me.
  124. All the Pretty Horses 2000
  125. American Psycho 2000 An uneven movie that nonetheless bristles with stinging wit and exerts a perverse fascination.
  126. The Gift 2000
  127. Malena 2000
  128. Shaft 2000
  129. Traffic 2000 A real cannonball, a hardass drama about the drug trade that Steven Soderbergh directs like a thriller -- it comes out blazing.
  130. Vatel 2000 This putrid dish marks a new low for director Roland Joffe.
  131. Vertical Limit 2000
  132. The Yards 2000
  133. The Blair Witch Project 1999 I have seen the new face of movie horror and its name is The Blair Witch Project, a groundbreaker in fright that reinvents scary for the new millennium. full review
  134. But I'm A Cheerleader 1999
  135. The General's Daughter 1999 A lurid mess, a Southern gumbo simmering in Gothic cliche.
  136. An Ideal Husband 1999
  137. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 Even when the accents are as indecipherable as the plot, Ritchie keeps the action percolating and the humor on high.
  138. A Walk on the Moon 1999
  139. Antz 1998 Antz is refreshingly naughty and nice.
  140. Gods and Monsters 1998
  141. Velvet Goldmine 1998
  142. Chasing Amy 1997 It's a rude blast of gleeful provocation, a farce about emotional pain, a drama about sexual slapstick.
  143. Cop Land 1997 Nearly down for the count in the movie ring, Stallone isn't just back in the fight. He's a winner.
  144. Donnie Brasco 1997 Pacino and Depp are a match made in acting heaven, riffing off each other with astonishing subtlety and wit.
  145. The Ice Storm 1997 The best film about family so far this year. Just don't think Disney.
  146. Inventing the Abbotts 1997
  147. A Life Less Ordinary 1997
  148. Private Parts 1997 A comic firecracker with a surprising human touch.
  149. She's So Lovely 1997
  150. Albino Alligator 1996
  151. Basquiat 1996
  152. Beautiful Girls 1996 In a relationship that skirts bad taste, Hutton and Portman make tender movie magic, giving this big-screen spin on Friends its only moments of true romantic yearning.
  153. Big Night 1996 A feast of a film done on a low budget with a menu featuring top-grade acting, writing and direction.
  154. The English Patient 1996 Get ready for the great romance of the movie year. full review
  155. The Ghost and the Darkness 1996 When the movie sticks to fact, the result is a hypnotic spectacle.
  156. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 Adding to the film's split personality is Demi Moore.
  157. Looking for Richard 1996 Pacino makes looking for Richard a great adventure and outrageous fun.
  158. Pocahontas 1996 Disney deserves praise for raising the ante on its ambitions in animation. Next time, though, a little less civics lesson and a little more heart.
  159. Restoration 1996 Lively, lavish and grandly acted pageant.
  160. Stealing Beauty 1996 In contrasting the sexuality and rebellion of Lucy's generation with his own, Bertolucci clearly yearns to rekindle his creative spirit.
  161. Trainspotting 1996 Trainspotting is a singular sensation, a visionary knockout spiked with insight, wild invention and outrageous wit.
  162. Unhook the Stars 1996
  163. Bad Boys 1995 It's all special-effects noise and nonsense.
  164. Blue in the Face 1995
  165. Braveheart 1995 Though the film dawdles a bit with the shimmery, dappled love stuff involving Wallace with a Scottish peasant and a French princess, the action will pin you to your seat. full review
  166. Clockers 1995 Clockers thunders home with the bruising urgency of a story that needs to be told.
  167. Clueless 1995 Silverstone is a winner. And so is the movie, which also functions as a lunatic update of Emma, the 1816 Jane Austen novel.
  168. Desperado 1995 Desperado is best when Rodriguez lets his playful side cut through the blare of a born filmmaker indulging his first chance at high-end Hollywood fireworks.
  169. Devil in a Blue Dress 1995 The movie simmers with pungent suspense, humor and eroticism.
  170. The Doom Generation 1995 It's a savagely funny ride fueled by Araki's insight and blunt compassion.
  171. Nick of Time 1995
  172. Smoke 1995
  173. Strange Days 1995 Undeniably thrilling and troubling.
  174. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 1995
  175. Unzipped 1995
  176. The Usual Suspects 1995 The Usual Suspects is the freshest, funniest and scariest crime thriller to come along since Pulp Fiction.
  177. Airheads 1994 Fraser and Buscemi are deadpan delights. And Sandler, Opera Man on SNL, is a red-hot screen find.
  178. Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 Gimmicks replace characterization at every turn.
  179. The Crow 1994 Lee is sensational on all counts in a final performance that brims over with athleticism and ardor.
  180. Fresh 1994
  181. Heavenly Creatures 1994 1994 spellbinder.
  182. It Could Happen to You 1994 Sweetness is fine as far as it goes, but this oddball romance could have used a twist of lemon.
  183. Pulp Fiction 1994 There's a special kick that comes from watching something this thrillingly alive.
  184. Heart and Souls 1993
  185. Indecent Proposal 1993
  186. The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 Of all the new Halloween films, only this one has the power to truly haunt our dreams.
  187. The Snapper 1993 This rip-roaring Irish comedy is the freshest surprise of the season.
  188. American Me 1992
  189. Boomerang 1992 For all the sex talk in Boomerang, there's very little nudity. The only thing naked is Murphy's vanity.
  190. Far and Away 1992
  191. Glengarry Glen Ross 1992
  192. Hoffa 1992
  193. Incident at Oglala 1992
  194. A League of Their Own 1992 At her best, Marshall captures the camaraderie of these women in ways that rip the film out of its cliched roots.
  195. Leap of Faith 1992
  196. Passion Fish 1992
  197. Patriot Games 1992 The movie kills most of the fun by watering down Clancy.
  198. Reservoir Dogs 1992
  199. Strictly Ballroom 1992
  200. Barton Fink 1991 Partly hilarious, partly horrific, totally mesmerizing.
  201. Bugsy 1991
  202. The Doors 1991 I can't recall a film that evokes the myth of the Sixties more potently.
  203. The Fisher King 1991 So what if it's not perfect? It's magic.
  204. Grand Canyon 1991
  205. The Hard Way 1991
  206. The Silence of the Lambs 1991 For all the unbridled savagery on display, what is shrewd, significant and finally hopeful about Silence of the Lambs is the way it proves that a movie can be mercilessly scary and mercifully humane at the same time.
  207. Slacker 1991 What Linklater has captured is a generation of bristling minds unable to turn their thoughts into action.
  208. Soapdish 1991 It's a kick to see Field sending up her sweetheart image.
  209. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 It's Cameron's show; he's the reigning king of movie pow, with dark wit and a poet's eye for mayhem. T2 cost a reported $100 million, and you can actually see where the money went.
  210. Days of Thunder 1990 Producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer have raised formula films to a science.
  211. Ghost 1990 Zucker dutifully pushes all the buttons -- romance, thrills, laughs, tears -- that have been pushed before by more assured hands. full review
  212. Look Who's Talking 1989 This flabby comedy ... deserves only one thing: to fall on its fat one.
  213. Miss Firecracker 1989
  214. Steel Magnolias 1989
  215. Angel Heart 1987
  216. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1986 This film gives off a dark chill that follows you all the way home.
  217. Day of the Dead 1985
  218. Imitation of Life 1958

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