Not all films are movies and not all movies are films. This list is a list of the best movies in the last three years. They are sorted from best to worst, though all of them share extraordinary qualities in film making.

A Star Is Born (2018) 99,98,99,100

IMDB: 8.5, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 90%

With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right -- and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling.



Ready Player One (2018) 96,94,84,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 72%

Ready Player One is a sweetly nostalgic thrill ride that neatly encapsulates Spielberg's strengths while adding another solidly engrossing adventure to his filmography.



Black Panther (2018) 93,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 96%

Black Panther elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU's most absorbing stories -- and introducing some of its most fully realized characters.



Game Night (2018) 78,85,80,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 83%

With a talented cast turned loose on a loaded premise -- and a sharp script loaded with dark comedy and unexpected twists -- Game Night might be more fun than the real thing.



Crazy Rich Asians (2018) 91,96,96,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 92%

With a terrific cast and a surfeit of visual razzle dazzle, Crazy Rich Asians takes a satisfying step forward for screen representation while deftly drawing inspiration from the classic -- and still effective -- rom-com formula.



Incredibles 2 (2018) 99,98,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 93%

Incredibles 2 reunites Pixar's family crimefighting team for a long-awaited follow-up that may not quite live up to the original, but comes close enough to earn its name.



Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) 78,65,65,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 64%, RT Critics: 69%

A flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure, Solo: A Star Wars Story should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theater door.



To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) 90,98,86,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 95%

To All the Boys I've Loved Before plays by the teen rom-com rules, but relatable characters and a thoroughly charming cast more than make up for a lack of surprises.



Leave No Trace (2018) 80,88,99,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 100%

Leave No Trace takes an effectively low-key approach to a potentially sensationalistic story -- and further benefits from brilliant work by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.



The Tale (2018) 78,72,99,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 98%

The Tale handles its extraordinarily challenging subject matter with sensitivity, grace, and the power of some standout performances led by a remarkable Laura Dern.



Avengers: Infinity War (2018) 99,99,94,100

IMDB: 8.6, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 83%

Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.



Alpha (2018) 70,78,68,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 80%

Well-acted and beautifully filmed, Alpha offers a canine-assisted epic adventure that blends rousing action with an extra helping of canine charm.



Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 97%

Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible - Fallout lives up to the "impossible" part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them.



Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) 84,68,61,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 65%, RT Critics: 63%

Though less subversive than its predecessor, Sicario: Day of the Soldado succeeds as a stylish, dynamic thriller -- even if its amoral machismo makes for grim viewing.



Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) 89,93,84,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 88%

A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and The Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser.



Isle of Dogs (2018) 98,97,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 89%

The beautifully stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs finds Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented best while telling one of the director's most winsomely charming stories.



Love, Simon (2018) 96,99,94,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 92%

Love, Simon hits its coming-of-age beats more deftly than many entries in this well-traveled genre -- and represents an overdue, if not entirely successful, milestone of inclusion.



Deadpool 2 (2018) 98,98,87,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 82%

Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds' undeniable charm.



Tully (2018) 74,73,96,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 85%

Tully delves into the modern parenthood experience with an admirably deft blend of humor and raw honesty, brought to life by an outstanding performance by Charlize Theron.



American Animals (2018) 76,85,97,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 88%

American Animals tangles with a number of weighty themes, but never at the expense of delivering a queasily compelling true crime thriller.



The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) 65,75,95,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 86%

The Miseducation of Cameron Post tells its timely coming-of-age story with wit, compassion, and an affecting overall generosity of spirit.



Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) 66,71,76,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 75%

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot avoids inspirational biopic clichés thanks to sensitive work from writer-director Gus Van Sant and the admirable efforts of a well-chosen cast.



Upgrade (2018) 95,93,90,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 86%

Like its augmented protagonist, Upgrade's old-fashioned innards get a high-tech boost -- one made even more powerful thanks to sharp humor and a solidly well-told story.



McQueen (2018) 85,78,97,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 100%

McQueen offers an intimate, well-sourced, and overall moving look at a young life and brilliant career that were tragically cut short.



Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) 68,71,68,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 72%

Smart, stylish, and packed with solid performances, Bad Times at the El Royale delivers pure popcorn fun with the salty tang of social subtext.



A Quiet Place (2018) 97,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 94%

A Quiet Place artfully plays on elemental fears with a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that's as original as it is scary -- and establishes director John Krasinski as a rising talent.



Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) 79,81,61,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 80%

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again doubles down on just about everything fans loved about the original -- and my my, how can fans resist it?



Eighth Grade (2018) 94,94,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 98%

Eighth Grade takes a look at its titular time period that offers a rare and resounding ring of truth while heralding breakthroughs for writer-director Bo Burnham and captivating star Elsie Fisher.



A Simple Favor (2018) 81,85,86,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 84%

Twisty, twisted, and above all simply fun, A Simple Favor casts a stylish mommy noir spell strengthened by potent performances from Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.



Blindspotting (2018) 82,89,98,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 93%

As timely as it is overall impactful, Blindspotting blends buddy comedy with seething social commentary, and rises on the strength of Daveed Diggs' powerful performance.



BlacKkKlansman (2018) 96,92,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 95%

BlacKkKlansman uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events -- and brings out some of Spike Lee's hardest-hitting work in decades along the way.



Minding the Gap (2018) 66,74,99,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 100%, RT Critics: 100%

Minding the Gap draws on more than a decade of documentary footage to assemble a poignant picture of young American lives that resonates far beyond its onscreen subjects.



Three Identical Strangers (2018) 86,88,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 95%

Surreal and surprising, Three Identical Strangers effectively questions the nature of reality and identity.



Searching (2018) 96,97,94,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 92%

Searching's timely premise and original execution are further bolstered by well-rounded characters brought to life by a talented cast.



Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) 98,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.5, RT Aud: 96%, RT Critics: 98%

Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes a fittingly patient and honest look at the life and legacy of a television pioneer whose work has enriched generations.



RBG (2018) 76,73,93,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 93%

RBG might be preaching to the choir of viewers who admire Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but it does so effectively.



Thunder Road (2018) 89,95,80,100

IMDB: 8.5, RT Aud: 100%, RT Critics: 95%

Written and directed by Jim Cummings, who also stars alongside Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer, Macon Blair, Bill Wise, Jordan Fox, and Chelsea Edmundson.



The Bleeding Edge (2018) 71,73,70,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 100%

Weaving emotionally powerful stories of people whose lives have been irrevocably harmed, the film asks: what life-saving technologies may actually be killing us?



Active Measures (2018) 97,85,68,100

IMDB: 8.6, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 83%

In ACTIVE MEASURES, Bryan exposes a 30-year history of covert political warfare devised by Vladmir Putin to disrupt, influence, and ultimately control world events, democratic nations through cyber attacks, propaganda campaigns, and corruption.



Climax (2018) 73,66,90,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 89%

Challenging and rewarding in equal measure, Climax captures writer-director Gaspar Noé working near his technically brilliant and visually distinctive peak.



Wonder Woman (2017) 95,99,96,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 92%

Thrilling, earnest, and buoyed by Gal Gadot's charismatic performance, Wonder Woman succeeds in spectacular fashion.



It (2017) 93,99,91,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 85%

Well-acted and fiendishly frightening with an emotionally affecting story at its core, It amplifies the horror in Stephen King's classic story without losing touch with its heart.



Blade Runner 2049 (2017) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 86%

Visually stunning and narratively satisfying, Blade Runner 2049 deepens and expands its predecessor's story while standing as an impressive filmmaking achievement in its own right.



Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) 95,99,97,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 92%

Spider-Man: Homecoming does whatever a second reboot can, delivering a colorful, fun adventure that fits snugly in the sprawling MCU without getting bogged down in franchise-building.



Coco (2017) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.4, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 97%

Coco's rich visual pleasures are matched by a thoughtful narrative that takes a family-friendly -- and deeply affecting -- approach to questions of culture, family, life, and death.



Mudbound (2017) 89,92,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 96%

Mudbound offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting.



Wonder (2017) 99,99,86,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 84%

Wonder doesn't shy away from its bestselling source material's sentiment, but this well-acted and overall winsome drama earns its tugs at the heartstrings.



T2 Trainspotting (2017) 86,88,86,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 78%

T2 Trainspotting adds an intoxicating, emotionally resonant postscript to its classic predecessor, even without fully recapturing the original's fresh, subversive thrill.



Beauty and the Beast (2017) 87,98,77,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 70%

With an enchanting cast, beautifully crafted songs, and a painterly eye for detail, Beauty and the Beast offers a faithful yet fresh retelling that honors its beloved source material.



Dealt (2017) 66,82,81,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 95%

One of the most renowned card magicians of all time, Richard Turner astounds audiences around the world with his legendary sleight of hand.



Loving Vincent (2017) 96,96,90,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 84%

Loving Vincent's dazzling visual achievements make this Van Gogh biopic well worth seeking out -- even if its narrative is far less effectively composed.



Unrest (2017) 79,85,84,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 100%

Journalist Jennifer Brea documents her struggle with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.



I Dream in Another Language (2017) 65,65,63,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 80%

A young linquist travels to the jungle of Mexico to research and save a mysterious indigenous language.



Logan (2017) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 92%

Hugh Jackman makes the most of his final outing as Wolverine with a gritty, nuanced performance in a violent but surprisingly thoughtful superhero action film that defies genre conventions.



War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) 94,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 93%

War for the Planet of the Apes combines breathtaking special effects and a powerful, poignant narrative to conclude this rebooted trilogy on a powerful -- and truly blockbuster -- note.



Thor: Ragnarok (2017) 99,99,95,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 92%

Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise -- and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.



The Disaster Artist (2017) 94,95,98,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 91%

Oh, hai Mark. The Disaster Artist is a surprisingly poignant and charming movie-about-a-movie that explores the creative process with unexpected delicacy.



American Made (2017) 86,90,86,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 86%

American Made's fast-and-loose attitude with its real-life story mirrors the cavalier -- and delightfully watchable -- energy Tom Cruise gives off in the leading role.



The Wife (2017) 71,69,88,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 84%

The Wife relies on the strength of Glenn Close's performance to drive home the power of its story -- and she proves thoroughly, grippingly up to the task.



Only the Brave (2017) 95,99,85,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 86%

Only the Brave's impressive veteran cast and affecting fact-based story add up to a no-frills drama that's just as stolidly powerful as the real-life heroes it honors.



Stronger (2017) 74,87,92,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 91%

Stronger rises on the power of its well-chosen ensemble to offer an emotionally resonant fact-based story that transcends inspirational drama clichés.



Baby Driver (2017) 96,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 92%

Stylish, exciting, and fueled by a killer soundtrack, Baby Driver hits the road and it's gone -- proving fast-paced action movies can be smartly written without sacrificing thrills.



Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) 97,99,91,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 83%

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun -- if not quite as thrillingly fresh -- as its predecessor.



The Breadwinner (2017) 91,87,97,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 94%

The Breadwinner's stunning visuals are matched by a story that dares to confront sobering real-life issues with uncommon -- and richly rewarding -- honesty.



Okja (2017) 88,91,95,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 85%

Okja sees Bong Joon-ho continuing to create defiantly eclectic entertainment -- and still hitting more than enough of his narrative targets in the midst of a tricky tonal juggling act.



A Prayer Before Dawn (2017) 69,72,89,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 91%

A Prayer Before Dawn is far from an easy watch, but this harrowing prison odyssey delivers rich rewards -- led by an outstanding central performance from Joe Cole.



The Lego Batman Movie (2017) 89,95,95,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 89%

The Lego Batman Movie continues its block-buster franchise's winning streak with another round of dizzyingly funny -- and beautifully animated -- family-friendly mayhem.



Molly's Game (2017) 93,91,91,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 81%

Powered by an intriguing story and a pair of outstanding performances from Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, Molly's Game marks a solid debut for writer-director Aaron Sorkin.



78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) 67,71,85,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 88%

78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene takes a look at one of modern cinema's most memorable moments, offering insights of value to cineastes and casual viewers alike.



John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) 94,99,92,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 88%

John Wick: Chapter 2 does what a sequel should -- which in this case means doubling down on the non-stop, thrillingly choreographed action that made its predecessor so much fun.



Paddington 2 (2017) 97,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 100%

Paddington 2 honors its star's rich legacy with a sweet-natured sequel whose adorable visuals are matched by a story perfectly balanced between heartwarming family fare and purely enjoyable all-ages adventure.



Gifted (2017) 95,96,65,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 72%

Gifted isn't quite as bright as its pint-sized protagonist, but a charming cast wrings respectably engaging drama out of a fairly predictable premise.



Darkest Hour (2017) 92,95,93,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 83%

Darkest Hour is held together by Gary Oldman's electrifying performance, which brings Winston Churchill to life even when the movie's narrative falters.



The Death of Stalin (2017) 84,82,99,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 95%

The Death of Stalin finds director/co-writer Arnando Iannucci in riotous form, bringing his scabrous political humor to bear on a chapter in history with painfully timely parallels.



Good Time (2017) 87,85,96,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 91%

A visual treat filled out by consistently stellar work from Robert Pattinson, Good Time is a singularly distinctive crime drama offering far more than the usual genre thrills.



Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) 99,96,70,100

IMDB: 8.4, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 100%

Shivudu's quest aims to find the answer to the question that's been plaguing fans of the franchise for years: why did Kattappa kill Baahubali?



First They Killed My Father (2017) 76,89,95,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 88%

First They Killed My Father tackles its subject matter with grace, skill, and empathy, offering a ground-level look at historic atrocities that resonates beyond its story's borders.



Megan Leavey (2017) 76,94,75,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 84%

Megan Leavey honors its real-life subjects with a sensitive, uplifting drama whose honest emotion more than makes up for its mild approach to the story.



Lady Bird (2017) 94,96,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 98%

Lady Bird delivers fresh insights about the turmoil of adolescence -- and reveals writer-director Greta Gerwig as a fully formed filmmaking talent.



The Square (2017) 87,67,95,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 84%

The Square finds writer-director Ruben Östlund as ambitious as ever -- and delivering an unforgettably unusual work whose challenging themes pay thought-provoking dividends.



Dunkirk (2017) 99,98,99,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 92%

Dunkirk serves up emotionally satisfying spectacle, delivered by a writer-director in full command of his craft and brought to life by a gifted ensemble cast that honors the fact-based story.



Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) 99,98,99,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 91%

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri deftly balances black comedy against searing drama -- and draws unforgettable performances from its veteran cast along the way.



Get Out (2017) 97,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 98%

Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.



A Bag of Marbles (2017) 70,65,71,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 85%

Patrick Bruel resonates as the Jewish family patriarch Roman, while newcomers Dorian Le Clech and Batyste Fleurial register an almost agonizing vulnerability as hapless innocents trying to outrun the barbarous machinery of war.



What Lies Upstream (2017) 71,93,75,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 100%

In this scandalous political thriller, the filmmaker behind TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY takes his investigatory grit to West Virginia where he looks into a mysterious chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months.



Marshall (2017) 78,94,76,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 81%

Marshall takes an illuminating, well-acted look at its real-life subject's early career that also delivers as an entertainingly old-fashioned courtroom drama.



Lean on Pete (2017) 74,67,98,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 92%

Lean on Pete avoids mawkish melodrama, offering an empathetic yet clear-eyed portrayal of a young man at a crossroads that confirms Charley Plummer as a major talent.



Wind River (2017) 97,99,97,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 86%

Wind River lures viewers into a character-driven mystery with smart writing, a strong cast, and a skillfully rendered setting that delivers the bitter chill promised by its title.



Detroit (2017) 89,88,96,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 83%

Detroit delivers a gut-wrenching -- and essential -- dramatization of a tragic chapter from America's past that draws distressing parallels to the present.



Logan Lucky (2017) 77,83,94,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 92%

High-octane fun that's smartly assembled without putting on airs, Logan Lucky marks a welcome end to Steven Soderbergh's retirement -- and proves he hasn't lost his ability to entertain.



The Big Sick (2017) 95,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 98%

Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.



Hostiles (2017) 84,82,80,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 71%

Hostiles benefits from stunning visuals and a solid central performance from Christian Bale, both of which help elevate its uneven story.



The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) 74,69,97,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 92%

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) observes the family dynamic through writer-director Noah Baumbach's bittersweet lens and the impressive efforts of a remarkable cast.



I, Tonya (2017) 94,95,98,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 89%

Led by strong work from Margot Robbie and Alison Janney, I, Tonya finds the humor in its real-life story without losing sight of its more tragic -- and emotionally resonant -- elements.



The Shape of Water (2017) 93,83,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 92%

The Shape of Water finds Guillermo del Toro at his visually distinctive best -- and matched by an emotionally absorbing story brought to life by a stellar Sally Hawkins performance.



On Body and Soul (2017) 91,76,90,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 91%

Tender performances and a strong sense of style combine to create an eccentric, dreamy portrait of love and loneliness in On Body and Soul.



God's Own Country (2017) 92,95,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 99%

A quiet, moving rumination on loneliness and newfound intimacy, God's Own Country marks an outstanding directorial debut for Francis Lee.



The Florida Project (2017) 95,92,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 95%

The Florida Project offers a colorfully empathetic look at an underrepresented part of the population that proves absorbing even as it raises sobering questions about modern America.



Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) 80,69,94,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 91%

Brawl in Cell Block 99 rides a committed Vince Vaughn performance into the brutally violent -- and undeniably entertaining -- depths of prison-set grindhouse genre fare.



I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. (2017) 70,82,89,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 88%

I don't feel at home in this world anymore. transcends its unwieldy title to offer timely, intoxicatingly dark observations on gender dynamics and social norms in modern America.



Breathe (2017) 75,80,65,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 66%

Strong performances from Breathe's well-matched leads help add an edge to a biopic that takes a decidedly heartwarming approach to its real-life story.



Call Me by Your Name (2017) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 94%

Call Me by Your Name offers a melancholy, powerfully affecting portrait of first love, empathetically acted by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.



Phantom Thread (2017) 95,70,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 91%

Phantom Thread's finely woven narrative is filled out nicely by humor, intoxicating romantic tension, and yet another impressively committed performance from Daniel Day-Lewis.



My Happy Family (2017) 70,65,81,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 100%

Who upset her?



Brigsby Bear (2017) 84,93,76,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 80%

Audiences attuned to Brigsby Bear's strange frequency will be moved by its earnest -- and endearingly original -- approach to pop culture's impact and the creative urge.



1945 (2017) 66,73,94,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 96%

1945 sifts through the aftermath of the Holocaust to offer a sober, well-crafted look at a variety of weighty themes.



The Work (2017) 75,86,97,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 100%

The Work takes a gut-wrenching look at lives all too often written off as lost causes, persuasively arguing that growth and change can be waiting where we least expect it.



Lucky (2017) 84,90,97,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 97%

Lucky is a bittersweet meditation on mortality, punctuating the career of beloved character actor Harry Dean Stanton.



Summer 1993 (2017) 70,65,98,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 100%

Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) finds writer-director Carla Simón drawing on personal memories to create a thoughtful drama elevated by outstanding work from its young leads.



Columbus (2017) 79,92,99,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 98%

Wonderfully acted and artfully composed, Columbus balances the clean lines of architecture against the messiness of love, with tenderly moving results.



Last Flag Flying (2017) 68,68,88,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 77%

Last Flag Flying balances raw drama against refreshing moments of humor in an impeccably cast film that wrestles with questions of patriotism, family, and grief.



Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017) 76,82,90,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 86%

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women winds a lasso of cinematic truth around a fascinating fact-based tale with strong performances from its three stars.



BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017) 85,80,98,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 98%

Moving without resorting to melodrama, BPM offers an engrossing look at a pivotal period in history that lingers long after the closing credits roll.



The Rider (2017) 80,84,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 95%

The Rider's hard-hitting drama is only made more effective through writer-director Chloé Zhao's use of untrained actors to tell the movie's fact-based tale.



The Farthest (2017) 84,79,93,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 100%

Informative, enthusiastic and accessible, The Farthest will inspire even the most grounded of viewers to look up in wonder once in a while.



The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) 66,89,60,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 80%

The Man Who Invented Christmas adds holiday magic to the writing of A Christmas Carol, putting a sweetly revisionist spin on the story behind a classic yuletide tale.



The Post (2017) 86,72,98,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 87%

The Post's period setting belies its bitingly timely themes, brought compellingly to life by director Steven Spielberg and an outstanding ensemble cast.



Thelma (2017) 72,79,92,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 92%

Thelma plays with genre tropes in unexpected ways, delivering a thoughtfully twisty supernatural thriller with a lingering impact.



Cries from Syria (2017) 67,66,77,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 100%

As peaceful protests were held, the government retaliated with extreme force, resulting in a full-blown civil war.



Chasing Coral (2017) 86,81,91,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 100%

Chasing Coral offers a breathtakingly beautiful look at some of the Earth's most incredible natural wonders while delivering a sobering warning about their uncertain future.



City of Ghosts (2017) 72,86,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 97%

City of Ghosts takes a hard-hitting, ground-level look at atrocities in a part of the world that may seem foreign to many viewers, but whose impact will be no less devastating.



Icarus (2017) 97,97,85,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 93%

Icarus is eye-opening viewing for professional sports enthusiasts, yet it should also prove thoroughly gripping even for filmgoers who might not necessarily be drawn to the subject.



Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2017) 69,69,64,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 88%

From the visionary mind of director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Adventure Time's "Food Chain") comes The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, a comedy about one epic night in Kyoto.



Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017) 75,66,60,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 100%

A look at the 2015 murder of Dee Dee Blanchard in Missouri features interviews with her daughter, Gypsy Rose, who was implicated in the crime and sentenced to 10 years in prison.



AlphaGo (2017) 82,67,62,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 100%, RT Critics: 100%

On March 9 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined The Google DeepMind Challenge Match.



Get Me Roger Stone (2017) 76,71,87,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 87%

As informative as it is entertaining, Get Me Roger Stone offers a close-up look at the right-wing gadfly who helped shape the 2016 presidential election.



Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) 68,85,93,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 95%

Inspiring and tragic, Bombshell is a bittersweet celebration and reclamation of Hedy Lemarr's journey from Hollywood legend to technology genius.



Bad Genius (2017) 91,98,67,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 92%



A Taxi Driver (2017) 90,91,75,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 95%

A Taxi Driver brings a ground-level perspective and a refreshingly light touch to a fact-based story with sobering implications.



Foxtrot (2017) 77,73,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 95%

Foxtrot uses topical themes to deliver a bruising sociopolitical statement that's equally effective taken simply as an absorbing, well-acted drama.



Williams (2017) 73,73,63,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 92%

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Jane (2017) 78,91,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 98%

Jane honors its subject's legacy with an absorbing, beautifully filmed, and overall enlightening look at her decades of invaluable work.



One Cut of the Dead (2017) 77,66,79,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 98%, RT Critics: 100%

A cast of relative unknowns, a brilliantly disguised low budget and an epic, 37-minute opening single take makes Shin'ichiro Ueda's feature debut a bright, breezy and laugh-out-loud hilarious zombie comedy.



Silence (2016) 85,74,96,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 83%

Silence ends Martin Scorsese's decades-long creative quest with a thoughtful, emotionally resonant look at spirituality and human nature that stands among the director's finest works.



Eddie the Eagle (2016) 91,94,69,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 80%

Eddie the Eagle's amiable sweetness can't disguise its story's many inspirational clichés -- but for many viewers, it will be more than enough to make up for them.



10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 87,92,95,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 89%

Smart, solidly crafted, and palpably tense, 10 Cloverfield Lane makes the most of its confined setting and outstanding cast -- and suggests a new frontier for franchise filmmaking.



Doctor Strange (2016) 95,99,93,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 89%

Doctor Strange artfully balances its outré source material against the blockbuster constraints of the MCU, delivering a thoroughly entertaining superhero origin story in the bargain.



The Infiltrator (2016) 76,74,65,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 70%

The Infiltrator's compelling fact-based story and tremendously talented cast are often just enough to balance out its derivative narrative and occasionally clunky execution.



Deadpool (2016) 99,99,87,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 83%

Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining -- and decidedly non-family-friendly -- results.



David Lynch: The Art Life (2016) 70,68,89,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 90%

David Lynch: The Art Life offers a look at the director's life and craft whose unusual approach is in keeping with its subject's singularly strange aesthetic.



Gimme Danger (2016) 70,65,84,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 94%

Its infectious enthusiasm for its subjects - and Iggy Pop's ingratiating presence - more than make up for the effortlessly entertaining Gimme Danger's relative lack of context or depth.



Deepwater Horizon (2016) 82,95,86,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 82%

Deepwater Horizon makes effective use of its titular man-made disaster to deliver an uncommonly serious -- yet still suitably gripping -- action thriller.



The Edge of Seventeen (2016) 91,94,98,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 94%

The Edge of Seventeen's sharp script -- and Hailee Steinfeld's outstanding lead performance -- make this more than just another coming-of-age dramedy.



Hacksaw Ridge (2016) 99,99,93,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 85%

Hacksaw Ridge uses a real-life pacifist's legacy to lay the groundwork for a gripping wartime tribute to faith, valor, and the courage of remaining true to one's convictions.



Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) 82,96,80,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 86%

Kung Fu Panda 3 boasts the requisite visual splendor, but like its rotund protagonist, this sequel's narrative is also surprisingly nimble, adding up to animated fun for the whole family.



Finding Dory (2016) 90,99,96,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 94%

Funny, poignant, and thought-provoking, Finding Dory delivers a beautifully animated adventure that adds another entertaining chapter to its predecessor's classic story.



My Life as a Zucchini (2016) 94,95,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 98%

My Life as a Zucchini's silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths.



The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) 91,96,97,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 95%

We love them, yeah, yeah, yeah -- and with archival footage like that, you know The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years can't be bad.



Arrival (2016) 99,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 93%

Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person's sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams.



Hell or High Water (2016) 96,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 96%

Hell or High Water offers a solidly crafted, well-acted Western heist thriller that eschews mindless gunplay in favor of confident pacing and full-bodied characters.



Star Trek: Beyond (2016) 83,96,86,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 85%

Star Trek Beyond continues the franchise's post-reboot hot streak with an epic sci-fi adventure that honors the series' sci-fi roots without skimping on the blockbuster action.



Fences (2016) 85,90,97,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 93%

From its reunited Broadway stars to its screenplay, the solidly crafted Fences finds its Pulitzer-winning source material fundamentally unchanged -- and still just as powerful.



Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) 76,73,96,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 86%

Nostalgic in the best sense, Everybody Wants Some!! finds Richard Linklater ambling through the past with a talented cast, a sweetly meandering story, and a killer classic rock soundtrack.



Zootopia (2016) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 97%

The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that's as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation -- all while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers entertained.



The Jungle Book (2016) 92,99,97,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 95%

As lovely to behold as it is engrossing to watch, The Jungle Book is the rare remake that actually improves upon its predecessors -- all while setting a new standard for CGI.



The Conjuring 2 (2016) 92,95,77,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 79%

The Conjuring 2 can't help but lose a bit of its predecessor's chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) 93,96,84,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 74%

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them draws on Harry Potter's rich mythology to deliver a spinoff that dazzles with franchise-building magic all its own.



Sully (2016) 94,97,91,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 85%

As comfortingly workmanlike as its protagonist, Sully makes solid use of typically superlative work from its star and director to deliver a quietly stirring tribute to an everyday hero.



The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) 66,72,81,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 86%

The Autopsy of Jane Doe subverts the gruesome expectations triggered by its title to deliver a smart, suggestively creepy thriller that bolsters director André Ovredal's growing reputation.



A Monster Calls (2016) 93,94,96,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 86%

A Monster Calls deftly balances dark themes and fantastical elements to deliver an engrossing and uncommonly moving entry in the crowded coming-of-age genre.



Sing (2016) 82,91,69,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 71%

Sing delivers colorfully animated, cheerfully undemanding entertainment with a solid voice cast and a warm-hearted -- albeit familiar -- storyline that lives up to its title.



Fan (2016) 83,83,60,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 77%

Shah Rukh Khan, the man unarguably with one of the greatest fan followings globally, will now play the role of being the biggest fan himself in the forthcoming movie.



Captain America: Civil War (2016) 98,99,97,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 90%

Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.



Moana (2016) 96,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 95%

With a title character as three-dimensional as its lush animation and a story that adds fresh depth to Disney's time-tested formula, Moana is truly a family-friendly adventure for the ages.



Sing Street (2016) 98,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 95%

Sing Street is a feel-good musical with huge heart and irresistible optimism, and its charmimg cast and hummable tunes help to elevate its familiar plotting.



Captain Fantastic (2016) 98,96,88,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 82%

Captain Fantastic's thought-provoking themes -- and an absorbing starring turn from Viggo Mortensen -- add up to an above-average family drama with unexpected twists.



Elle (2016) 84,72,98,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 90%

Elle finds director Paul Verhoeven operating at peak power -- and benefiting from a typically outstanding performance from Isabelle Huppert in the central role.



Maudie (2016) 88,97,85,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 88%

Maudie's talented cast -- particularly Sally Hawkins in the title role -- breathe much-needed depth into a story that only skims the surface of a fascinating life and talent.



Lion (2016) 99,99,92,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 85%

Lion's undeniably uplifting story and talented cast make it a moving journey that transcends the typical cliches of its genre.



Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) 98,99,95,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 84%

Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground -- and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.



Betting on Zero (2016) 69,74,72,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 100%

Ted Braun directed this look at a controversial hedge fund manager who is determined to expose the health food giant Herbalife as a pyramid scheme.



La La Land (2016) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 91%

La La Land breathes new life into a bygone genre with thrillingly assured direction, powerful performances, and an irresistible excess of heart.



The Nice Guys (2016) 92,91,95,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 92%

The Nice Guys hearkens back to the buddy comedies of a bygone era while adding something extra courtesy of a knowing script and the irresistible chemistry of its leads.



The Eagle Huntress (2016) 75,96,93,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 93%

Effectively stirring and bolstered by thrilling visuals, The Eagle Huntress uses its heartwarming message to fill up a feature that might have made for an even more powerful short film.



Life, Animated (2016) 80,85,96,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 94%

Life, Animated offers a heartwarming look at one family's journey, and a fascinating message that's more than enough to outweigh its unanswered questions.



The Handmaiden (2016) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 95%

The Handmaiden uses a Victorian crime novel as the loose inspiration for another visually sumptuous and absorbingly idiosyncratic outing from director Park Chan-wook.



Manchester by the Sea (2016) 98,95,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 95%

Manchester by the Sea delivers affecting drama populated by full-bodied characters, marking another strong step forward for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.



Swiss Army Man (2016) 77,82,77,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 69%

Disarmingly odd and thoroughly well-acted, Swiss Army Man offers adventurous viewers an experience as rewarding as it is impossible to categorize.



Toni Erdmann (2016) 89,77,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 93%

Toni Erdmann pairs carefully constructed, three-dimensional characters in a tenderly funny character study that's both genuinely moving and impressively ambitious.



Things to Come (2016) 69,70,99,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 100%

A union to cherish between a writer-director and star working at peak power, Things to Come offers quietly profound observations on life, love, and the irrevocable passage of time.



Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) 71,73,89,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 87%

Florence Foster Jenkins makes poignant, crowd-pleasing dramedy out of its stranger-than-fiction tale -- and does its subject justice with a reliably terrific turn from star Meryl Streep.



Don't Breathe (2016) 83,91,88,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 87%

Don't Breathe smartly twists its sturdy premise to offer a satisfyingly tense, chilling addition to the home invasion genre that's all the more effective for its simplicity.



Anthropoid (2016) 83,77,64,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 65%

The film follows two soldiers from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile, Josef Gabcik (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941.



Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016) 75,89,77,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 93%

SCORE: A Film Music Documentary offers a long-overdue look at an integral component of cinema whose abbreviated overview of the subject should only leave viewers ready for more.



Under the Shadow (2016) 68,75,98,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 98%

Under the Shadow deftly blends seemingly disparate genres to deliver an effective chiller with timely themes and thought-provoking social subtext.



The Founder (2016) 86,90,86,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 82%

The Founder puts Michael Keaton's magnetic performance at the center of a smart, satisfying biopic that traces the rise of one of America's most influential businessmen -- and the birth of one of its most far-reaching industries.



Lady Macbeth (2016) 67,70,97,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 89%

Lady Macbeth flashes some surprising toughness beneath its period exterior, bolstered by a mesmerizing -- and unforgiving -- central performance by Florence Pugh.



Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) 97,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing -- and bravely melancholy -- story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.



Julieta (2016) 78,76,95,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 82%

Julieta finds writer-director Pedro Almodóvar revisiting familiar themes -- and doing so with his signature skill.



Queen of Katwe (2016) 84,96,94,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 92%

Queen of Katwe is a feel-good movie of uncommon smarts and passion, and outstanding performances by Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo help to elevate the film past its cliches.



The King's Choice (2016) 72,65,64,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 84%

After three days of desperately trying to evade the Germans, King Haakon makes his final decision.



20th Century Women (2016) 86,81,97,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 88%

20th Century Women offers Annette Bening a too-rare opportunity to shine in a leading role -- and marks another assured step forward for writer-director Mike Mills.



Kedi (2016) 90,95,97,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 98%

Kedi is a cat fancier's dream, but this thoughtful, beautifully filmed look at Istanbul's street feline population offers absorbing viewing for filmgoers of any purr-suasion.



Endless Poetry (2016) 82,81,87,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 92%

Endless Poetry extends writer-director Alejandro Jodorowsky's singular filmography with another joyously surreal, visually vibrant viewing experience.



Nocturnal Animals (2016) 94,84,86,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 73%

Well-acted and lovely to look at, Nocturnal Animals further underscores writer-director Tom Ford's distinctive visual and narrative skill.



The Distinguished Citizen (2016) 82,67,60,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 100%



Patriots Day (2016) 91,98,83,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 80%

Patriots Day offers a stirring, solidly crafted tribute to the heroes of a real-life American tragedy without straying into exploitative action thriller territory.



For the Love of Spock (2016) 78,83,79,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 100%

And the timing seemed right, as the 50th anniversary of Star Trek the original series was not that far away.



Gleason (2016) 87,97,97,100

IMDB: 8.4, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 95%

Gleason stands out among sports-themed documentaries by offering a clear-eyed look at its subject's physical deterioration -- and an intimate portrait of the family affected by his ordeal.



Christine (2016) 66,69,91,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 86%

Rising on the strength of Rebecca Hall's gripping performance, Christine offers an empathetic look at its subject's public career and painful private life.



Loving (2016) 74,89,97,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 90%

Loving takes an understated approach to telling a painful -- and still relevant -- real-life tale, with sensitive performances breathing additional life into a superlative historical drama.



Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) 98,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 96%

The charmingly offbeat Hunt for the Wilderpeople unites a solid cast, a talented filmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message.



The Young Offenders (2016) 72,76,75,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 100%

Jock is a legendary bike thief who plays a daily game of cat-and-mouse with the bike-theft-obsessed Garda Sergeant Healy.



In This Corner of the World (2016) 89,93,94,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 97%

In This Corner of the World offers a unique ground-level perspective on an oft-dramatized period in history, further distinguished by beautiful hand-drawn animation.



Hidden Figures (2016) 98,99,96,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 93%

In heartwarming, crowd-pleasing fashion, Hidden Figures celebrates overlooked -- and crucial -- contributions from a pivotal moment in American history.



The Age of Shadows (2016) 73,73,84,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 100%

The Age of Shadows justifies its imposing length with a richly detailed period drama whose sprawling size is matched by strong acting, impressive craft, and narrative depth.



Raw (2016) 76,78,97,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 90%

Raw's lurid violence and sexuality live up to its title, but they're anchored with an immersive atmosphere and deep symbolism that linger long after the provocative visuals fade.



Moonlight (2016) 92,97,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 97%

Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.



Handsome Devil (2016) 71,74,63,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 81%

Handsome Devil offers a charming, well-acted variation on the coming-of-age story with a few fresh topical twists.



Frantz (2016) 86,87,93,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 90%

Frantz finds writer-director François Ozon thoughtfully probing the aftermath of World War I through the memories and relationships of loved ones left behind.



Dangal (2016) 99,97,74,100

IMDB: 8.5, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 92%

With hope restored, Mahavir relentlessly pursues his goal of transforming his daughters into world-class wrestlers.



Tower (2016) 92,94,99,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 98%

Tower probes into a painful chapter of American history with sensitivity and grace -- and revisits its events from a valuable new perspective.



I, Daniel Blake (2016) 97,93,98,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 93%

I, Daniel Blake marks yet another well-told chapter in director Ken Loach's powerfully populist filmography.



Oasis: Supersonic (2016) 92,89,82,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 82%

Oasis: Supersonic foregoes a comprehensive approach to its multi-platinum subjects in favor of an appreciative -- and stirring -- look at their heady early years.



Aquarius (2016) 90,79,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 97%

Led by a powerful performance from Sônia Braga, Aquarius uses a conflict between a tenant and developers to take an insightful look at the relationship between space and identity.



Paterson (2016) 90,81,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 95%

Paterson adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to Jim Jarmusch's filmography -- and another outstanding performance to Adam Driver's career credits.



Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016) 74,69,94,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 67%, RT Critics: 93%

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World finds Werner Herzog bringing his distinctive documentarian gifts to bear on a timely topic with typically thought-provoking results.



O.J.: Made in America (2016) 99,97,99,100

IMDB: 9.0, RT Aud: 97%, RT Critics: 100%

O.J.: Made in America paints a balanced and thorough portrait of the American dream juxtaposed with tragedy and executed with power and skill.



Tickled (2016) 89,90,95,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 93%

Tickled uses an investigation into a silly-seeming subculture as the launching point for thought-provoking insights into online bullying and the destructive abilities of the internet.



Weiner (2016) 87,90,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 96%

Weiner uses sharp insight and untrammeled access to offer a portrait of a political and personal collapse that's as queasy as it is undeniably compelling.



Neerja (2016) 93,80,64,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 100%

Neerja had escaped an abusive marriage at a very young age and as a life change, decided to become an air hostess.



Sami Blood (2016) 76,68,74,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 95%

She must soon choose between new academic opportunities or staying true to her cultural identity, all while weathering the storms of adolescence.



Cameraperson (2016) 68,66,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 99%

Fresh and inventive yet immediately accessible, Cameraperson distills its subject's life and career into an experience that should prove immediately absorbing even for those unfamiliar with her work.



Fastball (2016) 66,67,79,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 89%

Hank Aaron and Derek Jeter, with Kevin Costner narrating, lead a cast of baseball legends & scientists who explore the magic within the 396 milliseconds it takes a fastball to reach home plate, and decipher who threw the fastest pitch ever.



Zero Days (2016) 90,73,90,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 91%

Factors beyond Gibney's control prevent Zero Days from offering a comprehensive look at its subject, but the partial picture that emerges remains as frightening as it is impossible to ignore.



Tickling Giants (2016) 79,75,76,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 100%

Tickling Giants offers a powerful demonstration of how satire can influence government policy -- and a sobering warning regarding the double-edged effects of regime change.



Sour Grapes (2016) 69,67,68,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 96%, RT Critics: 100%

That day, he says, he took the first plane to New York, and thus begun his crusade.



One More Time with Feeling (2016) 91,82,95,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 100%

A unique one night only cinema event directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), One More Time With Feeling will be the first ever opportunity anyone will have to hear Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.



I Am Not Your Negro (2016) 93,97,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 98%

I Am Not Your Negro offers an incendiary snapshot of James Baldwin's crucial observations on American race relations -- and a sobering reminder of how far we've yet to go.



13th (2016) 98,97,99,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 96%

13th strikes at the heart of America's tangled racial history, offering observations as incendiary as they are calmly controlled.



Before the Flood (2016) 99,82,74,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 71%

This epic documentary follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels the world to examine firsthand the effects of climate change, and to learn more about possible ways to prevent catastrophic damage that could make the Earth unsustainable for human life.



Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016) 66,81,89,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 93%

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail transcends its less-than-dramatic trappings to present a gripping real-life legal thriller with far-reaching implications.



Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary (2016) 73,86,67,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 100%

During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.



Jurassic World (2015) 79,97,77,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 71%

Jurassic World can't match the original for sheer inventiveness and impact, but it works in its own right as an entertaining -- and visually dazzling -- popcorn thriller.



The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) 70,81,81,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 82%

As chillingly thought-provoking as it is absorbing and well-acted, The Stanford Prison Experiment offers historical drama that packs a timelessly relevant punch.



Ant-Man (2015) 90,98,81,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 81%

Led by a charming performance from Paul Rudd, Ant-Man offers Marvel thrills on an appropriately smaller scale -- albeit not as smoothly as its most successful predecessors.



The Danish Girl (2015) 82,83,73,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 67%

The Danish Girl serves as another showcase for Eddie Redmayne's talent -- and poignantly explores thought-provoking themes with a beautifully filmed biopic drama.



Black Mass (2015) 73,76,77,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 72%

Black Mass spins a gripping yarn out of its fact-based story -- and leaves audiences with one of Johnny Depp's most compelling performances in years.



Beasts of No Nation (2015) 97,97,98,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 91%

Beasts of No Nation finds writer-director Cary Fukunaga working with a talented cast to offer a sobering, uncompromising, yet still somehow hopeful picture of war's human cost.



Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 96%

With exhilarating action and a surprising amount of narrative heft, Mad Max: Fury Road brings George Miller's post-apocalyptic franchise roaring vigorously back to life.



Straight Outta Compton (2015) 98,99,92,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 87%

Straight Outta Compton is a biopic that's built to last, thanks to F. Gary Gray's confident direction and engaging performances from a solid cast.



Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) 82,81,74,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 96%, RT Critics: 87%

Tab Hunter Confidential offers clear-eyed perspective on a less-examined chapter from Hollywood's past -- and an enjoyable look at the life of a retired former heartthrob.



The Big Short (2015) 98,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 88%

The Big Short approaches a serious, complicated subject with an impressive attention to detail -- and manages to deliver a well-acted, scathingly funny indictment of its real-life villains in the bargain.



Racing Extinction (2015) 95,78,70,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 81%

The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award (R) winning film THE COVE, is back for "6".



Cinderella (2015) 73,96,89,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 83%

Refreshingly traditional in a revisionist era, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella proves Disney hasn't lost any of its old-fashioned magic.



The Revenant (2015) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 79%

As starkly beautiful as it is harshly uncompromising, The Revenant uses Leonardo DiCaprio's committed performance as fuel for an absorbing drama that offers punishing challenges -- and rich rewards.



De Palma (2015) 75,78,98,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 95%

De Palma may not make believers out of the director's detractors, but they'll likely share longtime fans' fascination with his career's worth of entertaining stories.



The Little Prince (2015) 97,97,90,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 93%

Beautifully animated and faithful to the spirit of its classic source material, The Little Prince is a family-friendly treat that anchors thrilling visuals with a satisfying story.



Danny Collins (2015) 74,80,64,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 76%

Thanks to Al Pacino's stirring central performance - and excellent work from an esteemed supporting cast -- Danny Collins manages to overcome its more predictable and heavy-handed moments to deliver a heartfelt tale of redemption.



Spotlight (2015) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 96%

Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its heroes, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real-life subjects.



Eye in the Sky (2015) 88,94,95,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 95%

As taut as it is timely, Eye in the Sky offers a powerfully acted -- and unusually cerebral -- spin on the modern wartime political thriller.



Steve Jobs (2015) 86,85,96,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 85%

Like the tech giant co-founded by its subject, Steve Jobs gathers brilliant people to deliver a product whose elegance belies the intricate complexities at its core.



Inside Out (2015) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 97%

Inventive, gorgeously animated, and powerfully moving, Inside Out is another outstanding addition to the Pixar library of modern animated classics.



McFarland, USA (2015) 89,99,76,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 80%

Disney's inspirational sports drama formula might be old hat, but McFarland, USA proves it still works -- especially with a talented director and eminently likable star in the mix.



Spectre (2015) 68,66,65,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 61%, RT Critics: 63%

Spectre nudges Daniel Craig's rebooted Bond closer to the glorious, action-driven spectacle of earlier entries, although it's admittedly reliant on established 007 formula.



Brooklyn (2015) 94,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 96%

Brooklyn buttresses outstanding performances from Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen with a rich period drama that tugs at the heartstrings as deftly as it satisfies the mind.



Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) 93,99,95,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 92%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation continues the franchise's thrilling resurgence -- and proves that Tom Cruise remains an action star without equal.



Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) 93,98,77,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 74%

Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.



Anomalisa (2015) 88,74,99,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 91%

Anomalisa marks another brilliant and utterly distinctive highlight in Charlie Kaufman's filmography, and a thought-provoking treat for fans of introspective cinema.



Carol (2015) 86,90,99,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 94%

Shaped by Todd Haynes' deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol lives up to its groundbreaking source material.



The Wolfpack (2015) 70,71,88,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 85%

Offering a unique look at modern fears and our fascination with film, The Wolfpack is a fascinating -- and ultimately haunting -- urban fable.



The Peanuts Movie (2015) 80,96,86,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 87%

The Peanuts Movie offers a colorful gateway into the world of its classic characters and a sweetly nostalgic -- if relatively unambitious -- treat for the adults who grew up with them.



Bone Tomahawk (2015) 81,72,88,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 90%

Bone Tomahawk's peculiar genre blend won't be for everyone, but its gripping performances and a slow-burning story should satisfy those in search of something different.



Meru (2015) 90,98,89,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 89%

Gripping visually as well as narratively, Meru is the rare documentary that proves thought-provoking while offering thrilling wide-screen vistas.



Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) 98,98,95,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 81%

Beautifully scripted and perfectly cast, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a coming-of-age movie with uncommon charm and insight.



(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015) 68,67,65,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 88%

From scandalous headlines to little white lies, (Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies explores the complex impact dishonesty has on our lives and everyday society.



Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of (2015) 71,84,60,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 68%

The reunion renewed friendships, but dynamic shifts reveal new and old tensions that need confronting and resolving.



Everest (2015) 83,76,77,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 73%

Everest boasts all the dizzying cinematography a person could hope to get out a movie about mountain climbers, even if it's content to tread less challenging narrative terrain.



The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015) 67,73,63,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 84%

The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened?



Furious 7 (2015) 87,99,77,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 80%

Serving up a fresh round of over-the-top thrills while adding unexpected dramatic heft, Furious 7 keeps the franchise moving in more ways than one.



Amy (2015) 97,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 94%

As riveting as it is sad, Amy is a powerfully honest look at the twisted relationship between art and celebrity -- and the lethal spiral of addiction.



Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) 89,94,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 98%

Warm, funny, and brilliantly animated, Shaun the Sheep is yet another stop-motion jewel in Aardman's family-friendly crown.



Ip Man 3 (2015) 79,87,61,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 78%

Ip Man 3 isn't the most tightly plotted biopic a kung fu fan could ask for, but the fight scenes are fun to watch -- and at times, the drama is even genuinely poignant.



Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) 80,88,94,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 85%

Far from the Madding Crowd invites tough comparisons to Thomas Hardy's classic novel -- and its previous adaptation -- but stands on its own thanks to strong direction and a talented cast.



Twinsters (2015) 81,86,71,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 91%

The film explores the ideas of family, adoption, nature vs. nurture and the power of social media.



Creed (2015) 96,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 95%

Creed brings the Rocky franchise off the mat for a surprisingly effective seventh round that extends the boxer's saga in interesting new directions while staying true to its classic predecessors' roots.



Suffragette (2015) 70,73,77,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 72%

Suffragette dramatizes an important -- and still painfully relevant -- fact-based story with more than enough craft and sincerity to overcome its flaws.



Spy (2015) 78,96,92,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 94%

Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.



Mr. Holmes (2015) 72,84,90,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 88%

Mr. Holmes focuses on the man behind the mysteries, and while it may lack Baker Street thrills, it more than compensates with tenderly wrought, well-acted drama.



Room (2015) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 93%

Led by incredible work from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, Room makes for an unforgettably harrowing -- and undeniably rewarding -- experience.



The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) 69,80,98,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 94%

Boldly unconventional and refreshingly honest, Diary of a Teenage Girl is a frank coming-of-age story that addresses its themes -- and its protagonist -- without judgment.



Trumbo (2015) 93,89,77,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 73%

Trumbo serves as an honorable and well-acted tribute to a brilliant writer's principled stand, even if it doesn't quite achieve the greatness of its subject's own classic screenplays.



Slow West (2015) 70,80,94,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 92%

Slow West serves as an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director John M. Maclean -- and offers an inventive treat for fans of the Western.



Requiem for the American Dream (2015) 94,92,83,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 92%

In a series of interviews spanning four years, leftist social critic Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class.



All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015) 70,84,72,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 93%

In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion.



Sicario (2015) 96,98,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 91%

Led by outstanding work from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, Sicario is a taut, tightly wound thriller with much more on its mind than attention-getting set pieces.



The End of the Tour (2015) 85,92,98,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 91%

Brilliantly performed and smartly unconventional, The End of the Tour pays fitting tribute to a singular talent while offering profoundly poignant observations on the human condition.



April and the Extraordinary World (2015) 75,80,91,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 96%

Bursting with a colorful imagination befitting its promise-packed title, April and the Extraordinary World offers spectacular delights for animation fans willing to venture off the beaten path.



The Hateful Eight (2015) 98,92,93,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 73%

The Hateful Eight offers another well-aimed round from Quentin Tarantino's signature blend of action, humor, and over-the-top violence -- all while demonstrating an even stronger grip on his filmmaking craft.



The Witness (2015) 66,81,93,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 91%

The Witness can't hope to truly untangle the true crime case at its center, but offers a series of fascinating -- and troubling -- insights in the attempt.



Closet Monster (2015) 67,71,62,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 77%

Closet Monster is a unique, understated fable, buoyed by a strong performance from Connor Jessup.



The Martian (2015) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 91%

Smart, thrilling, and surprisingly funny, The Martian offers a faithful adaptation of the bestselling book that brings out the best in leading man Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.



Holding the Man (2015) 79,77,70,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 79%

Heart-wrenching performances center Holding the Man, an achingly beautiful portrayal of love and death that may be too real for some.



Last Cab to Darwin (2015) 68,77,77,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 91%

In LAST CAB TO DARWIN, Rex (Michael Caton), a cab driver in the mining town Broken Hill, has spent his life avoiding getting close to people - even his best friend and occasional lover Polly (Ningali Lawford-Wolf), who lives across the road.



Bridge of Spies (2015) 96,98,97,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 91%

Bridge of Spies finds new life in Hollywood's classic Cold War espionage thriller formula, thanks to reliably outstanding work from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.



Remember (2015) 87,82,64,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 71%

Remember risks wandering into exploitative territory, but it's bolstered by some of Egoyan's best latter-day directing and a typically stellar performance from Christopher Plummer.



Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) 76,87,92,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 93%

Respectful without veering into hagiography and inquisitive without being intrusive, Janis: Little Girl Blue offers an insightful glimpse into the life of a rock 'n' roll legend.



Sherpa (2015) 76,79,89,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 97%

A brawl on Everest?



Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) 77,83,96,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 95%

Essential viewing for cineastes while still offering rich rewards for neophytes, Hitchcock/Truffaut offers an affectionate -- and well-crafted -- tribute to a legend.



Truman (2015) 80,81,95,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 98%

Well-written, well-acted, and patiently crafted, Truman takes an affecting look at a long friendship separated by distance but undimmed by time.



Our Little Sister (2015) 85,84,96,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 93%

Our Little Sister uses the story of one fractured family to offer universal -- and deeply moving -- observations on the human condition.



The Brand New Testament (2015) 78,66,82,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 82%

The Brand New Testament takes a surreal, subversive, and funny look at Biblical themes through a modern -- and refreshingly original -- lens.



Son of Saul (2015) 92,92,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 95%

Grimly intense yet thoroughly rewarding, Son of Saul offers an unforgettable viewing experience -- and establishes director László Nemes as a talent to watch.



Tangerine (2015) 77,80,98,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 96%

Tangerine shatters casting conventions and its filmmaking techniques are up-to-the-minute, but it's an old-fashioned comedy at heart -- and a pretty wonderful one at that.



Dope (2015) 85,97,92,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 88%

Featuring a starmaking performance from Shameik Moore and a refreshingly original point of view from writer-director Rick Famuyiwa, Dope is smart, insightful entertainment.



Call Me Lucky (2015) 72,68,82,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 84%

Barry Crimmins was a volatile but brilliant bar comic who became an honored peace activist and influential political satirist.



I Am Chris Farley (2015) 75,75,61,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 71%

I Am Chris Farley lives up to its title by taking a poignant look at the life of the deceased star that should prove affecting and illuminating for novicers and longtime fans alike.



Mustang (2015) 93,96,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 97%

Mustang delivers a bracing -- and thoroughly timely -- message whose power is further bolstered by the efforts of a stellar ensemble cast.



India's Daughter (2015) 83,68,69,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 100%

In Delhi in December 2012, the rape and death of a 23 year old female medical student sparked unprecedented protests throughout India and led to the first glimmers of a change of mindset.



Green Room (2015) 77,83,97,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 89%

Green Room delivers unapologetic genre thrills with uncommon intelligence and powerfully acted élan.



Dheepan (2015) 78,86,96,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 86%

Dheepan offers a timely, powerful look at the modern immigrant experience in Europe.



Cartel Land (2015) 86,90,96,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 89%

Raw, brutal, and bitter, Cartel Land offers a ground-level look at vigilante efforts to thwart organized crime at the Mexican-American border.



Ixcanul (2015) 65,76,83,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 100%

Ixcanul opens a window into a little-seen corner of the world -- and finds universal truths about the human condition that should resonate with patient viewers.



How to Change the World (2015) 65,68,75,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 95%

In 1971 a brave group of young activists set sail from Vancouver in an old fishing boat.



Listen to Me Marlon (2015) 94,91,98,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 95%

Listen to Me Marlon offers a fascinating look at the inner life of a Hollywood icon, told in his own words.



World of Tomorrow (2015) 95,85,65,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 100%

Stick-figure animations embark on a kaleidoscopic journey through an abstract vision of the future.



The Hunting Ground (2015) 79,88,96,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 93%

The Hunting Ground isn't director Kirby Dick's strongest work as a filmmaker, but the movie's powerful message more than trumps any technical weaknesses.



The People vs. Fritz Bauer (2015) 66,67,84,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 86%

Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Adolf Eichmann.



Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) 91,90,98,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 97%

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck makes a persuasive case for its subject without resorting to hagiography -- and includes plenty of rare and unreleased footage for fans.



Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015) 98,97,96,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 94%

Thoroughly disquieting but impossible to ignore, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a searing investigative work from a master documentarian.



Krisha (2015) 73,81,98,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 97%

Raw, bracingly honest, and refreshingly unconventional, Krisha wrings fresh -- and occasionally uncomfortable -- truths from a seemingly familiar premise.



The Boy and the Beast (2015) 92,91,92,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 90%

The Boy and the Beast combines familiar parts to create a gripping, beautifully animated adventure with inventive storytelling to match its visual appeal.



What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) 88,83,93,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 88%

What Happened, Miss Simone? is a compelling -- albeit necessarily incomplete -- overview of its complex subject's singular artistic legacy and fascinating life.



Embrace of the Serpent (2015) 95,96,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 95%

As rich visually as it is thematically, Embrace of the Serpent offers a feast of the senses for film fans seeking a dose of bracing originality.



James White (2015) 69,68,90,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 91%

Led by powerfully complementary performances from Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon, James White offers an affecting calling card for debuting writer-director Josh Mond.



Sweet Bean (2015) 80,70,82,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 82%

Sweet Bean's deliberate pace demands patience, but the satisfying simplicity of its story -- and Kirin Kiki's absorbing performance -- yield an array of riches well worth the wait.



Aferim! (2015) 86,66,93,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 97%

Smart, visually arresting, and scathingly funny, Aferim! depicts a world that many American filmgoers have never seen -- but will still, in many respects, find utterly familiar.



Marguerite (2015) 65,69,95,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 95%

Touching, funny, and thoughtful, Marguerite honors its real-life inspiration with a well-acted and ultimately inspirational look at the nature of art and the value of a dream.



Where to Invade Next (2015) 90,87,80,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 78%

Where to Invade Next finds documentarian Michael Moore approaching progressive politics with renewed -- albeit unabashedly one-sided -- vigor.



Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015) 98,86,81,100

IMDB: 8.4, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 87%

What started as peaceful student demonstrations supporting European integration morphed into a full-fledged violent revolution calling for the resignation of the nation's president.



The Fear of 13 (2015) 86,76,64,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 92%



Ex Machina (2014) 97,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 91%

Ex Machina leans heavier on ideas than effects, but it's still a visually polished piece of work -- and an uncommonly engaging sci-fi feature.



The Boxtrolls (2014) 66,65,88,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 63%, RT Critics: 76%

While it's far from Laika's best offering, The Boxtrolls is still packed with enough offbeat wit and visual splendor to offer a healthy dose of all-ages entertainment.



Interstellar (2014) 99,99,87,100

IMDB: 8.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 71%

Interstellar represents more of the thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually resplendent filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan, even if its intellectual reach somewhat exceeds its grasp.



Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) 66,92,72,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 80%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman offers a surprisingly entertaining burst of colorful all-ages fun, despite its dated source material and rather convoluted plot.



Love & Mercy (2014) 89,96,97,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 90%

As unconventional and unwieldy as the life and legacy it honors, Love & Mercy should prove moving for Brian Wilson fans while still satisfying neophytes.



Selma (2014) 93,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 98%

Fueled by a gripping performance from David Oyelowo, Selma draws inspiration and dramatic power from the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- but doesn't ignore how far we remain from the ideals his work embodied.



Boyhood (2014) 98,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 97%

Epic in technical scale but breathlessly intimate in narrative scope, Boyhood is a sprawling investigation of the human condition.



Foxcatcher (2014) 78,65,98,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 66%, RT Critics: 87%

A chilling true crime drama, Foxcatcher offers Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum a chance to shine -- and all three of them rise to the challenge.



Paddington (2014) 85,95,98,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 98%

Paddington brings a beloved children's character into the 21st century without sacrificing his essential charm, delivering a family-friendly adventure as irresistibly cuddly as its star.



Big Eyes (2014) 77,75,77,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 72%

Well-acted, thought-provoking, and a refreshing change of pace for Tim Burton, Big Eyes works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary.



Kill the Messenger (2014) 75,73,72,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 76%

Kill the Messenger's potent fury over the tale of its real-life subject overrides its factual inaccuracies and occasional narrative stumbles.



Testament of Youth (2014) 85,90,85,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 83%

Testament of Youth is well-acted and beautifully filmed, adding up to an enriching if not adventurous experience for fans of British period dramas.



The Lego Movie (2014) 98,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 95%

Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.



The Skeleton Twins (2014) 65,75,85,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 86%

Led by powerful performances from Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, The Skeleton Twins effectively mines laughs and tears from family drama.



The Drop (2014) 82,84,88,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 88%

There's no shortage of similarly themed crime dramas, but The Drop rises above the pack with a smartly written script and strong cast.



Frank (2014) 77,83,95,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 91%

Funny, clever, and endearingly unusual, Frank transcends its quirky trappings with a heartfelt -- and surprisingly thought-provoking -- story.



How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) 98,99,97,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 91%

Exciting, emotionally resonant, and beautifully animated, How to Train Your Dragon 2 builds on its predecessor's successes just the way a sequel should.



The Way He Looks (2014) 96,97,80,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 91%

Compassionate, emotionally detailed, and populated with resonant characters, The Way He Looks leaves a warmth that lingers.



The Tribe (2014) 73,69,95,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 87%

A bleak, haunting drama whose wordless dialogue speaks volumes, The Tribe is a bold, innovative take on silent films for a contemporary audience.



Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) 98,99,96,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 89%

Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards.



Song of the Sea (2014) 98,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 98%

Song of the Sea boasts narrative depth commensurate with its visual beauty, adding up to an animated saga overflowing with family-friendly riches.



X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) 99,99,95,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 89%

X-Men: Days of Future Past combines the best elements of the series to produce a satisfyingly fast-paced outing that ranks among the franchise's finest installments.



A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) 71,66,96,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 66%, RT Critics: 88%

Expertly assembled and indelibly original, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch concludes writer-director Roy Andersson's Living trilogy in style.



Infinitely Polar Bear (2014) 71,72,76,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 80%

Infinitely Polar Bear handles its thorny themes with a somewhat troublesomely light touch, but Mark Ruffalo's complex performance keeps the drama solidly grounded.



Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.



Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014) 76,97,92,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 100%

The heartrendingly honest Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me offers a window into Alzheimer's that should prove powerful viewing for Campbell fans and novices alike.



The Imitation Game (2014) 99,99,97,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 90%

With an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch illuminating its fact-based story, The Imitation Game serves as an eminently well-made entry in the "prestige biopic" genre.



Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) 96,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 90%

With intelligence and emotional resonance to match its stunning special effects, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes expands on its predecessor with an exciting and ambitious burst of sci-fi achievement.



Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) 77,68,86,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 90%

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films pays tribute to the titular studio with an affectionate look back that's arguably more entertaining than much of Cannon's own B-movie product.



St. Vincent (2014) 89,91,80,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 77%

St. Vincent offers the considerable pleasure of seeing Bill Murray back in funny form, but drifts into dangerously sentimental territory along the way.



American Sniper (2014) 90,99,84,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 72%

Powered by Clint Eastwood's sure-handed direction and a gripping central performance from Bradley Cooper, American Sniper delivers a tense, vivid tribute to its real-life subject.



The Dark Horse (2014) 81,83,91,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 96%

Led by an outstanding performance from Cliff Curtis, The Dark Horse tackles complex themes with a richly layered, unpredictable, and deeply affecting story.



Calvary (2014) 90,93,96,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 89%

Led by a brilliant performance from Brendan Gleeson, Calvary tackles weighty issues with humor, intelligence, and sensitivity.



Big Hero 6 (2014) 98,99,92,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 89%

Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated, Big Hero 6 is briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching.



An Honest Liar (2014) 84,88,89,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 97%

A thoughtful and surprisingly layered documentary enlivened by its subject, An Honest Liar serves as a well-deserved tribute to a fascinating life.



The Book of Life (2014) 88,95,82,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 81%

The Book of Life's gorgeous animation is a treat, but it's a pity that its story lacks the same level of craft and detail that its thrilling visuals provide.



The Raid 2 (2014) 99,99,93,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 80%

Although its high-energy plot and over-the-top violence may play better with genre aficionados, The Raid 2 definitely delivers more of everything audiences loved about its predecessor.



Gone Girl (2014) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 87%

Dark, intelligent, and stylish to a fault, Gone Girl plays to director David Fincher's sick strengths while bringing the best out of stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.



The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 91%

Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas.



22 Jump Street (2014) 79,96,86,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 84%

Boasting even more of the bromantic chemistry between its stars -- and even more of the goofy, good-natured humor that made its predecessor so much fun -- 22 Jump Street is the rare sequel that improves upon the original.



The Green Prince (2014) 67,83,79,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 78%

The Green Prince doesn't answer all the questions it raises, but it's still timely, gripping -- and ultimately uplifting -- viewing.



Wild (2014) 82,91,95,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 89%

Powerfully moving and emotionally resonant, Wild finds director Jean-Marc Vallée and star Reese Witherspoon working at the peak of their respective powers.



The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) 93,97,61,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 59%

Though somewhat overwhelmed by its own spectacle, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ends Peter Jackson's second Middle-earth trilogy on a reasonably satisfying note.



The Babadook (2014) 68,84,99,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 98%

The Babadook relies on real horror rather than cheap jump scares -- and boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot.



A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) 74,87,98,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 95%

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original -- and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour.



PK (2014) 99,96,79,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 78%

In the process PK makes loyal friends and powerful foes.



Meet the Patels (2014) 68,82,79,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 86%

Meet the Patels works on multiple levels, offering an affably entertaining documentary about one man looking for love while posing thoughtful questions about cultural assimilation and modern romance.



Fed Up (2014) 90,95,84,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 80%

Compelling and troubling in equal measure, Fed Up is an advocacy documentary that earns its outrage.



Life Itself (2014) 93,97,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 97%

Rich in detail and warmly affectionate, Life Itself offers a joyful yet poignant tribute to a critical cinematic legacy.



Predestination (2014) 94,83,82,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 84%

Fun genre fare with uncommon intelligence, Predestination serves as a better-than-average sci-fi adventure -- and offers a starmaking turn from Sarah Snook.



Next Goal Wins (2014) 80,78,82,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 100%

AGAINST THIS BACKDROP OF SERIAL UNDERACHIEVEMENT, THE TEAM FACE THE DAUNTING PROSPECT OF A QUALIFICATION CAMPAIGN FOR THE UPCOMING 2014 WORLD CUP IN BRAZIL.



Copenhagen (2014) 78,75,66,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 93%

When William meets pretty local girl Effy (Frederikke Dahl Hansen), they set off on an adventure to find his grandfather.



Get on Up (2014) 68,83,83,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 80%

With an unforgettable Chadwick Boseman in the starring role, Get On Up offers the Godfather of Soul a fittingly dynamic homage.



Rich Hill (2014) 65,79,92,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 84%

As compassionate as it is infuriating, Rich Hill offers a sobering glimpse of American poverty.



Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (2014) 68,76,89,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 100%

(C) Run Rabbit Run Media



Lilting (2014) 72,76,77,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 83%

Skillfully weaving multiple delicate tonal strands into a quietly affecting whole, Lilting serves as a thoroughly compelling calling card for writer-director Hong Khaou.



Whiplash (2014) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.5, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 93%

Intense, inspiring, and well-acted, Whiplash is a brilliant sophomore effort from director Damien Chazelle and a riveting vehicle for stars J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller.



The Fault in Our Stars (2014) 98,99,80,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 80%

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking without resorting to exploitation, The Fault In Our Stars does right by its bestselling source material.



Alive Inside (2014) 88,87,69,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 73%

It's somewhat clumsily expressed, but Alive Inside offers such an uplifting message that it's ultimately hard to resist.



'71 (2014) 84,93,96,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 95%

Powerfully directed and acted, '71 stays true to its fact-based origins while remaining as gripping as any solidly crafted action thriller.



The Good Lie (2014) 88,94,74,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 87%

The Good Lie sacrifices real-life nuance in order to turn its true story into a Hollywood production, but the results still add up to a compelling, well-acted, and deeply moving drama.



Keep on Keepin' On (2014) 66,90,87,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 97%

Offering keen observations and infectious warmth, Keep On Keepin' On is a joy for jazz buffs and novices alike.



In Order of Disappearance (2014) 80,72,81,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 85%

In Order of Disappearance's black comedy doesn't always hit its targets, but on the whole, it still adds up to a sly, entertaining revenge thriller.



Fury (2014) 96,98,84,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 76%

Overall, Fury is a well-acted, suitably raw depiction of the horrors of war that offers visceral battle scenes but doesn't quite live up to its larger ambitions.



Two Days, One Night (2014) 90,88,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 97%

Another profoundly affecting work from the Dardenne brothers, Two Days, One Night delivers its timely message with honesty and clear-eyed compassion.



The One I Love (2014) 79,79,84,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 80%

The One I Love doesn't take its intriguing premise quite as far as it could, but it still adds up to an ambitious, well-acted look at love and marriage.



Winter Sleep (2014) 99,92,98,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 87%

Epic in length, thrilling to behold, and utterly absorbing, Winter Sleep demands -- and rewards -- viewers' patient attention.



Veronica Mars (2014) 66,98,76,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 79%

It might be a more entertaining watch for diehard fans of the show, but Veronica Mars offers enough sharp writing and solid performances to entertain viewers in the mood for a character-driven thriller.



Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) 97,98,81,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 74%

Stylish, subversive, and above all fun, Kingsman: The Secret Service finds director Matthew Vaughn sending up the spy genre with gleeful abandon.



Leviathan (2014) 94,93,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 97%

Leviathan lives up to its title, offering trenchant, well-crafted social satire on a suitably grand scale.



Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) 69,69,68,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 83%

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead expands the original's canvas without sacrificing any of its bloody fun, adding up to a sequel that fans of the first are bound to enjoy.



White God (2014) 67,70,95,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 88%

White God isn't an easy watch, but its soaring ambition and powerful acting -- human and canine alike -- make it well worth the effort.



Nightcrawler (2014) 99,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 95%

Restless, visually sleek, and powered by a lithe star performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler offers dark, thought-provoking thrills.



Chef (2014) 90,98,80,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 86%

Chef's charming cast and sharp, funny script add enough spice to make this feel-good comedy a flavorful -- if familiar -- treat.



99 Homes (2014) 78,81,96,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 92%

Fueled by powerful acting and a taut, patiently constructed narrative, 99 Homes is a modern economic parable whose righteous fury is matched by its intelligence and compassion.



John Wick (2014) 90,96,83,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 85%

Stylish, thrilling, and giddily kinetic, John Wick serves as a satisfying return to action for Keanu Reeves -- and what looks like it could be the first of a franchise.



20,000 Days on Earth (2014) 86,87,96,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 95%

Revealing yet respectful, 20,000 Days on Earth is essential viewing for any Nick Cave fan.



Far from Men (2014) 73,69,75,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 83%

Pursued by horsemen seeking summary justice and vengeful settlers, the two men decide to confront the unknown.



A Most Violent Year (2014) 76,75,97,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 89%

Gritty, gripping, and weighted with thought-provoking heft, A Most Violent Year represents another strong entry in writer-director J.C. Chandor's impressive filmography.



All This Mayhem (2014) 84,79,72,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 100%

Brothers Tas and Ben Pappas, two boys from Melbourne who took the skateboarding world by storm, defeated Tony Hawk and crowned International World Champions within a year.



The Theory of Everything (2014) 97,98,93,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 78%

Part biopic, part love story, The Theory of Everything rises on James Marsh's polished direction and the strength of its two leads.



The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) 88,97,60,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 68%

Director Lasse Hallström does lovely work and Helen Mirren is always worth watching, but The Hundred-Foot Journey travels predictable ground already covered by countless feel-good dramedies.



Boy Meets Girl (2014) 67,77,63,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 85%

A ground-breaking coming-of-age romantic comedy, the film explores how falling in love transcends gender and how important it is to live a courageous life without fear standing in the way of your dreams.



Wild Tales (2014) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 94%

Wickedly hilarious and delightfully deranged, Wild Tales is a subversive satire that doubles as a uniformly entertaining anthology film.



Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014) 86,91,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 100%

On paper, GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem might seem less than thrilling, but on the screen, it delivers two hours of nonstop, tightly wound, brilliantly acted drama.



Beyond the Lights (2014) 67,93,78,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 82%

Thanks to smart direction and a powerhouse performance from Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Beyond the Lights transcends its formulaic storyline to deliver thoroughly entertaining drama.



Diplomacy (2014) 68,81,88,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 93%

For filmgoers who value character development and smart dialogue over plot, Diplomacy yields rich, powerfully acted rewards.



Marie's Story (2014) 68,65,67,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 69%

Based on true events, Marie's Story recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love.



A Brilliant Young Mind (2014) 82,84,70,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 86%

A Brilliant Young Mind is tender and perceptive -- and intelligent enough to find a wealth of dramatic riches buried under well-trod narrative ground.



Pride (2014) 97,99,96,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 92%

Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.



Theeb (2014) 76,83,95,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 97%

Led by an outstanding performance from Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat in the title role, Theeb is a startlingly assured first effort from director/co-writer Naji Abu Nowar.



The Last Man on the Moon (2014) 71,80,90,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 93%

The Last Man on the Moon takes a justifiably reverent look at a largely unexplored chapter in the history of American space exploration -- and a side of astronaut's lives that's rarely considered.



It Follows (2014) 73,65,99,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 66%, RT Critics: 96%

Smart, original, and above all terrifying, It Follows is the rare modern horror film that works on multiple levels -- and leaves a lingering sting.



The Overnighters (2014) 72,88,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 98%

Hard-hitting, absorbing, and painfully relevant, The Overnighters offers an urgent and compassionate picture of life in 21st century America.



Red Army (2014) 84,93,96,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 93%

Fun and fascinating, Red Army delivers absorbing documentary drama for hockey fans and sports novices alike.



The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) 97,95,87,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 93%

Informative and enraging in equal measure, The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz uses its subject's tragic tale to deliver an impassioned call to action.



Last Days in Vietnam (2014) 79,91,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 95%

As gripping as it is inspiring, Last Days in Vietnam offers a surprisingly fresh -- and heart-wrenching -- perspective on the end of the Vietnam War.



Still Alice (2014) 94,97,94,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 86%

Elevated by a gripping performance from Julianne Moore, Still Alice is a heartfelt drama that honors its delicate themes with bravery and sensitivity.



She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) 71,81,88,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 94%

SHE'S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, when ladies wore hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women's liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women's International Conspiracy from Hell!).



Haider (2014) 99,83,60,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 90%

Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', Haider - a young man returns home to Kashmir on receiving news of his father's disappearance.



When Marnie Was There (2014) 94,95,93,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 91%

When Marnie Was There is still blessed with enough visual and narrative beauty to recommend, even if it isn't quite as magical as Studio Ghibli's greatest works.



Timbuktu (2014) 79,86,99,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 98%

Gracefully assembled and ultimately disquieting, Timbuktu is a timely film with a powerful message.



What We Do in the Shadows (2014) 95,98,97,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 95%

Smarter, fresher, and funnier than a modern vampire movie has any right to be, What We Do in the Shadows is bloody good fun.



The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014) 83,83,75,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 100%

What did Deputy Clem from Bonanza know about baseball?



Virunga (2014) 97,94,93,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 100%

Virunga offers a heart-rending glimpse of natural wonders vulnerable to the atrocities of greed -- and the people devoting their lives to defending them.



Night Will Fall (2014) 84,87,86,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 100%

Documentary that includes archive footage of a documentary made by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein about concentration camps.



Stations of the Cross (2014) 77,72,77,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 91%

A drama of thought-provoking depth as well as a showcase for newcomer Lea van Acken, Stations of the Cross hits hard and leaves a lingering impact.



Güeros (2014) 75,77,90,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 92%

A striking effort that synthesizes disparate influences with inventive flair, Güeros marks a bold step forward for modern Mexican cinema.



Housebound (2014) 65,79,88,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 97%

Alternately hilarious, gross, and simply diverting, Housebound is the rare horror-comedy that delivers on both fronts.



The Look of Silence (2014) 97,96,99,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 96%

The Look of Silence delivers a less shocking -- yet just as terribly compelling -- companion piece to Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing.



Dior and I (2014) 71,82,80,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 83%

Dior and I will obviously appeal to fashion fans, but this beautifully tailored documentary may draw in even the least sartorially inclined.



Zero Motivation (2014) 72,78,85,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 86%

Darkly funny and understatedly absurd, Zero Motivation is a refreshing addition to the canon of irreverent war comedies -- and an intriguing calling card for writer-director Talya Lavie.



Mommy (2014) 98,97,98,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 89%

As challenging as it is rewarding, Mommy finds writer-director Xavier Dolan taking another impressive step forward.



Kilo Two Bravo (2014) 73,91,84,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 100%

Kilo Two Bravo honors its fact-based story with an almost unbearably tense drama that captures the horrors -- and the human cost -- of modern warfare.



Merchants of Doubt (2014) 81,84,83,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 83%

Merchants of Doubt is a thought-provoking documentary assembled with energy and style, even if it doesn't dig as deep as it could.



An Open Secret (2014) 68,73,64,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 93%

A look at the lives of children who were exploited and assaulted by some of Hollywood's most powerful players.



Court (2014) 80,72,93,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 98%

Court takes a penetrating, timely look at issues facing Indian society while serving as an excellent calling card for debuting writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane.



Labyrinth of Lies (2014) 80,72,70,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 82%

Labyrinth of Lies artfully blends fact with well-intentioned fiction to offer a thought-provoking look at how the lessons of history can be easily lost or forgotten.



Citizenfour (2014) 99,98,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 96%

Part real-life thriller, part sobering examination of 21st century civil liberties, Citizenfour transcends ideology to offer riveting, must-see cinema.



The Seven Five (2014) 82,80,81,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 85%

Meet the dirtiest cop in New York City history.



42 (2013) 93,99,83,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 79%

42 is an earnest, inspirational, and respectfully told biography of an influential American sports icon, though it might be a little too safe and old-fashioned for some.



Alan Partridge (2013) 70,81,84,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 86%

The Alan Partridge movie ditches the TV series' nuanced humor for something broader, and succeeds in presenting the character on a global scale.



The Croods (2013) 87,96,69,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 71%

While it may not be as (ahem) evolved as the best modern animated fare, The Croods will prove solidly entertaining for families seeking a fast-paced, funny cartoon adventure.



Dallas Buyers Club (2013) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 93%

Dallas Buyers Club rests squarely on Matthew McConaughey's scrawny shoulders, and he carries the burden gracefully with what might be a career-best performance.



The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 99,98,98,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 78%

Funny, self-referential, and irreverent to a fault, The Wolf of Wall Street finds Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at their most infectiously dynamic.



Lone Survivor (2013) 94,99,73,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 75%

A true account of military courage and survival, Lone Survivor wields enough visceral power to mitigate its heavy-handed jingoism.



The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) 99,99,80,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 74%

While still slightly hamstrung by "middle chapter" narrative problems and its formidable length, The Desolation of Smaug represents a more confident, exciting second chapter for the Hobbit series.



The World's End (2013) 79,86,94,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 88%

Madcap and heartfelt, Edgar Wright's apocalypse comedy The World's End benefits from the typically hilarious Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, with a plethora of supporting players.



Behind the Candelabra (2013) 75,73,98,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 95%

Affectionate without sacrificing honesty, Behind the Candelabra couples award-worthy performances from Michael Douglas and Matt Damon with some typically sharp direction from Steven Soderbergh.



Iron Man 3 (2013) 87,98,87,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 79%

With the help of its charismatic lead, some impressive action sequences, and even a few surprises, Iron Man 3 is a witty, entertaining adventure and a strong addition to the Marvel canon.



August: Osage County (2013) 85,65,65,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 65%, RT Critics: 64%

The sheer amount of acting going on in August: Osage County threatens to overwhelm, but when the actors involved are as talented as Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, it's difficult to complain.



Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) 86,96,73,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 71%

Gut-wrenching and emotionally affecting, Lee Daniels' The Butler overcomes an uneven narrative thanks to strong performances from an all-star cast.



I Am Divine (2013) 73,88,88,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 96%

With warmth and affection, I Am Divine offers an engaging portrait of the complex personality behind a trailblazing cinematic figure.



Particle Fever (2013) 80,94,94,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 95%

The concepts behind its heady subject matter may fly over the heads of most viewers, but Particle Fever presents it in such a way that even the least science-inclined viewers will find themselves enraptured.



Prisoners (2013) 99,99,92,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 81%

Prisoners has an emotional complexity and a sense of dread that makes for absorbing (and disturbing) viewing.



Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) 97,99,95,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 85%

Visually spectacular and suitably action packed, Star Trek Into Darkness is a rock-solid installment in the venerable sci-fi franchise, even if it's not as fresh as its predecessor.



Monsters University (2013) 90,98,80,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 79%

Offering Monsters, Inc. fans a return visit with beloved characters, Monsters University delivers funny and thoughtful family entertainment for viewers of any age.



Gravity (2013) 97,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 95%

Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is an eerie, tense sci-fi thriller that's masterfully directed and visually stunning.



The Conjuring (2013) 95,98,91,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 85%

Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares.



What If (2013) 66,74,60,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 73%

Its narrative framework may be familiar, but What If transcends its derivative elements with sharp dialogue and the effervescent chemistry of stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.



Captain Phillips (2013) 98,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 93%

Smart, powerfully acted, and incredibly intense, Captain Phillips offers filmgoers a Hollywood biopic done right -- and offers Tom Hanks a showcase for yet another brilliant performance.



Warm Bodies (2013) 73,93,80,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 80%

Warm Bodies offers a sweet, well-acted spin on a genre that all too often lives down to its brain-dead protagonists.



The Armstrong Lie (2013) 77,77,82,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 82%

Smartly constructed and scathingly sharp, The Armstrong Lie presents an effective indictment of its unscrupulous subject -- as well as the sports culture that spawned him.



Pacific Rim (2013) 74,96,74,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 70%

It may sport more style than substance, but Pacific Rim is a solid modern creature feature bolstered by fantastical imagery and an irresistible sense of fun.



Despicable Me 2 (2013) 93,99,77,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 74%

Despicable Me 2 offers plenty of eye-popping visual inventiveness and a number of big laughs.



Snowpiercer (2013) 79,85,99,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 94%

Snowpiercer offers an audaciously ambitious action spectacular for filmgoers numb to effects-driven blockbusters.



The Spectacular Now (2013) 82,91,97,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 91%

The Spectacular Now is an adroit, sensitive film that avoids typical coming-of-age story trappings.



Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) 89,89,94,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 84%

Worth watching for Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton's performances alone, Only Lovers Left Alive finds writer-director Jim Jarmusch adding a typically offbeat entry to the vampire genre.



The Way Way Back (2013) 92,98,92,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 84%

Despite its familiar themes, The Way Way Back makes use of its talented cast, finely tuned script, and an abundance of charm to deliver a funny and satisfying coming-of-age story.



Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013) 70,73,71,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 80%

Gore Vidal's professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters.



The Punk Singer (2013) 71,85,92,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 90%

It verges on hagiography, but given the deeply compelling nature of its subject's story, The Punk Singer can be forgiven its lack of objectivity.



Her (2013) 99,98,99,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 94%

Sweet, soulful, and smart, Spike Jonze's Her uses its just-barely-sci-fi scenario to impart wryly funny wisdom about the state of modern human relationships.



American Hustle (2013) 90,93,99,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 92%

Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell's most irrepressibly vibrant direction.



Nebraska (2013) 97,97,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 90%

Elegant in its simplicity and poetic in its message, Nebraska adds another stirringly resonant chapter to Alexander Payne's remarkable filmography.



Metro Manila (2013) 86,91,84,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 93%

Infusing thriller tropes with a searing glimpse of modern-day corruption, Metro Manila is just as gripping as any action blockbuster -- and twice as thought-provoking.



Jodorowsky's Dune (2013) 97,98,98,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 98%

Part thoughtful tribute, part bittersweet reminder of a missed opportunity, Jodorowsky's Dune offers a fascinating look at a lost sci-fi legend.



Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) 78,73,80,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 74%

Darkly funny, fearlessly bold, and thoroughly indulgent, Nymphomaniac finds Lars von Trier provoking viewers with customary abandon.



The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) 95,99,95,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 88%

Smart, smoothly directed, and enriched with a deeper exploration of the franchise's thought-provoking themes, Catching Fire proves a thoroughly compelling second installment in the Hunger Games series.



Rush (2013) 99,99,95,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 88%

A sleek, slick, well-oiled machine, Rush is a finely crafted sports drama with exhilarating race sequences and strong performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.



Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (2013) 74,65,69,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 97%, RT Critics: 84%

Spectacular landscapes and an ultra-high definition shooting format elevate Edgar Reitz's Home Away From Home from an unforgettable story to a breathtaking cinematic experience.



The Wind Rises (2013) 97,98,98,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 88%

The Wind Rises is a fittingly bittersweet swan song for director Hayao Miyazaki.



All Is Lost (2013) 72,65,98,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 63%, RT Critics: 93%

Anchored by another tremendous performance in a career full of them, All Is Lost offers a moving, eminently worthwhile testament to Robert Redford's ability to hold the screen.



12 Years a Slave (2013) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 95%

It's far from comfortable viewing, but 12 Years a Slave's unflinchingly brutal look at American slavery is also brilliant -- and quite possibly essential -- cinema.



Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) 94,85,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 92%

Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form.



Side Effects (2013) 83,77,92,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 82%

A smart, clever thriller with plenty of disquieting twists, Side Effects is yet another assured effort from director Steven Soderbergh.



The Railway Man (2013) 79,73,68,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 66%

Understated to a fault, The Railway Man transcends its occasionally stodgy pacing with a touching, fact-based story and the quiet chemistry of its stars.



Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013) 79,74,76,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 85%

Admit it: you don't really read the endless terms and conditions connected to every website you visit, phone call you make or app you download.



The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013) 80,96,73,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 89%

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete uses its compelling streetwise setting -- and powerful performances from its young leads -- to offer a refreshing twist on the coming-of-age formula.



Let the Fire Burn (2013) 71,84,96,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 97%

Smartly edited and heartbreakingly compelling, Let the Fire Burn uses archival footage to uncover a troubling -- and still deeply resonant -- chapter in American history.



The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013) 68,67,68,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 75%

In 2012, a resurrection no one thought possible took place when legendary band, The Stone Roses reformed after 16 years.



Saving Mr. Banks (2013) 94,98,86,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 78%

Aggressively likable and sentimental to a fault, Saving Mr. Banks pays tribute to the Disney legacy with excellent performances and sweet, high-spirited charm.



Tracks (2013) 82,80,87,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 82%

What Tracks lacks in excitement, it more than makes up with gorgeous cinematography and Mia Wasikowska's outstanding performance.



Metallica Through the Never (2013) 79,87,70,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 79%

Imaginatively shot and edited, Metallica Through the Never is an electrifying, immersive concert film, though its fictional sequences are slightly less assured.



The Rocket (2013) 70,93,91,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 96%

A feel-good success crafted with care, Kim Mordaunt's story of two young kids in Laos is a heartfelt audience pleaser while remaining sensitive toward its subjects.



The Kings of Summer (2013) 85,89,82,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 75%

Thanks to charming performances and endearingly off-kilter spirit, The Kings of Summer proves to be a slight, sweet entry in the crowded coming-of-age genre.



Child's Pose (2013) 81,70,94,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 91%

It isn't necessarily an easy watch, but thanks to Netzer's interesting direction and a riveting performance from Gheorghiu, Child's Pose is rewarding.



About Time (2013) 98,98,60,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 67%

Beautifully filmed and unabashedly sincere, About Time finds director Richard Curtis at his most sentimental.



Before Midnight (2013) 98,97,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 97%

Building on the first two installments in Richard Linklater's well-crafted Before trilogy, Before Midnight offers intelligent, powerfully acted perspectives on love, marriage, and long-term commitment.



Kai po che! (2013) 92,75,70,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 73%

In a country where cricket is religion, they hit upon a brilliant plan - to start a training academy that could produce India's next sporting superstars!



Inequality for All (2013) 93,98,90,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 90%

While it arrives in a glut of similarly themed documentaries, Inequality for All distinguishes itself with a compelling presentation of an important message, as well as much-needed splashes of wit.



Blood Brother (2013) 82,92,74,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 72%

Every day he encounters the bitter reality of HIV infection.



Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) 98,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 89%

Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense, Blue Is the Warmest Color offers some of modern cinema's most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama.



Frozen (2013) 95,99,97,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 90%

Beautifully animated, smartly written, and stocked with singalong songs, Frozen adds another worthy entry to the Disney canon.



The Dance of Reality (2013) 82,87,89,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 93%

This long-overdue return from Alejandro Jodorowsky finds him just as overflowing with imagination -- and heart -- as fans have come to expect.



The Selfish Giant (2013) 80,89,97,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 97%

Starkly emotional and beautifully directed, The Selfish Giant uses a lovely script and some powerful performances to present some of the best that modern British cinema has to offer.



Sound City (2013) 93,98,91,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 100%

Smart, affectionate, and unabashedly sincere, Sound City pairs a great soundtrack with a well-argued ode to one of rock 'n' roll's most fondly remembered bygone eras.



Like Father, Like Son (2013) 94,96,95,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 87%

Sensitively written, smartly directed, and powerfully performed, Like Father, Like Son uses familiar-seeming elements to tell a thought-provoking story.



Fruitvale Station (2013) 93,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 93%

Passionate and powerfully acted, Fruitvale Station serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death, and a triumph for star Michael B. Jordan.



Blue Jasmine (2013) 90,91,99,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 90%

Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine finds the director in peak late-period form -- and benefiting from a superb cast led by Cate Blanchett.



The Lunchbox (2013) 96,97,96,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 96%

Warm, affectionate, and sweet but not cloying, The Lunchbox is a clever crowd-pleaser from first-time director Ritesh Batra.



Cutie and the Boxer (2013) 71,81,96,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 94%

A beautifully-made documentary that explores the challenges and richness of both marriage and art through the lens of a fascinating and complex couple.



The Great Beauty (2013) 97,96,98,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 90%

Dazzlingly ambitious, beautifully filmed, and thoroughly enthralling, The Great Beauty offers virtuoso filmmaking from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino.



Blue Ruin (2013) 81,89,98,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 96%

Smart, stripped-down, and thrillingly grim, Blue Ruin proves that a well-told revenge story can still leave its audience on the edge of their seat.



Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013) 78,83,63,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 86%

The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen.



We Are the Best! (2013) 76,83,98,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 96%

Sweet, empathetic, and shot through with a palpable joy, We Are the Best! offers a tender tribute to the bittersweet tumult of adolescence.



Milius (2013) 70,73,63,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 94%

From his childhood aspirations to join the military to his formative years at the USC Film School, his legendary work on films such as Apocalypse Now, Jaws, Conan The Barbar-ian, Dirty Harry and Red Dawn, to his ultimate dismissal from Hollywood due to his radical beliefs and controversial behavior.



Short Term 12 (2013) 98,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 98%

Short Term 12 is an emphatic, revealing drama that pulls audiences into the perspective of neglected youths.



Joe (2013) 71,74,91,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 85%

Rich in atmosphere and anchored by a powerful performance from Nicolas Cage, Joe is a satisfying return to form for its star -- as well as director David Gordon Green.



Enough Said (2013) 76,85,97,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 95%

Wryly charming, impeccably acted, and ultimately quite bittersweet, Enough Said is a grown-up movie in the best possible way.



The Unknown Known (2013) 67,69,79,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 81%

Viewers hoping to see Donald Rumsfeld admit making mistakes in public office (or hoping Errol Morris will force him to give straight answers) may find The Unknown Known frustrating -- but no less fascinating.



20 Feet from Stardom (2013) 84,95,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 99%

Rich, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking, 20 Feet From Stardom is an energetic tribute to the passion, talent, and hard work of backup singers.



Belle (2013) 88,97,85,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 83%

It boasts all the surface beauty that fans of period pictures have come to expect, but Belle also benefits from its stirring performances and subtle social consciousness.



Venus in Fur (2013) 79,79,85,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 88%

Provocative, funny, and brilliantly acted, Venus in Fur finds Roman Polanski in top late-period form.



Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013) 73,78,74,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 79%

Deliriously manic and gleefully tasteless, Why Don't You Play in Hell? delivers infectious genre fun.



Philomena (2013) 95,99,97,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 91%

Based on a powerful true story and led by note-perfect performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena offers a profoundly affecting drama for adult filmgoers of all ages.



Human Capital (2013) 80,79,79,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 81%

Part character study, part socioeconomic fable, Human Capital offers trenchant commentary as well as absorbing drama.



Muscle Shoals (2013) 81,96,93,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 96%

Essential for soul fans and entertaining for novices, Muscle Shoals offers a compelling, warts-and-all glimpse at one of the most fascinating stories in modern American music.



The Crash Reel (2013) 92,97,94,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 95%

Smart, compassionate, and moving, The Crash Reel uses the familiar sport-doc formula to subvert expectations and ask challenging questions about ambition and achievement.



Narco Cultura (2013) 66,76,89,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 88%

Disturbing, thought-provoking, and timely, Narco Cultura sheds some crucial light on an important -- and underserved -- subject.



Good Ol' Freda (2013) 66,70,64,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 84%

In GOOD OL' FREDA, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years.



Dirty Wars (2013) 85,74,90,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 84%

Some viewers may find fault with director Rick Rowley's filmmaking methods, but they aren't distracting enough to keep Dirty Wars from serving as a terribly compelling argument against elements of American foreign policy.



Blackfish (2013) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 98%

Blackfish is an aggressive, impassioned documentary that will change the way you look at performance killer whales.



Maidentrip (2013) 77,68,79,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 81%

14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out-camera in hand-on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.



Starred Up (2013) 90,96,97,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 99%

Smart, hard-hitting, and queasily realistic, Starred Up is an instant classic of U.K. prison cinema.



The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) 98,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 100%

Boasting narrative depth, frank honesty, and exquisite visual beauty, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a modern animated treasure with timeless appeal.



New World (2013) 91,80,63,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 66%

SYNOPSIS: The head of the Goldmoon crime syndicate is dead, leaving his top two lieutenants.



Locke (2013) 82,75,97,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 90%

A one-man show set in a single confined location, Locke demands a powerful performance -- and gets it from a never-more-compelling Tom Hardy.



Finding Vivian Maier (2013) 91,96,93,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 94%

Narratively gripping, visually striking, and ultimately thought-provoking, Finding Vivian Maier shines an overdue spotlight on its subject's long-hidden brilliance.



Ida (2013) 90,93,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 96%

Empathetically written, splendidly acted, and beautifully photographed, Ida finds director Pawel Pawlikowski revisiting his roots to powerful effect.



Mistaken for Strangers (2013) 73,87,91,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 91%

A suitably complicated look at fraternal bonds, Mistaken for Strangers offers more depth and insight than the usual tour documentary.



A Touch of Sin (2013) 73,74,94,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 93%

Its screenplay isn't as graceful as the choreography of its action sequences, but A Touch of Sin offers enough stylishly satisfying violence to muscle past its rough spots.



Omar (2013) 87,91,93,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 89%

Twisty and riveting, Omar is a well-directed crime drama with uncommon depth.



Norte, the End of History (2013) 69,75,92,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 91%

Its four-hour length is undeniably imposing, but Norte, the End of History rewards patient viewers with an absorbing, visually expansive viewing experience.



The Missing Picture (2013) 72,83,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 98%

Thrillingly unorthodox and emotionally searing without being didactic, The Missing Picture is a uniquely poignant documentary -- and so much more.



A Wolf at the Door (2013) 73,69,74,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 84%

Inspired by real events, Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Coimbra's debut feature captures the heightened anxiety of every parent's worst nightmare, casting a light upon the cruelties of which humans are capable.



Coherence (2013) 85,89,90,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 87%

A case study in less-is-more filmmaking, Coherence serves as a compelling low-budget calling card for debuting writer-director James Ward Byrkit.



Ugly (2013) 97,65,61,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 62%

This story covers the disappearance of an aspiring actor's 10-year-old daughter, Kali, and a subsequent search for the missing girl.



Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (2013) 69,71,75,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 93%

This unlikely trio form a bond and decide to follow their dreams in hopes of finding their freedom.



Ilo Ilo (2013) 73,80,93,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 100%

Quietly compassionate and rich in detail, Ilo Ilo is a strikingly mature debut from writer-director Anthony Chen.



Tangerines (2013) 99,92,88,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 87%

Tangerines' impassioned message and the strong work of a solid cast more than make up for the movie's flawed narrative and uneven structure.



Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013) 73,79,67,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 77%

Its unabashedly positive tone may strike some viewers as disingenuous, but even if Supermensch doesn't tell the whole story, it's an undeniably entertaining one.



Tim's Vermeer (2013) 90,96,93,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 89%

Entertaining and profound in equal measure, Tim's Vermeer uses its seemingly esoteric subject to pose fascinating questions about art and obsession.



The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013) 85,79,74,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 91%

About Hayao Miyazaki's life and Studio Ghibli.



The Attorney (2013) 83,79,64,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 72%

This story is based on true events.



Apur Panchali (2013) 75,83,99,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 95%

Jafar Panahi's Taxi offers another round of trenchant societal commentary from a director whose entire filmography stands as a daring act of dissent.



Lincoln (2012) 92,98,98,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 89%

Daniel Day-Lewis characteristically delivers in this witty, dignified portrait that immerses the audience in its world and entertains even as it informs.



Life of Pi (2012) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 86%

A 3D adaptation of a supposedly "unfilmable" book, Ang Lee's Life of Pi achieves the near impossible -- it's an astonishing technical achievement that's also emotionally rewarding.



The Attack (2012) 67,85,91,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 86%

Tense and suspenseful while remaining smart and understated, The Attack honors its complex subject with an intelligent script and captivating performances.



The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) 99,99,70,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 64%

Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth is an earnest, visually resplendent trip, but the film's deliberate pace robs the material of some of its majesty.



The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) 79,97,77,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 72%

A well-chosen cast and sure-handed direction allow The Amazing Spider-Man to thrill, despite revisiting many of the same plot points from 2002's Spider-Man.



Argo (2012) 97,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 95%

Tense, exciting, and often darkly comic, Argo recreates a historical event with vivid attention to detail and finely wrought characters.



Silver Linings Playbook (2012) 97,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 92%

Silver Linings Playbook walks a tricky thematic tightrope, but David O. Russell's sensitive direction and some sharp work from a talented cast gives it true balance.



Skyfall (2012) 98,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 92%

Sam Mendes brings Bond surging back with a smart, sexy, riveting action thriller that qualifies as one of the best 007 films to date.



Frankenweenie (2012) 77,86,95,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 87%

Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.



Marley (2012) 95,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 95%

Kevin Macdonald's exhaustive, evenhanded portrait of Bob Marley offers electrifying concert footage and fascinating insights into reggae's greatest star.



Lawless (2012) 90,92,69,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 67%

Grim, bloody, and utterly flawed, Lawless doesn't quite achieve the epic status it strains for, but it's too beautifully filmed and powerfully acted to dismiss.



Brave (2012) 83,97,86,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 78%

Brave offers young audiences and fairy tale fans a rousing, funny fantasy adventure with a distaff twist and surprising depth.



A Late Quartet (2012) 75,71,68,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 76%

An outstanding ensemble cast lends weight and depth to A Late Quartet's melodramatic script, and the result is insightful and emotionally satisfying.



21 Jump Street (2012) 87,98,91,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 84%

A smart, affectionate satire of '80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite.



The Cabin in the Woods (2012) 79,93,98,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 91%

The Cabin in the Woods is an astonishing meta-feat, capable of being funny, strange, and scary -- frequently all at the same time.



Looper (2012) 93,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 92%

As thought-provoking as it is thrilling, Looper delivers an uncommonly smart, bravely original blend of futuristic sci-fi and good old-fashioned action.



A Royal Affair (2012) 94,93,91,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 89%

A Royal Affair is a lavish and sumptuous costume drama with a juicy story to back it up.



How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012) 87,99,69,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 76%

A shockingly candid examination of how a street dealer can rise to cartel lord with relative ease, How to Make Money Selling Drugs is an insider's guide to the violent but extremely lucrative drug industry.



Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) 73,93,79,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 79%

Dazzlingly colorful and frenetic, Madagascar 3 is silly enough for young kids, but boasts enough surprising smarts to engage parents along the way.



Casting By (2012) 69,75,70,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 93%

"Outstanding" - Leonard Maltin; Combining over 240 interviews, extensive archival footage, animated stills & documents with a moving original score, Director Tom Donahue has meticulously crafted the untold tale of the Hollywood casting director.



Dredd (2012) 83,87,69,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 77%

Fueled by bombastic violence and impressive special effects, rooted in self-satire and deadpan humor, Dredd 3D does a remarkable job of capturing its source material's gritty spirit.



The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.4, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 86%

The Dark Knight Rises is an ambitious, thoughtful, and potent action film that concludes Christopher Nolan's franchise in spectacular fashion.



Cloud Atlas (2012) 95,78,74,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 66%, RT Critics: 65%

Its sprawling, ambitious blend of thought-provoking narrative and eye-catching visuals will prove too unwieldy for some, but the sheer size and scope of Cloud Atlas are all but impossible to ignore.



The Hunger Games (2012) 87,99,93,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 83%

Thrilling and superbly acted, The Hunger Games captures the dramatic violence, raw emotion, and ambitious scope of its source novel.



Disconnect (2012) 93,82,70,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 67%

It's didactic in spots and melodramatic in others, but Disconnect's strong cast helps make it a timely, effective exploration of modern society's technological overload.



Rise of the Guardians (2012) 89,98,69,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 73%

A sort of Avengers for the elementary school set, Rise of the Guardians is wonderfully animated and briskly paced, but it's only so-so in the storytelling department.



Prometheus (2012) 79,78,86,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 73%

Ridley Scott's ambitious quasi-prequel to Alien may not answer all of its big questions, but it's redeemed by its haunting visual grandeur and compelling performances -- particularly Michael Fassbender as a fastidious android.



Chasing Ice (2012) 90,97,93,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 95%

In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.



Amour (2012) 98,96,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 92%

With towering performances and an unflinching script from Michael Haneke, Amour represents an honest, heartwrenching depiction of deep love and responsibility.



The Other Dream Team (2012) 92,93,78,100

IMDB: 8.4, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 87%

Led by the unique skills of Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis, the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team helped their country break free from the shackles of Communism.



Kon-Tiki (2012) 84,81,83,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 82%

A well-crafted retelling of an epic true story, Kon Tiki is a throwback to old-school adventure filmmaking that's exciting and entertaining in spite of its by-the-book plotting.



ParaNorman (2012) 77,86,90,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 87%

Beautifully animated and solidly scripted, ParaNorman will entertain (and frighten) older children while providing surprisingly thoughtful fare for their parents.



Ted (2012) 74,93,65,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 67%

Ted's "romance versus bromance" plot is familiar, but the film's held aloft by the high-concept central premise and a very funny (albeit inconsistent) script.



The Patience Stone (2012) 67,72,87,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 86%

It may prove frustratingly slow for some viewers, but more contemplative filmgoers will find themselves rewarded by The Patience Stone's quietly fierce storytelling, as well as a searing starring turn from Golshifteh Farahani.



The Impossible (2012) 96,97,92,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 81%

The screenplay isn't quite as powerful as the direction or the acting, but with such an astonishing real-life story at its center, The Impossible is never less than compelling.



Laurence Anyways (2012) 92,78,81,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 83%

Passionate and powerfully acted, Laurence Anyways sometimes strains to achieve its narrative ambitions (and fill its three-hour running time), but ultimately succeeds.



The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) 99,99,95,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 85%

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartfelt and sincere adaptation that's bolstered by strong lead performances.



The Sapphires (2012) 74,87,83,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 91%

While it's plenty predictable and sentimental, The Sapphires also has an irresistible feel-good vibe, winning music and charming performances to spare.



Hannah Arendt (2012) 73,74,76,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 88%

Led by a powerful performance from Barbara Sukowa, Hannah Arendt does a commendable job of dramatizing the life of a complex public figure.



Chronicle (2012) 83,86,88,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 85%

Chronicle transcends its found-footage gimmick with a smart script, fast-paced direction, and engaging performances from the young cast.



Moonrise Kingdom (2012) 98,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 93%

Warm, whimsical, and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best.



Ill Manors (2012) 73,68,60,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 79%

A unique crime thriller set on the unforgiving streets of London, iLL MANORS follows six disparate lives, all struggling to survive the circles of violence that engulf them.



Wreck-It Ralph (2012) 97,99,95,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 86%

Equally entertaining for both kids and parents old enough to catch the references, Wreck-It Ralph is a clever, colorful adventure built on familiar themes and joyful nostalgia.



Ship of Theseus (2012) 92,77,61,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 100%

An unusual photographer grapples with the loss of her intuitive brilliance as an aftermath of a clinical procedure; an erudite monk confronting an ethical dilemma with a long held ideology, has to choose between principle and death; and a young stockbroker, following the trail of a stolen kidney, learns how intricate morality could be.



Zero Dark Thirty (2012) 92,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 91%

Gripping, suspenseful, and brilliantly crafted, Zero Dark Thirty dramatizes the hunt for Osama bin Laden with intelligence and an eye for detail.



Ernest & Celestine (2012) 95,96,98,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 97%

Sweet and visually charming, Ernest & Celestine offers old-fashioned delights for animation lovers of all ages.



The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) 90,92,92,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 80%

Ambitious to a fault, The Place Beyond the Pines finds writer/director Derek Cianfrance reaching for -- and often grasping -- thorny themes of family, fatherhood, and fate.



War Witch (2012) 71,82,96,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 93%

War Witch is a mature, intense drama that embraces the bruatlity of its subject and invites the audience to sympathize with its protagonist's nightmarish circumstances.



Ruby Sparks (2012) 86,84,88,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 78%

Cleverly written and wonderfully acted, Ruby Sparks overcomes its occasional lags in pace with an abundance of charm and wit.



Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) 81,94,97,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 97%

From 2008 to 2010, Beijing-based journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei.



Django Unchained (2012) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.4, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 86%

Bold, bloody, and stylistically daring, Django Unchained is another incendiary masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino.



End of Watch (2012) 96,99,88,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 84%

End of Watch has the energy, devotion to characters, and charismatic performances to overcome the familiar pitfalls of its genre and handheld format.



Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) 78,95,93,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 90%

Safety Not Guaranteed's ostensibly modest ambitions are outmatched by the movie's strong performances, beguiling charm, and heartfelt story.



The Sessions (2012) 84,94,98,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 91%

Tender, funny, and touching, The Sessions provides an acting showcase for its talented stars and proves it's possible for Hollywood to produce a grown-up movie about sex.



Flight (2012) 90,93,86,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 78%

Robert Zemeckis makes a triumphant return to live-action cinema with Flight, a thoughtful and provocative character study propelled by a compelling performance from Denzel Washington.



Good Vibrations (2012) 71,73,73,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 94%

Directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn team to tell the true story of Terri Hooley, the rebellious Belfast music lover who launched his own record label, dubbed "Good Vibrations," in the 1970s, and quickly emerged as a key figure in the Irish capitol's thriving underground punk scene.



The Angels' Share (2012) 73,78,86,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 88%

The Angels' Share is a surprisingly delightful, uplifting comedy that successfully blends a charming story of redemption with bits of dark humor and a social message.



Beware of Mr. Baker (2012) 80,93,94,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 98%

Free of the hagiographic overtones that dog many documentary profiles, Beware of Mr. Baker presents a clear-eyed, thoroughly gripping look at one of rock's greatest -- and most personally problematic -- musicians.



Seven Psychopaths (2012) 87,87,88,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 82%

Seven Psychopaths delivers sly cinematic commentary while serving up a heaping helping of sharp dialogue and gleeful violence.



What Maisie Knew (2012) 90,92,96,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 85%

It's undeniably difficult to watch at times, but What Maisie Knew ultimately rises on the strength of its solidly sourced script, powerful performances, and empathetic direction.



Mud (2012) 92,96,98,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 97%

Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy.



Indie Game: The Movie (2012) 93,95,86,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 93%

This Sundance award-winning film captures the tension and drama by focusing on these artists' vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form.



Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) 99,92,92,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 96%

Towards the end of colonial India, Sahid Khan loots the British trains, impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku.



A Coffee in Berlin (2012) 85,69,68,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 74%

Amiably slight, A Coffee in Berlin compensates for its lack of narrative drive with a sure-handed screenplay and echoes of early Woody Allen.



In the House (2012) 88,88,91,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 88%

Dark, tense, and wryly funny, In the House is brilliantly directed by François Ozon and features fine performances from its talented cast.



The Imposter (2012) 92,96,98,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 95%

Despite its true-crime trappings, The Imposter is an utterly gripping and sometimes heartbreaking documentary thriller cleverly told with narrative flair.



Pitch Perfect (2012) 87,99,65,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 79%

Pitch Perfect's plot is formulaic, but the performances are excellent and the musical numbers are toe-tapping as well.



Robot & Frank (2012) 81,83,88,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 85%

Led by a brilliant performance from star Frank Langella, Robot & Frank works as both a quirky indie drama and as a smart, thoughtful meditation on aging.



Lore (2012) 75,86,96,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 93%

Newcomer Saskia Rosendahl gives an astonishingly assured performance in the title role, and director Cate Shortland establishes a delicate, disturbingly ominous tone in the powerful World War II drama Lore.



Side by Side (2012) 89,95,92,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 92%

Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium.



The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) 96,91,90,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 82%

The Broken Circle Breakdown's reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, but overall, it's an intoxicating, finely wrought romance -- and one with a terrific soundtrack to boot.



Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) 65,79,81,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 90%

The film chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art.



No (2012) 87,87,96,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 93%

No uses its history-driven storyline to offer a bit of smart, darkly funny perspective on modern democracy and human nature.



Sister (2012) 70,72,95,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 95%

Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives with his older sister (Lea Seydoux) in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort.



Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012) 69,89,72,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 85%

Ice-T takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music.



A Band Called Death (2012) 76,91,92,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 93%

A Band Called Death is not only a fascinating portrait of a pioneering rock group, but also a tribute to family ties and perseverance in the face of hardship.



Any Day Now (2012) 81,88,73,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 79%

However, when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by the authorities, Rudy and Paul must fight a biased legal system to adopt the child they have come to love as their own.



Populaire (2012) 66,73,72,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 73%

The cheerfully frothy Populaire may lack substance, but its visual appeal -- and director Roinsard's confident evocation of 1950s filmmaking tropes -- help carry the day.



The Other Son (2012) 73,89,79,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 80%

"The Other Son" is the moving and provocative tale of two young men -- one Israeli, the other Palestinian -- who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions facing them and their respective families.



Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012) 89,93,91,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 95%

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years.



Still Mine (2012) 75,93,88,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 93%

James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold are outstanding in this tender, affecting, insightful drama about the bonds and sacrifices of marriage.



Holy Motors (2012) 79,80,99,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 90%

Mesmerizingly strange and willfully perverse, Holy Motors offers an unforgettable visual feast alongside a spellbinding -- albeit unapologetically challenging -- narrative.



Barfi! (2012) 99,94,62,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 91%

UTV Motion Pictures and director Anurag Basu invite you to witness the amusing, naughty and sometimes crazy antics of Barfi.



Much Ado About Nothing (2012) 79,90,96,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 85%

Lighthearted to a fault, Much Ado About Nothing's giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy -- and a Shakespearean adaptation that's hard to resist.



Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012) 88,92,94,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 97%

In MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, Oscar (R)-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney examines the abuse of power in the Catholic Church through the story of four courageous deaf men, who in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them.



The Invisible War (2012) 85,97,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 98%

The Invisible War is a vital and frank expose on sexual assault in the U.S. military, shot by master filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film is Not Yet Rated).



Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (2012) 75,75,71,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 82%

When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rock star Jason Becker with Lou Gehrig's Disease, they said he would never make music again and that he wouldn't live to see his 25th birthday.



How to Survive a Plague (2012) 79,92,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 98%

Angry, powerful, and stirring, How to Survive a Plague is a brilliantly constructed documentary about the activists who pushed for action to combat the AIDS epidemic.



Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012) 71,78,69,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 84%

On April 2nd, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden.



Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) 88,91,99,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 86%

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a fantastical, emotionally powerful journey and a strong case of filmmaking that values imagination over money.



Searching for Sugar Man (2012) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 94%

A fascinating portrait of a forgotten musical pioneer, Searching for Sugar Man is by turns informative and mysterious.



The House I Live In (2012) 89,96,96,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 93%

Why We Fight director Eugene Jarecki shifts his focus from the military industrial complex to the War on Drugs in this documentary exploring the risks that prohibition poses to freedom, and the tragedy of addicts being treated as criminals.



The Queen of Versailles (2012) 74,81,98,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 94%

The Queen of Versailles is a timely, engaging, and richly drawn portrait of the American Dream improbably composed of equal parts compassion and schadenfreude.



West of Memphis (2012) 93,96,97,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 95%

Both a sobering look at a true crime story and a scathing indictment of the American justice system, West of Memphis is a real-life horror story told with fury and compassion.



The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012) 83,85,72,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 92%

Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj iek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert's Guide to Cinema) for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy.



Tabu (2012) 76,75,95,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 87%

Acclaimed director Miguel Gomes returns with a sumptuous, eccentric two-part tale centered on Aurora, shown first as an impulsive, cantankerous elderly woman in present-day Lisbon.



Drug War (2012) 69,72,95,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 94%

A taut, solidly constructed action thriller with uncommon intelligence, Drug War delivers exhilarating set pieces without skimping on sophisticated filmmaking.



Caesar Must Die (2012) 76,74,91,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 91%

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die deftly melds narrative and documentary in a transcendently powerful drama-within-a-drama.



We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012) 80,77,60,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 73%

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists is a documentary that takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age.



Barbara (2012) 78,74,95,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 92%

Smart, solidly grafted, and thoroughly gripping, Barbara offers a deliberately paced, subtly powerful character study.



Neighboring Sounds (2012) 70,70,90,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 91%

A history of violence and oppression threatens to engulf the residents of an affluent seaside community in Neighboring Sounds, a thrilling debut from filmmaker Kleber Mendonca Filho.



A Hijacking (2012) 79,81,97,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 95%

A tense, gripping thriller, A Hijacking avoids action movie cliches and instead creates a palpable sense of dread by mixing gritty realism with atmospheric beauty.



Bad 25 (2012) 79,77,63,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 90%

Spike Lee examines Michael Jackson's creative vision for the album that ended up defining an era.



The History of Future Folk (2012) 65,84,80,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 94%

High on quirky smarts and low on splashy special effects, The History of Future Folk is an unusual -- and unusually fun -- slice of sci-fi.



Beyond the Hills (2012) 88,81,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 90%

Although some viewers may mistake its deliberate pace for passionless filmmaking, Beyond the Hills offers an intelligent, powerfully acted examination of the tension between secular life and religious faith.



Wadjda (2012) 91,97,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 98%

Transgressive in the best possible way, Wadjda presents a startlingly assured new voice from a corner of the globe where cinema has been all but silenced.



More Than Honey (2012) 80,86,83,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 100%

MORE THAN HONEY, a new documentary by the Swiss filmmaker Marcus Imhoof, is looking into the fascinating world of bees, showing small family beekeepers (including the beekeeper of ERSTE Foundation beehive, Heidrun Singer) and industrialized honey farms.



Pieta (2012) 78,67,71,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 73%

It lacks subtlety and depth of character, but Pieta gets by with committed performances and a darkly ambitious, deceptively simple message.



The Gatekeepers (2012) 83,91,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 93%

Strikingly stark, brutally honest, and rivetingly assembled, The Gatekeepers offers essential perspective on a seemingly intractable war from some of the men who fought it.



Out in the Dark (2012) 82,82,66,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 75%

One fateful night in Tel Aviv, he meets Roy (Aloni), an Israeli lawyer, and the two fall in love.



7 Boxes (2012) 71,74,88,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 100%

Crossing the eight blocks of the market seemed easy but things get complicated along the way.



Frances Ha (2012) 91,89,97,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 91%

Audiences will need to tolerate a certain amount of narrative drift, but thanks to sensitive direction from Noah Baumbach and an endearing performance from Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha makes it easy to forgive.



McCullin (2012) 85,72,69,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 100%

The made-for-cinema documentary shows how Don McCullin created some of the latter twentieth-century's most iconic images of man's inhumanity to man.



Everything or Nothing (2012) 73,76,73,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 100%

Everything or Nothing takes advantage of archival access to offer a look at the making of the Bond franchise that's just as gripping as the best installments in the series.



Stories We Tell (2012) 89,92,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 93%

In Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley plays with the documentary format to explore the nature of memory and storytelling, crafting a thoughtful, compelling narrative that unfolds like a mystery.



Crossfire Hurricane (2012) 69,66,76,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 88%

This history of the Rolling Stones features archival footage of the British rock-and-roll giant's 1960s performances, interviews with the group's members, and clips of other documentaries about the band, including Gimme Shelter (1970) and Shine a Light (2008).



The Act of Killing (2012) 99,98,99,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 95%

Raw, terrifying, and painfully difficult to watch, The Act of Killing offers a haunting testament to the edifying, confrontational power of documentary cinema.



The Central Park Five (2012) 84,96,97,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 93%

With THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, this story of injustice finally gets the telling it deserves.



It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012) 97,94,95,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 100%

A collection of three shorts by Don Hertzfeldt, It's Such a Beautiful Day is an impossibly dense and affecting piece of animated art.



Elena (2012) 70,72,96,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 93%

Winner of Cannes' Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize, Elena is a gripping, modern twist on the classic noir thriller.



Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 74,87,84,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 79%

With plenty of pulpy action, a pleasantly retro vibe, and a handful of fine performances, Captain America is solidly old-fashioned blockbuster entertainment.



Samsara (2011) 99,97,83,100

IMDB: 8.5, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 76%

It's a tad heavy-handed in its message, but Samsara's overwhelmingly beautiful visuals more than compensate for any narrative flaws.



Drive (2011) 98,96,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 92%

With its hyper-stylized blend of violence, music, and striking imagery, Drive represents a fully realized vision of arthouse action.



Thor (2011) 79,93,77,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 77%

A dazzling blockbuster that tempers its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and human drama, Thor is mighty Marvel entertainment.



Red Dog (2011) 88,85,64,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 82%

Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.



Source Code (2011) 95,93,95,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 91%

Finding the human story amidst the action, director Duncan Jones and charming Jake Gyllenhaal craft a smart, satisfying sci-fi thriller.



Hugo (2011) 95,96,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 93%

Hugo is an extravagant, elegant fantasy with an innocence lacking in many modern kids' movies, and one that emanates an unabashed love for the magic of cinema.



The Adventures of Tintin (2011) 90,86,86,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 74%

Drawing deep from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Steven Spielberg has crafted another spirited, thrilling adventure in the form of Tintin.



Hanna (2011) 68,65,83,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 66%, RT Critics: 71%

Fantastic acting and crisply choreographed action sequences propel this unique, cool take on the revenge thriller.



The Descendants (2011) 90,92,99,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 88%

Funny, moving, and beautifully acted, The Descendants captures the unpredictable messiness of life with eloquence and uncommon grace.



Paul (2011) 79,78,61,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 62%, RT Critics: 71%

It doesn't measure up to Pegg and Frost's best work, but Paul is an amiably entertaining -- albeit uneven -- road trip comedy with an intergalactic twist.



George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011) 95,90,86,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 86%

HBO and Martin Scorsese present GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD.



The Ides of March (2011) 83,77,94,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 83%

While not exactly exposing revelatory truths, The Ides of March is supremely well-acted drama that moves at a measured, confident clip.



Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) 74,78,88,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 92%

But stalking the depths of its post-nuclear bliss, mass paranoia became fuel for Joseph McCarthy's brand of Red Scare terror propaganda.



The Skin I Live In (2011) 95,94,94,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 80%

The Skin I Live In lacks Almodovar's famously charged romance, replaced with a wonderfully bizarre and unpredictable detour into arthouse ick.



The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) 90,92,73,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 82%

It doesn't offer any twists on the predictable courtroom thriller formula, but with a charming Matthew McConaughey leading its solid cast, The Lincoln Lawyer offers briskly enjoyable entertainment.



Rango (2011) 87,78,96,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 87%

Rango is a smart, giddily creative burst of beautifully animated entertainment, and Johnny Depp gives a colorful vocal performance as a household pet in an unfamiliar world.



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 95%

Thrilling, powerfully acted, and visually dazzling, Deathly Hallows Part II brings the Harry Potter franchise to a satisfying -- and suitably magical -- conclusion.



Tyrannosaur (2011) 93,90,89,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 83%

Tyrannosaur is a brutal, frank, and ultimately rewarding story of violent men seeking far-off redemption.



The Muppets (2011) 82,98,98,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 94%

Clever, charming, and heartfelt, The Muppets is a welcome big screen return for Jim Henson's lovable creations that will both win new fans and delight longtime devotees.



Moneyball (2011) 96,98,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 93%

Director Bennett Miller, along with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, take a niche subject and turn it into a sharp, funny, and touching portrait worthy of baseball lore.



Limitless (2011) 93,86,65,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 69%

Although its script is uneven, Neil Burger directs Limitless with plenty of visual panache, and Bradley Cooper makes for a charismatic star.



Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) 93,97,97,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 93%

Stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, the fourth Mission: Impossible is big-budget popcorn entertainment that really works.



Jane Eyre (2011) 91,90,92,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 83%

Cary Fukunaga directs a fiery and elegant adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, and Mia Wasikowska delivers possibly the best portrayal of the title character ever.



Pariah (2011) 73,90,97,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 93%

Pulsing with authenticity and led by a stirring lead performance from Adepero Oduye, Pariah is a powerful coming out/coming-of-age film that signals the arrival of a fresh new talent in writer/director Dee Rees.



We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) 94,90,94,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 76%

We Need to Talk About Kevin is a masterful blend of drama and horror, with fantastic performances across the board (Tilda Swinton especially, delivering one of her very best).



X-Men: First Class (2011) 97,98,94,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 85%

With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the franchise.



These Amazing Shadows (2011) 70,76,61,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 75%

The documentary These Amazing Shadows explains the importance of the National Film Registry, an organization that protects films they deem culturally and historically significant.



Warrior (2011) 99,99,92,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 82%

Warrior relies on many of the clichés that critics of the genre love to mock -- and it transcends them with gripping action, powerful acting, and heart.



Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) 87,93,83,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 80%

The storyline arc may seem a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy, and visual sparkle to compensate.



50/50 (2011) 97,99,97,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 93%

A good-hearted film about a difficult topic, 50/50 maneuvers between jokes and drama with surprising finesse.



The Turin Horse (2011) 93,78,97,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 87%

Uncompromisingly bold and hauntingly beautiful, Bela Tarr's bleak parable tells a simple story with weighty conviction.



Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) 96,98,89,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 81%

Led by Rupert Wyatt's stylish direction, some impressive special effects, and a mesmerizing performance by Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathes unlikely new life into a long-running franchise.



The Interrupters (2011) 77,92,98,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 98%

Impeccably crafted and edited, The Interrupters is a tough and honest documentary about street violence that truly has the power to inspire change.



Whores' Glory (2011) 71,68,76,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 85%

Whores' Glory, the third film in Michael Glawogger's globalization trilogy (following Megacities, Workingman's Death), is an explicit and unflinching expose of global prostitution.



Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) 83,65,98,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 65%, RT Critics: 83%

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a dense puzzle of anxiety, paranoia, and espionage that director Tomas Alfredson pieces together with utmost skill.



The Rabbi's Cat (2011) 68,72,72,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 93%

Rich with the colors, textures, flavors and music of Mediterranean Africa, the film embarks on a cross continent adventure from the tiled terraces, fountains, quays and cafes of colonial Algiers to Maghrebi tent camps, dusty trading outposts, and deep blue Saharan nights in search of a lost Ethiopian city.



The Adjustment Bureau (2011) 83,66,73,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 67%, RT Critics: 70%

First-time writer/director George Nolfi struggles to maintain a consistent tone, but The Adjustment Bureau rises on the strong, believable chemistry of its stars.



We Bought a Zoo (2011) 82,93,60,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 65%

We Bought a Zoo is a transparently cloying effort by director Cameron Crowe, but Matt Damon makes for a sympathetic central character.



The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) 89,92,73,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 78%

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel isn't groundbreaking storytelling, but it's a sweet story about the senior set featuring a top-notch cast of veteran actors.



In Darkness (2011) 80,91,95,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 88%

From acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland, In Darkness is based on a true story.



Arthur Christmas (2011) 80,95,90,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 92%

Aardman Animations broadens their humor a bit for Arthur Christmas, a clever and earnest holiday film with surprising emotional strength.



Rio (2011) 73,86,65,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 71%

This straightforward movie reaches great heights thanks to its colorful visual palette, catchy music, and funny vocal performances.



Sleep Tight (2011) 83,76,80,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 93%

Toiling silently amongst the residents of an everyday Barcelona apartment building, doorman Cesar (Luis Tosar) harbors a dark secret: his sole desire in life is to make others unhappy.



Pina (2011) 92,94,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 95%

Pina is an immersive, gorgeously shot tribute to the people who express life through movement.



Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) 71,74,97,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 90%

Led by a mesmerizing debut performance from Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene is a distinctive, haunting psychological drama.



Footnote (2011) 69,83,94,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 89%

Will he sabotage his father's glory?



Winnie the Pooh (2011) 81,95,90,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 90%

Short, nostalgic, and gently whimsical, Winnie the Pooh offers young audiences -- and their parents -- a sweetly traditional family treat.



The Help (2011) 99,99,86,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 75%

Though arguably guilty of glossing over its racial themes, The Help rises on the strength of its cast -- particularly Viola Davis, whose performance is powerful enough to carry the film on its own.



Goon (2011) 67,83,68,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 81%

Goon is a crude slapstick comedy with well-formed characters and a surprising amount of heart.



Surviving Progress (2011) 70,83,73,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 75%

But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse?



Bridesmaids (2011) 68,96,96,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 90%

A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star.



Le Havre (2011) 80,78,95,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 98%

Aki Kaurismäki's deadpan wit hits a graceful note with Le Havre, a comedy/drama that's sweet, sad, and uplifting in equal measure.



Melancholia (2011) 83,65,94,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 67%, RT Critics: 79%

Melancholia's dramatic tricks are more obvious than they should be, but this is otherwise a showcase for Kirsten Dunst's acting and for Lars von Trier's profound, visceral vision of depression and destruction.



The Guard (2011) 88,94,96,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 94%

A violent, crackerjack comedy with a strong Irish flavor and an eminently likable Brendan Gleeson in the main role.



Café de Flore (2011) 85,81,61,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 62%

What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love.



A Better Life (2011) 79,87,79,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 84%

From the director of About a Boy comes A Better Life - a touching, poignant, multi-generational story about a father's love and the lengths a parent will go to give his child the opportunities he never had.



Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) 99,89,66,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 100%

He wants to go on an extended bachelor party, a three-week road trip with Imraan and Arjun, his two best friends since school.



Dolphin Tale (2011) 69,97,68,100

IMDB: 6.9, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 81%

Wisely dialing down the schmaltz, Dolphin Tale is earnest, sweet, and well-told, a rare family film that both kids and parents can enjoy.



The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) 98,99,96,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 86%

Brutal yet captivating, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the result of David Fincher working at his lurid best with total role commitment from star Rooney Mara.



War Horse (2011) 86,92,86,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 75%

Technically superb, proudly sentimental, and unabashedly old-fashioned, War Horse is an emotional drama that tugs the heartstrings with Spielberg's customary flair.



Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) 93,92,83,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 77%

It never lives up to the first part of its title, but Crazy, Stupid, Love's unabashed sweetness -- and its terrifically talented cast -- more than make up for its flaws.



The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) 71,84,81,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 91%

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution.



Fast Five (2011) 90,98,65,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 77%

Sleek, loud, and over the top, Fast Five proudly embraces its brainless action thrills and injects new life into the franchise.



The Grey (2011) 68,66,83,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 61%, RT Critics: 79%

The Grey is an exciting tale of survival, populated with fleshed-out characters and a surprising philosophical agenda.



Midnight in Paris (2011) 97,98,98,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 92%

It may not boast the depth of his classic films, but the sweetly sentimental Midnight in Paris is funny and charming enough to satisfy Woody Allen fans.



Win Win (2011) 84,94,97,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 94%

Rich, wonderful characters and strong performances populate Win Win, with writer/director Thomas McCarthy continuing to emerge as a great American humanist.



Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011) 81,95,89,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 89%

This documentary focuses less on the music and more on the personality clashes and in-group tensions to great, compelling effect.



The Music Never Stopped (2011) 86,86,61,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 65%

An involving, if sentimental and predictable family drama elevated by J.K. Simmons' sympathetic lead performance.



Headhunters (2011) 95,97,95,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 92%

Grisly, twisty, and darkly comic, Headhunters is an exhilaratingly oddball take on familiar thriller elements.



Margin Call (2011) 82,82,92,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 88%

Smart, tightly wound, and solidly acted, Margin Call turns the convoluted financial meltdown of '08 into gripping, thought-provoking drama.



North Sea Texas (2011) 75,69,67,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 81%

Strong direction and delicate performances save Noordzee, Texas from its narrative cliches.



Super 8 (2011) 79,87,94,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 82%

It may evoke memories of classic summer blockbusters a little too eagerly for some, but Super 8 has thrills, visual dazzle, and emotional depth to spare.



My Week with Marilyn (2011) 77,75,90,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 82%

Michelle Williams shines in My Week with Marilyn, capturing the magnetism and vulnerability of Marilyn Monroe.



The Artist (2011) 98,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 95%

A crowd-pleasing tribute to the magic of silent cinema, The Artist is a clever, joyous film with delightful performances and visual style to spare.



Polisse (2011) 82,82,80,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 87%

Polisse is a gripping and powerful procedural drama filled with fine acting and unflinching eye for truth and brutality.



Chicken with Plums (2011) 72,65,76,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 74%

Whimsical and melancholy, Chicken with Plums is visually striking and dreamily compelling despite its occasional narrative missteps.



This Is Not a Film (2011) 79,71,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 69%, RT Critics: 96%

Through simple means and filming, This is Not a Film presents a vital political statement and a snapshot of life in Iran as enemy of the state.



Take Shelter (2011) 91,94,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 91%

Michael Shannon gives a powerhouse performance and the purposefully subtle filmmaking creates a perfect blend of drama, terror, and dread.



The Intouchables (2011) 99,99,76,100

IMDB: 8.5, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 74%

It handles its potentially prickly subject matter with kid gloves, but Intouchables gets by thanks to its strong cast and some remarkably sensitive direction.



Born to Be Wild (2011) 77,97,91,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 98%

The human story of Born To Be Wild is captivating and the accompanying nature footage is utterly cute and charming.



The Last Lions (2011) 92,90,83,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 86%

A resilient lioness in Botswana's Okavango Delta embarks on an epic journey of survival in this nature documentary from National Geographic and award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert.



TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011) 92,96,79,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 95%, RT Critics: 100%

By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to win the world's most dangerous race.



Urbanized (2011) 69,79,63,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 100%

The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns.



Bernie (2011) 66,85,95,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 88%

Richard Linklater's Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that benefits from an impressive performance by Jack Black.



Chinese Take-Out (2011) 83,72,70,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 86%

In Buenos Aires, the bitter and methodic Roberto is a lonely man and the owner of a hardware store.



The Whale (2011) 67,82,62,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 81%

Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, The Whale is the true story of a young killer whale, an orca nicknamed Luna, who makes friends with people after he gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.



Weekend (2011) 92,96,97,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 95%

It may be a chamber piece but Weekend's revelations on modern sexuality expand far beyond the modest setting.



How to Die in Oregon (2011) 84,85,66,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 100%

How To Die In Oregon received its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival.



Last Days Here (2011) 69,74,68,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 85%

Various acts of self-destruction, multiple band break-ups, and botched record deals have condemned his music to obscurity.



Shame (2011) 86,84,94,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 78%

Boasting stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction.



Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011) 80,81,60,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 75%

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai adds an atypically restrained entry to the Takashi Miike filmography that loses little impact in favoring human drama over action.



Oslo, August 31st (2011) 93,91,98,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 96%

An upfront study of a drug addict confronting his demons, Oslo, August 31st makes this dark journey worthwhile with fantastic directing and equally fantastic acting.



Buck (2011) 78,96,95,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 89%

So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems.



One Life (2011) 81,88,64,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 90%

Daniel Craig narrates a feature length documentary about survival in the natural world.



Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) 97,99,96,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 98%

Beautiful, thoughtful, and engrossing, Jiro Dreams of Sushi should prove satisfying even for filmgoers who don't care for the cuisine.



Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011) 80,75,80,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 86%

His trajectory propelled him from child prodigy to US champion at age 15 and world champion at 29.



Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) 87,97,87,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 94%

Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O'Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.



If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) 68,69,74,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 87%

Filmmaker Marshall Curry explores the inner workings of the Earth Liberation Front, a revolutionary movement devoted to crippling facilities involved in deforestation, while simultaneously offering a profile of Oregon ELF member Daniel McGowan, who was brought up on terrorism charges for his involvement with the radical group.



We Were Here (2011) 76,91,95,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 100%

We Were Here revisits the crises facing the gay community in the early 1980s -- and offers a powerful tribute to the inspiring resolve shown at a time of turmoil.



The Other F Word (2011) 66,84,64,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 76%

Punk rock dad: an oxymoron?



Wild Bill (2011) 78,89,80,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 100%

Out on parole after 8 years inside, Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11 and 15-year old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves.



From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) 90,91,83,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 83%

Gentle and nostalgic, From Up on Poppy Hill is one of Studio Ghibli's sweeter efforts -- and if it doesn't push the boundaries of the genre, it remains as engagingly lovely as Ghibli fans have come to expect.



Project Nim (2011) 82,91,99,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 97%

Equal parts hilarious, poignant, and heartbreaking, Project Nim not only tells a compelling story masterfully, but also raises the flag on the darker side of human nature.



Bullhead (2011) 87,80,82,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 80%, RT Critics: 85%

Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader.



Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) 96,77,98,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 91%

In the dead of night, a group of men - including a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor and a murder suspect - drive through the tenebrous Anatolian countryside, the serpentine roads and rolling hills lit only by the headlights of their cars.



The Kid with a Bike (2011) 88,90,98,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 96%

Thanks to the Dardenne brothers' typically fine direction, The Kid with a Bike is a heart-wrenching, thematically and spiritually rich drama.



A Separation (2011) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 99%

Morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving, A Separation captures the messiness of a dissolving relationship with keen insight and searing intensity.



Tomboy (2011) 86,90,94,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 96%

In tune with the emotion and tribulations of childhood, Tomboy is a charming movie that treats its main subject with warmth and heart.



Undefeated (2011) 89,97,97,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 96%

It covers familiar sports documentary territory, but Undefeated proves there are still powerful stories to be told on the high school gridiron.



Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011) 67,73,77,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 68%, RT Critics: 81%

It offers a window into the private writers room and rehearsal halls as O'Brien's "half-assed show" (his words) is almost instantly assembled and mounted to an adoring fan base.



The Raid: Redemption (2011) 96,99,95,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 85%

No frills and all thrills, The Raid: Redemption is an inventive action film expertly paced and edited for maximum entertainment.



You've Been Trumped (2011) 72,69,69,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 84%

In this David and Goliath tale for the 21st Century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on Donald Trump, as the tycoon prepares to destroy one of Britain's last stretches of coastal wilderness by building a luxury golf resort.



Into the Abyss (2011) 83,85,97,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 91%

Another probing, insightful look at an interesting subject, Werner Herzog explores the American prison system with passion and not politics.



A Simple Life (2011) 82,81,82,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 92%

One day Roger comes home from work to find that Ah Tao has suffered a stroke.



First Position (2011) 79,97,89,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 93%

An upbeat and visually dramatic documentary of children's ballet, First Position displays the potential of the human spirit when fostered at a young age.



Inni (2011) 65,66,63,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 90%

Inni is Sigur Ros's second live film following 2007's hugely-celebrated Heima.



Monsieur Lazhar (2011) 89,97,99,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 97%

Monsieur Lahzar is a tender and thoughtful portrait of a man with hidden grief and also a compelling exploration of the teacher-student dynamic.



Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011) 95,88,73,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 93%, RT Critics: 100%

This final version chronicles the last years in prison and eventual release of the three men accused of brutally murdering three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993.



Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011) 67,85,84,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 94%

An affectionate portrait created with visual flair, Diana Vreeland is entertaining, informative, and stylish, due in large part to its charismatic subject.



Five Broken Cameras (2011) 89,88,91,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 95%

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.



Tangled (2010) 98,99,95,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 89%

While far from Disney's greatest film, Tangled is a visually stunning, thoroughly entertaining addition to the studio's classic animated canon.



Toy Story 3 (2010) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 98%

Deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion, Toy Story 3 is a rare second sequel that really works.



Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) 95,98,95,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 81%

Its script may not be as dazzling as its eye-popping visuals, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is fast, funny, and inventive.



Unstoppable (2010) 68,86,83,100

IMDB: 6.8, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 86%

As fast, loud, and relentless as the train at the center of the story, Unstoppable is perfect popcorn entertainment -- and director Tony Scott's best movie in years.



Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (2010) 71,80,62,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 91%

This documentary features archival footage of the quirky performer, and copious new interviews with contemporaries who discuss his outrageous behavior and his formidable talent.



The Town (2010) 96,96,97,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 92%

Tense, smartly written, and wonderfully cast, The Town proves that Ben Affleck has rediscovered his muse -- and that he's a director to be reckoned with.



The Kids Are All Right (2010) 78,77,98,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 92%

Worthwhile as both a well-acted ensemble piece and as a smart, warm statement on family values, The Kids Are All Right is remarkable.



How to Train Your Dragon (2010) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 98%

Boasting dazzling animation, a script with surprising dramatic depth, and thrilling 3-D sequences, How to Train Your Dragon soars.



The Whistleblower (2010) 82,72,68,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 74%

Rachel Weisz puts on a compelling smoldering act though the film suffers from a literal-minded approach to the material.



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) 97,99,91,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 78%

It can't help but feel like the prelude it is, but Deathly Hallows: Part I is a beautifully filmed, emotionally satisfying penultimate installment for the Harry Potter series.



Rabbit Hole (2010) 76,75,96,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 86%

It's often painful to watch, but Rabbit Hole's finely written script and convincing performances make it worth the effort.



Black Swan (2010) 99,98,99,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 85%

Bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic, Black Swan glides on Darren Aronofsky's bold direction -- and a bravura performance from Natalie Portman.



The Fighter (2010) 98,99,98,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 89%, RT Critics: 90%

Led by a trio of captivating performances from Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, The Fighter is a solidly entertaining, albeit predictable, entry in the boxing drama genre.



Megamind (2010) 90,93,73,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 71%

It regurgitates plot points from earlier animated efforts, and isn't quite as funny as it should be, but a top-shelf voice cast and strong visuals help make Megamind a pleasant, if unspectacular, diversion.



Certified Copy (2010) 84,70,97,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 89%

The main stars are absolutely perfect in this absorbing, existential drama that dissects human relationships.



The Way Back (2010) 89,75,79,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 74%

It isn't as emotionally involving as it should be, but this Peter Weir epic offers sweeping ambition and strong performances to go with its grand visual spectacle.



Blue Valentine (2010) 92,85,97,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 86%

This emotionally gripping examination of a marriage on the rocks isn't always easy to watch, but Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give performances of unusual depth and power.



The Ghost Writer (2010) 86,65,94,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 83%

While it may lack the revelatory punch of Polanski's finest films, Ghost Writer benefits from stylish direction, a tense screenplay, and a strong central performance from Ewan McGregor.



Biutiful (2010) 93,83,65,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 65%

Javier Bardem's searing performance helps to elevate Biutiful, as does Alejandro González Iñárritu's craftsmanship, but the film often lapses into contrivance and grimness.



Iron Man 2 (2010) 79,88,70,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 72%

It isn't quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.



Let Me In (2010) 82,86,96,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 87%

Similar to the original in all the right ways -- but with enough changes to stand on its own -- Let Me In is the rare Hollywood remake that doesn't add insult to inspiration.



Chico & Rita (2010) 75,83,93,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 86%

With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy-winning composer Bebo Valdes, Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others.



Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) 75,68,92,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 85%

Raul Ruiz's masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco) evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens.



Lemmy (2010) 90,79,64,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 81%

Lemmy offers fealty to its rock god subject with a consistently entertaining - if thoroughly uncritical - look at his incredible life and legacy.



Conviction (2010) 83,75,61,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 67%

Less compelling -- and more manipulative -- than it should be, Conviction benefits from its compelling true story and a pair of solid performances from Swank and Rockwell.



Kick-Ass (2010) 96,97,86,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 75%

Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic adaptation genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence, and gleeful profanity.



Incendies (2010) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 92%

It's messy, overlong, and a touch melodramatic, but those flaws pale before Incendies' impressive acting and devastating emotional impact.



Waste Land (2010) 92,98,97,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 90%, RT Critics: 100%

Waste Land begins with an eco-friendly premise, but quickly transforms into an uplifting portrait of the power of art and the dignity of the human spirit.



Sound of Noise (2010) 76,77,69,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 87%

Police officer Amadeus Warnebring was born into a musical family with a long history of famous musicians.



Easy A (2010) 83,93,88,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 84%

It owes a huge debt to older (and better) teen comedies, but Easy A proves a smart, witty showcase for its irresistibly charming star, Emma Stone.



The Social Network (2010) 97,99,99,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 95%

Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest.



Poetry (2010) 91,93,99,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 100%

Poetry is an absorbing, poignant drama because it offers no easy answers to its complex central conflict.



Animal Kingdom (2010) 88,94,98,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 95%

With confident pacing, a smart script, and a top-notch cast, Animal Kingdom represents the best the Australian film industry has to offer.



Despicable Me (2010) 97,98,80,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 81%

Borrowing heavily (and intelligently) from Pixar and Looney Tunes, Despicable Me is a surprisingly thoughtful, family-friendly treat with a few surprises of its own.



King of Devil's Island (2010) 88,87,67,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 93%

Scandinavian in the most bleakly satisfying way, King of Devil's Island satisfies with a richly layered narrative and a typically strong performance from Stellan Skarsgard.



Never Let Me Go (2010) 86,76,80,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 69%

With Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek has delivered a graceful adaptation that captures the spirit of the Ishiguro novel -- which will be precisely the problem for some viewers.



In a Better World (2010) 94,89,87,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 77%

In a Better World is a sumptuous melodrama that tackles some rather difficult existential and human themes.



Four Lions (2010) 88,89,91,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 82%

Its premise suggests brazenly tasteless humor, but Four Lions is actually a smart, pitch-black comedy that carries the unmistakable ring of truth.



Made in Dagenham (2010) 78,74,79,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 80%

Based on the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, in which 850 female workers walked out in protest of sexual discrimination.



Inception (2010) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.8, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 86%

Smart, innovative, and thrilling, Inception is that rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually.



Marwencol (2010) 77,86,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 98%

Inspiring and fascinating, Marwencol depicts its subject with heartfelt tenderness, raising poignant questions about art and personal tragedy along the way.



Winter's Bone (2010) 86,85,99,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 93%

Bleak, haunting, and yet still somehow hopeful, Winter's Bone is writer-director Debra Granik's best work yet -- and it boasts an incredible, starmaking performance from Jennifer Lawrence.



True Grit (2010) 96,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 95%

Girded by strong performances from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, and lifted by some of the Coens' most finely tuned, unaffected work, True Grit is a worthy companion to the Charles Portis book.



Beneath Hill 60 (2010) 71,65,62,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 76%, RT Critics: 84%

A weary platoon battles a powerful enemy in hopes of protecting a massive cache of explosives in this vivid World War I drama from director Jeremy Sims.



Barney's Version (2010) 85,82,76,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 78%, RT Critics: 79%

With a magnificent performance by Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version offers much comedy and insight to the complexities of modern romance.



Senna (2010) 99,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.6, RT Aud: 95%, RT Critics: 92%

Even for filmgoers who aren't racing fans, Senna offers heart-pounding thrills -- and heartbreaking emotion.



Another Year (2010) 85,74,99,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 74%, RT Critics: 92%

Characterized by strong performances and the director's trademark feel for the nuances of everyday life, Another Year marks another solid entry in Mike Leigh's career of kitchen-sink English drama.



Hubble (2010) 85,98,91,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 87%

Offering a stunning, expansive viewing experience, Hubble 3D takes advantage of IMAX and 3-D technology like no other film.



13 Assassins (2010) 95,98,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 96%

Takashi Miike's electric remake of Eiichi Kudo's 1963 period action film is a wild spectacle executed with killer, dizzying panache.



Oranges and Sunshine (2010) 69,67,63,100

IMDB: 7.1, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 69%

Grounded in a heartwrenching fact-based story, steered by Loach's sensitive direction, and led by a powerful performance from Watson, Oranges and Sunshine sidesteps its pacing problems and occasionally clichéd screenplay.



Submarine (2010) 89,90,93,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 86%

Funny, stylish, and ringing with adolescent truth, Submarine marks Richard Ayoade as a talent to watch.



The Way (2010) 88,92,71,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 82%

It may be a little too deliberately paced for more impatient viewers, but The Way is a worthy effort from writer/director Emilio Estevez, balancing heartfelt emotion with clear-eyed drama that resists cheap sentiment.



My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010) 74,83,62,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 79%, RT Critics: 85%

It's sentimental and treacly, but that's not enough to prevent My Afternoons with Margueritte from being truly affecting.



Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) 96,97,82,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 83%

Like the best horror/comedies, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil mines its central crazy joke for some incredible scares, laughs, and -- believe it or not -- heart.



The King's Speech (2010) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 94%

Colin Firth gives a masterful performance in The King's Speech, a predictable but stylishly produced and rousing period drama.



Beginners (2010) 85,90,93,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 77%, RT Critics: 84%

Wearing its twee heart on its sleeve, Beginners explores the depths of modern, multi-generational romance with wit and depth.



127 Hours (2010) 96,98,99,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 93%

As gut-wrenching as it is inspirational, 127 Hours unites one of Danny Boyle's most beautifully exuberant directorial efforts with a terrific performance from James Franco.



Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010) 94,95,61,100

IMDB: 8.5, RT Aud: 94%, RT Critics: 88%

A portrait of the legendary Canadian rock band Rush from their early days in Toronto, through each of their landmark albums, to the present day.



Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010) 99,98,80,100

IMDB: 8.1, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 92%

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is a bleak, violent descent into the Brazilian underbelly, ripping into the favelas with unstoppable and kinetic force.



Nostalgia for the Light (2010) 81,89,98,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 100%

Melding the celestial quest of the astronomers and the earthly one of the women, NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey..--(c) Icarus



GasLand (2010) 90,90,76,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 97%

But is fracking safe?



Restrepo (2010) 90,97,98,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 88%, RT Critics: 96%

Forsaking narrative structure for pure visceral power, Restrepo plunges viewers into the experiences of soldiers on the front lines of the Afghan War.



Neds (2010) 68,67,84,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 93%

John McGill is a promising student at a tough Glasgow school who, despite a family background of alcoholism and abuse, looks set to sail into university and a bright future beyond.



Waiting for 'Superman' (2010) 86,96,95,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 89%

Gripping, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, Waiting for Superman is an impassioned indictment of the American school system from An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim.



Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) 75,87,95,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 91%

Penetrating Rivers' coarse image, this compelling documentary offers an honest, behind-the-scenes look at her career -- and at show business in general.



The Tillman Story (2010) 86,93,98,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 93%

Passionate, angry, and insightful, The Tillman Story offers a revealing portrait of its subject's inspiring life and untimely death.



Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) 76,75,84,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 85%

He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol.



The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) 95,99,96,100

IMDB: 7.6, RT Aud: 85%, RT Critics: 94%

Visually lush, refreshingly free of family-friendly clatter, and anchored with soulful depth, The Secret World of Arrietty lives up to Studio Ghibli's reputation.



A Film Unfinished (2010) 65,80,99,100

IMDB: 7.3, RT Aud: 86%, RT Critics: 96%

A heartbreaking, haunting historical document, A Film Unfinished excavates particularly horrible chapter of Holocaust history, and in doing so, the film provides a glimpse into the Nazi propaganda machine.



Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) 98,99,98,100

IMDB: 8.0, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 95%

An amusing, engrossing look at underground art, Exit Through the Gift Shop entertains as it deflates the myths and hype surrounding its subjects.



I Saw the Devil (2010) 97,96,86,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 80%

I SAW THE DEVIL is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge from Korean genre master KIM Jee-woon (The Good, The Bad, The Weird and A Tale of Two Sisters).



Of Gods and Men (2010) 79,81,98,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 92%

Patient and restrained, Of Gods and Men asks deep, profound questions that will linger in the audience's mind long after the movie.



Heartbeats (2010) 82,71,79,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 71%

An art film to the max, Heartbeats intriguing and appealing premise is sometimes buried by director Xavier Dolan's filmmaking flourishes.



Bill Cunningham: New York (2010) 88,97,97,100

IMDB: 7.9, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 98%

Suffused with happiness and modest charm, Bill Cunningham New York offers a touching, gently humorous portrait of its subject without invading his jealously guarded privacy.



Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) 70,75,85,100

IMDB: 7.8, RT Aud: 92%, RT Critics: 96%

Craig McCall's passionate film about the legendary cinematographer reveals a unique figure in British and international cinema.



Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) 70,81,89,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 83%, RT Critics: 91%

This documentary feature takes an in-depth look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.



Armadillo (2010) 85,81,91,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 81%, RT Critics: 90%

Director Janus Metz follows Danish soldiers fighting the Taliban in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan with sophisticated visual artistry rarely achieved under such raw conditions.



Inside Job (2010) 99,99,99,100

IMDB: 8.3, RT Aud: 91%, RT Critics: 97%

Disheartening but essential viewing, Charles Ferguson's documentary explores the 2008 Global Financial Crisis with exemplary rigor.



Le Quattro Volte (2010) 69,70,96,100

IMDB: 7.2, RT Aud: 75%, RT Critics: 92%

Birth, death, and transformation are examined in Le Quattro Volte, a profound and often funny mediation on the cycles of life on earth.



Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) 85,87,98,100

IMDB: 7.4, RT Aud: 73%, RT Critics: 96%

Hauntingly filmed and brimming with Herzog's infectious enthusiasm, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a fascinating triumph.



Sarah's Key (2010) 88,91,68,100

IMDB: 7.5, RT Aud: 82%, RT Critics: 71%

Sarah's Key is an absorbing, impeccably-acted Holocaust drama with minor plot issues.



A Cat in Paris (2010) 70,77,76,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 72%, RT Critics: 82%

A Cat in Paris depicts a stylish, imaginative world with a wonderful soundtrack and Hitchcockian overtones.



Fire in Babylon (2010) 72,76,71,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 87%, RT Critics: 91%

In a turbulent era of apartheid in South Africa; race riots in England and civil unrest in the Caribbean, the West Indian cricketers, led by the enigmatic Viv Richards, struck a defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice worldwide.



Public Speaking (2010) 72,75,68,100

IMDB: 7.7, RT Aud: 84%, RT Critics: 90%

The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues featuring Fran Lebowitz with archival footage.The effect is a portrait of Fran's worldview and experiences.



The Trip (2010) 73,71,92,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 70%, RT Critics: 88%

Amiable, funny and sometimes insightful, The Trip works as both a showcase for the enduring chemistry between stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and an unexpected perusal of men entering mid-life crises.



Trollhunter (2010) 77,74,75,100

IMDB: 7.0, RT Aud: 71%, RT Critics: 82%

Trollhunter is a mockumentary with an appropriate level of creeping dread, but one that also benefits from generous helpings of dry wit.



The Two Escobars (2010) 80,84,61,100

IMDB: 8.2, RT Aud: 97%, RT Critics: 84%

The Two Escobars received its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.