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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Poetic Justice

More of an allegory of self-sufficience than an exercise in story-telling that only works on any level due to the invested performances from Jackson and Shakur

Bird Box
Bird Box(2018)

Sandra Bullock carries this choppy-paced and sometimes monotone screenplay with a standout performance

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Very enjoyable apart from the final vignette

Attack the Block

One of few movies that can blend genuine scares and suspense with laughs and likable characters.

Swiss Army Man

A plot that seems as if it was written sloppily on a napkin in a drunken stupor is quirky and very unique, but the talented leads cannot carry this strange 95 minute experience out of obscurity.

Inside Man
Inside Man(2006)

Clive Owen carries this smart heist thriller as best he can, but Inside Man is overall a forgettable experience.

House (Hausu)

The eccentricity and innovation of early German cinema combined with Japan's unique take on the horror genre and storytelling, adding up to a very strange and mesmerizing acid trip of a movie.


An intriguing case-study in human nature and the mishandling of justice controlled by Jolie's somber and emotional lead performance.

The Martian
The Martian(2015)

Epic in scale and scope while keeping its tender human core intact.

The Revenant
The Revenant(2015)

An intense and emotional journey to retribution filled with gritty close-ups, amazing cinematography, and more than a little moxy.

Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai

A poetic and visually striking mixture of samurai and gangster films that is calm at times and heartstopping at others.

A Simple Plan

A meticulously crafted and tear-jerking thriller that uses the most of its talented cast.

The Host
The Host(2007)

A sometimes emotional and undoubtedly suspenseful import monster flick that suffers from moments that feel synthetic and over-dramatic.


An entertaining and down to Earth film that offers glimpses into the lives of its charismatic leads Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.

The Den
The Den(2014)

A lazily written and predictable schlock that doesn't expect much out of its audience.


As long as you don't let yourself take it too seriously, Face/Off is a stylish and intriguing spectacle that is all the more mesmerizing thanks to chameleon performances from Cage and Travolta.

Daddy's Home
Daddy's Home(2015)

While its good for occasional laughs and smirks, the script feels one-toned and deadpan at times, but remains entertaining and charming on the surface.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Abrams with his fresh and nostalgic cast deliver a fittingly intriguing addition to the Star Wars Trilogy with immersive special effects and set design.


Dredd's tense and gritty atmosphere propel the characters into the caustic artificial universe of the future America to create a violent and unflinchingly entertaining take on the comic.


An intensely emotional journey through "the maze" to closure for two families in Suburban Pennsylvania that shocks and moves with powerful performances - even though it's a little long.

John Wick
John Wick(2014)

Stylish and flashy yet not entirely satisfying.

Minority Report

A slightly over-acted spectacle that challenges its audience to deliver thrills and fittingly epic action sequences with Tom Cruise at the helm.


Despite convincing performances, Gothika's storyline descends into an absurd menagerie of twists and turns and loses most of its fright factor along the way.

Total Recall
Total Recall(1990)

Gun battles and mutant transformations on Mars has never been more entertainingly violent.

Half Baked
Half Baked(1998)

Occasional laughs can't distract the viewer from its lazy plot and random moments of ridiculousness that Davis uses to end nearly ever scene.


Sometimes thought provoking and occasionally entertaining sci-if tale that doesn't break any new ground.

Children of Men

Suspenseful, action-packed and superbly acted and shot dystopian thriller with an amazing cast that will leave a lasting impression on you long after the credits roll.

San Andreas
San Andreas(2015)

An abundance of dazzling special effects and The Rock can't rescue San Andreas from its cliche plot points and unconvincing acting.

The Gift
The Gift(2015)

Unpredictable and suspenseful with brilliant performances from leads Bateman and Hall ensure that this is a gift that won't disappoint.


An artsy-photography laden montage of stunning nature shots and unique people, but in the end, it's just eye-candy.

The Man From Earth

Less of a sci-fi movie and more of a droning monologue with no notable visuals or performances - forgettable.


Unsettling and macabre yet captivating, Videodrome's special effects and VHS aesthetic create a distant yet familiar universe of violence and obsession.


Even when lasers aren't flying and bikes aren't speeding, Akira captivates with sheer beauty.

The Others
The Others(2001)

A horror movie told mostly through whispers that can never be as scary as it wants to be.


Kiera Knightly has the standout performance in this fairly predictable Ascension to the top of Everest.

Time Lapse
Time Lapse(2015)

A slow start and a somewhat lazily-written script hinder the otherwise entertaining and thought-provoking film about consequences and greed.

Time Bandits
Time Bandits(1981)

Although the production value and the visuals are superb, it lacks the fluid storytelling and character development that it needs to be captivating.

Ed Wood
Ed Wood(1994)

A tongue-and-cheek nod to the movie industry and all of the memorable characters it has created.

Drag Me to Hell

So over-the-top it is sometimes hysterical, but Raimi redeems the sometimes goofy special effects to deliver genuine scares and a great horror movie ending.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)

Quiet and methodical, much like Jack Nicholson's eerie performance as a writer-turned axe-wielding maniac.

The Cabin in the Woods

Funny and original while keeping all of its scares relevant, The Cabin in the Woods is the rare horror movie that works on multiple levels.


A pulse-pounding thriller held back by sub-par special effects and its abundance of action over plot.


Though it may not get all the facts straight along the way, Gibson's steady direction and strong performances make the trip worthwhile.


Innovative camera work and dense character analysis combine to form one of Hitchcock's most Hitchcockian films.

The Fifth Element

Futuristic eye-candy and slick action scenes make The Fifth Element a delightfully corny popcorn-friendly thrill ride.

World's Greatest Dad

A dark comedy whose wit and emotion can only be challenged by the enduring charm of lead Robin Williams.

Phone Booth
Phone Booth(2003)

By the end, you'll wish they had just left a message.

American Sniper

Sharp cinematography and a powerful performance from Bradley Cooper put American Sniper among the most intense of recent war films, despite its lackluster ending.

American Hustle

Harking back to the days of chest hair and vinyl, Russell and his ensemble cast create a taut, nostalgic drama that will keep your full attention from start to finish.


A surprisingly smart and inventive spy film that uses the unique situations secret agents find themselves in to deliver witty and enduring laughs while keeping its heart on its sleeve.

The Admiral: Roaring Currents

A gritty, unpolished period piece that uses shaky camera angles and spectacular battle scenes to create an epic fit for the Admiral himself.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)

Works well as a spoof film of countless police flicks with sly satire and slick cinematography but also lacks the grand scale of previous endeavors by Pegg and Wright.

Austin Powers in Goldmember

Sloppily made and scatter-brained but redeeming itself with Mike Myer's delightfully cheesy and hilarious performances as Powers, Evil, and the titular Goldmember.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

A satirical spoof of itself that does not hold back on anything - whether it be gore, laughs, or heart.

25th Hour
25th Hour(2003)

A well-acted and engaging drama that adds another impressive work to Spike Lee's growing filmography.

The Skeleton Twins

Not funny enough to lift itself out of the dark depressing hole it dug itself into at the beginning, making it a flawed and off-the-mark comedic flounder most viewers won't laugh at.

Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth)

Best enjoyed either with a joint in your hand or the prior expectation of seeing one of the most famous so-bad-it's-good B-movies of all time.

World War Z
World War Z(2013)

Great performances and striking visuals breathe new life into the zombie genre with a standout performance from leads Pitt and Enos.


Its style and quotability are the only redeeming factors in an otherwise narrow minded hack-and-slash period piece.

All Is Lost
All Is Lost(2013)

An unconventional film with no dialogue that will entertain some and bore others.

The Omen
The Omen(1976)

A suspenseful film that has its share of scares but can't shake its moments of comical obscurity that deduct from the fright factor.

Analyze This
Analyze This(1999)

Balancing comedy and aspects of a gangster movie into a drama works wonders with Crystal and DeNiro making a surprisingly dynamic on-screen duo.


A tense film that lives up to its name and uses the audience's uncomfortableness to its advantage to deliver its (mostly cheap) scares quite effectively.


Superb direction from Polanski and career-peak performances from leads Nicholson and Dunaway combine to create a thrilling and engaging noir masterpiece that rivals any other film in the genre.

In Your Eyes
In Your Eyes(2014)

An entertaining romantic sciene fiction film that doesn't fully deliver on its charmingly original concept but is a great watch for anyone looking for a feel good movie.

Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown(1997)

Typical Tarantino fare; violence, drugs, and deft storytelling all add up to make an entertaining and popcorn-friendly thrill ride.


Devil isn't scary enough to work as a horror movie and isn't powerful enough to work as a drama, leaving the viewer at a crossroads between two movies that no one really wants to see.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Deft storytelling and gorgeous scenery only add to this period piece filled with amazing fight scenes and surprisingly powerful melodrama.

I Saw the Devil

A sort of Korean clockwork-orange-esque revenge flick centered on the main character's fruitless journey to retribution that over indulges in violence and is definitely not for the squeamish.

The Crow
The Crow(1994)

A dark and atmospheric revenge thriller holstered by Brandon Lee's gritty performance as The Crow.


A suspenseful tour de force with a great cast and a surprisingly viable plot that inflicts paranoia into the viewer.

The Loved Ones

Mixing teen angst and suspense with a wonderfully creepy screenplay and great performances, The Loved Ones is a promising debut from director Sean Byrne.


An all-or-nothing plot revolving around eight astronauts that demonstrate director Danny Boyle's ability to exhibit humanism in an inhuman scenario.

Ted 2
Ted 2(2015)

An endeavor lacking in laughs and the charm that made the original so successful.


An entertaining popcorn film that uses its action and its brain more effectively than most in the genre, but has somewhat of an empty heart.


An inventive and violent thriller that takes the audience on an epic trip through the main character's journey to retribution.


A beautifully filmed and kind-hearted film about family that will surely satisfy most moviegoers expecting a fun and entertaining ride.


Keeping faith to his mockumentary-style, Sacha Baron Cohen showcases his quirky ability to offend some and bust others' guts at the same time.


Director Danny Boyle channels his inner junkie to deliver a potent and realistic story about addiction and its consequences.

Bowling for Columbine

Although Michael Moore may rub you the wrong way at times, what he's accomplished here is a platform for deeper thought on gun control and gun violence.


A monumental epic drama that offers romance, suspense, thrills, and comedy all in one film, adding up to an absorbing recollection of the events with stunning grace.

Wayne's World

An infinitely quotable menagerie of off-beat humor and memorable characters.


A smart but enigmatic film that won't satisfy fans of movies with cohesiveness.

Insidious: Chapter 3

Succeeds at providing scares and creepy atmosphere but is a mostly predictable sequel to the Insidious franchise.

The Match Factory Girl

The ultimate testament to the adage "actions speak louder than words", even if the actions evoke feelings most would rather not feel.

It Follows
It Follows(2015)

A refreshing take on horror that uses sexuality and paranoia to its advantage to deliver a potent and absorbing nightmare-inducing ride.


Christopher Nolan proves himself once again to be one of the smartest and most thought-inducing visionaries of our time with this film that is so much more than just a tale of exploring new horizons.


Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore are the only standouts in this run-of-the-mill action flick that relies on its impressive action but can't accomplish much else.

Rosemary's Baby

Unequivocally suspenseful and profoundly entertaining.

Holy Motors
Holy Motors(2012)

An unlikable main character and a confusing plot make Holy Motors a cringe-worthy and un-recommendable fiasco.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

A special effects visual feast that unfortunately retreads familiar ground and doesn't add too much more to the already thriving franchise.

Enter the Void (Soudain le vide)

A visually striking incandescent spectacle fueled by dream-like sequences and more than a little imagination.


Beautifully filmed and wonderfully original, Frequencies is a thought-provoking and heart-warming story about finding love in unlikely places.

The Grey
The Grey(2012)

No doubt one of the most heart-pounding thrillers in years, The Grey's high on action and low on believability - but that doesn't mean it's not good.

The Conjuring

Scary and engaging with dazzling visuals and the dreadfully tense atmosphere make The Conjuring a modern horror staple.

Battle Royale

Dark humor and endless thrills are always better when told in the quirky Japanese cinema style.

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Will satisfy both fans of glorious violence and deep drama as The Bride's tale unfolds and blossoms as the climax to a classic thriller series.

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Although abundant in blood and gore, Kill Bill reeks with style and leaks tension out of every pore.

Mr. Nobody
Mr. Nobody(2013)

Like life itself, it is best appreciated in reminiscence - after the rollercoaster of emotions takes you up and down the life of a man that exists eternally in our memories.


While it is a treat to watch, Moon's convoluted plot and unclear resolution leaves more than a little to the imagination.


Serves both as an exhibition of the beauty of killer whales and as an intriguing look at the people that silently abuse them.

St. Vincent
St. Vincent(2014)

Good performances from Bill Murray and company can't save St. Vincent from its unfunny script and over sentimental woes.

Silver Linings Playbook

Works mostly in part due to Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence's palpable on-screen chemistry and Russell's sympathetic and smart direction.


A bittersweet experience that doesn't shy away from documenting reality, but unfortunately, Theron's electric performance sometimes distracts you from the blood on her hands.

Burn After Reading

Delightfully funny and inventively quirky Coen brothers thriller.

Man on Wire
Man on Wire(2008)

Uninspired and drug out, by the end of the film, you'll wonder if they included all of the unnecessary information they felt the need to include or if they wanted to add another pointless fact that dulls down the climax, which is predictable.

Dirty Pretty Things

The film takes its sweet time to get your attention, but when it does - it is a thrilling suburban tale filled with great performances and searing imagery.

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane(1941)

Long standing will its reputation be as the most impressive debut of a director in cinema history.

Sunset Boulevard

A lurid blend of dense character study, greed and fame, and witty yet dark humor that serves as both an intriguing Hollywood classic and a footnote as to why Hollywood is intriguing.


An atmospheric and suspenseful horror premise that shifts between comedy and scares with ease, and delivers equally well on both fronts.

Willow Creek
Willow Creek(2014)

Not worth the time or energy of sitting through its cliche storyline and dull direction, if you're in the mood for a nice found-footage horror flick - just watch Blair Witch.


A well-made drama with solid performances that ultimately succeeds in its goal to disturb, but leaves the audience without the satisfaction of justice and an ending that leaves you with more questions than answers.

The Conversation

Though it's age is apparent, the message it conveys and the feelings it evokes are timeless and you'll be checking over your own shoulder long after the credits roll.

Exit Through The Gift Shop

An engrossing and rare look into the underground cultural movement of street art made with such finesse and insight that it serves both as a rich documentary and an allegory for human nature and what is perceived as art.


It definitely has its flaws, but what it lacks in comedic charm it more than makes up for in its inherit good nature and formulaic cast.


Smart direction, beautiful cinematography, and amazing performances from leads Teller and Simmons combine to make a simply brilliant, life-affirming film.

Metallica Through the Never

Imaginative and immersive, Metallica Through the Never will satisfy Metallica fans and music fans alike.


A thrilling in-depth period piece that offers great action and dense character studies of the intriguing warriors involved.


Every stylistic dolly and crane shot seeps with creativity and ambition, and the amazing cast and writing makes Magnolia bloom right before your eyes.

Okuribito (Departures)

Regardless of its slow moving plot and length, Departures is a somber and emotional drama that is a uniquely satisfying viewing experience.

Gates of Heaven

A surprisingly entertaining and interesting documentary about a subject that most people don't know about.


So stunningly beautiful and precisely filmed that it is almost hard to focus on the deft screenplay and radiating beauty of Jean Seberg in this classic poignant French masterpiece.

As Good as It Gets

An interesting and well-written script combined with an on-his-game Jack Nicholson make this a smart - and ultimately rewarding, ride.

Hot Tub Time Machine

With a screenplay absent of actual jokes, its talented cast must rely on their screen personas and the situational humor to get their few-and-far-between laughs.

Léon: The Professional

Immersive, violent, and well-acted without ever being cliche.


A dense and intelligent action thriller holstered by great performances from leads Al Pacino and Robin Williams.

28 Up
28 Up(1985)

A landmark documentary that exhibits the simple humanism and modest accomplishments of its subjects.

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

The only thing that exceeds the sheer ambition of this film is its ability to evoke emotion and provide nostalgic black and white visuals that the silent era is renowned for.

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Very simple in scope yet unabashedly heartbreaking.

Broken Flowers

Deadpan and supressed with Bill Murray playing the emotionless and nostalgic main character who is lost within his past. The story has so much potential but it ultimately serves a very specific demographic.

The Reader
The Reader(2008)

A deeply emotional melodrama that only focuses on actions and doesn't go into the feelings of the characters: leaving the film empty at its core.

The Babadook
The Babadook(2014)

Genuinely scary and engaging, The Babadook uses shaky camera angles and rapid jump cuts more effectively than many others in the genre. Besides the anti-climactic ending, The Babadook is an all-around great horror original.

Au Hasard Balthazar

Grim and emotional Bresson classic that will surprise, shock, and ultimately move you.

Employee of the Month

A lack-luster screenplay full of jokes that fall flat and below-par performances from its leads Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson make this a mediocre comedic folly.


A facade of drama and tragedy shields the otherwise empty core of Foxcatcher, but provides ample entertainment for most viewers.


A very cerebral and visual experience that provides sci-fi thrills and acts as a showcase for the always beautiful Scarlett Johansson.

Diary of a Lost Girl (Tagebuch einer Verlorenen)

The silent classic is a bit slow paced but ultimately very rewarding - great direction from expressionist master G.W. Pabst and the radiant screen presence of Louise Brooks combine to make a memorable viewing experience.

Under the Skin

Too much of an avant-garde film for the mainstream audience, but has a lush and ominous atmosphere that benefits from Scarlett Johansson's haunting screen presence.

Midnight in Paris

Bittersweet and sentimental, Woody Allen's surehanded direction and sharp writing take the wheel from the get-go and follows the road to our hearts.

Ghost World
Ghost World(2001)

Never as funny as it wants to be, Ghost World offers a semi-entertaining take on a journey everyone goes through.


The rustic steampunk atmosphere, sharp visual effects, and dramatic performances add up to one of, if not the best action thriller of the year.

The Interview

Although it possesses a committed performance from James Franco and a promising premise, The Interview's controversial content and slapped-together screenplay offers laughs that are scattered throughout.

Hot Rod
Hot Rod(2007)

Decent performances and a script that's all over the place keep Hot Rod from hitting all of its intended laughs.

A Few Good Men

Although cliche and monotone, the dense writing and great cast give this courtroom drama a redeeming factor that saves it from complete mediocrity.


Tense and suspenseful with an all-star cast and great direction from Mann.

Mulholland Drive

A dark, complex, and unforgettable journey into the surreal and ominous realm of Hollywood.

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Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon)

The inspiration for most, if not all - science fiction films made after.


One of the most overtly Hitchcockian pictures the great director has ever produced.

Killing Them Softly

Visually stunning and intensely gripping with sharp dialogue and capable lead performances from its rag-tag cast.

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)

Great performances and a winning-spirit attitude gives this film a vitality and resilience matched by its lead character.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A retrospective and heartfelt story with a great cast and stellar soundtrack to boot.

Short Term 12

Although heartfelt and intimate, Short Term 12 struggles to holds its audience's attention and paints an overly sympathetic portrait of troubled youths.

L.A. Confidential

Dark, engaging and complex, Hanson combines a great cast and a stellar writing department to create a thrilling crime epic.

It's a Disaster

Has good intentions but fails to relate the audience to any of the main characters, and most jokes fall flat.

Roman Holiday

Heartwarming romance classic.

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

One of Hitchcock's earliest films, but still a worthy contender in his impressive filmography.

Deliver Us from Evil

Well-made and profoundly eye-opening first hand accounts of betrayal in the church at its highest level.

Little Miss Sunshine

Unable to dig itself out of the hole dug by its lifelessness and its inability to draw emotion despite its good writing and able direction from Dayton and Faris.

Touch of Evil

The performances, amazing work behind the camera and tension you could cut with a knife, Touch of Evil is a true suspensful masterpiece and one of the best movies of the 50's.

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Dazed and Confused

Great soundtrack, great performances, great times.

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

Marvelous all the way through.

Slap Shot
Slap Shot(1977)

Sharp writing and an abundance of memorable characters make this an inspirational and hilarious ride.


Original, engaging, and scary as hell.

Paranormal Whacktivity

Sophomoric, poorly acted, and scarily unfunny.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

The radiating screen presence of Audrey Hepburn and the heartfelt performances save Breakfast at Tiffany's from romantic mediocrity.

Half Nelson
Half Nelson(2006)

A sobering emotional tour de force with committed performances from leads Gosling and Epps.


Entertaining as hell, but nothing in particular stands out.

The Big Lebowski

A bonafide cult classic with a wonderfully unique and funny script that benefits from its great cast.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Unabashedly romantic and intimately heartfelt with great performances from its talented, unlikely compatible cast.

Take This Waltz

Beautifully shot and acted but ultimately disheartening and disappointing.


Psychologically and emotionally complex, but made in a human and avant-garde fashion that transcends filmmaking as most have come to know it.

Thank You for Smoking

An excellent screenplay and a superb performance from lead Aaron Eckhart add to the controversial and engaging subject matter which the story is based on, while remaining neutral on the issue.

What If
What If(2014)

Falls into the cliches and the predictable ending of a Hollywood rom com, but What If's sharp screenplay and great performances add to its otherwise dull plot.

American Beauty

Thought-provoking and poignant, American Beauty finds its great cast and writing staff at their absolute best.


Heartfelt and smart, but has some questionable moments; overall, Cashback is worth the watch.


Notable not only for its superb direction, but also for the staggering beauty of the technicolor as well as leading ladies Monroe and Peters.


The plot holes and overall ridiculousness of Spaceballs won't deter anyone with a sense of humor, with pop culture references, parodies on parodies and great writing, Mel Brooks' 1987 film is the epitome of 80's cheese at its most infectiously hilarious.

The Third Man

Deservedly known as one of the greatest films ever made, The Third Man is an expertly crafted and supremely entertaining thrill ride propelled by great performances and eerie and atmospheric cinematography.

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great writing, coupled with the expert performances make Nightcrawler a thoroughly engaging and thought provoking look into ethics and freedom of press told through the eye of an uncommon anti-hero.

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Away We Go
Away We Go(2009)

Gets redundant after the first 30 minutes of long talks and over-emotional discussions between abnormally responsible young adults.


With great performances form Roth and Shakur, the queasily realistic drama about addiction and life in the streets, is thoroughly engaging and well made.

Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids(2011)

A great performance from Ed Helms in a familiar role, "Cedar Rapids" unfortunately suffers from a tonally complex screenplay and an uninteresting plot.

Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko(2001)

Darkly atmospheric and intensely engaging, Darko redefined cult films and put Jake Gyllenhall on the map.


Violent, engaging, with great acting and direction: everything a Scorsese movie should be.


One of Hollywood's true masterpieces.

Boogie Nights

A powerful and hard-hitting tale of success and fame despite its raunchy subject matter.

Being John Malkovich

An original and quirky screenplay doesn't make up for the boring stretches of film when they aren't travelling through the tunnel into Malkovich's mind.

Angels with Dirty Faces

Featuring an impressive performance by gangster film icon James Cagney, "Angels" is a suspenseful masterpiece, with a powerful final act.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Starts off with amazing promise, its a ridiculously funny sequel to the modern classic original, that unfortunately descends into obscurity by the final act.


Charming and unabashedly smile-inducing, the engaging and sweet plight of Amelie is told in a human yet creative way.


One of the most quotable movies of all time, "Airplane!" is kind-hearted at times but always hilarious.

Let Me In
Let Me In(2010)

Inventive and well-acted, it suffers from a lack of proper explanation and leaves the audience wondering what exactly they just watched.

About Schmidt

A touching and deceptively authentic performance from Nicholson and a heartfelt screenplay are the only redeeming factors in this otherwise run-of-the-mill biopic.

A Streetcar Named Desire

Amazing performances from Hollywood's all time finest, and great direction make this possibly the greatest play-to-film picture of all time.

A Serious Man

Slow but ultimately rewarding, the Coen brothers deliver 'serious' themes and dark humor so effortlessly that it could almost be compared to the genius of 1998's"The Big Lebowski".

A Clockwork Orange

Controversial in its violence and heavy handed in its imagery, Kubrick's message is ultimately muddled by the visuals and language.

12 Years a Slave

Made with a tender and human eye but never shies away from showing the worst of racism and prejudice in the civil war era South.

The King of Comedy

Darkly funny and tenderly acted with characteristically great direction from Scorsese and a demented yet likable De Niro performance makes for an engaging story of an unlikely comedy giant's rise to fame.

The Seven Year Itch

Great performances and an engaging screenplay coupled with the screen presence of Marilyn Monroe's timeless beauty make "The Seven Year Itch" one of Wilder's best.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic

Delving deep into the struggles of growing up in the projects and the impact of the landmark album today, "Time is Illmatic" is an expertly crafted and encapsulating look at African American culture and rap told through the eyes of one of the most important artists of the 90's.

Blue Is The Warmest Color

A 3 hour emotional journey charged by heavy sexual themes and plenty of things to remember.

The Truman Show

Atmospheric and absorbing drama with Carrey's usual comical performance, but with a sheen of seriousness and reliability that makes the audience as claustrophobic as the main character.


A well acted and wonderfully festive Christmas movie that is funny and oofish on the surface but heartfelt and charming at its core.

Edward Scissorhands

A Charming and characteristically creepy showing from Tim Burton is memorable for Johnny Depp's look and awkward performance as the title "monster"


A fresh idea with modern thrills, Oculus is a well acted and engaging horror piece that unfortunately suffers from a lack luster screenplay.

The Woman in Black

Although very ambitious, and providing many genuine scares along the way, The Woman in Black is not as formulaic as many others in the genre.

A Serbian Film

Its message, if any at all, is muddled by its disturbing content and unemotional performances.

500 Days of Summer

Never following the traditional rom-com formula, "Summer" is a refreshing, funny and ultimately satisfying film with great performances from leads Levitt and Deschanel.

The 40 Year Old Virgin

Endearing and utterly hilarious strife of an all-too neglected character in film.


Although it can be very unsettling, Shoah is made in a way that makes it more than an account of the events, it makes it a living and breathing record.

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It is possibly the greatest movie that you would never recommend to anyone.

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Before Midnight

Retrospective and deeply emotional performances from Hawke and Delpy make the final film of the Before trilogy the most emotional one yet, with relatable perspectives of forgiveness, commitment, and true love.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Beautiful cinematography, a charming screenplay and a plethora of heartfelt and quirky performances from its talented cast make Charlie Kaufman's unique take on modern romance a movie you will never want wiped from your memory.

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Do the Right Thing

A movie with a very important and still relavant message, Do The Right Thing is Spike Lee's greatest work and one of the most important films of the 80's, with sharp dialogue and a honest portrayal of racism in America. Do the right thing and see this movie.

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Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog)

Although disturbing, Night and Fog is a profoundly powerful and somber exhibition of one of mankind's darkest periods, and is as important as it is hard to watch.

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Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)

Emotional, powerful, and ultimately heartbreaking, Louis Malle crafts an interesting and tragic story of a common European boy in WW2.

About Time
About Time(2013)

A smart and inventive script coupled with beautiful cinematography and emotionally rich performances make up for the many plot holes and shoddy time-travelling sequences.


Featuring an emotional and somber performance from Winstead, and an equally poignant performance from Paul, Smashed utilizes its strong screenplay and direction to put you in the shoes of two addicts trying to better themselves.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

The charming performances, stunning visuals, and quirky indie rock soundtrack make this a cult-movie favorite and a film that is hard to forget.

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American History X

Another thing that makes this movie great is the sheer entertainment value, it gives the audience the warped point of view of Neo-Nazis most people never get to experience. With a great script and one of the most turbulent and intense performances of Norton's career that draws viewers to the screen like moths to a lightbulb. American History X boasts a perfect balance of horror and humanity, making it one of my favorite movies of the late 90's.

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The Godfather, Part II

Part II boasts strong and emotional performances from its superbly talented cast, as well as grand set designs, an excellent and poignant screenplay, and more of the exhilarating violence that comes with gangster movies. But The Godfather: Part II is more than just a gangster movie, it's also a profound and thoroughly engaging drama. It examines subjects that pertain to everyone who watches; family values, morality, and the struggle to live up to expectations. But Part II doesn't just live up to expectations, it exceeds them.

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It is a beautifully shot and expertly acted Kubrick machine which tackles a difficult subject, but it can be very monotonous at times and leaves a lot to the audience's imagination, but is a worthy contender as one of the best films of the 60's, and is certainly the most controversial film of Kubrick's impressive filmography.

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8 1/2
8 1/2(1963)

8 1/2 gives the viewer a sense of intimacy with the characters while at the same time making the audience experience a feeling of disagreement with the main character's choices and behavior. The gorgeous cinematography, impressively honest performances, a clever and funny script, and elegant black and white its shot in make 8 1/2 a modern classic and a visual tour de force.

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Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari)

Tokyo Story is one of the greatest dramas to come out of Japan, its emotional performances, thought provoking script, and great direction from Yasujiro Ozu influencing many movies to be made after, and many movies to still be made.

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Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)

It's emotional depth, amazingly realistically action sequences, interesting story and revolutionary cinematography cement Seven Samurai as one of the greatest films ever made and the crowning achievement of early Japanese Cinema. Highly recommended.

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Inglourious Basterds

Violent and realistically raw, Tarantino's portrayal of Nazi Hunters makes the audience both flinch and grimace, but they never want to look away. With strong performances all around from Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz, the all star cast and amazingly believable atmosphere paints a portrait of war-torn Europe, and forcibly places us there.


Quirky, original, and charmingly odd, Abrahamson creates a characteristically unique and emotional universe where the audience never wants to say "Chinchilla".

The Pledge
The Pledge(2001)

A great performance from Nicholson and a thrilling story with plenty of forks in the road along the way. Sean Penn places us inside of a retired detective's life with ease and grace. But the film leaves many questions to be answered.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Beautiful sets, stylish cinematography, a whimsically clever script, a strong performance from Ralph Fiennes, and great direction at the hand of Wes Anderson make for a unique and memorable movie-going experience.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau's magnum opus chronicles the dilemma of The Man (George O'Brien) who falls for a woman from the city. The woman from the city (Margaret Livingston) convinces The Man to drown his Wife (Janet Gaynor) to run away with her to the city.

After taking his wife halfway out to the lake, The Man prepares to push her into the waters below, but is unable when he sees her cowering in fear. After running away from him, The Man tries winning her back, and realizes his mistake when they both attend a stranger's wedding in the City after exchanging vows.

After reconciling and having a laughter-filled date in the city, they row back to their home in the boat, but they are capsized before they reach shore. Losing his wife in the murky waters. Conducting a search involving the entire town, she is eventually found half alive in the waters, they rekindle their past love and live happier than ever before.

This film, the first time i saw it, blew me away. The emotional performances from O' Brien and Gaynor make this film a true masterpiece. It also boasts beautiful cinematography, masterful direction, a solid screenplay, and a great ending. This is one of the few silent films I've seen that truly got everything in it right. The suspense of when The Wife was lost at sea, the sheer happiness that overcame my face when they were dancing together surrounded by a giddy crowd in The City, and the powerful church scene were some of the standout moments in this silent classic.

It is also one of the first films to have a full soundtrack for the entire movie, which was beautifully composed by Hugo Riesenfeld, adds gravity and emotion to many of the more tense and important scenes. The camera angles and techniques used made all the more impressive given it was made in 1927.

All in all, it is one of the greatest achievements in film history, and my personal favorite silent film of all time. An essential addition to any movie buff's collection. A must-see.


Good writing, an intimate celluloid universe, a solid screenplay, and hilarious performances from Jeff Anderson and Jason Mewes make Clerks a cult film staple.

Schindler's List

The importance of this film cannot only be measured in historical importance, but also the sheer brilliance of Liam Neeson's portrayal of Oskar Schindler and Spielberg's masterful direction, make Schindler's List a modern masterpiece.


With enough immature humor to entertain for about 45 minutes in, the story begins to drag on and isn't able to get back on its feet.

Battlefield Earth

Extremely distracting thanks to ugly tinted and tilted shots, tacky dialogue, and just overall mediocre film making make Battlefield Earth one of the worst films of the 21st century.

The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger gives a performance of the ages as the joker, as well as boasting great direction, stellar dialogue, and a very talented cast. Adding up to one of the greatest movies of the 21st century.

Seven (Se7en)

Atmospheric and gritty with stellar performances from Pitt and Freeman, top notch violence and gore scenes, and an ending you won't soon forget.

The Aviator
The Aviator(2004)

Although it boasts a stellar performance from Leonardo Dicaprio and has a great script and screenplay, Aviator overstays its welcome with its almost 3 hour screen time.

The Deer Hunter

With great dialogue, solid direction, and amazing performances from De Niro, Streep, and Walken. One of the greatest films of the 70's, boasting one of the most intense and nerve wrecking scenes in film history.

Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver(1976)

With the amazing combo of Scorsese and De Niro, Taxi Driver is dark and atmospheric, with a stellar performance by Robert DeNiro at his peak.

Before Sunset

Though it may not live up to the reputation of its predecessor Before Sunrise, Sunset builds upon the first movie very well. Boasting more heartfelt and emotional performances from the naturally compatible Hawke and Delpy, Sunset both entertains and delights.

Rear Window
Rear Window(1954)

A man confined to a wheelchair who is confined to a room with a large window overlooking his other nieghbors windows. The two stars, Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly, the man in the wheelchair's wife, eventually become obsessed with the theory that one of their neighbors has murdered his wife.

After debating whether spying on his unsuspected neighbors was unethical, the main character eventually goes against his better judgement and keeps spying on the neightbor he suspects guilty of murder. With a type of atmosphere that sucks you into the movie like no movie i've ever seen before, Rear Window grabs your full attention and never lets go until the end.

With a climax that you need to experience yourself, building more and more suspense each minute you continue you looking through the same binoculars he's looking through, it also builds a sense of claustraphobia, like you're confined in the wheelchair with him. The movie is a Htchcock classic, second only to Vertigo in terms of performances, suspense, and atmosphere.

Beatifully shot in technicolor, like most later Hitchcock films. Even though the cinematography is nothing to write home about, the calm and silence of the suburban neighborhood provides a sort of eerie, claustrophobic perspective.

A movie you really must see yourself to truly appreciate its greatness.

Catch Me If You Can

An entertaining, beautifully shot movie centered around a complex character, with great direction from cinema legend Spielberg.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)

Immersive, violent, well acted and unpredictable. Martin Scorsese combines an all star cast to make another box office hit.


A solid screenplay, stylish cinematography and great performances all around make Martin Scorsese's 1990 gangster thriller one to remember.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc)

One of the best silent films ever made, with one of, if not the best performance ever captured on film by Renee Falconetti.

Eyes Without a Face

A thought provoking, disturbing masterpiece of horror.

Before Sunrise

Heartfelt and natural performances from Hawke and Delpy coupled with the beauty with which it was shot make Sunrise a modern Romance classic.


Beautifully shot, technically huge, and intimately told, Boyhood is a very honest view on the life of a relatable character. Essential to any movie lover's collection.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

One of the most quotable movies of all time. Pulp Fiction combines Tarantino's signature style of violence and dark humor to create the greatest film of the 1990's and my personal favorite movie of all time.

Reservoir Dogs

A ravishly entertaining and violent thrill ride, Reservoir Dogs leaves the audience guessing what will happen next at every turn. In the end, it's one of the 90's best.

Django Unchained

Extremely violent and sometimes hard to watch, Tarantino remains true with his signature style of extreme violence, sharp dialogue, and great movies.


Suspenseful and endearing with Hitchcock's masterful direction, Notorious utilizes its A-List stars Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman to create a modern Noir classic.


Dark, but never as scary as it wants to be, Repulsion remains a horror classic.

Annie Hall
Annie Hall(1977)

Slow paced but filled with humor, Annie Hall remains a comedy staple.


In a category all of it's own, a truly unique movie experience.

The Public Enemy

Cagney at his finest, with notes of humor and violence throughout. A gangster film staple.

American Psycho

Dark, violent, and extremely atmospheric, Christian Bale delivers another award winning performance while perfectly blending horror and dark humor.


Visually striking but hard to follow at points, Momento is another notch in the belt of Christopher Nolan's impressive repertoire.

2001: A Space Odyssey

I'm not sure what i just watched, but i liked it.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

With amazing acting all around, and plenty of violence and thrills to spare, Fight Club hits hard.

Raging Bull
Raging Bull(1980)

Extremely raw, extremely personal, extremely good.


The quintessential silent movie.

The Roaring Twenties

Perfectly encapsulates the struggle of the average man in the great depression era, providing impressive gangster action stringed along the way.