Year in Review

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Year in Review 2017 – Film

December 29, 2017
Film Feature

The finest films of 2017 simultaneously offered us a respite from, and a deeper reflection on, our fraught and fractured social and political realities. In sharp contrast to our unfortunate tendency to segregate ourselves with social media-fueled enclaves and ecosystems that do little more than reflect our own thoughts, opinions, and POVs back at us ad infinitum, these films cut through all that, artfully, and often provocatively, reminding us of the common humanity we share even with those who would seem to…

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Top 10 Films of 2017 (So Far)

August 4, 2017
Logan

Deviating from protocol a bit with our timing (we swear we know when the halfway point of the year is), the following list is nonetheless our best approximation of a staff consensus for best films released from January to June of this year. Admittedly, the favorites skews toward auteurs, but few films bare much resemblance—a period biopic, a race-conscious horror film, a superhero deconstruction, and an intimate, maybe-ghost story (no, not that one) constitute a few of the movies we’ve championed.…

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Quick Takes on Film 2017 — Quarter 1

May 5, 2017
SongtoSong

2017—so far at least—hasn’t been spectacular. In between the deaths of beloved auteurs like Jonathan Demme and Seijun Suzuki, you had 25 beating Lemonade at the Grammy’s, Tom Brady smugly winning another Super Bowl, and Donald Trump being sworn into office (this one might be a little worse than those other two). But as Lil Yachty once…

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Top 10 Films of 2016

December 31, 2016
happy-hour

It’s heartening to realize that in a year of seemingly constant death—one in which the passing of great filmmakers was no exception—the best films here seemed intent on never forgetting those losses, to mine the past and the passed for new inspiration in the present, and in movingly reverent ways. Our great new filmmakers looked to the old ones to guide them…

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Top 10 Performances of 2016

December 30, 2016
lily

Our top 25 performances, before whittling it down to the 10 you’ll find below, featured votes for two actors from Manchester by the Sea, two from Toni Erdmann, four from Happy Hour, four from Certain Women, and a hefty five from Moonlight. A twist on a typical year’s voting trends which may…

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Top 10 Films of 2015

December 31, 2015
Top 10 Films of 2015

A typical year spent traversing the cinematic landscape results in straddling some kind of line: one foot confidently marches off into the future while the other remains firmly planted in the past. Innovation is an organic byproduct of any artform, but so is adherence to a certain classicism, and 2015 was particularly emblematic of this. On the one hand you have Steven Spielberg, delivering what has to be his most Spielbergian film in ages with Bridge of Spies, a subtly political but mostly humanist tale of ordinary…

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Top 10 Performances of 2015

December 31, 2015
PHOENIX 2013

Evaluating performances is such a deeply subjective endeavor that finding a meaningful consensus can often feel like an impossibility. Truly extraordinary ones tend to work in lockstep with their respective films in ways that less impactful ones don’t, but in these cases sometimes that means our love of a given performance is inextricably linked to our love of a film. Other times, lesser films may deliver the surprise of a strong performance in isolation from everything around it, making its strength seem even more palpable.…

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Top 20 Films of 2014

December 31, 2014
Inherent Vice

There were times during this especially tumultuous year when it seemed as if the world at large was on the verge of collapsing. A whole commercial jetliner seemingly disappeared without a trace, leading some ostensibly serious news outlets to put forth honest-to-god inquires about the possibility of supernatural phenomena as the cause. A deadly virus that had been seen only in concentrated areas for a few decades since being identified in 1976 suddenly threatened to cause a mass outbreak of…

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by Luke Gorham Film Year in Review

Halftime 2008 – Luke Gorham’s Top 10 Films

July 1, 2008
Paranoid Park

To begin, what you are about to read will not be commonplace – Sam will generally be the more cynical, the more unpredictable, and the slightly harder to please. However, for the moment I’m going to borrow the tough critic hat from Sam and just throw this out there: 2008 films suck…so far. That said, I’ll validate and excuse that claim a bit. First off, I expect big things from the rest of the year; it’s not looking like another 2007,…

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by Sam C. Mac Film Year in Review

Halftime 2008 – Sam C. Mac’s Top 10 Films

July 1, 2008
reprise

Looking over my list from around this time last year, it seems 2008 has not been quite as striking (though few years have been). Even so, I’m quite happy with this list, and I feel that all of these films deserve the mention they’re receiving. Also, I’m thrilled with the variety of genres represented here (horror, action, comedy, etc.). At this point in the year, I’ve seen well over 100 films, one of which deserves to be called a classic,…

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