Movie Releases by Score

12 Years a Slave 1.

12 Years a Slave

October 18, 2013 | R
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Metascore:
96
User Score:
8.0
Gravity 2.

Gravity

October 4, 2013 | PG-13
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth - and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Metascore:
96
User Score:
7.8
Before Midnight 3.

Before Midnight

May 24, 2013 | R
In this follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, we meet Jesse and Celine nine years later in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.3
Inside Llewyn Davis 4.

Inside Llewyn Davis

December 6, 2013 | R
Llewyn Davis is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter of 1961, he struggles to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
7.8
Stories We Tell 5.

Stories We Tell

May 10, 2013 | PG-13
Director Sarah Polley looks into her past and excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.3
The Act of Killing 6.

The Act of Killing

July 19, 2013 | Not Rated
A documentary in which former Indonesian death squad leaders reenact their real-life mass-killings in various cinematic genres.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.5
The Gatekeepers 7.

The Gatekeepers

February 1, 2013 | PG-13
A documentary by the Israeli director Dror Moreh which consists of interviews with six surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency established in 1949 which has engaged in counter-terrorism and intelligence gathering, among other things.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
6.7
Her 8.

Her

December 18, 2013 | R
Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, Her follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. [Warner Bros.]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.6
American Hustle 9.

American Hustle

December 13, 2013 | R
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Caught between the con-artists and Feds is Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator, but it's Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) who could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. [Sony Pictures]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.3
Blue Is the Warmest Color 10.

Blue Is the Warmest Color

October 25, 2013 | NC-17
Blue is the Warmest Color centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Léa Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle's life for real, leading to an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.8
The Missing Picture 11.

The Missing Picture

October 4, 2013 | Not Rated
Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and narration to revisit the atrocities committed by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.5
All Is Lost 12.

All Is Lost

October 18, 2013 | PG-13
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his marinerâ
Metascore:
87
User Score:
6.6
Gideon's Army 13.

Gideon's Army

June 28, 2013 | Not Rated
Follows three young public defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.5
Nebraska 14.

Nebraska

November 15, 2013 | R
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.0
Drug War 15.

Drug War

July 26, 2013 | Not Rated
A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.1
The Great Beauty 16.

The Great Beauty

November 15, 2013 | Not Rated
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.0
Let the Fire Burn 17.

Let the Fire Burn

October 2, 2013 | Not Rated
On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalatedâ
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.4
The Past 18.

The Past

December 20, 2013 | PG-13
Following a four year separation, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran, when his estranged French wife, Marie (Bérénice Bejo), asks him to finalize their divorce procedure so she can marry her new boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim). During his tense brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with her teenage daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Ahmad's efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. [Sony Pictures Classics]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Fruitvale Station 19.

Fruitvale Station

July 12, 2013 | R
The true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.9
War Witch 20.

War Witch

March 1, 2013 | Not Rated
Komona (Rachel Mwanza) is only 12 years old when she is kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician (Serge Kanyinda). Together, they manage to escape the rebels' clutches, but their freedom proves short-lived. Komona then decides she must make amends with her past. [Tribeca Film]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.4
The Square 21.

The Square

October 25, 2013 | Not Rated
A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.9
Museum Hours 22.

Museum Hours

June 28, 2013 | Not Rated
When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artwork reflects and shapes the world.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
6.8
Blackfish 23.

Blackfish

July 19, 2013 | PG-13
While in captivity, Tilikum, a performing killer whale, has been responsible for the deaths of three people, including a top orca trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of capturing and confining such intelligent and sentient creatures.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.2
The Wind Rises 24.

The Wind Rises

November 8, 2013 | PG-13
Jiro—inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni—dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that deeply affected the course of Jiro’s life, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. A tremendous innovator, Jiro leads the aviation world into the future. Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in his creation of the fictional character Jiro—the center of the epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
20 Feet from Stardom 25.

20 Feet from Stardom

June 14, 2013 | PG-13
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are, until now.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.3
La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus 26.

La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus

May 31, 2013 | Not Rated
Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local Guatemalan gangs. La Camioneta follows one such bus on its transformative journey: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
tbd
The Selfish Giant 27.

The Selfish Giant

December 20, 2013 | Not Rated
Two teenage best friends, Arbor (Conner Chapman) and Swifty (Shaun Thomas), work for a scrap dealer in Bradford, England.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.8
56 Up 28.

56 Up

January 4, 2013 | Not Rated
Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults he has been chronicling in documentaries every seven years since they were each 7 years old. The original concept, starting in 1964's "Seven Up," was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, Apted, a researcher for Seven Up, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the heart-breaking Neil, as they turn 56 more life-changing decisions and surprising developments are revealed. (First Run Features)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.4
Cutie and the Boxer 29.

Cutie and the Boxer

August 16, 2013 | R
For years, Ushio Shinohara has been one of the leading, and most underappreciated, alternative artists in Japan and New York City with an wildly esoteric style. For many of those years, his wife, Noriko, has been a faithful companion to this idiosyncratic man, but grew want to be more. This film covers the relationship of these special couple as Ushio struggles for commercial success on his own terms. Meanwhile, we also follow Noriko pursuing her own artistic vision with her semi-autobiographical line art project that reveals much about her own soul as eloquently as her husband's work.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.7
These Birds Walk 30.

These Birds Walk

November 1, 2013 | Not Rated
In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy's life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place? Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, These Birds Walk documents the struggles of wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them. [Oscilloscope Pictures]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8
Viola 31.

Viola

July 12, 2013 | Not Rated
A web of romantic intrigue and revelation is delicately unraveled in this dazzling riff on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. [Cinema Guild]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
Short Term 12 32.

Short Term 12

August 23, 2013 | R
Grace (Brie Larson), a young supervising staff member of a foster care facility, looks after troubled teens and reckons with her own past alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.).
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Frances Ha 33.

Frances Ha

May 17, 2013 | R
This small budget, black-and white-collaboration between writer/director Noah Baumbach and writer/star Greta Gerwig centers on Frances (Gerwig), an apprentice dancer fumbling through post-college life in New York City.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8
A Hijacking 34.

A Hijacking

June 21, 2013 | R
After hijacking the crew of a Danish cargo ship, Somali pirates engage in tense and lengthy negotiations with officials in Copenhagen.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.3
The Spectacular Now 35.

The Spectacular Now

August 2, 2013 | R
This is the tale of Sutter Keely, a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with "the good girl" Aimee Finecky. What starts as an unlikely romance, becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths. [A24]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
Captain Phillips 36.

Captain Phillips

October 11, 2013 | PG-13
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.1
Blancanieves 37.

Blancanieves

March 29, 2013 | PG-13
Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never known her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. This tribute to silent films is set in southern Spain in the 1920s. [Cohen Media Group]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8
At Berkeley 38.

At Berkeley

November 8, 2013 | Not Rated
The University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten campus public education system, is also one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world. The film, At Berkeley, shows the major aspects of university life, its intellectual and social mission, its obligation to the state and to larger ideas of higher education, as well as illustrates how decisions are made and implemented by the administration in collaboration with its various constituencies.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
Wadjda 39.

Wadjda

September 13, 2013 | PG
An enterprising Saudi girl signs up for her school's Koran recitation competition in hopes of raising the remaining funds she needs to buy a green bicycle she desperately wants.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.1
Leviathan 40.

Leviathan

March 1, 2013 | Not Rated
Filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts, the country’s largest fishing port with over 500 ships sailing from its harbor every month, Leviathan follows one such vessel, a hulking groundfish trawler, into the surrounding murky black waters. Filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Sweetgrass) and Verena Paravel (Foreign Parts) use a dozen cameras to present a vivid representation of the work, the sea, the machinery and the players, both human and marine. [Cinema Guild]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
5.9
No 41.

No

February 15, 2013 | R
In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a referendum on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot's minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free. [Sony Pictures Classics]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.4
Gimme the Loot 42.

Gimme the Loot

March 22, 2013 | Not Rated
Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they must raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. Over the course of two whirlwind, sun-soaked summer days, Malcolm and Sofia travel on an epic urban adventure involving black market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high stakes heist, and a beautiful, stoned girl whose necklace is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the City. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.4
Cousin Jules 43.

Cousin Jules

November 27, 2013 | Not Rated
A rare combination of sophisticated movie-making technique (shot in CinemaScope and recorded in stereo) and content that is a veritable ode to the beauty of rural France, the simplicity of daily peasant life, and the nearly wordless intimacy of a lifelong relationship. Recording over a 5-year period, director Benicheti palpably captures the rhythms and rituals of blacksmith Jules Guiteaux and his wife Félicie as Jules dons wooden clogs and leather apron to begin work in his shop, while Félicie tends a vegetable garden and prepares their meals. [The Cinema Guild]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
tbd
Upstream Color 44.

Upstream Color

April 5, 2013 | Not Rated
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.9
The World's End 45.

The World's End

August 23, 2013 | R
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
Dallas Buyers Club 46.

Dallas Buyers Club

November 1, 2013 | R
Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1985 was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live. He started taking the FDA approved AZT, the only legal drug available in the U.S, which brought him to the brink of death. To survive, he smuggled non-toxic, anti-viral medications from all over the world yet still illegal in the U.S. Other AIDS patients sought out his medications forgoing hospitals, doctors and AZT. With the help of his doctor, Eve Saks and a fellow patient, Rayon, Ron unintentionally created the Dallas Buyers Club, the first of dozens which would form around the country, providing its paying members with these alternative treatments. The clubs, growing in numbers and clientele, were brought to the attention of the FDA and pharmaceutical companies which waged an all out war on Ron.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
What Richard Did 47.

What Richard Did

May 10, 2013 | Not Rated
The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen, the golden boy of a privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its largely young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be. [Tribeca Film]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.6
Room 237 48.

Room 237

March 29, 2013 | Not Rated
A documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's The Shining which continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery more than thirty years after its release. Using voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments, Room 237 investigates five very different points of view drawing the audience into a new maze, one with many ways in, but no way out.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.2
Call Me Kuchu 49.

Call Me Kuchu

June 14, 2013 | Not Rated
In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one, not even the filmmakers, is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes the movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
4.8
Berberian Sound Studio 50.

Berberian Sound Studio

June 14, 2013 | Not Rated
1976. A mild-mannered British sound engineer named Gilderoy arrives in Rome to work on the post-synchronized soundtrack to The Equestrian Vortex, a tale of witchcraft and murder set inside an all-girl riding academy. But as Gilderoy begins to work on this unexpectedly terrifying project, it's his own mind that holds the real horrors. As the line between film and reality blurs, is Gilderoy working on a film - or in one? [IFC Films]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.1
Il Futuro 51.

Il Futuro

September 6, 2013 | Not Rated
When her parents die in a tragic car accident, adolescent Bianca's universe is suspended. Entrusted with the care of her younger brother, Tomas, she struggles to hold it together. Life is further complicated when Tomas' gym-rat friends invite themselves to stay indefinitely. Using Bianca as a lure for a heist they've concocted, they convince her to initiate a sexual relationship with an enigmatic blind hermit, Maciste (Rutger Hauer). But as the two spend time together, Bianca unexpectedly finds normalcy and acceptance in the aging B-movie star and former Mr. Universe's rococo mansion. [Strand Releasing]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.0
The Last of the Unjust 52.

The Last of the Unjust

December 13, 2013 | PG-13
A place: Theresienstadt. A unique place of propaganda which Adolf Eichmann called the "model ghetto", designed to mislead the world and Jewish people regarding its real nature, to be the last step before the gas chamber. A man: Benjamin Murmelstein, last president of the Theresienstadt Jewish Council, a fallen hero condemned to exile, who was forced to negotiate day after day from 1938 until the end of the war with Eichmann, to whose trial Murmelstein wasn't even called to testify. Even though he was without a doubt the one who knew the Nazi executioner best. More than twenty-five years after Shoah, Claude Lanzmann's new film reveals a little-known yet fundamental aspect of the Holocaust, and sheds light on the origins of the "Final Solution" like never before.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington 53.

Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

April 12, 2013 | Not Rated
A look a the life of photo-journalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington who covered wars in Afghanistan, Liberia and Libya.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
Beyond the Hills 54.

Beyond the Hills

March 8, 2013 | Not Rated
Alina (Cristina Flutur) arrives at a remote monastery to visit her friend Voichita (Cosmina Stratan), one of the nuns in training. Alina wants Voichita to leave her cloistered life and return with her to Germany, but as the fateful hour draws near, Voichita does not want to go, so Alina decides to stay, which is when the real trouble begins. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.7
The Crash Reel 55.

The Crash Reel

July 5, 2013 | Not Rated
Fifteen years of footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, pushing one another to ever more dangerous tricks, until Kevin crashes on a Park City half-pipe, barely surviving. As Kevin recovers from his injury, Shaun wins Gold. Now all Kevin wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear this could kill him.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.2
Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay 56.

Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

April 17, 2013 | Not Rated
What happens when documentary filmmakers, whose mission is to probe, explore and reveal, take as their subject one of the world's greatest living magicians, whose life and art are basically off limits to probing, exploration and revelation? More than a decade in the making, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is the captivating result of this curious conundrum. [Kino Lorber]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.4
In a World... 57.

In a World...

August 9, 2013 | R
An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voice-over star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.6
Birders: The Central Park Effect 58.

Birders: The Central Park Effect

January 18, 2013 | Not Rated
A varied group of New Yorkers with attitude reveals how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed their lives.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
Fill the Void 59.

Fill the Void

May 24, 2013 | PG
A devout 18-year-old Israeli is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister. Declaring her independence is not an option in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community where religious law and the rabbi's word are absolute.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.4
Our Children 60.

Our Children

August 2, 2013 | Not Rated
Murielle and Mounir love each other passionately. Ever since he was a boy, the young man has been living with Doctor Pinget who provides him with a comfortable life. When Mounir and Murielle decide to marry and have children, the couple's dependence on the doctor becomes excessive. Murielle finds herself caught up in an unhealthy emotional climate that insidiously leads the family towards a tragic outcome. [DistriB Films]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
Enough Said 61.

Enough Said

September 18, 2013 | PG-13
Eva, a divorced single parent, spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne, her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert when she learns he's Marianne's ex-husband.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.6
In the Fog 62.

In the Fog

June 14, 2013 | Not Rated
In 1942, the western frontier of the USSR is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. A man is wrongly accused of collaboration. Desperate to save his dignity, he must make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.8
Blue Jasmine 63.

Blue Jasmine

July 26, 2013 | PG-13
After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger’s modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. [Sony Pictures Classics]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.7
Pavilion 64.

Pavilion

March 1, 2013 | Not Rated
Max, a laconic teenager, leaves his lakeside town to live with his father on the fringe of suburban Arizona.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
Much Ado About Nothing 65.

Much Ado About Nothing

June 7, 2013 | PG-13
Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin by director Joss Whedon. Shot in just 12 days, the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. As matchmaking schemes are put into play and disguises are donned, loathing and love soon prove to be close cousins. [Lionsgate]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.7
Paradise: Hope 66.

Paradise: Hope

December 6, 2013 | Not Rated
The third installment in Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy, Paradise: Hope tells the story of overweight 13-year-old Melanie and her first love. While her mother travels to Kenya (Paradise: Love) and her aunt (Paradise: Faith) does missionary work, Melanie spends her summer vacation at a strict diet camp for overweight teenagers. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the camp director, a doctor 40 years her senior. As the doctor struggles with the guilty nature of his desire, Melanie had imagined her paradise differently. [Strand Releasing]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.1
Seduced and Abandoned 67.

Seduced and Abandoned

October 18, 2013 | Not Rated
Seduced and Abandoned follows Alec Baldwin and director James Toback as they lead us on the troublesome and often hilarious journey of raising financing for their next feature film. Moving from director to financier to star actor, the two players provide us with a unique look behind the curtain at the world's biggest and most glamorous film festival, shining a light on the bitter-sweet relationship filmmakers have with Cannes and the film business.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.1
Mother of George 68.

Mother of George

September 13, 2013 | R
Adenike (Danai Gurira) and Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé) are a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. Following the joyous celebration of the their wedding, complications arise out of their inability to conceive a child - a problem that devastates their family and defies cultural expectations, leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save her family or destroy it. Acclaimed director Andrew Dosumnu captures the nuances of this unique and fascinating culture by creating a beautiful, vibrant, and moving portrait of a couple whose joys and struggles are at once intimate and universal. [Oscilloscope Pictures]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
A River Changes Course 69.

A River Changes Course

October 4, 2013 | Not Rated
A River Changes Course tells the story of three families living in contemporary Cambodia as they face hard choices forced by rapid development and struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life as the modern world closes in around them.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
God Loves Uganda 70.

God Loves Uganda

October 11, 2013 | Not Rated
A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America's Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting sexual immorality and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow biblical law.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
Caesar Must Die 71.

Caesar Must Die

February 6, 2013 | Not Rated
Inmates at a Rome's Rebibbia Prison perform Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.9
A Band Called Death 72.

A Band Called Death

June 28, 2013 | Not Rated
A documentary on the 1970s punk band Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they broke up.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.6
The Hunt 73.

The Hunt

July 12, 2013 | R
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by a lie.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.4
A Touch of Sin 74.

A Touch of Sin

October 4, 2013 | Not Rated
An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances. [Kino Lorber]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.0
Philomena 75.

Philomena

November 22, 2013 | R
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.9
Blue Caprice 76.

Blue Caprice

September 13, 2013 | R
An exploration of the relationship between John Allen Muhammad and 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo, the perpetrators of the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.9
Like Someone in Love 77.

Like Someone in Love

February 15, 2013 | Not Rated
Abbas Kiarostami, the writer/director of the critically acclaimed "Certified Copy," travels even further afield from his native Iran for this mysteriously beautiful romantic drama filmed entirely in Japan. Like Someone in Love revolves around the brief encounter between an elderly professor (81-year-old stage actor Tadashi Okuno, here playing his first leading role in a film) and a sociology student (Rin Takanashi) who moonlights as a high-end escort. Dispatched to the old man by her boss—one of the professor’s former students—the young woman finds her latest client less interested in sex than in cooking her soup, talking, and playing old Ella Fitzgerald records. Eventually, night gives way to day and a tense standoff with the student’s insanely jealous boyfriend (Ryo Kase); but as usual in Kiarostami, nothing is quite as it appears on the surface. Are these characters—who conjure in one another the specters of regret and roads not taken—meeting by chance, or is it fate? Is this love, or merely something like it? (IFC)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.1
Something in the Air 78.

Something in the Air

May 3, 2013 | Not Rated
In the months after the heady weeks of May ’68, a group of young people search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.1
Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm 79.

Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

April 19, 2013 | Not Rated
A documentary on Levon Helm, a founding member of The Band, begun during the creation of his first studio album in 25 years.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
Lore 80.

Lore

February 8, 2013 | Not Rated
Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey to reach their grandmother in the north that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. [Music Box Films]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.7
Dirty Wars 81.

Dirty Wars

June 7, 2013 | Not Rated
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into a surprising journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.2
Tokyo Waka: A City Poem 82.

Tokyo Waka: A City Poem

August 28, 2013 | Not Rated
A poem about a city, its people, and 20,000 crows.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
This Ain't California 83.

This Ain't California

April 12, 2013 | Not Rated
This Ain't California is a celebration of the lust for life, a contemporary documentary trip into the world of skateboarding in the German Democratic Republic. The film follows its three heroes from their childhood in the seventies through their teenage rebellion in the eighties to the summer 1989 when their life changed forever.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks 84.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

May 24, 2013 | Not Rated
Award-winning documentary director Alex Gibney turns his camera on WikiLeaks, its founder, Julian Assange, and the global debate over access to information.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.5
Night Across the Street 85.

Night Across the Street

February 8, 2013 | Not Rated
An elderly office worker begins to relive both real and imagined memories from his life. As stories hide within stories and the thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, a new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama awakens. In this playfully elegiac film, loosely adapted from the fantastical short stories of Chilean writer Herman del Solar, Raoul Ruiz has crafted a final masterwork on his favorite subjects: fiction, history and life itself. [Cinema Guild]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
Tim's Vermeer 86.

Tim's Vermeer

December 6, 2013 | Not Rated
Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.5
Reality 87.

Reality

March 15, 2013 | R
Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger, becomes obsessed with being a contestant on the reality show “Big Brother” leading him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality TV, Luciano’s own reality begins to spiral out of control. [Oscilloscope Pictures ]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.5
Mud 88.

Mud

April 26, 2013 | PG-13
Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.1
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 89.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

November 22, 2013 | PG-13
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen returns home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a Victor's Tour of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell), a competition that could change Panem forever. [Lionsgate]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.9
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? 90.

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

November 22, 2013 | Not Rated
From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.2
Dead Man's Burden 91.

Dead Man's Burden

May 3, 2013 | Not Rated
A western set on the New Mexico frontier a few years after the Civil War and focused on a struggling young family and the mining company who wants to buy their land.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
5.6
Sound City 92.

Sound City

January 31, 2013 | Not Rated
Dave Grohl directs this documentary about the legendary, but now defunct, analog recording studio in Van Nuys, California.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.1
The Punk Singer 93.

The Punk Singer

November 29, 2013 | Not Rated
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.3
Muscle Shoals 94.

Muscle Shoals

September 27, 2013 | PG
Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, AL is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative music in American history.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.4
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 95.

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

September 13, 2013 | Not Rated
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is an impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor comprised of intimate moments, film clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs. The film explores the actor's enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes candid reminiscences by David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Debbie Harry.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.0
The Invisible Woman 96.

The Invisible Woman

December 25, 2013 | R
Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. [Sony Pictures Classics]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.1
After Tiller 97.

After Tiller

September 20, 2013 | PG-13
After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the country who provide third-trimester abortions for women. After Tiller moves between the rapidly unfolding stories of these doctors, all of whom were close colleagues of Dr. Tiller, and are fighting to keep this service available in the wake of his death. These four people have become the new number-one targets of the pro-life movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients' lives. After Tiller shows them confronting harassment from protesters, challenges in their personal lives, and a series of tough ethical decisions.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.2
Side Effects 98.

Side Effects

February 8, 2013 | R
A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.9
The Wolf of Wall Street 99.

The Wolf of Wall Street

December 25, 2013 | R
An adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir chronicling his rise and fall on Wall Street and his hard-partying, addiction-fueled personal life.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.8
Graceland 100.

Graceland

April 26, 2013 | Not Rated
When a kidnapping goes horribly awry, a desperate father risks everything to save his daughter from the men who took her.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
5.8