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New Enhancement: Film Type Filter

We’ve recently introduced a great new enhancement on Criticker — the ability to filter on “Film Type”. Currently, there are five different “types” classified:

1) Regular Films
2) Short Films
3) TV Movies
4) TV Mini-Series
5) Straight to Video

As of right now, you can do things like filtering Short Films and TV Movies out of lists. You could look at all TV Mini-Series from the 90’s. You can load a list of “Straight to Video” films from Britain.

We’re really excited about this new functionality, and hope that you are too!

Order Filmmaker List by Percentage Seen

We’ve implemented a new bit of functionality on the list of directors, screenwriters and actors. You can now sort this list by the percentage of films you’ve seen, by filmmaker. For example, if you’d like a list of all the actors which have 20 or more films in our database, ordered by the percentage of films you’ve seen, you could just click here.

We hope this extra ability proves both interesting and useful!

Criticker's Twenty Best Films of 2013: #1-10

Here they are: the top ten films of 2013, as selected by the Criticker community. From sports to romance, outer space to Wall Street, Italy to Denmark, but overall the winner this year seems to have been serious-minded drama. Which of 2013’s excellent films brought home the coveted #1 spot? Just scroll down…

Check out #11 – 20 of our countdown, or take a peek at the worst films of the year.

10. Rush – 7.7224 Average Tier

“For one who groans at the mere thoughts of biopics and sport films, respectively, the combination of these two subgenres was far from alluring. But Ron Howard managed to keep me very entertained, and both Hemsworth and Brühl inhabit their roles well. As much as I did enjoy it, though, I also came away with the feeling that the experience had been a somewhat vacuous one.” – KasperL

9. The Wolf of Wall Street – 7.7639 Average Tier

“It’s official – Leo’s at his best when he’s playing a complete psychopath.” – TrixRabbi

8. Blue Is the Warmest Color – 7.7948 Average Tier

“If you read a book, it’s between the lines. If you see this movie, it’s between the scenes. I don’t know how, maybe it’s because of the non-judging attitude that surrounds everything, maybe it’s the great actors, maybe it’s the fantastic script, that always knows what is necessary and what’s not – but in the end this is a perfect movie.” – Hofschneider

7. Gravity – 7.8919 Average Tier

“Alfonso Cuaron’s space epic is narratively slight, but what it lacks in depth it more than makes up in terms of technical wizardry and spectacle. Cuaron’s precise direction and Lubezki’s series of long takes make it a space opera that is much like a outer space ballet. Sandra Bullock does surprisingly well carrying the film for 88 minutes and brings some much needed emotional heft to the story. Gravity is also the first film that I would say is essential to be seen in 3D.” – DougieD

6. Short Term 12 – 8.0175 Average Tier

“A great movie that is optimistic without being saccharine, and kept together almost entirely by Brie Larson’s outstanding performance.” – yoshifan

5. Inside Llewyn Davis – 8.0315 Average Tier

“My favorite Coen Brothers movie. Unassuming and utterly devastating; Greenwich Village turned into a glowing, overcast haven of artists, with the struggling Llewyn Davis in the center of it all. Llewyn is an incredible protagonist – a selfish asshole, without a doubt, but an inspiration as well, especially when he picks up his guitar and sings. It’s an incredible and beautiful film, mesmerizing from start to finish. I’ll be surprised if it’s not the best film of the year.” – wetwillies

4. The Hunt – 8.0470 Average Tier

“It’s been a while since I cried like that. People are hideous, sickening creatures, and a story like this is a magnifying glass to all the horror we can become.” – sherlock1024

3. The Great Beauty – 8.2605 Average Tier

“A must-see for all the pretentious artists in the world! Hoping they’ll notice the joke is on them… This is a beautiful, poetic and (mostly) profound movie about art and the decadence of Italian society, maybe even the humanity altogether.” – walkabout

2. Before Midnight – 8.4035 Average Tier

“Finds our characters as the same bickering couple they had wished to evade at the beginning of the first film, having supplanted their spontaneous idealism for some relevant cynicism while maintaining their keen perspectives on long-term commitment and unwavering love. And all the better for it.” – frederic_g54

1. 12 Years a Slave – 8.4943 Average Tier

“A free man captured and forced into slavery. Sometimes uncomfortable to watch, but to look away would be a disservice. This heart wrenching, brutal look at one of America’s darkest periods is a must watch. McQueen, in his best film yet, shies away from nothing, and it makes for an emotional and intense movie. Ejiofor gives the performance of a lifetime as Solomon Northup. 12 Years a Slave will either leave you speechless or in tears when the credits roll.” – Zio

Criticker’s Twenty Best Films of 2013: #11-20

2013 is coming to an end, which means it’s time for our annual round-up of the year’s best films. For this list, we considered the films which have 50 rankings or more at Criticker, and are eligible for 2013’s Best Picture Oscar. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars make appearances in the first half of our Top Twenty list, though a couple of non-American flicks make the cut as well. Tomorrow, stay tuned for the best of the year. And if you’re interested, check out the year’s worst ten films.

20. Wadjda – 6.9216 Average Tier

“It’s a subtle but sharp indictment of how a society oppresses half its population while telling them they’re “separate but equal” – as long as they take care to police themselves to *keep* themselves separate, that is. “You can do anything if you put your mind to it,” but it doesn’t matter, since it will be taken from you anyway. At the same time, it’s really a quite effective and dare I say cute drama about a young girl who just wants a bike. Not perfect, but very promising.” – bof

19. Blue Jasmine – 7.0389 Average Tier

“Woody’s best since Deconstructing Harry. If Blanchett doesn’t get the Oscar for this I’m boycotting that shindig for life.” – Henrik

18. American Hustle – 7.2121 Average Tier

“This movie really needs to put ‘Special Thanks to Martin Scorsese’ in the credits. This movie is just so fun and ridiculous, it’s truly amazing. There’s a few things holding it back from being a classic; namely some of the monologues at the beginning (really borrowing from Goodfellas) and Lawerence seeming just a bit out of place compared to the rest of the cast. But even still she’s fine and Bale, Cooper, C.K., Adams, Renner….and whoever else was great. Seriously, Cooper has an excellent perm” – dylanwilson6

17. Dallas Buyers Club – 7.2209 Average Tier

“Turns out a little overly gooey at the end, but damn if these characters aren’t great. Leto was amazing, McConaughey in a difficult role pulls it off with style. Seriously good stuff.” – Shellish

16. Captain Phillips – 7.2225 Average Tier

“Excellent stuff. Intense, thrilling and moving. The military operation towards the end is the weakest part, but the acting from Hanks in the last five minutes or so is the best from him since Forrest Gump.” – bentien

15. Mud – 7.2769 Average Tier

“An extraordinary coming-of-age film that explores love, chivalry and masculinity to beautiful effect. It all feels so organic and comes together so naturally – Nichols has a gift for storytelling that always puts character first but never obscures his themes. McConaughey once again demonstrates that he’s the most interesting star working right now.” – Alex Watkins

14. Nebraska – 7.4632 Average Tier

“Bleak and dreary, northern prairie winter backdrop doesn’t affect these characters who are so focused on the mundane, they’re incapable of recognizing the humor or the irony of their profound everyday b&w existence. They’re so busy lying to themselves, the lies they tell others are spewed out unchecked–except for Kate, Woody’s fishwife, who tells it like it is no matter what. Good to see Dern again, though I kept wondering if he grew those nose hairs for the part or if they were wardrobe.” – Stewball

13. Prisoners – 7.4879 Average Tier

“The direction and the performances are absolutely amazing. I don’t usually go for big acting, but it worked for me in this movie. If there’s anything wrong with it it’s that, in the end, it perhaps doesn’t live up completely to its full potential. But even though that might mean that it misses the mark (and only barely so) of becoming an instant contemporary classic, it’s still the best crime thriller in recent memory and one of my favorite films of the year.” – KasperL

12. The Past – 7.5707 Average Tier

“Farhadi’s first venture into a foreign language (French from Farsi) does not mark a substantial change for him artistically. This is a good thing. His characters still enter the film as black boxes rather than blank slates, and the dramatic peaks consist of expositions and revelations. The name of the film is almost ironic, because we like to think of the past as absent, gone, while Farhadi teaches us that it is ever-present. A highly intricate and intensive film with an ingenious final shot.” – Moribunny

11. Frances Ha – 7.5740 Average Tier

“It’s always refreshing to see a film that perfectly captures the feeling of being young and aimless. Fantastic storytelling.” – yesistasty

DVD Report – June 12th

The newest adventure of Sherlock Holmes arrives on DVD this week, and has gained the tepid approval of the Criticker community — which is a real accomplishment considering our general distaste for all things Guy Ritchie. (A dose of Robert Downey Jr. apparently offsets the Ritchie-ness). But the best film of the week is Agnieszka Holland’s WWII drama In Darkness, about Polish Jews who hid in the sewers to escape the Nazis. Sounds like a charmer.

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows @ Amazon

Ghost Rider: Spirit of VengeanceAverage Tier 2.81

As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance @ Amazon

In DarknessAverage Tier 6.27

Veteran director Agnieszka Holland focusses on a little-known phenomenon in Second World War Poland, Jews hiding in the underground sewer systems of the major cities to escape deportation and the death camps. (
In Darkness @ Amazon

Good DeedsAverage Tier 4.22

Businessman Wesley Deeds is jolted out of his scripted life when he meets Lindsey, a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building.
Good Deeds @ Amazon

Thin IceAverage Tier 5.17

An insurance agent looking for a way out of frigid Wisconsin is blackmailed by an unstable locksmith in the theft of a rare violin that belongs to a retired farmer.
Thin Ice @ Amazon

DVD Report – March 12th, 2012

There are four great new films appearing on DVD this week, and one dud (a film with such a ridiculous premise that I first thought it was a joke). Let’s concentrate on the good. We were skeptical about the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (rather, annoyed by Hollywood’s penchant for remaking already-great recent foreign films), but David Finch beat expectations and delivered a thriller that might even surpass its model. Likewise, The Muppets could have been a train wreck, but was one of the Criticker community’s favorite films of the year.

John LeCarre gets another cinematic adaptation in the excellent Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a film which Criticker users praised for its smarts. And almost everyone had nice things to say about Carnage, Roman Polanski’s bitter comedy based on the hit stage play. So, four great films to choose from. Please just stay away from Hop.

The Girl with the Dragon TattooAverage Tier 6.92

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo @ Amazon

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SpyAverage Tier 6.72

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s echelons.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy @ Amazon

The MuppetsAverage Tier 6.90

With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.
The Muppets @ Amazon

CarnageAverage Tier 6.57

Tells the story of two sets of parents who decide to have a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a schoolyard brawl.
Carnage @ Amazon

HopAverage Tier 2.91

The Easter Bunny is accidentally hit by a car, and it’s up to the offending driver to save Easter.
Hop @ Amazon

DVD Report – February 7th

James Marsh wowed Criticker users with his 2008 documentary Man on Wire, about tightrope walker Philippe Petit. His new documentary likewise earns solid praise, though with some complaints. Project Nim tells the story of Nim, a chimpanzee raised as a human as part of a radical experiment done in the 1970s. Most Criticker users appreciated the touching story of the chimp, though some took issue with the documentary’s lack of interest in the actual science behind the project. Anyway, it’s the best new DVD of the week by far, and deserves a watch.

The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, The @ Amazon

Fireflies in the GardenAverage Tier 5.19

The semi-autobiographical story centers on the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced by an unexpected tragedy.
Fireflies in the Garden @ Amazon

Six years have elapsed since Guantanemo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold’s doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold’s father-in-law’s beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn.
Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, A @ Amazon

AnonymousAverage Tier 3.87

A political thriller about who actually wrote the plays of William Shakespeare– Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford– set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her. (imdb)
Anonymous @ Amazon

Project NimAverage Tier 6.71

The story of Nim, the chimpanzee, following his extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way. In the 1970s, Nim became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child.
Project Nim @ Amazon