This page shows you the list charts. By default, the movies are ordered by how many times they have been marked as a favorite. However, you can also sort by other information, such as the total number of times it has been marked as a dislike.
The middle of a decade isn’t often a cause for reflection, but maybe it should be. We tend to break time down into whatever segments make sense, especially within art, fashion, and culture, where things move quickly and change significantly: The teen world of 1982’s Fast Times At Ridgemont High, for instance, is markedly different from the teen world of 1989’s Say Anything… Inspired by our friends at Pitchfork, The Dissolve polled its regular contributors and some friends of the site about the best films released since January 1, 2010. We compiled the results in an effort to help give shape to the decade in progress, as the cinematic landscape keeps evolving around us. When the math was done, we found the results surprising, with a No. 1 none of us predicted. (Though we probably should have.)
Since some of the key collaborators of the AV Club Film moved on to create The Dissolve it has become one of the most important sources for online reviews (at least for me).
There is a award called "Essential" marking those films, that are the most important at the time. In addition the ranking system goes from zero to five stars. This list contains all movies reviewed for their theatre release getting four or more stars.
Every film chosen as Essential Viewing (for new theatrical releases) or Essential Retro (for new home-video releases) by The Dissolve from July 2013 to July 2015.
(Note: rather than include all 50 films from "The Mack Sennett Collection, Volume 1," I stuck to the seven titles specifically mentioned in The Dissolve's review.)
After Richard Linklater’s Boyhood was released in mid-July, there was an immediate sense in the Dissolve office that the rest of the year was a race for second place. Watching a child grow up over a 12-year period is enormously powerful on its own, but through the prism of this one life, Linklater makes so many profound observations about love, family, politics, religion, the South, and the changes that happen at home and in the culture at large. Though we reached a solid consensus over Her in our inaugural poll, that was nothing compared to Boyhood, which topped five of our seven individual ballots, and placed second on a sixth. From there, the best of 2014 branched out into a diverse assortment of auteur favorites, unconventional historical biopics, form-challenging documentaries, and mainstream hits that proved that even a risk-averse Hollywood could still put out smart, innovative, broadly appealing entertainments. The only unifying theme is that 2014 came in like a lion and out like a lamb: Of the films below, only Selma and Inherent Vice were harvested from the late-year awards crop. Otherwise, there are no hidden patterns, just confirmation that great films came in all sizes and from all corners this year.
"Each week, The Dissolve designates a Movie Of The Week for staffers and readers to watch and discuss, with a lead-off essay on Tuesday, a roundtable-style Forum on Wednesday, and other related features."
This list includes all past Movies of the Week, as well as the next few weeks of upcoming films.