Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Biography:
Alan Scherstuhl is film editor at the Village Voice. He also covers books, music, and other matters for the Voice, in addition to writing Studies in Crap, his ongoing humor column about bizarre books and ephemera found at junkshops. He is on Twitter at @studiesincrap.
Publications:
Village Voice
Total Reviews:
197

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
82% Happy Christmas (2014) " The movie is packed with minor incidents, all fresh, compelling, and funny." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
86% Finding Fela! (2014) " Once it gets going, it's fine, a somewhat scattered précis of the life and accomplishment of one of the 20th century's towering musicians, activists, and curiosities." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
90% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " By the end, Corbijn and screenwriter Andrew Bovell have laid bare all of these unknowable men. The answers satisfy - sometimes they're even heartening." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 22, 2014
61% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " "The heart wants what it wants," Woody Allen has taught us, and apparently what his heart wants these days is not to have to bother with writing second drafts of film scripts." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 18, 2014
43% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " There's a fire. And a rescue. And lots of static, TV-quality scenes that drably cut from one car or plane to another as they sit in garages and discuss the importance of believing in yourself." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 15, 2014
15% Rage (2014) " Rage offers exactly what you think a Nic Cage movie called Rage would, except maybe for continually inspired lunacy." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2014
100% Underwater Dreams (2014) " The film is dismayingly formless, every point is made too many times, and there's too little drama or revelation here." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2014
9% America (2014) " Hilariously, just minutes after reducing Occupy Wall Street to an assault on small hamburger shops, D'Souza attacks insurance companies and Wall Street executives as fellow travelers in Obamacare, this country's one unpardonable sin." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 3, 2014
89% Siddharth (2014) " For all its scenes of orphans and hardscrabble street life, and its spirit of shrugging helplessness, Siddharth always feels ferociously personal." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
—— Charles Mingus - Stations of the Elevated " Lumbering, skronking, and wondrously paint-bombed, Manfred Kirchheimer's Stations of the Elevated (1981) is a 45-minute proto-hip-hop bliss-out, a masterpiece of train- and tag-spotting ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
82% Begin Again (2014) " All that prickly inner conflict Ruffalo is so adept at suggesting? Cheery Begin Again wants none of it, offering instead lots of scenes of two characters we don't believe could ever exist arguing about authenticity in pop music." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014) " Lewis packs in as much as a movie can hold." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
54% Jersey Boys (2014) " Eastwood may never show us his boys discovering themselves under that street lamp, but he gives us a clutch of moments worth treasuring - and mostly without overdoing it." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2014
83% Northern Light (2014) " Rather than high drama, these are moments of plain being, a rare immersion into the everyday lives of strangers." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 13, 2014
100% Burning Bush (2014) " It's tense, pained, unfailingly intelligent, and distinguished by the occasional visual flourish ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
55% The Signal (2014) " You know what could have made a thrilling twist? Developing the established story, themes, and characters into something satisfying before trying to splatter our minds all over the theater like chunks of Gallagher's watermelons." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
83% Witching and Bitching (2014) " Projectile pukes its outrages at you with a gusto recalling the early days of those (sadly) reformed upchuckers Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
85% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) " Harrowing, defiant, and exemplifying through its very existence the moral courage its totalitarian villains stamp down ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
91% The Case Against 8 (2014) " The best kind of popular history, a film that trembles with tears and hope, and I dare you to get through it without bawling some yourself." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 4, 2014
100% Master of the Universe (2014) " Bauder's film is a diagnosis of a system that is hopelessly sick and not being treated. Bring a stress ball to squish up as you watch." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
89% Willow Creek (2014) " A found-footage horror cheapie that turns out to be its creator's warmest, most satisfying work." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
55% Citizen Koch (2014) " [Offers] up montages of Tea Party screamers rather than investigative reporting or rigorous argumentation." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
84% Night Moves (2014) " The most radical thing about this eco-terrorism drama is its quiet patience and formal vigor." — Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
80% Sorcerer (1977) " First and foremost a lavish entertainment, no matter its brief examination of oil politics." — Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
62% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014) " Who knew that being lied to for 75 minutes could be so agreeable - and revealing?" — Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
88% Elena (2014) " A pained and gorgeous summoning, Petra Costa's haunted doc Elena dances with death, memory, and family, seducing viewers and then breaking their hearts." — Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
100% Frequencies (2014) " Like youth itself, the opening of Frequencies - an uncommonly ambitious science-fiction romance - is sparkling and unsettling at once." — Village Voice
Posted May 20, 2014
88% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " Stand Clear of the Closing Doors becomes dedicated to showing us everything millions of people glance at each day but don't actually regard." — Village Voice
Posted May 20, 2014
57% American Jesus (2014) " Distinguished by stirring photography, empathetic interviewing, and a shrewd sense of who to let talk and who to cut off." — Village Voice
Posted May 18, 2014
61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Much of Million Dollar Arm is pretty good for a movie committed to the wrong character's story." — Village Voice
Posted May 8, 2014
83% The Double (2014) " The Double, with its inviting alienation, nails a curious mood that's been too long absent from contemporary film ..." — Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014
23% Devil's Knot (2014) " Other than [an] act of honest argumentation, Egoyan's Devil's Knot offers little for anyone who has followed the case or seen any of the other docs." — Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014
47% Blood Glacier (2014) " The monsters are a scream, squishing crossbreeds that are all fur and teeth and exposed, pulsing, ready-to-burst viscera. And the screamers are a bit monstrous ..." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2014
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Never a disaster but only fitfully inspired, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn't quite end well, but it does end promisingly, with hints of a huge supervillain team-up to come." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 25, 2014
54% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) " In the end, all NOW reveals is that talented people did a difficult thing in far-off places - and that now they have a video scrapbook." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 24, 2014
89% Locke (2014) " Although we're never taken far beyond the hero's windshield, it's still very much a movie rather than some stagebound theater piece." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
100% Next Goal Wins (2014) " If you're a person, and you find other people worth your time and attention, Next Goal Wins will stir you ..." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Unlike many of the features targeted to what Hollywood is calling the "faith audience," the movie is well-acted and shot, often thoughtful and (intentionally) funny." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
66% The Railway Man (2014) " Has it ever occurred to contemporary commercial filmmakers that maybe audiences could take a movie's word for it that a character has been tortured?" — Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
64% A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power And Jayson Blair At The New York Times (2014) " While mostly well made, and certain to serve as a handy précis for the J-school set, A Fragile Trust is more a soiling reminder than a revelation for anyone already familiar with Blair's case." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
88% Alan Partridge (2014) " The story is a familiar one of corporate takeovers and the sacking of longtime employees, but with a welcome, biting surprise, all filmed with the carpet-store flatness that is Coogan's element ..." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
67% Flex Is Kings (2014) " An eye-popper showing the old pop and lock brought to thrilling, disorienting extremes, Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols's Flex Is Kings movingly documents the flex dance scene centered around Brooklyn's BattleFest." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
80% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " At the birthplace of Darwinism, we witness human potential give way to animalism." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
27% Alien Abduction (2014) " Credit this spirited, uncommonly effective found-footage thriller for breaking the templates promised by its genre and title." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 1, 2014
67% Go Down Death (2014) " A captivating excursion into surrealist Americana ..." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2014
88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " By the end, Cheap Thrills too closely resembles the behavior it depicts." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2014
99% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Fascinating and perversely uplifting ..." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
75% Anita (2014) " So shapeless in its hagiography, so triumphal in its vagueness, so hapless in arguing its case." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
100% Big Men (2014) " Here's the rare current-affairs documentary that doesn't just show us something gone wrong in some part of our world." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
80% Sparks (2014) " Here's a hearty keep-at-it award for Christopher Folino and Todd Burrows, directors of this restless, reckless superhero crime curio ..." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
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