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David Fear

David Fear

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% The Witch (2016) "Drawn, per a disclaimer, from period accounts of strange phenomena and psychotic breaks among settlers, Eggers's impeccably crafted, historically accurate creepshow wears its deep-dive research on its tattered gingham sleeves. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2016
56% Z: The Beginning of Everything: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Not even the novelty of attempting a sort of Jazz Age: Year Zero look at this female icon can offset the Wilson-era Americana overdose and a cloying Southernsploitation quaintness that goes down like a thick mint julep. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 16, 2015
57% Patriot: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Neither disappointing nor extraordinary, the intricate, hour-long drama mixes espionage drama with the occasional quirky turn. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 16, 2015
89% One Mississippi: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "From the direction of indie veteran Nicole Holofcener to the show's slightly skewed sense of observational humor - you can tell that Louis C.K. was the executive producer here - everything about this pilot feels right. We can't wait to see more. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 16, 2015
75% Highston: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Although the cast is strong it never lives up to its individual parts. Only fleeting moments, like when Flea flips off a shrink who hates the Chili Peppers, prompt chuckles; the rest is as predictable as it is unremarkable. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 16, 2015
71% Good Girls Revolt: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Jim Belushi and Chris Diamantopoulos excel at portraying the women's stodgy, old-school overlords. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 16, 2015
13% Edge: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "This western series from writer/director Shane Black has a seriously charismatic lead in the blue-eyed, buffed-up Martini - and little else to offer, other than a love of Caro syrup and a lot of self-regard. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 16, 2015
86% Peaky Blinders: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "Imagine Boardwalk Empire relocated to England and revamped as outright pulp instead of prestige TV, and you'd have something pretty close to Steven Knight's historical gangster drama " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 9, 2015
4/5 96% Spotlight (2015) "What we have before us is a case study on how to do shoe-leather cinema-and smart, A-list American moviemaking-right. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2015
92% Birdman (2014) "What this extraordinary work does best is drop us into the mind of an actor beset by insecurities, vanity-project hubris, and that inner critic who simply won't shut up, whisking us up into a dazzling, dizzyingly subjective whirlwind. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2014
77% Fury (2014) "At its best, the movie works as a love letter to camaraderie-by-combat. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2014
94% Whiplash (2014) "Imagine a cross between a David Mamet play and a violent UFC bout restaged in a music conservatory. You're halfway there. " ‐ Esquire Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2014
2/5 38% Child Of God (2014) "It could have been so much worse; we wish it was a lot better. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 30, 2014
90% Norte, the End of History (2014) "You'd have to go back to Edward Yang's Yi-Yi to find a movie that approaches marathon-length running times yet still makes you wish it were twice as long. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 18, 2014
82% Whitewash (2014) "An airtight demonstration of the maxim that no good deed ever goes unpunished. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 2, 2014
69% God Help the Girl (2014) "Stuart Murdoch's story of three Scottish misfits who start a band is rife with the kind of giddy thrills and hormonal flushes you associate with being a teen. " ‐ Esquire Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2014
91% Omar (2014) "Bakri has charisma to burn, but the complexity of Abu-Assad's previous movies is traded in for weak genre thrills. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 16, 2014
100% Shonen (Boy) (1969) "This is what contemporary Japan looks like, it says: Not pillow shots and sword fights, just a country populated largely by predators and prey. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2014
4/5 94% Her (2013) "It's melancholy, moving and unmissable. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 11, 2013
3/5 80% Lenny Cooke (2013) "Though the brothers have created the polar opposite of a formulaic ESPN 30-for-30 episode, they don't chart Cooke's rise-and-fall arc in a way that lets you into his story. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 90% Mauvais Sang (2013) "Carax does not want to tell you a story. He wants to express, in the purest way he can, his infatuation with storytelling through images and genre conventions, performance and voyeurism, cinema and cinephilia. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 100% Cousin Jules (2013) "For 91 minutes, the pleasure of the Guiteauxes' company is ours. We are ultimately the richer for it. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/5 10% Caught in the Web (2013) "The director goes after both old-media exploitation and new-media omnipresence, and the result is less than cutting. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 86% Narco Cultura (2013) "Ping-ponging between grisly South of the Border carnage and Angeleno musician Edgar Quintero's growing success as one of the subgenre's stars, you start to see how this parasitic relationship works. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 71% Everyday (2013) "Even with the actors' laudable work-especially Simm, who finally shakes off the notion that he's a poor man's Simon Pegg-there's not enough going on past the temporal trick to make the humanistic elements pop. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 19, 2013
2/5 67% Sunlight Jr. (2013) "The one real takeaway here is not that things are tough all over, or that movie stars equate slumming with authenticity; it's that no actor should be asked to do a sexy dance to Crazy Town's "Butterfly." Ever. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 12, 2013
3/5 72% Go For Sisters (2013) "Despite the class-conscious genre pleasures, independent cinema's foremost Zinn master feels slightly off his game. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 5, 2013
2/5 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) "This is a superhero movie that feels like it might have been made by anyone and no one at the same time, simply space-filler before the next big team-up movie. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 5, 2013
3/5 81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) "Both Baetens and Heldenbergh do their best to sell the story's ups and downs even when the narrative gets bogged down with science-versus-religion ranting, yet you're still left with a movie a little too reliant on playing clawhammer on your heartstrings. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2/5 56% Capital (2013) "Capital ends up being neither a high-stakes thriller nor a cutting commentary on real-world bad behavior. It's just CEO exotica, all dressed up with nowhere to go. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2013
4/5 100% The Square (2013) "The Square offers more than just pictures of a revolution; it lets you into the mind-set of those fighting for their future, and that makes all the difference. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/5 70% American Promise (2013) "While Stephenson and Brewster's big-picture attempt to tackle a sociopolitical issue from the most personal of perspectives lacks the state-of-the-nation impact of [Hoop Dreams], it doesn't mean you won't feel the pleasure of these kids' triumphs. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 15, 2013
2/5 41% As I Lay Dying (2013) "The past may never be done with us, but Lord, do we wish Franco was done with our literary heritage. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 8, 2013
4/5 61% The Summit (2013) "As you watch these actors, you appreciate the endeavor the climbers went through all the more-and as triumph turns to tragedy, you feel the grief winding its way through your shaken nervous systems. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 1, 2013
4/5 98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) "A first-rate piece of forensic filmmaking. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 1, 2013
2/5 46% All Is Bright (2013) "The cinematic equivalent of a half-baked fruitcake. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 1, 2013
5/5 100% The Wicker Man - Final Cut (2013) "It remains a how-to model for making something that fancies itself a slow-burn thriller-until it isn't slow-burning whatsoever. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 24, 2013
4/5 86% Shepard & Dark (2013) "An ode to a long-lost era of bohemia, an insightful look into male psychology and pathology, a valentine to the art of letter writing and an illustration of how the past is never dead, because it's not even past. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 24, 2013
2/5 48% Zaytoun (2013) "Zaytoun wants to milk a historical moment as a plea for tolerance; its only accomplishment is to channel the forgettable foreign-film exotica of decades past. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 17, 2013
3/5 67% 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013) "It's remarkably fragmented, tangential and all over the place, which may make it the ideal vehicle for portraying the OWS experience. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3/5 35% Salinger (2013) "You wonder why Salerno thought the man who created Holden Caulfield would be best served by an abundance of sentimentalism, a stock sap-tastic score and some genuinely cheesy dramatizations on a black stage (the director is no Hollywood phony, but still). " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3/5 33% Abigail Harm (2013) "The gorgeous cinematography and generosity to Plummer's emotive gifts almost make up for the mumbo-jumboness of it all. Almost. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 27, 2013
3/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) "The stars sell the cutesiness, and the rawness-equals-real go-nowhereness that seemingly infects every conversation in a microbudget indie, with equal professionalism and vigor; if they can't stick the landing in the end, it's because no one could. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 21, 2013
3/5 71% Paradise: Faith (2013) "It's hard to say if Faith works better as part of a whole instead of a triptych's single panel until the trilogy is complete, but the unconverted may find this too much of a cross to bear. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 21, 2013
4/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) "You'd have to go back to Half Nelson to find such a beautifully organic combo of spot-on performances, tough-love storytelling and tender treatment of deep-rooted emotional damage. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 20, 2013
2/5 27% Jobs (2013) "We walk away knowing nothing about what made this revolutionary tick. He deserves a 360-degree portrait. What you get is a mini recap of a pioneer's life-a biOpic shuffle. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/5 86% The Patience Stone (2013) "Farhani ... almost single-handedly carries the film; the range the Iranian actor displays here proves that she's destined for bigger things. Fans will just have to be patient. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 13, 2013
2/5 69% The Happy Sad (2013) "Reducing complex relationship issues to a typical indie-flick blatherathon-complete with performances of varying quality and stilted dialogue-isn't helping anyone. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 13, 2013
2/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) "Do you find insults revolving around the words Marky Mark, churros and/or #YOLO hilarious? How about the notion of a dorky white kid flawlessly rapping TLC's "Waterfalls"? " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 6, 2013
1/5 55% I Give It a Year (2013) "Nothing works: not the haphazard stabs at conjuring a sweet-and-sour comic tone, not the reliance on people saying horribly inappropriate things in lieu of actual jokes, and not the one-note characters ... " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 6, 2013
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