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Jan Lisa Huttner

Jan Lisa Huttner

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 86% A Monster With A Thousand Heads (Un Monstruo de Mil Cabezas) (2016) "A Monster with a Thousand Heads is not only brilliant in itself, but a riveting metaphor for our times. From the moment Sonia decides to chase the doctor down to the parking lot, the film lunges forward with relentless speed and intense narrative drive. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 19, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet 1920 London (2016) "This giddy comedy/horror mash-up from India has all the familiar Bollywood elements--gorgeous people dancing around sumptuous sets--so expect it to be what it is... and enjoy. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 16, 2016
4.5/5 92% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) "Ada Ushpiz's brilliant new documentary is an audacious attempt to completely reframe the legacy of Hannah Arendt... Ushpiz certainly convinced me, thereby making my own emotional investment in this difficult subject matter well worth the effort. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Apr 29, 2016
4/5 52% Lolo (2016) "Delpy has created another perfect role for herself as a dog being wagged by its own tail. She is adorable in her befuddlement as the stakes get ever higher. And Dany Boon as Jean-René and Vincent Lacoste as Lolo make great comic partners. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Apr 4, 2016
4/5 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) "Ditzy, delightful new sequel to Nia Vardalos' 2002 surprise hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding. If you loved MBFGW #1--as I surely did--then by all means treat yourself to a second helping of flaming spanakopita: Opa! " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Mar 30, 2016
4.5/5 94% Colliding Dreams (2016) "A new documentary about the history of the Arab/Israeli Conflict from the Jewish-American point of view, comes to us from two filmmakers with superlative credentials. Together they have taken a leap of faith, crafting an epic drama worthy of its subject. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Mar 28, 2016
3/5 91% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) "Bracket off the first two 'memories,' and My Golden Days is a slog ... [I was] bored to tears by yet another beautifully mounted but totally phallocentric 'coming of age' story that I've basically seen a million times already. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3.5/5 40% About Scout (2016) "Three accomplished, engaging actresses quickly capture our hearts, and filmmaker Laurie Weltz-collaborating on this screenplay with her with daughter/lead actress India Ennenga-has us in the palm of her hand. But Weltz doesn't quite know what to do next. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 29% Marguerite & Julien (Marguerite et Julien) (2016) "Valérie Donzelli's new costume drama is set in multiple time frames. Gorgeous and passionate, I wanted to love it. But the meta-exercise has no follow-through, so ultimately it becomes more confusing than engaging. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Mar 2, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Carvalho's Journey (2015) "This wonderful new documentary interweaves three powerful stories. I am here to tell you that Carvalho's Journey, in addition to all its other virtues, may well be one of the greatest love stories in Jewish American history. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Feb 17, 2016
4.5/5 93% Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) "In her superlative new documentary 'Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict,' filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland introduces her subject with quotes from talking heads who are often quite snide and yet 95 minutes later, her heroine has triumphed. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3/5 75% Yosemite (2016) "By the third story, I was out of patience. Already thwarted twice, I had no energy left to invest in a third set of characters even when I saw the possibility of some overlap. OK, I get it: Boys will be boys ... But me? I was bored to death. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 7, 2016
3/5 17% Other People's Children (2015) "This is director Liz Hinlein's first feature film, and screenwriter Adrienne Harris's second. So I wish I could say positive things to encourage them. But the film has only one thing going for it: a charismatic performance by Chad Michael Murray as P.K. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jan 6, 2016
4/5 59% Sisters (2015) "Fey and Poehler fit together like two halves of a whole. Screenwriter Paula Pell knows her stars perfectly, and director Jason Moore knows how the keep the whole dizzy, ditzy ensemble from going over the edge. Sisters is a big, broad, bawdy delight. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Dec 30, 2015
4/5 100% The Winding Stream (2015) "Beth Harrington has directed with skill and smarts and Mike Olson contributes terrific photoanimations to make the pre-Selfie Era come alive on screen. Once Johnny starts singing--alone, with June, and/or with anyone else--the soundtrack is pure pleasure. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Dec 30, 2015
4.5/5 73% Suffragette (2015) "Superb film directed by Sarah Gavron with a screenplay by Abi Morgan. This is my team--the 50% of humanity born female--and seeing our history told so eloquently from our POV is a rare and thrilling experience! " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Dec 21, 2015
4/5 91% The Girl in the Book (2015) "Filmmaker Marya Cohn--directing a terrific cast-- deftly manages the flashback sequences [and] adds unexpected depth and empathy to some situations which are unfortunately already all too familiar. Brava! " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Dec 21, 2015
5/5 88% The Big Short (2015) "The best film of 2015. I say 'the best' with confidence because I have now seen almost all of 2016's Oscar contenders. Steve Carell [delivers] a transformative performance that raises him to the rank of one of the greatest actors of his generation. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Dec 13, 2015
3/5 94% Carol (2015) "Carol left me icy cold. Great performances by name actors, [but] director Todd Haynes and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy have made a new film that is all parts but no whole ... Predictable plot. Perfunctory character development. THE END " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Nov 20, 2015
4.5/5 68% The Keeping Room (2015) "A spare, intense drama set at the tail end of the Civil War in which three young women learn to cope with lives very different than the ones they were raised to expect ... In the end, the commanding presence in The Keeping Room belongs to Brit Marling. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Oct 23, 2015
2.5/5 77% Felix & Meira (2015) "Two sad-sacks meet one day in the middle of a slushy Montreal winter and begin a life-altering relationship ... but with no backstory and minimal character development, it's hard to care. Sorry to say, I couldn't get a handle on this moody mess. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Oct 11, 2015
4.5/5 83% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "This was a highly compelling reenactment--so much so that I began feeling like one of the prisoners who was desperate to flee--but director Kyle Patrick Alvarez and screenwriter Tim Talbott should have included a few moments of context. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Oct 11, 2015
5/5 94% Rosenwald (2015) "Award-winning documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner's triumphant new BioDoc Rosenwald introduces us to a Jewish-American philanthropist who used his fortune to make a permanent impact on African-American life for generations past and generations to come. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Oct 7, 2015
3/5 38% Strangerland (2015) "Excellent performances from Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, and Hugo Weaving are undone by a weak screenplay which totally collapses in the third act. Director Kim Farrant shows great promise, but Strangerland promises more than it can deliver. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 17% Zipper (2015) "Nothing makes my day like walking into a film with relatively low expectations, but then coming out saying: WOW! Mora Stephens and her co-writer Joel Viertel do an excellent job of revealing the truth behind the illusion. ... A tense, riveting film. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4.5/5 66% Learning To Drive (2015) "This is director Isabel Coixet's second film with Kingsley. Once again, Coixet's casting is impeccable. Grace Gummer is lovely as 'Tasha,' as is Sarita Choudhury as 'Jasleen.' For me, Coixet definitely did 'hit it out of the park.' " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Aug 31, 2015
3/5 55% Ten Thousand Saints (2015) "An excellent cast stranded in a plot-heavy drama that is dull and predictable. [The filmmakers] have done a marvelous job of capturing a certain look that oozes with nostalgia. I just wish the tableau had included people who feel as real as their milieu. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Aug 21, 2015
4/5 74% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015) "Delightful documentary about Sophie Tucker, another whip-smart Jewish girl who made good in Die Goldene Medina--the golden country--of 20th Century America. The Outrageous Sophie Tucker is pure delight! " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jul 31, 2015
2/5 98% Phoenix (2015) "All style and no substance. Phoenix doesn't just trivialize the trauma of Holocaust survivors, it insults Jews who tried to do good by making Aliyah after World War II. To say I hated Phoenix-a film as subtle as its title-would be an understatement. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3.5/5 87% A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015) "Filmmaker Sophie Deraspe has made a stunning docudrama about a French woman caught up in an online scam during the early days of The Arab Spring. I literally left the theatre shaking. Insofar as Deraspe set out to 'hook me' she certainly succeeded. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3.5/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Trainwreck has its laugh-out-loud moments, Shumer is feisty and adorable in her first starring role, [and] the first half is very promising. But the runtime--125 minutes--is a give away: there is a whole lot of dead air in Trainwreck. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jul 24, 2015
2.5/5 100% Stray Dog (2015) "So dull I could barely stay awake ... I am baffled by the big buzz and notable nominations for Stray Dog. While Ron Hall seems to have lived a paradigmatic Middle American life, Granik's 'fly on the wall' approach fails to illuminate any of it. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jul 19, 2015
5/5 89% A Borrowed Identity (2015) "Riklis and Kashua make a terrific team, seamlessly melding the particular and the universal to create a powerful, unforgettable 20th Century narrative. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jul 4, 2015
5/5 79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "First-time filmmaker Maya Forbes has written and directed a beautiful tribute to her extraordinary parents. If I ruled the world, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, and Maya Forbes would all receive Oscar nominations [for their work]. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jun 24, 2015
4.5/5 75% Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2015) "A beautifully-crafted multidimensional drama that touches on many important contemporary topics. Terrific performances by Vincent Lacoste and Reda Kateb. Excellent, low-key direction by Thomas Lilti [and] screenwriting team. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2/5 20% Chagall-Malevich (2015) "The good news is that the film is bright, colorful, and engaging. The bad news is that the narrative is ludicrously simplistic, and the characters never come to life. Regardless of good intentions, 119 minutes of this was painfully difficult to watch. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jun 21, 2015
4/5 83% Testament Of Youth (2015) "I wanted Testament of Youth to be superlative, but I'm forced to say it's merely extremely good ... [But] that still makes Testament of Youth--starring Alicia Vikander as the perfect embodiment of Vera Britain--a MUST SEE. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jun 14, 2015
2/5 44% Madame Bovary (2015) "Mia Wasikowska as Emma Bovary drowns in molasses, bringing the whole cast down with her. The only way to excuse this mess is to assume that Barthes made her most fundamental decisions for the sake of budget ... Blunt truth? I had trouble staying awake. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4.5/5 53% Gemma Bovery (2015) "A 'Personal Best' for director Anne Fontaine ... Fabrice Luchini and Gemma Arterton are perfectly cast. Everything is light and lovely until it isn't, and what looks to be a period comedy slowly reveals itself as an erudite and insightful modern tragedy. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Jun 2, 2015
4.5/5 94% The Farewell Party (2015) "Jewish Humor walks the razor's edge between comedy and tragedy in this mordant 'laugh through your tears' dramedy. Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon have such a light touch that laughter bubbles forth even in the blackest moments. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 27, 2015
4/5 16% Aloft (2015) "The cinematography, score, and sound design are superb. And Connelly is so compelling as a struggling single mother in Claudia Llosa's new film that narrative details like whys and wherefores pale next to the need to find her again after she disappears. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 23, 2015
3.5/5 100% Forbidden Films (2015) "Director Felix Moeller thoughtfully addresses the question of what to do with films made in Germany during the Nazi Era: destroy them, preserve them or just let them rot. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 21, 2015
2.5/5 26% Every Secret Thing (2015) "Here is a film with prominent actresses carrying a woman-centered film, plus award-winning female filmmakers behind-the-camera. So am I satisfied? No I am not satisfied. Sad to say, Every Secret Thing is a grim and tedious a mess. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 15, 2015
4/5 86% Piku (2015) "Lovely 'road trip' movie from India follows all the genre conventions, but still manages to take us to places both old and new. So get in the car and travel to Kolkata with Piku. You'll be glad you did! " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 13, 2015
2.5/5 100% One Cut, One Life (2015) " Unfortunately Lucia Small has bitten off more than she can chew ... It is not my job to tell her what film she should have made. But it is my job to tell my readers that the film Lucia Small has made is diffuse, disorganized, and just too 'fuzzy' for me. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 13, 2015
4/5 79% 24 Days (2015) "Zabou Breitman is riveting as Ruth Halimi, [in this] harrowing but critically important French film. Rather than dwell on the gruesome physical details of Ilan's captivity, the filmmakers focus on the mental torture of those who are desperate to save him. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 4, 2015
4/5 48% Ride (2015) "Oscar winner Helen Hunt wrote, directed, and stars in this lovely dramedy. What will surprise you is how warm, genuine, and generous this story is... Well, maybe it won't surprise you, but it certainly surprised me. I laughed; I cried; I had a great time! " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 2, 2015
3/5 73% Welcome to Me (2015) "This film is being marketed as a comedy ... [and while] I wish I could laugh about all this because that's clearly the filmmakers' intention, the plot is just too contrived and the outcome is too over-determined. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted May 2, 2015
4/5 75% Alex of Venice (2015) "Sweet, earnest, perfectly-crafted first feature from actor Chris Messina about an LA family in transition. The delicate plot is graced with wonderful performances in all major and minor roles. Low-key and luminous. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Apr 25, 2015
4/5 72% The Voices (2015) "Watching The Voices is like walking a tightrope, which director Marjane Satrapi pulls off brilliantly. This odd, hard-to-describe film is a touching tour de force - even when you're laughing through your tears. " ‐ FF2 Media
Posted Apr 6, 2015
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