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Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Dheepan (2016) "The performances are more than just immaculately convincing; this is a movie structured by the hidden fury and fear behind wide-open gazes. " ‐ In These Times
Posted May 2, 2016
No Score Yet Pearls of the Deep (1966) "Generally anarchist and scaldingly farcical, the films look totalitarian life square in the eye, but they're also living testaments to the era's lovable, grungy Euro-slacker esprit. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 25, 2016
96% No End in Sight (2007) "Ferguson's film is intelligence-report methodical, providing a primer on how we got into Iraq and what screw-ups have made the situation spiral out of control. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
78% Standard Operating Procedure (2008) "Morris' manic devotion to detail ultimately does the film in. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
28% Slacker Uprising (2008) "Slacker Uprising is empty as protest satire goes, and it lends a cudgel to those who think Moore does what he does for the sheer sake of ego and power. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
96% Waltz with Bashir (2008) "Waltz with Bashir brilliantly echoes its cultural investigations with its formal contradictions. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
70% Life During Wartime (2010) "There's a creepy torque to Life During Wartime that is uniquely Solondz, and the high probability of viewers' unease is part of his program. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
88% Budrus (2010) "Morrar is the kind of man who pursues collective social progress rather than headlines or offices. He is the governor or congressman we wish we all had but never do. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
96% The Social Network (2010) "A zesty advertisement for the further meaningless Facebookization of our daily routines, and the further squandering of our free time. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
72% Monsters (2010) "The best American film about our political reality of 2010. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
88% Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011) "Uncle Boonmee is art that embraces, rather than reorders, life's chaos. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
100% Nostalgia for the Light (2011) "Often stark and ravishing, Nostalgia for the Light is most moving as a manifestation of the filmmaker's stubborn righteousness. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
90% Armadillo (2011) "The scenes of camaraderie and trial pile up, unmitigated by the sufferings of the Afghans being bombed and shot in the process. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
92% City of Life and Death (2011) "Lu's movie is authentic as only a war film made in a country scarred by the experience can be ... " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
59% Film socialisme (2011) "Like all of his films, Film Socialisme is a conversation Godard has with us: inconclusive, bristling with half-thoughts, jokes and sudden revelations. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 18, 2016
No Score Yet Wrong Move (Falsche Bewegung) "A bitter, deadpan parody of all things Romantic, Wenders's film is also so ironic about its own emptiness that it ends up being something pure: a pop dirge about how never sitting still may be the only answer to meaninglessness. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2016
75% The Help (2011) "The racism inherent in its diversions and elisions is not only the filmmakers', but ours, too. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
84% The Ides of March (2011) "Only an innocent high-schooler could be scandalized by the film's depiction of backroom cynicism. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
43% J. Edgar (2011) "A large, self-important, incident-by-incident biopic crammed with luxuriant period detail, laden with old-age make-up and powered by meticulous but riskless acting. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
99% A Separation (2011) "It's ferociously wise, gripping, unsettling and acted with unerring conviction. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
57% Kumaré (2012) "The more he communes with them and hears their very real troubles and genuine hopes, the more Gandhi's clever façade seems, to him and us, unsustainable. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
89% Tears of Gaza (2012) "Løkkeberg steers clear of the politics of the Gaza War, correctly seeing them as beside the point. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
69% Wuthering Heights (2012) "Arnold's coup turns the old story around, from a wicked love-lost tragedy into a crisis of a society suffering the guilt and ghosts of slavery. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) "As polished as a gun barrel, and about as complicated. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
95% 5 Broken Cameras (2012) "Here you get a rare glimpse of exactly what the interface between a West Bank resident and the Israeli army has been like ... " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
93% The Gatekeepers (2013) "The history is fascinating enough to overcome the film's intrusive digital transitions. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
90% Beyond The Hills (2013) "Cristian Mungiu's film Beyond the Hills is the best Romanian film ever imported to American screens and that's saying a good deal. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
85% Upstream Color (2013) "Carruth's film feels like a subconscious flow of fears and anxieties. But the clarity of this anxiety is bruising and stunning. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
54% The Company You Keep (2013) "Redford wimps out. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
86% The Attack (2013) "I couldn't help but feel as though Doueiri's movie, however adept and mature, is something of a setup, an all-purpose guilt machine. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 13, 2016
92% Our Nixon (2013) "Born from a miracle of found footage, the documentary Our Nixon provides an inside portrait of the 20th century's most scandalous presidential administration. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
91% Paradise: Hope (2013) "As a scalding film experience about modern womanhood and its discontents, it has no peer this year. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
72% Paradise: Faith (2013) "As a scalding film experience about modern womanhood and its discontents, it has no peer this year. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
73% Paradise: Love (2013) "Even as he critiques the social dynamic, Seidl is never less than humane, spending serious time loitering with marginalized characters no other filmmaker deems worthy of time. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
93% A Touch of Sin (2013) "Jia is one of those moviemakers who can tell a story in a single shot, and his eloquence is hard at work here ... " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
75% Kill Your Darlings (2013) "Beat movies are just a sign that a new wave of such whiners has arrived to see them, and, because movies take years to make, is probably already progressing beyond the adolescent obsessions that the moviemakers thought to capitalize on. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
87% Narco Cultura (2013) "However you come at it, it seems that the perpetual slaughter south of the border is an American export product, paid for and fine-tuned by American self-indulgence. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
93% American Hustle (2013) "There's not a lot of takeaway from American Hustle, but that's Russell's personality-he's got a great appetite for verve and foolhardy spectacle, rather than reverb and real-life substance. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) "The Wolf of Wall Street may implicitly feign moral indignation, but it also suffers from its own Belfortian tunnel vision. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
96% The Last of the Unjust (2014) "To some degree, the force of The Last of the Unjust is delivered in spite of Lanzmann's laxness as a filmmaker. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) "I can no longer tolerate Lars von Trier. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
74% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) "I can no longer tolerate Lars von Trier. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
100% Burning Bush (2014) "It's a massive story of secret heroism, perfect for pop cinema-and with Holland's film, the time for movies to explore it may be nigh. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
70% The Decent One (2014) "How could a man so ordinary and even typical have wreaked so much malevolent destruction? " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 12, 2016
96% The Act Of Killing (2013) "It's graceful and eloquent, and it has as its subject a lierotten culture-not merely in the official cant, but in the hearts and minds of even the poorest people. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
96% We Come as Friends (2015) "Terrific iceberg media-honing in on the tip of a human crisis but evoking the vast global and historical freight beneath. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
No Score Yet Her Man (1930) "Garnett's camera never stops trolling, swooping and pivoting, even throwing some on-location Havana shots onto back projection. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2016
96% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) "A poetic tissue of tropical moments, haunted by the irrepressible past. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Mar 30, 2016
88% Francofonia (2016) "Francofonia is a ruminative essay about the Louvre, which to Sokurov isn't merely the center of Paris but the center of the world. " ‐ In These Times
Posted Mar 30, 2016
83% Afternoon (Na Ri Xia Wu) "This is not a movie, really, but a back-rub and a cup of tea for Tsai purists, for whom the filmmaker's company, behind or in front of the camera, is all that's required. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 29, 2016
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