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Michael Sragow

Michael Sragow

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Creed (2015) "At his best, his new film is both visually striking and expressive: those lightning opening vignettes, for example, convey the volatile, claustrophobic tensions of juvie in mere seconds. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2015
71% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 draws on a well of feeling, imagination, and, yes, sensibility that extends beyond the movie screen. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2015
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D (2002) "The latest entry in George Lucas' transgalactic saga of the moral rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker and the deterioration of democracy into despotism has an electric visual majesty and boasts Lucas' best direction since American Graffiti. " ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 16, 2015
88% The Mark of Zorro (1920) "Douglas Fairbanks's first great acrobatic epic, from 1920, set the standard for zesty swashbucklers. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Nov 16, 2015
42% The 33 (2015) "The supporting miners are as caricatured as the most famous miners in movie history-Snow White's seven dwarves-though the pastor, the drinker, and the ladies' man are not as engaging as Doc, Happy, and Bashful. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
98% Spotlight (2015) "McCarthy is just as shrewd at evaluating the practical morality of attorneys: white collars as well as clerical collars fall into patterns that perpetuate evil. McCarthy has cast his legal roles with actors who can sound psychological depths on the run. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2015
5/5 99% Brooklyn (2015) "This calm, spellbinding movie is the rare literary adaptation that rewards a book's fans with unexpected insights while taking on a vibrant life of its own. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2015
33% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "The result is less a comic broadside targeting globalization and media politics than a political Punch and Judy show re-imagined for James Carville and Mary Matalin. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2015
8% Rock the Kasbah (2015) "As the narrative weaves together heroism, anti-heroism, and casual villainies, Levinson build his movie the way Richie builds his business-on the power of relationships. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2015
84% Steve Jobs (2015) "For all its busy-ness, Steve Jobs is simply a movie about a Great Innovator with a tragicomic flaw-an empathy gap. In classic Hollywood fashion, it suggests that he becomes an even greater innovator as he becomes a better man. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) "Like too much of the movie, that na├»ve touch, and the feel-good choreography of Donovan's subsequent homecoming, presents viewers with an insurmountable span to cross: the suspension bridge of disbelief. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2015
45% Death Becomes Her (1992) "At the film's peak, Zemeckis, the cast, and the special-effects team achieve a deluxe, macabre slapstick. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 8, 2015
93% The Martian (2015) "This film rouses cheers because its hopefulness is earned. The Martian doesn't contain a single up-with-people bromide, and it never sacrifices tension for jokes or sentimental gestures. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2015
91% 99 Homes (2015) "Much of At Any Price and 99 Homes play like bad Arthur Miller. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2015
No Score Yet Shah Bob (2015) "Bob is too much of an existential will o' the wisp to anchor Shokrian's mad scramble of observational humor, volatile melodrama, whimsical vignettes and splashy meta-farce. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 25, 2015
75% Black Mass (2015) "But Scott Cooper's Black Mass, based on the book of the same name by first-rate Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, is a misfire. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2015
49% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) "The first "Maze Runner" film was a wilderness saga refitted with robotic monsters. "The Scorch Trials" is a "Mad Max" film on foot. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
100% Peace Officer (2015) "The engrossing documentary "Peace Officer" looks at the militarization of police work from a fresh, provocative angle. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
45% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "[W]ith a richer comic vision of two weathered American males testing themselves against the primordial forest, the movie...might have made it to the finish line. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2015
73% Time Out Of Mind (2015) "Moverman's experiments are wearying-they deplete your emotions rather than rouse your empathy. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2015
63% The Visit (2015) "The honorable tradition of American moviemakers wringing laughs and gasps from bucolic lunatics dates back to "Murder, He Says" (1945). Unfortunately, "The Visit" isn't part of it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
95% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) "In an unpretentious stroke of brilliance, Muylaert uses haute-bourgeois architecture and rituals to provide visual structure for her comedy and drama. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2015
66% Learning To Drive (2015) "What's astonishing about Isabel Coixet's Learning to Drive, a fictional rendering of Katha Pollitt's personal essay of the same name, is the way the film turns Pollitt's wry, feminist take on the breakup of a seven-year relationship into a victim fable. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2015
91% Grandma (2015) "Weitz's film moves from clunky domestic dramedy to genuine feminist odyssey. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
55% Ten Thousand Saints (2015) ""Ten Thousand Saints" pulsates with full-blooded supporting characters who create a tragic-absurd tapestry of decay and rebellion in the Ronald Reagan years, from depressed New England to volatile New York. It's too bad the center cannot hold. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
91% The End Of The Tour (2015) "Like a hipster version of a bromance, The End of the Tour wrings humor and pathos from a macho-intellectual pas de deux. But it ultimately taps a rare and delicate strain of fellow feeling. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
79% Cop Car (2015) "Bacon is both sardonically funny and a force of nature in this film. He transforms himself physically through an act of imagination, not via some feat of training or doctor-monitored weight change. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
100% Black Narcissus (1947) "This is a landmark of Hollywood-on-Thames trompe-l'oeil. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Aug 3, 2015
59% Southpaw (2015) "When Billy's smart, ardent wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) warns him that he'll be "punch-drunk in two years," she seems off by at least 18 months. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2015
No Score Yet Lucky Luciano (1973) "Francesco Rosi's brilliantly staged and photographed portrait of the infamous Mob boss, played with brass-knuckles ingratiation by Gian-Maria Volonte. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jul 20, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "No one has embodied the presence of an absence better than McKellen as the nonagenarian Holmes, who racks his brain for details of a professional downfall-and instead discovers the missing ingredients of his life. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015
1/4 57% Blade II (2002) "Basically, the sequel replays the original movie's set pieces with even more gore and less coherence. " ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 14, 2015
54% Minions (2015) "In its own helter-skelter way, Minions achieves a loony symmetry. It starts with evolution and ends with revolution. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2015
49% Manglehorn (2015) "The movie manages to be arresting when Green just lets his star rip with actors playing characters who try to lift Manglehorn up or tear him down. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) "Even when the film is being tart and lowdown, you question how deep MacFarlane's own vulgar roots really go. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2015
25% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Terminator Genisys fails to provide what this series has needed for a full quarter-century: the soul of a new machine. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) "This breakthrough cartoon attacks enforced happiness and optimism-the white bread and butter of American family movies. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4/4 98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) "The movie is emotionally tumultuous and evenhanded and serene. " ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 19, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "If the action is a throwback to cheesy late-night creature features, complete with a Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla climax, the "relationships" provide a reactionary response to contemporary women "leaning in." " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2015
1/5 7% Hot Pursuit (2015) "Why Reese Witherspoon would choose to play an obsessive, hyper-focused cop in Anne Fletcher's action comedy Hot Pursuit is even more puzzling than why she would decide to produce the movie. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2015
93% Spy (2015) "Spy is one of the most genial and affectionate spoofs since the Star Trek satire Galaxy Quest, yet it generates belly laughs that are closer to Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein or Stan Dragoti's Love at First Bite. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) "In Aloha, Crowe's fabled generosity toward his characters and actors becomes special pleading. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
77% Red Beard (1965) "Kurosawa somehow manages to imbue every moment of this three-hour-plus movie with the transcendent vitality and intelligence of a great Victorian novel. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 1, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) "For a movie that celebrates dreams, Tomorrowland is too mechanically plotted and replete with robot-on-robot and human-on-robot violence. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 24, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Movement, images, and some plucky actors carry all the emotion and humor a movie of this scale needs, and its kinetic force delivers an adrenaline boost to your system. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 14, 2015
100% Samurai Rebellion (1967) "No one could seethe better than Mifune, but what gives the movie equal shares of exhilaration and heartbreak is the feeling that pours out of him ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 11, 2015
85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "This adaptation of Thomas Hardy's towering 1874 novel is triply smart. It uses dramatic concision, snappy country-life couture, and bold, graphic-novel colors to bring a contemporary tang to a capacious Victorian classic. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
78% The Brood (1979) "A cinematic bad dream that generates recurring nightmares. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 4, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "At 141 minutes, it's a miracle the movie is never merely mechanical, but like JARVIS or Ultron, it's not fully human, either. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 1, 2015
92% Ex Machina (2015) "Ex Machina is the best kind of speculative fiction: its action is brisk, its characters startling, and its meanings multifarious. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2015
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