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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% About Elly (2015) " This is masterful, assured, even thrilling work, a thing of beauty and mystery. " ‐ Newcity
Posted May 5, 2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " I began to forget the breathless, teetering, tottering, careening, catapulting Avengers: The Age Of Ultron about 20 minutes into its 141 minutes... Zoom, quip, wham, smirk, quip, blam! Quip! Oh so much too-muchness on an inhumane scale. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Apr 30, 2015
78% Tangerines (2015) " Simple, direct and achingly melancholy, "Tangerines" unfolds in a setting that feels timeless. Urushadze's filmmaking feels timeless, too, and it's rich, lovingly observed, masculine work that successfully shrugs off the temper of "macho." " ‐ Newcity
Posted Apr 28, 2015
76% Welcome To New York (2015) " Ferrara's portrait of debauched capital, especially in the bison-like corpus of Gerard Depardieu on orgiastic display, libidinous, unrestrained, unvanquished, remains a vital fright. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Apr 22, 2015
90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) " There's also something of Joseph Mankiewicz in Assayas' taut, gnomic gab, with professional status and personal moment indicated in snappish, contemporary dialogue. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Apr 16, 2015
91% Ex Machina (2015) " Garland also seduces with clean frames, sleek, elegant surfaces, and the most physically convincing of robots on screen in memory. Sentience is sexy! " ‐ Newcity
Posted Apr 16, 2015
85% Revenge of the Mekons (2014) " Lean, cheery 95-minute portrait of almost four decades in the lives and careers since the 1977 formation of the vital, genially haunted punk-to-rock band that Lester Bangs called "the most revolutionary group in the history of rock 'n' roll." " ‐ Newcity
Posted Apr 16, 2015
27% Marfa Girl (2015) " More free-floating than haphazard, Clark arrays scenes of a Texas teen (bright-eyed ephebe Adam Mediano) skateboarding through drugs and sex and seemingly random run-ins in the titular West Texas small town on the occasion of his sixteenth birthday. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Apr 8, 2015
No Score Yet Almost There " The ethical question of how involved the filmmakers ought to be, in light of his circumstances, grows uneasy. "I'm not your subject," Anton bursts out at one point, "I thought you were my friend." " ‐ Newcity
Posted Apr 4, 2015
81% Ned Rifle (2015) " While talk of good and evil makes for emphatic essay as in Hartley's earlier work, the once-stylized cadence is now relaxed, but not nearly naturalistic. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Apr 1, 2015
92% White God (2015) " Mundrucz√≥'s camera is itchy, moving, darting, as if sniffing, a "shaggy dog" approach, little nudges and sneaks ever so closer in scenes where the dogs move closer to war with mankind. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Apr 1, 2015
95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) " Two masters meet, the result is glorious, rich with the contradiction of Salgado's work: beautiful images of the terror of man's suffering on earth. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Apr 1, 2015
84% While We're Young (2015) " Baumbach does a rich, comic job with the contrasts between the couples, capturing both middle-aged lightheadedness and callow youth with a simmer of sociological precision. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Apr 1, 2015
85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) " Wendy and Lucy refines Reichardt as a poet of the overlooked American working class. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Mar 27, 2015
87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) " With the gorgeously shot, sweetly paced Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, David and Nathan Zellner make a strange, funny, sometimes alarmingly deadpan leap forward from their likable earlier features. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Mar 25, 2015
100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) " A life's wisdom, distilled, conveyed with charm, wit and bracing precision in an understated yet lucid voice. Hawke's managed to capture the kindest, most no-bullshit guru you'd care to imagine. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Mar 19, 2015
86% Spring (2015) " Starts as a downbeat beatdown of a bad luck drama, then blossoms into a European journey, a fraught romantic pursuit, a horror movie and, ultimately, a sweet, haunting enigma with layers of subtext. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Mar 19, 2015
60% Uncle Kent (2014) " "Hi, where have you been all my life?" may be learned behavior, but it always sounds good up close... [A] sense of life-just-happens and what-the-------just-happened, those instants just before cheeks flush and unwelcome memories etch. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Mar 17, 2015
93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) " Burgundy is a keen pastiche of 1970s Euro-sleaze and high art, and looks amazing on the big screen, calmly florid, precise yet bonkers, bristling with detail. It's preposterous, delirious and delicious. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Mar 10, 2015
77% Deli Man (2015) " The food is heavy but the japes are light. What could have been small beer instead makes the viewer hungry and hungrier. The role of the deli in Jewish culture is also capably evoked: "You can taste the diaspora!" Ziggy exults. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Mar 10, 2015
85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) " If two experts disagree, who do you trust? Bingo: spread doubt. Slick, stylish and deeply infuriating, Merchants of Doubt is splendid muckraking. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Mar 10, 2015
30% Chappie (2015) " Blomkamp embeds his movie-ostensibly about corporate robot cops taking over crime control in a slightly futuristic Johannesburg-in the music, art and attitude of Ninja and Yo-landi Visser, playing exaggerated versions of their personas in Die Antwoord. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Mar 5, 2015
61% Maps to the Stars (2015) " This is not the Hollywood satire some have taken it for, but instead, a four-hankie dry weep for the soul of a society where sensation high and low cannot match urge and habit. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Mar 4, 2015
95% Wild Tales (2015) " Each time one of the stories seems to zig when it should have zagged, here comes the zag, arriving with absurdity and logic and to coolly cruel conclusions. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Feb 25, 2015
60% The Last 5 Years (2015) " The ins-and-outs of love propel the star-making motions of The Last Five Years, a modest, slightly ragged but oh-so-engaging adaptation of the off-Broadway musical about the forward-and-back memories of a relationship all but certain to be dashed. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Feb 25, 2015
88% Actress (2014) " Greene also makes use of color design and lighting patterns familiar from classic melodrama, to bold, dreamlike impact. It's a dazzling singularity, a film to be seen and seen again as much as described to whomever you're going to watch it with next. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Feb 25, 2015
79% Bluebird (2014) " The palpable sense of eddying fracture in the frosty reaches is heightened by brilliant location shooting by crack cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Feb 25, 2015
94% The King's Speech (2010) " Tom Hooper's movie, from 73-year-old David Seidler's script, is more than the sum of its words, preserving two ham-on-wry performances in a pig-headed reversal of Pygmalion. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Feb 20, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " Anastasia Steele becomes a woman. Christian Grey? Bimbo. It's a gorgeous conceit, and I can't wait to read a raft of writing by smart female essayists about the film, and its cheeky subversion of its tin-eared source material. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Feb 13, 2015
91% The Departed (2006) " Screenwriter William Monahan's taut, terse script, minimizes explanations of the many characters' backstory and conflicts, yet his brilliant dialogue crackles with savvy. " ‐ Movie City News
Posted Jan 25, 2015
33% Blackhat (2015) " Physical indignities contrast with the soft, silent attack of data: plot is mere ruse for Mann's investment in a sensory dialectic that brims with bloody lament for a world that can be touched, punched, tasted, smelt, embraced, released and rained upon. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 16, 2015
73% American Sniper (2015) " Sharp physical filmmaking; a superb performance by a stewing Cooper; morally ambiguous storytelling. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 16, 2015
86% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014) " Old dogs, similar tricks, but hardly tired. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 16, 2015
89% Still Alice (2015) " Glatzer has cited Ozu as an influence, and Still Alice honors the Japanese master's serenity unto nothingness. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 16, 2015
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " Three days of snowballing misfortune in J. C. Chandor's agreeably hellish, pleasingly pulpy, often-beautiful third feature. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 16, 2015
97% Two Days, One Night (2014) " Community or the individual? The dramatization of the conflict is pungent, but Cotillard's Oscar-nominated performance (of a different register than her equally accomplished work in 2014's The Immigrant) is the shining center of i>Two Days. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 16, 2015
84% Predestination (2015) " Twists both blatant and teasing motor the mystery along, and a cannily termite performance by Ethan Hawke as a bartender-cum-enforcer is surpassed by Sarah Snook as a patron-cum-storyteller who may be the punchline to his very own story, one final time. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 7, 2015
88% Remote Area Medical (2014) " Deft, nonjudgmental, heartbreaking work. Calm fury: that's Remote Area Medical's most radical move in the present moment. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 7, 2015
99% Leviathan (2014) " Zvyagintsev hardly bothers to disguise his momentous, taut allegory of world-weariness in contemporary Russia, nor his interest in ever larger, ever-unanswerable questions. - " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 7, 2015
73% Inherent Vice (2015) " Ultimately about Doc's melancholy over his missing "old lady," Shasta Fay Hepworth, whose disappearances and reappearances, of course, bring down an endless stream of clues to the besandaled gumshoe's shaggy head like a cartoon wall of bricks. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 7, 2015
99% Gloria (2014) " Maturity is seldom depicted with such dignity, charm and extemporaneous-seeming behavioral grace. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 5, 2015
99% Selma (2015) " History, written in lightning: writer-director Ava DuVernay's third feature, understated yet righteously furious, beautifully dramatizes a few crucial months in the civil-rights movement and the life of Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo, electric). " ‐ Newcity
Posted Jan 2, 2015
95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) " A bracing post-punk blend of vampire iconography, the spaghetti western, Kaurism√§ki-like sorrowfulness, Jarmusch-worthy equipoise, shot in Bakersfield, California, which passes for the nocturnal reaches "Bad City," Iran. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 31, 2014
95% Pelican Dreams (2014) " Irving illuminates the lives of pelicans along the Pacific Coast through her patient observation and lush, loving photography of Gigi and her fellow pelicans' charm, gawkiness, and ongoing conflicts with humans. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 31, 2014
91% The Way He Looks (2014) " Daniel Ribeiro's slightly corny, proficiently visualized coming-of-age tale floats on the strains of B&S' music as he imagines a triangle between a blind boy, his best female friend and the new boy in school. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 31, 2014
88% Winter Sleep (2014) " Ceylan's usual cinematographer, Gokhan Tiryaki, fixes on landscape in interiors as well as exteriors: he and Ceylan are patient poets of the human face. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 31, 2014
51% Unbroken (2014) " I had hoped to eke 800 words out of a review of Angelina Jolie's second feature as a director if only for the potential headline, "Inglorious Alabaster: 'White Elephant Art' And Unbroken." But that way lies invective. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 23, 2014
83% Zero Motivation (2014) " M*A*S*H meets Mean Girls on the way to Office Space? Young female soldiers at an artillery base in the south of Israel long to escape their remote posting as well as the inanities of military bureaucracy... smart, cheeky comedy. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 23, 2014
73% The Strange Little Cat (2014) " Its tasty strangeness, beginning with the characters' behavior and extending to jolting play with editing, framing and sound design, leaves a lovely savor and a lyrical aftertaste. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 23, 2014
72% Big Eyes (2014) " Most resounding of the layers that unfold as Walter's epic fraud burns to the ground is the notion of a superior artist's work being hidden under the brush of someone else's signature, echoing Burton's early years as an unappreciated animator [at] Disney. " ‐ Newcity
Posted Dec 23, 2014
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