Stan Hall

Stan Hall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Oregonian
Total Reviews:
162

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
90% Cropsey (2010) " The filmmakers overreach trying to explain the meaning of a community's revulsion and rush to judgment regarding the man convicted of one of the murders, but Cropsey still gets under your skin." — Oregonian
Posted Mar 3, 2014
B- 83% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013) " While the meta-theatrical staging is artful and impeccable and the performances (pulled from a cast of actors Resnais has used over several decades) are superb, it's not the easiest film to sit through." — Oregonian
Posted Feb 21, 2013
C+ 93% Our Children (2013) " A drab, gloomy drama that doesn't provide any real enlightenment about why something so awful could happen." — Oregonian
Posted Feb 14, 2013
B+ 93% No (2013) " Savvy, often brilliant ..." — Oregonian
Posted Feb 14, 2013
B- 91% Beyond The Hills (2013) " For all the arresting imagery and intensity on display here, there doesn't seem to be a point to this very long film beyond a very obvious one: showing just how terribly stupid and destructive belief can be when not underpinned by some measure of reason." — Oregonian
Posted Feb 7, 2013
B 93% Barbara (2012) " Worth seeing ... both for Petzold's singular aesthetic and for Hoss, who as usual is a riveting presence." — Oregonian
Posted Jan 31, 2013
A 98% 56 Up (2013) " See you again in 7 years, friends." — Oregonian
Posted Jan 24, 2013
B+ 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " It doesn't have the same absorbing, epic qualities of "A Prophet." But Audiard's craft is still arresting, and the film hums with beauty, vigor and blood." — Oregonian
Posted Jan 10, 2013
B 84% Smashed (2012) " A worthy addition to the addiction-movie genre." — Oregonian
Posted Nov 8, 2012
C+ 78% Flight (2012) " While the film around him is generally cheesy and obvious, Washington is to-the-bone real." — Oregonian
Posted Nov 1, 2012
B- 43% The Paperboy (2012) " While Daniels' work disappoints, his film is saved from disaster by uniformly terrific performances." — Oregonian
Posted Oct 11, 2012
C+ 59% La Rafle (2012) " There are two halves to "La Rafle."" — Oregonian
Posted Aug 9, 2012
B- 52% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) " Labaki's use of abrupt tonal shifts can be jarring, but her narrative is ambitious and anything but typical." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 12, 2012
B- 54% Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012) " It's a diversion worth some giggles, a few visual wows and a brief reminder to do good, but unlike the Thneed, it's not something that everyone, EVERYONE, EVERYONE needs." — Oregonian
Posted Mar 1, 2012
C+ 49% Sleeping Beauty (2011) " Though it seems appropriate to make "Sleeping Beauty" as empty, enervating and dull as its main character, it only serves to underscore the lack of entertainment or insight." — Oregonian
Posted Dec 22, 2011
B 84% Puss in Boots (2011) " "Puss in Boots" isn't particularly deep, nor does it take itself seriously -- it just wants to seek glory, win affection and cash in. Done, done and done." — Oregonian
Posted Oct 27, 2011
83% !Women Art Revolution (2011) " A compelling story emerges of a feminist art movement inspired by the civil rights and anti-war movements, its loosely organized members striving for equality and recognition through guerrilla protest tactics that were in themselves art." — Oregonian
Posted Oct 26, 2011
B+ 100% Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011) " Filled with personal vignettes and famous-people testimonials, the film has a few too many narrative digressions, but it's a moving portrait of all-too-human personalities and the dogged optimism that keeps them going." — Oregonian
Posted Oct 5, 2011
A- 41% Straw Dogs (2011) " Lurie's "Straw Dogs" argues we are products of our environment and learn to survive by embracing the attitudes and values around us, even when they contradict our own instincts." — Oregonian
Posted Sep 16, 2011
B —— The Adults In The Room " A hard-to-classify movie that is both a dramatization of the adult-minor sexual relationship and a making-of documentary." — Oregonian
Posted Sep 1, 2011
B+ 82% The First Beautiful Thing (La prima cosa bella) (2011) " The high-pitched emotions, gesticulations and occasional near-hysteria seem completely normal and genuine." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 7, 2011
A- 98% Marwencol (2010) " "Marwencol" is inspiring but also insightful because it refuses to gloss over complex, even discomfiting questions surrounding its endearing but troubled central character." — Oregonian
Posted Jan 6, 2011
B- 75% Heartless (2010) " "Heartless" is a bit of a jumble, especially in its last third. But it's got a distinct tone, contrasting romance and even outright sentimentality with urban dread and a few nasty visuals." — Oregonian
Posted Dec 2, 2010
B+ 91% Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) " Like "Casino Jack," Gibney's newest concerns greed, corruption and the nature of powerful people." — Oregonian
Posted Nov 18, 2010
A- 85% Down Terrace (2010) " Chances are you've never seen a crime family like the one in Ben Wheatley's unusual, ferociously witty dark comedy Down Terrace." — Oregonian
Posted Oct 28, 2010
B 56% Calvin Marshall (2010) " A baseball movie suffused with authentic patter and love for the game equal to that harbored by its titular character." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 26, 2010
C+ 69% Life During Wartime (2010) " Happiness didn't really need a follow-up; it said everything it needed to say and had quite the indelible, ahem, climax. " — Oregonian
Posted Aug 26, 2010
B- 81% Cairo Time (2010) " The plot doesn't really stand up to scrutiny, but Cairo Time works on an emotional level and is a hassle-free way to sample Egypt." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 19, 2010
B- 85% Kisses (2010) " Cute but foul-mouthed, tough but vulnerable and obviously crazy about each other in a reticent way, these kids are a wonderful presence, giving the most contrived scenes genuine emotion and a veneer of realness." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 13, 2010
77% Let it Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) (2010) " Agnès Jaoui's light farce is so crafty that one might not notice that the breezy story is really about a successful woman getting cut down to size for being too controlling." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 5, 2010
10% The Oxford Murders (2010) " So bad it's good, then? Alas, the whole thing is uncomfortable and boring, scotching any ironic enjoyment of its awfulness." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 5, 2010
—— D Tour (2009) " Granato does a fine job of pulling all the disparate elements of the situation (including one terribly sad but ultimately uplifting twist) into a cogent, gripping and educational narrative." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 1, 2010
95% Crumb (1995) " Among the all-time great American documentaries." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 1, 2010
60% The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009) " Plays like a glossy episode of "Cops," celebrating bad behaviors and welcoming audience voyeurism." — Oregonian
Posted Jul 1, 2010
B+ 91% Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work (2010) " [Her] resolute raging at the twilight is what humanizes Rivers and gives Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's film heart and potency." — Oregonian
Posted Jun 24, 2010
B- 53% The Thorn in the Heart (2010) " Gondry's masterful technique and subtle genre-tweaking almost make one forget that there isn't much drama to the story..." — Oregonian
Posted May 27, 2010
C- 20% Birdemic: Shock And Terror (2008) " It's a shame that Mystery Science Theater 3000 isn't around anymore to provide real context for what is at times a jaw-dropping wonder of clumsiness and banality." — Oregonian
Posted Apr 29, 2010
B 89% Prodigal Sons (2010) " This combination of amazing coincidences, sibling tensions and identity crises is a natural fit for the documentary form." — Oregonian
Posted Apr 22, 2010
B+ 85% The Art Of The Steal (2010) " In spite of a fair amount of screen time for the move's proponents, Steal is a polemic that decries the subversion of Barnes' will and what it all means for the future of the arts." — Oregonian
Posted Mar 12, 2010
C+ 45% Until the Light Takes Us (2009) " Long on atmosphere and short on context, the film dances around whatever points it wants to make, sticking solely to the players' points of view." — Oregonian
Posted Feb 4, 2010
100% Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday) (1953) " A great introduction to the work of Tati, who made only a few movies but is rightly recognized as one of the great visionary directors." — Oregonian
Posted Dec 24, 2009
50% Uncertainty (2009) " Uncertainty is a long gimmick stylishly filmed and moderately enjoyable but plagued by tedious stretches and constant reminders of its own artificiality." — Oregonian
Posted Dec 24, 2009
B 95% Crude (2009) " While the audience may see smoking guns in every oily soil sample and every sick kid, Crude is only a progress report of a case that might last until well into the decade, the sordid details of which are still, pardon the pun, spilling out." — Oregonian
Posted Nov 12, 2009
B- 80% It Might Get Loud (2009) " Davis Guggenheim's documentary hints at high concept but doesn't follow through. Still, it entertains, in a messy, flailing way." — Oregonian
Posted Sep 4, 2009
63% Extract (2009) " Bateman's wry and deadpan reactions elevate his scenes with Affleck to something with a whiff of genius, and his steady presence in the less uproarious sequences makes them at least entertaining." — Oregonian
Posted Sep 4, 2009
—— Inglorious Bastards (Quel maledetto treno blindato) (Deadly Mission) (Counterfeit Commandos) (1978) " A Peckinpah-ish variation on The Dirty Dozen, not terribly original but with well-executed World War II battle scenes, nudity and plenty of coarse talk." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 21, 2009
81% Taxidermia (2006) " For those who can handle it, a viewing is an experience not soon forgotten." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 21, 2009
A- 89% Séraphine (2009) " Seraphine, a biopic of the early-20th century French painter Seraphine Louis aka Seraphine de Senlis, is among the best of its kind, thanks in no small part to the utterly believable, vanity-free performance of Yolande Moreau in the title role." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 21, 2009
B- 27% The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009) " The gold standard of used-car comedies is still, well, Used Cars. But I laughed out loud about a dozen times watching The Goods, and not even in spite of myself." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 14, 2009
100% Trafic (Traffic) (1972) " Trafic is a relative trifle but nevertheless delightful." — Oregonian
Posted Aug 7, 2009
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