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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Ross has given us something valuable: a portrait of a small, overlooked section of America, presented without judgment.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/5 93% Nico, 1988 (2018) While the film deserves praise for its unglamorous approach to a sad-girl icon, the narrow focus can be tiring, and Nico's relationships with the other characters, including her estranged son, are frustratingly enigmatic.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
75% Never Goin' Back (2018) Frizzell, making her feature directorial debut, is attuned to the giddy intimacies of female friendship, and Mitchell and Morrone are a charismatic pair.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
57% Dead Night (2018) Dead Night ends up being muddled, never committing to either solemn supernatural horror or its elements of camp.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2/5 80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) The sparkling blue waters are pretty, and the songs are catchy, but you may well wind up feeling smothered by the non-stop corniness of it all.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
79% Love, Cecil (2018) Beaton's more-is-more approach makes for a feast for the eyes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
46% Everything, Everything (2017) Those looking for a funny or provocative teen film will likely be disappointed, but Everything, Everything possesses enough moments of charm to make the manipulation somewhat forgivable.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
90% Always Shine (2016) While female friendship can be a source of joy, it can also be uniquely cruel, and Always Shine understands this truth well.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
78% Amateur (1995) As its characters run through downtown New York it feels like the platonic ideal of a playful 90s indie film.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Nocturnal Animals wants to be provocative but its scattered parts all add up to something a bit silly.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea is a poignant, evocative portrait of grief.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
76% Edge of Seventeen (1999) The Edge of Seventeen is the kind of modest, funny teen movie that we don't see enough of these days. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
95% The Love Witch (2016) Elaine speaks of love magic and seduction, and Biller's film has the same enchanting effect on the audience.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
91% Elle (2016) Elle makes a strong case for the actress as auteur. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
100% Off the Rails (2016) Off the Rails succeeds in giving us a glimpse into a mind too easily labeled as "troubled" or "different" and paints Darius as a sympathetic figure following a passion.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
91% Certain Women (2016) The film is admirable in how it presents rural lives without any sort of condescension or melodrama. There's a kind of Zen quality to the leisurely pace with which Reichardt lets her onscreen lives unfold.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
93% Toni Erdmann (2016) In less capable hands, it could easily become a saccharine family fable or a gross-out comedy, but Ade manages to find her own strange niche, bolstered by some memorable set pieces.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
66% Unexpected (2015) Unexpected deserves credit for featuring a relationship between two women that is not often shown. At the same time, though, that relationship, fraught with race and class tension as it is, never really challenges us in a believable way.‐ The L Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
96% Girlhood (2015) Girlhood shines a poignant light on black female friendship, and the presence of violence feels like an unfortunate attempt at projecting racial verisimilitude. What's far more interesting is the sight of these four girls enjoying each other's company.‐ The L Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
88% Amour Fou (2015) The story has the potential to be emotionally bombastic, but Hausner's careful direction keeps us at a determined remove.‐ The L Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
10% Supergirl (1984) Szwarc means to create drama, effectively absorbing us in the adventures of a superhero flying in on the winds of the second wave of feminism. But his work lacks any playfulness or self-conscious humor.‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
35% Under the Cherry Moon (1986) An unquestionably ridiculous film. Ridiculousness doesn't have to be a bad thing, though. In fact, the film has everything we want in a pop superstar vanity project.‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
78% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) The fact that you can sense Westwood's disillusionment with the documentary project while watching it creates some interesting tension, but director Lorna Tucker doesn't fully exploit it or turn it into meta commentary.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/5 53% Book Club (2018) ...a piece of Nancy Meyers-esque escapism, in which musing about romantic frustration is only a bottle of pinot and a picturesque view away from being neatly resolved.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 76% Mansfield 66/67 (2017) A fun if slight look at one of the greatest stars of the 1950s.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet Everything Else (Todo Lo Demás) (2018) The relentless darkness here (both figuratively and literally - some of the shots of Doña in her home are shrouded in blackness) often proves more alienating than illuminating.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
17% Supercon (2018) It might entertain a rowdy teen boy but is likely to make pretty much everyone else roll their eyes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/5 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) Female comedians have been self-deprecating about their attractiveness for decades, but the film's corporate sheen and feminist lip service (not to mention an abundance of SoulCycle product placement) feel all too 2018.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
62% Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to Be Free (2018) Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to Be Free is an awkward mouthful of a title, but this biographical study of a trailblazing nineteenth-century intellectual offers a worthwhile history lesson.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
60% Flock of Four (2018) It's atmospheric, and all the music is lovely, but unfortunately nostalgia can only do so much of the heavy lifting.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
95% Outside In (2018) The quiet, dark tableaux fit the subject matter well, and Falco is reliably strong as a woman in the throes of a moral dilemma.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
48% Souvenir (2018) While there's poignancy to be found in Souvenir's depiction of aging and work, the sexual politics leave something to be desired.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
2/5 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) The sex scenes are, save the occasional bit of exposed flesh or brandished toy, fairly mild -- Freed is probably the least provocative film of the trilogy.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
88% A Ciambra (2018) An understated, naturalistic take on a story that could easily be delivered with melodramatic clichés.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) Mr. Roosevelt may be slight, but it's buoyed by Wells's self-deprecating humor.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
65% Bitch (2017) While it's refreshing to see a portrait of a woman's unraveling that doesn't romanticize mental illness, and that's actually directed by a woman, it's easy to wish Bitch probed a bit deeper into the protagonist's pre-dog life.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
3/5 98% Dina (2017) A poignant snapshot of marginalised lives.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
100% Earth: One Amazing Day (2017) The film works best as a collection of cleansing images to meditate on - it's a welcome respite from the awfulness of the developed world, though the dangers of climate change and extinction are glossed over by design.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
26% Literally, Right Before Aaron (2017) The film ends with a riff on the final moments of The Graduate, a frustrating suggestion of a much better work.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
76% The Tiger Hunter (2017) Immigrant stories certainly don't demand tragedy to be legitimate, but The Tiger Hunter, with its pastiche of fish-out-of-water comedy and pointy collared shirts, ultimately feels weightless.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
71% Easy Living (2017) While Dhavernas's performance and director Adam Keleman's penchant for soft colors in a harsh world add intrigue, it leaves a frustrating aftertaste.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
67% Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017) Manolo might be a hard sell to moviegoers who aren't already interested, but for fashion enthusiasts, it's an enjoyable confection.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
55% Lemon (2017) A grating protagonist alone does not a bad film make, but the episodic, unsatisfying Lemon revels in purposeful nails-on-a-chalkboard unlikability.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
33% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) From the Land of the Moon is an elegantly shot tale of l'amour fou that could be eyeroll-inducing were its leads not so charismatic.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
85% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2017) The palette is muted, like a faded photograph, and tense scenes are underplayed.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
89% Paulina (La patota) (2017) The film is ultimately frustrating for the unending opacity of Paulina's psychology.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
85% Megan Leavey (2017) It is anchored in a poignancy frequently missing in this explosion-filled, hyper-macho genre.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
41% Vincent N Roxxy (2017) By the end, the point-blank murders might make you queasy, but Kravitz still manages to project composure, even when her face is covered in blood.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
87% Hermia & Helena (2017) There are a few different potential films within Hermia & Helena - a Shakespeare adaptation, a tale of romantic relationships, a tale of family - but the totality proves a sunny and affable literary collage.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
23% Below her Mouth (2017) Linder possesses a compelling, Kurt Cobain-like androgyny, but neither she nor Krill can do much to save the portentous screenplay.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017