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Adam Nayman

Adam Nayman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 13% Police Story: Lockdown (2015) This is a very poorly paced and structured movie, cutting between time periods to fill in the sort of convoluted backstory that a leaner, more propulsive piece of pulp probably wouldn't bother with in the first place. ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 57% Big Muddy (2015) It's a quintessentially Canadian idea mixed in with the material Moneo borrows from various hard-boiled film noirs and sun-dappled westerns. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 29, 2015
C 0% Unfreedom (2015) It's not enough to just jab at hot-button topics. You need to do so with a deft hand. And as far as filmmaking goes, Kumar is all thumbs. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 28, 2015
B 94% Güeros (2015) Even if Güeros doesn't entirely work, it feels worthy: a film made independently and without interference whose reverence for the past thankfully doesn't result in too much solemnity or seriousness. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 20, 2015
88% The Tribe (2015) Pretty much every single thing about The Tribe is impressive. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted May 15, 2015
3/5 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Kristen Stewart achieves the impressive feat of outshining Juliette Binoche in this rich drama from Olivier Assayas.‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 15, 2015
C+ 18% Pound Of Flesh (2015) It's not enough for Pound Of Flesh to be likable. Its existence isn't an affront to the God its characters keep talking about, but it's not exactly a reason for giving thanks, either. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 14, 2015
B+ 52% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) Like any good prosecutor, Téchiné gives us enough information to render a verdict without bullying us into agreement. His gift to his viewers is the space to think for ourselves. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 14, 2015
C+ 29% Every Secret Thing (2015) By the end, its rickety narrative architecture collapses entirely, leaving a lot of good actors stranded in the rubble. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 14, 2015
100% Mula sa kung ano ang noon (From What Is Before) (2014) What generates suspense -- or more accurately, dread -- is our knowledge that this place that seems to exist out of time is in fact located on a historical fault-line. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted May 12, 2015
B+ 83% Far from Men (2015) The actual physical locations in Far From Men are stunning, and Oelhoffen smartly emphasizes the emptiness of the desert, which seems to stretch on infinitely behind the characters. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 30, 2015
B- 79% 24 Days (2015) 24 Days is neither subtle nor particularly sophisticated as filmmaking, but its refusal to reduce lived reality to generic tropes is admirable. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 23, 2015
C+ 88% Tangerines (2015) The shift from philosophical parrying to actual combat doesn't make Tangerines more compelling; on the contrary, it suggests that the filmmakers didn't have the confidence to tell their story without falling back on genre tropes. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Olivier Assayas always makes heady, clever films, and Clouds of Sils Maria is no exception. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 10, 2015
B+ 90% In Country (2015) This is military reenactment not as entertainment but as a strange form of catharsis. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 9, 2015
B 94% Black Souls (2015) Black Souls is chilling, but it's also familiar. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 9, 2015
1.5/4 54% Woman in Gold (2015) A movie that tells a real-life story yet rings utterly false. ‐ National Post
Posted Apr 2, 2015
C- 14% Last Knights (2015) By the end, the viewers of Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya's low-budget Middle-Ages riff may end up wondering what they've done to deserve such a drab, punishing night at the movies. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 2, 2015
B 94% Man from Reno (2015) Man From Reno doesn't rush its revelations, instead inviting the viewer to revel in its atmosphere of cozy foreboding-the same kind you get from a good airport paperback. ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 81% Life of Riley (2014) A drama within a drama within a drama that's orchestrated with lightness, subtlety and enchantment.‐ Little White Lies
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 89% Amour Fou (2015) Jessica Hausner's bourgeois farce offers the perfect blend of humour and romance.‐ Little White Lies
Posted Feb 5, 2015
86% Night Moves (2014) Here's how good a filmmaker Kelly Reichardt is. She can pack an entire movie's worth of meaning into a sliver of onscreen space, and do it so subtly that even attentive viewers might miss the trick. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Aug 28, 2014
4.0/5.0 100% Level Five (2014) ...[Level Five] effortlessly anticipated the aesthetic and thematic shifts of 21st-century cinema, even as it addressed the history and legacy of the 20th. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/5 29% 4 Minute Mile (2014) There's a similar redolence to 4 Minute Mile overall-the odor of a hard-working but underachieving movie that's 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 31, 2014
4/5 90% Norte, the End of History (2014) Detailed, rich, complex filmmaking.‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/5 100% The Amazing Catfish (2014) Sainte-Luce shows great assurance for a first-time filmmaker, and if she's able to capitalize on her talent going forward, The Amazing Catfish will be looked at fondly as ground zero for a worthy career. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/5 27% Burning Blue (2014) Burning Blue has lots of scenes where its male leads gaze longingly at each other, which is meant to be melancholy and erotic, but unfortunately skirts close to parody. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 55% Fading Gigolo (2014) The preposterousness of this plot marks Fading Gigolo as a vanity project, but it's hard to take Turturro too much to task when he hits so many other grace notes in between blowing his own horn. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 23, 2014
2.5/4 80% 112 Weddings (2013) A skilled documentarian, Block moves briskly from easily relatable domestic scenarios to more tragic ones, and changes things up by focusing on two young marrieds-to-be. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 23, 2014
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Having already directed the first two (and superior) X-Men films, Singer shows a level of comfort with both the material and the cast ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 23, 2014
2.0/5 40% Grand départ (2014) While [Grand Départ's] protagonist spends most of his time onscreen wringing his hands, the filmmakers barely seem to have lifted a finger. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/4 71% Foxfire (2013) A handsomely mounted but strangely prosaic period piece. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 16, 2014
5/5 95% An Autumn Afternoon (1964) Yasujiro Ozu's lilting swansong holds up as one of the director's greatest films.‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 73% The German Doctor (2014) The German Doctor is skillfully made and acted, but without any sense of spontaneity or surprise - qualities required for any decent thriller. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 9, 2014
3.5/4 81% I Used To Be Darker (2013) Porterfield's film doesn't offer much in the way of plot, but the ways the characters bounce off one another in small spaces are precisely observed, and the actors have a lot of soul ... ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted May 9, 2014
1.5/5 29% Bad Johnson (2014) This is a parable about a man who learns to embrace his better self in the absence of his nether regions. Said parable is neither surprising nor profound, but that wouldn't matter as much if the movie were funny. It isn't. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 1, 2014
3/5 27% Pompeii (2014) Better than it had any right to be.‐ Little White Lies
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/4 96% Blue Ruin (2014) Blair is excellent in the lead, but the filmmaking is the true star here. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2.0/5 31% The Girl and Death (2014) There's a difference between elemental melodrama and superficial clichés, and gorgeous cinematography and period production design can only delay this recognizance for so long-and certainly not for two grueling hours. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/5 86% Bright Days Ahead (2014) Bright Days Ahead means to be a casual, charming movie about a woman taking charge of her life, but its lightness gets unbearable; the film is so featherweight that it eventually blows away. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 22, 2014
2/4 No Score Yet Hold Fast (2013) A workmanlike movie adaptation of Kevin Major's well-known Canadian young adult novel - a book compared by some critics to The Catcher in the Rye. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 79% The Raid 2 (2014) If The Raid 2: Berandal doesn't end up as the most violent movie to hit screens in 2014, it won't be for lack of trying. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2.5/4 73% Oculus (2014) A deeply silly and mildly effective horror movie about two young-adult siblings coping with the mysterious deaths of their parents. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) This is the first Marvel Studios movie since the original Iron Man that really stands on its own. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/4 81% Afflicted (2014) Runs smack into a number of generic clichés, from the back-and-forth bickering about how to deal with the situation to a lazy underlying misogyny. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/4 83% The Unknown Known (2014) In the end, The Unknown Known is inconclusive - albeit provocatively so. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Apr 4, 2014
1.5/4 76% Noah (2014) Aronofsky and his co-writer Ari Handel struggle to create authentic drama and so fall back on action-movie clichés. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/4 58% The Returned (2014) This is a serious, austere film that feels as if it's barely restraining the B-movie within. In the end, it fights itself to a draw. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) A self-styled outsider artist comes into focus in Finding Vivian Maier, a striking documentary undertaken after one of its directors bought a nondescript box of photo negatives at a garage sale. ‐ Globe and Mail
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/5 84% Rob the Mob (2014) While Rob The Mob doesn't ultimately hold together, it isn't for a lack of trying by the performers or the filmmakers [...] ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 24, 2014