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Adam Nayman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) Move along, nothing to see here.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
71% Destroyer (2018) As a piece of film direction, Destroyer has enough heft, momentum, and texture to hopefully earn Kusama more opportunities at this elevated budget level.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
67% The Mule (2018) The Mule simply proffers obstinacy as grace.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) It's in this same spirit of unchangeability that Lazzaro's goodness endures -not as a foil to the forces of exploitation, but as their instrument. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
96% Zama (2018) If cinema is about being transported to another place, Martel is unrivaled as a guide...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
87% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) For a movie that may ultimately be about the need for compromise, Let the Sunshine In doesn't make any-and that's why it's Denis at her best.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
94% Support the Girls (2018) Hall's hugely appealing performance has already been honored by the New York Film Critics Circle, and she fully inhabits a character whose mix of pride, professionalism, and protectiveness makes her a heroine.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
92% Sorry to Bother You (2018) This palpably handmade movie doesn't reach out, and nor does it engage in chin stroking: instead, it extends a middle finger.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
69% Insignificance (1985) A true oddity even by the filmmaker's standards, it's a minor masterpiece of American counter-mythology, with the most comically apocalyptic finale since Dr. Strangelove.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
50% Bad Timing (1980) ...perched right on the edge of tastelessness and yet finally more emotionally powerful than exploitative.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
83% The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) As a meditation on encroaching spiritual emptiness, set in a society hypnotized by materialism and mass media-Roeg's film is so rich and lucid that it could be an essay.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
87% Walkabout (1971) ...one of the great art house freak-outs of the 1970s.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
85% Performance (1970) Critics hated it, and Warner Bros. barely saw fit to release it, but Performance has endured as a cult favorite. It's also arguably the greatest-ever big-screen showcase for Jagger...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning is as smart as cinema gets.‐ The Ringer
Posted Oct 26, 2018
100% Ash Is Purest White (2019) The two-way relationship between Jia and Zhao is the main attraction... Ash Is Purest White is about what it takes to keep love from burning out but its excellence, as well as its existence, is evidence of a genuinely incandescent artistic partnership.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
93% Transit (2019) In the final revolution of the plot, these polarities reverse, with the oppressed party reasserting her own persona and the auteur realizing the totality of his loss.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
29% Venom (2018) This is a paradox: Venom isn't good-nor so-bad-it's-good-and yet if there had been more of it, and if that more had been a little wilder or gorier, it probably would have been better. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
93% Suspiria (1977) What lingers is not a sense of evil but exhilaration in how far Argento and his fellow filmmakers were willing to go to shock and delight; the movie's sheer exuberance is the cinematic equivalent of a blood transfusion.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
95% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) A decade after the Summer of Love, Invasion of the Body Snatchers essentially weaponized flower power, hinting that the erosion of individual consciousness in favor of groupthink was as natural and ingrained as photosynthesis itself.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
70% Hold the Dark (2018) It would be nice to report that Hold the Dark extends the promise of Blue Ruin and Green Room, but it doesn't, at least not for me. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
82% The Big Lebowski (1998) Lebowski's virtuosity serves a sense of modesty.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
13% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018) Xavier Dolan's film is a mess, maybe even a hot one, and I can't say I had a bad time watching it-which is not the same thing as suggesting it works.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) The Predator is filled with visual and verbal callbacks to McTiernan's movie, but there's no Schwarzenegger and no subtext, and the movie suffers from the lack of both. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins saves his most sociologically eloquent composition for the finale. It's a tableau that compresses a wealth of cultural, political, and spiritual commentary. I doubt I'll see a better final shot this year.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
91% Widows (2018) Widows' entertainment value is undeniable, and yet it's fascinating mostly as a case study of a supremely talented filmmaker test-driving his sensibility through a new and in some ways more constrained creative habitat.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
100% Rojo (2018) The actual outcome speaks to Naishtat's resourcefulness as a storyteller; that his faux-Columbo fails to emerge as a hero cinches his film's deep and all-too-recognizably realistic cynicism.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
85% High Life (2019) As it turns out, Un beau soleil's practical, affirmative motto is also the best way to approach the more daunting object that is High Life: be open.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Reitman mistakes glibly cornering all sides of the argument for complexity, on top of which some unfortunate writing and directing decisions make it seem like Hart was more of a victim. ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
81% Freaks (2018) I don't know if Lipovsky and Stein are budding genre whizzes or simply competent pros, but their co-directing debut looks, sounds, and moves (via some very nice editing by Sabrina Pitre) like a credible entertainment. ‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% Firecrackers (2018) Mozzafari and her superb cinematographer Catherine Lutes keep flooding their mobile, off-centre frames with colour and movement, at once inscribing and defamiliarizing both their semi-impoverished environments and the people fixed within them.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) The Nun is too repetitive and incoherent (and not in a good, fever-dreamy way) to be suspenseful. It's more boring than horrifying to play spot-the-CGI ghoul in the background of all those greyscale frames...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
71% Destroyer (2018) Intricately written, superbly shot, and at least 20 minutes too long... Destroyer doesn't quite ennoble the prestige-genre model it aspires to, but it doesn't disgrace it, either, and the same can be said for Kidman's acting.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
73% Assassination Nation (2018) Everything you need to know about this film is contained in its most self-consciously bravura sequence, an extended, single-take home invasion that's at once accomplished, self-impressed, sadistic, and redundant.‐ Cinema Scope
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
92% Searching (2018) What holds Searching together is its star. Always an enjoyable comedian, Cho has grown into a reliably good actor and aged nicely, providing a sad-eyed soulfulness.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
7% Slender Man (2018) A disappointingly disposable movie.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) Everything in The Meg looks fake, from the New Zealand-as-coastal-China backdrop to the massive underwater research center to the actors themselves, none of whom have been costumed or photographed with any sharpness.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
81% Chi-Raq (2015) Everything about Chi-Raq exudes exuberance: the movement of the camera; the West Side Story-style choreography of the two rival factions; the delight the actors display in tearing into their dialogue.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Paul Rudd's ability to keep ex-con/single-dad/reluctant superhero Scott Lang simultaneously sceptical, confused and committed to the sci-fi chaos around him without ever going boringly square-jawed is nothing less than the purest movie-star charisma.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
92% In a World... (2013) The simplicity of the film's plot leaves plenty of breathing room for the cast to just bounce lines and looks off one another, which they do with the relaxed aplomb of an alt-comedy all-star team.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
67% Verónica (2017) If Plaza's pileup of post-Exorcist tropes works, it's because Escacena creates a fully inhabited (in both senses of the word) character who we want to see escape her deadly circumstances.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
59% They Remain (2018) What They Remain lacks in novelty it more than makes up for in poisonously paranoid atmosphere.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
93% Calibre (2018) Excellently shot and acted, and gutsy enough to not cop out when it counts, Calibre is one of the year's best genre efforts.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
72% The Ritual (2017) This steely British import examines the cost of male-bonding rituals...it's nice to see a horror movie really go for it in the home stretch.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Look, I'm not made of stone: Pretty much everything in Mission: Impossible-Fallout is fun.‐ The Ringer
Posted Jul 25, 2018
58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) The terror here is largely conceptual, more in line with the paranoid, every-breath-you-take thrillers of the early 1970s than the grim, creeping catharsis of J-horror. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
94% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Lo and Behold seems to be stoking fears that our tools are evolving beyond our capacity to control them, which offers an intriguing twist on his usual theme of the indifference of nature. ‐ Vice
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
57% We Own the Night (2007) This is complex stuff, and Gray gives it a sense of gravity that comes through not only in the acting-with Phoenix's increasingly heavy-souled performance anchoring things in nearly every shot-but also the filmmaking.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Ultimately, though, Soldado is Del Toro's show and, to give credit where it's due, he refuses to sleepwalk through a movie that is otherwise on autopilot.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
96% The Iron Giant (1999) The Iron Giant captures and crystallizes its source material's anxious, humane spirit. It might be the most empathetic and exhilarating mainstream American animated feature ever made.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary reaps a cheap sort of reward. It's good, but really only just good enough.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018