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Adam Nayman

Adam Nayman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Eden (2015) Where the early scenes of Eden feel on the nose, the back half is filled with precisely the sorts of glancing-yet-wounding blows that are Hansen-Love's specialty.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
97% Tangerine (2015) As a formal exercise... Tangerine is nothing short of remarkable; as a portrait of people doing their best to be their best selves, it's as warm and vivid as the sunsets splashed across its narrow but expansive digital canvas.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
93% Sicario (2015) Sicario is as brilliantly made as Prisoners, perhaps even more so.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
95% Creed (2015) The surest sign that Coogler has honored his source material is that Creed is populist through and through. His achievement... is that he gives his audience exactly what they want and makes it feel like a gift rather than a bribe.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
96% Son of Saul (2015) Nemes's style is undeniable, but it might also just be a brilliant disguise: the handed-down vestments of an ascendant yet fundamentally unclothed emperor.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) There's an amazing sense of scale and depth to the cinematography by John Seale, who came out of retirement for this one, and also a brilliantly varied color palette.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
63% Spectre (2015) Instead of propelling Spectre over the top where it belongs, Waltz instead becomes its unhappy avatar, the thinly grinning face of sadly diminished returns.‐ Reverse Shot
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
C+ 80% Incompresa (Misunderstood) (2015) The ostensible boldness of Misunderstood is undermined by the sense that it's also pandering-that its view of childhood as a bourgeois horror-show is at least as salable on the art-house circuit as it is authentic to its creator's experiences.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2015
A- 87% Fort Tilden (2015) For all its exquisite theater-of-cruelty viciousness, Fort Tilden is finally a work of empathy about people whose own supplies are running on empty.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2015
B+ 77% Counting (2015) Vivid and yet elusive.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
91% Dear White People (2014) Dear White People is less than the sum of its very polished parts -- a first feature that's just impressive enough to be frustrating.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
0.5/4 16% The Gallows (2015) [The Gallows] winds up telegraphing its final twist so far in advance that you begin to resent the characters for not cluing in.‐ National Post
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
B+ 92% Mala Mala (2015) The outcome of this campaign gives the film a heroic arc, and yet amid all the images of celebration and joyful physical abandon the most lingering images are the ones depicting daily routines.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
B+ 86% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) It's a good thing that this unruly, enervating, sometimes exhilarating documentary finally got loose, so that more viewers can tucker themselves out try to wrestle it to the ground.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2015
A- 100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) The film on the whole feels restrained considering the scope of the rage and sadness in play.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
C- 7% The 11th Hour (2015) By the time the film empties its inventory of shock tactics and reaches its (too calculated) ambiguous conclusion, we're not sure if Maria deserves better, but it's pretty clear that Basinger does.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
1/4 91% Love & Mercy (2015) It gives us Brian Wilson as a tortured genius, which may be true, but also reduces pretty much everyone else onscreen to a stereotype or a cipher.‐ National Post
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 20, 2015
88% The Tribe (2015) Pretty much every single thing about The Tribe is impressive.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
3/5 90% 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
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
B+ 50% 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
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
C+ 31% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Olivier Assayas always makes heady, clever films, and Clouds of Sils Maria is no exception.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2015
B 92% Black Souls (2015) Black Souls is chilling, but it's also familiar.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2015
1.5/4 55% Woman in Gold (2015) A movie that tells a real-life story yet rings utterly false.‐ National Post
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2014
4/5 91% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 54% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/4 72% Foxfire (2013) A handsomely mounted but strangely prosaic period piece.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | 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