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Alan A. Stone

Alan A. Stone
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
53% Fading Gigolo (2014) With Gigolo, Turturro has fulfilled his fantasy of omnipotence. Perhaps he will not be too disappointed if audiences who fail to look closely think they have seen another Woody Allen movie.‐ Boston Review
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97% Boyhood (2014) Linklater does not try to entertain you; he expects you to participate in the experience, and he counts on the audience in every scene he films.‐ Boston Review
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92% Birdman (2014) Birdman is a memorable feast for cinephiles, with one unforgettable scene after another.‐ Boston Review
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98% Selma (2015) The moral lesson that one takes from DuVernay's Selma is that black lives matter not only in terms of survival but also of human dignity. It may not be a great film, but it is one that ought to be seen.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
99% Timbuktu (2015) On a first viewing, the film evokes a mysterious beauty and apparent simplicity, but there is great complexity to its artistry...Timbuktu's artistry is like the last line of a poem that repeats and deepens the meaning of the first.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) What Assayas gives us is the art of rehearsal and the search for answers.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
95% Ida (2014) Ida is a rare experience, a film with an aesthetic as captivating as its narrative, each ideally suited to the other-in sum, a masterpiece.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
95% The Wonders (2015) Delicate, impressive work...The Wonders enchants as it draws on reserves of empathy and compassion you did not know you had.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
67% Learning To Drive (2015) We have seen all this before. Indeed one has the feeling that the cast are all like-minded friends of Coixet who had a good time together making a film that challenged none of them, and certainly not the audience.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
31% Cymbeline (2015) To fit the play to this contemporary scenario, Almereyda cut mercilessly, even some sublime poetry.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
72% Youth (2015) Even if Youth says nothing new, as some critics insist, its beauty, surprises, and fragmentary insights into the human condition have much to offer.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
45% Knight of Cups (2016) Leaving this badly constructed and disappointing film-thanks to frenzied editing, the film refuses to grant us even the pleasure of Emmanuel Lubezki's cinematography-I came away thinking that all Rick, like Malick, could show us was his loneliness. ‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) Inglourious Basterds, like all Tarantino's works, is a movie about movies; it is, if you will permit, art for art's sake. Tarantino may not be an intellectual, but, as his newest film demonstrates, he is an artist -- and a very good one.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
75% A Beautiful Mind (2001) It brings tears to ones eyes, even when one knows better.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
87% Bad Education (2004) If Americans are allowed to see this film they may well conclude that the mature Almodóvar is now ready to take his place alongside the great Buñuel.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2012
95% The Station Agent (2003) The Station Agent is a charming film that reminds us that, be they kind or nasty, other people are our only possibility of happiness.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2008
49% The Passion of the Christ (2004) Many other alarms went off in my head.‐ Boston Review
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80% The Hours (2002) The Hours is a rare achievement, a film that is great theater.‐ Boston Review
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81% Thirteen (2003) What is it about the way we now live that makes so many of our children self-destructive thrill seekers? Thirteen is one answer to that question.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2004
95% Bowling for Columbine (2002) [Moore's] tactics in Bowling for Columbine are no better than those of talk radio's right-wing demagogues. Is it wrong to think that we should be better than they are?‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2004
97% Sweet Sixteen (2003) Loach is determined to preserve his hero's childlike innocence. Liam may be acting like an adult criminal, but in his pure and blind love for his mother he remains a child. That love both redeems his character and leads to his destruction.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2004
96% Raising Victor Vargas (2003) Sollett's realism is a comedy with a happy ending that affirms the possibility of human connection.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2004
90% Divided We Fall (2001) Divided We Fall is art that shows us in our common humanity the possibility of laughter and forgiveness. In the years ahead we can hope for more such films -- the world will need them.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2004
83% Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) Thirteen Conversations feels like a miracle... The acting is superb, the editing is inspired, the noirish cinematography resonates with the oneiric mood. And if the characters are not realistic, they are worth believing in.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2004
63% We Were Soldiers (2002) When it comes to war, naïveté is the greatest sin. Regrettably, We Were Soldiers makes it a virtue.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2004
99% The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) (1967) It is time to look at the lessons of history in Pontecorvo's Battle of Algiers and think for yourself.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2003
66% Intimacy (2001) Intimacy is a rare achievement, a film of ideas that intrigue and disquiet us.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2003
72% Happy Times (2002) Because Zhang is a great artist, even his disappointing films are worth thinking about. But Happy Times is further proof that without Gong Li, Zhang would never have achieved his reputation as China's premier filmmaker.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2003
89% The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin) (2001) The Road Home tells a love story of a very special kind.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2002
58% The Luzhin Defence (2001) Over the past decade ambitious directors have brought a whole spate of twentieth-century novels to the screen. I can think of none that is more disrespectful to the spirit of its author than The Luzhin Defence.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2002
68% Dancer in the Dark (2000) We weep most of all because Bjork, either because she was inspired or was forced by von Trier, gives a performance unlike any other I have ever seen.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2002
83% Thirteen Days (2000) My brother and I emerged from the movie dewy-eyed with tears of relief, as we once again realized how close the world had come to Armageddon.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2002
86% Xizao (2000) Although Shower gives you a sense of the slow waterlogged rhythms of the bath, the film is fast-paced and filled with interesting incidents.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2001
98% Sense and Sensibility (1995) There will be glory enough for everyone involved in this film.‐ Boston Review
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68% Titus (1999) If there was any doubt about Julie Taymor's standing as a creative artist, Titus should dispel it. She has made a film that does honor to her and to Shakespeare.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997) Waco: The Rules of Engagement will be another reason for people to distrust their government.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
97% Bullets Over Broadway (1994) The result is a slick, art-deco production that has everything going for it -- everything but Woody Allen himself and the quirky flair of originality that earned him his reputation.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) The Phantom Menace seems to have been put through the film equivalent of a food processor and the homogenized result is much blander than its predecessors.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
85% Persuasion (1995) The production may have little to do with the writer's original text, but the audience will be pleased... It is a Classic Comics version of the original, a triumph of clever British theater over great British literature.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
65% The Governess (1998) The Governess repays sustained consideration.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
84% The English Patient (1996) Minghella's screenplay does have one indisputable virtue: it is a marvelous vehicle for the actors.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% Pulp Fiction (1994) Tarantino will stop at nothing and yet never loses control. He dives into a nightmare and comes up with something funny, taking his audience up and down with him.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
54% Girl, Interrupted (1999) [The film] is banal and false, where Kaysen's memoir was extraordinary and has the troubling ring of truth.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% Autumn Tale (Conte d'Automne) (1999) Rohmer's "endings" typically come upon us unexpectedly as we wait to see how it all comes out. But in Rohmer as in life it does not "come out"; one simply lives. His art is about the moral adventure of living, not the fiction of clarifying outcomes.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
80% Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella) (1997) Benigni has transformed the Holocaust from an historical reality into a heart-warming Italian fable that will help Italy forget its own fascist brutalities.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
67% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) Gorris's film is Mozartian in its beauty -- so artfully made that we are carried along by the surprising flow of the narrative without being forced to recognize the intellectual daring and craft of the film-maker.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
89% The King of Masks (1999) Yes, King of Masks is sentimental, but in just the way that Dickens is: this is a film to restore one's faith in human nature -- your own and that of others.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
79% Burnt by the Sun (1994) Burnt by the Sun has a human heart but it has no soul.‐ Boston Review
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78% Beloved (1998) Beloved is brutal, obscure, and, in the end, defeats its own ambition.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
95% The Crying Game (1992) If you still plan to see it and do not want the experience ruined, stop reading now. People who are told about or somehow catch on before the revelation miss a startling human experience.‐ Boston Review
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000