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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Man Down (2016)

"Man Down is a slap in the face, and most shots are so cheaply worked over by the computer team that it looks like its own bootleg. Still, it may work as LaBeouf's audition reel for the next Peter Berg movie." ‐Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2016

Seasons (Les saisons) (2016)

"It's entrancing enough that, for most of the film, I wasn't worrying over what was staged and what wasn't." ‐Village Voice
Posted Nov 23, 2016

Lion (2016)

"Here's a globe-trotting boy-on-his-own adventure, a narrative of scrappy survival and familial love and many teary reconciliations, tracing the outlines of Brierley's life in a busy two hours." ‐Village Voice
Posted Nov 22, 2016

Baden Baden (2016)

"Lang is uncommonly assured for a first-time director, capturing her scenes in fluid master takes, rarely cutting from one character to the next, letting things unfold at the pace of in-the-moment human feeling." ‐Village Voice
Posted Nov 22, 2016

Life on the Line (2016)

"The country songs that play over the credits offer more arresting detail about life on the line than the film manages in 100 minutes." ‐Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2016

The Love Witch (2016)

"The best kind of homage or parody, the type that honors every thrill and quirk of the original while improving on it." ‐Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2016

Notes on Blindness (2016)

"The filmmakers create art out of what too often is a documentary stopgap." ‐Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2016
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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016)

"It's rare that a film this outraged is also this calm." ‐Village Voice
Posted Nov 3, 2016

The Ivory Game (2016)

"So The Ivory Game is often pushily compelling. If it settled down and trusted viewers, it would stand as a stronger documentary. But this is more a work of activism than journalism." ‐Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2016

Oasis: Supersonic (2016)

"They weren't the Sex Beatles, as London's music press dubbed them. They were rock's Marsalis brothers, advancing and embodying their own highly selective idea of a canon." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2016

Doctor Strange (2016)

"It's not all that strange, but it's restlessly arresting and always technically impressive. Unlike most studio franchise fantasies, Doctor Strange rewards the eye rather than assaults it." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2016

Finding Babel (2016)

"Throughout, we get brief readings of Babel's tender, unsparing stories, illustrated with scenic animation. They're no substitute for reading Babel yourself, but they honor him." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 26, 2016

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

"Like The Conjuring and the many immersive spook-house thrillers inspired by it, Origin of Evil demands and rewards attentiveness, inviting scrutiny of its frames, study of its negative space." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2016

Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016)

"Older, un-messianic, and mostly eschewing cute stunts, Moore somehow makes his one-man show seem almost humble. It plays less like "I'm still here!" attention-seeking than it does a concerned citizen's act of hope." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2016

American Pastoral (2016)

"McGregor stages good and bad scenes, but almost all are mannered, lacking the brawling confidence of Roth's prose." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2016

The Whole Truth (2016)

"This engaging courtroom drama aces the trick of grounding its ludicrousness in a convincing facsimile of reality." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 18, 2016

Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

"Here's what matters most: You will laugh." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2016

The Accountant (2016)

"Two hours of grimly serious puzzle-box dramatics and beat-downs starring Ben Affleck as an Affleck-shaped void." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"If you forgive him enough to see it, The Birth of a Nation offers a troubling tangle of the personal and historical. But above all else it's commercial, an entertainment of purpose and some power." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2016

Newtown (2016)

"[A] transfixing documentary portrait of collective grief and resilience." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 5, 2016
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The Red Pill (2016)

"There's no doubt that men do sometimes do suffer mistreatment from the courts or from the women in their lives. What the film and the movement fail to demonstrate is any kind of systemic cause." ‐Village Voice
Posted Oct 4, 2016

13th (2016)

"Few films shake and astonish like this one, even though nothing in it should be a surprise." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 30, 2016

Denial (2016)

"With chatty urgency, Jackson dramatizes the 2000 trial in which a flinty Brit Holocaust denier sued Penguin Books for libel." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 29, 2016

Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016)

"Rich in cultural specifics but also universal longings." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016

Passage to Mars (2016)

"It's a thrill to see so careful a re-creation - and some actual footage - of Martian geography." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"He looks so powerful, so beautiful, so right that you may find yourself wondering how we had a black president for seven full years before Washington got to play the lead in a Western." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2016

Storks (2016)

"It often is good, though, hilariously so, its too-familiar misfits-become-a-family storyline enlivened by flights of lavish comic invention." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 21, 2016

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

"Cannan and Adam's interviewees - Choi, intelligence agents, film critics - tell the story with more suspense than talking heads usually muster. The film is brisk and fascinating, ultimately moving, but also less rich than it might have been." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 21, 2016
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The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith (2016)

"Fishko is always on to the next striking image that will too quickly pass. Fortunately, that next thing is often a joyous surprise ..." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 20, 2016

Come What May (2016)

"Come What May stirs little suspense or unease as it cuts between these stories." ‐Village Voice
Posted Sep 7, 2016

Max Rose (2016)

"The final scenes offer unconvincing revelations, reassurances, and reconciliations." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 30, 2016

Howards End (1992)

"An enticing, elegant pleasure, alive with light and talk." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 24, 2016

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016)

"Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey's film is most revealing and involving when Norman, now 80, talks and sketches, his pen and mind both lively." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 24, 2016

Don't Breathe (2016)

"The script, by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, steadily and inventively heightens the tension of the break-in and the inevitable hiding and chasing, at least until everything gets ridiculous toward the end." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 24, 2016

When Two Worlds Collide (2016)

"Brandenburg and Orzel's film is only boilerplate in the kickoff scenes. Otherwise it makes the fight local and personal." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2016

Ixcanul (2016)

"A work of tender long-take portraiture ..." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2016

A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016)

"Portman keeps her scenes short and her film barreling along, and if she can't resist the occasional jarring close-up or unnecessary insert shot, she also exhibits daring and curiosity ..." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2016

Anthropoid (2016)

"It's the kind of movie where, even if you miss the ads, you can guess you'll be seeing Toby Jones." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 9, 2016

Little Men (2016)

"Sachs, a clear-eyed humanist, honors all his characters' pained perspectives." ‐Village Voice
Posted Aug 2, 2016

The Land (2016)

"Caple emphasizes the desperation that breeds street crime, and he never tries to puff his kids up into heroes. They're just kids who feel insulted by the few prospects that seem available to them." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2016

Nerve (2016)

"The city and the plot points wheel right by, the leads fetchingly entranced with each other. If one patch of dares disappoints, there's another coming right up, and the directors stage and shoot them with swooning neon kinecticism." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2016

Miss Sharon Jones! (2016)

"Kopple's film is intimate and rousing." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 26, 2016

Don't Think Twice (2016)

"Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice stands as the best, most revealing film about comedy people and one of the best about artistic collaboration." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 20, 2016

How He Fell in Love (2016)

"Twenty minutes with this impassive blank and I didn't just dislike the guy - I couldn't tell, moment to moment, what he was feeling or why I should care." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 13, 2016

Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016)

"A vigorous documentary surveying the career and life of the photographer/filmmaker/one-man Beat happening." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 12, 2016

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016)

"Intense and dazzling ..." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 12, 2016

Men Go To Battle (2016)

"This isn't a film about the Civil War; it's about the minds of white folks so removed from plantation life that they feel they have no stake in it at all. It's not about back then - it's about being." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jul 5, 2016

Life, Animated (2016)

"The film is tender and patient, as fascinated by the challenges of daily life as it is by the dramatic medical mystery at its heart." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jun 30, 2016

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"At last, a Hollywood reimagining with a point." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jun 29, 2016

The Duel (2016)

"The Duel could have been something." ‐Village Voice
Posted Jun 22, 2016
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