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Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl
Alan Scherstuhl's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017) The film itself is more a record than a narrative: proof to the future that, yeah, we knew. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 18, 2017
100% Starless Dreams (Royahaye dame sobh) (2017) The world needs to see this spare, revelatory film and hear these girls' pained and sometimes proud confessions. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 18, 2017
76% Split (2017) There's a locked-room mystery going on inside Kevin's head. But Split shows too little of the individual selves for viewers to develop a stake in puzzling out who's up to what. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 18, 2017
81% The Founder (2017) The Founder slowly reveals itself as a don't-let-the-devil-into-your-house parable, one that uses all the techniques of inspirational moviemaking to disguise that devil's intentions, even from the devil himself. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 16, 2017
100% Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past (2017) They're attempting to discover what it might have been like to hear those bands of back then blowing the doors off a joint. Is that possible? Who knows - but does it hurt to try? ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 11, 2017
82% Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (2016) The glimpses we get of these friendly encounters are mostly unilluminating beyond their novelty, underscoring the truth that some of these guys are more isolated, fearful, and clueless than truly gripped by hate. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 3, 2017
79% Barry (2016) These moments proceed like comic-book panels, each communicating a single point, with little nuance for us to discover. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 29, 2016
92% Hidden Figures (2017) I expect that anyone can find inspiration in the script's attention to the small, concrete steps real people make to create change. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 21, 2016
87% A Monster Calls (2017) The film is tough-minded, often grim and intense, its lessons about death and grief hard in ways you aren't conditioned to expect from pricey CGI entertainments. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 20, 2016
17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Maybe this miserable junk is the fantasy action-adventure dreamed of by all those dudes mad that Star Wars now lets girls play, too? ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 19, 2016
24% Solace (2016) This paranormal cops-versus-serial-killer procedural is never not ridiculous, but it's often entertaining as well ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 14, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) You'll ... struggle to accept that what you saw on that screen actually played in theaters, was funded and approved by distributors, took a month or so of the lives of those extraordinary actors. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 13, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) Again and again La La Land cuts to some vibrant vision, and it's often funnier about its outsize old-school ambitions than any cutting critic could be. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 7, 2016
60% Burn Country (2016) The movie - at first scrappy and strange but an increasingly tough sit as it goes - never fixes its gaze on any singularly compelling idea. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 6, 2016
11% 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
95% 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
87% 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
94% 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
0% 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
95% 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
93% Notes on Blindness (2016) The filmmakers create art out of what too often is a documentary stopgap. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2016
No Score Yet The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016) It's rare that a film this outraged is also this calm. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 3, 2016
84% 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
83% 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
90% 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
100% 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
82% 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
55% 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
23% 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
29% 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
76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Here's what matters most: You will laugh. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2016
51% 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
72% 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
93% Newtown (2016) [A] transfixing documentary portrait of collective grief and resilience. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 5, 2016
No Score Yet 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
97% 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
81% 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
93% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) Rich in cultural specifics but also universal longings. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016
29% 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
63% 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
63% 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
76% 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
No Score Yet 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
38% Come What May (2016) Come What May stirs little suspense or unease as it cuts between these stories. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 7, 2016
35% Max Rose (2016) The final scenes offer unconvincing revelations, reassurances, and reconciliations. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 30, 2016
92% Howards End (1992) An enticing, elegant pleasure, alive with light and talk. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 24, 2016
92% 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
87% 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
90% 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
100% Ixcanul (2016) A work of tender long-take portraiture ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2016