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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
40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) It's exactly the movie it promises to be, but more so.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
49% The Glass Castle (2017) It's the rare star-driven crowd pleaser smart enough to present more than one idea on-screen at a time, a paean to but also warning against cussedness that manages to exhibit some of its own.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
83% The Trip to Spain (2017) The Trip to Spain is a breezy study of aging men afraid they've lost their potency, their command of life, their once-certain enshrinement in the culture. It is at once a desperate echo of long-gone glories and a glory itself.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
98% Whose Streets? (2017) Here's what you didn't see if you aren't from there. Here are the voices you didn't hear if you didn't go there.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
88% This Time Tomorrow (Mañana a esta hora) (2016) Rodriguez presents a series of sharply observed moments in the life of a middle-class Bogotá family, often in unbroken shots in which silence - sometimes companionable, sometimes fraught - is allowed to stretch between the characters.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
93% Icarus (2017) A real-life absurdist thriller that, in its electric coverage of one Russian scandal, can't help but illuminate another ongoing one.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
89% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) While overstuffed and scattershot, this episodic documentary makes a vital argument: That American popular music, especially the blues and rock 'n' roll, owe much more to Native Americans than has been commonly credited.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
100% Sled Dogs (2017) Sled Dogs lifts the heart before tearing it out.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
45% Person to Person (2017) Person to Person is a gently comic slices-of-life drama, the kind where a variety of people's conflicting, occasionally overlapping experience of the city comes together into a messy whole.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
77% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) A somewhat aimless travelogue of meet-and-greets and brand-building ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
0% The Pulitzer at 100 (2017) It's nice to see everyone, but the analysis never runs too deep ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
83% Santoalla (2017) [A] quiet, immersive true-crime mystery doc ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
73% Landline (2017) [A] richly detailed, often moving film; it's less a slice of life than a free-spirited blurt of it.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
100% 500 Years (2017) Messy, rich with feeling, liberated from simple theatrical structures, always honest about what is possible.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
100% Chasing Coral (2017) The film is a devastating success, moving in its beauty and wrenching when that beauty withers.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
82% Kill, Baby, Kill (Operazione paura) (Curse of the Living Dead) (Don't Walk in the Park) (1966) The movie is an immersion as much as it is a narrative.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) The first Spidey flick as ebullient as the comics you read when you were a kid.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
50% Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (2017) In a world in which I couldn't buy Berry's New Collected Poems, I might make an effort to see this again someday, with my eyes shut.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
100% Mali Blues (2017) First-time feature director Gregor never imposes a narrative arc on his subjects; instead, we meet them, hear their hopes and their fears, and then savor performances of singular beauty, power, and invention.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
99% City of Ghosts (2017) Heineman's film urges us not to take any horrors for granted. It is invaluable, as both moral instruction and documented history.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
75% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) Nothing here gets to the central question: Why Elser? In these flashbacks, he witnesses the same horrors that everyone around him does. Why does he do what so many others would not?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
100% In Transit (2015) The film is gently thrilling, often revealing, alive with talk and scenic beauty and well-observed vignettes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
48% Rough Night (2017) The performers are excellent and they score some laughs, but their roles here amount to "the jealous friend" and "the progressive activist."‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
87% Maudie (2017) Maudie is hit-or-miss, but you'll probably bawl anyway.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
86% Scum (1980) One of the great films about boys and violence ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
68% Cars 3 (2017) The thoughtful, thrilling finale retroactively complicates and improves much of the film that it caps, and it left me thinking something else impossible: I'd kind of like to see what happens in Cars 4.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
95% Night School (2017) As an introduction to its arresting, charismatic subjects, Night School is invaluable.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
89% Raising Bertie (2017) Raising Bertie charts nothing less than what it's like to try to grow up free in the prison capital of the world.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) I miss the weird, metaphoric entropy, which Morrison would always score but not narrate, but watching this forgotten history happen is cool, too.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
95% Radio Dreams (2017) The film examines, with wit and patience, the hard work of community-building - and the toll on someone far from home, doing work that's not his calling.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
94% Sami Blood (2017) Sparrock's performance is courageous and compelling. Quiet and observant despite that rage and will, Elle-Marja learns from each slight and wound she endures.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) The story once again centers on Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, a character who at this point makes more sense in a Party City clearance aisle than on a multiplex screen.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
90% Icaros: A Vision (2017) Occasional CGI flourishes don't disappoint so much as they remind us of the challenges of summoning to the screen what the brain simply creates. Icaros comes closer than most movies manage.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
90% Paint It Black (2017) Paint It Black suffers from some rote and repetitive passages, but the layering and twinning prove arresting both in full scenes ... and in grieving, dream-logic montage.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
69% The Wall (2017) Liman, for all his action acuity, struggles to make lying behind a wall exciting.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
55% Lowriders (2017) A movie that mostly rolls out its plot points in a slow, thumping parade.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
No Score Yet Ta'ang (2016) The film runs almost 150 minutes but feels longer, in a good way - it's more a sleepover than a narrative ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
75% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) What lingers from this revelatory life is that compact world Jeanne inhabits, and how each tragedy, each happiness, and each everyday gesture together accrete into the woman we discover again and again.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
17% The Circle (2017) Ponsoldt's film is caught between comedy and paranoid thriller. I fear he half-asses the latter.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
82% Casting JonBenét (2017) Green's doc - like the case at its center - defies resolution or easy answers.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
50% The Promise (2017) The movie's an epic, but the characters are human-scaled; their desperate actions are refreshingly un-aestheticized.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
86% LA 92 (2017) A city's pain gets silenced in order to create a feeling of rising tension - rather than people, everyone in LA 92 is a drop of water in a pot ready to boil.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
100% Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (2017) These Angelenos discovered what they and their neighbors were capable of. Ridley's patient, humane approach allows us, over his film's 145 minutes, to discover it, too.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
68% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) A blur, a Microsoft Encarta entry run blandly amok.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere jabbers amusingly, and there's something touching in his Norman's persistence.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
74% All These Sleepless Nights (2017) The film should stir something true in the chest of anyone who ever was lucky enough to run free in their youth, even if only for a night.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
94% SHOT!: The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock (2017) Rock speaks touchingly of his friendships with Bowie, Reed and Syd Barrett, as well as his addictions. But the thousands of other faces and photos he shot pass much too quickly ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
100% A Kind of Loving (1962) Neither Vic nor Ingrid is an especially compelling presence, but the actors make the sad moments pierce and the bursts of jubilation explode.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
73% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) Few horror debuts unnerve and fascinate as much as this one.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
83% God Knows Where I Am (2017) It plays like the directors believe it's their pushy technique rather than Bishop's plainspoken account that will move us.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017