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Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
63% The Oath (2018) I somehow never once found myself tempted to sneak a peek at my phone to check in on our real American hellscape.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
89% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) With piercing hilarity, The Kindergarten Teacher dares us to work out for ourselves, from moment to moment, whether Lisa is a hero, a monster, or something in between.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
94% The Sentence (2018) Here's a true surprise in 2018: a documentary about an American injustice that will likely leave you, by its end, blubbering tears of relieved joy.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
30% Loving Pablo (2018) A lavishly entertaining, deeply amoral drug-life biopic that's never believable for a second.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) What fun is a puzzle box with contents that are so common?‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
96% The Hate U Give (2018) The film runs 132 minutes, but everything in it is vital.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A pleasurably breezy crime story and character study.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
93% Private Life (2018) Jenkins allows both of her leads actually to be leads: They share the film and most scenes, and much of its vital power arises from the connection between them.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
30% Loving Pablo (2018) More a greatest hits than a story, the kind of radically compressed life-of-a-legend movie where everything happens in a giddy, ridiculous gush.‐ Miami New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
88% Studio 54 (2018) This all makes for a shallow but vivid history.‐ New Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
98% Science Fair (2018) Science Fair has been engineered to please crowds, and at that it's a rousing success.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
86% Colette (2018) Colette has little to tell us about actual writing, the endless hours spent toiling with the page, but it's electric on the subject of how the world was changing - and how she seized from the chaos the life that she truly wanted.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
98% Free Solo (2018) To watch Honnold think through each ledge of his climbs can stop the heart; to watch him navigate human emotion might melt it.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
65% American Chaos (2018) The film, I suspect, will have some minor historical value, but I fear that watching Stern well up on election night won't offer much insight to people alive now.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
64% Lizzie (2018) While dutifully feminist in its outlook, the film strips Lizzie while never laying her bare.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
71% Assassination Nation (2018) While sometimes messy, this material is emotionally resonant and cinematically alive.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Roth's film is a funhouse throwback, a scare-the-kids goof with a top-shelf cast, an antique shop's worth of creepy windup dolls and more heart than you might expect - and, like those jack-o'-lanterns, it's got more teeth, too.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
97% Blaze (2018) Like the songwriters who fascinate him, Hawke is committed to eschewing cliché, to emotional truth and to refusing to pander. He also admirably resists indulging in the myth that drunken obscurity is romantic.‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
59% White Boy Rick (2018) Demange's film is overstuffed with incident, with proper nouns introduced without much context, with twists and betrayals that don't hit that hard. But it's also alive with excellent actors...‐ Denver Westword
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
83% Active Measures (2018) Active Measures is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the mind.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) Rather than the cagey, caged mastermind who later would play dumb at trial, this Eichmann is just another movie bad guy - and Operation Finale is just another movie.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
100% Pick of the Litter (2018) It would be a surprise if Pick of the Litter doesn't win over most viewers.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) With Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Robert Zemeckis aspired to a cartoon Chinatown. For his own genre-bent L.A. noir, Henson seems only to be aiming as high as the few jokeless scenes in The Naked Gun movies.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
100% Maison du Bonheur (2017) Bohdanowicz undertook the project without having previously met her subject, but for both the filmmaker and her audience, making Sellam's acquaintance proves a rare pleasure.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
95% Crime + Punishment (2018) Through sensitive portraiture and vigorous investigative reporting, it tracks the struggle of minority police officers within the NYPD to reshape the culture of law enforcement itself.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
89% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) Faraut's film doesn't just put us courtside - it steeps us in the legend's boiling mind.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
90% We the Animals (2018) An impressionistic swirl of a film about masculinity, about abuse, about growing up queer, about chaotic family life, about the jumble of incidents and stirrings through which a child discovers a self.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) Turteltaub is better at the scenes of conceiving cockamamie plans than at the unleashing of cockamamie-ness. He only occasionally suggests the mystery and majesty of his monster and exhibits little feel for suspense.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
No Score Yet 317th Platoon (1965) Surveying the doomed 1954 retreat of French and Laotian soldiers, Schoendoerffer exposes, with a reporter's eye, the horrors that were and the horrors to come.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
67% Summer of '84 (2018) Once Summer of '84 kicks in, it kicks hard, and in its darkest moments, I was hoping the filmmakers had sprung on us a dream-sequence fake-out, perhaps in honor of Brian De Palma.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Even... rushing through a story better articulated in the book, the filmmakers demonstrate that neither they nor this adaptation can be easily written off.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
93% Nico, 1988 (2018) [A] precise, piercing study of the star's last years.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
100% Milla (2018) Nervy restlessness pulses beneath the surface. There's always something that matters that these characters just can't quite seize.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Hollywood doesn't know what to do with Kate McKinnon, so The Spy Who Dumped Me was perhaps inevitable.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
90% Gavagai (2018) Gavagai offers moments of sublimity unlike anything you'll see in most contemporary movies. It also tests the patience.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
No Score Yet Prairie Trilogy (2018) Prairie Fire is a hoot, a joy, a thrill, rich with local color and indelible plains photography. Survivor and Rebel Earth, by contrast, are elegiac, but often joyously so.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
82% Puzzle (2018) Likely to charm and move audiences even as its particulars often fail to suggest the real world.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Fuqua has always been adept at stirring a moody, anticipatory anxiety, at the anticipation of violence, but the buildup often proves more engaging onscreen than the actual onslaught.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
45% Generation Wealth (2018) It's a survey, a diagnosis, a mea culpa, a reunion, a memoir, and a sometimes exhausting plea for us to be better. Like her subjects, like America, it's everything at once.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
93% Blindspotting (2018) Superb and daring ... a thrilling, riotous, language-drunk elegy and celebration for this most unfixed of cities.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
28% Shock and Awe (2018) Reiner's film is too Reiner to pass for history, but it's awfully gratifying.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) I almost admire the laziness of the scripting. In this overworked, underpaid country of ours, why begrudge a screenwriter seizing the chance to knock off early?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) There's no excuse for all that shooting, either morally, on the part of the filmmakers, or practically, on the part of the villains.‐ Miami New Times
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
83% Moss (2018) There's an edge to the head-trip and the river journey, a sense not just of the characters' freedom but also of their limited options and never-articulated desperation.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
89% The Citizen (Az Allampolgar) (2018) Vranik's film couldn't be more timely in its moral inquiry, but it's timeless in form and technique, a melodrama tempered with a painstaking realism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
82% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) Here the vice is familiar but still worth satirizing...the performances are convincing, each actor committed to a gently heightened naturalism no matter how outlandish the film's reality gets.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
53% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) The good intentions it carries out to the plains don't make up for the tentative falseness at its center, a hero who could herself benefit from a portraitist's clear vision.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
93% This Is Congo (2018) It's harrowing footage, raw and intimate; its opposite is the jubilant bustle of the liberated city, of a people ecstatic that, for a while, their normal will be less deadly.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
91% Spielberg (2017) Lacy's doc offers some insights directly and might nudge you to others.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
97% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) A film of uneasy grandeur, at once offhand and gently mythic...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018