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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, Houston Press

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Bill Frisell, A Portrait (2017) Much applause to Franz for recognizing that and emphasizing above all else what Frisell will be remembered for: that sound, those songs, those bands, that habit of listening.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
100% Miss Kiet's Children (2017) Much like a day at elementary school, this vérité wonder called Miss Kiet's Children is exhausting, heartening, raucous, tender, occasionally dull, sometimes tearful, and ultimately a vital public good.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
100% Quest (2017) [A] tender, humane, gently probing film ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
77% Voyeur (2017) These cameramen are journalists.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Rather than loose, the ensemble often seems underrehearsed, and too many of Winslet's lines have little impact.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
92% Shadowman (2017) [A] heartbreaking doc ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
69% The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017) Garner erupts and expectorates with winning zeal, swatting tennis balls at the mistress and lambasting the very idea of Palos Verdes beauty regimens.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) A likable lite-Victorian dip into the milieu - a bit of fun and dress-up, an alternative to being ground once again through the whole three-ghosts rigamarole.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
97% Coco (2017) Coco gets better as it goes, growing into something stranger and more resonant than its boy's-adventure setup suggests.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
85% Darkest Hour (2017) It's a rousing wiki-deep summary of the gist of Winston Churchill's first month in power, from his assumption of the office of prime minister to his delivery of the second most famous to-arms speech in British history.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
86% Song of Granite (2017) This patient and luminous life-of-the-artist film freshens everything stale about its genre.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
50% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) We spend lots of time watching this guy be disappointed and disappointing, with too many dead stretches in which we can wonder when the plot's shoes will finally start dropping.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
100% The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange) (1936) Its glittering bustle of motion and character always offers new and piercing details.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
29% Hello Again (2017) The techniques of moviemaking distance us, no matter how the camera presses in. The cutting here is quick, the singing prerecorded, the performers' metabolism shut off from ours. We don't share the moments.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
88% Shakespeare Wallah (1966) A breezy and beguiling study, comedy, romance, elegy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
91% Intent to Destroy (2017) Intent to Destroy sometimes plays like a DVD extra ... but it does have value of its own in its interviews with historians, philosophers, and filmmakers and its vintage photos and footage.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
75% 11/8/16 (2017) A slow-burning psychological horror story, a portrait of a country in the moment its people all finally understood just what they were capable of.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
94% A Gray State (2017) The somewhat rare documentary that's actually as illuminating as good print reporting on the same case.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
54% LBJ (2017) The movie is cheering, in its way, which is different from being good, exactly.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
99% God's Own Country (2017) In his debut feature, Lee has crafted a mature love story centered on an immature man facing the fear of even admitting that he needs love at all. It's a film to prize.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
96% Félicité (2017) Gomis's handheld cameras work to keep up with the actors, who seem to move with rare freedom, but he also stages some exquisite and complex flourishes ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) It's not always effective drama, but as an example for thousands of struggling American families, it's a serious breakthrough.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
83% Deliver Us (2017) The filmmakers observe rather than interview or investigate, and much of the film is footage of actual church-sanctioned exorcisms.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
93% Tempestad (2016) Intimate and formally inventive, Huezo's approach situates us right there beside Miriam - it's as if a new acquaintance is unburdening herself to trek south together.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
63% Liberation Day (2017) There's even too little of Laibach's music, which in this performance is, by necessity, somewhat restrained.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
No Score Yet Inspector Maigret (Maigret tend un piège) (1958) The interior scenes fail to honor Simenon's whetted prose.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
65% Breathe (2017) This figgy pudding of a film mostly won me over.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) Sometimes gripping and sometimes silly, a likable entertainment that never purports to resemble in any convincing way the people and times it depicts.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
95% Human Flow (2017) In this respect, Human Flow stuns: It reveals the full breadth of a catastrophe that we might usually think of as piecemeal.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
100% The Departure (2017) Wilson's film, a quiet wonder, emphasizes the courage it takes to choose the hard work of living.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
92% Chavela (2017) The film marvels with her but doesn't have much of an answer. But we do get performances. We hear her on record, from in her youth and in cabaret and concert appearances from late in her life. Every note has majesty. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
33% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Intrigue among the agents and lackeys at the Bureau seems meant to simmer beneath it all, but it's all so lukewarm you might wonder if someone forgot even to turn the stove on.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
93% Spielberg (2017) What's most revealing, here, is his self-awareness, the way that he anticipates and acknowledges what we suspect about him just from viewing the films.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
100% The Old Dark House (1932) Whale wrings potent suspense out of venturing into the shadows, and his technique still impresses ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) Despite some frightening (and effective) scenes of slippery slopes and aggravated wildlife, the film's heart lies in watching these characters discover in themselves and each other the will to press on.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
100% I Am Another You (2017) An excellent, intuitive study of American wanderlust.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
90% Gerald's Game (2017) In bursts, between the memories and the ghostly Who's Afraid of Stephen King? playlets, Flanagan shows that he probably could have made a leaner, meaner, more suspenseful film.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
100% Bugs (2016) It's gently comic, a touch naïve, and somewhat moving: These idealists are ready to fight to keep creepy-crawlies farm to table.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
18% Woodshock (2017) Woodshock is a study of a mind's stoned studying, of its slipping in and out of a haze, rather than one of a mind's unraveling or snapping. It's just as interesting as that sounds - you'll either embrace it or find it agony.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Abdul doesn't seem to fear the loss of his homes and station - he appears mainly to want to stay close to his special friend. Ignoring the rich complexity of these circumstances diminishes the history and its participants.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
94% Stronger (2017) Green often exhibits rare acuity with his scenecraft, finding fresh but unflashy approaches to framing a shot and the movement within it, at his best cuing with some subtlety the emotions that grip his characters.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
84% The King's Choice (2017) The film is handsomely mounted, traditional in its scenecraft, superbly acted, and much less ham-handed than you might expect from a historical drama about a great man's great moment.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
69% Dayveon (2017) No interaction here feels staged or false, though the film itself is often strikingly composed.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
100% Strong Island (2017) Courageous, intimate, heart-rending ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
100% Time to Die (Tiempo de morir) (1966) It's a swift slow burn of a film, the story of a man who once got pushed too far with terrible results now getting pushed too far again, with results that are, as the title suggests, sure to be worse.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
50% Year by the Sea (2017) As it charts its familiar course, the film has soothing, even therapeutic value.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
78% Nobody's Watching (Nadie nos mira) (2017) Solomonoff here exhibits a scrupulous control of her material and milieu that's all too rare in episodic, humanistic indie-movie life studies.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
31% Home Again (2017) Here's a mainstream romantic comedy where the romance isn't that important and where the woman makes all of the decisions - both in front of and behind the camera.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
82% Jesus (2017) Investigates its moral quandaries with a rigor this kind of bad-seed street-teen movie usually can't manage.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
69% Kill Me Please (Mate-me por favor) (2017) Scariest as an examination of what fascinates us, this debut feature will annoy and alienate many, but it's the work of a dynamic new talent.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017