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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
96% 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
76% The King (2018) I'd probably love this film's wandering spirit and Elvis-is-everywhere philosophizing if it were half as fast or twice as long, if it pinned any thought down long enough to really TCB.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
50% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) The film is about being overwhelmed by Los Angeles, its sprawling indifference, but also about finding your place in it - and even, at times, its welcoming warmth.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
93% Eating Animals (2018) As a work of sustained, thoughtful inquiry, Eating Animals is a bust; as a reminder of what we should all be thinking about, though, it's searing.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
74% The Year of Spectacular Men (2018) A brisk, breezy, sharp-elbowed, sexually frank, occasionally shout-y, often hilarious comedy...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
66% Ocean's 8 (2018) You've got stars, gowns, and crisp montage sequences of team building and crime planning... The pleasures of Ocean's 8 are just what you think they'll be.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
75% Bernard and Huey (2018) As you might hope for a film with a script from the great Jules Feiffer, Dan Mirvish's Bernard and Huey bristles with anxious, circuitous, hilarious talk.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
21% Rodin (2018) The real Rodin imbued his clay with reverent, lusty life, while Doillon merely offers a buffet of nude day players.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
85% Upgrade (2018) Upgrade offers memorable, legible fights, a compelling bombed-out retro-apocalyptic look and a mystery that seems obvious at the start but then keeps twisting.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
86% American Animals (2018) The movie turned my stomach.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
76% The Misandrists (2018) Rest assured, LaBruce has thought all this through and has answers that do more than provoke.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
33% Mary Shelley (2018) Nothing about it is inspired, save some of Sturridge's Byronic mood swings.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
No Score Yet Les Parents Terribles (The Storm Within) (1948) A film that, while stagebound, is alive at every moment to the possibilities of the screen.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo, like the Falcon in Empire, tends to sputter just when it should leap into hyperdrive.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
89% That Summer (2018) This footage is more incidental, less mysterious and revelatory than in Grey Gardens. But, still, it's more of the Edies, which makes it priceless.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
96% First Reformed (2018) A fascinating work of almost mixed media: Ingmar Bergman and Robert Bresson meet outraged editorial cartooning meet the it-always-builds-to-violence pulp sensibility of the movie brats.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) Rather than face its own moral incoherence, Deadpool 2 blinks.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
70% The Seagull (2018) This Seagull...has much to recommend.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) A film that will set midnight movie devotees cheering for generations...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
84% Mountain (2018) Its heights might on occasion yank your stomach to the theater floor, but much of Mountain is a bit of a bliss-out, a chance to contemplate the planet's most remote and dangerous places and our relationship to them.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
100% One October (2018) The election, the 2008 financial crash, the sense that the city is becoming less habitable for the non-wealthy: This is One October's bracing context.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
94% Beast (2018) Writer-director Pearce, making his feature debut, proves dedicated to a psychological naturalism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
100% Edward II (1992) Jarman's sparely elegant but urgently brazen recasting of Marlowe's tragedy seizes the theme of the historic (and artistic) vilification of homosexuality.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
48% Mrs. Hyde (Madame Hyde) (2018) The setup is laborious, but the payoff made me roar.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
45% Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) Simply put, there's not much suspense here, and Fly's occasional efforts at thriller-style confrontations and killings prove less fascinating than Pasha's justifications.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The cliffhanger climax of Infinity War left the audience at my screening in a state that I can only describe with the most tired of critical clichés: They were stunned.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
45% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) It's stuck between earnest examination of a case and exploitative hustle - and is unlikely to please the audiences interested in either.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) Like old friends from high school who aren't much fun anymore, Broken Lizard seem more comfortable recalling the good times than generating them.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) The film - which is nowhere near as interesting as LaBeouf's performance - is hopelessly reductive about its subjects' psychology even as it mocks the press of 1980 for being reductive about its subjects' psychology.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
95% Liquid Sky (1983) The film might sound ludicrous, and it is often funny - intentionally - but it's impassioned rather than some grim joke.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
77% Beirut (2018) The pleasure...of Beirut is watching Hamm and his associates encounter the conflicting factions at play, work out what's actually going on, and then find a way to defuse the situation, most likely by getting each involved party what it wants.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
71% Acorn and the Firestorm (2018) Fitfully illuminating, haphazardly structured, and terribly titled...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
92% Lean on Pete (2018) By the end, in its painstakingly observational way, Lean on Pete had devastated me twice and hung me there in a state of tense uncertainty for thirty or forty minutes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
100% Good Luck (2017) Good Luck often proves enthralling...as Russell surveys workers standing on opposite hemispheres of our Earth and hauling to the surface the treasure within it.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
80% Chappaquiddick (2018) Curran's film, often enthralling and upsetting, represents a welcome break in the hagiographic treatment the longtime Lion of the Senate enjoyed in the years leading up to his 2009 death.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
48% The Last Movie Star (2018) Meandering and maudlin and drearily predictable ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
74% The China Hustle (2018) Rothstein builds a persuasive case, laying out with clarity and disgust a hugely lucrative and destructive new investment scam that boomed in the years immediately following the 2008 financial crash.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
73% Final Portrait (2018) The film captures the outside appearances of an artist at work and then suggests, humbly, that the work inside, the trick of genius, might be so subtle that even the artist can't detect it.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
53% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) There's no way around it: The whole, here, is a mess. Even with the extra minutes, the film seems unfinished, the connections among its disparate scenarios vague and arbitrary.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
48% Tomb Raider (2018) [Vikander] invests herself in Lara Croft, and the filmmakers, unlike the ones Jolie got saddled with, frame her with awe rather than lust. Now if only they could bring some of that awe to the tombs...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
77% Maineland (2018) What's memorable here is the students' talk of their families' economic anxieties, of their hopes to make enough money while young that their own children will feel financially secure, of the ways that American and Chinese life diverge.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) If what teens watch on their screens shapes future teen behavior, Love, Simon's utopian society is a gift to the teens of the future who may grow up on it - and to anyone who has to deal with teens.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
95% 12 Days (12 Jours) (2018) One of the most revealing films about mental health - and mental health bureaucracies - ever made.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) You may surprise yourself ... when, in the final scenes, you realize just how much horror this writer-director and his excellent cast have convinced you to roll with, maybe even to accept as justified.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
97% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) Leaning Into the Wind is a study in seeing, in subordinating one's self to the elements, in creating with nature rather than from it.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
35% The Leisure Seeker (2018) The performers are always lively, often engaging, and sometimes moving, worth our contemplation even when the script flags.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
100% The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) Straub and Huillet invite us to ponder, as the music washes over us, what we can know and what we can't - and to wonder at what here is also false.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
51% Submission (2018) The only suspense lies in wondering whether this film released in 2018 actually is going to unfold like some low-key Nineties Michael Douglas sex thriller set on a college campus ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
84% Mohawk (2018) Ted Geoghegan's swift, slicing thriller Mohawk makes a vigorous case for horror as perhaps the most fitting film genre to capture some truths of American history.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) The performances are superlative: subtle, rumbled, with the sense between husband and wife of a lifetime of love and disappointment.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018