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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
96% I Called Him Morgan (2017) Collin, in collaboration with cinematographer Bradford Young, has filled out the usual with a vital evocation of the bandleader's milieu, often with new 16mm footage that audiences might take for an archival find.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
47% Bokeh (2017) [A] subtly comic drama, shot with a gliding camera and a pleasing minimalist style ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
63% American Anarchist (2016) Siskel turns many interviews into interrogations, browbeating his subject, demanding dramatic apologies, eager to expose a hypocrisy that Powell doesn't seem to have in him.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
44% The Belko Experiment (2017) Don't expect style or invention, much less satire.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
70% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Condon and his team have alchemized gold into lead.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
67% Who's Crazy? (2017) Thomas White's lost-and-found avant-lulu Who's Crazy? pulses with the newly possible.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
21% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) Love, battles, an abscess that, once lanced, spews like a mustard packet stomped on a sidewalk - this movie's got everything except gravity or a sense of emotional coherence.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
19% Table 19 (2017) Everything you would expect happens, but little of it is funny or affecting.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
100% Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari) (1954) With rare humanity, Mizoguchi reveals the toll these misadventures take on the souls of both men and their wives, many moments an uncanny synthesis of the realistic and the otherworldly.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
68% Contemporary Color (2017) Color smooshes together many nights of life into one shimmering present, in this case an explosion of movement and music, color and fabric, show-faces and determined rehearsals, all into one vibrant now.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
91% Punching Henry (2017) Well observed and sometimes hilarious ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
92% Logan (2017) Logan is a punch in the gut in all the right ways.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) Get Out is searing satire, with scary/comic riffs on slavery and assimilation, but it's also a smashing crowd-pleaser of a horror film ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
67% American Fable (2017) Hamilton crosses farmer's-revenge melodrama with coming-of-age reverie and found-a-genie fairy tale, balancing expressive location photography with her cast's low-key naturalism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) The film is sometimes too sentimental, too predictable in its drift, but electric in individual moments.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
64% Dark Night (2017) [Sutton] has a poet's vision, rendering familiar American nowheres into dreamscapes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
95% Oklahoma City (2017) The film is brisk, tense and informative, always compelling as it surveys the rise of the right-wing militias that boomed in the Clinton era.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
75% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
83% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
80% Barry (2016) These moments proceed like comic-book panels, each communicating a single point, with little nuance for us to discover.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
10% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
96% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
86% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
97% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
93% Notes on Blindness (2016) The filmmakers create art out of what too often is a documentary stopgap.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
100% The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016) It's rare that a film this outraged is also this calm.‐ Village Voice
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Here's what matters most: You will laugh.‐ Village Voice
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
71% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016