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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
No Score Yet 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
88% Santoalla (2017) [A] quiet, immersive true-crime mystery doc ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
68% 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
No Score Yet 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
93% 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
43% 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
100% 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
72% 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
90% 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
67% 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
89% 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
68% 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
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
92% 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
95% 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
70% American Anarchist (2017) 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
53% The Belko Experiment (2017) Don't expect style or invention, much less satire.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Condon and his team have alchemized gold into lead.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
71% 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
20% 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
23% 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