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Alan Zilberman

Alan Zilberman
Alan Zilberman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Brightest Young Things

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
54% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) It halfheartedly attempts something that engages our minds, only to abandon it in favor of a creature feature that borderline insults our intelligence.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
55% Tag (2018) Like most winning comedies, Tag finds unique, plausibly human quirks for its major characters, and puts them in situations where they cannot help but act on them. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
2.5/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) This sequel continues the story as nothing has changed in the past fourteen years. That is to the film's credit, and also its detriment.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4.5/5 90% Hereditary (2018) It is indeed an intense film, more creepy than scary, and just may make your skin crawl.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3.5/5 67% Ocean's 8 (2018) Anne Hathaway completely steals the show. Her performance is pure screwball: she is sexy, ditzy, cunning, and funny all at once. ‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
4.5/5 95% Zama (2018) This is the sort of comedy that's not exactly funny. Its points are too angry - and dispassionately argued - to be a laugh riot.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
95% Filmworker (2018) We should thank Vitali the next time we see 2001: A Space Odyssey, even if Filmworker does not bring us any closer to understanding the man most responsible for it.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
5/5 96% First Reformed (2018) The best praise I can give First Reformed is that it makes powerful people feel uncomfortable.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
2.5/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) This is a film that prefers the version of Han Solo where Greedo shoots first.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3.5/5 85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) It is the rare drama that treats crippling everyday anxiety with the respect it deserves.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
89% Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...) (2018) It meanders sometimes, and some of its jokes are almost certainly funnier in the original language. But it is rare to see comedy entertainment this ambitious, or keenly aware of history. That Garbarski pulls it off is an achievement unto itself.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
4/5 86% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) It is frustrating at times, even meandering, yet it captures Jones' appeal with terrific performances and shrewd editing.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
1.5/5 45% Measure of a Man (2018) It introduces serious topics, including the Holocaust and sexual repression, only to disregard them in favor of story that hardly goes anywhere.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3.5/5 93% RBG (2018) Ruth Bader Ginsburg certainly deserves more than to be a meme. Then again, in an ironic sense there is no better evidence of her lasting impression on American history.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
87% Tully (2018) This is a film about mothers and motherhood, but through its stubborn empathy, even people who will never be parents have some idea of just how exhausting and unfair it can be.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/5 82% Ghost Stories (2018) While this material must have been effective on stage, it pales in comparison to how the horror genre has advanced over the past few years.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) If the Marvel Cinematic Universe aims to reshape popular entertainment, it needs to move beyond climax after climax with unremarkable, repetitive violence.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
5/5 97% The Rider (2018) What makes the film special is director Chloé Zhao's empathy for her subjects. ‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/4 95% Sweet Country (2018) If the movie's outlook is less than hopeful, it nevertheless suggests that there is still time to learn from our mistakes.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
3.5/4 87% The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018) "The Workshop" never lets us know exactly what anyone really thinks. These tantalizing clues only add to the film's allure.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
3.5/5 83% Blockers (2018) We've come a long way since the absent parents of Risky Business.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) For a lean 90 minutes, no one will have a moment to consider such detail. They will be too busy staying quiet, covering their mouths and eyes, in utter fear of what will happen next to this devoted family.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/4 80% Chappaquiddick (2018) A challenging character study, punctuated by moments of uneasy suspense and dark humor.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2018
4/5 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) One of the film's many joys is to watch Wes Anderson's furry, soft-spoken heroes handle an absence of nurture.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2.5/5 48% Tomb Raider (2018) No one seems to realize they are supposed to have a little fun with this material.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) This is heady stuff, and the script by Jennifer Lee trusts that children can intuit visual metaphors better than what they represent...DuVernay created a film celebrating intelligence, courage, and self-worth.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2.5/5 82% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) It is a cinematic oddity, insofar its genre and tone are atypical for animation. Unfortunately, what is unique is not necessarily worthwhile.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) Bombshell is a decent, albeit uninspired introduction to a unique figure who secretly succeeded at everything she attempted.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) 12 Years a Slave is more important than disturbing. McQueen is unafraid to regard indignity with honesty, which is why his latest film is both historic and ferociously modern.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
95% The Artist (2011) The nightmare is the best scene in The Artist because it subverts the tenets of silent film while articulating George's genuine terror....The final stretches [though] are where The Artist loses command of its tone.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
35% Nostalgia (2018) Issues notwithstanding, this is a film of rare wisdom. It is not traditionally entertaining, and yet the broad canvas of characters ensure that everyone in the audience will empathize with at least one of them.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/4 81% The Party (2018) Potter's cast never overstays its welcome, giving us plenty to think - and talk - about, and in a scant 71 minutes.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
4.5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Like T'Challa's step toward becoming a world leader, Black Panther shows the next generation of comic book films how it's done. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/4 71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) Nothing about this film feels remotely safe.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
3.5/5 100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) What makes this crop interesting is that they include one of the best nominees in recent years, and one of the most terrible.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) This film is a straightforward drama-with flourishes of surreal imagery-that's anchored by a star-making performance. You cannot take your eyes off Daniela Vega, and you may get the sense she does not want you to.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2.5/5 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) This is a film with its heart in the right place, to the point it has little balance elsewhere.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
86% Vazante (2018) Some scenes are languid, while others are seemingly pointless, yet they culminate toward a final shot as striking and powerful as anything in the usual crop of Oscar bait.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
2.5/5 74% Mom and Dad (2018) The film's smart ideas give way to something typical. And up until now, "typical" is a word the filmmaker managed to avoid.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
2/4 84% The Final Year (2018) "The Final Year" teeters toward insight, only to turn its attention to personalities.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) I suspect that many audiences may cringe at this film, or possibly be repulsed by it, but those who accept its weird premise will have their hearts and imaginations plucked.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
2.5/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) The trouble is that Plummer's performance, which is unapologetic and deliciously mean, overshadows all the others. ‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
4/5 87% The Post (2018) Spielberg's latest works as entertainment, but he not so secretly wants the audience to run from the theaters and donate to the ACLU.‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
4/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) How Alma and Woodcock find harmony is fascinating, even a little odd, since they avoid the typical path of a couple in love. ‐ Brightest Young Things
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) A lot of Call Me By Your Name has a hazy, meandering quality to it. In its final moments, as summer draws to a close, Ivory's script and the performances shift into sharp focus. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Given his own failed attempts at becoming an auteur, it is all too perfect that James Franco finally finds his muse, successfully humanizing one of cinema's few genuine eccentrics.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
97% Coco (2017) Coco is an improvement, drawing upon magic realism and dizzying technical detail to create an immersive entertainment that never condescends to its audience.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
100% The Farthest (2017) Ultimately, The Farthest is a traditional documentary, brimming with detail and entertainment, and Reynolds does not even need to include Neil Degrasse Tyson's shtick. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
100% The Work (2017) It has a remarkable premise. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) To its detriment, Justice League constantly invites comparisons to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If Snyder's latest inspires any passion, it will be among the tiresome, inevitable squabbling between DC vs. Marvel fanboys.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017