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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 90% Raw (2017) Its command of tone is constant, even in the film's darkly droll final moments, during which you may not know whether to laugh or gag.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
78% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong: Skull Island is admirable in its desire to get right into the good stuff. ‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/4 96% Neruda (2016) "Neruda" is a delightful mishmash of two disparate genres: the biopic and film noir.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Kids don't always need talking animals for entertainment. The more challenging, rewarding goal is to meet children halfway, seeing them without judgment for who they are.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
97% Moonlight (2016) The most remarkable thing about Moonlight is how three different actors play Kevin/Chiron, and each version adds resonance to the other two.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
82% A United Kingdom (2017) A United Kingdom weaves history and character until they're one in the same, and the victories are all the more satisfying for it.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
6% Rings (2017) Rings is the worst horror film in years. Unintentionally funny, with zero scares and piss poor performances, its best hope is to serve as a cautionary tale for future horror filmmakers.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
42% Gold (2017) Gold suffers from a minor identity crisis. It can't decide whether it wants to be a parable, a crime drama, or an old-fashioned adventure.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
75% Split (2017) It is a measure of Shyamalan's success that he finds room for so many different moods and feelings. The director may never return to his place in the film canon, but here he makes a case for a unique, intriguing new niche.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
83% Julieta (2016) There are hard-learned lessons in Julieta, and they all amount to the need for empathy.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
2.5/4 32% Monster Trucks (2017) Long after the novelty of the premise runs out of gas, it's sheer moviemaking craft that fuels this effects-driven action-family hybrid.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
81% The Revenant (2015) While parts of it are thrilling, this is a bloated film by a director who is full of himself, and it shows.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
85% Silence (2017) No matter the depth or absence of one's faith, this is a film that tests our biases and stirs our feelings in uncommon, profound ways.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
95% Neither Heaven nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre) (2016) For patient audiences who do not think in strict genre terms, there is plenty here that'll creep you out.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
90% Another Evil (2017) This film could be the announcement of a major horror filmmaker.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) In his directing and writing debut, Nicolas Pesce strikes a grim balance between disgust and sympathy and takes his premise to its inexorable conclusion.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
84% Deadpool (2016) A more rebellious Deadpool would comment on how its climax looks just like every other Marvel climax, but instead there's safety to the tone that veers only from amusing to dull.‐ Washington City Paper
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
1/4 40% Why Him? (2016) "Why Him?" has little curiosity about the impulses that drive its characters, relying instead on stale generation-gap humor.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/4 90% Blood On The Mountain (2016) "Blood on the Mountain" is unapologetic about its one-sided viewpoint: the lawyers, academics and miners interviewed are all pro-union. There may be good reason.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/4 96% Seasons (Les saisons) (2016) Through gorgeous cinematography and understated musical cues, Perrin and Cluzaud find a note of serenity that's notably absent from YouTube cat videos.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 94% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) What elevates the film is not just its beautiful setting in the French Pyrenees but also how the beautiful mountain exteriors serve as a metaphor for characters' inner lives.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
1.5/4 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) It is the sort of inoffensive comedy that fails to evoke any strong reaction - including laughter.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 60% Desierto (2016) Cuarón's larger point - one that he pursues with every frame - is that border crossers deserve our sympathy. They have dreams, flaws and feelings.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
1.5/4 84% Kicks (2016) Tipping's admittedly artful style is relatively ambiguous, focusing mostly on cheap visceral thrills, to the point where it's impossible to glean what he thinks about the depths to which Brandon will go.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 92% Demon (2016) Wrona jumbles several genres together, including dark comedy, to illuminate larger, more ambitious themes.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/4 88% Other People (2016) Poignancy is a difficult thing to achieve, since it can come off as inauthentic or dumb. "Other People" gets there because David, Norman and Joanne do not want our pity.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
3.5/4 72% My King (Mon roi) (2016) "My King" brims with intimate details, adding to a sense of authenticity that is rarely found in films.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
2.5/4 89% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) What makes "Miss Sharon Jones" most captivating is how its subject, in spite of hardship, remains a magnetic stage presence.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
2/4 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Paradoxically, "Don't Think Twice" feels both dramatically thin and overstuffed.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
0/4 4% Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016) D'Souza lets scenes drag, jumping through history in ways that quash any sense of discovery and creating an overall sense of boredom.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
1.5/4 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Even DeMonaco seems bored by the sieges, escapes and gun battles. Silly one-liners are the only saving grace, and that's because such acting veterans as Williamson know how to sell them.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 100% As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM (2016) Although "As I AM" sometimes gets lost in the weeds of the club scene and Goldstein's personal entanglements, it approaches the central irony of his life with both clarity and sadness, honoring its subject with a frankness he would have appreciated.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/4 22% Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016) The story of Brazilian soccer's ascension to the world stage is a remarkable one, and the film would have benefitted if the Zimbalists had found a way to add a bit of depth - or even doubt - to the legend.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
0.5/4 0% Sundown (2016) The best thing about "Sundown" is that it's too dumb to be offensive.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
1.5/4 56% Sold (2016) "Sold" is maudlin in a way that makes its audience, paradoxically, feel good, albeit superficially. A story of human trafficking should move us on a deeper, more uncomfortable level.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/4 90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) Just as the men and women at Calvin's Barbershop are older and have more responsibilities, so too is "Barbershop: The Next Cut" more mature than its cinematic predecessors.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
1/4 33% Ktown Cowboys (2016) If it's meant to disabuse us of ethnic stereotypes, it only accomplishes that by substituting one offensive caricature - man-children behaving badly - for another.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
2.5/4 60% Race (2016) The script and direction of "Race" are both workmanlike and serve the film well, helping us to see Owens and Snyder as ordinary people with extraordinary gifts.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
1/4 25% The Benefactor (2016) The only remarkable thing about it is Gere, who really should stick to filmmakers worthy of his talent.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 42% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) It's a tentative, half-realized tale that ultimately suffers from a significant identity crisis.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
2/4 93% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) Ultimately, the material starts to feel thin, with Guzmán attempting to cover everything in less than 90 minutes.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
4/4 93% Censored Voices (2015) "Censored Voices" is an essential documentary. Its subject is nothing less than loss of innocence, the seeds of hatred and the illusory nature of victory.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 95% In Jackson Heights (2015) At just over three hours, the nontraditional storytelling of "In Jackson Heights" is a challenge. Still, Wiseman's fly-on-the-wall conceit is immersive, even comforting.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
3.5/4 100% Kilo Two Bravo (2015) Few war films are entertaining in a traditional sense. This one is so relentless that recoiling from it is nearly impossible.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
1.5/4 66% Nasty Baby (2015) Ultimately, Silva's uneven command of tone undoes whatever goodwill his actors have managed to generate. They - and we - deserve much better than this.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
3.5/4 88% Difret (2015) This film is a necessary reminder of what can happen when people preserve tradition for its own sake.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/4 61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) This is not a great film, yet for the right audience it could be an entertaining one.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
2.5/4 29% Addicted To Fresno (2015) Strong lead performances and an energetic supporting cast elevate the uneven material.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
2/4 73% The Keeping Room (2015) "The Keeping Room" amounts to a series of similar verses of the same song, repeating its themes until the drama veers from horror to tedium. Unwavering pessimism is an inadequate substitute for nuance or complexity.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
3/4 81% The New Girlfriend (2015) In Ozon's confident hands, "The New Girlfriend" has moments that juxtapose gentle humor and surprising depth of feeling.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015