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Amy Taubin

Amy Taubin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% La La Land (2016) No, you don't need to have seen any of [La La Land's] reference points to find it pleasurable and often exquisite entertainment. ‐ 4Columns
Posted Dec 30, 2016
90% Uncle Howard (2016) All this makes the film sound unbearably sad, and at moments it is. But it is also a tribute to Howard's energy and to a wildly improvisatory cultural moment when Beat, punk, and Minimalist aesthetics merged in New York No Wave. ‐ Artforum
Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet Project X (2016) Even at a compressed ten minutes, the anxiety-producing visuals and rhythms of Project X bring to mind two great spy thrillers of the 1970s, Alan J. Pakula's All the President's Men and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor. ‐ Artforum
Posted Nov 23, 2016
90% Into the Inferno (2016) Besides the extraordinary images of volcanic landscapes, the film is, thanks to Oppenheimer's skill as an interviewer, a work of comparative anthropology. ‐ Artforum
Posted Nov 4, 2016
94% Command and Control (2016) As white-knuckle suspenseful as any movie you are likely to see this year. ‐ Artforum
Posted Sep 14, 2016
81% Eva Hesse (2016) It's a measure of Begleiter's documentary skills and her commitment to Hesse's work and vivid presence that such scant materials have resulted in a portrait that is so lively, intelligent, and moving. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 3, 2016
70% Sin Alas (2015) Sin Alas is not a political film; rather it shows how people's lives are defined by personal relationships on which political systems have little effect. ‐ Artforum
Posted May 11, 2016
88% Office (Hua li shang ban zu) (2015) What makes the film dazzling to watch is the combination of To's camera movement, Yun Ng's choreography, and, the biggest surprise, William Chang's production design. ‐ Artforum
Posted Mar 29, 2016
94% Carol (2015) What's remarkable about Carol is that it seems to exist entirely in the present moment-to be precise, in that electric, elastic, heart-stopping/heart-racing present of romantic desire. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2015
No Score Yet My Sex Life (1996) A delayed coming-of-age masterpiece and one of the great French post-New Wave films. ‐ Artforum
Posted Nov 18, 2015
100% McCullin (2013) McCullin, who was nearly seventy-five when the documentary was shot, is an extraordinary narrator of his life and work. ‐ Artforum
Posted Nov 4, 2015
73% Tuesday, After Christmas (2011) Brilliant acting is what distinguishes most Romanian New Wave movies, and here the interactions of Brănescu, Oprişor, and Popistaşu are exceptional. ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 6, 2015
87% Carancho (2011) Trapero is a force, as both a director and a producer, in Argentina's exploding though financially strapped film industry. ‐ Artforum
Posted Oct 6, 2015
76% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) Alex Gibney's twisty, engrossing documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine approaches its subject from an oblique but highly productive angle. ‐ Artforum
Posted Sep 10, 2015
83% Mistress America (2015) Gerwig's and Kirke's performances go beyond words and gestures, making us aware of the characters' inner fantasies of self and other. The movie is unimaginable without them. ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 12, 2015
92% Into The Abyss (2011) Herzog is a superb interviewer, never bludgeoning the interviewees with his power as filmmaker nor shying away out of discretion or discouragement. ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 4, 2015
91% Almayer's Folly (2012) Akerman's control of the expressive elements, particularly the performances, which are at once subdued and theatrical, and the choreography of the long takes, in which actors move through the encroaching jungle, are exceptional. ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 4, 2015
89% Ornette: Made in America (2012) An intricately knit series of riffs on free jazz giant Ornette Coleman, one of the greatest living artists twentieth-century modernism produced. ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 4, 2015
77% Cold Weather (2011) Katz is a triple threat, his editing every bit as important as his writing and directing for his movies' sense of place, shifting tonalities, and emotional vibrations. ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 4, 2015
84% The Flat (2012) One of the most surprising, engaging, and psychologically complex documentaries of recent years. ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 4, 2015
95% Nothing But a Man (1963) One of the great American independent films and one of the great films about how racism defines African American masculinity. ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 4, 2015
85% Nenette (2010) Like all great stars, Nénette is an enigma. ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 4, 2015
No Score Yet Chekhov for Children (2010) Freyer uses brief clips from video recordings of British productions of Vanya... and by comparison the actors in P.S. 75's production... are no less truthful and urgent in their depictions of the characters than the great actors. ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 4, 2015
96% The Social Network (2010) What a terrific movie! ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 4, 2015
83% Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2010) The film achieves its stated aim of "humanizing" a great artist and a great star while eschewing pop psychology. ‐ Artforum
Posted Aug 4, 2015
97% Tangerine (2015) Avoiding every cliché of digital realism, Tangerine is alive, vivid, and true to the world of its working-girl characters. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 10, 2015
95% Amy (2015) Despite the ending, which we know even before we buy our tickets, Amy is not a depressing movie. Winehouse put her torn-up feelings and genre samplings inside perfect Brill Building song structures. Kapadia pulls off a similar feat. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jul 8, 2015
100% Last Train Home (2010) Rarely in a documentary does every shot matter as a bearer of emotion and information. Lixin Fan's nonfiction debut, Last Train Home (2009), is just such an exceptional movie. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 2, 2015
85% Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) Tamra Davis's documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child might make you weep (it did me) and might help you better appreciate a painter whose work matters enormously in the history of late-twentieth-century art. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 2, 2015
93% Lovers of Hate (2011) Doubek, Karpovsky, and Kafka should be commended for making their characters thoroughly unappealing while eschewing villainous flourishes. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 2, 2015
88% Araya (1959) A stunning, strangely liminal movie in form and content. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 2, 2015
79% The Informant! (2009) The Informant! is an inspired social satire, a near-perfect single-carat diamond in an age of mindless movie bling. It's a small movie, but not in any sense minor. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
83% The September Issue (2009) Insubstantial though it is, The September Issue has its pleasures and even revelations. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
81% Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009) My affection for Thirst has mostly to do with the performance of Kim Ok-vin as Tae-ju, a sullen household slave who's transformed into a ravenous, punishing bloodsucker. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) Mostly I love Harry Potter for the actors ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
87% Treeless Mountain (2009) What makes this slight narrative compelling is that it is told entirely from the children's point of view, synced to their perceptions and to the mercurial emotions that color them. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
100% Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Without a doubt, this is a film by a brilliantly talented artist with a rigorous intellect, a formal sophistication, and an emotional empathy astounding for someone her age. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
94% Milk (2008) Penn burrows inside his character, capturing not only Milk's Long Island Jewish intonations and his gay body language but also the intensity of his beliefs and the particular mix of fear and desire through which he viewed the world. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
80% Ashes of Time Redux (2008) If Wong Kar-wai's Ashes of Time Redux (2008) is not the most beautiful movie ever made, then at least its beauty is sufficient to obliterate, for the moment, the memory of all others. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
100% The Waiting Room (2012) In a year of exceptionally strong documentaries, The Waiting Room is one of the most urgent and effective. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
86% The Unspeakable Act (2013) The result is a film as sensuous as it is intelligent. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
67% Spring Breakers (2013) The most extraordinary thing about Korine's direction is how he gradually shifts the position of the viewer from self-possessed outsider looking in to complete immersion during a denouement where there is no one worth rooting for. ‐ Artforum
Posted Jun 1, 2015
89% Fatima (2016) A film that brings clarity and even a sense of exhilaration to the struggle of mother and daughters to succeed on their own terms and for one another. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted May 28, 2015
83% Results (2015) Andrew Bujalski's entrance into the world of professional actors and state-of-the-art digital cameras happily keeps the distinguishing characteristics of America's most idiosyncratic lo-fi auteur intact. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
99% About Elly (2015) We might not care about any of the characters -- it's doubtful that Farhadi wants us to -- but it's difficult to escape the implication that their situation reflects that of their entire society and, in many ways, our own. ‐ Artforum
Posted Apr 9, 2015
89% The Exiles (1961) The question of who is looking and to what end is barely posed, let alone answered. ‐ Artforum
Posted Mar 16, 2015
96% Restrepo (2010) No one in Restrepo analyzes the war in Afghanistan in political terms or even describes it in terms of goals larger than the day-to-day mission. And yet, simply by bearing witness, the movie is a call to action. ‐ Artforum
Posted Mar 16, 2015
85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) The subject of Merchants of Doubt is the catastrophe of global climate change, which is engulfing us even faster than predicted. Kenner doesn't waste time proving, in this terse, brilliantly argued movie, that climate change is happening. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2015
67% Le Beau Monde (2014) I can't think of another movie that articulates the conflicts in its young heroine's life as intelligently, consistently, and subtly as this one does, while eschewing snark or exaggeration. ‐ Artforum
Posted Feb 27, 2015
27% Je m'appelle Hmmm... (My Name Is Hmmm...) (2014) Delicate, tough, and heartbreakingly sad. ‐ Artforum
Posted Feb 2, 2015