Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
60% Tesla (2020) What's most amazing about Tesla's ensemble cast is that they can define their characters with a few bold strokes, negotiate abruptly shifting styles, and still remain compatible with one another... - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
100% Coup 53 (2020) Ten years in the making, Coup 53 is a personal essay, an extraordinarily researched historical document, and a film about the process of its own making. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
93% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Running 156 minutes, Da 5 Bloods is both sprawling and intimate -- a genre movie packed with film references and familiar narrative ploys and twists, and a psychodrama that's both collective and individual. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
100% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Collective gives us a glimpse of the top-the gangster hospital managers and the government functionaries who appointed them, all helping themselves to taxpayer money while providing care that kills. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Watch Never Rarely Sometimes Always and then turn your attention to all the Autumns in the real world, endangered now more than ever before. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
73% The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) (2001) I found The Pianist unpleasant but, as a case study of female desire, repression, and oedipal trauma, not at all outré. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
100% I Wish I Knew (Hai shang chuan qi) (2020) One of Jia's directorial gifts, as he has proven in his documentary, fiction, and hybrid films, is to capture human beings in all their complexity and mystery no matter how brief their appearance before the camera. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
96% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) Barzini allows her son to film her even as she tells him that his images are of no value to neither her nor him because rather than aid memory, images destroy it... - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
91% High Flying Bird (2019) When screenplays are as psychologically rich and dexterously constructed as McCraney's, you have to think twice about assigning total creative ownership to the films' directors. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
96% Atlantics (2019) It's a lot to handle in a debut feature but thanks to ambition, intelligence, and the desire to relate a story that is seldom told from the inside, [Mati] Diop... pulls it off almost without a hitch. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
83% Mulholland Drive (2001) David Lynch's genuinely scary Hollywood horror film... - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
50% Trouble Every Day (Gargoyle) (2001) As messy in conception as in its bloody mise en scène, it's the first misstep in her career. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
91% Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002) ...a gorgeous landscape movie shot in digital video, which, since it gives equal focus to everything in the frame, turns out to be a terrific medium for depicting the vast, undifferentiated ice fields of the Great North. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
65% 'R Xmas (2001) I'd welcome another chance to see Abel Ferrara's R-Xmas, a vertiginous, anti-Sopranos riff on middle-class drug dealers...Ferrara's uncharacteristic restraint and understatement registered as a unique accomplishment. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
98% Apocalypse Now (1979) Apocalypse has the expressive extravagance of a Wagner opera-and not merely because the swooping helicopter scene is set to the "Ride of the Valkyries." - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
52% In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) (2002) Éloge de l'Amour has the internal intricacy, precision, and above all, the tenderness of a late Beethoven chamber work. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) ...a remarkably human, emotionally layered invention of the writer, the director, and the actor who plays the character, Meryl Streep. - Artforum EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
86% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic (2013) The movie is packed with articulate people who knew Pryor well, but the clips of the Man himself will leave you weeping for more. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
66% Byzantium (2013) Arterton and Ronan's characters have the determination and brio of true heroines. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
75% S#x Acts (2013) It sounds like a cautionary tale from the Fifties, but Gurfinkel deftly demonstrates how institutionalized misogyny is as virulent as it ever was. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
84% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) Hide Your Smiling Faces is remarkable for the dread it keeps at a slow simmer from the first shot to the last. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
95% The Rocket (2014) Over-produced and shamelessly manipulative, The Rocket employs a cringe-inducing score that cues every desired audience response, including unalloyed uplift at the end. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
88% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) A New York movie as surprising and inventive in showing us the city through the eyes of a runaway boy as Morris Engel's Little Fugitive must have seemed to audiences in 1953. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
100% The Square (Al Midan) (2013) Brilliantly shot by Muhammad Hamdy, filled with passionate, articulate young activists. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
83% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) A rousing portrait of courage and re-silience. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
92% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) [A] most compelling documentaries focused directly on the issues of intellectual property rights and definitions of privacy and secrecy in the digital age. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
83% Google and the World Brain (2013) Brainy, hilarious, and very scary... - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
28% Jobs (2013) A Steve Jobs biopic steeped in the mediocrity its subject despised. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
84% The Way Way Back (2013) Sundance would not be Sundance without a few unbelievably stupid, clichéd, graceless movies in the mix. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
83% Blue Caprice (2013) Blue Caprice is an elegy, perhaps even a tragedy. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
77% Kill Your Darlings (2013) Krokidas's romantic sense of the characters and the moment corresponds precisely to the way those young men saw themselves-at once closeted and defiant, making up the rules of art and sexuality as they went along. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
86% Upstream Color (2013) Upstream Color is a gorgeous movie-the play of sunlight in the visuals is exquisite-but its images of intestinal parasites are, well, off-putting. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
88% Computer Chess (2013) Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess is bracingly idiosyncratic-and close to perfect. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
93% Mother Of George (2013) Mother of George's unique visuals are not only ravishing, they are the keys to the movie's meaning. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
98% Before Midnight (2013) Unleashing a stream of feminist consciousness that is both outraged and outrageous-and cathartic because we are laughing with her, not at her-Céline emerges as a 21st-century hero and Delpy as the Carole Lombard of our time. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
58% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) Mathews and Franco's collaboration is notable for an almost complete absence of the homophobia in which Cruising is saturated. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) The movie pays a long-overdue tribute to their glorious pipes, but also engages with the disconnection between talent and stardom, and while it isn't exactly an exposé of the music industry, infuriating details emerge. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
100% Democrats (2015) As tense as a well-wrought political thriller, Democrats gives us intimate access to the three-year negotiations... - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
86% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013) Resnais breaches multiple conventional boundaries- between ancient and modern, theater and film, and even life and death-and embraces digital postproduction to create a marvelously fluid cinematic space that extends his lifelong surrealist project. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
92% Holy Motors (2012) Holy Motors is lively and entertaining, but every now and then I wished that Carax would commit to one route and follow it to the end. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
95% Night Across the Street (2013) Raúl Ruiz, in Night Across the Street, which, sadly, really is his final movie, builds an oneiric, even more autobiographical memory cache, using the digital tools that define the future of cinema. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
93% Our Children (2013) Lafosse explores the psychological and political truth beneath the tabloid clichés in a spare but furious attack on patriarchal authority. As tragedy, Our Children is both classical and contemporary. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
93% Amour (2012) What makes Amour not only bearable but cathartic is the beauty of the filmmaking and the delicacy of the performances. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
85% The Tree of Life (2011) The Tree of Life in no way measured up. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
80% Melancholia (2011) Von Trier creates a blackly comic delirium that is terrifying and completely exhilarating. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
84% Las Acacias (2012) A small and amazingly rich movie, but its 85 minutes passed as if they were no time at all, and I immediately wanted to see it again, so much did it tap into the experience of being alive in the moment. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
97% This Is Not a Film (2012) The result is a great modernist (i.e. reflexive) movie and a portrait of an artist, creatively and without any self-pity, looking for a way to preserve his freedom simply to represent the world as he sees it. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
88% The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) (2011) [It] contains two of the most mindbogglingly choreographed, thrillingly extended pursuit scenes-one on foot and one in cars-that I've ever seen. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
86% Hard Labor (2015) [It] combines an undercurrent of horror (or more specifically the uncanny) with a realistic depiction of economic collapse, small-business labor/management tension, and a crisis in male identity, particularly among those made redundant. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
99% Le Havre (2011) It's pure Kaurismäki, a graceful, deeply humanist work, and very tough despite its limpid beauty... - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019