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Andrew Schenker

Andrew Schenker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 17% A Green Story (2013) Writer-director Nika Agiashvili buys into the concept of the American dream with the zeal of a true believer. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 17, 2013
2.5/4 67% State 194 (2013) It too often feels like just one more aesthetically uninspired documentary that gives way in the end to a special round of pleading for its specific cause. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 12, 2013
2/4 26% Erased (2013) The film seldom pushes beyond the bare-minimum dictates of the thriller, only rarely offering up a memorable action sequence. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 5, 2013
2/5 80% Caroline And Jackie (2013) Before long, the film spills over into a ... somewhat questionable ... portrait of one hysterical woman. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 30, 2013
58% Kiss Of The Damned (2013) A trashy vampire flick in art-film drag, Kiss of the Damned satisfies on neither level. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2013
No Score Yet Turtle Hill, Brooklyn (2013) A spirit of free play defines the proceedings, as the script, penned by the two leads, allows characters to reveal themselves through believably precise bits of booze- and weed-fueled conversation. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2013
63% Unmade In China (2013) All of this could be very funny, but while the film does deliver some strong comic turns, far too much time is spent watching an inactive Kofman whining about his lot ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2013
.5/4 0% Generation Um... (2013) The levels of insight provided into the characters are exactly commensurate with any conceivable viewer's interest in learning more about these nonentities. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2013
3/5 84% Graceland (2013) For all the alleged ethical complexity in this thriller's noirish narrative, everything's a little too neat here, from Marlon's ill wife acting as a motivator to the easy disgust generated from showing a room full of 14-year-old hookers. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 23, 2013
2/4 59% Running From Crazy (2013) Whereas American Dream ended with a moment of genuine devastation, Running from Crazy offers little more than surface-level tear-wringing. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2013
2/4 45% Tai Chi Hero (2013) Stephen Fung's pop-up graphics and jazzy fight scenes feel part of an unwieldy mix in which the director just throws whatever half-baked conceits up on the screen he feels like. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2013
2.5/4 41% Midnight's Children (2013) Preserves much of the novel's intricacy and human drama, perhaps due to Salman Rushdie's involvement as co-screenwriter, even if it remains singularly unremarkable from a cinematic perspective. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2013
2.5/4 No Score Yet Taboor (2012) The sense that all of this is leading somewhere productive, that all of these images are going to add up to something more than a well-sustained mood is ultimately frustrated. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2013
2/4 52% At Any Price (2013) Alternates between business-world morality play, family drama, and portrait of a local community without ever comfortably integrating these disparate elements into his messy stew. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2013
4/5 81% De jueves a domingo (Thursday Till Sunday) (2012) Sotomayor's movie is more than the sum of its carefully accumulated details.‐ Little White Lies
Posted Apr 4, 2013
15% Dorfman in Love (2013) [Gould's] whining in what is otherwise a passable rom-com leaves a bad taste. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 19, 2013
2.5/4 83% The Shine of Day (2013) As in Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's 2009 film, La Pivellina, modesty is the key to The Shine of Day, and sometimes to the detriment of audience involvement and focus. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2013
2/4 No Score Yet Hold Back (2012) The societal observations in Djaidani's film aren't too much more complex than those of the parodied performance artists, though the movie does have its dashes of insight. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2013
3.5/4 96% The Act Of Killing (2013) In Joshua Oppenheimer's extraordinary The Act of Killing, film becomes the medium for a bold historical reckoning--and in more ways than one. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2013
2/4 34% Everybody Has a Plan (2013) Ana Piterbarg's handsome, if uninvolving, film privileges mood over narrative and dumb brooding over character. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2013
2/5 9% If I Were You (2012) The film's comic sense (exemplified by a drunken Harden acting inappropriately) is slack and its dramatic conclusion unfulfilling. ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 12, 2013
3/4 67% Spring Breakers (2013) One of the effects of Harmony Korine's feverish, hypnotic style is that the whole thing feels like a fantasy--or rather a nightmare perversion of the American dream. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2013
89% Girl Rising (2013) Director Richard Robbins delights in dotting his screen with bursts of color, from a shimmering orange dress to the deep purple of a pen cap, while the stories, shaped by anecdotal brevity, are often charmingly modest. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 6, 2013
2.5/4 87% The Silence (2013) The slightly dour tone is the perfect backdrop for the director to skillfully weave together his varied narrative strands in a surprisingly entertaining medley. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 2, 2013
.5/4 26% 21 And Over (2013) By the dictates of the boys-will-be-boys party genre, 21 and Over is so tame that it barely manages to even be offensive. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2013
92% Future Weather (2013) Deller's pacing remains uneven, taking too long to build to a too-rapid finale, but that at least gives her opportunity to focus on the film's main asset, devoting ample time to observing its tetchy, sharply drawn lead. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 27, 2013
2/4 10% Molly's Theory Of Relativity (2013) The characters never sound like they're actually talking to one another, but rather delivering Jeff Lipsky's echo-chamber monologues. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 23, 2013
No Score Yet Northeast (2012) [It has a] nearly complete disinterest in treating its character as anything but a blank figure on which the audience is called upon to project its own sense of alienation. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 19, 2013
1/4 19% Girls Against Boys (2013) Essentially a horror movie in which the source of the horror shifts from capital-M men to crazed lesbianism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2013
79% La pirogue (2013) Given the film's neo-neorealist imperative, the real achievement here is affecting detail within an observational approach. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 23, 2013
2/4 28% The Taste of Money (2013) For all the revelations about the way the rich operate, there's little juicy pleasure to be had in the proceedings. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2013
86% Supporting Characters (2013) In its sharply etched sketches of personal and professional frissons, Supporting Characters belies the modesty of both its lo-fi setup and its self-effacing title. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 22, 2013
2/4 28% Broken City (2013) Allen Hughes may suggest an air of pretty menace, but he does little to make the sequence work as a legible genre scene. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2013
3/5 100% Stolen Seas (2013) An admirably balanced, wide-ranging look at the phenomenon of Somali high-seas piracy ... ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 15, 2013
1/4 15% A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013) The film speeds ahead with almost gleeful disinterest in dealing with the narrative challenges it sets up before resolving them in the most perfunctory ways ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2013
63% High Tech, Low Life (2013) Whatever their orientation, both men are intrepid in pursuing the truth, the consequences of which are made clear in a series of terrifying late-film crackdowns. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 9, 2013
57% $ellebrity (2013) Mazur miscalculates when he tries to direct viewers' outrage at stars' inability to walk down the street without getting cameras thrust in their faces.‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 9, 2013
2/4 18% My Best Enemy (2013) This twist-heavy World War II drama would play as an absurdist comedy if the director wasn't so dead set on excluding just about any trace of humor from his self-serious project. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2013
3/5 91% What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) There are plenty of thrills and no shortage of suspense in this darkly comic horror film.‐ Little White Lies
Posted Dec 13, 2012
2/5 87% Life of Pi (2012) There's less than meets the eye in Lee's ultimately unsatisfying fable.‐ Little White Lies
Posted Dec 13, 2012
3/4 81% Only The Young (2012) Tippet and Mims's achievement is to reveal that culture, subtly, achingly, by allowing those who grew up under its influence to live and narrate their lives in the only terms they know. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2012
43% Orhim le-rega (Off-White Lies) (2012) Perhaps because of the film's concern with never overplaying its dramatic hand, the resolution feels too perfunctory ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 4, 2012
2/5 79% Wagner & Me (2012) While the doc offers some insights into the pervertion of art for ideological purposes, too much of it simply finds Fry standing in dumbfounded awe of the holy sites that populate his journey. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 4, 2012
1.5/4 43% Waiting For Lightning (2012) With Danny Way almost never weighing in directly, the film's attempts to portray his story as an inspirational tale of triumph over adversity scarcely registers. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 2, 2012
2.5/4 84% Wu xia (Dragon) (2012) Peter Ho-Sun Chan and Deonnie Yen Chan are too resourceful to let things remain dull for long. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2012
2/5 0% Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child (2012) It reduces Helnwein to simply being a determined, intransigent creative type.‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 20, 2012
.5/4 62% Hitchcock (2012) If you've ever seen Psycho, or even if you know anything at all about the film, Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock would like to congratulate you on your savvy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2012
No Score Yet Turning (2012) A deceptively modest, multifaceted look at performance and the performative nature of gender ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 14, 2012
No Score Yet First Winter (2012) Dickinson's anti-dramatic methodology proves ill-suited to the task of generating narrative interest. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 13, 2012
2/5 56% La Rafle (2012) The movie succeeds in generating only mild outrage, tempered by impeccable tastefulness and the safe distance of time. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 13, 2012