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Andrew Schenker

Andrew Schenker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 71% Barrymore (2012) Director Erik Canuel fails to deliver us from the inevitable hermeticism of the material. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2012
2.5/4 63% Anna Karenina (2012) The film contains far more passion and a tad more complexity than the dominant and typically more staid model of middlebrow costume drama. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2012
100% Burn (2012) Burn captures the danger (and, yes, excitement) of putting out blazes, as well as the futility of dousing flames in a city rife with arson-and the struggles to maintain adequate funding in a wrecked economy that hits the public sector hardest. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 7, 2012
2/4 89% A Royal Affair (2012) The film is too tepid in its treatment of its central character and her situation to generate any real emotive charge. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2012
No Score Yet The Understudy (2012) Seems at times to aspire to being an edgy look at the transgressions a would-be Broadway star will commit to land the big role. Other times, it seems unsure of what it wants to be at all. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2012
2/5 31% A Man's Story (2012) Bonicos's documentary on fashion icon Ozwald Boateng nonetheless evinces a minimal amount of interest in digging into what makes its subject tick. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 31, 2012
3.5/4 53% Vamps (2012) A sense of anachronism is what provides the film with its melancholy heart. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2012
1/4 46% The Details (2012) The Details is as smug and self-satisfied as its privileged lead character. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2012
67% Long Shot The Kevin Laue Story (2012) [Pounds] home its points via a seemingly endless series of sound bites that forms the chief content of the first half. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 23, 2012
2.5/4 25% Dinotasia (2012) This decision to avoid treating the dinosaurs as surrogate people for easy identification is both the film's boldest move and the source of much of its problems. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2012
2/5 84% The Flat (2012) There's only so deep Goldfinger can dig. After a while, he's left unearthing nothing but fitfully fascinating speculation. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 16, 2012
2/4 67% All Together (2012) The film is somewhat flimsy, tinged with the impulse to make the elderly characters just the right amount of ridiculous for the benefit of younger viewers. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2012
2/4 96% Argo (2012) Undeniably rousing, but deeply irresponsible, Argo fans the flames surrounding historical events likely to still remain raw in the memory of many viewers. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 11, 2012
13% Hotel Noir (2012) Gutierrez bathes in moodiness while remaining unconcerned with anything so pedestrian as dramatic cohesion. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 9, 2012
3/4 80% Ginger & Rosa (2013) Sally Potter packs so much detail and thematic heft into 90-minute films that, given her elliptical and often unemphatic presentation, feel tantalizing but never overstuffed. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2012
2.5/4 93% Our Children (2013) With Our Children, Joachim Lafosse seems hellbent on avoiding any hint of sensationalism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2012
3/4 88% Fill the Void (2013) The film unfolds in unhurried dramatic terms that come to take on an almost fatalistic force. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2012
3/4 94% The House I Live In (2012) A powerful indictment of a program that has decimated communities, cost taxpayers roughly a trillion dollars, and hasn't reduced the amount of drugs being consumed one iota. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2012
3/4 80% Pitch Perfect (2012) Jason Moore's film is more or less successful in inverse proportion to the degree that it plays its material by the book. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2012
2.5/4 84% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013) The film works best when it focuses viewer attention most acutely on the story, deflecting it away from the director's manipulations. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2012
2/4 67% Camille Redouble (2012) It's all a pleasant enough idyll, or maybe even a dream, but as an exercise in philosophically-grounded whimsy, Camille's time travels fall short. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2012
2/4 67% Hellbound? (2012) Fitfully engaging, but the doc turns into a touchy-feely isn't-it-wonderful-we're-all-saved love fest as soon as the universalists begin to dominate the interview segments. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2012
3/4 89% Tears of Gaza (2012) There's no coddling the audience in Vibeke Løkkeberg's verité heave of disgust as the full consequences on the Palestinian people of Operation Cast Lead are made sickeningly clear. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2012
2/5 44% To Rome with Love (2012) The film's litany of bad ideas overshadows any of its thematic concerns.‐ Little White Lies
Posted Sep 13, 2012
2/5 68% Step Up To The Plate (2012) Step Up to the Plate doesn't skimp on the food-porn goods, but the dynamic between its two stoical subjects is too undercooked to truly resonate.‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 11, 2012
3/5 88% The Other Dream Team (2012) Draws on archival footage and firsthand accounts from both players and outside observers to reveal the complex interaction of politics and athletics that colored the Euro-on-Euro competition.‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 11, 2012
2/5 33% Snowman's Land (2012) The tone here is unhurried and the bursts of violence and narrative played at an aesthetic remove, but the cycles of languor and activity ultimately feel too calculated-the strained overlay of sensationalism onto a desiccated canvas. ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 11, 2012
70% Liberal Arts (2012) Despite the possible creepiness of the scenario, Radnor plays the scenes between himself and Olsen with restrained intelligence, understanding the ways both characters project their uncertainties and desires onto each other. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 11, 2012
3/4 75% Hello I Must Be Going (2012) Thanks to Melanie Lynskey's performance, the movie feels like a believably worked-out, sympathetically presented study in thirtysomething uncertainty. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 5, 2012
39% [REC] 3 Genesis (2012) Giddy shots of the undead slogging through a decimated party-scape materialize the decadence and instability of upper-crust family life, even as groom and (pregnant) bride prepare to give birth to another generation of the Spanish elite. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 4, 2012
75% Hello I Must Be Going (2012) Todd Louiso's Hello I Must Be Going affirms Lynskey as a lead mostly by letting us marvel at the depth she brings ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 4, 2012
22% Serving Up Richard (2012) Glory's inconsistent characterization defeats rather than builds tension, and the tepid soon gives way to the ridiculous ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 4, 2012
3/4 68% The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012) Tsui Hark's film is the veteran director's chance to let his imagination run riot in the context of a high-budget, 3D IMAX production. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2012
1.5/4 56% For a Good Time, Call... (2012) While the heart of the movie is the at-times strained relationship between the two leads, it all unfolds rather by the numbers, dictated more by the expected arc of such things than the demands of the characters. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2012
1/5 51% The Three Stooges (2012) The quicker it's forgotten, the better.‐ Little White Lies
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3/4 75% Premium Rush (2012) Rarely has a movie been so well served by its superficiality; Premium Rush proves how invigorating genre filmmaking can be in the hands of a savvy, perpetually inventive director. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 23, 2012
33% Death by China (2012) The bulk of the film contains as much hysterical rhetoric as sober analysis. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 14, 2012
1.5/4 24% Why Stop Now? (2012) Shifting between wacky situation comedy and somber familial drama, Why Stop Now? isn't invested enough in either mode to convincingly pull off its genre-hopping ambitions. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012
.5/4 89% Compliance (2012) It seems as if Craig Zobel wants to implicate the audience in these proceedings, but he doesn't have a very clear idea how to go about it. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2012
1/5 18% $upercapitalist (2012) Lensed with a tiresome gloss meant to mimic the seduction of the Asian metropolitan high life and filled with clumsily didactic talking points and inadequate performances ... ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 7, 2012
62% It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (2012) The film doesn't exactly sizzle, but it does manage to provide a straightforward (if perspective-challenged) biographical sketch of a major historical figure. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 7, 2012
3/4 No Score Yet Cuates de Australia (Drought) (2012) Everado González isn't above capturing some striking landscape shots, seemingly for the shear desolate prettiness of it, but they always double as a reminder of the very real plight facing the subjects. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2012
2/4 51% Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) A half-hearted morality tale about taking responsibility for your actions as a sign of impending maturity. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 2, 2012
2.5/4 72% Dreams of a Life (2012) Dreams of a Life succeeds in making its point about the unkowability of the people in our lives, but there isn't quite enough substance here to fully sustain the film. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 29, 2012
1/4 8% The Babymakers (2012) A safe, laugh-free exercise that gets to have its fun, such as it is, because it's all in the service of the most conservative notions of domestic normality. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 29, 2012
1.5/4 17% The Watch (2012) What's perhaps most off-putting about the movie isn't its increasingly stale humor, but the way it ultimately validates its characters' worst impulses. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2012
5/5 100% Red Desert (1964) Red Desert is Antonioni's clearest, most striking statement of purpose - and one of cinema's great films.‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jul 26, 2012
2/5 76% Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2012) An occasionally fascinating, if ultimately reductive, showdown between First Amendment rights and corporate power. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 24, 2012
3/4 97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) The director's clear-minded approach allows her subject's more challenging aesthetic-political mix to shine through, even if it's at the inevitable expense of her own filmmaking proclivities. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2012
2.5/4 94% Wagner's Dream (2012) The title of Susan Froemke's documentary is both an expression of aspiration and a statement of achievement. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2012