A.S. Hamrah

A.S. Hamrah
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
A.S. Hamrah is the film critic for n+1. He also currently writes for Harper's Magazine, the Baffler, Bookforum, and Cineaste. He previously wrote for The Boston Phoenix, Suck.com, In These Times, and Reason.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) It is no longer enough for one superhero to fight a single villain while dealing with his own personal problems, apocalypse must now enter into it. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
97% The Proposal (2019) Barragán's monumental, colorful, slab-like work, which photographs beautifully and is a pleasure to look at... - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
40% Jobe'z World (2019) This feature film is a concise and action-packed sixty-seven minutes long, and I could have easily watched another half hour of it. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
87% Diamantino (2019) Surely big pharma, right-wing manipulation, and the endless greed of the already wealthy deserve something a little harsher than this ninety-seven-minute underwear ad. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Zhao is one of the greatest actresses in cinema, and her journey in Ash Is Purest White is hardboiled and subtly melodramatic. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Bi has established himself as a significant artist with just two films partially by being a synthesist of all previous auteur cinema. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
14% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle is very low stakes and I only saw it because I was stuck in a mall in New Jersey for two hours and it was the next thing playing. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
83% Her Smell (2019) They're nice, studious, and millennial, like they got extra credit in a college course on riot grrrl for being in this movie. This removes the film by one step from the rawness...turning Her Smell into an acting exercise with '90s touches. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) The Souvenir is a beautifully realized, painful movie that only hits the viewer in the hours and days after seeing it. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Non-Fiction is an immature French farce. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
82% High Life (2019) Hard to take, unclear in its intentions, it nonetheless delivers hard truths in a new way. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
32% Domino (2019) Politics for De Palma is a bizarre excuse for exploitation. This is one of his films in which he spares no one. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The choreography and the black-transparent look of that section of the film gave it a jolt and, for a while, a reason to exist. The rest lacked anything as involving, despite the aggressive, nonstop complication of every second of the film. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's hard to remember Captain Marvel because it was boring. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
93% Us (2019) Peele is haunted by his Reagan-era childhood and its pop-culture debris, which is understandable, but compulsively inserting it into his movie makes Us much less frightening than it could have been. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) In the end, it plays like a country version of Ivan Passer's bleak-funny 1974 movie Law and Disorder...what matters to Jarmusch is that there is a natural order in the universe. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
61% Vox Lux (2018) This gradual inconclusive petering out is a strategy in itself. Its cold, tired repetitiveness, I guess, is the goal, although maybe it's meant to be redemptive or triumphant. Or maybe Corbet is rickrolling us. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
58% The House That Jack Built (2018) ...The House That Jack Built becomes a different film, one that is quite astonishing... If these scenes don't redeem the film's brutality, which Von Trier must not care about anyway, they sure (as hell) make it entertaining. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
66% Aquaman (2018) The film's simple-mindedness makes it work. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
35% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Welcome to Marwen retains a certain power, which comes from both the documentary on which it is based, and on Zemeckis's desire to make a career-enfolding late work so he could bare his soul. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) Dianne Wiest's performance as Earl's ex-wife is repetitive and "acted," in the typical male-female dichotomy of Eastwood movies. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
91% Ghostbox Cowboy (2018) Immersed in our shared dollar-store world of travel-sized toiletries, useless trinkets, and selfie sticks, Ghostbox Cowboy investigates American and Chinese capitalism by presenting two sides of the same bad penny. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
77% Never Look Away (2019) Look away, look away, look away, Deutschland! - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) What's so odd about today is the way people love bad art with such boundless enthusiasm. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
85% The Wife (2018) The Wife is an aging fantasy of revenge. Close's character is the real talent in the family. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born is a movie about what happens at an awards show, designed to collect awards at other awards shows. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) There have been a lot of films about singers this year. This one, a Red Star Is Born, counters them by rejecting notions of success from our side of the Iron Curtain. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Ross has his own peculiar, attentive approach. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
96% Roma (2018) To Roma's credit, Cleo is not a sidekick or played for laughs. She's in the foreground. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Lily Franky's performance is a grab bag of little quirks and maladies. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki's ability with these non-professional actors, including the baby, is remarkable. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins's work should be defining the mainstream... - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) He's just a poor boy from a poor family. Spare him his life from this monstrosity. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The section of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs titled "Meal Ticket" is the best in the film. The darkest, bleakest, and the most macabre, this vignette evokes the hellish carnival world of Tod Browning... - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) Colman's performance as Queen Anne is worthy of Charles Laughton in its lack of vanity and its ever-building pathos. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a movie for adults with a grown-up understanding of economic realities and the ways inner turmoil affects behavior. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) By the end it turns into a Hallmark Christmas movie with color-blind, non-homophobic hugs all around. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
66% Vice (2018) It should be a slam-dunk, not a highlight reel. McKay has done the unthinkable: botched a takedown of Dick Cheney, a man who shot his friend in the face and then made him apologize. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Where Hannaford crashes and burns, Welles succeeds with brilliance, adding to the sense of tragedy surrounding the film. It should have come out in its time. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man (1963) The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man should be projected twenty-four hours a day somewhere in Manhattan, so that before we're all pushed into the sea off Rockaway Beach people can be reminded of the strange form of life that once lived here. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
91% Support the Girls (2018) Like the manager she plays, Hall is a team player to the end. I'm not sure the ensemble cast doesn't overshadow her. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
70% Wobble Palace (2018) Nekrasova's voice is the voice of a generation - in tone at least. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning raises actual questions about money and its effects on people's lives. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) Mandy achieves its goals with blunter and larger instruments, which is all the better... - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
75% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) As a feature film, it's pointless and repetitive, especially the squeaking-leather-pants sound effect that recurs over and over again. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
92% Gavagai (2018) Tregenza is not sketching the wistful unhappiness of the moneyed creative class so much as staring into the divide between souls. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Like Captain Fantastic from a couple of years ago, but with much more art, grace, and a sense of actual danger, Leave No Trace restates the male Gen-X narrative of protecting children from the outside world and their eventual reintegration into it. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
52% Equalizer 2 (2018) The Equalizer 2 begins with a lot of momentum. It dissipates as attention shifts to Washington's former spy colleagues. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Cruise is a live-action testament to his own ability to take punishment, a kind of human sacrifice. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The film works well when Washington puts on his white voice to prank call Klansmen. He aspirates the word white with the precision Diane Keaton brought to the word wheat in Love and Death... - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018