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A.S. Hamrah

A.S. Hamrah
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
70% 36 vues du Pic Saint Loup (Around a Small Mountain) (2010) Strange and buoyant. The way Jane Birkin pauses in a sunny graveyard demonstrates Jacques Rivette's interest in stopping his performers short at moments of reflection.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
75% Shirin (2009) Watching a movie in a movie theater is an act of collective loneliness. Shirin makes that loneliness cathartic, but by not showing the film within the film, Kiarostami avoids transforming it into entertainment. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) After Garfield's Jesus figure spends half the movie telling the higher-ups he's not crazy and that he believes killing is wrong, he announces, "I never claimed to be sane." That must be how Mel Gibson gets things done, too.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
83% Captain Fantastic (2016) It's enjoyable the way Matthew Ross's screenplay and direction try to denaturalize ordinary American life as it's lived in the suburbs, but nothing everyone hasn't thought a million times before.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
94% Fences (2016) [Washington's] performance and direction are generous and sensitive.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
97% Hell or High Water (2016) Right up to its unsatisfying, to-be-continued ending, the film's lugubrious quality marks it as an example of grievance cinema, art-directed for a new era of violent self-pity, economic decline, and racial appropriation.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
93% Hidden Figures (2017) ...proving that history and human society are more entertaining than the lives of lonely astronauts divorced from social context, who talk to themselves on another planet or float alone in space.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
90% Loving (2016) Under Nichols's direction, the film achieves the simplicity and perfection of certain silent films that pitted city life against country life as lovers were separated and reunited.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
92% The Nice Guys (2016) The Nice Guys is worthless, not that funny...does nothing at all to justify its existence.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
60% High-Rise (2016) Artistically, the film is the waste product of income inequality, masquerading as commentary. Its desire to make the 1970s look like vomit is relentless.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
57% Money Monster (2016) Too beholden to the generic conventions of the contemporary action thriller and too in love with television to compete as a film.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
86% The Thoughts That Once We Had (2016) Andersen's interest in the hard-boiled and his terse use of quotations and images-as-quotations allies his film with late David Markson novels.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
60% Wrong Move (Falsche Bewegung) (1975) The cast and Robby Müller's color cinematography give the film a strange feeling that sets it apart from Wenders's other road movies.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
83% Chevalier (2016) Athina Rachel Tsangari, who reenergized contemporary Greek cinema with Lanthimos, succeeds in Chevalier by concentrating on a group of six men.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
88% The Lobster (2016) Yorgos Lanthimos's new film is vague and complicated, putting its international all-star cast in situations that portend great metaphoric meaning but end up comparing nosebleeds with blindness.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
90% Green Room (2016) His script flirts with coupledom and then rejects it, as a nihilist punk horror movie should.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Linklater is deft with actors and keeps things light.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
97% Love & Friendship (2016) The film is meticulous and quiet, giving each actor a moment to play against the shining perfection of Kate Beckinsale's scheming Lady Susan.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Silver Linings Playbook is difficult to like, and too long, with a climactic dance scene that is filmically botched, which is fine with the movie because according to the plot it did not have to be good to succeed.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
93% The Sessions (2012) It was the first time sex in a movie made me want to cover my ears.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
81% The Impossible (2012) Bayona's staging of the tsunami without (seemingly without) digital effects is relentless, convincing, terrifying, non-stupid, and without Hollywood wonder.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
78% Flight (2012) An excellent, hard-hitting, sleazy movie‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
61% Hitchcock (2012) Hitchcock does noteworthy disservices to the master.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) The film is such a convincing, fully realized, and overpowering achievement that begrudging its popular and artistic success is feckless.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
87% Django Unchained (2012) Tarantino shows us the hypocritical European elegance spaghetti westerns layered underneath their operatic gunfights.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
90% Lincoln (2012) Lincoln performed the important function of getting Americans to think about the terrible legacy of slavery in this country, and to reevaluate the influence of the South on national affairs.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
69% Les Misérables (2012) Tom Hooper directs every scene and composes every shot in this bloated, reactionary musical as if he were trying to express a new idea every time any actor moves a fraction of an inch. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) 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
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
92% Skyfall (2012) The theme of Skyfall is that the world must remain safe for white Englishmen to run around shooting people who aren't white and English.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
96% Argo (2012) The desire to believe in the movies, Affleck tells us, is universal.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
97% GasLand (2010) This is the new American landscape, where George Romero meets Henry Thoreau.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
65% Biutiful (2010) Iñárritu pays very close attention to people and to background, creating an detailed portrait of the people who live in Barcelona's margins.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
95% Animal Kingdom (2010) The film has the best two or three opening and closing minutes of anything nominated for an Oscar this year.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
90% The Fighter (2010) There's something powerful and real about The Fighter. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
93% The Town (2010) John Hamm, playing a character who should not have existed in the script, gives a performance so bad he looks as puzzled to be there as Jeremy Renner looks pissed.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
87% Blue Valentine (2010) The film is non-illuminating. It depresses you but doesn't change your life.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
93% 127 Hours (2010) Franco gives a workmanlike performance that seems normal, regular, not like manic dabbling in a profession not his own.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
52% Alice in Wonderland (2010) No amount of production design can make up for directorial laziness. This Alice in Wonderland would be better if it were shot in black-and-white on VHS tape with actors in furry mascot costumes.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
96% The Social Network (2010) Watching The Social Network was so epic it was like watching the Superbowl, except it was a Superbowl in reverse.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
86% Black Swan (2010) It recasts ballet as a masculinized competition between broken dolls and maniacs that takes place inside a Freudian fairy tale, making it a film for today-incoherent and unsatisfying, it leaves you battered and confused.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
97% The Hurt Locker (2009) While many films have tried to present the American family's consumerist nightmare before, Bigelow's film is one that really makes you feel it.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
42% The Limits of Control (2009) Jim Jarmusch's nonchalant and precise Limits of Control moves through real landscapes in Spain, city and nowhere, his two favorite places.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
19% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) This second Transformers film is garbage, a big pile of useless scrap and refuse in every way.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
68% Away We Go (2009) This mild, charmless comedy is not the provocation critics made it out to be. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
95% Carol (2015) The film is a triumph of art direction and wardrobe, a seductive art object. When Carol tells her husband "we're not ugly people, Harge," she is telling the truth about a film that finds beauty in bad situations.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
84% In Bruges (2008) One of the strengths of this film, which is one of the year's best, is the way it gets more dire and nuanced with every character it introduces.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
94% Milk (2008) A noble, unobjectionable film, detailed, entertaining and it goes by quickly. ‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
82% Tropic Thunder (2008) Tropic Thunder was post-everything, including entertainment. It's a white boy version of a Wayans Brothers movie, made long after satirizing Vietnam war films could possibly matter.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Audacious even for a filmmaker as crass as Danny Boyle.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
68% Revolutionary Road (2008) Revolutionary Road shows something people think they want to see but really don't: what happens if Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet survive the Titanic.‐ n+1
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018