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Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67% For the Plasma ""For the Plasma" is a film with no shortage of ambition, taste (Maine looks great in 16-millimeter) or ideas. It's a shame those ideas are so incoherent. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 20, 2016
67% Lucha Mexico (2016) "It aims to do for wrestling what the "Magic Mike" movies did for male stripping. But imagine a much slacker "Magic Mike," without the fun or the social commentary. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 14, 2016
43% Cold War 2 (2016) "A summer sequel worth its salt, a brisk exercise in suspense and high-gloss mayhem. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
93% Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) (2016) "A fable-like, elemental story that sketches its characters too faintly to develop much power. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
100% Feng ai ('Til Madness Do Us Part) "Just as the movie is setting itself up as a modern "Titicut Follies" - Frederick Wiseman's classic 1967 documentary about a hospital for the criminally insane - "'Til Madness Do Us Part" begins to locate gleams of humanity amid the squalor. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 8, 2016
86% The President (2016) "The actual moral of the story is more trite and utopian, but still powerful: Democracy can't take root until the impulse for vengeance is gone. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
45% Approaching the Unknown (2016) "If "Approaching the Unknown" isn't entirely satisfying, Mr. Strong reaches high with his portrayal of the unraveling of a man who believes survival is a matter of engineering. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
96% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) "A good example of how a charismatic figure doesn't automatically generate a deep or compelling documentary ..." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 19, 2016
No Score Yet Fiore "Scoccia, tasked with playing a character whose behavior is perhaps surprising even to herself, is the film's strongest element. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 19, 2016
No Score Yet One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom) "The humor is more smiles than outright laughs - but it makes a mildly crowd-pleasing vehicle for the Israeli comedian Shai Avivi. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2016
No Score Yet Personal Affairs (Omor Shakhsiya) "Although the movie sometimes comments on history and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, much of it - particularly Nabeelah and Saleh's story - feels as though it could have been set anywhere. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2016
60% Mad Tiger (2016) "The movie is obviously heartfelt, but the directors, Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein, never turn this motley crew into compelling characters." ‐ New York Times
Posted May 5, 2016
75% The American Side (2016) "The American Side shows glimmers of ingenuity, both with its use of Tesla mystique and with atmospheric location work that makes Buffalo a presence." ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
75% Sworn Virgin (Vergine giurata) (2016) "Although Ms. Rohrwacher captures Mark's uncertain, shifting physicality, the movie doesn't always succeed in getting inside the character's head." ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
9% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo) (2016) "If the movie adopts an unfailingly rosy attitude toward the city - Fernanda Montenegro plays a grandmother who lives on the streets by choice - tourism is what it has to sell." ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
88% My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) (2016) "While this breathless ensembler may be too campy for some tastes, it is also a feat of elegant construction. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 11, 2016
No Score Yet Sex And Broadcasting "Professionally comfortable with improvising, the D.J.s make for affable company, and it's amusing to watch radio from behind the scenes. But a tinge of melancholy also hovers over the movie ..." ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 29, 2016
74% Baskin (2016) "Tickling the mind even as it lurches the gut, "Baskin," a stylish, shape-shifting horror film from Turkey, pulls a bait-and-switch." ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
90% River (2016) "Notwithstanding an atmospheric backdrop and what looks like a grueling shoot, Dagg's thriller is slow to get going and hampered by an inexpressive leading man. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 10, 2016
94% Colliding Dreams (2016) "A swift primer that favors breadth over depth, the movie saves some hopeful notes for the end." ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 3, 2016
46% Tricked (Steekspel) (2016) "As ever, the paradox of Mr. Verhoeven's style is that it seems to wallow in tastelessness and transgression even as he remains one of the most classical movie craftsmen." ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2016
100% Diamond Tongues "Ms. Goldstein gives a performance that requires her to swing between disarming and loathsome. She demonstrates impressive skill in slowly peeling away her character's charm." ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 18, 2016
62% Creative Control (2016) "A contemplative tone, a zigzagging narrative, superb widescreen black-and-white cinematography and an infusion of dry humor make it feel genuinely fresh. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 9, 2016
56% Carnage Park (2016) "To enhance the grindhouse vibe, the color scheme mimics that of a fading film print that has "gone pink," which presumes a staying power that "Carnage Park" is unlikely to have. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 7, 2016
No Score Yet Fort Buchanan "Loose-limbed but not sloppy, "Fort Buchanan" - which has a grainy, restless texture, thanks to 16-millimeter film - at times evokes the vitality and experimentation of the French New Wave." ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 5, 2016
100% Trapped (2016) "Porter's advocacy doc settles for a straightforward, somewhat standard presentation, laying out a forceful argument that these laws, though designed to sound innocuous, pose significant burdens to clinics, doctors and patients. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2016
73% How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2016) "With one statistic after another, the movie paints a picture of the inevitable flooding of coastal cities and an ensuing struggle for homes and food. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2016
No Score Yet Resilience ""Resilience" seeks to present potentially abstruse scientific findings in an accessible manner - something it does without ever making for particularly compelling viewing. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2016
57% Jeruzalem (2016) "The movie's occasional stabs at political commentary never quite pay off. Nor can the writer-directors, brothers Yoav and Doron Paz, fully sustain the film's novelty into the second half, when the script reverts to timeless, tired monster-movie tropes. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2016
78% Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015) ""Henry Gamble's Birthday Party" feels sincere but not accomplished, empathetic but not deep." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 7, 2016
20% The Himalayas (2016) ""The Himalayas" is a broad comedy, a buddy movie, a mountain climbing adventure and a cornball weepie, not always in proportions that go well together." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 31, 2015
No Score Yet Those Who Feel The Fire Burning (2015) "The immersive style is always fascinating. But it also seems uneasily suited to the material." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 17, 2015
88% The Tainted Veil (2015) "As the movie trots through Europe and the Middle East, academics and clerics weigh in on the hijab's purpose and scriptural basis. Some interviewees note its changing use over time." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 10, 2015
100% Christmas, Again (2015) "This is a Christmas movie in which magic exists largely on the periphery, and that is just the right mix of chilly and sweet." ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 2, 2015
100% McCullin ""McCullin" is not a groundbreaking documentary, but it wears its conventional format well, taking its cues (and its power) from the photographs themselves." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 29, 2015
100% Crumbs (2015) "It's hard not to succumb at least somewhat to this sci-fi whatsit's strange, whimsical spell." ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
61% A Month Of Sundays ""A Month of Sundays" is so tidily plotted, so committed to its improve-thyself epiphanies, that it never transcends its own artifice. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 16, 2015
No Score Yet Paulina (La patota) "A fierce performance from Dolores Fonzi, as a heroine whose actions baffle those around her, helps to hold this conversation-starter together, but viewers' own mileage and perceptions will vary -- which is clearly by design. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2015
100% Peace Officer (2015) "While "Peace Officer" could offer more information, what is here is disturbing and sometimes eye-opening." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 15, 2015
69% Miss You Already (2015) "In [its] overwrought moments, "Miss You Already" forfeits any claims to credibility. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2015
69% Wolf Totem (2015) "Characters seem carved from a much larger narrative. The landscape and painstakingly trained wolves are the true stars." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
15% The Transporter Refueled (2015) ""The Transporter Refueled" is crass and nonsensical, but it is hard to hate ..." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
22% Before We Go (2015) "A modest, briskly paced actors' movie." ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) ""The Second Mother" goes soft toward the end, defusing its conflicts too easily and inconsequentially." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
80% Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery (2014) "While Mr. Beltracchi is an agreeable raconteur, and is much more knowledgeable than a mere armchair art historian, "Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery" is a case in which a great documentary topic hasn't yielded a great documentary." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 18, 2015
96% We Come as Friends (2015) "Working in a surreally inflected vérité style - with few title cards or identifications other than what is spoken on screen - Mr. Sauper also has a knack for catching his subjects in unguarded moments." ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
72% I Am Chris Farley (2015) "The story of dependence and excess is sadly familiar - and as with most of its material, "I Am Chris Farley" doesn't find a fresh way to tell it." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
90% Horse Money (2015) "Audiences unfamiliar with Mr. Costa are likely to find the experience incomprehensible, but "Horse Money" offers a challenge worth meeting for viewers prepared to give it patience." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
39% Strangerland (2015) ""Strangerland" ... strains credulity with its secrets and revelations to facilitate its surprises." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
50% SlingShot (2015) "Accounts of Mr. Kamen's other good works - like founding a charity to teach children about science - only increase the sense of a glorified sales pitch, however noble or inspiring the cause." ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
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