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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

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

McCullin (2013)

""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

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

A Month Of Sundays (2015)

""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) (2015)

"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

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

Miss You Already (2015)

"In [its] overwrought moments, "Miss You Already" forfeits any claims to credibility." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2015

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

The Transporter Refueled (2015)

""The Transporter Refueled" is crass and nonsensical, but it is hard to hate ..." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015

Before We Go (2015)

"A modest, briskly paced actors' movie." ‐New York Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Strangerland (2015)

""Strangerland" ... strains credulity with its secrets and revelations to facilitate its surprises." ‐New York Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015

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

The Visit: An Alien Encounter (The Visit) (2015)

"Filled with sleek and often surreal imagery, "The Visit" is served at a cool temperature; it fluctuates from fascinating to banal depending on the logistics under discussion." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 3, 2015
B 100%

Stray Dog (2015)

"It's a film that starts as a character study and builds into something much larger." ‐AV Club
Posted Jun 29, 2015

Felt (2015)

"At once underwritten and overconceptualized. Reading about the filmmakers' intentions is more rewarding than watching the results." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015

3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015)

"At the time of a fervent national debate on race and justice, part of what is impressive about "3 1/2 Minutes" is the cool temperature at which it is often served." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2015

Burying the Ex (2015)

"The freedom of the director's best work is missing." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2015

Doomsdays (2015)

"Eddie Mullins' debut feature features a terrific comic pairing with Leo Fitzpatrick and Justin Rice." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 4, 2015

Patch Town (2015)

"While the results are more creepy than charming - too childish for adults, though not necessarily too dark for children - it is hard to fault Mr. Goodwill for trying." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015

The Nightmare (2015)

"While "Room 237" sought evidence for its most outlandish conceits, "The Nightmare" declines to delve. As the testimonies grow repetitive, the strategy suggests willful ignorance." ‐New York Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015

Survivor (2015)

"The thudding techno score and Danny Ruhlmann's digital lensing have the effect of making "Survivor" look cheap rather than stylized." ‐Variety
Posted May 27, 2015

Câinele Japonez (The Japanese Dog) (2013)

"While it lacks the richness of some of Ozu's masterworks, "The Japanese Dog" steers clear of sentimentality - an impressive feat, given that the title somewhat preciously refers to a toy dog." ‐New York Times
Posted May 20, 2015

L For Leisure (2015)

"The performances are stiff and amateurish, and exchanges of dialogue have the structure of jokes but don't quite pay off (unless mere mentions of Snapple and Marky Mark count)." ‐New York Times
Posted May 14, 2015

Two Gun Shots (2015)

"A French New Wave-style voice-over holds the narrative together, but "Two Shots Fired" is somewhere between deadpan and coy." ‐New York Times
Posted May 13, 2015

L'intrepido (2015)

"Digressions involving suicide, child abuse, immigration and unions muddy the film's meaning rather than illuminate it." ‐New York Times
Posted May 7, 2015

The Benefactor (2016)

"The movie ends in a more conventional place than the one where it begins, yet it still marks a surprising and graceful first fiction feature for writer-director Andrew Renzi." ‐Variety
Posted May 2, 2015

Reality (2015)

"Each narrative fissure further thwarts meaning. The most you can ask from a movie as nullifying as this one is that it offer wit and visual panache, which it does." ‐New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015

Natural Resistance (2015)

"Mr. Nossiter's main point is that traditional farming methods have become revolutionary in a country that, we're told, has grown progressively less agrarian. Mr. Nossiter champions that activism in this mellow, unfocused film." ‐New York Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015

The Great Museum (2015)

"Feels like a cursory guided tour." ‐New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015

Laugh Killer Laugh (2015)

""Laugh Killer Laugh" is a tired parody that seems to have been constructed from received notions of noir and mob movies. Even the jazzy score sounds like an affectation." ‐New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015

Roseanne for President! (2016)

"It will likely stoke curiosity among those who followed (or weren't aware of) Barr's candidacy, but its flippant approach makes it more of a specialty item for fans than a heavyweight issue doc." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 19, 2015

Antarctic Edge: 70 South (2015)

""Antarctic Edge" illustrates its points effectively, providing vivid evidence of how shrinking ice at the South Pole affects climates across the globe." ‐New York Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
No Score Yet

Human Highway (1982)

"Mr. Young's slapdash style, which suggests a Roger Corman movie crossed with dinner theater, extends to the clanking sound effects and flagrantly fake backdrops." ‐New York Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015

Lost River (2015)

"The movie owes a sizable debt to David Lynch and to Nicolas Winding Refn, who directed Mr. Gosling in "Drive" and "Only God Forgives," but it reveals Mr. Gosling as a filmmaker with a poetic sensibility of his own." ‐New York Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015

Broken Horses (2015)

"This overwrought tale of two orphaned brothers and their violent hometown reunion fails to convince on several crucial levels, including plotting and dialogue." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 6, 2015

The Hand That Feeds (2015)

""The Hand That Feeds" is an effective portrayal of the intricacies of activism - and of a situation in which victories seem all too brief." ‐New York Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015

The Girl Is In Trouble (2015)

"A textbook noir premise gets an overamped and undercompelling treatment ..." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2015

Ned Rifle (2015)

"If the new film looks and sounds much cheaper than Mr. Hartley's earlier work, the writer and director's wit remains intact." ‐New York Times
Posted Mar 31, 2015

My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes (2015)

"The anecdotal presentation sometimes seems more suited for museum browsing than for viewing in a theater." ‐New York Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015

The Lovers (2015)

"Time may bring good things to light, but the 2010 copyright suggests that delays have worked no such wonders for this film." ‐New York Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015

Home Sweet Hell (2015)

"While the oafish men come off poorly, the treatment of women as nothing more than schemers and monstrous Martha Stewart clones seems woefully past its expiration date." ‐New York Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
B 91%

Sunshine Superman (2015)

"If Sunshine Superman doesn't exactly inspire comprehension of the desire to feel like you're "flashing through a 20-story building in one second," it is immersive enough to induce panic." ‐AV Club
Posted Mar 11, 2015

Deli Man (2015)

"This documentary goes heavy on the schmaltz, in all senses." ‐New York Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015

The Lazarus Effect (2015)

"[A] risible mix of pseudoscientific hokum and supernatural freakouts." ‐New York Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
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