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Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 (2016) "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
80% 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
33% 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 (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
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 (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
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
70% 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
88% 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
40% 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
70% 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
62% 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
100% 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
29% Burying the Ex (2015) The freedom of the director's best work is missing. ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 19, 2015
86% Doomsdays (2015) Eddie Mullins' debut feature features a terrific comic pairing with Leo Fitzpatrick and Justin Rice. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 4, 2015
86% 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
71% 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
7% 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
80% 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
88% 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
80% 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
40% 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
24% 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
64% 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
86% 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
64% The Great Museum (2015) Feels like a cursory guided tour. ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
33% 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
60% 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
57% 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
30% 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
20% 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
93% 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
57% The Girl Is In Trouble (2015) A textbook noir premise gets an overamped and undercompelling treatment ... ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2015