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Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) A surprisingly conventional, dutifully respectful behind-the-scenes portrait of Whitney Houston's rise and struggles with fame and drugs before her death at 48.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
45% 6 Days (2017) With a barrage of title-card identifications, "6 Days" can feel closer to a re-enactment than a thriller. To the extent that the movie has a political angle, it's perhaps gratuitously jingoistic.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
78% Shot Caller (2017) "Shot Caller" effectively conveys the vise grip of Jacob's options, but that doesn't make it less ludicrous from scene to scene.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
29% Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey (2017) The question of whether the couple will consummate their relationship isn't a sufficient source of tension.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Ms. Plaza is a whiz with timing and does a deft job of shifting viewers' sympathy; her character can be loathsome or pathetic depending on the scene.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
14% Planetarium (2017) It's unusual to see such excellence in costumes, sets and cinematography lavished on this degree of narrative muddle.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
90% Machines (2016) Prettified squalor has become sadly familiar in global documentary filmmaking. In "Machines," even at barely more than an hour, the style leads to diminishing returns.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
88% This Time Tomorrow (Mañana a esta hora) (2016) The withholding of details necessary to engineer the initial lull backfires in the second half, when the lack of specificity leaves the characters ill defined.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
98% Columbus (2017) The movie leaves quite a bit to the eye of the beholder, but it's always worth looking at.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
77% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) In a summer movie landscape with Spider-Man, a simian army waging further battle for the planet and Charlize Theron as a sexy Cold War-era superspy, it says something that one of the most compelling characters is Al Gore.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
31% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) [A] mostly turgid, occasionally risible period piece ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
57% Strange Weather (2017) A case of excellent actors straining to elevate a contrived screenplay ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
No Score Yet Imperfections (2017) The title "Imperfections" doesn't lie: Viewers of David Singer's microbudgeted directorial debut will have to endure plenty of baggy scenes and awkward exchanges to enjoy the upside of this modest con movie ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
84% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2017) Almost relentlessly predictable and formulaic - a story of one man's refusal to conform that dutifully hits all its marks.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
0% The Pulitzer at 100 (2017) Plays as if the Pulitzers were presenting an award to themselves.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
89% Kékszakállú (2017) An exercise in constructing a feature almost entirely from artfully composed, incident-lite tableaus.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
100% Swim Team (2017) "Swim Team" mostly aims to educate and inspire; on those counts, it succeeds.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
50% Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (2017) It's a pleasure to spend 80 minutes in Mr. Berry's company.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
53% The Skyjacker's Tale (2017) While it falls somewhere short of being a great documentary, "The Skyjacker's Tale" may have one of the great documentary gets.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
No Score Yet Spell Reel (2017) "Spell Reel" isn't necessarily accessible, but it gains clarity as it proceeds.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
100% In Transit (2015) At 76 minutes, the movie may seem modest, but there are shades of Jack Kerouac and Studs Terkel in its chronicler's ambitions, and echoes of John Ford in its portrayal of how Americans form communities.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
89% Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017) Just because "Nobody Speak" has a timely message doesn't make it an ideal messenger.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
86% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) "Lost in Paris" grows a bit tiresome at feature length, but it's a winning divertissement.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
71% Filmworker (2017) Filmworker isn't simply about Kubrick, or Vitali. In a sense, it's the ultimate fan story: a tale of what it means to live vicariously through a genius.‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
70% Moscow Never Sleeps (2017) While the tone is novel, at least by stateside art-house standards, dramatically "Moscow Never Sleeps" is resolutely familiar, even trite.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
78% Past Life (2017) "Past Life" is a page-turner that transforms into a clarion call: always compelling, but slightly stifled by noble intentions.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
85% Band Aid (2017) Both leads are excellent together, and the movie is good at showing how Anna and Ben push each other's buttons.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
94% Sami Blood (2017) While "Sami Blood" can sometimes seem didactic, Ms. Kernell, who has Sami heritage, richly conveys a sense of the time and place, with elegant shots that glide through the Nordic wilderness.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
92% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) The film persuasively argues that any fraud at Abacus occurred at a low level, and that the bank dealt with it swiftly and properly.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
33% The Last Shaman (2017) It's possible to have doubts about ayahuasca (which, we learn, has been increasingly commercialized) and still find Mr. Freeman's resolve uplifting.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
90% Hounds of Love (2017) It's a tense, sharply assembled debut feature from Ben Young. Its main problem, though, is that it never answers a basic question: Why are we watching this?‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
84% The Wedding Plan (2017) This ordinary-sounding movie is actually pretty special.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
No Score Yet Ta'ang (2016) "I'm not scared. At least I'm not alone," a woman says near the end, in what may be the movie's message.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
No Score Yet Boone (2016) Anyone used to the convenience of city living should feel a tad guilty expressing impatience with "Boone," a loving portrait of a goat dairy farm in Jacksonville, Ore., from the photojournalist Christopher LaMarca.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
86% Nise: The Heart of Madness (Nise: O Coração da Loucura) (2017) It's a study of courageous innovation against an entrenched medical orthodoxy.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
86% LA 92 (2017) A taut and commanding primer.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
50% Behind the White Glasses (2016) The movie treats Ms. Wertmüller's poorly received post-1970s career with kid gloves.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
68% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) As a biographical movie, "Chasing Trane" sticks to a conventional, dully informative format. Its ideal venue is a Coltrane tribute event or a classroom.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
87% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) "By the Time It Gets Dark" has clearly been thought through, but it's so cryptic that it cries out for, if not perfect explanations, perhaps footnotes. It's so conceptual that it offers little for those not in sync.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
74% All These Sleepless Nights (2017) For all its visual and sonic pleasures - see it in a theater with a good subwoofer - "All These Sleepless Nights" feels simple-minded in its commitment to drift above all else.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
93% Mimosas (2017) The 16mm photography impresses, particularly in long shots of the characters trudging through the snow or -- à la Aguirre, the Wrath of God -- descending en masse from great heights,‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
16% Queen of the Desert (2017) Even the stodgiest biopic would be redeemed by Mr. Herzog's eye. The shots that track Bell into her meetings with Arab leaders may have you catching your breath.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
89% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) Mostly, the documentary is a fond portrait of how one man nurtured his artistic temperament and risked being misunderstood - sometimes by his own family.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
65% Carrie Pilby (2017) Ms. Powley is a miracle worker.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
67% Life (2017) The movie isn't, to paraphrase a line from "Spaceballs," the stupidest combination you've ever heard. But it's not very good, either.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
70% American Anarchist (2017) "American Anarchist" makes for unsatisfying viewing, although it's possible it couldn't have been otherwise.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
100% Betting on Zero (2017) Mr. Ackman comes across as sincere in his outrage and cogent in his presentations. Even more valuable is the opportunity to meet and learn about Herbalife's purported victims, from Queens to Chicago to Oklahoma.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
100% P.S. Jerusalem (2017) "P.S. Jerusalem" reflects not only on lost possibilities for Israel but also on lost friendships.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
71% Junction 48 (2017) Does for the Israeli city of Lod what "8 Mile" aimed to do for the suburbs of Detroit.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
86% Nakom (2017) This low-key, engaging feature from Kelly Daniela Norris and T.W. Pittman, shown in last year's New Directors/New Films series, allows its setting to become a major character - and in this case, that's enough.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017