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Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
66% 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
63% American Anarchist (2016) "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 (2015) "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
100% The Settlers (2017) There's no question that this documentary has the power to provoke strong reactions.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
75% You're Killing Me Susana (Me estás matando Susana) (2017) Whether these two should get back together or seek alternatives ... never becomes urgent. Maybe they deserve each other? Maybe they deserve this movie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
0% Sex Doll (2017) The script peels away layers of possibility until it becomes clear that there is almost nothing underneath.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
88% Left on Purpose (2017) Tickets can't come with enough steel wool.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) With the disappearance of video stores, there is something heartening about the existence of "The Space Between Us," a cheesy hunk of science fiction from Peter Chelsom that once would have drawn curious young eyes to VHS shelves.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
90% A Good American (2017) "A Good American" gets bogged down in details and personnel talk, but its subjects have an urgent narrative to tell.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
95% Oklahoma City (2017) "Oklahoma City" suggests that conspiracy theories today have consequences for tomorrow - a message with terrifying implications in an age of fake news.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
100% Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2017) "Behemoth" proceeds placidly, making it easy to become lulled. Its haunting power grows in retrospect - as if you've returned from a journey and can't believe what you've seen.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
94% Midsummer in Newtown (2017) "Midsummer in Newtown" leans heavily on maudlin musical cues, cheapening its subjects' words.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
82% They Call Us Monsters (2017) The movie benefits from an added layer: A screenwriting teacher who gets to know three teenagers awaiting trial.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
100% Starless Dreams (Royahaye dame sobh) (2017) If "Starless Dreams" inspires conflicted feelings in viewers, it may be by design. It's hard not to want to flee, and it's hard to look away.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
92% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) "The Son of Joseph" can be trying in its whimsy, yet it builds to a lovely finale that evokes the Bible, the French Resistance and the surreal.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) This film is so heavy with exposition that you would think that the director, Anna Foerster, and the screenwriter, Cory Goodman, had set out to complete a dissertation instead of a sequel.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
71% Master (ma-seu-teo) (2017) "Master" is a routine South Korean crime thriller whose bloat magnifies its generic qualities.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
83% Dangal (2016) Let it never be said that if you've seen one inspirational sports movie, you've seen them all.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
52% The Ardennes (D'Ardennen) (2017) The climax quickens the film's pulse but doesn't exactly grow organically from what's proceeded it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
No Score Yet The Wasted Times (Luomandike Xiaowang Shi) (2016) "The Wasted Times" plays like a movie carved out of a much larger mini-series, whose segments are then shown out of order.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
94% Slash (2016) For a movie about proud outcasts, "Slash" is a little square.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
No Score Yet Hogtown (2014) The movie unfolds in loosely connected vignettes, with a mix of narrators and narrative tenses; it can feel as if you're leafing through a collection of poems.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
63% Videofilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) (Videofilia: y otros síndromes virales) (2016) It is hard to escape the sense that Mr. Molero has employed his relentless formal invention in service of some fairly banal moralizing about the dangers of strangers and the internet - a warning that seems late for the here and now.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
20% Tank 432 (Belly of the Bulldog) (2016) This British thriller is a high-concept tease that slogs its way through a morass of barely differentiated characters and visuals before reaching an unsatisfying conclusion.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
81% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) It's a brisk and energetic primer for those who don't know his movies or are ready to watch them again. And it doubles as a history of the chanbara (sword fighting) genre ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) While Ms. Bates can be a nimble scene stealer, decking her out in tattoos and punk jewelry is not enough to spark an uninspired script.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
100% Finding Babel (2016) In what probably qualifies as both an accomplishment and a shortcoming, the movie makes you want to read Babel's writing instead.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
73% You've Been Trumped Too (2016) Timely if ragged ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) One way to end the scourge of "TV is better than film" articles is to stop making movies like "Keeping Up With the Joneses," a pedestrian comedy that almost seems intended as evidence for the cause.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
17% Jacqueline Argentine (2016) Gets points for originality but quickly succumbs to terminal self-amusement.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
77% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2016) Claustrophobic and often grimly funny.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
67% Asura: The City of Madness (2016) As the suspense slackens and blood starts spilling nearly to the point of self-parody, it almost seems designed as a test of mettle - for both the filmmakers and the audience.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
68% Danny Says (2016) If Mr. Fields's contributions to pop music deserve more fame, the movie plays like an overcorrection, a spirited but repetitive testament to one man's excellent taste.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
81% My Blind Brother (2016) A thoroughly harmless comedy that spaces its one-liners a bit widely. It's made watchable by an appealing cast ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
100% Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (2016) The documentary persuasively argues that the charges were wildly implausible, and that homophobia against the women, who had been in lesbian relationships, contributed to the convictions.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
78% Dying To Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary (2014) It's less a social history than a commercial for alternative healing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
100% Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015) If "Happy Hour" doesn't quite deliver all it promises, that may only be because it promises quite a lot.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
71% The Tenth Man (El rey del Once) (2016) "The Tenth Man" ... breathes considerable life into the rather trite scenario of a man discovering his religious roots, in part because it seems genuinely curious about the community in which it's set.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
65% The Land (2016) Contrivances spoil the sense of realism and place that Mr. Caple, who wrote the script, often so deftly evokes.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
56% For the Plasma (2014) "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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
100% Feng ai ('Til Madness Do Us Part) (2013) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
98% 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
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016