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Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% One of Us (2017) As a documentary, "One of Us" is a small act of portraiture, but each portrait captures the pain of having a life upended.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
100% Jane (2017) "Jane" will delight those familiar with Ms. Goodall and provide a vibrant introduction for newcomers.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
No Score Yet The Paris Opera (L'Opéra) (2017) "The Paris Opera" feels at once sprawling and insufficiently patient. Even so, it spans a pivotal stretch ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
92% For Ahkeem (2017) While the film ends at a logical stopping point, it feels incomplete. It probably could have used a few more years of filming.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
90% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) It's a screen moment to treat with total reverence - and so enduring it could sustain "78/52: Part 2."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
84% Tom of Finland (2017) While Mr. Laaksonen devoted his life (1920-91) to challenging conventions, the film is committed to honoring them.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
75% Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017) The documentary stirs up most of its sporadic excitement in the surfing footage, of which there is plenty.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
58% Paradise (Ray) (2017) A strikingly shot Holocaust drama that ultimately seems confused about whose story it's telling or to what end.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
88% Chavela (2017) It plays like a dirge, not a celebration.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
100% Bugs (2016) Will send moviegoers out with a feeling of culinary adventurousness, eager to sample well-prepared escamoles (ant larvae) or termite queen with mango.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
100% I Am Another You (2017) "I Am Another You" poses tricky questions about the relationship between filmmaker and subject, and maybe between filmmaker and audience.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
No Score Yet Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous (Hoeng gong saam bou kuk) (2015) The free-form assembly is consistent with this movie's utopian worldview, but the lack of narrative discipline can be trying.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
83% The King's Choice (2017) Proceeds in the manner of any number of war epics of the 1960s, sluggishly charting how the ostensibly ceremonial king acquired real negotiating power during a crisis - and had the resolve to lead his country into war.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
No Score Yet Hissein Habré, a Chadian Tragedy (2016) It's more of a document than a documentary; calling it cinema seems like an error of categorization.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
20% Alina (2017) This fish-out-of-water story goes to predictable places in unconvincing ways.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
88% First They Killed My Father (2017) An engrossing, dynamically shot movie that moves with real fluidity and complexity.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
72% Dayveon (2017) The diffuse filmmaking style muffles the story's power.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
No Score Yet Company Town (2017) Even the rudimentary qualities of the filmmaking (cheap-looking camera work, poorly punctuated title cards) somehow add to its urgency, as if the movie needed to get its message out by any means necessary.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
92% School Life (2017) While Headfort may offer an aspirational model for schools, such pervasive niceness can come across as repetitive on screen ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
50% Boris Without Beatrice (Boris Sans Béatrice) (2016) "Boris Without Beatrice" appears to have something to say about the hubris of the modern business tycoon, but it never coalesces into more than a self-amused goof.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
100% White Sun (Seto Surya) (2017) The filmmaking isn't flashy and the exchanges can be on the nose, but "White Sun" ... captures a place that isn't seen much in movies.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
9% Tulip Fever (2017) The most disappointing thing about the end to the speculative bubble surrounding Tulip Fever is that there isn't much there.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
72% Viceroy's House (2017) The film carries a trace of the sweep of a great screen epic along with the straightforward, explanatory qualities of mass-audience TV, and is never less than absorbing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
0% The Layover (2017) The movie's notion of fun comes to involve an unclean rest stop, slipped pills and an eminently foreseeable conclusion.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
86% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) "The Teacher" is polished, engaging and somewhat risk-averse.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
83% Beach Rats (2017) The back-and-forths of the character's decisions feel real, and Mr. Dickinson's laconic blankness (you would never guess the actor was British) helps to give the character's existential crisis a charge.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
93% Gook (2017) The film isn't perfect - Mr. Chon's wild camera motions seem more undisciplined than electric - but it does find an angle on the riots that hasn't been seen much onscreen.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
59% Lemon (2017) It's a case of truth in advertising.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
87% 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
65% 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
74% 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
22% 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
91% 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
97% 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
78% 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
44% 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