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Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% Bullet Head (2017) It's drab, derivative and more than slightly silly, but it's tough to dislike like a movie that proceeds as if the 1990s cycle of Quentin Tarantino knockoffs never ended ...‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
No Score Yet Sins of the Flesh (2016) The movie is somewhat labored and repetitive as a piece of screenwriting, spelling out motivations when the power of suggestion might go further, and its purported allegorical dimensions don't come across clearly.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Score Yet 32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide (2017) The more Hope's own obsession grows, the more involving the movie gets, even as it raises ethical questions about its making - and about those who continue to watch.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
57% Naples '44 (2017) Colorful details ... don't change the sense that "Naples '44" is essentially an abridged version of a much more detailed work. It seems less a full-fledged movie than a trailer for a book.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
No Score Yet Al Di Qua (2016) However worthy or political its intent, "Al Di Qua" is too overwrought to seem anything but trivializing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
84% Brimstone & Glory (2017) The film ... has a wandering attention span and grows monotonous even at barely more than one hour.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Brightly lit and anchored by Mr. Stevens's infectious, live-wire performance, the film ... proceeds like a television holiday special, designed to distract children while winking at their parents.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
50% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Either Roman is too pure for the world of this movie or he is not. Mr. Gilroy, perhaps similarly caught between integrity and commercial calculation, gets as lost as his hero.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
20% Cook Off! (2017) The movie tries to do for amateur cooking contests what "Best in Show" did for dog competitions, but the strained folksiness and tired stereotypes couldn't be further from the snap and wit of prime Christopher Guest.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
88% Song of Granite (2017) Mr. Collins doesn't shed light on what makes his subject tick, and the arty shards never cohere.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
18% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) If Daddy's Home (2015) played like a distant, wayward cousin of Step Brothers, Daddy's Home 2, again directed by Sean Anders, is the sort of relative you might disown.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
100% A Gray State (2017) Engrossing for the reasons it's also unsatisfying: As Adam Shambour, a friend of Mr. Crowley's, says, it's a mystery that answers all the major questions except "Why?"‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
94% 1945 (2017) A Holocaust film built, consciously or not, on a reversal of the tropes of the western, down to ticking clocks that might as well be nearing high noon.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) If, like its characters, "Thank You for Your Service" sometimes struggles to balance staying strong with wearing its heart on its sleeve, it makes an emotional plea in a direct, effective way.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
83% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) "The Divine Order" effectively illustrates how peer pressure can influence the political process.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
95% 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
99% 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
63% 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
93% 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
89% 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
82% 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
76% 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
68% 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
92% 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
84% 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
69% Dayveon (2017) The diffuse filmmaking style muffles the story's power.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
100% 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
93% 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
10% 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
71% 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
89% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) "The Teacher" is polished, engaging and somewhat risk-averse.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
84% 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
58% 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
60% 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