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Ben Kenigsberg

Ben Kenigsberg
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
80% 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
89% 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
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
7% 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
85% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) "The Teacher" is polished, engaging and somewhat risk-averse.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
82% 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
92% 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
61% 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
59% 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
85% 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
90% 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
85% 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
89% 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
86% 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