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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The Salesman works well on a ground level, but everything resting atop the foundational drama slowly crumbles. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 23, 2017
No Score Yet My Happy Family (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi) (2017) It's likely to be one of the best films of the year. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 23, 2017
No Score Yet Panique (Panic) (1947) Duvivier's film kicks off in a realist register, then gradually transforms into a noirish romance of deception until finally settling into a tragic allegory of wartime collaborationism and the cruel madness of rumor, fear and and spite. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 18, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) You leave the movie wanting so much more of [Fisher], it hurts. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 5, 2017
50% The Ardennes (D'Ardennen) (2017) Pront plays a lot of familiar notes, but with just enough verve and variation to keep things interesting. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 3, 2017
100% Cameraperson (2016) Cameraperson draws our attention not just to what we're seeing, but to how we're seeing it. It encourages us to wonder how a camera operator negotiates personal space in tense, intimate, emotionally fraught situations. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 28, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) With each step, the film gains depth. Small variations in routine start to feel monumental, and the briefest encounter can seem like a sign of something great. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 28, 2016
34% Live By Night (2017) You can sense the contours of an absorbing story as writer/director/star Ben Affleck's slapdash and fragmented assemblage limps along. Most of the pieces are there, but they remain pieces. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 22, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) What, exactly, is this movie trying to be? ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 15, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) For all its vivid visual imagination, the film left me almost totally cold. And I say that as a man who has cried actual tears at more than one Star Wars movie. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 13, 2016
76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) A sick, simmering nightmare of a movie. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 29, 2016
61% Allied (2016) It's the kind of film you can send your parents or grandparents to the next time they complain that they don't make 'em like they used to. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 21, 2016
95% Moana (2016) It's funny, joyful, and sweet, and yet down below, running beneath everything, is a sad counter-narrative about how the world always throws obstacles in your way, and how you could just turn your back and retreat. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) While the spectacle is certainly there, and with it a hint of the grandeur of those earlier films, there's something empty at this movie's heart. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Nocturnal Animals, for all the refinement of its storytelling, its elegantly framed settings, feels at times like the work of a wounded teenager. But that, I think, is also partly the point. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) For most of its running time, Arrival is entrancing, intimate, and moving - a sci-fi movie that looks not up at the stars but rather deep within. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 4, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Often beautiful, occasionally infuriating and always fascinating. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 2, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) You know you've made some poor cinematic choices when you have to make Dan Brown characters less complex. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) The feel for the epic that once gave this director's films a pop grandeur is also gone. He's made a totally anonymous movie, devoid of personality or interest. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 21, 2016
93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) How do you reconcile trauma like this with the easy rhythms of ordinary life? You don't, Rosi's film tells us, and to do so would be obscene. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2016
19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Even those of us with a soft spot for dumb, high-concept Hollywood comedies might be outraged by the limp, unfunny nothingburger that is Keeping Up with the Joneses. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2016
100% Tower (2016) You might not see a more emotionally shattering film this year. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2016
92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) Full of overwhelming beauty, and ready to set the curious viewer's mind aflame. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2016
98% Under The Shadow (2016) The jump scares are solid, and earned. The suspense is genuine. And Under the Shadow never loses sight of the basic human reality of mother and child, trapped at home, encircled by a variety of evils, both real and imagined. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2016
74% Idiocracy (2006) The whole film has a drab, somnambulant rhythm. Intentional or not, this is part of its genius. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 4, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Deepwater Horizon is the most entertaining Hollywood disaster movie in years. I'm sorry - is that a terrible thing to say? ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 23, 2016
80% 1000 Rupee Note (Ek Hazarachi Note) (2016) Sathe's intentions are noble, and his film is not without its moments, but it loses force as it proceeds, until it pretty much fizzles out completely. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2016
92% Queen of Katwe (2016) Queen of Katwe is a true-life tale transformed into an inspirational fable. That's not novel for the movies, but in this director's hands, the results are mostly enchanting. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 20, 2016
89% Miss Stevens (2016) Lily Rabe's discomfiting performance anchors the fascinatingly uneasy comedy-drama Miss Stevens. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Stone seems genuinely interested in the slow and steady process by which Edward Snowden came to distrust the government that he worked for, and the director has made a slow and steady movie to go with it. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 14, 2016
40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) The 9th Life of Louis Drax excels at grabbing you with a steady stream of provocative and ornate images. But to what end, I'm still not sure. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 2, 2016
No Score Yet You marvel at the precision of its filmmaking even as it spreads an atmosphere of moral unease. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 30, 2016
89% Fatima (2016) Fatima has its heart in the right place, but there's something dehumanizing about Faucon's approach: These characters, it seems, are too important as representational objects to ever become real people. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 24, 2016
87% Mia Madre (2016) Barry's preening self-regard and its counterpart, abject self-loathing, come across as rooted in vulnerability, inadequacy, alienation. You feel bad for this lonely guy, even as you laugh at him. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 23, 2016
83% Imperium (2016) Writer/director Daniel Ragussis tries to work a weird mixture of ridiculousness and outrage. He doesn't really succeed, but you have to admire the effort. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 16, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Older viewers will tune in to its melancholy - its battles between memory and loss, its themes of filial piety and betrayal - while younger ones will dig the more basic emotions of Kubo's epic journey. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 13, 2016
93% The Little Prince (2016) There's a lot of charm, thought and feeling in this film version. It expands on the original without dishonoring it. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) Suicide Squad is the rare superhero movie in which I actually found myself wondering about the characters' inner lives. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 2, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) More than anything, this is a slice-of-life tale, whisper-thin but still full of feeling and a generous sense of place. With the world's most adorable dragon at the center of it all. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2016
96% Gleason (2016) There are moments of such raw, intimate anguish in this film that you can't help but turn away. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) There's a greatest-hits quality to the movie, only the band is tired and its heart isn't in it. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 26, 2016
92% The Seventh Fire (2016) Riccobono films it all with intelligence, sensitivity and a feel for offhand poetry; his camera captures moments of intimacy and tension without ever quite intruding. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 21, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) While he may have seemed like a counterintuitive choice to take over a Star Trek movie, Lin is absolutely in his element whenever the film becomes about bodies and vehicles moving swiftly through space - which is often. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 15, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Lovely visuals, terrific performances, renewed ambition: There's enough good in Café Society to make it worth your while - and also to make you wish it were better. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 12, 2016
33% Equals (2016) We keep waiting for the love story to go somewhere, for the characters' burgeoning awareness of their repression to result in...something. Anything, really. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 12, 2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) The Secret Life of Pets is an ADD-addled mess of a movie - and that, amazingly, is its charm. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 1, 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) McGregor brings depth to the role. He beautifully portrays his character's thinking: His sharp, inquisitive eyes and thin lips seem forever caught between a smile and a grimace. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 1, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) The writer/director has a lot to say, but this neo-grindhouse framework isn't built for complexity. Still, the film is just bonkers enough to work. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 1, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) Diligent and informative but also fragmented and inert, it plays like a series of scenes and notes for a longer, more fleshed-out movie. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 22, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) Central Intelligence won't blow you out of the theater, but you might be surprised at how well it works - how genuinely funny it is - given the familiarity of this concept. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 17, 2016