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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% The Student ((M)uchenik) (2017) For most of its running time, The Student is immensely compelling, a terrifying ride between hothouse realism and dreamy metaphor.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
59% Peter Rabbit (2018) They've managed to bring just enough anarchy and wise-assery to this beloved character to infuse him with fresh life, but without draining the material of the generosity and softness that have allowed it to endure in the first place.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
89% Madeline's Madeline (2018) The narrative might be shattered, but the film's slipstream of emotion is powerful and inescapable.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
91% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) Have a Nice Day has the rough contours of an early Quentin Tarantino film with the particulars of a more arty, meditative mood piece.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
100% On Her Shoulders (2018) Festivals like Sundance offer many films about activism and politics and human rights, but Alexandria Bombach's documentary On Her Shoulders feels decidedly different.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
100% Mandy (2018) Mandy is heartbreaking: There's one lengthy close-up right around the middle when we see the light literally go out from Cage's eyes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
100% Eighth Grade (2018) It keeps threatening to become a cringe-fest, but pulls back, as Burnham opts instead for something more human and realistic. There's a lived-in wisdom in the film.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
100% The Tale (2018) It takes a remarkably assured artist to make all this work, and Fox is savvy about how she eases us into her complicated narrative.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) The film is filled with lengthy, sensuous skateboarding scenes, which feel meditative, therapeutic; we sense that these kids skated not because it was fun, but because it helped them to survive.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
100% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) It's not every day that you witness a new cinematic language being born, but watching RaMell Ross's evocatively titled documentary Hale County, This Morning, This Evening qualifies.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
100% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) A claustrophobic thriller that finds fascinating ways to transcend, spiritually, its confines.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
60% Our New President (2018) Our New President merely scratches the surface, and in its own weird way, comes to embody the plague of shallow spectacle it purports to fight against.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) It might not have the genre elements that helped make Winter's Bone something of a breakout, but Leave No Trace rivets and terrifies in its own way.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
84% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) What Mary and the Witch's Flower lacks in dimensionality, it makes up for in wonderment.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
89% Memories of Underdevelopment (1973) Alternating between immediacy and reflection, fantasy and honesty, lyricism and horror, Memories of Underdevelopment feels like it's being created before our very eyes.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) Aside from being a disarming, refreshing wallow in kindness, Paddington 2 also has the benefit of being well-constructed and exceedingly well-performed.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
98% In Between (2018) That lived-in quality to the performances and milieu serve the film well. That combined with Hamoud's unhurried, restrained visual style allows for tension, emotion, and meaning to build together.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
100% The Green Fog (2018) The Green Fog fairly closely follows the structure of Hitchcock's film; achieving that in itself is some sort of accomplishment. However, it's not so much an assemblage as it is a conjuring.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Phantom Thread unfolds so quietly that the questions it's asking about the nature of desire and attraction, and its delicately confrontational back and forth between Alma and Reynolds, may not register immediately.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Writer-director Rian Johnson has certainly made the busiest Star Wars film of them all, but he keeps it from becoming a slog by infusing it with humor, verve, and visual charm.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
88% The Post (2018) It makes for a supremely gripping story - filled with government secrets, meetings in dark rooms, late-night shouting matches and a race against the clock, all framed against a group of dogged professionals doing their job ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro might have made The Shape of Water, but Sally Hawkins owns it.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Hovers between personal drama and deep political allegory.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) A sense of gnawing inadequacy is a universal feeling, and The Disaster Artist certainly mines the notion that there's a little bit of the outsider in everybody - which is exactly the kind of magnanimity you'd expect.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
85% Wonder (2017) Maybe this little movie about a kid with a facial disorder isn't really about a kid with a facial disorder at all, but about whatever you and I choose to see in it. And if that's not art, I don't know what is.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) These off-kilter rhythms actually lend the film a pleasant unpredictability. As does the humor, which often sits uneasily next to the moodiness, but is somehow fast and witty enough to work.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
94% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) Hong examines the turmoil of human interaction - the pain of honesty as well as the frustration of inexpressiveness.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
92% Thelma (2017) Like an emo Carrie, it probes the profound underlying sadness beneath tales of possession. It makes vivid the protagonist's loneliness and despair.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
75% Last Flag Flying (2017) It's somber and respectful, and even has a couple of genuinely powerful moments, but none of that's enough to transcend its oppressive dreariness.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) In its own weird little way, Thor: Ragnarok manages to poke fun at the constant churn of myth and entertainment of which the movie itself is a part. It's a candy-colored cage of delights, but it is a cage nevertheless - and it doesn't hide that fact.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
69% Wonderstruck (2017) There are few directors better than Haynes at adopting varied voices and vernaculars and then blending them to create something intoxicating and new.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
88% Only the Brave (2017) Only the Brave is a visually splendid, spellbinding, and surreal movie that also happens to be an emotionally shattering, over-the-top ugly-cry for the ages.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
92% Walking Out (2017) It's a beautiful movie about unthinkable things.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
75% Una (2017) Una isn't ultimately a strong enough film to do justice to its incredibly disturbing subject matter.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Careful, dutiful, and beautiful, Blade Runner 2049 cannot achieve the sublime slipperiness of Scott's masterpiece. Whether it even needs to is up to you.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
86% American Made (2017) Doug Liman's electric film is clear-eyed about the cynicism and corruption beneath its hero's anxious grin. It voraciously breaks down both the star and the country he has symbolized for so much of his career.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
No Score Yet Hissein Habré, a Chadian Tragedy (2016) Over the course of its simple, unadorned 82 minutes, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's Hissein Habré: A Chadian Tragedy wrecks you in ways you might not have known were possible.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The garish violence is still there, as is the profanity. Gone, however, is much of the creativity, the unpredictable, see-what-sticks depravity.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
82% Brad's Status (2017) Brad's Status remains grounded in reality - it's gentle, human and unresolved. I loved it, but I don't think I'll ever be able to watch it again.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
92% Rat Film (2017) What exactly does it all mean? I'm not sure, but it does make for a disturbing and occasionally absorbing watch.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
89% First They Killed My Father (2017) It unspools with admirable discipline and verve. This is Jolie's most accomplished work yet.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
96% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Wiseman loves to let his sequences go on and on. But he also knows better than anybody just how long he can keep us engaged, and as a simple viewing experience, Ex Libris is spellbinding.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
85% It (2017) Even those unfamiliar with the book might wonder why this kids-only manifestation of IT feels strangely toothless on the horror front.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
95% Spettacolo (2017) We sense the pride these people take in this work. One of the film's most beautiful passages is a montage of different townsfolk - a teacher, a woman hanging laundry, a clerk behind a desk - practicing their lines as they go about their day.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
86% Heat and Dust (1983) There's a whole lot of cathartic pain in Heat and Dust, if you know where to look for it.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
83% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) The Villainess is entertaining enough, but it's hard to shake the feeling that we should be caring more for this character as the film goes on, not less.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (2017) The movie's true power stems from [Cameron's] ability to tap into fears not just of mechanization and dehumanization (notions that Schwarzenegger embodies in his very persona) but also of human obsession and transformation.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
89% Memories of Murder (2003) How the hell does a film this tonally out there, with characters this lunkheaded and at times even cruel and hateful, manage to be so indescribably moving?‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
89% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2017) Most films about relationships on the rocks center on things like betrayal and guilt and lust. Rare is the work that tackles one of the most common and corrosive sources of conflict among couples: financial instability.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) It is entertaining, and often touching, even if it pulls back right when it should be going totally nuts.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017