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Bill Weber

Bill Weber
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 68% Visitors (2014) Godfrey Reggio's symphony of pristine 4K images doesn't add up to one grand epiphany, but an intermittent cluster of small ones. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2014
2.5/4 86% The Easy Life (Il sorpasso) (1962) Dino Risi's well-cast leads can't quite sell his heavy-handed irony as truths about masculine character. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/4 89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) It chronicles the quest of a self-described "geek," and there are pleasurable frissons of discovery in the detective work. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/4 No Score Yet Argentynska lekcja (2012) This pair of hour-long docs depicts a community of agrarian or hard-laboring citizens without condescension and with a touch of populist poetry. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 16, 2013
1/4 44% Night Train To Lisbon (2013) Bille August's film is a protracted, soporific trip into Portuguese history that would like to be a romantic thriller. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 6, 2013
97% Intolerance (1916) D.W. Griffith's masterpiece, likely the most influential film ever made, has been given new life with a gold-standard digital cleanup. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2013
2.5/4 63% Faust (2013) Though its ballast of jokes and spectacle are formidable, it often lurches about at a remote, enigmatic distance. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2013
2/4 72% Go For Sisters (2013) LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross persuasively embody modern urban feminine strength, but they're eventually stranded in a recycled road movie. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2013
2/4 73% In the Name Of... (2013) This Polish "gay priest tempted" drama is almost as confused about the moral quandaries of its characters as they are. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2.5/4 35% The Counselor (2013) The film doesn't temper enough of Cormac McCarthy's excesses, but Ridley Scott and his ensemble find enough meat in his scenario to make for diverting, bloody pleasure. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2013
4/5 98% The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (2004) Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand's reinvention of the movie musical has tinsel, Technicolor, and a beating, broken heart. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
1.5/4 73% Zero Charisma (2013) It's a pity that it hews to sitcom-like formula rather than using this bank of knowledge and sympathy to create something more original. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3.5/4 98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) An unnerving, all-archival account of Philadelphia citizens suddenly terrorized by the unchecked violence of rogue "law and order." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 30, 2013
2/4 50% Parkland (2013) The Peter Landesman film's overt politics are minimal, aside from defaulting to the myth of John F. Kennedy as a martyr for...something. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
1/4 60% Hôtel Normandy (2013) Another well-upholstered but cheap exercise in luxe pandering that fails as romantic farce. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2013
3/4 75% Antoine et Antoinette (2013) It bubbles with an optimistic portrait of a happily married young couple, and a lively gallery of supporting characters worthy of a Preston Sturges farce. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2013
2/4 75% Kill Your Darlings (2013) An overmatched star and a scarcity of eccentricity sink this hip-lit origin story from director John Krokidas. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2013
2/4 34% Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013) Billy Bob Thornton's ensemble Southern family dramedy fails to subvert its cutesy formula often enough. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2/4 86% Il Futuro (2013) A counterproductively "literary" film with no satisfying payoffs, Rutger Hauer's blind recluse notwithstanding. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2013
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Last Christeros (2013) The film forsakes most of the underdog sentimentality found in traditional genre treatments of noble sacrifice. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2013
1.5/4 69% The Happy Sad (2013) Ken Urban, adapting his own play, fumbles at injections of urban, and decidedly not urbane, levity, in addition to telegraphing entire subplots. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2013
2/4 50% Off Label (2013) Sincerely angry about the crisis in polypharmacy, this narrative suffers from a documentarian form of A.D.D. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2013
1.5/4 53% Lovelace (2013) Lost in the music, mustaches, and furniture of the early '70s, this docudrama of a porn star's exploitation isn't nearly painful enough. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3/4 98% Blackfish (2013) The Frankensteinian rebellion of orcas against their corporate captors turns this doc into a sort of showbiz horror film. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2013
2.5/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) Sensitively performed and laced with some forceful, quotidian grit, the film evades the larger questions behind a scandalous shooting death. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 4, 2013
3/4 92% Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013) A rock-doc that mythologizes the tragicomic flame out of power pop's seminal band, and the fan-made afterlife that brought them long-delayed success. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2.5/4 94% Knuckleball! (2012) This chronicle of two athletes throwing baseball's funkiest, least respected pitch is given depth by their stranger-than-fiction underdog status and camaraderie with mentors who've had the same struggles. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2012
2.5/4 100% Radio Unnameable (2012) While crediting free-form radio pioneer Bob Fass with changing the culture of broadcasting, this doc remains clear-eyed about the decline of community radio and the New Left. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2012
2/4 60% Francine (2012) In a character study of an ex-con who gives her heart and mind to animals rather than people, Melissa Leo's risky performance is ultimately framed with a disappointing, distanced pity. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2012
1.5/4 58% The Eye of the Storm (2012) This adaptation of a prize-winning Australian novel is a stodgy slog save for some sporadic moments of blunt force supplied by Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2012
2.5/4 92% Side by Side (2012) A serviceable primer on the digital-celluloid divide in commercial cinema, if a bit unwieldy in scope and in danger of being made obsolete by the next version of the RED camera. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2012
2/4 64% The Campaign (2012) A lumpy spoof of electoral mudslinging that offers some bracing bipartisan contempt amid the lowbrow, labored slapstick. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2012
1.5/4 71% Klovn: The Movie (Klown) (2012) An ostensible Danish Hangover that more closely resembles Two and a Half Men with nudity and unexpurgated dick jokes. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2012
2.5/4 71% Sacrifice (2012) A historical melodrama that retains an ancient, elemental pull even as it insufficiently charts motivation and the self-denying values of antiquity. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2012
2.5/4 90% The Well-Digger's Daughter (2012) Ultimately comes off as curiously anecdotal, lacking the dramatic dynamism that could give Marcel Pagnol's tale new life. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2012
3/4 76% Unforgivable (2012) The layered, character-driven drama may subvert expectations of a sunny Venetian noir, but observes its five principal characters with a probing, egalitarian eye. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2012
2/4 91% Gypsy (2012) A Slovakian character study of a boy ambivalently caught between worlds that ultimately squanders its promise. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2012
100% The Gold Rush (1925) Even with its (likely dictated) propaganda on behalf of the now-superfluous 1942 edition, this set restores a high watermark in cinematic comedy to nearly full glory. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2012
1/4 44% To Rome with Love (2012) "With age comes exhaustion," according to a rueful line late in the film, and it serves as a fitting diagnosis for Woody Allen's latest fallen souffle set in a European cultural capital. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2012
1.5/4 50% Americano (2012) This odd hybrid of in-search-of-mother quest and lurid border-town pulp shows a humane intimacy mostly in touches borrowed from the filmmaker's estimable parents. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2012
3/4 86% Tahrir: Liberation Square (2012) A direct-cinema document of the Cairo protests that toppled Mubarak, Stefano Savona's film doesn't pretend that Egypt's resolution has yet won a lasting victory. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2012
3/4 88% Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2012) A righteously outraged documentary targeting the "warm and fuzzy" iconography of the breast cancer fundraising bureaucracy and its camouflage of corporate priorities. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 29, 2012
2/4 37% Dark Shadows (2012) A mixed bag of Nixon-era pop burlesque and vampire kitsch is ultimately undone by pedestrian gags and bloated genre boilerplate. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 10, 2012
3/4 No Score Yet The Observers (2012) A semi-documentary essay of two female climatologists at work in a mountaintop weather station imbues nature and labor with a poetry of the seemingly eternal. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 8, 2012
1.5/4 89% Bernie (2012) A surprisingly shapeless true-crime farce which never creates a convincing context for the odd relationship between a pious East Texas mortician and his sugar mama. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2012
73% Payback (2012) This doc on the many forms of human debt, though often frustratingly broad, offers a path to balancing civilization's ledger with a hard-nosed brand of altruism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2012
2.5/4 70% Keyhole (2012) A night of reckoning by a hoodlum in his haunted former home is a more sober and remote Freudian farrago than one expects from Guy Maddin. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2012
2/4 0% Four Lovers (2012) This handsome mate-swapping drama never moves beyond the erotic to become incisive about the barriers built into sexual experimentation for committed couples. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2012
3/4 79% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) Its director's romantic sensibilities wed to Terrence Rattigan's 60-year-old play, this period drama is buoyed by Rachel Weisz's poignant embodiment of a bourgeois wife seeking erotic autonomy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2012
1/4 57% Detachment (2012) Endng in risible bathos, Tony Kaye's urban high school melodrama is all about the cute teacher's crises and the girls who love him. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2012