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Boyd van Hoeij

Boyd van Hoeij
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% Apprentice (2017) A tsory that conflates the deeply intimate and the political while exploring what family ties mean and how they relate to national and (particularly in this film) professional relationships and obligations.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
No Score Yet From the Balcony (Fra balkongen) (2017) [An] uneven but finally also quite relatable little movie.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
80% EMO the Musical (2016) Emo: The Musical is kind of a hot mess. But it's undeniable that there's also something just so damn likeable about these good-looking youngsters warbling about their teenage troubles.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
No Score Yet California Dreams (2017) A film filled with badly acted scenes that doesn't really go anywhere, has no real narrative or structure or momentum or even anything coherent to say.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
No Score Yet Bright Nights (Helle nächte) (2017) A long trudge to nowhere with a mulish refusal to explain anything or let any soupcon of narrative, character development or backstory spoil the pristine landscapes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
No Score Yet Devil's Freedom (2017) You don't always need big or complicated ideas to turn what could have been a TV-ready reportage into a richly rewarding cinematic experience ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet The Best of All Worlds (Die Beste Aller Welten) (2017) What's lacking is an original angle on what is, unfortunately, a rather familiar story.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet Dalida (2016) Despite running just over two hours, there is almost no sense of who Dalida was beyond the private lover and the public performer.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet Just Like Our Parents (Como Nossos Pais) (2017) Though the film is sometimes a bit too on the nose in terms of its references, this is nonetheless an impressive work, further elevated by a finely chiseled performance from actress Maria Ribeiro.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
45% The Dinner (2017) By trying to keep the prolonged sit-down affair from becoming excessively stagey, Moverman adds too many distracting flashbacks to maintain the original's hard-hitting and well-aimed gut punch.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
No Score Yet 500 Years (2017) Easier to understand on an emotional level than as a carefully analyzed part of recent history, though the latter might have been a near-impossible task in a film under two hours in length.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
No Score Yet Cries From Syria (2017) This compact and more than occasionally gruesome item is especially strong for its first three chapters, before it tackles the Syrian refugee crisis in too superficial and sentimental a manner.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
60% Winnie (2017) Nothing new to see here.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
100% Columbus (2017) The impressive range and carefully planned progression of Kogonada's formal ideas would be quite useless if they weren't in function of a story worth telling.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
17% Sidney Hall (2017) The artificially constructed nature of the narrative gives the supposedly shocking revelations way too much importance, essentially subjugating any sense of character development and flaws to its mystery-type structure.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
100% Free and Easy (2017) A former industrial town in northeastern China, now deserted and covered in snow, is the picturesque backdrop of the unexpectedly funny and dryly absurd Free and Easy, from Chinese director Geng Jun.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
75% Where Is Kyra? (2017) Where is Kyra? sheds a most exquisitely modulated penumbral light on those in the margins of society that would normally remain invisible.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
75% The Workers Cup (2017) Sobel's inexperience with the feature-length format and the requirements of specific genres shows, with Cup constantly struggling to reconcile the horrible fate of what are essentially modern-day slaves with the aspirational side and dreams of victory ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) Guadagnino, most famous for the far splashier features I Am Love and A Bigger Splash, finds exactly the right tone for the material, which is understated and filled with paternal affection.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
80% To the Bone (2017) Noxon, who also wrote the screenplay, manages to explore dark and complex issues while frequently leavening them with unexpected moments of humor ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
100% Thoroughbred (2017) Finley ... combines a gift for tart and taut dialogue with a natural cinematic flair that heightens the drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
100% Last Men in Aleppo (2017) Hard to watch, but necessary.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
92% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) Manages an impressive balancing act in term of its tricky, quicksilver tone, which constantly oscillates between foreboding, menacing, hilarity and absurdity without ever feeling incongruous.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
91% Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017) The text is occasionally poetic and never too technical -- indeed, the film might have benefited from a smidgen more on the science behind glaciology -- and overall very accessible, even for adult audiences with no scientific background whatsoever.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
79% Frantz (2017) [Ozon's] story is one that's subtler and digs deeper while it keeps exploring how both political and personal questions are dealt with within a moral framework and how that framework itself is also open to interpretation.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
No Score Yet A Yellow Bird (2016) Poetically titled but otherwise drab.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
100% Rosalie Blum (2016) A quirky, cockles-warming adaptation of the eponymous graphic-novel trilogy by French artist Camille Jourdy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) A grizzly tale of American Gothic served up with an unexpected dash of moodily melodic Portuguese fado, The Eyes of My Mother is both strange and strangely enthralling.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
No Score Yet Willy 1er (2016) An oddball but affecting indie.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Tween audiences will be transported no doubt -- if they survive Eagle Huntress' bloody prologue involving the offering of a lamb, that is -- but a part of the older audience might be left wanting.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Lovingly told and gorgeously rendered.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
17% Jacqueline Argentine (2016) Part of the problem of Jacqueline (Argentine) is that it wants to be a film of many layers but Britto doesn't have the know-how to keep each layer legible separately.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
75% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2016) By far Serra's most accessible work to date.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) That an anime film can explore such complex subjects so beautifully in what's nominally an artist's biopic is a blessing in itself.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
91% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) The Son of Joseph might be filled with talk about and visual allusions to God, Biblical art, life, parenthood, filialness and relationships, but the way the material is handled is jocular without betraying the more serious ideas at its core.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
No Score Yet REM: Rem Koolhaas Documentary (2016) A valentine from a son to his father as well as a largely absorbing architecture documentary to boot.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
No Score Yet Foreign Body (Corps étranger) (2016) Tries but often struggles to properly fuse the personal and the political.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
60% Orphan (Orpheline) (2016) Four women never become one. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
No Score Yet King of the Belgians (2016) Though the film doesn't dig all that deep politically, it features quite a few solid laughs ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
100% As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016) This appropriately somewhat scruffy feature derives a lot of its energy from a spunky lead performance by newcomer Baya Medhaffer, while the story is emotionally grounded by the warm presence of Ghalia Benali.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
92% I Called Him Morgan (2016) An intriguing exposé of a gripping story.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
42% Brimstone (2017) Koolhoven has painted himself into a corner because the film's unifying theme, the maltreatment of women at the hand of righteous-acting men, takes much too long to crystallize.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
29% In Dubious Battle (2017) It's just a shame that Franco's dreams and ideas for this film weren't as big as those of his protagonists.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
100% The War Show (2016) Uneven but frequently fascinating.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
57% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) If anything, the curiosity of viewers unfamiliar with his work should be piqued.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
86% A Date for Mad Mary (2016) Kerslake and Lee leave enough of an impression to be able to use this film as a gateway to greater things.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
9% Endless Night (Nadie quiere la noche) (2015) There are too few instances where all of the film's different elements come together to deliver any kind of visceral charge.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
38% Down By Love (Éperdument) (2016) Godeau doesn't seem all that bothered with character motivations and backstories.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
89% Morris from America (2016) Mostly lighthearted and, especially in its closing reels, rather clichéd, the character-driven film nonetheless manages to gently resist the temptation to turn into a full-throttle and heart-warming crowdpleaser.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
66% Anthropoid (2016) Valkyrie this is not.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016