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Boyd van Hoeij

Boyd van Hoeij
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% 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
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
Posted Jan 23, 2017
No Score Yet 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
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
Posted Jan 22, 2017
No Score Yet Last Men in Aleppo (2017) Hard to watch, but necessary. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2017
91% 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
Posted Jan 20, 2017
95% 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
Posted Jan 20, 2017
75% 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
Posted Jan 19, 2017
No Score Yet A Yellow Bird (2016) Poetically titled but otherwise drab. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
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
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
Posted Nov 29, 2016
No Score Yet Willy 1er (2016) An oddball but affecting indie. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
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
Posted Nov 1, 2016
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2016) Lovingly told and gorgeously rendered. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
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
Posted Oct 18, 2016
82% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2016) By far Serra's most accessible work to date. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
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
Posted Oct 12, 2016
90% 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
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
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
Posted Sep 9, 2016
60% Orphan (Orpheline) (2016) Four women never become one. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
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
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
Posted Sep 7, 2016
91% I Called Him Morgan (2016) An intriguing exposé of a gripping story. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2016
45% Brimstone (2016) 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
Posted Sep 4, 2016
No Score Yet In Dubious Battle (2016) 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
Posted Sep 2, 2016
100% The War Show (2016) Uneven but frequently fascinating. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 31, 2016
54% 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
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
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
Posted Aug 26, 2016
38% Down By Love (Éperdument) (2016) Godeau doesn't seem all that bothered with character motivations and backstories. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
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
Posted Aug 15, 2016
66% Anthropoid (2016) Valkyrie this is not. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 8, 2016
84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) Except for Close, a bit of a poisoned apple. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 3, 2016
86% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) Though blessed with a spectacular true story and character to work from, director and co-screenwriter Lars Kraume fails to breathe much life into the stuffy, overly complex enumeration of the historical facts that led to Eichmann's arrest. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 26, 2016
92% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) The story's anchored by strong performances from Belgian star Cecile de France and French singer-turned-actress Izia Higelin, who have a natural chemistry that's not only credible but actually infectious. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 18, 2016
92% The Seventh Fire (2016) Important and fascinating but also somewhat unevenly assembled. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 13, 2016
93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) What thus remains is a film that looks painterly and features solid performances but which lacks a key that would unlock the emotional, spiritual and ideological mysteries that hide behind this unfocused retelling of the facts. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 28, 2016
82% Les Cowboys (2016) Bidegain can tell a sweeping story across several years and with multiple characters in very economical ways. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 20, 2016
57% To Life (À la vie) (2016) All this prosperity and abundance would only make sense if it stood in clearer contrast to the women's struggles to come to terms with their dark past. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 23, 2016
89% Blood Father (2016) A serviceable piece of B-movie entertainment without an ounce of originality. But audiences that respond to films like these are unlikely to think that's a dealbreaker. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 22, 2016
86% Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) DeHaan and Maslany both have meaty, rangy roles here that are not exactly subtle but never become quite implausible either, with both of them finding a convincing middle ground between these two extremes ... ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 18, 2016
71% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) More adventurous viewers will nonetheless be charmed by this delightfully queer oddity. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 17, 2016
No Score Yet Tramontane (2016) Compelling because of the dignified performance of visually impaired musician Barakat Jabbour in the lead. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 17, 2016
No Score Yet Everything We Loved (2014) With its convincingly drawn characters and, in Brett Stewart and Sia Trokenheim, two actors who can do their complex parts justice, this high-end drama convinces on an emotional level even if, visually, the film is rather traditionally put together. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 16, 2016
100% One Week and a Day (Shavua ve Yom) (2016) Affecting and amusing in equal measure. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016
No Score Yet Dogs (Câini) (2016) There's no doubt Mirica can film the hell out of a location or a character's face but as for telling a fully gripping and involving story? The jury's still out on that one. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016
100% Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2016) A pleasingly warm, human and female take on the subject, shot through with Virzi's customary attention to not only the characters but also the wider socio-political background. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016
86% Lamb (2015) A young Ethiopian boy and his rust-colored ewe are the protagonists of Lamb, the beautifully crafted if rather familiar first feature from Yared Zeleke. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016
66% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) If individual scenes or ideas seem to have been lifted from other films, there's a conspicuous lack of overarching narrative structure or character focus. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 13, 2016