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Boyd van Hoeij

Boyd van Hoeij
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Sivas (2014) What's there in terms of story thus often feels secondary to a sense of place and character, but thankfully Mudjeci at least reveals an impeccable sense of how composition can suggest emotions and make situations dramatically more dynamic. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 1, 2016
91% Zero Days (2016) Because it wants to be a primer on a serious subject, an exciting cinematic exposé and an argument for more openness and some kind of regulatory framework, the necessities of these different strands end up getting in each other's way. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 17, 2016
40% Alone in Berlin (2017) Handsomely packaged, the film unfortunately is also too well-behaved and lacking in psychological depth to really set itself apart from countless other WWII dramas theatrically, even if pockets of older audiences might be responsive. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 15, 2016
95% Spa Night (2016) An impressive if extremely subtle first film. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 27, 2016
100% Suited (2016) As an introduction to transgender and, to a lesser extent, gender fluidity issues -- not to mention a feature-length commercial for the very personalized services of Bindle & Keep -- the film works rather well. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2016
100% Under the Gun (2016) An extensive primer preceding a call for action. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2016
No Score Yet Snervous Tyler Oakley (2015) Fans of Oakley and those with an interest in the phenomenon will pretty much get what they came for here. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 11, 2015
92% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) What's interesting is that part one has an intentionally somewhat pedestrian quality; it's meant to illustrate a regular day-out-of-the-life of two individuals who happen to meet and spend not even 24 hours together. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 9, 2015
60% Ivy (2015) Though undeniably well acted by the small but impressive cast, there's a sense that we've seen all this before. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 7, 2015
97% Theeb (2015) A young Bedouin boy has to grow up fast if he's to survive practically alone in the 1916 Arabian desert in Theeb, the confident debut feature of U.K.-born, Jordan-based filmmaker Naji Abu Nowar. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 3, 2015
80% The Chinese Mayor (2015) At once a fascinating and shocking cautionary tale about the way gargantuan construction projects are allowed to mushroom or come to a halt according to the cryptic whims of those in power. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 13, 2015
85% Xenia (2015) Though the story's finally too predictable and a little too thin to captivate for the film's entire two-hours-plus running time, the characters, their chemistry and their plight are compelling ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 7, 2015
67% Ville-Marie (2015) Though occasionally somewhat blunt and derivative, this drama is more often an insightful and admirably complex take on human behavior. It can only further cement Edoin's reputation as one of Quebec's brightest new directorial talents. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 2, 2015
81% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) The film deftly explores the story's complex moral issues from several sides. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2015
96% Son of Saul (2015) A powerful aural and visual experience that doesn't quite manage to sustain itself over the course of its running time, but is a remarkable -- and remarkably intense -- experience nonetheless. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2015
93% Breathe (2015) Though the story has undergone quite a few changes, what's intact is the novel's grittiness and emotional honesty, which more than compensates for the occasional coming-of-age cliche. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2015
53% Lolo (2016) A high-concept comedy that's French actress-director Julie Delpy's most winningly mainstream concoction yet. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2015
94% In The Shadow of Women (2016) Initially somewhat wispy-feeling, this 72-minute feature transforms in its final reel from an ironic divertissement to a work of considerable feeling and intensity. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2015
88% Umrika (2015) The greater themes resonate because Nair has managed to incorporate several big and abstract topics into a story in which they become highly personal for the characters. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2015
81% The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier) (2014) [Viard and Damiens] manage to project a lot of warmth despite the fact both have no spoken dialogue and their characters tend to be extremely direct. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2015
69% Wolf Totem (2015) The animal footage looks fantastic but the humans are mere cardboard characters and their interactions with the wolves and each other don't prove all that illuminating. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2015
59% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) Greenaway's habitual approach is perfect for this material, constantly externalizing the director's ideas about Eisenstein's life and work and the way the two are connected in a way that speaks directly -- often quite literally -- to the audience. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 25, 2015
79% Station To Station (2015) It suggests that a one-minute part can be the whole for one viewer or that, conversely, the whole is made up of an infinite amount of smaller parts that can each tell only a small part of the story. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 17, 2015
A- 72% The Kindergarten Teacher (Haganenet) (2015) While the basic setup of the drama would lead one to expect that the story will go into a kind of overblown substitute son/mother melodrama, Lapid has something else in mind entirely. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 27, 2015
89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) All the actors ― from Amalric, here in his sixth collaboration with Desplechin ― to the entire cast of youngsters, most with next to no film experience, inhabit their roles fully. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 20, 2015
91% Stations of the Cross (2015) Newcomer Van Acken is a phenomenal find and she's never less than believably torn between doing the right thing and being her own person. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 7, 2015
67% The Princess Of France (2015) What's onscreen is often more noteworthy for the particular atmosphere, mood and language rather than any particular role the characters or events might be playing in moving the overall narrative forward. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 23, 2015
56% Minions (2015) The minions -- like the proper sidekicks they are -- never really learn or change, always getting caught in variations of the same scenario. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 18, 2015
86% La Sapienza (2015) The Sapience juxtaposes insights on how people are emotionally connected with ruminations on the buildings and spaces through which they move, in which they live and, in Alexandre's case, which they also create. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 5, 2015
No Score Yet Elephant's Dream (2015) Between the lines of these coolly observant tales of a female post-office worker, a firefighter and two security guards at a sleepy railway station, lies a wealth of more revealing stories about everyday life in Kinshasa. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 4, 2015
93% Censored Voices (2015) Expertly assembled across the board, Censored Voices tries and largely succeeds in providing a corrective to the idea that Israel's 1967 victory was a quick and clean operation. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 3, 2015
84% Alleluia (2015) The true star of the film is Duenas, who goes all-out in portraying a woman so damaged and needy she will stop at nothing to get or protect what she wants. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 1, 2015
6% Search Party (2016) [An] entirely generic gross-out comedy. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 28, 2015
82% Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (Die Andere Heimat) (2015) This beautifully shot black-and-white feature is accessible even for those unfamiliar with Reitz's previous work. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 28, 2015
No Score Yet Little England (Mikra Anglia) (2015) A woman's picture in the most positive sense of the word, this [is a] handsomely mounted and impeccably acted film. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 27, 2015
92% When Marnie Was There (2015) A beautifully animated tale. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 18, 2015
No Score Yet The Grief of Others (2015) Offers many quiet, often character-driven rewards but struggles to become larger than the sum of its parts. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 11, 2015
58% Saint Laurent (2015) Classily assembled but narratively diffuse. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 4, 2015
64% Reality (2015) None of these semi-absurd tales are particularly funny, though there's some fun to be had in the film's second half trying to keep up with Dupieux's storytelling and editing skills. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 27, 2015
70% Marie's Story (2015) Based on a true story that's perhaps less famous than some others but just as intriguing, this serious-minded -- no Helen Keller jokes, please -- period film is nonetheless quite entertaining and, finally, moving. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 27, 2015
83% Far from Men (2015) The original's existentialist undertow is mostly lost in shallow characterizations and scenes that perfunctorily tip their hat to genre tropes rather than illuminating the characters. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 27, 2015
77% Felix & Meira (2015) Yaron is a luminous presence whose face is mesmerizing even if it isn't always readable. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 8, 2015
No Score Yet Morocco (Exit Marrakech) (2013) Though the film tries to weld two genres together that are occasionally at odds with each other, there are quite a few powerful individual moments, the film looks and sounds gorgeous without overly fetishizing its exotic setting and the acting is strong. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 7, 2015
94% Güeros (2015) The film's droll humor and unexpected twists go a long way towards sustaining audience interest, even if the film goes from homage into self-conscious parody territory several times, ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 7, 2015
96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) [The film] dissects with both chilling precision and humor such matters as class differences, real mothers vs. caretakers and whether privilege and one's own station are things that can be questioned or changed. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 23, 2015
36% Hunting Elephants (2015) A comedy caper full of incorrigible old geezers that's as broad as barn door. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 18, 2015
89% Amour Fou (2015) The narrative screws of Hausner's screenplay are impressively tightened. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 10, 2015
81% 3 Hearts (3 coeurs) (2015) [Mastroianni and Gainsbourg] make for believable sisters who clearly adore each other. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 10, 2015
91% Eastern Boys (2015) Campillo thankfully refrains from offering on-the-nose explications for behavior and decisions, instead letting audiences infer psychology and motivation from on-screen behavior. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 25, 2015
88% Traitors (2013) A rare genre film from the Maghreb that centers on a female universe, Traitors benefits immensely from a spiky lead turn from newcomer Chaimae Ben Acha, whose innate charisma helps paper over the film's at times overly familiar plot twists. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 17, 2015