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Boyd van Hoeij

Boyd van Hoeij
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) This gorgeously realized feature, shot entirely outdoors, explores the agony and ecstasy of a birdwatcher called Fernando, whose encounters after an accident in a nature reserve start to echo elements of the life of Anthony of Padua.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
33% Demain tout commence (2016) The film's first act is full of mixed messages that lead to an unsteady, fluctuating tone.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
No Score Yet Demons in Paradise (2017) Well-intentioned but lacking in specifics.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
No Score Yet The Nothing Factory (A Fábrica de Nada) (2017) A grainy, nearly three-hour opus that unexpectedly morphs from vérité-like neorealist drama into that unicorn of cinematic genres: a neorealist musical.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
14% Frost (2017) There really isn't all that much to recommend, with the lead characters never fleshed out and the narrative about as aimless as the GPS-less protagonists.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
40% The Summit (La cordillera) (2017) Never manages to articulate a more nuanced idea than the fact that politicians are people, too.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
83% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017) At once an enjoyable genre ride and a feminist arthouse story, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts might send some heads rolling but has its own head firmly on its shoulders.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
87% Hermia & Helena (2017) While viewers might be amused by Camila's romantic travails, it is only here that she finally becomes a fully rounded human being who is also extremely touching.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
80% Makala (2017) Interesting in a watch-at-home, National-Geographic-Channel sort of way ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
91% Tempestad (2016) There's no denying that stories about the wider consequences of human trafficking... are important. But the way Huezo has organized her material doesn't do it any favors.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
No Score Yet Plot 35 (Carré 35) (2017) Offers a fascinating snapshot of 20th-century history and how it impacted one family on a personal level, even if the film struggles to really fuse its macro and micro levels.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
60% Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a montanha) (2017) What kind of commercial market there is out there for this kind of fare beyond Brazil, where Buchmann's story is quite well-known, remains a question mark.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
44% April's Daughter (Las hijas de Abril) (2017) All the illuminating mise-en-scene and framing in the world can't compensate for a screenplay that has some focus issues.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
100% Warehoused (Almacenados) (2015) Veteran actor Jose Carlos Ruiz and appealing up-and-comer Hoze Melendez represent the two extremes of working life in director Jack Zagha Kababie's deliciously absurd comedy-drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
No Score Yet Beauty and the Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit) (2017) A harrowing and necessary film in only nine shots.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2017) Frequently fascinating minor Garrel ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Western (2017) A naturalistic, almost documentary-like feature that slowly builds.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
59% Ismael's Ghosts (2017) A narrative that is not necessarily fully comprehensible as a stand-alone item but which takes great pleasure in playing with all of the writer-director's obsessions, themes and styles.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
No Score Yet The Man With the Iron Heart (HHhH) (2017) While the screenplay, structure and rhythm are far from perfect, there's no denying that Jimenez is a talented director of actors and action and that he excels at getting the most out of each shot in terms of production value.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
88% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2016) Though somewhat slow out of the starting blocks, this finally caustic drama, set in early 1980s Bratislava (then in Czechoslovakia), accumulates power and insight as it builds over the course of a tense parents-teachers conference.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
70% Manifesto (2017) Rosefeldt and a very game Blanchett spring one surprising creation on the viewer after the other. But what it all adds up to is of course up for debate.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
95% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) Much of the feature's quietly accumulated emotional power derives from the fact that viewers have to connect some of the dots themselves.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
74% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) The camerawork, production design and costumes are all impressive, though the technical credit that most deserves a shout-out is the makeup and hair by Garance Van Rossum.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
90% Moka (2017) A lean but skillful adaptation of the eponymous novel by Anglo-French writer Tatiana de Rosnay.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
90% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) Precision writing and editing (the latter courtesy of Thomas Marchand), as well as an impressive grasp of the power of mise-en-scene, come together to deliver resonant scenes even if we don't know the characters very well.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
79% Violet (2017) The final image, an 8-minute sequence shot, is a wonder to behold and ends the film on a perfect and perfectly poetic note.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
No Score Yet Like Mother, Like Daughter (Telle mère, telle fille) (2017) For much of the running time, the women seem to be suspended in a sort of uneasy status quo, with their respective bellies experiencing more growth than their relationship with each other.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
88% 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
71% 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
60% 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
51% 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
100% 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
90% 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