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Chris Barsanti

Chris Barsanti
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
10/10 98% His Girl Friday (1940) By switching the main character's gender and adding romantic sparks, Hawks turned the masterful, raucous Chicago newsroom farce The Front Page into the perfect screwball comedy. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 19, 2017
6/10 82% The Founder (2017) For this surprisingly hard-edged biopic on the businessman behind McDonald's, Michael Keaton unfurls the black flag of unrepentant capitalism. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jan 19, 2017
8/10 84% Silence (2017) Hunted Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan wrestle with the possibility that all their suffering, and that of their persecuted followers, could be meaningless. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 24, 2016
8/10 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) Ken Loach's heartrending drama follows a widowed British carpenter struggling to keep an inhuman social services bureaucracy from turning him into just another number. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 22, 2016
95% Paterson (2016) Jim Jarmusch's elegantly minimal and wryly comic study of Adam Driver's bus driver-poet celebrates and exemplifies a sturdy American vision of art as labor. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 22, 2016
40% Why Him? (2016) Bryan Cranston and James Franco valiantly but fruitlessly give their all in this overprotective-dad comedy that is many times more conventional than it pretends to be. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 19, 2016
9/10 95% Fences (2016) As director and star of this powerful adaptation of August Wilson's canonical play, Denzel Washington plays a brash talker masking a world of misery and secrets, with an unforgettable pathos. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 19, 2016
96% Neruda (2016) [A] handsome, thoughtful and wisecracking metafictional lark. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 13, 2016
7/10 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) If nothing else, Gareth Edwards' combative, hard-working installment answers why the Death Star was so easy to destroy in the first place. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 13, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) ...wrenching and unforgettable ‐ Medium
Posted Dec 11, 2016
9/10 93% La La Land (2016) Peppy, smart, and almost intolerably romantic, this is the finest movie musical since John Carney's 'Once.' ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 9, 2016
66% Frank & Lola (2016) Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots meander through this strained neo-noir about a Vegas chef who falls for the wrong gal. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 8, 2016
8/10 96% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) James Baldwin's requiem for three Civil Rights martyrs is also a letter addressed to future America and its "vast, unthinking, cruel white majority." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 7, 2016
97% 13th (2016) ...spring-coiled and crucial. ‐ Medium
Posted Dec 4, 2016
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Isabelle Huppert astonishes yet again in this steely, beautiful, intellectually hungry story from Mia Hansen-Løve. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 30, 2016
96% Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016) This documentary about IRA martyr Bobby Sands' 1981 hunger strike is both tragic aria and political-history essay. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 29, 2016
100% Disturbing The Peace (2016) Disturbing the Peace is a striking but imperfect vehicle for a transcendent message. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 9, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) ...a quasi-animist saga where spirits infuse almost every object and being, while the characters remain deeply and at times overpoweringly human. ‐ Medium
Posted Nov 6, 2016
89% All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (2016) By swinging too large a scythe, All Governments Lie needlessly demeans an entire profession in the interest of championing a few would-be Izzy Stones. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/10 79% Don't Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma) (2016) In this story of child abduction, identity, and sexuality, Anna Muylaert seems more interested in themes, like doubling or performing, than the development of her characters. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Nov 2, 2016
8/10 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Park Chan-wook's elegantly mounted Gothic story surprisingly combines sensuous melodrama and a delightfully full-blown romanticism. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 28, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) [Ron Howard] remains as ever the reliable journeyman, doing what he can to keep the race-the-clock thriller genre alive in the age of steroid superheroes. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 26, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Floridly shot, richly humanistic drama about a young man coming of age in a rough Miami slum tangles with love, violence, identity, addiction and sexuality. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 18, 2016
19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) In this laugh-free turkey, one couple's humdrum suburban life gets a turbocharge when an exciting new couple moves into their cul-de-sac. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 18, 2016
7/10 94% Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... (2016) ... like watching the greatest theater camp of all time. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 17, 2016
5/10 97% Aquarius (2016) ...features many moments of beauty and moody discomfort, but Filho's treatment can seem occasionally narcotized. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 17, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) What could serve as the year's most preposterous mainstream release. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3/10 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) ...so entranced by individual bravery it mostly forgets about corporate villainy. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 28, 2016
63% Storks (2016) The jokes in this high-concept, star-packed animated family film land about as often as its storks manage to avoid flying into windows. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 20, 2016
65% The Vessel (2016) A village already traumatized by a deadly natural disaster undergoes a crisis of faith in this slight but beautifully shot allegory starring Martin Sheen as the local priest. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 15, 2016
94% Command and Control (2016) A crisp, horrifying, investigative documentary about the nuclear missile silo disaster that nearly annihilated much of Arkansas in 1980. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 12, 2016
77% London Road (2016) A sharp-elbowed, guerrilla-theatre documentary musical. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 7, 2016
100% Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016) Ringing with a vivid moral clarity, 'Defying the Nazis' is a tightly focused documentary that raises an unusually sprawling number of challenging questions for its audience. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 7, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) ...at a time of near-record income inequality ... is there anything to celebrate in this kind of fantasy-making? ‐ Medium
Posted Aug 28, 2016
83% Imperium (2016) Imperium goes wrong almost from the start. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 18, 2016
8/10 95% A Touch of Zen (1969) ...pure, ravishing spectacle. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 11, 2016
61% The Lost Arcade (2016) A deeply felt and bittersweet experience. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 10, 2016
86% Citizen Soldier (2016) A promising but half-realized documentary whose relentlessly upbeat and on-message tone is more akin to a recruiting video. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 4, 2016
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) Warm, familial and unhurried portrait of the great Austin auteur provides a good overview of an underappreciated director's work and unusual approach. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 3, 2016
8/10 89% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) Brady Corbet's disturbing psycho-historical melodrama is like the Stanley Kubrick edit of The Grand Budapest Hotel. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 3, 2016
59% Bad Moms (2016) It's not exactly for the ages, but it's not exactly The Hangover Part II, either. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 28, 2016
91% Zero Days (2016) ...a prescient warning for the new world of conflict we are blundering into without so much as a flashlight. ‐ Medium
Posted Jul 27, 2016
4/10 70% Café Society (2016) ...half-heartedly poses the same questions [Allen has] been ruminating on for decades. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 25, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) ...strains to connect the lo-fi improv style of its leads with the big plot points and special-effects scenes needed to justify the eight- and nine-figure budgets. ‐ Medium
Posted Jul 20, 2016
88% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) This jazzy, fragmentary, inside-out portrait of photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank isn't itself a great work of art, but it contains multitudes of them. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 12, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) ...one of the great documentary epics of our time. ‐ Medium
Posted Jul 11, 2016
7/10 75% The BFG (2016) ...a modestly magical film for a grimly realistic age. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 30, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) ...more a firefight-filled chase film with strident political subtext than horror film. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 30, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) Alternately hair-raising and clunky, Free States of Jones doesn't pack its story neatly into a box. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 23, 2016
100% T-Rex (2016) In this rousing documentary about women's Olympic boxing pioneer Claressa Shields [...] the specter of poverty enhances rather than distracts from the central narrative. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 22, 2016