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Chris Barsanti

Chris Barsanti
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
9/10 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) ...one of the sweetest, most genuinely satisfying romantic comedies to hit screens in some time. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 16, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet P.S. Jerusalem (2015) ... [an] emotion-wracked and politically challenging multi-year journey. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 15, 2016
7/10 94% Finding Dory (2016) ...at least exceeds expectations, if not the original. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 15, 2016
89% Do Not Resist (2016) ...equal parts black comedy and dystopian nightmare. ‐ Medium
Posted Jun 9, 2016
96% De Palma (2016) In [directors Baumbach and Paltrow's] minimalist take on a maximalist artist, they leave the man and his work free to stand or fall on their own. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 8, 2016
67% Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016) Shifting from class satire to sex farce to stark historical warning with a surrealist's stinging alacrity. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 8, 2016
96% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) Although Hooligan Sparrow is a protest film at heart, it is also a fascinating strategy and survival document. ‐ Little White Lies
Posted Jun 7, 2016
90% The Witness (2016) A public crime becomes a private obsession in this sharp, poignant documentary. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 2, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) A helter-skelter of moments that read like something stitched together almost at random from the notebook leavings of Rogen and Evan Goldberg. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 18, 2016
6/10 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) ...works better as big group caper film than action extravaganza. ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 5, 2016
6/10 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) ... delivers a lush, narcotic charge ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 4, 2016
5/10 61% High-Rise (2016) ...pulls back the skin of civilization with glee. But all it seems to know to do afterward is play with the blood and gristle. ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 3, 2016
70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) L'Attesa makes its audience wait but without enough of a reason for them to want to. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 28, 2016
7/10 96% Sing Street (2016) Faith in the transformative power of music courses through Sing Street like an electric current. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 21, 2016
73% How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2016) Fox's film is a grab-bag, [...but he] hits that sweet spot between realism and idealism which few of his cinematic eco-activists have so far achieved. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 19, 2016
94% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) ...a fair-minded expose that is decades overdue. ‐ Medium
Posted Apr 15, 2016
96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) ...less fascinated by the power play and ritual than it is by the people who are inhabiting those roles, and hoping, ever so softly, to transcend them. ‐ Medium
Posted Apr 15, 2016
96% On the Town (1949) ...as fresh as the day it was minted. ‐ Medium
Posted Apr 15, 2016
100% Winter Soldier (1972) ...a damning portrait of institutionalized American brutality. ‐ Medium
Posted Apr 15, 2016
95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) ...all the shivering intensity and satisfying denouement of the darkest Grimm's fairy tale. ‐ Medium
Posted Apr 15, 2016
84% In Bruges (2008) ... a knockdown and cockeyed comedy of violence. ‐ Medium
Posted Apr 15, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) ...the dialogue is so muted and dialed-back that it leaves little room for those delivering it to establish themselves as individuals. ‐ Medium
Posted Apr 15, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) As self-important as it is tedious... ‐ Medium
Posted Apr 15, 2016
72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) The best cast you will see in any film this year fights through the emotional collateral damage of a self-destructive war photographer's possibly purposeful death. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 7, 2016
59% The Program (2016) The Program feels ultimately more akin to box-ticking than character-powered drama. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 17, 2016
58% The Brainwashing of My Dad (2016) Points fingers in all the right directions but fails to dig deep enough. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 16, 2016
85% Boom Bust Boom (2016) [A] breezy, puppet- and song-filled jaunt through the dismal science of economics. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 8, 2016
62% Creative Control (2016) Dickinson feints at the ways films like Computer Chess and Primer interrogated reality via technology's dark lens but never fully signs up with that approach. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 8, 2016
6/10 46% Knight of Cups (2016) Terrence Malick's latest gauzy whisper of a drama has Christian Bale as a po-faced screenwriter grappling with an existential crisis while romancing most of Southern California. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Mar 8, 2016
2/10 53% Triple 9 (2016) John Hillcoat's heist flick brings an embarrassment of acting riches to bear on a laughably disjointed script that can't decide whether to go for self-seriousness or self-parody. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 26, 2016
94% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) ...a fair-minded expose that is decades overdue. ‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Feb 19, 2016
96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) ...Muylaert's film, a quiet kind of modern classic, is less fascinated by the power play and ritual than it is by the people who are inhabiting those roles, and hoping, ever so softly, to transcend them. ‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Feb 19, 2016
97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) ...anger and sadness is shot all through Guerra's remarkable film, which functions as both elegy for a doomed culture and a lush and surreal epic of the spirit. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 17, 2016
7/10 91% The Witch (2016) A shiver machine that runs cool and low with spiritual trepidation and darkly sexual undercurrents. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 17, 2016
7/10 89% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) Jia Zhangke's quasi-surreal triptych captures a fractured China losing its bearings amidst momentous changes. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/10 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) The Coen brothers' artfully conceived but strained satire of '50s Hollywood gets the look right, but little else. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Feb 5, 2016
24% The Benefactor (2016) An off-kilter film that leaves too many promising elements behind to make room for more capering and raging from Gere. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 14, 2016
50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) Saying that this powerful, fact-based action drama is Michael Bay's greatest film isn't actually faint praise. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 14, 2016
93% The Treasure (2016) Don't expect a big payoff in Corneliu Porumboiu's long-build satire about some hapless diggers for buried treasure; the journey is the joke here. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 5, 2016
9/10 93% Ex Machina (2015) ...a darkly funny and philosophical cyberpunk locked-room thriller that tangles with the greatest sci-fi puzzle: What does it mean to be human? ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 28, 2015
5/10 93% Anomalisa (2015) 'Anomalisa' can't generate enough interest in its depressed protagonist to make us care about its possible love story. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 23, 2015
8/10 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Quentin Tarantino's hybrid Western-mystery flick builds to multiple crescendos of greed, betrayal, and violence. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 22, 2015
7/10 81% The Revenant (2015) Apocalyptic filigree and bravura filmmaking aside, The Revenant keeps coming back to an old, bloody story: good man chases bad man for doing bad things to good man. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 18, 2015
60% Joy (2015) Has energy to spare and a cast to die for but is nearly undone by a ramshackle last act. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 17, 2015
6/10 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) J.J. Abrams's sleek, feverishly hyped Episode Seven injects the moribund series with humor and humanity, but relies too much on remixed bits from the original trilogy. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 16, 2015
9/10 88% The Big Short (2015) ... a ragged, jolting, and savagely funny guerrilla agitprop that gives after-the-fact credit to the financial crises Cassandras. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 11, 2015
43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) An immersive experience but shows little grasp of the human element. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 9, 2015
80% Macbeth (2015) A raw, muddy and appropriately blood-spattered take on the Scottish Play that sees a muted Michael Fassbender upstaged by Marion Cotillard's grief-stricken Lady Macbeth. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 2, 2015
9/10 97% Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) A fresh look at the ultimate mock epic, after the Python method has been assimilated into the cultural DNA, reveals the subversive spirit of this bloody and cynical Arthurian deconstruction. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Dec 2, 2015
10/10 98% Mustang (2015) Deniz Gamze Ergüven's exuberantly defiant debut film follows five sisters who fight sexist traditions in a remote Turkish village. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Nov 30, 2015