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Chris Barsanti

Chris Barsanti
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 94% Carol (2015) Todd Haynes' resonant period romance echoes 'Far From Heaven,' but Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara elude that film's glossy fatalism. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Nov 24, 2015
81% Kingdom Of Shadows (2015) In a year of strong films about cartel violence [...], Bernardo Ruiz's riveting documentary still stands tall. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 19, 2015
38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) Billy Ray's crisply acted but jumbled remake of the 2009 Foreign-Language Oscar winner [...] never does justice to its source material. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 19, 2015
61% Legend (2015) An energetic and sometimes quite likeable but still ungainly gangster film wrapped around two of the deftest performances to hit theatres this year. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 18, 2015
33% By The Sea (2015) A divertingly gorgeous mediocrity. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 13, 2015
6/10 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) Michael Moore's solutions are simplistic, but the underlying malaise they highlight is disturbing. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Nov 12, 2015
10/10 95% In Jackson Heights (2015) It would be difficult to find a stronger, more effective rebuke to Tea Party reactionaries who would erase Emma Lazarus' welcoming words from a certain statue in New York Harbor. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Nov 12, 2015
5/10 97% All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015) In Colin Hanks' admiring and tragic corporate biography, Tower Records wasn't just a rock 'n' roll mecca, but a family operation that got high on its own supply. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Nov 5, 2015
95% The Wonders (2015) A teenage girl's coming of age is elegantly threaded into this lugubriously madcap Tuscany-set drama about family, history and obsession. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 28, 2015
3/10 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Aaron Sorkin's aggressively stagey and bullying biopic fails to comprehend either its subject's cruelty or genius. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 21, 2015
9/10 94% Room (2015) ...just enough beauty here to keep it from drowning in darkness, but not enough to cheapen what's at stake. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 16, 2015
9/10 88% Experimenter (2015) Michael Almereyda's knotty, intellectually playful film about Stanley Milgram's chilling 1961 experiments asks why so many seemed so unwilling to accept his conclusions. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 16, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) [A] fact-based but ungainly moralistic spy saga. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 13, 2015
No Score Yet Non eravamo solo... Ladri di biciclette - Il neorealismo (The Neorealism: We Were Not Just Bicycles Thieves) (2013) More a rambling shuffling of notes than a fully thought-out thesis, barely scratching the surface of neorealism's revolutionary impact on the form and other filmmakers. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 1, 2015
7/10 92% The Martian (2015) Ridley Scott's futuristic lost astronaut epic is a string of logic puzzles shot through a lighthearted ensemble dramedy that feels part 'Avengers' and part 'Gravity.' ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 1, 2015
6/10 84% The Walk (2015) Part caper and part thrilling ballet. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Oct 1, 2015
7/10 87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) Douglas Tirola's celebration of the '70s comedy institution doesn't know when to put on the brakes. Nevertheless, its enthusiasm proves infectious. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 29, 2015
6/10 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) A deconstructive sweet-and-sourball of a romantic comedy... ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 28, 2015
6/10 94% Sicario (2015) ...a hard-nosed procedural for the post-post 9/11 era. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 25, 2015
74% The Keeping Room (2015) An ambitious if overreaching home-invasion thriller. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2015
73% Unbranded (2015) [A] sumptuously packaged and goofily charming oddball feature-length advocacy advertisement about America's wild-horse overpopulation crisis. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2015
5/10 80% The New Girlfriend (2015) There is a sharp, sublime Almodóvar film trapped inside the blurry outlines of François Ozon's The New Girlfriend, as if aching to get out. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 16, 2015
28% Dirty Weekend (2015) A placid, minor effort from a onetime scandalous writer-director. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 3, 2015
7/10 93% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) Stanley Nelson's studious history shows that even without the law enforcement campaign of disinformation, infiltration, and assassination, the Black Panthers would have imploded on their own. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 2, 2015
8/10 98% Welcome To Leith (2015) ...revealing and frightening ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 31, 2015
6/10 79% Z For Zachariah (2015) ...a post-apocalyptic drama focused not on marauding mutants, but on the old, awful standbys: fear, loneliness, cold, starvation. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 27, 2015
40% We Are Your Friends (2015) We Are Your Friends is neither here nor there, like a song that can't decide whether it wants you to dance or be moved. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 25, 2015
83% Mistress America (2015) A busier film than Noah Baumbach usually delivers, and not always a cohesive one. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 13, 2015
8/10 79% Cop Car (2015) ...[an] impressively taut neo-Western. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 7, 2015
93% The Gift (2015) [The conclusion] dramatically overplays its hand and overstays its welcome almost more than Gordo himself. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 7, 2015
8/10 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) ...[not] a celebration of intellectual combat, it's an original-sin tale for where TV news went wrong. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 31, 2015
75% Counting (2015) There's a lot of what can feel like filler in Counting. But when [director Jem] Cohen hits the mark, it's a beautiful thing. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 29, 2015
No Score Yet Capital C (2015) Thin but inspirational. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 23, 2015
6/10 85% Trainwreck (2015) ...more like a typical Judd Apatow movie about childish adults growing up. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 16, 2015
5/10 84% Do I Sound Gay? (2015) Filmmaker David Thorpe remains such a tentative presence in his own story that the result is both navel-gazing and non-revealing. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3/10 56% Minions (2015) Like most kid franchise spin-offs, this headache-inducing snooze from the 'Despicable Me' team is just a cash grab. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 8, 2015
4/5 95% Amy (2015) awash in sorrow and bleakness ... doesn't revel in tear-wringing tragedy ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jul 2, 2015
7/10 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) ...a playful, good-natured fantasy for both those creating it and those watching it. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 2, 2015
7/10 89% Dope (2015) ...borders on the desperate, but its brash, can't-box-me-in spirit wins out in the end. ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2.5/5 83% Eden (2015) For all its deft camerawork and appealingly dreamy structure, it doesn't have much at stake. ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jun 18, 2015
38% The Face Of An Angel (2015) An unusually wan effort from Michael Winterbottom. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 18, 2015
49% Manglehorn (2015) Nearly the only good thing about this stultifying David Gordon Green piece [...] is the gritty, poetic title, promising a depth that never materializes. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 18, 2015
93% An Open Secret (2015) Devastating and disheartening, this bombshell-heavy Amy Berg exposé about rampant sexual abuse of child actors in the film industry should be required viewing for any parents thinking of sending their son or daughter off to Hollywood. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/5 77% Jimmy's Hall (2015) ... there's a bright and touching sincerity running throughout that makes [its] wandering stodginess not matter so much. ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jun 11, 2015
85% The Wolfpack (2015) This stranger-than-fiction documentary [...] leaves too many stones unturned. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/5 32% Entourage (2015) ...not a film so much as it is a shrugging "Sure, why the hell not?" afterthought of a media brand extension. ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jun 3, 2015
0% Dawn Patrol (2015) By the time the film gets to a genuinely interesting moment in the final scenes it will be hard for most viewers to stop stifling their laughter. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 3, 2015
89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) Unspools with a deft, almost buried humor that rescues it from tedium. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 2, 2015
8/10 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) ...makes a stark statement: If this is humanity, then it's no wonder the world was destroyed. Most of these maniacs would blow it up again tomorrow. ‐ PopMatters
Posted May 18, 2015
93% Slow West (2015) [Slow West has] a brisk momentum and a snap to its absurdist gags that mark Maclean as a filmmaker with unusual promise. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 14, 2015