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Chris Barsanti

Chris Barsanti
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) A far-too-credulous William Friedkin goes to Rome to film a supposedly real exorcism in what is little more than an amateurish paranormal TV special.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
100% The Heart of Nuba (2018) Unlike many documentaries about endemic catastrophes in the Third World and the outsiders doing their best to help, this movie doesn't just have a hero. It has a villain.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
76% The China Hustle (2018) Jed Rothstein's hellraiser of a documentary [...] is as infuriating as it is hair-raising.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
91% Isle of Dogs (2018) ...a trippy and densely-layered but somewhat stillborn quasi-apocalyptic canine adventure fantasy.‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
60% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) As a quasi-comedy about an artist chasing his own tail, Ismael's Ghosts eventually falls prey to many of the same tendencies it initially appeared to be satirizing.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
22% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) José Padilha's taut thriller about the 1976 hostage crisis is fatally compromised by cheap moral equivalence. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
97% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) Leaning Into the Wind doesn't always make sense. But with views this beautiful, it doesn't necessarily have to.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
100% Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine (2018) The movie's concluding notes of cautious optimism feel earned, but just barely.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
51% Submission (2018) Lightly amusing.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
15% Mute (2018) Mute is a promisingly ambitious movie that quickly collapses from a lack of story.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
100% Survivors Guide to Prison (2018) As much an action plan for those outside prisons as it is a survival guide for those about to enter the darkness inside.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
8/10 81% The Party (2018) Sally Potter's jolly, short little stab of a chamber piece black comedy isn't as smart a political commentary as it wants to be, but it's great fun nonetheless.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
36% Nostalgia (2018) This curious and dull think-piece of an anthology movie strings together stories on the theme of objects and the memories they trigger without ever finding the right tone.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
5/10 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Leaving so many plot strands dangling at the end of this promising but unfinished-feeling movie strands the audience just as much as it does the performers.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
No Score Yet The Opera House (2018) This documentary about how the Metropolitan Opera moved from its old Midtown house to Lincoln Center is more dramatically rendered than it has any right to be.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
77% Small Town Crime (2018) [A] crisp and mordantly funny noir.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Doueiri wrestles with the complexities of history and morality without ignoring the humanity of the individuals caught in this frightening maelstrom of a story.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
100% What Lies Upstream (2018) A powerful cri de couer about terrifyingly lax government oversight of the water supply.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
58% The Strange Ones (2018) Secrets curl with thick dread around a man and boy on the run from a dark past in this elliptical and mysterious road movie.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
8/10 51% Downsizing (2017) Where Downsizing starts to get interesting is in Paul's transition from happy miniature cog in the consumerist machine to a seeker of some broader truth.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
73% Hostiles (2018) Christian Bale smolders with obsidian-black fury in this overacted and underwritten western about a U.S. cavalry officer ordered to escort home the Cheyenne chief he once tried to kill.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Wrapped around the cool and dark character study at the heart of 'Phantom Thread' is some impressively picturesque packaging.‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) There are more genuine laughs and emotional resonance here than any of the movies have managed since 'Empire' ... But does it have even a fraction of the weird cross-genre spark that animated the original trilogy? Not at all.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
7/10 82% Molly's Game (2018) Twist-filled and snappy, it has just enough interest in this thrill-seeking world and the proper amount of contempt for the sexist playground inhabited by the men of wealth Molly manipulates for a living.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
78% The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) This mostly predictable throwback western gives Bill Pullman a chance to shine as a clumsy old ranch hand given a chance to prove himself by avenging his boss's killing.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
9/10 91% Homicide (1991) In Homicide's electric pop of language, Mamet provides a grand kind of stage for the ugly catalyst of jealousy and racial hatred that curdles in just about every character's mind.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
100% Killing for Love (Das Versprechen) (2017) A bloody 1985 double homicide and the media hysteria that encircled it are revisited in this deeply sourced but frustrating investigation of whether justice was truly served.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
9/10 96% Foxtrot (2018) Samuel Maoz's philosophical black comedy is a triptych of surrealism laced with insights about warfare and grief that are both timeless and timely.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
6/10 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Guillermo del Toro's Cold War mashup of outsider love story and Creature from the Black Lagoon is gorgeously realized and impeccably acted but simplistically written.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
87% The Post (2018) Spielberg's timely Pentagon Papers drama is packed with great performances, none more impressive than Meryl Streep's vulnerable turn as Katherine Graham.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
0% Gangster Land (In the Absence of Good Men) (2017) Gangster Land is amateur hour.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
7/10 90% I, Tonya (2018) ...a slashing, kickass comedy about class warfare, media manipulation, and one of history's stupidest criminal conspiracies.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
84% The Final Year (2018) The Final Year is a requiem for a future of hopeful realism that collapses on itself before even coming to fruition.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
7/10 85% Darkest Hour (2017) ...a handy political strategy companion piece to the more abstracted combat narrative of 'Dunkirk.'‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
75% 11/8/16 (2017) The disputatious and fractured omnibus documentary 11/8/16 nibbles at too many stories in too short a time to make the one great American tale it seems to be aiming for. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
7/10 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) One imagines Marvel turning the keys over to director Taika Waititi and saying, "There's a couple hundred million on the kitchen counter, have fun."‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) A tightly throttled work of cringing comedy and deadpan devastation.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) Sorry, Scandinavian mystery geeks: The first adaptation of Jo Nesbø's popular Harry Hole detective novels is a bumbling mess.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
95% One of Us (2017) An eye-opening, emotionally wrenching documentary from the directors of Jesus Camp about three young people fighting to escape New York's strict Hasidic community. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/10 93% Baby Driver (2017) A playlist does not a movie make.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
87% Only the Brave (2017) Knockout work from Josh Brolin and Miles Teller sturdily anchors this sometimes-wobbly firefighter saga based on the 2013 Yarnall Hill disaster.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
8/10 96% Mudbound (2017) Mudbound is a small-budget movie with big ambitions. A broad and emotional historical melodrama of the kind we don't see too much of anymore, it very often comes close to overheating.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
B- 86% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) [a] vivid and beautifully meditative memory piece on the downtown New York art and music scene of the late 1970s and early '80s...‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
91% Human Flow (2017) Human Flow is possibly the most visually resplendent piece of nonfiction cinema you will see this year. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
98% Columbus (2017) ...crisp and subversively emotional ‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
B 79% Voyeur (2017) The filmmakers would rather have their aged subjects talk about motivation and morality, which is ultimately far more interesting than any purportedly mind-blowing dip into the life of a man who wanted only to watch people.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
9/10 96% The Florida Project (2017) Sean Baker's rollicking movie about kids running loose in a rundown Florida hotel starts as colorful entertainment and ends up as a portrait of how people fall through the cracks in modern America.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
A- 75% No Stone Unturned (2017) It's an audacious work of journalism, the kind of potential cold-case resolution that true-crime documentarians dream of.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
8/10 76% Una (2017) What gives Una its unnerving tension is not just the skill of these two performers locked together in their unsettling combat, but the realization that no matter what she ends up doing to him, it won't fix what has already nearly destroyed her.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
56% Copwatch (2017) Big on vivid portraiture but less attuned to the issues at hand.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017