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Chris Barsanti

Chris Barsanti
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Do You Trust this Computer? (2018) Has a larger frame of reference than Paine's battery-car docs but never hammers it into shape.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% The Bleeding Edge (2018) The latest in Kirby Dick's powerful series of seething-fury documentaries takes on the medical-device industry with typically devastating results.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
7/10 98% Eighth Grade (2018) Bo Burnham's big-hearted, emotional tidal wave of a movie shows how the look-at-me / leave-me-alone contradictions of adolescence, powered by social media, are cranked up to 11...‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Fuqua and Washington have developed a body of work over the years that is, if nothing else, reliably kinetic. But with Wenk's pedestrian writing, there just isn't much for Washington to work with here.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
83% Path of Blood (2018) This searing found-footage documentary about Al-Qaeda's early 2000s war on the Saudi government is a chilling document of blasé barbarity. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
94% Dark Money (2018) An air-raid siren of a documentary about the pernicious influence of corporate cash in American politics.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
88% The Citizen (Az Allampolgar) (2018) Deliberately paced but shot with a quiet magnetism and close-in immediacy.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
93% This Is Congo (2018) This epic, tragically devastating documentary not only puts human faces on Congo's seemingly endless cycle of corruption and violence but investigates what lies behind it.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Taylor Sheridan's screenplay is a melange of clipped clichés.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B+ 74% The King (2018) By the time Jarecki is done with Elvis, the lanky and projects-raised rockabilly kid ... has been cast as everything from an opportunist and grasping capitalist to addled addict to just plain sucker.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
4/10 53% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) ...works hard to bring an edge to its shallow story.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
45% The Yellow Birds (2018) The story's varied elements of urban combat, back-home recovery and mystery ultimately get away from [director Alexandre] Moors.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) A scintillating saga about America's secular pastor.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
8/10 94% First Reformed (2018) ...sharp, bleak, and oddly oblique...‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
A 80% One Sings, the Other Doesn't (L'Une chante, l'autre pas) (1977) [a] delightfully gonzo song-studded paean to sisterhood...‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
C 35% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) There's a lot left out in this noisy and luridly shot but thin adaptation of Ray Bradbury's novel.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
91% The Most Unknown (2018) Nine researchers from different disciplines pair off to hunt answers to the knottiest problems of existence in this enthusiastic and fetchingly lensed buffet of inquiry.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
C- No Score Yet Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) The movie's insistence on unnecessary opacity is a critical weakness.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
B No Score Yet House Two (2018) The frustrations over House Two, a mostly smart piece of investigatory drama, are due mostly to the events it is tracking, not the movie itself.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
83% Strangers on the Earth (2018) A cellist's 600-mile trek with his instrument along an ancient Spanish pilgrimage trail becomes a soulful riff on the all-too-fleeting rhapsodies of travel.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
5/10 94% RBG (2018) As an architect of modern feminism, Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserves accolades, but that's all this glossy and thin lionization has to offer.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
No Score Yet The Feeling of Being Watched (2018) ...probably the only movie in recent years to invoke Foucault when talking about FBI counterterrorism surveillance. But it shouldn't be the last.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
No Score Yet When Lambs Become Lions (2018) ...supple, complex, and darkly gorgeous‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
88% Netizens (2018) ...keeps covering the same ground, and never quite tackles the root problems of this kind of aggression and how it's facilitated by online media.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Juliette Binoche shines darkly in a surprising, seat-of-the-pants drama about a divorced artist trying to find love in a Paris filled with unpromising men.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
46% 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
75% 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
89% Isle of Dogs (2018) ...a trippy and densely-layered but somewhat stillborn quasi-apocalyptic canine adventure fantasy.‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
52% 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
25% 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
16% 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 80% 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
37% 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
67% 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
74% 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 50% 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
72% 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