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Chris Barsanti

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% Small Town Crime (2018) [A] crisp and mordantly funny noir.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
93% 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
60% 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 81% 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
79% 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
9/10 100% 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
88% 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
86% 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 86% 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
78% 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
7% 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
88% 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
94% 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 78% 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 75% 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
98% Lucky (2017) This spare character study of a wiry old loner facing his mortality pays occasionally surreal homage to the wiry gravitas of Harry Dean Stanton.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/10 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) When the movie finally turns to the climactic match, complete with excited volley-by-volley coverage and roaring crowd, the whiplash takes some getting used to.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
A- 100% Strong Island (2017) This is cinematic intimacy in the best manner for the worst of all reasons.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) Hardcore Henry meets La Femme Nikita in this blood-soaked South Korean assassin's ball. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
C+ 97% Whose Streets? (2017) It feels right for the movie to celebrate these activists' demands for change with such electrifying and righteous purpose. But it never manages to contextualize their efforts as part of a larger strategy and longer historical arc.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) This campy, stripped-down summary of or sequel to Stephen King's cross-dimensional fantasy western is a late-summer bummer. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) Kathryn Bigelow's latest nerve-scraper is another journalistic war film, only this time set not in the Middle East but the race-riot-shattered streets of America, circa 1967.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
47% Person to Person (2017) Only succeeds when it tries. And it doesn't try hard enough.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
74% Landline (2017) Flippant anxiety romantic comedy from the team behind Obvious Child shows that you can get pretty far but not quite all the way on wink-wink 1990s references and Jenny Slate.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan's ghostly and taut war story is his best film in years.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
80% The Wrong Light (2017) [A] prismatic, thought-sparking documentary.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
99% City of Ghosts (2017) Part blistering dispatch and part somber chronicle of the scars of war.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
6/10 98% The Big Sick (2017) Kumail Nanjiani's autobiographical love story has a fantastic hook but its mild demeanor keeps the comedy from having quite the right sting.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) A wrenching, remarkable masterpiece about love and loss, life and death, from one of America's great directors.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
96% Solaris (1976) ... as a haunted ode to lost love, 'Solaris' has few equals in all of cinema.‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017