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Chris Barsanti

Chris Barsanti
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 84% Okja (2017) Bong Joon Ho's uneven but still electrifying caper about a little girl and her giant pig on the run from villainous Tilda Swinton swirls a sharp dose of slapstick comedy into its pop satirical narrative.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
7/10 100% Nowhere To Hide (2017) The power of Ahmed's movie lies in large part with his decision to illustrate the war's symptoms with compassion and understanding.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
No Score Yet Tatara Samurai (2017) [A]n uncomfortable hybrid.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
7/10 55% War Machine (2017) After a rough start and an unsure handle on what kind of comedy it wants to be, this Afghanistan war satire says what few have been willing to say.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
73% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) A modestly engaging broken-marriage story whose rippling tensions are muffled, rather than exacerbated, by the half-baked period drama it's submerged in.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
90% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) A stunning David-and-Goliath epic.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
84% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Afterimage is testament to the suffering of every artist given an ultimatum by authoritarians to do as they say or face the consequences.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
100% Elián (2017) Another 1990s media spectacle gets a long-overdue autopsy in this slick and riveting documentary.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) ...the series is vaulting from glorified drag-race soap opera into the kind of supercharged summer action franchise whose elastic take on the laws of physics and eager one-upmanship are indistinguishable from those of the DC or Marvel comic-book universe.‐ Medium
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) ...another easy-rock-scored galaxy-saving adventure whose heavier emotional content enhances, instead of distracts from, what a blast they and the audience are having.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
86% LA 92 (2017) ...not just a defining work on the riots and a wrenching visual essay on power, race, media, and mob violence in the modern era, but also one of the year's best documentaries.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
No Score Yet The Public Image is Rotten (2017) Blisteringly caustic as ever, John Lydon nevertheless reveals himself as an occasionally sentimental sort in Tabbert Fiiller's fitfully revelatory and charming documentary.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
100% A Gray State (2017) ...a stingingly emotional portrait of an outwardly confident and well-rounded man who was actually descending into madness.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
100% The Reagan Show (2017) ...a jokey yet wonky trip through the alternate reality of the modern era's first great political media machine.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
61% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) A rather diabolically unfunny catastrophe.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
50% Behind the White Glasses (2016) Behind the White Glasses is sketchy as biography but still a fun and jumpy ode to brazenly unbound and cross-disciplinary artistry.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
93% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) A prickly pocket dissertation on urbanism centered on the titanic fight for New York waged by agitating writer Jane Jacobs and authoritarian city planner Robert Moses.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
5/10 92% Win It All (2017) In Joe Swanberg's latest amiable amble of a comedy, Jake Johnson plays a broke gambling addict trying not so hard to do the right thing.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
88% The Lost City of Z (2017) Ravishingly beautiful adventure cinema at its finest.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
C+ 86% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) If this is satire, By the Time It Gets Dark is a mostly toothless one.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
16% Mine (2017) The clichés pile up fast in Mine, a thriller that tries trading off high-concept visuals and gritty realities for a theoretically walloping conclusion that never quite arrives‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
6/10 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Kore-eda's mastery of the minuet of family relationships ensures that the film remains strongly entertaining drama.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) The filmmakers don't pretend T2 doesn't live in the shadow of the original. Fortunately, they play on that. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
79% Personal Shopper (2017) A wary Kristen Stewart sidewinds through Olivier Assayas' fascinating oddity about a haunted young woman trying to connect with the spirit of her dead twin brother.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
No Score Yet Canners (2017) A cheery but astute and socially aware street-level examination of the women and men who scour New York City for cans and bottles. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 9, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) There's something already a little worn out here, like we're seeing Jurassic Park 8 without having gone through the rest of the series first.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
79% Beware the Slenderman (2016) One of the latest great true-crime works out of the HBO Documentary lab...‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
65% Dark Night (2017) ...haunting and - sometimes seemingly unintentionally - disturbing‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
8/10 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) ...a breath of life before the next faux-serious slab of the same-old comes rolling off the DC assembly line.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The howlingly dreadful middle stretch of E.L. James' reputedly erotic trilogy finds its mumbly, colorless dominant-submissive couple going straight vanilla.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
61% David Brent: Life on the Road (2017) The laughs dry up long before Brent's tour and Gervais' film have finished with us.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
89% I Am Jane Doe (2017) [A] striking, powerful and up-to-the-minute documentary about sex trafficking on the website Backpage.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
95% Oklahoma City (2017) Instead of telling a single feature-length story about one of the worst terrorist attacks in American history, this clear-eyed, "Frontline"-ish documentary sketches out the latticework of paranoia and hate that led up to it.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
3/10 82% The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) Nicolas Roeg's mid-'70s sci-fi misfire about an alien (Bowie) trying to save his planet but falling prey to Earth's temptations is self-indulgent garble with a haunting premise.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
66% I Am Michael (2017) Ends up feeling far too slight for a story about a man torn by such powerful beliefs.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
10/10 98% His Girl Friday (1940) By switching the main character's gender and adding romantic sparks, Hawks turned the masterful, raucous Chicago newsroom farce The Front Page into the perfect screwball comedy.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
6/10 84% The Founder (2017) For this surprisingly hard-edged biopic on the businessman behind McDonald's, Michael Keaton unfurls the black flag of unrepentant capitalism.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
8/10 85% Silence (2017) Hunted Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan wrestle with the possibility that all their suffering, and that of their persecuted followers, could be meaningless.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2016
8/10 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Ken Loach's heartrending drama follows a widowed British carpenter struggling to keep an inhuman social services bureaucracy from turning him into just another number.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) Jim Jarmusch's elegantly minimal and wryly comic study of Adam Driver's bus driver-poet celebrates and exemplifies a sturdy American vision of art as labor.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
40% Why Him? (2016) Bryan Cranston and James Franco valiantly but fruitlessly give their all in this overprotective-dad comedy that is many times more conventional than it pretends to be.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
9/10 93% Fences (2016) As director and star of this powerful adaptation of August Wilson's canonical play, Denzel Washington plays a brash talker masking a world of misery and secrets, with an unforgettable pathos.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
94% Neruda (2016) [A] handsome, thoughtful and wisecracking metafictional lark.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
7/10 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) If nothing else, Gareth Edwards' combative, hard-working installment answers why the Death Star was so easy to destroy in the first place.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) ...wrenching and unforgettable‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
9/10 93% La La Land (2016) Peppy, smart, and almost intolerably romantic, this is the finest movie musical since John Carney's 'Once.'‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
66% Frank & Lola (2016) Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots meander through this strained neo-noir about a Vegas chef who falls for the wrong gal.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
8/10 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) James Baldwin's requiem for three Civil Rights martyrs is also a letter addressed to future America and its "vast, unthinking, cruel white majority."‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
96% 13th (2016) ...spring-coiled and crucial.‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Isabelle Huppert astonishes yet again in this steely, beautiful, intellectually hungry story from Mia Hansen-Løve.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016