Dan Schindel

Dan Schindel
Dan Schindel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film School Rejects Paste Magazine The Film Stage The Young Folks Movie Mezzanine Nonfics Seventh Row Hyperallergic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% All Light, Everywhere (2021) Variegated perspectives are not just offered within the documentary's narrative, but even its very form. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
85% Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) It's impressive how long Horvát plays out the ambiguity of the scenario she's created without wearing it thin or breaking credulity. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
98% The Reason I Jump (2021) The film repeatedly emphasizes sensory details, at turns utilizing heightened sounds, a hyper-zoomed focus on specific visual cues, and even shots that try to stimulate one's sense of touch. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
95% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2020) An idiosyncratic tale of being culturally adrift, To the Ends of the Earth is a great movie to watch to close out a strange year. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
100% Finding Yingying (2020) In a landscape of prurient, exploitative true crime films and television, Finding Yingying stands out for the compassion and delicacy with which it handles its story. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) While this movie starts from a ridiculous premise, which it exploits for some tremendously funny effect (particularly from star Mads Mikkelsen), it also stays grounded in a certain amount of reality. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
99% Wolfwalkers (2020) Its sense of character expression and use of color and detail make it continually dazzling to watch. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
97% The Dissident (2020) Rather than a macro view of US-Saudi relations, this is a more intimate story of one man in conflict with his government. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
96% Sound of Metal (2020) Ahmed's performance is beautifully rendered, as he expresses his character's alternating frustration and curiosity about his situation with subtlety rather than showy dramatics. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
95% The Twentieth Century (2020) With an endlessly absurd plot and consistently brilliant production design, this is the anti-biopic to beat for the winter season. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
100% Mayor (2020) The film is filled with a surprising amount of good humor. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
100% 76 Days (2020) From numerous small moments, it draws together an inspiring picture of collective effort to fight a disaster. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) This is the kind of film that gets widely lauded for its "empathy," but how far does empathy actually get us with these kind of social problems? - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) If you badly want to understand Appalachians, maybe just talk to a few instead? - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
82% Happiest Season (2020) An extremely pleasant movie, and an excellent pick for a lazy afternoon holiday watch. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
95% Between the World and Me (2020) It expresses Coates's words through a multitude of actors, turning a singular perspective into a chorus of voices. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
100% Born to Be (2020) The film explains the unique aspects of trans care, underscoring how crucial institutional compassion is for these people's physical and mental well-being. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Brings the classic novel to life with energetic editing and colorblind casting. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
100% Coded Bias (2020) A sobering look at how, rather than a hypothetical sci-fi scenario, in many ways we already live under a high-tech police state. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
89% Smooth Talk (1985) Chopra has a precise eye for the vagaries of young adulthood, an Dern perfectly embodies the push-pull between Connie's curiosity and desire and the often-intimidating reality of adulthood. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
78% I Am Greta (2020) That the movie tries to be inspirational makes me wonder whether those moments of truth are accidental, and if this is ultimately just another example of patting Thunberg on the head and telling her how cool she is without really absorbing her message. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) In this sci-fi thriller, the dehumanizing effect of technology becomes brutally, physically literal. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
100% This Is Not a Movie (2020) A challenge to multiple misguided assumptions the establishment makes about both journalism in general and reporting on West Asia more specifically. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
100% City Hall (2020) Wiseman finds an almost hypnotic rhythm in how he edits his films, acting as a serene observer of everything that transpires. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
No Score Yet Midnight in Paris (2019) Moore and Blagden have an impeccable sense for where to place their cameras to observe the proceedings with gentle curiosity. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
100% Nationtime (1972) You can see how Greaves captures the energy of the event, observing speakers such as Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, and Betty Shabazz, as well as the effect their speeches have on the attendees. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
97% What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) Though winningly performed by Schreck, the fact that the show is so forthright about the fundamental inequities of the US and yet still considers this structure up for debate speaks to a blinkered worldview, which is quite disappointing. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) As a director, Sorkin can barely muster any verve, portraying the highly charged atmosphere of the times with persistent flatness both in and out of the courtroom. As a writer, he cannot hope to properly capture the radical spirit of his protagonists. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
81% Charm City Kings (2020) The performances, especially by Winston and Mill, are tremendous - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
88% Kingdom of Silence (2020) It's stifled by the fact that many of the "experts" on the subject stand by the party line that US support of Saudi Arabia is necessary for "stability" in the region. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
100% Push (2019) Such an expansive view of a global issue makes for a daunting experience, to say the least, but it's one well worth your time. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
No Score Yet Thank You and Goodnight! (1991) An at turns philosophical, morbid, and funny meditation on death - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
72% Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (2020) Primarily, though, you should show up for the mouth-watering food porn. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
84% The Way I See It (2020) This privileging of tone and affect over deed and effect evinces a truly toothless vision of politics and the presidency, one with no consideration of power and how it works. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
100% My Octopus Teacher (2020) It's full of genuine wonder about the natural world, and frames the central relationship in terms that go beyond the mere "Aww, that's cute!" response. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
93% Residue (2020) In Gerima's lens, the alienation of gentrification is rendered in almost impressionistic ways. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
81% Space Dogs (2019) In telling these animals' stories, directors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter decline to anthropomorphize them, instead asking the audience to try out an alien perspective. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
88% Desert One (2020) Kopple's best films capture blistering humanity, and that's mostly absent here. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
96% Feels Good Man (2020) Manages to be harrowing on multiple, completely different wavelengths - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
81% #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) It's astonishing how poorly this film constructs and positions its arguments. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
100% Coronation (2020) Ai's critique of his home country remains relentless, in particular identifying how bureaucracy can leave people out in the cold. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
58% Tesla (2020) It is less "the story of Nikola Tesla" than a dialogue with the audience about Tesla. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
94% Boys State (2020) The idea behind the program is to instruct these kids in the vagaries of politics, and the film in turn explores politics as practiced in the US today - so this is both a comedy and a horror movie. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
97% The Donut King (2020) Demonstrates how there's never truly a simple rags-to-riches story. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Deftly balances several disparate but not wholly unrelated issues around class, criminality, labor, and ethics, particularly as they relate to the art world. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
73% Family Romance, LLC (2020) Herzog pushes the audience to consider where their line is, and whether it might be further away from "genuine" than they might first assume. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
88% AKA Jane Roe (2020) AKA Jane Roe doesn't forget to center McCorvey throughout. The portrait that emerges is of someone who grappled with abuse throughout her life... - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
96% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) The Wolf House is thick with layered references to Chile's repression under Pinochet, but it's not necessary to understand any of them to get the full brunt of its terrifying, intricately animated imagery. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
100% Advocate (2020) Maybe there's a perceptual shift at play, or maybe the film is simply good enough to break past that bias. It certainly rises above the usual standard of both biographical and political docs. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
81% A Hidden Life (2019) A bracing reminder of how cinema can wrestle intelligently and passionately with spirituality. - Hyperallergic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020