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Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The two storylines interweave seamlessly and subtly, the couple's real-life problems not so much repeating as refracting the experiences of their fictional counterparts.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
85% Silence (2017) Though it contains many scenes of prolonged suffering and a few shocking moments of graphic violence, Silence bears a contemplative stillness at its heart.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
93% Fences (2016) Watching it is like getting a front-row seat to the beautifully mounted revival of a classic work of American drama, starring two stars who know and understand that text as well as any actors in the world.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) For all its borrowing and bricolage, La La Land never feels like a backward-looking or unoriginal work. Even when not every one of its risks pays off the way that first song does, this movie is bold, vital, funny, and alive.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) For all its disorienting intensity, emphasized by Mica Levi's keening and discordant score, Jackie operates at a chilly remove from the viewer.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Leaves you with the feeling you've just lived a whole separate lifetime and are re-entering, dazed, into your own.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
90% Elle (2016) For people who enjoy coming out of movies unsettled, a little riled up, bursting with questions, and spoiling for a debate, see Elle.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
46% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Too many ... dramatic scenes ... resemble staged debates between clashing value systems thinly disguised as characters.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
89% Loving (2016) One thing that Loving gets right in a way that few civil rights dramas do: It insists on racial discrimination as a systemic problem, not merely an interpersonal one.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Jenkins mounts no soapboxes and brandishes no manifestos in his attempt to illuminate the inner life of this troubled boy turned teenager turned man. Instead he shows us the love that other characters feel for Chiron ...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
92% Certain Women (2016) Even as the four protagonists struggle, often in vain, to get someone else to pay attention, Reichardt's camera is right there, watching and listening.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) There's a deliberate mythmaking quality to Parker's reconstruction of the real-life Nat Turner, who was a much more morally complex figure than the righteous avenger Parker writes, directs, and plays him as.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) The performances, whether from novices like the sensational Lane or professionals like LaBeouf, Keough, and Patton, are at once naturalistic and emotionally precise.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Queen of Katwe's originality comes not in its story but in its setting, explored by Nair with her usual skill at establishing a sense of place.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) The movie's mores can feel cluelessly retro as the ever-dithering Bridget lurches between one man and another.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
85% Sully (2016) Sully can feel like a dutiful, hagiographic slog, even though its actual running time barely tops 90 minutes and both Hanks and Eckhart give warm, understated, funny performances in the only two roles developed enough to qualify as real characters‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Was there ever an actor more self-evidently born to play a melancholy lighthouse keeper than Michael Fassbender?‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
91% Southside With You (2016) Though it's barely 84 minutes long, this buoyant yet reflective movie captures the ever-shifting mood of a daylong encounter that changed both its protagonists' lives.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
89% Morris from America (2016) I wish there were more films every year like Morris From America, the kind that surprise you by revealing a hidden side of something-an actor, a genre, a situation-you thought you had figured out.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Streep ... makes the character's delusional faith in her own talent so infectious that we ache at the thought of Florence's impending humiliation even as we prepare ourselves to laugh at it.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
58% Bad Moms (2016) The dad minds behind Bad Moms don't seem to understand, or be terribly curious about, the minds of mothers ...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Star Trek Beyond may not go where no Trek has gone before, but [its] fidelity to the show's original values that will keep fans trekking to the box office.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) These women are having fun just being together and getting to don matching jumpsuits and whale on undead spirits, and their evident joy makes us happy to hop in the hearse for a ride-along.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) The bottomless emotional reserve of Rylance ... makes the sometimes galumphing BFG more than a mere pleasant afternoon of family viewing.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) Finding Dory often goes, if you'll forgive the maritime metaphor, to a level a few fathoms below the cruising depth of its much-loved predecessor.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
93% Anomalisa (2015) Whatever combination of practical effects and digital wizardry went into the technique that gave rise to Anomalisa's otherworldly yet very human narrative universe, I hope it will be used to tell more stories, perhaps by this same storyteller.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2015
97% 45 Years (2015) 45 Years is about the relationship of the present to the past and of our past loves to our present lives-a relationship that, like any good marriage, remains a total mystery.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
60% Joy (2015) Joy the movie never cohered, for me, into a story with forward motion. The minute the film begins to find its footing in one tonal register, it switches to another ...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Like their Star Wars forebears, Boyega's Finn and Ridley's Rey are brave, funny, and admirable but also imperfect, uncertain, and sometimes afraid. That is to say, they're genuine, multisided characters with believable motivations.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) One of the most appealing things about this very appealing movie -- a stylistic Chex Mix of storytelling, satire, advocacy, and clip art -- is its high regard for the intellect of the viewer.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
69% The Danish Girl (2015) In the early days of Einar's transformation, Redmayne conveys the degree to which gender is, for all of us, a skill acquired through observation and imitation.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
94% Carol (2015) The director Todd Haynes and the novelist Patricia Highsmith fit together like a hand and glove-a beautifully manicured hand and a sleek gray-green leather glove, two images that figure prominently in Carol ...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
91% James White (2015) There's a foggy, drifting quality to Mond's storytelling style that befits this portrait of a young man who is himself adrift in the adult world.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) Once in a while a good movie about journalism comes along to remind you that behind every important news story stand the men and women who researched, interviewed, and fact-checked to make it that way.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) This is a film that, though its story (inspired by true events) begins in 1957 and spans a period of about five years, uses that era to hold a mirror to our own.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
71% Crimson Peak (2015) For the two hours it lasted I wasn't asking any questions, only giggling, squirming, screaming, and swooning.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
94% Room (2015) Though it goes to places as dark as any you could imagine, Room carries at its heart a message of hope: Two people in four walls can create a world worth surviving for, if they love each other enough.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2015
86% Steve Jobs (2015) It's all too neatly staged to make for dynamic cinema, even if the dialogue does crackle with a delicious nastiness.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) The animating humanism of Scott's film is irreducible. It's a wry tribute to the qualities that got our species into space in the first place: our resourcefulness, our curiosity and our outsized, ridiculous, beautiful brains.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
74% Black Mass (2015) Depp's performance as Bulger is as strong, and as energized, as anything he's done on screen for years.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
94% Sicario (2015) Sicario opens on a power chord of fear, nausea, and dread that resonates throughout the whole movie.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) The Second Mother isn't just a backdrop for Casé's bravura acting, nor for the equally well-observed performances of the whole ensemble cast. Muylaert's camera -- the cinematography is by Barbara Alvarez --moves with fluid expressiveness.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2015
64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) The screenplay doesn't lack for memorable zingers, and thanks to Cody's script and Streep's performance, Ricki emerges as a complex, self-contradictory person (even if most of the supporting characters don't).‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
91% The End Of The Tour (2015) I greatly enjoyed it and would watch it again ...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
96% The Look of Silence (2015) [It] isn't quite documentary filmmaking, but it certainly (and sickeningly) isn't fiction either.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) [Schumer] takes the romantic-comedy heroine and the onscreen treatment of feminism to places they've seldom, if ever, been before.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
97% Tangerine (2015) A sneaky slice-of-life indie that comes on all casual and cinéma-verité in the early scenes, then slowly coalesces into a romantic comedy as intricately constructed as any door-slamming stage farce.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
89% Dope (2015) Dope's biggest strength lies in its affectionate and honest portrait of a different kind of young urban blackness than we're used to seeing on movie screens.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) Only in the medium of animation could a conceit as elaborate as Inside Out's be dramatized, and only animation this well-designed and executed could bring such a story so vibrantly to life.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) You don't go to the fourth Jurassic Park movie for up-to-date gender politics. You go for the crunchy dino-on-human action, and Jurassic World provides plenty of that.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015