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Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% Phantom Thread (2018) This devilishly funny and luxuriantly sensuous film is so successful as entertainment that it's hard to stop and notice the extreme degree of craft that went into its construction.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Even more impressively, Franco makes Wiseau, maybe the most unpleasant character he's ever played, someone you genuinely root for in his demented quest for greatness.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Even if you're not transported by every minute of the film's story, though, del Toro creates such a sumptuous visual world that it's impossible to take your eyes off the screen.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Filmed in luminous 35mm, as attentive to the colors and sounds of nature as it is to the beauty of art, architecture, and yes, Armie Hammer, this is the kind of movie you live in as much as watch.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) But [Frances] McDormand, at age 60 one of our most gifted and least calculating actresses, fearlessly challenges us to love her character anyway. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird finds fresh purchase in well-trodden territory by observing the human carnival from a girl's point of view.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
69% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck strikes a curious emotional tone, alternating between suspense and quiet wistfulness, with sudden surges of operatic intensity as the two timelines begin to connect. ‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) This new Blade Runner dazzles the audience with plenty of staggering sights.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
75% Last Flag Flying (2017) Richard Linklater is one of the best directors going, and Last Flag Flying shows his talents in the full flower of their maturity.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Stone and Carell both give big, winning movie-star performances, even if they can't quite be said to disappear into their roles.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
85% It (2017) I can't say the first half of It scared me senseless, but it built up enough goodwill toward its young heroes to make me curious about what they'll be like in their grown-up incarnations.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
98% Columbus (2017) Each shot is meticulously composed without appearing mannered; the characters, often seen from a distance, make up an integral part of the landscape they occupy rather than being framed picturesquely against it.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
92% Good Time (2017) With this movie, both Pattinson and the Safdie brothers have broken new ground in their careers; if you haven't been keeping track of what either of them is up to, Good Time would be a good time to start.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) The swift-moving, pulse-pounding Dunkirk reveals its filmmaker at his most nimble, supple, and simple.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes is a formidable achievement: not just the rare last chapter in a trilogy that maintains the high quality of the first two, but a visually lush, heart-pounding summer action movie that dares to ask hard questions ...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) In its brief sojourn on the screen, A Ghost Story moves through centuries of geologic time and into the deepest recesses of the human heart.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
85% Okja (2017) One of Okja's great charms lies in its director's ability to vary tone, pacing, and style between scenes without losing the viewer's patience and sympathy.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) There's something underfurnished about this movie, a lack of historical, intellectual, and thematic richness.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) This movie keeps a lot of balls in the air: generational and cultural conflict, hospital drama, screwball banter-and only rarely lets one drop.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
88% It Comes At Night (2017) [A] spare but savage horror movie ...‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) This is a movie about battling evil that pauses to ask what evil is and whether it's necessary to understand its nature in order to defeat it.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
18% Baywatch (2017) Baywatch is surprisingly without sexism or condescension: It's equal-opportunity stupid.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
96% 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
84% 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
94% 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
92% 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
88% 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
95% 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
91% 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
45% 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
90% 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
73% 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
77% 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
86% 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
92% 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
87% 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
74% 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
91% 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
59% 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