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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2018) Like that wonderful experience of starting a hefty book late at night and finding oneself reading until dawn.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
No Score Yet Ayka (2018) As resolute and grim as its heroine, Dvortsevoy's wrenching drama is a bastion of empathy and concern.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
80% The Dead and the Others (Chuva E Cantoria Na Aldeia Dos Mortos) (2018) A breath of fresh air at the festival, a relaxed, attentive and caring film with admirably little desire to claim itself for greater things.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
100% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Pinpointing the bottom of society and finding in supposedly the worst of Japan that which in fact makes it best. ‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
100% Girl (2018) Driven by a winning, singular performance by Polster, and one that plays its note with as much keen observation and care as one can hope for.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
71% Diamantino (2018) Scrappily made as if tossed off on a mere lark, bending genre and tone at will, Diamantino feels a goof, piqued and liberated-for better or for worse.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
92% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Rohrwacher resolutely turns this surprisingly high concept tale into something calmer, less pretentious, and organically unkempt.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
100% The Load (Teret) (2018) The Load has that rare quality of dramatizing not the obvious evils of a conflict, but the torturous grey zone of how survival can implicate participation.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
100% Three Faces (2018) The ultimate mystery that Panahi and Jafari may be looking for in this mildly allegorical film is just what meaning their work has to the world outside themselves‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
100% Ash Is Purest White (2018) Revealing an ambitious, sprawling tale with sidelong storytelling that focuses on grace notes of a much bigger picture.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
76% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2018) The Image Book feel like notes from the underground, a bunker film, trying to assemble and learn from the moving image remnants of humankind in the 20th and 21st century.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
89% Donbass (2018) This is the kind of film this festival should embrace, one which attacks the distress of the present with a virtuosic anger and desire to communicate experience.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
89% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2018) An ambitious but deliberately middle-lane approach for their tale of the emergence of the marijuana trade in rural Colombia in the 1960s and '70s‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
No Score Yet Shakedown (2018) Suffice to say, this is not your average documentary. We should be happy indeed for such a welcome revelation of a vivacious sexualized and racialized side of work and play that is too often, even now, relegated to a social underground.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
No Score Yet The Task (2018) It was the most frustrating film to watch at True/False, but it is also clearly one of the year's most powerful films, provocative in the best of ways.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 77% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Part ghost story, goofy comedy, marital melodrama, rebel youth film, action movie and sci-fi - all immensely fun and impeccably made.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
4/5 97% The Rider (2018) Avoiding nostalgia over the American western and forged from the lives of its actors, Chloé Zhao's film is an intimate and sensual triumph.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
3.5/5 73% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) The episode brings to Staying Vertical's surface the mild and charming phantasmagoria in which our noncommittal hero seems to float. ‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
79% Burn After Reading (2008) Snark maybe is as snark does, but aren't there cases where snark is justified?‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
57% Sukiyaki Western Django (2008) Pastiche rides the high frontier in "Sukiyaki Western Django", a film that strips the "Kill Bill" model of genre spoof down just to referents, quotes, and iconography, leaving strewn along its path the wreckage a blunt critic might call "the point."‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
68% Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2008) ...the director's own sweet, unexpected eroticism, and the film's gentle spirit simply make a work that is light, lovely, and strange.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
74% La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008) Claude Chabrol is a trespasser, one who has ventured into an uncharted place where the droll is almost totally sublimated into the sinister, and it is nearly impossible to tell when his films are joking or when they are cutting.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
92% Profit Motive & the Whispering Wind (2008) John Gianvito proves once again that in the cinema simplicity begets superlative richness.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
81% Mad Detective (2008) After so many stoical, staunchly confident films from Johnnie To, it's always refreshing to see one of his collaborations with fellow Milkyway Image director/producer Wai Ka-fai...‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
87% Avant que j'Oublie (Before I Forget) (2008) ..."Before I Forget" one of the most unexpected surprises I've seen in some time...‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
88% Wonderful Town (2007) "Wonderful Town", the promising first film by Aditya Assarat, has a great amount of outer spirit, though what it truly lacks is an expressive inner life.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
93% La France (2008) It is a fantasy that hangs between something magical and something much darker...‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
94% My Winnipeg (2007) ...there is no denying that Maddin is pushing not only himself as an artist...‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
81% Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) (2007) ...a release from a desire to control and finds joy in a simple pleasure, a simple presence, a lovely mood.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
48% My Blueberry Nights (2007) A refresher, deep-breath after the fractured convolution in production and final result of his last film, "2046"...‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
88% Alexandra (2007) The film had so beautifully evoked this tenor of decamped emotional ties, of a people cared for forever traveling away from home, by conflating the grandmother's searching familial love with the isolated, forlorn faces of the soldiers...‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
33% Boarding Gate (2008) In the spirit of the financial and creative constraints of B-movies, Assayas has taken his latest film [and] filled it with bare characters moving briskly across limited landscapes, and gotten a skimmed, thinned result of considerable kinetic emptiness.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
76% Paranoid Park (2007) ..."Paranoid Park" nevertheless gets into the headspace of its young high school skater protagonist and treats with supreme respect what might be best described as a blown mind.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
83% The Silence Before Bach (Die Stille vor Bach) (2007) Portabella never loses his sense of humor even amidst the grandeur of the music, and the seriousness of the ideas.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
70% The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe) (2007) ...the film's pinnacle example of masterful direction, as well as the abyss-like darkness of the story's creeping sense of the fruitlessness of romance, and possibly of life.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) Regular spaces and regular interactions take on...a grave pressure cooker effect...the film nearly becomes unbearable as small actions, movements, looks, and utterances take on an affectation of desperation and the utmost importance.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
77% Cloverfield (2008) What a frustrating mess of possibilities and failed opportunities "Cloverfield" is! It is a monster-attacks-city movie at heart, and an incompetent one at that, but, oh, what it could have been.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
31% Youth Without Youth (2007) Everything is futile in Francis Ford Coppola's first movie in over a decade, "Youth Without Youth", a sort of "Indiana Jones" meets pulp Proust. ‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
91% There Will Be Blood (2007) We find someone embracing the strange; dedicating not just a film to it, but letting it, for the most, and brilliant, part letting that strangeness move and alter the film in frustrating, tantalizing, and often unknown and unknowable ways.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
87% Woman on the Beach (2008) Hong Sang-soo's "Woman on the Beach" is his most complicated film, yet it seems his most accessible. ‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
27% The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008) "The Pleasure of Being Robbed" isn't exactly a criticism of its generational brethren, but it is a fundamental improvement, a small quiet film that sees its small quietness with a sympathetic sadness‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
98% Let the Right One In (2008) Who better to sympathize with during the lonely alienation common to adolescence than the equally forlorn existence of a teenage vampire?‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
75% En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia) (2007) ...it is "In the City of Sylvia"'s simplicity that makes it impossible to summarize, jettisoning plot for an enigmatic, open-ended cinematic tone.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) Giving quiet, but pointed consideration to the cinematically ignored economic anguish and wistful unhappiness of one end of American life...‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
80% Gran Torino (2009) ..."Gran Torino" contains within its strangely tight wanderings the utter, dexterous precision of drama-comedy and tragedy-given not to intellect and consideration, but to profound conviction and feeling.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
83% Two Lovers (2008) James Gray has exactly what American cinema needs-sincerity. Gray deals in melodrama-and male melodrama at that-but treats it with a solemn seriousness that makes one believe again in the earnestness of American genre cinema.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
88% Adventureland (2009) ...a comedy so human it is tragic.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) Clearly, this isn't about crime and it isn't about terror; it isn't even about the heist...it's about being fed up with the quintessential American city.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
100% Liverpool (2008) It is difficult for me to qualify what it is about "Liverpool" I find so overwhelming, one of the great films of our times.‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
68% Shutter Island (2010) Scorsese utilizes his audience's awareness of cinematic conventions to shorthand his way through a film, slipping past and through the details of mystery, shock, horror, and psychoanalysis...‐ MUBI
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017