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Daniel Nava

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Wildlife (2018) ...amounts to many ephemeral gestures, anchored by less a character and more a blank slate of a performance‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
93% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) ... a lengthy debate about getting a park bench approved offers one of the more head-clutchingly funny moments in Wiseman's oeuvre. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
71% They (2017) Here's a film where a gender nonconforming teenager walks through their neighborhood and is greeted with dignity. Perhaps not a fashionable thought, but it's certainly a hopeful image to strive for.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
84% The Square (2017) Its slights become increasingly less important to me compared to its affecting, memorable strengths. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
94% Princess Cyd (2017) Each Stephen Cone film is a gift.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
81% Marshall (2017) It's unfortunate that a film about one of America's great humanists could be so stiff, mechanical, and forgettable.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
83% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) Comparatively light to my previous experiences with the French auteur, Lover for Day is nevertheless suffused with all the subtle delights that come from Philippe Garrel's brand of cinema.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
78% Last Flag Flying (2017) Cast beside the shaggy shadow of Hal Ashby's imperfect 1973 film The Last Detail, Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying seems dwarfed and lost. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
95% Western (2018) It's a powerful and haunting introduction to Grisebach's work, and certainly one would hope that the wait for a new film (this is her first film in over a decade) won't be anywhere near as long. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
56% Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017) ... it's too clumsy and overwrought to recommend, but admittedly there's a lot of remarkable qualities to Tokyo Vampire Hotel‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
93% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) And like so many personal films from accomplished filmmakers, it's among (Hong Sang-soo's) most vital work.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Even at her lightest, Denis reveals some cold, clinical capital T Truths. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
95% Félicité (2017) ... these moments provoke a symbolic tenor that magnify a thinly sketched and frankly rote narrative that never seems worthy of these parabolic flourishes.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) It's a competently composed exercise with persuasive performances that unfortunately strains for authenticity.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
66% Wonderstruck (2017) It may not be his most elegant film, but it beats heavy on the drums of all the anxieties and preoccupations that Haynes is synonymous for. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
56% LBJ (2017) There's nothing in LBJ, and certainly nothing in the scene in question, that conveys anything but the most blasé of platitudes.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) I'm not one of spiritual inclinations, but a film like Lady Bird gets really close to getting to the heart of things. It's soulful, in a most literal and lyrical sense. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
84% Wonder (2017) Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of R.J. Palacio's children's novel will likely provide all the desired biological responses that you're looking for without any pesky intellectual concerns.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) ...a little ambition and one of the few capital M, capital S Movie Stars of the world giving an unusual and eccentric performance counts for something.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
97% Coco (2017) ...it's steeped in familiar, if not comforting, tropes.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
91% The Disaster Artist (2017) This is a hollow and condescending exercise that invites you to poke fun at something that was only fleetingly funny on an ironic level. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
77% Thirst Street (2017) It may be discomforting, but there's no denying that it's persuasive, authentic, and remarkably true.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
89% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya isn't intended for uplift or to leave you thinking that the hard-fought battle for equality has been won; instead we have a woman, alone, bruised, and bloodied, still fighting. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
75% Una (2017) Una expands on the play's singular warehouse setting... in what's a notable departure from the source material that yields its own set of intriguing questions.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Courage, of the Phantom Thread variety, is less a matter of tangible objects and action than something ephemeral. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
88% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) ... The Insult betrays good taste by succumbing to every eye-roll-inducing cliché imaginable‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) Nick Park's Early Man is as beguiling as previous Aardman Animation films‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) Alex Garland's Annihilation does what most sophomore directorial efforts tend to do: get bigger, more ambitious, and a little more complicated.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
73% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018) Jeannette hits the same off-key for its duration and inspires to do little more than provoke a chuckle.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
51% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) Arnaud Desplechin's Ismael's Ghosts considers memory as a cancer, the kind that metastasizes and consumes its host, petrifying them into nothingness. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) ... an astonishing exercise in tone management, as it alternates from violent political fatalism to absurdist satirical comedy... ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
70% Happy End (2017) There's not an undamaged person in Happy End.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
68% Golden Exits (2018) ...there's a sophistication to Golden Exits that makes it harder to isolate. It confronts its characters in harsh, unforgiving ways.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
76% Mid90s (2018) the combination of this film's cast, milieu, and remarkable soundtrack offers something overwhelmingly, even embarrassingly, recognizable‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
100% Diane (2018) Leaving me to remark with the blasé, but capital T True statement that Diane is one of the best American films of 2018. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
100% Sofia (2018) It's a well-made, brief exercise that's utterly gripping for its opening scenes and never less than interesting. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
100% Too Late to Die Young (2018) Sotomayor's flourishes are graceful‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
100% United Skates (2018) ...[an] exceedingly entertaining and genuinely revealing look into a roller-skating subculture that I frankly knew next to nothing about. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
93% Transit (2019) ... [does] what great cinema yearns to do: implicate the passive viewer and turn them into an active participant‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
88% First Man (2018) ... a scattershot examination on loneliness and American exceptionalism that can sometimes be thoughtful, sometimes dull, but mostly feels hollow. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
91% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) The sort of humorous diversion that functions as a sort of figurative and literal light at the end of the tunnel.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Long after the film is over, it's Foy's presence.. and her continued struggle to shatter the annealed visions of her past, that imparted a permanent impression on me. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) A film about silence shouldn't be this loud. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
90% Lean on Pete (2018) Unlike with Haigh's previous films, Weekend and 45 Years, this is the first time where I found the filmmaker's penchant for ambiguity to work effectively.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
86% Tully (2018) The flim-flam mode of filmmaking that has defined Reitman's recent trajectory remains steadfast.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Such a profoundly strange story shouldn't be this boring.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
92% Support the Girls (2018) Together they find solace, and to see that captured on a rooftop observing that same concrete cobweb that opens the film, warmed my heart. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) Coralie Fargeat's Revenge, an overly stylized and banal riff on Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45, mistakes ambiguity for profundity. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
86% Upgrade (2018) Whannell navigates a sometimes intriguing, mostly slipshod narrative on technological dependence that summons the memory of better, more accomplished films of this type. ‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) I have no hesitation in calling First Reformed one of Schrader's best films, in what frequently registers as a summation of the writer/director's preoccupations and anxieties.‐ Chicago Cinema Circuit
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018