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Daniel Walber

Daniel Walber
Daniel Walber's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film.com, Film School Rejects, Nonfics

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 54% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) Avoids the usual troubles of anthology film by keeping things focused on Berger's relaxed character and indelible optimism. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Aug 31, 2016
4/5 88% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) Israel's frenetic use of his photos many not capture the deep essence of any individual image, but it does approach the experience of the photographer and the irreverent speed of his art. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Aug 3, 2016
4/5 53% Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (Jheronimus Bosch, Touched By The Devil) (2016) The film doesn't simply relay the images, but shows the process behind them and encourages newly enlightened interpretations of our own. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Aug 3, 2016
4/5 79% Unlocking the Cage (2016) "a fascinating exploration of the definition of personhood and an intriguing portrait of the way activism works its way through the legal system." ‐ Nonfics
Posted May 25, 2016
83% My Love, Don't Cross That River (2016) Its subjects are remarkably charming, their love a model of both tranquil compatibility and resilient playfulness. ‐ Nonfics
Posted May 12, 2016
3/5 100% Keep Quiet (2017) This powerful narrative of repentance is rendered honestly and bluntly by directors Joseph Martin and Sam Blair, who overcome some of the stylistic cliches of political biography by confronting their subject with the darkest of historical truths. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Apr 29, 2016
4/5 83% Hockney (2016) The film is a thorough, 112-minute overview of its subject's life and work. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Apr 26, 2016
4/5 80% All This Panic (2016) Its structural looseness and its intuitive images are its greatest attribute, making it the most accomplished American portrait of youth since at least 'Rich Hill.' ‐ Nonfics
Posted Apr 20, 2016
2/5 93% Life, Animated (2016) Unfortunately, Roger Ross Williams's documentary about Owen and his family underuses the inherent dramatic potential of the story. Life, Animated, while not short on feeling, lacks confidence. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Apr 15, 2016
4/5 89% Thank You For Playing (2016) Thank You for Playing also takes the experience of Ryan, Amy and their family and artistically expands it out to a universal audience. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Mar 15, 2016
3/5 100% Here Come the Videofreex (2016) "a charming work of both political and personal history, a well-edited and joyful document of the life and work of a video collective that encapsulates the mood of the early 1970s." ‐ Nonfics
Posted Mar 9, 2016
2/5 91% Jim: The James Foley Story (2016) An effectively emotional film that asks very few questions, deals in simple dichotomies of light and dark, and undermines its own potential. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Feb 5, 2016
4/5 78% Kiki (2016) A smart, confident debut and a real credit to its polyphonic subject. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Feb 2, 2016
4/5 100% Cameraperson (2016) This is what nonfiction cinema should be, a living dialog that complicates the position of the camera person in invigorating, sometimes emotionally taxing ways. This mediation, for lack of a better term, is art. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Feb 2, 2016
5/5 95% In Jackson Heights (2015) An epic of prosaic detail and a masterpiece of human intersection. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Nov 6, 2015
1/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) More concerned with gimmicky jokes and facile comparisons than either artful filmmaking or reasoned analysis, Michael Moore has made an adulatory travelogue of Europe's best policies that offers little nuance and even less insight. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Oct 9, 2015
4/5 90% (T)ERROR (2015) It's that rare nonfiction feature with a significant twist, a narrative surprise that changes everything. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Sep 30, 2015
A- 80% Incompresa (Misunderstood) (2015) A thrilling and brutally charming experience in spite of its dark perspective. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 22, 2015
B- 51% Boulevard (2015) Boulevard is a little too afraid of noise, a bit too intimidated by its own lechery. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) A clearly told narrative of a Florida murder trial, as well as an effectively foggy portrayal of the legal chaos caused by the state's "stand-your-ground" law ‐ Nonfics
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 79% The Yes Men Are Revolting (2015) Nix and the Yes Men have mostly brought a wry joy to the doom-filled genre of climate change nonfiction, and for that they should be commended. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 83% Thought Crimes (2015) Valle's case has gone to appeal and it may be a long time before it's finally resolved, but Thought Crimes at least ensures that the discussion of its real issues will continue to penetrate the panicked noise. ‐ Nonfics
Posted May 11, 2015
4/5 100% In Transit (2015) "A communal travelogue of great intimacy and diversity." ‐ Nonfics
Posted Apr 21, 2015
F 72% 5 to 7 (2015) At the end of the film one wonders exactly what 5 to 7 is and how it happened. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Mar 30, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Så meget godt i vente (2015) Phie Ambo's profile of farmer Niels Stokholm and his much-embattled biodynamic farm is more usefully restrained and spiritually attuned than anything else in the genre. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Mar 20, 2015
4/5 100% La creazione di significato (The Creation of Meaning) (2015) The echoes of the past are wider than one conflict, even that of the Second World War. This resonance, constructed from breathtaking images and a wonderful softness of direction, brings Casanova's film into contact with the eternal. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Storm Children, Book One (2015) In this, the most substantial documentary of his career, Diaz's restrained and slow style is not for the sake of narrative, but rather to lay the groundwork for its troubling and complex images. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/5 100% Of Men And War (2015) Of Men and War refuses to mask or simplify the harsh realities of PTSD. This stubbornness, an insistence that the roughness of war be taken seriously, makes the film an essential document of 21st century American conflict. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Feb 18, 2015
4/5 80% The Chinese Mayor (2015) A panorama both physical and political, committed to as wide an angle as possible ‐ Nonfics
Posted Feb 18, 2015
4/5 96% The Russian Woodpecker (2015) First and foremost a thrilling conspiracy theory documentary about Fedor Alexandrovich and his quest for the truth behind the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Feb 18, 2015
B 74% Match (2015) Match functions best as a version of a decent play that you can watch in a cinema or, eventually, in the comfort of your own home. That might be damning with faint praise, but this is probably the most common pitfall for a theatrical adaptation. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 12, 2015
B+ 95% Love Is Strange (2014) Love Is Strange is a wonderfully assured romance, a collection of wonderful performances led through a handful of truly beautiful domestic scenes. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 100% Maidan (2014) Maidan is a portrait of a people, a place and a moment rather than a dissertation on its context or implications. It is raw, unflinching cinema for a troubled nation in a great and terrible moment. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Dec 17, 2014
4/5 67% The Barefoot Artist (2014) A remarkably restrained and intuitively beautiful portrait of the relationship between art, its audience and the sadness of both its inspiration and its creator. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/5 91% The Great Invisible (2014) Slowly and subtly becomes a heartfelt portrait of a community rather than an angry rejection of corporate greed. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Oct 30, 2014
5/5 96% Citizenfour (2014) Poitras has made a personal film because there is no other option for this story. Her involvement changed her life, as it did the lives of her collaborators. The result is a masterful fusion of journalism and art. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Oct 22, 2014
4/5 100% Seymour: An Introduction (2015) A predictably charming profile of little-known pianist Seymour Bernstein, but it really shines in its treatment of the musician's penchant for mysticism and in its expertly edited Schubert finale. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Oct 8, 2014
4/5 94% Last Hijack (2014) An incredibly effective partnership between necessarily cinematic psychological portraiture and in-depth, informative context online ‐ Nonfics
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 No Score Yet Ma'a al-Fidda (Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait) (2014) A revolutionary essay film from the heart of the Syrian Civil War, a collaboration of 1,001 cameras that valiantly attempts to capture the essence of an ancient nation crippled by a contemporary crisis. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/5 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) A documentary clothed in the robes of a dream ‐ Nonfics
Posted Sep 22, 2014
91% Art and Craft (2014) By drawing a wide net, interviewing bewildered curators and following Landis's rise to notoriety in the art world, Grausman and Cullman find rare depth in eccentricity. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Sep 16, 2014
3/5 61% Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014) Perhaps too ambitious in scope, a few truly powerful sequences still manage to elevate this historical overview of African-American photography above its uneven style. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Aug 27, 2014
4/5 83% The Expedition to the End of the World (2014) Equally contemplative and tumultuous, 'Expedition to the End of the World' is a beautifully shot and thoughtfully constructed journey up to Greenland and into a post climate change future. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Aug 21, 2014
A 90% The Kill Team (2014) Our ideas about war need to be cracked open, and The Kill Team does exactly that. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jul 21, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Aru seinikuten no hanashi (The Story of a Butcher Shop) (2013) The camera itself seems to smile, beaming along with this clan whose response to hardship is tireless work and mutual reassurance. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/5 No Score Yet Matsuri no uma (The Horses of Fukushima) (2013) A quiet, elegiac and peculiar take on the rarest of circumstances ‐ Nonfics
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/5 No Score Yet Aim High In Creation (2013) An incisive work of art that is both an exemplar and a critique of two different kinds of propaganda ‐ Nonfics
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/5 100% Stations of the Elevated (2014) Director Manfred Kirchheimer brings the graffiti-tagged trains, enormous billboards and quirky architecture of 1970s New York City to life with a fabulous kinetic energy. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Jun 24, 2014
4/5 100% Sepideh (2013) Like a real-life Wadjda speckled with absolutely stunning images of the night sky, Sepideh is yet another Human Rights Watch film that understands that the struggle for rights must build up from full articulation of a human being. ‐ Nonfics
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 93% The Return To Homs (2014) Profoundly intimate, a tremendous achievement of nonfiction human narrative ‐ Nonfics
Posted Jun 16, 2014