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Daphne Howland

Daphne Howland
Daphne Howland's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Bad Kids (2016) Desert flowers can be hard to spot, but are often distinctly beautiful, and The Bad Kids has them in focus. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 22, 2016
80% Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016) The doc is gorgeously filmed, well edited, and works in close-up, but the result is more voyeuristic than revealing, except to show that desolation is among those things that cannot be seen or touched. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2016
81% Magnus (2016) Ree makes things easy for people who don't play chess, deftly pacing Carlsen's triumphs and failures and milking the suspense as "the Mozart of chess" employs his intuition to win ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2016
No Score Yet Behind Bayonets And Barbed Wire (2016) There's nothing quite like hearing such memories from the very people who endured these atrocities, and, in the end, after a slow start, the actors who bring those memories to life do them vivid justice. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 11, 2016
89% All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (2016) In an era of disaster- and celebrity-obsessed cable news, during an election testing the virtues of objectivity, the documentary All Governments Lie is worthy testimony that many journalists are in it for the truth. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 2, 2016
40% A Billion Lives (2016) Demonstrating an egregious contempt for science, Biebert and his subjects attack the call for research into the effects of electronic cigarettes as nothing more than shilling for tax collectors and Big Pharma. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 26, 2016
100% The Uncondemned (2016) The film is a riveting feat of editing considering the material, the legalistic conundrums, and the profusion of detail. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 18, 2016
100% 100 Years (2016) Janko offers powerful details ... though her scattershot approach and tendency to linger on mundane events undermines the impact. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016
80% Theo Who Lived (2016) This film is valuable on account of its singular vantage point, and not just because of the firsthand description of the jihadist group's brutality, which is unsurprising. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 5, 2016
50% The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (2016) Palast slices through all the B.S., and while he may be over-the-top in his presentation, keep in mind, he's got just the facts, ma'am. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2016
90% SEED: The Untold Story (2016) Seed: The Untold Story is the rare documentary from filmmakers who are not just capable but also in love with their craft. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2016
93% Starving The Beast (2016) [Mims'] film goes far ... thanks not just to his thorough research, but also a strong narrative and compelling cinematography. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 7, 2016
No Score Yet Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA (2016) In the end ... Making a Killing feels oddly static, like any fact-dense sermon to the choir. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2016
No Score Yet Hollywood Beauty Salon (2016) "In a mental health recovery community in Philadelphia there is a beauty salon." So begins, in a sort of fairytale cadence, this documentary's wondrous story of beauty. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2016
100% At The Fork (2016) A deeply personal and moving exploration given ballast by copious input from experts. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 6, 2016
No Score Yet The Syndrome (2016) This well-researched investigation is loaded with credible facts and has a workaday, broadcast-newsmagazine feel. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 5, 2016
No Score Yet Poverty Inc (2014) Utterly fails to inform or guide. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2015
90% Killing Them Safely (Tom Swift And His Electric Rifle) (2015) Footage of the now-wealthy Smiths being deposed is damning, the brothers' legal jiujitsu is appalling, and the stories of deaths are heartbreaking. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 24, 2015
93% Drone (2015) Schei shows how, actually, the U.S. and its military-industrial complex treat war like a video game - to the point where finding gamers adept at video war is a legit recruiting tactic. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2015
100% Peace Officer (2015) Through it we can see the history and ramp-up of the military-esque police methods that have become our current crisis. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2015
No Score Yet A Convenient Truth (2015) The film doesn't quite trust its audience ... and, rather than get in and out with its points, belabors its jokes and its punches, to the point of tedium. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 17, 2015
90% Food Chains (2014) Americans remain all too disconnected from those who toil in grim living and working conditions to supply their food. Maybe it's about time to worry. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2014
71% Plot for Peace (2014) Plot for Peace proves enthralling. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2014
No Score Yet All You Need Is Love (2014) All You Need Is Love does a nice job of showing how, when it comes to children's lives, the ordinary is inescapable, even in extraordinary circumstances. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2014
No Score Yet Red Dot On The Ocean (2014) Rutherford returns to Annapolis after 309 days and 27,000 miles alone at sea little-changed, at least according to this account, and, so, neither are we. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 16, 2014
86% Altina (2014) A joyful portrait, although it doesn't leave out some blemishes. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2014
60% The Rule (2014) Benedict ... believed that people should be connected to each other, that compassion, forgiveness, and understanding were as important as those disciplines. The Rule illustrates just how far that can go. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 4, 2014
No Score Yet Shadows From My Past (2014) Shadows From My Past is like a box stuffed with old letters and photographs: Things may be out of order, but, stay with it, and you'll soon have voices in your head, a story even. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 26, 2014
75% A Will For The Woods (2014) While the film also captures many private, sometimes heartbreaking scenes, it takes a lot of time to make its simple point. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2014
82% Ivory Tower (2014) What the film does accomplish is making you think ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
100% The Only Real Game (2014) Bank's story of the women, men, and children so passionate about their game is itself wholly absorbing. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
No Score Yet Small Small Thing (2014) There are many reasons to see this very difficult film, not least to face the grim realities in Liberia ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 3, 2014
90% Llyn Foulkes One Man Band (2014) While his obsessiveness seems neurotic, and watching this film is not always comfortable, it also seems to be all part of the process. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014
71% Documented (2014) The well-told story of Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who outed himself as undocumented, a situation he finds terrifying and exhausting. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2014
No Score Yet Tanzania: A Journey Within (2014) Kenney is an excellent stand-in for exactly what foreigners think of when they think of Americans: ignorant, shallow, narcissistic. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 24, 2014
77% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) The cinematography is exquisite and sometimes it alone moves the story. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
84% Dancing In Jaffa (2014) Hilla Medalia's documentary Dancing in Jaffa derives its strength, much like a dancer's, from various isolated strains. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
83% American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs (2014) Lee's movie is the most fun you'll ever have in a history lesson. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2014
78% Fatal Assistance (2014) It unveils the bureaucracy, naïveté, and historical forces plaguing Haiti to this day, but it's no more than a forceful poke at a hornet's nest. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 25, 2014
54% Hank: Five Years From the Brink (2014) There may have been some whiz kid out there who could have done better, but considering his boss was capable of hiring real villains and buffoons, Hank will make you grateful for Hank. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2014
83% Papirosen (2014) Solnicki's spliced-together, back-and-forth approach at first seems a jumble, but of course his choices are deliberate, and they pile up into revealing art. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2014
81% If You Build It (2014) Director Patrick Creadon collects rich material but builds a rickety structure. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2014
50% Divorce Corp. (2014) Statistics are few and far between, a look at solutions from countries where divorce is supposedly more civil proves too thin to be useful, and, worst of all, the victims's stories are largely flimsy and one-sided. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2014
No Score Yet Shored Up (2013) Our seemingly innate desire to hang on to disappearing sand, which is essentially what our barrier islands are, is beautifully illustrated by the film's cinematography and historical footage. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 26, 2013
100% Couleur de peau: Miel (Approved for Adoption) (2013) Watching the animated memoir Approved for Adoption can stir a serenity like skipping stones on water for a delightfully long time. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
59% Running From Crazy (2013) The possible hereditary nature of suicide in general and of the seven known Hemingway suicides in particular is lazily poked at; decades of research go unmentioned and unexplored. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
93% Casting By (2013) While Dougherty clearly had an almost eerie sense of how a particular actor might inhabit a part, this film also shows that she may have single-handedly created a filmmaking craft and then made it indispensable. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
88% Not Yet Begun to Fight (2013) It stuns, and what's missing doesn't compare to what it shares. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 22, 2013
64% The Human Scale (2013) The Human Scale lacks both the punch needed to appeal to the layperson and the deep wonkiness to gain the attention of true geeks of the built environment. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2013
83% Dislecksia: The Movie (2013) Dislecksia: The Movie is an exuberantly didactic documentary, and director Harvey Hubbell has done his homework. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013