Dave White

Dave White
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T-Meter Title | Year
76% Halston (2019) As much as he would probably like to ignore it, Tcheng refuses to turn the film's attention away from Capitalism's brutal grip on art. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
78% Pasolini (2019) Reluctantly takes its place in a cinema of admonition that turns human lives lived against oppressive opposition into simplistic warnings against having sex on the beach. The man deserves better. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
83% High Life (2019) Denis' direction prioritizes atmosphere over explicit explanations, transforming drab, spaceship hardware into a living yet crumbling environment, one that mirrors the physical and spiritual decay taking place among its dwindling number of inhabitants. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
55% The Beach Bum (2019) Korine leaves his protagonist to his own devices, and in turn this leaves The Beach Bum feeling like a eulogy for its own endless bacchanal. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
100% Shoah: Four Sisters (2018) The approximately 270-minute running time becomes a hushed demand for the viewer to sit with historical cruelty and listen as its victims teach to the future, its effect a cumulative cry of warning for today. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
5/5 55% Australia (2008) What you do get... is a firm commitment to epic, triple-espresso-shot extreme romance (the kind spelled XTREEEM!) and the kind of tear-jerking that involves having both your arms wrenched behind your back until you holler "Uncle!" - Movies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 11% Deception (2008) You know what's not sexy? Sexiness. I mean the overt, in-your-face, "Aren't we all being sultry and naughty?" sort of sexiness. Which is what this entire movie is, thinking it's daring. - Movies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4.5/5 89% ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007) It's really people who don't see much theater - like me - who'll come away having actually seen something new here. - Movies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
76% Happy Feet (2006) It zigs and zags into a lot of different places you're not expecting. Entertaining throughout. But trippy. - Movies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4.5/5 73% Flushed Away (2006) It's smarter than all the other 2006 animated movies, save for Monster House. - Movies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 41% Scoop (2006) It's funny enough to keep you from cringing, but not nearly as good as Match Point. Of course, Match Point wasn't trying to be funny either. So proceed with caution. - Movies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
92% Maria By Callas (2018) What emerges is more respectful portrait than painstaking biography, but one that will satisfy fans and undoubtedly draw in newcomers to the legacy of opera's most notoriously expressive performer. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) A consistently hilarious 90-minute chat that could have gone on for twice as long (or, ideally, a weekly television series) without ever feeling like too much of a good thing. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
97% Pick of the Litter (2018) Doggie cuteness and the inherent emotional pull of canine-human companionship wins in the end. Subject matter alone makes Pick of the Litter, if not especially memorable, a gently lovable outing. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
92% Nico, 1988 (2018) Dyrholm's performance anchors everything. It relies little on physical impersonation, even though her singing voice captures Nico's unmistakable, late-career deadpan cry, a foghorn of mourning that sounded then and now like no one else's. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) Formally traditional, and guided by a respectful approach to a complicated man. It's lovingly told, even as it refuses to gloss over ugliness. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
87% Upgrade (2018) Whannell is most fully in debt to his own country's "Ozploitation" wave of the 1970s, where goofy, freewheeling, low-budget genre films upped the stakes with extreme action, sex, violence, and a general freedom from restraint. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) Two hours of contrasts that inform one another: sweat-inducing concert footage, intimate family reunion moments, steel-spine business negotiations, recording-studio drama, and a steadfast commitment to personal glamour. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
11% God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018) The third chapter in the conservative Evangelical franchise known for its flabbergasting box office success might have learned some Christian humility. OK, not much humility. But on this map's legend, an inch equals a mile. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
53% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) Desplechin is here to remind us that all readings are subjective, that stories end differently depending on who's doing the telling and who's doing the listening. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
89% A Ciambra (2018) Carpignano is far less interested in the epic mechanics of how the flat screen TV falls off the truck, and far more on the personal daily details of the people inhabiting this world. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) The task at hand is to make a family action-adventure vehicle for some big screen names, one that bangs and clangs cheerfully until the end. The fact that it comes together with as much charm as it does is something of a mainstream moviegoing miracle. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
33% Same Kind of Different As Me (2017) A blandly good looking, no frills, reasonably competent and occasionally emotional Message Movie, one whose message favors a color-blind approach to race relations, one designed to work entirely in favor of the desires of white people. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Though her stated point is "to bring ideas to new people and exchange them," it becomes more clear that it's equally important for the filmmaker simply to see as much as she can, as many people as she can, before she's unable. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
24% Woodshock (2017) Frst-time filmmakers Kate and Laura Mulleavy work to connect Theresa's mourning with the devastation of the forest around her. They do so with occasional, gorgeously realized success, and with an equal amount of directorial disorientation. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
68% Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017) A sneaker-wearing dullard's idea of extravagant praise is often a kitten-heel-obsessive's understanding of naked truth. And if shoe worship is taken as given, Roberts doesn't hold back when laying out the articles of faith for Blahnik's enthusiastic cult. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
52% England Is Mine (2017) For the millions of true believers out there - the ones who loved him in 1985 and who would prefer to live in the past rather than listen to the 2017 version of their former hero - the film provides a blissfully melancholy roll call of pleasures. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
93% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) The filmmaker's outsize, and sometimes unnerving, stylistic choices jump into the frame and vanish just as quickly. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
87% It Comes At Night (2017) It's not a sexy apocalypse, with a disease that transforms everyone into really cool zombies. It's just death. And it's not an easily managed "Doomsday Preppers" scenario solved by bulk foods from Jim Bakker infomercials. It's just doom. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
75% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) This is the kind of movie often referred to as "handsomely mounted," for good reason, and these elements become the focus of a bored viewer. When the story is this awkwardly "off," there's always beautiful antique furniture to enjoy. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
79% The Woman Who Left (Ang babaeng humayo) (2017) Diaz has made an epic-length small film about the powerless, one full of moral urgency that he chooses to elongate and slow down to a crawl. It's a quiet consideration of grief and mercy, of control taken and freely given up. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
97% Burden (2017) Careful not to deify the man, Marrinan and Dewey balance their clear love of their subject with a sobriety that elevates it beyond the usual artist-doc hagiography. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
27% Unforgettable (2017) Heigl takes her icy character's suitcase full of damaged personality clichés and runs like an Olympian. Framed like a phantom in black shadow and silvery silhouette by Caleb Deschanel, Heigl slices through this silly little universe. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
83% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) Shaw's scattered visuals are reflective of adolescent emotional life. His kids are learning, in ways that recall both the insight of comic artist Lynda Barry and the lunkheadedness of "Beavis & Butthead." - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
48% Wilson (2017) A fractured, heartsick, funny adventure in mundane misery. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
73% Catfight (2017) The argument that passively collecting money from a spouse's defense contracting and making money from strident protest art are equally unethical means, in this story's economy, The Daily Show and Halliburton are both guilty of war profiteering. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
86% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) Might be the most inadvertently appropriate analog to life in 2017's increasingly unstable world. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
82% Lovesong (2017) There are glances and nervous hands, longing gazes, and downcast faces needing explanation or consolation. Malone and Keough, perfectly cast and perfectly in sync as people who should be - but probably never will be - lovers, make sadness seem enticing. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
95% Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau) (2017) The men's bodies glow for each other, their faces fascinated by everything they see except what's going on around them, like a man-on-man La La Land. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
93% Toni Erdmann (2016) A comedy with just as many moments of sadness, disaffection, and humiliation as there are laughs, the film never shies away from awkward human strangeness. This is how it sticks, and sticks the ending. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
22% Bad Santa 2 (2016) The jokes take on a rote quality, the vituperative insults and verbal jabs repeating themselves until it all sounds like an endless loop of dogs barking "Jingle Bells." - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
65% The Greasy Strangler (2016) An ugly and frequently hilarious descent into all things repellent, the debut feature from director Jim Hosking plants itself firmly in a world of filth and shock. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
95% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) Calling to mind the sullen lovers of Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together, the young men of Being 17 are more gestural than verbal. Téchiné intuitively favors movement over chatter, and he directs his young actors toward intimate, yearning performances. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
33% Masterminds (2016) Kinder to its characters than most comedies about the bumbling and under-educated, and that's Hess's strength. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
78% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) Juxtaposing archival footage with a tension-building collection of interviews, Cannan and Adam approach the outlandish crime as a puzzlement, all but wondering aloud how two celebrities could be turned into a dictator's puppets. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
60% Hillsong - Let Hope Rise (2016) It may even be the one Christian film that properly reaches out beyond its built-in audience, accomplishing the goal of Evangelicals everywhere: actual evangelism. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
No Score Yet No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story (2016) Fouce's traditionalist approach to the doc form involves archival footage as a general Holocaust primer for younger audiences, a decision that may be more vital now than ever as living eyewitnesses dwindle in number. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
14% Nine Lives (2016) In addition to listless direction from Sonnenfeld, and an overall feeling of cheapness and carelessness, Nine Lives also suffers from incoherence. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
1.5/5 21% The Double (2011) Have you ever seen a movie like this? Yes? Then you know the answers to those questions. Or at least some of the answers. And you're right, they all involve "gotcha." - Movies.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
85% Tallulah (2016) What saves Tallulah from American indie sameness and its allegiance to neat resolution are its three lead actors and Heder's apparent skill in bringing out their best work. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016