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David Fear

David Fear
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 92% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The lack of dialogue may skew towards the experimental, but The Red Turtle's humanity is completely experiential in a way that matches the best Studio Ghibli joints. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jan 23, 2017
.5/4 22% The Bye Bye Man (2017) There may be worse horror films than The Bye Bye Man this year, but there will be none that shows more contempt for its intended audience. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) This is what curdled Americana looks like - a Joel-Peter Witkin portfolio come to life and a vision of jus' folks weaned on isolation, madness, and good old Type O. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Dec 2, 2016
2/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) We have long hoped that there might one day be a sequel. We need to be careful what we wish for. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 25, 2016
3.5/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) You realize that the movie is not just a superior model of teen comedy; it may, in fact, be the equal of those beloved Eighties touchstones. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2/4 75% Trolls (2016) One character farts glitter and another poops cupcakes. You could not ask for better in-movie metaphors. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Nov 4, 2016
3/4 79% American Honey (2016) Every trip through interchangeable Middle American burgs and hormonal exchange between the leads is given a grungy-but-gorgeous reverie treatment. This land is their land. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 63% Storks (2016) Most of the movie doubles down on the mania and lacing the sugar-rush sensation with an almost lysergic sense of silliness. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3.5/4 100% Cameraperson (2016) The movie is an extraordinary self-portrait and an existential statement: I shoot, therefore I am. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) The Existential Pondering-ometer goes into the red zone. There will be robots. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Aug 20, 2016
4/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Filmgoers who've suffered through a summer of superheroes, supervillains and sequels/snarky reboots, we now have something that genuinely casts a spell on viewers. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Aug 19, 2016
2.5/4 73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) Tall, dark, and brooding, Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts is the man you go to when you need bruised masculinity, International Cinema Division. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Aug 12, 2016
2.5/4 91% Zero Days (2016) Zero Days is ... under attack from little stylistic worms that threaten to turn an otherwise solid doc on the evil that 21st-century hackers do into a hack job. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3.5/4 93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) It's the way that Koreeda handles such quotidian details and detours of this quartet that makes all the difference. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/4 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Election Year's only real stance - besides be sure to vote in November - is that America is violence. God bless the U.S.A. God save us all. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) An oddball and oddly affecting take on two misfits finding their metaphorical partner-in-crime match. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jun 26, 2016
2.5/4 95% Tickled (2016) Tickled is near-impossible to take seriously, even as Farrier and Reeve's Nick Broomfield-esque bumbling blows the lid on a genuinely frightening individual. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jun 17, 2016
3/4 66% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) Husson's movie is as much a hormonal mess as its characters, but at least it favors heart over hard-ons. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 51% Genius (2016) This is something that rhymes with 'blatant Shmoscarbait,' pure and simple, and it will get worse before it gets better. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jun 14, 2016
3/4 95% Presenting Princess Shaw (2016) And how much of the marionette-like tug you feel leading up to that pay-off will color how you view this exercise in big-screen D.I.Y. wish-granting. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jun 2, 2016
4/4 100% Pervert Park (2015) You may leave being repulsed and repelled by them. But you will walk out seeing them, for better or worse, as fellow human beings. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted May 24, 2016
3.5/4 81% Sunset Song (2016) Davies gives the book's - and its heroine's - sense of the agony and the ecstasy of growing up a gloriously personal touch. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted May 13, 2016
3/4 90% Dheepan (2016) It's simply that Dheepan's cultural clashes are richer than its man-vs-thug ones. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted May 6, 2016
3/4 82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) What Garrone & co. have concocted is a Grand Guignol pop-up storybook, full of metaphorical dark woods and morality plays. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Apr 22, 2016
2.5/4 72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) Less fuse, more detonation might have worked wonders. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Apr 18, 2016
3/5 89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) It's a movie to admire rather than enjoy. You'll put your hands together for the powerful performance---and clap louder once it's over. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) More than anything, The Wave's ability to sustain tension out of its tired scenario makes it even more impressive than its Me Decade ancestors. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Mar 23, 2016
3.5/4 97% Krisha (2016) Krisha is many things: a nightmare, a cry for help, a cringe-comedy with sobbing instead of a laugh track, a cracked family portrait, an apology and a valentine. ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Mar 23, 2016
90% Green Room (2016) [In] Jeremy Saulnier's near-perfect nugget of a siege thriller...[g]raphic scenes of carnage are doled out sparingly but unflinchingly, while cinematographer Sean Porter gives each high-stakes encounter...a palpable sense of vintage nastiness. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) Drawn, per a disclaimer, from period accounts of strange phenomena and psychotic breaks among settlers, Eggers's impeccably crafted, historically accurate creepshow wears its deep-dive research on its tattered gingham sleeves. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2016
4/5 96% Spotlight (2015) What we have before us is a case study on how to do shoe-leather cinema-and smart, A-list American moviemaking-right. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2015
91% Birdman (2014) What this extraordinary work does best is drop us into the mind of an actor beset by insecurities, vanity-project hubris, and that inner critic who simply won't shut up, whisking us up into a dazzling, dizzyingly subjective whirlwind. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2014
77% Fury (2014) At its best, the movie works as a love letter to camaraderie-by-combat. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2014
94% Whiplash (2014) Imagine a cross between a David Mamet play and a violent UFC bout restaged in a music conservatory. You're halfway there. ‐ Esquire Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2014
2/5 41% Child Of God (2014) It could have been so much worse; we wish it was a lot better. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 30, 2014
90% Norte, the End of History (2014) You'd have to go back to Edward Yang's Yi-Yi to find a movie that approaches marathon-length running times yet still makes you wish it were twice as long. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 18, 2014
83% Whitewash (2014) An airtight demonstration of the maxim that no good deed ever goes unpunished. ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 2, 2014
68% God Help the Girl (2014) Stuart Murdoch's story of three Scottish misfits who start a band is rife with the kind of giddy thrills and hormonal flushes you associate with being a teen. ‐ Esquire Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2014
90% Omar (2014) Bakri has charisma to burn, but the complexity of Abu-Assad's previous movies is traded in for weak genre thrills. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 16, 2014
100% Shonen (Boy) (1969) This is what contemporary Japan looks like, it says: Not pillow shots and sword fights, just a country populated largely by predators and prey. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2014
4/5 95% Her (2013) It's melancholy, moving and unmissable. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 11, 2013
3/5 82% Lenny Cooke (2013) Though the brothers have created the polar opposite of a formulaic ESPN 30-for-30 episode, they don't chart Cooke's rise-and-fall arc in a way that lets you into his story. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 90% Mauvais Sang (2013) Carax does not want to tell you a story. He wants to express, in the purest way he can, his infatuation with storytelling through images and genre conventions, performance and voyeurism, cinema and cinephilia. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 100% Cousin Jules (2013) For 91 minutes, the pleasure of the Guiteauxes' company is ours. We are ultimately the richer for it.‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/5 15% Caught in the Web (2013) The director goes after both old-media exploitation and new-media omnipresence, and the result is less than cutting.‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 88% Narco Cultura (2013) Ping-ponging between grisly South of the Border carnage and Angeleno musician Edgar Quintero's growing success as one of the subgenre's stars, you start to see how this parasitic relationship works.‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 72% Everyday (2013) Even with the actors' laudable work-especially Simm, who finally shakes off the notion that he's a poor man's Simon Pegg-there's not enough going on past the temporal trick to make the humanistic elements pop. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 19, 2013
2/5 67% Sunlight Jr. (2013) The one real takeaway here is not that things are tough all over, or that movie stars equate slumming with authenticity; it's that no actor should be asked to do a sexy dance to Crazy Town's "Butterfly." Ever.‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 12, 2013
3/5 72% Go For Sisters (2013) Despite the class-conscious genre pleasures, independent cinema's foremost Zinn master feels slightly off his game. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 5, 2013
2/5 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) This is a superhero movie that feels like it might have been made by anyone and no one at the same time, simply space-filler before the next big team-up movie. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 5, 2013