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David Fear

David Fear
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2016
4/5 97% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2015
92% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
77% Fury (2014) At its best, the movie works as a love letter to camaraderie-by-combat.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2014
91% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2014
83% Whitewash (2014) An airtight demonstration of the maxim that no good deed ever goes unpunished.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2014
4/5 94% Her (2013) It's melancholy, moving and unmissable.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 91% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2013
2/5 65% 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 73% Go For Sisters (2013) Despite the class-conscious genre pleasures, independent cinema's foremost Zinn master feels slightly off his game.‐ Time Out
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2013
3/5 82% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) Both Baetens and Heldenbergh do their best to sell the story's ups and downs even when the narrative gets bogged down with science-versus-religion ranting, yet you're still left with a movie a little too reliant on playing clawhammer on your heartstrings.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2013
2/5 58% Capital (2013) Capital ends up being neither a high-stakes thriller nor a cutting commentary on real-world bad behavior. It's just CEO exotica, all dressed up with nowhere to go.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2013
4/5 100% The Square (Al Midan) (2013) The Square offers more than just pictures of a revolution; it lets you into the mind-set of those fighting for their future, and that makes all the difference.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/5 70% American Promise (2013) While Stephenson and Brewster's big-picture attempt to tackle a sociopolitical issue from the most personal of perspectives lacks the state-of-the-nation impact of [Hoop Dreams], it doesn't mean you won't feel the pleasure of these kids' triumphs.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2013
2/5 41% As I Lay Dying (2013) The past may never be done with us, but Lord, do we wish Franco was done with our literary heritage.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2013
4/5 61% The Summit (2013) As you watch these actors, you appreciate the endeavor the climbers went through all the more-and as triumph turns to tragedy, you feel the grief winding its way through your shaken nervous systems.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2013
4/5 98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) A first-rate piece of forensic filmmaking.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2013
2/5 46% All Is Bright (2013) The cinematic equivalent of a half-baked fruitcake.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2013
5/5 100% The Wicker Man - Final Cut (2013) It remains a how-to model for making something that fancies itself a slow-burn thriller-until it isn't slow-burning whatsoever.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2013
4/5 86% Shepard & Dark (2013) An ode to a long-lost era of bohemia, an insightful look into male psychology and pathology, a valentine to the art of letter writing and an illustration of how the past is never dead, because it's not even past.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2013
2/5 47% Zaytoun (2013) Zaytoun wants to milk a historical moment as a plea for tolerance; its only accomplishment is to channel the forgettable foreign-film exotica of decades past.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2013
3/5 67% 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013) It's remarkably fragmented, tangential and all over the place, which may make it the ideal vehicle for portraying the OWS experience.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2013
3/5 36% Salinger (2013) You wonder why Salerno thought the man who created Holden Caulfield would be best served by an abundance of sentimentalism, a stock sap-tastic score and some genuinely cheesy dramatizations on a black stage (the director is no Hollywood phony, but still).‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2013
3/5 33% Abigail Harm (2013) The gorgeous cinematography and generosity to Plummer's emotive gifts almost make up for the mumbo-jumboness of it all. Almost.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2013
3/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) The stars sell the cutesiness, and the rawness-equals-real go-nowhereness that seemingly infects every conversation in a microbudget indie, with equal professionalism and vigor; if they can't stick the landing in the end, it's because no one could.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2013
3/5 74% Paradise: Faith (2013) It's hard to say if Faith works better as part of a whole instead of a triptych's single panel until the trilogy is complete, but the unconverted may find this too much of a cross to bear.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2013
4/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) You'd have to go back to Half Nelson to find such a beautifully organic combo of spot-on performances, tough-love storytelling and tender treatment of deep-rooted emotional damage.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2013
2/5 27% Jobs (2013) We walk away knowing nothing about what made this revolutionary tick. He deserves a 360-degree portrait. What you get is a mini recap of a pioneer's life-a biOpic shuffle.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/5 86% The Patience Stone (2013) Farhani ... almost single-handedly carries the film; the range the Iranian actor displays here proves that she's destined for bigger things. Fans will just have to be patient.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2013
2/5 69% The Happy Sad (2013) Reducing complex relationship issues to a typical indie-flick blatherathon-complete with performances of varying quality and stilted dialogue-isn't helping anyone.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2013
2/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) Do you find insults revolving around the words Marky Mark, churros and/or #YOLO hilarious? How about the notion of a dorky white kid flawlessly rapping TLC's "Waterfalls"?‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2013
1/5 54% I Give It a Year (2013) Nothing works: not the haphazard stabs at conjuring a sweet-and-sour comic tone, not the reliance on people saying horribly inappropriate things in lieu of actual jokes, and not the one-note characters ...‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2013
3/5 52% Blood (2013) That he [Nick Murphy] can't sustain the level of dramatic tension that Bill Gallagher's script requires (the movie is adapted from the BBC veteran's TV series Conviction) is a bummer, though you still get to bask in wonderful performances.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2013
3/5 67% Elysium (2013) Elysium may point with a singularly pulpy brio toward where we could be headed. But in terms of how its fictional heroes try to transcend such brave new worlds, it's not showing us a future we haven't seen a million times before.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2013
5/5 93% Our Children (2013) It's a near-perfect portrait of a domestic tragedy as a master-and-servant psychodrama, one that leaves catastrophic collateral damage in its wake.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2013
5/5 88% The Servant (1964) A perfect storm of perversity, pre-Persona identity transference, prole pole-positioning and mutually assured psychological destruction, Joseph Losey's masterpiece immediately transformed the director from has-been Hollywood exile to European auteur.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2013
2/5 25% The Time Being (2013) [Viewers] won't find much here besides Langella's typically austere performance, some lazy character sketches (what's up with the one-note shrewish wife?) and the sensation one gets after having watched paint dry, painfully slowly, on a canvas.‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 23, 2013