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David Ng

David Ng
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Pont des Arts (2006) Rapturously beautiful. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 19, 2006
48% Happy Here and Now (2002) When Amelia takes the full multimedia plunge in the movie's final moments, Happy becomes something inexplicably (and metaphysically) beautiful. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 13, 2005
100% Days of Santiago (Dias de Santiago) (2004) If the movie lacks narrative originality, it leaves a singularly raw impression of having spent time inside someone's sweaty, ill-fitting skin. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 6, 2005
82% Gilles' Wife (La Femme de Gilles) (2005) Devos's performance is an expert workshop of internalized emotions and silent forbearance. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 15, 2005
80% Unveiled (2005) Unveiled overflows with sociopolitical outrage even if its portrayal of a gender-confused heroine is ultimately indecisive and laconic. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 15, 2005
52% Garçon Stupide (2005) A better-late-than-never coming-of-age tale that is by turns earnest and corny, though never stupide. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2005
51% Cote d'Azur (2005) Like many a French summer holiday, Côte d'Azur ends up being pretty, listless, and much too long. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2005
76% Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive) (2005) Reading between the cuss words, the movie glimpses a sunny teen innocence just before it darkens irreversibly into adulthood. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 30, 2005
83% Sequins (2005) Sequins hinges on its performances and newcomer Naymark is a marvel of quiet intelligence, endowing Claire with a complex mix of virginal purity and hormonal rage. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 24, 2005
25% Mindhunters (2005) In an era of wall-to-wall CSI, Mindhunters' ghoulish forensic hubbub not only feels tiring but hopelessly redundant. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 10, 2005
63% The Grand Role (Le Grand Rôle) (2004) Director Steve Suissa spells out the acting metaphors for the cheap seats but leaves subtler points of intrigue unexplored. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 3, 2005
63% Ladies in Lavender (2005) While they never look bored, Smith and Dench are clearly slumming, having played these roles in other costume pics. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 26, 2005
23% The Amityville Horror (2005) The Amityville Horror is a Xerox so tattered and faded that it's impossible to determine who's to blame for the overproduced mediocrity before our eyes. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 19, 2005
50% 15 (2004) The directionless lives on display all too easily translate into a directionless film. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 12, 2005
57% Happily Ever After (2005) If there is any doubt as to whether French cinema is in a state of free fall, Yvan Attal's Happily Ever After should put such uncertainties to rest. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 7, 2005
60% Beyond the Sea (2005) Grants a quiet dignity to its subjects without sanctifying them. And the less-than-ideal outcome of many of their lives rings all the more powerfully for being so plainly presented. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 22, 2005
93% After the Apocalypse (2004) A surprisingly engaging ride. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 15, 2005
88% Historias mínimas (Intimate Stories) (2005) It's a perfectly realized grace note whose lack of any obvious message only reinforces the movie's abundant wisdom and patient humanism. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2005
91% Stupeur et tremblements (2004) A film that professes a deep respect for the Japanese culture and then renders its Japanese characters as a bunch of screeching ninnies. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2004
43% Qui a tué Bambi? (Who Killed Bambi?) (2004) A sustained atmosphere of bleached-out horror. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2004
10% Fish Without a Bicycle (2004) Strong performances are marred by a script whose dialogue ranges from cheesy to unspeakably bad. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 21, 2004
46% Shall We Dance (2004) Exemplifies its distributor at its most blatantly opportunistic -- plundering the recycling bin for a no-brainer cash-in. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2004
55% Remember Me, My Love (2004) The 48-year-old Morante is the real thing; like Deneuve, Rampling, and Huppert, she graces middle age with both intelligence and a rumpled, lived-in sex appeal. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2004
43% It's Easier for a Camel... (2004) Long-winded, jokingly self-deprecating, and clichéd. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2004
86% Intimate Strangers (2003) A bland chamber drama for those who like their French cinema tame, talky, and just a little titillating. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2004
43% The Clearing (2004) With the emotional reins of the movie firmly in her grasp, Mirren never condescends to her character, investing her with an unshakable poise that unnerves even as it reassures those around her. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 29, 2004
78% Two Brothers (2004) Returning to the territory of his 1989 hit The Bear, Jean-Jacques Annaud delivers another refreshingly mature fable of bestial devotion. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 22, 2004
44% Love Me if You Dare (2004) Fans of Amélie will rejoice in the film's CGI-aided flights of fancy; all others will groan audibly and often as director Yann Samuell piles on the Nutrasweetened visuals. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 18, 2004
77% The Mudge Boy (2003) The film projects a shy modesty, a virtue largely attributable to Emile Hirsch's unflashy performance as the titular 14-year-old farm boy. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2004
39% Man on Fire (2004) Intentional or not, Man on Fire's over-the-top evocation of Christian retribution goes a long way to making this otherwise standard revenge fantasy watchable. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 27, 2004
56% Morlang (2003) A murder mystery so artfully restrained you almost expect Diana Rigg to deliver a witty epilogue. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 27, 2004
44% Connie and Carla (2004) The phrase 'written by Nia Vardalos' should send any self-respecting moviegoer screaming into the night, pursued by the comedienne's frizzy-haired brand of hysteria and the brain meltdown it inevitably induces. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 13, 2004
6% Johnson Family Vacation (2004) Like Bow Wow's exasperated upstart, you too will be asking, 'Are we there yet?' not 20 minutes in. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 6, 2004
50% Marathon (2002) Marathon offers one of the most inventive reimaginings of the MTA since D.A. Pennebaker's 1953 cine-poem Daybreak Express. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 30, 2004
76% Bon Voyage (2004) Relies on its considerable star power to conceal its even more considerable lack of substance. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 16, 2004
33% La Mentale: The Code (2004) Attends to a thick stew of (soap-) operatic emotion, turning each internecine skirmish into an occasion for melodramatic brooding. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 10, 2004
4% My Baby's Daddy (2004) A tired send-up of hip-hop-isms that also aspires to be a Waiting to Exhale for men. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2004
90% My Flesh and Blood (2003) Single motherhood has seldom looked as daunting and enervating as it does in this unsentimental documentary. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 25, 2003
55% El Leyton (2003) A barely elevated telenovela. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2003
14% Gothika (2003) All horror tropes, please report for duty. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 18, 2003
36% Scary Movie 3 (2003) Rebounds nicely from its sophomore misfire, giddily inbreeding the plots of a half-dozen box office overachievers-from The Ring to 8 Mile -- until the result assumes a comically unstoppable life of its own. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2003
48% Porn Theater (2003) Knowingly antiquated in a world of Internet porn, it taps into the sepulchral undercurrents of communal spectatorship. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 8, 2003
58% Casa de los Babys (2003) The screenplay's clutchy banter (interspersed with arias of teary confession) feels distinctly Oprah, but Sayles extracts unexpected life from his wooden setups. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 16, 2003
97% Autumn Spring (2003) This wisp of a Czech heart-warmer dubiously offers up amateur imposture as a form of geriatric empowerment. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 19, 2003
54% American Wedding (2003) The formula has long since hardened into a flaky mess. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 5, 2003
37% Le Divorce (2003) Entranced by the natives, Le Divorce reduces the knowing ditziness of Johnson's novel to vapid, exchange-student wonderment. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 5, 2003
No Score Yet Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit) (1981) Aspires to the humanist as well as the humanitarian, and ultimately achieves both. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2003
88% The Cuckoo (2003) [A] well-intentioned but sugarcoated anti-war allegory. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2003
68% Tattoo (2002) This plodding serial-killer procedural grafts hand-me-down malevolence onto a standard rookie-veteran police yarn, the results of which yield nary a fright, let alone a goose pimple. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 2, 2003
40% The Hard Word (2003) Convoluted yet simple-minded, the movie frequently equates verbosity with wit, exhausting itself long before the racetrack robbery climax. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2003