Ed Halter

Ed Halter
Ed Halter's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly Village Voice 4Columns

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
56% The Greatest Showman (2017) This crude revision of Barnum as a white able-bodied savior-a kind of Oskar Schindler of the sideshow-is particularly in bad taste considering the far more unsavory historical realities. - 4Columns EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) It tries to hold a mirror up to humanity, but merely provides a romp through a forest of empty signifiers. - 4Columns EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
No Score Yet Ankur (1974) An elegant and powerful treatise on rural feudalism that crossed over from the New Indian Cinema's government-sponsored purview into commercial success. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2015
20% Fred Claus (2007) The exceptional cast -- Vaughn, Giamatti, Kathy Bates, Kevin Spacey, Rachel Weisz -- is an embarrassment of riches for a script this thin and this beholden to family-fare protocol, with its mushy-minded moral and slick sentimentality. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2007
100% Sátántangó (Satan's Tango) (1994) Critics have rightfully hailed Tarr as one of filmdom's criminally undersung geniuses. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2007
99% Metropolis (1927) Lang's impossibly vast skyscraper-ziggurats (inspired, it's said, by his first view of the Manhattan skyline) are the blueprint for nearly every science-fiction movie city of the past 30 years. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2007
86% Shadow Company (2007) Shadow Company attempts to provide a balanced view of a potentially polarizing issue, interviewing historians, security firm heads, war journalists, and former contractors themselves (the Army declined). - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2007
85% Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006) Smith's own work, here montaged for easy digestion, is already too rich and sumptuous to require any further frosting. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2007
88% Cobra Verde (1987) It's easy to understand why this was Herzog's final collaboration with the actor, but Kinski's performance nevertheless serves up a potent confusion of documentary and fiction that has long been an essential element of Herzog's filmmaking. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2007
78% The GoodTimesKid (2005) Though the film never transcends its own neo-boho quirk, it concludes in a marvelous final shot: a long take set to Gang of Four, grungy and materialist in the Jacobs tradition. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2007
21% La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow) (2006) Roberto Benigni here plays out a madcap tale of romantic obsession against the backdrop of the Iraq invasion. The results are neither profound nor funny. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2007
58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) A noble experiment in pushing the limits of cinema, but one too many sequences of ruffling silks and dreamy flower bouquets evoke little more than the ad-agency clichés of an elongated Chanel No. 5 commercial. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2007
21% La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow) (2006) Neither profound nor funny, but merely uncomfortable. A hubristic failure at risky humor, The Tiger and the Snow provides Benigni his own Michael Richards moment. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2006
58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) It's a noble experiment in pushing the limits of cinema, but Tykwer never achieves true profundity. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2006
100% My Dad Is 100 Years Old (2006) A micro-doc packing more intoxicating beauty and invigorating ideas into its 17 minutes than most other films do in 90 or more. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2006
89% Bergman Island (Ingmar Bergman - 3 dokumentärer om film, teater, Fårö och livet av Marie Nyreröd) (2006) As little more than an extended interview, it remains hobbled by determinedly uninspired cinematography and a mundane televisual setup. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2006
96% Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) (1961) Varda transforms the typical French cinema gamine into a complex, tragic figure: the girl who's all too good at playing plaything, forced to face the hollowness of her youth. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2006
60% The Last Atomic Bomb (2006) The trauma is real, and the facts disturbing, but the doc doesn't have the chops to deliver what should be a more powerful statement. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2006
69% The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) Though occasionally striking, the footage doesn't pack the evocative punch Herzog intends, and segments that should be lyrical mind trips only result in overstretched longueurs. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2006
No Score Yet Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said (2006) Though Out of Place uses quotations from Said's writings to frame its chapters, the result is less a picture of Said himself than of the environments that shaped him. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2006
100% Edward Said: The Last Interview (2006) Though physically weakened and near the end of his life, his discourse is sharp and incisive, creating a remarkably compelling self-portrait. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2006
100% Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006) Burns argues for a cogitating, agitating Warhol: deep thinker, cultural barometer, and world changer. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2006
90% Fratricide (2006) Yilmaz Arslan's hard-edged story of Turks and Kurds on the mean streets of urban Germany veers between moments of sensitive humanism and horrifying brutality. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2006
75% The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover (2006) [Yule] reveals a struggle far more complicated, suggesting that the manic entanglement of human relationships can't always conform to the winner-loser narratives that the lawyer-driven court system demands. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2006
No Score Yet POV (2005) Thomas Allen Harris's Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela takes on an intensely dramatic topic -- the struggle against apartheid -- yet paradoxically transforms its powerful source material into a stiff and sometimes awkward tutorial. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2006
69% Room (2006) Kyle Henry's Room is one of those rare American indies that confidently and successfully propose their own narrative logic, drawing viewers into a mental puzzle that may not contain a single clear solution. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2006
60% Drawing Restraint 9 (2005) An unsatisfying marriage of excessive production values with insipid cinematography and flat-footed editing. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2006
92% Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006) This picture remains faithful to the underlying affability of both Chappelle and Gondry, orchestrating a feel-good homestyle vibe that, while peppered with moments of sly political commentary, never harshes its own, slightly bittersweet mellow. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2006
73% Who Gets to Call It Art? (2006) Surely a figure as crucial as Geldzahler deserves more incisive treatment. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2006
78% Daai si gin (Breaking News) (2006) Well executed but ultimately unsatisfying ... - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2006
71% Gay Sex in the 70s (2005) [The film] falls in line with the celebratory doc fare often found at gay film festivals: sub-TV production values, middling archival footage, and a hesitancy to separate history from nostalgia in the course of enshrining the first-person record. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2005
No Score Yet Time We Killed (2004) The Time We Killed achieves a quiet power through rough-edged, handcrafted means. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2005
63% Chain (2005) A dreamlike travelogue that transforms a mundane world into something strange and new. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2005
100% Mind Game (2004) A virtuoso narrative loop-the-loop that travels through a phantasmagoric catalog of animation styles. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2005
89% William Eggleston in the Real World (2005) [A] subtle, elegant documentary. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2005
69% Reel Paradise (2005) Unfortunately, what could have been a superficially amusing IFC reality series was stretched into a thin, overlong feature that follows the rocky integration of this very New York clan into a somewhat ruffled island society. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2005
No Score Yet Pound (1970) Part wacky comedy (with plenty of jailhouse humping), part existential allegory, Pound betrays its stage-play roots with too much actorly grandstanding but is peppered with ecstatic funk-powered freak-outs. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2005
No Score Yet Lost, Lost, Lost (1976) A photographic Homer of his own odyssey, Mekas journeys -- like us all -- in irrevocable exile from his own past, attempting to reconstruct that invisible nation of youth to which he can never return. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2005
12% Stealth (2005) If we're going to be fighting the war on terror in perpetuity, could we at least get better movies out of it? - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2005
67% Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen (2005) [A] well-wrought investigation of the often mysterious life of Edgar G. Ulmer. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2005
47% Dark Water (2005) It fails to deliver the narrative thrill twists its origins would promise. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2005
84% Rize (2005) Few of the interviews get much further than recording surface boasts and assertive self-definitions; LaChapelle connects all their stories with common threads of resisting gang culture, but at the expense of flattening out each person's character. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2005
80% Cinderella Man (2005) Despite the tale's dusty pedigree, Ron Howard spins a ticket-worthy two-plus hours of movie-movie entertainment. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2005
55% Lords of Dogtown (2005) Leaner and sharper than its fast-and-furious TV spots would let on. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2005
31% The Longest Yard (2005) No uplifting populism here. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2005
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Anakin's defection from Jediism to Sithdom should provide the film's backbone, but neither the script nor Christensen delivers the needed nuance. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2005
38% The Girl from Monday (2005) Streaky low-frame-rate DV, Dogme-style mundane interiors, and merely unembarrassing televisual performances add up to a monotonous, unenlightening experience. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2005
No Score Yet The Flower Thief (2005) Taylor Mead traipses with elfin glee through a lost San Francisco of smoke-stuffed North Beach cafés, oceanside fairgrounds, and collapsed post-industrial ruins. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2005
36% Conspiracy of Silence (2004) It's unclear whether this is an actual issue, or just something spicy to be cooked up in the potboiler. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2004
75% Jesus, You Know (2003) [A] complex and deeply moving documentary of Catholics at prayer, who remarkably speak to the camera as they do to God. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2004