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Elias Savada

Elias Savada
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Elle (2016) There is a brazen, dangerous atmosphere floating about the French-language feature Elle, a dramatic thriller with much to admire but, depending on your sensibilities, not as much to like. ‐ Film International
Posted Jan 1, 2017
94% Arrival (2016) Arrival is one of the best films of the year. ‐ Film International
Posted Nov 17, 2016
71% No Pay, Nudity (2016) No Pay, Nudity is very much like filmed theater, and it might actually work better as a play. As light drama, the movie is fairly inert. ‐ Film International
Posted Oct 31, 2016
3.5/5 85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) As a portrait of a genius, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You is a pleasant enough historical primer on what was the best part of television in the 1970s. ‐ Film International
Posted Aug 7, 2016
1.5/5 70% Café Society (2016) The romantic comedy-drama script seems regurgitated from some of director-writer Woody Allen's earlier works, and his alter-ego [has a] lackluster stroll through Hollywood's past. There's no magic in Café Society. ‐ Film International
Posted Aug 2, 2016
3.5/5 61% Carnage Park (2016) Mickey Keating has chomped down on a big slab of 1970s grindhouse meat and spat out Carnage Park, a grizzled B-movie crime-gone-awry blue plate special. ‐ Film International
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) It channels the original without rising above it. Then again, Ghostbusters (1984) is a very hard act to follow. Been there, done that, but let's tweak it ever so slightly. ‐ Film International
Posted Jul 15, 2016
3.5/5 91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) Microbe and Gasoline's nostalgic adventure ride provides a nice diversion for the director's usual whimsies. Like the film's home on wheels, should you strip away its roof, the small scale frame would reveal a very large heart. ‐ Film International
Posted Jul 15, 2016
4.5/5 97% Krisha (2016) Other than a kitchen catastrophe, there's not a sloppy moment in Trey Edward Shults' micro-budgeted, crowdsourcedKrisha, an incredibly well-constructed debut feature that plays like a home movie gone awry. ‐ Film International
Posted Jul 11, 2016
4/5 90% Dheepan (2016) The millions of hard-working immigrants (illegal or not), and anyone sympathetic to their struggle (maybe even a Republican or two), should find this story of assimilation and trust a well-acted celebration of life in a new land. ‐ Film International
Posted Jul 11, 2016
4.5/5 85% The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016) Music and cinema are both universal languages. I can't think of another film that blends the best of these audio and visual worlds into a most enjoyable adventure about mixed cultures and disparate lives that becomes the sum of much more than its parts. ‐ Film International
Posted Jul 11, 2016
2.5/5 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) If you're looking for a taught spy thriller, don't look for Our Kind of Traitor for nourishment. ‐ Film International
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3.5/5 75% The BFG (2016) The BFG casts a wondrous spell. ‐ Film International
Posted Jul 11, 2016
1.5/5 No Score Yet Beta Test (2016) In an attempt to meld the pc gaming world with that of modest-budget movie-making, Beta Test doesn't score many points. ‐ Film International
Posted Jul 11, 2016
2.5/5 78% The Phenom (2016) As sports-centric films go, those folks looking for cheering crowds on a mild summer's night won't find much joy in The Phenom's mudville. It's a slow walk around the bases. ‐ Film International
Posted Jul 11, 2016
4/5 90% Art Bastard (2016) I love a good skewering, and the serious-funny side of life that is celebrated in Cenedella's oeuvre gets an engaging look-see in this excellent film. ‐ Film International
Posted Jun 10, 2016
3/5 81% Sunset Song (2016) It's a compressed sprawling life's tale of common folk torn by man's intolerance and a family's pain. And an under-nourishing meal. ‐ Film International
Posted May 27, 2016
4/5 90% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) ... the film's major strength is in Francella's troubling performance as a black-hearted Robin Hood. ‐ Film International
Posted Mar 29, 2016
4/5 71% Remember (2016) Dementia be damned - the aging ghosts that haunt Remember are what make it unforgettable. ‐ Film International
Posted Mar 21, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet Sibylle (2015) Sibylle is a little too arty for its own good. ‐ Film International
Posted Mar 15, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Neptune (2015) Spiritual and haunting in its low decibel manner, the New England coming-of-age drama Neptune is an indie effort that follows a young teenager's soul-searching excursion along a disconcerting and sometimes allegorical path. ‐ Film International
Posted Mar 12, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Fools (2015) Fools feels like an unhinged romantic comedy that forgot to take its meds. It's rough and raw, with comedy of a regretful-after-sex variety. Lots of emotional eggshells for the two fragile souls to be fearful of breaking. ‐ Film International
Posted Mar 10, 2016
4/5 67% The Automatic Hate (2016) The Automate Hate examines with brilliant resonance a decades-long unease within a family.... It's quite the family feud. ‐ Film International
Posted Mar 7, 2016
3/5 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) As the thrill ride of The Wave coasts back into a predicable finish, it unfortunately drowns in a well of genre convention, gasping for some creative air. ‐ Film International
Posted Mar 2, 2016
2/5 17% A Country Called Home (2016) A Country Called Home is a decent enough trip through the back roads of Texas, connecting with a partly dysfunctional family. It's just not something that most viewers will want to write home about. ‐ Film International
Posted Feb 29, 2016
3.5/5 94% Colliding Dreams (2016) Colliding Dreams cuts to the heart of the controversy in encyclopedic fashion. Consider it the Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Zionism, But Were Afraid to Ask. ‐ Film International
Posted Feb 25, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet Dark (2015) Dark, a by-the-numbers thriller of sorts, isn't quite dark enough. ‐ Film International
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 90% A War (Krigen) (2016) The film's a solid piece of work examining the moral difficulties of war. ‐ Film International
Posted Feb 16, 2016
3.5/5 50% Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura) (2016) The slice of life that is Bleak Street is definitely situated on the darker side of the road. It's unquestionably worth visiting for a reality check. ‐ Film International
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2/5 41% Moonwalkers (2016) There are too many foot-in-mouth moments rather than clever writing and imaginative directing. The film's narcissistic attitude overplays its welcome. ‐ Film International
Posted Jan 15, 2016
4/5 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) I still remember buying the paperback book Hitchcock/Truffaut.... Fifty years on, it's still one of the most important books any cinephile should own. And, it is, finally, a heck of a movie. ‐ Film International
Posted Dec 23, 2015
2.5/5 No Score Yet Hot Sugar's Cold World (2015) No doubt some out there like the electronic beat that Lough captures. Watching him work has some fascinating moments. His performances are uniquely intense instrumental sessions. Yet, Koenig's music is an acquired taste. ‐ Film International
Posted Dec 22, 2015
4.5/5 88% The Big Short (2015) The Big Shortis one intense ride. It's a sad, maddening smorgasbord of mean-spirited, indifferent people looking out for their own asse(t)s. Comeuppance is a bitch. ‐ Film International
Posted Dec 22, 2015
4/5 80% Chi-Raq (2015) Lee, who birthed such memorable films asShe's Gotta Have It(1986) and School Daze(1988), is back at the top of his form withChi-Raq. Let's hope he stays there. ‐ Film International
Posted Dec 21, 2015
5/5 97% Brooklyn (2015) I can't spot a single thing wrong withBrooklyn. An Oscar-caliber package; start betting on victory for Ronan, at the least. Heart-warming, light-hearted, and perfectly poised. Simple. Beautiful. Lovely. ‐ Film International
Posted Dec 21, 2015
3.5/5 88% Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) The loves and life of Tab Hunter is laid bare, just like his perfect chiseled chest. I can hear his fans swooning. ‐ Film International
Posted Nov 28, 2015
3/5 60% Aimy In a Cage (2015) Fans of twisted independent cinema might celebrate Aimy in the Cage, and it is a beautiful film to behold, but the damn thing is madder than Alice's Hatter! ‐ Film International
Posted Nov 16, 2015
3.5/5 89% Speed Sisters (2017) Forget the lame jokes about women drivers. These girls, full of ambition and enthusiasm, just want to have fun! Not everyone can win a race, but Speed Sisters, an amiable 80-minute miracle in the unlikeliest of places, will capture your heart. ‐ Film International
Posted Nov 13, 2015
3.5/5 67% Lucha Mexico (2016) Lucha Mexico competently captures the nostalgic spectacle of this Mexican sport with vibrant glee. It may be a rambling journey, but it offers up an infectious energy and a behind-the-ropes look at its legendary heroes. ‐ Film International
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Luciferous (2015) Luciferous adeptly blends irritable characters, mesmerizing and unsettling images (and shadows), red herrings, and some harrowing episodes that will disturb. ‐ Film International
Posted Nov 11, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet Sam Klemke's Time Machine (2015) ...a rather interesting tale about a compulsive personality. ‐ Film International
Posted Nov 9, 2015
2/5 70% Miss You Already (2015) Despite the earnest approach from its two stars (who also serve, with Christopher Smith, as producers), there isn't anything fresh in the story. ‐ Film International
Posted Nov 6, 2015
2/5 29% Reversion (2015) Playing with pleasure-inducing New Age affirmations in a high tech conspiracy tale is an interesting notion. It doesn't work in Reversion's frame of mind. ‐ Film International
Posted Oct 12, 2015
3.5/5 80% The New Girlfriend (2015) The New Girlfriend balances comedy and melodrama, while playfully blurring the ever thinning lines between gender and identity. ‐ Film International
Posted Sep 7, 2015
4/5 89% Meru (2015) Pushing yourself to the extreme is what Meru is all about. ‐ Film International
Posted Aug 31, 2015
4/5 94% Rosenwald (2015) ...focusing on a more obscure character for many of us, Kempner's tone remains light, brisk, entertaining, instructive, and thoughtful. ‐ Film International
Posted Aug 28, 2015
4/5 88% Guidance (2015) A very impressive jump by Mr. Mills into the big time. He can play misguided as long as he wants. We need the laughs. ‐ Film International
Posted Aug 24, 2015
3/5 66% Digging For Fire (2015) Joe Swanberg apparently hasn't stopped mumbling yet. ‐ Film International
Posted Aug 22, 2015
4/5 79% Cop Car (2015) The best way to enjoy Cop Car is with the windows all the way down. Nice and breezy. ‐ Film International
Posted Aug 15, 2015
3.5/5 97% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) ...a personal fever dream... ‐ Film International
Posted Aug 9, 2015