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Elise Nakhnikian

Elise Nakhnikian
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 82% Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (2016) The film is a debater with some interesting points to make but no overall argument to contain them. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 3, 2017
2.5/4 92% Hidden Figures (2017) The central characters' dogged refusal to cede their places on a team that keeps trying to reject them is a moving display of heroism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 11, 2016
1.5/4 80% The Founder (2017) Michael Keaton's powerful performance in The Founder is marooned in a wishy-washy story. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 7, 2016
1.5/4 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Warren Beatty's portrayal of Howard Hughes has the overly polished feel of an anecdote that's been told too often. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2016
2.5/4 94% Gimme Danger (2016) The film reveals the erudition and shrewd self-awareness that Jim Osterberg drew on to become Iggy Pop. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2016
3.5/4 94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) It condenses everyday interactions, memories, and dreams into a potent mix of all the major ingredients of a well-lived life. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2016
90% Uncle Howard (2016) It's too simplistic to provide much, if any, perspective-more Bloodhounds of Broadway than Burroughs: The Movie. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2016
91% I Called Him Morgan (2016) It pulls off the delicate maneuver of mourning Lee Morgan's early demise while celebrating the exhilarating love, liberty, and artistic brilliance that characterized most of his life. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2016
88% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016) Steve James displays his usual savvy for picking culturally resonant topics in his latest documentary. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2016
2/4 31% Masterminds (2016) Jared Hess's film turns out to be a succession of failed jokes punctuated by a few cathartic laughs. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2016
1/4 53% The Dressmaker (2016) The frequent contemptuousness the film displays toward its characters keeps the audience at arm's length. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/4 43% The Hollars (2016) The film's ruefully honest tone is periodically drowned out by the blare of stagey coincidences. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2016
1.5/4 45% Hands of Stone (2016) The Panamanian-born Roberto Duran's story has all the makings of a fascinating film, but Hands of Stone isn't it. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2016
2/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) The film champions coddling people like Florence Foster Jenkins and treats critical thinking as the enemy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2016
1/4 84% Tallulah (2016) Everyone's needs and neuroses fit together as neatly as puzzle pieces, en route to a happy ending that feels both inevitable and utterly unconvincing. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2016
3.5/4 88% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) Frank is delightful company, as emotionally transparent and offhandedly insightful in person as he is as his art. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2016
1/4 69% The Infiltrator (2016) Its clunky incidents of exposition leave us with no real understanding of what anyone is thinking or feeling. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2016
91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) The Measure of a Man is a triumph of realistic cinema, and a dirge for a blue-collar European worker left stranded after a once-solid job has melted away. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2016
99% Timbuktu (2015) A haunting warning cry from a great North African director about the jihadi invasion of Mali, Timbuktu is a message the rest of the world can't afford to ignore. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2016
3.5/4 96% Nuts! (2016) Throughout, director Penny Lane strings together telling incidents and anecdotes with a light touch. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2016
1/4 24% Being Charlie (2016) Most of the film's characters are unconvincing, flattened out by Charlie's self-focused lens. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 2, 2016
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) It finds humor and love in a potentially grim situation without ever belittling or caricaturing the characters. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2016
20% I Saw the Light (2016) This carefully respectful, sensitively acted biopic sands all the edges off Hank Williams's story to create a frustratingly inert portrait. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
1.5/4 84% The Meddler (2016) Writer-director Lorene Scafaria's film is an unconvincing character study that plays like a painfully unfunny sitcom. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
99% Don't Think Twice (2016) A smart, affectionate take on the rivalry, love, ambition, and creative juices that fuel the lives of professional comedians. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2016
2/4 80% The Family Fang (2016) There's real texture and emotional heft to the central relationship between the siblings, but that's thanks more to the actors than the script. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2016
80% All This Panic (2016) There's plenty of life in this honest, impressionistic portrait of a cohort of 21st-century American girls. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 97% The Dark Horse (2016) Despite the occasional cliché, this film mostly feels as messy as life, and as movingly complicated. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2016
3/4 100% Donald Cried (2016) Finding the drama and humor in everyday situations like these isn't easy, but Avedisian makes it look as natural as swinging on a vine. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2016
3/4 98% Under The Shadow (2016) The film's horror is spookily and movingly expressive of the tenuous position of women in 1980s Iran. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2016
2/4 91% The Confirmation (2016) The premise is undermined by the film's occasionally dubious ethics and its tendency to soft-pedal the dangerous situations it sets up. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2016
1.5/4 43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) The film, like the misattributed Albert Einstein quote that young Anna solemnly parrots throughout, is as hollow as the old tree in the Beams' backyard. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2016
2/4 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) The Brothers Grimsby doesn't do much to satirize the spy genre, instead using its flimsy plot mostly as a scaffolding for a barrage of jokes. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/4 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Its feminist perspective checkmates the frat-boy misogyny and machismo that too often mar films set in combat zones. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2/4 61% Race (2016) The film is a complication-smoothing take on Jesse Owens's elegant riposte to Hitler's racism at the 1936 Olympics. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/4 70% Touched With Fire (2016) The film is a thinly dramatized series of arguments against, then ultimately in favor of the medication of bipolar disorder. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 8, 2016
1.5/4 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) The film's annoying glibness is neatly summarized by the line: "In life, going downhill is an uphill job." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2015
71% Applesauce (2015) Applesauce mixes genres (here, a revenge fantasy meets a relationship drama) to create a brightly amusing catalogue of stupid human tricks that doesn't fit neatly into any niche. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 23, 2015
92% Frame by Frame (2015) It's so easy to take images for granted in our media-saturated, selfie-happy culture, but that's a luxury the subjects of Frame by Frame can't indulge in. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2015
1.5/4 45% The 33 (2015) The film doles out a shock or hits a (usually hollow) emotional note every few minutes with mechanical precision. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2015
3/4 100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) It highlights the potent dichotomies that, combined with Bergman's relatively unmediated beauty, made the actress luminescent both on and off screen. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 9, 2015
3/4 94% Sand Dollars (Dolares de Arena) (2015) It respects and plumbs the feelings of all three main characters while surfacing the economic, ethnic, cultural, and gender power imbalances in their relationships. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2015
1/4 30% Burnt (2015) Everything in this by-the-numbers script signals that our hero must transform himself into the head of a loving and fully functional family. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/4 73% Suffragette (2015) The film's episodes and attitudes register with searing immediacy while feeling true to their time period. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2015
2/4 73% Miles Ahead (2016) Less a character study than an impressionistic portrait of a troubled artist's internal chaos, it supplies just enough Miles Davis to leave us jonesing for more. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3.5/4 94% Room (2015) The film, never sensational or saccharine, is a tough but tender tribute to the creative power of maternal love. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 11, 2015
2.5/4 97% Brooklyn (2015) The allure of the road not taken and the power of Saoirse Ronan's performance exert a powerful pull. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/4 92% Dukhtar (2015) Writer-director Afia Nathaniel's Dukhtar is an unsentimental tribute to the transformative power of maternal love. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2015
3/4 95% The Wonders (2015) Like a rural Fellini, Rohrwacher mixes the mundane with the absurd to create a sometimes fabulous tale that always feels palpably real. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2015
3/4 85% Meet The Patels (2015) In this picaresque documentary, the lightly comic musings of a likeable, somewhat nerdy Indian-American actor go surprisingly deep. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 7, 2015