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Eric Kohn

Eric Kohn
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 75% Frantz (2017) Ozon may lack the so-called Lubitsch touch, but "Frantz" is a reminder that the French auteur has a firm one of his own. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jan 19, 2017
B+ 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Just as it taps into a dying corner of American society, Hell or High Water resurrects the power of western mayhem done right. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Dec 31, 2016
A 100% Cameraperson (2016) Though much of the material in Cameraperson is old, Johnson has undeniably created something new. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Dec 28, 2016
B+ 78% Evolution (2016) Answers never come easy in Evolution, which is key to its appeal. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Nov 29, 2016
A- 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Fusing classic horror ingredients with haunting gothic imagery and expressionistic dread, The Eyes of My Mother mashes its gorgeous components into a shockingly original tone poem. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Nov 29, 2016
B+ 83% Lady Macbeth (2017) "Lady Macbeth" reveals the essence of its plot in the title, but the dark twists of the thrilling narrative still manage to surprise. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Nov 21, 2016
B+ 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The "Potter" movies were so well conceived that they contain endless possibilities for more entries, and "Fantastic Beasts" takes the bait right on cue, not repeating a formula so much as enriching it with a spellbinding polish. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Nov 13, 2016
54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) As passion projects go, this one's disarmingly slight in its ambitions, the opposite of Hughes' legacy in every way. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Nov 11, 2016
B+ 80% How to Cheat (2011) Sealey's patient screenplay has a clean, intelligent structure that could easily become watered down for Hollywood treatment, but she defies expectations with a suitably ambiguous conclusion. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Nov 7, 2016
B+ 84% The Ivory Game (2016) The you-are-there approach to tackling this subject means that The Ivory Game largely avoids lecturing its viewers; instead, the harrowing experience speaks for itself. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Nov 1, 2016
B- 60% Desierto (2016) Give "Desierto" credit for this: There has never been a more appropriate time for a tense thriller about Mexican immigrants avoiding the murderous advances of a gun-wielding American lunatic. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Oct 15, 2016
B- 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Despite its technological wizardry and fancy title, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" is a contained drama about one introverted man struggling with repressed emotions. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Oct 14, 2016
B 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Considering how easily the material could turn maudlin, it's especially notable that Bayona avoids overstatement. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Oct 6, 2016
92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) "Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience" foregrounds the incredible collage of awe-inspiring effects that recreate the birth of the universe, life on Earth, and eventually humankind. It also has a very clear sense of purpose. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Oct 6, 2016
B+ 97% 13th (2016) The broad scope is made palatable by the consistency of its focus, and the collective anger it represents. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 30, 2016
B No Score Yet Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2016) Rather than reinventing the wheel, Abel and Gordon keep turning it with their own intimate touch. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 28, 2016
B+ 100% Tower (2016) Maitland crafts an absorbing account of the circumstances surrounding the massacre, setting aside the analysis of Whitman's motives (he also killed his wife and mother) for others to dissect. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 27, 2016
B+ 89% Do Not Resist (2016) It's a sober account of police militarization in the 21st century that, no matter one's stance on the matter, makes a brutal statement. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 27, 2016
B 77% Goat (2016) With the masterful final shot, Neel wisely leaves the character in a fragile place, uncertain of his next steps. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 22, 2016
B 88% Lion (2016) Even as it drags through a pedestrian middle section, Lion remains a cut above the kind of sturdy middlebrow drama its premise calls to mind by doubling down on Patel's performance. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 14, 2016
C+ 92% Queen of Katwe (2016) By treating its outcome like a foregone conclusion, Queen of Katwe underserves the built-in power of its exultant tale. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 12, 2016
B+ 81% Free Fire (2017) Less bullet ballet than bullet drum solo, Wheatley's zany 90-minute set piece borrows the right ingredients to put on a good show. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 12, 2016
B- 78% Catfight (2016) At the end of the day, the centerpiece of Catfight is its bloody fights -- and, boy, they sure deliver the goods. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 12, 2016
B 81% Denial (2016) This isn't a debate, it's a sledgehammer; it's not inherently compelling drama, but it's immensely satisfying catharsis to watch as it flattens Irving's nonsense into nothingness. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 12, 2016
B+ 75% Colossal (2017) The movie presents its plot like a ridiculous gamble, and keeps pulling it off, somehow managing to justify its existence. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 12, 2016
A 98% Moonlight (2016) The story's power comes from the gaps between words - and an ongoing battle to find the right ones. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 2, 2016
B- 85% Sully (2016) Eastwood delivers an earnest, straightforward look at the way the captain's professionalism saved the day. But while that aspect of the movie hits more than a few obvious notes, the crash is the real star of the show. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 2, 2016
B 93% La La Land (2016) "La La Land" is magically in tune with its reference points even as falls a few notes short of their greatness. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 31, 2016
A 80% The Academy of Muses (La academia de las musas) (2016) The Academy of Muses draws viewers in and forces them to take sides along with Pinto's skeptical apprentices. By its end, the movie has transcended the boundaries of the classroom to become an educational experience in more ways than one. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 30, 2016
A- 81% Kate Plays Christine (2016) "We are a society of gawkers," asserts one newsperson as Sheil wrestles with the task at hand. By the end of Kate Plays Christine, Greene seems to argue that we're all complicit in that indictment. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 22, 2016
D 12% The Sea of Trees (2016) The most confounding element of Sea of Trees is that Van Sant has already made a far better movie about two men struggling to live another day in the middle of nowhere -- his minimalist 2002 drama Gerry. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Aug 16, 2016
56% For the Plasma (2014) For the Plasma offers many pleasures, but no single interpretation, and that open-ended state is a liberating alternative to anything else in recent American cinema. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 20, 2016
B 96% Gleason (2016) While not exactly subtle, the movie's sentimental qualities are genuine. Like the dramatic play that initially made him famous, Gleason manages to generate an intense form of excitement around winning against seemingly impossible odds. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 19, 2016
B+ 92% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) Summertime owes less to its plot development than the credibility of its performances among this trio of women as they present a fascinating set of conflicting perspectives. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 18, 2016
B+ 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Manchester stands out for doing an old routine just right. It's not the next best thing, but it does justice to a familiar playbook. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 18, 2016
B- 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) While "Star Trek Beyond" lacks a center, it compensates with an endless parade of distractions. When the movie moves along at a breezy clip, it's partly because it feels so purposeless. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 15, 2016
B- 69% The Infiltrator (2016) After a few initial missteps, Cranston's good-natured character can do no wrong, and The Infiltrator takes cues from his progression by creating the sense that his scheme is so perfectly realized it can just glide along to a perfect finish. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 14, 2016
C+ 44% Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016) By existing entirely within the confines of the world [Robbins has] created, the movie actively resists any possible skepticism about his unique skill. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 12, 2016
A- 86% Contemporary Color (2016) "Contemporary Color" captures the essence of the event in question with expert craftsmanship, and the filmmaking prowess doesn't overwhelm the show. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 11, 2016
C+ 73% Ghostbusters (2016) For all the value that may be contained in an intellectual property, it's worthless if it can't make old ideas feel new. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 10, 2016
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) This is a feel-good road trip and family dramedy movie crowned by Sundance that actually makes the formula feel fresh. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 7, 2016
B 93% Life, Animated (2016) It's the best Disney movie that Disney didn't make. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jul 3, 2016
A- 96% Nuts! (2016) The movie deconstructs the process of self-mythologizing from the inside out. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jun 23, 2016
B 81% Cosmos (2016) t's often hilarious, confounding and downright strange; if not the director's most polished work, it nevertheless delivers a demented philosophical puzzle that's fun to scrutinize in all of its baffling uncertainties. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Jun 15, 2016
B- 57% The Neon Demon (2016) This grotesque, hyperstylized treatise on the fashion industry recaptures some of the zany images and B-movie abstractions of Refn's crossover effort, "Drive," though it never quite gels on the same level of inspiration. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted May 19, 2016
A+ 91% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) This is a quiet little masterpiece of images, each one rich with meaning, that collectively speak to a universal process. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted May 18, 2016
B+ 72% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) Gorgeously shot against a barren setting to emphasize his alienation, Staying Vertical offers a consistent world rich with possible meanings. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted May 17, 2016
B+ 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Miller applies Gerwig to the center of a busy story with simple themes, but it glides along so effortlessly that its reductive qualities barely register. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted May 17, 2016
B 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, paired up as a goofball detective and hit man, stumble and bicker their way through the funniest roles of their careers. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted May 15, 2016
B- 75% The BFG (2016) "The BFG" is Spielberg by the numbers - and likely to please viewers looking for just that. ‐ indieWIRE
Posted May 14, 2016