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Gerald Peary

Gerald Peary
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) Classic scenes from Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo are shown, but many of Kurosawa's finest with Mifune are skipped over entirely, including two majestic noirs, Stray Dog and High and Low. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Dec 8, 2016
44% Irrational Man (2015) This Rhode Island-shot film has its pleasures: interesting actors, philosophical chitchat, an appealing academic setting. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Nov 14, 2016
76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) It's a fantastic narrative. Too bad it's told so badly in The Lovers & the Despot. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 30, 2016
89% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) Miss Sharon Jones! is just a good film, not a great one. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 2, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Café Society, starting with Allen's own lazily written and tiredly performed voiceover, is the retro movie of a filmmaker enmeshed in cobwebs. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jul 29, 2016
100% The Fallen Idol (1949) The Fallen Idol is one of the best achieved examples in cinema of seeing the world through the eyes of a child. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jun 13, 2016
97% Dark Horse (2016) Dark Horse is all cliché and yet it's OK. It's sincere. It has a heart. It's cheery and unpretentious and the cast of characters are ingenuous and appealing. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jun 1, 2016
87% Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) Drunk Stoned Brilliant did convince me that the Lampoon has a colorful, even important, journalistic history, and that some extraordinary talents were involved, however often they were drugged out. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted May 23, 2016
72% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) I'm sad to report that at a mere 1 hour and 34 minutes Magician is rushed and sometimes choppy, leaping through Welles's bountiful life. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted May 23, 2016
85% The Wolfpack (2015) [A] moving, troubling saga. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted May 23, 2016
87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) Fortunately, the Zellners have better plans for their heroine in Kumiko's delirious, wonderfully improbable, and probably surrealistic, ending. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted May 23, 2016
85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) It's really hard to fathom that Denmark's Thomas Vinterberg, co-founder of the radical Dogme 95 Movement with Lars Van Trier, could direct a picture so straight-laced and traditional, so bland and dull. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted May 23, 2016
80% Fidelio, Alice's Journey (2015) The last act of Fidelio is sad, and profound. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted May 23, 2016
97% Heart of a Dog (2015) Anderson's abstract drawings, 8mm documentary, found footage, scratched-on celluloid, brief dramatizations, [are] combined in a frequently mesmerizing way. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted May 23, 2016
81% Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (A Married Woman) (1964) I appreciate the effort to bring back this rarely seen early Godard. But there are reasons this movie hasn't been previously revived ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Apr 22, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) I was finally won over in the last act, when Everybody Wants Some! turns a little emotional, a little "girly." ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Apr 15, 2016
91% City Of Gold (2016) The really unforgivable thing about City of Gold: the dull, flat way in which the food is shown. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Apr 1, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) The Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, provide an on-target parody in Hail, Caesar!, their funny period comedy set in Hollywood of the 1950s. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Feb 19, 2016
81% Southbound (2016) There's 120 minutes of this lazy, unmotivated stuff. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Feb 19, 2016
96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) The sequences go from lightly absurd and funny to troubling and political, from Panahi's enjoyment of the rich fabric of secular life in Tehran to his anxiety of residing in a society controlled by the thought-police of Iran's religious oligarchy. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jan 2, 2016
85% Meet The Patels (2015) [Patel's parents] are the real personalities of the movie, so good-humored and spirited, and so wonderful in sticking to their old-fashioned view of family life. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jan 2, 2016
95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) If you know a lot about the two filmmakers, what's on screen is so elementary, PBS boring, not helped by Bob Balaban's schoolmarm narration. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jan 2, 2016
33% By The Sea (2015) I couldn't warm to it, yet there's some admiration for Jolie Pitt, obstinately attempting an intimate art movie in the jaws of commercial Hollywood. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jan 1, 2016
77% Felix & Meira (2015) You can't get better than Israeli actress Yaron, who already triumphed as a married Hasidim in the heralded Israeli film, Fill the Void. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jan 1, 2016
99% Timbuktu (2015) Timbuktu, the thoughtful, Oscar-nominated foreign-language feature from Mauritania's superb filmmaker, Abderrahmane Sissako, is set in a confined, austere, sub-Saharan desert town with little resemblance to the metropolis of myth. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Dec 30, 2015
56% Wedding Director (Il Regista di Matrimoni) (2008) Unfortunately, The Wedding Director itself is a major comedown from Bellocchio's miraculous classic movies (Fist in His Pocket, The Eyes, the Mouth, etc.). ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 22, 2014
93% Brand Upon the Brain! (2006) Pretty darned good. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3 stars 87% Exhibition (2014) Seeing Exhibition is like spying through a window on our most glamorous neighbors moving about their flat: it's kind of kinky, kind of fun. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Sep 1, 2014
3 stars 91% Frank (2014) If Van Gogh had picked up an acoustic car, he'd be Frank, the eponymous rocker in this idiosyncratic Irish film from the talented Gaelic filmmaker, Lenny Abrahamson. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Aug 26, 2014
3 stars 89% Closed Curtain (2014) Under house arrest,Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi bravely concedes that, at times during his incarceration, he's worn down, tempted to end it all. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3 stars 73% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) A slight slacker comedy derivative of American indies but made by a youth-friendly German director of talent. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3 stars 80% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) Filmmaker Nicholas Wrathall takes viewers on a brisk, amusing promenade through Vidal's enviable life: wealthy, globe-hopping, pals of the talented and famous. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jun 29, 2014
3 stars 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) The Grand Seduction has mawkish moments, and it's way long. But it's still a very sweet movie, skillfully made and charmingly told. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jun 26, 2014
98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) [This historic footage -- from newsreels, TV stations once-live coverage, from several investigating commissions -- has been edited, brilliantly into a coherent, important political film. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jun 13, 2014
3 stars 94% The Normal Heart (2014) A pretty decent adaptation of the 1985 stage script, with some good things added, including an effective pre-credit section set on Fire Island in 1982. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted May 26, 2014
2 stars 91% Locke (2014) That solo time in the car, predictably, gets trying to watch. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted May 15, 2014
3.5 stars No Score Yet All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State (2014) This rousing partisan documentary resurrects the late Ann Richards, and it's showing on HBO in a Lone Star election year. The Republicans better worry about Texans seeing it. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Apr 28, 2014
3.5/5 94% In Bloom (2014) Among the best features to come recently out of Eastern Europe, featuring the tough-minded cinematography of Romania's Oleg Matu, who shot 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3 stars 82% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) It would take a series of spoilers to explain who might have killed whom in "The Galapagos Affair." See the movie and find out, and revel in the grim gallows humor. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3.5 stars 83% The Unknown Known (2014) I hoped the film was a front for a citizen's arrest: Donald Rumsfeld shipped off to the Hague. Still, the movie is as insanely entertaining as a Mad Hatter's tea party. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5 stars 89% Le Week-End (2014) "Le Week-End" soars because of the glorious leads, reliable Jim Broadbent, veteran of Mike Leigh movies, and Lindsay Duncan, acclaimed on the British stage. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Mar 29, 2014
3.5 stars 81% If You Build It (2014) This stirring, wonderful documentary follows two idealistic, tenacious young architects arriving in the deep South to teach rural high school kids to design and build. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3 stars 93% Stranger by the Lake (2014) This death trip homoerotic thriller, influenced by Hitchcock, is powerful, weird, and intoxicating - until its final scenes. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Feb 23, 2014
3.5 stars 99% Gloria (2014) "Gloria" explores better than any movie I've seen how, when middle-aged divorcees become a couple, they are still affected by their relationship with their ex-spouses and children. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3.5 stars 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) Dickens's love is touching in a Chekhovian way.It can only bring sorrow, as it is not returned by the young woman he covets. That's the gutsy decision of the filmmakers. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jan 18, 2014
3.5 stars 93% A Touch of Sin (2013) Jia shows the new China as a venal,impossibly corrupt place where the downtrodden millions are almost as maltreated, and just as hopeless, as sufferers under Mao. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Jan 13, 2014
2/4 79% Quartet (2013) Will she, or won't she, join the others on stage in a quartet rendition of Verdi? Not to worry: it all unravels splendidly in this teeth-in-a-glass comedic drama. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 22, 2013
2.5 stars 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) A watchable if not particularily compelling tale of the never-ending woes of the protagonist, a walking basket case of self-destruction.The Coens are trying to say what? ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Dec 20, 2013
95% A Hijacking (2013) Lindholm's insistence on a lived-in realism paid off. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Dec 16, 2013
92% Le Joli Mai (1963) Dare I say so about a film by the much-admired Marker? It's only mildly interesting. Quite a disappointment considering that it's out of circulation for half a century. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Dec 8, 2013