Gerald Peary

Gerald Peary
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T-Meter Title | Year
55% Greta (2019) It's a slight, uninspired by-the-numbers genre film, and we've seen this paranoia-inducing tale too often. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
No Score Yet Lifeboat (2019) A ripped-from-the headlines refugee film, and it's a harrowing one. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
100% End Game (2018) End Game is a powerful work. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
No Score Yet Period. End of Sentence. (2018) An old-fashioned cheery tale. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
100% Black Sheep (2018) Black Sheep, directed by Ed Perkins, combines an arresting monologue by Cornelius Walker... with well-done dramatic recreations of his earlier life trying, in questionable ways, to "fit in" to his new country. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
No Score Yet A Night at the Garden (2019) [A] sharp, frightening 7-minute documentary. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A potent metaphysical thriller. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
100% Shirkers (2018) The first was, tragically, never completed. The second, happily for all of us, exists, and it's a gem, a treasure, the most delightful film about cinephelia since Ed Wood. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
97% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) But recount it [the filmmakers] do, mighty entertainingly, in Rodents of Unusual Size. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
55% The Bookshop (2018) Reading is treated as a commodity, namedropping literary titles as a way for middlebrow film audiences to feel proud of themselves for being in the know. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
94% The Triplets of Belleville (2003) A shimmering, knowing homage to the beginnings of sound animation. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
78% Pal Joey (1957) In Pal Joey, Rita Hayworth makes an indelible impression as a screen siren, as sexy as in her '40s heyday, winning the audience's favor. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) As for our waiting forever for the appearance of Cher, who is given the most delayed entrance since that of Moliere's Tartuffe: I don't get her aura as a show-biz icon. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
96% Filmworker (2018) Tony Zierra's film is a worthy and interesting one, but I admit to becoming worn down by the endless litany of unglamorous ways that protagonist Vitali worked his butt off for the genius filmmaker. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) It's a one-note ode to the power of love even when, in this case, love stinks like dead fish. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Expect this film, with its relentless brutality and aching sense of wonder, to seep into your very marrow. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
90% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) Enjoyable and charming. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
60% Ramen Heads (2018) It combines the ramen obsession of Tampopo with Jiro Dreams of Sushi's strategy of celebrating a Japanese master chef who lives and dies for his restaurant. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow isn't great in any way, but, at two hours and twenty minutes, we do get our money's worth of old-school genre entertainment, and with action that jumps nicely about the globe from Washington to Moscow to Budapest to London. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
88% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Still, the film is a lesser one as it becomes a made-for-TV trial melodrama, with actors delivering oratorical speeches and the plot spinning several times with contrived, made-to-shock revelations. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
93% A Woman, A Part (2017) Credit director Subrin for being resourceful in incorporating her cast's real-life situations into her storytelling. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
100% Nowhere To Hide (2017) ... potent documentary... - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
100% Six By Sondheim (2013) This program is Lapine's heartfelt gift to his great musical theatre collaborator. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
80% Brad's Status (2017) Brad's Status, a downer comedy written and directed by the subversively talented Mike White, is a triumphant entry into the botched, washout male category of cinema. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
100% In Transit (2015) Yet as we the audience settle in for the long journey, as the hours seem to go by, the mostly normal-looking, slightly square-looking people start to open up to the cameras, to tell their life stories. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
86% The Wedding Plan (2017) I'm not as fond of The Wedding Plan, which substitutes the palpable fervency of Fill the Void with so-so comedy. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
91% A Quiet Passion (2017) Cynthia Nixon is a great Emily, so deeply angry, so heartbreaking in her fool's life of stoic suffering. The other splendid performance is a triumph of unorthodox casting: 1970s hippy actor Keith Carradine as Emily's stern patriarchal father. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) My thought as I watched Colossal: how could such an improbable, often messy story, which feels concocted in Screenwriting 1 by a geeky undergrad, end up being bought and made on a $15 million dollar budget? - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle is beautifully, brilliantly rendered and storyboarded by Dudok de Wit the old-fashioned way. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
82% The Founder (2017) Michael Keaton takes it easy through much of the movie, not doing that much with his part, which is OK. But you can feel him get revved up when Kroc goes really bad. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
82% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
46% Irrational Man (2015) This Rhode Island-shot film has its pleasures: interesting actors, philosophical chitchat, an appealing academic setting. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
78% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
90% Miss Sharon Jones! (2016) Miss Sharon Jones! is just a good film, not a great one. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
96% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
73% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
86% The Wolfpack (2015) [A] moving, troubling saga. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
88% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
80% Fidelio, Alice's Journey (2015) The last act of Fidelio is sad, and profound. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
95% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
83% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
90% City Of Gold (2016) The really unforgivable thing about City of Gold: the dull, flat way in which the food is shown. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
86% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
80% Southbound (2016) There's 120 minutes of this lazy, unmotivated stuff. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2016